Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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Shocking New Low -- Even For This Person!

Foul-mouthed Pennsylvania Dem Senate candidate Katie McGinty (a virtual unknown) might have thought she could get publicity by calling her opponent, incumbent Pat Toomey an a - - hole. Well, she was right -- but she's now getting coverage for all the wrong reasons. What a disgrace!

Just A Few Things You May Not Have Known . . . .

Christie Says NO! To Latest Gas Tax Hike Scheme

From our friends at Save Jersey:
By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Chris Christie will NOT sign off on the Democrats’ new gas tax/TTF fix, Save Jerseyans, a deal cut without his input during last week’s Republican convention.

He issued the following statement on Monday evening:
“I reviewed this weekend the Democrats’ latest plan to fund the Transportation Trust Fund through a massive gas tax hike that does not represent tax fairness to the residents of New Jersey. Therefore, I cannot support it.
“I proposed a significant plan for tax fairness, one that included a reduced sales tax and retirement income tax cuts to offset any increase in the gas tax. The Assembly overwhelmingly approved that plan. The Democrat Senate responded by doing what Democrats always do on taxes: impose an immediate massive tax hike with a promise of future tax relief long after I am out of office. It is unfortunate that Speaker Prieto has now given in to this failed approach.
“As I have said for two years, any solution for a Transportation Trust Fund must have as its foundation tax fairness. This proposal does not. Hopefully when they return to New Jersey after the Democrat National Convention in Philadelphia, the Democrats will put forward a plan consistent with that principle.
Their current proposal, however, is dead on arrival.”

Revealed: The GOP's Record In Advancing Women!

There's been a lot of talk at the Democratic National Convention about the party's commitment to women and all of the "firsts" the party can claim in that regard.

But the truth just may surprise you. In fact, no political party has done more for woman or had more women "firsts" than the Grand Old Party -- the Republican Party.

And that's been the case since its founding.

Don't believe us?

Well, here are some inconvenient truths:
  • The first woman to be appointed to the United States Supreme Court was a republican, appointed by a Republican president. 
  • The first African-American woman to serve as Secretary of State was a Republican, appointed by a Republican president. The first woman ever elected to Congress was a Republican. 
  • Three women were among the founders of the Republican Party and the party was the first to recognize women in its platform. 
  • The first woman ever to address a national political convention was a Republican. 
  • The first woman ever to have her name placed in nomination for the presidency by a major party was a Republicans at a Republican convention. 
  • The first equal rights for women plank carried in any major party platform was contained in the Republican Party platform. 
  • The first major party to favor federal woman suffrage was the Republican Party. 
  • The first woman to preside over a session of the U. S. House of Representatives was a Republican. 
  • The first woman to serve as Mayor of a major American city was a Republican. 
  • The first woman elected to the US Senate in her own right was a Republican. 
  • The first woman ever named US Ambassador to a major country (Italy) was a Republican, named by a Republican president. 
  • The first woman to ever serve as Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare was a Republican, appointed by a Republican president. 
  • The first woman to serve as CEO of a major party convention was a Republican. 
  • The first woman chairman of a state committee of any major political party was a Republican. 
  • The first woman in political history to be elected to the national co-chairmanship of either party was a Republican. 
  • The first woman to be the keynote speaker at a national convention of any major political party was a Republican.  
  • The first two women Senators to serve concurrently in Congress were Republicans. 
  • The first woman to be appointed Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development was a Republican. 
  • The first woman U.S. Representative to the United Nations was a Republican. 
  • The first woman appointed Secretary of the Department of Transportation was a Republican. 
  • The first three women to serve concurrently in the Cabinet were Republicans. 
  • The first Asian-American woman to serve in Congress was a Republican. 
  • The first woman to be chosen by the opposition party to respond to the president's State of the Union address was a Republican. 
  • The first women to serve as national Security Advisor, Agriculture Secretary and Interior Secretary were all Republicans. 
  • The youngest woman ever elected to Congress was aRepublican.
I think we'd all have to agree that by any standard of measurement, this is an impressive record. And it's not even complete in terms of historical accomplishments and trailblazing firsts.

So, remember the facts. Tell your daughters and granddaughters about this.  And don't believe the spin that Democrats are trying to sell you his week.

He Proudly Accepts Endorsement; Wouldn't You?

The Rafferty for Attorney General campaign is proud to announce that John Rafferty has received the endorsement of the Philadelphia Firefighter & Paramedic Union, International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 22, (I.A.F.F. 22) for Attorney General.

