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First things . . . Richard Falknor on 18 Jun 2015

TPA House Vote Today! Senator Jeff Sessions Warns -Again- Of The Peril To Our Sovereignty & Self-Government

Last evening, senior U. S. Senate Republican Jeff Sessions warned–

Fast-Track Guarantees Three Mammoth Global Pacts Encompassing Up To 90% Of World GDP

Senate Immigration and The National Interest panel chair Sessions spelled out last evening the many pitfalls of TPAplease read his entire statement below.

“The House is preparing to vote again [today] on providing fast-track executive authority [Trade Promotion Authority or TPA] to the President. If adopted, it will be sent immediately to the Senate for final consideration.
It is essential that there be no misunderstanding: fast-track preapproves the formation of not only the unprecedentedly large Trans-Pacific Partnership, but an unlimited number of such agreements over the next six years. Those pacts include three of the most ambitious ever contemplated. After TPP comes the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union, followed by the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), seeking as one its goals labor mobility among more than 50 nations. Together, these three international compacts encompass three-fourths of the world’s GDP. Including the nations whose membership is being courted for after enactment, the countries involved would encompass nearly 90 percent of global GDP. Yet, through fast-track, Congress will have authorized the President to ink these deals before a page of them has been made public. Then, the Executive sends Congress “implementing” legislation to change U.S. law—legislation which cannot be amended, cannot be filibustered, and will not be subjected to the Constitutional requirement for a two-thirds treaty vote.
According to the European Commission, the TiSA agreement—which most House and Senate members did not know about when they voted—will follow in the footsteps of the WTO’s Trade in Services Provisions, which has already inhibited the U.S. from making needed immigration changes. The European Commission says the EU ‘wants as many countries as possible to join the agreement.’ We have already seen how the EU has curtailed sovereignty in Europe; we do not want to follow in its footsteps.
This nation has never seen an agreement that compares to the TPP, which forms a new Pacific Union. This is far more than a trade agreement, but creates a self-governing and self-perpetuating Commission with extraordinary implications for American workers and American sovereignty.
Such a historic international regulatory Commission should never be fast-tracked, and should never be put on a path to passage until every word has been publicly scrutinized, every question answered, and every last power understood by Congress and the American people.(Highlighting Forum’s)

To understand the very distasteful (and bipartisan) schemes behind TPA, read Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle this morning in–

Team Obamatrade Planning Tricky Effort to Sneak Export-Import Bank Reauthorization into Deal

Most important, call all the GOP House members you know: should TPA be enacted, it will speed the further “transformation” of our lives in ways we will not be able to resist effectively.

Reforming Maryland admin on 15 Jun 2015

Will Extra-Terrestrial Policing Rules Help Baltimore City Recover?

By Jeff Levin** 

Yesterday, Sunday, June 14, 2015, the following two news story headers appeared on page one of the Baltimore Sun, above the fold:

  • “Arrest decline spurs concern”;
  • “For city merchants a difficult road back”.

As of 2:19 AM that same date, there had been 132 murders* in Baltimore City (population around 600,000) since January 1, 2015: 120 blacks, 6 whites, 1 Asian, 5 race unknown, including 9 below the age of 18 all of whom were black. During the same five and one-half months last year, there were 89 mostly black murder victims.

Since May 1st of this year, there have been 59 Baltimore murders of whom 53 were black including children aged one, two, and seven. Additionally, there have been more than 100 non-fatal shootings since May 1st.

The identity of the killers is mostly not known, as very few of the murders have been solved. But no one doubts that the preponderance of the killers are the same race as the preponderance of the victims.

“Arrest decline spurs concern”

The first headline above refers to an astonishing drop in the number of arrests by Baltimore police officers since May 1st, despite the extraordinary increase in violent crime.

Officers have explained that they want to do their job, but fear being charged with crimes if they make a mistake.

Theirs is a rational fear.

After May 1st, Baltimore’s prosecutor brought criminal assault and false imprisonment charges against several officers who participated in the Freddie Gray arrest. The subsequent grand jury indictments dropped the false imprisonment charges, but maintained second degree assault charges against all six of the officers involved in the arrest or transport of Gray. The assault charges appear to be circular in that they seem to be based on nothing more than the physical apprehension of Gray without, according to the prosecutor, probable cause for the arrest.

The first article vividly describes the situation. “I’ve noticed fewer police,” said Steve Dixon, the program director of a west Baltimore recovery center.

“We’re having robberies at the playground in broad daylight. All these murders and shootings, we’re having them in broad daylight.”

“For city merchants a difficult road back”.

The second headline refers to the approximately 380 businesses that the rioters damaged, destroyed, or burned, as a result of Baltimore’s decision to give, in the mayor’s words, “protestors” the “space” “to destroy.”

Business owners have to decide whether to reopen in a city that chooses not to protect them, particularly in light of what might happen if the indicted officers are not seen by activists to be “sufficiently” punished.

Those owners who decide to reopen will still have to navigate the City’s bureaucracies and figure out how to operate with much higher costs – property insurance, for example.

Into this daunting context jumps the state legislature’s new “Public Safety and Policing Workgroup,” appointed by State Senate president Mike Miller and House of Delegates speaker Michael Busch, with calls for police sensitivity training “to help police officers identify their own subconscious racial biases” and for “racial and ethnic diversity training.” See Kazanjian, “Legislators call for more diversity, standardized training for police,” MarylandReporter, June 8, 2015.

