Dead Cats: ComeyToast, 06/09/17, (26)35: James Brody

CONTENTS:

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.
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448385/americans-left-right-liberal-conservative-democrats-republicans-blue-red-states-cultural-segregate

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.’ . . .”

http://www.melaniephillips.com/wests-fundamental-lethal-divide/

LEAKER COMEY

Drudge Links

 

AS THE COMEY TURNS…
Trump lawyer to file complaint about leaked memos… 

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.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/8/james-comey-had-a-tough-day-on-capitol-hill/

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?”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/06/08/june-8-2017/

UK

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.”
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4586042/Stunning-exit-poll-suggests-Theresa-LOST-seats

PA

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).”

http://www.empowerpa.org/pension-reform-legislation-political-cover-governor-wolf-symbolism-substance/

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

http://www.politicspa.com/69-ups-downs/83396/

RECOMMENDED

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

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2017/06/06/climate-change-hypocrites  

Strongly Recommended: Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge. Email available!

http://www.zerohedge.com/users/tyler-durden

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

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

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Dead Cats: Islam, 06/07/17, (26)34: James Brody

CONTENTS:        

Christians United for Israel; MARCIN – Trump approved; NH Union Leader – OCare Melts; CODEVILLA – The real crime; HANSON – Hypocrisy;  DELINGPOLE – Global simmer.

UK: MORA – ISIS assaults; BARNES – Insurgency; HALE – Poland lock ‘em out; GOLDBERG – Old arguments; McCARTHY – Islam in London.

COMEY – HUEY-BURNS – Congress prepares; CHOI – DC bar parties; Drudge Links.

RECOMMENDED: MARK LEVIN, 6-06-17; JOANNE – CLIMATE CHANGE – call RYAN! ; Zero Hedge; Hannity on Health Care.

Christians United for Israel

“Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification! On this day in 1967, Israel liberated the heart of its ancient capital — and the holiest places in Judaism —  against overwhelming odds.
“In June of 1967, Israel’s Arab neighbors amassed nearly half a million troops and prepared to invade Israel. They publicly announced their intention to wipe Israel off the map. Israel’s leaders prepared for the worst.  But they also took decisive action to thwart the designs of their enemies.  And Israel quickly prevailed.
“On the third day of war — June 7th  — Israel liberated the Old City of Jerusalem.
“On that day exactly fifty years ago Israeli paratroopers wept as they prayed at the Western Wall. Finally, the biblical promise that the Jewish people would return to their ancient capital had been fulfilled. For the last 50 years, people of all faiths have been free to worship at their holy sites under Israeli protection.”

Tim Marcin, Newsweek: “DONALD TRUMP’S APPROVAL RATING IS BETTER THAN BILL CLINTON’S AT THIS POINT IN HIS FIRST TERM”

“Different polling outfits put Trump at varying levels of approval, but the RealClearPolitics average had him at 39.8 percent Tuesday, while the weighted average from FiveThirtyEight had him at exactly 39 percent. Not great numbers, but still better than Clinton. On Day 138 of his presidency, just 37.8 percent of Americans approved of the job he was doing, according to FiveThirtyEight.

If you compare where each president stood at this point in the Gallup tracking poll, however, the two are deadlocked. . .”

http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trumps-approval-rating-better-bill-clintons-first-term-621853

New Hampshire Union Leader: “Death spiral: Obamacare melts down”

“If only someone had warned New Hampshire lawmakers that expanding Medicaid would lead to exploding health-care costs.
“Minuteman Health will seek an average 30 percent rate increase for plans offered through New Hampshire’s exchange under the Affordable Care Act. (That name gets more ridiculous every year.)
“The ‘good news’ is that customers who purchase ACA exchange plans through the state’s expanded Medicaid program won’t see any increase, since they aren’t paying for the insurance in the first place. Those costs will be passed onto federal taxpayers, and increasingly to the New Hampshire budget. Who could have seen this coming?
“Medicaid expansion was supposed to reduce emergency room visits. But Medicaid expansion clients are more likely than other exchange customers to unnecessarily use emergency rooms or call an ambulance.
“Customers who aren’t poor enough to receive subsidies will get hit with higher premiums, unless the rate hikes prompt them to drop the insurance. And if more young, healthy people drop, rates for older, sicker customers will rise faster.
“Obamacare is a disaster. . .”

http://www.unionleader.com/editorial/Death-spiral-Obamacare-melts-down-06072017

Angelo Codevilla, American Greatness: “Punishing the Real Russia Crime: Leaking”

“The appointment of a special counsel, as well as the Congressional proceedings to uncover and punish such associates of Donald Trump as may have colluded with the Russian government with regard to the 2016 campaign, are a combination of partisan and Intelligence-bureaucracy warfare. No one has mentioned any activity of anyone in that campaign that might qualify as a violation of any criminal statute. Moreover, these legal and pseudo-legal proceedings abstract from the patently obvious felonies that U.S intelligence officials have committed each and every time they have informed reporters of the Washington Post and New York Times about the targets, functions, and results of U.S communications intelligence.

“18 U.S. code 798 is, a ‘strict liability’ statute, and specifies ten years’ imprisonment and $10,000 fine for each count. Trump’s enemies, and Trump himself, treat this parody of law as a game. It is not.

“Herewith a summary of how the parody grew to its current dimensions, and a straight-line projection of where it leads unless the distinction between law and politics is re-established. . . .

https://amgreatness.com/2017/06/04/punishing-real-russia-crime-leaking/

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “It’s the Hypocrisy, Stupid”

Some concerned Democrats are worried that their party may have lost the key blue-wall states because of its elitism, manifested as disdain for Americans between the coasts.
“Perhaps emblematic of their worry is the strange metamorphosis of Hillary Clinton’s two presidential campaigns. In 2008, as Bill Clinton 2.0, she drank boilermakers, bragged about bowling and shooting, boasted about her resonance with the “white” working class, and clobbered Obama on his Pennsylvania clingers speech.
But after Obama’s win — and his assumed new formula of registering record numbers of minority voters and seeing them often vote in a bloc on the basis of racial solidarity — Clinton thought she too could follow this new pathway to Democratic victories. So she made the understandable political contortions.

This time around, Clinton was bent on out-Obaming Obama’s “clingers” with her own “deplorables” and “irredeemables.” Her campaign was based on pandering to identity-politics groups — while she had cashed in on Wall Street in what can be fairly called a payola scheme with Bill to enrich the Clinton Foundation and thus indirectly themselves. The result was both a cultural and economic affront to what used to be the bedrock of the Democratic party. . . “
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448320/hypocrite-democrats-lecture-country-exempt-themselves-resemble-jimmy-swaggart

James Delingpole, BigGovt: “‘Global Warming’ Is a Myth, Say 58 Scientific Papers in 2017”

HT Infowars!

“In other words, the so-called “Consensus” on global warming is a massive lie. And Donald Trump was quite right to quit the Paris agreement which pretended that the massive lie was true.

“By ‘global warming’ these papers don’t, of course, mean the mild warming of around 0.8 degrees Celsius that the planet has experienced since the middle of the 19th century as the world crawled out of the Little Ice Age. Pretty much everyone, alarmists and skeptics alike, is agreed on that.

“Rather, they mean ‘global warming’ in the sense that is most commonly used today by grant-troughing scientists, and huxter politicians, and scaremongering green activists, and brainwashed mainstream media (MSM) environmental correspondents. ‘Global warming’ as in the scary, historically unprecedented, primarily man-made phenomenon which we must address urgently before the icecaps melt and the Pacific islands disappear beneath the waves and all the baby polar bears drown.

“What all these papers argue in their different ways is that the alarmist version of global warming — aka Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming (CAGW) — is a fake artefact. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/06/06/delingpole-global-warming-is-myth-58-scientific-papers-2017/

UK

Edwin Mora, Breitbart: “Ramadan Rage 2017: The Complete List of Jihadist Attacks Around the World”

“Welcome to Breitbart News’ running tally of worldwide jihadist terrorist attacks during Ramadan 2017. Check back for updates through the end of the Islamic holy month on June 24.

The estimated 815 deaths and 870 injuries across about 15 countries during the first 12 days of this year’s holy Muslim month of Ramadan have already marked the bloodiest Ramadan in recent years for adherents of Islam.

Jihadists believe martyrdom is doubly rewarded in paradise during Ramadan. Jihadist groups encourage martyrdom among their sympathizers and followers, promoting the belief that they will be doubly rewarded if they fatally castigate infidels during Ramadan. The holy month this year is on track to surpass the deadliest and bloodiest Ramadan in the modern record: Ramadan 2016.

Ramadan 2016 featured 1,150 casualties — both death and injuries. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/06/07/ramadan-rage-2017-complete-list-jihadist-attacks-around-world/

 

Joe Barnes, UK Express: “Former Islamic extremist WARNS Britain is ‘in the midst of a jihadist insurgency’”

“MAAJID NAWAZ has claimed Britain is in the “midst of a jihadist insurgency” after a terrorists launched three deadly terror attacks in as many months.

“Nawaz, an LBC radio host, was speaking after it was reported the three terrorists who killed seven people and injured at least 48 more after launching a deadly attack on London Bridge and Borough Market on Saturday night.

“Nawaz told Fox News: “I think we have to come to terms with the fact that Europe, Britain and the rest of Europe are in the midst of a full-blown jihadist insurgency.

“You were citing figures earlier that our security services are attempting to monitor around 23,000 suspected jihadists.

“That, by the way, is out of a population in the UK of just five per cent that are Muslim. That means 23,000 from four million Muslims in this country.

““Around those 23,000 – those who are jihadists – around them will be those who sympathise with the ideology, Islamists who believe in establishing a caliphate and those who empathise with their friends – if that is not insurgency levels I don’t know what is.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/813633/London-Bridge-terror-attack-Maajid-Nawaz-says-UK-in-midst-of-jihadist-insurgency

Virginia Hale, Breitbart: “POLAND: REFUSING TO IMPORT MUSLIMS IS ONLY PROVEN COUNTER-TERROR METHOD

HT Infowars

“The only proven method is to not allow in Muslim migrants.”

