January 4th: CFL/VF Patriots: Constitutional Attorney; Call your Reps!
ISR: GOLDBERG – The UN; GLICK – Obama vs. America.
THE DONALD: ZITO – Getting to know him; RUIZ – Repeal!; GERAGHTY – Libs panic.
LEADS: IOSEBASHVILI – Dollar dominates; WSJ – Vulture’s peace; SCHERER – Italy evicts immigrants; THALEN – Russia hacks power grid?
NOTES: BRODY – Who CAIRS?; NOONAN – Holding on.
Janet: VF Patriots/Campaign for Liberty: Jan 4th
-King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company, 170 Allendale Road
-7 until 9p.m. (our doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for your convenience
-FREE potluck dinner buffet (please feel free to bring your favorite snack, dish, or just simply enjoy)
-Cash bar available for non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages/self serve coffee
“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. This will also include a Q&A. “
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
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “The U.N. vs. Israel”
“. . . what’s amusing to me is the way some people assume my Goldbergness is what drives me to support Israel. It’s really not the case. I’m with Israel because Israel is in the right and it’s our ally. By no means do I think that Israel is a flawless country. I’m no fan of the politics of the ultra-orthodox crowd in Israel, I find a lot of Israelis rude (at least the ones in New York), and I think the Knesset makes the Galactic Senate of the Republic in Star Wars seem efficient and functional. There are things I like, even love, about it, too. The shawarma is amazing. The women are both tough and beautiful. And, most of all, Israelis persevere.
“Still, I find arguments about Israel incredibly tedious. What I mean is my position on Israel is pretty close to my position on, say, Great Britain, Japan, or Australia. It’s a democratic country. It respects the rule of law. It’s a strategic ally. And, that’s sort of about it. It’s not complicated. Yes, yes, Israel’s historic and religious status as the only Jewish homeland and all that has emotional power for me — and a lot of other people.
“Also, because I find so many anti-Israeli arguments and politics so fundamentally dishonest, flawed, and — quite often — repugnant, it’s easy to get really worked up on the topic.
“But in a very straightforward way, that’s all a distraction. If Britain were somehow surrounded and besieged by existential enemies my position — and I hope America’s position — would be: “We’re with the Brits.” That doesn’t mean we’d automatically send troops or start a war and all that. Those are prudential, tactical, questions to be worked out with our allies, etc. But the principle couldn’t be simpler.
“Now, unlike my position, the situation surely is complicated. Israel is surrounded by enemies and a few paper “allies.” I love how Israel’s critics make such a fuss about Israel’s military superiority as if it has nothing to worry about. If you’re walking into a saloon where everybody wants to kill you, you might walk in better armed than everybody else. If Israel loses a single war, it loses everything. America hasn’t been in a war like that since the Revolution. Even if we “lost” WWII, the idea that the Germans or Japanese would or could conquer North America is highly debatable. I would like to think that our culture could stay as free and democratic as Israel’s if we were under constant threat of military annihilation. . .”
Caroline Glick, RCP: “Obama’s War against America”
“. . . Following outgoing US President Barack Obama’s assault on Israel at the UN Security Council last Friday, longtime UN observer Claudia Rossett wrote an important article at PJMedia where she recalled Kirkpatrick’s words.
“In ‘How the PLO was legitimized,’ published in Commentary, Kirkpatrick said that Yasser Arafat and the PLO worked ‘to come to power through international diplomacy – reinforced by murder.’
“Kirkpatrick explained, “The long march through the UN has produced many benefits for the PLO. It has created a people where there was none; a claim where there was none. Now the PLO is seeking to create a state where there already is one. That will take more than resolutions and more than an ‘international peace conference.’ But having succeeded so well over the years in its campaign to delegitimize Israel, the PLO might yet also succeed in bringing the campaign to a triumphant conclusion, with consequences for the Jewish state that would be nothing short of catastrophic.”
“As Rossett noted, in falsely arguing that Obama’s support for Friday’s UN Security Council Resolution 2334 is in line with Reagan’s policies, Obama’s UN Ambassador Samantha Power deliberately distorted the historical record of US policy toward Israel and the PLO-led UN onslaught against the Jewish state.
“As Rosett noted, in stark contrast to Power’s self-serving lie, neither Reagan nor George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton nor George W. Bush would have ever countenanced a resolution like 2334.
“Obama’s predecessors’ opposition to the war against Israel at the UN was not merely an expression of their support for Israel. They acted also out of a fealty to US power, which is directly targeted by that war.
“It is critical that we understand how this is the case, and why the implications of Resolution 2334 are disastrous to the US itself.
“Resolution 2334 is being presented as an “anti-settlement” resolution. But it is not an anti-settlement resolution.
“Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and neighborhoods in Jerusalem are being used – as they always have been used – as a means of delegitimizing the Jewish state as a whole, and legitimizing Palestinian terrorists and Islamic terrorists more generally. Resolution 2334 serves to criminalize Israel and its people and to undermine Israel’s right to exist, while embracing Palestinian terrorists and empowering them in their war to annihilate Israel. . .”
