Dead Cats: May 1st, 05/01/17, (26)20: James Brody


Health Care map; Chester County YR Picnic

WaPo – Donald’s 1st 100; Zero Hedge – Congress jettisoned Trump, no help for the middle class; AP – $1T plan; Zito – winning second term; Durden – Ron Paul & Assange; Stockman – New conservative network?; YAHOO! – NSA stops email sweep; McCARTHY – 11th hour Clinton subpoenas.

LEADS: WATSON – Exodus of North Koreans; HUNT – Macron plummets; SAVRANSKY – Heating BO for $400K; YORK – An awful dinner; NY Post – Strutting smug.

NOTES: KLIFI-AMIR – 69th Yom Haatzmaut


Chester County Young Republicans Picnic

“The annual Young Republican Picnic will be Sunday, May 7th!  The Picnic will be held at Kerr Park (Wallace Ave. & Park Lane, Downingtown) beginning at 12:00 pm.

Sponsored also by Senator Scott Wagner, Candidate for PA Governor.

“The event is free to all Young Republicans ($25 if you care to donate!) and will be a fun afternoon among friends.

“If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact HQ.

“I hope to see you there!

Best, Val DiGiorgio

RSVP  to

Health Care – Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.

Pure = Green Icon
Unknown = Yellow Icon
Hybrid = Red Icon


Donald J. Trump, WaPo: “In my first 100 days, I kept my promise to Americans”

“One hundred days ago, I took the oath of office and made a pledge: We are not merely going to transfer political power from one party to another, but instead are going to transfer that power from Washington, D.C., and give it back to the people.

“In the past 100 days, I have kept that promise — and more.

“Issue by issue, department by department, we are giving the people their country back. After decades of a shrinking middle class, open borders and the mass offshoring of American jobs and wealth, this government is working for the citizens of our country and no one else.

“The same establishment media that concealed these problems — and profited from them — is obviously not going to tell this story. That is why we are taking our message directly to America. . .”

From Zero Hedge, May 1st:

“Congress Inks Spending Deal That Jettisons Trump Priorities

“U.S. House and Senate negotiators reached a bipartisan deal on a $1.1 trillion spending bill that largely tracks with Democratic priorities and rejects most of President Donald Trump’s wish list, including money to begin building a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.

“The compromise measure, released early Monday morning, would keep the government open through the end of September. Under House procedures, a vote could be held as early as Wednesday.

“GOP leaders eager to focus on health-care and tax overhauls bowed to Democratic demands to eliminate hundreds of policy restrictions aimed at curbing regulations, leaving the Trump administration with few victories. . .”

( )

How Does Trump’s Tax Plan Help the Middle Class? ‘Honestly, We Don’t Know’ ( )

AP: “Lawmakers agree on $1T plan government-wide funding bill”

HT Breitbart . .

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund most government operations through September, but denies President Donald Trump money for a southern border wall and rejects his proposed cuts to popular domestic programs.

“Aides to lawmakers involved in the talks disclosed the agreement Sunday night after weeks of negotiations. The measure, which is expected to be made public early Monday, would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through September.

“The catchall spending bill would be the first major piece of bipartisan legislation to advance during Trump’s short tenure in the White House. While losing on the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump won a $15 billion down payment on his request to strengthen the military. . .”

Salena Zito, NY Post: “The media assault on Trump could win him a second term

“GENEVA, OHIO — Dennis Dixon didn’t vote for Donald J. Trump. For the first time in his 46 years, the self-described “moderate Midwestern Republican” sat out a presidential election because he was less than thrilled with both major candidates. “I wrote in John Kasich,” he says, with a trace of humor.

“Dixon stands in the showroom of Griffiths Furniture along West Main Street — a charming business district, its sidewalks decorated with grape-vine etchings to celebrate the produce for which this Ohio wine region is known. He is not one of those voters who doesn’t wish success for the president.

“Quite the contrary, in fact.

‘If he continues to stick to his guns and do what he is doing, I’d vote for him if he ran again,’ Dixon says.

“He may not have liked the candidate but he is ‘enjoying the heck out of his presidency.’

“What he likes about Trump is his determination on certain issues, “but he is also willing to show flexibility when it counts. That is the kind of outside non-politician behavior that attracted a lot of voters to him.”

“He also is frustrated by the way the national press treats Trump in comparison to President Obama: “They really do not give him a fair shake.”

In fact, some of that perceived bias impacts how Dixon views Trump: Instead of pushing him away from the president, he is more intrigued by him.

“What he likes about Trump is his determination on certain issues, “but he is also willing to show flexibility when it counts. That is the kind of outside non-politician behavior that attracted a lot of voters to him.”

“He also is frustrated by the way the national press treats Trump in comparison to President Obama: “They really do not give him a fair shake.”

“In fact, some of that perceived bias impacts how Dixon views Trump: Instead of pushing him away from the president, he is more intrigued by him. . .”

