Dead Cats: BECK, 06/21/13, (8)73: James Brody

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BIG STUFF: Beck’s talk; Bachmann’s talk; One nation?; Lowry – Rand Paul; McClure – fired cell sellers; Merline – local govt ducks health care; Gardiner – BO bombed in Berlin; Bastasch – Repeal ethanol; Sink – West to challenge Rubio

Lonegan: runs

IRS: Noonan – Case not closed

NSA: Greenwald – rules bent; Kumar – secrets amass; Hickins – computer gangs

Immigration: Cooke – non-debate; Picket – Corker-Hoeven; Moran – Boehner supreme; Avila – Senate to push border security; Elliot – 5 lies of amnesty

PA: Toomey pushes immig ceiling; PA does 401s; Privatization lite

Announcements

“The president has a closer relation to the Taliban than to the TEA party.” Dr. Marty

6:35 AM,6/20/13, Morning In America

“The question of whether Barack Obama’s second term will be a failure was answered in the affirmative before his Berlin debacle, which has recast the question, which now is: Will this term be silly, even scary in its detachment from reality?” George Will

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-f-will-obama-hits-a-wall-in-berlin/2013/06/20/bfff0426-d9df-11e2-a016-92547bf094cc_story.html

“The reason the immigration system isn’t working is because our politicians and government aren’t allowing it to work. They aren’t enforcing the laws, they aren’t funding the border patrol, and they aren’t standing up for the core principles of the country. Mark asks if illegal immigrants that come here want to go on this path to citizenship, will they be forced to renounce their citizenship? We’re told that all they want to do is be a part of America – well how bad do they want it? Also, if we’re not going to deport illegals, why should we bother giving them citizenship?” Mark Levin

http://www.marklevinshow.com/common/page.php?pt=June+20%2C+2013&id=3993&is_corp=0

ACTION ALERT: WEST CHESTER  TEA

S.744 – Schumer-Rubio-Obama Amnesty Bill

Please call Senator Toomey and asked him to vote NO

on the Gang of 8 Amnesty Bill

It has come to our attention that Senator Toomey is unclear as to how he is going to vote.  Let’s help him make the constitutional decision which is the duty of Congress to protect our borders.

Please call, fax or e-mail all this week.

Senator Harry Reid would like to push this Bill through by end of week.

Allentown/Lehigh Valley: Phone: (610) 434-1444

Toll-free phone (for callers in PA): 1-855-552-1831

Fax: (610) 434-1844

Philadelphia: Phone: (215) 241-1090

Fax: (215) 241-1095

Washington, D.C.: Phone: (202) 224-4254

Fax: (202) 228-0284

June 21st

1788: The U.S. Constitution became the law of the land when New Hampshire became the ninth and final state needed to ratify it.

1834: Cyrus McCormick of Virginia patented the first successful mechanical grain reaper.

1893: The first Ferris wheel opened at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

2004: SpaceShipOne, piloted by Mike Melvill, became the first privately built spacecraft to carry a human into space. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)

Glenn Beck’s Talk: To an estimated crowd of 15,000 (?)

Thx Ted! I wish all the folks shopping, dozing, and jabbering on H Street had come and listened. Likewise for those smug libs at Geo. Washington U . . .

“. . . Let’s get a couple of things straight. What MLK and Gandhi did was not progressive or new. It was an ancient idea. Hollywood, Woodstock, nor the hippie culture was the source of power of the 1960s freedom movement.

“God was.

“He was leading those who risked their lives over that bridge in Selma, not Janice Joplin, Columbia University, or a labor union. It wasn’t John Lennon that taught people about love and peaceful resistance — that job fell on the shoulders of a Jewish carpenter. And it is there that we will find the answers that will break the chains that are being forged for a new generation of slaves.

“The rights that so many Americans ignorantly preach about so often are not really their rights. They belong to God and they are given to us for stewardship. They are pretty important and obvious. So obvious that we used to say they were “self-evident,” meaning that humans don’t need to be taught; you instinctively know that you have a right not to be executed without a trial, held without charge, searched without warrant or spied upon without cause.

“The government is no longer the protector of those civil rights, and so we must be. When we are told that it is okay for the IRS, EPA, ATF, FBI or anyone to hassle, threaten or intimidate others because of their skin color, religion or political belief, we stop being the country that we all want to build, and start being the country the world should fear.

