BIG STUFF: Jindal – GOP belly-watching; Erickson – pro life; Bedard – EMP defense; Bedard – BO shares your health data; Farah – FBI resign; Tuttle – NRA t-shirt; Adams – left lost in court; Chumley – glock packer; Fund – O’Keefe stings; Sarah’s talk.
NSA: Google challenges gag order; Blumer – BO’s goals
Mideast: Rubin – BO’s backing for radicals; Ibrahim – losing Hagia Sophia
Syria: BO drops another $300M; Iran sends 4000 troops
Immigration: Dinan – Senate rejected fence; Lowry – Border games; York - crossings up
PA: Guzzardi – Bill Shuster; Daniels – tolls to rise; Boehm – Pension reform neglect
End Note: You can hear BO’s emergency directions on your cellphone
“ In a discussion with Real Clear Politics’ Tom Bevan and Charlie Stone during Morning Commute, [Bill] Ayers noted how Obama is no better than Johnson and Nixon. And that he should be put on trial for war crimes in the Hague over his drone policy.” Matt Vespa
“’But as Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the great Russian author, wrote,’ Savage said, ‘Everyone is guilty of something or has something to conceal. All one has to do is look hard enough to find what it is.’”
“The Gang of Eight is offering this basic deal: ‘We will pretend to enforce the law, if you pretend to believe us.’” Rich Lowry
Bobby Jindal, Politico: “GOP needs action, not navel-gazing”
“. . . At present it looks as if the entire Republican party needs to go to counseling. It’s really getting embarrassing, all these public professions of feelings of inadequacy. Every day it seems another jilted high-placed Republican in Washington is confessing to the voters; “It’s not you, it’s me…”
“Republican political correctness is all the rage, and it’s all roughly the same: we need to stop being conservative… we need to abandon our principles (at least the ones that don’t poll well)… we need to let the smart guys in Washington pick our candidates…we need big data and analytics so we can optimize… we need to be more libertarian…we need to endorse abortion…we need fewer debates…and the list goes on.
The overall level of panic and apology from the operative class in our party is absurd and unmerited. It’s time to stop the bedwetting.
“Let’s remember a few things:
1) We have 30 Governors
2) We took control of the House in 2010 and held it in 2012
3) Obama ran a tremendous campaign in 2008, and our outgoing president was unpopular
4) The just completed presidential campaign strategy of playing it safe and assuming a poor economy would win it for us was an obvious mistake.
“How about we take all of this energy being spent on autopsies and focus it on painting a picture for the American public, particularly for young people, of what a free and prosperous American future will look like with smart conservative policies.
No more self-analysis; we’ve had our catharsis. The season for navel gazing has passed. . . “
Erick Erickson, Red State:” How Many Kids Will Die Before Pro-Lifers Are Willing to Move the Ball Toward Life?”
“House Republicans have the opportunity to save the lives of children and put the Democrats on defense all in one turn. They are set to consider legislation that would prohibit abortions in the United States after 20 weeks, which is the point a child in the womb can feel pain.
“In light of the Kermit Gosnell horror story, you would expect a majority of Americans would support this legislation. They do. The GOP put in exceptions for rape and incest so the left cannot demonize them as being at war with women. As Trent Franks of Arizona noted, the instances of abortions due to rape is not high, nor are the instances of abortion due to incest. While they happen, they are not most common.
“In other words, the House Republicans are set to restrict abortions in America in a way that the overwhelming majority of both men and women in the United States support. This will result in lives saved. It will put the Democrats on the defense on abortion in a way they haven’t been since the partial birth abortion ban.
“Sadly, like Lt. Colonel Nicholson unwilling to blow up the damn bridge over the River Kwai, some pro-life groups are unable to bring themselves to actually save children from having their brains sucked out or injected with saline or all the other gruesome ways they are slaughtered. These pro-life groups have decided it is better that all children to be aborted keep getting aborted rather than spare the majority unless the law gets rid of the exception for rape and incest.
“This is having ramifications for the legislation. . .”
Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner: “Lights out – House plan would protect nation’s electricity from solar flare, nuclear bomb”
“. . . Dubbed the Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage Act, the legislation would push the federal government to install grid-saving devices such as surge protectors to protect against an attack.
“It is critical that we protect our major transformers from cascading destruction. The Shield Act encourages industry to develop standards necessary to protect our electric infrastructure against both natural and man-made EMP events,” said Rep. Trent Franks, the Arizona Republican who is offering up the bipartisan bill.
“Electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, has come into focus because of fears the sun is pushing out unusually big solar flares that can disrupt the electric grid. Defense officials are also worried about a terrorist attack, possibly in the form of a small nuclear bomb exploded overhead . . . “
Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner: “Obamacare will share personal health info with federal, state agencies”
“A new 253-page Obamacare rule issued late Friday requires state, federal and local agencies as well as health insurers to swap the protected personal health information of anybody seeking to join the new health care program that will be enforced by the Internal Revenue Service.
Protected health information, or PHI, is highly protected under federal law, but the latest ruling from the Department of Health and Human Services allows agencies to trade the information to verify that Obamacare applicants are getting the minimum amount of health insurance coverage they need from the health “exchanges.”
The ruling, explained on pages 72-73 of the book-thick guidance, does not mention any requirement that applicants first OK the release of their PHI.
Joseph Farah, WND: FBI director should hand in his badge now!
Democrat election data? THX Ted. . .
“Exclusive: Joseph Farah demands resignation of official who ignores national security threat
“. . . It’s time for [FBI Director Robert] Mueller to go. I know he is a short-termer and leaving office soon. But it’s not soon enough.
“This guy is not exactly Elliott Ness.
“He’s been in the job too long – since a week before Sept. 11, 2001.
“He obviously didn’t learn enough from that experience.
“It’s time for an immediate change.
“It’s also good to know there are at least a few members of Congress who know what’s really going on in this country – people like Louis Gohmert.
“It’s also time to dismantle the surveillance state on general principle. It’s un-American to the core. But there’s another good reason to destroy it: Government not only ignores the vital information at its fingertips, it also misuses it, misinterprets it, fails to connect the dots and misses the forest for the trees because of the overwhelming amount of data it collects.
“I don’t know what’s scarier – the fact that government collects information from every American surreptitiously or that it uses all the wrong criteria in figuring out who really represents a threat to the safety and security of our country and citizenry. . .”
Ian Tuttle, NRO: “Eighth-Grader Who Refused to Remove NRA Shirt Could Face Year in Prison”
“Perhaps a suddenly firearm-friendly President Obama can put in a good word for Jared Marcum. In April, Marcum, an eighth-grader at Logan Middle School in Logan, W. Va., was arrested when he refused to take off his NRA t-shirt. The New York Daily News reports:
‘The clothing kerfuffle began when Marcum wore a shirt bearing the NRA’s logo and a hunting rifle. As he stood in line in the cafeteria, a teacher ordered him to either change shirts or turn it inside out.
‘Marcum declined and was sent to the office, where an officer was dispatched after he again refused to comply with the school’s request.
Cops arrested him and charged him with disrupting the educational process and obstructing an officer.’
“Late last week Marcum ‘appeared before a judge and was officially charged with obstructing an officer,’ reports Fox News. If convicted, he could face up to a $500 fine or a year in prison. He will be back in front of the judge on July 11 if his attorney cannot get the charge dismissed before then. . . “
J. Christian Adams, PJM: “Left Loses Big in Citizenship-Verification Supreme Court Case”
“. . . Earlier today, I called the decision a nothingburger. After re-reading the case and reflecting a bit more, it’s clear that the decision was a disaster for the Left and their victory cackles are hollow — and they know it.
“Worse, conservatives dooms-dayers who have never litigated a single National Voter Registration Act case have taken to the airwaves, describing the case as a disaster which invites illegal-alien voting. . .
“Before the decision today, here is what the Left wanted:
- Invalidation of Arizona’s requirement that those submitting a federal form provide proof of citizenship with their federal form. Mind you, the citizenship-proof requirement is NOT part of federal law and the Election Assistance Commission does NOT require it in the form they drafted.
- Invalidation of state citizenship-verification requirements when a state voter registration form is used (yes, such forms exist separate from the federal requirement) on the basis of federal preemption. They wanted the Arizona case to invalidate all state citizenship-verification requirements.
- Automatic registration if a registrant submits a completed federal EAC approved registration form, no questions asked.
- Federal preemption on the ability for states to have customized federal EAC-approved forms that differed from the default EAC form.
- Federal preemption over states, like Florida and Kansas, looking for independent information on citizenship to root out noncitizens from the voter rolls. Again, the Left wanted the federal EAC form to be the no-questions-asked ticket to the voter rolls.
So what is the score on these five goals after Justice Scalia’s opinion today? Election-integrity advocates are batting .800; left wing groups, .200. And the most insignificant issue of the five is the one issue the Left won. Justice Scalia foiled 4 of 5 of their goals, and the 4 biggest ones.”
