Backbone

Congress: Republicans are headed towards losing their nerve against President Obama on amnesty by passing a “clean” homeland security bill. If they do, many 2016 voters will consider it a dirty betrayal.

The Homeland Security/immigration amnesty showdown is, in the words of the Washington Post, “a fractious and politically harmful family feud” among Senate and House Republicans now enjoying a majority in both congressional chambers.

Republicans’ ability to govern in united fashion is at stake, the dominant media, and the liberal Democratic politicians they cater to, tell us.

But this is really about something much bigger: maintaining GOP nerve, especially considering Republicans’ 2014 campaign promises to stand up against Obama and top Senate Democrat Harry Reid.

If the party lets itself lose this battle, Democrats will repeat their Senate filibuster strategy over and over again this year and next.

As a GOP Senate aide earlier this month told National Review’s Joel Gehrke: “If the Democrats, as a minority in the Senate, can not only tell the majority what bills they can bring up and whether or not they can or can’t have amendments, but also feel like they have the power to tell the House what bills they have to pass, it’s going to be like this on every single issue.”

In this particular case, the public should view the White House and Senate Democrats, not Republicans, as sacrificing homeland security on the altar of politics.

The department’s funding officially expires at midnight Friday. But a DHS “shutdown,” in fact, will have no real negative effects on the safety of the nation since 85% of its employees are “essential,” exempt from furloughs. TSA workers will still grope airline passengers during such a “shutdown,” just as before.

So the “shutdown” is a bully scare tactic that the Republicans should call the Democrats bluff on, but the Senate doesn’t have the backbone for it.

Moreover, as House Speaker John Boehner pointed out to reporters on Thursday, “we passed a bill to fund the department six weeks ago — six weeks ago!”

As Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, correctly recalled regarding the last DHS shutdown, “I don’t remember anybody noticing.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, this week strongly opposed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “clean” DHS bill, with separate anti-executive amnesty legislation later. “Congress is obliged to use every constitutional check and balance we have to rein in President Obama’s lawlessness, and that includes … the power of the purse,” he said.

Many Republican senators have six or four years to go before worrying about re-election; with a two-year term, GOP House members don’t have that luxury.

If the Stupid Party wants to get smart and make next year one of victory in the executive and legislative branches — instead of going home to angry “town hell” meetings with base voters — it will stand strong now. (IBD)

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Barbarians at The Gate

President Obama warned workers at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: implement executive amnesty, or else. He made the comments in a town hall event on immigration on MSNBC.

I AM KING AND YOU WILL DO AS I SAY! OR ELSE!

According to the White House pool report, President Obama was asked for reassurance that people wouldn’t be deported as the legal battle over the executive amnesty plays out in the courts.

“Until we pass a law through Congress (when all these illegals vote for Democrats and vote out the racist Republicans), the executive actions we’ve taken are not going to be permanent; they are temporary. There are going to be some jurisdictions and there may be individual ICE official or Border Control agent not paying attention to our new directives. But they’re going to be answerable to the head of Homeland Security because he’s been very clear about what our priorities will be,” Obama said, according to a partial transcript provided by the pool reporter.

“Not only are we going to have to win this legal fight.. but ultimately we’re still going to pass a law through Congress. The bottom line is I’m using all the legal power invested in me in order to solve this problem.”

“Solve the problem”= Agenda fulfillment.

“If somebody’s working for ICE … and they don’t follow the policy, there’s going to be consequences to it.”

OFF WITH THEIR HEADS! :)  FOR I AM KING AM I NOT!?

Illegal immigrants who are able to obtain Social Security Numbers and work permits as a result of President Obama’s executive amnesty could claim tens of thousands of dollars in back tax benefits, a new Congressional Research Service memo obtained first by Breitbart News reveals.

The report comes following the Internal Revenue Service’s confirmation that once illegal immigrants are granted Social Security Numbers — as a result of Obama’s executive actions — they will be able to file back tax returns and obtain up to four years of tax benefits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).

The new CRS report — dated Wednesday and requested to gauge the tax benefits an amnesty beneficiary could potentially accrue — looks at the amount of EITC and CTC for a hypothetical family from from 2011-2014.

“Specifically, you were interested in the value of these credits for a married couple with three and four children,” the memo details. “In addition, you requested that for every year, the family’s income be equal to the maximum amount of earnings a taxpayer could have and still receive the maximum amount of the EITC. This income level is often referred to as the ‘phase-out threshold amount’ and is adjusted annually for inflation.”

CRS calculated the maximum level of tax credits available to hypothetical families with three and four children. It found that for a family with three children in the four years from 2011-2014 “phase-out threshold amount” would be able to obtain $35,521 in the EITC and CTC.

A family of four in that same four year time frame and circumstance could obtain $35,560.

In those years considered, the “phase-out threshold amount” for both hypothetical families was $21,770 in 2011, $22,300 in 2012, $22,870 in 2013, and $23,260 in 2014.

Both hypothetical families were also able to amass around $9,000 worth of the EITC and CTC annually in the years CRS considered.

The report comes as lawmakers have expressed distress that amnestied illegal immigrants could be potentially rewarded for illegal work and as Congress debates a Department of Homeland Security funding bill that would block Obama’s executive amnesty.

But that’s their prize for voting for Democrats in the future!

Earlier this month Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) pressed the administration on the tax benefits amnestied illegal immigrants could accrue, calling the expected refunds “amnesty bonuses.”

“This is basic economics: if you want more of something, you subsidize it. By subsidizing illegal entry with four years’ worth of new tax credits, the IRS would promote lawlessness,” Sasse said in a statement at the time. “This program severely undermines the White House’s lip-service to enforcing the law and would increase the burden on law-abiding taxpayers.” (He’s enforcing his Agenda, not the Law)

So the Barbarians are not only at the gate but the Romans are inviting them  and giving them 30 pieces of gold. Meanwhile, the Republicans are abandoning their post!

The Democrat Zombie Apocalypse is upon us.

Michael Ramirez Cartoon
Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

 

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The Cave-in

AS predicted some time ago, the Republicans who refused to deal with the unconstitutional Executive Amnesty before the election, after the election and now after the seating of the new Congress are going to cave YET AGAIN to the schoolyard bullies that are The Democrats.

The Democrats knew the Republicans have no balls.

So are the Republican worth even having in Washington DC if they have a majority in both Houses and they still cave-in to the Democrats every time the word “shutdown” comes up ?? Even if it’s “unconstitutional” the Republican won’t stand their ground.