“The long train of abuses regarding these rights are the same MLK marched against, and the very same our dusty founders warned us about losing. .  . “

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/we-will-no-longer-accept-the-lies-becks-prepared-remarks-for-washington-d-c-rally/

http://www.glennbeck.com/2013/06/19/glenn-gives-rousing-civil-rights-speech-outside-the-capitol/

More: Alex Pappas, Daily Caller: “Tea party against sending arms to Syrian rebels”

WASHINGTON — At a large tea party rally Wednesday, conservative talk show host Glenn Beck changed the topic from domestic policy, railing against the Obama administration’s arming of Syrian rebels while the crowd booed loudly in agreement.

“The move was striking, as since its inception in 2009, the tea party has largely stayed away from foreign policy issues, emphasizing issues of limited government instead.

“’Now they are plotting a new war with Syria,’ Beck said of the Obama administration during the ‘Audit the IRS’ tea party rally, drawing boos from the thousands in attendance on the West Lawn of the Capitol. . .”

http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/19/tea-party-against-sending-arms-to-syrian-rebels/

More: Bryan Preston, PJ Media: “Thousands Turn Out to Protest IRS Abuse – ‘Targeted Enough Already’

Rally pictures . .  .

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/06/19/thousands-turn-out-to-protest-irs-abuse-targeted-enough-already/

No blacks attended.

Michele Bachmann’s Talk

She drew an audience of about 2000 and asked 30 youngsters to surround her on the podium as she shouted to us, “These are the reasons we’re here!” (She mothered  five children and fostered another two dozen.)  And a remark of tactical relevance: “I’m going to be here for a long, long, long, long, long, long time.” She’s not running again. I hope this former tax lawyer has found a gig roasting pieces of IRS agents!

Her immediate goal is to slow down Harry Reid’s version of the immigration bill.

No blacks attended.

Highlights at http://pjmedia.com/blog/this-bully-nature-of-government-tea-party-rallies-in-washington-amid-irs-controversy/

“One nation, indivisible . . .”

I’m not so sure. The crowd responded strongly to immigration, fair tax, Syria, dishonest politicians, government size, and the NSA, IRS, TSA, DHS, EPA, Justice Department, and HHS. Meanwhile, BO spoke again at the Brandenburg Gate … this time from behind bullet-proof glass and to a shocked crowd of 5000. He defended the NSA.

The Capitol Police could tell us where we could walk but not where events were, Jenny Beth got our permit two days before the event, our demonstrations on immigration and on taxes were separated, leadership  reports being told that audience members could not move from one event to another.

See Nile Gardiner, UK Telegraph: “Barack Obama bombs in Berlin: a weak, underwhelming address from a floundering president”

When John F. Kennedy delivered his “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate on June 26, 1963, 450,000 people flocked to hear him. Fifty years later a far more subdued invitation-only crowd of 4,500 showed up to hear Barack Obama speak at the same location in Berlin. As The National Journal noted, “he didn’t come away with much, winning just a smattering of applause from a crowd that was one-hundredth the size of JFK’s,” and far smaller than the 200,000 boisterous Germans who had listened to his 2008 address as a presidential candidate.

“In stark contrast to that of his presidential predecessors, Barack Obama’s message on Wednesday was pure mush, another clichéd “citizens of the world” polemic with little substance. This was a speech big on platitudes and hopeless idealism, while containing much that was counter-productive for the world’s superpower. Ultimately it was little more than a laundry list of Obama’s favourite liberal pet causes, including cutting nuclear weapons, warning about climate change, putting an end to all wars, shutting Guantanamo, ending global poverty, and backing the European Project. It was a combination of staggering naiveté, the appeasement of America’s enemies and strategic adversaries, and the championing of more big government solutions.

“There was little in this speech that advances US interests, or makes the world a safer place  . . . ”

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100222637/barack-obama-bombs-in-berlin-a-weak-underwhelming-address-from-a-floundering-president/

Rich Lowry, RCP: “The Rand Paul Moment”

“You won’t find him on any Federal Election Commission disclosure forms, but Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is the biggest in-kind donor to the incipient Rand Paul for president campaign.

Whatever its merits, the National Security Agency meta-data program couldn’t be better fashioned to play into fears of the government. Is it vast? Yes. Was it secret? Check. Does it arguably run outside the normal checks and balances of government? Uh-huh. Does it raise profound questions about privacy? Roger.

