CONTENTS: WCH TEA: Hold the budget; Open space initiative; Freind – Stollsteimer?; Phillips – Mitt Flopney; $ – BO met w GOP; Hey, I’m that Ryan guy; Hanson – moral outrage; Christie’s chopper ride; Brown beat featherman; Court – BOCare wo limits?; Cain tied Palin; Rush/Levin tie Krauthammer; Hanson – Land of the lawless; Chymotrichous = $40K; No Egyptian gas for ISR; Hayden – birthers et al; Glick – where BO leads ISR; Reich – economy gasps; Gardiner – BO’s 2012 disaster; Russia – Stay out of Syria; Freind – Raw milk; Academic Core stds; American PIe; Guzzardi – $ to Pitt/Penn; New impeachment book – Matt Vadum
Announcements at p. 8 and at http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?page_id=3984
6/3/1864: 7000 Union soldiers died at Cold Harbor, VA
6/3/1781: Two hundred fifty British cavalry rode past sleeping Captain Jack Jouett . Jouett awakened, mounted, rode forty miles through Virginia forest, and alerted Thomas Jefferson, Richard Henry Lee, Patrick Henry, and others that the British were coming to Charlottesville to arrest them all. (Bennett & Cribb, 2008)
West Chester TEA Party: Hold the Budget Line
Governor Corbett’s budget passed the House last week strictly on party lines with no additional spending. Now, the budget is in the Senate where it may be a different story. There is a projected $500,000 surplus and instead of using this extra revenue for something like paying off bonds, some Senators want to increase Corbett’s budget.
Action: Please call your senator this week and tell them you do not want the state budget increased over the proposed $27.3 billion.
Senator Andrew Dinniman, 610-692-2112 (local office), 717-787-5709 (Harrisburg), 717-787-4384 (Fax)
Senator John Rafferty Jr., 610-469-8390 (local office), 717-787-1398 (Harrisburg), 717-783-4587 (Fax)
Fiscal Responsibility in Education
House Bill 855 would allow school districts to furlough teachers for economic reasons without the restrictions that are in SB612, which the Senate just passed. Unfortunately SB612 protects employees, not based on merit, but on time served.
Action: Call Rep. Paul Clymer (Chair for the Education Committee–717-783-3154) and tell him that HB855 needs to be voted out of committee so that it can be voted on in the House. Second, call your senator and tell them that SB612 is not acceptable–stop protecting special interests and start getting serious about returning control of our school districts back to the local level.
Transparency in Government
HB 934 PA Identification Protection Act (Photo ID for Voting) is scheduled for vote on the floor Monday June 6; legitimate voting rights must be protected.
Action: Contact your state representative this week by phone, e-mail or fax–Representatives are getting calls 100 against to 1 in favor; Tell them you are in favor of HB 934
Brandon Boyd, Chairman, West Chester TEA Party
Kathleen Brady Shea, Philly.Com: Open Space Incentives
“The Conservation Easement Incentive Act – H.R. 1964 – would make permanent an incentive that gives landowners tax relief for protecting their natural resources. Although the owners forgo their right to develop the land, they maintain its management and can bequeath it to their heirs. The bill was introduced last week by Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.) and Rep. MIke Thompson (D., Ca.) with 250 co-sponsors.
“Each time a landowner chooses to donate a conservation easement on their land, they are making an extraordinary gift to us all – one that protects our communities and environment,” said Molly Morrison, president of Natural Lands Trust.
A survey by the Land Trust Alliance, a national nonprofit, showed that the current incentives, set to expire at the end of the year, increased conservation across the country by a third to over a million acres a year.
“We are very grateful for all of the support from many members of our local Congressional delegation for this critical tax incentive for land preservation,” said Sherri Evans-Stanton, director of the Brandywine Conservancy’s Environmental Management Center.”
Christopher Freind, DelCo Times: Meehan vs. Stollsteimer or Sestak?
“Assistant District Attorney, Delaware County.
“Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, specializing in prosecuting illegal firearms cases and violent drug offenders.
“Governor-appointed Safe Schools Advocate for the School District of Philadelphia — a position that was ultimately “eliminated” not for budgetary reasons, but because he publicly chastised the Governor and Department of Education for their willful failure to protect students.
“Was often mentioned as a possible nominee for United States Attorney.
“And now, this person is considering running for Congress as a strong get-tough-on crime candidate.
Such a resume would seem a great springboard for elected office, as law-and-order candidates have met with great success lately: Governors Tom Corbett and Chris Christie are former prosecutors, as are Pennsylvania Congressmen Tom Marino and Pat Meehan, as well as State Representative Todd Stephens.
:But here’s where it gets interesting. All the aforementioned politicians are Republicans, but this resume belongs to Jack Stollsteimer, a self-styled RFK Democrat who is strongly positioned to win his Party’s nomination in next year’s Seventh Congressional District race. To claim the ultimate prize in November, he would have to beat not just a Republican, but his former U.S. Attorney boss, Rep. Pat Meehan.
