Dead Cats: NYC Religions, 09/22/14, (13)35: James Brody

CONTENTS

ANNOUNCEMENTS: “EndtheBorderCrisis.com; StopHamasNow

LEADS: WOOLF – Anti Islam ads; YORK – Climate justice; FODERARO – A call for climate change; MALONE – Secession?; DUNCAN – Feds by-pass states; DECKER – Paul blisters BO; ZITO – Trust in FL race; ITKOWITZ – Dems drop BO; GERTZ – Russian bombers over Alaska.

BENGHAZI: CARTER – State Dept whistle-blower.

ISIS: McCARTHY – Islamic state of Saudi Arabia; PINKERTON – Ancient war with Islam.

IMMIGRATION: JUDICIAL WATCH – Feds in El Paso; GARZA – Border protesters intimidated.

PA: SNYDER – Corbett sinks; STAUB – Grassroots property tax; STAUB – Teacher charity case.

END NOTES: GOODMAN – The Hillary letters to Alinsky; CHAESS – Mosquitos.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

“An equinox occurs twice a year, around 20 March and 22 September. The word itself has several related definitions. The oldest meaning is the day when daytime and night are of approximately equal duration.[2] The word equinox comes from this definition, derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night). The equinox is not exactly the same as the day when period of daytime and night are of equal length for two reasons. Firstly, sunrise, which begins daytime, occurs when the top of the Sun‘s disk rises above the eastern horizon. At that instant, the disk’s center is still below the horizon. Secondly, Earth’s atmosphere refracts sunlight. As a result, an observer sees daylight before the first glimpse of the Sun’s disk above the horizon.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equinox

 

Rosh Hashanah, 9/24 sunset; 9/26 sunset “The day is believed to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of humanity’s role in God‘s world. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram’s horn) and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to evoke a “sweet new year”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosh_Hashanah

Stop Hamas Now

190,362 signed . . . as of 9/21/14, 4 PM . . .

http://www.stophamasnow.com/

LEADS . . .

Nicky Woolf, UK Guardian: “Anti-Islam ad campaign to run on New York City buses and subways”

But SEPTA refused to carry them . .

Blogger paid $100,000 to place ads, one of which was rejected by MTA on grounds it could ‘incite or provoke violence’

“Controversial blogger and activist Pamela Geller has paid $100,000 to place advertisements on New York City buses and in subway stations that feature anti-Islamic messages and images including one of James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by Isis in August.

“The campaign, which is being funded by Geller’s advocacy group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AMDI), features six posters including the one that features Foley. All the posters carry messages critical of Islam. One features a picture of Adolf Hitler.

“This is not the first time Geller’s organisation has used posters on New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority’s ad space to court controversy. In 2012, her organisation paid for posters to appear in ten New York subway stations.

“This time around the posters, which include some Geller used in 2012 and some new designs, will be only in two subway stations, but will also appear on a hundred MTA buses. They are scheduled to appear on 29 September. . .”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/19/pamela-geller-new-york-buses-subways-islam-james-foley

Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Climate justice now! Occupy the climate!”

“NEW YORK — It’s hard to make a really big protest march about just one thing. Back in the days of giant rallies against the Iraq war, all sorts of groups wanted in on the action. There were communists. Anarchists. Protesters mad about the Florida recount. Katrina justice groups. Civil rights organizations. And more. The crazy quilt of aggrieved demonstrators made it hard to keep the focus on protesting the war.

