PA Capitol, CFL/VFP – March 1st; ObamaCare; Pro-Trump; DC Grassroots trip; NRO Summit
BUDGET: 2017 National Budget; WILL – Sneaks.
NOTES: WILLIAMSON – Bums; DURDEN – Bye Bye Bux; KIMBALL – Blasphemy?; GOLDBERG – Down with Admin. State.
Join fellow patriots at the Pennsylvania State Capitol,
CFL/VFP – March 1st
“”Crony Capitalism: A First Hand Account”
“Our guest speakers for Wednesday, March 1st are a husband and wife team. They are normal people with a 6 year old son who experienced first hand the power of crony capitalism forcing them into financial ruin. This sparked within them a desire to not only spread the message to others by giving them a first hand account of their story, but also provide a message of hope. Instead of cowering in a corner, they chose to use this travesty as an opportunity. They are passionate liberty-minded individuals who believe in their fellow humans. They embrace the idea of what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and they have used that new found strength and passion for liberty in forming Liberty Link Media Group; where their mission is to be a leading voice of activism in the liberty movement, and to utilize their many years of experience; Nicholas as a media and marketing professional, and Dawn as a Forensic Psychologist, to bring professional video content, PR, marketing, and media that has long been lacking to the movement.
“In 2014 their small family-owned tech company was sued by the Attorney General of Florida with no cause as part of a sweeping action to take out the competition of much larger companies. Companies who had provided money to the campaigns of high profile Florida politicians. Despite having no evidence to support their assertions they forged forward against the company assuming Nicholas and Dawn would simply settle as all others do. Unfortunately, they found themselves embroiled in a 2 year battle that continues today. What transpired during those two years is a story you will only see in the movies. You do not want to miss this!
-Hosted by Citizens for Liberty/Valley Forge Patriots
-Wednesday, March 1, King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company, 170 Allendale Road (located directly across from the Cheesecake Factory, and adjacent to the fire company’s 911 Memorial)
-7 until 9p.m. (doors will open at 6:30)
-Free potluck dinner buffet included (please feel free to bring a snack, dish, or simply enjoy)
-Cash bar for non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages/self-serve coffee
-Two random monthly door prizes will be drawn. Get your tickets upon entrance. We hope you love them as much as we do!
-Please share this unique event extraordinaire with your family and friends in the tri-state area. It promises to be exceptional.
*Prayers and fellowship will be shared with all of our Christian friends for “Ash Wednesday.”
Pro-Trump Rally To Be Held At Neshaminy State Park
The March 4 rally is hosted by People4Trump in Southeast Pennsylvania. grassroots activist group founded by Jim Worthington in support of President Donald J. Trump.
The rally, to be held from noon to 1 p.m., is one of many “Spirit of America” rallies taking place across the nation that day.
“These rallies are inclusive, non-partisan, and open to anyone supporting President Trump in his efforts to bring back manufacturing jobs to America, put the security of our nation ahead of political correctness, improve our infrastructure, revitalize the inner cities and secure our nation’s borders
Grassroots Lobbying Day in D.C. on Capitol Hill, March 15
Mark your calendar and make your plans to be at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, March 15, 2017! PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!
It’s time for the Tea Party to go BACK to Washington, DC. President Trump is working to keep the promises he made on the campaign trail, but he’s running into opposition at every turn – from the intolerant leftist Democrats, to the mainstream media, and even some establishment Republicans.
It’s time for us to show up again in Washington and remind these politicians that it’s time to start enacting the agenda that will make America great again.
Tea Party Patriots along with Freedom Works
On March 15th, will host a grassroots lobbying day on Capitol Hill. Office visits are one of the most effective ways to make our voices heard in Washington, D.C. and to hold our elected officials accountable.
The primary focus of our lobbying day will be on repealing ObamaCare and confirming Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, although we may add other topics as the date approaches. The committee hearing for Judge Gorsuch is set for March 20, which increases the importance of us being in DC together making our voices heard on March 15.
