GETTYSBURG: Charles Hurt; David von Drehle
EGYPT: Reuters – Mursi & the Army; Goldman – The military; Pollak – resignations
TODAY’S STEW: Employer mandate stalls; Noonan – where’s TEA?; Watson – Russian troops; Guardian – china/russians drill; Maley – BO’s science; Simon – pre-revolutionary; Weir – race-hustler justice; Holtz-eakin – student loans; Zehner – electric cars; Off-shore drilling; Rieland – “Stuck on Stupid”
SNOWDEN: Wikileaks plea; Vasileva – Snowden’s hurdles; Loiko – no leaks allowed
BENGHAZI: Brotherhood connections
PA: Daniels – Mcare blocks; Boehm/Daniels – budget fumbles; Daniels – Philly schools $120M
END NOTES: Steve Lonegan, Erickson – TX abortions; punishing homeschoolers; Conger – facebook & State Dept $630K
“The next time Obama takes a vacation, can someone lock the door?” Caller to Red Eye, 3:25 AM, Tuesday.
“. . . we have to be somebody who, as George Washington was followed by Anthony Wayne and they won at Stony Point, Anthony Wayne wrote a letter to him. He had a bullet in his head and he had been shot during the operation and he said to George Washington, he said first I’ve got to write this letter to Washington and then you can take the bullet out of my head. He said, “Your men and officers behaved like men determined to be free.” The only way you behave like people that are determined to be free ‑‑ and I’m not sure I even understand what that truly means, but write that down. Put that in front of you: Behave like someone who is determined to be free. That will change your life.” Glenn Beck
“Here are the Egyptians in the millions out on the street, trying to bring down an Islamist government, increasingly dictatorial, increasingly intolerant, arresting journalists and judges, trying to Islamicize the military and the people are saying no, and what does the president of the United States do? He takes a position of studied neutrality, says he is not supporting either side. . .” Charles Krauthammer http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/07/01/krauthammer_on_egypt_obama_the_bystander_again.html
Jennifer Stefano, AfP: “3 More Things to Do to STOP Medicaid Expansion in PA”
“For nearly 6 months, we have been engaged in a sustained effort to stop Medicaid expansion in the Commonwealth. Thanks to your efforts and the 33 politically courageous State Representatives who signed a public letter stating they would vote NO on the budget if it included Medicaid expansion, we are almost there in dealing another blow to Obamacare in Pennsylvania.
“Please take a couple of minutes and help us today:
1) Send this action alert to your Senator encouraging him/her to concur with the House on the welfare code bill. This means that the Senator is signing off on the House’s politically courageous stand to strip Medicaid expansion from the welfare bill.
2) Send this action alert to say “Thank you” to the House members who have demonstrated the political courage to oppose Medicaid expansion in PA.
3) Contact these ten Senators who went against the majority to vote NO on Medicaid expansion and thank them for their support:
Senator Alloway– 717.787.4651; Senator Argall– 717.787.2637; Senator Brubaker– 717.787.4420; Senator Eichelberger– 717.787.5490; Senator Folmer– 717.787.5708; Senator Hutchinson– 717.787.9684; Senator Mcllhinney– 717.787.7305; Senator Vulakovich– 717.787.6538; Senator White– 717.787.8724; Senator Ward– 717.787.6063
Thanks to your efforts, we are almost there! Please complete these three items today! Thank you for all you do, In Liberty and Solidarity!
1863: The Battle of Gettysburg ended with a Union victory.
1890: Idaho became the forty-third state.
1898: The U.S. Navy defeated a Spanish fleet in the harbor of Santiago, Cuba, during the Spanish-American War. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)
GETTYSBURG . . .
Charles Hurt, Washington Times: “Gettysburg — Another day for Yankees to wallow in anti-South hate”
“To hear it told today, the Confederacy was nothing more than a hotbed of racist slavers and murderers. The gallant Yankees were nothing short of a pristine band of heroes laying down their lives to set men free. The whole ordeal was about nothing other than putting an end to the abomination that was slavery. . . “
David von Drehle, Time: “Gettysburg: Wanted, A Man to Match Robert E. Lee”
“Abraham Lincoln was, on balance, an astute judge of character, but now and then he made a mistake. Unfortunately, during the months that led to Gettysburg, those mistakes involved the commanders of the Army of the Potomac. Everyone remarked on what a splendid army it was, well drilled and copiously supplied, yet no one could lead it to a decisive victory. Now it was summer 1863, and Lee’s rebels were once again marching northward through the picturesque valleys of western Maryland toward Pennsylvania. Lincoln could not afford another mistake. . .”
