TRUMP/CRUZ: LI ZHOU – Trump sides with Cruz; HANSON – Rain is due; SIMON – Trump likeability.
ISR: Bibi independent.
NATIONAL: SHALLWANI & BARRETT – NY Bomber; CUNNINGHAM – Impeach IRS Commissioner; McCARTHY – Christie’s troubles; NY POST – Stop & frisk, BOLTON – Iran.
END NOTE: BARB – BO’s next job.
Gossip: Speculation is that Ted will endorse TheDonald and, in return, be appointed to the Supreme Court where he will be less of a nuisance in the Congress. ICANN is a tool for a clever truce. (Coulter was stunned that one-third of her audience last night were Cruz supporters! Mark Levin, in contrast, pushes his personal agenda and delights in Cruz’s problems!) And meanwhile, Mr. Trump bought cheese steaks and opened a campaign office on South Street!
Li Zhou, Politico, “Trump sides with Cruz on ICANN transition”
“TRUMP SAYS ‘ICANN’ BACK TED — The Republican nominee and Sen. Ted Cruz disagree on a lot of things (Cleveland, anyone?), but this time around, they’re on the same side in the intensifying debate over the October 1 ICANN transition. In a statement on Wednesday, Trump’s campaign joined Cruz’s quest to block the upcoming handover of the internet domain name system, echoing arguments made by the GOP nominee’s former primary campaign foe, that the move could put the internet at risk of censorship by countries like Russia and China. “The Republicans in Congress are admirably leading a fight to save the internet this week, and need all the help the American people can give them to be successful,” wrote Stephen Miller, Trump’s national policy director. “Congress needs to act, or internet freedom will be lost for good, since there will be no way to make it great again once it is lost.” Hillary Clinton previously included support for the ICANN transition in her tech policy platform, describing it “as a critical step towards safeguarding the internet’s openness for future generations.” Cruz even managed to say something nice about the candidate who called him “Lyin’ Ted,” tweeting out his appreciation for Trump’s public embrace of the cause.
Also – Evan Vucci, McClatchy: “Who oversees the internet? Will Congress delay Oct. 1 p btransfer?”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “A Hard Rain Is Going to Fall”
“World events seem relatively calm, but repeated appeasement has built up pressure across the globe, and someone has to be there when crisis erupts.
“This summer, President Obama was often golfing. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were promising to let the world be. The end of summer seemed sleepy, the world relatively calm.
“The summer of 1914 in Europe also seemed quiet. But on July 28, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip with help from his accomplices, fellow Serbian separatists. That isolated act sparked World War I.
“In the summer of 1939, most observers thought Adolf Hitler was finally through with his serial bullying. Appeasement supposedly had satiated his once enormous territorial appetites. But on September 1, Nazi Germany unexpectedly invaded Poland and touched off World War II, which consumed some 60 million lives.
“Wars often seem to come out of nowhere, as unlikely events ignite long-simmering disputes into global conflagrations.
“The instigators often are weaker attackers who foolishly assume that more powerful nations wish peace at any cost, and so will not react to opportunistic aggression.
“Unfortunately, our late-summer calm of 2016 has masked a lot of festering tensions that are now coming to a head — largely due to disengagement by a supposedly tired United States.
“In contrast, war, unlike individual states, does not sleep. . .”
Roger Simon, PJM: “Why Trump Will Win: It’s the Likability, Stupid!”
“I know it sounds crazy to say in a presidential year when the two candidates are supposedly the two most reviled in modern history that one of them is going to win — I think going away — because he’s vastly more likable, but it’s true.
“And I say this not just because Donald Trump’s rallies are better attended than Hillary Clinton’s by a factor somewhere in the vicinity of 5000%. (No exaggeration. Donald routinely draws 10,000 people. A recent Hillary appearance at Temple University — where she was supposed to make that final, serious pitch to nail down the votes of vacillating millennials — attracted barely 200 out of a student body of 37,000.)
“In my ‘hood in the mega-blue Hollywood Hills where Hillary is certain to win upwards of 97% of the vote, there is nary a Hillary-Kaine yard sign to be seen, nor an ‘I’m With Her’ bumper sticker blemishing a single newly minted Tesla. Four years ago the neighborhood was swarming with Obama signs and stickers. Nobody cares about Hillary. Everyone knows she’s a sourpuss. Nobody wants to see her. They’ll vote for her, if she’ll only leave them alone. (Of course you won’t find a Trump bumper sticker within miles of here. The few of us who support him don’t want to get our cars keyed. And forget the yard signs. Staying on decent terms with your neighbors is a necessity in earthquake country.)
“Nevertheless, out here in LaLaLand, Trump has got the natives running scared, not because he’s a threat to win California, but because they know he’s funny. In show business, the saying goes, funny is money. Donald’s what’s known in Hollywood as a “bankable star.” As every television executive in the business knows, no one can get enough of him on the tube. When he’s on a show with big-time professionals like Jimmy Fallon, Donald’s the talent. He commands the screen . . .”
