WFYL celebration this afternoon
January 4th: CFL/VF Patriots: Constitutional Attorney
SAMUELS – Thousands urge election block; Cheney – Electors under siege; McCARTHY – A deal for Iran?
LEADS: ZITO – Understanding Donald; SHELBOURNE – Dems attack Russian hacks; OLIPHANT & STEPHENSON – Trump’s team; SALTER – Synthetic pot; VAN DER GALIEN – Wilders launched; FISHER – Cops PR stunt; WILLIAMSON – Masters & servants.
PA: COULOUMBIS & LANGLEY – Budget war; Every student succeeds.
NOTES: Anal matter; Peking gift; Yellen awakes.
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.
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Kim Kennedy, WFYL Radio, “Working For Your Liberty”
Janet: VF Patriots/Campaign for Liberty
“Meet Pennsylvania’s TOP Constitutional attorney, and have YOUR questions ready:
About Joshua Prince, Esq.
With our 2nd Amendment rights being attacked at both the Federal and State level, and the ATF (Burea of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) trying to close down FFLs (Federal Firearms Licensees) for minor infractions while making FFLs the scapegoat when the ATF’s records are inaccurate, I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am one of only a handful of attorneys across the US that practices in the niche area of law known as firearms law. I decided to concentrate my legal practice on firearms law not only because I am a shooter and firearms enthusiast, but also to ensure that our inalienable Right to Keep and Bear Arms is never encroached upon. I handle cases at the Federal and State level for both FFLs and individuals.
*We will briefly hear from Eve Allen, PA Director for Concerned Veterans For America. You will be astonished at what is actually happening and/or not happening to our very own veterans. This will also include a Q&A. “
Robert Samuels, WaPo: “In last-shot bid, thousands urge electoral college to block Trump at Monday vote”
“Pressure on members of the electoral college to select someone other than Donald Trump has grown dramatically — and noisily — in recent weeks, causing some to waver but yielding little evidence that Trump will fall short when electors convene in most state capitals Monday to cast their votes.
Carole Joyce of Arizona expected her role as a GOP elector to be pretty simple: She would meet the others in Phoenix and carry out a vote for Trump, who won the most votes in her state and whom she personally supported.
But then came the mail and the emails and the phone calls — first hundreds, then thousands of voters worrying that Trump’s impulsive nature would lead the country into another war.
“Honestly, it had an impact,” said Joyce, a 72-year-old Republican state committee member. “I’ve seen enough funerals. I’m tired of hearing bagpipes. . . . But I signed a loyalty pledge. And that matters.”
Also – Kyle Cheney, Politico: “Electors under siege”
“Members of the Electoral College have been inundated by harassing phone calls and hate mail. Many report receiving death threats.
“On Monday, members of the Electoral College will cast their historic votes for the next president of the United States. In the meantime, they are under siege.
“The nation’s 538 presidential electors have been thrust into the political foreground like never before in American history. In the aftermath of a uniquely polarizing presidential contest, the once-anonymous electors are squarely in the spotlight, targeted by death threats, harassing phone calls and reams of hate mail. One Texas Republican elector said he’s been bombarded with more than 200,000 emails.
““I never can imagine harassing people like this. It’s just f—– up,” said Jim Rhoades, a Republican elector from Michigan who runs a home inspection service. “I’ve lost a bunch of business.”
In recent decades, the Electoral College had become such a reliable rubber stamp of Election Day results that it was viewed as an afterthought.
But with many Democrats desperate to block the all-but-certain ascension of Donald Trump to the White House, this long-neglected body has been gripped by turmoil, and its members have been subjected to pleas to upend centuries of tradition by casting their votes for someone other than the president-elect. . .”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “How about a Little Art of the Deal for Iran?”
“It’s the ‘dumbest’ deal he’s ever seen. On the hustings, that was Donald Trump’s constant refrain about President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). And given that he pegs NAFTA as the ‘worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere, but certainly ever signed in this country,’ that must make the JCPOA pretty, pretty dumb.