Mark the date on your calendar! If interested get on the email list WestChesterTP@aol.com
March 16-17: National Review Ideas Summit
Now Announcing: Kellyanne Conway Speaking at Ideas Summit
Please join us, and many of our closest friends, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C. on March 16 and March 17, for National Review Institute’s 2017 Ideas Summit. This biennial Summit builds upon NRI’s rich tradition of in-person intellectual engagement, bringing together today’s most influential thinkers and strengthening the conservative movement William F. Buckley Jr. helped establish. We invite you to join us for what promises to be a productive and uplifting Summit.
This year’s Summit will address:
“The Way Ahead · Conservative Foreign Policy · Conservative Economics in an Age of Populism . Getting Right on Immigration · Hollywood and Popular Culture · Conservatism and the Class Divide
Among the notables participating:
Ed Conard · Charles C.W. Cooke · Governor Doug Ducey · Kellyanne Conway, Senator Tom Cotton ·Veronique de Rugy · Kristie de Peña · David French · Daniel Hannan, Mollie Hemingway · Mark Krikorian · Andrew Klavan · Larry Kudlow, Dr. Charles Krauthammer · Michael Lind · Kathryn Jean Lopez · Rich Lowry, Heather Mac Donald · Andrew C. McCarthy · Jay Nordlinger · John O’Sullivan , Ramesh Ponnuru · Reihan Salam · J.D. Vance · Kevin D. Williamson.
AND DON’T MISS: The Inaugural Whittaker Chambers Award Dinner (3/16) | Celebrating Daniel Hannan, a profile in courage
Janet: Obama Care:
There are no more excuses for not repealing Obamacare. Establishment Republicans are, nonetheless, dragging their feet on what was a major campaign promise. We are hearing that liberals are calling Congress in massive numbers to ensure the survival of socialist medicine and the ‘death panel’. Conservatives must act asap.
The deadline to repeal Obamacare, with the reconciliation process that allows passage in the Senate with only 51 votes (Republicans have 52), is April 28, 2017.
Please be aware that repeal must come first, then, replace. A transition period is included in the repeal effort that gives Obamacare insurers and insured the time to transition to a replacement plan. Combining repeal and replace significantly jeopardizes the repeal process.
ACTION ALERT: Please contact your Congressman
Rep. Patrick Meehan: https://meehan.house.gov/contact/email-me
D.C. office (202) 225-2011
Springfield, PA office (610) 690-7323
Rep. Ryan Costello
https://costello.house.gov/contact : D.C. office (202) 225-4315
West Chester, PA office (610) 696-2982
For more information: http://heritageaction.com/2017/02/repeal-replace-obamacare-trump-administration/
Kim Strassel, WSJ: Mattis’s Pyrrhic Personnel War”
“The defense secretary clashes with the White House about staffing the Pentagon
“President Trump promised to rebuild our hollowed-out military, a cause as urgent as any domestic priority. Years of Obama budget cuts and neglect slashed force sizes and provoked a readiness crisis. Over half the Navy’s aircraft are grounded. Of 58 Army brigade combat teams, only three are ready to immediately join a fight. The Air Force is short pilots and aircraft maintenance workers.
“Mr. Trump chose a man singularly gifted to take on such a huge challenge. “Mad Dog” Mattis is a highly intelligent and revered Marine, whose time on the battlefield has made him intimately familiar with the needs of a fighting force. He’s a steely-eyed warrior who’ll fight for the rebuild mission, and who is willing to speak truth to his boss and Congress about what it will require. That is, if he will stand down long enough to get the project started.
“Because right now, Mr. Mattis is fighting alone in the Pentagon, a situation of his own design. He was confirmed on Inauguration Day, yet as March approaches the White House hasn’t nominated a single subcabinet position in the Defense Department. No deputy secretary. No undersecretaries. No assistant secretaries. This is because Mr. Mattis is battling with the White House over who gets the jobs. . .”
