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CONTENTS: Filibuster Chuck; Babbin – Chinese hackers; Farah – 10 Commandments; Walker’s suicide; Scott’s retreat; Rubio sell-out; Codevilla – independents orphaned; Gibson – Corbett 50-50;  Horse mean in Philly; Guzzardi – Wyda; Guzzardi – Ories to jail?; Leaking nuke tanks; IRS contracts; FBI probe stonewalled; Perry fight mCaid; Head Start kids; Klein – Syria; BO in ISR; Glick – US $; McCarthy – American Jihadists; More Iran Nuke sites; WOODWARD – BO’s sequester; Goldberg – more $$$ spent; Ferrara – BO’s global warming; Guns save black lives; Holder ignores laws; FL stand your ground; NRA background chx; Emanual drops; 44 stop sales to Govt; Pelosi a final two?;  Announcements

“Doing away with the Ruling Class’ power and perquisites is the prerequisite for saving America’s prosperity, civility, and morality.” Angelo Codevilla, 2010, xxi

“We do not need more intellectual power, we need more moral power. We do not need more knowledge, we need more character. We do not need more government, we need more culture. We do not need more law, we need more religion. We do not need more the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are not seen.” Calvin Coolidge

“He did not say “money supply”; he said “credit.” … He did not say “private sector”; he said “commerce.” He did not say “savings”; he said “thrift” or “economy.” … Cooldge at the end of his life spoke anxiously about the “importance of the obvious.” Perseverance, property rights, contract, civility to one’s opponents, silence, smaller government, trust, certainty, restraint, respect for faith, federalism, economy, and thrift: these Coolidge ideals intrigue us today as well.” Amity Shlaes

Dear Patriots,

Mark Driver from the Valley Forge Patriots was in a car accident.  He totaled his car and has some problems with his knee.  He has gotten a new car. Please pray for his healing.

Thanks, Paula Stiles, Chesco Patriots

February 25th

1836: Inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver.

1862: Captain William Driver flew Old Glory after Union troops enter Nashville.

1870: Hiram R. Revels, a Mississippi Republican, became the first black U.S. senator when he was sworn in to complete the unexpired term of Jefferson Davis, former president of the Confederacy.

1901: J. P. Morgan formed U.S. Steel, the world’s first billion-dollar company.

1933: The USS Ranger, the first U.S. Navy ship designed and built as an aircraft carrier, was launched at Newport News, Virginia. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)

Erick Erickson, Red State: Urge Your Senator to Filibuster Chuck Hagel’s Nomination

Donna Casata, AP: Hagel Has the Votes?

“WASHINGTON (AP) — Barring any new, damaging information, Chuck Hagel has secured the necessary votes for the Senate to confirm him to be the nation’s next defense secretary. A vote ending the bitter fight over President Barack Obama’s choice for his revamped second-term, national security team is expected next week.

Hagel cleared the threshold when five-term Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama said he would vote for the former GOP senator from Nebraska after joining other Republicans last week in an unprecedented filibuster of the Pentagon nominee.

‘He’s probably as good as we’re going to get,’ Shelby told the Decatur (Ala.) Daily.”

Jed Babbin, Washington Examiner: “In hacking, a good defense is not enough” (from Feb 9th)

EMP could accomplish much the same thing . . .

“. . . No nation has developed and employed cyber-espionage and cyberwar more than China. Eleven years ago, two Chinese active duty army colonels explained how cyber-espionage and cyberwar are the principal tools of “Unrestricted Warfare,” the title of their book on those subjects. Since then, Chinese government cyber-espionage has reportedly penetrated some of the classified aspects of the F-35 fighter program. It has also penetrated the Army’s Pentagon email system and the government and commercial satellites that we — and our military — rely on for everything from GPS navigation to communication and intelligence gathering. Chinese cyber-espionage and cyberwar attacks on government systems — and those of companies working for the Pentagon and intelligence agencies — occur hundreds of times every day. . .”

Joseph Farah,

Thx Blly Cunningham . . . A need. And potentially a  brilliant strategy!

“WASHINGTON – America has turned from God and has forgotten right from wrong, says WND founder Joseph Farah, who is announcing the launch of a dramatic new national billboard campaign featuring the Ten Commandments to help awaken believers and non-believers alike to “the wickedness and evil that abound in our country.”