Well, when the Democrats get 5 million newly minted Welfare Democrats and use them to destroy the Republican Party for good, I guess we’ll have our answer. :(

Shall we coronate Queen Hillary The First now?

With the Homeland Security Department set to shut down on Saturday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday offered Senate Democrats everything they wanted. And then, as with mice and cookies, they asked for some more.

McConnell told reporters Tuesday that after two months of begging, he would finally agree to give Democrats a clean vote to fund DHS through the end of the fiscal year. The funding, based on an agreement between Democratic and Republican appropriators last year, would come with no strings attached.

“I’ve indicated to the Democratic leader that I’d be happy to have his cooperation to advance the consideration of a clean DHS bill which would carry us through till September 30th,” McConnell said to press Tuesday.

Then, he would hold a vote Friday to defund President Obama’s executive action on immigration, as a consolation prize for conservatives in the House and Senate who have pushed to tie the two issues together. That sequence would keep DHS open and could earn enough Democratic votes to pass the separate measure defunding the president’s executive action. Already Sens. Claire McCaskill and Joe Manchin have said they will vote to move forward the immigration bill; although McCaskill said that the DHS funding must come first and hasn’t made a decision on whether she’ll vote for the underlying immigration measure.

 

But when Democrats heard the news, they were not impressed. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said that he had a positive meeting with McConnell on Tuesday, but then asked for more: House Speaker John Boehner’s guarantee that the clean DHS funding bill could pass the House.

That’s a tall order for Boehner, who will meet with his conference to discuss their options on Wednesday. It’s likely that a clean DHS funding bill will earn the vast majority of Democratic votes in the House, but with conservatives riled up about the immigration measure, it will be a much harder sell in Boehner’s own conference.

McConnell told reporters Tuesday, “I do not know what the House will do.”

McConnell spokesman Don Stewart would not say whether McConnell had told Boehner about his new strategy before making the announcement Monday night, although he acknowledged that the two leaders speak often.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said McConnell announced the decision at a conference luncheon Tuesday, but that the announcement had drawn ire from more-conservative members who believe McConnell was giving in to Democratic demands without holding the president accountable. Multiple Republicans in the meeting said there was still broad disagreement as to whether a caving to Democrats demands for a clean funding bill was the best course forward.

“Most of us feel like the courts gave us a major victory,” Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said outlining the rationale for McConnell to offer a clean DHS bill now after weeks of not backing down. “Sometimes it makes a lot of sense to bank victories and move ahead.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who has been a major advocate of tying DHS funding to blocking Obama’s actions, says he thinks leadership should stick with the original plan.

“I think it is a big deal of huge, historic importance,” Sessions says.” I will be glad to consider what our leaders have talked about, but I remain firmly convinced that at this point Congress should put the heat where it belongs, and that is on the president.”

Outside conservatives, who have been known to influence Boehner’s ability to get his conference to “yes” have already said they are opposed to stand alone DHS funding bill. Senate Conservatives Fund tweeted Tuesday, “Senate GOP leaders surrender again … plan to fund Obama’s amnesty for the rest of the fiscal year.”

The influence, especially of a group such as Heritage Action for America, which announced it will key vote a “no” on a clean DHS funding vote, could still derail any DHS deal. “As the majority leader said last year, the power of the purse is the ‘only tool’ Congress has to rein in executive overreach,” Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham said in a statement.

“I think it is clear that the House has not agreed on a strategy yet,” Flake told reporters.

For Democrats, the only way to pass a DHS bill is without amendments defunding Obama’s unilateral actions. “Separation’s important,” Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin said after the press conference, “and the order if it’s going to be accomplished before the deadline really requires us to move to the funding bill first.”

“If this is a clean funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, it’s going to have a lot of Democratic support,” Durbin added.

The deal appeared to still be very delicate Tuesday afternoon, however, when a senior GOP House aide accused Democrats of demanding too much.

“Apparently inspired by President Obama’s own overreach, Senator Reid is now shamelessly threatening to filibuster a ‘clean’ Homeland Security funding bill,” the aide said. “The American people are watching, and there will be consequences for Senate Democrats’ hypocrisy and irresponsibility.”

Democrats will need to agree to McConnell’s new plan for the DHS funding bill to move forward. The minority—or at least six of its members—will have to agree to allow the Senate to take up the House-passed DHS bill, which Democrats have already voted down four times. The House bill currently includes several amendments defunding Obama’s executive actions on immigration from the past three years, but McConnell has promised that he would move to remove them once Democrats agree to get on the bill.

If Democrats continue to filibuster the funding bill, McConnell said Tuesday he would bring up the immigration measure from Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Friday anyway.

Welcome, to the end of America.

 

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The Party of No

Remember when “partisan” filibustering was a bad thing?

The Democrats don’t. :)

Damn those evil Republicans! :)

Senate Democrats blocked legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the fifth time on Monday, leaving just four days before DHS funding expires, and with no apparent way forward to break the deadlock.

Republicans have insisted that the Senate should take up the House-passed bill for weeks, but Democrats have refused because they oppose language that would defund President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.

3 Guess (and the first 3 don’t count) as to who will be “blamed” for the “shutdown” because they were unreasonable and unwilling to compromise?

Hint: It won’t be the one’s filibustering– The Democrats.

Then the Republicans will cave and everything will be back to normal and the Democrats will get their 5 million new Welfare Democrat voters and the President will truly become a King when an unconstitutional act is crowned.

And the Liberal Media will lead the charge.

Democrats have insisted that it’s really the Republicans who are blocking DHS funding, by not putting up a “clean” DHS bill that Democrats can support. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) repeated this argument today after McConnell spoke.

So how many times have you heard this “clean bill” canard??

“I’m very disappointed… at the political ploy used by the congressional Republican leadership to force a shutdown of Homeland Security,” Reid said.

On Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson declared flatly that “Democrats are not blocking debate.”

But in terms of what is physically happening on the Senate floor, it’s clearly the Democrats who are preventing the Senate from taking up the House-passed DHS bill. The Democratic opposition could reflect their belief that they wouldn’t be able to amend the bill to strip out the immigration defunding language.

The Justice Department argued Monday that by stopping the Obama administration from conferring benefits to illegal immigrants, a federal court is actually making it harder for the administration to enforce U.S. immigration laws.

Democrats appeared to find a new argument over the weekend, when Johnson said there have been terrorist threats against American malls. That report prompted some Senate Democrats to say it’s foolish to fight over DHS funding at a time when the country faces a real terror threat.

So it’s the Republicans fault that they want to open America up to a terrorist attack from people that the Democrat won’t even recognize exist- Islamic Terrorists!