Another view – Rush Limbaugh: “Justice Thomas and Senator Cruz on the Arizona Voting Law”
“”Ted Cruz didn’t wait long to mount a legislative response to the Supreme Court’s ruling against Arizona’s voter registration rule. An amendment submitted by the Texas senator on Monday afternoon to the Senate’s immigration bill would ‘permit states to require proof of citizenship for registration to vote in elections for federal office.’ Cruz’s measure would amend the National Voter Registration Act. ‘Today #SCOTUS ruled federal “Motor Voter” law preempts AZ proof-of-citizenship requirement for voter registration,’ Cruz said on Twitter. ‘I’ll file amendment to immigration bill that permits states to require ID before registering voters & close this hole in fed statutory law.’”
“And that’s a great response to this ruling yesterday. In fact, I think it’s somewhat outrageous that the Motor Voter law was passed without requiring any proof of citizenship in the first place, but that was no accident. The Democrats want as many people voting as possible. What the Democrats wanted out of this was anybody can register, anybody can get on the rolls, that’s what they wanted. Now, they didn’t get that in the ruling, but they wanted it. . .”
Cheryl Chumley, Washington Times: “Glock block: Pistol-packing Oregon neighborhood fights crime wave”
“An Oregon community fed up with rising petty neighborhood crime and dissatisfied with police response has taken matters into their own hands. They’ve organized a citizens’ watchdog group – armed with Glock handguns and ready to protect their property.
Their pamphlets, posted in noticeable spots around town, states: “This is a Glock Block. We don’t call 911,” KOIN.com first reported.
“The community is Jennings Lodge, located in Clackamas County. And the fliers aren’t just idle warnings.
Community members have actually pursued conceal carry permits in order to fend off the crime wave, which includes everything from stolen lawn ornaments to vandalism, the Daily Mail reported.
“We’re starting a new group,” said Clackamas County resident, Coy Toloman, in a KOIN report. “We don’t feel neighborhood watch is sufficient, and we don’t feel the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is sufficient. . . ”
John Fund, NRO: “O’Keefe Sting Catches ‘Obamaphone’ Salesmen on Camera: ‘I Don’t Care What You Do With It’”
“James O’Keefe is back. His new book Breakthrough chronicling his undercover video takedowns of ACORN, NPR, and local election officials who ignore voter fraud is being published today. He also has a new video out that should embarrass two companies who distribute government-paid-for “Obamaphones” to people who claim they lack cellular service. Company reps are seen handing them out to O’Keefe allies who say they will sell them for drug money, to buy handbags, or to pay their bills. No objection is heard.
O’Keefe will appear on tonight’s O’Reilly Factor to discuss just how much of a scam the $2.2 billion federal program (paid for by fees tacked on to cell-phone bills) has become. “The free phones offered with the program became known as “Obamaphones” last year when a YouTube video was seen by over 8 million people. It showed a woman at a campaign rally declaring she was voting for Obama because he had given her a free phone.
“Representative Tim Griffin, an Arkansas Republican, has sponsored legislation to end the Lifeline cell-phone subsidy for the poor. . . “
MORE: David Martosko, UK Mail: “EXCLUSIVE: Hidden camera catches wireless company employees passing out ‘Obama phones’ to people who say they’ll SELL them for drugs, shoes, handbags and spending cash
- The ‘Lifeline’ free-cell-phone scheme cost $2.2 BILLION last year alone, all of it from fees added to the phone bills of paying customers
- The biggest beneficiary other than low-income consumers is billionaire Carlos Slim Helu, whose TracFone has collected $1.5 BILLION to date
- One company told MailOnline it will fire a salesperson who laughed uproariously when a woman said she would sell her phone to buy shoes
- Conservative firebrand James O’Keefe sent undercover actors to pose as ‘Obama phone’ seekers aiming to sell the goods; no one turned them down
- Legislation in Congress would remove the cell phone component of the program, which launched in 1984 and covered only land lines until 2008”
Sarah Palin’s Talk
NSA . . .
Craig Timberg, WaPo: “Google challenges U.S. gag order, citing First Amendment”
“Google asked the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Tuesday to ease long-standing gag orders over data requests it makes, arguing that the company has a constitutional right to speak about information it’s forced to give the government.
The legal filing, which cites the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech, is the latest move by the California-based tech giant to protect its reputation in the aftermath of news reports about sweeping National Security Agency surveillance of Internet traffic.
