Standing for Liberty; Trump Team PA; WFYL celebration
WRIGHT – Carson for HUD; COOK & RESTUCCIA – Cabinet in waiting; ZITO – Dancing with insanity; McCARTHY – Opportunity; RUSHBO – Left wets bed; WILSON – Old white folks.
ISSUES: SCARBOROUGH – Micro-managed Berets; CHANG – Taiwan; BEDARD – EPA costs; McINTYRE – Navy problems with new ships.
PA: Yahoo – Recount starts.
NOTES: WEXLER – FIDF gala, PIELKE – Climate heretic; FERGUSON – New world order, TUCKER & DREW – Bergdahl pardon? CINDY!
Subject: Citizens for Liberty: “One Cowboy’s Daughter Standing For Freedom”
“One of our board members, Karen Drum, is a friend of the late LaVoy Finicum family (as well as Citizens for Liberty’s friends, Cliven and Carol Bundy). You all remember that LaVoy was murdered in Oregon by the FBI, as they teamed up with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), while he was protecting his land that the government was trying to seize, for its uranium.
LaVoy’s daughter, Challice Finicum Finch, her husband, and their four children, want to come and talk to US about this horrific ordeal, and the imprisoned political prisoners for helping her father.
She will speak on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 7 until 9p.m. (doors open at 6:30), at the King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company, 170 Allendale Road. This is NOT a Citizens for Liberty event, however, we are honored to sponsor this via “Liberty Rising in Pennsylvania” and hosted by Challice of “One Cowboy’s Daughter Standing For Freedom.”
This is NOT a potluck dinner buffet event. Light refreshments will be provided.
Will you come and show your support to this family? What an honor this is. We are on pins and needles!
In Freedom and Liberty,
Jane Taylor Toal, President/CEO Citizens for Liberty
Our mailing address is:
Citizens for Liberty
PO Box 782
Oaks, PA, 19456
Sending out reminders to save the following date:
Monday, December 19, 2016
WFYL Christmas Open House
The station will be open from 1-7 pm to all our friends as we celebrate the reason for the season: our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Come and join us for as long as you can. Light refreshments and beverage will be served.
RSVP by replying to this invitation
Kim Kennedy, WFYL Radio, “Working For Your Liberty”
2400 W. Main Street Jeffersonville, PA 19403
Fox News Radio Affiliate
David Wright, CNN: “Trump taps Ben Carson for HUD secretary”
“. . . “I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development,” President-elect Donald Trump said in a statement.
“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities. We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities. Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a Presidency representing all Americans. He is a tough competitor and never gives up.”
The secretary of housing and urban development oversees federal public housing programs and helps formulate policy on homelessness and housing discrimination. As is the case with all cabinet secretaries, Carson needs to be confirmed by the Senate.. .
Nancy Cook & Andrew Restuccia, Politico: “Meet Trump’s Cabinet-in-waiting”
Secretary of state
“. . .Former House Speaker Gingrich, a leading Trump supporter, is a candidate for the job, as is Corker, current chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The Tennessee senator has said he’d “strongly consider” serving as secretary of state.
Trump is also eyeing former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.
Salena Zito, Washington Examiner: “Dancing with insanity”
“One-hundred and thirty-four House Democrats collectively lost their minds last week.
“That is how many of Nancy Pelosi’s colleagues it took to vote her back into power despite having lost her third consecutive chance at winning back the majority from the Republicans.
“Her win over Youngstown Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan for Minority Leader proved two-thirds of those House Democrats have more interest in someone who is a deep-pocket fundraiser than someone who perhaps could have made the party more competitive in swing districts or more cohesive in their message to the voters.
“Or perhaps both.
“Their decision was arrogant, tone deaf and a smack in the face to the voters who once proudly supported this party and were waiting to see if someone would lead them back out of the progressive wilderness. . .”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Trump’s Narrow Win Is Not a Landslide, It’s an Opportunity”
“He should take to heart a few lessons from Bill Clinton.”
“Now, let’s be clear. A win is a win. It’s totally legit, and no one can take it away from you. And while not an every-Sunday occurrence, such contests happen often enough that they can’t be thought of as flukes. Could you say the winning team got outplayed? Maybe. It is equally fair, though, to say that at crunch time, when it got down to the game’s handful of decisive plays, the losing team came up small. For long stretches of the contest, it looked like they were in total control. But it was the plodding kind of control: uneasy, uninspiring, and, in the end, unable to get it done. The losers can talk all they want about piling up yardage, but everyone knows the rules — the game is won on points, not yards.