Investors Business: “Is Global Warming Science Just A Fraud?”
“As BBC News Science Correspondent Tom Feilden noted last week, “Science is facing a ‘reproducibility crisis’ where more than two-thirds of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist’s experiments, research suggests.” This isn’t just his journalistic opinion, but the conclusion of the University of Virginia’s Center for Open Science, which estimates that roughly 70% of all studies can’t be reproduced.
“And this includes the field of climate change, by the way. It’s a disaster. Being able to reproduce others’ experiments or findings from models is at the very heart of science. Yet, radical climate change advocates would have us spend 2% of global GDP, or roughly $1.5 trillion a year, to forestall a minuscule amount of anticipated warming based on dubious modeling and experiments.
“Meanwhile, the federal government spends literally billions of dollars a year on climate change, with virtually none of the money funding scientists who doubt the climate change threat. There is no serious debate. This is a problem for all of science.
“Worse, our government’s own science fraud is a big problem. Dr. John Bates, a former top scientist at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, recently detailed how a government paper that called into question the 18-year “pause’ in global warming was based on ‘experimental’ data and politicized. That ‘paper’ was used to justify President Obama’s signing of the Paris climate agreement.
“Meanwhile, Georgia Institute of Technology climatologist Judith Curry recently retired, blaming the “CRAZINESS (her emphasis) in the field of climate science.”
“Even so, mythical claims of a ‘consensus’ among scientists about climate change continue in an effort to shut up critics. . .”
‘Nuts’: Cruz tells Levin 4th Circuit decision to ban guns is insane
by: Chris Pandolfo
“This test isn’t just sort of questionable, it isn’t just a little bit out there. It is nuts!”
Ted Cruz: American people deserve to know about Iran deal’s ‘hidden’ details
by: Jordan Schachtel
What exactly did the Obama administration hide from us?
Setting their veils ablaze, Syrian women celebrate their freedom from ISIS [VIDEO]
by: Jordan Schachtel
“We’re humans, we have our freedom.”
Did you miss Mark Levin’s CPAC interview with Ted Cruz? Here are the greatest hits
by: Chris Pandolfo
Here’s what happens when two of the best minds in the conservative movement meet
Another Obamanation undone: Trump & Sessions take the federal government out of your kids’ bathroom
by: Nate Madden
Why was this even a thing in the first place?
Steve Deace schools CNN’s Jake Tapper on why the term ‘undocumented immigrant’ is a load of BS
by: Chris Pandolfo
Well, that escalated quickly. And we loved it!
I know why I’m a conservative. Do you?
by: Steve Deace
When you break the natural law, it ends up breaking you.
Lethal judiciary: California cop killed by known criminal released by activist Supreme Court
by: Daniel Horowitz
This is the cost of judicial activism.
2017 United States Budget Estimate
Total Receipts: $3.21T
Total Outlays: $3.65T
Total Surplus or Deficit as Percentage of GDP: -2.6%
* Note: To the extent feasible, the data have been adjusted using chained 2009 GDP to provide consistency with the 2015 Budget and to provide comparability over time.
Research the Federal Budget: http://federal-budget.insidegov.com/
George Will, NRO: “‘Big Government’ Is Ever Growing, on the Sly”
“In 1960, when John Kennedy was elected president, America’s population was 180 million and it had approximately 1.8 million federal bureaucrats (not counting uniformed military personnel and postal workers). Fifty-seven years later, with seven new Cabinet agencies, and myriad new sub-Cabinet agencies (e.g., the Environmental Protection Agency), and a slew of matters on the federal policy agenda that were virtually absent in 1960 (health-care insurance, primary- and secondary-school quality, crime, drug abuse, campaign finance, gun control, occupational safety, etc.), and with a population of 324 million, there are only about 2 million federal bureaucrats.