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “’The CIA Has Been Deeply Humiliated’ – Ron Paul Interviews Julian Assange”

“Having blasted the Trump administration for their hyprocritical flip-flop from “loving WikiLeaks” to “arrest Assange,” Ron Paul made his feelings very clear on what this signals: “If we allow this president to declare war on those who tell the truth, we have only ourselves to blame.” Today he sits down with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for a live interview…

The CIA has been deeply humiliated as a result of our ongoing publications so this is a preemptive move by the CIA to try and discredit our publications and create a new category for Wikileaks and other national security reporters to strip them of First Amendment protections,

Assange said in a preview clip from the interview below…:

Full interview below…

Rachel Stockman, Mediaite: “EXCLUSIVE: Advanced Talks Underway For New Conservative Network Amid Fears Fox News Moving Too Far Left”

“. . . A well-placed source close to the proposal tells Mediaite that serious discussions are underway to create an alternative conservative cable network on the belief that the Fox News Network is moving too far to the left. The source, who is engaged in the talks, says a meeting is planned for today with two prominent high-powered television executives, some underperforming conservative networks and people who have an interest and the ability to fund a new network.

“The potential aim? Putting ‘the old band’ back together. There are certainly plenty of (out-of-work?) conservative powerhouses to pick from that could star on a new network, and perhaps even some executives from within Fox News who might be lured by the new opportunity. Could the new channel include stars like the ousted Bill O’Reilly, who didn’t waste much time hitting the podcast waves after he was fired amid a sexual harassment scandal? . . .”

Yahoo!: “US NSA spy agency halts controversial email sweep”

“Washington (AFP) – The National Security Agency announced Friday it would end its controversial practice of sweeping up any email or text message an American exchanges with someone overseas that makes reference to a real target of NSA surveillance.

“The powerful US spy agency said that although it has the legal power to continue scooping up such communications, it would halt the practice to protect the privacy of US citizens.

“‘NSA will no longer collect certain internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target,’ it said in a statement.

“The NSA, the country’s premier signals intelligence body, is permitted to collect communications of any foreign target, but not that of Americans except in certain situations, or if it gains a warrant to do so. . .”

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Revealed: Eleventh-hour Subpoenas in the Clinton E-mails Investigation”

“Why the Obama Justice Department avoided the grand jury . . . until it had no choice

“.Mrs. Clinton’s friends at the Justice Department chose not to subpoena Mrs. Clinton’s friends from the State Department and the campaign. The decision not to employ regular criminal procedures — i.e., the decision not to treat the case like other criminal cases — was quite deliberate. . . .

“. . . there was no need to convene a grand jury in order to use a grand jury’s evidence-collection powers. Again, the Justice Department and the FBI could have issued and served subpoenas on Mrs. Clinton and her accomplices at any time. To refrain from doing so was a conscious choice.

“So why avoid the grand jury? . . .

“The answer can be gleaned from a mammoth New York Times report on the Clinton e-mails probe, published last week. There is much more to this report than we will get to today. For now, suffice it to say that the Obama Justice Department, taking its cues from the Clinton campaign, tried to mislead the public into believing Mrs. Clinton was not the subject of a criminal investigation. The issuance of subpoenas would have put the lie to that diversion. . . .”



“Beijing ‘urgently’ recruiting Korean-Chinese interpreters in border towns in anticipation of U.S. military strike

“A Chinese government document obtained by the Korea Times orders “the town of Dandong to recruit an unspecified number of Korean-Chinese interpreters to work at 10 departments in the town, including border security, public security, trade, customs and quarantine.”

“The document suggests Beijing is ‘bracing for an emergency situation’ arising out of a ‘possible military clash between the United States and North Korea’ which would trigger a ‘huge exodus’ of North Koreans fleeing to China, according to the report.

“Officials in Dandong have also been put on rotating night shifts since April 25th in preparation for the emergency.

“China is already home to some 100,000 North Korean defectors and Beijing is unlikely to welcome a large wave of new refugees.

“Previous reports stated that China had sent 150,000 troops to the North Korean border, although Beijing denies this.

“President Donald Trump has repeatedly indicated that the U.S. will strike North Korea if the Stalinist state carries out a sixth nuclear test.

“On Sunday, North Korea threatened to sink a nuclear-powered submarine that has been deployed to the region.. .”


Thomas Hunt, UK EXPRESS: “Macron PLUMMETS in the polls as Marine Le Pen enjoys boost a WEEK AWAY from election vote”

“Recent moves by Ms Le Pen to appeal to a wider audience seem to be working as she has removed herself as the leader of the Front National party, and rebranded her campaign with the new motto ‘Choose France.’

“Pollster Harris Interactive, who correctly predicted the result of the first round, revealed a six points slip by Mr Macron since last Sunday.

“Ms Le Pen said: ‘The country Mr Macron wants is no longer France; it’s a space, a wasteland, a trading room where there are only consumers and producers.’

“The latest polls were conducted prior to the announcement that defeated first round presidential candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, would be Ms Le Pen’s prime minister if she wins the presidency.”

Rebecca Savransky, The Hill: “Obama makes $400K for speech at A&E event: report”

“. . . Obama has faced criticism recently, after a report that he agreed to speak at a Wall Street firm’s healthcare conference for $400,000.