“That is the kind of game Donald Trump just won over Hillary Clinton. For Democrats to belittle the outcome as illegitimate is absurd.
“For one thing, it is laughably dishonest. Take the Electoral College. As experience teaches, social-justice warriors hale from the heads-we-win-tails-you-lose school. They don’t care how they win, just that they win. It was hardly out of the realm of possibility that Trump would secure a plurality of the 135 million or so votes cast, but that a few hundred thousand Clinton votes would flip a few battleground states, giving her the decisive Electoral College majority. Had that happened, you know as sure as you’re reading this that you’d have been hearing paeans to James Madison from the direct-democracy crowd — notwithstanding that, where the Constitution is concerned, Democrats tend to be strict destructionists.
“Plus, Mrs. Clinton didn’t win a majority. Had she managed to prevail in the Electoral College, she would have been a president that most of the country voted against. . .”
Rushbo: “Left Wets Bed over Trump Rally”
“Man, oh, man, oh, man. I’ll tell you, folks, I don’t think Washington has any idea what they are in store for. I mean, they’re looking at it, they’re seeing it, and by Washington, I mean the elected establishment, in many cases of both parties, certainly the support groups at think tanks, the media. I don’t think they have the slightest clue yet of the whirlwind that’s headed their way.
“They’re still in a little bit of denial, and you can tell by some of the media’s reviews of Trump’s speech. “We didn’t like this. We don’t like the way he keeps attacking us. That’s not presidential. That’s not nice. He shouldn’t be doing this. He can’t give speeches like this. This is not presidential.”
“They continue to make the mistake of plugging him into what they think their system is. And what they haven’t figured out is, Donald Trump has taken over their system. I really think they don’t have any idea what’s headed their way. You know, Washington is an interesting place, folks. It moves at a snail’s pace. It exists in a mind-set of very little can actually get done. And because that’s the mind-set that very little can actually get done, very little of substance is literally tried. And particularly in our case on the Republican side, we haven’t really been trying anything. Our efforts have been oriented toward stopping the left, which has been on a full-fledged march that’s been looking successful because there hasn’t been any opposition to it.
“But I don’t think either party has any idea what’s headed their way. Their business is to remain mired in process. They call it deliberation, thoughtful, reasonable deliberation. Trump doesn’t know any of that. Trump is not a process guy. To him, process is delay. Process is obfuscation. Process is incompetence. People engaging in process are a bunch of people masking the fact they don’t know what they’re doing, and he has no time for ’em and no patience. . .”
Reid Wilson, The Hill: “Aging white population speeding diversity”
“A rapidly aging white population and fast-growing younger minority groups are speeding demographic changes across the nation, hastening a political divide likely to have long-term ramifications.
“The percentage of the U.S. population that is white has decreased from 79.6 percent in 1980 to 61.9 percent in 2014. The percentage of Latino-Americans has increased from 6.4 percent to 17.3 percent over the same time period, while both the African-American and Asian-American populations have grown, too.
“There are growing signs that the rate of change is increasing. The number of non-Hispanic whites who died in 2014 outpaced the number of white births in 17 states, according to a new analysis from the University of New Hampshire. That’s the largest number of states to experience a natural decrease in the white population in American history.
“Only two states, Maine and West Virginia, experienced more deaths than births — an indication that Latino and African-American populations are growing at a fast clip in most states.
“Both Maine and West Virginia are among the whitest states in the nation. In 12 of the 17 states where white deaths outpaced births, naturally increasing populations among Latino voters was sufficient to offset the declining white population. . .”
Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times: “Green Berets in Islamic State fight frustrated with top brass micromanagement”
“The secretive teams of Green Berets guiding rebels in northeast Syria have expressed frustration with the amount of micromanagement they receive from a top-heavy headquarters in Iraq and the United States.
“Special Forces sources tell of support staff watching the free-spirited Green Berets on reconnaissance aircraft and then criticizing their performance as they conduct the mission officially described as “train, advise and assist” the multi-ethnic Syrian Democratic Forces. The Americans and SDF are fighting their way toward Raqqa, the Islamic State terrorist army’s home base in Syria. Some of the “assisting” has drawn the Americans into firefights.
