CONTENTS: Carson to Pottstown; BOSTON; Boston to Ayers; Henninger – guns & killed babies; Limbaugh – immigration bill; No cops @ immigration intro; Boehm – PA per diems; Gibson – PALC; Reid shelved gun bill; Obama pissed; Limbaugh – BO tantrum; Glick – Jihad; Rubin – Jihadists in high gear; Soros obit; Announcements
“Few in U.S. See Guns, Immigration as Nation’s Top Problems” Gallup http://www.gallup.com/poll/161813/few-guns-immigration-nation-top-problems.aspx
“As the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings illustrates, getting lost in the crowd is no longer an easy feat. There are eyes — and cameras — everywhere.” David Crary, AP http://mail.aol.com/37614-111/cs_com-6/en-us/Suite.aspx
1775: The Revolutionary War began with the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
1865: Funeral services were held for Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C.
1897: The first Boston Marathon was run.
1933: Franklin D. Roosevelt announced that the U.S. was going off the gold standard.
1951: General Douglas MacArthur, relieved of command by President Truman, gave a farewell address to Congress, saying, “Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.”
1995: A bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)
October 13th, Dr. Ben Carson in Pottstown
“Coventry Christian School (CCS ): This year our distinguished guest and speaker, Dr. Carson, will be speaking to us on our dinner’s theme, “Faith of Our Fathers: The Role of Faith in American Schools.” Please join us as we welcome Dr. Carson to the Tri-County Area and celebrate the great things God is doing at CCS!
“To read a full bio on Dr. Carson, click here.
“Location: The Historic Sunnybrook Ballroom
“Time: Doors Open at 4:30pm, Dinner at 5:15
“Dress: Business / Professional
“To reserve your ticket or to become a dinner sponsor, please click here.”
BOSTON . . .
Red Eye Radio – a fine lesson through the night – reported gun and grenade battles in Cambridge and Watertown, “suspects” identified, one arrested and stripped, one shot but maybe not, one dead police officer, a 4×5 block arena in Watertown, lots of flashing blue lights, cell phones turned off, a Phillies jacket, everyone confined to their homes, and NBC as the most authoritative source. . . and a Saudi national was deported . . .
“Boston suspects are brothers, aged 19 and 20, and legal permanent U.S. residents of Chechen origin, sources say”
Aaron Klein,KleinonLine: “Released Saudi man member of al-Qaida clan? Prominent family includes senior jihadists, Gitmo prisoners”
“JERUSALEM – The Saudi national questioned by police in the investigation into the Boston Marathon attack shares the same last name as a major Saudi clan that includes scores of al-Qaida operatives.
“Some in the clan are senior al-Qaida members while others are reportedly being held by the U.S. in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba.
“Two Saudi nationals were reportedly injured in the bombings in Boston, with one, 20-year-old foreign student Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, initially put under armed guard at a hospital. Alharbi is reportedly studying in the U.S. on a student visa.
“A large group of federal and state law enforcement agents reportedly raided Alharbi’s apartment in Revere, Mass.
“CNN reported the search took place by consent, according to a federal law enforcement source, meaning no search warrant was needed
“Now the Saudi embassy in Washington has said Alharbi was no longer under detention and is not a suspect in the bomb blasts.
Aaron Klein,KleinonLine: “Claim: Arrests in Pakistan, Afghanistan in Boston Marathon probe. Al-Qaida forums boast of attack while no group takes responsibility?
Matt Drudge (4/19/13, 6 AM)
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LEADS . . .
Emmet Tyrell, American Spectator: “From Boston to Haymarket to Bill Ayers”
“WASHINGTON — When asked on left-leaning MSNBC why President Barack Obama refrained from describing the Boston bombings as a “terrorist attack” David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s longtime political adviser, readily saw a political opportunity. The blood had not yet been washed away from the streets. We had yet to count up the casualties. Yet Axelrod saw a political opening, an opportunity to advance one or another of his pet political issues. So he said, “I’m sure what was going though the president’s mind is — we really don’t know who did this — it was tax day.” Yes, tax day!
“This is not the response of a normal mind. . .’
Daniel Henninger, WSJ: “Clinging to Guns—and Abortion”
“Everyone clings to something, and we now know what liberals cling to.
“Atop the quotable Barack Obama there will be this: “And it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.”