This cartoonish, “politically correct” (PC) response to a desperate situation is from an alternate universe.

In the universe in which we live, Baltimore has a black mayor, a black city council president, black police and fire chiefs, and an elected black prosecutor. Moreover, three of the six Freddie Gray indicted officers are black including the driver of the transporting van.

The police – 130 had to seek hospital treatment for their riot injuries — who were trying to protect the mostly black victims of mostly black criminals are not the ones needing racial sensitivity training.

One day before this extra-terrestrial workgroup meeting, at 4:53 AM, Kevin Jones, a 22 year old black male, was murdered – “shot multiple times” – on the Pimlico Race Course’s parking lot where he was on his way to his job as a security guard at the track. See WBALtv.com report.

The out-of-state corporation that owns the track has pointedly been talking of moving the Preakness from Pimlico with an urgency that was not present before the “space” to “destroy” riots. A senior representative of the corporation was quick to underline the relevance of Kevin Jones’ murder to the upcoming decision.

Businesses and professionals, both here and elsewhere, have their eyes set directly on Baltimore City to see whether we will do what is needed to reestablish public safety. Big money decisions and the economic future of our city and state, as well as the lives of who knows how many mostly black Baltimore citizens, are in the balance.

PC claptrap from other-worldly workgroups is neither going to protect Baltimore City’s vulnerable population nor enable its recovery.

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*The Sun reports, as of AM on 6/15, the murder figure is now 134.
** Contributor Jeff Levin has law and business degrees from Columbia University. He practiced labor law in Baltimore until his father’s sudden death in 1975 when he began managing his family’s retail business in Pikesville, Maryland until its closing in 2012. While there, he was a founding member of the reconstituted Pikesville Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Pikesville Community Growth Corporation. Levin served as the Chamber’s president from 1981-1983 and the Growth Corporation’s president from 1985-1989. He is a long-time board member of the Maryland Taxpayers Association and a regular at the Maryland Thursday Meeting.

Conservative Common Sense Richard Falknor on 11 Jun 2015

Common Sense: Why Did Loudoun GOP Statesman Delegate Randy Minchew Sponsor A General Assembly Commendation For The Adams (All Dulles Area Muslim Society) Center?

Last week Leesburg Today’s Mike Stancik reportedMinchew Kicks Off Re-election Run”–

“Loudoun Treasurer H Roger Zurn Jr., who has held his office since 1996, introduced Minchew and said the best word to describe him is ‘statesman,’ because Minchew’s had a respected career and has concentrated on helping the most amount of constituents.”

If not a coronation, certainly a celebration of his incumbency and his earlier service to the former governor?

But we had already been astonished to learn of Randy Minchew’s sponsorship (click here) in the Virginia House of Delegates of House Joint Resolution No. 934 (final text February 26, 2015) declaring–

“RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby commend the ADAMS Center for more than 30 years of comprehensive service to the community; and, be it
RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the ADAMS Center as an expression of the General Assembly’s admiration for the center’s contributions to Northern Virginia.”

The Troubling History of the Adams Center

Let’s start with the Western Journalism Review‘s March 7, 2011 “Obama Asks Terrorism Help — from Muslim Brotherhood Spinoff” (click here) —

“Preemptive Groveling
Flush with instances of American Muslims supporting Islamic jihad, Rep. Peter King is set to launch his investigation into the radicalization of U.S. mosques, imams, and the faithful they serve later this week. Barack Obama, ever keen to reach out to the Muslim community, decided to get ahead of this by sending a deputy to plead with the extremists for cooperation. On Sunday, Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough spoke to a Sterling, Virginia, mosque some believe is a model of moderate Islam: the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), led by imam Mohamed Magid. Indeed, McDonough began by thanking Magid by name.
Although the Sudanese-born imam presents himself as an ecumenical, anti-terrorism leader active in ‘interfaith’ outreach, his current associations — and those of others at his mosque — present a different picture.”

In 2013, counter-terorism expert Patrick Poole in his “BLIND TO TERROR: THE U.S. GOVERNMENT’S DISASTROUS MUSLIM OUTREACH EFFORTS AND THE IMPACT ON U.S. MIDDLE EAST POLICY” (click here) explained–

“At the same time that the DOJ inspector general began its investigation of the FBI’s continued contacts with CAIR in violation of stated policy, the bureau began taking another approach. In March 2012, the FBI released guidelines it claimed informed its purge of hundreds of documents and more than 300 presentations from its counterterrorism training materials. This ‘Touchstone document’ articulates the FBI’s new policy that associating with a terrorist organization, if that organization has both violent and legal elements, does not mean that someone agrees with the violent ends of that organization:
This distinction includes recognition of the corresponding principle that mere association with organizations that demonstrates both legitimate (advocacy) and illicit (violent extremism) objectives should not automatically result in a determination that the associated individual is acting in furtherance of the organization’s illicit objective(s).
Thus, according to this new FBI policy, if the group supports violence but performs some legitimate functions (say, for instance, al-Qa’ida, which Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA] infamously said helped pay to build schools, roads, and day care centers, associating with that group, according to the FBI, doesn’t mean you support that group’s violent ends. Thus, the terror support of their Muslim outreach partners is absolved with a rhetorical sleight-of-hand.
This is why Mohamed Majid, who just a few years before was treated as a pariah by the Attorney General of the United States after federal prosecutors named his organization as a front for the Muslim Brotherhood and a supporter of terrorism in the largest terrorism financing trial in American history, can just a few short years later not only be rehabilitated, but can regularly be found–much as al-Qa’ida fundraiser Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi who preceded him–a frequent visitor to the White House. Just prior to President Obama’s March 2013 visit to the Middle East, ISNA openly trumpeted that Majid had advised the president prior to his trip.”

