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Trump and the Rise of the Unprotected

Trump_rally.jpgWhy political professionals are struggling to make sense of the world they created

by Peggy Noonan, WSJ, February 25, 2016

We’re in a funny moment. Those who do politics for a living, some of them quite brilliant, are struggling to comprehend the central fact of the Republican primary race, while regular people have already absorbed what has happened and is happening. Journalists and politicos have been sharing schemes for how Marco parlays a victory out of winning nowhere, or Ted roars back, or Kasich has to finish second in Ohio. But in my experience any nonpolitical person on the street, when asked who will win, not only knows but gets a look as if you’re teasing him. Trump, they say.

I had such a conversation again Tuesday with a friend who repairs shoes in a shop on Lexington Avenue. Jimmy asked me, conversationally, what was going to happen. I deflected and asked who he thinks is going to win. “Troomp!” He’s a very nice man, an elderly, old-school Italian-American, but I saw impatience flick across his face: Aren’t you supposed to know these things?

In America now only normal people are capable of seeing the obvious.

But actually that’s been true for a while, and 

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Bill Buckley’s Lesson for Today’s Conservatives

bill_buckley.jpegFifty years ago with the debut of ‘Firing Line,’ the nation discovered a new brand of conservatism that was intellectually rigorous, positive and . . . fun.

by Neal B Freeman, WSJ, February 27, 2016

Watching the current field of presidential contenders, I often find myself thinking: How would they have done on “Firing Line”? How would Bernie Sanders perform if, instead of chatting with congenial hosts on MSNBC, he had to submit to searching queries about the nature of socialism from William F. Buckley Jr.? How well wouldDonald Trump be able to keep his intimidation games going while sitting opposite a serenely amused “Firing Line” host?

“Firing Line” made its television debut 50 years ago, a few months after the conservative founder of National Review magazine had stirred considerable attention but few voters by running for mayor of New York City. Under the brilliant management of his brother Jim and myself, Bill had finished a distant third.

He had begun the race as the editor of a small magazine—a man as well-known, roughly speaking, as the editor of the New Republic—but he finished it by granting valedictory interviews to the big American networks, the BBC and other overseas media outlets.

As soon as the Board of Elections had certified his defeat—asked during the campaign what he would do if he won, he had famously replied:

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An Alternative Black History Month

carter_woodson.jpegYou won’t be hearing about the rising black middle class or intact two-parent families of the 1950s.

by JASON L. RILEY, WSJ, February 10, 2016

Black History Month, which began as Negro History Week some 90 Februarys ago, was meant to be temporary. Its founder, historianCarter G. Woodson, envisioned a time when black history would be incorporated with American history and no longer require separate recognition. Woodson’s optimism was warranted.

Americans today are led by a black president in the fourth year of his second term. Martin Luther King’s birthday is a national holiday. The likeness of Harriet Tubman or Rosa Parks might soon grace U.S. currency, if the majority of people surveyed prevails. And it has been decades since school curricula excluded black perspectives and accomplishments. Black History Month’s sunset might seem long overdue, but the celebration is too useful politically for that to happen anytime soon.

Woodson died in 1950, a few years before the civil-rights movement found its stride. In the post-1960s era, black leaders turned that movement into a lucrative industry, and Black History Month helps keep them relevant. February is not simply about highlighting the achievements of people like voting-rights activist Fannie Lou Hameror the Buffalo Soldiers who served in the Spanish-American War.

It is also about using racial identity to advance groupthink 

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February 18 General Meeting Senate Candidates Forum

Alex_photo_2.jpegA successful Candidates Forum for the U.S. Senate Primary Election as  Alex claire_van_steenwyk.jpegMeluskey & Clair Van Steenwyk spoke and answered questions about their goals and qualifications for Candidacy for the United States Senate.  

Here is a link to Van's recent speech.

Senator McCain never responded and Kelli Ward declined our invitation:  

Hi Pat,

Thank you so much for the invite! However, at this time the Ward Campaign will not be participating in any forums and or debates. When we do debate in the Spring; it will only be if Senator McCain is present. If you would like to have Senator Ward come and speak at a meeting with just her. We will be happy to schedule you a date and time. Please let me know if that works. Thanks again for reaching out to our campaign.

Thank You,  Carolyn Leff,

Assistant to Senator Kelli Ward, DO, MPH Serving AZ's 5th Legislative District 928-230-0633 



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Siege of Boston (1776)

Siege of Boston (1776)

During the night of March 4, 1776, Washington’s troops quietly moved artillery recovered from Ft. Ticonderoga up Boston’s Dorchester Heights, along with all materials needed to construct fortifications.  Upon seeing the “Works” the following morning, British General Howe is said to have remarked, “The rebels did more in one night than my whole army would have done in one month.”  Here is Washington’s account:

“I resolved to take possession of Dorchester Point… which I knew would force the Enemy to an Engagement, or subject them to be enfiladed [shot their entire depth] by our Cannon…  The ground at this time being froze upwards of two feet deep, & as impenetrable as a Rock… we were obliged therefore to provide an amazing quantity of Chandeliers [portable frames] and Fascines [bundles of sticks] for the Work, and on the Night of the 4th, after a previous severe Cannonade & Bombardment for three Nights together to divert the Enemy’s attention from our real design, removed every material to the spot under Cover of Darkness…