“Everyone clings to something. But when it comes to criticizing unseemly political dependencies, it’s almost always liberals accusing them of clinging to positions and ideas that an enlightened society would have abandoned.
“But what do liberals cling to? Recent events have revealed two things. Gun control and abortion. . .”
Rush Limbaugh: “This Immigration Bill Just Makes No Sense”
“If the objective is to make Hispanics like you and you turn yourself into Santa Claus, then how do you turn yourself into Scrooge someday when you have to? You can’t. Also, the idea that the 11 million or whatever the number is will be quote/unquote legalized, but they won’t be able to vote for a while? We all know what Senator Schumer and the Democrats are going to do. Let’s say that this happens exactly as Senator Rubio spells it out.
“Within two months, Senator Schumer and the Democrats are gonna run to the microphones and cameras and they’re gonna start tugging at people’s heartstrings by saying, “How in the world can we be so cruel as to not let them vote? We’ve just legalized them. We’ve just welcomed them to our country. We’ve just created a pathway to citizenship for them. They are paying taxes, and they’re working. It’s unconscionable that they can’t vote.” And — voila! — they’ll be able to vote.
“Then, the fact that 70% of them vote Democrat becomes relevant. The fact that after the ’86 amnesty… There’s no doubt. There’s a correlation. We passed the ’86 amnesty, and the Republican Party lost California. Some of you are not old enough to recall it. The Republican Party used to own California. The Republican Party used to define it. Politically they used to own it, very close to it. The ’86 amnesty was the beginning of the end, and it’s gone now. It’s literally gone.
“Republicans are simply outnumbered. It can be birth, it can be any number of things, but regardless. They lost, and there are legitimate fears that the same thing is gonna happen to the country, that Republicans/conservatives are gonna end up just be outnumbered. . .”
Matt Boyle, Big Govt: “No Law Enforcement Figures Speak at Immigration Bill Press Conference”
“No law enforcement officials or representatives spoke to endorse the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill on Thursday at the group’s Capitol Hill press conference announcing it.
“Instead, at the ‘Gang of Eight’ press conference, as USA Today reported they would be, the senators were “joined by business leaders, like the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as labor leaders from the AFL-CIO and Service Employees International Union.”
“At the presser, Gang of Eight member Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that the bill means ‘the business community and organized labor rose to the occasion.’”
PA . . .
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “Per diem kings and queens for February 2013 (Updated)”
“HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania lawmakers collected more than $199,000 in per diems during the month of February, with state Rep. Michelle Brownlee, D-Philadelphia, leading the way.
“Per diems are a part of lawmakers’ overall compensation package and are included in the state constitution, which provides that members of the General Assembly should be paid for mileage. The payment totals are based on IRS reimbursement amounts for daily expenses and travel.
“Lawmakers can claim a per diem on any day when they are engaged in legislative activity – not only days when they are in session in Harrisburg – and they are not required to turn in receipts or otherwise report how the funds are used, though some do so voluntarily.
“Lawmakers who live less than 50 miles from Harrisburg are not eligible for per diems, though they – like all lawmakers – can be reimbursed for expenses by turning in receipts.
“Without commentary or reaction, we offer the list of February’s top 10 per diem recipients . . .”
Keegan Gibson, Politics PA: “Preview: 2013 Pa. Leadership Conference”
“If you’ve ever purchased an extra ticket at the gun raffle because you just can’t be sure what the United Nations is up to, we’ve got a weekend for you.
“Before there was such a thing as the Tea Party, Pa. movement conservatives organized the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference back in 1989. Here’s what, and who, to watch as they gather in Camp HIll this weekend for their annual meeting.
“The big Friday dinner will feature Gov. Tom Corbett, Sen. Pat Toomey, former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and will be keynoted by Weekly Standard columnist Steve Hayes.
“U.S. Reps. Scott Perry (R-York) and Keith Rothfus (R-Allegheny), each regular PLC attendees, will be at the Radisson Penn-Harris, too. . .”
GUNS . . .
David Sherfinski, Washington Times: “Reid shelves expanded gun-purchase background check legislation”
Senate Democrats shelved their gun control bill Thursday, saying that despite passionate pleas from families whose children died in December’s Connecticut rampage, they cannot muster enough votes to pass any of the major new restrictions they had hoped for.