“One officer chalked up the complaints to the sensitive political situation of U.S. troops on the ground in a chaotic country amid competing groups of Arab, Kurdish and Turkish forces, all converging with different objectives. The Green Berets, known officially as Army Special Forces, must act under strict combat rules after President Obama approved their insertion one year ago.
“Based on the very high-level approval required to conduct operations, it can be extremely frustrating for the teams,” the officer told The Washington Times. “We just don’t have the latitude we had during our years in Iraq, and that can be frustrating . . .”
Gordon Chang, National Interest: “Why Donald Trump’s Taiwan Call Changes Everything”
“What Trump has done is not “reset” Washington’s relations with China but put them on an entirely new footing.
“Beijing today lodged a formal protest with the U.S. because President-elect Donald Trump, bypassing established diplomatic channels, spoke to Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen yesterday by telephone.
“During the call, each congratulated the other—Tsai captured the presidency in a landslide in mid-January—and both spoke of close relations.
“Beijing’s initial reactions, issued by China Central Television, the state broadcaster, and the foreign ministry, were mild, as was the protest, but expect tempers in the Chinese capital to flair in coming weeks.
“Why? In a few short minutes over the phone, Trump implicitly recognized Taiwan’s status as a sovereign state, thereby breaking with decades of settled China policy.
“The call, as many have noted is the first known interaction between a U.S. president or president-elect with his Taiwan counterpart since the Carter administration broke diplomatic relations with the island.
“Regardless of what Trump and Tsai said to each other, the fact the call took place would be sufficient to upset Beijing’s leaders, who view Taiwan as part of their People’s Republic of China.
“Tsai, on the other hand, believes she heads a state called the Republic of China. . .”
Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner:” New EPA rules push regulatory costs past $1 trillion, $3,080 per person”
“The new implementation of EPA rules on heavy trucks has boosted the 10-year regulatory burden on America past $1 trillion, 75 percent of which have been imposed by the Obama administration.
“That amounts to a one-time charge of $3,080 per person, or an annual cost of $540, according to a new analysis from American Action Forum.
“‘In other words, each year every person, regardless of age, in the nation is responsible for paying roughly $540 in regulatory costs. These burdens might take the form of higher prices, fewer jobs, or reduced wages,’ said AAF’s Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy at the watchdog group.”
Jamie McIntyre, Washington Examiner: “Pentagon’s top tester: Littoral ships ‘have a near-zero chance of completing a 30-day mission’”
“The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship program is behind schedule, hundreds of millions over budget, and incapable of conducting most of the basic missions it was intended to carry out. Senators on Thursday said they wanted to know why.
“Like so many major programs that preceded it, LCS’s failure followed predictably from an inability to define and stabilize requirements, unrealistic initial cost estimates, and unreliable assessments of technical and integration risk, made worse by repeatedly buying ships and mission packages before proving they are effective and can be operated together,” said Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., told Pentagon witnesses during a hearing.
“Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was more blunt. ‘The process is completely broken. If you want this to stop, somebody needs to get fired.’
“The current fleet of eight ships ‘have a near-zero chance of completing a 30-day mission, the Navy’s requirement, without a critical failure of one or more seaframe subsystems essential for wartime operations,’ Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon’s Director of Operational Test And Evaluation.”
Yahoo!: “Stein switches tactics in Pennsylvania recount drive”
“The party dropped a bid to pursue the recount in a state court, citing difficulties raising a million dollar bond demanded by the tribunal. It said it would instead press on in federal court and file suit Monday.
“That was also Stein’s deadline for raising the bond money.
“Make no mistake -— the Stein campaign will continue to fight for a statewide recount in Pennsylvania,” attorney Jonathan Abady said in a statement.
“Over the past several days, it has become clear that the barriers to verifying the vote in Pennsylvania are so pervasive and that the state court system is so ill-equipped to address this problem that we must seek federal court intervention,” Abady said.
Tzvia Wexler, FIDF: Thank you for your support of the FIDF 6th Annual Gala!
“Saluting Women in the IDF drew nearly 900 members of the community to the Gala on Tuesday, November 22nd. We were honored to have Chairpersons Madlyn and Leonard Abramson as we paid tribute to the IDF soldiers.
“The Program included FIDF IMPACT Scholarship recipients and IDF soldiers representing the air force, foreign affairs and a classified unit. Holocaust survivor Miriam Caine brought the audience to their feet with an inspirational message. There was a significant showing of high school and college students, and young professionals from the Chapter’s Young Leadership division. Shoval Dorani, former lone soldier from the region, shared her story as a member of an elite special forces canine unit, while introducing her training dog Gula. The First African Baptist Church Praise Team brought harmony to the room with their voices and spirit. Master of Ceremony, former lone soldier, and comic Joel Chasnoff balanced the night out by spreading laughter throughout the room.
