STILES: Educate GERLACH; Exempt America Rally.
RAND PAUL – Forced unionization; VICTOR DAVIS HANSON – Israeli Spring.
SYRIA/MIDDLE EAST: Klein – NKor operations room; Fernandez – Crow; PJMedia – Pros & cons; Halper – Constitution; McLaughlin – Any end but victory; Pappas – Cruz … Parliament but not Congress.
DOMESTIC: Costa – Rafael Cruz; Carson – MLK & black-on-black violence; Adams – Pgh “White Bitch” beaten; Gardiner – BO’s message; Stanley – BO politicized MLK; Semuels – BigMac strike; Detroit Sugar babies; NV brothels fold; Chiaramonte – Hasan to linger; Goldman & Apuzzo – Mosque terror organizations.
NSA: Pecquet – ISR spy threat; Gellman & Miller: US spy net.
HEALTH CARE: Earth Life started on Mars; Henninger – OCare for everything.
PA: Rosario – defund it; Daniels – Corbett still sinks; Daniels – electronic tolls.
END NOTES: Poland 9/1/1939
“Obama’s extraordinary today, not because of anything he’s done as president; it’s because he’s been a disaster. He’s extraordinary in the mere fact that he became president. Few people do that. But what has made him extraordinary is his utter disaster of an administration. He rose from do-nothing state senator, to do-nothing U.S. senator, to where he is now — and there are reasons for it. We all know what it is. I’m not gonna get into it, but it is what it is.” Rush Limbaugh
“We get it, Eric [Holder]. You can tell your friends at the Washington Post and New York Times that your Justice Department doesn’t discriminate because of the race of the victim, but we know the truth. We know that you treat some Americans as second-class citizens. And for that, you are more like one of the old segregationists than the crusader for justice you think you are.” J. Christian Adams
“Far from displaying Western strength, the strike reportedly being planned may instead disastrously confirm the enemies of the civilised world in their view that the US and UK are a busted flush, reduced merely to self-promoting posturing as a substitute for principled purpose and toughness of resolve.” Melanie Phillips
1682: William Penn set sail from Deal in Kent, England, for Pennsylvania.
1781: A French fleet arrived at Yorktown, Virginia, with 3,000 troops to help trap the British army there.
1836: Brothers Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen founded Houston, Texas.
1862: Confederate forces defeated Union troops at the Second Battle of Manassas, Virginia.
1967: The Senate confirmed Thurgood Marshall as the first black justice on the Supreme Court. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)
Paula Stiles: Meetings with Gerlach
“Defund ObamaCare before it defunds you” Dr. Marty.
From CAF: Contact your representative, whether it be Congressman Pitts, Meehan or Gerlach and implore them to “Defund via the CR”. They will be going back to Washington soon and they need to know how strongly we feel about this.
Congressman Joe Pitts
202-225-2411 or 610-444-4581
Congressman Patrick Meehan
202-225-2011 or 610-690-7933
Congressman James Gerlach
202-225-4315 or 610-594-1415
“It will be from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at his office in Lionville. The address is 111 East Uwchlan Avenue, (aka Rte. 113, just north of Rte. 100) Exton, PA 19341
PLEASE BRING SIGNS about OCare Facts!!!!!!!!!!!!
“If you are tired of the lies and arrogance of these people, we need to stand up to them. We are planning to have an “educational rally” for the Congressman’s constituents outside his office on Saturday, September 7th. We need as many people possible to have signs informing his constituents that he is not what he says he is. If we get enough people, I will be contacting the news press. The lies and arrogance needs to stop and it needs to stop now. They are not worried about our country, they are worried about the next election.
Let me know asap if you can attend. I will be keeping a list and giving updates prior to the rally. PASS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!!!
Thank you. . . Paula Stiles, Chesco Patriots
“Three Patriots went into Congressman Gerlach’s office two Friday’s ago and here is the assessment they took back from the meeting.
1. Gerlach is scared to death to shut down the government. It was pointed out that this would not be a tragedy, this would not be the first time the government was shut down, to the murmurs of we are not going to shut down the government. He was so worried about SS, Medicare and Medicaid recipients. It was pointed out to him that this would still happen, and he insisted that it wouldn’t. This question was a response for him to sign onto defunding Obamacare.
2. He insisted that he is FOR getting rid of Obamacare by his votes to repeal it. Actions speak louder than words; when push comes to shove, he does not have the conviction to absolutely defund this abomination.
3. Jim Gerlach was directly asked the question about what the Congress would do to nullify the fact that Congress and the Federal Employees will not have to submit to this atrocity called Obamacare, while the little people get to pay for it. He had no response. In other words, for Thee but not for Me. He does not care that we will be strapped to pay for him, his staff, his family, the IRS employees, etc.
