January 4th: CFL/VF Patriots: Constitutional Attorney
JANET – Heritage: Repeal Obama Care
ZITO – Boot the elites; BUNCOMBE – Lame Duck Quack; WATSON – Soros rant; CODEVILLA – DJT foreign policy; GERAGHTY – Kerry exits; BOWE – NDAA forever; KLEIN & WAKED – Palestine in the White House; KRAUTHAMMER – Last hit on ISR; HANSON – Resilience of ISR; KRAUTHAMMER – BO’S late hit; WILLIAMSON – Last days; O’NEIL – Our kids can’t do math; BRODY – Riots in ISR & Chicago; BRODY – BO’s grand theft; BRODY – PA gas tax up some more.
Chanukah began Sat. night, Dec. 24, 2016 and continues through Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017
Janet: Heritage Action
Heritage is asking its Sentinels to call our Congressional Reps over this recess, which ends January 3, to ask them to have an Obamacare repeal bill ready for Trump to sign after inauguration.
Republicans must now honor their campaign promises and use a budget process that is most likely to repeal Obamacare, the legislation that
- did not allow us to keep our doctors
- did not reduce premiums (PA will see 30-39% premium hikes)
- intruded into doctor-patient decisions
- saw major insurance companies suffer unsustainable losses in the exchanges
- forced us to buy coverages we did not need nor want, like abortion inducing drugs.
Please contact Reps. Meehan and Costello, and Senator Toomey, BEFORE January 3, at links below.
Tell them simply that
Congress must pass and have on Mr. Trump’s desk, after Inauguration, a fiscal year 2017 budget bill that Fully repeals Obamacare, with the ‘reconciliation’ language that allows the bill to pass with simple majorities in both Houses. After repeal, Congress can begin the work of replacing Obamacare with options that are truly affordable and that move our healthcare away from federal control and back to us and our doctors.
For more information, http://heritageaction.com/2016/12/heritage-action-memo-repeal-obamacare-inauguration/
Rep. Patrick Meehan, https://meehan.house.gov/contact/email-me
D.C. (202) 225-2011; Springfield, PA (610) 690-7323
Rep. Ryan Costello, https://costello.house.gov/contact
D.C. (202) 225-4315; West Chester, PA (610) 696-2982
Senator Pat Toomey, https://www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=contact
D.C (202) 224-4254; Allentown, PA 1-855-552-1831 toll free
Salena Zito, NY Post: “Why US voters keep giving elites the boot”
“. . . one of the key lessons of Trump’s victory is that newsrooms don’t just have a lack of racial diversity in their reporting pool; they also have a lack of cultural diversity. They need more people who come from a blue-collar background, who perhaps didn’t go to Brown and can be found in a pew on Sunday on a fairly regular basis.
“And journalists need to step out of their geographical, social and political biases to really explore what has been going on in the interior of the country for quite some time.
“Our country’s uneasiness began in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Since then, Americans have been living under the constant threat of terror, watched presidential and government powers increase exponentially and personally experienced middle-class stagnation.
“And yet the obvious harm to Americans’ psyches had gone largely undetected by our politicians and the reporters who chronicle our lives.
“That is, until the simmer finally reached its boiling point and rattled the political class this year.
“Populism is easy to miss in its infancy. But the ingredients were all there.
“Since 2001, our lives have changed drastically: Air travel is demoralizing, we’ve engaged in two fruitless wars, blown up the size of government, made banks and corporations larger and more powerful and then rescued them when they failed — only to make them larger and more powerful again.
“We’ve created a new entitlement program, ObamaCare, that has taken a big chunk out of our family budget in return for broken promises; we’ve watched as the world we’re supposed to lead ignored the Syrian government’s ongoing massacre; watched ISIS form right under our noses; and have allowed technology to automate an entire swath of the country’s employment base without replacing those jobs.
“We’ve observed our elected leaders mishandle the big things like Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill, while ignoring glaring government misdeeds like the deadly Veterans Affairs scandal. . .”
Andrew Buncombe, UK Independent: “Russian Embassy in UK responds to sanctions with ‘lame duck tweet’”
“The tweet came in response to an order from Washington to expel 35 Russian diplomats
“As officials in Moscow said that US diplomats would be ordered to leave in a tit-for-tat response, the Russian Embassy used Twitter to make its point with little panache.
“President Obama expels 35 🇷iplomats in Cold War deja vu. Everybody, including the American people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless administration,” it said. . .”