In 2015, the Center for Security Policy’s Tiger Team (p. 4 here) revealed in THE SECURE FREEDOM STRATEGY A Plan for Victory Over the Global Jihad Movement”

“Indeed, particularly troubling is a fact understood by both friends and foes in the Arab world: the Muslim Brotherhood has achieved access to and influence over the highest ranks of the U.S. government. Examples abound. Two are particularly noteworthy, however:
• Mohamed Magid, the imam of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center (a complex of shariah adherent mosques in Northern Virginia) and for several years the president of the Muslim Brotherhood’s largest front organization, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), has advised President Obama, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and numerous other federal agencies and their leaders.
• Mohamed Elibiary is another prominent former member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council with ties to the Brotherhood. He is the founder and president of the Freedom and Justice Foundation and Committee Chairman and Board Member of the Dallas Fort Worth chapter of the Council on AmericanIslamic Relations (CAIR). Elibiary played a central role in events that led up to an October 2011 letter to the White House, in which elements of the American Muslim Brotherhood demanded that the White House remove from U.S. government training curriculum information and materials relating toIslamic based terrorism, even insisting on firings, ‘retraining,’ and ‘purges.'” (click here — then go to p. 29)

But more troubling–we learned yesterday that today

“On June 11, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will travel to Sterling, Va., to meet with the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) to discuss the Department’s ongoing efforts to expand partnerships with community organizations and state and local officials on civil rights and civil liberties to safeguard local communities.“(Highlighting Forum’s)

What could the Secretary mean by–

“expand partnerships with community organizations and state and local officials on civil rights and civil liberties to safeguard local communities” ?

Maybe former Federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy has some clues.

Andrew McCarthy warned us in 2013 of the schemes of this regime to suppress criticisms of Islam in his NRO post Coercing Conformity: A government that creates the climate for bullying is the worst of the bullies

“In ‘protecting the rights of all people to worship the way they choose,’ then–secretary of state Hillary Clinton vowed ‘to use some old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming, so that people don’t feel that they have the support to do what we abhor.’
Mrs. Clinton required translation into the language of truth, as she generally does when her lips are moving. By the ‘rights’ of ‘all people’ to ‘worship’ as ‘they choose,’ she meant the sharia-based desire of Muslim supremacists to foreclose critical examination of Islam. Madame Secretary, you see, was speechifying before her friends at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) — the bloc of 56 Muslim countries plus the Palestinian territories.”

Any Common Sense Solutions Here For Virginia Conservatives?

Randy Minchew is no lightweight among Virginia Republicans.  He is a respected public man…the very model of an Establishment Republican. 

Which is why his role in helping the General Assembly to commend the ADAMS Center is a troubling one.

One might start by asking the good delegate–

Do you publicly support our First Amendment free-speech rights against any Islamist “blasphemy” demands?

Perhaps he does not believe the ADAMS Center is affiliated with ISNA?  Or perhaps he believes the affiliation does not matter?

After all, if the ADAMS Center is good enough for the White House . . . ?

Does delegate Minchew “get” what we mean by “Civilization Jihad”?

Or does he see the Muslim Brotherhood as a bridge to a quieter world without the turbulence of ISIS? We suspect that there are a few big-business-oriented Republicans who might believe just that.

Not just Loudoun, but northern Virginia conservatives, should press Mr. Minchew for some full public answers.

Otherwise conservatives might think that the mainstream Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) is all right with the ADAMS Center.

But if that is where the mainstream RPV stands, we should also know that explicitly.

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Related Posts:

ADAMS Center in Sterling, VA: Jihad Central from Understanding The Threat
“When considering conducting any ‘outreach’ to the ADAMS Center, organizations should decide whether they want to provide material support to a jihadi organization which seeks their destruction, or put aside the pleasantries and speak truth about who the ADAMS Center really is.”
UPDATED! George Allen Meets The Islamic Society of North America from Blue Ridge Forum
Muzzling the Grandys: Political Islam and the Virginia GOP? from Blue Ridge Forum
“Our cautionary message to the GOP Establishment:
If we still have dispassionate historians 20 or 30 years from now, we don’t want them to be able to equate fearful blindness on the part of the GOP toward Political Islam and the Muslim Mafia with the blindness of some (but not all) prominent Democrats in the 1930s and 1940s to Communist infiltration into our government and institutions.

Conservative Common Sense Richard Falknor on 08 Jun 2015

Common Sense: Loudoun County GOP Unity? We Hear You. But How About Real Accountability in Times of Peril?

Our friends at the Bull Elephant reported Friday in their “Loudoun County Republicans Take a Stand for Party Unity”–

“a group of Loudoun County Republicans, including LCRC chairman Mike Haynes, elected officials, and new candidates, held a press conference to stand strongly for party unity, criticizing two former Republicans for running against Republican candidates.”