“‘The Program concluded with the emotional life story of Ethiopian soldier, Sivan Sissay which brought tears. Despite many challenges, with the help of FIDF she succeeded and has become a success story in the IDF . . .
Roger Pielke Jr, WSJ: “My Unhappy Life as a Climate Heretic”
“My research was attacked by thought police in journalism, activist groups funded by billionaires and even the White House.
“I believe climate change is real and that human emissions of greenhouse gases risk justifying action, including a carbon tax. But my research led me to a conclusion that many climate campaigners find unacceptable: There is scant evidence to indicate that hurricanes, floods, tornadoes or drought have become more frequent or intense in the U.S. or globally. In fact we are in an era of good fortune when it comes to extreme weather. This is a topic I’ve studied and published on as much as anyone over two decades. My conclusion might be wrong, but I think I’ve earned the right to share this research without risk to my career. . .”
Niall Ferguson, Batchelor: “Donald Trump’s New World Order”
“What a Kissinger-inspired strategy might look like.”
“In an increasingly ‘Westphalian’ Asia, the United States might be expected to play the balancing role, but it is simultaneously an ally of Japan and a proclaimed partner of China—a situation comparable to Bismarck’s when he made an alliance with Austria balanced by a treaty with Russia. Paradoxically, it was precisely that ambiguity which preserved the flexibility of the European equilibrium. And its abandonment—in the name of transparency—started a sequence of increasing confrontations, culminating in World War I.5
Kissinger does not say explicitly in World Order that the Administration’s abortive “pivot to Asia” represents a repeat of the mistake made by Germany’s leaders after Bismarck; he does not need to.
He is more explicit with respect to the Middle East, where he categorically rejects arguments advanced by Obama himself in his January 2014 profile in the New Yorker. Obama assured David Remnick that his goal was to achieve balance between Sunni and Shia forces.6 Kissinger’s objection is that “America can fulfill that role only on the basis of involvement, not of withdrawal.”7 In effect, Obama has combined the rhetoric of Wilsonianism with a strategic retreat driven mainly by domestic political calculation.
In his interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, Kissinger goes further. As he puts it, with reference to Obama’s fateful decision not to intervene in Syria when Assad crossed his “red line” on the use of chemical weapons, the decision to use military force “should not be a compromise between contending domestic forces.” Whatever the rationale of Obama’s effort to achieve a new equilibrium between Sunni and Shi’a, the President has “created the impression—and the reality—of an American strategic withdrawal from the region.” The Iran deal was simply too favorable to Iran because it lifted sanctions without requiring Iran to curtail “its imperial and jihadist foreign policy” in the region: “The assumption that a weapons-specific negotiation would produce a psychological breakthrough in their thinking did not reflect Iran’s 2,000 years of imperial experience.” Age has not diminished Kissinger’s ability to penetrate the minds of other statesmen. “Obama seems to think of himself not as a part of a political process,” he observes mordantly, but as sui generis, a unique phenomenon with a unique capacity. And his responsibility, as he defines it, is to keep the insensitive elements of America from unsettling the world. . . . Since [the Administration] believes as well that the global trends are moving in a direction favorable to our values, the overwhelming strategic obligation of the United States becomes to avoid getting in the way of the inevitable. . . . [But] his vision of the arc of history produces a . . . passive policy. . . . [He prides] himself most on the things he prevented from happening. . . . Another view of statesmanship might focus to a greater extent on shaping history rather than avoiding getting in its way.8
“Donald Trump therefore enters the Oval Office with an underestimated advantage. . .” (emph added, jb)
Eric Tucker & Jonathan Drew, ABC: “Bergdahl Seeks Pardon from Obama to Avert Desertion Trial”
“U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who’s accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office.
White House and Justice Department officials said Saturday that Bergdahl had submitted copies of the clemency request seeking leniency. If granted by Obama, it would allow Bergdahl to avert a military trial scheduled for April where he faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. The misbehavior charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
If the pardon isn’t granted, Bergdahl’s defense team said it will expand its legal strategy to the new administration by filing a motion arguing President-elect Donald Trump violated his due process rights with scathing public comments about the case. . .”