Paul Joseph Watson, InfoWars: “SOROS: TRUMP IS A “WOULD BE DICTATOR” WHO THREATENS THE NEW WORLD ORDER”
“Billionaire globalist George Soros has penned a panicked rant in which he decries President-elect Donald Trump as a “would be dictator” who threatens the future of the new world order.
“In an article for Project Syndicate, Soros begins by mentioning how he lived under both Nazi and then Soviet rule in Hungary before asserting that “various forms of closed societies – from fascist dictatorships to mafia states – are on the rise.”
“This claim is confounded by the facts, which show that, ‘The share of the world population living in democracies (has) increased continuously.’
“Soros writes that in voting for Trump, Americans ‘elected a con artist and would-be dictator as its president,’ and that his defeat of Hillary Clinton means America will be ‘unable to protect and promote democracy in the rest of the world’ (because that policy worked so well in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Libya).
“Soros also slams Trump’s new cabinet as containing nothing other than “incompetent extremists” and ‘retired generals.’ . . .”
Angelo Codevilla, Washington Times: “How Donald Trump can shape his foreign policy”
“The president-elect should maintain a surplus of power over commitment
“. . . From Woodrow Wilson to Barack Obama, presidents have imagined that, as Eliot A. Cohen recently wrote, the notion of “vital U.S.interests is almost infinitely elastic,” and hence that “anything — from a loss of American prestige to the protection of American citizens, from attempts to deter aggression to even minimal efforts to fulfill our treaty commitments — can be defined as vital either to us or to our allies.” Mr. Trump should reject that, and hew to the Constitution’s provisions which make sure that these distinctions and choices ultimately are the American people’s business.
“U.S. policy has also suffered from a surplus of commitments over the power to fulfill them. Committing to China’s territorial integrity in 1921 while reducing the U.S Navy and renouncing the fortification of our Pacific bases helped bring on WW II. The 1994 commitment to Ukraine’s territorial integrity, coupled with encouragement to give its nuclear weapons to Russia, made possible Russia’s seizure of Crimea and the Donbass. Today, U.S. policy is helpless in the face of Chinese and Russian assertiveness, and as Islamist extremists inspire Americans to kill Americans in America.
“To translate America’s powers into victories, Mr. Trump will have to maintain a surplus of power over commitments, embracing the pre-Progressive Era statesmanship of presidents from George Washington to Theodore Roosevelt and, since then, only of Ronald Reagan, whose foreign policy motto was “we win, they lose.”
“Keeping the United States at peace — the definition of success in international affairs — depends on the country being willing and able to win at all levels of warfare, especially the highest: nuclear war. This means, as Herman Kahn wrote long ago, “coherent and plausible policies for the use of nuclear weapons.” As nuclear weapons and delivery systems proliferate, it is incumbent on U.S. nuclear policy to reverse our forlorn attempt to strip them from U.S. armed forces’ routine operations. Above all, this means protecting Americans against ballistic missiles from Russia and China. . .”
Jim Geraghty, NRO: “John Kerry’s Fitting Ending”
“Trashing Israel on the way out the door is the perfect capstone to an ignoble career.”
“Kerry debuted on the national stage in 1971 by telling the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the American public that U.S. servicemen in Vietnam “raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, [blew] up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan.”
“It was a stunningly thinly sourced, hotly disputed, and broad accusation, echoing the propaganda of America’s enemies around the world. Perhaps only in the Democratic party of the 1970s could this be the perfect audition for a political career. He would speak for many on the hard left on the day when he declared, ‘There is no threat. The Communists are not about to take over our McDonald’s hamburger stands.’
“Over four decades, Kerry established himself as one of the Democratic party’s loudest, if not wisest, voices in foreign affairs. In 1991, he voted against authorizing military force to expel Iraq from Kuwait, predicting that future historians ‘will ask why there was such a rush to so much death and destruction when it did not have to happen.’ Twelve years later, he voted for the Iraq War, then turned around and tried to run as an antiwar presidential candidate. In September 2003, Kerry sounded as if he supported wartime funding bills — ‘I don’t think any United States senator is going to abandon our troops and recklessly leave Iraq to whatever follows as a result of simply cutting and running’ — but as the Democratic presidential primaries heated up, he decided to vote ‘no.’ That led to his infamous quote, ‘I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it. . .’
Jon Bowe, InfoWars: “NDAA 2017: OBAMA’S BOOT STAMPING ON AMERICA’S FACE FOREVER”
“Ministry of Truth will oversee U.S. media
“The Internet’s renaissance of media , living on a revolutionary platform that has exponentially boomed since it was conceived at UCLA on October 29, 1969, is yet again under attack.