But the Loudoun GOP should now put first things first — and insist their Representative in the Congress Barbara Comstock explain in plain words and in public fora her positions on current survival issues.  For starters–

  • on Obamatrade here,
  • on immigration here,
  • and her links to pro-amnesty NYC billionaire Paul Singer here.

Not Just Unity: Accountability

Loudoun County Republican Committee (LCRC) chair Mike Haynes is indeed correct when he declares–

“in 2016, once again Loudoun County will be political ground zero in America.”

This link should help explain why Loudoun matters in the American scheme of things.

The sachems of our local GOP Establishment have indeed made a big public noise about two members of the faithful who have strayed from the flock and are troubling the others.

And their protest is right in the American tradition.

So let’s accept Mr. Haynes’s evaluation of Loudoun’s political importance, and acknowledge hearing his plea for Party unity.

But today is not the benign America of Dwight Eisenhower in 1956 or Ronald Reagan in 1982.

This is an America undergoing “transformation” by a lawless president who is using every remaining day of his tenure to try to complete his work throughout all levels of government and society. This is an America that may be severely “transformed” by January 2017. And this is an America whose opposition party — the GOP — not only flees confrontation with the president but is widely perceived as having few if any steady principles.

“Survival” Issues?

Today Senator Jeff Sessions explains how “Fast-Track Would Give Obama Green Light To Form EU-Inspired ‘Pacific Union,’ Surrender Congress’ Treaty Powers

Senior Republican Sessions asked the president here “Why Are You Keeping Obamatrade’s New Global Governance Secret?”

And the Alabama constitutional expert listed “Myth Vs. Fact On Fast-Track Executive Authority.

The Congress has continued to bankroll Obama’s amnesty.

But we can revisit from last March Sessions On [House] Homeland Vote: ‘When It Comes To Defending Our Sovereignty There Is No ‘Moving On.’

And calling members to account? Mike Giere in his TPP – The Big Con Job – on You urges us to ask members–

“have you even read the pact, and do you support it enough to make sure that the American people have a chance to read it as well?”

Without the Loudoun GOP becoming an engine of accountability in times of grave national peril, the words of the good Mr. Haynes will sadly be heard — at best — as Professor Luftmensch.

Reforming Maryland Richard Falknor on 07 Jun 2015

Overpass Media: Seeing Baltimore City’s Destruction Straight

Organizer Ed Hunter here reports that Tea Party activists will be fanning out over Maryland and Virginia with hard hitting overpass-media messages directed against a corrupt and complacent (and too-often-bipartisan) political establishment.

Photo below shows one such protest north of Baltimore during last Friday’s rush-hour.

Overpass Media

Overpass Media Protest

 

Click here to read Daniel Greenfield’s piercing analysis of Baltimore City’s pathology in hisThe Incredible Entitlement of the Welfare Lobby”–

“Food stamp use in Baltimore under Obama increased 58%, but even back in 2009, a quarter of Baltimore and a third of its black population were on food stamps. Baltimore already accounts for almost half of the food stamp using households in the entire state.
Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings called for an ‘inclusion revolution’ after the riots, but the revolution in his district happened a while back where a fifth of the households are on food stamps. Even though the household racial split in the seventh is about even, 85% of food stamp households are black. Cummings says that Baltimore needs to be a model for the nation. It’s a hell of a model.
The nation can’t survive turning into Baltimore. The city is subsidized by Maryland taxpayers, a state full of bedroom communities for consultants and employees of the Federal government. Maryland didn’t become the richest state in America through entrepreneurship and hard work, but by siphoning off massive Federal spending. Billions have already been ‘massively invested’ in Baltimore with no return.”

Greenfield warns–

“The incredible entitlement of the welfare lobby has to end if the inner city is to have a future.”

Stay tuned for more Overpass Media.

 

 

Our Way of Life Richard Falknor on 25 May 2015

Will Future Memorial Days Mean Anything? Only If We “Homeschool”Our Families & Friends In Our Own History

Last Memorial Day weekend we declared in our Time To Reacquaint Ourselves With Our History–

the study of war, together with our Constitution, is a lifelong march for citizens, but one essential to the freedom of our Republic.”

A Lifelong March

Note we used the phrase “lifelong march” — and we included shorter lists of books (click here and here) for conservative readers illuminating some of our military and related constitutional history — e.g., the president’s role as commander-in-chief.

Few elected GOP state or national lawmakers have shown a real grasp of (not slogans about) our history, or even talk about it much in their public statements.

Too many see their roles as enablers for Big Business, Big Education, and most recently Big Political Correctness.

Too many are watching the poll results furnished by GOP leaders more than reading the bills on which they vote.

Sadly, in these dangerous times, conservatives hope for Churchillian vision from what in reality are Lilliputian-like politicians.

Is it likely that in the near future conservatives are going to persuade GOP lawmakers at any level to insist that taxpayer money be used to teach coming generations solid American history and American government — and to do so with curricula free of multiculturalism?

Few GOP lawmakers we know would be willing to make this a priority objective.

One reason, of course, is that willy-nilly many GOP politicians have fallen into the multicultural trap themselves.

As we all can see, our taxpayer-supported schools and colleges are not only becoming seminaries of the Militant Left but also muzzlers of political speech.

Consequently their graduates will have little understanding and less acceptance of the conservative message.

Conservatives themselves are going to have to do the hard work of preserving, then teaching, our heritage of fighting both for our sovereignty and for our freedom at home.

