IMPEACH OBAMA RALLY; ERICKSON – establishment vs. the People
DOMESTIC: Hattem – 7 Obama regulations to watch; Kaminsky – Colo recalls; Kuhner – Betrayal of Seal Team 6; Goldberg – Hillary fascination; Steyn – Lords of the transition team.
COMMON CORE: Malkin – JEB’s education racket.
PA: Boehm – Union protests in Philly; Feldman – Voter ID on hold.
Health Care: Mike Lee – Defund Obamacare.
NSA: Ruth – Obama told too much; Swaine – Hasan free to kill; Wash. Times – Lost freedom; Rosenthal – Cops snap license plates.
IRS: Fund – IRS cover-up; Trinko – IRS vs. Pro-life; Melchoir – True scandal.
Middle East: Simon – Why they lied; Klein – AlQ, Benghazi, NPV, threats to ISR, Nudge Czarina; Watkins et al, Debate over NSA; Schwarz – left/Palestinians boo BO.
END NOTES: One showed for OCare talk.
1774: George Washington was elected a delegate to the Continental Congress.
1861: The federal government levies its first income tax to help pay for the War Between the States.
1864: Admiral David G. Farragut led a Union fleet against Mobile Bay, Alabama.
1884: The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid.
1914: The first electric traffic lights were installed in Cleveland, Ohio.
1957: American Bandstand, hosted by Dick Clark, debuted on national TV. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)
About August 3rd, Impeach Obama Rally
“The Tea Party Patriots (Jake & Me) joined the Valley Forge Patriots for the ‘Rally’ on Saturday, August 3rd. I would say there were about 20 people or less with signs and flags. Lots of cars were honking as they passed by giving their support for Freedom and Liberty. Maybe one or two had something to scream about from the left about Obama as they passed by. Some people thought that the Tea Party was asleep, but guess what the Tea Party is “ALIVE AND STRONG”.
Erick Erickson, Red State: “The Establishment vs. the People”
“. . . Friday afternoon as I was trying to make my way to Governor Jindal’s reception, the guy from the NRSC (National Republican Senatorial Committee) stopped me and very derisively asked if I was going to support anyone other than challengers to incumbents. He went so far as to claim I must be making money to support challengers against incumbents and let me know RedState would be blamed if the GOP did not take back the majority.
“What was most fascinating, however, was that he demanded I name candidates RedState supports in states without incumbents as proof RedState does not somehow get paid to push challengers. I mentioned Larry Rhoden in South Dakota, at which point he started bad mouthing State Senator Rhoden and revealing NRSC opposition research on Senator Rhoden.
“I also mentioned Dr. Greg Brannon in North Carolina, but he was dismissive of him too.
“This all comes as multiple friends of this site, in conversations with me, told me the National Republican Senatorial Committee contacted them to do negative stories about the Madison Project — a conservative group I am a big supporter of. Why? Because the Madison Project endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky against Senator Mitch McConnell. Full disclosure: the Madison Project’s Daniel Horowitz is a RedState contributor, which is why these friends reached out to give me a heads up.
“So let’s recap — the NRSC is pushing hit jobs against conservative organizations who don’t support their incumbents in primaries. They are claiming conservatives who don’t support their candidates are getting paid to do so. They demand to know who conservatives support in open races then bashing those candidates.
“And they call this outreach. . .”
DOMESTIC . . .
Julian Hattem, The Hill: “Seven Obama regulations to watch”
“. . . The Hill has assembled a list — by no means exhaustive — of notable regulations on tap that run the gamut from power plants to vending machines.
“Here’s a look at seven major regulations to come:
Power plants . . . Menu labels. . . Home care workers. . . Silica. . . Biofuel. . . ObamaCare penalty. . . Worker pay disparity . . .”
Ross Kaminsky, American Spectator: “Colorado Recalls Make History”
“In nearly 140 years of Colorado history, it’s never happened before. This year it is happening twice: Two legislators, both Democratic members of the Colorado State Senate, will face recall elections after the Democrat-controlled legislature, bullied by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Vice President Joe Biden, and supported by Governor John “I’m a Moderate” Hickenlooper, passed heavy-handed and unpopular restrictions on gun rights in the Centennial State.
“The senators in question are Angela Giron (Pueblo) and John Morse (CO Springs), the latter being the current President of the Colorado Senate. While the anti-gun laws were the precipitating event for the recall, Giron and Morse also angered constituents in their moderate districts by consistent support for a leftist agenda — including a massive tax hike, renewable energy mandates, and in-state tuition for illegal aliens — more appropriate for (or at least expected in) New York City than Colorado. . .”