This is the kind of issue Rand Paul was born and (literally) raised to raise holy hell over. And it isn’t just the NSA program lately. The leak about the program came on the heels of revelations that the IRS was singling out tea party groups for extra scrutiny and invasive questions, and on the heels of the AP and James Rosen investigations.

Add in the gun control fight from earlier this year and Paul is nearly 4-for-4 in fights sticking up, in his view, for the first four amendments of the Bill of Rights. The only thing that is missing is the third, because no has proposed the quartering of troops in our homes — yet. .  .”

http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=B7D987D9-EBA3-4079-8D7D-6C3D42058CC7

Caitlin McClure, Daily Caller: “3 cell phone service employees fired after O’Keefe ‘Obamaphone’ video”

“Three cell phone service employees have been fired after they were caught on camera handing charity phones to people who claimed they would turn around and sell them.

Project Veritas, led by conservative activist James O’Keefe, released video on Tuesday showing the workers giving free phones to people wearing undercover cameras, despite the applicants’ claims that they would sell the phones for drugs and spending money.

http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/19/3-cell-phone-service-employees-fired-after-okeefe-obamaphone-video/

John Merline, Investors: “Local Governments Reeling Under ObamaCare Costs”

“local governments across the country have been quietly doing exactly the same thing — cutting part-time hours specifically so they can skirt ObamaCare’s costly employer mandate, while complaining about the law in some of the harshest terms anyone has uttered in public.

“The result is that part-time government workers — many of them low-income — face pay cuts that can top $3,000 a year, and yet will still be left without employer-provided benefits…”
http://news.investors.com/061913-660419-local-governments-cut-hours-to-avoid-obamacare-mandate.htm

Nile Gardiner, UK Telegraph: “Barack Obama bombs in Berlin: a weak, underwhelming address from a floundering president”

“When John F. Kennedy delivered his “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate on June 26, 1963, 450,000 people flocked to hear him. Fifty years later a far more subdued invitation-only crowd of 4,500 showed up to hear Barack Obama speak at the same location in Berlin. As The National Journal noted, “he didn’t come away with much, winning just a smattering of applause from a crowd that was one-hundredth the size of JFK’s,” and far smaller than the 200,000 boisterous Germans who had listened to his 2008 address as a presidential candidate.
“. . . Obama’smessage on Wednesday was pure mush, another clichéd “citizens of the world” polemic with little substance. This was a speech big on platitudes and hopeless idealism, while containing much that was counter-productive for the world’s superpower. Ultimately it was little more than a laundry list of Obama’s favourite liberal pet causes, including cutting nuclear weapons, warning about climate change, putting an end to all wars, shutting Guantanamo, ending global poverty, and backing the European Project. It was a combination of staggering naiveté, the appeasement of America’s enemies and strategic adversaries, and the championing of more big government solutions.

“There was little in this speech that advances US interests, or makes the world a safer place. . .”

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100222637/barack-obama-bombs-in-berlin-a-weak-underwhelming-address-from-a-floundering-president/

Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller: “Senate introduces bill to repeal EPA’s ethanol mandate”

““The Renewable Fuel Standard is fundamentally broken and beyond repair,” said Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso. “Instead of delivering meaningful environmental benefits, it’s driven up food and fuel costs for American families. This flawed program will also inevitably lead to widespread lawsuits against American manufacturers. When Congress enacts bad policy, the right response is to scrap it and start over.”

The RFS was created in 2005 and requires refiners to blend a certain amount of ethanol into the fuel supply. In 2007, the RFS was expanded and refiners were required to blend larger ethanol volumes into the fuel supply.

Demand for gasoline has fallen due to more fuel efficient vehicles and the recession, which put pressure on refiners who are reluctant to blend more than 10 percent ethanol into the fuel supply. The EPA requires that refiners blend 13.8 billion gallons of ethanol into the fuel supply, but Bloomberg reported in March that refiners will fall 400 million gallons short of that requirement.

http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/21/senate-introduces-bill-to-repeal-epas-ethanol-mandate/

Justin Sink, The Hill: “Former Rep. Allen West open to Senate primary challenge against Rubio”

“Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said Wednesday that he may mount a primary challenge to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in their state’s 2016 Senate primary.

West told station WMAL that he could run for Senate, “If I see people that are not taking our country down the right path, if I see people that are not standing up for the right type of principles and putting their own party politics before what is best for the United States of America.”