Tom Blumer, PJM: Harassment and Intimidation: The Goals of Obama’s Information Dragnet”
“It may be working.
“The past month’s news about our national government’s acceleration towards tyranny (“arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority”) made me recall the most memorable lines in “Like a Rolling Stone,” arguably Bob Dylan’s best work, and according to Rolling Stone magazine the best rock and roll song ever.
“Dylan’s masterpiece is a sarcastic six-minute ‘See, I told you so’ directed at a condescending high-society princess. She thought she had it all, only to see it disappear at the hands of a betraying, conniving beau. As a result, she is forced to fight for her everyday survival like most of the rest of us.
“In his final verse, Dylan tells her:
When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose.
You’re invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.
“I would like to be wrong, but I fear that more people than ever who could help put a stop to this nation’s government-sponsored madness have reached a dangerous conclusion, namely that they have plenty to lose, and that they’re better off staying invisible.
“Recent news about activities during the past several years of President Barack Obama’s Internal Revenue Service, misnamed Department of Justice, and National Security Agency has probably convinced many people who might otherwise make a difference that getting involved is simply not worth the risk to their reputations, their families, their friendships, or their careers . . . “
MIDDLE EAST . . .
Barry Rubin, PJM: “Obama Doctrine: Back Middle East Radicals Despite Ten Previous Western Failures”
“There is a long history of Western powers believing that they could manipulate or work with radical Arabic-speaking states or movements to redo the regional order. All have ended badly.
– During the 1880s and 1890s, Germany became convinced that it could turn the forces of jihad against British, French, and Russian rivals. The kaiser presented himself as the Muslim world’s friend, and German propaganda even hinted that their ruler had converted to Islam.
– In World War One, the Germans launched a jihad, complete with the Ottoman caliph’s proclamation. Wiser heads warned that the Ottoman ruler didn’t have real authority to do so, or that the raising of the jihad spirit could cause massacres of Christians in the empire. They were ignored.
As a result, few responded to this jihad; Armenians were massacred at times with at least the passive complicity of the German government.
– Nevertheless, Adolf Hitler, whose close comrades included many veterans of the earlier jihad strategy, tried the same approach in World War Two. This time, the Jews in the Middle East were to be the massacred scapegoats. Yet despite close collaboration by the leader of the Palestine Arabs Hajj Amin al-Husseini and the Muslim Brotherhood, among others, the defeat of the German armies along with other factors (incompetence, unkept Arab promises, and German priorities) prevented this alliance from succeeding.
By the way: the Nazi collaborators were the same Muslim Brotherhood to which the United States is allied today. There are huge amounts of archival evidence, including documents showing Nazi payments to the Brotherhood and providing them with arms for a rebellion to kill Christians and Jews in Egypt.
Raymond Ibrahim, PJM: “Christendom’s Greatest Cathedral to Become a Mosque
“Turkey is reclaiming its jihadi past, while Europe is simultaneously erasing its own Christian heritage.
“While unrest in Turkey continues to capture attention, more subtle and more telling events concerning the Islamification of Turkey — and not just at the hands of Prime Minister Erdogan but majorities of Turks — are quietly transpiring. These include the fact that Turkey’s Hagia Sophia museum is on its way to becoming a mosque.
“Why does the fate of an old building matter?
“Because Hagia Sophia — Greek for “Holy Wisdom” — was for some thousand years Christianity’s greatest cathedral. Built in 537 A.D. in Constantinople, the heart of the Christian empire, it was also a stalwart symbol of defiance against an ever encroaching Islam from the east.
“After parrying centuries of jihadi thrusts, Constantinople was finally sacked by Ottoman Turks in 1453. Its crosses desecrated and icons defaced, Hagia Sophia — as well as thousands of other churches — was immediately converted into a mosque, the tall minarets of Islam surrounding it in triumph.
“Then, after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, as part of several reforms, secularist Ataturk transformed Hagia Sophia into a “neutral” museum in 1934 — a gesture of goodwill to a then-triumphant West from a then-crestfallen Turkey.
“Thus the fate of this ancient building is full of portents. . . “
SYRIA . . .
Ian Johnston, NBC: “Obama announces extra $300 million in aid for Syrians, refugees”
“The U.S. is to give more than $300 million in additional “life-saving humanitarian assistance” to Syrians caught up in the country’s civil war, Barack Obama has announced, taking the total amount given since the conflict began to nearly $815 million.
