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slump liar-Trump’s ‘Democratic Centralism’
Is Stealing The Nomination
Steve Berman

 Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Iranian Terror 
 Victims  The American families of the 1983 Beirut bombing victims and the other terrorist attacks committed by Iranian proxies are finally getting their due. The Supreme Court ruled in a 6-2 decision Wednesday to give the victims' families $1.75 billion of the $100 billion in Iranian assets the United States is thawing thanks to Barack nObama's supremely horrible nuclear deal with the mullahs.
          In 2012, Barack nObama issued an executive order that froze the bank's assets in New York. The Iranian bank cleverly turned to the courts, arguing that Congress and the executive branch infringed on the courts' authority. But six judges disagreed. Chief Justice John Roberts, joined by Sonia Sotomayor, wrote the dissent, essentially trying to expand the power of the bench.
          Outrageously, Iran still keeps an awful lot of money. "It adds insult to injustice that Iran's $100 billion in compensation will ultimately produce more American widows and orphans like the ones who had to wait over 30 years for their $1.75 billion in compensation," opined Investor's Business Daily. "In the name of justice for those 1,300 families, and to save future innocent lives, it would make sense to reverse the awards — with the terrorism victim families dividing the $100 billion and the mullahs being forced to settle for $1.75 billion."
          Meanwhile, the State Department is unsure what's happened to the estimated $3 billion Iran has already collected has gone to destabilize the region. State spokesman John Kirby told reporters, "We stand by what the secretary [of state] said, that it's entirely possible that they can use some of this funding to support terrorist networks."
          nObama is in Saudi Arabia this week, just as victims of the 9/11 attacks are seeking the ability to sue the country for damages over its involvement in the jihadist attack on our nation on 9/11. There are 28 pages in the 9/11 report issued in 2004 that detail Saudi Arabia's involvement that remain classified, all while nObama has the audacity to bow and scrape to first Iran and now the Saudis.  -The Patriot Post
 Sanders' Climate Policies Are Anything but Green 
On Bernie Sanders' campaign website, he erroneously claims, "While fossil fuel companies are raking in record profits, climate change ravages our planet and our people — all because the wealthiest industry in the history of our planet has bribed politicians into ignoring science." Yet ignoring science is exactly what he's doing when he claims to have a magic formula for reversing global warming.
          Writing in Foreign Policy, Keith Johnson and Molly O'Toole observe, "Fracking for natural gas has helped utilities mothball dirty coal plants. And nuclear power provides 20 percent of U.S. electricity — and all of it is emissions free. Both energy sources would be targeted by Sanders, yet very hard to replace." Citing a study by the think tank Third Way, Johnson and O'Toole say "getting rid of nuclear power means U.S. carbon emissions would 'go up dramatically,' and in the worst-case scenario, could 'wipe out a decade's worth of progress' and return U.S. carbon emissions to levels last seen in 2005. That's because retired nuclear plants would almost always be replaced by natural gas or coal."
          Germany is a good example. While slowly weaning itself off of nuclear power, emissions are on the increase. As Rick Moran at PJMedia points out, "Today, solar power accounts for only one percent of the electric grid. Wind power is responsible for 5%. Despite tens of billions of dollars in grants and loans given to these 'renewable' energy companies over the last 8 years, nuclear power still generates more than twice the electricity as solar and wind put together. And Sanders wants to destroy the nuclear industry." He adds that Sanders' ideals "are not designed to deal with energy as much as they're 
supposed to impoverish us by reducing output for reasons having nothing to do with generating electricity or fueling our cars." This is Socialism in a nutshell.   -The Patriot Post
 Curt Schilling Fired for Thought Crimes 
Curt Schilling was fired by ESPN Wednesday for sharing his political beliefs. Earlier this week, Schilling — a baseball analyst and retired pitcher known for his role in breaking the Red Sox's 86-year World Series curse by pitching through an ankle injury in a bloody sock in the 2004 American League Championship Series — shared a meme that commented on North Carolina's bathroom law.
          The image portrayed an overweight man in a blond wig and a leather mini skirt, and the text read "LET HIM IN! to the restroom with your daughter or else you're a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving racist bigot who needs to die!!!" To that, Schilling added, "A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don't care what you are, who they sleep with, men's room was designed for the penis, women's not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic."