Asked directly if he would rule out challenging Rubio, West responded, “Chirping… chirping… chirping.”

“We’ll see what happens down the pike,” he added. “God will set my feet on the right path.”

The one-term congressman, who narrowly lost reelection last year, acknowledged he would face an uphill battle. . . ”

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-primaries/306451-allen-west-says-he-could-mount-primary-challenge-to-marco-rubio

Steve Lonegan . . .

Robby Soave, Daily Caller: “Meet the conservative who might win New Jersey’s Senate seat”

“Can a staunch conservative who unabashedly opposes President Barack Obama on everything — from taxes to health care to National Security Agency surveillance — win in deep-blue New Jersey?

Steve Lonegan thinks so — and is campaigning to prove it.

Lonegan, a former Republican mayor of Bogota, New Jersey and former statewide director of the free-market activist group Americans for Prosperity, has filed to run in a special election to fill the Senate vacancy created by the recent death of Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

It will be an unusually short campaign season. The primary election to determine the Republican and Democratic candidates will take place on Aug. 13. The winners of those races will then have a mere eight weeks before the voters of New Jersey make their decision during an Oct. 16 special election three weeks before the general election.

There will be no candidates for other offices or ballot initiatives for voters to consider, giving Lonegan a unique opportunity to keep the campaign focused on one thing: Obama.

http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/20/meet-the-conservative-who-might-win-new-jerseys-senate-seat/

IRS . . .

Peggy Noonan, WSJ: “Case Closed? Far From It.”

“The FBI seems blasé about the IRS investigation, so it’s crucial Congress make it a priority.

“Right now the IRS story looks stalled and confused. Congressional investigators are asking for documents—”The IRS is being a little slow,” said a staffer—and interviewing workers. Pieces of testimony are being released and leaked, which has allowed one congressman, Democrat Elijah Cummings, to claim there’s actually no need for an investigation, the story’s over, the mystery solved.

When the scandal broke in early May, the Obama administration vowed to get to the bottom of it with an FBI investigation. Many of us were skeptical. There’s a sign we were right. . . “

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324577904578557903396922628.html

NSA . . .

Greenwald & Ball, UK Guardian: “Revealed: the top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant”

“Top secret documents submitted to the court that oversees surveillance by US intelligence agencies show the judges have signed off on broad orders which allow the NSA to make use of information “inadvertently” collected from domestic US communications without a warrant.

“The Guardian is publishing in full two documents submitted to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (known as the Fisa court), signed by Attorney General Eric Holder and stamped 29 July 2009. They detail the procedures the NSA is required to follow to target “non-US persons” under its foreign intelligence powers and what the agency does to minimize data collected on US citizens and residents in the course of that surveillance.

“The documents show that even under authorities governing the collection of foreign intelligence from foreign targets, US communications can still be collected, retained and used. . . “

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/20/fisa-court-nsa-without-warrant

Anita Kumar, McClatchy: “Secrets piling up faster than government can declassify some”

“COLLEGE PARK, Md. — In the darkened stacks of a nondescript building in the suburbs outside Washington, dozens of federal employees wearing protective gloves spend day after day sifting through millions of pages of secret documents, some of them nearly a century old.

“The 70 staffers of the National Declassification Center are charged with deciding – anonymously and quietly – which of the nation’s old secrets can be laid bare for the world to see.

“They have a backlog of hundreds of millions of pages marked for possible declassification, and they’re able to release those that don’t reveal information about weapons of mass destruction, harm diplomatic relations or threaten the safety of the president of the United States. But no one believes they’ll be able to make a year-end deadline set by President Barack Obama. And in the meantime, the government is classifying even more secrets.

“After three and half years, just 70 million pages have been released, including the Pentagon Papers and a World War I-era recipe for secret ink. Another 45 million pages have been kept classified. The rest have yet to be fully processed. (Because the material is more than 25 years old, it’s paper and not the disks, microfilm and emails that came later.)

“It’s not going to happen,” said Steven Aftergood, who directs the Federation of American Scientists Project on Government Secrecy, and is an expert on – and prominent critic of – government secrecy. ‘That should be a signal to everyone that the system is broken. Not even the president can make it work.’ . . .”

