Dead Cats: Vegas, 10/02/17, (28)12: James Brody

Kraushaar, King Donald?; Williamson – Conservative Tax Hike; McCarthy – Blame the NFL.

VEGAS: Wilkinson et al., More than 50 dead. Drudge links 10-02-17.

HEALTH CARE: Josh Umber sites.

LEADS: Shaw – Midterm races; Scarborough – Manafort target; Wheeler  – SCOTUS agenda; Huff – Hannity to interview DJT; Washington Times – The Trump card; York – NFL polls; Durden – This is fascism; RT – Hillary’s documents released.

RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; Mark Levin (09-29-17); D’Souza – The Big Lie; SFL fan poll.

Josh Kraushaar, National Journal: “Trump Turns the Presidency into a Modern Monarchy”

“The president hogs the headlines, but the real power resides with trusted advisers, congressional leaders, and well-placed bureaucrats.

“The Trump administration resembles an American version of a monarchy, in which the head of state consumes outsize attention but has ceded significant power to trusted advisers, his party’s leadership in Congress, and well-placed bureaucrats across the government. The triumvirate of Defense Secretary James Mattis, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has remarkable autonomy to steer the nation’s foreign policy. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is shouldering all the blame for the president’s inability to rally support for health care reform. Trump may have humiliated Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but the Department of Justice is actively revamping policy on drug sentencing, cracking down on sanctuary cities, and fighting censorious administrators on college campuses.

Clearly, Trump has actual powers—as opposed to the symbolic roles of a Queen Elizabeth—but it’s remarkable to see how much the traditional powers of the presidency have been shrunk. Mattis, his Defense secretary, didn’t carry out Trump’s tweeted order to ban transgender people from the military. Many foreign governments have learned to ignore the presidential tweets and listen to his advisers to get a better sense of administration policy. Even the despotic North Korean government reportedly was reaching out to conservative think tanks to understand whether to believe Trump’s threatening bluster.

This is especially unusual for us because the executive branch has become all-powerful in recent generations . . .”

https://www.nationaljournal.com/s/658739?unlock=72OMHMIEU79H78I0

Kevin Williamson, NRO: “A Conservative Tax Hike”

“President Donald Trump’s tax-reform plan is in total a very expansive steaming pile of irresponsibility — and the president’s argument that it will lead to sustained 6 percent economic growth is pure fantasy — but it does have one attractive provision: raising taxes on blue-state progressives.
“The plan would eliminate the deductibility of state and local income taxes for federal tax purposes. In the highest bracket, Californians are paying 13.3 percent in state income taxes, and that money comes off the top when those high-earning Silicon Valley types are calculating federal taxes. In New York City, the Wall Street guys are paying 8.82 percent to the state and another 3.876 percent to the city, which lowers their taxable federal income by almost 13 percent on the marginal dollar.
“Eliminating deductibility for state and local income taxes is of course politically satisfying for mean-spirited conservatives such as myself — it constitutes a very substantial tax increase on the sort of well-kept and comfortable lefty Californians and New Yorkers from whom we tend to hear more than maybe we really want to on all sorts of political issues. Rich Democrats in Santa Monica and on the Upper West Side think we should have higher taxes, and we knuckle-dragging right-wingers down in Texas and Florida disagree. This way, everybody gets what he wants.

“You’re welcome. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/452069/state-local-tax-deductions-federal-taxes-trump-tax-reform-state-income-tax-real-estate-tax-california

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Blame the NFL, Not Trump”

“I do not believe Trump made matters worse. Regarding the exhibition of contempt by NFL players during the playing of the national anthem, this puts me, quite unusually, at odds with a number of my friends and colleagues at National Review (Jonah Goldberg and David French, for example).
“To my mind, to say that the president made things worse is to understate how bad things were — i.e., how appalling the fraud behind the kneeling protest has been. More damaging than anything Trump has said, moreover, is the indulgent reaction to the protest: The received wisdom that even if we find the tactic of the protesters objectionable, we owe them respectful attention because their cause — which they claim is racial equality — is an urgent and honorable one.
“To the contrary, the protest promotes a false narrative. And we are not required to take at face value the protesters’ representation that they seek racial equality in the name of justice. Patently, what they are seeking is a perversion of justice based on racial inequality.
“Furthermore, there is no First Amendment right to political speech in the workplace. Since the NFL is under no obligation to make its private platform a soapbox for promoting a false narrative — and particularly given that the NFL does not hesitate to suppress expression to which it objects — its decision to allow the exhibition of contempt for symbols of nationhood is a free choice, an implicit endorsement. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/452058/nfl-protest-controversy-blame-league-not-trump  

VEGAS

James Wilkinson et al., UK Daily Mail: “More than FIFTY dead and 406 injured as gunman with terrifying arsenal of weapons opens fire on packed Vegas music festival from 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay hotel before committing suicide”

“-  At least 50 people have been killed and more than 406 injured after a shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada

The shooter has been identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, who opened fire from a 32nd floor room of Mandalay Bay Hotel after 10pm Sunday night

–  Police say they breached Paddock’s room and found him dead inside alongside an ‘arsenal’ of weapons  

–  Cops have located Marilou Danley, described as Paddock’s ‘companion’ and roommate, for questioning, but don’t believe she’s involved in the shooting 

–  They say he had been s(t)aying in Las Vegas since September 28 

–  Paddock was reportedly retired and came to Las Vegas often to gamble, his brother said 

–  It’s the deadliest shooting in U.S. history – eclipsing last year’s massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4939872/Active-shooter-reported-Las-Vegas-Mandalay-Bay-Resort.html

Drudge Links (10/02/17)

MASSACRE AT MANDALAY BAY HOTEL…
GUNMAN FIRES FROM 32ND FLOOR…
BULLETS RAIN DOWN FOR 10 MINUTES…
VIDEO: SHOT AFTER SHOT AFTER SHOT…
CONCERTGOERS RUN FOR LIVES…
SINGER FLEES STAGE…
SUSPECT NAMED…
‘HE SNAPPED’…
KILLS SELF BEFORE ARREST…
DEADLIEST MASS SHOOTING IN USA…
WARNING BEFORE ATTACK: ‘YOU’RE ALL GOING TO DIE’…
Trump Offers Condolences…
KTNV LIVE… KSNV LIVE…
LATEST… 

HEALTH CARE:

Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

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.

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

LEADS:

Adam Shaw, Big Journalism: “The Hill: Breitbart Charts Path for 2018 Midterm Races”

“As the establishment GOP reels from its seismic defeat in the Alabama Senate race on Tuesday, Breitbart News’s Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow is warning that the populist movement that helped Trump win in 2016 and worked to defeat Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) in 2017 is “invigorated” and ready for war in 2018.

“I think a lot of people’s greatest fears about this movement and how powerful it is were confirmed [Tuesday],” Marlow told the Hill.

“Breitbart was widely seen as key in not only bringing greater national attention to the Alabama Senate race, but also in bursting the narrative that the establishment-backed Strange was an advocate for President Trump’s agenda. Breitbart Executive Chairman and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was also a central figure in the race, campaigning for Moore with some fiery addresses at rallies.

“While Strange was a backer of Trump, and in turn got Trump’s backing, Alabamians were turned off by Strange’s history as a lobbyist, support of anti-American trade deals, and his unclear stance on DACA. Despite the full weight of the establishment, including outspending his opponent Judge Roy Moore 10-1, Strange was soundly beaten.

“But having helped win an important battle in the war to get a nationalist/populist agenda enacted, Marlow warns that Alabama was just part of a broader trend that bodes ill for the powers in D.C. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2017/09/28/the-hill-breitbart-charts-path-for-2018-midterm-races/

Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times: “Tormenting Manafort is seen as Weissmann’s way to snare big prosecution targets for Mueller”

“Facing indictment and millions of dollars in legal debts, President Trump’s onetime campaign manager maintains his innocence and has nothing incriminating to offer Special Counsel Robert Mueller, associates say.

But Paul Manafort, who once advised Ronald Reagan and went on to build a lucrative political consulting business overseas, knows he is up against one of the Justice Department’s most relentless prosecutors.

Andrew Weissmann, who led Justice’s fraud division before being reunited with Mr. Mueller, his former FBI boss, has an operational history of going after the relatively small to snare the big.

“‘I would bet the indictment will be right before Thanksgiving,’ said Sidney Powell, an appeals lawyer in Dallas who locked horns with Mr. Weissmann’s Justice Department task force during the Enron prosecutions of the early 2000s. ‘Weissmann will want to maximize the trauma to his family.’

“For shock effect as well as for gathering evidence, the FBI conducted a predawn raid of Mr. Manafort’s condo in Alexandria, Virginia, in July and stayed for hours. The raid marked a ramping-up of the special counsel’s investigation into suspected Russian interference in the presidential election and collusion with the Trump campaign. . .”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/oct/1/andrew-weissmann-torments-paul-manafort-to-snare-b/

Lydia Wheeler, The Hill: “Supreme Court set for historic new term”

“The court has agreed to hear 43 cases so far, including a challenge to mandatory union fees in the public sector. The justices are likely to take up even more cases on Monday.

“But court watchers may never get to hear arguments in two of the most closely watched cases of the term.

“The court cancelled arguments scheduled for Oct. 10 in two cases challenging President Trump’s travel ban after the White House issued new, targeted restrictions on travelers from eight countries.

“The justices have asked the parties in the travel ban case to submit additional briefs on how the new order impacts the current cases before the court. Arguments could be rescheduled, but what the court will decide to do remains unclear.

“Aside from the cases, the term could be memorable for other reasons.

“It will be Justice Neil Gorsuch’s first full term on the bench. He joined the court in April after a bitter, partisan battle over the vacancy left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

“Court watchers also say this term could also be Justice Anthony Kennedy’s last. Long the court’s pivotal swing voter, Kennedy was rumored to have been considering retirement last spring. . .”

http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/353191-supreme-court-set-for-momentous-new-term

Lauren Huff, Fox: “Fox News’ Sean Hannity Sets Interview with Donald Trump”

“Trump will discuss tax reform, the economy and current news.

“Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity is set to have an exclusive interview with President Donald Trump, to air Wednesday night.

“The interview, which will be pretaped, will feature a studio audience comprised of Democrats, Republicans and independents. Trump will discuss tax reform, the economy and current news, per a press release from Fox News.

“The president will answer questions from the audience after the sit-down, which will take place at the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown, West Virginia.

“The interview will not be Trump’s first with the Fox News host. He also appeared on the show following his inauguration in January.”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/donald-trump-appear-fox-news-hannity-1044680

Washington Times: “Playing the Trump card”

“The president shows Republicans the way to win for once

“Promise them anything, but give them a tax cut. Republicans have a fleeting chance to clear the air of the odor of defeat by making good on a pledge that voters from towns big and small who have heard enough big talk won’t easily forget. If Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan can’t deliver this time, these voters are likely to say, “forget you.” Who needs someone who can screw up a slam dunk?

“Limiting government and freeing the individual to reap the fruit of his own blood, sweat and tears (the sweat, anyway) is what Republicans say they are about. Failure to stem confiscatory taxation describes a party without a purpose.

“Shaking free from their failed health care reform debacle, President Trump and congressional Republicans have issued their tax cut draft, headlined by a drive to cut the corporate tax rate cut from 35 percent to 20 percent, and 25 percent for pass-through business. The top individual tax rate would fall from 39.6 percent to 35 percent and the current seven individual tax brackets would be reduced to three. A doubling of the standard deduction to $12,000 for an individual and $24,000 for a couple would leave most taxpayers with a significantly smaller tax bill.

“The plan’s primary focus is on lower taxes for the millions of working families, which experienced historic economic headwinds during the Obama era. “We will cut taxes tremendously for the middle class,” Mr. Trump said before presenting details in a Wednesday speech in Indianapolis. “It’s time for both parties to come together. We’ve been working on this for a long time, and these are the finishing touches.” He urged Congress make the tax code simple and fair, and to include incentives for business to bring their offshore investments home.

“There is no national responsibility more to the point for the businessman-turned-president than to ignite the American economy. The president knows intuitively that enabling workers to keep more of their earnings provides the fuel for small-business entrepreneurs to transform their ideas into products, which is the primary source of new jobs all across the American landscape. A short-term drop in tax revenue can yield a long-term bounty for the Treasury, a phenomenon proved by Ronald Reagan.

“Predictably, Democrats have mounted an all-hands-on-deck campaign to defeat the president’s tax-cut initiative.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/28/editorial-playing-the-trump-card/

Byron York, Washington Examiner: “On game day, new polls show what Americans think about NFL protests, Trump”

“. . . Fox News asked, “In general, do you think kneeling during the national anthem is an appropriate — or inappropriate — form of protest?” Fifty-five percent said inappropriate, while 41 percent said appropriate, and five percent didn’t know.

CNN asked the question in a slightly roundabout way, asking “Do you think athletes who protest by kneeling during the national anthem are doing the right thing or the wrong thing to express their political opinion? Forty-nine percent said the wrong thing, 43 percent said the right thing, and eight percent didn’t know.

“Finally, the Huffington Post found a lot of indecisive respondents when it asked, ‘Do you think it’s appropriate or inappropriate for NFL players to kneel in protest during the national anthem?’ Forty-eight percent said inappropriate, 36 percent said appropriate, and a full 16 percent said they weren’t sure.

“The CBS poll shed some additional light on the public’s attitude toward the demonstrations when it asked, ‘Do you think professional athletes should or should not use their position and fame to talk politics or raise issues, if they want to?’ The poll gave respondents three choices: ‘Yes, whenever they want to,’ ‘Yes, but only on their own time,’ and ‘No, they should not.’

“A decisive 68 percent said athletes either should get political on their own time or not at all. (The breakdown of that was 41 percent said athletes should do it on their own time, and 27 percent said they shouldn’t do it at all. Just 32 percent said athletes could get political whenever they want to.)

“Given the racial dimension of the controversy, the poll broke things down further by race. Forty-six percent of blacks said athletes should get political on their own time or not at all; 64 percent of Hispanics said the same; 58 percent of other races/ethnicities agreed; and 75 percent of whites agreed. Blacks were the only group that said, by a 54 percent majority, that athletes should get political whenever they want.

“The bottom line is that in most polls, small majorities oppose the national anthem protests. “But in a broader sense, a much larger majority opposes athletes using the field of competition to play politics. . .”

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/byron-york-on-game-day-new-polls-show-what-americans-think-about-nfl-protests-trump/article/2636189

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “‘This Is Fascism’: Shocking Footage of Spanish Police Firing Rubber Bullets, Brutally Beating Peaceful Voters”

Update (9:15 am ET): So far, Catalonian emergency services says that 91 people have been injured in violent clashes between Catalonians trying to vote in today’s “illegal” independence, according to AFP.

In scenes one would expect to see in Turkey, or some token third-world dictatorship, on Sunday morning Spanish riot police violently cracked down on the scheduled Catalan independence referendum, smashing their way into polling stations in Catalonia in a dramatic quest to shut down the banned Catalan independence referendum, as they fired rubber bullets and brutally beat peaceful people trying to vote for or against independence from a Spanish government, which many commentators this morning have called “fascist.”

Police fired rubber bullets in central Barcelona, El Periodico newspaper reported, at the intersection of two streets as violence erupted during the vote which has thrown Spain into its worst constitutional crisis for decades. . .”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-01/fascism-shocking-footage-spanish-police-shooting-rubber-bullets-brutally-beating-pea

RT: “Mystery dump: State Department releases thousands of Hillary Clinton documents”

Hat tip: InfoWars

“Without much fanfare, the State Department has released over 6,000 documents related to Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State, prompting speculation that it might contain explosive revelations.