JPost: “Netanyahu: Israel won’t accept UN ‘dictating our security,’ calls for direct negotiations”
“Prime Minister Netanyahu said Thursday to the United Nations General Assembly debate in New York that the government in Jerusalem will not accept any attempt by the UN to dictate terms to Israel.
“‘The road to peace runs through Jerusalem and Ramallah, not New York,’ he stressed.
The prime minister turned to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech to the plenum earlier on Thursday, urging the PA leader to address Israel’s Knesset instead of condemning it at the UN. Netanyahu added that he was prepared to address the Palestinian people in Ramallah.
“The premier opened his speech by slamming the “moral farce” of the United Nations, before telling the assembled diplomats and world leaders that the ‘obsession’ and voting patterns over Israel will change, ‘and sooner than you think,’ thanks to increasing Israeli cooperation with foreign nations across the world. . .”
PERVAIZ SHALLWANI and DEVLIN BARRETT, WSJ: “New York Bomb Suspect Allegedly Built Devices in Plain View”
“Investigators say New York terror suspect Ahmad Rahami ordered parts on eBay and tested explosives his family’s backyard
“New York terror suspect Ahmad Rahami assembled much of his bomb-making material in plain view—ordering components on eBay, having them delivered to a New Jersey business where he worked, and even testing some of the material in his family’s backyard, according to authorities.
“Based on the evidence collected to date, a top priority for investigators is understanding whether Mr. Rahami’s immediate relatives knew about his alleged plotting, law-enforcement officials said.
“‘It’s pretty hard to imagine he built all these bombs and nobody noticed anything,’ said one senior law-enforcement official.. .”
Clifford Cunningham, InfoWars: “HOUSE GOP MOVES TO IMPEACH IRS COMMISSIONER”
“Open lawlessness defines Obama’s legacy
“Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) assailed Koskinen over his suggestion that the IRS is no longer targeting conservative and libertarian organizations for extra scrutiny when applying for nonprofit status.
“Now the clincher! Now the clincher! It’s still going on. And so the other side can say we shouldn’t be here today, you shouldn’t have to sit through this,” he said. “I’m saying, why haven’t we done this a long time ago? You should have been gone a long time ago.”
“Not Jim Jordan’s words. Not Freedom Caucus words. Words from the Court of Appeals. For goodness sake, that’s why this hearing is important and that’s why we should move forward with the articles that Mr. Chaffetz submitted 15 months ago and make sure you no longer hold office,” Jordan added.
“Rep. Jordan was referring to a recent ruling from a unanimous panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstating lawsuits from several conservative organizations against the IRS. The panel stated the IRS has failed to prove it has ceased its targeting of conservative organizations for extra scrutiny. . .”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Christie’s Bridgegate Maelstrom”
“Opening statements in the trial suggest that Christie misled the public about his involvement and should have been charged.
“The weekend’s terrorist attacks in New York and New Jersey were fortuitously timed for Garden State governor Chris Christie: Not only did he get to project steely determination in a sudden crisis; the jihad diverted attention from the explosive start of the Bridgegate trial. Opening to the New Jersey jury in the case against two of Christie’s most trusted (but now former) aides, a federal prosecutor argued that the governor knew about the 2013 lane shutdown at the George Washington Bridge while it was happening.
“This contradicts Christie’s years of indignant (albeit likely false) insistence to the contrary. It also raises a question for the Obama Justice Department: If the governor knew of the partisan, retaliatory shenanigans being executed by his underlings, for his political benefit, and under circumstances in which he had the power to put a stop to them forthwith, why wasn’t he indicted along with his aides?
“As readers of these columns know, I am not a Christie fan. In addition, I’ve found his claims of innocence in the Bridgegate scandal implausible from the start — based on both the circumstances and the governor’s economical approach to the truth when it comes to any of his administration’s foibles. Nevertheless, my many years as a prosecutor lead me to cut the governor some slack here, at least until we see the actual evidence.
“In conspiracy cases, it is a commonplace for both defendants on trial and the prosecutor to take liberties in heaping blame on the dead and the missing — i.e., those who, though participants in the relevant events, are not present in court as defendants (e.g., fugitives, defendants whose cases are pending, and apparent participants whom the government has chosen not to charge, for reasons that can range from the obvious to the dubious). Political-corruption cases are no exception. . .”
“No sooner did Donald Trump suggest using stop-and-frisk to fight black-on-black crime than critics pounced — and exposed their own ignorance, bias and hypocrisy in the process.
“‘I would do stop-and-frisk,’ Trump said Wednesday when asked how to curb violence in black areas. ‘We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well . . . So I think that could be one step you could do.’
“Indeed, the murder rate plummeted sharply as the NYPD used the tactic under Mayors Mike Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani.
“Yet Trump’s suggestion was too much for Mayor de Blasio, who made a rare visit to the City Hall press room to deplore it. . .”
John Bolton, John Batchelor: Iran
Hour Two Thursday 22 September 2016 / Hour 2, Block A: Amb. John Bolton, in re: UNGA.