EGYPT . . .
Yasmine Saleh and Alastair Macdonald, Reuters: “Mursi, Egypt army pledge lives in ‘final hours’ showdown”
“(Reuters) – Egypt’s army commander and Islamist President Mohamed Mursi each pledged his life to defy the other as a deadline approached on Wednesday that will trigger a military takeover backed by protesters.
“The military chiefs, wanting to restore order in a country racked by protests over Mursi’s Islamist policies, issued a call to battle in a statement headlined “The Final Hours”. They said they were willing to shed blood against “terrorists and fools” after Mursi refused to give up his elected office.
“Mursi said, ‘The price … is my life.’”
Matt Drudge (7/3/13)
David Goldman, PJM: “Egypt Falls Back on the Military”
“Two years after the collapse of Egypt’s sixty years of military rule, the largest Arab country has come full circle. Today’s army ultimatum to the Muslim Brotherhood government to work out terms with the protesting opposition puts a military veto on any political solution to emerge from the present crisis, and raises the prospect of a return to actual military rule. The population has had enough. Beans (not to mention animal protein) have been priced out of the budget of the poorer half of Egypt’s citizens for weeks, and the country is nearly out of fuel — which means, in the middle of the wheat harvest, nearly out of bread. There isn’t much to hope for here, but there are best and worst case scenarios.
“The worst case scenario is the status quo: chaos in politics, violence in the streets, complete cessation of tourism, and economic breakdown. This is not an economy with a lot of buffer. Nearly a fifth of Egyptians were suffering from malnutrition when the World Health Organization surveyed the country in 2011. WFP estimates that two of five Egyptian adults are mentally and physically “stunted” by inadequate diet. The slow starvation of Egyptians under successive military regimes is gradually turning into actual hunger.
“Sadly, military government probably is the best case scenario. . . “
Joel Pollak, Big Peace: “Flood of Resignations in Egypt; Obama Still Backs Morsi Gov’t”
“President Obama called Morsi on Tuesday to express his concern about reports of violence and to urge Morsi to find a political solution to the crisis. In a statement, the White House stressed that it does not support any particular party in Egypt, but rather the democratic process. Meanwhile, Morsi himself has remained defiant, rejecting a 48-hour ultimatum issued by the Egyptian military on Monday.
“The Obama administration’s careful insistence that it supports the Egyptian government but not the person or party in power is a clear attempt to walk back its earlier, and costly, opposition to the demonstrations. Last week, U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson said that the U.S. government discouraged the forthcoming protests, which quickly grew to become the largest political demonstration in the history of the world.
“The conundrum for the Obama administration is that while Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood government did come to power in a democratic election, it has since undermined the institutional pillars of Egypt’s fledgling democracy, including the judiciary and the media, in an attempt to consolidate its power. It has also embraced a “jihad” in Syria at a time when Egyptians at home face extreme economic instability and stagnation. . .”
TODAY’S STEW . . .
Sarah Kliff, WaPo: “White House delays employer mandate requirement until 2015”
“The Obama administration will not penalize businesses that do not provide health insurance in 2014, the Treasury Department announced Tuesday.
“Instead, it will delay enforcement of a major Affordable Care Act requirement that all employers with more than 50 employees provide coverage to their workers until 2015.
The administration said it would postpone the provision after hearing significant concerns from employers about the challenges of implementing it.
“We have heard concerns about the complexity of the requirements and the need for more time to implement them effectively,” Mark Mazur, Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy, wrote in a late Tuesday blog post. ‘We recognize that the vast majority of businesses that will need to do this reporting already provide health insurance to their workers, and we want to make sure it is easy for others to do so.’”
“The Affordable Care Act requires all employers with more than 50 full-time workers provide health insurance or pay steep fines. That policy had raised concerns about companies downsizing their workforce or cutting workers’ hours in order to dodge the new mandate.
“In delaying the enforcement of that rule, the White House sidesteps those challenges for one year. It is also the second significant interruption for the Affordable Care Act, following a one-year delay on key functions of the small business insurance marketplaces.
