DAVID FRENCH – Drifting to divorce; MELANIE PHILLIPS – The West’s fundamental divide.
COMEY: Drudge links; BRODY – Another possibility; PRUDEN – Comey’s not very good day; MARK LEVIN 6-8-17.
UK: TAPSFIELD ET AL., May’s loss
PA: KNEPPER – Pension reform; SYNDER – PoliticsPA.
RECOMMENDED: JOANNE – CLIMATE CHANGE – call RYAN! ; Zero Hedge; Hannity on Health Care.
David French, NRO: “We’re Not in a Civil War, but We Are Drifting Toward Divorce”
At an increasing rate, Americans separate themselves into culturally and ideologically homogeneous enclaves.
“Last week there were two telling incidents — one small, the other more consequential — that spoke volumes about the state of our national life. Let’s start small. Over in Seattle, in the midst of a debate over juvenile justice, a city-council member invoked his “Republican friends” as a symbol of the broad-based agreement that incarceration policies need to change. One of his colleagues, Kshama Sawant, snapped back with the proud declaration that she didn’t have any Republican friends. The crowd cheered.
“Sure, it’s but one small incident, but consider something bigger. The state of California is in the process of taking a series of political steps that are not only cementing its status as a progressive enclave, it’s stumbling toward its own foreign policy. After Donald Trump withdrew America from the Paris climate agreement, California governor Jerry Brown rushed to fill the void. California is touting its collaborations with China to combat global warming.
“It is a little bold to talk about the China–California partnership as though we were a separate nation, but we are a separate nation,” Brown said of the state, with nearly 40 million residents and the world’s sixth-largest economy. “We’re a state of mind. I include Silicon Valley, I include the environmental activism, the biotech industry, agriculture. This is a place of great investment in innovation.”
“Indeed, California has such a different view of the relationship between citizen and state, it’s virtually seceding from the Constitution, overriding the First Amendment time and again for the sake of “social justice.” And now its legislature is even taking the first steps to implement a $400 billion single-payer health plan — a plan so expensive and radical that even Governor Brown is skeptical. The trends are clear. In the age of Trump, California is determined to go its own way.
None of this is surprising. Our national political polarization is by now so well established that the only real debate is over the nature of our cultural, political, and religious conflict. Are we in the midst of a more or less conventional culture war? Are we, as Dennis Prager and others argue, fighting a kind of “cold” civil war? Or are we facing something else entirely?
“I’d argue that we face “something else,” and that something else is more akin to the beginning stages of a national divorce than it is to a civil war.
Melanie Phillips, “THE WEST’S MOST FUNDAMENTAL AND LETHAL DIVIDE”
“The recent terrorist attacks in Britain have exposed once again the enormous divide between millions of ordinary people who “get it” and the elite class of politicians, media and so-called progressives who do not.
“In the last three months, there have been three sets of Islamist attacks in London and Manchester.
“Five additional such plots have been thwarted over that period. The security service is trying to monitor 3,500 homegrown Muslim terrorist suspects. It says it cannot be sure of preventing more such attacks. It is clear that it is overwhelmed by this problem.
“Yet even now people are minimizing, misunderstanding and misdiagnosing the threat – and attacking those who are calling it out.
“President Trump drew fire (yet again) when in the aftermath of last Saturday night’s atrocities at London Bridge and Borough Market he tweeted: “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’” In the ensuing furor, Trump was accused of twisting out of context what Mayor Sadiq Khan had said. He had merely been telling people, it was claimed, not to be alarmed at the sight of more armed police on London’s streets.
“But Khan had gone on to say: “I’m reassured that we are one of the safest global cities in the world if not the safest global city in the world.’ . . .”
BUCHANAN: WHERE ARE THE CRIMINALS? WHERE IS THE CRIME?