The only way to protect Poland from Islamic terror attacks is to not allow Muslims to migrate en masse, a British-born, senior MEP for the nation’s ruling party said on Monday.

“When it comes to reducing the chances of Poland being hit by [Islamist] terror attacks, the only proven method is to not allow in Muslim migrants,” Ryszard Czarnecki told local radio after an attack in London on Saturday killed seven and injured at least 48 others.

Noting the children of Islamic immigrants have been responsible for a large number of ISIS-inspired attacks on European soil, the London-born Law and Justice (PiS) MEP said Poland is “learning from the mistakes” of other nations in the West, and so refuses to “open [its] doors to Islamic migrants.”

“Asked whether he thinks the politicians running Poland have any good advice on how to avoid terrorism for Britain, which has experienced three Jihadist attacks in three months, and other countries in Western Europe, Czarnecki said the country has “a very specific concept  — no Islamic immigrants.

“With regards to Britain, we have already told them on several occasions they need to deport, not tolerate, radical migrants. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/06/05/poland-importing-muslims-terror/

Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “London Attacks Followed by Same Old Stale Arguments”

“We are in a rut.

“The saddest part about the recent terrorist attacks in the U.K. — aside from the actual horror for the victims and their families, of course — was that there was so little new to say about it.

“But that didn’t stop anyone. Everyone backed into their usual rhetorical corners, filling in the blanks on the familiar post-terror conversation like it was a game of Mad Libs, only none of the answers were particularly funny.
“I, for one, could easily recycle one of umpteen columns on how the Left’s response is wrong and why we have to shed our dysfunctional aversion to speaking plainly about the nature of the threat and what is required to fight it. Or I could note that President’s Trump’s response to the attack was less than helpful. But to what end? Who hasn’t heard the arguments a thousand times already? Watching cable news and surveying the algae blooms of “hot takes” on Twitter, it’s hard to imagine anything will dramatically change. We are growing numb to the problem as it becomes part of the background noise of daily life. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448346/london-terrorist-attack-rhetorical-arguments-same

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “No, the Problem in London Is Not ‘Islamist Extremism’”

“Islamists want to impose sharia law on the West — which means all Islamists are ‘extremists.’

“The Western schizophrenia about radical Islam is on full display in Britain, in the aftermath of the latest jihadist atrocity, the third in just the past three months.

Three terrorists rammed a van into a crowd on London Bridge and then went on a stabbing rampage, brutally assaulting pedestrians while braying that each blow was struck “for Allah.” A duly outraged Theresa May donned her prime-minister hat to announce that her government is “leading international efforts to take on and defeat the ideology of Islamist extremism around the world.” She also slipped on her amateur-imam cap, adjusted her rose-tinted glasses, and proclaimed that “Islamist extremism” is an ideology that preaches hatred, sows division and promotes sectarianism. It is an ideology that claims our Western values of freedom, democracy, and human rights are incompatible with the religion of Islam.
“And what right-thinking Western politico’s post-mass-murder speech would be complete without May’s insistence that this ideology is — all together now! — “a perversion of Islam and a perversion of the truth.”
“Sigh.
“What does Theresa May know about Islam such that she can decide what is a perversion of it? Precious little, I’d wager. Otherwise, she’d not babble on about “Islamist extremism,” a term right out of the Department of Redundancy Department.

“If you are an Islamist in the West, you are, by definition, an extremist. An Islamist is a Muslim who believes Islam requires the imposition of sharia, Islam’s ancient, totalitarian societal system and legal code.

“Islamist” is a term we in the West use in the hope that, because there are Muslims who are tolerant, pro-Western people, it must not be inevitable that Islam itself — or at least some interpretations of Islam — will breed the fundamentalist, literalist, supremacist construction of Islam.
“It may be a grave error to adopt this hope, especially since it has been elevated into seemingly incorrigible policy. Does the incontestable existence of moderate Muslim individuals necessarily translate into a coherent, viable doctrine of moderate Islam? Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to take just one very influential Muslim leader, says no: The West’s invocation of “moderate Islam” is “ugly,” he counters, because “Islam is Islam, and that’s it.” Erdogan is a close ally of the Muslim Brotherhood, the world’s most influential Islamist organization. If he’s right that there’s just one true Islam, rest assured that it’s not friendly to the West. Erdogan describes the Western call for Muslim migrants to assimilate in their new European societies as “a crime against humanity.”
“Meanwhile, many students of Islam observe that its aggressiveness, intolerance of non-Muslims, and subjugation of women are indisputably rooted in Islamic scripture. Wherever there is Islam, they maintain, there will inevitably be Islamists; and when those Islamists reach a critical mass of population (which can be considerably less than 50 percent), there will inevitably be sharia activism. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448319/theresa-may-islamist-extremist-comments-sharia-law-their-goal

COMEY

Caitlin Huey-Burns, RCP: “Lawmakers Prepare to Question Comey”

“In advance of what many anticipate will be blockbuster testimony from ex-FBI chief James Comey on Thursday, the White House is on offense against the witness.

“Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway reminded NBC viewers Monday that Comey gave inaccurate information the last time he was under oath, adding that many Democrats “detested this man” until the president fired him.

“The interview signaled ways in which the Trump administration and some Republicans might try to disparage Comey, who will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee later this week, his first public appearance since the controversial firing. But it also shines a spotlight on Democrats, who spent months criticizing Comey’s judgment and blaming him for their presidential election loss, and now find him to be the most credible source yet in building their case against Donald Trump.

“‘You can take it to the bank that Jim Comey is going to testify in a way that helps Democrats,’ said Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union. . .”

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/06/06/lawmakers_prepare_to_question_comey.html

KHannah Choi, WTOP:“DC bars to open early for Comey hearing watch parties”

“WASHINGTON — What’s a showdown without an audience?
The latest must-watch event — former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee — has some D.C. bars opening its doors as early as 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 8, to host viewing parties complete with food and drinks.

“As Comey faces questions regarding his discussions with President Donald Trump about the federal investigation into Russia’s election meddling, watch partygoers can “watch the drama unfold” while tucking into “FBI”-themed fare or nursing Covfefe cocktails.

“Click through the gallery below for the D.C. establishments holding Comey hearing watch parties.”

http://wtop.com/dc/2017/06/14136931/slide/1/

Drudge Links 6/7/17

COMEY WHINED: DON’T LEAVE ME ALONE WITH TRUMP!
MAG: Credibility problem…
WASHINGTON HOLDS BREATH FOR TESTIMONY…
High stakes at Congressional hearings…
PRESIDENT TO LIVE TWEET?
GOODWIN: Defining moment…
Intel Officials Deny President Pressured…
White House lawyers face Clinton-era legal trap…
More Obama Undermining…
Clapper trashes Trump on foreign soil… 

RECOMMENDED

Mark Levin (6-6-17)

“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, Today is the anniversary of D-day which occurred on June 6, 1944. It was incredibly important that the landing succeed. There was a 50/50 chance that it wouldn’t work and General Ike Eisenhower even had a speech prepared in case of defeat. The casualties were unbelievable as many were killed when they first got out of the boats, due to German machine gun fire focusing on the boats opening. It was the greatest amphibious landing in history and gave us a foothold in France and was the beginning of the end for the Third Reich. These were young men fighting for us who were 18, 19 and in their early twenties.

“Now when you look at college campuses with their safe spaces, you can see how far we have sunk as a nation. The left divides, instigates, and breaks the American people up by race, gender and other categories. It is a constant and unrelenting poison. This is why it is important to remember D-Day and the battles that brought our country together. These men and women put their lives on the line to fight for this nation, yet they get little gratitude from Hollywood and the media.

“Later, look at the disrespect that General John Kelly, head of the DHS receives from Sen Kamala Harris. He lost his son in combat and still tries to protect this country. Harris is so obsessed with preventing local law enforcement from assisting ICE with deporting illegal aliens, and shows no respect.

“Finally, Colonel Richard Kemp calls in to talk about terrorism and jihadism. There is one attack a week in the United Kingdom, yet nothing ever seems to done about it. These terrorists who go to the Middle East and then travel back home are very dangerous people who have been raping and murdering. It is very disturbing that these extremists are known before the terror attacks occur.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/06/06/june-6-2017/

Joanne: Climate Change Hypocrites

“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

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2017/06/06/climate-change-hypocrites  

Strongly Recommended: Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge. Email available!

http://www.zerohedge.com/users/tyler-durden

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

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

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Dead Cats: Sharia

PhillyAlive: Stand Up for Life

Washington Examiner: “Time to Govern”; Andrew McCarthy – Paris & our constitution; WND/Gabriel –AntiSharia Rallies; Nicole Russell – Planned Infanticide lied again.

RECOMMENDED: Mark Steyn for Rushbo; Zero Hedge; Hannity on Health Care.

June 6th – PhillyAlive: Stand Up for Life Rally

PA Capitol Rotunda,  11am-Noon.

“This Rally renews the pro-life movement in Pa.  This Rally also urges the Pa. General Assembly to pass S.B.300 and S.B.3 to, respectively, defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion committers in Pa. and to extend Pa.’s ban on abortions from24-weeks to 20-weeks gestation and ban dismemberment abortions with the same exceptions as Pa.’s Abortion Control Act.

Website: http://www.phillyalive.net/
Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/events/1911845435718493/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A4%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&source=4&action_history=null&ref=4
View the Event Flyer.

Sponsor: Philly Alive
Website: http://www.phillyalive.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhillyAlive/

Contact: Mike McMonagle
Phone: 215 – 393 – 36
Email: paprolifecoalition@gmail.com

Washington Examiner: “Time to govern, Republicans”

“On Nov. 9, 2016, in the stunned afterglow of Republicans taking the White House and holding both chambers of Congress, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor put it plainly:

“It is now time for Republicans to govern,” he said on CNBC. “There’ll be no excuses now. And I think the number one focus will be repeal and replacement of Obamacare. I think that’s where they’ll go first.”

“Cantor was right, and it’s a reminder Republicans need to hear today, as they return from recess with the first six months of the Trump presidency almost over.

“Members of the GOP majorities need to realize that they have a job to do right now. Contrary to what many politicians seem to believe, that job is not, first and foremost, to get re-elected. Under President Barack Obama, Republican leaders had an effective formula for that. They would hold message votes, pass bills such as the repeal of Obamacare that had no chance of becoming law, avoid forcing members to take difficult votes, and suppress dissent and display unity by curtailing the committee process and the tradition of floor amendments.