4. Gerlach insisted that the House could NOT defund Obamacare without shutting down the government. It was pointed out that this could be done, and his response was a
call to REVIEW our Civics Class. I felt that this was a demeaning tactic by our Representative; the inference was that the group was ill informed.
5. AMNESTY was another topic discussed. The HOUSE will be putting forth their OWN BILLS. It was suggested that the House ignore the Senate Bill and do nothing.
Our BLEEDING HEART Representative wants to LEGALIZE ALL the children here through no fault of their own. No mention of those who crossed the border illegally to get here
and get to remain. His response is that we must do something…here we go again, we get to pay for it!!!! I requested that we not allow them to remain, see the legal ruling
of Obama’s DREAM ACT, it is not lawful. He WILL NOT deport 20 million people. We don’t have the resources. I pointed out that it would be more cost effective to return
them and the citizens would support this measure. I also pointed out that Eisenhower deported illegals during his administration for the same reasons, high unemployment
and out own citizens out of work. It was also mentioned that this only serves big business and will hurt our own people since they will not be required under OBAMACARE.
He wants to increase WORK VISAS thereby keeping the underclass intact.
6. It was also pointed out that there are entire departments in the Government which could be eliminated, Dept of Ed, Energy, IRS, etc. He agreed that this will never happen.
7. A FLAT Tax would take care of the IRS. His proposal is to create 2 tax levels. Didn’t we see how much the Republicans have cut our TAXES! I don’t know about you,
but I have not seen any tax cuts.
8. It was stated that the Republicans have no guts in fighting for their constituents. “I represent 700,000 people and need to look out for all of them”. Really, did the
Democrats vote for you? What do you stand for, what are your values and principles, what are the values and principles of the Republican Party. My response from Gerlach
is that “I need to be a team player or get out of the committee”. My goal is to get Conservatives elected, but the Party will never allow that. Every Committeeperson who was at the Convention this year saw the “quality” of people put forward…payback political hacks. Gerlach is the ultimate PARTY representative, progressive BIG government.
“Overall this was a disappointing meeting from a Representative who does not espouse what the Republican Party is supposed to stand for. He MUST GO!!!”
9/10/2013: West Chester TEA Party: Exempt America Rally
(from Cris Collopy “ Jim is there a law enforcer’s march in D. C. Sept. 9 th.? I may go against the 10th for exempt rally. Would love to be in D.C. with anti jihad message 11th for Million Man Muslim March. Financle problems may prevent me from doing soooo Another option for me would be Independence Mall the 11th or corner in Phoenixville. If you know anyone I could share rides with. Please give them my phone # 610-792-5357. or email address (CRCollopy@Comcast.net)”
“If you are interested in the rally below, we will try to get a bus load together please respond at RSVP@westchesterteaparty.com
“On Tuesday, September 10th, Tea Party Patriots will partner with numerous other pro-liberty groups to participate in the Exempt America Rally on the West Lawn of the US Capitol in Washington, DC at 12pm. This rally is taking place to demand that Congress delay the implementation of Obamacare by refusing to stop spending money on the law.
“The Obama administration has already unilaterally delayed the implementation of the law for Big Business. The IRS union – who is charged with enforcing the law – doesn’t want it, the Teamsters say it will destroy the 40 hour work week, and now Members of Congress and their Staffs have received special protection from the law.
“If this law isn’t good enough for Big Business, Big Labor, or Big Government, then it isn’t good enough for the American people.
“We must take this opportunity to demonstrate to Washington that American people should be Exempt from Obamacare.
“The looming budget fight may be our last chance to stop Obamacare before the January 1st deadline. We will need as large a turnout in Washington as possible. We must show Congress, on their first day back from their summer recess, that they cannot run to DC to hide from the American voters.
“There are many members of Congress that are too afraid to take an actual stand against the oncoming “Train Wreck”. We need to show them that we, the American people, will not let this go without a fight. . . “
Visit the website to find out more details and sign up to let us know you’re coming! . . . http://www.exemptamerica.com/
Rand Paul: Forced Unionization
Sign the “End Forced Unionism” Petition to your Representative and both Senators
“We must strike at the very heart of Big Labor’s illicit power by passing the National Right to Work Act (S. 204) to finally END forced union dues in America.
“Whereas: For nearly 70 years — with our federal government’s blessing — Big Labor bosses have mocked our Constitution and straitjacketed our economy as they’ve built a massive political empire on the backs of hardworking Americans; and
“Whereas: No American worker should be forced to pay union dues just to have a job and feed their family; and
“Whereas: Nearly 80% of the American people oppose forced unionism; and
“Whereas: A National Right to Work Act would end the injustice of forced unionism in America once and for all;
“Therefore: I urge you to support the National Right to Work Act (S. 204) at every opportunity. “
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “The Israeli Spring”
“. . . In terms of realpolitik, anti-Israeli authoritarians are fighting to the death against anti-Israeli insurgents and terrorists. Each is doing more damage to the other than Israel ever could — and in an unprecedented, grotesque fashion. Who now is gassing Arab innocents? Shooting Arab civilians in the streets? Rounding up and executing Arab civilians? Blowing up Arab houses? Answer: either Arab dictators or radical Islamists.