“A similar dilemma faced organizers of the giant People’s Climate March, which clogged a big part of Manhattan on Sunday afternoon. At times it seemed as if the whole Lefty world, pushing every Lefty cause, had showed up to march down 6th Avenue. Who was that guy with the “FREE LEONARD PELTIER NOW!” sign? Okay, that was just one person. But what about the people waving the “INDIGENOUS RIGHTS PROTECT US ALL” banners? The “Resistencia Indigena”? What about all the unions — Teamsters, UAW, SEIU, Amalgamated Transit Union, and more? What about the VOCAL-New York marchers, who say their mission is to “build power among low-income people affected by HIV/AIDS, the drug war and mass incarceration”? What about the Jews for Racial and Economic Justice? And the “TAKE BACK THE CITY — HOMES FOR ALL” people? What about the Fresh Direct protesters, angry at the company that wants to build a facility on a Native American burial ground in the Bronx? What about the “WE ARE ALL MIGRANTS” people? And the ones who seemed to step out of a time warp to chant “the people, united, will never be defeated”? And of course, what about all those jugglers and guys banging drums?

“The genius of the People’s Climate March, at least as far as its organizers and participants were concerned, is that the concept of climate is broad and flexible enough to cover everything. It’s about saving the Earth, and all of its inhabitants. (Well, maybe not for the woman shouting and waving a sign saying “ONE CHILD PER FAMILY,” who apparently wants to save the Earth by depopulating it.) When People’s Climate is the banner, any sort of Lefty cause can be subsumed underneath it. Thus the “DECOLONIZATION COOLS THE PLANET” people, and the “CLIMATE CHANGE IS A HEALTH CARE CRISIS” people, and the “VEGANISM SAVES THE PLANET” guy all march together. . .”

http://washingtonexaminer.com/climate-justice-now-occupy-the-climate/article/2553752

Lisa Foderaro, NYT: “Taking a Call for Climate Change to the Streets”

Japan, China, India, Australia, Russia, and Canada are not taking part in the climate talks . . . a religion?

“Legions of demonstrators frustrated by international inaction on global warming descended on New York City on Sunday, marching through the heart of Manhattan with a message of alarm for world leaders set to gather this week at the United Nations for a summit meeting on climate change.

“Coursing through Midtown, from Columbus Circle to Times Square and the Far West Side, the People’s Climate March was a spectacle even for a city known for doing things big, and it was joined, in solidarity, by demonstrations on Sunday across the globe, from Paris to Papua New Guinea.

“‘I’m here because I really feel that every major social movement in this country has come when people get together,’ said Carol Sutton of Norwalk, Conn., the president of a teachers’ union. ‘It begins in the streets.’

“From the scientists holding an oversize chalkboard to the Hurricane Sandy victims toting life preservers, the march was a self-consciously inclusive affair, with the organizers intent on creating a very big tent, which they hoped would hammer home the relevance of climate change and its effects. . .”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/nyregion/new-york-city-climate-change-march.html?_r=0

Scott Malone, Reuters: “Exclusive: Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession”

“(Reuters) – The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.

“Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion.

“The urge to sever ties with Washington cuts across party lines and regions, though Republicans and residents of rural Western states are generally warmer to the idea than Democrats and Northeasterners, according to the poll. . .”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/19/us-usa-secession-exclusive-idUSKBN0HE19U20140919

Arne Duncan: “The Feds Bypass the State and Come Directly to Districts Asking Them to Commit to Federal Goals”

Thx Jo!

“The latest from Arne Duncan et al continues the tradition of the federal government inserting its nose into local school district decisions which the constitution does not allow for and ESEA expressly forbids. They are now going directly to local school districts and asking 16,000 Superintendent across the country to sign THEIR Future Ready technology pledge.

From the letter sent to Superintendents,

The U.S. Department of Education seeks to encourage and support superintendents who commit to taking a leadership role in this transition with recognition and resources to help facilitate this transition to digital learning.

The main goal of this initiative is to get districts, charters and private schools to commit to maximizing their use of digital learning and broadband access to the internet. They want schools to fund the resources necessary to “leverage their maximum impact on student learning… to develop the human capacity, digital materials, and device access to use the new bandwidth wisely and effectively.” In other words, buy more devices so you can meet our Race To The Top goal of 1:1 student:device ratio so you can purchase more digital learning services and supplies. They have a lot of high powered (well funded) friends of Washington who produce educational supplies and services who need to be repaid for helping get the right people in office so the bureaucrats could get an appointment.