Upon their discovery of the Works next Morning, great preparations were made for attacking them, but not being ready before the Afternoon and the Weather getting very tempestuous, much blood was Saved…  this remarkable Interposition of Providence is for some wise purpose I have not a doubt[.]  …the Enemy thinking (as we have since learned) that we had got too securely posted before the second morning to be much hurt by them, and apprehending great annoyance from our new Works, resolved upon a retreat, and accordingly Embarked in as much hurry… and confusion as ever Troops did… leaving Kings property in Boston to the amount… of thirty or £40,000 in Provisions, Stores… [and] Cannon…  Baggage Wagons, Artillery Carts, etc. which they have been Eighteen Months preparing to take the Field with, were found destroyed—thrown into the Docks—and drifted upon every Shore.”  George Washington, Letter to John Augustine Washington, March 31, 1776

James Still (Feb 2016), RetraceOurSteps.com

“[Boston]… is again open & free for Its rightful possessors…  May that being who is powerful to save, and in whose hands is the fate of Nations, look down with an eye of tender pity & compassion upon the whole of the United Colonies…”  George Washington, Address to the Massachusetts General Court, April 1, 1776

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The Goldberg File by Jonah Goldberg, NRO February 05, 2016


Jonah-Goldberg.jpgDear Reader (including those of you who wanted a Trump-free “news”letter, which this is. Please clap).

For reasons having to do with Original Sin, I had to watch the whole Democratic debate last night -- sober! So for that, and other reasons too mundane to share, even in this overly personal missive, I am crankier than the comments section on one of Kevin Williamson’s articles. So, as Bill Clinton said to the madame after he dispensed with the pleasantries, let’s get started.

In his play, The Decision, Berthold Brecht wrote:

Who fights for Communism must be able to fight and not to fight, to speak the truth and not to speak the truth, to perform services and not to perform services, to keep promises and not to keep promises, to go into danger and to keep out of danger, to be recognizable and not to be recognizable. Who fights for Communism has only one of all the virtues: that he fights for Communism.

Now, I understand a few things: (1) Socialism and Communism are not the same thing; (2) Bernie Sanders isn’t a Communist; (3) the biggest threat to good deli in this country isn’t the decline in pastrami and corned-beef consumption, but the tendency of bakers to stop making good Jewish rye.

Oh, sorry, it’s just that I can’t talk about Bernie Sanders without thinking about deli and when I think 

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Obama’s Growing Conflict of Interest in the Clinton E-Mail Scandal

by ANDREW C. MCCARTHY February 3, 2016 4:00 AM NRO

The latest revelations regarding Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information are stunning. For example, several of the former secretary of state’s “private” e-mails contain national-defense information so sensitive that it is classified at the highest levels. Moreover, classified information so pervades the thousands of pages of e-mails communicated through and stored on Mrs. Clinton’s unsecured, home brew server system that the court-ordered disclosure process has ground to a halt.

Remember, Mrs. Clinton reviewed her e-mails before finally surrendering them to the State Department, and she initially insisted there was no classified information in them. Now, it turns out they were so threaded with classified information that the State Department and intelligence agencies have fallen hopelessly behind the court’s disclosure schedule: The task of reviewing the e-mails and redacting the portions whose publication could harm national security has proved much more complicated than anticipated.

Thousands of remaining e-mails, and any embarrassing lapses they contain, 

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General Meeting January 21 - Senator John Kavanagh

John_Kavangh.jpegJanuary 21 - Our Speaker was State Senator John Kavanagh giving us the update on "The State of the State"

Thank you, Senator Kavangh!

January, 21 2015 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm  Join us at our new location

Venue_8600.jpegVenue 8600  McDowell 3 Room
8600 E Anderson Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
United States
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The American dream ended on November 6th, 2012 in Ohio.

This was just sent to me by a close friend.  I've been feeling so discouraged lately about the way our country seems to be headed - after reading this I now know why. This certainly sums it ALL up!  Marilyn.

I, too, believe that the country is lost. The "have not's and do not's" have won. Only some miracle can change it. I'm not big on Donald Trump but maybe he's the dragon slayer.  Pray to God that there is time to right the terrible wrongs that have invaded our country.  Franklin Graham was speaking at the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida in January, 2015, when he said America will not come back. He wrote: The American dream ended on November 6th, 2012 in Ohio. The second term of Barack Obama has been 

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A Noble Train of Artillery (1775-1776)

Henry_Knox.jpegLacking artillery in the Continental Army, Washington approved Henry Knox’s bold plan to transport 60 Tons of captured British artillery from Ft. Ticonderoga to Boston.  During the dead of winter and over the course of 56 days, Colonel Knox transported the artillery 300 miles across swamps, lakes, rivers and hills.  The artillery’s presence in Boston forced the British to quickly retreat.  Here are a few entries from Knox’s tattered Diary:

Dec ?, 1775  “We had not been out above an hour when the wind sprung up very fresh & directly against us -- the men after rowing exceedingly hard for above four hours seemed desirous of going ashore, to make a fire to warm themselves, I readily [consented] knowing them to be exceedingly weary.”

Dec 13, 1775  “… Received advice that… the Scow [flat-bottom boat] had gotten from off the rock on which she had run… & on the same Night the wind being exceeding high the sea had 

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