“Together, the moves could draw criticism that the administration will not be able to put into effect its signature legislative accomplishment on schedule.”
From Drudge Report (7/3/13)
Peggy Noonan, WSJ: “Where Was the Tea Party?”
“. . . Think about the sheer political facts of the president’s 2012 victory. The first thing we learned, in the weeks after the voting, was that the Obama campaign was operating with a huge edge in its technological operation—its vast digital capability and sophistication. The second thing we learned, in the past month, is that while the campaign was on, the president’s fiercest foes, in the Tea Party, were being thwarted, diverted and stopped.
“Technological savvy plus IRS corruption. The president’s victory now looks colder, more sordid, than it did. Which is why our editor, James Taranto, calls him ‘President Asterisk.’”
Paul Watson, Info Wars: “Russian Forces to Provide “Security” At US Events”
“As part of a deal signed last week in Washington DC between the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and FEMA, Russian officials will provide “security at mass events” in the United States, a scenario that won’t sit well with Americans wary of foreign assets operating on US soil.
According to a press release by the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense and Emergencies, US and Russian officials met on June 25 at the 17th Joint U.S.-Russia Cooperation Committee on Emergency Situations.
In addition to agreeing with FEMA to “exchange experts during joint rescue operations in major disasters,” the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry will also be providing “security at mass events” in the United States.
This suggests that events designated as “National Special Security Events” by the Department of Homeland Security, which include the Super Bowl, international summits such as the G8 and presidential inaugurations, will now rely partly on Russian authorities to provide security.
The meeting last week also agreed on the conclusion that US and Russian emergency authorities will increase their co-operation, “in order to respond efficiently to all kinds of disasters.”
UK Guardian: “China to join Russia for largest naval drills with foreign partner”
“Exercises are intended to deepen co-operation between militaries, says Chinese army chief.
“China will join Russia later this week for its largest-ever naval drills with a foreign partner, underlining deepening ties between the former cold war rivals along with Beijing’s desire for closer links with regional militaries.
“China has long been a key customer for Russian military hardware, but only in the last decade have their militaries begun taking part in joint exercises.
“China’s defence ministry said on Tuesday that its navy would send four destroyers, two guided missile frigates and a support ship for the exercises, which start on Friday in the Sea of Japan and run until 12 July.
“The ships departed on Monday from the port of Qingdao, where China’s Northern Fleet is based, and headed for the rallying point in Peter the Great Bay near Vladivostok. . . “
Steve Maley, Red State: “Our President Needs a Science Lesson”
“Of his new plan to address climate change, President Obama says:
‘This plan will cut the dangerous carbon pollution that contributes to climate change. For years, groups like the American Lung Association have warned us that carbon pollution threatens our health and the air our children breathe. We limit the mercury, sulfur, and arsenic in our air and water, but today, there are no federal limits on the amount of carbon pollution that power plants can pump into the air. That’s not safe. So we’ll work with states and businesses to set new standards that put an end to this limitless dumping of carbon.’
“Apparently our President choomed his way through high school science class…
“The problem is not ‘carbon,’ it’s carbon dioxide, CO2.
“Unlike mercury, sulfur and arsenic, carbon dioxide is not toxic. EPA wants to regulate it because it is a greenhouse gas.
“Carbon dioxide is necessary for photosynthesis. It is an input in green plant respiration; oxygen is an output. Higher CO2 concentrations stimulate plant growth.
“Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere at current levels around 400 ppm (0.04% concentration) cannot ‘threaten our health and the air our children breathe.’
“The carbon dioxide concentration of the air we exhale is 4 to 5.3%, over 100 times the concentration in the air we inhale.
“The American Lung Association’s position (pdf link) supports the EPA’s stricter carbon dioxide emission standards because of Global Warming, not because of concerns over toxicity or health-damaging air quality. They think Global Warming will lead to increased levels of smog and ozone.
“And it’s the Climate Change community who accuse skeptics of being anti-science? . . .”
Roger Simon, PJM: “Is America in a Pre-Revolutionary State this July 4th?”
“. . . We are two-thirds of the way into the most incompetent presidency in our history. People everywhere are fed up. Even many of the so-called liberals who propelled Barack Obama into office have stopped defending him in the face of an unprecedented number of scandals coming at us one after the other like hideous monsters in some non-stop computer game.