“He will appear at the Cantor Fitzgerald LP conference in September.

“Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) last week said she was ‘troubled’ by the speaking fee the former president is reportedly receiving for that appearance.

“Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) also expressed disappointment in the former president’s decision.

“‘I think at a time when people are so frustrated with the power of Wall Street and the big-money interests, I think it is unfortunate that President Obama is doing this,’ Sanders said last week.

“‘Wall Street has incredible power, and I would have hoped that the president would not have given a speech like this,’ he added.. . .”

Byron  York,  Washington Examiner: “Byron York: Piety and Trump-bashing: The sheer awfulness of the White House Correspondents’ dinner”

“. . . “Tonight looks a little different,” Mason conceded upfront. Different, but not worse; Trump’s absence not only did not harm the Correspondents’ Association, Mason told the crowd, it in fact served to reinforce the group’s values. “We are here to celebrate the press,” Mason declared, “not the presidency.”

“But the dinner has always been about celebrating the presidency, and — especially in the Obama years — about celebrating the president. Mason, to his credit, began with an important, if awkward, concession: With the exception of one hiccup early in the administration (the time the White House excluded a number of reporters from an off-camera briefing), the press is actually doing quite well under Donald Trump.

“‘The press is still in the White House Briefing Room and we are still on Air Force One,’ Mason said. ‘In fact, press access under President Trump has been very good.’

“That’s probably an understatement. Trump has been wildly accessible to the press, and his top aides seem quite willing to talk to reporters, if only to dish on rivals in the White House. A buttoned-down, silent-treatment White House it is not.

“One might think that would be cause for celebration. But no. ‘Nevertheless, we cannot ignore the rhetoric that has been employed by the president about who we are and what we do,’ Mason said. ‘We are not fake news. We are not failing news organizations. And we are not the enemy of the American people. The WHCA is proud to stand up for all of our members. An attack on any of us, is an attack on all of us.’

“At times it seemed that in the minds of the nation’s premier political journalists, the hurt feelings after Trump’s tweets outweighed the real access he and his White House have given the press. . .”

Also: NY Post: “The press corps once again struts its smug

“. . . Both sides were plainly happier with President Trump not attending this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Dare we hope it will signal the beginning of the end of the insufferable smugness of the Washington press corps?

Trump was off in Pennsylvania, rallying with his base. That left the media elite safe to revel in their pretensions of purity.

Yes, the dinner lacked the Hollywood stars of years past. Good: It’s absurd for reporters to think they share Tinseltown’s glamour. Journalism done right is a gritty trade. Cover the beautiful people; don’t think you are them.

Instead, the stars opted for a rival event thrown by comedian Samantha Bee, who at least knows she’s an entertainer even if she runs a joke-news show. Also good: The stronger the divide between reporters and the sanctimonious likes of Bee and the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, the better.

Of course, that breakup still has a ways to go: The “real” dinner still brought in a lesser Daily Show light to emcee, and Hasan Minhaj dutifully delivered a series of left-wing jabs at the Trump administration, complete with “Nazi” and “racist” name-calling.

The press corps also showed its colors by making Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein its guests of honor. The hope, plainly, is that younger journalists will soon bring down another president.

Indeed, the Trump era is inspiring new extremes of media sanctimony, epitomized by the new slogan at The Washington Post, “Democracy dies in darkness.”

“Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable” was the slogan of muckraker Finley Peter Dunne. It’s hard to do that when you’re feeling so comfortable yourself.”


General Klifi-Amir, Friends of Israel Defense Forces: The 69th Yom Haatzmaut,

“. . .as we celebrate the 69th Yom Haatzmaut, the day when the flags fly their highest, we stand tall and proud, a free people in our own homeland.
“Even from the lowest point ever in humanity’s history, when one-third of the Jewish people were eliminated, we succeeded in re-building ourselves; we succeeded in establishing a Jewish homeland, and the State of Israel, which has become a leading country in our world.
“As the late President John F. Kennedy said during a speech in 1960, “Israel was not created in order to disappear — Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.”
“Israel’s creation into a country which truly has endured and flourished is unprecedented. “Israel’s unparalleled contributions and achievements in security, medicine, science, education, technology, and the arts; earned moniker as the Startup Nation; and accumulation of Nobel Prizes and other accolades, lay testament to its contributions to societies globally and to making this a better world.
“Without the ultimate price that we paid and continue to pay, without the strong bonds between our countries that share the same values and morality, and without your solidarity and love, these achievements would simply not have been possible, nor would Israel continue to be a symbol of freedom, of morality, and of hope.
“May the memories of the fallen always be a blessing. We pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded, the return of missing soldiers, and for the ongoing strength and resolve of Israel’s citizens and their protectors. May we celebrate Israel’s birthday for centuries to come and may she remain free and prosperous forever.
With utmost respect,
Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir, National Director and CEO
Friends of the IDF (FIDF)


About jamesbrody

Psychologist, photographer, biker, and writer posing as a political activist.
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