They want districts to “transition to effective digital learning,” to “achieve tangible outcomes for the students they serve.” So here we all still are on the outcomes based education bandwagon.

It’s a nice little system. Millions of students with no other education option, will be pushed into using a private company’s product which will in turn continuously collect data on their use to improve said product. And who benefits from this? The private company. How many of our Superintendents will gladly be team players and sign this little pledge without any careful consideration of the costs of such an action? If history is any example, it unfortunately will be many. . .”

http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/the-feds-bypass-the-state-and-come-directly-to-districts-asking-them-to-commit-to-federal-goals/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Also: Richard Culatta & Seth Andrew, Dept of Ed: Future-ready Districts

“In June of 2013, the President launched the ConnectED Initiative to provide 99% of students in the nation with access to high-speed Internet connectivity at the classroom level. Coupled with two billion dollars from the federal E-Rate programincreased flexibility in the use of federal funds, and billions of dollars in additional commitments from the private sector, progress towards improving the nation’s physical infrastructure has already been dramatically accelerated.

“However, in order for these resources to leverage their maximum impact on student learning, schools and districts must develop the human capacity, digital materials, and device access to use the new bandwidth wisely and effectively. The Future Ready District Pledge establishes a framework for achieving those goals and will be followed by providing district leaders with additional implementation guidance, online resources, and other support they need to transition to effective digital learning and achieve tangible outcomes for the students they serve.

“The U.S. Department of Education is calling on superintendents like you who lead district, charter, and private schools to join us in taking the Future Ready District Pledge and working to develop, implement, and share your technology plan with other districts so they can learn from your successes and challenges along the way.

“Thank you for all you are already doing to improve the education for our nation’s students. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for support. We stand ready to help you become a Future Ready district. . .”

Kathleen Decker, LA Times: “Rand Paul blisters Obama and Clinton, calls for GOP diversity”

“Fewer than 50 days before an election that may give Republicans control of the Senate as well as the House, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Saturday skipped past those contests entirely to focus on one in which he may play a more central role — the 2016 presidential race.

“Paul, the featured speaker at the California Republican convention, made no mention of the party’s national advantages this year. He blasted President Obama and potential Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton as insufficient present or future commanders-in-chief. He insisted that the GOP must dramatically expand its reach in order to win presidential contests — a strategy that coincides with his pre-presidential efforts.

“He accused Obama of confounding the Constitution when he expanded Obamacare, moved against overseas targets without specific congressional authorization, and announced plans — since delayed — to use executive action to change the nation’s immigration laws.

“‘It is a terrible tragedy, it is a danger to us as a country, and we need to do everything we can to stop him from abusing our laws,’ Paul said. He said later, ‘We have a president who basically has created a lawless atmosphere in Washington.’ . . .”

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-rand-paul-blisters-obama-and-clinton-calls-for-gop-diversity-20140920-story.html

Salena Zito, RCP: “Trust Is Key Issue in Florida Governor’s Race”

“. . . Less than a year ago, Republican incumbent Rick Scott was down 20 percentage points (58-38) to challenger Charlie Crist. “Crist is the former GOP governor who resigned to run for the party’s U.S. Senate nomination. When he lost in that primary, he became an independent to run in the general election. When he lost in the general, he became a Democrat to try to win back the seat he originally left.

“Today, Scott not only has closed the gap but pulled a couple points ahead of Crist. Now, no way is this race a done deal for Scott; it likely will go down to the wire. It also will come down to one word — trust.