“That means it would be dumb not to fix it. The president-elect has a golden opportunity to do just that. He need not rip up the agreement. He just needs to do what he committed to do: Restore constitutional order.
“Messrs. Trump and Obama deserve kudos for the high-minded manner in which they’ve conducted what appears to be an efficient, cooperative transition — one that defies the rancor of the campaign and the ongoing effort to delegitimize Trump by “the professional left” (that’s the Obama administration’s pejorative for the president’s base). As is appropriate to the continuance of a helpful dialogue between the two men, they have maintained the confidentiality of their conversations. It is no secret, though, that Obama regards the JCPOA as a legacy achievement. He is undoubtedly urging its merits, such as he claims them to be, on his successor.
“For his part, Trump has been ambiguous, perhaps strategically so, on how he intends to handle the Iran deal, variously suggesting that he would tear it up, restructure it, or — in a significant departure from the Obama administration — hold the mullahs to its strict letter.
“I would propose a different tack: Trump should treat the Iran deal the way it should have been treated all along — as a treaty.
“Doing so would help President Trump accomplish two critical objectives in one fell swoop. First, without necessarily dismantling any benefits Obama may have secured, Trump would lawfully transfer to himself the power to renegotiate the deal on better terms — the signature skill on which he built his successful White House bid. Second, he would reverse a perilous constitutional setback that purports to create American legal obligations through international proceedings in which powers hostile to the United States — Russia, China, and Iran itself — weigh in, but the American people’s elected representatives are frozen out. . .”
Salena Zito, Washington Examiner: Two things Democrats, and the media, should do to understand Trump”
“Here is a shocker: I’d estimate based on my reporting that this election was baked before the debates, before the “Access Hollywood” tapes, before the hacked emails and before anyone took the time to actually notice, listen and understand just how upended the American voter is.
“Pollsters will likely become apoplectic over my conclusion. That’s OK, they deal with numbers and could likely argue with great big gobs of data that I’m wrong; while I am not in the business of predicting, I am in the business of listening to people.
“It was there in plain sight for everyone to see if they wanted to; it is clear that they did not and that is a bias towards him and prejudice towards the people that needs to be corrected.
What is remarkable right now is that a large portion of the pundits and some reporters still don’t get it; they still aren’t listening, they still aren’t opening their minds to the concerns of the voters who placed him in office and they are still missing what is hiding in plain sight for all of them to see; this guy connects with a large portion of the United States.
“Yes Hillary Clinton got more votes than Trump, the bulk of which are located in two states, but that is not how you win. . .”
Mallory Shelbourne, The Hill: Dem boss demands bipartisan congressional investigation into Russian hacks”
The GOP leadership, Mr. Hannity, Mr. Assange, and probably Vlad Putin know that the Russians hacked only Dem info. The Dems, like Paris mobs, “know” there must be some approvable reason for Scumbag Hillary’s loss. And we are blessed with cellphones that instantly link the impulsive, the marginal, and the deprived who borderlined school. The turmoil that we see today may be long term changes due to Apple, Samsung, HTC, and AT&T. Irony: Russia has a dozen military bases in the Arctic and may the only power capable of stopping the wholesale rapes that Muslims now commit in Sweden.
“Donna Brazile is calling on Congress to conduct a bipartisan investigation into Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election.
“As Chair of the Democratic National Committee — one of the main victims of the Russian attacks — I ask that you support and provide any needed assistance to an independent, bipartisan investigation of the attacks that includes public hearings,” the interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee wrote in a letter to Congress Sunday.
‘What we do know is that these intrusions were not just ‘hacks’ — they were attacks on the United States by a foreign power, and they must be treated as such,’ she said. . .”
James Oliphant & Emily Stephenson, Reuters: “Trump builds team of bosses to shake up Washington”
“With more than 20 nominees now selected, Donald Trump’s cabinet appears much like the president-elect himself: mostly older, white males, many of them wealthy, who see themselves as risk-takers and deal-makers and prize action over deliberation.
Trump, who says Washington is “broken” and controlled by special interests, has largely eschewed technocrats with long government experience. Instead, he has built a team of bosses.