Salena Zito, Washington Examiner: “The Art of Getting to Know Trump”
“. . Obama’s books defined his public image in a large part because the political class gushed and plowed their way through his words for insights into the candidate; who was he? Was there evidence in his words that pointed to the central promise of his campaign? Could he of all people reconcile a divided country?
It literally was the most vetted book in American politics.
Donald Trump‘s “The Art of the Deal”? Not so much. Which is a shame because any reporter who read the book before embarking on covering this presidential candidate, eventual nominee and now president-elect would have a much deeper understanding of who he is, how he operates and how he’ll behave going forward.
Written nearly 30 years ago (along with Tony Schwartz) it is just as revealing as Obama’s was, in terms of insights into the way this man thinks, his experiences and how he approaches business.
“It serves as a blue-print for how he ran his campaign. Consider this excerpt:
“My style of deal-making is quite simple and straightforward. I aim very high, and then I just keep pushing and pushing and pushing to get what I’m after. Sometimes I settle for less than I sought, but in most cases I still end up with what I want.”
“Those two sentences pretty much were the boiler-plate for what Trump did during the early part of the campaign, when he was trying to set himself apart from the seventeen other primary candidates standing beside him on the stage.
“He never had their qualifications, he was never part of their club and he had never run and lost or run and won, so he negotiated himself right into the imagination of voters. . .”
Karen Ruiz, UK Daily Mail: “Donald Trump’s press secretary says the President-elect plans to repeal ‘a lot of regulations and actions’ from the Obama administration on day one”
Sean Spicer revealed on ABC’s This Week, Trump will do two things on day one
- The President-elect will repeal many of Obama’s actions that he said have ‘hampered’ economic growth and job creation
- Spicer also said Trump will bring a ‘new brand to Washington’ and implement lobbying bans
- The incoming press secretary also addressed Trump’s use of Twitter and said the President-elect will continue having a ‘direct conversation’ with the public
Jim Geraghty, NRO: “The Season of Liberal Panic”
“A presidential victory by a candidate you detest isn’t supposed to be the end of the world — or the end of your world.
“Yet since November, the panicked reaction from progressives seems to be intensifying instead of passing. Over at Out, an activist declares, ‘It’s the early days of AIDS all over again.’ Senator Bob Menendez describes ‘fear and panic in the immigrant community,’ with those living in the country illegally selling off their possessions and preparing to move quickly. The Week asks whether Trump’s presidency will ‘quash scientific progress in America.’
“The media are filled with anecdotes of more personal hysteria: Stress eating is making some Americans gain the ‘Trump Ten’ extra pounds. A Los Angeles sex therapist said her female clients have told her the election killed their libido. Hairstylists in Washington report more women wanting dramatic changes to their haircuts and colors. Even those whose professional role is to help people cope with stress find themselves overwhelmed. A therapist asked, ‘How can I treat patients when the world is spinning out of control?’
“Do these people need a hug, or to be vigorously shaken and told to snap out of it? They’re experiencing a colossal emotional transformation even though nothing has actually changed in their day-to-day lives. They are exactly the same people they were on November 8. Everything they had the day before — their smarts (or lack thereof), their work ethic, their skills, their passions, their vision — is still there. Trump’s election didn’t do anything to them. And yet they’re reacting to the election like they’ve been physically assaulted.
“These stress-eating, sex-forsaking, anxiety-attack-ridden souls’ sense of identity and self-worth is obviously tied up with the success of the Democratic party, their partisan identification so psychologically intense that their physiological condition changes depending upon election outcomes. . .”
IRA IOSEBASHVILI, WSJ: “Re-Energized Dollar Looms Over the Rest of the World”
“On Wall Street, the rising dollar has been one of the most visible signals of growing optimism in the U.S. economy; for many other countries, it spells trouble.
“Most analysts expect the U.S. currency to strengthen in 2017, extending a gain that has boosted the value of the dollar by more than one-third since the U.S. credit downgrade in 2011.
“That expectation is mostly because a strengthening economy appears likely to enable the Federal Reserve to enact its plan for multiple rate increases in 2017. Higher rates make it more attractive to hold dollar-denominated assets, attracting money into the U.S.
“Right now, there is an incredible amount of pressure to sell just about every type of currency and buy the dollar,” said Christopher Stanton, chief investment officer at Sunrise Capital LP, which manages $700 million.
“Mr. Stanton recently bet that the U.S. currency will appreciate against the Australian dollar, Japanese yen and euro in the next few months.
“A stronger dollar raises the buying power of U.S. consumers and businesses by making imported items cheaper and reducing the costs of traveling abroad. By the same token, however, it hurts U.S. exporters by making their goods less competitive overseas, cutting into corporate earnings and potentially weighing on stock prices.
“In emerging markets, sustained dollar strength could undercut prices for oil and other dollar-denominated commodities, pressuring developing economies that export raw materials. Emerging-market companies and governments that have borrowed heavily in the U.S. currency will also find their debt more difficult to service. . .”
WSJ: “A Vultures’ Peace in Syria”
“Russia and Turkey divide up the spoils amid U.S. irrelevance.