Jeffrey Kuhner, Washington Times: “The betrayal of the Navy’s SEAL Team 6”
“How they were ‘outed’ to assist Obama’s re-election campaign
“Did the Obama administration put a target on the backs of members of Navy SEAL Team 6? This is the question that parents of slain SEALs are now asking — and rightly so. Forget Benghazi, the IRS, Eric H. Holder Jr. and the National Security Agency spying on U.S. citizens. Important as these scandals are, what happened to SEAL Team 6 could very well dwarf them. Our government betrayed America’s finest warriors.
“Navy SEAL Team 6 became a household name for their role in killing Osama bin Laden. On May 1, 2011, the country rightly celebrated the death of bin Laden. The Obama administration, however, wanted to do more. It sought to claim full credit for the assassination, deciding to spike the football. On May 3, at an event in Washington, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. did the unthinkable: He publicly revealed the identity of the special-operations unit responsible for bin Laden’s killing. His reckless action put at risk the lives of every member of SEAL Team 6. The Taliban and other jihadists eager to avenge bin Laden now knew which unit to target. Stunned and shocked, SEAL members immediately realized they were going to be hunted by al Qaeda sympathizers. . .”
“Jonah Goldberg, LA Times: “The Hillary Fascination”
“. . . Given the perpetual soap opera revolving around the Clintons, I can understand the fascination with Mrs. Clinton. But while a soap opera can make for a compelling spectacle, that doesn’t mean every character in it is compelling in his or her own right.Quick: Can you think of a single truly interesting thing Hillary Clinton has ever said?
“Before you answer, let me narrow the terms. Wildly implausible statements about how she parlayed pocket change into $100,000 in the commodities markets simply by reading the Wall Street Journal don’t count. Neither do her explanations of how her Whitewater billing records miraculously appeared out of thin air in the most secure building in America. Nor do her explanations of how and why she stuck by her husband.
“What I mean is: Have you ever heard her speak, as a politician in her own right, and been wowed by her eloquence or floored by her insights or even particularly impressed by her raw political skill?
“I’m hard-pressed to think of any examples. . .”
Mark Steyn, NRO: “Lords of the Transition Team”
“Our leadership class’s real accomplishment is résumé padding.
“Let us put aside, as he so rarely does, Anthony Weiner’s spambot penis, and consider his wife and putative first lady. By universal consent, Huma Abedin is “smart, accomplished” (the Guardian), “whip-smart” (The Week), “accomplished” (Time), “smart and accomplished” (the Daily News) — oh, and did I mention “accomplished” (Forbes)?
“So, if she’s so smart, what has she accomplished? Let us put aside her Muslim Brotherhood family background — let us put it aside in the same corner as Anthony Weiner’s infidel penis, the Muslim Brotherhood being one of the few things on the planet rising even more spectacularly than Anthony. Instead, consider merely the official résumé. Huma Abedin’s present employment is as “head of Hillary Clinton’s transition team.” Mrs Clinton, you may recall, was once secretary of state. This was way back in January. Since then, she has been “transitioning away from government to become more involved in her family’s charitable foundation.” You can’t make a “transition” without a “transition team.” Well, not in America. . .”
COMMON CORE . . .
Michelle Malkin, NRO: “Jeb’s Education Racket”
“The former Florida governor and his GOP cronies have lowered standards and increased corruption
“The resignation of Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett couldn’t have come at a better time. His disgraceful grade-fixing scandal is the perfect symbol of all that’s wrong with the federal education schemes peddled by Bennett and his mentor, former GOP governor Jeb Bush: phony academic standards, crony contracts, and big-government and big-business collusion masquerading as “reform.”
“Bennett stepped down Thursday after the Associated Press reported that he had meddled with charter-school accountability ratings in Indiana last fall while serving as that state’s schools superintendent. The beneficiary of his intervention? Big GOP donor and charter-school operator Christel DeHaan, who has forked over nearly $3 million to Republicans (including $130,000 to Bennett).
“DeHaan’s Christel House Academy charter school magically went from a ‘C’ rating to an ‘A’ rating despite failing tenth-grade math scores. An abysmal 33 percent of the school’s tenth-grade Algebra I students passed. Note: The school uses the widely panned elementary-level Everyday Math curriculum (which I’ve exposed in previous columns) and a newfangled secondary program called the Carnegie Learning Math Series, whose website prominently brags that its ‘courses were developed to align to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.’ More on that in a moment. . .”