The Bully tactic…The Fear Tactic…The same old tactic.

And who believes that the Republicans have the balls to stand their ground in the face of a Democrat Media onslaught?

:)

Republicans have used the dispute to argue that in the old days, the Senate would routinely pick up House bills, change them, and force a House-Senate discussion about how to agree on a final version.

But that’s not how it works for the Democrats anymore, in case you hadn’t noticed over the past decade or so.

The Democrats want something, you give it to them without hesitation, deviation or modification of any kind whatsoever and you do gladly and with love in in your heart for their magnificence and generosity or else you’re evil and must be destroyed utterly for the good of all Americans and completely defeated you heartless, mindless piece of satanic garbage!

After all, it’s the Republicans who are the “Party of NO”. :)

That’s it. End of story.

 

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Protecting the Homeland

As the Democrats stall the DHS funding so they can blame the Republicans for yet another “shutdown”, let’s see who they are protecting us from. It not “islamic Terrorists” because they don’t exist according to the Obama Administration. And they sure as hell don’t protect us from Illegal Aliens. So who is it…

The Welsh. :)

Rising star Kizzy Crawford has revealed how her dream trip to America turned into a nightmare after being refused entry to the US.

Rising star Kizzy Crawford has revealed how her dream trip to America turned into a nightmare after being refused entry to the US

Just fly to Mexico and sneak across the border, then Obama will give you a US driver’s License, Social Security Card and Welfare. Such a better plan.

After all, they aren’t White, so they can’t be of the devil :)

Kizzy Crawford on the plane flying from Heathrow to Toronto

Singer Kizzy Crawford has revealed how her dream trip to America turned into a nightmare after being refused entry to the US – just 24 hours after being allowed in to perform at a festival.

Well, Obama is into crushing dreams (just not DREAMers), especially American Dreams. And being capricious, bureaucratic, and callous is also par for the course (golf course that is!).

The 18-year-old rising star was looking forward to playing in the US for the very first time at the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City.

She was due to appear alongside fellow Welsh performers Lowri Evans, Chris Jones, and Gwyneth Glyn at a showcase event organised by Trac Cymru – the folk development organisation for Wales.

Kizzy Crawford and Aeddan Williams were all smiles after arriving at Toronto Airport

Flying from Heathrow to Toronto with her tour manager Gemma Conde and double bass player Aeddan Williams, she was in good spirits despite a 3am departure time.

On arrival at Toronto she was allowed through US immigration and was due to board a connecting flight to Kansas City.

But her flight was cancelled and, after staying overnight at a hotel in the Canadian city, she returned to the airport the following morning only to be refused entry to the US by customs officials – despite being cleared the day before.

“When we got to Toronto our flight got cancelled but we only found out after we had passed through US customs,” said Kizzy.

“Up until then everything was fine and we thought we were getting to Kansas that evening.

“Air Canada put us up in a hotel overnight and said we would be able to get on the next flight in the morning.

“We stayed in the hotel in Toronto and got up really early the next day to get our flight. Then when we attempted to pass through US customs I got pulled aside.”

Little did the singer from Merthyr realise that things were about to go from bad to worse.

“Gemma and Aeddan were allowed through but I was asked a few questions which I didn’t know the answer to because my manager had sorted it all out beforehand.

“I was stuttering and wasn’t sure how to answer so I got pulled aside and taken through to an area called secondary questioning.”

Not knowing where she was or what she had done, the singer said she panicked because she was scared of what was going to happen.

“I didn’t know why I was being taken for questioning. I didn’t know where I was. I remember sitting there waiting for quite a long time being worried about where Aeddan and Gemma were.

“I was there for so long I started panicking. Then I started crying. They then took me through to another room. I had no idea why and in the end they said they weren’t going to let me through and I had to go back into the airport and that was it. I wasn’t going to get on a flight to Kansas.”

Well, Kansas is a “red state” and an Enemy of The State, after all. :)

After being reunited with her tour manager and double bass player phone calls were made to Kizzy’s manager Rhiannon Morgan-Bell and the UK Consulate in the city who confirmed that there was no issue with visas and everything was in order.

Yet after trying for a third time to pass through US customs both Kizzy and Aeddan were this time denied entry – despite using visa waivers which allowed them to perform in America without being paid, which was agreed before they left the UK.

Despite attempts to find out why they had been denied entry, no answers were given to the pair and both are now on the United States immigration system as being denied access to the US.

“We were treated like criminals,” said Aeddan. “I was cornered by three unpleasant US customs officials who were very threatening.

“When we were taken through to secondary questioning they started asking us ridiculous questions like who sponsors the event we would be playing at. I said: ‘Listen I’m just the bass player – I’ve been told I’m going to be playing in Kansas. Everything has been sorted for us’.”

In response Kizzy’s manager Ms Morgan-Bell attacked US customs for their heavy-handed approach and criticised the way they treated the singer.

“The fact they let Kizzy through the day before just makes a mockery of the whole system,” she said. “We’ve got several people trying to deal with this situation including MP Kevin Brennan, the Musician’s Union, and the US Embassy so I’m hoping we’ll get an apology and they’ll withdraw her refusal, which they should do because it’s completely unreasonable.

“They were using a visa waiver which would allow them to perform in the US without being paid.

“There’s no explanation for any of it. They tried to say that it was because she should have had a proper visa but we all know that’s not the case especially because they allowed her tour manager and double bass player through with the same paperwork.

“They also suggested that her reaction to their interrogation was unreasonable but I’m pretty sure any of us would be frightened and emotional if we were alone in a foreign country and armed officers were aggressively questioning us. It’s very disappointing.”

Kevin Brennan, the Cardiff West MP who is chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Folk Arts Group, expressed his dismay at the young musician’s treatment.

He said: “I was very disappointed to hear about what happened to Kizzy on the US border.

“Kizzy is one of the Wales’ most talented performers. I will be contacting the US Embassy for an explanation to make sure this doesn’t happen again and doesn’t affect other Welsh musicians from visiting America in the future.”

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services did not respond to our calls.

Well, the government won’t respond about the truth in Benghazi, or on the Border, Maybe it was a You Tube Video, after all? :)

I guess it was the wrong day to quit being of Caribbean descent and Welsh! :)

Good Job guys, you let in 10’s of thousands of illegal aliens but you kept us safe from a Welsh teenager and her bass player!!

 

 

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The Food Police 2015

The federal committee responsible for nutrition guidelines is calling for the adoption of “plant-based” diets, taxes on dessert, trained obesity “interventionists” at worksites, and electronic monitoring of how long Americans sit in front of the television.