“The old nexus of radical Islamic terror of the last three decades is unraveling. With a wink and a nod, Arab dictatorships routinely subsidized Islamic terrorists to divert popular anger away from their own failures to the West or Israel. In the deal, terrorists got money and sanctuary. The Arab Street blamed others for their own government-inflicted miseries. And thieving authoritarians posed as Islam’s popular champions.
“But now, terrorists have turned on their dictator sponsors. And even the most ardent Middle East conspiracy theorists are having troubling blaming the United States and Israel. . .”
SYRIA/MIDDLE EAST . . .
Politicians (and executives) often use their current job as a platform that leads to their next job. Events in Libya, Egypt, and Syria, suggest that our President could next work for the Brotherhood. . . will he and Jarrett take anyone else? And will our “secret” files go with them? Is Obama a target for NSA surveillance??????
Aaron Klein, KleinonLine: “Iran, North Korea ‘running operations room in Syria.’ Russia also ‘aiding’ Damascus ahead of likely U.S., Western strikes”
“NEW YORK — Iranian and North Korean experts are directing an operations room for the Syrian army ahead of a possible showdown with Western powers, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials speaking to KleinOnline.
“The Iranians and North Koreans, based inside Syria, are focusing their efforts on ensuring the viability of Syria’s air defense systems while maintaining the embattled country’s vast missile arsenal, the officials said. The officials said Iran has gone so far as to pledge soldiers to Syria if such mercenaries are needed during any looming confrontation.
“Russian military experts are also participating in the preparation efforts by advising the Syrian army, but Moscow has not met the expectations of Bashar al-Assad’s regime as far as the extent of their involvement, the officials said,
“The Middle Eastern security officials further told KleinOnline they have information Iran failed to convince the Hamas command in the Gaza Strip to fire rockets into the Jewish state in the event of a Western attack on Syria. The officials believe that if any Western attack against Damascus is surgical and is carried out without the goal of regime change for the Assad regime, the Syrians may not retaliate against Israel. However, the officials said the regime is preparing to possibly use Hezbollah in Lebanon to launch attacks against opposition forces inside the country aiding the Syrian rebels . . .”
Richard Fernandez, PJM: “Crow”
“. . . Whichever way it goes, Obama’s plan for a “limited but decisive” attack on Assad is probably over. George Will advised the president to quit talking himself into trouble. “The administration now would do well to do something that the head of it has an irresistible urge not to do: Stop talking. If a fourth military intervention is coming, it will not be to decisively alter events, which we cannot do, in a nation vital to U.S. interests, which Syria is not. Rather, its purpose will be to rescue Obama from his words.”
“The bigger question is whether Obama himself is now over. There was a brief scare yesterday following reports that the Egyptian government was planning to close the Suez Canal to U.S. warships, in the event the Truman battle group passed through. That is what things have come to. But the narrative was prepared for hard and heavy tidings. Michael O’Hanlon wrote a possibly prophylactic piece in the Washington Post asking, ”Who needs the Suez Canal?” This follows earlier pieces that said, “Who needs Egypt?”
“Yet how long before everyone starts to ask themselves a more fundamental question: who needs Obama? . . .”
PJ Media: “The Pros and Cons of Attacking Syria
PJ Media’s columnists weigh in on intervening in Syria as the Obama administration decides how to respond to the use of chemical weapons. Updated: Michael Ledeen, Victor Davis Hanson and Roger Kimball provide their analyses.
“Well today, Thursday, it looks like we’re running away from the very idea of doing anything. Today’s headlines say that the intel is suddenly dubious, that Cameron won’t do anything without the UN — which means he won’t do anything at all — and Hollande is suddenly cautious.
“Surprised? You say it’s inconceivable that Obama would do nothing at all after all the yelling and jumping up and down?
It wouldn’t be the first time. . .”
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
“. . . we are not sure that the opposition is likely to be any better than the monster Assad. Did we learn nothing from Libya and Egypt? The paradox in the Middle East is that Americans can control the postwar landscape and promote consensual government only by inserting large numbers of ground troops — an unacceptable political reality. A Putinesque shelling and bombing solution (more rubble, less trouble) is ethically unacceptable to most Americans.
Then there are the domestic politics. During the Iraq War, authorization from Congress was essential; now it is not? The excruciating and ultimately failed effort in 2002 at the UN took weeks; now it is not even attempted by a Peace Prize laureate? Bombing a monstrous regime guilty of past WMD use was amoral; now it is ethical? . . .
