Dead Cats: It Comes, 07/28/14, (13)15: James Brody

CONTENTS

AMERICA” by D’Souza; LUCAS – Push impeachment?; MILLER – DC gun ban unconstitutional. NATIONAL: Klukowski – Levin takes on EPA; Hurt – Free water; NYT – Legalize pot; Lewis – BO has already left; Kerpen – More typos. HEALTH CARE: York – Vote to overturn exec orders; Kiefer – Orders due on immigration; Hurtubise – ACA architect dances, Krauthammer – Gruber video; Hemingway – ACA spinners. UKRAINE: Kramer & Higgins – Troops move. ISRAEL: Pollak – BO takes ISR to UN; Times of ISR – US/ISR at odds; Phillips – Western Goliath; McCarthy – Laws of war; Wheeler – BO’s favorite terrorists; Howard Stern replay; Joan Rivers. IMMIGRATION: Boyle – Melt the lines; Lee – 10K protestors in Boston; Drudge links. PA: Stefano – Moving up; Zito –Hillary in NE PA; Folmer’s Memo. END NOTE: Safire (1996) Hillary “blizzard of lies” ANNOUNCEMENTS; August 8th – Red State.

“Thankfully, the constitutional geniuses who run the U.S. Senate have finally found a way to correct the first-ever American legal typo: just repeal the First Amendment in its entirety. With that out of the way, they won’t ever have to worry every again about people going to court to affirm the notion that words mean things. . .” Phil Kerpen http://thefederalist.com/2014/07/25/5-more-typos-we-found-in-major-pieces-of-legislation/

“America” by Dinesh D’Souza

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Fred Lucas, The Blaze: “White House: Republicans May Push to Impeach Obama If They Get the Chance”

“The notion of impeaching President Barack Obama got substantial attention Friday from two White House officials, who both said senior Republicans wanted to see it happen. But they couldn’t name any senior Republicans when pressed. “Further, White House press secretary Josh Earnest expressed doubt about whether House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was sincere when he said impeachment is not on the table. “‘I do believe that the speaker said on a number of occasions that there would not be steps taken by Republicans to shut down the government over health care,’ Earnest said of Boehner, adding, ‘Maybe you need to ask him a little bit more about whether impeachment is on the table or not.’ “Some conservatives have called for impeaching Obama regarding executive overreach on issues such as Obamacare, immigration and guns without congressional authorization. The Democratic National Committee and Organizing for America have consistently used impeachment in fundraising emails to warn donors about what could happen if Republicans win more seats in the House and gain control of the Senate. “The topic first made news Friday after Dan Pfeiffer, a counselor to the president, told a Christian Science Monitor breakfast: “I would not discount that possibility. I think Speaker Boehner, by going down the path of this lawsuit, has opened the door to Republicans possibly considering impeachment at some in the future. . .” http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/07/25/white-house-republicans-may-push-to-impeach-obama-if-they-get-the-chance/

Emily Miller, Fox: “Federal judge rules DC ban on gun carry rights unconstitutional”

“A federal judge in the District of Columbia on Saturday overturned the city’s total ban on residents being allowing to carry firearms outside their home in a landmark decision for gun-rights activists. Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. wrote in his ruling in Palmer v. District of Columbia that the right to bear arms extends outside the home, therefore gun-control laws in the nation’s capital are “unconstitutional.” Click here to read the decision. “We won,” Alan Gura, the lead attorney for the Second Amendment Foundation, told Fox News in a phone interview.  “I’m very pleased with the decision that the city can’t forbid the exercise of a fundamental constitutional right.” Gura said he expects the District to appeal this decision but added, “We’ll be happy to keep the fight going.” “The decision leaves no gray area in gun-carrying rights. . .” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/07/27/emily-miller-federal-judge-rules-dc-ban-on-gun-carry-rights-unconstitutional/

NATIONAL . . .

Ken Klukowski, Big Journalism: “Mark Levin Takes Obama’s EPA to Task in Court”

“Talk radio’s Mark Levin is in a legal knife fight with Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency and may have the EPA by the throat in what would be a humiliation for the Obama White House. “Levin is a talk radio giant and conservative hero (‘The Great One,’ as Sean Hannity describes him). But he’s also actually a lawyer, who served as chief of staff to a leader held in the highest reverence by conservatives, Attorney General Edwin Meese. And Levin continues to litigate through Landmark Legal Foundation, where he is president. “Landmark is seeking information from EPA that would prove EPA abused its power to influence the 2012 election. EPA was formerly led by the hyperpartisan Lisa Jackson. (Now it’s led by former Romney top aide Gina McCarthy.) Landmark accuses Jackson’s EPA of deliberately delaying draconian regulations are would inflict tremendous economic damage until after the 2012 election, so Obama would not pay a heavy political price in energy-producing states that could have cost him his reelection. “Landmark sought emails and information through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request it filed on August 17, 2012, but were immediately concerned that EPA may attempt to destroy the incriminating information. ‘The EPA is a toxic waste dump for lawlessness and disdain for the Constitution,’ Levin said in a statement today. “When any federal agency receives a FOIA request, the statute says it must preserve every significant repository of records… that may contain materials that could be response to the request.” http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2014/07/23/Mark-Levin-Takes-Obama-EPA-to-Task-in-Court