“The State Department’s Reading Room website contains 301 pages, with 20 entries each, of emails released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) rulings.

“Since there was no official announcement of the data dump, conservative pundits that noticed it quickly began speculating that the cache contained compromising information about Clinton’s tenure at the State Department, during which she used a private email server located at one of her residences.

“Some of the emails in the release show messages from former Clinton staffers Huma Abedin and Monica Hanley.

“Clinton originally said she handed over all work-related emails from her private server to the State Department, while deleting some 30,000 messages she said were of personal nature.

“It later emerged that her aides used the software called BleachBit to scrub the hard drives containing the emails, and destroyed a number of computers and mobile devices that she used.

“In July 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey announced Clinton won’t be charged with any crimes, even though she and her staff were “extremely careless” with the emails. . .”

https://www.rt.com/usa/405093-hillary-clinton-email-dump/

RECOMMENDED:

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MARK LEVIN (09-29-17)

“On Friday’s Mark Levin show, Dan Bongino, Contributing Editor at Conservative Review fills in for Mark. Does President Trump speak off the cuff or is what he says intentional? When Trump told the NFL athletes to stand up for the national anthem, there is some strategy going on there. The beauty of what Trump has done is that he forces liberals to constantly show their hand. Instead of a sensible response, liberals overreact every time and expose themselves for who they are, anti-American socialists. They are obsessed with an anti-Trump rage. If we had an establishment GOP President, he would give us focus group tested talking points. This would be terrible because this is not how normal American people think or talk. Instead of giving tested talking points, Trump gives a response that the average American can relate to.

“After that, Secretary of HHS Tom Price resigned on Friday because of the controversy over private flights on the taxpayer dime. While there is nothing illegal about this, it sends the wrong message. But do the rules just apply to the Trump administration and Republicans in office and not to Democrats? What about Eric Holder taking a, $14,000 private jet to the Belmont Stakes in 2014?

“Later, liberals will not criticize themselves if they are wrong no matter what. It has started on the tax plan. All of a sudden Nancy Pelosi cares about debt. Where was she while Barack Obama was engaged in deficit spending? This tax plan is not great, but we need to get the facts right.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/09/29/september-29-2017/

Dinesh D’Souza – The Big Lie

The real history of the Democratic Party in America was completely covered up following WWII. In D’Souza’s new book The Big Lie, all of this secret, ugly history is brought to light.

“The Big Lie also proves that the Democrats today are the functionally and ideologically the same as the leftists of the 1930s that provided Hitler with blueprints for many of his racist policies.  “Learn about the whole shocking past of the Democratic Party—click here to order The Big Lietoday.”

Penny Starr, BigGovt: “NFL Fan Poll: 80 Percent Say They’ll Watch Less Football, 53 Percent Support Trump More”

Hat Tip: InfoWars

“The National Football League (NFL) may have more than a passing controversy on its hands as it continues to grapple with fans’ reaction to the players and staff  “take a knee” protest during the national anthem before games.

“Yahoo Finance headlined its story about its poll with a finding of 62 percent of respondents who said they will watch less football — a percentage Yahoo determined based on how certain questions were answered or not answered:

“Here are the full survey results. The number of responses varies from question to question because some respondents skipped questions or were directed further down the survey based on answers they gave. A note about the results: In Question 9, 80% of respondents said they plan to watch less football on TV. But that’s only among people who answered yes to Question 8, asking if they have changed their behavior. When including the people who answered no to Question 8, the portion saying they plan to watch less football drops to 62%.”

“But looking directly at results for each question on the survey also reveals that a majority of respondents said would watch less football and that they support President Donald Trump’s decision to speak out against the protests. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/01/devastating-poll-nfl-80-percent-say-theyll-watch-less-football-53-percent-support-trump/

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Dead Cats: TaxMan, 9/29/17, (28)11: James Brody

Yom Kippur; Rushbo – Taxes; Poor – What Rush said.

HEALTH CARE: Josh Umber sites.

LEADS: Lowry – GOP identity?; Olorunnipa – Trump to  rally manufacturers; Strassel – Never Trump Triumvirate; Heine – Assange/Russian narrative; Smith – Hefner feminist; Barnes – Nasty Hef; Yahoo! – Austria to ban burqa; Pollock – Chelsea’s best friend.

RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; Mark Levin (09-28-17); D’Souza – The Big Lie.

On Yom Kippur, many in our own community endure a somber fast and devote themselves to prayer, introspection, and reflection, making this day more challenging than most. G’mar Hatima Tova — may we all be sealed in the Book of Life.
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Rushbo: “What I Was Told About the Trump Tax Plan — And What I Think About It”

“…I got a phone call from a ranking Republican who wanted to fill me in, clue me in on the tax plan. He wanted to give it to me straight, wanted to give it on me man on to man, heart to heart, before it was distorted. So I heard the details that the Republicans think are important, and in no particular order, here it is: We’re going to reform the tax code so that you and 99% of Americans can fill out their tax forms on a postcard. We are reducing seven rates to three. The rates are going to be 12%, 28%, and 39.6%.

“I was told the top rate is not coming down — to 35% or anything else. I was told that there isn’t a surcharge on the rich. I was told that state and local taxes will no longer be deductible on your federal return. Now, if that holds up — and none of this has even been officially presented and a lot of this is gonna change before the vote on it. If they do — and they want to vote on it in December. But let’s just treat this as the thing that actually goes through Congress and gets voted on. If they succeed in eliminating the deduction of state income taxes, do you know who is going to get stuck like pigs on that?

People who live in blue states.

“California. The top income tax rate in California is 13%. That is a lot of money to everybody. I don’t care what income level you are in California, your tax rate is high, and you’re paying a lot. And you’re no longer gonna be able to deduct it. Most of the people in California are Democrats. This is going to starve state governments of a lot of money — a lot of money — when people cannot deduct their state income taxes. These blue states are gonna have to get a little austere or something, because they’re going to be financially hit by this.

“There are some red states that have significantly high income tax rates, but mostly they’re blue: Illinois, California, New York. And if this holds up, they’re gonna be paying through the nose. Then there was talk that property taxes would also not be deductible, but that supposedly is not true, as it stands now. You will be able to deduct your property taxes from your income tax. The standard deduction exemption has been doubled from 12 grand to 24 grand.

“The Alternative Minimum Tax has been gotten rid of. That is so huge. And that is the reason and the corporate tax rate reduction… Those are the two things that have Schumer and Pelosi and the Democrats running around calling this the usual Republican “tax cut for the rich,” when it isn’t! The rich are not going to have their taxes cut. Their tax rate, I was told, is probably not gonna change. It’s gonna be up to what happens in the committees. And then I was told the reason why is that President Trump did this.

“When they finished telling me all the details, I studiously noted that they hadn’t described anything about the top marginal rate to me. They didn’t say anything about it. So I courageously and bravely said, “Well, what about the 39.6% rate?” The reaction (stammering), “That — that — that’s the president! The president wants that. That’s not us, that… The president… The president said guys like him don’t deserve a tax cut. You go talk to him!” I mean, they laid that off on Trump. It didn’t take two seconds. “You go talk to Trump!

“The president, he’s insisted that the rich not get a reduction in their rate. Guys like him don’t need a tax cut.” Well, I turned around and said, “Now, you’re telling me that the reason for this is to grow the economy. That’s what the president says.” “That’s right. We want to create jobs, and we want to grow the economy.” I said, “Well, this isn’t gonna do it. You can’t have a tax-rate reduction that does not reduce the rates on high-income earners and have economic growth. Not like you’re thinking.”

“Why not?”

“Well, because those are the people who hire. Those are the people, by definition, who have money, and they’ve succeeded, and if you’re not gonna change their tax rate — and you’re gonna monkey around with their deductions so they don’t have any — you are leaving out of your growth engine the people that already pay 70% of all taxes.” The top 10% of wage earners in America pay 70% of all income tax revenue.

“The top 1% pay about 39%, folks. . .”

https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2017/09/28/what-i-was-told-about-the-trump-tax-plan/

Jeff Poor, Breitbart: “Limbaugh on Congressional Republicans: ‘Who Do They Choose, Donors or Voters? I Think They’re Choosing Donors’”

“Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” conservative talker Rush Limbaugh told host Sean Hannity in a rare television interview that Republicans on Capitol Hill have put donors ahead of voters when it comes to their legislative agenda.

“Limbaugh argued the GOP in the House and Senate did not expect Donald Trump to be elected president. However, given Trump was elected, their lack of ability to pass his agenda proved those Republicans had more loyalty to their donors than to the voters.

“He deemed the lack of progress by those Republicans to be ‘an embarrassment’ and a ‘squandered’ opportunity.

“‘[I] don’t think they expected him to win,’ Limbaugh said. ‘I think [the Republicans], like everybody, thought Trump was going to lose in the biggest landslide. I think they thought that at eight o’clock on election night. They weren’t preparing to govern. They hadn’t laid any plans for it. They have become accustomed to being the quote, ‘loyal opposition,’ which means eventually caving and giving the Democrats what they want after putting up a good front. Seven years – going to repeal and replace Obamacare. ‘Well, we can’t do it until you give us the House. Can’t do it until you give us the Senate, White House.’ Gave them all of that. You know the drill. And you’re right. They don’t want to do it.’

“I think that the voters come second. It’s kind of like this NFL thing. The owners there have a real conundrum, a real dilemma. Who do they choose – do they chose loyalty to their players or to their customers? That’s a tough decision. Republicans in the Senate and the House, who do they choose, donors or voters? I think they’re choosing donors. The donors don’t want major reform of anything. The donors want amnesty. The donors want comprehensive immigration reform. When it comes to health care, you can – for seven years, they passed bills with no problem. You could tell they didn’t want to do it. You can tell they didn’t want to repeal or replace it. They were just saying the words. And they all have their own individual reasons. But I think its donors influencing more than voters. We’ll see. But this is an embarrassment. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that’s being totally squandered. We’re never going to have this chance. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/video/2017/09/28/limbaugh-congressional-republicans-choose-donors-voters-think-theyre-choosing-donors/

HEALTH CARE:

Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

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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.

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

LEADS:

Rich Lowry, NRO: “The GOP Identity Crisis”

“The Republican party can’t pass Obamacare repeal, but it can nominate Roy Moore.
“This is the state of the GOP in a nutshell. It is a party locked in mortal combat between an establishment that is ineffectual and unimaginative and a populist wing that is ineffectual and inflamed.
“Donald Trump’s ascendance created an identity crisis in the party that hasn’t been resolved, and the hope that it could be papered over with legislative accomplishments and signing ceremonies has come a cropper.
“It’d be hard to design a primary fight more characteristic of the GOP’s current state than Luther Strange vs. Roy Moore.
“There is nothing distinctive about Strange except his height, his name, and the dubious circumstances of his appointment. He was the state attorney general investigating disgraced Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, who ended up appointing him to the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions not long before Bentley resigned because of a sex scandal.
“Since Strange would be a thoroughly adequate time-server, the establishment piled in behind him like it was trying to save Arthur Vandenberg.
“As for Moore, the twice-former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court is to the judiciary what Joe Arpaio is to sheriffdom — neither was particularly good at their precise duties, but both had a knack for the theatrical, polarizing cause.
“It isn’t shocking that Moore prevailed. . .”

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/451991/alabama-senate-race-donald-trump-republicans-identity-crisis

Toluse Olorunnipa, Bloomberg: “Trump to Rally Manufacturers to Press Congress on Tax Overhaul”

Hat Tip – InfoWars: Laffer Curve?

President Donald Trump will rally factory owners and executives to mobilize their influence on behalf of his proposed tax overhaul, using speech to the National Association of Manufacturers on Friday to argue that lower rates will make American businesses more competitive.

“When we grow American manufacturing, we don’t only grow our jobs and wages, we grow the American spirit,” Trump will say Friday, according to an excerpt of his speech provided in advance by a senior administration official. “When we purchase products made in America, fashioned by our fellow citizens, we renew the bonds of national loyalty that link us all together.”

Trump’s speech to the manufacturing trade group comes as his administration is trying to build momentum for a proposal to cut taxes on corporations and individuals. The administration has released few details on how to pay for the tax cuts, instead asserting that the overhaul will create an economic surge, boosting job growth in manufacturing and other sectors. . .”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-29/trump-to-rally-manufacturers-to-press-congress-on-tax-overhaul

Kimberley Strassel, WSJ/Fox: “The Never-Trump Triumvirate”

“What do Rand Paul, Susan Collins and John McCain have in common? Very little.

“The press corps is busy quizzing the president, the speaker of the House and the Senate majority leader on their plans for tax reform. The question is why they aren’t chasing after the three people who actually hold all the power.

“If the past eight months have proved anything, it is that all the 24/7 news coverage of Donald Trump’s antics, all the millions of words devoted to Paul Ryan’s and Mitch McConnell’s plans, have been a complete waste of space and time. In the end, control of the entire policy agenda in Washington comes down to three senators. Three senators whom most Americans have never had a chance to vote for or against. Three senators who comprise 8% of their party conference. Arizona’s John McCain, Maine’s Susan Collins and Kentucky’s Rand Paul. Forget Caesar, Crassus and Pompey. Meet the Never-Trump Triumvirate.

“At least the House Freedom Caucus scuttles GOP legislation based on shared principles. Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have also led revolts against bills, again based on shared criticisms. But what do the Arizona maverick, the Maine moderate and the Kentucky libertarian have in common? Very little.

“Well, very little save motivations that go beyond policy. And that is the crucial point that is missing from the endless analyses of the McCain-Collins-Paul defections on health care. The media has treated the trio’s excuses for killing their party’s top priority as legit, despite the obvious holes in their objections over policy and process. What in fact binds the three is their crafting of identities based primarily on opposition to their party or Mr. Trump. This matters, because it bodes very ill for tax reform in the Senate. Overcoming policy objections is one thing. Overcoming egos is another. . .”

http://nation.foxnews.com/2017/09/29/never-trump-triumvirate

Debra Heine, PJ Media: “Julian Assange Says He Will Provide Evidence Russia Narrative Is False in Exchange for Pardon”

“WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has offered to provide evidence that the Russian collusion narrative is false in exchange for a pardon from President Trump.

“The president, apparently, has not yet gotten the message. On Saturday, President Trump told reporters that he has “never heard” of Assange’s offer to make a deal.

“Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) told The Daily Caller that Trump is being blocked from knowing about the potential deal with Assange. “I think the president’s answer indicates that there is a wall around him that is being created by people who do not want to expose this fraud that there was collusion between our intelligence community and the leaders of the Democratic Party,” Rohrabacher said. . .”

https://pjmedia.com/video/julian-assange-says-will-provide-evidence-russia-narrative-false-exchange-pardon/

Kyle Smith, NRO: “Hugh Hefner, Feminist”

“Gloria Steinem denounced his treatment of women. Today’s feminists salute him.
“If a man or woman who died in 1953, the year Playboy first appeared, were to return to live among us today, one of the most stunning elements of American life they’d find would be that women today speak without shame of sex with men they’re not married to, boast of their “conquests,” take off their clothes for lots of money, and even take off their clothes for little or no money and send the pictures out into cyberspace with hardly a second thought. Women have spoken of these changes in terms of “liberation” or even “empowerment.”
“Our notional deceased-in-1953 woman says, “Why on earth would they do that?’ Our notional deceased-in-1953 man says, ‘I can’t believe I missed out on this.’ Hugh Hefner was not the only person involved in effecting these changes, but he may have had more to do with them than any other single American.
“After Hefner died this week at 91, tributes poured in from, among others, women who had posed nude for his enjoyment and his checks. ‘Thank you for being a revolutionary and changing so many people’s lives, especially mine,’ Jenny McCarthy tweeted in memoriam. Wrote Carmen Electra on Instagram, ‘Thank u for picking me and Bringing me into the magical world of Playboy ! I just can’t stop crying and I can’t imagine how many bunnies are crying for u too.’ [sic, sic, sic] Kim Kardashian West, who has 20 million more Twitter followers than the president of the United States and who became famous after a tape of her having sex with a boyfriend somehow mysteriously got on the Internet, added on Twitter,  ‘I’m so honored to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed! Love you Hef! Xoxo.’ . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/451979/hugh-hefner-feminist-legacy

Also – Brooks Barnes, NYT: “Hefner’s Mansion Embodied Hedonistic Fun and Darker Impulses”

Looking for Hef? He’s in the crypt next to Marilyn . . .

“Seemingly everyone in Hollywood has a story about the Playboy Mansion. Some of them are ugly.

“Like so many things in Hollywood, though, the reality had become quite different from the carefully crafted image. Rather than a rollicking pleasure palace, the mansion had become quite sad by 2009, when I spent time at the mansion for an article that would be headlined “The Loin in Winter.” Mr. Hefner’s struggling Playboy Enterprises was renting out the grounds nonstop for corporate events. He had lost most of his hearing but was still trying to pass off his silk-pajama shtick.

“I remember being horrified by the aviary, which was stacked thick with white bird excrement. Daylight was not kind to the grotto; a wet, dirty pad resembling a small mattress appeared to be rotting in an alcove. The flamingos that once prowled the property were long gone (or hiding in shame) and the monkey cages, while clean, seemed to epitomize the place — an icky vestige of another era. . .”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/business/media/playboy-mansion-hefner.html

Yahoo!: “Austria moves to ban the burqa”

“Vienna (AFP) – New restrictions come into force in Austria on Sunday banning the wearing of the full Islamic veil and other items concealing the face in public places and buildings.

“Exemptions ‘under certain conditions’ include items like clown disguises ‘at cultural events’, work wear such as medical masks, and scarves in cold weather, the government says.

“The restrictions are aimed at ‘ensuring the cohesion of society in an open society’, it says. Violations will be punished with a fine of up to 150 euros ($177).

“Acceptance and respect of Austrian values are basic conditions for successful cohabitation between the majority Austrian population and people from third countries living in Austria,” Vienna says. . .”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/austria-moves-ban-burqa-115903656.html

Richard Pollock, Daily Caller: “EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea’s ‘Best Friend’ Wins $11 Mil in Defense Contracts with No Clearance”

“A company whose president is “best friends” with Chelsea Clinton received more than $11 million in contracts over the last decade from a highly secretive Department of Defense think tank, but to date, the group lacks official federal approval to handle classified materials, according to sensitive documents TheDCNF was allowed to review.

“Jacqueline Newmyer, the president of a company called the Long Term Strategy Group, has over the last 10 years received numerous Defense Department contracts from a secretive think tank called Office of Net Assessment.

“The Office of Net Assessment is so sensitive, the specialized think tank is housed in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and reports directly to the secretary.

“To date, the Long Term Strategy Group has received $11.2 million in contracts, according to USAspending,gov, a government database of federal contracts.

“But after winning a decade of contracts from the Office of Net Assessment, the federal agency is only now in the process of granting clearance to the company. . .”

http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/27/exclusive-chelsea-clintons-best-friends-defense-company-got-11-mil-in-contracts-but-doesnt-have-federal-security-clearance/

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MARK LEVIN (09-28-17)

“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, MSNBC host Chuck Todd asserted that Judge Roy Moore doesn’t appear to believe in the Constitution because the Alabama GOP Senate nominee said that our rights come from God. This just shows you the cultural rot that’s going on in this country. America’s Founding Fathers believed that our rights come from God and are secured, not created, by the Bill of Rights and Constitution. The brilliance of the framers, the brilliance of the Declaration and the Constitution are completely lost on Chuck Todd. So anxious is Todd to demonstrate how smart he is, to try and catch Judge Moore in some kind of a trick, a contradiction when in fact he exposes his utter ignorance not just in American history, but humanity.

“After that, we can’t get anything done while Mitch McConnell sits as the Republican leader of the Senate. Can you name one solid conservative who McConnell has backed in a Republican Primary? If McConnell had it is way, we wouldn’t have Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, or Marco Rubio. Yet he has gone all out for Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins and look at all the damage they have done.

“Also, the NFL players kneeling don’t know why they are doing it. They just throw around the phrase social justice or inequality. If you have football coach who kneels on field to pray before a game, he could be fired if he is in a school district or attacked if in the NFL. Apparently, kneeling to pray is not free speech but kneeling to trash the country is. We have a protest without a purpose. Later, you have Ruth Bader Ginsburg out there pushing her conspiracy theories which are down the line Democrat and political opinions. Then you have Michelle Obama attacking women who voted for President Trump as having set back women. She speaks of women who voted for Trump as if something were wrong with them. We allow liberals like Ginsburg and Obama to define us, and we need to push back.

“Finally, Mosab Hassan Yousef spoke at the UN on Monday and the Palestinians were visibly upset. The 1967 borders were borders for a peace arrangement. Arab states surrounding Israel attacked Israel and the 1949 armistice lines were formed. These lines were indefensible. The U.S. State Department are siding with the radical so-called Palestinians. The State Department is still the Obama State Department with Rex Tillerson at the helm.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/09/28/september-28-2017/

Dinesh D’Souza – The Big Lie

The real history of the Democratic Party in America was completely covered up following WWII. In D’Souza’s new book The Big Lie, all of this secret, ugly history is brought to light.

“The Big Lie also proves that the Democrats today are the functionally and ideologically the same as the leftists of the 1930s that provided Hitler with blueprints for many of his racist policies.  “Learn about the whole shocking past of the Democratic Party—click here to order The Big Lietoday.”

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Dead Cats: Moore!, 9/27/17, (28)10: James Brody

HEALTH CARE: Werner – ACA survived; Washington Times – Funeral for repeal/replace; McCarthy – Travel ban & SCOTUS; Durden – ACA costs.

Josh Umber sites.

LEADS: GOP tax changes; Chronic Traumatic

Encephalopathy – The girls like us damaged; Simon – Self-deception; Beets; Hannity whips Maddow; Yahoo! – Moore; Murphy – Can Congress protect Mueller?; Williams – A million Poles pray.

RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; Mark Levin (09-26-17); D’Souza – The Big Lie.

HEALTH CARE:

Erica Werner, AP: “‘Obamacare’ survives; GOP concedes on last-gasp repeal try”

“Senate Republicans, short of votes, abandoned their latest and possibly final attempt to kill the health care law Tuesday, just ahead of a critical end-of-the-week deadline.

“The repeal-and-replace bill’s authors promised to try again at a later date, while President Donald Trump railed against “certain so-called Republicans” who opposed the GOP effort. But for now, Trump and fellow Republicans who vowed for seven years to abolish President Barack Obama’s law will leave it standing and turn their attention to overhauling the nation’s tax code instead.”

https://apnews.com/34cc8d59e8724569b38f95312f771bac/’Obamacare’-survives;-GOP-concedes-on-last-gasp-repeal-try

Washington Times: “Another funeral for repeal and replace”

“Congress leaves everyone else at the mercy of Obamacare, headed toward collapse

“The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare was dead and buried. The eulogies, such as they were, were over and the Health Care Freedom Act of 2017 was dispatched to a forgettable corner of the graveyard. But when a couple of senators noticed a twitch and heard a groan they pulled it out of its coffin and called the medics.

“The Graham-Cassidy bill was a simplified substitute, and soon it was on the way to Capitol Hill as one last Republican attempt to save the nation’s health care system from a collapse that would likely trigger a government takeover. With a few roguish Republicans joining the Democratic opposition, the bill died Tuesday. Back to the graveyard, where this time it will stay dead. . .”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/26/editorial-another-funeral-for-repeal-and-replace/

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “As Predicted, Supreme Court Kicks Can on Trump’s So-called Travel Ban”

“Trump’s newly issued travel ban is carefully enough crafted that it will be very difficult to challenge on grounds of anti-Muslim bias.
“In late June, when the Supreme Court kicked the proverbial can down the road on President Trump’s so-called travel ban, we surmised that the justices intended to avoid ruling on the matter altogether. With some tinkering, the High Court allowed the executive order’s restrictions on alien entry to go into effect, knowing they were temporary — scheduled, by their own terms, to last only three or four months (depending on whether an alien was an ordinary visa applicant or a refugee). By the time the Court’s new term commenced in October, the restrictions would be mooted by their expiration and/or replacement by revised guidance.
“That is what has happened.
“On Sunday, the president issued new guidance, superseding the former restrictions with an indefinite (but highly qualified) ban that substantially modifies the prior orders. On Monday, the Court canceled its scheduled October 10 hearing on the prior executive order. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/451824/trump-travel-ban-supreme-court-vacillation-muslim-bias-charge  

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “2018 Obamacare Premiums Surge 45% in Key Swing State of Florida”

Per the Miami Herald:

“Health insurers selling Affordable Care Act plans in Florida will raise monthly premiums by nearly 45 percent on average next year, the state’s Office of Insurance Regulation said Tuesday.

“Florida regulators said most of the average rate hike — 31 percentage points — came from standard plans sold on the ACA exchange at healthcare.gov. Insurers raised rates for those plans due to the political uncertainty that has plagued the healthcare debate, specifically whether the Trump administration will stop paying subsidies that lower out-of-pocket costs for low-income Americans.

“Of the 1.43 million Floridians with an ACA plan in 2017, about three in four, or more than 1 million people, received a cost sharing reduction, according to federal estimates. Nine in 10 Floridians, or about 1.33 million received a separate subsidy that reduced their monthly rate, called the advance premium tax credit.

“Most Floridians with a standard ACA plan and a premium subsidy won’t see their monthly costs rise, and some may even pay less than they did the prior year. But the brunt of the 2018 rate hikes will fall squarely on the 7 percent of Floridians, about 66,000 people statewide, who earn too much to qualify for any financial aid to lower their costs of coverage.

“To put that surge into perspective, the average healthcare plan in Florida will now cost roughly $8,000 per year to cover a single person, a $2,500 increase YoY.  Meanwhile, that implies that the average cost of covering a family of 4 is well over $1,500 per month ($18,000 per year), making it easily the second largest expense for most family budgets and in many cases the largest.  Needless to say, most American families aren’t prepared for their largest expenses to surge 45% in a single year. . .”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-27/2018-obamacare-premiums-surge-45-key-swing-state-florida

Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

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.

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

LEADS:

CNBC: “REPUBLICANS SET TO UNVEIL SWEEPING CHANGES TO US TAX CODE”

Hat Tip: Info Wars. Nobody has any money!

Trump-GOP plan reduces corporate rates, condenses individual brackets

Republicans will unveil sweeping changes to America’s tax code Wednesday in a proposal that dramatically lowers taxes on businesses and many households but remains silent on thorny issues such as how to pay for it all.

The framework—a joint product of the Trump administration and Republican leadership—calls for lowering the corporate rate from 35 to 20 percent. It would also bring down the rate for so-called pass-through businesses to 25 percent; currently, they are taxed under the individual code.

The plan, described to CNBC by multiple sources, would collapse the current seven personal tax brackets to just three: 12, 25 and 35 percent. It eliminates the deduction for state and local taxes, but nearly doubles the standard deduction. The child tax credit also would be substantially increased, though it was unclear by exactly how much.

Read more

https://www.infowars.com/republicans-set-to-unveil-sweeping-changes-to-us-tax-code/

More “Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, CTE”

Football, soccer, boxing, wrestlng, rugby, hockey? Also phys ed classes, wife beaters, veterans, veterans in Congress . . . McCain.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disease found in people who have had multiple head injuries. It is most commonly found in those who have participated in contact sports on a regular basis. Its presence in domestic violence is also being investigated. It can affect high school athletes after only a few years of participation. . .

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_traumatic_encephalopathy

An evolutionary puzzle: CTE causes brain damage that results in more irritable, less organized, more selfish behavior in males. Such may appear more attractive to the eyes and minds of women’s evaluations. They find “damaged goods” more attractive! McCain lost half his mind in a prison camp but became a senator. And a lead football player was considered “pretty smart” in high school but after some head-butts became more self-centered and odd. What proportion of Hannity’s appeal derives from his combative nature and some CTE? Incidentally, the average black student is graduated from high school with an eighth grade education . . .

Also: Roger Simon, PJM: “Kneeling for a Self-Deceiving Lie”

“Forget Donald Trump for a moment (assuming that’s possible) and go back to what initiated this whole escalating orgy of racial accusation that has overtaken football and other sports and you find one of the more despicable and self-destructive lies of our time — that the police are targeting minority communities.

Heather Mac Donald’s excellent “The War on Cops” is chock full of statistics demonstrating why this is not only a lie, but the complete opposite of reality. Unfortunately, Mac Donald is white and therefore, I’m told, disqualified, so I will quote a short version from the Wall Street Journal’s Jason Riley, who happens to be black . . .”

https://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2017/09/26/kneeling-self-deceiving-lie/

Beets: A hot item with a long history

Red beet concoctions are popular today for building stamina. Jews in middle Europe lived on borscht – a beet soup . . .

Hollywood  Reporter: “TV Ratings: Fox News’ Hannity Tops Maddow in 9 O’Clock Debut”

Talent or brain damage?

“Sean Hannity on Monday night threw down the proverbial gauntlet with his 9 o’clock move on Fox News Channel.

“The conservative commentator, who has been relegated to No. 2 status of late at 10 p.m., won the battle for both total viewers and key news demo during first night out. That means Hannity outperformed MSNBC’s formidable progressive Rachel Maddow in their first head-to-head match. The Rachel Maddow Show trailed Hannity by 610,000 viewers and a modest 75,000 adults 25-54, with Hannity averaging a robust 3.27 million viewers and a demo audience of 666,000 (spooky!).

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-news-fox-news-hannity-tops-maddow-9-oclock-debut-1043157

Yahoo!: “The Latest: A bewildered Strange wishes Moore well”

“Incumbent Sen. Luther Strange wished jurist Roy Moore well after losing the Alabama Republican primary for Senate.

Strange told his supporters Tuesday night that “we wish (Moore) well going forward.”

But he quickly shifted to his own bewilderment at the race he just finished. “We’re dealing with a political environment that I’ve never had any experience with,” he said.

“I’m telling you, the political seas and winds in this country right now … are very hard to navigate, very hard to understand.”

Strange also thanked President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for backing him. . .”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-trump-makes-final-push-alabama-senate-race-111940934–election.html

Brian Murphy, McClatchy: “Congress might not be able to protect Mueller from firing”

“WASHINGTON – Congress may be unable to provide any job protection legislatively for special counsel Robert Mueller, whose wide-ranging investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election continues to anger President Donald Trump.