For without a growing public understanding of our heritage, there may indeed be future GOP election victories but no conservative ones.

Homeland Defense Richard Falknor on 16 May 2015

Live — All Day Today –Iowa National Security Action Summit!

The Iowa National Security Action Summit

This Saturday morning starting at 9 AM (Eastern Time) The Center for Security Policy, THE FAMiLY LEADER Foundation, and High Frontier will live-stream a vital conference covering “four key topics of interest to both our nation and the state of Iowa”–

  • “The Hollowing Out of The U.S. Military”
  • “America’s Electrical Power Grid and Threats to Critical Infrastructure”
  • “The Threat from Iran, Shariah and The Global Jihad Movement”
  • “Border Insecurity and Illegal Immigration”

Click here for the line-up of experts.

Then go to this link for live-streaming. (9AM to 5PM Eastern Time)

Every conservative — indeed every citizen — needs to be fully aware of these existential threats.

You won’t hear these experts’ blunt words in the happy talk of GOP politicians — or from the declarations of the bi-partisan political class.

But after watching this gathering, you will be able to discuss these exigent warnings with your elected lawmakers and executives — and even try to get your Party apparatus to address these survival priorities.

Reforming Maryland admin on 11 May 2015

A Recovering Baltimore City Needs The Strict Rule of Law — Now More Than Ever!

By Contributor Jeff Levin** 

Last week, Len Lazarick, editor and publisher of MarylandReporter.com posted a brief essay, entitled, “Political prosecution of police helps restore order in Baltimore,” in which he praised the Baltimore City state’s attorney’s “calculated political decision to prosecute six” police officers.

Declared Lazarick: “you have to wonder what kind of weekend Baltimore would have had if she” had not.

If you are like me and thought on first reading that the editor could not have meant what he seems to be saying, Lazarick doubles down in the rest of his post on the prosecutor’s wisdom of responding positively to the message of the rioters and concludes:

“Mosby [the state’s attorney] may have ruined the careers of six cops who may or may not be guilty of a crime. But she certainly restored the peace of Baltimore this weekend, and perhaps moved the city and its police force toward a better and more balanced relationship.”

How does editor Lazarick respond to a commenter’s objection that prominent legal scholar, Alan Dershowitz, says prosecutors are not supposed to do political prosecutions ?

“I sincerely doubt Dershowitz’s position is something so simplistic.”

Mr. Editor, here are some points you have overlooked:

  • Even if we simplistic people set aside our quaint conceptions of justice and examine your “ends justify the means” argument on its face, State’s Attorney Mosby and Baltimore City cannot achieve “peace” with means that reward lawbreaking.
  • When you reward mass lawbreaking you create the incentive for more lawbreaking whenever the mob doesn’t get what it wants. What happens if some of the charges are dismissed by law abiding judges or juries acquit on some or all of the charges?
  • If in the unlikely event Mosby prevails on all charges all the way through the Supreme Court, what happens the next time the mob is unhappy about anything? What happens the next time a Baltimore police officer of any color harms a black person in the course of his police work?
  • The grievance against the perceived malfeasance of the police had nothing to do with the looting and burning of private businesses and homes. Many of the Mondawmin Mall looters were matrons who drove up to the door in late model cars and minivans with sun roofs.
  • Baltimore City has a history of looting – not too many years ago, the precipitating event was a fall ice storm that made vehicular travel impossible for about 45 minutes during rush hour. As soon as word got out that the police could not respond, looting began in the same area as the recent events.
  • What viewers from all over our country and the world saw was looting and destruction of property in close vicinity to large numbers of police: sworn officers who made no attempt – apparently under orders from the mayor and police chief – to stop the criminal acts.
  • Rational people and businesses everywhere will have concluded that if you get in trouble in Baltimore City, you are on your own, and many of them will have placed Baltimore very far down on their list of places to visit or invest in or live.
  • State’s Attorney Mosby’s bizarre charges make future police crime intervention more difficult. While many of us can comprehend the manslaughter counts, the assault and false imprisonment charges appear to be based on nothing more than, according to Mosby, the police may have mistakenly arrested Freddie Gray based on what they discovered after they had already forcibly detained him.
  • Any police officer who fears prosecution for making a good faith mistake is much less likely to pursue fleeing suspects than before. Criminals will be quick to figure out this new reluctance to apprehend them and act accordingly. There has already been a substantial violent crime increase: see the Baltimore Sun last Saturday — “Violence surges as Baltimore police officers feel hesitant”.
  • The primary victims of an increase in Baltimore City’s already high violent crime rate will be the ordinary residents of neighborhoods like Gray’s Sandtown-Winchester, but all of Baltimore City’s citizens and businesses will pay a steep price.
  • The larger context of the horrific events of the past several weeks is the longstanding, very high Baltimore City violent crime rate. Police everywhere have dangerous jobs, but in Baltimore City, they have especially dangerous jobs that have forced them to interact with and confront criminals repeatedly. This is not work that creates warm feelings toward the police among the confronted and the families of the confronted. Freddie Gray apparently was a small time pusher who had had many such confrontations. Police officers, like all humans, are imperfect and err, both intentionally and unintentionally.
  • State’s Attorney Mosby and the mayor and the police chief had a chance to stand up to the mob, explain the facts of life to it, and forcibly deter the violence. In due course, Mosby could have issued a sound indictment that explained clearly to conscientious police officers what avoidable bad behavior would not be tolerated. Instead, they incentivized looting and burning and simultaneously confused the police about what they would and would not be criminally liable for.
  • The mayor’s accepted invitation to the U. S. Department of Justice to study Baltimore’s police department will increase exponentially officers’ reluctance to confront criminals.