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/06/19/194349/secrets-piling-up-faster-than.html#.UcMZ2_nUmx4

Michael Hickins, WSJ:  “How the NSA Could Get So Smart So Fast”

Hat tip to  John Batchelor,WABC Radio,  6/18/13

“Modern Computing Is Helping Companies and Governments Accurately Parse Vast Amounts of Data in a Matter of Minutes

“Five years ago it would have been unimaginable for a government agency such as the National Security Agency to efficiently parse millions of phone, text and online conversations for keywords that could have warned of an impending terrorist attack. Today, a set of new technologies make it relatively affordable and manageable for it do so.

“These technologies can store vastly different types of data in a single database, and can be processed rapidly using inexpensive hardware, without an analyst having to formulate a hypothesis. “They’ve substantially reduced the cost and greatly increased the [government’s] ability to analyze this type of data,” says Tom Davenport, an expert on analytics and a visiting professor at Harvard Business School. The technology needed to outfit data centers to perform these tasks has become “orders of magnitude” less expensive than in the past, he said.

“. . . Traditional databases, usually written in a language known as SQL (pronounced sequel), store data in tables, columns and rows but are limited when it comes to storing strings of words such as those found in an email or text message. They also can’t handle pictures or video.

“New types of databases that emerged beginning in late 2009, known collectively as NoSQL (for ‘not only SQL’), such as MongoDB, Cassandra and Simple DB, don’t have these limitations, and allow analysts to create queries against all these types of data.

“. . . Machine learning, also known as cognitive analytics, allows queries to continually “tune themselves,” Gartner Inc. analyst Douglas Laney explains. For example, retailers use this technology to automatically update pricing algorithms in real time as new information, such as weather, time of day and even information gleaned from video of customers browsing in their stores become available.

Hadoop

“Until recently, complex computer programs needed to run on expensive hardware, such as enormous mainframe computers. Today, an open-source software framework called Hadoop—developed at Yahoo Inc.  with contributions from technology developed by Google Inc.  and named after a child’s toy elephant—allows queries to be split up by the program, with different analytic tasks distributed among scads of inexpensive servers, each of which solves a part of the puzzle, before reassembling the queries when the work is completed. “It’s really cheap and really fast,” said Mr. Davenport.

The ability to distribute complex queries to a large number of inexpensive computers helps people get very quick responses to complicated questions with a large number of variables. . .”

http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424127887324049504578541271020665666-lMyQjAxMTAzMDEwMjExNDIyWj.html

IMMIGRATION . . .

Charles C.W Cooke, NRO: The Great Immigration Non-Debate

“Americans need to know about and debate a lot more than amnesty and security.

“Our language, always critical to healthy political culture, is all over the place. “Immigrant” has been co-opted and turned into a proxy word for “Hispanic”; “immigration reform” has effectively come to mean “dealing with the southern border and legalizing illegal immigrants”; and, while the word “comprehensive” has been used openly, most of the bill has been ignored. Those familiar with S.744 will know that its thousand pages touch pretty much everything: employment-based immigration, family-based immigration, asylum seekers and refugees, per-country quotas, STEM, employment law — the lot. Yet all anyone seems to want to talk about is Mexico.

Besides the few journalists and advocates who have closely followed the deliberations, there has been almost no review of what is a serious reinvention of the legal immigration regime. . .”

http://nationalreview.com/article/351417/great-immigration-non-debate-charles-c-w-cooke

Kerry Picket, Big Govt: “Corker-Hoeven Immigration Bill Amendment Created by Gang of Eight”

“Sens. John Hoeven (R-ND)  and Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced a “border security” amendment to the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill on Thursday.

“When asked by Breitbart News, however, both Republicans conceded that Gang of Eight members were involved in writing the measure.

““Hoeven and Corker claim that the amendment would make border security a priority before immigrants could receive a green card. However, Sen Cruz (R-TX) criticized the amendment, telling Breitbart News the amendment would “put legalization before securing the border.”

“Sen. Corker disagreed with Cruz, listing specific provisions of the amendment such as 20,000 additional border patrol agents, 700 miles of border fencing, and an e-verify system for immigrant workers.

“All of these things have to be in place before they receive their green card status. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/06/20/Corker-Hoeven-Immigration-Amendment-Created-By-Gang-Of-Eight

Matthew Boyle, Big Govt: “Sources: Corker-Hoeven Amendment Last Ditch Effort to Save Immigration Bill”

Beware secrets, deals, and long knives in the Conference Committee . . .

“Senate staffers from three offices have suggested to Breitbart News that the fig leaf amendment to the ‘Gang of Eight’ immigration bill from Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) is a last ditch effort by the Gang of Eight and Senate Democrats to save the bill. . .”