Charles Hurt, Big Govt: “The Nuclear Option: The Shocking Cost of ‘Free’ Water in Detroit”

“Anyone who wants a glimpse of America’s Third World future can just take a gander at Detroit. “Things have gotten so bad that Detroit residents are fighting over the only thing more urgently necessary than food and weapons when nature reclaims its authority over civilization. “Water. “Even gasoline and fire can be lived without. But not water. “Wars have been fought over it and civilizations have ceased for the lack of it. And so the battle rages in Detroit as the once-great civilization slips into chaos. “It is kind of odd to think that a city named for water, nestled along a great river with access to the world’s largest supply of fresh water would be fighting over — water? How is this possible? “Answer: Government. For over 150 years, the City of Detroit has operated one of the largest water filtration systems in the country with grand pumping facilities drawing hundreds of millions of gallons every day from the Great Lakes. It sells water at cost to residents and neighboring governments. It has been enough water to supply Detroit during all of her booms and busts — smelting iron, logging timber, building stoves and carriages. Arsenal of Democracy. Motown. Then, the biggest boom of all: the auto industry. Followed by the biggest bust of all. Now the city is in bankruptcy. Sorting through the bills, a new generation of forced realists learned the hard way Margaret Thatcher’s maxim about socialism. Eventually, you really do run out of other people’s money. . .” http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/23/nuclear-option-The-cost-of-free-water-in-Detroit

NYT: “Repeal Prohibition, Again”

“It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol. “The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana. “We reached that conclusion after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times’s Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws. “There are no perfect answers to people’s legitimate concerns about marijuana use. But neither are there such answers about tobacco or alcohol, and we believe that on every level — health effects, the impact on society and law-and-order issues — the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization. That will put decisions on whether to allow recreational or medicinal production and use where it belongs — at the state level. “We considered whether it would be best for Washington to hold back while the states continued experimenting with legalizing medicinal uses of marijuana, reducing penalties, or even simply legalizing all use. Nearly three-quarters of the states have done one of these. But that would leave their citizens vulnerable to the whims of whoever happens to be in the White House and chooses to enforce or not enforce the federal law. “The social costs of the marijuana laws are vast. There were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012, according to F.B.I. figures, compared with 256,000 for cocaine, heroin and their derivatives. Even worse, the result is racist, falling disproportionately on young black men, ruining their lives and creating new generations of career criminals. . .” http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/27/opinion/sunday/high-time-marijuana-legalization.html

Matt Lewis, UK Telegraph: “Barack Obama has already checked out of his job”

“George Santayana observed that “Americans don’t solve problems, they leave them behind”. Perhaps the president is taking this to heart. “For rumours to catch fire, an element of truth must typically be involved. “The fact that the press would find relevance in speculating on Obama’s post-White House residence – and identify California as the kind of scene the future ex-president would want to hang out in when he leaves office – is perhaps telling. “And, indeed, this comes on the heels of multiple reports from outlets such as The New York Times and Politico, detailing how Obama has increasingly been spending his time at trendy restaurants and fancy, late-night dinner parties with celebrities and various intellectuals. Rubbing elbows with the rich and elite is fine enough. Unfortunately, the work suffers. The degree to which he is now phoning it in – sleepwalking perfunctorily through his second term – is astonishing. “And based on his recent handling of situations much more serious than a possible post-presidential move to sunny California, it seems as if “No Drama Obama” is no longer even worried about keeping up appearances; he doesn’t care enough to fake it. “Consider this: In recent days, a) Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down, apparently by Russian separatists in Ukraine, b) In the Gaza strip, the numbers killed continued to mount as Israelis and Palestinians exchange rocket fire, c) a huge influx of children fleeing Central American poverty and gang warfare swamped America’s southern border, creating a humanitarian crisis. And, oh yeah, d) Christians living in Mosul were given the choice to either convert to Islam or flee the area they have inhabited for nearly two thousand years. You know what else has happened during this time? a) Obama played many rounds of golf, b) he attended numerous fund-raisers, c) he dined on barbecue in Texas and burgers in Delaware, and d) he almost appeared on the comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night television show in Hollywood. . .” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/10992654/Barack-Obama-has-already-checked-out-of-his-job.html

Phil Kerpen, The Federalist: “5 More Typos We Found In Major Pieces Of Legislation

“Much has been said, all of it idiotic, about how a typo/drafting error was responsible for the recent federal court decision that forbids Obamacare subsidies from being used to offset the cost of federal health exchange plans. Seriously. A lot of people who are not particularly bright have actually claimed the whole brouhaha is due to a silly little typo. A major federal appeals court, however, did not just gut Obamacare because of a “drafting error.” But in keeping with the spirit of the always accurate and super intellectual argumentation we’ve come to expect from the Left, we here at The Federalist have identified a number of other huge drafting errors in major legislation. Without further ado, here are 5 massive drafting errors in landmark legislation that had been completely missed until now . . .” http://thefederalist.com/2014/07/25/5-more-typos-we-found-in-major-pieces-of-legislation/

HEALTH CARE . . .

Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Instead of impeachment, can House vote to overturn Obama executive order?”

“The White House has fueled talk that House Republicans might move to impeach President Obama if he uses executive authority to enact far-reaching changes in immigration policy. “The president acting on immigration reform will certainly up the likelihood that [Republicans] would contemplate impeachment at some point,” top White House aide Dan Pfeiffer told reporters Friday at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. ‘I would not discount that possibility.’ “White House spokesman Josh Earnest echoed Pfeiffer’s remarks later Friday, and Democratic fundraisers seized on the topic to raise the specter of the GOP attempting to remove the president from office. In an effort to rouse the party base, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out a series of ‘IMPEACHMENT RED ALERT’ fundraising appeals over the weekend. “Some Republicans have obliged the talk. ‘From my standpoint, if the president [enacts more executive actions], we need to bring impeachment hearings immediately before the House of Representatives,’ Rep. Steve King told Breitbart News. On Fox News Sunday, Rep. Steve Scalise, the new House Majority Whip, declined to rule out impeachment — but certainly did not rule it in, either. “Impeachment would, of course, fail. Even if House Republicans gathered the 218 votes required to bring articles of impeachment — a far-fetched scenario — conviction in the Senate requires a two-thirds vote, or 67 votes. There are now 45 Republicans in the Senate. In 1999, when the GOP impeached Bill Clinton, Republicans held 55 Senate seats, and got 50 votes to convict the president. So impeachment will not succeed now, any more than it did then. “The fact is, there is nothing House Republicans can do by themselves, short of another self-defeating government shutdown, to stop Obama if Senate Democrats are determined to block any move to assert congressional prerogatives and establish limits on executive overreach. But there is something House Republicans could do that would at least specifically target Obama’s immigration action: They could vote to overturn the president’s executive order…” http://washingtonexaminer.com/instead-of-impeachment-can-house-vote-to-overturn-obama-executive-order/article/2551331?custom_click=rss

Francine Kiefer, CSM: “Obama will take executive action on immigration after summer, adviser says”

“Washington — President Obama will go ahead with a ‘very significant’ executive action on immigration after the summer – a move that may well trigger impeachment proceedings against him, senior Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer told reporters at a Monitor breakfast Friday. “The president acting on immigration reform will certainly up the likelihood that [Republicans] would contemplate impeachment at some point,” said Mr. Pfeiffer, who has been at the Obama White House since its inception. “A lot of people in Washington laughed off Sarah Palin’s call to impeach the president for executive overreach, Pfeiffer said, but “I would not discount that possibility.” Polling shows strong support for the idea among the GOP base, he said, adding that House Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio has opened the door to the possibility with his lawsuit against Obama. . .” http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/monitor_breakfast/2014/0725/Obama-will-take-executive-action-on-immigration-after-summer-adviser-says

Sarah Hurtubise, Daily Caller: “Obamacare Architect Argued Years Ago That States without Exchanges Can’t Get Subsidies”

“One of Obamacare’s authors said in 2012 that states that don’t set up their own Obamacare exchanges can’t offer residents subsidies, throwing heavy weight behind the argument that the billions in subsidies to federally-run exchanges are illegal. “Earlier this week two appeals courts heard arguments that the Affordable Care Act’s language doesn’t allow for subsidies in federally-run exchanges but answered the question differently. While the D.C. District Court of Appeals first found that the subsidies are illegal for the 36 states that didn’t create their own exchanges, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals said otherwise. (RELATED: Second Federal Court Rushes To Save Obamacare From Devastating Ruling)  “But Jonathan Gruber, an economics professor at MIT who worked closely with the Obama administration to create and draft the health-care law, said as far back as 2012 that states that didn’t step up to make their own exchanges wouldn’t be able to offer premium subsidies. . .” http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/25/obamacare-architect-argued-years-ago-that-states-without-exchanges-cant-get-subsidies/ Also – Peter Suderman, Reason: “Watch Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Admit in 2012 That Subsidies Were Limited to State-Run Exchanges (Updated with another Admission) “Earlier this week, a three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit Court ruled that, contrary to the Obama administration’s implementation and an Internal Revenue Service rule, Obamacare’s subsidies for private health insurance were limited to state-run health exchanges. “The reasoning for this ruling was simple: That’s what the law says. The section dealing with the creation of state exchanges and the provision of subsidies states, quite clearly, that subsidies are only available in exchanges “established by a State,” which the law expressly defines as the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. “Obamacare’s defenders have responded by saying that this is obviously ridiculous. It doesn’t make any sense in the larger context of the law, and what’s more, no one who supported the law or voted for it ever talked about this. It’s a theory concocted entirely by the law’s opponents, the health law’s backers argue, and never once mentioned by people who crafted or backed the law. “It’s not. One of the law’s architects—at the same time that he was a paid consultant to states deciding whether or not to build their own exchanges—was espousing exactly this interpretation as far back in early 2012 . . .” http://reason.com/blog/2014/07/24/watch-obamacare-architect-jonathan-grube