“And now looming is the monster of monsters, ObamaCare, the healthcare reform almost no one wanted and fewer understood.
“It will be administered by the Internal Revenue Service, an organization that has been revealed to be a kind of post-modern American Gestapo, asking not just to examine our accounting books but the books we read. What could be more totalitarian than that?
“Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal warns the costs of ObamaCare are close to tripling what were promised, and the number of doctors in our country is rapidly diminishing. No more “My son, the doctor!” It doesn’t pay.
“And young people most of all will not be able to afford escalating health insurance costs and will end up paying the fine to the IRS, simultaneously bankrupting the health system and enhancing the brutal power of the IRS — all this while unemployment numbers remain near historical highs.
“No one knows how many have given up looking for work while crony capitalist friends of the administration enrich themselves on mythological clean-energy projects.
“In fact, everywhere we look on this July Fourth sees a great civilization in decline. And much of that decline can be laid at the foot of the incumbent. Especially his own people, African Americans, have suffered. Their unemployment numbers are catastrophic, their real needs ignored while hustlers like Sharpton, Jackson, and, sadly, even the president fan the flames of non-existent racism.
“Tahrir Square anyone?”
Bob Weir, American Thinker: “A Race-Hustler Form of Justice”
“Watching the George Zimmerman trial, I’m reminded of how inexperienced the general public is when it comes to violent, and especially life-threatening, situations. In the Zimmerman case, it appears obvious that he was following Trayvon Martin because the young man was walking around a burglary-prone area at night during a light rain.
Now, try to imagine that you are Mr. Zimmerman, and you’re suddenly attacked by a suspicious-looking character, who breaks your nose with one punch before he viciously assaults you as you lie bleeding. You’re screaming for help, but no one responds. Afraid that you might pass out and the assailant will kill you, self-preservation takes over, and you reach for your gun and use it.
“How many people would have done otherwise? This is a classic example of self-defense, and if the skin colors of the participants were reversed, we would not be seeing this sham of a trial. . .”
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Reuters: “Student loans: Exploiting America’s young”
“Loan programs increase tuition . . .” Bill Bennett’s theorem
“Obamacare was paid for on the backs of students.
“You may remember that Obamacare staggered over the legislative finish line in 2010 with $19 billion in profits from changes to the student loan program. The changes included nationalizing federal student lending and setting loan interest rates high enough to generate profits to cover the healthcare costs.
“Monday, President Barack Obama and the Democratic-led Senate again put their political and legislative priorities ahead of students and allowed their loan interest rates to double.
“This student loan episode cements the Obama administration’s continuing pattern of economically exploiting younger voters. . . “
Also: Rush Limbaugh, “Change: Democrats Double Student Loan Rates, Use the Money to Fund Obamacare
Also: Rush Limbaugh, Obamacare is the GOP’s Golden Opportunity
“. . . They had control of the House and in 2010 they lost it. So what did they lose, 75, 80 seats, whatever it was? There are 500, 600 other seats they lost in state legislatures, in mayoral offices, all the way down to city council, town council, county supervisor. I mean, it was a nationwide, really deep down-ballot shellacking. Now, Democrats know if the same sentiment exists about Obama and any Obama issue such as Obamacare, the likelihood for a similar turnout in 2014 to 2010 could happen. The likelihood’s very high. That’s why they’re campaigning. That’s why they’re trying to change everybody’s opinion on Obamacare. That’s why Pelosi went out there and said on the Fourth of July we need to stop and give thanks for “health independence.”
“They really think that they can win in 2014, the House, and I do, too, frankly, I think they can. But they know to do it they’re going to have to reduce the opposition to Obamacare. . . “
Ozzie Zehner, IEEE Spectrum: “Unclean at Any Speed”
“Electric cars don’t solve the automobile’s environmental problems
“. . . One study attempted to paint a complete picture. Published by the National Academies in 2010 and overseen by two dozen of the United States’ leading scientists, it is perhaps the most comprehensive account of electric-car effects to date. Its findings are sobering.
“. . . according to Maureen Cropper, the report committee’s vice chair and a professor of economics at the University of Maryland. “Whether we are talking about a conventional gasoline-powered automobile, an electric vehicle, or a hybrid, most of the damages are actually coming from stages other than just the driving of the vehicle,” she points out.