“. . . When Obama took office, Egypt was ruled by an authoritarian but basically pro-Western and pro-Israel autocrat. Now the country is teetering on the edge of anarchy, its economy in shambles, its people mere weeks away from starvation. When Obama took office, Libya was ruled by a preposterous transvestite thug who had been brought to heel by Western suasion. Now Libya is a toxic breeding ground of Islamic triumphalism, aptly epitomized by the obscene murder of Muammar Gaddafi by a mob of radical Islamists as well as the attack on our installation in Benghazi last September 11, a coordinated assault that left a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead and which Obama’s spokesmen blamed on a rancid anti-Muslim internet video but which was really the result of his administration’s dithering incompetence. . .”
ROGER L. SIMON
“. . . I don’t see what choice the U. S. has about striking Syria — and not because our president drew some sort of “red line,” but because of gas itself. You don’t have to be Jewish to believe that, since Auschwitz, gassing your fellow human beings is pretty close to the most obscene act we can perform on each other. It’s forbidden by the Geneva Conventions for a reason.
“The people who perpetrate this obscenity — Saddam Hussein, Bashar Assad — deserve to die for their actions. And I’m not even much of a believer in capital punishment.
That’s one reason to move against the Syrian regime, although I fear our administration will not do enough and make the whole thing moot.
“The second reason is to scare the bejeesus out of what Brother Ledeen calls the ‘terror masters’ in Iran and perhaps deter them from obtaining nuclear weapons. . .”
“If you want more extensive elucidation of my views, I wrote a good deal more on the subject, yesterday.
DAVID P. GOLDMAN
“Go after the dog’s master, not the dog.
“Kudos to Michael Ledeen for explaining that the road to Damascus starts in Tehran. As Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu explained on Aug. 25, ‘Assad’s regime isn’t acting alone. Iran, and Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah, are there on the ground playing an active role assisting Syria. In fact, Assad’s regime has become a full Iranian client and Syria has become Iran’s testing ground. … Iran is watching and it wants to see what will be the reaction to the use of chemical weapons.’
“We are at war with Iran, and I have little to add to Michael’s excellent summary. As he reiterates, we have been at war with Iran for decades. The only distinction is that Iran knows this and the Obama administration pretends it’s not happening. . .”
Daniel Halper, Weekly Standard: “Dem. Congressman: ‘Constitution Requires Congressional Authorization on Use of Force against Syria’”
“Democratic congressman Jerrold Nadler appears to be warning President Obama in a statement released today on striking Syria. “Constitution Requires Congressional Authorization on Use of Force Against Syria,” reads the title of Nadler’s statement.
“The text of the statement reads:
‘The Constitution requires that, barring an attack on the United States or an imminent threat to the U.S., any decision to use military force can only be made by Congress — not by the President. The decision to go to war — and we should be clear, launching a military strike on another country, justified or not, is an act of war — is reserved by the Constitution to the American people acting through their elected representatives in Congress.
‘Since there is no imminent threat to the United States, there is no legal justification for bypassing the Constitutionally-required Congressional authorization. “Consultation” with Congress is not sufficient. The Constitution requires Congressional authorization.
‘The American people deserve to have this decision debated and made in the open, with all the facts and arguments laid out for public review and debate, followed by a Congressional vote. If the President believes that military action against Syria is necessary, he should immediately call Congress back into session and seek the Constitutionally-required authorization.’
“Nadler is the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.”
Dan McLaughlin, Red State: “Obama, Syria and Iraq: Any End But Victory”
“Making It Up as He Goes Along
“The plans being floated by President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry for a wildly unpopular military intervention in Syria are incoherent on any number of levels. Rather than identify an enemy and seek the enemy’s defeat, the essential requirement for using military force, the Administration is unwilling to declare the toppling of the Assad regime as a goal – despite Obama’s own proclamation two years ago this month that “[f]or the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside.” Instead, according to one unnamed “U.S. official” quoted by the LA Times, the Administration wants a military strike “just muscular enough not to get mocked.” Churchillian, this is not.
“That Was Then, This Is Now
“Nor is it in line with what Obama, Biden and Kerry used to claim to believe. Once upon a time, Obama’s expressed willingness to meet with leaders like Assad made him popular in Syria. Then-Senator Obama argued in the 2008 campaign that “[t]he President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation” (Senator Biden agreed); now, as in Libya, Obama has no interest in asking for Congressional approval. Obama and Kerry once venerated the need to get UN and international approval for the use of force; now, Kerry’s spokesman says of the UN Security Council, where both Russia and China are expected to oppose military strikes, “[w]e cannot be held up in responding by Russia’s intransigence.” Obama is apparently gunshy of even explaining himself: one of his reliable proxies at Politico asks, “[i]s POTUS going to address the nation directly before embarking on military action in Syria? Many of his aides think it’s a passé tactic.”
“(UPDATE: Here’s more from Obama in 2007 sounding a very different note on Syria, and John Kerry cozying up to Assad as recently as 2011-2012). . .”