“While Trump confidant Roger Stone was defending himself in front of a separate committee elsewhere on Capitol Hill, legal scholars offered competing views on whether two Senate bills designed to protect Mueller from firing by Trump or someone in the Justice Department would pass constitutional muster during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“A bill sponsored by North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis and Delaware Democrat Chris Coons would allow a fired special counsel to have his dismissal reviewed by a three-judge panel within 14 days. Another measure, put forward by Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., would require the Justice Department to clear such a firing with a panel of judges before it could take effect. . .”

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article175520831.html

Thomas Williams, Breitbart: “A Million Christians to Pray Rosary on Poland’s Border Commemorating Historical Defeat of Islam”

“Poland’s bishops have urged the nation’s Catholics to join a massive rosary prayer crusade along the country’s 2,000-mile border to pray for the salvation of their country.

“Organizers say they expect up to a million people to participate in the “Rosary on the Borders” event on October 7, the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto, where “the Christian fleet overcame the Muslim armada, saving Europe from Islamization.”

“The Catholic Feast of the Holy Rosary was established by Pope Pius V in 1571 as ‘Our Lady of Victory’ after the so-called Holy League won a landmark victory over the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Lepanto.

“On October 7th, 1571, a fleet of ships assembled by a coalition of Christian nations fought an intense battle against the forces of the invading Ottoman Empire. The unexpected victory of the so-called ‘Holy League’ radically curbed efforts by the Ottoman Turks to control the Mediterranean, ‘causing a seismic shift in international relations from East to West.’ As Fr. Steve Grunow, CEO of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, has written, ‘the world that we know came into being with this victory.’ . . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/09/27/million-christians-pray-rosary-poland-border-commemorating-defeat-islam/

PA BUDGET

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MARK LEVIN (09-26-17)

“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, I love America because this is where anyone can achieve their dreams regardless of race, religion, and ethnicity. And most do. This is where, each and every day, poor people become rich, and rich people become poor. And most people live better than all other people on the face of the Earth today or at any other time in human history. The media and the Left are completely disconnected from the American public, from American history, and they’re obsessed and consumed with their own self-aggrandizement, and their own narcissism. The average sports fan loves this country, and they’re sick and tired of seeing people in uniform get down on a knee and degrade real heroes who wear real uniforms, whether they be police officers or our military. Don’t tell us that the American flag or the national anthem means nothing. It means everything to us.

“After that, Trump explains that if we have to take the military option on North Korea, we will take it and are totally prepared for this option. North Korea is a situation that should have been handled years ago. The only reason Americans turn to sports is to take our minds off of issues like North Korea and Iran threatening us with nuclear war.

“Later, Tuesday was the primary run-off in Alabama for the Republican Party between Luther Strange and Roy Moore, Moore is unquestionably the most conservative. Strange is beholden to Mitch McConnell who is opposed to advancing liberty and an agenda that would turn this country around.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/09/26/september-26-2017/

Dinesh D’Souza – The Big Lie

The real history of the Democratic Party in America was completely covered up following WWII. In D’Souza’s new book The Big Lie, all of this secret, ugly history is brought to light.

“The Big Lie also proves that the Democrats today are the functionally and ideologically the same as the leftists of the 1930s that provided Hitler with blueprints for many of his racist policies.  “Learn about the whole shocking past of the Democratic Party—click here to order The Big Lietoday.”

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Dead Cats: CTE, 9/25/17, (28)09: James Brody

Vespa – Attkisson was spied on; Ernst – Attkisson; Limbaugh – Obama caught; McCarthy – Mueller’s scorched earth.

HEALTH CARE: Josh Umber sites.

MISSILES: Durden – B-1B.

PUERTO RICO: Yahoo!: Conditions growing worse.

LEADS: CTE & McCain; Kew – 25 endorsements of Moore; Desantis – Curious election; Mason & Stewart – Travel restrictions; French – DJT’s promising moves on terror; Sperry – Obama funds Trump resistance.

PA BUDGET: Levy – Amazon & PA.

RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; Mark Levin (09-22-17); D’Souza – The Big Lie.

Matt Vespa, Townhall: “Sharyl Attkisson: You Know the Obama White House Spied on Me Too”

“Attkisson decided to offer her two-cents in light of the recent revelation that former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort was indeed wiretapped before and after the 2016 election. Mr. Manafort has a residence in Trump Tower, though it’s still unknown if any surveillance occurred there, but what is highly plausible is that conversations between him and Donald Trump were recorded, and we know that the FBI was monitoring the former campaign manager’s phone calls. The wiretaps were given the green light by the FISA court, which signs off on such surveillance activities in secret. Yes, it looks like the media is once again eating crow on the whole notion that there’s zero evidence to suggest Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. All of this occurred when Barack Obama was still president.

“Attkisson also mentioned that the Obama administration also spied on her (allegedly), and that there seems to be a pattern ever since the intelligence collection protocols were changed by the Obama administration back in 2011. The journalist has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice for the intrusion into her laptop, which she alleges involved a keystroke-monitoring program used by a U.S. intelligence service.  In her op-ed, she also lists other people who have been spied on, some of whom are former members of Congress (via The Hill) . . .”

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/09/21/sharyl-attkisson-you-know-the-obama-white-house-spied-on-me-too-n2384394

Also – Douglas Ernst, Washington Times: “Sharyl Attkisson rips media for ignoring weaponization of intel agencies under Obama”

“Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson says media outlets are “diving deeply into minutiae” to avoid a stark development: President Trump’s previously ridiculed “wiretapping” claims appear to be true.

Ms. Attkisson has warned of the weaponization of intelligence agencies since her laptop for CBS News stories was hacked on multiple occasions in 2013. An op-ed she wrote for The Hill on Wednesday presented an extensive case that U.S. intelligence agencies under former President Barack Obama were manipulated for political purposes — and that pundits are willfully ignoring it.

She highlighted reports that the FBI did monitor the communications of Mr. Trump’s then campaign head Paul Manafort prior to the 2016 election, along with what seems to be at least six associates.

“Officials involved in the surveillance and unmasking of U.S. citizens have said their actions were legal and not politically motivated. […] But look at the patterns,” Ms. Attkisson wrote. “It seems that government monitoring of journalists, members of Congress and political enemies — under multiple administrations — has become more common than anyone would have imagined two decades ago. Those deflecting with minutiae are missing the point. To me, they sound like the ones who aren’t thinking.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/21/sharyl-attkisson-rips-media-for-ignoring-weaponiza/

Rush Limbaugh: “The Obama Regime Caught Spying on the Trump Campaign”

“RUSH: Samantha Power has been unmasking Americans in the last year of the Obama Regime at the rate of one American every working day. Two-hundred-and-sixty different Americans unmasked by someone not even in the intelligence community. She was a U.N. ambassador. It would be the equivalent of Nikki Haley today unmasking a bunch of people that she thought not — Now, I don’t know that too many people know much about Samantha Power.

“Do you remember my in-depth explanation of the Washington establishment yesterday? She is it. She is a superiorist. She is a supremacist. She is a DNA socialist. She is arrogant and condescending. She is constantly suffering and in pain, a facial expression that makes it appear she’s constantly in pain. When she’s in Obama’s presence, the facial expression is as though she’s in the presence of God. She is married to a fellow traveler named Cass Sunstein. You may have heard that name mentioned here before. He is a classmate of Bill Clinton’s going way back, and for all I know a classmate of Obama’s.

“But it is Cass Sunstein who is responsible on the left for the view that the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. He may not be the originator of that take or belief, but he was, in the modern era, the man who popularized it in a scholarly way. And what that basically means is that people like Sunstein and his wife, Samantha Power, and all those people — Obama even talked about this — they look at Bill of Rights as a negative. . .”

https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2017/09/21/the-obama-regime-used-the-phony-russian-dossier-as-an-excuse-to-spy-on-the-trump-campaign/

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Mueller Scorches the Earth”

“His pre-dawn raid was meant to intimidate Manafort, not just to collect evidence.
“Robert Mueller’s sprawling special-counsel investigation is playing hardball.

“It was not enough to get a search warrant to ransack the Virginia home of Paul Manafort, even as the former Trump campaign chairman was cooperating with congressional investigators. Mueller’s bad-asses persuaded a judge to give them permission to pick the door lock. That way, they could break into the premises in the wee hours, while Manafort and his wife were in bed sleeping. They proceeded to secure the premises — of a man they are reportedly investigating for tax and financial crimes, not gang murders and Mafia hits — by drawing their guns on the stunned couple, apparently to check their pajamas for weapons.

“Mueller’s probe more resembles an empire, with 17 prosecutors retained on the public dime. So . . . what exactly is the crime of the century that requires five times the number of lawyers the Justice Department customarily assigns to crimes of the century? No one can say. The growing firm is clearly scorching the earth, scrutinizing over a decade of Manafort’s shady business dealings, determined to pluck out some white-collar felony or another that they can use to squeeze him.
“You are forgiven if you can recall only vaguely that supposition about Trump-campaign collusion in Russian espionage against the 2016 election was the actual explanation for Mueller’s appointment as special counsel. To the extent there was any explanation, that is. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a Trump appointee, did not comply with the regulations requiring a description of the crimes Trump’s Justice Department is too conflicted to investigate, purportedly necessitating a quasi-independent special counsel. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/451649/robert-mueller-special-counsel-investigation-manafort

HEALTH CARE:

Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

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.

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

MISSILES:

Tyler  Durden, ZeroHedge: “U.S. B-1B Bombers Fly Just Off Coast Of North Korea: 4 Reasons Why This Time It’s Different”

“Just before North Korea’s foreign minister was due to address the United Nations, the Pentagon announced that U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighter jets flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea on Saturday, in a show of force which “demonstrated the range of military options available to President Donald Trump.” The flight was the farthest north of the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea that any U.S. fighter jet or bomber has flown in the 21st century, the Pentagon added.

“According to Reuters, the B-1B Lancer bombers came from Guam and the U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts came from Okinawa, Japan. The Pentagon said the operation showed the seriousness with which it took North Korea’s ‘reckless behavior.’ . . .”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-23/us-b-1b-bombers-fly-just-coast-north-korea-closest-21st-century

PUERTO RICO:

Yahoo!: “Conditions growing dire in hurricane-hit Puerto Rico”

Why rebuild?

“San Juan (AFP) – Living conditions in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico are growing worse by the day, with tired, bewildered people lining up to buy scarce fuel and food Sunday amid a blackout and little to no telephone service.

“Puerto Ricans are spending hours waiting in line to buy whatever they can, but often go home empty-handed if they do not manage a purchase before a dusk to dawn curfew takes effect.

“Cell phone service is spotty at best and hotels are also running out of diesel fuel for their generators.

“The general manager of a Marriott hotel in the capital San Juan told guests that if they did not find diesel by Sunday night, the entire building would be evacuated.

“Hurricane Maria slammed the US island territory before dawn Wednesday as a category 4 storm on the five-point Saffir-Simpson scale, as part of a vicious and deadly tear through the Caribbean.

“The storm is blamed for 33 deaths, many of them on the tiny and poor island of Dominica and 13 in Puerto Rico. . .”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/conditions-growing-dire-hurricane-hit-puerto-rico-205038807.html

LEADS:

“Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, CTE”

Football, soccer, boxing, wrestling, rugby, hockey? Also phys ed classes, wife beaters, veterans, veterans in Congress . . . McCain.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disease found in people who have had multiple head injuries. It is most commonly found in those who have participated in contact sports on a regular basis. Its presence in domestic violence is also being investigated. It can affect high school athletes after only a few years of participation. . .

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_traumatic_encephalopathy

Ben Kew, BigGovt: “25 Key Conservative Endorsements of Judge Roy Moore in Alabama Primary”

“. . . While the candidate Luther Strange has received the backing of the Republican establishment and perhaps surprisingly, President Donald Trump, his opponent, Judge Roy Moore, has received endorsements from many of the most important figures in America’s populist movement. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/25/25-key-conservative-endorsements-of-judge-roy-moore-in-alabama-primary/

Alexandra Desanctis, NRO: “Moore vs. Strange: Alabama’s Curious Special Election”

“. . . Moore might sound like an implausible fringe candidate to some, but to Alabama voters he is both known and loved. He surged to lead the pack ahead of the August 15 vote, garnering more votes than Strange or U.S. congressman Mo Brooks. None of the candidates reached the required 50 percent to win the nomination outright, sending Moore and Strange into next week’s runoff. After his loss, Brooks threw his weight behind Moore.

“Moore has been an intensely controversial figure in Alabama for over a decade. In 2003, he was removed as chief justice after he opposed the demolition of a Ten Commandments display in the state capitol building. He was later reelected to the position, only to be suspended when he declined to enforce the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which required states to recognize same-sex unions.

“GOP leaders in Washington have done little to hide their desperate desire to keep this Senate seat out of Moore’s clutches, and it’s easy to see why. The contention surrounding his two stints as chief justice stemmed directly from his unpolished rhetoric and his unwillingness to temper his right-wing beliefs in order to stay in the establishment’s good graces. Just this week, for example, Moore referred to Native Americans and Asians as “reds and yellows” during a speech lamenting the country’s ongoing racial division.
“While such remarks might not lose Moore many points among far-right voters, they’re alarming for the Republican establishment, which has an understandable affinity for Strange, a mild-mannered, inoffensive politician whose Senate voting record closely mirrors that of majority leader Mitch McConnell.
“. . . But as Election Day approaches, Strange’s polling numbers aren’t sufficient to comfort his fans. The two most recent major surveys have put Moore up by eight points and 14 points. And in August, Moore ended up outperforming his polling numbers once ballots were counted. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/451638/moore-strange-trump-alabamas-special-election-creates-odd-alliance

Jeff Mason & Phil Stewart, Yahoo!: “Trump slaps travel restrictions on North Korea, Venezuela in sweeping new ban”

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Sunday slapped new travel restrictions on citizens from North Korea, Venezuela and Chad, expanding to eight the list of countries covered by his original travel bans that have been derided by critics and challenged in court.

Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia were left on the list of affected countries in a new proclamation issued by the president. Restrictions on citizens from Sudan were lifted.

The measures help fulfill a campaign promise Trump made to tighten U.S. immigration procedures and align with his “America First” foreign policy vision. Unlike the president’s original bans, which had time limits, this one is open-ended.

“Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet,” the president said in a tweet shortly after the proclamation was released.

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/trump-issues-travel-restrictions-north-korea-venezuela-expanded-000846466.html

David French, NRO: “Trump Makes Two Promising Moves in the War on Terror”

“. . . Yesterday and today, the New York Times broke news of two important but incremental changes in American policy that will make it more difficult for terrorists to operate in safe havens abroad and infiltrate our communities here at home. Both changes, if properly implemented, will make America safer without placing excessive strain on military resources or diplomatic relationships. In other words, they’ll provide us a sustainable way to fight.
“The first change, reported last night, is that Trump is preparing to “dismantle key Obama-era limits on drone strikes and commando raids outside conventional battlefields.” The language is a tad overblown, but the essence of the reported change is that Trump intends to delegate strike decisions to lower levels of the command chain and expand the list of potential targets from “high-level” militants to include jihadist “foot soldiers.” Crucially, the administration is not prepared to relax rules of engagement that require a “near certainty” that there will be no civilian casualties.
“By delegating strike decisions, the administration will be better able to quickly engage targets. By attacking even “foot soldiers,” the administration is taking an important step toward preventing the creation of jihadist safe havens and diminishing jihadist strike capability. As I’ve noted many times, when terrorists are able to create and maintain safe havens, their power to strike abroad increases immensely. That’s the lesson of al-Qaeda’s control over Afghanistan and of ISIS’s control over vast stretches of Syria and Iraq.
“The second change, reported this morning, is that Trump’s “ban on travelers from six majority-Muslim countries” will soon be replaced “with more targeted restrictions on visits to the United States that would vary by country.” This change is the reported result of the 90-day policy review that was part of Trump’s executive order . . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/451645/donald-trump-war-on-terror-executive-order

Paul Sperry, NY Post: “How Obama is funding the anti-Trump resistance

“Wall Street might be shocked to learn it is helping bankroll the anti-Trump ‘resistance’ movement that’s aggressively fighting policies it favors — including corporate tax cuts and the repeal of Obama-era banking and health-care regulations.