Trump’s roster of agency heads and advisers conspicuously lacks intellectuals, lawyers, and academics of the sort sought by some past presidents. In their place are titans of business and finance from the likes of Exxon Mobil and Goldman Sachs and no fewer than three retired generals in key positions. . .”
Jim Salter, AP: “HOMELESS ACROSS COUNTRY FALL VICTIM TO SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA”
And government will grow, Senator Folmer . . .
“ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation’s homeless are proving to be especially susceptible to a new, dirt-cheap version of synthetic marijuana, which leaves users glassy-eyed, aimless, sprawled on streets and sidewalks oblivious to their surroundings or wandering into traffic.
Nearly 300 homeless people became ill last month in St. Louis due to the man-made hallucinogen that experts believe is far more dangerous and unpredictable than the real thing. Other outbreaks have occurred in New York City, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas.
“It was common for us to see reactions where they were violent, incoherent, sometimes catatonic on the ground,” Austin police Lt. Kurt Thomas said.
“The homeless are easy targets in a confined area, experts say. The drug is cheap – as little as $1 or $2 for a joint – more difficult to detect in drug tests and is a fast escape from a harsh reality. . .”
Michael van der Galien, PJM: “Geert Wilders and His Party for Freedom Are the Glorious Winners of the Last Poll of the Year”
“Today, the most well-known pollster in the Netherlands, Maurice de Hond, shared the results of his last poll of 2016. To sum it up: Geert Wilders and his Party for Freedom (PVV) are starting the new year with a bang.
“According to de Hond, the PVV’s (virtual) lead is now 13 seats. If elections were held today, Wilders would get 36 seats in the 150-seat Dutch parliament. Current Prime Minister Mark Rutte, whose VVD has 41 seats at the moment, would lose 18 seats. This means that the gap between the biggest party,the PVV, and the second largest party, the VVD, would be 13 seats, which is very significant indeed for Dutch standards. For example, the difference between the two largest parties in parliament right now is a mere three seats: 41 for the supposedly classically liberal VVD, 38 for Labor (PvdA).
“A gap of 13 seats would truly constitute a historic blowout. . .”
Anthony Fisher, REASON: “Police Keep Pulling People Over In ‘Cute’ Christmas-Themed Publicity Stunts”
“Citizens forced to comply with unconstitutional stops get gift cards.
“It’s that most wonderful time of the year, when police illegally stop drivers so they can hand them gift cards, all recorded on camera for public relations purposes.
“The recurring gimmick is meant to show police officers have “heart,” and just about all the videos of such stunts show drivers displaying the same hidden camera game show-type reaction, where their tense and concerned face drops in relief and laughter as they realize they’ve been lovably duped by an armed agent of the state.
“In Youngsville (La.), officers have been pulling over drivers and giving them gifts for obeying the rules of the road, which Officer Pedro Alexander says makes him feel good “to know that you’re not considered the bad guy around the holidays.”
“In Sequoyah County (Okla.), one officer was seen on video telling a motorist he was being pulled over for a broken windshield. When the officer came back with gifts, the motorist — who had been video streaming his stop on Facebook — actually did seem appropriately annoyed, asking “Why you got to scare me like that?” Happy pranksters of the law are also pulling these stunts in Michigan, Massachusetts, and Tennessee.
“But no one likes being pulled over, it can often be a terrifying experience just seeing those flashing lights in your review mirror. Leaving people alone for obeying the law is the appropriate default posture for law enforcement. . .”
Also – Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Masters and Servants”
“A Christmas gift from the state: ritual humiliation
“Officer Pedro Alexander of the Youngsville, La., police department likes publicity, so allow me to give him a little right here: He ought to be fired, along with a few of his colleagues and supervisors.
“Officer Alexander is one of the many policemen around the country who, having decided that the daily ritual humiliations Americans endure at the hands of their government (at the airport, at the motor-vehicles office, getting a passport renewed) should be even more extensive — and, by God, jollier! — are going around conducting illegal police stops as part of a Christmas-themed public-relations campaign. Our friends at Reason have been following these shenanigans for a while, and they are widespread, perpetrated by police from Louisiana to Pennsylvania to Oklahoma.