“The campaign kicks off this week with 11 major billboards – all in the heart of what some call “sin city,” Las Vegas. Farah is asking for contributions from those who recognize the Ten Commandments represent the glue that holds civilization together to take the campaign nationwide.

“The problem is America is not limited to atheists, agnostics, cults and non-believers,” says Farah. “In fact, the biggest problem America has is with those who call themselves believers but who act no differently than the worldliest individuals on the planet. . .”

Judson Phillips, TPN: Scott Walker’s Suicide

“. . . Another Republican has come out in favor of political suicide.

“Who is it and what have they done?

“It is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.  He has come out and said there should be a pathway for citizenship for illegal aliens.

“What is it about Republicans and their desire to be a permanent minority?

“Giving illegal aliens a pathway to citizenship is going to create a pool of at least five to ten million new Democrat voters.  The rationale for supporting a pathway to citizenship is so the GOP can reach out to Hispanics and increase the number of Hispanics who vote GOP.

“Polls show Obama and the Democrats’ popularity is soaring among Hispanics and despite GOP support for Amnesty, it is the Democrats and Obama who are getting credit for it.

“This is political suicide. . .”

Washington Examiner: Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s craven retreat on Obamacare

“When the history of President Obama’s drive for national health care is written, there will be four moments that will be seen as having cemented the law in place.

“First, ‘conservative’ Democrats Ben Nelson and Bart Stupak dropped their objections to Obamacare to get the legislation passed. Next, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the Supreme Court’s liberals in upholding its constitutionality. Then, President Obama won re-election, crushing any feasible path to full repeal.

“And Thursday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott endorsed the law’s expansion of Medicaid in his state. . .”

Judson Phillips, TPN: Tea Party Sell out, Pt 2.

“This Senator has moved hard to the establishment to advance this Senator’s political career.  The results are not only disappointing but potentially disastrous.

“Who is this Senator who is so disappointing and is now causing so much damage?

“It is Marco Rubio.

“Rubio went to Washington from Florida in 2010 with great fanfare.  He had taken on the Establishment and beat them.  Now he is the Establishment.

“In a recent interview, Rubio expressed support for Karl Rove’s new PAC that is designed to pick the winners in the Republican Primary.  Rove’s PAC wants to exclude Tea Party candidates and support establishment candidates.

“Rubio may feel like he owes Rove because Rove’s PAC did support him in the general election.  But let’s go back down memory lane.  Rubio’s opponent in 2010 was former Florida Governor and liberal (then) Republican Charlie Crist.   Crist was the great RINO hope.   Floridians were told that Crist is electable and Rubio was not.   They were told that Crist was reasonable and Rubio was an extremist.

“If Rove’s PAC had been in operation in 2010, trying to decide races for the Establishment, they would have been all in for Crist, not Rubio.

“Loyalty is noble but it has its limits.

“Rubio’s other great sell out has been on Amnesty. .  .”

REPLAY: Angelo Codevilla, Forbes: “As Country Club Republicans Link Up With the Democratic Ruling Class, Millions of Voters Are Orphaned”

“On January 1, 2013 one third of Republican congressmen, following their leaders, joined with nearly all Democrats to legislate higher taxes and more subsidies for Democratic constituencies. Two thirds voted no, following the people who had elected them. For generations, the Republican Party had presented itself as the political vehicle for Americans whose opposition to ever-bigger government financed by ever-higher taxes makes them a “country class.”  Yet modern Republican leaders, with the exception of the Reagan Administration, have been partners in the expansion of government, indeed in the growth of a government-based “ruling class.” They have relished that role despite their voters. Thus these leaders gradually solidified their choice to no longer represent what had been their constituency, but to openly adopt the identity of junior partners in that ruling class. By repeatedly passing bills that contradict the identity of Republican voters and of the majority of Republican elected representatives, the Republican leadership has made political orphans of millions of Americans . . .”

READ!: Codevilla, Angelo (2010) “The ruling class” American Spectator. July/August.

Codevilla, Angelo (2010) The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It. NY: Beaufort Books.  (Dynamite for about $1.50 from Amazon!)

PA .  .  .

Keegan Gibson, Politics PA:

“National elections handicapped Larry Sabato puts Tom Corbett’s 2014 chances at even money, a potential departure from Pennsylvania’s long-standing practice of re-electing Governors.

“The University of Virginia political scientist along with co-authors Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley say the Guv’s low poll numbers and serious Democratic opposition make Pa. a state to watch.