You’re fat, you’re lazy, and you eat too much and watch too much TV you fat slob so we are going to control you for your own good– signed Big Brother.

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) released its far-reaching 571-page report of recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Thursday, which detailed its plans to “transform the food system.”

Just like Obama wants to “transform America”. :)

The report is open for public comment for 45 days, and will be used as the basis by the government agencies to develop the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The guidelines are used as the basis for government food assistance programs, nutrition education efforts, and for making “decisions about national health objectives.”

DGAC proposed a variety of solutions to address obesity, and its promotion of what it calls the “culture of health.”

We all become involuntary Vegans. The Vegan Police will see you now.

“The persistent high levels of overweight and obesity require urgent population- and individual-level strategies across multiple settings, including health care, communities, schools, worksites, and families,” they said.

Complete and total Government control of what you fat slobs eat.

In response, DGAC called for diet and weight management interventions by “trained interventionists” in healthcare settings, community locations, and worksites.

Vegan Activists.

“Government at local, state, and national levels, the health care system, schools, worksites, community organizations, businesses, and the food industry all have critical roles in developing creative and effective solutions,” they said.

Government doesn’t create “creative solutions” just bureaucratic hammers to your nuts.

DGAC also called for policy interventions to “reduce unhealthy options,” limit access to high calorie foods in public buildings, “limit the exposure” of advertisements for junk food, a soda tax, and taxing high sugar and salt items and dessert.

Translation: Ban anything the Government deems “unhealthy”. Liberals can’t think “creatively”.

“Align nutritional and agricultural policies with Dietary Guidelines recommendations and make broad policy changes to transform the food system so as to promote population health, including the use of economic and taxing policies to encourage the production and consumption of healthy foods and to reduce unhealthy foods,” its report read.

Make it so you can’t afford to eat anything but Vegan food. Which will hurt millions of jobs, but who cares, the end justifies the means and they “mean well”. :)

“For example, earmark tax revenues from sugar-sweetened beverages, snack foods and desserts high in calories, added sugars, or sodium, and other less healthy foods for nutrition education initiatives and obesity prevention programs.”

Just like the tax increases in Phoenix were to go hiring more cops, and we have a cop shortage of 500 cops because the city keeps laying them off due to “budget cuts”. :)

The amount of sedentary time Americans spend in front of computers and TV sets is also a concern to the federal panel.

They recommended “coaching or counseling sessions,” “peer-based social support,” and “electronic tracking and monitoring of the use of screen-based technologies” as a way to limit screen time.

So we need Orwellian Telescreens and “net neutrality” to take them over and make Big Brother the monitor of your lifestyle 24/7/365.

The Federal Dept of Fat Ass Counseling.

It’s for your own good. :)

The screen-time recommendations came from The Community Guide, a group affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reviewed studies that used an “electronic monitoring device to limit screen time” of teenagers.

Well, if that doesn’t get them to understand the problem of Big Government Control, what will.

As expected, the committee recommended that Americans move toward “plant-based” diets, after months of discussions in meetings regarding environmentalism and food policy.

Translation: Vegan

DGAC said its recommendations to eat less meat are intended to “maximize environmental sustainability” out of concerns for climate change.

Oh, of course the Global Warming Control Freaks are in on this one! Humans are evil.

“The major findings regarding sustainable diets were that a diet higher in plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and lower in calories and animal-based foods is more health promoting and is associated with less environmental impact than is the current U.S. diet,” DGAC said.

While true, the government running it like a Vegan Big Brother is not the way. It is for Control Freak “do-Gooder” Liberals because the Nanny State is their comfort zone.

DGAC recommended Mediterranean-style and vegetarian diets as the best options. Vegan, lacto-ovo vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian, and Mediterranean diets are the most environmentally friendly, with the least greenhouse gas emissions, it said.

“All of these dietary patterns are aligned with lower environmental impacts and provide options that can be adopted by the U.S. population,” the report said. “Current evidence shows that the average U.S. diet has a larger environmental impact in terms of increased greenhouse gas emissions, land use, water use, and energy use, compared to the above dietary patterns. This is because the current U.S. population intake of animal-based foods is higher and plant-based foods are lower, than proposed in these three dietary patterns.”

97% of science have a “consensus” :)

The report added, “no food groups need to be eliminated completely to improve sustainability outcomes over the current status.”

Yet.

The committee also said that “altering individual and population dietary choices and patterns” would be necessary to meet its sustainability goals, as well as policy changes.

So government force will have to be applied.

“New well-coordinated policies that include, but are not limited to, agriculture, economics, transportation, energy, water use, and dietary guidance need to be developed,” DGAC said. “Behaviors of all participants in the food system are central to creating and supporting sustainable diets.”

And you are just a cog in that “food system” so you better shape up or else Big Brother is going to pound you into shape fatso!

The report did drop its recommendation to limit cholesterol intake to no more than 300 milligrams per day, after warning of its dangers for nearly 40 years. The panel also signed off on three to five cups of coffee a day, saying moderate caffeine consumption can reduce the risks of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

DGAC concluded that in order to achieve its goal of a population-wide “culture of health,” personal health must become a “human right.”

OH GOD! NOT ANOTHER HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN!! WE’RE ALL DOOMED!

“In such a culture, preventing diet- and physical activity-related diseases and health problems would be much more highly valued, the resources and services needed to achieve and maintain health would become a realized human right across all population strata, the needs and preferences of the individual would be seriously considered, and individuals and their families/households would be actively engaged in promoting their personal health and managing their preventive health services and activities,” they said.

WE ARE FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU!

Whether you want it or not, you vill comply with all rules and regulations!

It’s for your own good because you cannot be trusted to do it on your own.

Hail Big Brother, savior of the Human Race! :)

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We Will Overcome

The Agenda is The Agenda and let no man tear asunder that which King Obama proclaims. He is the ultimate authority and his word is Law. Whatever he wants done will be done, regardless. The end justifies the means.

The Obama administration will seek an emergency court order to move forward with President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

Officials at the Department of Justice (DOJ) plan to seek what is known as an emergency stay that would essentially undo a Texas-based federal judge’s injunction from earlier this week. If the stay is granted, the government could restart a pair of executive programs that will shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said DOJ will file for the stay by “Monday at the latest.”

The emergency stay had been sought by immigrant rights advocates, who want to get the programs up and running as soon as possible while the appeals process plays out.

“We — as immigrants and as Americans — have waited for nearly a quarter century for these much-needed improvements to our broken immigration system,” Marielena Hincapié, head of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), said Friday in a statement. “We should not allow a flawed legal decision to delay these changes any longer.”