Alex Pappas, Daily Caller: “Cruz: Why is Parliament — but not Congress — debating Syria?”
“Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says it’s ‘unacceptable’ that members of the British House of Commons are having a vigorous debate about that country’s policy towards Syria but Congress is staying home.
“The Republican tweeted an image to his 116,000 followers on Thursday of Prime Minister David Cameron debating the topic on top of another photo showing the empty floor of the U.S. Senate.’
Drudge Report (8/29-30/2013)
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DOMESTIC . . .
Robert Costa, NRO: “The Rise of Rafael Cruz”
“Senator Ted Cruz’s father is a conservative force.
“Rafael Cruz has already taken five trips to Washington, D.C., this year, usually spending a week each time. He stays at his son’s apartment, and while his son is on Capitol Hill, he hosts meetings and catches up with Cruz-friendly activists and donors. In the evenings, he and his son talk politics deep into the night.
“When the Senate is out of session and they hit the road, Rafael Cruz arrives at events in advance of his son’s team, informally scouting the room and huddling with organizers. He relishes the game — warming up local Republicans, shaking hands, and regaling them with stories about his son. Later on, he’ll call the busy freshman senator and give him a preview of the scene.
“Sources close to Cruz say those who run Cruz’s operation, both in his Senate office and on the political side, have learned to work with Rafael, and that for many of them, their boss’s father has become a mentor. They also appreciate his tact: He’s clearly the insider of insiders within Cruz’s camp, but he doesn’t overdo it, leaving the mechanics of Cruz, Inc., to aides such as his campaign adviser Jason Johnson, or his chief of staff, Chip Roy. . .”
Ben Carson, Washington Times: “MLK would be alarmed by black-on-black violence, lack of family values”
“It is hard to believe that 50 years have elapsed since the famous “I have a dream speech” of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Mall in Washington. I was an 11-year-old child in Detroit languishing in the midst of poverty, but very interested in the strides that were being made in the civil rights movement.
“I was the only black kid in my seventh-grade class and over the previous two years had risen from the bottom of the class to the top. My mother had forced us to read, which had a profound positive effect on both my brother Curtis and myself. I was quite optimistic that things were getting better for black people in America.
“If King could be resurrected and see what was going on in America today, I suspect he would be extraordinarily pleased by many of the things he observed and disappointed by others. He, like almost everyone else, would be thrilled to know that there was a two-term black president of the United States of America and a black attorney general, as well as many other high government officials, business executives and university presidents.
“Perhaps just as thrilling would be the sight of black doctors, lawyers, airline pilots, construction foremen, news anchors, school superintendents and almost any other position imaginable in America. The fact that seeing blacks in such positions no longer raises eyebrows is a testimony to the tremendous progress that has been made in America over the last 50 years.
“There are some areas, however, where I suspect he might be less than thrilled. The epidemic of black-on-black violent crime indicates that there has been a significant deterioration of values in the black community. Not only are the lives of their fellow blacks and others being devalued by street thugs, but the lives of unborn babies are being destroyed in disproportionate numbers in the black community. . .”
J. Christian Adams, PJM: ‘White Bitch’ Brutally Beaten in Pittsburgh, Paging Eric Holder”
“The attorney general, a modern segregationist.
Ginger Slepski was driving through Pittsburgh’s North Side when a group of black teens threw things at her car. She got out and asked them “what is your problem?”
Then they proceeded to beat her senseless, calling her a “white bitch” and other racial slurs. WPXI has the video and the story.
“So where is Eric Holder? Where is Jocelyn Samuels (firstname.lastname@example.org), the replacement for Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez who could prosecute this crime under federal civil rights laws?
“Remember those? Those are the ones Eric Holder made a point to mention at the NAACP convention in Orlando, blustering that he might prosecute the acquitted George Zimmerman.
“Well here’s an easy case, Eric. It won’t be too hard to prove a violation of 18 USC 249 or 18 USC 245 in this context. No outrageous self-defense defenses here.
But like in all the other similar cases you refuse to prosecute, the victim here wasn’t one of “your people.” Ginger’s parents didn’t endure the sort of garbage that your wife’s parents did down south. So she isn’t entitled to equal protection of the law, right?
“Make no mistake, Ginger isn’t the only victim who won’t get justice from Justice just because of her race. Neither will the parents who were beaten at the Wisconsin State Fair. Nor will the parents in Ohio who saw thugs come on their lawn shouting racial slurs before they beat them.
“We get it, Eric. You can tell your friends at the Washington Post and New York Times that your Justice Department doesn’t discriminate because of the race of the victim, but we know the truth. We know that you treat some Americans as second-class citizens. And for that, you are more like one of the old segregationists than the crusader for justice you think you are.”