“Here’s their analysis from the Crystal Ball:

Pennsylvania: A recent Franklin & Marshall College poll summed up Gov. Tom Corbett’s (R) troubles in the Keystone State: With only 26% of voters saying that Corbett is doing an “excellent” or “good” job, “Corbett’s job performance ratings are the lowest for a sitting governor in the [18-year] history” of the poll. Piling on, Quinnipiac recently found that only 49% of Republicans in Pennsylvania thought Corbett deserved to be reelected. Corbett’s troubles may open the door for Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor (R) to take on the incumbent in the GOP primary.”

UK Daily Mail: “Philadelphia chef plans to introduce HORSE MEAT to menu at popular Sicilian restaurant”

“Philadelphia restaurateur Peter McAndrews is planning to add horse meat to his menu amid a controversy in Europe over the equine fare being sold as beef.

McAndrews, who specializes in Italian cuisine, owns more than a half dozen restaurants in the Philadelphia area including Monsu, Modo Mio, Popolino, La Porta and Paesano’s sandwich shops.

He told restaurant blogger Victor Fiorillo that he plans to ’embrace horse meat wholeheartedly’ at his popular Sicilian spot, Monsu, in the spring.

‘In Italian food, a lot of [horse meat] is made into salami or cured meats, and some parts are also good like regular steak would be, just like a cow,’ McAndrews said.

Bob Guzzardi: Ron Wyda

“On the Republican side, current attorney and former Chair of the Cumberland County GOP Vic Stabile of Cumberland County will face Ron Wyda of Allegheny County, a current Allegheny magisterial judge and former Navy Judge Advocate General Corps officer who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.”

The race for the Superior Court seat is the only statewide campaign this year.

Let us see how the endorsed candidates do? Will rank and file real world Republican voters vote the Establishment Hack or will they vote for the candidate independent of the Republican Establishment Insiders and Tom Corbett.

When Tom Corbett, who is sinking like a rock in the polls, endorses a candidate, it means 1) he or she is a party hack involved in politics for profit and prestige; and, 2) a loser.

fyi  John McNally is on the State’s nominating committee. He was the GOP endorsed candidate for Senate District 15, which had been held by Republicans for 76 years. Democrat Rob Teplitz, formerly with Auditor General’s office, shellacked. John McNally lost his home county of Dauphin as well as York County

Bob Guzzardi: Three Orie Sisters to Jail?

I don’t recall any women ever being convicted of political corruption in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania has made history; three sisters convicted of political corruption. The Rs will try to spin this as a “political vendetta” by long time political adversary; I call it balance of power. Nevertheless, this is tragic for the sisters and sad for all of us. We elected the Senator and we elected the Supreme Court Justice, both of whom were endorsed by the Republican Party and Tom Corbett. Maybe we, the people, the voters, can do better next time.

LEADS . . .

CBS: Six Leaking Tanks in Washington State

“YAKIMA, Wash. Six underground tanks that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site are leaking, federal and state officials said Friday, prompting calls for an investigation from a key senator.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said the leaking material poses no immediate risk to public safety or the environment because it would take a while — perhaps years — to reach groundwater.

But the leaking tanks raise new concerns about delays for emptying them and strike another blow to federal efforts to clean up south-central Washington’s Hanford nuclear reservation, where successes often are overshadowed by delays, budget overruns and technological challenges.

Mary Chastain, BigGovt: “IRS May Have Awarded $500 Million Based on Personal Relationships”

“Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa sent a letter to Acting Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin over contracts awarded to Signet Computers because there is a personal relationship between the owner and an IRS contracting official.

“In 2012, Signet Computers was given almost $500 million in federal contracts and the majority were with the IRS. They received two Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA) worth $380 million in December. However, Signet Computers never had federal contracts before this one, and Issa wants to know how they managed to gain these expensive contracts without a history. . .”

Jeremy A. Kaplan, Judson Berger, Fox: “FBI probe of defense tech allegedly leaked from NASA stonewalled, sources say”

A four-year FBI investigation (!!! Emph added, jb) into the transfer of classified weapons technology to China and other countries from NASA’s Ames Research Center is being stonewalled by government officials, sources tell

“Documents obtained by, which summarize these and other allegations and were given to congressional sources last week by a whistle-blower, described how a ‘secret grand jury’ was to be convened in February 2011 to hear testimony from informants in the case, including a senior NASA engineer. But federal prosecutor Gary Fry was removed from the case, which was then transferred from one office in the Northern District of California to another where, according to the documents, ‘this case now appears to be stalled.’