Also – NRO: Krauthammer’s Take: Gruber Video Is ‘Absolute Proof’ that Provision Was Not a Drafting Error

“Charles Krauthammer thinks that a two-year-old video of one of Obama’s chief architects is proof that the denial of subsidies through federal exchanges was not a drafting error. “The 2012 video showed MIT professor Jonathan Gruber saying that that if states don’t set up their own exchanges, their citizens can’t get the subsidies. “The video ‘totally undermines the government’s case in these court cases,’ Krauthammer “explained. ‘It was a deliberate political strategy by the Democrats in drafting the law.’ http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/383828/krauthammers-take-gruber-video-absolute-proof-provision-was-not-drafting-error-nro

Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist: “4 Worst Ways Halbig Truthers Have Spun Obamacare Architect’s Comments

“This week saw a major victory for attorneys who’ve argued that, according to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it’s illegal to give federal subsidies if insurance plans aren’t part of a state-based Obamacare exchange. The D.C. Circuit Court ruled that the legislation does not authorize such subsidies. Another court gave a somewhat muddled and mixed ruling on the matter that said such subsidies are ok, basically saying that Congress could have or would have been ok with it. The good news, for the attorneys fighting this battle, is that the mixed rulings make it more likely that they’ll be able to argue their case at the Supreme Court. “In any case, when that first “Halbig” ruling came down, progressive fans of Obamacare continued to argue that it was insane to think that this was a clear reading of the legislation. And they were doing all right advancing this argument, or trying to, until late Thursday. That’s when video came out showing Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber making exactly the same argument made by the attorneys fighting this issue. The comments were from back when Obamacare proponents were trying to force states to set up exchanges and before most states declined to, to the shock of a deeply out-of-touch Congress. Whoopsie! Kind of hard to call your opponents crazy when they’re merely quoting the law …. and agreeing with the guy who wrote the law. . .” http://thefederalist.com/2014/07/25/4-worst-ways-halbig-truthers-have-spun-obamacare-architects-comments/

UKRAINE . . .

Andrew Kramer & Andrew Higgins, NYT: “Troops Move on Crash Site in Ukraine, Foiling Deal”

“ZUHRES, Ukraine — Just hours after the Malaysian government reached an agreement with Ukrainian separatists on Sunday over access to the crash site of a Malaysian airliner shot down in rebel territory, the Ukrainian military launched an operation to recapture the debris fields, again stalling international efforts to secure the site. “The heavy fighting threatened to torpedo hopes of a breakthrough and cause yet more delays in collecting evidence and retrieving the remaining bodies from the crash. Ukrainian security officials said they needed control over the site to prevent the pro-Russia separatists from destroying clues to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. “By Sunday evening, the Ukrainian advance had blocked a road leading from the provincial capital, Donetsk, to the airplane debris northeast of Shakhtyorsk, but it remained unclear whether government troops were in control of all or part of the approximately 14 square miles of debris fields. . .” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/world/europe/ukraine.html?_r=0

ISRAEL . . .

Joel Pollak, Big Peace: “Backstabbed: Obama Sics UN on Israel to Impose ‘Unconditional’ Ceasefire”

“On Sunday evening, after calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and demanding an “immediate, unconditional” ceasefire in the war with Hamas, President Barack Obama convened an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to ratify a unanimous resolution to the same effect. Ironically, President Obama declined to take the case for military action against Syria to the UN Security Council last year. “According to a leaked draft of the resolution, the Council will express “grave concern regarding the deterioration in the situation as a result of the crisis related to Gaza and the loss of civilian lives and casualties,” though it will not single out either Israel or Hamas. It is unclear whether either party will obey the demand for a ceasefire, but the resolution effectively isolates Israel in its war to eradicate a terrorist threat to civilians–a war it is winning. “The referral to the Security Council will be considered an ultimate act of betrayal by many supporters of Israel. . .” http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/07/27/Backstabbed-Obama-Sics-UN-on-Israel-to-Impose-Unconditional-Ceasefire

Times of Israel: “Israel and US openly at odds over Gaza ceasefire terms”

Mr. Kerry, as we all remember, served in Viet Nam . . . “Israeli ministers unanimously reject Kerry proposal, and government sources say it leans heavily toward Hamas, wouldn’t enable Israel to keep tackling Hamas tunnels. “Israel and its key ally the United States were in open disagreement Friday night, after the Israeli cabinet unanimously rejected a ceasefire offer drawn up by Secretary of State John Kerry to halt 18 days of Israeli-Hamas conflict. “Kerry, speaking in Cairo, vowed to keep working on a ceasefire, and said Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “committed” to working to narrow the gaps that were preventing a seven-day humanitarian ceasefire intended to lead to a longer-term deal. He also said Netanyahu had accepted an idea, proposed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, of a 12-hour humanitarian time out. Israeli sources said the idea was under consideration. But Israeli government sources told Army Radio the ceasefire terms proposed by Kerry were ‘completely unreasonable.’ An unnamed senior Israeli government official flatly disputed Kerry’s assertion that his offer was ‘built on the Egyptian initiative’ – which Israel accepted last week and Hamas rejected. In fact, the official was quoted saying, the Kerry offer is not built on the Egyptian proposal and tilts heavily toward Hamas. . .”http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-and-us-openly-at-odds-over-gaza-ceasefire-terms/

