POLLAK – Embassy to Jerusalem; FUND – BO’s last whopper, YORK – Optimism returns; DC EXAMINER – Trump vs. Washington.
WOMEN’S MARCH: SIMON – Pointless paranoia; NORMANI – Soros paid for it; YORK – Scenes from a pussy riot.
LEADS: ZITO – Trump made small towns count; YAHOO! – DJT may not enforce OCare rules; KIMBALL – Sun also rises; KLEIN – ISR hails new age.
PA: SNYDER – Ups and Downs
NOTES: BRODY – Abortion pays.
Joel Pollak, Breitbart: “Report: Trump to Announce U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem Monday”
“Numerous unconfirmed reports are circulating in the international media that President Donald Trump intends announcing Monday that he will relocate the U.S. embassy to Israel from the coastal city of Tel Aviv to the capital city of Jerusalem.
“Jerusalem has been Israel’s capital city since its founding in 1948, but most countries have deferred moving the embassy there because the original UN partition plan for the British Mandate proposed Jerusalem as a city under international sovereignty.
“Jordan, the Palestinians, and all surrounding Arab nations rejected the UN plan, and the Jordanian army took over the eastern half of Jerusalem in 1948, expelling the Jewish inhabitants of the Old City, where Jews had lived for several millennia.
With that part of the UN plan effectively rejected by Jordan and the Arab world, Israel established its capital in western Jerusalem. Though Palestinians, in theory, claim all of Jerusalem for themselves, the part of Jerusalem west of the 1949 armistice line (the ‘1967 lines,’ or the ‘Green Line’) will unquestionably remain part of Israel in any peace agreement.
“The core of the Arab and Muslim rejection of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a rejection of Jewish claims to religious and historical connection to the city itself. . .”
John Fund, NRO: “Obama’s Final Whopper as President”
“He claimed that other countries don’t have voter-ID laws, though many do.
“President Obama is known for telling some whoppers — “If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it” is perhaps the most infamous – so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that he told a final one as president right before leaving office last week.
“At his final press conference, Obama promised that he would continue to fight voter-ID laws and other measures designed to improve voting integrity. The U.S. is “the only country among advanced democracies that makes it harder to vote,” he claimed. “It traces directly back to Jim Crow and the legacy of slavery, and it became sort of acceptable to restrict the franchise. . . . This whole notion of election-voting fraud, this is something that has constantly been disproved. This is fake news.”
“The argument over whether or not there is voter fraud will rage on, in part because the Obama administration has spent eight years blocking states from gaining access to federal lists of non-citizen and other possibly illegal voters. Even so, there is abundant evidence that voter fraud is easy to commit. The Heritage Foundation’s website contains hundreds of recent examples of people convicted of stealing votes.
“But Obama’s first statement, that the U.S. is unique in trying to enforce ballot integrity, is demonstrably false.
“All industrialized democracies — and most that are not — require voters to prove their identity before voting. Britain was a holdout, but last month it announced that persistent examples of voter fraud will require officials to see passports or other documentation from voters in areas prone to corruption.
“In 2012, I attended a conference in Washington, D.C., of election officials from more than 60 countries; they convened there to observe the U.S. presidential election. Most were astonished that so many U.S. states don’t require voter ID. Lawyers with whom I spoke are also astonished to see Obama link voter ID with the Jim Crow era . . .”
Byron York, Washington ExaminerByron York: “It means the return of optimism”
“”It was a Trump speech,” said Beth Lesser, a Donald Trump supporter from Greenville, S.C., after listening to the president’s inaugural address on the Mall.
“He hasn’t changed at all — and I don’t want him to.”
Lesser was one of the thousands who traveled a long way to come to the inauguration, and who loved what they heard. They didn’t come to hear soaring rhetoric from Donald Trump. They didn’t come to hear Trump try to sound like Marco Rubio or, God forbid, Barack Obama. They came to hear Trump sound like himself.
That’s what they got. And to them, Inauguration Day was a day of hope.
“It brings some hope that we’re going to have a new direction for the country, that we’re going to create a real economic recovery,” said Rick Fischer, who organized for Trump in Fairfax County, Virginia.
“I think this really restores our country to its place in the world as far as a leader is concerned,” said Patrick O’Neal, of Atlanta.
“To me, it means the future of America,” said Emily Ovecka, who volunteered for Trump in Philadelphia.
“It means the return of optimism,” said Phil Bell, of Vienna, Virginia. “We’ve had years and years where I personally, and I think a lot of people, have felt simply like we didn’t have an opportunity.”
“Talking to people on the Mall was like entering a universe entirely apart from that of the political commentariat. In the pundits’ world, Trump delivered a pessimistic and foreboding address, one sure to further divide the nation. The adjective of choice was ‘dark’ . . .”