“That won’t work anymore. There is now no easy formula for Republicans to win elections. The job of Republicans, now that voters have handed them control of the federal government, is to govern.

“Specifically, they must repeal Obamacare and make sure that its replacement is reasonable, responsible and workable. Then voters will support it. Second, Republicans need to reform the complex, distorting federal tax code, for both individuals and corporations, rekindling economic growth and, again, winning voter support. . . ‘

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/time-to-govern-republicans/article/2624793

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Will Paris Revive the Constitution’s ‘America First’ Approach to Treaties?”

“The climate agreement is a bad deal, but far more important, the Senate never approved it.
“. . . The fact that the sun rose again this morning was less predictable than the media-Democrat hysteria over President Trump’s entirely reasonable decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Convention on climate change. The decision was clearly right on the merits: The pact, which would do nothing meaningful to address global temperatures, is an exercise in progressive preening, touted by hypocrites who zip to and from climate confabs in their private jets — the kind of “Do as I say, not as I do” lovers of humanity (but loathers of people) who never take one plane when two are available.
“To anyone but a zealot in the Church of Climate, it is obvious that carbon emissions are best reduced not by central planning but by a private sector free to innovate and respond to the market demand for environmentally responsible products and practices. That is how the United States leads, how it is already driving down emissions, and how it can promote the generation of wealth and know-how that — far better than dubious statistical models and rose-tinted crystal balls — would enable 22nd-century Americans to address their environmental challenges.
“All that aside, however, President Trump’s decision should have been obvious and indisputable, not momentous. That it was not is a measure of detachment from our constitutional moorings.
“The Paris Convention is a treaty. Under the Constitution, a treaty does not become law binding on the United States unless the president submits it to the Senate, obtains two-thirds approval there, and then ratifies the treaty. (Contrary to popular belief, the Senate does not ratify treaties; the president does the ratifying, but only if the Senate has consented.) That never happened to the climate agreement. It never had a chance of happening.
“In this instance, as in others, President Obama conspired with his fellow transnational progressives to defeat the Constitution he had sworn to preserve, protect, and defend. He waited until late 2016, the eleventh hour of his presidency, to sign the agreement. As with the Iran deal, he had no intention of submitting it to the Senate, because there was no way it would be approved there. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448248/trump-paris-convention-constitution

WND: “ANTI-SHARIAH RALLIES PLANNED FOR 28 U.S. CITIES ON JUNE 10”

“Organizers seek to shine light on Sharia creep in USA

“ACT! For America is planning a nationwide ‘March Against Sharia – March for Human Rights’ on June 10 that so far has 28 cities signed up to participate.

“Organizers say they will be taking a public stand against female genital mutilation, honor violence, the blasphemy and apostasy laws, among other elements of Shariah that are increasingly showing up in American society.

“Brigitte Gabriel, the founder of ACT For America, said America is now starting to experience some of the same atrocities of Shariah that her family escaped in Lebanon decades ago.

“‘We want to increase awareness about certain practices that are starting to happen in our country with the rise of Islamic immigration, because we are now hearing about female genital mutilation, like the cases in Detroit recently announced by the Department of Justice,’ she told WND. ‘Who would have thought in 21st century America, after what women did working so hard in defense of women’s rights that we’d be talking about little girls being horribly mutilated, and that 513,000 girls are at risk of this barbaric Third World procedure, according to the CDC [Centers for Disease Control].’

“ACT! will also shine a light on honor killings and honor violence.

“‘It’s already here in America,’ Gabriel said. ‘We’re seeing girls being killed simply for wanting to wear makeup. Under our Constitution they deserve the same rights and protections.’

“She said U.S. feminists are ‘completely silent on this issue’ . . .
http://mobile.wnd.com/2017/06/anti-shariah-rallies-planned-for-28-u-s-cities-june-10/#s27cjJmz1iutDEVi.99

https://www.infowars.com/anti-shariah-rallies-planned-for-28-u-s-cities-on-june-10/

Nicole Russell, Washington Examiner: “Planned Parenthood caught lying again”

Who took over Gosnell’s caseload?

“. . . The most glaring falsehood in Planned Parenthood’s report is the discrepancies in their services. The report claimed, “U.S. women will lose essential care if Planned Parenthood is defunded, not just abortion, which is only 3 percent of the group’s services.” While they saw about 100,000 fewer patients than last year, they performed about 5,000 more abortions this year than last. Though the organization often claims their main goal is to provide health services, that number declined significantly this year.

“It doesn’t take a statistician to see that Planned Parenthood is twisting their numbers, and that abortions make up well more than 3 percent of their services — not to mention Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the U.S.

“It’s not shocking that an organization which peddles baby parts for profit and brags about providing abortions lies in its annual report — but it is disconcerting for a federally-funded group to do so when the truth is glaringly obvious.”

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/planned-parenthood-caught-lying-again/article/2624662

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Mark Steyn for Rushbo (6/2/17):

Strongly Recommended: Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge. Email available!

http://www.zerohedge.com/users/tyler-durden

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

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

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Dead Cats: Paris?, 06/02/17, (26)32: James Brody

CONTENTS:

NRO – We’ll never have Paris; NY SUN: Constitutional Climate; CHAMBERS – He’ll withdraw; McCARTHY – Judicial Imperialism; SPERRY – BO hacked the election; WSJ – Samantha revealed.

RECOMMENDED: Zero Hedge; Hannity on Health Care.

 

“Climate change presents the world with genuine risks, and there is of course room for international action in addressing them. But the Paris Agreement takes the wrong approach, committing the United States to a high-cost/low-return program that secures neither our national interests nor global environmental interests. It is part of the Obama administration’s legacy of putting sentiment over substance, and the United States is better off without it.”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448208/paris-agreement-withdrawal-trump

NRO: “We’ll Never Have Paris”

This nation has and always has had its opportunists,many of them not named “Clinton,” opportunists who bet their wallets on future deals. Elon Musk, for example, makes spacecraft and Teslas – taking a $15,000 loss on each car. Likewise for folks who build windmills. There is a generation of such people who saw the “environment” as a singular opportunity to make more money from government contracts supporting a religion that is irresistible even though bogus. Trump is to open a coal mine next week and most of us think of Bogart and Bergman when we think of Paris.

“President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord. The United States never should have been in it in the first place, and it’s not even entirely clear that it ever was. In choosing American interests over Davos pieties — in the face of resistance from some within his own administration — the president here has made good on his promise to put America first.

“The Paris Agreement is a treaty in all but name: The European signatories put it through their usual treaty-ratification protocols, but the United States did not. President Obama went to great lengths to pretend that the treaty was something other than a treaty because he did not wish to submit it for ratification by the Senate, which was almost sure to reject it — as, indeed, the Senate would likely reject it today. In a government of laws, process matters.

“Substance matters, too, and here the Paris Agreement is deficient.
“Even if one accepts, for the sake of argument, the alarmist interpretation of climate-change data, the Paris Agreement is unlikely to produce the desired result — and may not produce any result at all. Two countries that are responsible for a large share of greenhouse-gas emissions — China and India, the world largest and fourth-largest carbon dioxide emitters, respectively — have made only modest commitments under the agreement, which puts most of the onus on the more developed nations of North America and Western Europe. Both would continue to emit more carbon dioxide through at least 2030, and both have chosen, as their major commitment, not reductions in total emissions but reductions in “carbon intensity” — meaning emissions per unit of GDP. But these improvements are likely to happen anyway, irrespective of treaties or public policy, due to ordinary economic changes, such as the growth of the low-impact services sector relative to heavy industry, the aging-out of high-emissions vehicles, and the replacement of antiquated infrastructure. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448208/paris-agreement-withdrawal-trump

NY Sun: “The Constitutional Climate”

“The best part of President Trump’s remarks on America’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord came in respect of sovereignty. This was marked toward the end, when the President turned to what he called the “serious legal and constitutional issues.” Say what you will about the climate, the president is not sworn to it.

“No, the president is sworn to the Constitution. It clearly bothers Mr. Trump, as it does us, that, as he put it, “Foreign leaders in Europe, Asia, and across the world should not have more to say with respect to the U.S. economy than our own citizens and their elected representatives.” He called our withdrawal from the agreement ”a reassertion of America’s sovereignty.”

“This kind of talk is music to our ears —and not just ours, we’ll warrant. ‘Our Constitution is unique among all the nations of the world, and it is my highest obligation and greatest honor to protect it,’ Mr. Trump vowed. ‘And I will.’ He then marked that the agreement could ‘pose serious obstacles for the United States as we begin the process of unlocking the restrictions on America’s abundant energy reserves, which we have started very strongly.’

“‘It would once have been unthinkable that an international agreement could prevent the United States from conducting its own domestic economic affairs, but this is the new reality we face if we do not leave the agreement or if we do not negotiate a far better deal. The risks grow as historically these agreements only tend to become more and more ambitious over time.’

“This is the talk of a proper president. . .”

http://www.nysun.com/editorials/the-constitutional-climate/89996/

Francesca Chambers, UK Daily Mail: “’You can take it to the bank he’s going to withdraw’: Climate insider says Trump WILL pull out of Paris within hours (but others aren’t so sure)”

  • White House insiders says Donald Trump will pull United States out of Paris climate agreement that Barack Obama signed the US onto
  • Just two countries – Syria and Nicaragua – are out of the deal and countries still to ratify it include Russia, Iran and North Korea 
  • Trump had faced an intense global lobbying effort from the Pope and European leaders as well as pressure from his daughter Ivanka but went against it 
  • Ivanka Trump had advised her father against an exit from the accord that commits participants to drastically reducing greenhouse gases
  • United Nations secretary-general led worldwide calls for Trump to change his mind and stay in the deal 
  • Elon Musk, the billionaire Tesla founder, said he would quit advising Trump if he really did pull out of deal 
  • Scientists claim that without the deal to cut greenhouse emissions, global average temperatures will rise by more than 2C – 3.6F – this century 
  • Anti-treaty lobbyists say it will cost American jobs and Trump himself has previously called scientists theory of man-made global warming a ‘hoax’ 
  • Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Google, Gap, Mars, Tiffany & Co. and other big businesses published an open letter asking Trump to stay in. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4561928/Trump-announce-decision-climate-change-Thursday.html#ixzz4im1R9ntA

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “How Sharia Supremacism and Judicial Imperialism Threaten National Security”

“The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling against President Trump’s so-called travel ban empowers both radical Islam and judicial imperialism. The combination portends lasting damage to the United States.