This bane to the New World Order and adversely, a voice of humanity simply disseminating the truth behind the mainstream media’s governmental facade, must be controlled and centralized if the power structure is to remain .
So while America innocently celebrated the holidays under threat of attack by the shadowy hordes of jihadists crossing our borders, America’s shadow government buried a time bomb in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, relegating control of the free press to what is being dubbed the State Department’s Ministry of Truth.”
Aaron Klein & Ali Waked, Breitbart: “EXCLUSIVE – Palestinian Official: We’ve Talked with White House about More UN Action on Israel”
“TEL AVIV – The Palestinian Authority has been in contact with the Obama administration and European countries about the possibility of taking more UN action on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before President Obama leaves office next month, a senior PA official told Breitbart Jerusalem.
“The official said the UN action could come in the form of declarations by UN bodies, including the General Assembly; UN sessions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; or even another United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution. He said any further UNSC resolution would depend on the support of the U.S. and European countries after the upcoming Paris Mideast summit slated for January 15.
“He said the UN action would seek to set the parameters of a future Palestinian state with a clear timeline for negotiations. If the action comes in the form of a resolution at a UN body, it could call for an infrastructure to establish mechanisms to enforce last week’s UNSC resolution, which demanded a complete halt to Israeli construction in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem and declared those territories occupied Palestinian lands. . .”
Charles Krauthammer, NRO: “Obama’s Late Hit on Israel
“It’s his final, most shameful, legacy moment. “When the chips are down, I have Israel’s back.” — Barack Obama, AIPAC conference,
March 4, 2012 The audience — overwhelmingly Jewish, passionately pro-Israel, and supremely gullible — applauded wildly. Four years later — his last election behind him, with a month to go in office and with no need to fool Jew or gentile again — Obama took the measure of Israel’s back and slid a knife into it. . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “The Resilience of Israel”
“. . . Obama has long been at odds with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Over objections from the Obama administration, Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress last year about the existential dangers of the Obama-brokered Iran deal and the likelihood of a new Middle East nuclear-proliferation race.
“Obama then doubled down on his irritation with Netanyahu through petty slights, such as making him wait during White House visits. In 2014, an official in the Obama administration anonymously said Netanyahu, a combat veteran, was a “coward” on Iran.
“At a G-20 summit in Cannes, France, in 2011, Obama, in a hot-mic slip, trashed Netanyahu. He whined to French president Nicolas Sarkozy: “You’re tired of him? What about me? I have to deal with him every day.”
“In contrast, Obama bragged about his “special” relationship with autocratic Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Never mind that Erdogan seems to want to reconstruct Turkey as a modern Islamist version of the Ottoman Empire, or that he is anti-democratic while Israel is a consensual society of laws.
“The Middle East surrounding democratic Israel is a nightmare. Half a million have died amid the moonscape ruins of Syria. A once-stable Iraq was overrun by the Islamic State.
“The Arab Spring, U.S. support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the coup of General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to regain control of Egypt, and the bombing of Libya all have left North Africa in turmoil.
“Iran has been empowered by the U.S.-brokered deal and will still become nuclear.
“Russian president Vladimir Putin’s bombers blast civilians not far from Israel’s borders.
“Democrats are considering Representative Keith Ellison as the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee despite his past ties to the Nation of Islam and his history of anti-Israel remarks.
“Yet in all this mess, somehow Israel is in its best geostrategic position in decades. How?
“The answer is a combination of unintended consequences, deft diplomacy, political upheavals in Europe and the United States, and Israel’s own democratic traditions.
“Huge natural gas and oil finds off Israel’s Mediterranean coast and in the Golan Heights have radically changed Israel’s energy and financial positions. Israel no longer needs to import costly fossil fuels and may soon be an exporter of gas and oil to needy customers in Europe and the Middle East. (America recently became the world’s greatest producer of carbon energy and also no longer is dependent on Middle Eastern oil imports, resulting in less political influence by Arab nations.) Israel is creating its own version of Silicon Valley at Beersheba, which is now a global hub of cybersecurity research.
“The Obama administration’s estrangement from Israel has had the odd effect of empowering Israel. . .”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “The Last Days of Barack Obama”
“There will surely be others like him, and that should frighten us more than it does.
“Rock stars, the heroes who stormed the beaches at Normandy, or Jesus Christ Himself — it doesn’t matter who you are next to the president.