“. . . There are reports swirling that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is rushing to pass the bill and may table or kill all amendments other than the Corker-Hoeven proposal. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) also noted during a press conference Thursday afternoon that this all appears to be game-playing by Senate leadership.

Washington is very, very good at Kabuki theater,” (emph added, jb) Cruz said.

A great many things in this town are stage-managed. From the outset, in my opinion, it was clear that the managers of this bill were going to, near the end of the Senate process, allow an amendment that would at least purport to increase border security, that would be a fig leaf and allow everyone to say “Hosanna! Hosanna! The border has been secured! Now let’s all come on board with this gigantic bill.”

Cruz added that “seeing an amendment today that does that is no surprise to anyone who’s been watching this process unfold.”

But while the Senate Democrat leaders have been playing games, opposition to the bill has been surging. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/06/20/Senate-staffers-Corker-Hoeven-is-last-ditch-effort-to-pass-the-Gang-of-8-bill

Rick Moran, PJM: “The Boehner Supremacy

“. . .  Everyone who is anyone in the Republican Party is mad at him. He’s catching hell from the Tea Party caucus and the hard right for even entertaining the notion of bringing an immigration bill to the floor. And the more establishment-oriented party whales are looking nervously at the polls and putting pressure on the speaker to bring to the House floor comprehensive reform that will probably emerge from the Senate in the next few weeks. The money men are worried that if the House kills off immigration reform, the GOP will pay the price at the ballot box in both 2014 and 2016.

“It got so bad this week that Boehner had to assure his caucus in a closed-door meeting that he wouldn’t bring any immigration bill to the floor unless it was supported by half the Republicans in Congress. This is after a veteran congressman threatened to lead an effort to oust Boehner from his speakership unless he got that majority support. The Rohrbacher Ultimatum smoked Boehner out of the closet he’d been hiding in on immigration reform, as this announcement was the first indication of what his plans are going forward.  .  .”

http://pjmedia.com/blog/the-boehner-supremacy/

Jim Avila, ABC: “Senate Agreement to Bolster Border Security”

“ABC News has confirmed that the Senate “Gang of Eight” and other members have reached an agreement to strengthen border security provisions in their bill that they hope will deliver the 70 crucial votes needed for the measure.

According to a high-ranking Senate aide, a formal announcement is expected to be introduced on the Senate floor this morning, but no immediate vote is expected. As of now, no news conference on the deal is scheduled either.

“A second Capitol Hill source tells ABC News the agreement will include a major border build up, with a  key change being a nearly doubling of border agents, completion of 700 miles of fence, and a specific plan for border security, which must all be fully implemented before green cards are available to undocumented immigrants. . .”

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/06/senate-agreement-to-bolster-border-security/

Steve Elliot, Grassfire: “Five Lies of The Rubio Amnesty Bill”

“Here are five of the top lies of the Rubio Amnesty Bill.

1. Border Security First Lie. This bill is LEGALIZATION FIRST. Illegals get legal status, then the bogus security provisions are put in place. Even Rubio admitted this when he said, “First comes the legalization.”
2. The 90% Border Security Lie. As National Review points out, the provision that allegedly requires the border to be “90 percent” secure is actually discretionary and left up to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to decide whether it met the goal: “In the unlikely event that DHS does not give itself a passing score, the only result under the law would be the creation of a commission to study the problem.” The fox is watching the hen house.
3. The “Fines Imposed” Lie. Again, the fines allegedly imposed by the Rubio Amnesty bill are left to the discretion of DHS.
4. The “Keep The Criminals Out” Lie. The bill lets illegals with, for example, up to two drunk-driving convictions still get legal status. And National Review points out that, once again, DHS can waive this as well.
5. The “Won’t Hurt The Economy” Lie. All the data shows that new waves of illegal and low-skilled workers greatly damages the earning power of current U.S. citizens fighting for those same jobs. In a recession, the impact will be even worse.
So at the end of the day, this is AMNESTY FIRST and then we’ll let Obama decide if there is any border security. This is a massive double-down on the 2007 amnesty bill that is actually far worse.

“Our sources tell us Senate amnesty leaders are growing nervous as public opinion mounts against their amnesty bill. Harry Reid is now rushing the bill for a vote before the end of next week…”

PA . . .