Judson Phillips, TEA Party Nation: Mitt’s In, How Fast Can He Leave?
Who IS that guy without a tie or jacket?
“Why is Romney so bad?
“First, Romney is a flip-flop. He could have written the line for John Kerry, “I was before it before I was against it.” He has flip-flopped on abortion, gay rights and socialist healthcare, just to name a few. Looking back at the 1994 debate between him and Senator Ted Kennedy, when Romney was trying to defeat Kennedy for reelection, it is hard to tell who is the more liberal.
“Since Romney has looked at the national stage, he has changed his tune on so many of the issues. Romney supporters claim Romney said what he needed to in order to get elected in the very blue state of Massachusetts. That may be true. But aren’t we tired of politicians who simply say what they think we want to hear in order to be elected?…”
The Debt Ceiling: House Meeting with BO
“Washington (AP) – House Republicans gave President Obama an earful on their concerns regarding unemployment, the national debt and government regulation during a meeting Wednesday morning following a decisive vote against raising the debt ceiling.
“The meeting marked the latest development in budget negotiations which for months have failed to yield a compromise. Without a deal to cut spending, House Republicans say they cannot approve an increase in the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling.
“Emerging from the meeting, House Speaker John Boehner described the discussion Wednesday as “frank” and “very productive.”
“But there was no suggestion the meeting had produced any concrete progress. Others expressed concern that the White House was not giving them a solid proposal and accused the president of playing politics.
“‘Unfortunately, what we did not hear from the president is a specific plan of his to deal with the debt crisis,’ Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, said.
“According to sources, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., took time during the meeting to defend his Medicare proposal, which has been hammered by Democratic political leaders. He suggested the president was egging on Democrats to attack the plan, and accused Obama of failing to show leadership, according to sources.
“Sources said Ryan got a standing ovation for his remarks during the meeting…”
Jennifer Rubin, WaPo: “Hey, I’m that Ryan guy…”
“At the meeting between House Republicans and President Obama, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) again demonstrated that he is the head of his party, and the most effective combatant to go up against Obama in 2012. The Los Angeles Times reports:
“Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, got a standing ovation from his colleagues during the meeting.
“Hey, I’m that Ryan guy,” Ryan said at the start of his remarks at the meeting, according to a Republican aide…”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: Selective Moral Outrage
“…There is a vast machinery of selective liberal outrage, fueled and lubricated by the media, universities, and celebrity entertainment. When the redistributive welfare state starts to run out of money, the gears and pulleys are flipped on and shrill charges of greed, cruelty, nativism, and racism spew out of the production line. The machine sputters and shuts down when an aggrieved liberal suddenly must either make cuts or adapt the very policies that he used to damn.
“Understand the mechanics of selective outrage, and our upside-down politics becomes comprehensible: A state suing to enforce immigration law is tantamount to a racist intrusion on federal jurisdiction, but a state openly flouting federal statutes for the Dream Act is acting in enlightened, humanitarian fashion…”
Christie Takes State Chopper to his Kid’s Ball Game, Paid his Way
“TRENTON, N.J. — A Democratic state lawmaker said Thursday she’ll convene a hearing into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s use of a state police helicopter to fly to his son’s baseball game.
“Assemblywoman Annette Quijano told The Associated Press she has concerns over the personal use of a chopper bought to help protect ports and airports and transport people during emergencies and disasters. Quijano is chairwoman of the Assembly Homeland Security Committee…”
“But despite announcing Thursday he had reimbursed the state treasury for the cost of two recent flights, he didn’t apologize for flying to a game in Montvale Tuesday. He said the flights cost the taxpayers ‘nothing.’
“The governor explained that he decided to stay later in Trenton on Tuesday to hear the testimony of his Supreme Court nominee, Anne Patterson, before the state Senate Judiciary Committee. He said that made driving to his son’s game in Montvale impractical.
“‘I’m governor 24/7 every single day, but I’m also a father,’ Christie said. ‘There are times when it is literally impossible to do that by car.’…”
Karen Brown Beat Featherman
“PHILADELPHIA — GOP-backed candidate Karen Brown appears to have eked out a win in the city’s Republican mayoral primary.
Election officials say that workers finished counting votes for Brown and her opponent, John Featherman. Wednesday’s unofficial tally from the May 17 primary shows Brown, a former teacher, with 8,369 votes, or 50.1 percent. It shows Featherman with 8,305 votes, or 49.7 percent…”
Washington Times: Court asks – “Obama Care Without Limit?”
“The White House defense of Obamacare hinges on the claim that Congress essentially has unlimited power to force Americans to spend their personal money on a cause of the government’s choosing. Oral arguments before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday made this all the more clear.