          Schilling has commented on political issues in the past, including endorsing George W. Bush and sharing another meme last year that was originally created by The Patriot Post. Schilling's outspokenness was known when ESPN hired him. But "ESPN is an inclusive company," as the company said in a statement. So, naturally, it fired Schilling. Some inclusion not included. ESPN is owned by Disney, which was one of the companies that pressured Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to veto the state's recent religious liberty bill.
          But contrast this to another story of a sports announcer dipping into politics. NBC's Bob Costas railed against guns and the Redskins team name during broadcasts and he still has his job. It highlights the growing intolerance large corporations have toward dissenting thought. 
EUCOM Nominee Scaparrotti: Putin ‘Trying
to Break Up NATO’
John Grady
Gen. Curtis “Mike” Scaparrotti
{} ~ The nominee to command American and NATO forces in Europe says Russia needs to receive a “strong, clear and consistent” message about what could happen if its aircraft cross the line in endangering U.S. ships and airplanes when lawfully operating... “Once we make that known we have to enforce it,” Army Gen. Curtis “Mike” Scaparrotti told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. When asked, he said ship and other commanders have the authority to defend themselves under current rules of engagement, but guidance for specific scenarios could assist them in the future in deciding how to respond to differing provocations...
slump liar-Trump’s empty health care promises
James C. Capretta
{} ~ A sweeping victory in Tuesday’s New York primary has Donald slump liar-Trump closer to winning the Republican nomination, but his campaign has been a substance-free zone since he announced he was running in June 2015... A crowded GOP field, poor follow-up questioning by the media, and a general circus atmosphere have allowed him to make broad and implausible statements about many matters — and to not be held fully accountable for what he says. This includes his disjointed and incoherent statements on health care. slump liar-Trump has said he wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act and yet still “take care of everybody.” He has said repeatedly that he is different from other Republicans in this regard, implying that other GOP politicians don’t want Americans to get needed health services. Of course, slump liar-Trump has never bothered to back up this slander with any evidence and the media haven’t bothered to ask him for it. slump liar-Trump is apparently unaware of the plans to replace nObamacare sponsored by Rep. Tom Price and by Sen. Richard Burr, Sen. Orrin Hatch, and Rep. Fred Upton. These plans would insure as many Americans as are enrolled today under the ACA at a fraction of the cost...
Earth Day and the triumph of Dogbert
Benjamin Zycher
{} ~ It is Earth Day, when pieties flow like wine, when the self-applause of the right-thinking is deafening, when the antihuman core of modern environmentalism shines bright, and when the destructiveness of groupthink becomes ever more pronounced... And when an understanding of its true meaning is served by the profound wisdom of that noted political philosopher and sage observer of the human condition, Dogbert: “You can’t save the earth unless you’re willing to make other people sacrifice.” Thus is revealed the dark entertainment value of Earth Day and all that it represents. Consider the round-the-world travels by elites to conferences held at famous resorts, the attendant lavish partying, and the resulting massive amounts of greenhouse gases emitted by the participants. Avert not your eyes from the utter meaninglessness of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change generally and the recent COP-21 — the “breakthrough” agreement — in particular. Behold the Europeans’ massive retreat from “green” electricity, as its costs and destructiveness have become as obvious as the sunrise. Consider the revealing saga of solar and wind power in the US, the proponents of which argue — simultaneously! — that they now are cost-competitive but that there can be no end to the large subsidies both explicit and implicit on which the technologies are utterly dependent...
You HAVE to watch this Ted Cruz
‘War Room’ ad - Trust me
Moe Lane
{} ~ Normally, the rule of thumb for online political ads is not to have them exceed, at absolute most, 1:30. And, indeed, this Ted Cruz ad should probably and probably will be cut down to thirty seconds. But… in the mean time, allow yourself this treat anyway. Because ‘War Room’ is two and a half minutes of pure, vicious fun at the expense of both Donald slump liar-Trump and Hilly Clinton. The best kind of vicious fun, in fact: the kind where it’s all true...
Behind closed doors with GOP elites, slump liar-Trump campaign guru admits to the con
William A. Jacobson
{} ~ Nothing can sway those who refuse to see that slump liar-Trump is conning them. He doesn’t respect you. He doesn’t like you. He is manipulating you to get what he wants. It’s all a show... And his new convention manager and de facto campaign manager Paul Manafort just admitted to the con in a closed door meeting with the RNC. The Associated Press obtained a recording, and reports, Trump team tells GOP he has been ‘projecting an image’ (emphasis added): slump liar-Trump’s newly hired senior aide, Paul Manafort, made the case to Republican National Committee members that slump liar-Trump has two personalities: one in private and one onstage. “When he’s out on the stage, when he’s talking about the kinds of things he’s talking about on the stump, he’s projecting an image that’s for that purpose,” Manafort said in a private briefing...