“To rehash, the executive order (EO) proclaimed temporary restrictions (the main one, for 90 days) on travel to the United States by the nationals of six countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Those countries, along with Iraq (cited in Trump’s original executive order, but not the revised EO at issue), had previously been singled out by Congress and President Obama — not because they are Muslim-majority countries, but because a) the presence or promotion of terrorism in their territories makes their nationals suspect and b) their anti-Americanism and/or dysfunctional governments render it impossible to conduct background checks on visa applicants.
“This Fourth Circuit’s en banc review of prior invalidations of the EO by “progressive” activists masquerading as jurists produced 205 pages of opinions. The outcome was about as uncertain as Secretariat at Belmont, with ten of the tribunal’s 13 judges joining Chief Judge Roger Gregory’s majority ruling to one degree or another.
“Three judges filed compelling dissents that will prove quite useful when, as Trump promises, the case proceeds to the Supreme Court. The continuation of the litigation is an unfortunate outcome, even if conservatives and other rule-of-law types, buoyed by Justice Neil Gorsuch’s appointment, may be right that the EO has a better shot in the High Court.
“That’s because the EO doesn’t matter. You may not have noticed, but sharia supremacism has already won, regardless of what the Supreme Court does.
“See, the EO was never an end in and of itself. It is a means — a fatally flawed one — to a vital end. That end is a vetting system that enables our security services to distinguish pro-Western Muslims from sharia supremacists. That’s the goal. The EO was conceived as a temporary pause while the vetting system took shape.
From a security perspective, though, the EO was utterly ineffective: applicable to a negligible slice of the global anti-American threat. More significantly, as a strategy, starting with the EO rather than getting to vetting has been a catastrophe.
“As we have previously observed, in order to install the vetting system we need, the challenge of Islam must be confronted head-on and without apology. That is unavoidable. You can’t flinch. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448061/trump-travel-ban-ruling-fourth-circuit-sharia-supremacism-judicial-imperialism

Paul Sperry, NY Post: “How Team Obama tried to hack the election

“New revelations have surfaced that the Obama administration abused intelligence during the election by launching a massive domestic-spy campaign that included snooping on Trump officials.

“The irony is mind-boggling: Targeting political opposition is long a technique of police states like Russia, which Team Obama has loudly condemned for allegedly using its own intelligence agencies to hack into our election.

“The revelations, as well as testimony this week from former Obama intel officials, show the extent to which the Obama administration politicized and weaponized intelligence against Americans.

Thanks to Circa News, we now know the National Security Agency under President Barack Obama routinely violated privacy protections while snooping through foreign intercepts involving US citizens — and failed to disclose the breaches, prompting the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court a month before the election to rebuke administration officials.

“The story concerns what’s known as “upstream” data collection under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, under which the NSA looks at the content of electronic communication. Upstream refers to intel scooped up about third parties: Person A sends Person B an e-mail mentioning Person C. Though Person C isn’t a party to the e-mail, his information will be scooped up and potentially used by the NSA.

“Further, the number of NSA data searches about Americans mushroomed after Obama loosened rules for protecting such identities from government officials and thus the reporters they talk to.

“The FISA court called it a “very serious Fourth Amendment issue” that NSA analysts — in violation of a 2011 rule change prohibiting officials from searching Americans’ information without a warrant — “had been conducting such queries in violation of that prohibition, with much greater frequency than had been previously disclosed to the Court.”

“A number of those searches were made from the White House, and included private citizens working for the Trump campaign, some of whose identities were leaked to the media. The revelations earned a stern rebuke from the ACLU and from civil-liberties champion Sen. Rand Paul. . .”

http://nypost.com/2017/05/26/how-team-obama-tried-to-hack-the-election/

WSJ: “Samantha Power Unmasked”

“Why would a diplomat need to know the names of Trump officials?

“The new subpoenas seek details of all unmasking requests in 2016 by three people: former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power. Democrats claim Ms. Rice needed to unmask names to do her job, though this is questionable given that she wasn’t running counterintelligence investigations. They have a better claim with Mr. Brennan.

“But Ms. Power’s job was diplomacy. Unmaskings are supposed to be rare, and if the mere ambassador to the U.N. could demand them, what privacy protection was the Obama White House really offering U.S. citizens? The House subpoenas should provide fascinating details about how often Ms. Power and her mates requested unmaskings, on which Trump officials, and with what justification. The public deserves to know given that unmasked details have been leaked to the press in violation of the law and privacy.

“Meantime, we learned from Circa News last week of a declassified document from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which excoriated the National Security Agency for an ‘institutional lack of candor.’ The court explained that Obama officials had often violated U.S. privacy protections while looking at foreign intelligence but did not disclose these incidents until the waning days of Mr. Obama’s tenure. . .”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/samantha-power-unmasked-1496272676

Also: Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “What the House Subpoenas of Rice, Brennan, and Power in the ‘Unmasking’ Probe Mean”
“It’s not all about Russia.

“The House Intelligence Committee has reportedly issued seven subpoenas in connection with its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and of the Obama administration’s potentially illegal use of the government’s foreign-intelligence-collection power for the purpose of monitoring Americans — in particular, Americans connected to the Trump campaign and transition.

“The news was broken Wednesday afternoon by the Wall Street Journal.

“The most intriguing detail of the subpoenas is the demand for any information related to requests for unmasking by Samantha Power, President Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations.

“‘Unmasking’ is the revealing in intelligence reports of the identities of Americans whose communications (or information about whom) have been “incidentally” intercepted during foreign-intelligence-collection operations.

“Of course, the fact that a subpoena demanding information is issued does not necessarily mean the information exists. Nevertheless, the issuance of a subpoena implies that the issuer has a good-faith basis to believe it does. On that score, it has previously been reported that the committee’s chairman, Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), has reviewed intelligence reporting and detected instances of unmasking.

“Were there to be information indicating that Ms. Power was involved in unmasking American identities in intelligence reports, significant questions would be raised. As ambassador to the U.N., Power, a long-time Obama adviser, held a diplomatic position. She was not an intelligence analyst. It is not immediately clear why the U.N. ambassador would be involved in the disclosure of American identities in intelligence reports — after the agencies that collected and analyzed the intelligence had decided such identities should be masked.

“The Journal report further indicates that committee subpoenas demand any information related to unmasking requests by Susan Rice and John Brennan. Ms. Rice was President Obama’s national-security adviser (a White House staff position), and, as we’ve noted, previous reporting has tied her to unmasking activities. Brennan was Obama’s director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA is in the business of gathering and analyzing foreign intelligence outside the United States. In that capacity, the CIA routinely makes judgments about whether identities of Americans should be unmasked.

“The House Intelligence Committee is investigating both a) Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, an inquiry that entails thus far unsubstantiated suspicions of Trump-campaign collusion, and b) the use of intelligence authorities to investigate the Trump campaign, an inquiry that focuses on whether national-security powers (such as those codified in FISA, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) were used pretextually, for the real purpose of conducting political spying. “The Senate Intelligence Committee is also conducting an investigation, but that inquiry appears more single-mindedly directed at Russia’s meddling in the campaign. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448161/susan-rice-john-brennan-samantha-power-unmasking-subpoenas-house-intelligence

Mark Levin – June 1, 2017

“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, The President’s speech on the Paris climate accord was magnificent, simple and directed straight at the American people, who now understand the devastating effect the Paris agreement would have had on their livelihoods. The real goal of progressives supporting the Paris accords was not to reverse climate change. It was to use the power of government to redistribute wealth. Climate change is not what really is going on here. For 100 years or more there has been a movement in this country to destroy the Republic and the civil society. They call themselves progressives. They are iron fisted tyrants in many respects and they are really regressive. The left wrap themselves in populist language but there model is authoritarianism and threats. The environmental movement is part of an ideological movement, just like healthcare.

“After that, why is it so controversial to move the U.S. embassy to the eternal capital of the Jews, Jerusalem? Unfortunately, on Thursday, Trump betrayed those who believed that he would move the embassy to Jerusalem by signing a waver delaying the move. The Palestinians only have recent and modern ties to Jerusalem unlike the Jewish people who have had ties to it for over a couple thousand years. The President has broken his promise.

“Finally, Tom Coburn calls in to talk about his new book, “Smashing the DC Monopoly” and Article V. There is a loss of liberty, by individuals, their families and their states. Article V is the only way that something of consequence can be done to save our country.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/06/01/june-1-2017/

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http://www.zerohedge.com/users/tyler-durden

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

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

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Dead Cats: Montana, 05/26/17, (26)31: James Brody

CONTENTS:

LIMBAUGH – Donald @ NATO; FOX – Gianforte wins; TESTFAYE –VA appeals court; McCARTHY – Obama spied on you; ORDONEZ – NATO’s climate; UK EXPRESS – Jihadis strike Phillipines; BREITBART – Copts murdered.

PA: KNEPPER – School dollars; SNYDER – Politics PA

RECOMMENDED: Zero Hedge; Hannity on Health Care.

 

Rush Limbaugh, Trump at NATO

“. . . THE PRESIDENT: NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations. But 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defense. This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States. And many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years.

“RUSH: And they’re standing there, they’re all there. The big NATO conference, Trump’s up there, he’s headlining it, they’re all standing there snickering. They’re looking at each other, hee-hee-hee-hee, pointing at him. Not literally, but you can just see their faces, what a doofus, what an absolute bubkes, this guy doesn’t have the slightest idea how the world works. What a joke. You can see it on their faces. Trump was not finished.