Melanie Phillips, Jewish Chronicle: “West’s Goliath psychosis”

“Once again, we are living through the hallucinatory, sickening experience of seeing Israel’s morally-elevated defence against murderous fanatics provoke a global explosion, of Israel-bashing and naked anti-Jewish hatred, especially in demonstrations across Europe. “For sure, the current war in Gaza has engendered more sympathy than previous such Israeli military campaigns. More and more people understand that Israel alone is fighting a murderous Islamic aggression which threatens themselves, too. People are less inclined to blame Israel or believe media reports that are often not far off inflammatory incitement against Israel and the Jewish people. “Many in the intelligentsia frame this conflict as if Israelis are the war criminals and genocidal Hamas the victims. They uncritically swallow the Hamas death count, even though it orders all casualties to be described as “civilians” whereas untold numbers are armed killers. “The Hamas strategy is to maximise civilian deaths and give the widest circulation to horrific pictures of mutilated children in order to turn Western opinion against Israel. What is it that leads so many to demonise Israel? “It works, with commentators spitting venom at Israel as ‘out of control’, guilty of indiscriminate slaughter and even – obscenely – ‘genocide’. Why did the West turn against Israel? The conventional explanation is that, with the post-1967 “occupation”, David turned into Goliath . . .” http://www.thejc.com/comment-and-debate/columnists/120870/wests-goliath-psychosis

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “The Laws of War Matter in Gaza

“The Hamas charter proudly proclaims that the organization exists for the single purpose of destroying Israel, claiming all territory therein for Palestinians as part of the global Islamic-supremacist movement. Manifestly, Palestinians knew this when they voted to be led by this notorious Muslim Brotherhood franchise, which has ruled Gaza for nearly a decade. “They also knew that Hamas operatives wage war through barbaric jihadist methods: intentionally targeting civilians for mass-murder attacks; refraining from wearing uniforms or otherwise distinguishing themselves as military combatants; blending in among the non-combatant population, and using civilian infrastructure — schools, hospitals, mosques, homes, etc. — as the launch-pad for rocket attacks, the storage depot for their arsenal, and the safe-haven for jihadist training and plotting. “These tactics are gross violations of the centuries-old laws and customs of war, long codified in modern international law. Yet, as Palestinians are well aware, the mass-murderers they’ve elected are not interested in abiding by the enemy-West’s rules of civilized warfare. Hamas uses its atrocious tactics to make retaliatory attacks difficult and to exploit for propaganda purposes the carnage that inevitably results from its willful deployment of children and other non-combatants as human shields. “Here, I use the term “non-combatant” advisedly. Many Palestinians are not ‘civilians’ in the ordinary sense of that word. Though not themselves violent jihadists, such Palestinians are more than willing to provide material support to the jihad — financial contributions, helping hide terrorists and store weapons, and so on. . . “ http://www.nationalreview.com/article/383808/laws-war-matter-gaza-andrew-c-mccarthy

Scott Wheeler, Nat’l Republican Trust: “Obama’s Favorite Terrorists Group”

Thx Barb! Obama has, at times, refused to negotiate with Congress on the basis that the Republican Party has been hijacked by “extremists” for insisting on budget cuts. On the other hand, Obama demands that Israel negotiate with Hamas, a terrorist group whose stated goal is the complete annihilation of the Jewish people. This raises a serious question: What would a compromise between Israel and Hamas look like? Only half of the Jews in Israel be murdered? Perhaps three quarters are allowed to survive, but all must live under Sharia Law? Anyone who dismisses that statement as hyperbole better have a ready answer to the question “What must Israel give up in order to reach a compromise with those who seek its total destruction?” “Obama has been steeped in anti-Israel propaganda for at least 25 years–from his anti-Semitic Pastor Jeremiah Wright, to his close relationship with Hamas activist Rashid Khalidi. This would explain the Obama Administration’s equivalency approach in the current conflict in Israel in which it places Hamas on the same platform with Israel and pretends that murderous barbarians are no different than the legitimate government of Israel. “Hamas endorsed Obama in 2008, but instead of feeling suckered like many of the Americans who voted for him, they have actually seen results. . .” http://www.nationalrepublicantrust.org/wheeler-s-political-fix.html

REPLAY- Christian Toto, Breitbart: Howard Stern: ‘If You’re Anti-Israel You’re Anti-America’”