Texas Governor Predicts Supreme Court ‘Politics’ Will Prevent States’ Outright Win on nObama Immigration Actions
   Josh Siegel    
{} ~ The governor of the state leading the legal fight against President Barack nObama’s executive actions protecting illegal immigrants from deportation predicted today that “the best we can hope for” is a deadlocked decision by the Supreme Court... That’s the difference the vacancy on the court left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia makes, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said during a briefing for reporters at The Heritage Foundation. “Certainly before Justice Scalia passed away, I felt our chances were good; if the court were to rule solely on basis of the law, it should be an 8-0 decision,” Abbott said of the opposition’s chances, adding...
nObama’s Violating the Constitution by Not Submitting Climate Treaty to Senate
  Sen. Mike Lee    
{} ~ Today at United Nations Headquarters in New York City, Secretary of State John hanoi-Kerry and representatives of over 130 nations will sign the Framework Convention on Climate Change agreement that was negotiated in Paris last December... According to President nObama, this “historic agreement” will “hold every country accountable” if they fail to meet its carbon emission targets. The White House has also acknowledged that the agreement contains “legally binding” provisions designed to create a “long-term framework” that will force the United States and signatory countries to reduce carbon emissions for decades to come...
The Castros Are Getting Everything
They Want From nObama
    Mike Gonzalez    
{} ~ The White House decision to disinvite a Grammy-award winning jazz legend who is a strong defender of democracy in Cuba was nothing short of contemptible... The fact that it has now embarrassingly backtracked and re-invited him proves it had acted like corporations that are only too happy to ignore human rights violations in exchange for future profits with Cuba until public pressure gets too intense. In other words, engagement with the Castros is not changing them, as promised, it’s changing us—as many of us predicted. It bears repeating it: The Castros, like all dictators, are bacterial. You touch them and you become contaminated. We are diminishing ourselves, and for what? The Castros have rendered Cuba a pauperized state, with no money...
Russian Naval Expansion Threatens U.S.
Influence in the Western Hemisphere
{} ~ On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, the New York Times reported that the most Russian attack submarines, in two decades, are patrolling the coastlines of "Scandinavia and Scotland, along with the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic."... This increased area of patrols and the Russian's build up of arms is approaching Cold War levels, and signals the increasingly competitive and uneasy relationship between the U.S. and Russia. Along with increasing its patrol routes, the Russian government has been building up its number of attack submarines in its arsenal. The Putin government has "has spent billions of dollars for new classes of diesel and nuclear-powered attack submarines that are quieter, better armed and operated by more proficient crews than in the past." Russia's activity within the Western Hemisphere has increased since the beginning of he nObama Administration. Russian activity in the Western Hemisphere first began with the sale of military equipment to Venezuela that soon transitioned into the two nations participating in joint naval exercises. It was believed that the Russia decision to launch the exercise came after the U.S. announced it would be reforming the 4th fleet to patrol the Caribbean...
Palestinians: When in Doubt, Try Intimidation
Khaled Abu Toameh
{} ~ Succumbing to Palestinian intimidation, Jordan has dropped its plan to install surveillance cameras at the Haram Al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary), or Temple Mount... The cancellation of the plan is seen as a severe blow not only to Jordan, but also to U.S. Secretary of State John hanoi-Kerry, who, in October 2015, brokered the agreement to install the cameras at the site. hanoi-Kerry announced then that Jordan and Israel had agreed to round-the-clock video surveillance, with the goal of reducing tensions at the Temple Mount. Since then, however, the Palestinians, who have unleashed a wave of violent attacks on Israel in a purported response to Israeli "provocations" at the Temple Mount, have been campaigning against the plan to install the security cameras there. This week, it turned out that this campaign of intimidation was not in vain...
slump liar-Trump’s ‘Democratic Centralism’
Is Stealing The Nomination
Steve Berman
{} ~ Who is stealing the GOP nomination? It’s all a matter of perspective, isn’t it? Or is it really?