“THE PRESIDENT: If all NATO members had spent just 2% of their GDP on defense last year, we would have another $119 billion for our collective defense and for the financing of additional NATO reserves. We should recognize that with these chronic underpayments and growing threats, even 2% of GDP is insufficient to close the gaps in modernizing readiness and the size of forces. And I never asked once what the new NATO headquarters cost. I refused to do that. But it is beautiful. . .”

https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2017/05/25/trump-takes-it-to-nato/

Peter Morici, Market Watch: “Opinion: Trump’s mad-genius budget cuts the bloat that’s strangling us”

HT – Jim Bohannon, WEEU!

“Bold plan would invigorate the economy and banish pessimism and debt

“President Donald Trump’s budget is at once madness and genius.

“It reaches far beyond what Congress will approve and defies what economics textbooks say should happen. However, if its essential provisions are preserved, the plan would avert fiscal calamity, and restore prosperity and hope for the nation’s most struggling citizens.

At its core, it proposes to cut the bloat in discretionary government programs and entitlements — things voter-pandering moderate Republicans and liberal Democrats are wont to protect — and balance the budget.

“Keynesian economics says the latter should tank the economy. However, government profligacy has its stimulative limits. Spending and taxing can go beyond boosting demand to strangling supply by killing the very will to work and invest.

Trump’s budget strikes the steel stake at midnight to the heart of this vampire.

Interest on the national debt and entitlements — Social Security and Medicare for the elderly and support programs for the poor and the disabled — account for about two-thirds of the federal budget.

“Many of these are so abused—the number of working-age adults on Social Security disability has jumped to a startling 1 in 20—that we have gone from assisting the unemployed to paying people not to work. Labor-force participation and hence labor-force growth remain painfully depressed.

“The taxes that support all this are so burdensome on entrepreneurs (the top 20% of earners pay 87% of taxes) and on corporations (America sports one of the highest effective tax rates among major industrialized nations) that businesses are not investing in the next wave.

“Robots and artificial intelligence are not killing too many jobs but rather businesses are not investing in enough of them, productivity growth is sinking, and American industry continues to lose its competitive edge.

“Based on continued low labor-force and productivity growth, the Congressional Budget Office projects 1.9% growth over the next decade—that is roughly in line with the average progress of the economy in this century through both expansions and recessions.

Consequently entitlements and interest payments are projected to consume virtually all federal tax revenue by 2027. Then foreign creditors would not be so eager to lend to Uncle Sam as they are today, and a Greek-style meltdown cannot be ruled out.

“The Trump budget leaves intact essential benefits to seniors—old age pensions and Medicare—but goes after programs like food stamps, Medicaid and Social Security disability programs. These were originally intended to aid poor children, mothers and the genuinely infirm but thanks to changes in laws and enforcement in the wake of the financial crisis, those have been opened to able-bodied adults—even those who refuse to work.

“Be clear—Trumps cuts are not aimed at denying poor infants their formula or sustenance to their mothers!

“The history of introducing work requirements into food stamps and welfare indicates that those move people off the rolls or at least make them less dependent on handouts. Workforce participation and incomes go up and poverty goes down.

Sometimes less does equal more! . . .”

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/trumps-mad-genius-budget-cuts-the-bloat-thats-strangling-us-2017-05-23

Fox: “Greg Gianforte wins: Republican apologizes to reporter who accused him of assault”

“Republican Greg Gianforte, who won Montana’s special election Thursday just one day after being charged with assault, used part of his victory speech to apologize to the reporter he confronted.

“When you make a mistake, you have to own up to it. That’s the Montana way,” Gianforte told a crowd who came out to celebrate his victory over Democratic rival Rob Quist.

“Last night I made a mistake, and I took an action that I can’t take back, and I’m not proud of what happened. I should not have responded in the way that I did, and for that I’m sorry. I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that I am sorry Mr. Ben Jacobs.”

“It had been unclear if Gianforte’s assault charge would impact the race. About a third of eligible voters in Montana had already cast their ballots in early voting, and others said it didn’t influence their vote. . .”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/05/26/greg-gianforte-wins-republican-apologizes-to-reporter-who-accused-him-assault.html

Sophia Tesfaye, Salon: “Virginia federal appeals court bans Trump’s second Muslim travel ban”

“. . .In a 10-3 ruling, the federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, noted that President “Trump’s power to deny entry to immigrants, while ‘broad,’ isn’t ‘absolute.’

“[A]n Executive Order that in text speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination. Surely the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment yet stands as an untiring sentinel for the protection of one of our most cherished founding principles—that government shall not establish any religious orthodoxy, or favor or disfavor one religion over another. Congress granted the President broad power to deny entry to aliens, but that power is not absolute. It cannot go unchecked

“Trump’s revised ban ‘cannot be divorced from the cohesive narrative linking it to the animus that inspired it,’ Chief Judge Roger Gregory wrote.

“Thursday’s decision clears the way for Trump to appeal to the Supreme Court.”

http://www.salon.com/2017/05/25/virginia-federal-appeals-court-bans-trumps-second-muslim-ban/

Also: David French, NRO: “The Fourth Circuit Distorts the Law to Defeat Trump’s Travel Ban”
“A strange madness is gripping the federal judiciary. It is in the process of crafting a new standard of judicial review, one that does violence to existing precedent, good sense, and even national security for the sake of defeating Donald Trump. We’ll call this new jurisprudence “Trumplaw,” and its latest victim is once again the so-called Trump travel ban. The perpetrator is the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447995/fourth-circuit-travel-ban-ruling-distorts-law-trump

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Explosive Revelation of Obama Administration Illegal Surveillance of Americans”

“During the Obama years, the National Security Agency intentionally and routinely intercepted and reviewed communications of American citizens in violation of the Constitution and of court-ordered guidelines implemented pursuant to federal law.
“The unlawful surveillance appears to have been a massive abuse of the government’s foreign-intelligence-collection authority, carried out for the purpose of monitoring the communications of Americans in the United States. While aware that it was going on for an extensive period of time, the administration failed to disclose its unlawful surveillance of Americans until late October 2016, when the administration was winding down and the NSA needed to meet a court deadline in order to renew various surveillance authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
“The administration’s stonewalling about the scope of the violation induced an exasperated Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to accuse the NSA of ‘an institutional lack of candor’ in connection with what the court described as “a very serious Fourth Amendment issue.” (The court is the federal tribunal created in 1978 by FISA; it is often referred to as a “secret court” because proceedings before it are classified and ex parte — meaning only the Justice Department appears before the court.)
“The FISA-court opinion is now public, available here. The unlawful surveillance was first exposed in a report at Circa by John Solomon and Sara Carter, who have also gotten access to internal, classified reports. The story was also covered extensively Wednesday evening by James Rosen and Bret Baier on Fox News’s Special Report.
“According to the internal reports reviewed by Solomon and Carter, the illegal surveillance may involve more than 5 percent of NSA searches of databases derived from what is called ‘upstream’ collection of Internet communications.
“As the FISA court explains, upstream collection refers to the interception of communications “as they transit the facilities of an Internet backbone carrier.” These are the data routes between computer networks. The routes are hosted by government, academic, commercial, and similar high-capacity network centers, and they facilitate the global, international exchange of Internet traffic. Upstream collection from the Internet’s “backbone,” which accounts for about 9 percent of the NSA’s collection haul (a massive amount of communications), is distinguished from interception of communications from more familiar Internet service providers.
“Upstream collection is a vital tool for gathering intelligence against foreign threats to the United States. It is, of course, on foreign intelligence targets — non-U.S. persons situated outside the U.S. — that the NSA and CIA are supposed to focus. Foreign agents operating inside the U.S. are mainly the purview of the FBI, which conducts surveillance of their communications through warrants from the FISA court — individualized warrants based on probable cause that a specific person is acting as an agent of a foreign power.
“The NSA conducts vacuum intelligence-collection under a different section of FISA — section 702. It is inevitable that these section 702 surveillance authorities will incidentally intercept the communications of Americans inside the United States if those Americans are communicating with the foreign target. This does not raise serious Fourth Amendment concerns; after all, non-targeted Americans are intercepted all the time in traditional criminal wiretaps because they call, or are called by, the target. But FISA surveillance is more controversial than criminal surveillance because the government does not have to show probable cause of a crime — and when the targets are foreigners outside the U.S., the government does not have to make any showing; it may target if it has a legitimate foreign-intelligence purpose, which is really not much of a hurdle at all. . .

“Thus, the minimization procedures were ratcheted up. The most significant change, as the FISA court opinion relates, was that the revised “procedures categorically prohibited NSA analysts from using U.S.-person identifiers to query the results of upstream Internet collection” (emphasis added).

“This meant the NSA was not supposed to use an American’s phone number, e-mail address, or other ‘identifier’ in running searches through its upstream database.

“It is this prohibition that the NSA routinely and extensively violated. Evidently, there was widespread use of American identifiers throughout the years after the 2011 revision of the minimization procedures. The violation was so broad that, at the time the Obama administration ended, its scope had still not been determined. . . (emph added, jb)”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447973/nsa-illegal-surveillance-americans-obama-administration-abuse-fisa-court-response

Franco Ordonez, McClatchy: “Trump talks terrorism while Europe shouts ‘Climate!’”

“Trump arrived to this seaside community late Thursday for the Group of Seven conference where allies will talk about a series of issues from trade to Russia. But Trump’s position on the Paris accord—particularly his pledge to leave the accord—is one of the most urgent matters for European leaders, who are committed to keep the Americans involved.

“Ever since he left the Middle East, Trump has been reminded how important the issue is to U.S. friends in Europe.

“At the Vatican, Pope Francis handed Trump his 181-page encyclical, “Laudato Si” (“Praise Be”), that largely blames man for climate change.

“The Paris agreement challenges countries of the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming. The accord, which went into force in November 2016, is considered the world’s most comprehensive plan to date for fighting climate change. . .”

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article152681564.html

UK Express: “’Facing an ‘ISIS invasion’ Jihadis from Indonesia and Malaysia wreak havoc in Philippines”

“INDONESIANS and Malaysians were among foreign Jihadists battling the military after laying siege to a southern Philippine city, the government said today, in a rare admission of what it said was an Islamic State ‘invasion’.

“The army has deployed attack helicopters and special forces to drive rebels of the Islamic State-linked Maute group out of Marawi City and Malaysians and Indonesians and other foreigners were among six guerrillas killed on Thursday.