“Turkey and Russia announced Thursday that they have brokered a cease-fire between the Syrian regime and the non-radical opposition, with a peace conference to follow next month in Kazakhstan. This is a vultures’ peace, with the two authoritarian powers and Iran preparing to negotiate over the bloody carcass of Syria as they advance their strategic interests in the Middle East.
“The truce took effect on Friday at midnight, albeit in shaky fashion. One opposition group supposedly among the signers claimed it hadn’t agreed, and cease-fires in the nearly six-year-old civil war have a history of collapsing.
“The announcement is nonetheless a sign of diminishing U.S. influence and the first major consequence from the Syrian regime’s victory in Aleppo and the entent”e between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The strongmen were at each other’s throats in 2015 after the Turks shot down a Russian plane. But they appear to have decided they can achieve more by dividing the spoils in Syria rather than fighting over them.
“For the Turks, this probably means Russian acquiescence in squeezing Syria’s Kurds in a post-civil war agreement. Thousands of U.S.-backed Kurdish ground troops have been fighting Islamic State in eastern Syria, and the Kurds control chunks of Syrian territory along the Turkish border. . .”
Steve Scherer, Yahoo!: “Italy to seek to track down and deport migrants with no right to stay”
“ROME (Reuters) – Italy will seek to deport more migrants who have no right to be in the country and will open new detention centers to hold them before their expulsion, according to a written directive and a ministry source.
“Police chief Franco Gabrielli sent a two-page directive to stations across the country on Friday ordering them to increase efforts to identify and deport migrants a week after Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri was shot dead near Milan.
“The directive, seen by Reuters, says police should take “extraordinary action” before the ‘growing migratory pressure in an international context marked by instability and threats’ to ‘control and remove irregular foreigners.’ ”
Mikael Thalen, InfoWars: “WASHINGTON POST STIRS FEAR AFTER FALSE REPORT OF POWER GRID HACK BY RUSSIA?”
“Story quickly falls apart after investigation finds claims to be inaccurate
“According to the report, malicious “code” associated with Grizzly Steppe, the name given to Russian hacking operations by the Obama administration, was found within the system of a utility company in Vermont.
“‘While the Russians did not actively use the code to disrupt operations, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a security matter, the discovery underscores the vulnerabilities of the nation’s electrical grid,’ the article states.
“The code, which was not specifically identified by the Post, was released by the FBI and DHS in a Joint Analysis Report (JNC) Thursday regarding the ‘tools and infrastructure’ of the accused Russian hackers. The report provided a way for network administrators to examine their systems for malicious activity and other Indicators of Compromise (IOCs).
“As the news stirred fear among Americans across social media, members of the cybersecurity community immediately questioned the validity of the report.
“Matt Tait, a former member of the GCHQ, the UK’s NSA equivalent, quickly noted that attribution, or the process of discovering ‘whodunnit,’ would almost certainly not be accomplished in less than 24 hours.
“‘John Hultquist, who has spent a decade tracking cyber espionage threats for both the government and private sector, noted that Russian operators had previously infiltrated the grid, making it possible that the discovered code was a “lingering infection.’ . . . ”
James Brody: “Putin & Islam: Who CAIRS?”
Russia had problems with Muslim attacks but things have been quieter for several years. Vlad knows some things that Obama, whose career lies with leading Islam to America, refuses to put to work. Instead of criticizing Vlad, Donald should invite him to the inauguration and hire him to clean up Chicago! Remember: Impulsive people respond not to lectures or public school but to consequences that are immediate, important individually, and certain! As for Obama – his “library” will consist of materials that he stole from the taxpayer and that he and Jarrett will need in their next career . . .
Peggy Noonan, WSJ: “Holding On”
“. . . In his work you see an America that is battered but standing, a society that is atomized—there are lonely people in his pictures—but holding on. Two great and underappreciated institutions play a deep role in holding it together.
“The first is small churches, often Pentecostal and Evangelical. They’re in a dead strip mall or on a spur off a highway and they give everyone an embrace. ‘Any church that has a sign that says We Welcome Everybody, that’s where I go.’ He looks for the ones ‘that are often literally on the edge of town.’ One in Alabama was a former Kentucky Fried Chicken. ‘It’s clear they don’t have a lot of money. They tend to be more welcoming because they’re used to people walking in off the street.’ Though a stranger he is often hugged. He has been invited to speak from the pulpit. ‘I am a bit of an outcast being a progressive who finds a lot of value in faith beyond just my faith, but faith in others. We progressives, we only seem to celebrate faith among poor blacks, not poor whites.’
“The other institution that helps hold people together is McDonald’s. Mr. Arnade didn’t intend to discover virtue in a mighty corporation, but McDonald’s ‘has great value to community.’ He sees an ethos of patience and respect. ‘McDonald’s is nonjudgmental.’ If you have nowhere to go all day they’ll let you stay, nurse your coffee, read your paper. ‘The bulk of the franchises leave people alone. There’s a friendship that develops between the people who work there and the people who go.’ ‘In Natchitoches, La., there’s a twice-weekly Bible study group,’ that meets at McDonald’s. ‘They also have bingo games.’ There’s the Old Man table, or the Romeo Club, for Retired Old Men Eating Out. . .”