“. . . This week, Stern said something almost unheard of in celebrity circles. If you’re anti-Israel you’re also anti-America. Stern took a caller who wondered if Stern might change his tune on Israel given the current fighting in the Middle East. Stern wasn’t having it. “Israel’s at no fault,” he says. “Jews get enough shit all over the world … Jews are the indigenous people of that area,” he says. “The Arabs don’t even want those Palestinians .. nobody wants them.” “The star of Private Parts was just warming up. “If you’re anti-Israel you’re anti-America. [It's] the only democracy over there, the only friend we have .. who’s willing to fight and stand up for what’s right.” “Stern slammed Roger Waters, the Pink Floyd legend who supports an Israeli boycott and speaks repeatedly about the evils of Israeli actions. “The radio host then compared the median salaries of Israelis and Palestinians, noting how much the former group created within land lacking abundant natural resources. “He parceled plenty of blame on the Palestinians for embracing the militant group Hamas, a group he says cares more about weapons than the basic needs of the populace. “Instead of being mad at the fucking terrorists raping their country … that they’re not angry with. They’re angry with Israel,” he says. “They elected terrorists to run their country.” http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-California/2014/07/24/howard-stern-defends-israel

Also: Joan Rivers . . . Jerusalem Post: “Don’t worry Israel, Joan Rivers is behind you”

“‘If New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we would wipe them out’ iconic comedian says. . .” http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/Dont-worry-Israel-Joan-Rivers-is-behind-you-368984

IMMIGRATION . . .

Matthew Boyle, Big Govt: “Sessions: Melt Congress’ Phone Lines, Stop Obama’s Planned Executive Amnesty”

“Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is putting a call out to the American people: He needs help to kill President Barack Obama’s plans to grant executive amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. “Sessions wants Americans to melt Congress’ phone lines, demanding their members make a precondition of any border crisis bill that Obama’s executive order amnesty via the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and any future plans be stopped. “The American people have begged and pleaded for years for our laws to be enforced,” Sessions said in his statement. ‘We have people in our own country living in violence, fear and poverty every single day. They have demanded an immigration policy that puts their jobs, wages and communities first. Every citizen should pick up the phone and ask of their congressional representative: where do you stand?’ “Sessions said that it would be wrong for any member of the House or Senate to support any border crisis bill that doesn’t end DACA and block the president from expanding it. . .” http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/25/Sessions-To-America-I-Need-Your-Help-To-Stop-Obama-s-Executive-Amnesty-Plans

Also: Tony Lee, Breitbart: “SESSIONS: POLS WHO ENABLE AMNESTY WILL HAVE ‘POLITICAL HEADS SEVERED’ COME NOVEMBER…

“Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) warned his colleagues in Congress that Americans will vote them out of office in November if they do not act this week to thwart President Barack Obama’s plans to grant work permits and amnesty to up to eight million more Americans via executive fiat. “In November, some people are going to be wondering how their political heads were severed from their shoulders if they don’t listen to what the American people are saying,” Sessions declared on Breitbart News Sunday.  Sessions told host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon that those in Congress who enable Obama’s amnesty agenda will have to ‘defend themselves’ in November ‘if they refuse to take action, and it’s going to be hard to do.’ He emphasized that ‘with an election coming up in November, there can be some messages sent’ because ‘the one thing politicians worry about in Washington is losing elections.’ “Sessions, who has relentlessly fought for American workers throughout the illegal immigration fight, cited America’s already generous immigration policy and said Americans are not against immigration but the country just cannot absorb so many workers when the economy is not doing well. “He noted, as U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow has said, that massive illegal immigration would hurt African-Americans the most. Sessions also said that Americans of Hispanic descent who are trying to move up the economic ladder would also be devastated. “But Obama’s potential granting of amnesty to millions of more illegal immigrant adults, though, could threaten and permanently damage the rule of law. Sessions said ‘it would be an incredibly reckless and dangerous act that would cause great turmoil in the constitutional order’ and would create ‘great turmoil throughout the country.’ . . .” http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/27/Jeff-Sessions-Politicians-Who-Enable-Obama-s-Amnesty-Agenda-Will-Have-Political-Heads-Severed-in-Nov

Dave Urbanski, The Blaze: “Boston ‘Teeming With Protesters’ in Giant Rally Against Housing Illegal Immigrants in the State”

“Illegal immigration protesters descended upon historic Boston on Saturday decrying Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s decision to offer shelter in the state to unaccompanied minors. “Illegal immigration protesters descended upon historic Boston on Saturday decrying Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s decision to offer shelter in the state to unaccompanied minors. “While Bree Sison of WBZ-TV estimated the crowd numbering in the hundreds, Boston.com described the area in front of the State House as “teeming with protesters,” noting that rally organizer Jeff Kuhner, host of WRKO’s The Kuhner Report, put the number closer to 10,000. “Sison did note that the rally was the largest she’s ever seen on Beacon Hill” http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/07/26/boston-teeming-with-protesters-in-giant-rally-against-housing-illegal-immigrants-in-the-state/

Drudge Report (7/26-27/14)

Idaho Governor Tells Feds Not To Dump Illegals In His State… TOO LATE! Feds use vans instead of buses to transport illegals; Avoid attention… More than 200 dumped in Indiana… Residents get robocalls about plans to shelter children… VIDEO: Mayor in Town Besieged by Migrants Accosted by Actvists… FL schools brace for flood… ‘Death Train’ to increase traveling speeds to deter migrants… HONDURAN PRESIDENT UNLOADS ON OBAMA: ‘Our Neighbor Isn’t Doing Its Part’… President Readying ‘Very Significant’ Executive Action On Immigration… Unilateral grant of ‘work authorization’… Gutierrez: Amnesty for 5 million… Sessions: Will ‘end enforcement’… Plea to America: Melt Congressional Phones…

PA . . .