“The announcement elevates the threat of what experts and the military say are moves by Islamic State to exploit the poverty and lawlessness of predominantly Muslim Mindanao island to establish a base for extremists from Southeast Asia and beyond.

“‘What’s happening in Mindanao is no longer a rebellion of Filipino citizens,’ Solicitor General Jose Calida told a news conference. . .”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/809566/ISIS-Philippines-Marawi-Malaysia-Indonesia-Philippines

Breitbart: “Report: Gunmen Massacre Coptic Christians in Egypt, Killing at Least 26”

“CAIRO (AP) — Masked militants riding in three SUVs opened fire Friday on a bus packed with Coptic Christians, including many children, south of the Egyptian capital, killing at least 26 and wounding 25, the Interior Ministry said.

“No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, the fourth to target Christians since December, but it bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State group.

“Islamic militants have for years been waging an insurgency mostly centered in the restive northern part of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, although a growing number of attacks have recently also taken place on the mainland.

“The assault happened while the bus was traveling on a side road in the desert leading to the remote monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor in Maghagha, in Minya governorate, about 220 kilometers (140 miles) south of Cairo.

“Security officials quoted witnesses as saying they saw between eight and 10 attackers, dressed in military uniforms and wearing masks. The victims were en route from the nearby province of Beni Suef to visit the monastery. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2017/05/26/egypt-gunmen-massacre-christians-killing-least-23/

PA

CAP – Leo Knepper, “School District Reserves Top $4.4 Billion Statewide”

“The amount of money held by school districts in “reserve” has more than doubled over the last ten years according to a new report by the Commonwealth Foundation. At the end of the 2015-2016 school year, district reserves were over $4.4 billion. According to that same report, there were 13 school districts who held more than 20 percent of their budget in reserves and requested property tax increases well above the limit established by the Department of Education. Not only did they request higher taxes, they did it between eight and ten times in a ten year period. In other words, the school districts could operate on their savings accounts for more than 20 percent of the year, but still wanted taxpayers to pad the accounts even more.

“One of the names on the list, Lower Merion School District, has been sued by local taxpayers for their budget practices. A Commonwealth Judge found their budget practices so egregious that the district was ordered to roll back their 2016 tax increase. despite a $56 million reserve fund, Lower Merion is seeking a tax increase again this year that exceeds the state cap.

“The worst offenders among schools seeking unnecessary tax increases are not confined geographically. Rather, it seems that there is a systemic problem among school boards. It is hard to argue against keeping a rainy day fund in reserve. At some point, the reserve fund becomes an insult to taxpayers. Although school district finances do not garner the same attention as national, or even state-level scandals, understanding how they are spending your money is vital.

“To see how your local school district stacks up, take a few minutes and review the financial data collected by the Department of Education. You will probably be surprised by what you find.”

http://www.empowerpa.org/school-district-reserves-top-4-4-billion-statewide/

Sy Snyder, Politics PA, 5-26-17

Teresa Miller.  It was announced this week that current Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller will take the lead of the merged Department of Health and Human Services.  Miller would jump ahead of the current heads of the four agencies that would be merged, Departments of Aging; Drug and Alcohol Programs; Health; and Human Services.  

Kevin Haggerty. State Representative Kevin Haggerty had a protection from abuse taken out against him by his wife late last week after he allegedly threw a water bottle at her head.

Karen Murphy.  Health Secretary Karen Murphy announced this week that she is resigning from her position to join the private sector.  Murphy has overseen the first steps of medical marijuana implementation in Pennsylvania, and helped battle the opioid epidemic.

Ed Rendell.  Former Governor Ed Rendell is still coming under fire for the decision of the DNC Host Committee to use part of their surplus to pay for bonuses for volunteers and staff.  Rendell was sent a letter this week asking him to testify before the Appropriations committee about where the state should support events like the DNC in the future.  

Pennsylvania IDs. Pennsylvanians looking to get on a plane or into federal buildings will no longer need a separate form of ID with the passage of Senate Bill 133 that repeals the REAL ID Nonparticipation Act and creates the Pennsylvania REAL ID Compliance Act which will put Pennsylvania in line with federal law.  While Pennsylvanians will have a choice between an ID that fall in line with federal regulations and a regular ID, for those who do not want to get a passport the choice helps.  

Internet Gambling.  The state Senate passed a bill that would legalize internet gambling, including purchasing lottery tickets online and fantasy sports

Ted Christian.  It was learned this week that Donald Trump’s State Director Ted Christian went through the entire campaign battling prostate cancer.  He had surgery over Thanksgiving and has been given a clean bill of health.  

http://www.politicspa.com/526-ups-downs/83245/

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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.

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http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

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Dead Cats: “Tourists”, 05/24/17, (26)30: James Brody

CONTENTS:

McKINNON & IDES – Schmoozing with Papa; Drudge links; MAY – Manchester attack; BRUCE – Manchester; GOLDBERG – No surprise; HANSON – Obama skated; SHAW – Haley warns NKor; NYPOST – Trump’s cuts; MARK LEVIN 5-23-17.

RECOMMENDED: Zero Hedge; Hannity on Health Care.

 

Angus McKinnon & Ella Ide, YAHOO!: “Pope urges Trump to work for peace as smiles replace spats”

“. . . Trump’s audience with the 80-year-old pontiff, a keenly-anticipated highlight of his first overseas tour, lasted just under half an hour and concluded with both men beaming, for the cameras at least.

“‘He is something,’ the president later said of his host. ‘We had a fantastic meeting.’

“The Vatican described the discussions as “cordial” and stressed the two men’s joint opposition to abortion and shared concern for persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

“There was no mention from either side of the two men’s profound differences on climate change, migration, the death penalty and other issues.

“Trump told his host as he left: “Thank you. Thank you. I won’t forget what you said.’…”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/smiles-public-least-trump-meets-pope-073451117.html

Drudge Links

Pope Gives Trump Book on Protecting Environment…
Melania, Ivanka respectfully wear veils…
What do you give him to eat?
European Leaders Hope to Win Trump Favor…
NATO rolls out red carpet… 

Theresa May, UK Guardian: “Theresa May leads condemnation of ‘cowardly’ Manchester attack”

“Prime minister promises to bring attackers to justice as political parties agree to suspend general election campaigning

“Speaking outside Downing Street just over 12 hours after a presumed suicide bomber killed at least 22 people and injured 59 more at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, Theresa May condemned the ‘sickening cowardice’ of the attack. She said those connected to the actions of the attacker, since identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, would be brought to justice.

“‘All acts of terrorism are cowardly attacks on innocent people, but this attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenceless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives,’ the prime minister said.

“May, who later travelled to Manchester to see police with the home secretary, Amber Rudd, said the city had “fallen victim to a callous terror attack, which targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation”.

“She added: ‘We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but an opportunity for carnage.’ . . .”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/23/theresa-may-leads-condemnation-of-cowardly-manchester-attack

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times: “Another lesson from Manchester”

“Terrorism must be confronted head-on, not accepted as a way of life

After the horrific carnage unleashed by the terrorist attack in Manchester, England, some of the reactions were inexplicable. We’re used to jihadis celebrating the horror of mass murder, but it’s still perplexing to hear Western leaders and media reissue their bizarre insistence that we need to get used to the sick and depraved.

“For some, perhaps it’s a reflection of a sense of hopelessness in the face of a savage enemy that has been allowed to flourish; considering the passive and useless attitude of the previous American president and rhetoric of his admirers, it’s not surprising the left remains stuck in dangerous cynicism.

“Consider BBC anchor and frequent U.S. news show guest Katty Kay. On Tuesday morning after the attack, the Daily Caller reported, “Kay told MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ … that Europeans have no choice but to get used to terrorists murdering their families because ‘we are never going to be able to totally wipe this out. … Europe is getting used to attacks like this, Mika. They have to, because we are never going to be able to totally wipe this out,’ Kay said.”

Ms. Kay continued, ‘As ISIS gets squeezed in Syria and Iraq, we’re going to see more of these kinds of attacks taking place in Europe, and Europe is starting to get used to that.’

“Ms. Kay’s defeated sentiment isn’t new. While not her intention, she articulated not the reality of our situation, but the policy preference of failed western leadership. . .”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/24/manchester-attack-shows-terrorism-must-be-fought/

Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Trump’s Warm Welcome in the Middle East Is No Surprise”
“We just got back from the Middle East,” President Trump said to the president of Israel after his flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to Tel Aviv, which is also in the Middle East.
As Trumpisms go, this one is easy to forgive, particularly given how exhausted the president must have been after a weekend of jet-lagged diplomacy, (non-alcoholic) bacchanalia, and sword dancing. But it does speak to a larger truth. The president was a stranger in a strange land, a region of ancient conflicts and complex political intrigues.

“We have seen the president struggle with the “swamp” in Washington. Well, if Washington is a swamp, then the Middle East is the Everglades, and the alligators rolled out the red carpet.
“The king of Saudi Arabia greeted Trump at the airport, a gesture ostentatiously denied President Obama. On the drive from the airport the streets were lined with American flags, and Trump’s face was beamed onto the side of a building.
“At the Riyadh summit, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the authoritarian leader of Egypt, invited the president to visit his country, adding, “You are a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible.”

Trump replied, “I agree,” to diversely interpretable laughter.

He also returned the compliment. “Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes. Man!”

In short, the Arab leaders, hardly inexperienced in lavishing praise on men who crave it, have the president’s number. Of course, they were given some guidance in this regard. According to New York Times reporter Peter Baker, Washington officials offered some tips on how to deal with the American president.
““Keep it short — no 30-minute monologue for a 30-second attention span,” Baker summarized. “Do not assume he knows the history of the country or its major points of contention. Compliment him on his Electoral College victory. Contrast him favorably with President Barack Obama. Do not get hung up on whatever was said during the campaign.”
“These last two points are key. The success — so far — of the president’s Middle East trip stands on the ashes of Obama’s failures. It’s easy to forget that for all Obama’s alleged expertise, his foray into the Middle East foundered on his arrogance and naïveté. In his 2009 Cairo speech, he unspooled clichés as wisdom, thinking that his name alone would put points on the board. He bought into the idea that the road to stability and peace in the Middle East went through Jerusalem.
“As Obama learned on the job, he came to believe that the road to peace went through Tehran, crafting an Iranian deal that alienated both our democratic ally Israel and our strategic Sunni allies, chief among them Saudi Arabia. In pursuit of his fantasy, he turned a blind eye to Iran’s crushing of the Green Revolution and dithered to the point of complicity in the Syrian abattoir. Meanwhile, Iran remains as implacably hostile and as determined to be a regional hegemon as ever. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447900/trump-middle-east-diplomacy-reflects-naive-attempts-foreign-policy-realism

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Truth or consequences? Obama skated for far worse misdeeds.”

