Tuesday Top Headlines

by Political Editors: FBI raids offices of Trump attorney Michael Cohen (Associated Press)

$1 trillion deficits to return, national debt to rise, projects CBO (taxpayer-funded NPR)

Lynch: Comey didn’t question calling liar-Clinton case a “matter” (The Washington Free Beacon)

Some 200 migrants in Mexico caravan to seek U.S. asylum (Reuters)

China’s president offers U.S. possible trade concessions (Associated Press)

Facebook’s Zuckerberg issues mea culpa before Capitol Hill grilling (Fox News)

Facebook releases data breach notification (World)

Two black conservatives, Diamond and Silk, accuse Facebook of discrimination, censorship over “unsafe” label (The Daily Signal)

Trump appointee at center of fight over religious freedom (The Hill)

Missouri Gov. Greitens’ ex-lover accuser admits photo evidence may have been a “dream” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Abortion-rights groups sue Mississippi over dozens of restrictions (National Review)

Good news: Why Americans’ life expectancy is getting longer (UPI)

Humor: In response to growing number of fistfights, London mayor bans hands (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: In Syria we need strength, not another war (Washington Examiner)

Policy: Every day is Equal Pay Day (Washington Examiner) ~The Patriot Post



Calif Patriots Urge 2nd City to Sue State Over Illegal Sanctuary Law

by rickwells.us

{ rickwells.us } ~ MAGA patriot Arthur Schaper recently addressed a meeting of the Huntington Beach, CA, City Council… offering them his support and demands for an ordinance or other appropriate legal action nullifying California’s Sanctuary City Law. The intro by Gary Galino states that the city is planning a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Sanctuary State statute. They’re there to help make that happen. Schaper begins his comments by stating that he is “a proud Californian and a proud American.” He says, “This country, this state is still very much America.” He demands that the rule of law be enforced and urging them to pass a resolution opposing SB 54, the sanctuary state legislation. He encourages them to “Be the second domino with Los Alamitos. That was the strong second shot heard around the world and let it be a sound of restoration for this ‘Bear Flag Republican.’ A little history lesson, this is not stolen land. This is land that was bought and paid for. And even the Mexicans themselves wanted to become Americans.”… https://rickwells.us/calif-patriots-sue-sanctuary-law/

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym45brGIkgI


Trump To Replace Liberal Lion Of The Ninth Circuit


{ dailycaller.com } ~ Fearing a conservative jurist would replace Judge Stephen Reinhardt… the liberal lion of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a prominent progressive legal scholar quietly urged him to retire in the spring of 2014. U.C. Berkeley School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky approached Reinhardt just months before the 2014 midterm elections and suggested he retire, The New York Times reported Saturday. Reinhardt refused the overtures. Months later, Republicans assumed control of the Senate, effectively ending former President Barack liar-nObama’s judicial confirmations. President Donald Trump’s election forced the judge into an awkward actuarial battle, an increasingly common phenomenon as judicial appointments become highly politicized. He died on March 29 at 87…  http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/08/stephen-reinhardt-ninth-circuit-trump/?utm_medium=email


Rick Scott to challenge Bill Nelson for US Senate seat

by Melissa Quinn

{ washingtonexaminer.com } ~ Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, will challenge Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., in the race for the U.S. Senate, Scott said Monday… “8 years ago today, I did something that everyone told me not to do — I announced that I was running for Governor. With the hard work of Floridians, we have come a long way, but our work is not done. That’s why I have decided to run for the United States Senate. Let’s Get to Work!” Scott tweeted Monday. Scott told several news outlets he is running for the Senate and called Washington, D.C., “horribly dysfunctional,” according to the Associated Press. “You’re probably surprised, but I’m going to announce I’m running for senator,” Scott told Politico in an interview published Monday. “You’re shocked, right?”…  https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/rick-scott-to-challenge-bill-nelson-for-us-senate-seat