“It is humbling to have such strong support from our first responders in this race,” Rafferty said.  “I want to thank President Thomas and the membership of the I.A.F.F. Local 22 for the faith they have placed in me to serve as our next attorney general.  The people of Pennsylvania need a leader in the Office of Attorney General who will restore integrity, tackle the heroin problem head-on and protect our children from predators.  I have always been proud to work with our firefighters and paramedics because they literally put their lives on the line everyday to protect ours.  They are true public servants and I am extremely proud to have their support.”

Andrew P. Thomas, President of the I.A.F.F., Local 22, said, “John Rafferty has the experience and temperament to make an outstanding attorney general. As first responders, we know that you are the right person at the right time to provide solid, steady leadership in the Office of Attorney General and you will take your promise to keep Pennsylvania families safe seriously.”

Click here to read the full letter of endorsement from the I.A.F.F, Local 22.

The Bern That Flickered, Smoldered, Then Died

He's Just Too Extreme And Too Unqualified!

The Republican Attorneys General Association released the following statement regarding Josh Shapiro and the Democratic National Convention:

"Hillary Clinton cannot unify her party because even Democrats know she is untrustworthy," said Scott Will, Executive Director of RAGA. 
"Their convention has barely begun and is descending into chaos thanks to the revelations of primary rigging by the DNC against Bernie Sanders. Now, Hillary Clinton is desperately seeking to appease Sanders' supporters by endorsing a far-left party platform that would destroy Pennsylvania's energy industry and massively increase taxes, spending, and the national debt. Josh Shapiro, a donor to Hillary Clinton, enthusiastically supports the job-killing platform of the Democratic Party, which, in addition to being unqualified, makes him too extreme to be Pennsylvania’s attorney general.”

About RAGA: The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) is the only national organization whose mission is electing Republicans to the Office of State Attorney General. In 2014 Republican attorneys general became the clear majority, for the first time in our country’s history, increasing the total number of Republican attorneys general from 24 to 27, protecting all our 12 incumbents and turning three states from blue to red, by investing nearly $14 million into political spending.

You Won't Believe This . . . But It's Totally Legit!

The latest prognostication from The 538 -- what would happen if the election were held right about now. Latest update still shows Trump winning 54% to 46%. Trump 277 electoral votes to Clinton's 261.

Monday, July 25, 2016

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By Their Words, You Shall Know Them . . .

On the street, Philadelphia, Democratic National Convention. Don't miss the small print at the bottom of the sign.

CNN Panelist Mocks Philly Mayor Live, On Air!

A member of the CNN panel at the DNC makes an unflattering comment during Philly Mayor Jim Kenney's speech, which touched upon the "know nothing" nativist riots of 1844 which targeted Irish-Americans, among others. Starting at 0:20 you can hear someone laughing, supposedly at the speech, then the same voice makes a comment: "Irish Lives Matter". Apparently, the person makking the comment did not know he was on an open mike. You decide what he is insinuating.

DISCORD: Booed Loudly By His Own People! Wow!

A crowd at the Democrat convention in Philly today booed loudly after Sen. Bernie Sanders voiced his support for Hillary Clinton.

Ain't It The Truth, Though? Honestly!

Beware The Dreary Era Of 'I Just Work Here'

It happened this morning when we were listening to a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee trying to explain away the DNC's e-mail scandal with its subsequent embarrassments and the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

He dodged and weaved, he hemmed and hawed, he pivoted endlessly and repeated many of his well-memorized talking points.
He tried to joke and chuckle a bit to lighten the atmosphere but there were still a few astute reporters in the crowd who would not relent.
Finally, he simply declared in frustration: "I just work here."
And that was the moment. The moment of truth.
That all too familiar instant that we call the "I just work here" moment.

If you want to know what's wrong with politics today, you need to remember that moment.
Because politics and political organizations are now inhabited by people who "just work here." Many of them are young. Many are largely clueless. Many are simply skilled in one particular specialty of modern day campaigning, such as polling, digital platforms, messaging, whatever.
But, here's the thing: That don't really believe in anything. They seem to have no core beliefs or grounding principles. All too often, it appears as if they could be working for any candidate in any campaign anywhere. And many of them do.

They are hired hands. They are functionaries. They may be interchangeable parts. But they are not necessarily there for the candidate, for a cause, for some purpose or (perish the thought!) for some greater good. They wouldn't know from that. Far too many of them don't even know why they are there. Their lives seem so transitory, so in flux, so aimless that nothing really matters -- well, nothing except maybe the moment, or someone they may meet in the moment and quickly hook up with (and then just as quickly discard) or the beers, and maybe drugs and insufferably loud "music" that will pass for solace at the end of the day. They've become a new nihilistic tribe of takers who pose as policy wonks, technicians, schedulers, handlers, poll number crunchers, talking heads, and quick-change artists.