James Brody: Another possibility
Badcock, Christopher (2009; The Imprinted Brain: How Genes Set the Balance between Autism and Psychosis. London: Jessica Kingsley) separated male bias from female. Women are more apt than men to have paranoid moments. Given Comey’s verbal fluency, his making notes, and “leaking” information are consistent with his being dominated by “female” traits . . . could he be “confused” because he is a bit schizoid?
Wesley Pruden, Washington Times: “Mr. Comey’s not very good day”
“One day of huffing, another day of puffing, and we’re just about where we were. Half of us want Donald Trump’s presidency to succeed, whether we like everything about the Donald or not, and the other half regards him as the anti-Christ.
“James Comey’s big day before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee was treated in Washington as something of a national holiday, with everyone gathered around television sets in offices, bars and shops to watch the bombs fall, to watch Channel 4 mortar Channel 9.
“The president was expected to be in rags and tatters by the end of the day, but he was hardly damaged. Mr. Comey hurled no grenades, but landed an occasional punch, and when night fell Democratic dreams of impeaching the president had shrunk from no fire, no smoke, to not even an incriminating vapor.
“‘The assumption of the critics of the president, of his pursuers, you might say,’ as Chris Matthews of MSNBC did say, ‘is that somewhere along the line in the last year the president had something to do with colluding with the Russians … to affect the election in some way. And yet what came apart this morning was that theory.’
“More in sorrow than anger, said a disappointed Mr. Matthews, a fierce and resistant Democrat until the last yellow dog dies, Mr. Comey revealed that Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn ‘wasn’t central to the Russian investigation,’ and that kills the idea that he might have been in a position to testify against the president. “And if that’s not the case, where’s the ‘there’ there.”
“The Donald was revealed again as a man who talks too much, with a gift for the memorable insult, the demand to have his ego stroked. But didn’t we already know that? What we know now about James Comey, only suspected earlier, is that he’s what the British call ‘wet,’ a wimp under pressure. He offered evidence at last of collusion, but it was only evidence of his eagerness to collude with his own emotions. He was incapable of standing up to Donald Trump, beyond the instinctive deference everyone accords a president.”
Mark Levin (6-8-17)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin Show, It appears former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before Congress has backfired on the Democrats and the media. Instead of damaging President Trump, Comey’s testimony raised serious questions about his own handling of classified information by leaking his memo. Comey said he provided a copy of this key memo — which is in fact government information and property — to a private citizen for the purpose of leaking its contents to the media, which media could well be obstruction of justice. Comey knows better than this, as private citizens are not free to take government property and leak it. Mr. Comey leaked the information for the purpose of encouraging a criminal investigation. If Comey was honest, why didn’t he come out with this memo before he was fired?
“Also, keep in mind that he and Robert Mueller, the special counsel are buddies. The special counsel is not independent at all. In addition, there was brilliant questioning by some of the Republicans Thursday especially Marco Rubio, James Risch and James Lankford. However, Democrats at the hearing were not interested in getting to the truth but just wanted to try and destroy Trump. They were basically doing what they do on T.V., which is accusing people of criminal behavior unless they are terrorists or mass murderers.
“What was it that Trump said that was non-truthful to Comey and why didn’t anyone ask Comey this question? Comey is saying he felt pressured and that he didn’t like the meeting but doesn’t mention a false statement from Trump. According to Comey’s own testimony nothing that Trump did would have caused Comey to resign as a matter of ethics. Trump did nothing to obstruct justice. Finally, another big takeaway from the hearing was that Loretta Lynch tried to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. She needs to be subpoenaed to testify. Why didn’t any of the Democrats at the hearing ask about this?”
James Tapsfield et al, UK Daily Mail: “May finally says ‘sorry’ to losing Tory candidates who ‘didn’t deserve it’ but vows to be PM for five more years with support of DUP after seeing the Queen… but do her rivals have other ideas?