“What happens is this: Police cruisers pull up behind some unsuspecting citizen who is minding his own business and following the law. The police put on their flashing lights and pull over the unsuspecting citizen who is minding his own business and following the law. Then, they videotape the subsequent encounter between the police and the unsuspecting citizen who is minding his own business and following the law, who breathes a sigh of relief when police say: “Congratulations! You weren’t doing anything wrong! Merry Christmas!” And then sometimes the police give that unsuspecting citizen who is minding his own business and following the law a Red Lobster gift certificate.
“What happens is this: Police cruisers pull up behind some unsuspecting citizen who is minding his own business and following the law. The police put on their flashing lights and pull over the unsuspecting citizen who is minding his own business and following the law. Then, they videotape the subsequent encounter between the police and the unsuspecting citizen who is minding his own business and following the law, who breathes a sigh of relief when police say: “Congratulations! You weren’t doing anything wrong! Merry Christmas!” And then sometimes the police give that unsuspecting citizen who is minding his own business and following the law a Red Lobster gift certificate. . .”
Angela Couloumbis & Karen Langley, Post Gazette: “Pennsylvania budget battle takes shape with deficit of $600M projected”
“HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania is on pace for a $600 million budget shortfall in coming months, but Gov. Tom Wolf hopes to avoid proposing a hike in sales or income taxes next year, administration officials said Wednesday.
“Randy Albright, Mr. Wolf’s budget secretary, told reporters at a mid-year budget briefing that the governor would be meeting with Cabinet members to discuss ways to cut costs.
“Meanwhile, Republicans who hold commanding majorities in both legislative chambers signaled they are eyeing radical changes to how government operates, including privatizing services and consolidating state departments.
“State officials had banked on receiving new revenue this fiscal year from expanding gambling. But legislators have yet to pass a plan — or even devise one — to accomplish that.
“If they don’t, the projected $600 million gap in this year’s $31.5 billion budget will keep rising. The state’s nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office has said the deficit could reach $1.7 billion in the fiscal year that starts in July. . .”
Joanne: “Every student can succeed”
“The Philadelphia meeting has come and gone but there IS one in Quakertown on January 4 (scroll down) and in Scanton on January 10. I’m going to try to make the meeting in Quakertown for whatever good it will do.
From: “State Board of Ed ED” <RAemail@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12:15:30 PM
Subject: Pennsylvania Every Student Succeeds Act Public Tour: Friday, Dec. 16 in Philadelphia
Dear Friend of Education in the Philadelphia Area:
“I am writing to ask you to join me this Friday, December 16, at 11:00 a.m. to hear a presentation on Pennsylvania’s progress in developing our state plan pursuant to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. This event will be held at Community College of Philadelphia, Bonnell Building, Bonnell Auditorium, Room BG-20, 1700 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia.
“This event is part of a six stop Listening Tour across Pennsylvania. We have already presented in Pittsburgh, Erie and Lock Haven; future events, in addition to Philadelphia, are planned for Quakertown and Scranton. See below for details.
“Public engagement during our planning for our ESSA state plan is important to PDE; to provide the best avenue for public comment as well as provide an opportunity for those who cannot attend an event, members of the community are encouraged to review materials and offer comments at http://www.education.pa.gov/pages/every-student-succeeds-act.aspx#tab-1.
“Please consider attending and feel free to share this with colleagues who might be interested.
“I hope to see you on Friday in Philadelphia!”
Beth Olanoff |Special Assistant to the Secretary
Department of Education
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126
Obama’s going away present to us. Prostate exams are now free under ObamaCare. What a gift: “Get your ass checked!”His will be in one of three houses . . .
Also: China’s air is choked with toxic chemicals and some factories are shutting down. Is it possible the Chinese factories shifted polar air eastward and down onto the northern United States?
Hamilton’s daughter has been paid for eight years to decide to do nothing. Obama’s leaving and she wakes up . . .