“‘The information is staggering,’ the whistle-blower told”

Scott Conroy, RealClearPolitics: “Perry Not Backing Off Opposition to Medicaid Expansion”

“On Wednesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott became the latest GOP governor to say he will accept a provision in the national health care reform law that expands Medicaid dramatically in his state. But Perry remains steadfast in his refusal to accept the federal funding.

“Proponents of taking the money have characterized Perry’s decision as reflecting an unreasonable obstinacy. Texas has the nation’s highest rate of uninsured residents, after all, and the proposed Medicaid expansion would cover more than 1 million additional people.

“But during a speech in Washington on Friday that was intended to draw attention to his state’s economic strength, Perry was repeatedly heckled by organized groups of protesters — to no avail, however, as the nation’s longest-serving governor drew a clear line in the sand on the issue.

“‘Let me go on the record here for a moment: We’re not going to be expanding Medicaid in Texas,’ he said to cheers from the partisan Republican crowd on hand, according to the Houston Chronicle. “The reason is because it’s a broken system. It’s moving our state — and I’ll just speak to our state — towards bankruptcy if we expand the current program. .”

Susan Berry, BigGovt: “HHS Study: Head Start Kids Have More Problems with Math, Social Interactions”

“According to the study, mandated by Congress and published at the end of 2012, the Head Start program “seeks to improve the educational and developmental outcomes for children from severely economically disadvantaged families.”

“However, when researchers evaluated 4,667 elementary students, they concluded that the program provided no measurable benefit for children by the time they reached the third grade compared to those children who were in a similar socio-economic group but were not in the program. Of the children who were not enrolled in Head Start, about 60 percent received another form of preschool education, the quality of which was judged to be generally inferior to that provided in Head Start.

“The large-scale study found that children who participated in the Head Start program actually did worse in math and had more problems with social interaction by the third grade than children who were not in the program. . .”


Aaron Klein, KleinonLine: “Obama to Change Course On Syria? Officials concerned over number of jihadists joining rebels”

“TEL AVIV — The Obama administration is leaning toward scaling back its demand for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign and instead may encourage reconciliation talks between Assad and the opposition, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials.

“The security officials said Russia has been instrumental in convincing the U.S. to change its position in large part out of growing concern over the massive number of jihadists participating in the insurgency targeting Assad’s regime.

“‘Jihadists streaming into Syria via Turkey have reached a critical mass, to the point where the equilibrium of power may shift in troubling directions,’ said a security official. “‘It’s to the point where Turkey is now perhaps the biggest al-Qaida base in the world.’

“‘The U.S. has expressed its understanding over the issue and is leaning toward changing its position over demanding Assad’s ouster,’ the official said. . .”


“Today on Aaron Klein Investigative Radio, do you think the 1.5 billion bullets are a big deal…wait till you hear what else DHS is up to! Shock Hagel audio on Iran, NATO forces. Also, how the White House ‘controls’ the news media. ‘Living wage’ nightmare coming to a city near you . . .”


Obama in Israel

“. . .  The officials said the White House was adamant that Israeli talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas begin regardless of the position of Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.

“Still, the U.S. is supporting Qatar, Egypt, Jordan and Turkey in back door efforts to broker a national unity deal between Abbas and Hamas during the same time period that the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are set to take place, the officials said.

There is already close coordination between the White House and likely incoming members of Netanyahu’s government coalition who are known to be sympathetic to creating a Palestinian state, primarily former opposition leader Tzipi Livni.

Further, KleinOnline was told that Livni and former Minister Haim Ramon are currently coordinating the renewal of talks with the PA’s chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat.

“Regarding Jerusalem, the informed Israeli and Palestinian officials said the White House has been nonspecific other than to champion talks based on what is known as the Clinton parameters.

“The formula, pushed by Bill Clinton during the Camp David talks in 2000, called for Jewish areas of Jerusalem to remain Israeli while the Palestinians get sovereignty over neighborhoods that are largely Arab.

“The informed officials, meanwhile, said the White House expects the issue of Jerusalem to be a key impediment in reaching a deal and is therefore discussing the formation of an international committee to help smooth the process. . .”