It's sad that our "leaders" have apparently turned themselves over to this dreary, soulless lot. To call these hollow lackeys "numb" would be a compliment. Most of them don't even realize how insulting and patronizing their mere presence is. After all, they can't be blamed for anything. Don't you know? They're just doing their jobs. And even if they could recognize the malice and damage they bring in their wake, they wouldn't understand its all-pervasive implications.

These sycophants are now everywhere. They inhabit whole buildings wherever you find government, such as it is. They're an industry in Washington. They've pretty much taken over Capitol Hill but you'll also find them near government agencies throughout the country, in state capitals, even surrounding local courthouses and other entities. You'll also find them wherever you'll find media of any sort as they are often symbiotic with what passes for journalism nowadays. And, above all, they inhabit the staffs of the two major political parties. That is their natural, parasitic home.

The emergence of this new servile class which exists solely for the benefit of the establishment and its court, has contributed to the immense alienation of the people from their government. Indeed, these vacuous apologists have helped to bring about the sense of anger and frustration that people now feel. Voters know that they have been patronized, deceived, manipulated and effectively locked out. And the attendant cynicism in the land is epidemic. With the wisdom of one who knows the earlier, deeper meaning of "public service" and it's true calling, Peggy Noonan recently touched upon this in a brilliant column when she observed:
"Anything that increases public cynicism in America is, at this point, a very particular and damaging sin. It spreads an air of social defeatism. It saps the civic will. It makes earnest and trusting people feel like dopes and dupes. It makes trusting parents look clueless to their children.
"Cynicism is also a virus. Once everyone knows nothing is on the square, as they used to say, they too become more corrupt just to maintain their position.
"Cynicism doesn’t just make everything worse; it creates a new kind of bad. It kills, for instance, the idea of merit. You don’t rise through talent and effort; you rise through lies, connections, silence, the rules of the gang. That gives the young an unearned bitterness. That is a terrible thing for adults to do, to deprive the young of the idealism that helps them rise cleanly and with point."
Is there a more cynical, calculating, powerful  politician in America today than Hillary Rodham Clinton?

Hillary Clinton is said to have more than 900 paid staffers now working in her campaign. She will spend a billion dollars and her operation is apparently run like a corporation. And like a large, uncaring corporation this "company" will sell you its product -- not a tangible product, but a set of ideas to maintain the establishment and continue the status quo. Had Jeb Bush or any one of a number of other GOP candidates captured their party's nomination, their organization/corporation would have been much the same -- big, rich, soulless, faceless. That's what it's come to. That's how bad it is. It's sort of like choosing between Coke and Pepsi.

Is it any wonder then that people have rebelled? That they've risen up like a great army? That they felt the Bern or that they want to "make America great again?" You're not surprised, are you?

What was surprising was that someone actually came along and dared to give voice to what ordinary people knew; what they were thinking; what they were saying; what they were telling one another. With a refreshing disdain for the elites and their empty-suit minions, Donald Trump basically told the establishment to eff off. How did he get to this point? How did he do it? Well, he seems to be a shrewd businessman with a very keen BS detector. He knows mediocrity when he sees it. He doesn't want "I just work here" people on his staff. Apparently, he doesn't want them anywhere near him. That does not seem to be the way he built his business. That does not seem to be the way he operates.

And he's been there, he's done that. After all, Trump said this in his acceptance speech: "Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it. I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens." And Trump nailed it again when he said this: "America is a nation of believers, dreamers, and strivers that is being led by a group of censors, critics, and cynics."

Understand, we hardly view Donald J. Trump as a panacea. He's a flawed candidate -- at best, a diamond-in-the-rough. But he seems aptly suited to the times -- times that make him our only viable hope.

Above all, Trump's not clinical. He doesn't determine what to say or do according to polls. He's resistant to handlers and suspicious of pre-prepared talking points and those who manufacture them. He never met a teleprompter he could cozy up to. He's rightly skeptical (if not disdainful) of the media. And he often seems to take his cue from ordinary people -- the ones he calls "the forgotten Americans."

You remember those Americans, don't you?
They're the ones who actually believe in something. The ones who think American should stand for something. The ones who still actually pray, who raise families, who pay the bills, who care about and think about and worry about the future, who take responsibility, work hard and help one another. The ones who don't "just work here."

Let's hope there are still enough of us to make a difference!