Nile Gardiner, UK Telegraph: “President Obama’s flat and uninspiring message to America: I have a big government dream”
“Senator Rand Paul expressed it perfectly in a tweet on Wednesday evening when he said: “It is simply unimaginable to think of what kind of America we might be living in today if not for MLK’s courage and triumph.” Martin Luther King Jr. immeasurably changed the United States for the better, helping to heal a divided nation while offering an overwhelmingly positive vision for the future. Barack Obama’s speech on the 50th anniversary of MLK’s Washington address was an opportunity to bring Americans together and unite the country in memory of a greatly revered American leader. Instead, as my colleague Tim Stanley pointed out in his excellent piece, this was a deeply partisan speech, filled with campaign-style rhetoric. In Tim’s words, ‘he uses a day that ought to be marked by national unity as an opportunity to deliver a stump speech, even though he’s not running for election.’
“Barack Obama used his address to reiterate the same themes he has been hammering home in a series of recent speeches. These ranged from class warfare and anti-capitalist rhetoric, of the kind usually deployed by French Socialists, to a call for more government programs. . .”
Tim Stanley, UK Telegraph: “Barack Obama uses the March on Washington to attack his opponents. This man is shameless”
“. . . But those folks didn’t just come to Washington to ask for votes fifty years ago. They wanted jobs, too. And here’s where the conservative and liberal understanding of “freedom” divides. The conservative dream is of a free market in which individuals are free to rise and fall by the strength of their talents and character. The liberal dream is a system in which there is greater equality of outcome, facilitated by the government. “Liberty is linked to one’s livelihood”, said the President. And I could, as a curious historian, accept this as a simple statement of personal belief – but Obama just could not resist using lingering poverty as a cudgel to beat over the head of his political opponents. He attacked “greed is good” (that was said in a movie, sir, not by any Republican president), trickle-down and those who question the wisdom of big spending. By implication, the Right are anti-civil rights because they will not use government to bring about its full promise of greater economic equality.
“And you wonder why Republicans won’t deal with this President? . . .”
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/timstanley/100232983/barack-obama-uses-the-march-on-washington-to-attack-his-opponents-this-man-is-shameless/ Breitbart: “20,000 Currently Estimated at March on Washington, 100,000 Were Expected”
“While over 100,000 people were expected to show up at today’s ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, late estimates put the crowd numbers at 20,000. Mike Levine of ABC News reported at 2:10 p.m. ET that unofficial crowd estimates from law enforcement sources put the number at “over 20,000.”
Alana Semuels, LA Times: “National fast-food wage protests kick off in New York”
“NEW YORK — Beginning a day of protests that organizers say will spread to 50 cities and 1,000 stores across the country, a crowd of chanting workers gathered Thursday morning at a McDonald’s in midtown Manhattan to call for higher wages and the chance to join a union.
“About 500 people, including workers, activists, religious leaders, news crews and local politicians, gathered outside the McDonald’s on Fifth Avenue. The protesters chanted ‘Si Se Puede’ (‘Yes, We Can’) and ‘Hey, hey, ho, ho $7.25 has got to go,’ holding signs saying ‘On Strike: Can’t Survive on $7.25,’ referring to the federal minimum wage.
“The protesters plan to spread out to other stores throughout New York during the day. Protests are also expected in Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., and other cities.
“Meanwhile, the Employment Policies Institute, a Washington-based think tank, has placed a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal with a picture of a robot making what looks like pancakes. It explains that restaurants have to reduce their costs of service to keep prices low, which might mean switching to robots if wages get too high. . .”
Drudge Report (8/29/2013)
Detroit MCDONALD'S Forced To Close After Employee Walk Out...
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CBS Detroit: “Detroit Teachers Moonlight As ‘Sugar Babies’ To Offset Wage Cuts”
“In the Detroit School District alone, more than 200 teachers are moonlighting as sugar babies to offset wage cuts and job losses, according to dating website www.SeekingArrangement.com. How do they know? The website tallied up all the females registered in Detroit who list ‘teacher’ as their occupation.
“. . . While the number of Detroit school teachers registered on the website might be shocking to some, it’s actually less than the national average. Wade said the Philadelphia City School District has the highest number of teachers registered on the website at 674 (emph added, jb) , followed by Miami-Dade School District with 507. . .”
Alison Vekshin, Bloomberg: “Brothels in Nevada Suffer as Web Disrupts Oldest Trade”
“‘I offer a lot more specials and discounts and incentives for people to come in to see me,’ said Taylor, 32, a brunette prostitute in a short, green dress at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch outside Carson City, Nevada. ‘People are looking for deals.’
“Nevada’s legal brothels, which took root in the mid-1800s silver-mining boom, are dwindling, down to about 19 from roughly 36 in 1985, according to George Flint, an industry lobbyist. Many have been the highest-profile businesses in their sparsely populated regions, and their decline hurts already-stretched county budgets and marks the end to local institutions — though not the universally beloved sort.