US said to confirm Israel hit Syria base, as Russia complains it was not warned

by timesofisrael.com

{ timesofisrael.com } ~ US officials have reportedly confirmed that Israel carried out a predawn missile strike on an air base in central Syria… that reportedly killed 14 people on Monday, while Russia protested that it had not been informed ahead of time. NBC News quoted two US officials as saying that Israel had carried out the strike, adding that Washington had been informed in advance. Israel has refused to comment on the attack. Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, told reporters that Israel had not spoken to Moscow ahead of the airstrike even though Russian military advisers could have been present at the base, which he described as “a cause for concern for us.”…  https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-said-to-confirm-israel-hit-syria-base-as-russia-complains-it-was-not-warned/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=cea6605211-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_04_08&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-cea6605211-54638825


Europe’s Civilizational Exhaustion

by Giulio Meotti

{ gatestoneinstitute.org } ~ In a prophetic conference held in Vienna on May 7, 1935, the philosopher Edmund Husserl said… “The greatest danger to Europe is tiredness”. Eighty years later, the same fatigue and passivity still dominate Western European societies. It is the sort of exhaustion that we see in Europeans’ falling birth rates, the mushrooming public debt, chaos in the streets, and Europe’s refusal to invest resources in its security and military might. Last month, in a Paris suburb, the Basilica of Saint Denis, where France’s Christian kings are buried, was occupied by 80 migrants and pro-illegal-immigration activists. The police had to intervene to free the site. Stephen Bullivant, a professor of theology and the sociology of religion at St Mary’s University in London, recently published a report, “Europe’s Young Adults and Religion”: “Christianity as a default, as a norm, is gone, and probably gone for good – or at least for the next 100 years,” Bullivant said… https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12093/europe-civilizational-exhaustion


The Wisdom of Oscar Hammerstein

by Peggy Noonan

{ peggynoonan.com } ~ Easter, Passover, spring break, holiday weekend. Let us unfurrow the brow and look at something elevated. It’s a small thing, a half-hour television interview from 60 years ago, but it struck me this week as a kind of master class in how to be a public figure and how to talk about what matters. In our polarized moment it functions as both template and example.

In March 1958, the fierce young journalist Mike Wallace —already famous for opening an interview with the restaurateur Toots Shor by asking, “Toots, why do people call you a slob?”—decided to bore in on Oscar Hammerstein II. For the record, Shor responded that Wallace had him confused with Jackie Gleason. Hammerstein was the fabled lyricist and librettist who with composer Richard Rodgers put jewels in the crown of American musical theater—“Oklahoma,” “South Pacific,” “The King and I,” and “Carousel,” whose latest Broadway revival is about to open. He was a hero of American culture and a famous success in a nation that worshiped success.

Wallace was respectful but direct and probing. He asked Hammerstein if critics who’d called his work sentimental didn’t have a point.

Hammerstein said his critics were talented, loved the theater, and there was something to what they’d said. But he spoke of sentiment “in contradistinction to sophistication”: “The sophisticate is a man who thinks he can swim better than he can and sometimes drowns himself. He thinks he can drive better than he really can and sometimes causes great smash-ups. So, in my book there’s nothing wrong with sentiment because the things we’re sentimental about are the fundamental things in life, the birth of a child, the death of a child or of anybody, falling in love. I couldn’t be anything but sentimental about these basic things.”

What, Wallace asked, was Hammerstein’s message in “South Pacific”?

Hammerstein said neither he nor Rodgers had ever gone looking for vehicles by which to deliver messages. They were attracted to great stories and wanted to tell them on stage. But “when a writer writes anything about anything at all, he gives himself away.” He inevitably exposes his beliefs and hopes. The love stories in “South Pacific” were shaped by questions of race. The main characters learned that “all this prejudice that we have is something that fades away in the face of something that’s really important.” That thing is love.

Does this reflect his views on interracial marriage?

Hammerstein, simply: “Yes.”