“Rouhani with Chuck Press this afternoon: Todd asked about the secret nuke facility in Iran, supposed to have been closed entirely, but it now has a first-rate ground-to-air system. Why is that there? “Iran has a right to defend itself.” Was formally agreed to be converted to a research facility, but now Russia ships the S-300 missile defense system. It’s utterly clear that the regime is moving along toward nuclear prowess. Rouhani in a speech criticized the US for violating he nuclear deal!
“Iran got $150 billion of assets unfrozen, are off to the races, leaving real instability n their wake. Signatories to the JCPOA met with Iran; clearly are not holding Iran to account, either for violations or for outrageous , dangerous harassment of shipping, Iran’s behavior in the broader context hasn’t changed a whit, Iran deal was said to have been made in order to solve Iran’s nuclear behavior and its funding of global terrorism; that’s not happening. Paul Ryan called John Kerry a shill for Iran and said he was acting as the Iranian Chamber of Commerce!
US gave licenses to both Boeing and Airbus to sell hundreds of advanced aircraft to Iran!
Anent Syria: Iran [Jared Zarif] claims that “the US bombed Syria and Israel bombed Syria, so it’s all confusing.” How cute of Iran. Iran has accurately sized up Obama and Kerry – they’re desperate to keep the deal; on Tuesday, Obama lashed himself to the mast of the Iran deal as the principal accomplishment of his administration. He’ll allow nothing cause the deal to come unstuck, gives continuing power to Teheran to continue outrageous behavior. Moral hazard: Iran ad Russia are exempt form being judged.
“The period from now till 20 Jan is a time of grave vulnerability. . .”
BO’s Next Job (Thx Barb!)
Before Obama, there was virtually no outlandish presence of Islam in America.
• All of a sudden, Islam is taught in schools. Christianity and the bible are banned in schools.
• All of a sudden, we must allow prayer rugs everywhere and allow for Islamic prayer in schools, airports and businesses.
• All of a sudden, we must stop serving pork in prisons.
• All of a sudden, we are inundated with law suits by Muslims who are offended by American culture.
• All of a sudden, we must allow burkas to be worn everywhere even though you have no idea who or what is covered up under them.
• All of a sudden, Muslims are suing employers and refusing to do their jobs if they personally deem it conflicts with Sharia Law.
• All of a sudden, the Attorney General of the United States vows to prosecute anyone who engages in “anti-Muslim speech”.
• All of a sudden, Jihadists who engage in terrorism and openly admit they acted in the name of Islam and ISIS, are emphatically declaredthey are NOT Islamic by our leaders and/or their actions are determined NOT to be terrorism, but other nebulous terms like ‘workplace violence.”
• All of a sudden, it becomes Policy that Secular Middle East dictators that were benign or friendly to the West, must be replaced by Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood.
• All of a sudden, our troops are withdrawn from Iraq and the middle east, giving rise to ISIS.
• All of a sudden, America has reduced its nuclear stockpiles to 1950 levels, as Obama’s stated goal of a nuke-free America by the time he leaves office continues uninterrupted.
• All of a sudden, a deal with Iran must be made at any cost, with a pathway to nuclear weapons and HUNDREDS of BILLIONS of dollars handed over to fund their programs.
• All of a sudden, America APOLOGIZES to Muslim states and sponsors of terror worldwide for acts of aggression, war and sabotage THEY perpetrate against our soldiers.
• All of a sudden, the American Navy is diminished to 1917 Pre-World War I levels of only 300 ships. The Army is at pre-1940 levels. TheAir Force scraps 500 planes and planned to retire the use of the A-10 Thunderbolt close air support fighter. A further draw down of another40,000 military personnel is in progress.
• All of a sudden, half of our aircraft carriers are recalled for maintenance by Obama rendering the Atlantic unguarded, NONE are in the Middle East.
• All of a sudden, Obama has to empty Guantanamo Bay of captured Jihadists and let them loose in Jihad-friendly Islamic states. He demands to close the facility.
• All of a sudden, America will negotiate with terrorists and trade FIVE Taliban commanders for a deserter and Jihad sympathizer.
• All of a sudden, there is no money for American poor, disabled veterans, jobless Americans, hungry Americans, or displaced Americans but there is endless money for Obama’s “Syrian refugee” resettlement programs.
• All of sudden, there is an ammunition shortage in the USA.
• All of a sudden, the most important thing for Obama to do after a mass shooting by two Jihadists, is disarm American Citizens.
• All of a sudden, the President of the United States cannot attend the Christian Funerals of a Supreme Court Justice and a former First Lady because of previous (seemingly unimportant) commitments.
• All of a sudden, the President of the United States won’t attend the funeral of a flag-rank Officer (Gen. Greene) killed in action; he played golf. But he sends a big delegation to Michael Brown’s funeral. He sends a minor delegation to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral. He won’tacknowledge Chris Kyle’s murder but he’ll fly the Flag at half-mast for Whitney Houston.
• All of a sudden, I’m sick to my stomach. I’m not sure the majority of Americans recognize the seriousness of the situation and how much “progress” has been made by Islam these last 7 years, a very brief time compared to a 75 year lifetime!