“The state’s flagging economy, decreased patronage by truckers squeezed by fuel costs and growing use of the Internet to arrange liaisons are to blame, managers say. . .”
Perry Chiaramonte, Fox: “Even with death sentence, Fort Hood shooter would face long wait for martyrdom”
“The military rarely hands down the death penalty, and it is even rarer for it to be carried out. The last service member to be executed was Army Pvt. John A. Bennett, who was hanged for rape and attempted murder in 1961. There are currently just five service members on the military’s death row, one of whom has been awaiting his execution — and fighting it — for 25 years.
“Hasan’s death could come sooner if the self-professed ‘Soldier of Allah,’ who killed 13 and injured 30 in his Nov. 5, 2009, rampage, truly wants to die for his twisted cause and elects to forgo appeals. But even so, he could languish for years on the military’s death row, in Fort Leavenworth. . .”
Goldman & Apuzzo, Yahoo; “NYPD designates mosques as terrorism organizations”
“NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorist organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
“Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends prayer services there is a potential subject of an investigation and fair game for surveillance.
“Since the 9/11 attacks, the NYPD has opened at least a dozen “terrorism enterprise investigations” into mosques, according to interviews and confidential police documents. The TEI, as it is known, is a police tool intended to help investigate terrorist cells and the like. . .”
NSA . . .
Julian Pecquet, The Hill: “Leaked documents reveal US sees Israel as a spying threat (Video)”
“The Obama administration views Israel as one of the top spying threats facing its intelligence services, leaked documents reveal.
“A secret budget request obtained by The Washington Post from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden lumps Israel alongside U.S. foes Iran and Cuba as “key targets” for U.S. counterintelligence efforts. The document suggests Israel does not believe U.S. assurances that its interests are aligned with Israel’s on crucial issues such as Iran and peace talks with the Palestinians.
‘To further safeguard our classified networks, we continue to strengthen insider threat detection capabilities across the Community,’ reads the FY 2013 congressional budget justification for intelligence programs. ‘In addition, we are investing in target surveillance and offensive CI [counterintelligence] against key targets, such as China, Russia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and Cuba.’
“The White House and the Israeli Embassy did not respond to requests for comment. . .”
Gellman & Miller, WaPo: “U.S. spy network’s successes, failures and objectives detailed in ‘black budget’ summary”
“. . . The 178-page budget summary for the National Intelligence Program details the successes, failures and objectives of the 16 spy agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community, which has 107,035 employees.
The summary describes cutting-edge technologies, agent recruiting and ongoing operations. The Washington Post is withholding some information after consultation with U.S. officials who expressed concerns about the risk to intelligence sources and methods. Sensitive details are so pervasive in the documents that The Post is publishing only summary tables and charts online.
HEALTH CARE . . .
News Sky: “Life on Earth Started On Mars, Say Scientists”
EPA to issue regs . . .
“. . . Prof Benner, from The Westheimer Institute for Science and Technology in the US, said: “The evidence seems to be building that we are actually all Martians; that life started on Mars and came to Earth on a rock.”
“Speaking at the Goldschmidt 2013 conference in Florence, Italy, he said: “It’s lucky that we ended up here nevertheless, as certainly Earth has been the better of the two planets for sustaining life.
“. . . Prof Benner said the element molybdenum was thought to be a catalyst that helped organic molecules develop into the first living things.
“This form of molybdenum couldn’t have been available on Earth at the time life first began, because three billion years ago the surface of the Earth had very little oxygen, but Mars did.
“It’s yet another piece of evidence which makes it more likely life came to Earth on a Martian meteorite, rather than starting on this planet.”
Daniel Henninger, WSJ: “ObamaCare for Everything”
“First health, then finance and now higher ed gets a federal fix.
“Thousands of American higher-education administrators will spend part of Labor Day weekend trying to plumb the meaning of the ideas President Obama dropped on them last week to “reform” the American college and university system. Given the political genome of college administrators nowadays, they’ll try to make the Obama plan work. But for the handful who want to preserve and protect their hallowed institutions, here’s a recommendation: Drop by the nearest medical school for a chat with the doctors about how it’s going with the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare.
“Insofar as all these higher-ed reforms will be tied to federal rules for getting the money, it is beyond dispute that this will be ObamaCare for education, just as Dodd-Frank was ObamaCare for banking and finance.
“A clue to where this is headed may be seen by clicking on the White House backgrounder’s link to the “Financial Aid Shopping Sheet” jointly developed by the U.S. Department of Education and Dodd-Frank’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The sheet has a striking name atop it: ‘University of the United States (UUS)’—with a logo, no less.
“The education proposal reflects the Obama modus operandi. First, identify an American industry that long ago made a Faustian bargain for federal support, such as hospitals and housing. Then describe the subsidy-dependent industry’s inevitable bloat and inefficiency in images so stark no reasonable person could disagree. . .”
PA . . .