“So, since 1960, federal spending, adjusted for inflation, has quintupled and federal undertakings have multiplied like dandelions, but the federal civilian workforce has expanded only negligibly, to approximately what it was when Dwight Eisenhower was elected in 1952. Does this mean that “big government” is not really big? And that by doing much more with not many more employees it has accomplished prodigies of per-worker productivity? John J. DiIulio Jr., of the University of Pennsylvania and the Brookings Institution, says: Hardly.
“In his 2014 book “Bring Back the Bureaucrats,” he argued that because the public is, at least philosophically, against “big government,” government has prudently become stealthy about how it becomes ever bigger. In a new Brookings paper, he demonstrates that government expands by indirection, using three kinds of “administrative proxies” — state and local government, for-profit businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Since 1960, the number of state- and local-government employees has tripled to more than 18 million, a growth driven by federal money. . .”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Bums”
I have lost touch with my friend Mark, and, assuming he is alive, it will be some work to track him down, because he is periodically homeless or semi-homeless. My first impression was that his economic condition was mainly the result of his having been for many years a pretty good addict and a pretty poor motorcyclist, a combination that had predictable neurological consequences. I never knew Mark “before” — there is something in such men as Mark suggesting an irrevocably bifurcated life — but the better I got to know him, the more I came to believe that he probably had been much the same man, but functional, or at least functional enough.
Like many people with mental problems, Mark tended to be repetitious. His rants were as well-rehearsed as any stand-up comedy routine. “My dear, sweet mother said I was a rebel, a troublemaker, and a hoodlum,” he would say. “But she was wrong. I ain’t no hoodlum!” Mark’s conception of himself as a rebel was central to his outlook on life, and it was reinforced by the amusing decision of the local social-services agency to put him into a subsidized apartment in a narrow strip of commercial and retail properties abutting two of the wealthiest communities in one of the wealthiest municipalities in the United States. He reveled in the fact that his mere presence on the street was sufficient to épater le bourgeois.
“Part of it was an act, but not all of it. If you saw him on the street and called his name, he’d spin around on you, fists balled up, half enraged and half afraid, ready to fight, until he recognized you, which could sometimes take a few seconds longer than it should have. But then he was all smiles and wry commentary on the passers-by and the police. He’d gesture at passing police cars (he lived about two blocks from the police station) and say, “They all know me,” which was true. “We talked about motorcycles and his longing to ride again, and he’d explain to me all the reasons why that was never, ever going to happen. ‘They’d lock me up,’ he’d say darkly, which also was true. He’d sometimes ask to borrow mine, and I’d explain to him all the reasons why that was never, ever going to happen. ‘You’re a maniac.’ This was an approved line of argument. ‘That’s right!’ he’d thunder. Maniac was fine, but he objected to lunatic. He didn’t like bum very much, either, but he was a realist. . .”
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Starbucks’ ‘Brand Perception’ Takes a Massive Hit after Announcing Plans to Hire 10,000 Refugees”
SBux abandons us! The Gateway ‘Bux has broken sockets, piddle on the bathroom floors, high turnover lines, and will get immigrant labor. The new stores have classier menus and bigger prices . . .
“About a month ago, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz decided to ‘take a stand’ in defiance of Trump’s immigration executive order and penned a message to the world vowing, among other things, to hire 10,000 refugees over the next 5 years and “build bridges, not walls, with Mexico”. Here are some excerpts from the politically charged message drafted by Schultz with “deep concern and a heavy heart”:
‘I write to you today with deep concern, a heavy heart and a resolute promise. Let me begin with the news that is immediately in front of us: we have all been witness to the confusion, surprise and opposition to the Executive Order that President Trump issued on Friday, effectively banning people from several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, including refugees fleeing wars. I can assure you that our Partner Resources team has been in direct contact with the partners who are impacted by this immigration ban, and we are doing everything possible to support and help them to navigate through this confusing period.