“Election machines in three states were not hacked to give Donald Trump the election.

“There was never a serious post-election movement of electors to defy their constitutional duties and vote for Hillary Clinton.

“Nor, once Trump was elected, did transgendered people begin killing themselves in alarming numbers. Nor were there mass resignations at the State Department upon his inauguration.

“Nor did Donald Trump seek an order to “ban all Muslims” from entering the U.S. Instead, he temporarily sought a suspension in visas for everyone, regardless of religion, from seven Middle Eastern states that the Obama administration had earlier identified as incapable of properly vetting travelers to the U.S.

“The first lady did not work for an elite escort or prostitute service.

“She never said that she and young Barron Trump would not be moving to the White House.

Barron does not have autism.

“Trump’s father never ran racist ads as a supposed candidate in a purported political campaign.

“Kellyanne Conway denies that in a private conversation between segments on MSNBC, she privately remarked to hosts that she had to take a shower after working for Trump.

“Donald Trump never suggested to the Mexican president that the U.S. was going to invade Mexico. Nor did Trump plan to mobilize the National Guard to send back illegal aliens.

“He did not remove a Martin Luther King bust from the White House.

“There was no evidence that he ever promised to ease Russian sanctions (much less that he promised the Russians he would be “flexible” after he was elected). He did not short the FBI of resources to conduct an investigation into supposed Russian collusion. He did not go to Moscow and watch prostitutes in his bed urinate where Barack Obama had previously slept.

“His deputy attorney general did not threaten to resign over the Comey firing.

“And we have no idea whether Trump really gets two scoops of ice cream while limiting his guests to one, or pads around in a bathrobe in the early evening, or cannot find the light switch in the White house.
“Yet all that is what daily we hear and read.
“Meanwhile . . .

“Fake news crowds out real news. Here is what we do not read much about: North Korea, long appeased, could well send missiles against our allies, perhaps even with nuclear payloads. Afghanistan is at a crux and will either implode or need more American troops. China’s role is in the balance, and it may or may not help defang North Korea. The greatest tax- and health-reform packages in years are now in the hands of Congress. Executive orders have revolutionized the domestic energy industry and achieved a stunning and historic reduction in illegal immigration. The stock market is soaring, employment is up, and confidence in the economy has returned. Wall Street seems to dip only on talk of impeaching Donald Trump. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447864/trump-critics-left-right-want-him-removed

Adam Shaw, Breitbart: “Nikki Haley Warns North Korea: ‘Don’t Give Us a Reason’ to Fight”

“Haley made the remarks in an interview with NBC’s Today show as she toured Jordan and Turkey in her first international tour, in which is she is focusing on the humanitarian response to the Syrian refugee crisis.

“Following recent missile tests by North Korea, Haley was asked when it becomes time to try a new tactic with the rogue regime.

“‘We’re doing that now in terms of getting another [U.N.] resolution together, looking at sanctions and how we’re going to continue to force it because this is the same movie that keeps playing,’ she said.

“‘All options are on the table,’ she said. ‘That means we have made it very clear we don’t want to start a fight, so don’t give us a reason to have one.’

“Haley has become known for her tough rhetoric against rogue regimes, warning the U.N. Security Council in April that the U.S. was prepared to act alone against Syria in the wake of a chemical weapons attack by President Bashar al-Assad. A few days later, President Trump ordered airstrikes against the Assad regime. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/05/22/nikki-haley-warns-north-korea-dont-give-us-a-reason-to-fight/

NY Post: “The truth about Trump’s ‘savage’ cuts

“Relax: President Trump’s new budget won’t leave people starving or bleeding in the streets.

“Yes, it brought media hysteria: The plan would ‘drive millions’ off food stamps, screamed an Associated Press story. It “cuts deeply into Medicaid and anti-poverty efforts,” cried The New York Times.

“In fact, the budget’s $4.1 trillion in outlays amount to 21.3 percent of the economy — more than in any of the last four Obama years and in line with much of the past few decades.

“And the cuts would just bring some anti-poverty programs closer to pre-2009 levels.

“Take food stamps: In 2007, 26 million people got them. Add in all the other government programs, soup kitchens and various charities, and no one really had to go hungry back then.

“Yet by last year, the program covered 44 million — with outlays up from $33 billion to $71 billion. Trump wants to trim that by about $19 billion a year, to $52 billion — still higher than when Obama took office. He’d also have states pay an added amount, in hopes that, with skin in the game, they’ll help root out fraud.

“Let’s face it: The program has veered out of control. In 1969, just 2.9 million people, 1.5 percent of Americans, got food stamps. By 2008, it was 9 percent; last year, 14 percent. (Even Amazon accepts them now.)

“Trump wants able-bodied adults with no dependent kids to work in order to qualify for the stamps. Smart: That’ll help encourage independence. And with the economy improving, fewer still should need them.

“Similar logic justifies his other cuts, such as his $800 billion over 10 years for Medicaid — a program originally meant for the poor that, post-Obama, now covers nearly one out of every four Americans.

“Trump’s ultimate goal, to slice $3.6 trillion from $53.5 trillion in planned spending over 10 years and balance the budget, is laudable. Americans should applaud it, not smear it as a heartless hit on the “hungry.”

http://nypost.com/2017/05/23/the-truth-about-trumps-savage-cuts/

Mark Levin 05-23-17

“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show – Mark broadcasts from CBN studios in Israel. In Manchester, England a child of Libyan refugees slaughtered 22 Brits and injured 59 in a terror attack on Monday night. Despite this there was no discussion about President Trump’s policy that would prevent people coming in from certain countries, including Libya. What is going on in Britain and Brussels will be in the U.S. if we don’t take our defense and immigration policy seriously.

Also, John Brennan, former CIA Director, when asked about the Trump campaign, says he was concerned about known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals. He is treating this like a big deal but the Russians try to suborn all sorts of individuals. What does he mean by this? Does anybody have any evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign? No, so it should not be news that Trump wants former officials such as Brennan, Mike Rogers, and Dan Coates to back him. Brennan’s questioning before Congress underscores the point of domestic surveillance by the Obama Administration.

Later, General Yaakov Amidror, former Head of Research for the Department of Military Intelligence calls in to talk about Israel’s victory in the 6 Day War and America’s cooperation with Israel. The argument during the war was, can Israel survive and even defend itself? After this war it was clear to the Arabs that they could not destroy Israel. This was the biggest achievement of the war. Now Israel and the Gulf Arab states are working behind the scenes with each other. These countries understand that Israel is a source of stability and technology.

Also, Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador, to the U.S. and Vice Minister of Diplomacy in the Prime Minister’s office, calls in to talk about the 1967 Israel borders. The pre-1967 borders were not defensible and after the 1967 war it was assumed that Israel would keep Judea and Samaria. The Palestinians have no legal claim in history to these areas. Palestinians emerge as a political force only after 1967. Israel could not be overcome by conventional means, so her enemies have turned to terrorism and legal means.

Finally, President Mahmoud Abbas says East Jerusalem should be the capital of Palestine but it was never theirs to begin with. East Jerusalem includes the Ark of the Covenant, where the Ten Commandments, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and other holy sites common to Jews and Christians. Abbas is a terrorist and was behind the bombing and massacre of Israeli athletes during the Olympic Games in Munich. Why negotiate with a man who finances and is behind terrorism? Trump and his administration think the Palestinians are ready for a deal. What the Palestinians really want is the destruction of the Jews.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/05/23/may-23-2017/

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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.

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Dead Cats: ISR!, 05/22/17, (26)29: James Brody

CONTENTS:

MATOSKO – Trump’s Visit,  – Drudge Links; GOLDBERG – Puttin on the Ritz;  WILLIAMS – Academy lunacy; MOSER – WiFi images; FRENCH – Flynn’s not guilty; CLARK – American cities out of room.

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David Matosko, UK Daily Mail: “Shalom! Trump lands in Israel in pursuit of elusive peace deal and vows to make the Middle East a place where children can ‘grow up free from terrorism and violence’

  • Trump arrived in Jerusalem on Monday afternoon to meet Israel’s president and prime minister after a two-day triumph in Saudi Arabia 
  • On Tuesday he will meet Palestinian Authority President Abbas in Bethlehem
  • Trump has called Middle East peace ‘the ultimate deal’ and is using his son-in-law Jared Kushner’s expertise and Orthodox Jewish connections to work on it
  • Trump has worried Israelis, however, with the softening of his enthusiasm for settlement building in the West Bank
  • And he is keen to sell arms to Muslim nations including the Saudis, already racking up more than $100 billion in orders this weekend
  • Trump said Iran’s nuclear saber rattling has  brought ‘a different feeling toward Israel’ from some countries that have been cool to the Jewish state
  • ‘There’s a great feeling for peace throughout the Middle East,’ he said; ‘People have just had enough. They’ve had enough of the bloodshed and the killing’
  • Trump became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem 
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4529952/Shalom-Trump-lands-Israel-pursuit-peace-deal.html

Drudge Links:

Egyptian president says Trump ‘capable of doing impossible’… 
Israel in rare overture to Palestinians…
Tensions deepen with Iran…
Must ‘never ever’ be allowed to build nukes…
Priebus, Bannon back to DC…
LIVE: Trump in Jerusalem… 

Jonah Goldberg, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”

“I made this basic point at great length in my “news”letter last week — the most widely read G-File of 2017 I believe, which gets me an extra can of spam from the suits. It now seems to be conventional wisdom across much of the Right. Even Matthew Continetti, who has been among the best at trying to find the Christmas pony amidst the manure piles, seems to be convinced that Trump is his own worst enemy.