Instead, advocates said they will step up their public campaign to try to sway opponents in the short term, with an eye to reviving the bill later this year, and also will take a look at campaigning against gun-rights supporters at the ballot box next year
“This will allow senators to keep negotiating,” said Mr. Reid, Nevada Democrat, who vowed, “We’re going to come back to this bill.”
Dave Boyer, Washington Times: “Obama angrily denounces gun-rights groups as willful liars”
“President Obama angrily blamed the defeat Wednesday of his centerpiece gun-control proposal on lies spread by the National Rifle Association, calling it “a pretty shameful day for Washington.”
“‘The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill,’ Mr. Obama said in the White House rose garden about 90 minutes after the vote. ‘It came down to politics.’
“As he spoke, Mr. Obama was surrounded by family members of victims of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. Also with him was former Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona, wounded in an assassination attempt.
“Senators voted 54-46 late Wednesday to expand background checks of gun purchases, six votes shy of the 60 needed for passage of the amendment.
“The vote was a huge blow to the president’s efforts . . .”
Rush Limbaugh: BO’s Tantrum
“. . . Everything is about 2014 and winning the House and having a one-party control government so he can basically implement whatever he wants with no opposition. Because, remember, that’s Obama’s objective, no opposition. He doesn’t want to debate people. He doesn’t want to persuade people. He doesn’t want to convince people. He wants no people in his way. So this bill was supposed to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate and then die in the House of Representatives, where he could blame it on Republicans, like he does everything, and then put that in the hopper of everything else he’s blaming on Republicans and let that be part of the ongoing campaign effort by the Democrats to win the House in 2014.
“He is mad because his party sandbagged him. He is mad, still is mad — he was livid –because the Democrats pulled a rug out from under him, four of them in the Senate. He’s mad at Dingy Harry. He’s mad at whoever it is that failed to get this done. . .”
Middle East . . .
Carolyn Glick, Real Clear Politics: “Moral Relativism and Jihad”
“Two events happened last week which should send a shiver down the spine of everyone concerned about the future of the American Jewish community. But to understand their importance it is important to consider the context in which they occurred.
“On January 13, The New York Times reported on a series of virulently anti-Jewish comments Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi made in speeches given in 2010. Among other things, Morsi said, “We must never forget, brothers, to nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred for them: for Zionists, for Jews.” He said that Egyptian children ‘must feed on hatred; hatred must continue. The hatred must go on for God and as a form of worshiping him.’
“In another speech, he called Jews ‘bloodsuckers,’ and ‘the descendants of apes and pigs.’
“Two weeks after the Times ran the story, the Obama administration sent four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt as part of a military aid package announced in December 2012 entailing the provision of 20 F-16s and 200 M1-A1 Abrams tanks.
“The Anti-Defamation League, AIPAC, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and other prominent American Jewish groups did not oppose the weapons transfer.
“With the American Jewish leadership silent on the issue, Israel found its national security championed by Sen. Rand Paul. He attached an amendment to a budget bill that would bar the US from transferring the advanced weapons platforms to Egypt.
“Paul explained, ‘Egypt is currently governed by a religious zealot… who said recently that Jews were bloodsuckers and descendants of apes and pigs. This doesn’t sound like the kind of stable personality we should be sending our most sophisticated weapons to.’
“Paul’s amendment was overwhelmingly defeated, due in large part to the silence of the American Jewish leadership. . .”
Barry Rubin, PJM: “Whoever Attacked Boston, the Revolutionary Islamist Terror War on America Is Still in High Gear”
“’. . . The attacks that are discounted are always radical Islamist ones, not left- or right-wing attacks due to purely domestic issues.
“Ironically, these forces are quite close to those the U.S. government policy is supporting in Syria and Egypt, and seeking good relations with in Lebanon and elsewhere.
“The line is drawn, of course, with al-Qaida. The difference between al-Qaida and the other revolutionary Islamist groups is that al-Qaida has an active strategy of targeting the United States for direct attack.
“It should be no mystery why the Obama administration has a pro-Islamist policy. It is based on the belief that these forces can be won over, convinced that America is not their enemy, or appeased so that they will continue their strategy of not launching terror attacks on the United States. So all groups outside of al-Qaida (and perhaps part of the Taliban) are redefined into being moderate Islamists. This is not fully done with Hamas, but Hamas is often defined as somewhat good in that it is supposedly restraining even more radical Salafists. . .”