“The Obama administration’s massive shakedown of Big Banks over the mortgage crisis included unprecedented back-door funding for dozens of Democratic activist groups who were not even victims of the crisis.

“At least three liberal nonprofit organizations the Justice Department approved to receive funds from multibillion-dollar mortgage settlements were instrumental in killing the ObamaCare repeal bill and are now lobbying against GOP tax reform, as well as efforts to rein in illegal immigration.

“An estimated $640 million has been diverted into what critics say is an improper, if not unconstitutional, ‘slush fund’ fed from government settlements with JPMorgan Chase and Co., Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp., according to congressional sources.

“The payola is potentially earmarked for third-party interest groups approved by the Justice Department and HUD without requiring any proof of how the funds will be spent. Many of the recipients so far are radical leftist organizations who solicited the settlement cash from the administration even though they were not parties to the lawsuits, records show.

“During the Obama administration, groups committed to ‘revolutionary social change’ sent proposals and met with high-level HUD and Justice Department officials to try to get their pieces of the settlement pie,” Cause of Action Institute vice president Julie Smith told The Post.

“Some of the chosen beneficiaries are now actively militating against the Trump administration and its policies . . .

http://nypost.com/2017/09/23/how-obama-is-funding-the-anti-trump-resistance/

PA BUDGET

Marc Levy, NBC-Phila; “Could the Pennsylvania Budget Battle Sink Philadelphia and Pittsburgh’s Amazon HQ2 Dreams?”

“Perhaps Amazon doesn’t care that Pennsylvania state government is prone to unpredictable fights over an entrenched post-recession deficit, as long as the right taxpayer-paid financial incentives are greased into law

“Pennsylvania business boosters and economic development professionals couldn’t help noticing this week that state government got slapped with another credit downgrade amid an ugly budget stalemate just as officials in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh regions are polishing their resumes to try to land the golden goose: Amazon’s second headquarters.

“Perhaps Amazon doesn’t care that Pennsylvania state government is prone to unpredictable fights over an entrenched post-recession deficit, as long as the right taxpayer-paid financial incentives are greased into law.

“Perhaps Pennsylvania’s lousy credit rating is of no concern as long as it has low taxes.

“’There’s a recognition of that, for sure, but we don’t feel like it is a unique enough situation to cause Amazon or any other observers to say, ‘Wow, what’s going on there?’’ said Matt Cabrey, the executive director of Select Greater Philadelphia Council, which is collaborating with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration in a pitch to Amazon.

“Amazon declined to answer questions about it, while officials involved with the regional applications — including Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s administration — downplayed the practical effect. . .”
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Could-the-Pennsylvania-Budget-Battle-Sink-Philadelphia-and-Pittsburghs-Amazon-HQ2-Dreams

RECOMMENDED:

Convention of States: “https://www.conventionofstates.com

MARK LEVIN (09-22-17)

“On Friday’s Mark Levin show, Senate Republicans will never get a clean repeal because of John McCain and others. McCain having campaigned against Obamacare and now flipping, is now being praised for it by the liberal media. Rand Paul’s position is understandable but he doesn’t have the votes for his position. Paul voted for the prior proposal before Graham Cassidy which was worse. The fact is that 18 of the Democrats support the socialist national healthcare. If the Democrats take the Senate a majority of them will support it and use the budget process to get it. Their polices cannot work, because when you reject human nature and reality, you destroy, burn down, and eviscerate in favor of phony paradise.

“After that, Ron Johnson calls in to talk about the Graham-Cassidy bill and trying to get it passed. It is about making federal spending more equitable across the states. There are many Democrats that should be supportive of this as it will be helpful to their states. This takes us off the path of a single payer system and puts us back on the path of federalism. It is imperative for America to take the first step to the Graham Cassidy bill. In addition, Jimmy Kimmel has been working with Chuck Schumer to oppose this bill.

“Finally the real conservative Roy Moore, running for one of Alabama’s Senate seats calls in to talk about his race. Moore is not a perfect man, but he is perfect enough and will vote the right way. Luther Strange is worse than Reince Priebus and has ethical problems. Moore wants to go back to free enterprise and does not buy into the Washington mindset. He wants to be a voice be for the people of Alabama and the Constitution.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/09/22/september-22-2017/

Dinesh D’Souza – The Big Lie

The real history of the Democratic Party in America was completely covered up following WWII. In D’Souza’s new book The Big Lie, all of this secret, ugly history is brought to light.

“The Big Lie also proves that the Democrats today are the functionally and ideologically the same as the leftists of the 1930s that provided Hitler with blueprints for many of his racist policies.  “Learn about the whole shocking past of the Democratic Party—click here to order The Big Lietoday.”

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Dead Cats: AllFalls, 9/22/17, (28)08: James Brody

TEA Party to DC: Graham-Cassidy; Attikisson – Instant replay; Hanson – Hollow allegations.

HEALTH CARE: CTE – football/soccer; Amalsy & Kounang – Hernandez; DC Examiner – Graham-Cassidy?; Josh Umber sites.

MISSILES: Cullen – North Korea swaps threats; Vahdat – Iran’s parade; Durden – ISR strikes Damascus.

PUERTO RICO: Collman – Rescues; Drudge Links.

LEADS: Rodriguez – Wasserman-Schultz; Carter – years of illegal searches; Baier & Herridge – Power searched; Breitbart – Muhammad top Brit name for babies; Imison – Rich & poor merge in Mexico.

PA Budget – Couloumbis & Navratil  – No money.

RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; Mark Levin (09-21-17); D’Souza – The Big Lie.

TEA Party Patriots: Washington, September 23rd. Update

“I am so happy to see so many Pennsylvanians coming to DC tomorrow for the Tea Party Patriots – Keep Your Promises Rally.

“Rob Boysen, one of our State Coordinators will be holding a small Pennsylvania Flag.  He will also have a Pennsylvania sign.

“Please look for Rob, the flag or the sign.  I thought it would be great to have all of you together.

“Some of you on this list, I have never met.  I am looking forward to meeting all of you and shaking your hand.

“Thank you for making the trip to DC and for all you are doing to save our Republic.

“Safe travels and see you all tomorrow.

“My email address and cell number are listed below.

“Thank you again, Diana

Diana Reimer
Grassroots Field Team/Local Groups Logistic Manager

PA State Coordinator Tea Party Patriots

diana@teapartypatriots.org

West Chester TEA: What is the Graham Cassidy Bill??
The Graham-Cassidy bill is based on the successful welfare reform of the 1990s. Rather than repeal ObamaCare entirely (which is made impossible by the Senate GOP leadership’s unwillingness to challenge the ruling of the Senate parliamentarian that ObamaCare’s insurance company regulations cannot be repealed using the reconciliation process –) This bill would shift as much control and money as possible out of Washington and to the states.
On the good side, the bill begins by repealing the individual mandate and the employer mandate and the bill repeals the Medical Device Tax. Further, the bill repeals all ObamaCare subsidies and spending. No more insurance company bailouts!
Perhaps most importantly, the bill ends the federal entitlement to Medicaid, and equalizes the per-person spending in ObamaCare.
“In fact, ObamaCare’s spending formula is so lopsided toward high-cost states that just four states – Massachusetts, California, New York, and Maryland – with just 20 percent of the nation’s population  receive 40 percent of the total ObamaCare funding.
“The Graham-Cassidy bill addresses this inequity by repealing ObamaCare’s funding formula and instituting a formula that is much more equitable to all states
“Does your Congress or Senator need to hear from you?
Independent Women’s Voice, Hadley Heath Manning, Policy Director
“When it comes to the Affordable Care Act, shouldn’t Congress have to play by the same rules as you and your family? You would think so — but that’s not what’s happening.
“Currently, Congress and their staff get a special ACA exemption. When they realized they’d lose generous benefits, they did everything they could to get out of the regular plan.

“The Office of Personnel Management laughably declared Congress a ‘small business’ — which is usually less than 50 employees. Considering Congress has over 500, not including staff, this was not okay.

“Thanks to OPM, Congress now gets a 75% subsidy for Gold Level ObamaCare coverage. Their incomes are too high to qualify for ObamaCare’s normal subsidies — and members can even opt much of their staff out of the law entirely.

“As long ObamaCare is in place, Congress should have to abide by the law as written — just like millions of Americans are required to do.”

Sharyl Attikisson, The Hill: “It looks like Obama did spy on Trump, just as he apparently did to me”

“Many in the media are diving deeply into minutiae in order to discredit any notion that President Trump might have been onto something in March when he fired off a series of tweets claiming President Obama had “tapped” “wires” in Trump Tower just before the election.

“According to media reports this week, the FBI did indeed “wiretap” the former head of Trump’s campaign, Paul Manafort, both before and after Trump was elected. If Trump officials — or Trump himself — communicated with Manafort during the wiretaps, they would have been recorded, too.

“But we’re missing the bigger story.

“If these reports are accurate, it means U.S. intelligence agencies secretly surveilled at least a half dozen Trump associates. And those are just the ones we know about.

“Besides Manafort, the officials include former Trump advisers Carter Page and Michael Flynn. Last week, we discovered multiple Trump “transition officials” were “incidentally” captured during government surveillance of a foreign official. We know this because former Obama adviser Susan Rice reportedly admitted “unmasking,” or asking to know the identities of, the officials. Spying on U.S. citizens is considered so sensitive, their names are supposed to be hidden or “masked,” even inside the government, to protect their privacy.

“In May, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates acknowledged they, too, reviewed communications of political figures, secretly collected under President Obama. . . “

http://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/351495-it-looks-like-obama-did-spy-on-trump-just-as-he-did-to-me

Victor Davis Hanson, RCP: “Allegations of Foreign Election Tampering Have Always Rung Hollow”

“. . . In 2012, then-President Barack Obama inadvertently left his mic on during a meeting with outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Obama seemed to be reassuring the Russians that if they would just behave (i.e., give Obama “space”) during his re-election campaign, Obama would have “more flexibility” on Russian demands for the U.S. to drop its plans for an Eastern European missile defense system.

“Medvedev’s successor, Vladimir Putin, did stay quiet for most of 2012. Obama did renege on earlier American promises of missile defense in Eastern Europe. And Obama did win re-election.

But that said, Obama would have defeated Mitt Romney anyway, even without an informal understanding with Russia.

In 2004, there were accusations that the George W. Bush administration had struck a deal with the Saudi Royal family whereby the Saudis would pump more oil, leading to lower U.S. gas prices. Bush supposedly wanted to take credit for helping American motorists and therefore enhance his re-election bid.

Whether the conspiracy theory was true or not, Bush beat lackluster Democratic nominee John Kerry for lots of reasons other than modest decreases in gasoline prices. . .

“. . . What can we conclude about these multiple charges that foreigners polluted an American presidential election?

“One, these charges have been habitual, and only leveled by the failed candidate, blaming a shadowy conspiracy rather than the loser’s own poorly conducted campaign or lack of political support.

“Two, even if some collusion charges had elements of truth, they did not affect the final outcome of an election. There were always other far more important and decisive issues that won or lost voters over months of campaigning.

“Three, most presidents and their political challengers have in some way attempted to massage events to favor their candidacies — synchronizing legislative agendas, peace initiatives, summits, national addresses or surprise disclosures of scandals to enhance their campaign messages.

“Hillary Clinton lost the election for dozens of logical reasons. Foreign collusion was never one of them — nor has it ever been a valid reason for a presidential candidate’s defeat.”

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/09/21/allegations_of_foreign_election_tampering_have_always_rung_hollow_135052.html

HEALTH CARE:

CTE: Accumulated deterioration from repeated head injuries.

Stephen Amalsy & Nadia Kounang, CNN: “Attorney: Tests show Aaron Hernandez had CTE”

Hernandez played football. The risk is just as great from soccer!

“(CNN)Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL star who took his life while serving a murder sentence in prison, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy — commonly known as CTE — attorney Jose Baez said Thursday.

Baez cited study results compiled by the Boston University CTE Center, which examined Hernandez’s brain for the neurodegenerative brain disease.

Hernandez played for the New England Patriots from 2010 to 2012 after a standout collegiate career at the University of Florida.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/21/health/aaron-hernandez-cte/index.html

http://www.protectthebrain.org/Brain-Injury-Research/What-is-CTE-.aspx

Washington Examiner: “Graham Cassidy – Congress, fix and pass this Obamacare replacement”

Collins, Murkowski, McCain? Paul?

“It should be axiomatic among Republicans that Obamacare must be repealed and replaced during the current Congress. The last opportunity to do so appears to be the Graham-Cassidy bill. That being so, it must pass, and it must be improved before it passes. Specifically, the bill’s experiments in actual health insurance markets, need to be made more robust.

“It is only by passing a repeal and replace bill that Republican politicians can avoid breaking the cardinal promise they have made to voters for the past four election cycles. It was the central rallying cry of John Boehner’s successful retaking of the House in 2010. Running Mitt Romney, author of Obamacare’s state-level prototype in 2012, proved a Republican mistake that helped save Obama. “Campaigning against Obamacare helped Republicans take the Senate in 2014. Repealing Obamacare was the only policy agreed upon by all 17 GOP presidential candidates in the 2016 campaign.

“If Republicans, while in control of government, do not replace Obamacare after promising so many times over, there is no reason for voters to trust another GOP legislative promise. . .”

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/congress-fix-and-pass-this-obamacare-replacement/article/2635094

Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

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.

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

MISSILES:

Teri Cullen, CNBC: “War of words with North Korea escalates, with Trump calling Kim a ‘madman’”

“The war of words between President Donald Trump and the leader of North Korea escalated Friday, with Trump saying Kim Jong Un “will be tested like never before.”

“In a tweet, Trump called Kim “a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people.”

“Trump’s latest tirade came after the North Korean dictator chastised Trump, calling the president’s United Nations address earlier this week “unprecedented rude nonsense.”

“The mentally deranged behavior of the U.S. president openly expressing on the UN arena the unethical will to ‘totally destroy’ a sovereign state, beyond the boundary of threats of regime change or overturn of social system, makes even those with normal thinking faculty think about discretion and composure,” Kim said in a statement circulated by state news agency KCNA.

“Early Friday, Kim said that Trump’s remarks at the U.N. merit the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.”

“The heated rhetoric comes as North Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Ri Yong Ho said that his country may consider a test of a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean, according to a report from South Korea’s official news agency Yonhap.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/22/war-of-words-with-north-korea-escalates-with-trump-calling-kim-a-madman.html

Amir Vahdat, The Star: “In defiance to US, Iran unveils latest missile during parade”

“TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Friday unveiled its latest ballistic missile capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including Israel, while the country’s president vowed that Tehran would press ahead with its missile program in defiance of U.S. demands to the contrary.

“The unveiling came during a military parade in Tehran that commemorated the 1980s Iraq-Iran war.