Jennifer Stefano (AFP) “So long but not goodbye”

“The time has come for me to move on from the role of Americans for Prosperity’s Pennsylvania State Director. When Americans for Prosperity offered me the job, I was a stay-at-home mother with no political experience. The idea of getting involved in the process was as remote for me as hiking Mount Kilimanjaro in stilettos. But so many of you were already out there. You showed me (and have continued to show me) what one person– with jobs, responsibilities and a full life outside of politics – can do to advance freedom and give more of themselves than anyone could imagine. It is with total admiration that I say you are the gutsiest, toughest and most dedicated bunch of activists I’ve ever had the privilege of standing with, shoulder-to-shoulder. Because of you, Pennsylvania is one of the few states in the nation to reject an ObamaCare insurance exchange. It’s one of the states that has still avoided the financial and moral calamity of a Medicaid expansion. Because of you, a bill to curb the abusive powers of government unions has advanced further than it has since the laws were originally written. Together, we’ve done thousands of townhalls and events both big and small. We’ve done district visits and social media campaigns to advance our principles. When Americans for Prosperity held its rally in front of the Supreme Court during the ObamaCare hearings, our Commonwealth sent more people then any other state in America. From Pittsburgh to Perkasie, Scranton to Sewickley, you were never afraid to stand up to the powerful, take on the cronies and to remind the political class that we, not they, were the rightful masters of the government. Which makes me very happy to say that while I am leaving the role of State Director, I am leaving neither AFP nor my beloved state! In my new role at Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Prosperity Foundation, I’ll be focused on building our movement nationwide and making sure we grow the number of citizens willing to educate and mobilize on behalf of freedom. And the best news? I’ll be doing it from right here in Pennsylvania! This is so long, but never goodbye. In that fighting spirit, let’s keep on…keeping on, and grow our movement for the next generation.

Salina Zito, RCP: “’Ready for Hillary’ in Northeast Pennsylvania”

“WASHINGTON – Evie McNulty and her husband, Jim, have been there from the beginning. She is Lackawanna County’s recorder and he is Scranton’s former mayor. Despite serving only one term in the 1980s, he is credited with starting the renaissance of the former industrial city; he enjoys popularity and stature as the city’s unofficial ambassador, the kind of popularity you can’t get in public office. “. . . To the McNultys, Hillary Rodham Clinton is one of them — a daughter of Scranton, where generations of the Rodham family worked at the lace factory, where she was baptized and spent summers, and where her brothers still own a cabin. “McNulty is clear about who [sic!] Scranton will endorse in a primary race between Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden, who also grew up in the city: “Sorry, sir, with all due respect, this is Hillary Country.” “McNulty defends Clinton’s rocky rollout of her book tour, during which she was criticized for remarks that seemed out of touch with working-class voters and with the populist movement percolating outside Washington in both political parties. That movement is building incredible momentum against all things elite and big — big banks, big government, big money. “They should have called me, I would tell her to just be herself,” she said. . .” http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/07/27/ready_for_hillary_in_northeast_pennsylvania_123473.html

Senator Mike Folmer’s Memo (July 28, 2014)

“Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Public Scoping Meetings Williams Partners Transco Atlantic Sunrise Proposed Pipeline Expansion Project The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will be preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) to address issues related to the Williams Partners Transco Atlantic Sunrise pipeline expansion project. FERC is seeking input from the public and interested agencies, and the input will help determine what issues need to be evaluated.  The scoping period is currently open and will close August 18, 2014.  Comments should focus on potential environmental effects, reasonable alternatives and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts.  Comments should reference the project docket number:  PF14-8-000. Comments can be submitted by telephone at (202) 502-8258; e-mail at efiling@ferc.gov; online at www.ferc.gov under the “Documents and Filings” link; or by mail addressed to Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Room 1A, Washington DC 20426.  In lieu (or in addition to) submitting comments, FERC invites you to attend a public scoping meeting:

August 4, 2014, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Millersville University Student Memorial Center 21 South George Street Millersville, PA 17551 August 5, 2014, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Lebanon Valley College Arnold Sports Center 101 North College Avenue Annville, PA 17003