PA . . .
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “Union protests at convention center making a bad situation worse”
“HARRISBURG – A taxpayer-funded $780 million expansion of the Philadelphia Convention Center may not have been worth the cost.
“And now a picket organized by the city’s carpenters union is threatening to compound an already worrisome situation at the convention center.
“The Philadelphia carpenter’s union set up a picket line around the convention center on Thursday morning after attempts to reach a new contract with the center’s management collapsed, according to Axis Philly, a nonprofit news organization. The protest is threatening to cancel a convention for the Diabetes Association, which planned to bring 10,000 people to the City of Brother Love this month.
“Unless the union and the convention center work out their differences and agree to a new contract, the center will go dark and the Diabetes Assocation will not be able to hold their meeting. . .”
Carl Feldman, Politics PA: “Voter ID on Hold as Trial Wraps Up”
“Regardless of whether the law requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls is upheld in Commonwealth Court, the law will not be in effect for any November 2013 elections taking place. The state’s Attorney General office agreed to allow a temporary injunction against the law to stand for the remainder of the current election cycle.. . .”
HEALTH CARE . . .
Sen. Mike Lee, USA Today: “Defund ObamaCare”
“The American people always knew ObamaCare was going to be unaffordable. Now we know it’s also going to be unfair.
“When the president unilaterally decided not to enforce ObamaCare’s employer mandate, he was admitting that the law is not ready to implement. But instead of protecting all Americans from this train wreck, he chose to protect only big business, while unfairly forcing everyone else into ObamaCare’s unstable and unsound system.
“If the president won’t act to protect families and individuals, Congress should. It holds the power of the purse and can withhold funding to implement the law. The president himself has now admitted that ObamaCare won’t work. It is unaffordable and unfair. If he won’t follow the law, the American people shouldn’t fund it.
NSA . . .
Lisa Ruth, Washington Times: “Intel community worried Obama administration disclosed too much about latest al Qaeda threat”
“In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.
“On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, ‘and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.’
“As a result of the threat, the United States will close 21 embassies in 17 countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia on Sunday, the traditional start of the work week in those countries. . .”
Jon Swaine, UK Telegraph: “Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan ‘left free’ to kill”
“. . . Despite warning classmates that Muslim-American troops might be obliged to kill comrades, and even being spotted by the FBI having email exchanges with Anwar al-Awlaki, the late Yemen-based al-Qaeda cleric, Hasan was promoted to Major and left free to carry out the worst ever killing spree on a US military base.
“A group of 148 victims and their relatives are now suing the US government for $750 million (£491 million) and demanding that the military ‘meet its responsibilities to those harmed by its negligence’. . .”
Washington Times: “Recovering lost freedom”
“Spying on Americans rests on a flimsy legal premise
“Throughout history, totalitarian regimes dreamed of tracking at will the exact whereabouts of enemies of the state. This power is now reality; police officers and bureaucrats can tap into the GPS-style location technology built into every cellphone, with no warrant required.
“Judges and lawyers say it’s OK to dispense with the inconvenience of warrants if a third party, a company such as Verizon or AT&T, holds the records of the calls. The doctrine survives from the days of only one telephone company when touch-tone dialing on pink Princess telephones was a novelty. A device called a pen register physically recorded each number as a suspect dialed it. Since it was only a number, and not the actual conversation, the Supreme Court in 1979 said it unworthy of constitutional protection.
That was then, and now calling devices convey far more information than in those distant days. Mobile phones signal their whereabouts at regular intervals to the cell network, and the courts treat this “personal location information” as if it were no more revealing than a series of random digits.
“‘We understand that cellphone users may reasonably want their location information to remain private, just as they may want their trash, placed curbside in opaque bags,’ Judge Edith Brown Cook wrote for the three-judge panel, sounding as if a man in her house has the task of taking out the trash. ‘But the recourse for these desires is in the market or the political process.’ . . .”
Brian Rosenthal, Seattle Times: “Police cameras busy snapping license plates”
“Cregan Newhouse patrols the streets of Seattle, chasing license plates.
“Mounted atop his Parking Enforcement minivan sit three cameras, capturing every plate he passes and instantly checking them against a database of stolen cars and unpaid tickets.
“On this cloudy afternoon, he finds just two stolen cars and no chronic parking offenders, a smaller haul than usual.
“But his work does not go to waste. The thousands of photos are entered into a Seattle Police Department database where, for the three months before they are destroyed, they’ll be available for use in criminal investigations.
