STRASSEL – Mueller caveat; Roger Ailes RIP; HASSON – Soros bought Philly; HOUSE – Repeat vote on ACA?; McCARTHY – Mueller solid choice; DANIELS – Comey perjury; GILLESPIE – Trump Derangement Syndrome; WATSON – No evidence of collusion; BRODY – DeepState in East Vincent.
CAP: KNEPPER – Pension reform; HENRY – State of corruption.
MARK LEVIN – 5-18-17
RECOMMENDED: Billboard Boys; Zero Hedge; Hannity on Health Care.
FIDF: Celebrate 50 years since the Six Day War
Sunday, May 21st, 7PM
(Doors open @ 6:30PM)
250 North Highland,
Merion Station, PA
First Responders Day:
*Join us Saturday, May 20, for any amount of time between 1 and 4p.m. We will celebrate “Southeast Pennsylvania First Responders Appreciation Day” in the parking lot at West Main Street and South Trooper Road., West Norriton Twp, 19403 (GPS: 1 S. Trooper Rd., Lower Providence, 19403).
Look for our DEUCE-AND-A-HALF, and the fire truck (photos taken), it only takes a few minutes to say “hello” and “thank you” to the brave men and women that put their lives on the line for each and every one of US, each and every day! All responders will receive a freshly made sandwich on site, baked goods, a beverage, and a “memorial” wristband.
MANY extremely unique and inexpensive first responder items will be available for sale to the public. All children will receive a free PA activity book.
~Public affair via Citizens for Liberty and their 5th year anniversary. Come celebrate with us. The cake is on US!
~We are seeking volunteers to help make sandwiches. Bring a chair!
~Also in need of a few thankful guests to hold up our responder appreciation signs, or bring your own!
It promises to be a sunny 72 degree afternoon. We know everyone is busy, but again, all it takes is a few minutes to show your appreciation!
See ya on the corner,
Jane Taylor Toal, President/CEO
Citizens for Liberty
Kimberley Strassel, WSJ: “The Mueller Caveat”
“His integrity is unquestioned. But can he be objective toward Comey?
“. . . In tapping Mr. Mueller as special counsel to look into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has certainly doused the political flames. Democrats were forced to tone down their chant for instant impeachment. Republicans were able to step back from the escalating headlines.
“That’s because the new guy is as skilled and upright as they come. A Robert Mueller word-association game would go something like this: integrity, honor, respect, order, discipline, honesty, fairness. He is a decorated Marine, a Princeton grad, a respected federal prosecutor and a former FBI director. Mr. Mueller has tackled strongmen and terrorists, working under Republicans and Democrats. He has little use for the press or the limelight, which—in the current hysterical environment—is a singular qualification.
“In short, nobody doubts Mr. Mueller will lead as professional an investigation as he is capable of conducting. It’s the ‘capable’ bit that provides the one note of concern.
“Mr. Mueller is no doctor. But he is part of the brotherhood of prosecutors.
“Justice Department attorneys have their squabbles and differences, but they count themselves as a legal elite, charged with a noble purpose. They largely keep their own counsel and aren’t much for outside criticism.
“The FBI’s culture is even more famous and pronounced. Tens of thousands of special agents and staff from different backgrounds come together to protect the country from criminals and terrorists. Outside the military, no other Washington body rivals the FBI’s esprit de corps.
“Mr. Mueller spent nearly his entire career within these insular worlds. What’s more, he’s a longtime colleague of none other than James Comey. Garrett M. Graff, a Mueller biographer, wrote in Politico this week that Mr. Comey “treated Mueller as a close friend and almost mentor.” The two men have worked together, socialized together, and once even threatened to resign together. . .”
Roger Ailes RIP
Jenny Stanton, UK Daily Mail: “Fox News anchors learned of the death of former chairman and CEO Roger Ailes from Drudge”
“Roger Ailes died aged 77, according to his wife Elizabeth, who released a statement to Matt Drudge.
“In a breaking news segment tweeted by the network on Thursday morning, Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy reported: ‘Roger Ailes, one of the founders of the Fox News channel has died.
‘They have published, Drudge has, a statement from his wife Elizabeth.’
“The statement was then read out before Ainsley Earhardt added: ‘Beth you are in our thoughts and our prayers, and so is Zachary, their beautiful son. Roger, rest in peace.’
“His death comes less than a year after he resigned from the company over allegations of sexual harassment.
“His wife Elizabeth, with whom he has one son, said: ‘I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning. Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many. . .”
Peter Hasson, Daily Caller: “George Soros Still Quietly Buying District Attorneys’ Seats”
“George Soros has all but bought another district attorney’s seat.
“The left-wing billionaire turned the Philadelphia district attorney’s race on its head by giving $1.45 million to fund a super PAC in support of his preferred candidate, Larry Krasner. Krasner, a progressive lawyer who has never worked as a prosecutor, sailed to an easy victory in the Democratic primary on Tuesday. Because Philadelphia is a Democratic stronghold, Krasner’s primary victory all but guarantees him to win the general election in November.