Making good on earlier vows, DOJ will also file a separate appeal seeking to restart the executive programs.

“We will seek that appeal because we believe when you evaluate the legal merits of the arguments, that there is a solid legal foundation for the president to take the steps he announced last year to help reform our immigration system,” Earnest said.

AG Holder:“I think that we have to look at this decision for what it is,” Holder said at a National Press Club luncheon. “It is a decision by one federal district court judge.”

Meaningless pain in the ass! A thorn in our side that will be quickly destroyed.

We Vill Not Be DENIED! WE VILL BE VICTORIOUS! WE ARE ALL POWERFUL! CRUSH THE LESSER…

Welcome to the new 3 branches of Obama Government : Me, Myself and I.

We do things the Chicago Way, we always get what we want, by hook or by crook.

Now that’s democracy in action… :)

 

 

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Delicious Irony

This may not be as juicy as Illegal Immigration but when I found out about it yesterday when I watched this week’s episode of “Mystery Diners” on the Food Network I just had the best cynical laugh in an long time.

This dates back to when the State of Arizona was slapped around as being “racist” when then-Gov Brewer and the state decided to enforce Federal Immigration Laws themselves since the Feds were largely ignoring them.

The State was slapped with the Federal Supremacy Clause saying only the Federal Government could enforce this and if they didn’t want to, tough shit bucko.

So now we turn to foie gras. An elite French dish involving goose and duck livers. It’s a high class dish.

The State of California banned it from being served in 2012 because of sanctimony and animal activists. So serving this dish was illegal.

The owner of the restaurant in the episode served it in his restaurant secretly. But in the end credits it was mentioned that the ban was lifted.

Apparently that just happened last month and the State is appealing it.

But here’s the punchline: The State’s ban was overturned by a Federal Judge because it violated Federal Supremacy! Namely, The Dept. of Agriculture’s own poultry guidlines.

I laughed really hard when the State and all their sanctimonious activists were hoist on their own Federal petard.

The Feds stepped in and said, nope sorry, you can’t do that because only we can do that.

I hope they ultimately lose.

You play with Government fire, you too could get burned!

The judge, Stephen V. Wilson of United States District Court, ruled the ban unconstitutional, saying it attempted to override existing federal law regulating poultry products.

Naturally, the sanctimonious are not pleased: Ingrid E. Newkirk, the president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said in an email. “A line will be drawn in the sand outside any restaurant that goes back to serving this torture in a tin.”

Sorry, FEDERAL SUPREMACY CLAUSE! too bad, so sad, F*ck you!

If the Feds want to ignore your outrage they can do so and all you can do is suck it! :)

Oh, cynical and petty joy to the world!

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Fly and be Free

A woman holds a sign that says in Spanish, "without fear I am America," during a rally in support of President Barack Obama's plan to protect more than 4 million people living illegally in the U.S. from deportation Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in San Diego. Immigrants expressed disappointment Tuesday after a federal judge put a hold on the president's plan, but many said they haven't lost hope. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

U.S. officials have little idea whether some illegal immigrants commit crimes or flee from authorities after being set free by law enforcement, a new report has found.

Like they care, really. Illegals are more important politically to The Left than actual Americans are.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, uses a process called the Intensive Supervision Appearance Program for some illegal immigrants as an alternative to detention. Immigrants are released with an expectation that they will return for their court appearances, and they are closely monitored by immigration officials.

Expectation, yeah right. Wink Wink Nudge Nudge Say no More…

Only officials haven’t always been keeping track of the participants, said a report released this week by the Homeland Security Department’s internal watchdog, the Inspector General. That makes it difficult to know if the program is working.

The Left doesn’t care. It’s working for their Agenda, that’s all that actually matters. Everything else is just window dressing.

“ICE cannot definitively determine whether the Intensive Supervision Appearance Program has reduced the rate at which aliens, who were once in the program but who are no longer participating, have absconded or been arrested for criminal acts,” the IG’s report said.

As if they cared…

On top of that, the agency’s procedures are “not effective in determining which aliens to release or under what conditions,” investigators said.

The Procedure is: They come here illegally, they Left plays at being “tough” and then let’s them go with a wink and a nod. And if you’re extra special they’ll give you your own ID, SSI, and free pass, get out of being Illegal Free Race Card and you don’t have to pass go but you do collect thousands of dollars in handouts and freebies.

Among the problems, immigration officials asked illegal immigrants if they had a medical condition that could affect their attention or release. But some officers relied simply on the immigrant’s answers without conducting a medical evaluation, the report said.

ObamaCare!

ICE officials agreed with all of the investigator’s recommendations, and said they are working to update their record keeping and clarify their decisions about inmate release.

“ICE will continue to assess existing data and data collection methods with a view to more specifically identifying the challenges that need to be overcome,” said a response by the agency.

Translation: Stall, look like you’re doing something but really you’re not supposed to do squat.

The process for evaluating the risks of releasing illegal immigrants was changed and updated in January 2014, and a further update is expected for July that would “allow for more efficient processing,” officials said.

To making them good, loyal, Welfare Democrats!

Agency leaders have ordered field offices to re-arrest any illegal immigrant who’s committed a crime or tried to run, but investigators said there isn’t enough money to buy beds for all the offenders.

So, too bad, you lose. Not that we really care. It’s collateral damage for accomplishing The Agenda.

Indeed, the program was started because ICE didn’t have the capability to detain all the people it was tasked with tracking. There are nearly 2 million illegal immigrants currently in the process of being removed from the U.S., the IG said, but only 34,000 detention beds available.

So instead, the agency’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations decided to release some immigrants on their own recognizance before their trial, so long as most wore an ankle monitor with GPS tracking.

The rate at which immigrants committed a crime or tried to run while being monitored averaged out to about 12 percent each year between 2010 and 2012, the agency said.

But in 2012, ICE changed the way it operates the system, including stopping the monitored release of immigrants deemed a high flight risk, or the release of criminals who’s home countries would not take them back.

Record keeping, however, did not keep up with the changes, so law enforcement officials have little info on what parts of the program are working and which aren’t, the IG said.

“Fly! Be free!” to quote another alien, Mork From Ork. :)

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ISIS: The Jobs Solution

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

“We can not win this war by killing them. We can not kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium and longer term to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, whether it is lack of opportunity for jobs-” Maria Harf, State Dept. Spokesman on the “root causes” of ISIS.

ON MSDNC is front of Chris “Tingle up my leg” Matthews!