“Part of the impact arises from manufacturing. Because battery packs are heavy (the battery accounts for more than a third of the weight of the Tesla Roadster, for example), manufacturers work to lighten the rest of the vehicle. As a result, electric car components contain many lightweight materials that are energy intensive to produce and process—carbon composites and aluminum in particular. Electric motors and batteries add to the energy of electric-car manufacture.
“In addition, the magnets in the motors of some electric vehicles contain rare earth metals. Curiously, these metals are not as rare as their name might suggest. They are, however, sprinkled thinly across the globe, making their extraction uneconomical in most places. In a study released last year, a group of MIT researchers calculated that global mining of two rare earth metals, neodymium and dysprosium, would need to increase 700 percent and 2600 percent, respectively, over the next 25 years to keep pace with various green-tech plans. Complicating matters is the fact that China, the world’s leading producer of rare earths, has been attempting to restrict its exports of late. Substitute strategies exist, but deploying them introduces trade-offs in efficiency or cost.
“The materials used in batteries are no less burdensome to the environment, the MIT study noted. Compounds such as lithium, copper, and nickel must be coaxed from the earth and processed in ways that demand energy and can release toxic wastes. And in regions with poor regulations, mineral extraction can extend risks beyond just the workers directly involved. Surrounding populations may be exposed to toxic substances through air and groundwater contamination.
“At the end of their useful lives, batteries can also pose a problem. If recycled properly, the compounds are rather benign—although not something you’d want to spread on a bagel. But handled improperly, disposed batteries can release toxic chemicals. Such factors are difficult to measure, though, which is why they are often left out of studies on electric-car impacts.
“The National Academies’ assessment didn’t ignore those difficult-to-measure realities. It drew together the effects of vehicle construction, fuel extraction, refining, emissions, and other factors. In a gut punch to electric-car advocates, it concluded that the vehicles’ lifetime health and environmental damages (excluding long-term climatic effects) are actually greater than those of gasoline-powered cars. Indeed, the study found that an electric car is likely worse than a car fueled exclusively by gasoline derived from Canadian tar sands!
“As for greenhouse-gas emissions and their influence on future climate, the researchers didn’t ignore those either. The investigators, like many others who have probed this issue, found that electric vehicles generally produce fewer of these emissions than their gasoline- or diesel-fueled counterparts—but only marginally so when full life-cycle effects are accounted for. The lifetime difference in greenhouse-gas emissions between vehicles powered by batteries and those powered by low-sulfur diesel, for example, was hardly discernible.
“The National Academies’ study stood out for its comprehensiveness, but it’s not the only one to make such grim assessments . . .”
Bill Straub, PJM: “House Gives Thumb’s Up to Offshore Drilling after Obama Climate Push”
“WASHINGTON – The House is moving ahead with plans to make it easier to drill for oil and gas off the nation’s shores despite opposition from environmental groups and the specter of a pair of potential presidential vetoes.
“The chamber passed two bills in recent days in an effort to remove barriers to offshore drilling. The Offshore Energy and Jobs Act, which passed 235-186, requires the Obama administration to implement a five-year plan to award leases in regions off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts that contain the largest amount of oil and natural gas resources.
“Meanwhile the Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act, approved in a 256-171 vote, authorizes Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to implement the terms of an agreement between the U.S. and Mexico that arranges for the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas in the offshore border area shared by the two nations.
“Neither bill is expected to pass muster in the Democrat controlled Senate, where they may not even come up for a vote. . .”
Ralph Rieland, American Spectator: “Stuck on Stupid”
“A president utterly indifferent to the single most pressing issue of his day.
“. . . Today, it’s still “the economy, stupid” with the federal debt now at $17 trillion, up from $4 trillion in 1992, and the economy stuck in a record-breaking slow recovery with an official unemployment rate of 7.6 percent in May, up from 7.5 percent in April.
Moreover, the 7.6 percent jobless rate doesn’t include the roughly 800,000 unemployed people officially labeled as “discouraged workers,” or the million-plus jobless workers classified as “marginally attached” to the labor force, or the 8 million partially jobless workers who are working only part-time but looking for full-time employment.
Add these “discouraged workers,” the “involuntary part-timers,” and the “marginally attached” to the official unemployment rate and the true unemployment rate in the U.S. is currently between 14 percent and 15 percent of the labor force — one in seven workers.