- Prime Minister Theresa May has lost seats in the general election in a stunning reversal of her hopes
- Ashen faced Mrs May vows to stay on despite hammering insisting she can provide ‘certainty’ for the country
- Mrs May said her government will keep Britain safe by cracking down on terrorism in the recent attacks
- Serious questions remain over how terrorists behind the atrocities slipped through the net on her watch
- She has struck a deal with the 10 MPs from the DUP and is going to see the Queen to ask to form government
- But Tories are already breaking ranks to make clear that Mrs May must consider her position after the result
- Mrs May is expected to reshuffle her cabinet this evening in an attempt to keep a grip on power
- Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has demanded that Mrs May ‘go’ and make way for government led by him
- With just one seat left to count, Conservatives are down from 330 to 318, and Labour up from 232 to 261
- Ministers including Jane Ellison and Ben Gummer have been ousted in a surge by Mr Corbyn’s party.”
Leo Knepper, CAP: “UPDATE: Pension Reform Legislation: Political Cover for Governor Wolf and Symbolism Over Substance“
“On Monday, the Senate passed SB 1 with an overwhelming majority, 40-9, vote. The House passed the legislation by a 143-53 vote, the pension “reform” legislation this week and send it to Governor Wolf’s desk; where he is widely expected to sign it. One of the things absent this year is the usual wailing and gnashing of teeth from government unions on the reform measure. An article from the Patriot-News explains why:
“There is a hope that this bill, by representing another show of cooperative government between Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf and the Legislature, will help disarm a tricky issue for Wolf’s 2018 re-election effort.
“No unions are supporting Senate Bill 1, to be sure.
“But, in the words of AFSCME District Council 13 Executive Director David Fillman, ‘we’re not throwing bombs at it.’[…] Everyone reached for this story said they want to help give Wolf something that he can call a win on this issue.”(Emphasis added)
As Mike Manzo, a lobbyist for the SEIU, stated in the same article, “I think it sets up a pretty nice narrative for the governor that on some of the issues that people thought were the most intractable in the building…He will be the governor who could achieve what no other governor could, not only on pensions, but liquor reform and money for schools (emphasis added).”
Sy Snyder: Politics PA 6/9/17
Peduto and Wagner. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and state Senator Scott Wagner both got mentioned on HBO’s Last Week Tonight thrusting both of them into the national spotlight. The appearance will help Peduto who is running for re-election this year. Wagner, who is running for Governor, took the criticism in the video rather well, telling host John Oliver he would love to go on the show.
Paul Mango. It was revealed that Gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango has not voted consistently in Republican primaries and odd year elections. While it might not hurt him in the eyes of normal voters, the party members and grassroots activists that campaigns are recruiting this early in the campaign will likely not be happy about the revelation.
Pension Reform. The state Senate and House fast tracked a bipartisan pension reform bill that will be signed by the Governor. While unions may not like the bill, they stayed on the sidelines, allowing the bill to pass quickly and be counted as a win for all the parties involved.
Philly Millennial Voters. In this year’s primary election, millennials in Philadelphia came out to the polls at three times the rate they did four years ago in the same election. This surge helped progressive candidates Larry Krasner and Rebecca Rhynhart get over the finish line and showed that the generation in the city is not just showing up for even year elections.
PWSA. The state House began the process this week of instituting state oversight of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority after multiple news reports about issues with their operations, including recent non-compliance with the EPA over Clean Water Act violations.
Casinos. Despite their push against the legalization of video gaming terminals, the state House passed a bill that would legalize them, sending the issue back to the Senate. Now they have to bet the house on winning in the Senate against tall odds
Joanne: Climate Change Hypocrites
The Chester County Home was broke before Costello’s arrival and still broke when he left.
“I’m going to send this article to my Republican (???) representative, Ryan Costello (6th District, PA), who criticized Trump on taking us out of this fiasco and who revels in speaking and pandering to the groups of Left-wing individuals who frequent his office. Changes MUST be made in our Congress-people. They might have “R” beside their names, but they are more like Democrats than Republicans and CERTAINLY don’t share conservative values.
Stephen Moore, Townhall: Climate Change Hypocrites
Strongly Recommended: Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge. Email available!
Health Care – Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
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