Lost conventions, higher property insurance rates, and higher municipal bond interest rates are already in the cards for Baltimore City’s citizens, businesses and government. The increasing disintegration of public order owing to police officers’ confusion about how to do their jobs without getting indicted will cause more and more citizens, customers, and businesses to “vote with their feet” and set out for safer pastures. And a future bankruptcy for Baltimore City is not out of question.

** Jeff Levin has law and business degrees from Columbia University. He practiced labor law in Baltimore until his father’s sudden death in 1975 when he began managing his family’s retail business in Pikesville, Maryland until its closing in 2012. While there, he was a founding member of the reconstituted Pikesville Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Pikesville Community Growth Corporation. Levin served as the Chamber’s president from 1981-1983 and the Growth Corporation’s president from 1985-1989. He is a long-time board member of the Maryland Taxpayers Association and a regular at the Maryland Thursday Meeting.
 

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 10 May 2015

Mark Levin:Mitch McConnell’s Most Recent&Most Dangerous Capitulations–Enough Willful Blindness Within Our GOP!

“Our Washington ruling class does not see itself as bound by our quaint Constitution. When a Republican eventually wins the White House, expect the same rule by decree.”Andrew McCarthy

Mark Levin last Thursday evening delivered (click here) a searing indictment of United States Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and his fellow enablers.

Widely-heard constitutional expert and radio talk-show host Levin recapitulated recent and glaring leadership failures of the just re-elected Kentucky senator.

Levin highlights the McConnell-Corker debacle on the president’s Iran “deal.” (As Daniel Horowitz explains, the House of Representatives is our last hope for stopping Congressional acquiescence in this shameful arrangement.)

For those of us who remember our history, the Reid-McConnell Senate seems eerily like the last days of the Roman Republic. (Political philosopher Montesquieu spelled out  — scroll down in foregoing link — his take on the details of the decline.)

Here are extracts from Mark Levin’s bill of particulars last Thursday — highlighting throughout is Forum’s:

“This is going to be very painful for some of you. For some of you, not most of you, because you are in my audience, the smartest audience of audiences. Some of you — listen! This is going to be very painful to you. Because just like the Democrats put their party before everything else, some of you put the Republican Party before everything else. I say this as a registered Republican. But more importantly, I am a Constitutional conservative. If the party sways off and moves in the wrong direction, we have a responsibility. To defeat those who are doing that, and to take it back.

Deeply Flawed Senate GOP Leadership

 “I’m sorry to tell you this, but there’s a man in the United States Senate who is by a large, large degree the worst Republican leader in modern American history. And his name is Mitch McConnell.
The man is utterly and completely unprincipled.
The man is so stuck in Washington groupthink that he uses his power behind the scenes — where you can’t see him — to threaten freshman Republicans, Tea Party Republicans, conservative Republicans with cutting off their funding in their next campaign if they do not bend to his will.
He is a man who is so completely outmatched by Barack Obama that he has now taken the tack—he’s taken the tack that it is the objective of the majority-controlled Republican Senate– significant majority, that you put there–to accommodate Obama. To demonstrate to the world that we can “govern.”
Now it apparently doesn’t matter to Mitch McConnell that a president is governing in so many respects without Constitutional authority. It apparently doesn’t matter to Mitch McConnell that he’s now picked up the ball from Harry Reid, and is eviscerating the power of the Senate under Article 1, as well as the Treaty Powers and every other power.”

 Specifically – – –

  • “Mitch McConnell threw in with Obama on the biggest deficit spending budget in American history.
  • Mitch McConnell has allowed a radical to become Attorney General of the United States, as will soon be clear.
  • Mitch McConnell is now fighting to give Obama all the power he wants in the so-called ‘Fast Track’ for trade, in which Obama has every intention of pouring more and more of his poisonous left-wing agenda.
  • And what that means to we the people, is that the Senate will surrender its ability to amend anything Obama comes back with and will agree to an up or down vote.
    This is why I’ve rejected this from Day One. That’s not free trade. That’s not commerce. That’s surrender. Because all the Democrats will vote for Obama, and the usual dozen or so Republicans will support whatever he says.”

The Common Defense: McConnell’s Desertion In The Face Of The Enemy

“But something happened today which is beyond the pale. It’s beyond Mitch McConnell surrendering on the power of purse, which is why spending is out of control.
It’s beyond Mitch McConnell surrendering on unconstitutional executive amnesty—which is bad enough.
From amnesty. To the budget. To Obamacare. Mitch McConnell has delivered for Obama.
Don’t believe this stuff: ‘he’s doing the best he can.’
McConnell believes that showing “bipartisan governance” is his job.
Not standing up for the people, liberty, the Constitution, American sovereignty.
No.
And now, Mitch McConnell has thrown in national security.
Mitch McConnell will now participate in arming up the Islamo-Nazi regime in Tehran with nuclear weapons.”

Bi-Partisan Masters of Mendacity

“And he doesn’t even have the guts to tell the truth about it. Instead, he lies through his teeth. Like Bob Corker and Jeff Flake and all the others.
What am I talking about?”

