Flag Day History; Happy Birthday DJT; BUCHANAN – Civil War?
VIRGINIA SHOOTING – K0PAN ET AL; DRUDGE LINKS
AP – Islamic state urges Ramadan conflicts; HANSON – Comey testimonies; CUNNINGHAM – Special counsel Dem contributors.
LEADS: NUSSBAUM – Megan boycotts; MARK LEVIN 6/13/17
RECOMMENDED: JEFFRY LORD – Free speech; Zero Hedge; Hannity on Health Care.
Flag Day June 14th
“The History of Flag Day”: Duane Streufert
“The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as ‘Flag Birthday’. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as ‘Flag Birthday’, or ‘Flag Day’. . .”
Happy Birthday, Mr. President
“. . . along came the next Republican president, empowered by Obama’s exemptions to do almost anything he wished, albeit without the thin exculpatory veneer of Ivy League pretension, multicultural indemnity, and studied smoothness. . .” Victor Davis Hanson
Patrick Buchanan, CNS: “Are We Nearing Civil War?”
“President Trump may be chief of state, head of government and commander in chief, but his administration is shot through with disloyalists plotting to bring him down.
“We are approaching something of a civil war where the capital city seeks the overthrow of the sovereign and its own restoration.
“Thus far, it is a nonviolent struggle, though street clashes between pro- and anti-Trump forces are increasingly marked by fistfights and brawls. Police are having difficulty keeping people apart. A few have been arrested carrying concealed weapons.
“That the objective of this city is to bring Trump down via a deep state-media coup is no secret. Few deny it. . .”
Tal Kopan et al. CNN: “Republican House Whip Steve Scalise, congressional staffer shot in Virginia shooting”
“Washington (CNN)Rep. Steve Scalise was shot Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia, a House colleague told CNN, in what sources are calling an apparent “deliberate attack.” A congressional staffer was also shot.
Scalise, a member of the House Republican leadership as the majority whip, appeared to have been shot in the hip and it appeared two Capitol Hill police agents were shot, according to Rep. Mo Brooks, who told CNN he was on deck when the shooting occurred.
The shooting took place at a practice for the GOP congressional baseball team.
In a statement, Texas Rep. Roger Williams, one of the team’s coaches, said one of his staff members was shot during the incident and is receiving medical attention. There was no information on the staffer’s injuries.
According to both congressional and law enforcement sources, the shooting appears to be a “deliberate attack.”
Two law enforcement sources told CNN the shooter, who is in police custody, has been taken to a hospital. . .”
Gunman opens fire at congressional baseball practice…
High-Powered Rifle; More than 50 shots fired…
‘Are Those Republicans or Democrats Out There?’
Kept unloading and reloading…
Capitol Police prevented massacre…
Security tightened at White House…
AP: “ISLAMIC STATE CALLS FOR RAMADAN ATTACKS IN US, EUROPE”
“BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group is calling on supporters to carry out attacks in the United States and Europe during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan that began two weeks ago.
“In an audiotape circulated online Monday, spokesman Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajer praised last week’s attacks in Iran’s capital, saying the country is “weaker than a spider’s web” and calling for more assaults.
“Al-Muhajer also called for attacks in Russia and Australia, saying “heaven is reached under the shadow of swords.”
“IS has called for attacks during Ramadan in the past. This year it has claimed responsibility for attacks in Britain, Egypt, Iran and the Philippines that killed dozens of people and wounded hundreds.”
Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness: “Who Will Police the Police: The Comey Testimonies”
“Former FBI Director James Comey earnestly lectures about the inaccuracy of leaks and laments that it is not the purview of disinterested federal agencies to correct such erroneous information that the press such as the New York Times recklessly publishes.
“Fine. Yet for the last six months, information in the hands of the FBI, such as the infamous Steele fake-news dossier, a hit piece of opposition research, was leaked by intelligence agencies to the press for political advantage. Comey mirabile dictu himself confesses to planting leaked information to the press of a privileged conversation with the President, via a third-party friend—information that he composed while the Director of the FBI on government time in connection with his job and on a government computer.
“In the age of Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, why would a former Director of the FBI himself leak a key government document to the press in deliberate fashion to undermine the president (and in the process mislead about the chronological sequencing of events that prompted him to leak) rather than provide the memo to the Senate Intelligence Committee? Why would he use a third-party to go to the press?
“Comey corroborates his earlier thrice-stated admissions that Donald Trump was never under investigation for collusion with the Russians to subvert the 2016 election, but suggests now that he could not release such exonerating information to the press because he might later have had to go back to amend it should Trump at some such future time become under investigation.