“Administration lawyers argued that uninsured individuals can be compelled to buy health care coverage under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. If that’s so, what else could Congress compel people to do? As Judge James L. Graham asked acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, “Where ultimately is the limit on congressional power?” The question sounds rhetorical but is not…”
Daily Caller: Cain Tied Palin
“Herman Cain’s star is continuing to rise, according to a new Public Policy Polling poll released Wednesday that shows him tied for second place with Sarah Palin in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa.
“Cain is taking the nation by storm in terms of his polling results: following the first Republican Primary debate in Greenville, South Carolina, a focus group conducted by Frank Luntz declared him the unanimous winner. He led in the most recent Daily Caller/Conservative Home Tracking Poll, and continues to lead the pack in positive intensity score in Gallup’s polling. A CNN poll released May 27 had the supposed dark horse candidate among the top five, ahead of Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, and Tim Pawlenty…”
Tom Rowan, American Thinker: Charles & Sarah
“The most valuable characteristic an established “wise man” can have is the ability to see and tell the truth. Speaking the truth about current events is where Krauthammer seems to hit all the right notes. Only on very rare occasions does this maestro hit a decidedly sour note. And these false notes are starting to become glaringly tinny when Krauthammer opines on Sarah Palin. With Palin, Krauthammer’s reliable sights become suspect. He lowers himself from wise man to wise guy. He leaves his well positioned observation post to take up a sniper’s position in the mud…”
Limbaugh Tied Krauthammer
“There has always been this sort of divide between inside-the-beltway conservatives and leaders of the conservative movement who think those inside-the-beltway conservatives have been contaminated by the culture of Washington, D.C.
“When pundits like Charles Krauthammer, George Will and Bill Kristol speak, people pay attention. However, what is it about those figures that command that sort of respect? On his Thursday show, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh delved into that subject, citing specifically Krauthammer’s seemingly low regard for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a presidential candidate…”
Levin Tied Krauthammer
It seems an American Thinker article by Tom Rowan has inspired quite the backlash against Fox News contributor and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer. Earlier in the day, it was Rush Limbaugh. However, Limbaugh’s late-afternoon colleague on the airwaves Mark Levin weighed in as well.
Victor Davis Hanson, Pajamas: California, Land of the Lawless
“I do not think in California there is much law these days. We are regressing to the days of my grandfather’s stories. He used to relate to me a wild Central Valley circa 1900, when the sheriff was a day away. A neighbor down the road is now openly violating county zoning regulations by simply moving in immobile Winnebagos and creating a sort of ad hoc mobile home park — with jerry-rigged electricity, sewage, and water. “Restaurants” pop up around my farm along the side of the road, exempt from state and local inspection, apparently by parking a canteen, plopping down some plastic chairs, an awning, a porta-potty, a hose — and, presto, we have an eatery, with signs no less.
“There are no dumping laws enforced in rural California: stopping the guy who throws out his garbage and a sofa is a money-loser; finding the guy in the Mercedes who uses his cell phone is a money-winner.
“Yet most state lawlessness out here is predicated on priorities of enforcement and driven by public employee unions who see us the people in terms of ‘fees’ and ‘fines’ to feed their salaries, perhaps in the way the Thanksgiving chef eyes the roasting turkey amid hungry mouths…
“The new lawlessness at the federal level, however, is far more serious, because it is predicated on ‘social justice’: those deemed ‘in need’ shall be exempt from the law; those ‘not in need’ shall not…”
“OXON HILL, Md.—It went on and on and on. Five spellers who seemingly had memorized the entire dictionary simply could not be stumped with any word tossed their way. It was getting late, way past bedtime and well beyond the time slot allotted by ESPN for its telecast.
“Finally, after 21 consecutive spellings without a miss, one of them finally flubbed a word. Eventually, the others were gone—having heard the telltale bell of elimination—except for 14-year-old Indian-American eighth grader Sukanya Roy of South Abington Township, Pa., who took home the trophy and the more than $40,000 in cash and prizes at the 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee…”
NYT: No Egyptian Gas for ISR
“JERUSALEM — More than a month after saboteurs blew up an Egyptian pipeline supplying natural gas to Israel, the line is repaired but gas is not flowing and foreign shareholders of the company suspect politics to be the reason…”
Michael Hayden, WSJ: Birthers, Truthers and Interrogation Deniers
‘For all of its well-deserved reputation for pragmatism, American popular culture frequently nurtures or at least tolerates preposterous views and theories. Witness the 9/11 “truthers” who, lacking any evidence whatsoever, claim that 9/11 was a Bush administration plot. And then we have the “birthers” who, even in the face of clear contrary evidence, take as an article of faith that President Obama was not born in the United States and hence is not eligible to hold his current office.