. . . . . . . . . . .

“98 to 1 today, the United States Senate voted to surrender the treaty power.
It’s being reported in the news media – in virtually every news outlet, conservative, liberal, so-called mainstream. It’s being reported as ‘Congress just voted to empower itself to have a say in the treaty process.’
Here’s what it’s called: ‘A bill to provide for Congressional review and oversight of agreements relating to Iran’s nuclear program and for other purposes.’
Ladies and gentlemen, the Senate already has that power. It’s called the treaty provision. It already has the power to review any deal, to oversee it, and to vote on it.
So what is all this about?
It’s a fraud on you. Led by the Senate Republicans. And it is the lowest of the low. They haven’t even gotten this low before. This is as low as it gets.”

. . . . . . . . . . .

“We’re talking about nuking up the Iranians and now with the support—the overwhelming support—of the Republicans in the United States Congress.
Surrendering the treaty power.
Our friend Daniel Horowitz at Conservative Review: ‘passage of the Corker-Cardin Democrat protection bill.’ [The Horowitz post here is incorporated into Levin’s explanation.]
It’s abundantly clear that Republicans in the Senate are utterly useless. Due to the outrageously false perception of this bill, only six Republicans opposed shutting off debate: Cruz, Cotton, Grassley, Lee, Moran, and Sullivan.
Notice who’s not there: Rand Paul, Marco Rubio.
And, in the end, only Tom Cotton—only Tom Cotton– voted against its final passage.

Maryland’s Grand Deceiver — Senator Ben Cardin?

“From beginning to end, the dishonest bi-partisan oligarchy sold this bill as a way of securing Congressional approval of any Iran deal.
And if you listen to any news outlet today, or read it, that’s exactly what they’re saying.
They’re being fed lies, and then they report it as news.
Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland. This man is a liar, he’s a deceiver, he’s a leftist, and he’s a self-hater.
Ben Cardin, Obama’s point man in the Senate on Iran appeasement, made the following deceitful statement prior to voting on the bill this afternoon.
He said:
‘It was in the 1990’s that Congress started to impose sanctions against Iran for its Nuclear weapons program. Only congress can remove those Sanctions or permanently change it.’ (Congressional Record)
Right?
This is a uniquely scandalous lie even for a member of Congress – even for Cardin.
He has officially gone on record as vouching for our position – that Congress must approve any deal made by the president – but he refuses to admit that his bill does just the opposite.
And I’ve talked about this time and again, but let’s underscore it:
Instead of the default position being no sanctions relief until a majority of Congress affirmatively approve of the deal, this bill allows the president to remove sanctions after 30 days unless two-thirds of both houses override the president.
Ben Cardin has no intention of ever voting to override the President, so he’s a liar. This is a new low, even for a career left-wing hack like him.
And it’s even worse.
Congressional Quarterly reports that House Democrats are signaling they will never give Republicans the requisite two-thirds majority to override a veto under any circumstance.
Jan Schakowsky (Communist, Chicago) circulated a letter signed by 150 House Democrats cheering on Obama’s appeasement of Iran and urging him to stay the course.
[See AllahPundit & Failure Theater here.]
So, what does this mean? What does this mean to [us], the plebes, the pedestrians, the workers, the masses? I’ll tell you what it means.
It means that Mitch McConnell used parliamentary procedures to get a vote on a bill that Obama wanted. That his lackey, that his surrogate, Bob Corker, negotiated with Ben Cardin, among others. They worked it through the White House. The White House agreed. Because what Obama saw is the Senate surrendering its treaty powers.
Those treaty powers the Senate does not have the power to surrender. No single Senate—no group of senators has the power to change the Constitution of the United States.
So we’ve gone from two-thirds of the senators present having to approve a treaty to them trying to cobble together two-thirds to override a presidential veto, which will never happen. Ever. Never. Never.
So whatever deal Obama has will be the deal that’s put in place.

The Shrinking Circle of Liberty

“No, ladies and gentlemen, Congress will have the opportunity to sit on the sidelines and watch the world go by. On this, on immigration, on spending, and everything you can think of.
You voted in the Republican majority — and it’s a disaster. A complete, unmitigated disaster.
This is why we have to fight the Jeb Bushes and the John Kasiches and the others who pop up. This is why whomever Karl Rove supports, we must oppose.
This is a battle that you and I have to wage.
It’s not, ‘…or we’ll lose the country.’
We are losing the country.
We’ve already lost a chunk of the country.
Every day this Congress meets, every day this president exercises his powers—every day he exercises powers that doesn’t even belong to him– every day, almost, that the Supreme Court meets—we lose more and more of our liberty.
I’ve said before, the circle of liberty that surrounds each and every one of us—called unalienable rights—is shrinking, shrinking, shrinking every day.”

And in Maryland and Virginia? 

The citizens of Maryland and Virginia are hardly immune to Obama’s schemes.

Senate and House Republicans have failed to defund them or, in the case of the Senate, to use their treaty and confirmation powers to derail them.

(Apparently the House leadership is not seriously considering impeachment of any key Obama appointees.)

Even in this time of grave crisis, state party organizations and local GOP committees see their role as chirpy cheer leaders and money raisers for incumbents with an “R” after their name — a far cry from the Committees of Correspondence that led up to our War of Independence.