Washington Examiner, “Trump pits himself against Washington”
“”We the people” are the first words of the Constitution.
“The words also capture the populist vision for America’s future that President Trump outlined in his inaugural address.
“The speech was an us-versus-them oration that pitted the new president and the public against Washington’s political establishment that, as the words were spoken, sat in silence surrounding the man who uttered them.
“Republicans versus Democrats was an expired battle, Trump argued. The real battle was between the powerful and the powerless, the politicians and the people. Trump promised that his presidency would restore power to its proper place among the people, who would “never be ignored again.”
“Whereas President Obama, in his second inaugural address four years ago, called for a more robust role for the federal government, Trump promised, ‘We are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.’
“This re-transfer is sorely needed. Five of the six richest counties in the country are within commuting distance of the U.S. Capitol. Thousands of federal workers, lobbyists, lawyers, government contractors and others live in the capital enriching themselves at the expense of taxpayers. Trump has staked his claim as the champion of outsiders. Whether he can fulfill his promises is another matter.
“He mentioned factory workers who had lost their jobs, idled manufacturing plants, a forgotten middle class, “mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities” and “struggling families all across the land.”
“America faces no existential threat, as it arguably did in 2009, when financial panic was at its peak. But there are many problems that require Trump’s immediate attention. Military veterans are treated as second-class citizens when they return from the battlefield. Race relations are, in some aspects, at their lowest point for a generation. America’s foreign policy is aimless and it’s leadership either mocked or despised, or both. Its finances are in disarray.
“Trump echoed his campaign stump speech by promising to secure the nation’s borders, to destroy Islamic terrorism, to repatriate jobs from overseas and to rebuild infrastructure. A recent poll found that these are among the public’s most urgent priorities.
“Trump’s most emphatic statement was his declaration that “from this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and families.”
“This statement triggered the commentariat in various manifestations of apoplexy. But for the rest of the country, it’s a statement of common sense, and an unjaundiced view should acknowledge that it does not necessarily announce a withdrawal from the rest of the world. A president from outside the elite class is a president who sees the government as the servant of its people. . .”
Roger Simon, PJM: “The Pointless Paranoia of the Women’s Marches”
“. . . I’m going to skip over the obvious – these same women almost all ignored Bill Clinton actually doing (not just mouthing off about) similar activities in the Oval Office, not to mention on numerous other occasions, some of which we know about and some of which we may not. Further, these women didn’t have much to say — no demonstrations, no marches, maybe a few hashtags — when radical Islamists of various stripes regularly kidnapped large numbers of women (Nigerians, Yazidis, Kurds, etc., etc.) from their homes and took them as sex slaves, often beheading them after they finished raping them. Nor did they even pipe up when honor killings were going on in their own backyard.
“I could go on. But those are just, shall we say, a few of the minor inconsistencies mixed with, perhaps, a soupçon of cognitive dissonance. Something more must be motivating these hundreds of thousands of women.
“Oh, yes, reproductive rights. Break out your clothes hangers. The Donald is going to bring back the era of backroom abortions
“Rubbish. . .
Asra Normani, InfoWars: “BILLIONAIRE GEORGE SOROS HAS TIES TO MORE THAN 50 ‘PARTNERS’ OF THE WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON”
“This was NOT a grass roots demonstration
“To understand the march better, I stayed up through the nights this week, studying the funding, politics and talking points of the some 403 groups that are “partners” of the march. Is this a non-partisan “Women’s March”?
“By my draft research, which I’m opening up for crowd-sourcing on GoogleDocs, Soros has funded, or has close relationships with, at least 56 of the march’s ‘partners,’ including ‘key partners’ Planned Parenthood, which opposes Trump’s anti-abortion policy, and the National Resource Defense Council, which opposes Trump’s environmental policies. The other Soros ties with ‘Women’s March’ organizations include the partisan MoveOn.org (which was fiercely pro-Clinton), the National Action Network (which has a former executive director lauded by Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett as ‘a leader of tomorrow’ as a march co-chair and another official as ‘the head of logistics’). Other Soros grantees who are ‘partners’ in the march are the American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Constitutional Rights, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. March organizers and the organizations identified here haven’t yet returned queries for comment.
“On the issues I care about as a Muslim, the ‘Women’s March,’ unfortunately, has taken a stand on the side of partisan politics that has obfuscated the issues of Islamic extremism over the eight years of the Obama administration. ‘Women’s March’ partners include the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has not only deflected on issues of Islamic extremism post-9/11, but opposes Muslim reforms that would allow women to be prayer leaders and pray in the front of mosques, without wearing headscarves as symbols of chastity. Partners also include the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which wrongly designated Maajid Nawaz, a Muslim reformer, an “anti-Muslim extremist” in a biased report released before the election. The SPLC confirmed to me that Soros funded its “anti-Muslim extremists” report targeting Nawaz. (Ironically, CAIR also opposes abortions, but its leader still has a key speaking role.) . . .”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Scenes from a pussy riot”
Lots of photos!