“Let me add a third denomination to this faith-based constellation: interrogation deniers, i.e., individuals who hold that the enhanced interrogation techniques used against CIA detainees have never yielded useful intelligence…”
Caroline Glick: Where Obama Leads Israel
“In the aftermath of US President Barack Obama’s May 19 speech on the Middle East, his supporters argued that the policy toward Israel and the Palestinians that Obama outlined in that speech was not anti-Israel. As they presented it, Obama’s assertion that peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians must be based on the 1967 lines with agreed swaps does not mark a substantive departure from the positions adopted by his predecessors in the Oval Office.
“But this claim is exposed as a lie by previous administration statements…”
Robert Reich, Financial Times: The Economy Gasps
“The US economy was supposed to be in bloom by late spring, but it is hardly growing at all. Expectations for second-quarter growth are not much better than the measly 1.8 per cent annualised rate of the first quarter. That is not nearly fast enough to reduce America’s ferociously high level of unemployment. The labour department will tell us on Friday whether the jobs situation improved in May, but there has been no sign of a surge in hiring. Nor in wages. Average hourly earnings of production and non-supervisory employees – who make up 80 per cent of non-government workers – dropped to $8.76 in April. Adjusted for inflation, that’s lower than they were in the depths of the recession.
“Meanwhile, housing prices continue to fall. They are now 33 per cent below their 2006 peak. That is a bigger drop than recorded in the Great Depression. Homes are the largest single asset of the American middle class, so as housing prices drop many Americans feel poorer. All of this is contributing to a general gloominess. Not surprisingly, consumer confidence is also down…”
Nile Gardiner, UK Telegraph: Obama’s 2012 Disaster
“On a recent visit to London I was struck by how much faith many British politicians, journalists and political advisers have in Barack Obama being re-elected in 2012. In the aftermath of the hugely successful Special Forces operation that took out Osama Bin Laden and a modest spike in the polls for the president, the conventional wisdom among political elites in Britain is overwhelmingly that Obama will win another four years in the Oval Office. Add to this a widespread perception of continuing disarray in the Republican race, as well as a State Visit to London that had the chattering classes worshipping at the feet of the US president, and you can easily see why Obama’s prospects look a lot rosier from across the Atlantic.
“But back in the United States, the reality looks a lot different. ..”
Bloomberg: Russia – “NATO, Stay Out of Syria”
“Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the U.S. and European nations not to encourage anti-government protesters in Syria by holding out the prospect of military support like they provided in Libya.
“It is not in the interests of anyone to send messages to the opposition in Syria or elsewhere that if you reject all reasonable offers we will come and help you as we did in Libya,” Lavrov, 61, said yesterday during an interview in Moscow. “It’s a very dangerous position.”
Christopher Freind, PhillyMag: Raw Milk
“”…If government is going to interfere in people’s lives , then they should be consistent.
It certainly wouldn’t make their decision right, but at least they would avoid the appearance of favoritism. If the major issue in the consumption of raw milk is the possibility of it containing “harmful” bacteria…why isn’t sushi being banned? Steak tartare? Caesar dressing?
“…The specter of bureaucrats who are 52 cards short of a deck yet hold the power to destroy Americans’ lives — with no repercussion when they are wrong — is simply un-American. And the fact that Congress and presidential administrations allow such intrusion to go unchecked makes the sin mortal.
“…Government clearly has more important priorities than trying to put raw milk producers out of business through armed raids….”
Core State Standards for English, History, Social Studies, Science, & Technical
NRO video. Michigan’s American Pie … Grand Rapids
Bob Guzzardi: $ to Pitt
UPITT, a private corporation, has a 2011 operating budget of $1.889 Billion and endowment of $2,048,024,000 Academic Royalty deserves no less and the Forgotten Taxpayer should be honored to subsidize him and his staff; they make our lives so much better. Like no other.
Bob Guzzardi: $ to Penn
The House Republicans have proposed financing UPENN with $ 85,282,000 of The Forgotten Taxpayer’s earnings and savings reducing the Governor’s proposed $ 87,771,000. As a private “nonprofit” corporation, UPENN pays no local property taxes and no State or Federal taxes other than payroll deductions from all employees.
Is subsidizing Pennsylvania’s billionaires and millionaires the best use of Pennsylvanian’s earning and savings? Misallocating resources lowers the standard of living for all of us. Forcing the many taxpayers to fund the few who benefit is not good policy.
New Obama Book: Subversion, Inc., by Matthew Vadum
The latest in the ranks filled by Malkin, McCarthy, Klein, Cashill, Kurtz, and Limbaugh. Send Darrell Issa copies and recommend Mark Levin as Special Prosecutor. Issues include the budget, Libya/Egypt/Tunis/Israel, Siraj Investments, circumventing Congressional review of staff appointments, bribery (with Harry and Nan), and over-spending on his friends.