“The move was a direct challenge to President Donald Trump, who in August signed a bill imposing mandatory penalties on those involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them.

“Though Iran has long boasted of having missiles in the same range in its arsenal, it was the first time that the Khoramshahr, with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) was displayed in public. . .”

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_IRAN?SITE=MYPSP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-09-22-06-12-21

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Israel Strikes Damascus after Syrian Missile Defense Fires on Aircraft”

“For the third time in as many weeks Israel has reportedly bombed positions inside Syria. Syrian state media along with multiple regional outlets showed fires burning at a facility near the Damascus international airport in the early hours of Friday. Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that like with previous attacks, Israel jets fired from over Lebanese airspace. But it appears the latest exchange was part of a tit-for-tat exchange of fire between Syria and Israel in a situation that continues to dangerously escalate. 

Multiple reports are circulating that the Israeli attack was initiated after Syria’s aerial defense missile system engaged and fired on an Israeli aircraft in the area. Video of what purports to show Syrian missiles firing on the aircraft circulated widely in Syrian social media and was picked up by Lebanese and Israeli news outlets. Early reports indicate that an Israeli drone was likely the target.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-22/israel-strikes-damascus-after-syrian-missile-defense-fires-aircraft

PUERTO RICO:

Ashley Collman, et al., UK Daily Mail: Rescue teams take to Puerto Rico streets in darkness amid warnings that power could be out for months following devastating hit from Hurricane Maria”

  • Island of Puerto Rico is without power after Hurricane Maria swept through the U.S. territory Wednesday
  • Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico Wednesday morning as a Cat. 4 hurricane with 155 mph winds 
  • Dropped to Cat.2 overnight but regained its major hurricane status, rising to a Category 3 early Thursday
  • The Turks & Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas will see hurricane conditions Thursday evening
  • Before hitting Puerto Rico, Maria battered St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands for about five hours overnight
  • Forecasters say it could regain strength and Maria could again become a major hurricane by Thursday
  • So far, Maria has been blamed for 10 deaths – one on Puerto Rico, seven on Dominica and two on Guadeloupe  

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4902546/Maria-makes-landfall-Puerto-Rico-Cat-4-hurricane.html

Drudge Links (09-21-17)

HURRICANE MARIA’S RAMPAGE DEMOLISHES PUERTO RICO…
Island ENTIRELY without power…
‘No Trees’…
Widespread Looting on Dominica…
SATELLITE…
CONE… 

LEADS:

Katherine Rodriguez, Big Govt: “Ex-IT Aide for Debbie Wasserman Schultz Allegedly Abused Three Muslim Women”

“Multiple Muslim women are alleging that former IT aide for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) Imran Awan abused them while they were in relationships with him, according to police reports from Virginia law enforcement.

“One woman who police found covered in blood told officers she “just wanted to leave,” a second woman told officers she felt enslaved, and a third said her abuser was keeping her “in captivity,” according to Fairfax County Police reports obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

The third woman, Awan’s stepmother Samina Gilani, alleged that Awan abused his authority as a congressional staffer to intimidate immigrant women, court documents show.

“Fifteen out of the 17 Democratic congresswomen Awan worked for in the House refused to comment on the allegations. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/21/ex-aide-debbie-wasserman-schultz-allegedly-abused-three-muslim-women/

Sara Carter, Circa: “Obama intel agency secretly conducted illegal searches on Americans for years”

Hat Tip: Mark Levin

“May 23, 2017 08:56 PM EDT

“The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall, according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community.
“More than 5 percent, or one out of every 20 searches seeking upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSA’s so-called Section 702 database violated the safeguards Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011, according to one classified internal report reviewed by Circa.

“The Obama administration self-disclosed the problems at a closed-door hearing Oct. 26 before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that set off alarm. Trump was elected less than two weeks later. . .”

https://www.circa.com/story/2017/05/23/politics/obama-intel-agency-secretly-conducted-illegal-searches-on-americans-for-years

Bret Baier & Catherine Herridge, Fox: “Samantha Power sought to unmask Americans on almost daily basis, sources say”

“Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was ‘unmasking’ at such a rapid pace in the final months of the Obama administration that she averaged more than one request for every working day in 2016 – and even sought information in the days leading up to President Trump’s inauguration, multiple sources close to the matter told Fox News.

Two sources, who were not authorized to speak on the record, said the requests to identify Americans whose names surfaced in foreign intelligence reporting, known as unmasking, exceeded 260 last year. One source indicated this occurred in the final days of the Obama White House.

The details emerged ahead of an expected appearance by Power next month on Capitol Hill. She is one of several Obama administration officials facing congressional scrutiny for their role in seeking the identities of Trump associates in intelligence reports – but the interest in her actions is particularly high. . .”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/20/samantha-power-sought-to-unmask-americans-on-almost-daily-basis-sources-say.html

Also: Luke Roziak, Daily Caller: “House IT Worker at Center of Scandal Allegedly Abused Three Muslim Women”

http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/20/like-a-slave-three-muslim-women-at-least-one-of-them-bloodied-called-police-on-imran-awan/

Breitbart London: “MUHAMMAD IS TOP ENGLISH BABY NAME FOR FIFTH YEAR IN A ROW”

Muhammed’s actual existence is disputed! See Spencer, Robert (2007) The Truth About Muhammed. Washington DC: Regnery.

Spencer, Robert (2012) Did Muhammad Exist?An Enquiry into Islam’s Obscure Origins. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books.

“Civilizational jihad on display in drastic UK demographic shift

Muhammad is the top name for baby boys in the English regions of London and the West Midlands in 2016, and was the top scoring across the whole of England and Wales in the year when slight variations in spelling are taken into account.

The annual release of the most popular names for baby boys and girls by the Office for National Statistics also reveals that Muhammed has pushed traditionally popular boy’s name William out of the top 10 in the past recorded year.

Whilst the statistics showed the most popular name for boys and girls were Oliver and Olivia respectively, the decision by the Office to list slight changes to the spelling of Muhammed as completely different names masked the fact that the popular Muslim name was actually in first place, and not in eighth as reported. . .”

https://www.infowars.com/muhammad-is-top-english-baby-name-for-fifth-year-in-a-row/

Paul Imison, WaPo: “In Mexico City, rich and poor had little in common. Until the earthquake hit.”

Socialists newspaper!

“MEXICO CITY — On one of Mexico City’s trendiest streets, lined with art galleries, cafes and gourmet restaurants, taco vendor Luis Miguel Osorio and his wife and daughter worked rapidly Wednesday to serve food to the victims, volunteers and emergency workers crowded around a nearby apartment building that collapsed during Mexico’s deadliest earthquake in 32 years.

“The site remained one of several crisis points around the capital as authorities and volunteers worked to locate the missing and rescue those still trapped beneath rubble a day after the temblor. Authorities have reported a death toll of 230 in central and southern Mexico, with the largest number of fatalities — 100 — in Mexico City.

“Yet, in the space of 24 hours, a sense of terror shifted to a spirit of solidarity as friends, neighbors, relatives and often complete strangers came to one another’s aid, transcending Mexico’s usually rigid class divisions. . .”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/in-mexico-city-rich-and-poor-had-little-in-common-until-the-earthquake-hit/2017/09/20/6f5a15b8-9e0e-11e7-b2a7-bc70b6f98089_story.html?utm_term=.ae9e80916096

PA BUDGET

Angela Couloumbis & Liz Navratil,, Philly.com: “Pa. budget impasse leads to credit downgrade”

“HARRISBURG — As the budget deadlock in the Capitol drags on, a credit rating agency on Wednesday delivered a hard fiscal punch to Pennsylvania: a credit downgrade.

Standard & Poor’s lowered Pennsylvania’s bond rating a notch, citing the state’s out-of-balance budget, its more than $2 billion deficit, and its reliance on one-time financial fixes in negotiating budgets over the last decade.

The agency also noted that it believes the stalemate over how to fund the state’s $32 billion spending plan could “extend considerably further.”

“The commonwealth’s structural deficit remains manageable, but its reliance on one-time revenues has stressed its available cash, making internal resources insufficient to timely meet certain obligations,” S&P Global Ratings credit analyst Carol Spain said in a written statement Wednesday morning.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/pa-budget-impasse-leads-to-credit-downgrade-20170920.html

RECOMMENDED:

Convention of States: “https://www.conventionofstates.com

MARK LEVIN (09-21-17)

“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, Samantha Power, a former U.S. ambassador to the UN, was unmasking at the rate of one person per day in 2016. The Obama administration’s abuse of power with respect to domestic surveillance is being exposed. We have Susan Rice unmasking despite her argument and Power unmasking like a crazy person. However it is much broader than Rice or Power. You would have to be blind to not see how the Obama administration violated our trust and the law to target people that they disagreed with. This is not a joke but issue number one at the domestic level. The media says that we have freedom of the press, but they and the Obama administration are in full cover up mode. This is big and we have barely gotten to the surface. The buck stops with Obama. “After that, your healthcare is up for debate again. The average American has no say in how the nation’s healthcare system is going to be structured. The truth is it is none of the government’s business. However, Bernie Sanders is supporting single payer healthcare and under his plan, private insurance will be eliminated and we would be stuck with relying on the government (emph added, jb).

“Later, Rick Santorum calls into talk about the Graham-Cassidy healthcare reform bill. This is a similar approach to welfare reform done in the 1990’s. You give states the flexibility to fix the problem and you will drive down costs and get innovation. For example, states can come up with different ways to deal with preexisting conditions.

“In addition, America needs to deal with North Korea and the best way to do that is through China has a massive debt as a percentage of their economy. The U.S. ought to treat China like Ronald Reagan treated the Soviet Union. We need to put economic pressure on China and put nuclear warheads in South Korea. What President Trump is doing with North Korea is more effective than past presidents. Also, when it comes to Iran, we can go it alone with sanctions. Iran is on its way to a nuclear weapon under the current Iran deal. We need to delegitimize Iran and shut off our agreement with them.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/09/21/september-21-2017/

Dinesh D’Souza – The Big Lie

The real history of the Democratic Party in America was completely covered up following WWII. In D’Souza’s new book The Big Lie, all of this secret, ugly history is brought to light.

“The Big Lie also proves that the Democrats today are the functionally and ideologically the same as the leftists of the 1930s that provided Hitler with blueprints for many of his racist policies.  “Learn about the whole shocking past of the Democratic Party—click here to order The Big Lietoday.”

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Dead Cats: Rosh Hashanah/RocketBoy, 9/20/17, (28)07: James Brody

TEA Party bus to DC: Nope – Car Pools!

Rosh Hashanah; Friends of the IDF; Hanson – Confederate Cool.

HEALTH CARE: Sullivan – new gambit; Starr – People will die; Josh Umber sites.

TRUMP/UN: NRO – Trump spoke; Drudge Links 09-20-17.

LEADS: Boyle – Sarah speaks for Moore; Durden – Fed snoops; Ross – Manafort wants it all released; Linthicum et al., Mexico’s latest quake; NY Post – More Hillary evidence; Patten – Ingraham/Hannity; Caplan – O’Keefe strikes again?; CBS – Pelosi shout-down; Perez – Spying on Manafort.

PA BUDGET:

RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; Mark Levin (09-12-17); D’Souza – The Big Lie.

TEA Party Patriots: Washington, September 23rd. CALLING ALL PATRIOTS!!

THE TEA PARTY PATRIOTS ARE GOING BACK TO WASHINGTON

SHALL WE JOIN THEM??

NO BUSES AVAILABLE!  “SOMETHING IS ‘FISHY’” People are forming car pools. Contact Betty

Via Betty Dunkel-Hernon (dunkelbw@verizon.net

“Are you outraged that, after years of campaigning on repealing Obamacare, it was a handful of moderate Republicans that killed the repeal efforts a few weeks ago? Are you tired of the mainstream media doing everything possible to derail President Trump’s agenda? Are you tired of “the Swamp” resisting the change that the American people voted for?

If you said yes to any of these questions, we need you to show up in Washington, DC on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

Many of you have asked, “When are we going back to Washington?” Well, now we can say that it will be Saturday, September 23, 2017. Go ahead and mark your calendars, book your hotel rooms, plan your travel, and bring your American spirit.

Let’s show the country that we support President Trump’s agenda, that we expect Republicans to keep their promises, and that we want “the Swamp” to reduce its burdens on the American people by reducing taxes, rolling back regulations, and spending within our means.

https://www.teapartypatriots.org/923rally/?mid=14397&id=T15RpyWVZKlUxMfSPK

 

Rosh Hashanah in 2017 will start on Thursday, the 21st of September (21/9/2017) and will continue for 2 days until Friday, the 22nd of September.

“Rosh Hashanah is celebrated on the 1st and 2nd days of the Hebrew month “Tishrei”.

Rosh Hashanah is the only Jewish holiday which lasts for two entire days, considered as one very long day.

“Note that in the Jewish calendar, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Jews will celebrate Rosh Hashanah on the sunset of Wednesday, the 20th of September.

“Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה‎, literally meaning the “beginning (also head) [of] the year”) is the Jewish New Year. The biblicalname for this holiday is Yom Teruah (יוֹם תְּרוּעָה‎), literally “day [of] shouting/blasting.” It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days (יָמִים נוֹרָאִים‎ Yamim Nora’im, lit. “Days [of] Awe”) specified by Leviticus 23:23–32, which usually occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere.

“Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration, which begins on the first day of Tishrei. Tishrei is the first month of the Jewish civil year, but the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year.

According to Judaism, the fact that Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the year is explained by it being the traditional anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman according to the Hebrew Bible, and their first actions toward the believed realization of humanity’s role in God‘s world. According to one secular opinion its origin is in the beginning of the economic year in the ancient Near East, marking the start of the agricultural cycle.

“Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram’s horn), as prescribed in the Torah, following the prescription of the Hebrew Bible to “raise a noise” on Yom Teruah; and among its rabbinical customs is attending synagogue services and reciting special liturgy about teshuva, as also enjoying festive meals. Eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey is now a tradition, hoping thereby to evoke a ‘sweet new year’. . .” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosh_Hashanah

Tzvia Wexler, Friends of the IDF

“. . . Mr. Brody, these are just three of the tens of thousands of soldiers and family members we help each year. When 5778 starts tomorrow, we will again begin the work that will help tens of thousands more in the coming year.
“We can only do it thanks to generous supporters like you. So, before the holiday begins, please make your Rosh Hashanah gift to Friends of the IDF so we can continue to change the lives of people like Shai, Allison, and Naama.
“From our family to yours, we wish you a very healthy, happy, and sweet New Year!
Shana Tova,
Tzvia Wexler, Executive Director, Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey
Friends of the IDF (FIDF)

Donate: https://donate.fidf.org/page/contribute/2017-rh-5?source=BPI_EM_DD_20170919_Sep-17_RH-5-PA&utm_campaign=DD_20170919_Sep-17&utm_source=BPI&utm_medium=EM&utm_term=donate&utm_content=button

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “The Strange Case of Confederate Cool”

“. . . How strange in 2017 that establishment universities, and city councils and mayors, are found guilty of racism for allowing century-old icons of Southern Lost Cause pride to stand. They seek atonement by offering politically correct pieties, while they order their work crews out to the parks at midnight.
“But in such a Jacobin climate, shouldn’t civil-rights activist Joan Baez, for example, be condemned retroactively for her thought crimes?
“She jump-started a second career in 1971 with her rendition of ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.’ Her likely motivation for redoing the tune, aside from natural career concerns, was that it’s a powerful lyric piece and a magnanimous expression of empathy for the South’s post-war poverty and humiliation. But for anyone else, romancing slavery and racism would still be a felony in the eyes of the Orwellian thought police.
“Instead Baez’s perennial exemption is simply because she is, after all, Joan Baez.
“Apparently, it would be a lot creepier (and more work) to ban ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ from the airwaves and downloads than to put on a black mask and chip off Stonewall’s nose, winning applause from CNN and MSNBC.
“For progressives, there are two Confederacies: the benign, hip mythology that channels counterculture defiance and that has been conveniently cleansed of slavery and secession, and the pernicious sort that imputes racism to its supposedly white-trash adherents.
“In other words, all Confederate romantics are bad, but some are not so bad after all.”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/451486/confederate-chic-when-leftists-love-johnny-reb

HEALTH CARE:

Peter Sullivan, The Hill:“New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum”

Hat Tip: Breitbart

“A last-ditch effort by Senate Republicans to repeal and replace ObamaCare is gaining steam, suggesting lawmakers could face another vote on ending the former president’s signature law later this month.