Not surprisingly, “huge majorities” of the public ranked “jobs and the economy” as their highest policy priorities in a Pew Research Survey in January 2013, as President Obama was beginning his second term, reports the New York Times op-ed columnist Ross Douthat.
“Down at the bottom of the list” of the public’s policy priorities in January were “gun control, immigration and climate change,” and yet just six months later, writes Douthat, “the public’s non-priorities look like the entirety of the White House’s second-term agenda. . . ”
SNOWDEN . . .
Snowden (from Wikileaks)
“Here is Snowden’s statement in full, as it appears on the Wikileaks Web site:
“One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat from my government for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.
“On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic ‘wheeling and dealing’ over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.
“This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.
“For decades the United States of America have been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person.
“Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.
“In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.
“I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.”
Nataliya Vasilyeva, AP: “Snowden hits hurdles in search for asylum”
Tom Paine also had problems . . .
“MOSCOW (AP) — NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s best chance of finding refuge outside the United States may hinge on the president of Venezuela, who was in Moscow on Tuesday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela told Russian reporters on Tuesday that his country has not received an application for asylum from Snowden and dodged the question of whether he would take Snowden away with him. But Maduro also defended the former National Security Agency contractor who released sensitive documents on U.S. intelligence-gathering operations.
“He did not kill anyone and did not plant a bomb,” Maduro said ahead of his meeting with Putin, the Interfax news agency reported. “What he did was tell a great truth in an effort to prevent wars. He deserves protection under international and humanitarian law. . . ”
Sergei Loiko, LA Times: “Putin: Edward Snowden can stay in Russia if he stops leaks”
“If he wants to go somewhere and somebody will host him – no problem,” Putin said in televised remarks during a news conference in Moscow. “If he wants to stay here, there is one condition: He must stop his work aimed at harming our American partners.”
It appears, the Russian president added, that Snowden has no such intention. “So he must choose for himself a country to stay in and move there,” he said. “Unfortunately, I don’t know when this will happen. If I knew I would tell you now.”
BENGHAZI . . .
Since I don’t read Arabic, it is hard to be positive that the memo pictured below says what McCullough indicates. That said…if the Obama administration was more forthcoming about Benghazi, these types of very plausible theories might not be necessary. The underlying reasons why our people were killed and a stand-down order was given by this administration MUST be explained, and this connection and the very legitimate questions raised by this article certainly should be investigated by the Congress (since it is obvious the MSM won’t do it!).
Kevin McCullough, Town Hall: “The Muslim Brotherhood’s Connection to Benghazi”
“The document details the involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi as being involved with and in the funding, support, planning, and execution of the attack.
What is unique about this document is that its content wasn’t leaked to the press in some sort of salacious move. This is simply an interdepartmental memo from the Libyan National Security offices in Tripoli to the Ministry of the Interior. Written solely as a perfunctory after-action report as the results of the Libyan investigation in the events of that night.
“It was prepared by Mahmoud Ibrahim Sharif, the Director of National Security of Libya.
In his report Sharif conveys that the Libyan investigation unearthed an Egyptian (terror) cell that had been involved in the planning and execution of the attack. Six confessions from those arrested at the scene–all of them Egyptian–and all connected to the U.S. terror watch listed group Ansar al-Sharia.
“Concerning the most important claim of the Libyan memo, Raymond Ibrahim, (an American research librarian, translator, and author, whose focus is Arabic history, language, and current events) indicates that “during interrogations, these Egyptian jihadi cell members ‘confessed to very serious and important information concerning the financial sources of the group and the planners of the event and the storming and burning of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi…. And among the more prominent figures whose names were mentioned by cell members during confessions: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (emph added, jb)…'”
PA . . .
Melissa Daniels, PA Independent: “UPDATED: Whose call? PA House committee blocks Medicaid expansion, wants Gov to decide”
“HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives struck down an attempt by the Senate to expand the state Medicaid program Monday, waiting for Gov. Tom Corbett to complete federal negotiations on that aspect of the Affordable Care Act.
“The House Rules Committee voted to eliminate language in the state’s welfare code bill that would force a Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania by July 1, 2014.
“The welfare code is a required bill for the new fiscal year, acting as an operating manual for the state budget. Since those bills didn’t get passed during the weekend, when lawmakers were wrangling over other issues that failed to materialize, they’re sticking around this week to get them passed.