“The influx of money from Soros gave Krasner a significant leg up over his opposition. Despite splitting votes with six other candidates, Krasner, who was not a favorite to win before Soros’ investment, finished 18 points ahead of the second-place finisher. As one Philadelphia Inquirer writer put it after the billionaire’s investment: “Soros changed the game.”
Billy House, Bloomberg: “House May Be Forced to Vote Again on GOP’s Obamacare Repeal Bill”
“House Republicans barely managed to pass their Obamacare repeal bill earlier this month, and they now face the possibility of having to vote again on their controversial health measure.
“House Speaker Paul Ryan hasn’t yet sent the bill to the Senate because there’s a chance that parts of it may need to be redone, depending on how the Congressional Budget Office estimates its effects. House leaders want to make sure the bill conforms with Senate rules for reconciliation, a mechanism that allows Senate Republicans to pass the bill with a simple majority.
“Republicans had rushed to vote on the health bill so the Senate could get a quick start on it, even before the CBO had finished analyzing a series of last-minute changes. The CBO is expected to release an updated estimate next week.
“‘Unaware,’ said Representative Jeff Denham of California, with noticeable surprise Thursday, when advised that his party leaders still hadn’t sent the bill over to the Senate. Denham was one of the House Republicans who ended up voting for the measure, after earlier in the week opposing it. . .”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Robert Mueller: A Solid Choice for Trump-Russia Investigation ‘Special Counsel’”
“Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of Robert S. Mueller III as “special counsel” for purposes of the so-called Russia investigation underscores a point I have made through the years, whenever the subject of special prosecutors or independent counsels rears its head. Because there is no such thing as an independent counsel (i.e., a lawyer who wields prosecutorial power independent of the executive branch), the structure of a “special counsel” arrangement will never give anyone confidence. A special counsel is appointed by the attorney general (here, it’s the deputy attorney general because AG Jeff Sessions has recused himself). A special counsel also reports ultimately to the president — meaning that, like any other executive-branch official (other than the vice president), a special counsel serves at the pleasure of the president and may be dismissed at any time.
“Therefore, the public perception that the special-counsel arrangement has integrity hinges exclusively on the lawyer who is appointed. It is the lawyer’s reputation for probity and professionalism, and that alone, that can convince people a real investigation, governed by law and evidence not politics, is being conducted.
“In this instance, Rosenstein has chosen well. . .”
Kit Daniels, InfoWars: “BREAKING: COMEY CAUGHT COMMITTING PERJURY TO CONGRESS?”
“Comey’s May 3 Senate testimony contradicts reported February memo
“Former FBI Director James Comey said he was never told to stop an investigation due to political reasons during testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 3, 2017, which contradicts his new claim that Trump pressured him to stop the Flynn investigation in February.
“Comey now claims President Trump asked him to shut down the federal investigation into former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a reported memo Mr. Comey says he wrote after the meeting.
“The New York Times claims this February memo is the ‘smoking gun,’ but in fact it contradicts Comey’s sworn testimony on May 3. . .”
Nick Gillespie, Reason: “All This Impeachment Talk Is Pure Trump Derangement Syndrome”
“Well this didn’t take long, did it?
“Donald Trump, the most-unlikely and least-liked president in the history of the United States, had barely celebrated his first 100 days when calls for his impeachment started flying faster than Anthony Weiner dick pics at a Girl Scout cookout. For the good of democracy, don’t you see, the Republicans must not only be kicked to the curb in the 2018 midterms, but the president himself must be thrown into the street, just like he once tried to evict that old lady from her house in Atlantic City!
“In the wake of the firing of FBI Director James Comey, whose recent testimony on Hillary Clinton’s emails was so flawed and incompetent that his underlings immediately issued a clarification to the Senate Judiciary Committee, virtually every non-Republican #NeverTrumper (plus Sen. John McCain, who has some good reasons to hate Trump) has called for The Donald’s head on a platter. And this was all before the tantalizing possibility of a “Comey memo” detailing various attempts by Trump to shut down an investigation of possible ties between former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and Russian operatives.
“But let’s get real: At this point in the game, all the explainers about how impeachment works (the 1990s called, they want their sex scandals back!) and adapting the 25th Amendment’s ability to remove the president from decision-making during colonoscopies to the current crisis are evidence-free exercises in ideological masturbation. If we are going to survive not just the Trump years but eventually get around to kick-starting the 21st century, we’re going to have become smarter media consumers and demand more from both our politicians and the press. . .”