“This is an Orwellian argument—given:
“(1) that it is becoming clear that almost all scurrilous rumors about Donald Trump were leaked to the press by the FBI and other federal agencies—while exculpatory facts, such as that Comey was not investigating Donald Trump, were not leaked;
“(2) that Comey had in fact previously repeatedly done just the opposite of what he said he could not do in the Trump case—namely that he had first disclosed publicly that Hillary Clinton was no longer the subject of a “matter” (in obedience to Loretta Lynch’s mandatory euphemism aimed at helping the Clinton campaign), then later amended that public admission by saying that she was, in fact, again under renewed investigation, and then amending again that amendment by stating that she was no longer a subject of an investigation. In other words, there was no such FBI policy of prudently keeping silent on the progress of an investigation;
“3) that any American citizen in theory could be a future target of any theoretical investigation; but, of course, that fact is no reason for a federal agency to fail to concede that it is not conducting an ongoing federal investigation of said citizen being battered by press leaks and unfounded allegations—unless the aim of a federal agency was to spread doubt about its intentions and thereby cast a prejudicial cloud of suspicion over an individual not under investigation. In Comey’s world, we can all live under a cloud of future investigations, should a mum FBI wink and nod, bob and weave to the press and public about whether we are currently under an investigation—as we are libeled and smeared. . .”
Clifford Cunningham, InfoWars: “SHOCK: THREE MEMBERS OF RUSSIA SPECIAL COUNSEL TEAM DONATED TO DEMS”
“One previously represented Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation
“Three members of the legal team hired by special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia overwhelmingly donated to Democrats, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission records.
“Mueller selected James Quarles, Jeannie Rhee, and Andrew Weissman to serve on the legal team investigating alleged collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russia, according to reporting by CNN.
“The three attorneys collectively made over $53,000 in political campaign contributions to Democrats since 1998, with over half of those donations coming from Quarles; Quarles was selected by Mueller from his old law firm, WilmerHale.
“Quarles has donated nearly $33,000 to Democratic campaigns, including the presidential campaigns of Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton.
In addition, he donated $10,000 to elected Democrats to the House and another $10,000 for the Senate, including Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer.
“Quarles is also the only lawyer who donated to Republican candidates, including a $2,500 donation to Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz in 2015 and a $250 donation to then-Virginia Senator George Allen in 2005. . .”
Daniel Nussbaum; Big Journalism: Megyn Kelly Faces Boycott over Alex Jones Interview”
“Megyn Kelly has come under fire for a planned Father’s Day interview with InfoWars founder Alex Jones on her new Sunday night NBC News program, with social media users calling for a boycott of the program’s advertisers and urging others to tune out the show when it airs later this month.
“Kelly shared a preview clip of the interview with Jones on her Twitter account Sunday.
“In the clip, Jones defends against being called “the most paranoid man in the world,” calls the September 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. an “inside job,” and attempts to deflect criticism for his assertion that the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax.
“In response to the preview, several Twitter users identifying themselves as family members of the 27 victims of the horrific attack tweeted directly to the Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly host to express their outrage that the anchor and NBC would give Jones a platform to discuss his views.
“Cristina Hassinger — daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary principal Dawn Hoschsprung, who was killed in the attack — and Nelba Marquez Greene, who reportedly lost a daughter in the attack, both sent messages to Kelly denouncing the interview.
“Shame on you,” Hassinger wrote. . .”
Mark Levin, (06-13-17)
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, The Democrats are on a Soviet-style hunt against AG Jeff Sessions. But all of the alleged nefarious activity concerning the Russians happened on Barack Obama’s watch. When will the Republicans ask, where were the Democrats when Russia interfered in our elections ? Where was Obama? Where was Loretta Lynch? It was Obama who met with Russian leadership and famously noted the increased flexibility he would have after the upcoming election.
“After that, the President and Senate knew full well that they were going to come up with a liberal version of Obamacare. They are just putting window dressings on it and pretending to repeal it. Now an Obamacare partial repeal that keeps 90% of Obamacare and repeals 10% of it is too much for the President. The premiums and deductibles on healthcare will continue to be punishingly expensive.
“Later, if China won’t do anything about North Korea, then what are we going to do? America needs to build up our economy and tear theirs down. Look at what Ronald Reagan did to the Soviet Union; he put the pressure on them, and they collapsed like a house of cards.
“Finally, the Russians have developed a cyber weapon that is capable of attacking and disrupting electric systems in America. Congress is doing nothing about this and instead we have to listen to foolish hearings on Russian collusion. This Russian weapon is a game changer. Does it sound in any way that the Senate Intelligence Committee is on top of this?”