And these Party groups are almost never engines of accountability for GOP Federal and state lawmakers, or for governors.

Isn’t preserving the Circle of Liberty important enough to get Maryland’s new governor Larry Hogan and the Old Line State’s sole Republican Representative Andy Harris to weigh in with specificity on the concerns that Mark Levin raises?

The Virginia GOP Establishment has always been quick to talk up Ed Gillespie (click here). What does this sometime Senate hopeful (and possible gubernatorial candidate) publicly have to say about what Levin calls the “complete, unmitigated disaster” of the current GOP Congressional majority?

Levin rightly declares —This is a battle that you and I have to wage”.

Will Constitutional conservatives take this battle over the transformation of America to their local GOP committees?

At least — let’s make the GOP apparatchiks publicly admit in Maryland and Virginia – – we are in the chirpy-cheer-leading and money-raising business, don’t bother us with this Circle of Liberty stuff.

Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leviathan Richard Falknor on 07 May 2015

Flooding 2016 Rolls With New Voters While The GOP Dithers

Two weeks ago Christian Adams revealed (click here) in his “Homeland Security Working Overtime to Add ‘New Americans’ by 2016 Election” (PJMedia)–

“Sources at the Department of Homeland Security report to PJ Media that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is reallocating significant resources to sending letters to all 9,000,000 green card holders urging them to naturalize prior to the 2016 election.
 President Obama’s amnesty by edict has always been about adding new Democrats to the voter rolls, and recent action by the Department of Homeland Security provides further proof. Sources at the Department of Homeland Security report to PJ Media that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is reallocating significant resources away from a computer system — the ‘Electronic Immigration System’ — to sending letters to all 9,000,000 green card holders urging them to naturalize prior to the 2016 election.
This effort is part of the DHS ‘Task Force on New Americans.'”

Read it all.

Trained Timidity

Christian Adams and Tucker Carlson discussed this report on Fox (listen to it here) where their back-and-forth gave a disheartening picture of Capitol Hill Republicans.

Carlson: “If they [9,000,000 green-card holders] voted Republican, if they were all Michele Bachmann voters, do you really think the Obama Administration would be encouraging them to vote?”
Adams: “Well, of course not.  And notice in that letter, Tucker, it says ‘fully participate.’ A Green Card holder right now — someone who is a legal permanent resident —  can fully participate in everything except for one thing. Guess what that one thing is – voting for president in 2016. And they say nakedly in this letter that this is all about politics.”
Adams: “But you know what, Tucker, the irony and the sad part is—right now, while all these immigrants from the south—from Central and South America are being streamed  into the system as fast as possible, immigrants from Eastern European countries—former Communist countries – are being stonewalled—waiting for years. Because they know what this is all about. They’ve seen it before. And so these guys can’t get admitted to the U.S. as easily.
Carlson: “Well, I love how Republicans are constantly told, ‘If you say anything about this—if you complain about it—you are a bigot, you are a nativist, and you will never get another Hispanic vote.’ And they have been cowed into silence, I have noted.”
Adams: “A tragedy. A deliberate shaming, fear mongering. It’s a deliberate strategy to shut up opposition. And I hear it all the time from Republicans on the Hill, from some members of Congress—’Oh, we can’t talk about this.’ Well this is a transformative campaign going on, to fundamentally transform the country. And if you don’t talk about it—if you don’t confront it– you’re going to lose all the other issues you care about.”
Tucker: “Yeah, there’s a lot of cowards out there. And fortunately you are not one of them.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

This picture of trained timidity clearly is not only behind the GOP acquiesence to Big Immigration — but also sped the enactment of the Cromnibus, the confirmation of new Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and the acceptance of the current Corker debacle on Iran.

Politico’s Seung Min Kim declared just this Tuesday (click here) in her “Little GOP appetite for immigration fight on homeland bill” —

Another scorched-earth immigration fight risks more congressional gridlock, just as Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hope to secure deals on trade, cybersecurity and Iran.
. . . . . . . . . .
“Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas suggested that Republicans block all Obama nominees, except for essential national security slots, until the president relented on his immigration actions. But few, if any, Republicans, agreed, and that strategy went nowhere.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
 So What Can Conservatives Expect?
The GOP Congressional leadership fears any confrontation with president Obama — and effectively transmits that fear to many rank-and-file members.
While controlling immigration is a priority for the base, the leadership differs on immigration with the president more on process — objecting to “executive amnesty” — than on ends.
The GOP leadership will continue to avoid using the power of the purse — click here to read Angelo Codevilla’s explanation of how this power has been neglected since 1989.
This historic power is essential not only to stop extra-legal immigration programs, but to check a variety of other “transformative” Obama initiatives.
We explained how, last December after the House passage of the Cromnibus
Obamacare will sink its roots further.
Federal agencies will — through administrative schemes–
  • tell local police departments how to do their business,
  • tell local schools whom they may punish by ethnicity,
  • tell local zoning authorities how to exercise their powers for “fairness” in housing,
all while seeking ways to curtail energy production and thus prosperity through “environmental” regulation.
Not least important, monies are made available for wars in the Middle East, whose objectives and means and metrics of victory have never been debated by the Congress.
And Unless Conservatives Get Their Act Together?
By January 2017, much of the president’s transformative work will be institutionalized.
We may well have a Republican president and there will still be a party called the GOP, but they — and sadly the country —  will be less and less recognizable.
 

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