Paul Joseph Watson, InfoWars: “REUTERS ADMITS: “NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION” BETWEEN TRUMP AND RUSSIA”
“Report completely demolishes left’s Russia conspiracy narrative
“A Reuters report detailing how Trump campaign advisers were in contact with Russia during the last 7 months of the campaign admits that there was no evidence of collusion between the two parties to influence the election, dismantling the left’s entire Russian narrative.
“Although presented as another major scoop designed to damage Trump, the article, which is based on intelligence sources, completely vindicates him.
“Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters.”
“However, the true substance of the story is buried down in paragraph six.
“The people who described the contacts to Reuters said they had seen no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion between the campaign and Russia in the communications reviewed so far,” states the report.
“No collusion between Trump and Russia. Let that sink in. . .”
James Brody: East Vincent Deep State
“I’m from the government, I’m here to help.” Deep States operate not only at the federal level but also locally. Thus, a special Chester County tax of $5 was added to my drivers license fee, East Vincent supervisors started with “giving” us a park but need ever more space, and Owen J had a beautiful school just around the corner but it was leveled for a rebuild earlier this month. And Mr. Folmer wants a “medical organization” to supervise Maryjane smokers. Of course, I cheerfully, will pay for all of these things. Like hell!
Leo Knepper :” Pension Reform Must Include Funding Reform”
“UPDATE: The Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) released an actuarial note on HB 778 last week. According to their analysis, the legislation would save taxpayers $18 billion dollars by 2050. That may seem like a long time horizon, but the bill works to pay off the $70 billion in unfunded liabilities of the two state-run pension funds over a 20 year period. Currently, the two pension funds have a 24 year (PSERS) and 30 year (SERS) pay-off period for their unfunded liabilities. To calculate the savings, it is necessary to extend the time horizon. Because HB 778 pays off the unfunded liabilities faster, it necessarily requires more funding up front.
One of the chief objections from Republicans and Democrats, as illustrated here, is that there isn’t enough money available to pay down the unfunded liability without a tax increase. That argument is false. Paying off the unfunded liability is possible with current revenues, but it requires lawmakers to make some “tough” choices and prioritize how money is spent. For example, why don’t they redirect money from the $250 million Race Horse Development Fund?
Lowman Henry: “Guest Post: State of Corruption”
“Pennsylvania has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to corruption among elected officials. In just the last few years both the elected state treasurer and attorney general have pled guilty or been convicted of crimes and forced to resign.
“This is, unfortunately, nothing new. Entire books have been written detailing the sordid history of official corruption in state government. We even witnessed the spectacle of two former speakers of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives – one Democrat and one Republican – occupying the same prison at the same time.
“Scandals ensnared a long list of powerful legislative leaders making household names of John Perzel, Bill DeWeese, Robert Mellow, Vincent Fumo and Mike Veon to name just a few. Not to be outdone, the judicial branch chipped in with two justices of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court being forced to resign in an e-mail scandal and another convicted of using public resources for campaigning.
“To the degree there is any good news in all of this it has been that these wayward public officials have been caught, indicted, prosecuted, convicted and most sent off to prison. But the story has not stopped with prison sentences with some emerging from the jailhouse armed with lawyers seeking to regain their pensions, reduce or vacate fines, or even overturn their convictions.
“Unfortunately the courts have become willing accomplices in allowing these convicted felons to escape parts of their punishment. . .”
Mark Levin 5-18-17
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, The liberal media seems to be conveniently ignoring an exclusive report from Reuters, citing anonymous “U.S. officials,” asserting that the Trump campaign had at least 18 “undisclosed contacts with Russians” during the closing months of the 2016 presidential campaign. Buried six paragraphs down in the report is the admission that there is “no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion between the campaign and Russia” from these leaked communications. That’s because the real wrongdoing is by members of the bureaucracy illegally leaking information to the press — informationthat could only come from one place. The only way that they know this is through the domestic surveillance and the unmasking of Flynn, among others. It’s the only way they know this information that’s being leaked to Reuters. This is part of the domestic surveillance that took place. This is part of the unmasking of Trump advisers, Trump transition team members, Trump campaign members, American citizens. This is part of the unmasking of American citizens and abuse of power by the prior administration being used and being leaked to the media!
“Also, James Comey testified on May 3rd that it would be a big deal to tell the FBI not to investigate somebody. This hearing would have given him the occasion to disclose the memos he kept on Trump and that he thought Trump was trying to interfere with the investigation. He didn’t then. Why not? Because he didn’t really feel threatened by Trump or think the President was telling him to call off an investigation.
“Finally, the questions Congress should ask Comey if he appears before a committee.”
“The Billboard Boys”
“The Billboard Boys” will show at the Colonial in Phoenixville on Sunday. During hard times in Allentown, three men competed for a new mobile home by living on a billboard. The last down, after 261 days, won. The first off was busted for lowering pot on a rope to a cop . . . More at https://www.facebook.com/billboardboys/
Strongly Recommended: Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge. Email available!
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