It’s not religious jihad, it’s “economic inequality” and “lack of jobs” that have ISIS beheading, killing and burning people alive!

Wow! that’s a new level of ideological willful blindness not seen by mankind before.

Mr. Matthews then cut her off and said: “We’re not going to be able to stop that in our lifetime or 50 lifetimes. There’s always going to be poor people. There’s always going to be poor Muslims, and as long as there are poor Muslims, the trumpet’s blowing and they’ll join. We can’t stop that, can we?”

Ms. Harf dug in and insisted improving the economic opportunities for the terrorist group is the key to turning back their terror, The Right Scoop reported.

“We can work with countries around the world to help improve their governance,” she said. “We can help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people.”

The move prompted a day of widespread ridicule on social media, with #JobsForISIS becoming one of the top 10 trending topics on U.S. Twitter for much of the morning and afternoon.

Ridicule is too nice for this leave of idiocy.

For her part, Ms. Harf used Twitter to double down on her claims Tuesday, noting in a series of tweets that Republican lawmakers and military officials had made what she called similar statements.

(here come the out-of-context whacko bit as justification for the insane, “well, Georgey did it too… But he didn’t really)

“Military ldrs have long said [counterterrorism] takes more than military action. Adm Mullen in 08: ‘We can’t kill our way to victory.’ And let’s not forget George W Bush’s comments on [Countering Violent Extremism]: ‘We fight against poverty because hope is an answer to terror.’ GWB: We will challenge the poverty & hopelessness & lack of education & failed govts that too often allow conditions terrorists can seize,” she wrote over several tweets.

You know a liberal is desperate when there DEFENSE is using GW Bush, the Great Satan!

“1 more (of countless others): Colin Powell on fighting terrorism not just w/military means but by combatting poverty. Point is that pols across spectrum, military cmdrs, & CT experts all agree strategy needs to address conditions that allow extremism to grow,” she concluded.

Wow, that’s not just bathing in the Kool-Aid, that a complete transfusion! It’s almost Alzheimer’s like it it’s complete lack of understanding of reality.

Why, if Czechoslovakia, Poland, France, Britain, etc., has just created jobs for Nazi Germany, Hitler wouldn’t have invaded, would he?

And who would have expected Napoleon to romp around Europe if Austria, Prussia, the small German and Italian states, Russia, Egypt, etc., had only given him foreign aid and minimum wage jobs?

Poor Tojo, just trying to lower unemployment around Asia with his Japanese Army job expansion program. And his fleets? Just looking for work around Pearl Harbor, Wake Island, Midway, etc. Couldn’t we have shown just a little more compassion on 8 December 1941?

The Crusades (that the Liberals have been using lately) wouldn’t have happened if there had just been a jobs program and an addressing of “income inequality” with King Richard.

SHEAR GENIUS! :)

Harf’s a genius — no Crusades, Napoleonic Wars, no WW II, and now, no ISIS — if we can get them some good jobs, and job training. Wow, let’s throw in free health care for ISIS while we are at it!

Everything will come up Unicorns and kittens and the Liberals can get back to micromanagement control every aspect of your life from before birth to after death in their most “compassionate” and “sensitive” way. :)

Yeah, that’s the ticket!

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Sowell of Insanity

Who says President Obama doesn’t promote bipartisanship? His complicity in Iran’s moving toward nuclear bombs has alarmed some top Senate Democrats enough to get them to join Republicans in opposition to the Obama administration’s potentially suicidal foreign policy.

Before the current measles outbreak, measles was once almost wiped out in the U.S. But an article in a medical journal more than a decade ago had many parents afraid to have their children vaccinated, for fear that the vaccine causes autism. After scientific studies refuted that claim, the medical journal repudiated the article, and the doctor who wrote it had his license revoked.

If not a single policeman killed a single black individual anywhere in the U.S. for this entire year, that would not reduce the number of black homicide victims by 1%. When the mobs of protesters declare “Black lives matter,” does that mean ALL black lives matter — or only the less than 1% of black lives lost in conflicts with police?

In politics, never assume that because something is insane, it will not be done. The Holocaust was as insane as it was a moral horror. But it was done. Even after the tide of war turned against Germany and it faced invasion and devastation, Hitler continued to pour scarce resources into the mass killing of people who were no threat.

When someone tries to lay a guilt trip on you for being successful, remember that your guilt is some politician’s license to take what you worked for and give it to someone else who is more likely to vote for the politician who plays Santa Claus with your money.

So long as public schools are treated as places that exist to provide guaranteed jobs to members of the teachers’ unions, do not be surprised to see American students continuing to score lower on international tests than students in countries that spend a lot less per pupil than we do.

The Union is more important than the students by far.

Would you go to a funeral if you knew that your presence would be unwelcome and would just add to the pain of the mourners? Probably not. But New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio went to both funerals for the two New York City policemen recently murdered — and gave speeches. That epitomized what a truly despicable human being he is, even by the low standards of politicians.

Somewhere, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes says that the purpose of an education should be to produce a mind that cannot be humbugged. But today our educational system, from kindergarten to the universities, is engaged in the mass production of fashionable humbug — propaganda rather than education.

A Mind is a terrible thing to waste, they used to say. Now, wasting it on Liberal “outrage” and “social justice” and “fairness” is all the rage.

Some people see discrimination when schools punish black students more often than white students. But schools punish white students more often than Asian students. Lenders turn down black applicants for loans more often than white applicants — but they turn down whites more often than Asians. Most statistics on such things omit Asians, rather than spoil a politically correct story.

President Obama may have gained something politically or ideologically by recognizing Cuba, but just what did the U.S. gain? Like so much that has been done by this administration, the diplomatic recognition of Cuba demonstrates how safe it is to be our enemy, while our policies toward Ukraine and Israel demonstrate how risky it is to be our ally.

Despite radical feminist organizations’ frequent bursts of outrage, these same radical feminists’ response to the mass capture of school girls by Islamic terrorists in Nigeria, and turning those girls into sex slaves, has been strangely muted. Is this because there is no political mileage or lawsuit settlements to be achieved by expressing outrage at such unconscionable raw savagery in Nigeria?

Or in Arab countries. :)

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Know your Warmest

In order to cut off debate, believers of the global warming hypothesis disparage those who are skeptical of it by comparing them to people who say the Holocaust never happened, calling them “deniers.” Some, like Secretary of State Kerry, say skeptics are like members of the “flat earth society.” But, a study by Yale Professor Dan Kahan to be published in Advances in Political Psychology reports that skeptics score slightly better in a quiz about climate science than believers.