Katherine Rosario, CAP: “Guest Post: Defund Obamacare? Yes We Can”
Mr. Gerlach says we can’t. Perhaps she would like his seat?
“Communications Deputy for Heritage Action for America
“Thanks to Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, we have a ruinous healthcare law on our hands. Fortunately, Congress also has a perfectly viable means of stopping the law from causing any further damage. They can defund the law in its entirety on a must-pass spending bill and halt its implementation entirely before open enrollment begins for the Obamacare exchanges October 1.
“This solution is both principled and politically smart for Republicans. It is the best opportunity to stop Obamacare, but it is fleeting. If funding for Obamacare is allowed to continue on a forthcoming must-pass spending bill, and bureaucrats are allowed to ensnare us with Obamacare’s new provisions, regulations, and entitlements, it will be tremendously more difficult to undo the damage.
“Preventing a government takeover of the healthcare system in America is the most principled, most conservative approach. . .”
Melissa Daniels, PA Independent: “Corbett’s poll numbers sinking, F&M finds”
“HARRISBURG — The majority of Pennsylvanians say it’s time for a change of governor, a new Franklin and Marshall College poll shows.
“The poll, released Thursday from the college’s Center for Opinion Research, shows fewer voters believe the governor is doing a good or excellent job than they had in the previous round of polling, or in the past two years.
“Sixteen percent of voters surveyed say Corbett is doing an ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ job at handling the his job. One in five voters say he deserves re-election, while 69 percent say he does not.
“The poll surveyed 594 registered voters in Pennsylvania from Aug. 21-Aug. 26, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. . .”
More: Keegan Gibson, Politics PA: “F&M Poll: Corbett’s Numbers Reach Historic Lows”
“The results of the latest Franklin & Marshall poll are devastating for Gov. Tom Corbett. “His approval rating has reached its lowest point ever, and few voters believe he deserves to be re-elected.
“Just 17%, fewer than 1 in 5, think Corbett is doing a good or excellent job as Governor. 43% said he is doing only a fair job.
“Only 20% believe he deserves re-election. 69% said it’s time for a change.
“Both numbers are lower than F&M’s May poll, which showed both Corbett’s job approval and deserves re-elect figures at 25%. It was, at that point, a record low for any Pa. Governor since the pollster began keeping track two decades ago.
“The August poll shows his numbers among Republicans are anemic . . .”
Melissa Daniels, PA Independent: “No E-ZPass? Here’s a bill. Electronic tolling planned for PA Turnpike”
“HARRISBURG — Get ready, Pennsylvania Turnpike drivers. If you haven’t shelled out $38 for an E-ZPass transponder yet, you soon will.
“The Turnpike Commission has a plan to do away with the 76 toll plazas and toll collectors along the 545-mile Pennsylvania Turnpike, opting instead to turn the turnpike into an all-electronic tolling system.
“We fully expect we will be converted to an all-electronic system (AET) by 2018,” Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFabo said.
“AET systems generally work by replacing toll plazas with electronic readers. If a car with an E-ZPass transponder goes through, the toll is deducted from the user’s pre-paid account. If the driver doesn’t have an E-ZPass, their license plate information is captured by a camera and a bill is mailed to the vehicle’s registered owner.
“The commission plans a marketing campaign between now and the time the an all-electronic tolling system is in place. It’s designed to bump up E-ZPass use to about 85 percent of all turnpike travelers. Right now, about 70 percent of travelers use E-Z Pass. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Poland – 9/1/1939
The German invasion began on 1 September 1939, one week after the signing of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, while the Soviet invasion commenced on 17 September 1939 following the Molotov–Tōgō agreement which terminated the Nomonhan incident on 16 September 1939. The campaign ended on 6 October 1939 with Germany and the Soviet Union dividing and annexing the whole of Poland.
“The morning after the Gleiwitz incident, German forces invaded Poland from the north, south, and west. As the Germans advanced, Polish forces withdrew from their forward bases of operation close to the Polish–German border to more established lines of defence to the east. After the mid-September Polish defeat in the Battle of the Bzura, the Germans gained an undisputed advantage. Polish forces then withdrew to the southeast where they prepared for a long defence of the Romanian Bridgehead and awaited expected support and relief from France and the United Kingdom. The two countries had pacts with Poland and had declared war on Germany on 3 September, though in the end their aid to Poland in the September campaign was very limited.
“The Soviet Red Army‘s invasion of Eastern Poland on 17 September, in accordance with a secret protocol of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, rendered the Polish plan of defence obsolete. Facing a second front, the Polish government concluded the defence of the Romanian Bridgehead was no longer feasible and ordered an emergency evacuation of all troops to neutral Romania. On 6 October, following the Polish defeat at the Battle of Kock, German and Soviet forces gained full control over Poland. The success of the invasion marked the end of the Second Polish Republic, though Poland never formally surrendered. . .”