August Pennsylvania Fair ScheduleA message from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture:  “Somewhere beyond your smartphone, on the edge of town, is a summertime land of parades and pageantry, homemade pies and other sweets.  There are games to be won, rides to be experienced and animals to see – and it all happens larger than life, once a year, at 109 county and community fairs across Pennsylvania.  They’re the original social media experience:  a place of reunions, where mementos, stories and talents are shared. Each one is a unique take on the classic agriculture fair.  There are hardworking locals competing with their best of home and field, interactive entertainers bringing family fun and vendors offering the best fairtime food.  The action unfolds on a modern fairgrounds, where rustic buildings and century-old trees meet LED lights and the latest technology. Put on your boots and get back to your roots with the timeless magic of a fair…” July 24 – August 2:  Fayette County July 26 – August 2:  Lebanon Area July 27 – August 2:  Potter County July 28 – August 1:  Morrisons Cove Dairy July 28 – August 2:  Clearfield County, Goshen Country and Schuylkill County August 1 – 9:  Wayne County August 2 – 9:  Clinton County and Venango County August 3 – 9:  Cameron County, Greene County, Huntingdon County, Reading and Union County West End August 4 – 9:  Butler Farm Show, Carbon County, Cochranton Community, Dawson Grange Community, Mifflin County Youth, Mountain Area, Sykesville Ag & Youth and Tioga County August 5 – 9:  Elk County and Warren County August 9 – 16:  McKean County and Washington County Ag August 10 – 16:  Bullskin Township Community and Fulton County August 11 – 16:  Dayton, Kutztown, Lawrence County and Montour-Delong Community August 12 – 16:  Cumberland Ag Expo and South Mountain August 13 – 17:  Middletown Grange August 15 – 23:  Westmoreland August 16 – 23:  Crawford County and Somerset County August 17 – 23:  Williamsburg Community Farm Show August 18 – 23:  Elizabethtown and Harford August 19 – 23:  Blue Valley Farm Show, Hookstown, Perry County Community and Transfer Harvest Home August 21 – 23:  Northumberland County August 21 – 28:  Centre County Grange and Encampment August 24 – 30:  Big Knob Grange August 26 – September 1:  Allentown and Greene-Dreher-Sterling August 27 – September 1:  Kiwanis Wyoming County and Sullivan County August 28 – September 1:  Stoneboro August 30 – September 6:  Juniata County August 31 – September 6:  Cambria County and Spartansburg Community For more information, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us or www.pafairs.org.

Repeal 16: TEA Party Patriots – Dump the IRS

http://www.teapartypatriots.org/repeal16/

END NOTE – Hillary . . .

William Safire, NYT (1996): “Blizzard of Lies”

Thx. Ed Klein (Blood Feud, 2014, p.151) . . . “Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady — a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation — is a congenital liar. “Drip by drip, like Whitewater torture, the case is being made that she is compelled to mislead, and to ensnare her subordinates and friends in a web of deceit. 1. Remember the story she told about studying The Wall Street Journal to explain her 10,000 percent profit in 1979 commodity trading? We now know that was a lie told to turn aside accusations that as the Governor’s wife she profited corruptly, her account being run by a lawyer for state poultry interests through a disreputable broker. “She lied for good reason: To admit otherwise would be to confess taking, and paying taxes on, what some think amounted to a $100,000 bribe. 2. The abuse of Presidential power known as Travelgate elicited another series of lies. She induced a White House lawyer to assert flatly to investigators that Mrs. Clinton did not order the firing of White House travel aides, who were then harassed by the F.B.I. and Justice Department to justify patronage replacement by Mrs. Clinton’s cronies. “Now we know, from a memo long concealed from investigators, that there would be “hell to pay” if the furious First Lady’s desires were scorned. The career of the lawyer who transmitted Hillary’s lie to authorities is now in jeopardy. Again, she lied with good reason: to avoid being identified as a vindictive political power player who used the F.B.I. to ruin the lives of people standing in the way of juicy patronage. “3. In the aftermath of the apparent suicide of her former partner and closest confidant, White House Deputy Counsel Vincent Foster, she ordered the overturn of an agreement to allow the Justice Department to examine the files in the dead man’s office. Her closest friends and aides, under oath, have been blatantly disremembering this likely obstruction of justice, and may have to pay for supporting Hillary’s lie with jail terms. “Again, the lying was not irrational. Investigators believe that damning records from the Rose Law Firm, wrongfully kept in Vincent Foster’s White House office, were spirited out in the dead of night and hidden from the law for two years — in Hillary’s closet, in Web Hubbell’s basement before his felony conviction, in the President’s secretary’s personal files — before some were forced out last week. “Why the White House concealment? For good reason: The records show Hillary Clinton was lying when she denied actively representing a criminal enterprise known as the Madison S.& L., and indicate she may have conspired with Web Hubbell’s father-in-law to make a sham land deal that cost taxpayers $3 million. “Why the belated release of some of the incriminating evidence? Not because it mysteriously turned up in offices previously searched. Certainly not because Hillary Clinton and her new hang-tough White House counsel want to respond fully to lawful subpoenas. “One reason for the Friday-night dribble of evidence from the White House is the discovery by the F.B.I. of copies of some of those records elsewhere. When Clinton witnesses are asked about specific items in “lost” records — which investigators have — the White House ‘finds’ its copy and releases it. By concealing the Madison billing records two days beyond the statute of limitations, Hillary evaded a civil suit by bamboozled bank regulators. “Another reason for recent revelations is the imminent turning of former aides and partners of Hillary against her; they were willing to cover her lying when it advanced their careers, but are inclined to listen to their own lawyers when faced with perjury indictments. “Therefore, ask not ‘Why didn’t she just come clean at the beginning?’ She had good reasons to lie; she is in the longtime habit of lying; and she has never been called to account for lying herself or in suborning lying in her aides and friends. . .” http://www.nytimes.com/1996/01/08/opinion/essay-blizzard-of-lies.html

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