As reported by FoxNews.com 2,000 respondents were asked “nine questions about where they thought scientists stand on climate science.”

On average, skeptics got about 4.5 questions correct, whereas manmade warming believers got about 4 questions right.

One question, for instance, asked if scientists believe that warming would “increase the risk of skin cancer.” Skeptics were more likely than believers to know that is false.

Skeptics were also more likely to correctly say that if the North Pole icecap melted, global sea levels would not rise. One can test this with a glass of water and an ice cube – the water level will not change after the ice melts. Antarctic ice melting, however, would increase sea levels because much of it rests on land.

Antarctic ice should not be a problem, at least in the near term. A study released in January 2015 reported that the South Pole’s sea ice extent has been growing since 1979, while other research says Antarctic temperatures haven’t increased during the same period.

Liberals were more likely to correctly answer questions like: “What gas do most scientists believe causes temperatures to rise?” The correct answer is carbon dioxide.

The believers who answered the above correctly are refusing to acknowledge that, 12,750 years ago, the Earth’s average temperature was about the same as it is today – but, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere at the time was higher than current levels. They are also ignoring the fact that, during some of the Earth’s ice ages, the CO2 levels were 5-10x higher than today.

A similar study conducted in 2012 and published in the journal Nature Climate Change found that global warming skeptics know just as much about science; but the study detailed above questioned respondents specifically about climate science.

Climatologists who are skeptical about the extent of man-made global warming say the results don’t surprise them.

“It’s easy to believe in the religion of global warming.  It takes critical thinking skills to question it,” Roy Spencer, a climatologist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, told FoxNews.com.

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As to the Secretary of State’s claim that warming skeptics are like the members of the Flat Earth Society, in February 2013 after President Obama made a similar Flat Earth Society claim, Salon sought out the president of the “Flat Earth Society” to find out how the group feels about climate change. Turns out, the group’s president, Daniel Shenton is a global warming believer:

I accept that climate change is a process which has been ongoing since beginning of detectable history, but there seems to be a definite correlation between the recent increase in world-wide temperatures and man’s entry into the industrial age,” he said. “If it’s a coincidence, it’s quite a remarkable one. We may have experienced a temperature increase even without our use of fossil fuels since the Industrial Revolution, but I doubt it would be as dramatic as what we’re seeing now.

Thanks to the latest study by Professor Dan Kahan, we now know that along with having the same beliefs as the leader of the “flat-Earthers,” proponents of the global warming hypothesis are not as knowledgeable about climate science than those who are skeptical about climate change.

IMPORTANT PROGRAMMING NOTE:  For those who planned to attend the Yale University Global Divestment Day sponsored by Fossil Free Yale, the event has been canceled. Per the Daily Caller the “frigid, snowy weather set for this weekend will mean their global warming protest will have to be postponed.”

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The Little Cherubs

Derek Hunter: I had planned on writing a column about how the adults surrounding the kids at Jackie Robinson West reacted to their being stripped of the Little League World Series U.S. championship.

It was going to be a chastisement of their failure to use the punishment to teach children that life is full of consequences, even sometimes for actions you didn’t do yourself. I’d thought it out, outlined it in my head, even hashed it out on my radio show. But then I realized there really are no adults involved here.

Jackie Robinson is an American hero and a man known for integrity. That a team using his name would find itself in this situation won’t sully his memory, but it does make the transgression that much worse.

Jackie Robinson West cheated – it recruited players from neighboring areas to strengthen its team (Illegal Alien Amnesty anyone?). But so what? What just a decade ago would have been greeted with anger at the adults who did it and the parents who knew is now an opportunity to play victim and the race card.

Jackie Robinson West isn’t the problem; it is just a symptom.

And the Democrats and The left are full on The End Justifies The Means cheaters just as much as the adults in this situation. The situation with the executive amnesty as a way to cheat the system and then blame you for being racist for objecting to it.

“Cheaters never win” and “Cheaters never prosper” used to be axioms we lived by. The Left lives by “You must cheat to win” and they do prosper because they cover it up with victimization, false sanctimony,doublespeak or you’re just a racist.

The Democrats stand to prosper from their cheating very much, and they don’t care.

A new axiom has replaced these tired, old moral truths: THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS.

So do whatever you have to do to win, regardless because the in the end it’s worth it and if someone objects just call them names, bully them, or just go for the ever-useful race card.

The concept of trying to thwart rules came into existence about 10 minutes after rules were created and has flourished ever since. But breaking the rules always had consequences when a rule breaker was caught. It no longer does.

OK, that’s not entirely true. Breaking the rules now has a weird cachet. Getting caught affords the offender the opportunity to claim victim status.

And you don’t want to kick “the victim” when they are down, now do you, you heartless SOB.

Lance Armstrong, perhaps the most famous cheater of our day, says he cheated because everyone else cheated. Barry Bonds, baseball’s most prolific home run hitter, cheated, if only in spirit since his “cheat” wasn’t technically against the rules until after he’d done it. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll left the football program at USC in shambles – and with NCAA sanctions – to collect millions coaching in the pros.

Sports cheaters take hits to their legacies, but that’s really it. The kids from Jackie Robinson West? Their “legacy,” as it is, will be that they’re the team that cheated, until next week when no one remembers the story.

Pete Rose betting on baseball seems like small potatoes compared to what happens today.

NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice admitted that he used the adhesive Stickum on his gloves long after his career and Hall of Fame were assured. No one will hold that against him.

They lost their title and their trophy, but they lived the experience. That can’t be taken away from them. The adults who cheated to win will be forgotten too. But right now, with the story still stinging in the minds of those kids, is the time to teach them and kids across the country a valuable lesson about cheating.

But instead, it will be about how “unfair” white people are, I bet. So it has be made “fair” for them.

But that’s not what is happening, and that is a problem.

The person who initially questioned Jackie Robinson West’s actions is now receiving death threats.

After all, THEY are the bad guy!!

Since the team consisted of all black players, charges of racism were thrown around by disgraced Catholic priest Michael Pfleger and Jesse Jackson. Even White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, “The fact is, some dirty dealing by some adults doesn’t take anything away from the accomplishments of those young men.”

Yeah, after Fast & Furious, The IRS Scandal, ObamaCare, and Benghazi (just to name a few) this White House knows all about cheating the truth and dirty dealing with adults and then blaming it on others!

But the charges of racism and the statement from the White House are not true.

Doesn’t matter.

Adults, including the now former coach of Jackie Robinson West, cheated. And their cheating gave the team an unfair advantage over its opponents. Had the team followed the rules, it still might have won. But we will never know. Losing the title is the exact right thing to do.