“At the G-8 summit in Ireland, President Obama spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss his goals in intervening in the Syrian conflict. Meanwhile polls show the American public does not want to arm Syrian rebels. NBC’s Chuck Todd reports.
The extra money will be used to pay for food, medical care, clean water, shelter and other relief supplies for people in Syria and some of the 1.6 million refugees who have fled to neighboring countries.
“The president announced the extra money during a meeting with world leaders at the Group of Eight summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, on Monday. . . “
Susannah Hills, UK Daily Mail: “Iran to send 4,000 troops to support President Assad in Syria as British Armed Forces play war games on border”
“- 350 Royal Marines on way to Jordan as part of ‘multinational exercise’
“- David Cameron welcomed Barack Obama’s vow to provide ‘military aid’ to Syrian rebels but has so far only promised Britain’s ‘non-lethal’ support
“ Britain and U.S. to tackle Putin for supporting Syria’s president at G8 meet
“ Videos on YouTube shows rebels with shoulder-fired heat-seeking missiles
“Clips prompt fears arming rebels will put weapons in hands of extremists
IMMIGRATION . . .
Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: “Senate rejects border fence”
“Senators on Tuesday rejected building the 700 miles of double-tier border fencing Congress authorized just seven years ago, with a majority of the Senate saying they didn’t want to delay granting illegal immigrants legal status while the fence was being built.
“The 54-39 vote to reject the fence shows the core of the immigration deal is holding. The vote broke mostly along party lines, though five Republicans, including Sen. Marco Rubio and the rest of the bill’s authors, voted against the fence, and two Democrats voted for it.
“Republicans had offered the fence as a way to build the confidence of voters skeptical that the government will enforce its laws, but opponents said building more fencing is costly, would take too long, and shouldn’t be dictated by Washington.
“‘I think we should leave that to the best judgment of the Border Patrol,’ said Sen. John McCain, one of the eight senators who wrote the immigration bill.
Rich Lowry, RCP: “The Border-Enforcement Game”
“ . . . The Gang of Eight bill purports to create an exit-entry visa system that Congress has been mandating since 1996. Back then, only the most cynical of observers would have believed that 17 years later, Congress would seek to pass a new amnesty for roughly 11 million illegal aliens partly in exchange for the very same entry-exit system. But in the immigration debate, cynicism always pays.
“In 2006, Congress passed a law calling for about 700 miles of double-layer fencing on the border. We’ve built about 36 miles, or a good, solid 5 percent. At this rate, we’ll have all the double fencing in another 130 years. The rest of the mileage is various forms of inferior fencing, in keeping with a loophole Congress passed the very next year giving the Department of Homeland Security discretion in how it would go about building the fence.
Executive discretion is where border enforcement goes to die, and as it happens, the Gang of Eight enforcement provisions are entirely at the mercy of the executive. The secretary of homeland security merely submits a plan to do the things the executive branch has been mandated to do, but failed to do in the past. Who decides whether it is working? The secretary of homeland security.
“This is so self-evidently ridiculous, even the Gang of Eight apparently realizes it needs to make some gesture toward toughening the bill. For his part, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is doing the best Hamlet since John Gielgud. He is refusing to say whether he will vote “yes” on his own Gang of Eight bill after spending months drafting, defending and helping shepherd it to the floor. He has supposedly discovered that the enforcement provisions are inadequate, although he has done countless interviews insisting the bill contains the ‘toughest immigration-enforcement measures in the history of the United States.’
“Another basic problem in the architecture of the bill is that the amnesty comes before anything else, giving the Obama administration, ethnic interest groups and the business lobby every incentive to resist any enforcement measures after they pass (emph added, jb). . . “
Also: NRO Editors: “Rubio’s Folly, Cont.”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Rise in illegal crossings roils immigration debate”
“There was a striking moment in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s debate on the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill when Republican Jeff Sessions and Democrat Charles Schumer argued over the number of immigrants who would be allowed into the country under the new legislation.
“Sessions cited reports suggesting the figure would be more than 20 million over the next decade in addition to the 11 million or so who are already in the United States illegally. Schumer took issue with that, although he wouldn’t name a figure of his own.
“Then Schumer declared the whole dispute beside the point. “It is not that, ‘Oh, this bill is allowing many more people to come into this country than would have come,’ ” he said. ‘They are coming. They’re either coming under law or not under law.’