Nick Field, Politics PA: “Toomey Steps Into Immigration Debate With Visa Amendment”

“As the Senate has been intensely wrangling over immigration reform the last few months Toomey, despite perhaps being a key vote, has been reluctant to wade into the debate. That stance changed Thursday when PA’s junior Senator introduced an amendment to increase the cap on low skilled immigrants that are allowed to enter the new work visa program.

As first reported by The Morning Call, Toomey today criticized the Senate’s current bipartisan “Gang of Eight” legislation as an “anti-immigration” bill because it doesn’t give those who migrate to the United States an adequate legal path to find work.

“To come here legally and work hard to build a better life, I know of some my friends, especially on the other side, are going to oppose this,” Toomey said, the Call reported. ‘But I will tell you if we do not raise the caps for low-skilled workers who want to come to this country then the next wave of illegal immigration is guaranteed regardless of what we do at the border.’ . . .”

http://www.politicspa.com/toomey-steps-into-immigration-debate-with-visa-amendment/48955/

Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “PA senators aim to put all new state workers in 401(k) plan”

“HARRISBURG – A pared version of a Republican-backed public pension overhaul would move most newly hired state workers and public school employees into a defined contribution pension system, starting in 2015.

“Already, the plan is being hailed as a “historic step” for Pennsylvania, which would become just the fourth state to transition public employees to a defined contribution system — similar to what is commonly found in the private sector.

“The changes approved by the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday would also apply to state lawmakers and elected executive branch employees, who would be automatically enrolled in the new system after winning re-election. Judges would move to the new system after facing a retention election. State police officers and corrections officers in the state prisons would be exempted from the new plan.  .  .”

http://paindependent.com/2013/06/pa-senators-aim-to-put-all-new-state-workers-in-401k-plan/

Leo Knepper, CAP: “Senate Liquor Plan: “Privatization Lite” Is Being Generous”

“Senator Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks) unveiled his “privatization” plan yesterday and…well it’s better letting the details speak for themselves:

“Does not create any new retail licenses

“Keeps the state stores

“Keeps the state wholesale monopoly (basically, if a store sells wine or spirits they have to buy it from the government)

“Keeps the beer wholesale system (which is unconstitutional according to an analysis from the Competitive Enterprise Institute)

“On the bright side, the legislation will require the PLCB and the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a two year study to determine if the state should get out of the retail and wholesale business. .  .”

http://www.empowerpa.org/senate-liquor-plan-privatization-lite-is-being-generous/

END NOTES . . .

Pat: Lynn, MA

“. . . my father’s people are in an Irish Catholic cemetery in Lynn, MA.  The alternative reality sets in. My cousin, a big beefy Irish cop in Lynn, told me that we could not stay in Lynn. I told my son-in-law & his special phone directed him to a Marriott in Peabody only a few miles from the funeral home. We all met at DFW (babies & all) & descended on Peabody in a monster SUV. We gave ourselves plenty of time on either end of the celebrations as the last time I did a funeral in Lynn, we had to leave the feast & rush to the airport. That was just gross.

It was a majestic Irish wake b/c it was my aunt, the mother of my cop cousins, & every cop in town was there. She was actually buried w/ a COPS cap in her casket due to Mark being on COPS so much. Mark finally did tell me why we had to stay in another city.

All the hotels & motels in Lynn are being lived in by homeless people.

It turns out that MA has a state income tax & apparently the voters have no clue how their money is spent. Lynn was a working class town during my father’s time growing up there & was working class until recently; then the GE shut down & Lynn became welfare dumping ground. My cousin said that no way would Revere or Marblehead or Salem or Peabody have a bunch of welfare people there so they all get sent to Lynn. Mark said that the hotels are called “transitional housing” but they are not very transitional as no-one has any intention of getting a job. WHAT THE HELL!!!!

Almost all of these “transitional” people were not born in the US. Whether in Lynn legally or illegally, they decide not to work & the state of MA takes care of them. I told my family in MA that we had exactly 4 shelters here that I was aware of: haven for Hope (largest, downtown), a smaller facility for women & children & the women have to be in job training, a small AIDS facility where people go to die (I helped raise $100k & gave it to them last yr as they feed over 300 people a day) and the ever-popular UNDER THE EXPRESSWAY. We have about a million people here & that’s all we have. Lynn has 90,000 population & I have no idea what % is “homeless.”
My husband is dumbfounded at how naïve I am & how strong my reaction is…


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