“For the past year, there have been cringe-inducing headlines reminding us that x, y, or z is Barack Obama’s last as president. “This is Obama’s last Veterans’ Day as president,” the cable-news mouth said, as though that were the story. President Obama is about as beside-the-point as it is possible for a commander-in-chief to be on Veterans’ Day: He isn’t a veteran, for one thing. It isn’t his day.
“But all the days are the president’s days. . .”
Tyler O’Neil, PJM: “5 Years into Common Core, 15-Year-Olds Behind 35 Countries in Math”
“. . . The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2015 showed American students holding stagnant in science and reading, compared to results in 2012 and 2009, but far behind their previous results in math. Out of the 69 countries (and territories) tested, the United States ranked 39th.
“In math, Singapore took the top spot, followed by four Chinese provinces: Hong Kong 723, , Macau, Taipei, and BSJG. Japan scored below Taipei and above BSJG. Many other countries ranked higher than the U.S., including Canada, Finland, Ireland, Vietnam, Russia, Australia, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Malta, and Israel.
James Brody: “IQ and Inequality (Riots in the Promised Land and American Malls)”
Lynn, Richard & Vanhanen, Tatu (2006) IQ and Global Inequality. Augusta, GA: Washington Summit.
Data: S Korea 106; Taiwan 105; Sweden 99; ISR 95; Iraq 87; Kuwait 86; Iran 84; Syria 83; Egypt 81; Qatar 78; Uganda 73; Ghana 71.
Lynn and Vanhanen for 130 nations tabulated IQ against Income, Literacy, Higher Education, Life Expectancy; and Democratization: They found strongly positive relationships.
USA 99; American Blacks 85. And the 85 compares with 75 in Africa. The difference could be attributed to visits to the slave quarters by white owners. Has anyone said “Thanks”? No.
Is it coincidental that Jews and Arabs do not get along any more than the impulsive, border-line black teens in American cities who act on impulse, fail school, and kill each other as well as assaulting police officers?
For what little it’s worth: in the early ‘70s the American Association on Mental Deficiency decided that 85 was no longer to be considered a form of mental retardation because that IQ was related to school problems that disappeared when school was no longer a requirement. The enduring handicap is a limited “sense of the future” – an impaired ability to hesitate, consider choices and outcomes, and choose the better/best plan. What a pity we attribute to environment the outcomes with (probable) genetic roots. And allow the tragic rationalization: I have little but am “entitled” to more. Raise hell!” Such is the outcome in Chicago as in Palestine.
Barkley R. (1997) ADHD and the Nature of Self Control. NY: Guilford.
Bronowski, J. (1977) A Sense of the Future. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Professor X (2011) In the Basement of the Ivory Tower: Confessions of an Accidental Academic. NY: Viking.
Williams, Walter (1999) Jewish World Review, April 19th: “A Time for Truth”
Replay – James Brody: Obama’s Grand Theft
BarryO is stealing my stuff – I paid for his pen, phone, notepaper, clerical help, rent, and jet – but he intends to take it with him to Chicago. It will remain a valuable resource for his international meddling, particularly in the Middle East. And I suspect Iranian Val Jarrett will stay closer to him than Michelle will.
Somehow, we dupes accepted the “right” for a former president to have a private library but one filled with public property, property that belongs to the American people and should find its long term, supervised home in the National Archives.
The FBI/CIA/Superintendent of Documents should be indignant and giving “desist” orders to the Secret Service instead of letting BarryO use this material for his post-presidential mischief. . . or we insist that Valerie make photocopies for his use!
Replay: AP, Philly.com: “Pennsylvania’s highest-in-nation gas tax going up again”
“SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – The price to fill ‘er up is going up again in Pennsylvania.
“Starting Sunday, the nation’s highest gas tax will increase by another 8 cents per gallon.
“Drivers will pay about 78 cents per gallon in tax, up from just under 70 cents this year. The state’s wholesale gas tax funds road construction and infrastructure maintenance.
“Gas stations will almost certainly pass the increase to motorists, Patrick DeHaan, a petroleum analyst with fuel monitoring firm GasBuddy.com, told The Times-Tribune of Scranton.
“Pennsylvania has the nation’s fifth-largest road network, with more road miles than New York, New Jersey and all the New England states combined, according to James May, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.
“He said PennDOT has fixed thousands of structurally deficient bridges and boosted road construction spending by about $1 billion, paving the way for about 25,000 new construction jobs. . .”