Caroline Glick: American Dollars

“. . . Earlier this month NGO Monitor released its report on foreign government funding of radical political Israeli NGOs which work to undermine Israel’s international standing and subvert Israeli society. Along with the usual European suspects who give millions of shekels (or Euros or pounds) to Israeli groups like this, it works out that the US government is also funding extremely radical organizations, courtesy of American taxpayers. Notably, the three groups that reported receiving funding from the US are all in the business of waging political warfare campaigns directed at the Israeli public.

“According to the report, in accordance with the NGO Transparency Law which requires NGOs to report on donations received from foreign governments, three Israeli NGOs received funding from the US. . .”

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: How Should We Treat American Jihadists?

“The legal answer is not going to help us.

“If a plane full of 200 American citizens is hijacked by foreign jihadists, the law does not tell us whether the president should shoot down the plane or let it be plowed into a skyscraper and kill 3,000 American citizens. It is the kind of excruciating decision that war makes necessary. Legal niceties do not tell us how to resolve it.

“That is the problem with our debate over the treatment of U.S. nationals who join the enemy’s forces in wartime — most urgently, over the targeted killing of our fellow citizens. We want the legal answer. But the legal answer is not going to help us. Under the Constitution, Americans who join the enemy may lawfully be treated like the enemy, which includes being attacked with lethal force. That, however, tells us only the outer limits of what is permissible. It does not tell us what we need to know: What should we do? . .  .”

Times of Israel: “Iran selects 16 new sites for nuclear plants”

“TEHRAN — Iran has selected 16 locations for the construction of nuclear power plants as part of a plan to generate 20,000 megawatts of electricity at multiple sites over the next 15 years.

“Iranian state TV said Saturday that experts at the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran had finished studies to select the best locations across the country. It added that sites were chosen in part for their resistance to earthquakes and military airstrikes.

“The Islamic Republic claims it needs 20 large-scale plants to meet its growing electricity needs over the next one-and-a-half decades. . .”


Bob Woodward, WaPo: “Obama’s sequester deal-changer”

Thx Mark Levin!

“The White House chief of staff at the time, Jack Lew, who had been budget director during the negotiations that set up the sequester in 2011, backed up the president two days later.

There was an insistence on the part of Republicans in Congress for there to be some automatic trigger,” Lew said while campaigning in Florida. It “was very much rooted in the Republican congressional insistence that there be an automatic measure.”

The president and Lew had this wrong. My extensive reporting for my book “The Price of Politics” shows that the automatic spending cuts were initiated by the White House and were the brainchild of Lew and White House congressional relations chief Rob Nabors — probably the foremost experts on budget issues in the senior ranks of the federal government. . .”

Jonah Goldberg, NRO: Blame Game Rages On over Looming Sequester

“Even with the sequester, the 2013 budget will be larger than last year’s. (emph added, jb) Is that really doomsday?

“We are just days away from a cataclysm of biblical proportions. The cuts foretold in the Budget Control Act of 2011 are young as far as prophecies go, but apparently they are every bit as terrifying as rivers of blood and plagues of locusts. Any day now we can expect White House spokesman Jay Carney to take to the podium and read a prepared statement: “And when he opened the seventh seal, there was a small decrease in the rate of increase in federal spending.”

“The great game in Washington is who will get the blame for something both House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama agree will be calamitous for the country. It is an argument so idiotic, it could pass for seriousness only in Washington. . .”

Peter Ferrara, Forbes: “As the Economy Recesses, Obama’s Global Warming Delusions Are Truly Cruel”

“. . . Obama cited as support for his threatened global warming regulatory jihad, “Yes, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15.”  The fact is also, however, that years of decline from a peak in global temperatures, as occurred in 1998 due to the entirely natural El Nino effect that year, can also be among the warmest on record.  (That global temperature record he is talking about only goes back about 125 years, most of which has been reflecting recovery of global temperatures from the “Little Ice Age” occurring roughly from 1350 to 1850.).

“That global temperature record has been flat lining for 16 years now. . .”


Star Parker, Town Hall: Preserve Gun Rights, Save Black Lives

“This past Friday my organization, CURE, sponsored a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, to bring attention to the importance of rigorously defending the right of all Americans, guaranteed under the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution, to own a gun. . .

“As John Lott, former chief economist of the US Sentencing Commission, recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal, “With just a single exception, the attack in Tucson last year, every public shooting in the U.S. in which three or more people have been killed since at least 1950 have occurred in a place where people are not allowed to carry their own firearms.”

“Regarding black reality, blacks are the least armed, least protected and defended, and the most assaulted citizens in our country.