“House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, said the Medicaid language steps on the toes of Gov. Tom Corbett and Secretary of Welfare Beverly Mackereth, who have attempted to negotiate medical assistance reforms with the federal government. They’ve examined how to create a more financially sustainable Medicaid program if Pennsylvania is to accept an expansion as part of the Affordable Care Act, though no decision has been reached. . . “
Eric Boehm, Melissa Daniels, PA Independent: “Three days in June: How PA legislators fumbled governor’s agenda”
“The connection between liquor privatization and transportation funding had been whispered about for months, but rarely acknowledged publicly — and never in a straightforward manner.
“Interestingly enough, it was Senate President Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, who denounced the connection in January, telling reporters he did not want to see highway funding ‘held hostage’ by Gov. Tom Corbett in order to get a liquor privatization bill finished.
“But behind those heavy mahogany doors, Senate Republicans were well aware of how the two bills’ fates were linked. A high-stakes game of legislative chicken was about to commence.
“‘I don’t know if its tied or not tied to passing liquor to the House, but I don’t know and I’m not going to take that chance,’ said Sen. Don White, R-Indiana, who stepped out of the caucus room long enough to tell a gaggle of reporters he disliked the liquor bill, but was planning to vote for it anyway, just to compel the House to move transportation forward.
“By the time Senate Republican leaders talked all 27 of their members into supporting the liquor bill, it was clear White was not the only one that saw liquor as the second half of a measure-for-measure deal with the House on transportation funding. And there were still other holdouts to be dealt with. . . ”
Melissa Daniels, PA Independent: “WATCHBLOG: Philly schools to get $120 million from permanent extension of temporary sales tax”
“HARRISBURG – It has been said there is nothing as permanent as a temporary tax.
The Pennsylvania General Assembly proved that idiom true on Monday night.
“The state House voted 119-83 to extend indefinitely a 1 percent local sales tax for Philadelphia, which was enacted in 2009 and was scheduled to be phased out at the end of 2013. The revenue will be used to give $120 million annually to schools in the city.
The permanent extension of the sales tax, which is counted on top of a 6 percent state sales tax and an additional 1 percent city sales tax, was included in the state tax code bill, a kind of instruction manual that moves along with the state budget bill. The bill goes to the state Senate for a final vote that could come on Tuesday. . . “
END NOTES . . .
New Jersey: Conservative Steve Lonegan
Erick Erickson, Red State: Texas Abortions
As Texas gears up to push legislation that would prohibit late term abortions — those conducted after 20 weeks — Christian activists in the Texas State Capitol sang “Amazing Grace.” Abortion rights activists, there to support killing kids, tried to shout down the Christians by chanting “Hail Satan.”
Yes, there is video.
Remember, these people support the party that booed the inclusion of God in the DNC platform.
Bob Unruh, WND: “DOJ: Governments can punish homeschoolers”
“Mom, dad objected to teachings that violated faith
“The U.S. Department of Justice has revealed in a court filing it agrees with the philosophy of the German government that bureaucrats can punish homeschooling parents.
“And the agency explained parental rights to keep their children free from instruction that violates their faith essentially are negligible when the government’s goal is an ‘open society.’
The arguments were made in a pleading before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that encourages the judges to send a German homeschooling family, the Romeikes, back to Germany where members likely would face persecution.
“The goal in Germany is for an ‘open, pluralistic society,’” wrote the government’s pleading, signed by Senior Litigation Counsel Robert N. Markle in Washington
Michal Conger, Washington Examiner: “State Department bureau spent $630,000 on Facebook ‘likes’”
“State Department officials spent $630,000 to get more Facebook “likes,” prompting employees to complain to a government watchdog that the bureau was “buying fans” in social media, the agency’s inspector general says.
“The department’s Bureau of International Information Programs spent the money to increase its ‘likes’ count between 2011 and March 2013.
“‘Many in the bureau criticize the advertising campaigns as ‘buying fans’ who may have once clicked on an ad or ‘liked’ a photo but have no real interest in the topic and have never engaged further,’ the inspector general reported.
“The spending increased the bureau’s English-language Facebook page likes from 100,000 to more than 2 million and to 450,000 on Facebook’s foreign-language pages.
“Despite the surge in likes, the IG said the effort failed to reach the bureau’s target audience, which is largely older and more influential than the people liking its pages. Only about 2 percent of fans actually engage with the pages by liking, sharing or commenting. . .”