“The King and I,” he said, is about cultural differences. The Welsh governess and the Siamese children know nothing of each other at the start: “There again, all race and color had faded in their getting to know and love each other.” On the other hand, “Allegro,” about disillusionment and professional achievement, carries a warning: “After you’re successful, whether you be a doctor or a lawyer or a librettist, there is a conspiracy that goes on in which you join—a conspiracy of the world to render you less effective by bestowing honors on you and taking you away from the job of curing people, or of pleading cases, or writing libretti and . . . putting you on committees.” He added he was “a fine one to talk”: he couldn’t stop joining committees.

Is he religious? Here Hammerstein told a story. A year ago he was rushing to work and jaywalked. A policeman called out; Hammerstein braced for a dressing down. But the officer recognized him and poured out his appreciation for his work. Hammerstein thanked him and moved to leave, but the policeman had a question. “He said, ‘Are you religious?’ And I said, ‘Well, I don’t belong to any church,’ and then he patted me on the back and he said, ‘Ah, you’re religious all right.’ And I went on feeling as if I’d been caught, and feeling that I was religious. He had discovered from the words of my songs that I had faith—faith in mankind, faith that there was something more powerful than mankind behind it all, and faith that in the long run good triumphs over evil. If that’s religion, I’m religious, and it is my definition of religion.”

Then to politics.

Wallace: “You are an active liberal.”

Hammerstein: “Yes, I guess I am.”

What connection does this have with your work?

“I think it must have a connection, because it expresses my feelings, my tendencies,” Hammerstein said. “As I’ve said before, a writer gives himself away if he’s writing honestly.”

Wallace: “Would you agree that most of our writers and directors on Broadway and television in Hollywood are liberal and that there is a liberal complexion to their work?”

“I think I would, yes,” Hammerstein replied, honestly and with no defensiveness.

Wallace’s office had just spoken to “a militant dissenter” from liberalism, Ayn Rand, author of the recently published novel “Atlas Shrugged.” She said: “The public is being brainwashed by the so-called liberal or leftist philosophies, which have a stranglehold on the dissemination of ideas in America.” How did Hammerstein respond?

He didn’t like her adding the word leftist, “because you can be a liberal without being a leftist, and many and most liberals are.” Beyond that her criticism was an example of what’s working. “I think it’s fine that there is a Miss Rand who comes out stoutly for the conservative. I think it’s fine that we have all kinds of thinkers in the world. . . . I admit that the majority of writers in this country are on the liberal side.”

But he added, of Rand: “We need her to hold us back, and I think she needs us to pull her forward.”

Italics mine. Because liberals and conservatives do need each other, and the right course can sometimes be found in the tug between them.

Wallace: “The public does rarely get anything but a liberal viewpoint from Hollywood or from television, from Broadway,” and the charge can be “safely made that there is a certain intolerance of conservative ideas among liberals.”

Hammerstein, again undefensive: “I think so too.”

What’s to be done about it? Nothing, said Hammerstein: “Just be yourself, that’s all.” If the public likes Miss Rand, “there will be a Miss Rand trend.” Let the problem work its way out in a free country.

Hammerstein said he tries sometimes to vote Republican “just for the sake of switching—just for the sake of telling myself I’m not a party man,” which he doesn’t want to be. “But somehow or other I always wind up voting Democratic.” Balancing the budget bores him. “I have an idea that the more liberal Democratic tendency—to borrow and owe money is healthier for us.” Most big corporations borrow, and they make progress with the money. When the U.S. borrows money, Hammerstein said, he felt “the people in the lower income bracket get the most out of it. But I’m no economist—this is merely a guess.”

We’re all guessing, and working on instinct and experience.

Moral modesty and candor are good to see.

In our public figures, especially our political ones, they are hard to find. I offer Hammerstein’s old words as an example—a prompter—of what they sound like.

A radiant Easter, a beautiful Passover to my radiant and beautiful readers.



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