‘Hiring Refugees: We have a long history of hiring young people looking for opportunities and a pathway to a new life around the world. This is why we are doubling down on this commitment by working with our equity market employees as well as joint venture and licensed market partners in a concerted effort to welcome and seek opportunities for those fleeing war, violence, persecution and discrimination. There are more than 65 million citizens of the world recognized as refugees by the United Nations, and we are developing plans to hire 10,000 of them over five years in the 75 countries around the world where Starbucks does business.
‘Building Bridges, Not Walls, With Mexico: We have been open for business in Mexico since 2002, and have since opened almost 600 stores in 60 cities across the country, which together employ over 7,000 Mexican partners who proudly wear the green apron. Coffee is what unites our common heritage, and as I told Alberto Torrado, the leader of our partnership with Alsea in Mexico, we stand ready to help and support our Mexican customers, partners and their families as they navigate what impact proposed trade sanctions, immigration restrictions and taxes might have on their business and their trust of Americans.’
“Unfortunately, Schultz quickly found out the hard way that while most adult-aged Americans can agree that they like coffee, roughly 50% disagree with his leftist political opinions. . .”
Roger Kimball, PJM: “The Return of Blasphemy Laws?”
“. . .In Denmark, the last time a person was prosecuted for blasphemy was in 1971, when two people were hauled up before a judge for a song making fun of Christianity. They were acquitted. To find someone actually convicted of blasphemy (the statute against it in Denmark goes back to 1866) you have to go back to 1946, when a chap went to a party dressed as a priest and pretended to baptize a doll.
“The current tort, it is almost superfluous to say, does not involve Christianity but — yes! You guessed it — the Religion of Peace, aka Islam, the religion that has so often demonstrated its pacific nature in recent years, for example back in 2005 when a Danish newspaper published some cartoons making fun of Mohammad. Result: adherents of this most benign religion rioted around the world, burned various Danish embassies, and left a trail of murder and mayhem that left some 200 people dead.
“This time, an as-yet-unnamed person (his name will not be released unless he is convicted) posted a video of himself burning a Koran to a Facebook page called “Yes to Freedom — No to Islam.” A caption to the video (since removed) reads: “Consider your neighbor, it stinks when it burns.”
“What will happen? The case was brought by a regional prosecutor, but had to be approved by Denmark’s attorney general. If convicted, the Koran-burning fellow could face up to four months in prison and a fine.
“It is a strange situation. . .”
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Down with the Administrative State”
“. . . When President Trump finally got around to talking about his agenda, I thought it was a very good — i.e., effective — speech. I disagree with all of the demonization of free trade and I thought his disparagement of his predecessors was no less shabby than when Obama said similar things. Also, I could do with less of the “blood of patriots” talk — more on all that in a moment. But if he does all the other stuff he talked about, I would be very happy.
“Also, Trump delivered a good performance and it’s not shocking the crowd ate it up. One of the things the mainstream media doesn’t seem to fully appreciate is that just because Trump isn’t having a honeymoon with the press, the Democrats, or a good chunk of independent voters, that doesn’t mean he’s not having a very real honeymoon with Republicans. They want him to succeed and they want his “enemies” not just to lose, but to be humiliated (hence the popularity of Milo in some corners, and a chunk of my least friendly e-mail).
“Indeed, I think there’s good reason to believe that the honeymoon is more intense precisely because Trump is under such a sustained assault. Something similar happened under George W. Bush when the Left lost its collective mind and did everything it could to undermine a wartime president. Conservatives — me included — out of a sense of both loyalty and anger rallied to Bush and had a tendency to overlook certain foibles and mistakes for the greater good. We may not be at war — at least not like we were in, say, 2005 — but the Left and the media are clearly at war with Trump. And because Trump often makes it difficult for his allies to defend him on ideologically or politically consistent terms, the attachment is often more emotional than rational. Ann Coulter titling her new book “In Trump We Trust” or, as Kellyanne Conway put it on Thursday, saying that CPAC should really be called “TPAC” (i.e., Trump-PAC) gets right to the heart of the situation. Politics on the right is increasingly about an emotional bond with the president. . .”