“Supporters do not have the 50 votes necessary to pass the bill yet, but pressure is growing on Republicans to back the measure, which could replace much of ObamaCare with block grants for states.

“In a crucial boost for its chances on Monday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) offered his support.

“‘Congress has 12 days to say ‘yes’ to Graham-Cassidy. It’s time for them to get the job done,’ he said, referring to the bill’s two main co-sponsors, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.).

“Ducey’s support is important because Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has said the Arizona governor’s position would be an important factor in how he votes. . .”

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/351198-new-gop-obamacare-repeal-bill-gains-momentum

Penny Starr, Big Govt: “Dems Vow to Fight Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill: People Will Die”

We will anyhow!

“As time runs out for the Republicans to keep their longtime campaign pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare, Democratic Senators rallied a small group of constituents outside of the capitol on Tuesday to oppose the Graham-Cassidy legislation that could be voted on by the Senate and the House by the end of the month.

“The health care rally, sponsored by the George Soros-backed moveon.org and supported by Planned Parenthood and other left-wing groups, featured Senate leaders who said, if the bill becomes law, it will result in American deaths.

“People will die,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) said at the rally. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/19/dems-vow-fight-graham-cassidy-health-care-bill-people-will-die/

Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

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.

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

TRUMP/UN

NRO:” Trump at the U.N”

“It will be known, at least for now, as the Rocket Man speech, but it was more than that.

“In his first address to the United Nations, Donald Trump delivered a solid and necessary defense of the importance of national sovereignty, defended an American-centered world order, and spoke forthrightly about threats to international peace and security emanating from North Korea and other rogue states.

“Trump laid out the essentials of his emerging foreign policy. The foundation of a healthy international order is a “coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty to promote security, prosperity, and peace for themselves and for the world.” Trump specifically rejected the notion that nations must conform to the same political or cultural ideals, but he did not simply fall back on an international relativism. Trump declared, “We do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties: to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation.”
“He underlined those standards when blasting the world’s bad actors. His best line was directed at Venezuela. Offering a moment of clarity to a world that often acts puzzled as to why a once-prosperous nation is sinking into poverty and chaos, Trump said, ‘The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.’ That’s exactly right, and it’s a sad testament to socialism’s enduring ideological appeal that what should have been an applause line was met with stony silence.
“Regarding North Korea, Trump was his usual bellicose self — even working in his new pet insult for Kim Jong-un, calling him ‘Rocket Man’ ‘on a suicide mission.’ That line is already burning up the Internet, but a nickname doesn’t constitute a policy. Yes, the president memorably pledged to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea if the U.S. ‘is forced to defend itself or its allies.’ Yet massive retaliation and regime change in the event of a renewed Korean War has been American policy for decades. It is still not clear what Trump’s North Korean strategy is, nor is it clear if Trump will meaningfully shift American policies regarding Iran. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/451513/trump-rocket-man-united-nations-speech-emerging-foreign-policy

Drudge Links 09-20-17

TRUMP TAKES UN…
Slams Socialism…
Targets rogue regimes…
Threatens to destroy NKorea…

Draws applause for blasting Iran… MORE
World leaders skip…
BOLTON: BEST SPEECH OF PRESIDENCY…

LEADS:

Matthew Boyle, Big Govt: “Confirmed: Sarah Palin, Sebastian Gorka to Rally for Judge Roy Moore Thursday Night in Montgomery at Historic Train Depot”

“MONTGOMERY, Alabama — The Great America Alliance, MAGA Coalition, and Judge Roy Moore campaigns confirmed on Tuesday that late Thursday Dr. Sebastian Gorka and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will rally here in Montgomery for Judge Roy Moore.

Many other conservative stars are expected to attend as well.

“Judge Moore has shown he has what it takes to stand up to the out-of-touch political establishment,” Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, said in the press release announcing the rally. “The Judge has proven he’s not afraid of a fight for what is right, and he’s ready to take on DC’s swamp monsters and help make America great again. We need more bold leaders like Judge Moore who will fight for all of us in the US Senate.”

“I’m proud to support Judge Roy Moore and rally conservatives in Alabama behind his candidacy,” Gorka, until recently a Deputy Assistant to President Donald Trump in the White House, added.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/19/confirmed-sarah-palin-sebastian-gorka-to-rally-for-judge-roy-moore-thursday-night-in-montgomery-at-historic-train-depot/

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “‘Extraordinary & Worrisome’ – Wall Street Journal Demands To Know How FBI ‘Meddled’ In 2016 Elections”

Via The Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board,

“When Donald Trump claimed in March that he’d had his “wires tapped” prior to the election, the press and Obama officials dismissed the accusation as a fantasy. We were among the skeptics, but with former director James Comey’s politicized FBI the story is getting more complicated.

“CNN reported Monday that the FBI obtained a warrant last year to eavesdrop on Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager from May to August in 2016. The story claims the FBI first wiretapped Mr. Manafort in 2014 while investigating his work as a lobbyist for Ukraine’s ruling party. That warrant lapsed, but the FBI convinced the court that administers the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to issue a second order as part of its probe into Russian meddling in the election.

“The story suggests the monitoring started in the summer or fall, and extended into early this year.

“While Mr. Manafort resigned from the campaign in August, he continued to speak with Candidate Trump.

“It is thus highly likely that the FBI was listening to the political and election-related conversations of a leading contender for the White House.

“That’s extraordinary – and worrisome. . .”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-20/extraordinary-worrisome-wall-street-journal-demands-know-how-fbi-meddled-2016-electi

Chuck Ross, Daily Caller: “Manafort Calls On DOJ to Release His Intercepted Communications with Foreigners”

“Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is calling on the Justice Department to release transcripts of any intercepted communications he may have had with foreigners.

Manafort, a longtime Republican political consultant, also called on the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate the leak of details of secret surveillance warrants obtained by U.S. investigators.

“Mr. Manafort requests that the Department of Justice release any intercepts involving him and any non-Americans so interested parties can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ — there is nothing there,” Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said in a statement.

On Monday, CNN reported that investigators obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against Manafort prior to the presidential election. The wiretapping continued into early this year, according to CNN’s unnamed sources. (RELATED: Feds Wiretapped Paul Manafort Before And After The Election)

http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/19/manafort-calls-on-doj-to-release-his-intercepted-communications-with-foreigners/

Kate Linthicum, et al., LA Times: “More than 200 killed as powerful 7.1 earthquake strikes central Mexico”

“A powerful 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing homes and bridges across hundreds of miles, killing at least 217 people and sending thousands more fleeing into the streets screaming in a country still reeling from a deadly temblor that struck less than two weeks ago.

“Entire apartment blocks swayed violently in the center of Mexico City, including in the historic districts of El Centro and Roma, crumbling balconies and causing huge cracks to appear on building facades.

“Panic spread through the city’s core; rescue vehicles raced toward damaged buildings, and neighbors took on heroic roles as rescuers.

“Firefighters and police officers scrambled to pull survivors from a collapsed elementary and secondary school where children died.

“‘There are 22 bodies here — two are adults — 30 children are missing and eight other adults missing. And workers are continuing rescue efforts,’ President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Tuesday night.

“At least 86 people were reported killed and 44 buildings severely damaged in the capital alone. . .”

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-mexico-earthquake-20170919-story.html

NY Post: “Here’s more evidence Team Hillary tried to destroy

“Something else happened the week of Hillary Clinton’s book launch: the release of more ‘lost’ emails that further highlight her corrupt ways.

“The watchdogs at Judicial Watch shared 1,600 fresh emails released thanks to their Freedom of Information lawsuits — missives that Clinton & Co. failed to turn over from her private servers, but which the feds recovered from other sources.

“The emails contain new examples of the Clinton Foundation requesting and receiving State Department favors, plus more cases of classified information being sent through unsecure, non-state.gov accounts.

“This latest dump, notes Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, shows foundation honcho Doug Band working with Clinton aide Huma Abedin to get favors for donors, from visas to Cuba to meetings in Singapore.

“‘It’s there in black and white,’ noted Fitton. ‘And I don’t understand why the Justice Department hasn’t gotten its act together and reinitiated an investigation as to what went on here. Because we all know [Jim] Comey’s investigation was a sham. They need to restart it up.’ . . .”

http://nypost.com/2017/09/17/heres-more-evidence-team-hillary-tried-to-destroy/

Dominic Patten, Deadline: “Laura Ingraham’s Fox News Show to Debut October 30; ‘Hannity’ Will Take On ‘Maddow’ At 9 PM”

Sean Hannity is moving to 9 PM ET to take on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow directly starting next week in anticipation of Fox News Channel debuting Laura Ingraham’s new show on the day before Halloween. Or, to put it another way, the cable news wars just went into full battle mode.

“‘We are delighted to unveil this new primetime schedule for both our current and future generation of loyal FNC fans,’ Suzanne Scott, president of programming for the cable newser told Deadline today. ‘Over the last decade, Laura’s extraordinary insight, expertise and strong voice have connected with our viewers across the network’s programming. We look forward to her providing the audience with her exceptional commentary, engaging insight and spirited debate.’. . .”

http://deadline.com/2017/09/laura-ingraham-joins-fox-news-the-ingraham-angle-show-sean-hannity-1202172604/

Joshua Caplan, Gateway “Pundit: “WATCH: James O’Keefe Teases ‘Biggest Ever Media Investigation’ — Muses ‘People Will Be Fired’

“JAMES O’KEEFE: ‘In the coming weeks, you’re gonna see one of the biggest investigations this organization has ever done. It’s a continuation of American Pravda series. It’s aimed at the media. We’re going after their holy grail. We have tripled our journalists in the field. They are not even here, they are out there everyday. It’s gonna be big, it’s gonna be massive. If they think they can shut us down with this crap [lawsuit] they’re sorely mistaken. Because not only are people in the media probably going to lose their jobs and be exposed for what they are, but this [lawsuit] is going to be exposed for what it is. So stay tuned ladies and gentleman. Fireworks are coming,’

“O’Keefe, recently exposed numerous CNN staffers admitting they don’t believe the ‘Russian interference’ narrative the network has pushed since Donald Trump became President.

Many have been wondering which mainstream media outlet will be next on O’Keefe’s hit list. In a recent tweet, the Project Veritas head teased the New York Times is next!”

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/09/watch-james-okeefe-teases-biggest-ever-investigation-muses-media-people-will-fired/

San Francisco CBS: “Demonstrators Shout Down Pelosi at San Francisco DREAM Act Event”

“Pelosi began her speech, calling dreamers courageous.

“‘Our nation’s dreamers are an inspiration to all of us,’ she said. ‘With their courage and their patriotism. They embody the promise of America… of the American Dream… Make America dream again,’ Pelosi said to applause from the partisan crowd.

“But then a group stormed in chanting, carrying a large banner and individual signs. ‘We undocumented youth demand a clean bill … We undocumented youth demand that you do not sell out our community and our values …We undocumented youth will not be a bargaining chip for Trump.’

“Many of the demonstrators carried signs reading ‘Democrats are Deporters.’ . . .”

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/09/18/demonstrators-shout-down-pelosi-at-dream-act-event/

Evan Perez et al., CNN: “Exclusive: US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman”

Washington (CNN)US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe.

“The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.

“Some of the intelligence collected includes communications that sparked concerns among investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign, according to three sources familiar with the investigation. Two of these sources, however, cautioned that the evidence is not conclusive.

“Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, which is leading the investigation into Russia’s involvement in the election, has been provided details of these communications.

“A secret order authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) began after Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation that began in 2014. It centered on work done by a group of Washington consulting firms for Ukraine’s former ruling party, the sources told CNN. . .”

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/18/politics/paul-manafort-government-wiretapped-fisa-russians/index.html

RECOMMENDED:

Convention of States: “https://www.conventionofstates.com

MARK LEVIN (09-19-17)

Dinesh D’Souza – The Big Lie

The real history of the Democratic Party in America was completely covered up following WWII. In D’Souza’s new book The Big Lie, all of this secret, ugly history is brought to light.

“The Big Lie also proves that the Democrats today are the functionally and ideologically the same as the leftists of the 1930s that provided Hitler with blueprints for many of his racist policies.  “Learn about the whole shocking past of the Democratic Party—click here to order The Big Lietoday.”

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Dead Cats: PaBusted!, 9/18/17, (28)06: James Brody

TEA Party bus to DC: Nope – Car Pools!

HEALTH CARE: Josh Umber sites.

  1. LOUIS – Post Dispatch – 80 arrested; Drudge Links 09-17-17

LEADS: Williamson – Trump didn’t get rolled; McCarthy – DOJ to return of law; Easely – Trump at UN; Schichter – Breastgate; Dunbar – Equifax; Ensign & Jones – BofA dumps branches; Novak – Both parties over; Axe – Russian war show.

PA BUDGET: Navratil & Coloumbis – Medicaid payments delayed.

RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; Mark Levin (09-12-17); D’Souza – The Big Lie. Washington Examiner – Deplorable Hillary, deplorable book.

TEA Party Patriots: Washington, September 23rd. CALLING ALL PATRIOTS!!

THE TEA PARTY PATRIOTS ARE GOING BACK TO WASHINGTON

SHALL WE JOIN THEM??

NO BUSES AVAILABLE!  “SOMETHING IS ‘FISHY’” People are forming car pools. Contact Betty

Via Betty Dunkel-Hernon (dunkelbw@verizon.net

“Are you outraged that, after years of campaigning on repealing Obamacare, it was a handful of moderate Republicans that killed the repeal efforts a few weeks ago? Are you tired of the mainstream media doing everything possible to derail President Trump’s agenda? Are you tired of “the Swamp” resisting the change that the American people voted for?

If you said yes to any of these questions, we need you to show up in Washington, DC on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

Many of you have asked, “When are we going back to Washington?” Well, now we can say that it will be Saturday, September 23, 2017. Go ahead and mark your calendars, book your hotel rooms, plan your travel, and bring your American spirit.

Let’s show the country that we support President Trump’s agenda, that we expect Republicans to keep their promises, and that we want “the Swamp” to reduce its burdens on the American people by reducing taxes, rolling back regulations, and spending within our means.

https://www.teapartypatriots.org/923rally/?mid=14397&id=T15RpyWVZKlUxMfSPK

 

 

HEALTH CARE:

Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

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.