“Not trust of Scott; like him or not, everyone knows who he is and what he stands for. Yet no one knows who Crist is or what he stands for, aside from wanting power — and that knowledge could be his undoing. . .”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/09/21/trust_is_key_issue_in_florida_governors_race_124054.html

Colby Itkowitz, WaPo: “These days, Democrats aren’t talking much about Obama in congressional speeches”

“. . . One can reasonably assume that when the Democrats speak of the president publicly it’s in a favorable way and when Republicans do it’s, well, not quite as glowing. As positive public opinion of Obama began to dip after his first year, the spread between how often Republicans and the Democrats invoked Obama grew wider. Put simply, the Democrats weren’t mentioning Obama by name nearly as much as Republicans.

“The gap is particularly notable in the last year as seen in the chart above by the Sunlight Foundation, which measures how often any given word is spoken against all words in floor speeches and debates collected by the Congressional Record. Last fall, at the height of the government shutdown and the Obamacare rollout, Republicans were predictably discussing (bashing) Obama more.

“But the trend has continued.

“Much has been written this election cycle about the Democrats distancing themselves from Obama ahead of the midterm elections. Some Democratic candidates in tough races regularly emphasize their differences with the president. And Obama is persona non grata on the campaign trail (unless it’s inside private high-dollar fundraiser dinners). . .”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/wp/2014/09/20/these-days-democrats-arent-talking-much-about-obama-in-congressional-speeches/

Bill Gertz, FreeBeacon: “Russian Nuclear Bombers Buzz Alaska, N. Europe”

“Russian strategic nuclear bombers carried out air defense zone incursions near Alaska and across Northern Europe this week in the latest nuclear saber rattling by Moscow.

“Six Russian aircraft, including two Bear H nuclear bombers, two MiG-31 fighter jets and two IL-78 refueling tankers were intercepted by F-22 fighters on Wednesday west and north of Alaska in air defense identification zones, said Navy Capt. Jeff A. Davis, a spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. Two other Bears were intercepted by Canadian jets on Thursday. . .”

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/russian-nuclear-bombers-buzz-northern-europe/

BENGHAZI . . .

Sara Carter, The Blaze: “State Dept. Whistleblower Sued in Retaliation by John Kerry — and the Case Could Reveal Sordid Accusations of Department Misconduct”

Thx Ted!

“It was 2001, and Higbie filed suit against his supervisors in Dallas, alleging he had suffered “discriminatory, adverse actions” at the hands of Tim Haley, the special agent in charge in the Houston field office, which oversaw the Dallas office, court records state.

“At the time, Higbie charged that Haley wanted him to quit because his daughter’s illness interfered with his work. Higbie said Haley’s actions violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and filed his suit in federal court, which settled in 2005.

“But a few years later in 2008, Higbie filed a grievance against his new supervisors, saying the harassment at work had been reignited by old enemies and new ones. The situation led Higbie to file a discrimination lawsuit in October 2011 against the State Department, then under the leadership of Hillary Clinton.

“Higbie is appealing his case to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

“Over the past month, the State Department, now led by Secretary John Kerry, has had a $13,000 lien placed on Higbie’s home to collect legal fees the government says it has incurred on the case currently under appeal. The department also placed a lien on the Florida home of Higbie’s father — also named Richard Higbie — though with the younger Higbie’s birthdate and Social Security number on the document. . .”

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/09/18/state-dept-whistleblower-sued-in-retaliation-by-john-kerry-and-the-case-could-reveal-sordid-accusations-of-department-misconduct/

ISIS . . .

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “The Islamic State . . . of Saudi Arabia “Between beheadings, they’ll help train the ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels.

“The beheadings over the last several weeks were intended to terrorize, to intimidate, to coerce obedience, and to enforce a construction of sharia law that, being scripturally rooted, is draconian and repressive.

“And let’s not kid ourselves: We know there will be more beheadings in the coming weeks, and on into the future. Apostates from Islam, homosexuals, and perceived blasphemers will face brutal persecution and death. Women will be treated as chattel and face institutionalized abuse. Islamic-supremacist ideology, with its incitements to jihad and conquest, with its virulent hostility toward the West, will spew from the mosques onto the streets. We will continue to be confronted by a country-sized breeding ground for anti-American terrorists.