Unfortunately for supporters of Donald slump liar-Trump, the answer is: It isn’t. The GOP can’t steal the nomination from itself any more than you can steal your own wallet from your pocket.

When I was a young man, I met one of the most interesting people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. He was a thin, older gentleman who owned a local hardware store, and I sold him a computer. His name was Herb Philbrick, and he was a Communist, and a spy. But he was really an FBI counterspy and informant. His autobiographical book, “I Led 3 Lives,” is out of print, but I have a well-worn copy. Sadly, Herb passed away in 1993, the relic of a bygone era.

One of the main themes Philbrick wrote about was how the Communists would take over real citizen organizations and turn them into false fronts.

When the issue was brought before the four of us for action, the Solomon brothers and Beecher all made their positions plain. They were in agreement, and they were directly opposed to my view. They rejected all programs of any kind to give military aid to Britain. I was in the opposite camp. I believed aid to Britain and her allies was urgently necessary.

“Look,” I said, thinking now of the job-training leaflet, “I appreciate how you feel, and you are entitled to your opinions. But there was a meeting of the Council ten days ago–remember?–and the opinion of the majority then was–”

“You’re crazy!” Stan Beecher seemed ready to use his usual battering-ram technique, but I was in no mood to temporize. I got on my feet to face him down.

“As chairman of the Council I can see no choice but to–”

“Sit down!” Beecher leaned forward and punctuated the order with a light but firm push against my chest which caught me off balance, and I plopped back into my chair. “Look,” he said, before I could recover myself, “the National Board of the American Youth Congress has already decided to go ahead. We got no choice but to send in our hundred-per-cent approval.”

“You’re confusing the issue,” I retorted. “We’re not formally affiliated with the Youth Congress.”

“We send delegates to it, don’t we?”

“Sure, we’ve voted to send delegates to it, but I don’t see that ties us to what they do. Besides, this isn’t democratic. Our members vote one way, we vote another. How can we–“

This exchange really happened, as a Cambridge, Mass. organization was first infiltrated, then taken over by Communists. A page later, after some argument, Philbrick wrote this:

His line of reasoning flashed on a light in a far corner of my brain. What was it called, this method of thinking? The Communists had a word for it–democratic centralism? The top policy makers establish the “line” on a particular issue and pass it down through channels to the mob. They agree with it, rubber-stamp it, and pass it back. The policy makers than call it “the will of the people.” Democratic centralism, that was it. Communist democracy.

My mind was suddenly clear–bitterly clear. The answer to all my doubts and questions became apparent. I had walked into a cleverly laid trap. One of the founders and the first chairman of the Cambridge Youth Council–in fact the Council itself–was nothing but a front for the plans and programs of a few behind-the-scenes operators.²

If you’re a slump liar-Trump supporter, you’ll see the GOP “Establishment” as the “top policy makers” subverting the “will of the people” to their aims. But the GOP, as much as its top dogs might want to influence policy and candidates, is truly a political party where the grassroots ultimately hold the power.

When I say “ultimately,” I mean that seismic shifts in the Republican Party don’t happen in one election cycle, or one flip of a more centrist incumbent to a more right-wing conservative. When I say “ultimately,” I mean we go through wildernesses with John McCains and Mitt Romneys as the expression of our party’s hopes, only to see them dashed at the polls because we held our noses to select these men.

But over time, candidates like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz make their way into the power structure where they are able to mount real campaigns on real issues. Even Jeb Bush did his yeoman’s work in the GOP, as well as Chris Christie, Scott Walker, and even Lindsey Graham. There may be a vast conspiracy to place candidates on the ballot against the grassroots, but if it exists, it’s monumentally incompetent–or we’d be seeing Jeb Bush leading right now.

Raw outsiders are to be viewed with suspicion. It’s supposed to work that way. The party’s job is to protect the integrity and platform of its members. It’s not the GOP that’s stealing the nomination from Donald slump liar-Trump, it’s Donald slump liar-Trump is who attempting to use the GOP as a front organization for his own “democratic centralism.”