Eric Boehm, Reason: “Pennsylvania’s Pension Reforms Aren’t Perfect, But They’re Pretty Good”
“401(k)-style retirement plans will save taxpayers in the long run.
“In a remarkable show of bipartisanship, Republican state lawmakers and a Democratic governor in Pennsylvania approved a pension reform bill moving most future public employees into 401(k)-style retirement plan, helping stanch a $70 billion unfunded liability.
“Gov. Tom Wolf, who signed the bill Monday, said ‘This bill is a win for Pennsylvania taxpayers. It’s also fair to Pennsylvania’s workforce.’
“The reform is far from perfect, but makes several important changes that should help Pennsylvania with a massive pension debt that will still take decades to get out from under. It could also serve as a model for other states dealing with similar pension problems.
“Future state workers and public school employees will be enrolled in a so-called “defined contribution” system, similar to the 401(k) retirement plans commonly used in the private sector that allow individual workers greater control over their savings. Taxpayers will no longer have to make up the difference between what the state promises retirees and what they set aside for themselves.
“Taxpayers, however, are still on the hook for the $70 billion in existing unfunded liabilities. Current workers and retirees will continue to make contributions and collect benefits from to the current “defined benefit” system. New hires by the Pennsylvania State Police and the state prison system are exempted from the reforms and will keep the current defined benefit system, which is nothing more than an act of political favoritism.
“Annual payments into that system will cost Pennsylvania taxpayers more than $4 billion this year. Those contributions will continue to grow annually through the early 2020s—accounting for as much as 10 percent of the state’s whole budget by 2019, according to the Wall Street Journal—before leveling off and eventually declining over the course of several decades as current enrollees stop collecting benefits when they die.
“Still, after years of struggling to get a pension reform bill passed while watching the unfunded liability grow ever larger—and in an environment that required bipartisan support for reforms—the passage of SB 1 is something to applaud. . .”
Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator: “In Defense of Bill Maher’s Free Speech”
HT Harley & McNamara
There he goes again.
He being comedian and talk show host Bill Maher. The host of HBO’s Real Time stepped in it the other week, as described here by Esquire:
Yet while Maher has never hidden the joy he takes in busting on Trump — or, for that matter, his broadly Democratic leanings — he has distinguished himself from John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, and Seth Meyers by sucker-punching the Left as gleefully as he does the Right. Before introducing his panel, he talked one-on-one with Elizabeth Warren, the senior senator from Massachusetts, about why Americans chronically vote against their interests. Maher didn’t miss a chance to needle her with one of Trump’s own epithets. Attempting to explain the Democrats’ dismal fortunes with working-class voters, he told her, “They don’t like you, Pocahontas.” Warren didn’t respond to the insult, choosing instead to stare a hole through her host’s high forehead.
A few weeks later, Maher would answer a joke by Nebraska senator Ben Sasse with a similarly tone-deaf response. When Sasse extended an invitation to come work in Nebraska’s fields, Maher playacted surprise and said, “I’m a house nigger.” Whereas the Pocahontas remark prompted another round of an ancient Internet dispute — whether Maher is a misogynist, a dick, or a fearless political savant — the comment to Sasse sparked universal outrage. HBO called it “completely inexcusable and tasteless,” and many clamored for Maher to be fired.
Full disclosure. I’ve been on Bill’s show and, heaven forbid, had a great time. Bill is a liberal, his audience is liberal, the panelists for the most part are liberal. He says outrageous things. And… what?
This time around he said something that truly was offensive, disgracefully so. He quickly and correctly apologized, saying his words were, indeed, “offensive.” CNN wrote up his apology and reported on Maher’s conversation the following week as follows:
“I did a bad thing,” Maher said to his first guest, sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson. “For black folks, that word, I don’t care who you are, has caused pain. I’m not here to do that.”
Maher added that, “It doesn’t matter that it wasn’t said in malice. If it brought back pain to people then that’s why I apologized freely and I reiterated it tonight.”
… “This was just a mistake,” he said. “This was just a dumb interception.”
Later in the show, rapper and actor Ice Cube told Maher that the word is “like a knife” in that it can either be used as a weapon or as a tool.
“I think this is a teachable moment not just to you, but the people watching right now,” Ice Cube told Maher.
Maher responded by saying, “I think the people watching right now are saying, ‘That point has been made.”
My CNN colleague Symone Sanders was also on the show and said that his remark was a “slap in the face to black America.” I rarely agree with Symone, but on this one? Are you kidding? She was right a thousand times over.
This was exactly the way to address this issue. Admit the mistake and have three Americans who are black on the show to discuss. Then… move on to show next.
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge. Email available!
Health Care – Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
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