“The Democratic leader of the Gang of Eight continued: ‘This argument that there are going to be 20 million new people in this country under this bill ignores the fact that there are going to be lots of millions … in the country illegally if we don’t have a bill.’
“What made the exchange notable was that many Democrats who oppose more stringent border security measures argue that after recent increases in spending and resources the U.S.-Mexico border is already pretty secure – ‘as secure now as it has ever been,’ in the words of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. They also suggest that the number of illegal crossers is at an all-time low and will likely never rise again to levels seen in the 1990s and 2000s.
“What Schumer conceded, perhaps in an unguarded moment, is that the border remains quite porous, and the U.S. can expect ‘lots of millions’ to cross illegally in coming years if nothing more is done. The disagreement on Capitol Hill, of course, is over what should be done, but Schumer’s off-the-cuff analysis provides a lot of material for Republicans pressing for a guarantee of greater security measures before millions of illegal immigrants are given legal status.
“That GOP position received an even bigger boost Monday with a report from the border in the New York Times. The crux of the story is that the number of illegal crossings is rising, and in response to greater security measures in Arizona, the flow from Mexico has shifted east to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. . .”
PA . . .
Bob Guzzardi: “Bill Shuster? Sushi Aid in $1 Trillion U.S. Farm Bill Irks Watchdogs – Bloomberg”
“Are the voters of US9 fiscal common sense conservatives or will they try to reelect Bill Shuster?
“Bill Shuster's district no longer includes Squishy Cumberland County home of "not a registered democrat" Pat Vance with familial ties to uber hack Mike Long.
“Bill Shuster's district now includes Indiana County and part of over the top hack Rob Gleason's Cambria county.
“The Shuster dynasty has ruled from1972 when national debt was ZERO. It
is now $16 trillion, in part, to Shuster supported earmarks and vast
expansion of ‘transportation ‘ spending.
“One Family Rule is not a Limited Government value. Sam Smith disagrees.
“Will challengers to Mike Fleck and Dick Hess emerge?
Melissa Daniels, PA Independent: Audit: $50 toll ahead without PA turnpike debt reform”
““If we don’t do something about this by the year 2021, it will cost $50 for the average working Pennsylvanian just to travel across our state,” said Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. “That is just unsustainable. There is no way that we can ask the average Pennsylvanian to pay that.”
“DePasquale released a special audit Tuesday morning showing how much debt the turnpike will incur if lawmakers don’t end that $450 million annual payment. The money transfer, required by Act 44, offsets state costs for roads, bridges and public transit.
“He concludes that Act 44 has already cost the turnpike about $3.9 billion in debt as of 2012, a figure that will only grow as payments continue. Because of that debt, the average toll rate per mile has grown from 5.9 cents in 2007 to 10.9 cents in 2013, an increase of 84 percent.
“Already, a full ride on the turnpike costs drivers $39.15, nearly double the charge when Act 44 passed in 2007. By 2057, when the Act 44 obligation expires, it would cost nearly $150 dollars to drive across Pennsylvania on the turnpike, from the Ohio state line to Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County. . .”
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “Pension reforms finally ready to move, even as state plans to keep underfunding”
“HARRISBURG – It’s the last of Gov. Tom Corbett’s three major policy initiatives to leave the starting blocks, but reforms to the state’s public pension systems will finally get a public hearing this week.
“The House State Government Committee has plans for a hearing on the governor’s pension reform proposals Wednesday morning, less than two weeks before lawmakers expect to take heir summer vacations after the state budget deadline, June 30. That leaves little time for lawmakers to enact a major overhaul of the two pension systems.
The governor’s other two top priorities — liquor privatization and higher levels of funding for roads and bridges — have managed to clear half of the General Assembly while the pension overhaul remains at the starting line.
“State lawmakers are set to move forward on a state budget without Corbett’s proposed pension changes, though they will continue to underfund the pensions. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Bill Hoft, Gateway Pundit: “AT&T to Load iPhones With Emergency Alerts From Obama – That You Can’t Switch Off”
‘AT&T has begun rolling out Wireless Emergency Alerts updates for iPhone 4S and 5, so you won’t be the last folks to know if the entire northern hemisphere is about to be covered in ice à la Day After Tomorrow.
‘You’ll receive a notification from the carrier when your update is ready, but only if you’re using iOS 6.1 or higher.
‘Once installed, AMBER and Emergency alerts are automatically sent to your phone unless you switch them off via Settings. However, should you be tired of Obama, just know that there’s no way to switch off Presidential alerts. ‘
“So now Barack can track your calls and send you messages, too.