“The Islamic State? Sorry, no. I was talking about . . .  our ‘moderate Islamist’ ally, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“But the confusion is understandable.

“Islamic State terrorists have infamously decapitated three of their prisoners in recent weeks. That is five fewer than the Saudi government decapitated in August alone. Indeed, it is three fewer beheadings than were carried out in September by the Free Syrian Army — the “moderate Islamists” that congressional Republicans have now joined Obama Democrats in supporting with arms and training underwritten by American taxpayer dollars. . .”

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/388460/islamic-state-saudi-arabia-andrew-c-mccarthy

James Pinkerton, Big Peace: “The Ancient War between the Judeo-Christian West and Islam”

Note from Senior Management: Jim Pinkerton outlines the central issues in the 1500-year struggle between competing cultural visions several years ago in this article, which first appeared in The American Conservative.

“In one of the great epics of Western literature, the hero, confronted by numerous and powerful enemies, temporarily gives in to weakness and self-pity. ‘I wish,’ he sighs, ‘none of this had happened.’ The hero’s wise adviser responds, ‘So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide.’ The old man continues, ‘There are other forces at work in this world … besides the will of evil.’ Some events, he adds, are ‘meant’ to be, ‘And that is an encouraging thought.’

“Indeed it is. Perhaps, today, we are meant to live in these times. Perhaps right here, right now, we are meant to be tested. Maybe we are meant to have faith that other forces are at work in this world, that we are meant to rediscover our strength and our survival skills.

“And so the question: can we, the people of the West, be brought to failure despite our enormous cultural and spiritual legacy?. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/09/21/The-Ancient-War-Between-the-Judeo-Christian-West-and-Islam

Matthew Boyle, Big Govt: “Exclusive–Ted Cruz: Democrats ‘Have Become an Extreme Party’”

“In an exclusive interview, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Thursday will go do as a “dark day” in Senate history, with Senate Democrats blocking GOP legislation addressing the Islamic State (ISIS) and President Obama’s threat of executive amnesty.

“‘Unfortunately the Senate Democrats have become an extreme party,’ Cruz said in an interview backstage at the Liberty Political Action Conference (LPAC) in Alexandria, Virginia. ‘They have become a party that has abdicated their responsibilities. Under Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats, we have a do-nothing Senate. There are over 350 bills the House of Representatives has passed and they’re all sitting on Harry Reid’s desk. He will not allow a vote on them.’. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/09/20/Exclusive-Ted-Cruz-Thursday-Dark-Day-In-Senate-History-Democrats-Have-Become-An-Extreme-Party

Ross Douthat, NYT: “Grand Illusion in Syria”

“ACROSS years of war and at an extraordinary cost, the United States built an army that was supposed to prevent jihadists from gaining a sanctuary in the heart of the Middle East. It had American-trained leaders, American-made weaponry and 250,000 men under arms — far more troops and firepower than any insurgent force that might emerge to challenge it.

“That army was the Iraqi Army, and we know what happened next: The Syrian civil war spilled over into Iraq, jihadists first found a foothold and then led an insurgency against the Iraqi military, and the jihadists won. American-organized units were routed; American-trained soldiers fled; American-made weapons fell into the hands of the Islamic State, the self-declared caliphate with which we ourselves are now at war.

Perhaps, just perhaps, there might be a lesson here about how hard it is to conjure up reliable allies amid the chaos of the current Middle East. But if so, we seem determined not to learn it, since our official strategy for fighting the Islamic State involves basically trying the same thing again, this time on the cheap: inventing allies, funneling them money and weaponry, and telling ourselves that it will all work out.

Those allies are the “moderate” and “vetted” — euphemisms for “not as scary as the other guys” — rebels in Syria, whom Congress voted last week to finance and train and arm. As fighting forces go, they promise to be rather less impressive than the last army we trained, since if all goes well just 5,000 rebels will be ready for the fight this year, or about one-sixth as many fighters as ISIS now has under arms. (And those odds get even longer when you consider that the rebels intend to use our weapons to fight the Assad regime as well.)