“People bring signs to protest marches. At some demonstrations, there are hundreds or thousands of professionally-printed placards, each bearing the small-print note that they were produced by, say, the AFL-CIO or NARAL. That’s a sure sign of out-in-the-open astroturfing.
“The Women’s March wasn’t that. There were zillions of signs, and only a tiny minority were professionally done. Instead, nearly all the signs were homemade, apparently heartfelt expressions of deep feelings on the part of the marchers. Some of the signs seemed angry, but the people carrying them mostly did not. Many of the signs were all over the lot, plain-vanilla denunciations of Donald Trump or Republicans; there were immigration-based signs, gun control-based signs, Muslim rights-based signs, signs about Trump’s combover.
“But many, many signs were rooted in the ‘Access Hollywood’ video — a fixation which suggests protesters will try to make the video a recurring theme in resistance to President Trump. If that’s the case, then here, from the Women’s March, is a preview of things to come. . .”
Salena Zito, NY Post: “How Trump made small-town America matter again”
“The first time Donald J. Trump stepped onstage in Pennsylvania in April 2016 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, it was clear something very different was going on in this state, with this candidate.
“It was not because the rally was massive, or because it was boisterous, or that it was poorly organized, though all those things were true.
“Having already attended 18 of his rallies throughout primary states across the country, I found, in fact, that it looked very familiar.
“It was different because it was in Pennsylvania.
“It was a campaign that was designed to fail from the very beginning.
“Trump had no grass-roots organization in the first caucus state of Iowa, while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush had locked up the best operative in the Hawkeye State. Trump didn’t have any street cred with evangelical voters, while Texas Sen. Cruz not only had that, he had an app to get them out to vote.
“Trump lost Iowa to Cruz, but not by much. Bush was dealt a devastating blow, finishing in sixth place, a bruising indictment of all things establishment.
“By the time Trump arrived in New Hampshire, then South Carolina and Florida, he still had no staff, he still had no money, he still hadn’t built any relationships with the stakeholders who typically brought folks out to vote.
“Everywhere Trump went, he was fighting with the establishment, he was fighting with the Democrats — even fighting his own campaign staffers.
“Yet he won all three states, handily ending the candidacies of Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, proving he didn’t need the establishment, he didn’t need the stakeholders and he didn’t need the money. . .”
Yahoo!: “Trump may not enforce individual health insurance mandate: aide
“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration may no longer enforce a rule requiring individual Americans to carry health insurance or pay a penalty if they do not, a senior White House official said on Sunday.
“Speaking on ABC’s ‘This Week’ program, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, said President Donald Trump ‘may stop enforcing the individual mandate.’
Separately, on CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ show, she reiterated Republican promises that no one would lose their health insurance under Obamacare while a replacement is being developed.
“‘For the 20 million who rely upon the Affordable Care Act in some form, they will not be without coverage during this transition time,’ she said.
“On Friday Trump signed an executive order concerning the 2010 healthcare law, urging U.S. agencies to ‘waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation’ of provisions deemed to impose fiscal burdens on states, companies or individuals. . .”
Roger Kimball, PJM: “The Sun Also Rises”
“The unhappy children making a nuisance of themselves in Washington, D.C., ought to take a leaf from the sage of Ecclesiastes. Yes, Donald Trump is about to become president (in 3 hours and 45 minutes from now, but who’s counting? Update: he’s now president!). But fear not. Life will go on. The sun also ariseth. The winds will continue to blow. Spring will come. The tulips will bloom.
“It will go on even if that bulletin in The Hill yesterday is true: ‘Donald Trump,’ it announced, ‘is ready to take an ax to government spending.’ Can it be so? If The Hill is right, spring may be coming early this year.
“The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations.
“The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized, while the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely.
“‘Overall,’ we read, ‘the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.’
“Between us, I cannot help recalling the motto that the British travel writer Alexander Kinglake wanted to have inscribed over the lintels of the Churches in England: ‘Interesting, if true.’
“I have no idea whether Trump will be able to save that sort of money by cutting loose or getting rid of cultural cesspits like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting or the National Endowments for Left-wing Assaults on American Culture. When measured against the gigantic mandated spending programs of the United States government — Social Security cost $888 billion last year, Medicare $646.2 billion, Medicaid $545.1 billion — the sums spent on programs that explicitly attack conservative ideas are a drop in the bucket.