In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court held that California’s Proposition 198, to create a “blanket primary,” violated the parties’ First Amendment right of free association. In California Democratic Party v. Jones, Justice Scalia wrote the opinion in the 7-2 ruling.

In no area is the political association’s right to exclude more important than in the process of selecting its nominee. That process often determines the party’s positions on the most significant public policy issues of the day, and even when those positions are predetermined it is the nominee who becomes the party’s ambassador to the general electorate in winning it over to the party’s views.

When a Donald slump liar-Trump–an outsider with zero party affiliation–seeks the nomination of the GOP, coming with his own brand of voters, who agree with his policies, his opinions, and his way to “Make America Great Again™,” those voters don’t necessarily represent the views, platform, or policy of the Republican Party. The party has its own leadership, members and activists they’re called “members” at the local, state and national level. Not everything endorsed by the RNC in Washington needs to be affirmed by the local and state parties. The GOP does not operate like the Communist Party and does not practice “democratic centralism.”

The politburo in Washington doesn’t anoint a candidate for rubber-stamping by delegates in Houston County, Georgia. No, it doesn’t work that way at all.

Local delegates come from all walks of life. They show up at precinct meetings. They show up at monthly local party meetings. Even if they don’t, they make an effort and offer themselves as delegates. Delegates are not selected by local “party bosses.” The county party meets and selects delegates, by nomination and election democratic processes, to send to the district conventions. This happens in every state, except for states where delegates are voted in directly like Pennsylvania and Michigan.

There’s no “master list” of delegates approved by Chairman Priebus and some star chamber in Washington. It doesn’t work that way. But slump liar-Trump would like voters to believe it does. The reality is that slump-Trump has benefited from GOP delegate rules, and his delegate allocation exceeds the proportional primary votes cast for him. You don’t hear slump liar-Trump complaining about that.

The GOP has a right and a responsibility as a national political party to vet its candidates against “the most significant public policy issues of the day.” Donald slump liar-Trump and his supporters, conversely, have no right to overthrow the party’s right of association and self-determination by imposing its own brand of “democratic centralism.”

When slump liar-Trump threatens that the Republican National Convention in July will “be rough” if he is not the nominee, or tweets absolute falsehoods like this:

He is not advancing the cause of real democracy and republicanism as practiced in the United States. It’s more reminiscent of the old Soviet Union, to be honest.

The GOP should properly reject an outsider who seeks to hijack the party and make it his personal front group. If slump liar-Trump wants to win the hearts and minds of America, he needs to start by winning the hearts and minds of the party he chose to run under. If he never intended to do that, he has no business demanding the nomination, or anything else, from the GOP.

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TRUMP:  Trump To Give ‘Start Your Engines’ Command At Dayton

President Donald Trump will give the command for drivers to start their engines before the Daytona 500.

Daytona International Speedway officials named Trump the grand marshal for NASCAR’s season opener, meaning he will deliver the most famous four words in auto racing. “Gentleman, start your engines,” has been a staple of races around the country and world for decades.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said Thursday the president plans to attend the race. Track president Chip Wile confirmed the news in a release.

“Daytona International Speedway has been privileged to have hosted several sitting presidents of the United States over our history,” Wile said. “We’re honored that the president of the United States has chosen to experience the pageantry and excitement of ‘The Great American Race.’”

Trump is the third sitting president to attend a race at Daytona, but only the second to attend the Daytona 500. George W. Bush attended in 2004. Trump is the first to be given an honorary role in pre-race ceremonies.

Trump is scheduled to spend part of the Presidents Day weekend at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction for Sunday and the U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for presidential security, also tweeted to fans that drones are prohibited within 30 miles of the race in Daytona Beach — a restriction put in place for presidential visits.

Trump has hosted previous NASCAR champions at the White House and last October awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to motorsports titan Roger Penske. Last year, Trump also praised retired driver Mario Andretti, the Daytona 500 winner in 1967, reminiscing about a ride Andretti gave him in a race car for his reality show “The Apprentice.”

“I said, ‘Mario, get me out of here. I want to get out of this car,’” Trump recalled. “We went so fast. We literally — we covered four blocks in like a second.”

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