If our failure to build an army capable of stabilizing Iraq after our departure looks like a pure tragedy, then the arm-the-rebels gambit in Syria has more than a whiff of farce.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/21/opinion/sunday/grand-illusion-in-syria.html?ref=opinion&_r=1

IMMIGRATION . . .

Judicial Watch: “Feds in El Paso: Rep. O’Rourke Called to Ban Contact with Judicial Watch

Thx Ted!

“Federal law enforcement sources in El Paso say that a United States congressman called their office to prohibit contact with Judicial Watch in the aftermath of a disturbing story confirming that Islamic terrorists are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez.

Sources tell JW that Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat who represents El Paso in the U.S. House of Representatives, telephoned the area offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) in an effort to identify—and evidently intimidate—sources that may have been used by JW. On August 29 JW reported that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is working in Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED).

“In the piece JW cites high-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources confirming that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat. In the aftermath of JW’s story Ft. Bliss, an El Paso Army base near Juarez, increased security measures and the sheriff in Midland County Texas—located halfway between Ft. Worth and El Paso—confirmed that he received an alert bulletin warning from the feds that ISIS may have formed a terrorist cell in or near Juarez.

“O’Rourke evidently believes that someone on the inside is feeding JW information because the facts in all our reporting have been correct, according to government sources with first-hand knowledge of the matter. . .”

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2014/09/feds-el-paso-rep-orourke-called-ban-contact-jw/

Lisa Garza, Reuters: “U.S. immigration protesters drop U.S. border blockade plan”

“. . . Billed as a “Shut Down All Ports Of Entry” protest against the Obama administration’s immigration policies, demonstrators had said they would try to stop incoming and outgoing traffic at 17 locations in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

“But lead organizer Stasyi Barth posted a warning on the event’s official website saying that a combination of violent threats and “suspicious activity” on the group’s Facebook page prompted her to call off the action.

“‘If you attend, you are not just putting yourself in danger, but the law enforcement officers, as well,’ Barth wrote. ‘Risking anyone’s life is not worth it!’

“Another organizer, Rob Chupp, said the threats came from Mexican drug cartels, but did not elaborate. He said that while the protest was officially canceled, he and some others still planned to demonstrate in Brownsville, Texas. . .”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/20/us-usa-immigration-border-idUSKBN0HF0HG20140920

 

PA . . .

Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: “9/19 Ups & Downs”

Philly Democratic Mayoral Primary. While we’ve been spending all our time on the Governor’s race and all the other elections coming this November, there was an avalanche of activity in the 2015 Democratic primary for Philly mayor. While Terry Gillen entered the race earlier this month, two (and perhaps three) candidates indicated this week that they’ll also be running. First, ex-City Solicitor Ken Trujillo officially announced his candidacy with the customary press conference. That same day, former DA Lynne Abraham stated that she intends to run. Then, on Thursday former Court of Common Pleas judge Nelson Diaz hinted at his own candidacy. Suffice to say, the Democratic field will be crowded.

Tom Corbett. Gov. Corbett received some bad news from yet another group of political analysts. Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball changed their rating of the PA-Gov race from “Lean Democratic” to “Likely Democratic”. Managing Editor Kyle Kondik even called the Governor a “goner”. It was also announced this week that Auditor General Eugene DePasquale will investigate $48 million in “undisclosed funds” concerning Corbett’s HealthyPA plan. Perhaps the Gov’s attack ad on Wolf will show some effect in the future. For now, though, it was another tough week for the Governor.