“Still, the impulse is a salutary one. Trump is not even, not quite, president yet, but he is setting a good example. The government had appropriated $6 million for the transition. Trump is sending back $1.2 million, or 20%, to the U.S. Treasury.
“That’s merely lunch money in Washington, I know, but it sets a good example and helps instill a proper Calvin Coolidge-like respect for what, let’s remember, is the people’s money, not the bureaucrats’ money.
“The fact is, the ship of state has acquired a thick and expensive layer of barnacles. . .”
Aaron Klein, Breitbart: “Israeli Leaders Hail ‘New Era’ of Donald Trump”
“TEL AVIV – Israeli officials here welcomed the inauguration on Friday of President Donald Trump following eight years of Barack Obama’s leadership.
Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, celebrated that a “true friend of Israel will enter the White House today,” ushering in a “new era” at the UN.
“Thank you President Trump for your unequivocal support, we look forward to welcoming you to our capital of Jerusalem,” Danon said. “After the shameful resolution that was adopted by the Security Council, Israel looks forward to strengthening our most important alliance and leading together towards a new era at the UN.”
“Congrats to my friend President Trump,” tweeted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. . .”
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 1/20 Ups & Downs
Seth Williams. Philadelphia’s District Attorney was hit with a record fine on Monday. Williams was docked $62,000 for ethics violations, specifically his unauthorized acceptance of gifts. This news led one of his opponents, prosecutor Joe Khan, to call for Williams’ resignation. Furthermore, Khan recently revealed his campaign’s sitting on $200K in cash. With a primary looming in May, 2017 is set to be a long year for Seth Williams.
Ed Pawlowski. On the other hand, the Mayor of Allentown continues to somehow keep his political career alive. A year and a half after his office was raided by the FBI and he found out his best friend was an informant, Pawlowski is actually running for a fourth term. It takes a lot of gall to continue in the face of those odds. So, for this week at least, we’re giving him an up arrow.
Chaka Fattah. There are many citizens despondent over the transfer of power set to take place at noon today. Count Congressman Chaka Fattah among them. Fattha’s grief, though, extends to the fact that President Obama did not grant him a last-minute pardon. As a result, his ten-year sentence for the dozens of crimes he committed will start on Wednesday.
Bob Casey, Charlie Dent and Brian Fitzpatrick. It’s not often that a Democratic Senator and two Republican Congressman find themselves in the same boat. Nonetheless, this trio stuck their necks out in various ways this week. First, Dent and Fitzpatrick were among the tiny group of nine Republicans who voted against the budget resolution that included the repeal of Obamacare. Then, Senator Casey announced that he would vote against Trump’s picks for Attorney General, Education Secretary and EPA Administrator. It’s unclear whether these mavericks moves will prove beneficial or detrimental, especially considering the next occupant of the White House.
Donald Trump. You have to give him this, no one thought it was possible. Yet despite all the drama, insults, scandal and even the loss of the popular vote, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as America’s 45th President of the United States today. While some PA Democrats won’t be there, everyone is sure to be tuning in. After all, Trump cracked the code as to what the public really wants: entertainment.
James Brody: Abortions
I am an evolutionist. I have been an agnostic since that morning when I was in seventh grade and opened my eyes and looked around during the Lord’s Prayer. This was in a redneck, southern school in a town mean enough to make Sherman capture it twice. And I never found another open pair of eyes.
First, women generally have one set of standards that they apply to a man, whether for a one-nighter or for a husband. Kindness, initiative, and commitment have a bigger say than clear skin and thick muscles (Buss, 1994) Men often have two sets of measurements: one for a quickie and another for a bride. (And the quickie loses points 10 seconds after he’s had her!)
Second, in many of our children, impulse rules with two gavels. There is the impulse that goes with an IQ of 85 (average for blacks!) and the impulse that goes with being between 17 and 25. Young humans move in swarms on campuses, sporting events, and military organizations. (Author Robert Heinlein had a fine idea in one of his novels when he made voting depend upon completion of military service!) Thus, if the crowd smokes Folmer’s pot and gets laid, then every member of that crowd is very likely do the same. (Recent studies find psychosis and dementia are the only reliable effects from marijuana use.)
Third, girls compete for men and an impulsive girl with impulsive girlfriends is more likely to say “yea” when she should have said “not me, hun!”
Abortion becomes the back-up plan if the guy turns out to be cruel, selfish, and undependable. “It’s just like using an eraser” except it’s not. I suspect that girls who need the “eraser” are less glued together and more worried about losing a mating competition than the ones at the top of the grade roster.
Planned Parenthood can let every girl say “yes” then “no” and society wobbles even more on the third rock from the sun. . .