“According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 42 percent of whites and 16 percent of blacks say that they have a pistol or rifle at home.

“And, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, for the period 1980 to 2008, ‘Blacks were six times more likely than whites to be homicide victims and eight times more likely to commit a homicide.’”

Cyrus Afzali, NewsMax: “Obama, Holder Called Out for Not Enforcing Existing Gun Laws”

Thx Ted,

“A group of 23 Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee Friday sent letters to President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder demanding existing gun laws be enforced before additional limitations are passed.
“The committee, which has held hearings in recent weeks on ways to prevent gun violence, again called into focus statistics that show a dramatic drop in federal weapons prosecutions over the past decade.
‘The letters cite a Syracuse University study that show firearms prosecutions under  President George W. Bush peaked at 11,015 in 2004 while the Obama administration has prosecuted about 7,774 firearms cases in 2012. . .

““A prosecution rate this low is not indicative of a Department of Justice that takes the act of illegally attempting to acquire a firearm seriously,” Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said in a statement accompanying the letters. .  .”
“In addition to Goodlatte, the letters were signed by Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (Wis.), Trent Franks (Ariz.), Howard Coble (N.C.), Lamar Smith (Texas), Steve Chabot (Ohio), Spencer Bachus (Ala.), Darrell Issa (Calif.), Randy Forbes (Va.), Steve King (Iowa), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Ted Poe (Texas), Jason Chaffetz (Utah), Steve Marino (Pa.), Trey Gowdy (S.C.), Mark Amodei (Nev.), Raul Labrador (Idaho), Blake Farenthold (Texas), George Holding (N.C.), Doug Collins (Ga.), Ron DeSantis (Fla.) and Keith Rothfus (Pa.).(emph added, jb)

Fox: “Task force backs Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law”

“TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law works and should not be overturned, but the standards for neighborhood watch groups should be looked at by the Legislature, a state task force concluded Friday.

“The 44-page report released by Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s office said people have a right to feel safe and secure in Florida and have a fundamental right to stand their ground and defend themselves from attack. Most of the recommendations had already been made public.

“The report, however, recommended that legislators look at neighborhood watch groups. . .”

Erica Ritz, The Blaze: “Wayne LaPierre’s Bold Claim About Universal Background Checks: ‘That Registry Will Be Used to Confiscate Your Guns’”

“National Rifle Association executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre continued speaking out against President Obama’s recent gun control proposals Saturday night, zeroing in on “the real consequences of background checks,” according to the NRA.

“The organization has been targeted by many on the left in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary last December.  While the NRA argues that more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens creates a safer community, many in the administration and on the left disagree, saying it leads to more gun violence and accidental deaths.

“Most recently, the NRA has been publicizing a memo it obtained from the Justice Department that says the success of universal background checks would depend in part on ‘requiring gun registration,’ and says gun buybacks would not be effective ‘unless massive and coupled with a ban.’”

Edward McClelland, NBC Chicago: “Mayor Emanuel’s Approval Rating in the Tank”

“The Washington Post has a blog post entitled “President Rahm? Maybe.” It cites Emanuel’s fundraising ability, knowledge of the political process, discipline and media contacts as reasons he could succeed his fellow Chicagoan, Barack Obama.

“But on the negative side, it has this to say:

“Emanuel allies insist that he has done much good for the city but it’s clear from the headlines that the dominant story of his time in office so far is the rising murder rate. The Chicago homicide rate in January was its highest in more than a decade and the Windy City has become a national talking point — and not in a good way — when it comes to violence. . . “

Mike Opelka, The Blaze: “Gaining Momentum: Now 44 Gun Companies Have Stopped Selling to Law Enforcement In Anti-2nd Amendment States”

The list of companies that have stopped selling firearms and ammunition to law enforcement agencies in states that are restricting the Second Amendment has more than doubled since Wednesday and is more than five times larger than just one week ago. There are 44 companies on our list, with more being added as we receive notification. Here are the additions since Wednesday:

Gregory Gwyn-Williams, CNS: “Firearms Companies Restricting Sales to Government Agencies in Areas That Restrict Gun Rights”

Rants and Truths

A familiar refrain, “If Bush had done this the media would be all over it”

An uncomfortable reality: Media follows it audience. Change audiences, Obama would campaign differently, and newspapers would tell different stories.

Problem: Right now, 55% of Americans want Pelosi back for a final two years.

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