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

ST. LOUIS:

St Louis Post Dispatch: “More than 80 arrested after protest violence downtown; ‘Police owned tonight,’ chief says”

ST. LOUIS • Police made more than 80 arrests downtown Sunday night after violence erupted following hours of peaceful protesting.

It marked the third night of violence following the Friday acquittal of former St. Louis Police officer Jason Stockley, charged with murdering a black drug suspect.

Around 1 a.m. Monday, Mayor Lyda Krewson and Interim Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole held a brief press conference.

“For the third day in a row, the days have been calm and the nights have been destructive,” Krewson said. “This is unacceptable. Destruction cannot be tolerated.”

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/more-than-arrested-after-protest-violence-downtown-police-owned-tonight/

Drudge Links (09-17-17)

TROUBLE IN ST. LOUIS…
SECOND NIGHT OF VIOLENCE…
Group surrounds mayor’s house; windows broken, paint thrown…
Protesters chuck bricks, rocks at cops…
U2, ED SHEERAN CANCEL CONCERTS… 

LEADS:

Kevin Williamson, NRO: Trump Didn’t Get Rolled by Pelosi and Schumer”
“His voters got rolled by him. That’s the real deal.

“Wimpy strikes again.

“Everybody knows the Wimpy proposition: “I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” In the old Popeye cartoons, no sensible person gave Wimpy a hamburger in exchange for his promised future payment. Wimpy was a bum, and everybody knew it.
“They sure as hell did not make him president.

“Offering credit is the definition of a risky business, and learning to hedge your risks is both an art and a science. When I was in college, I had a friend who owned a used-car lot, one of the low-rent kinds with a sign out front saying: “Buy Here Pay Here.” Credit on easy terms. In walked a prospect one day who had been eyeing an old beater of a 280ZX. He finally talked himself into it, put down his modest down payment, and drove away happy. I was skeptical.
“’That guy is a bum,’ I told my friend. ‘You’ll be lucky if he makes one payment.’
“‘Yeah,’ he replied, with an inscrutable little gleam in his eye. ‘But I’ve sold that car nine times. I can sell it ten times.’ The down payment would more than cover the cost of repossessing the car in case my estimate of the buyer proved accurate. The seller’s risk was basically $0.00. That’s why he had a house, a new car, and a couple of boats to his name while I had about 60 hours of undergraduate English coursework to mine. I wouldn’t have bought a used car from Dick Nixon, but I might vote for that small-town used-car dealer for president.

“He wasn’t a strategic genius, but he wasn’t a sucker, either. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/451437/trump-pelosi-schumer-wimpy-strikes-again

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “On Criminal Justice, Sessions Is Returning DOJ to the Rule of Law”

“. . . what Sessions has done is return the Justice Department to the traditional guidance articulated nearly four decades ago by President Carter’s highly regarded attorney general, Benjamin Civiletti (and memorialized in the U.S. Attorney’s Manual). It instructs prosecutors to charge the most serious, readily provable offense under the circumstances. Doesn’t work? This directive, in effect with little variation until the Obama years, is one of several factors that contributed to historic decreases in crime. When bad guys are prosecuted and incarcerated, they are not preying on our communities.

“The thrust of the policy Sessions has revived is respect for the Constitution’s bedrock separation-of-powers principle. It requires faithful execution of laws enacted by Congress. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/451436/criminal-justice-reform-attorney-general-jeff-sessions-obama-administratdion-abuse-prosecutorial-discretion

Jonathan Easely, The Hill: “Trump at the UN: What to watch for Monday”

North Korea, Iran, climate?

“President Trump is in New York City for a week of meetings and speeches with foreign leaders amid global uncertainty about a nuclear North Korea.

“Trump’s Monday will be packed with meetings, leading up to his first-ever speech to the general assembly on Tuesday — a highly anticipated address in which the president is expected to discuss the specific threats of North Korea, Iran and global terrorism.

“The president’s schedule also includes meeting with representatives from more than 120 nations as well as the U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, to discuss reforming the international organization. Trump has been highly critical of the U.N. and the U.S. is backing changes it hopes will make the organization more efficient and effective.

“The president will then meet with leaders from France and Israel with an expected focus on the Middle East — and Iran in particular — for what national security adviser H.R. McMaster has called that country’s “destabilizing behavior” in the region.

“Trump will close out his first day of meetings at a working dinner with Latin American leaders to discuss the crisis in Venezuela, as well as how to maximize economic partnerships between the U.S. and South America.

“Along the way, the threats posed by North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and global terrorism in the wake of an attack on a London subway figure to be hot topics of discussion.

“Here are four things to watch for during Trump’s visit . . .”

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/351102-trump-at-the-un-what-to-watch-for-monday

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall: “The Fake Outrage Over Breastgate Shows Why We Must Not Play Liberals’ New Rules Game”

“. . . The Brooke Baldwin mammary mess is just another example of how liberals leverage their ability to create new rules out of thin air as a means of asserting their power over us normals. What was A-OK yesterday is now forbidden, and what was forbidden yesterday is now mandatory. Their goal is to keep our heads spinning and paralyze us with fear, like nearsighted corporals caught in a minefield and terrified that if we take one wrong step we will detonate a concealed wrongthink booby-trap. They want us living in fear of their fussy wrath, and that is precisely why it is so important for us to keep abreast of pseudo-scandals like this so we can nip these libfascists’ schemes in the bud and deny them the ability to rack up yet another victory in the culture war.” To stop them, they be made to hate the new rules they have created. Fredocon conservatives label this “Whataboutism” and demand we unilaterally disarm ourselves by abandoning this powerful weapon for showing normals why liberals are terrible. These goofs never met a battle they didn’t think conservatives were morally obligated to lose.

“What they call “whataboutism” isn’t optional; our application of judgment and our highlighting of prog inconsistency is morally mandatoryAlinksy was right – we must hold our enemies to their own stupid standards, and that’s especially true if it’s a newly-invented standard designed only to silence and suppress us conservatives. We must take their new rules, roll them up real tight, and ram them down the left’s collective collectivist throat, if not elsewhere.

“To stop them, they be made to hate the new rules they have created. Fredocon conservatives label this “Whataboutism” and demand we unilaterally disarm ourselves by abandoning this powerful weapon for showing normals why liberals are terrible. These goofs never met a battle they didn’t think conservatives were morally obligated to lose.

“What they call “whataboutism” isn’t optional; our application of judgment and our highlighting of prog inconsistency is morally mandatoryAlinksy was right – we must hold our enemies to their own stupid standards, and that’s especially true if it’s a newly-invented standard designed only to silence and suppress us conservatives. We must take their new rules, roll them up real tight, and ram them down the left’s collective collectivist throat, if not elsewhere.

“They make it easy for us by being so ridiculous. Are women the strong, powerful equals of men, or fragile flowers who wilt at the mere mention of lady parts? It depends on which one is the most useful to the liberal narrative right then and there. Can you talk about lady parts? Apparently the new rule is that you can’t, at least in the normal context of heterosexual men citing the parts that they like. But if you want to wear a gynecological sombrero on your pointy head, apparently that’s muy bueno.

“            Part of the strategy behind the new rules is to not actually have any firm rules, to make you so uncertain and timid that you’re unwilling to take any action because anything you do, at any time, can be a violation of a rule that didn’t exist 30 seconds before. . .”

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/09/18/the-fake-outrage-over-breastgate-shows-why-we-must-not-play–liberals-new-rules-game-n2382731

Mark Dunbar, InTheseTimes:” The Equifax Hacking Scandal Is a Reminder That Credit-Reporting Agencies Are Not Our Friends”

Hat Tip: Tyler Durden

“The hacking of personal information reveals a much deeper problem at the heart of the credit-reporting industry.

“Last week, Equifax—one of the country’s three major credit-reporting agencies alongside Experian and Transunion—revealed that its security apparatus had been breached. “Hackers” obtained private financial information the company held on over 140 million Americans. This is the third major security breach Equifax has suffered in the past two years, and it is by far the worst. Cybersecurity experts call it a 10 out of 10 on the catastrophe scale—with the negative consequences potentially lasting for decades.

“Equifax became aware of the hacks on July 29 and the company’s top brass took immediate action. But rather than moving to alert the public that their information could be compromised, on August 1 and 2, three leading executives—including the company’s chief financial officer (CFO) John Gamble—sold nearly $2 million worth of shares in the company. Traders also noticed a sudden—and suspicious—selling of Equifax stock options.

“A stock option is the right to sell stocks in the future at a fixed price now. If executives knew the stock was going to quickly drop in value once the breath was made public, and decided to sell stock options that weren’t “exercisable” until after the company planned on making the breach public, that would at the very least amount to dubious legal behavior.

“In July, Equifax listed 260 such traded stock options. In August, the month the company learned of the breach, that number jumped tenfold, to 2,600.

“An Equifax spokesman said that executives ‘had no knowledge that an intrusion had occurred at the time they sold their shares.’ According to Bloomberg News, however, none of the sales were scheduled in advance with the Securities Exchange Commission, a common practice to avoid accusations of insider trading. And it’s difficult to believe the CFO wouldn’t have immediately been informed about the largest security failure in the corporation’s history. Gamble has been with the company since 2014 and has only once sold shares prior to last month’s sale. . .”

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20527/equifax-hacking-scandal-credit-reporting

Rachel Ensign & Coulter Jones, WSJ: “How Bank of America Ditched 1,597 Branches Across the U.S.”

“The bank that once proclaimed ‘bigger is indeed better’ is now downsizing, especially in rural America

““Bigger is indeed better,” former Chief Executive Hugh McColl said when the bank was formed in 1998 by the merger of NationsBank Corp. and BankAmerica Corp.

But strains from the financial crisis led to a different approach. In 2009, the bank had branches in 725 U.S. counties, roughly one out of every four nationwide. In 2016, it was in 253 fewer counties, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of bank regulator data.

“Bank of America no longer has a branch in places like Elkhart, Ind., Dodge City, Kan., and Florence, S.C. In the Utica, N.Y., area, where there were 12 branches in 2009, there are now none.

“‘You can’t be everywhere,’ said Dean Athanasia, co-head of the bank’s consumer unit, in an interview. Nevertheless, he said the bank’s footprint, with 4,542 branches, covers 80% of the U.S. population. ‘I don’t think we were optimally positioned before.’

“In most counties the bank left, it sold at least some of its branches to smaller lenders, limiting the harm to that community. In nearly a quarter of the counties, Bank of America simply closed the branches, directing customers to other locations, sometimes dozens of miles away. . .”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-bank-of-america-ditched-1-597-branches-across-the-u-s-1505646000

 

Jake Novak, CNBC: “The party’s over: Republicans and Democrats are both finished”

  • Trump’s election and his increasing comfort in shifting from right to left prove that the Republican and Democratic parties as we know them are finished.
  • Never before have we seen the leadership of both major political parties so humbled.
  • Here’s how this power vacuum will play out in the coming elections.

“Stick a fork in the Democrats and Republicans. . .”

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/14/trumps-new-reality-republicans-and-democrats-are-both-finished.html

David Axe, Daily Beast: “Russia Unveils Massive Military Force: ‘The Enemy Has No Chance’”

“The “Zapad 2017” training exercise involves some of the latest Russian-made weaponry. But the war game is equally notable for the weapons that aren’t involved.

Russia has begun its biggest war game in years on land, in the air, and on the sea bordering NATO‘s smallest and weakest member states. No fewer than 12,000 troops, 70 warplanes, 250 tanks, and 10 warships are officially scheduled to wage mock warfare from Sept. 14 to Sept. 20 in Belarus and Russia and on the Baltic and Barents Seas.

“The “Zapad 2017” training exercise, a joint effort between the Russian and Belarusian militaries, involves some of the latest Russian-made weaponry. But the war game is equally notable for the weapons that aren’t involved.

“Despite a resurgence under President Vladimir Putin, Moscow’s armed forces still can’t deploy stealth fighters or the latest tank models. And Russia’s sole aircraft carrier, the aged Admiral Kuznetsov, is also unavailable for training. . .”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/russia-unveils-massive-military-force-the-enemy-has-no-chance

 

PA BUDGET:

Liz Navratil & Angela Coloumbis, Philly Inquirer: “With budget impasse, Gov. Wolf delays more than $1B in Medicaid payments”

“HARRISBURG — With the state’s cash running low, Gov. Wolf on Friday said he was forced to withhold nearly $1.2 billion in payments to Medicaid program providers.

“In a short statement, the governor said his administration will be unable for at least a week to make the payments to managed care organizations, the private health insurers that cover many of the state’s neediest children, elderly, and disabled residents. Insurance industry officials said Wolf’s move is unlikely to interrupt services for Medicaid recipients but could affect the business side.

“Wolf also said that come next week, his administration will also have to delay a scheduled $581 million payout for the state’s share of pension obligations to public school teachers and employees.

“It is the second time in the last three years that lawmakers and the governor have headed into the fall without a complete budget in place, forcing tough choices about which bills to pay and where to cut spending. No political solution is in sight to the impasse between the Republican legislature and the Democratic governor, although Wolf is expected to speak with legislative leaders over the weekend to try to jump-start negotiations.

“The governor has warned that without a completed budget, other funding may be in jeopardy too, including money for schools and roads. . .”

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/state/with-budget-impasse-gov-wolf-delays-more-than-1b-in-medicaid-payments-20170915.html

Recommended:

Convention of States: “https://www.conventionofstates.com

MARK LEVIN (09-15-17)

“On Friday’s Mark Levin show, two of the most dangerous, genocidal regimes on the face of the earth, North Korea and Iran, have and will get nuclear weapons. North Korea has them and Iran is on its way to getting nukes thanks to the Obama administration’s Iran deal.

“Now former Obama officials are coming out to prevent the dismantling of the Iran deal. Iranian sanctions put in place by the Bush administration were working. What we needed to do was put in place tougher sanctions.

“Also, Susan Rice lied in March 2017 when she said she didn’t know anything about the unmasking of Trump officials, which means Devin Nunes was correct. Now she told House investigators that she had unmasked those Trump officials in an effort to understand why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York late last year. You don’t get to unmask names because you are curious of a meeting. It’s high time for congressional Republicans to get to the bottom of this.

“Finally, European countries are paying the price for their loose immigration policies and we’re not too far behind. Trump is trying to prevent this from happening but he’s being attacked by liberals every step of the way. The entire rule of law is under attack and being destroyed, from leftist judges upholding unconstitutional immigration acts to street mobs that won’t accept the outcome of a court ruling.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/09/15/september-15-2017/

Dinesh D’Souza – The Big Lie

The real history of the Democratic Party in America was completely covered up following WWII. In D’Souza’s new book The Big Lie, all of this secret, ugly history is brought to light.

“The Big Lie also proves that the Democrats today are the functionally and ideologically the same as the leftists of the 1930s that provided Hitler with blueprints for many of his racist policies.

“Learn about the whole shocking past of the Democratic Party—click here to order The Big Lietoday.”

Washington Examiner: “Hillary Clinton: Deplorable book, deplorable person”

“Nearly a year after she lost the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton is promoting a book about how her defeat is everyone else’s fault. So much, so familiar.

“What’s striking is that even though she has barely begun her book tour, Clinton has already given the game away, reverting to her self-pitying idea that half her countrymen are ‘irredeemable’ and ‘deplorable.’

“Nearly a year after she lost the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton is promoting a book about how her defeat is everyone else’s fault. So much, so familiar.

“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people — now 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks — they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.”

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/hillary-clinton-deplorable-book-deplorable-person/article/2634070

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