Mike Fitzpatrick. Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick’s great week actually started late last Friday when Rothenberg Political Report changed its characterization of the PA-8 race from “Republican Favored” to “Currently Safe” for the GOP. Then yesterday Americans for Responsible Solutions, Gabby Giffords’ PAC, unveiled a TV ad they’re airing in support of Fitzpatrick and released a poll showing the incumbent with a thirty point lead. While the poll is far from impartial it is the first to be released to the public and shows Fitzpatrick with a strong advantage. . .”

http://www.politicspa.com/919-ups-downs/60486/ ]

Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Grassroots effort pushes along PA property tax reform”

“HARRISBURG, Pa. – Tammy Keener of Berks County clapped, cheered and even cried Tuesday morning as state senators on the Finance Committee debated legislation to eliminate school property taxes.

“When the panel narrowly approved Senate Bill 76 — known as the Property Tax Independence Act — she jumped to her feet, applauded and shouted blessings to the lawmakers from her spot in the crowd.

“‘All our hard work is not in vain,’ Keener said. ‘I might be able to stay in my home. Oh, my God.’

“It was a gratifying day for Keener, who earlier this summer paid her property taxes with dollar bills to protest the school funding mechanism. While much of the talk about property tax reform — what will or won’t work and what’s fair — has focused on stark numbers, the scene was a reminder that it’s an emotional debate, too.

“Keener’s annual property tax bill is about $3,000, and she’s unsure if she can afford it next year; her husband lost his job and she can’t work because of her health. . .”

http://paindependent.com/2014/09/grassroots-effort-pushes-along-pa-property-tax-reform/

Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Charity case: Teachers sue after union objects to donations”

“HARRISBURG, Pa. — After facilitating classes about the U.S. Constitution, longtime teacher Jane Ladley wanted to donate to a college scholarship fund that encouraged youth to learn about the country’s founding principles.

“The Pennsylvania State Education Association put the kibosh on that plan. Now the dispute is part of a lawsuit that alleges the teachers union violated state law and possibly even the document that Ladley holds in such high esteem, the U.S. Constitution.

“The lawsuit centers upon a state law that gives Ladley the ability to donate her fair-share fee — the $435 she had to pay to the union for representation regardless if she was a member — to a nonreligious charity since she was a religious objector to the PSEA. . .”

http://paindependent.com/2014/09/charity-case-teachers-sue-after-union-objects-to-donations/

END NOTES . . .

Alana Goodman, Free Beacon: “The Hillary Letters”

“Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinsky correspondence revealed.

“Previously unpublished correspondence between Hillary Clinton and the late left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky reveal new details about her relationship with the controversial Chicago activist and shed light on her early ideological development.

“Clinton met with Alinsky several times in 1968 while writing a Wellesley college thesis about his theory of community organizing.

“Clinton’s relationship with Alinsky, and her support for his philosophy, continued for several years after she entered Yale law school in 1969, two letters obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show.

“The letters obtained by the Free Beacon are part of the archives for the Industrial Areas Foundation, a training center for community organizers founded by Alinsky, which are housed at the University of Texas at Austin.

“The letters also suggest that Alinsky, who died in 1972, had a deeper influence on Clinton’s early political views than previously known. . .”

http://freebeacon.com/politics/the-hillary-letters/

Harrison Chaess: Mosquito

“Have you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall to spy on what’s going on or being said? How about being a mosquito instead! “No, this isn’t a real mosquito. It’s an insect spy drone for urban areas, already in production, funded by the US Government. “It can be remotely controlled and is equipped with a camera and a microphone. “It can land on you, and even has the potential to take a DNA sample or leave RFID tracking nanotechnology on your skin. “It can fly through a slightly open window, or it can attach to your clothing until you unwittingly take it into your home. It can then be guided to the top of a curtain or other invisible location where it can scope entire rooms and monitor everything being  said. “Given their propensity to request macro-sized drones for surveillance, one is left with little doubt that the government has big plans for  these micro gadgets. “(And to think we were worried about West Nile virus!) “And now you know why our government wants the law changed to allow drone surveillance in the United States.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQIc4YB3QXM

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