“Now, as someone who’s been writing for two years that Trump was lying when he said he could be presidential — to himself and to everyone else — I’m tempted to ask, ‘What took you so long?’

“But that’s a fruitless question. The question now is, ‘Can Trump be contained?’ Can Mike Pence, the Trump princelings, congressional leadership, and the rest of the imperial court grasp that their own self-interest depends entirely on getting Young Frankenstein’s monster to sing ‘Putting on the Ritz’?

“If Trump could simply hold a tune — about jobs, tax reform, etc. — for a few months, his poll numbers would creep up, some good policy might get enacted, and, crucially for Trump, he would earn some political capital that might take the bite out of whatever Mueller finds, if he finds anything at all. Alternatively, keeping his fan base loyal but alienating everyone else is a recipe for staying in the mid 30s for the rest of his term and taking down the GOP majority in the House.

“Needless to say, I’m skeptical Trump’s team can get him into the tux and teach him to tap dance. But what other choice do they have but to try?

http://www.nationalreview.com/g-file/447797/donald-trump-robert-mueller-special-counsel-investigation-social-justice-math

Walter Williams, Front Page: “SHEER LUNACY ON CAMPUS”

HT InfoWars! https://www.infowars.com/walter-williams-campus-atmosphere-a-mix-of-infantilism-kindergarten-and-totalitarianism/

“When kindergarten meets totalitarianism.

“Parents, taxpayers and donors have little idea of the levels of lunacy, evil and lawlessness that have become features of many of today’s institutions of higher learning. Parents, taxpayers and donors who ignore or are too lazy to find out what goes on in the name of higher education are nearly as complicit as the professors and administrators who promote or sanction the lunacy, evil and lawlessness. As for the term ‘institutions of higher learning,’ we might start asking: Higher than what? Let’s look at a tiny sample of academic lunacy.

“During a campus debate, Purdue University professor David Sanders argued that a logical extension of pro-lifers’ belief that fetuses are human beings is that pictures of ‘a butt-naked body of a child’ are child pornography. Clemson University’s chief diversity officer, Lee Gill, who’s paid $185,000 a year to promote inclusion, provided a lesson claiming that to expect certain people to be on time is racist.

“To reduce angst among snowflakes in its student body, the University of California, Hastings College of the Law has added a “Chill Zone.” The Chill Zone, located in its library, has, just as most nursery schools have, mats for naps and beanbag chairs. Before or after a snooze, students can also use the space to do a bit of yoga or meditate. The University of Michigan Law School helped its students weather their Trump derangement syndrome — a condition resulting from Donald Trump’s election — by enlisting the services of an “embedded psychologist” in a room full of bubbles and play dough. To reduce pressure on law students, Joshua M. Silverstein, a law professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, thinks that ‘every American law school ought to substantially eliminate C grades and set its good academic standing grade point average at the B- level.’

“Today’s academic climate might be described as a mixture of infantilism, kindergarten and totalitarianism. The radicals, draft dodgers and hippies of the 1960s who are now college administrators and professors are responsible for today’s academic climate. The infantilism should not be tolerated, but more important for the future of our nation are the totalitarianism and the hate-America lessons being taught at many of the nation’s colleges. “For example, led by its student government leader, the University of California, Irvine’s student body voted for a motion, which the faculty approved, directing that the American flag not be on display because it makes some students uncomfortable and creates an unsafe, hostile environment. The flag is a symbol of hate speech, according to the student government leader. He said that the U.S. flag is just as offensive as Nazi and Islamic State flags and that the U.S. is the world’s most evil nation (http://tinyurl.com/kjoax3j). . .”

http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/266763/sheer-lunacy-campus-walter-williams

Dave Mosher, Business Insider: “Scientists have found a way to photograph people in 3D through walls using Wi-Fi”

“Wi-Fi can pass through walls.

“This fact is easy to take for granted, yet it’s the reason we can surf the web using a wireless router located in another room.

“But not all of that microwave radiation makes it to (or from) our phones, tablets, and laptops. Routers scatter and bounce their signal off objects, illuminating our homes and offices like invisible light bulbs.

“Now, German scientists have found a way to exploit this property to take holograms, or 3D photographs, of objects inside a room — from outside it.

“‘It can basically scan a room with someone’s Wi-Fi transmission,’ Philipp Holl, a 23-year-old undergraduate physics student at the Technical University of Munich, told Business Insider.

Holl initially built the device as part of his bachelor thesis with the help of his academic supervisor, Friedemann Reinhard. The two later submitted a study about their technique to the journal Physical Review Letters, which published their paper in early May.

“Holl says the technology is only in its prototype stage and has limited resolution, but he is excited about its promise.

“‘If there’s a cup of coffee on a table, you may see something is there, but you couldn’t see the shape,’ Holl says. ‘But you could make out the shape of a person, or a dog on a couch. Really any object that’s more than 4 centimeters in size.’ . . .”

http://www.businessinsider.com/wifi-camera-sees-through-walls-2017-5

David French, NRO: “Michael Flynn’s Decision to Plead the Fifth Tells Us Nothing about His Guilt”

“It merely proves that he has competent attorneys, and that he’s taking their advice.

“After a short, merciful weekend break from Trump–Russia scoops, the Associated Press reported this morning that Michael Flynn will decline a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
“Already, Twitter is exploding with assertions that this “probably” means Flynn is guilty. Wouldn’t an innocent patriot in Flynn’s shoes want to tell the world his side of the story? Wouldn’t he want to clear his name?
“It’s tempting to think that only a man with something to hide refuses to testify — especially on a matter of national importance. But in this case, it would be unfair to Flynn. We don’t have any idea whether Flynn has violated criminal laws, and his decision to plead the fifth does not in any way indicate that he’s guilty of a crime. Instead, he’s behaving exactly as a prudent citizen embroiled in a federal investigation should behave. There is a reason beyond our nation’s respect for constitutional rights why a defendant’s decision to assert the Fifth Amendment is inadmissible in criminal trials: It simply isn’t a reliable indicator of guilt.
“To understand why, you have to understand a core truth that I discussed with criminal-defense attorney (and former federal prosecutor) Ken White on my last podcast. Federal investigations are extremely perilous even for those targets innocent of the crimes being investigated. In fact, it’s common for investigators to indict or convict the targets of their investigations for misconduct during the investigation, rather than for the alleged crimes that sparked their inquiries to begin with.
“Just ask Martha Stewart. In 2004, a jury found her guilty of obstructing an investigation into her sale of stock in a company called ImClone Systems, Inc. The judge dismissed the government’s securities-fraud charge before Stewart’s trial. Similarly, in 2007 prosecutors convicted Scooter Libby of lying to the FBI and obstructing an investigation into the leak of CIA employee Valerie Plame’s identity to journalist Robert Novak. In the so-called “Plame Affair,” no one was ever convicted of a crime for the leak itself.
“Intelligent lawyers understand the peril faced by a man in Flynn’s position, and thus they often give clients a simple instruction: Don’t cooperate without immunity. Innocent people can find themselves under incredible pressure. Investigators ask questions that are calculated to trap witnesses in apparent lies. Witnesses make mistakes. Sometimes they’ll lie not because they’re guilty but because they’re panicked or afraid that telling the truth will lead to a trial they don’t want to risk. And, yes, of course sometimes they lie because they’re guilty of the underlying offense. In any case, unconditional cooperation is extraordinarily dangerous.
In March, Flynn did the intelligent thing and asked the Senate Intelligence Committee for immunity in exchange for his testimony. Then as now, Twitter exploded with speculation that Flynn only made the request because he was guilty. Then as now, Twitter gleefully pointed out Flynn’s own hypocrisy, noting that he once said, “When you are given immunity, that means you probably have committed a crime.” The Intelligence Committee denied Flynn’s request, calling it “wildly preliminary.”

“From that point forward, Flynn’s decision was remarkably simple. Every sentient lawyer in America would give him the same advice: If the committee denies you immunity, then you must deny them your testimony. Any other decision would be shockingly reckless. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447844/michael-flynn-fifth-amendment-decision-not-proof-guilt

Patrick Clark, Bloomberg: “America’s Cities Are Running out of Room”

“Everyone wants to live downtown, but only the rich can afford it. And it’s getting worse.”

“A shortage of homes for sale has bedeviled U.S. house hunters in recent years, so why don’t builders build more? One problem is that they’re running out of lots to build on—at least in the places that people want to live.

“Cities that were sprawling before the Great Recession have begun to sprawl again. Space-constrained cities, meanwhile, have run out of room to build. That reality has spurred developers to focus on center-city neighborhoods where high-density building is allowed—and new units command exceedingly high prices.

“At some point, said Issi Romem, chief economist at BuildZoom, vacant lots in desirable urban neighborhoods will run out. “If you have three days of rations left, you’ll be fine on day one, two, three,” said Romem, author of new research demonstrating home construction patterns. “On day 4, you have a problem.”

“Historically, cities grew outward, as builders developed tracts on the periphery—then filled in the land between various developments over time. When these so-called expansive cities of the South and Southwest run out of infill land on which to build, developers simply pushed out further.
“Some of these cities, like Austin and Nashville, have seen downtown boomlets. But more broadly, the building trends in those metros looks more like Dallas: Inside a 30-mile radius from the center of the city, new home sales decreased from 2000 to 2015. Outside the radius, though, sales are up by more than 50 percent. The same trend has played out to varying degrees in Phoenix, Atlanta, and San Antonio, among other cities.

“In America’s most expensive cities, however, that dynamic has been turned inside out (or perhaps outside in). New construction trends in places like New York City have been tightly focused on downtown clusters where zoning rules permit high-density construction. These cities stopped expanding their geographic footprint decades ago, leaving builders to concentrate on finding buildable lots inside existing boundaries. As those lots became harder to find, land prices increase, reducing options for builders hoping to turn a profit. Developers building on pricey lots generally seek to offset land prices by building more densely, Romem said. In many cases, that means focusing on high-end apartments that offer better profit margins. The wealthiest residents are the only ones who can buy, and a vicious cycle is created. . .”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-22/america-s-cities-are-running-out-of-room

 

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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

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

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