“To public officials, it is an innovative and effective multipurpose policing tool.
“To skeptics, it is yet another way in which Big Brother is watching.. .”
Also: “License plate readers make an impact in Georgia”
“. . . Skinner says the readers can scan 1,000 cars in 10 minutes and send an alert to the officer driving the car if the license plate is linked to criminal activity.
“Lt. Lewis Blanchard says four cameras mounted on the back of a patrol car can snap a photo of an adjacent car’s license plate and relay the information to the Georgia Crime Information Center to stop offenders.
“Blanchard says the department will test and evaluate three different automated license plate reading systems and department officials hope to purchase a scanner next year. . .”
IRS . . .
John Fund, NRO: “A Slo-Mo IRS Cover-Up”
“When Obama condemns “phony scandals,” we can assume investigators are getting warm.
“Back on May 13, President Obama reacted heatedly to news that the IRS had delayed and harassed conservative groups applying for nonprofit status. “I have got no patience with it, I will not tolerate it, and we will make sure that we find out exactly what happened on this,” he told reporters
“How is the president living up to that pledge? At best, meh. At worst, we are seeing a slow-motion cover-up. In a speech he made last week, he railed against an “endless parade” of “phony scandals” that are slowing down the nation’s business. In other words, nothing to see here, it’s time to “move on.”
“Last Sunday, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew appeared on Fox News Sunday and backed up the president. He did damage control on recent congressional testimony by IRS lawyer Carter Hull that implicated the office of William Wilkins, the IRS’s chief counsel and an Obama political appointee — Wilkins is by no means the “rogue” low-level bureaucrat the administration first blamed for the scandal. Also, consider this timeline of IRS activity in the spring of 2010, as midterm elections loomed and the tea-party groups targeted by the IRS began seeing their applications for nonprofit status slow-walked or put into deep freeze. . .”
Katrina Trinko, NRO: “IRS Harasses Pro-Life Groups”
“Months after the inspector general’s report in May that revealed the IRS had specifically targeted tea-party groups applying for tax-exempt status as charitable organizations, the IRS continued to stall pro-life groups’ applications for tax-exempt status, according to the Thomas More Society (TMS). What President Obama condemned as one of various ‘phony scandals’ isn’t nearly over yet. . .”
Jillian Kay Melchoir, NRO: “True Scandal”
“A tea-party group targeted by Democrats gets attention from the IRS—and the FBI, OSHA, and the ATF”
“Catherine Engelbrecht’s tale has all the markings of a classic conspiracy theory: She says she thinks that because of her peaceful political activity, she and her family was targeted for scrutiny by hostile federal agencies.
Yet as news emerges that the Internal Revenue Service wielded its power to obstruct conservative groups, Catherine’s story becomes credible — and chilling. . .”
MIDDLE EAST . . .
Remember, the first dominio in the “Arab Spring” was knocked down by Hillary, Samantha, and Susan while Barack was in South America . . .
Roger Simon, PJM: “The Rise of Al-Qaeda and Why the Administration Lied about Benghazi”
“For nearly a year, we have had no answer to why the administration lied about Benghazi — why it told the world, not to mention the parents of our murdered SEALs at the funeral of their sons, that the cause of that fatal conflagration was an anti-Islamic video no one saw, when the various arms of our executive branch (White House, State and intelligence) already knew, or strongly suspected, it was a terror attack orchestrated by al-Qaeda affiliates.
“You only have to read the now infamous talking points to know that.
“That this lie was deeply immoral is obvious. What still eludes us is the cause of that lie, other than the equally obvious desire to avoid embarrassment weeks before a presidential election.
“But what was this embarrassment about? Recent events have supposedly unearthed a tie to secret arms shipments to Syrian rebels, but as the always cogent Barry Rubin points out, anyone paying attention to the story has known this for some time. Rumors of such shipments filled the Internet even before the Benghazi fireworks.
“Furthermore, as Rubin also indicates, if that information had been immediately revealed or leaked to the public soon after the event, it would have been met by a national shoulder shrug that was firmly ratified by Obama’s loyal media claque. It wouldn’t have impacted the election much, if at all.
“No, something more problematic was involved and I suspect I know what it was. No one wanted to admit — or probably face for themselves — the extent to which the president, and therefore his administration, the State Department, the CIA and even the military, was in bed with Islamists. That the Benghazi consulate (or whatever it was) was guarded by al-Qaeda types who surely either turned on the people they were supposed to be defending that night, or simply gave safe passage to the enemy, is only tip of the proverbial iceberg.
“Like many icebergs this one has different sections and ridges. . .”
Aaron Klein, WABC Radio
1) The Benghazi mission was collecting weapons originally given out to topple Mommar. The raid on that mission was not due to a movie but to retribution. Some of those weapons were distributed in Turkey and Syria to forces opposed to Assad… http://kleinonline.wnd.com/2013/08/05/cnn-confirms-kleinonline-reporting-on-gun-running-in-benghazi-lawmakers-suspect-cia-used-u-s-compound-in-libya/
2) The current AQ threat could be retribution. It could also be a convenient distractiion invented by our State Department that helps us to forget NSA /FBI scandals. (Remember the “movie”?) http://kleinonline.wnd.com/2013/08/05/u-s-facing-al-qaida-payback-strike-terror-travel-alert-tied-to-retaliation-over-american-involvement-in-syria/
3) The National Popular Vote movement is intended to circumvent the Electoral College . , , remember, urban areas are “liberal” strongholds. http://kleinonline.wnd.com/2013/07/31/devious-election-plot-bypasses-constitution-strategy-takes-36-states-out-of-voting-decision/
4) John Kerry uses the EU to blackmail Israel (http://kleinonline.wnd.com/2013/08/02/kerry-using-europeans-to-blackmail-israel-threat-targets-jews-in-jerusalem-biblical-territories/)
5) A “nudge czar” has been created to manipulate us. (http://kleinonline.wnd.com/2013/08/01/no-joke-meet-obamas-new-nudge-czar-white-house-team-seeking-to-subtly-alter-your-behavior/ ) (Also http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/30/govt-knows-best-white-house-creates-nudge-squad-to-shape-behavior/ )
Watkins et al, McClatchy: “Embassy closings, travel warning renew debate over NSA data collection”
“WASHIGNTON [sic] — The closing of U.S. embassies in 21 predominantly Muslim countries and a broad caution about travel during August that the State Department issued on Friday touched off debate Sunday over the National Security Agency’s sweeping data collection programs.
“Congressional supporters of the program, appearing on Sunday morning talk shows, said the latest rounds of warnings of unspecified threats showed that the programs were necessary, while detractors said there was no evidence linking the programs, particularly the massive collection of cell phone records of hundreds of millions of Americans, to the vague warnings of a possible terrorist attack.
“Meanwhile, there were no reports of violence or unusual activity in any of the countries where the United States had kept its embassies and consulates closed when they would have ordinarily been open on Sunday. Nevertheless, the State Department announced that embassies and consulates in 16 countries would remain closed throughout the week. . .”
Drudge Report (8/5/13)
PLANNED ATTACK 'BIG,' 'STRATEGICALLY SIGNIFICANT'
Authorities Boost Security Inside Homeland...
Senator: 'Most serious threat I've seen in a number of years'...
'Chatter' beyond anything heard since before 9/11...
Kristol: Year ago Obama said al-Qaida on run and now WE are on run...
Sharona Schwarz, The Blaze: “‘Delusional,’ ‘Insanity,’ ‘Doomed’: How Center, Left and Palestinian Writers Are Describing John Kerry’s Peace Process Push”
“One might expect pro-Israel conservatives to be denouncing Secretary of State John Kerry for his flagship project of renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations predicated on forcing Israel to make painful territorial concessions. Yes, that’s happening. But what may be surprising are the harsh critiques coming from center, left and Palestinians writers, using words such as “delusional,” “insanity” and “doomed” to described Kerry’s enterprise. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Kyle Cheney, Politico: One showed for OCare talk in Centreville
“. . . The poor turnout here in Centreville wasn’t necessarily indicative of what’s happening across the country at other OFA events Sunday afternoon and evening, which coincide with President Barack Obama’s birthday. OFA sent out pictures of bigger and more enthusiastic turnout elsewhere, including some events in places like Ohio, Florida and Missouri where volunteer enthusiasm will be needed to overcome state government resistance to implementation. Most of the events were intentionally small-scale — house parties, leafleting near a beach or a farmer’s market, not big rallies.
“But in some ways, this suburban community 20 miles from Washington, D.C., captures the national ambivalence about the health law. Centreville is perched on the edge of two congressional districts, a red one represented by Rep. Frank Wolf — an ardent Republican opponent of Obamacare — and a blue one by Rep. Gerry Connolly, one of the health law’s Democratic champions. . .”