Which is exactly why the Left gets mad. Their means to an end were thwarted and that’s just not right, in their book.

But painting the kids as victims is the exact wrong thing to do.

Better than the adults taking their personal responsibility for their actions! It’s your fault they cheated after all!

If you unknowingly go to the plate and hit a home run with an illegal bat and get caught, your ignorance won’t make your run count – you’re just out. If you go to a tournament with illegal players, you are disqualified, even if it’s discovered long after the fact. Actions, even those unknown to you, have consequences.

Parents, the media and opportunists like Jackson and Pfleger are doing a major disservice to these kids by trying to insulate them from those consequences.

But Liberals do it all the time.It’s not “fair”. :)

Learning that rules matter is an important lesson in life, as is learning there are repercussions for violating them. The kids of Jackie Robinson West could have learned that this week, admittedly the hard way. But that’s not what they’re being taught. They’re being told by adults who know better that they’ve been on the receiving end of an injustice. And, in fact, they have. But if those adults really want to see the perpetrators of that injustice they need only find a reflective surface.

And they’ll go up to be aggrieved, hate-whitey, hate non-liberal “entitled” Democrats and for the Democrats that’s a end in of itself that they can live with.

They we “make it fair” for them in life, after all. :)

 

 

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Deli Delights & Global Warming Threats

President Barack Obama downplayed the threat of terrorism in an interview with Vox published Monday, referring to the four Jewish victims murdered by radical Islamists during an hours-long standoff at a Kosher deli in Paris as “a bunch of folks” who were “randomly” shot.

“It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris,” Obama said.

He continued: “We devote enormous resources to that, and it is right and appropriate for us to be vigilant and aggressive in trying to deal with that — the same way a big city mayor’s got to cut the crime rate down if he wants that city to thrive. But we also have to attend to a lot of other issues, and we’ve got to make sure we’re right-sizing our approach so that what we do isn’t counterproductive. I would argue that our invasion of Iraq was counterproductive to the goal of keeping our country safe.”

So Islamic Terrorism is just random acts by crazy people much like the crime that goes on in your city.

Who cares about 4 Jews anyways…It’s like an Ambassador and 3 others in Benghazi, no big deal, means nothing. Move on.

Gee, the only terrorist like “random” acts around these parts come from Drug Cartels on the border that’s so “secure” that Obama ignores it. :)

Oh, and those “random” guys just sacked Yemen.

As the State Dept. spokesperson downplayed America’s role in Yemen’s current problems, Kelly continued to grill her about previous statements President Barack Obama has made, holding up that country as a positive example of progress in the Middle East.

Ultimately, Psaki denied Kelly’s suggestion that there was not a plan in place for the evacuation, saying, “Just because everybody didn’t know what the plans were, it didn’t mean the plans weren’t there for weeks.”

I’m sure it was a “spontaneous demonstration” just like in Benghazi. :)

But don’t worry, Global Warming is a MUCH Bigger threat than these “random” guys are, for sure.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Tuesday that President Obama does believe that climate change is a greater threat to the country’s national security than terrorism.
In an interview with Vox released Monday, Obama said he “absolutely” believes that the media “sometimes overstates the level of alarm people should have about terrorism” as opposed to “climate change.”

Asked to confirm Tuesday if this means Obama believes “the threat of climate change is greater than the threat of terrorism,” Earnest responded, “The point the president is making is that there are many more people on an annual basis who have to confront the impact, the direct impact on their lives, of climate change, or on the spread of a disease, than on terrorism.”

Asked again, “So the answer is yes, the president thinks that climate change is a greater threat than terrorism,” Earnest responded, “The point that the president is making is that when you are talking about the direct daily impact of these kinds of challenges on the daily lives of Americans, particularly Americans living in this country, that that direct impact, that more people are affected by those things than by terrorism.”

Asked one more time if “climate change is more of a clear and present danger to the United States than terrorism,” Earnest shifted gears, “Well I think even the Department of Defense has spoken to the significant the threat that climate change poses to our national security interests, principally because of the impact it can have on countries with less well developed infrastructure than we have.” 

At the beginning of the briefing, Earnest read a moving tribute to Kaya Mueller, an American woman who was killed recently while in the custody of the Islamic State. Earnest did not say how many Americans climate change has killed this year.

Now don’t you feel so much better, safer, and secure. :)

 

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Vote for The Illegal

Well, I can’t say I’m surprised, as I have been saying all along that the Democrats push for more Illegals and their vehement opposition to Voter ID laws was because they wanted to use Illegals in elections to spike the vote in their favor.

The End justifies The Means. Winning by Cheating is not only ok, it’s sanctioned by them, as long as you win.

Opposing their cheating is, of course, RACIST! :)

Then when win by cheating they have a self-fulfilling “mandate” do whatever they wanted to do in the first place. The “people” voted for them to do it! :)

President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty will make it easier for illegal immigrants to improperly register and vote in elections, state elections officials testified to Congress on Thursday, saying that the driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers they will be granted create a major voting loophole.

And opposing it makes you an oppressive Racist! :)

While stressing that it remains illegal for noncitizens to vote, secretaries of state from Ohio and Kansas said they won’t have the tools to sniff out illegal immigrants who register anyway, ignoring stiff penalties to fill out the registration forms that are easily available at shopping malls, motor vehicle bureaus and in curbside registration drives.

Anyone registering to vote attests that he or she is a citizen, but Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said mass registration drives often aren’t able to give due attention to that part, and so illegal immigrants will still get through.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach said even some motor vehicle bureau workers automatically ask customers if they want to register to vote, which some noncitizens in the past have cited as their reason for breaking the law to register.

“It’s a guarantee it will happen,” Mr. Kobach said.

Democrats disputed that it was an issue at all, saying Mr. Obama’s new policy, which could apply to more than 4 million illegal immigrants, doesn’t change anything in state or federal law.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia’s nonvoting member of Congress, accused Republicans of an effort at voter suppression.

“The president’s executive order gives immigrants the right to stay — immigrants who have been here for years, immigrants who have been working hard and whose labor we have needed,” Ms. Norton said. “The Republicans may want to go down in history as the party who tried once again 100 years later to nullify the right to vote. Well, I am here to say they shall not succeed.”

Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, Massachusetts Democrat, said he doubted illegal immigrants would risk running afoul of the law — which could get them deported — just to be an insignificant part of an election.

The hearing was the latest GOP effort to dent Mr. Obama’s executive action, announced in November, which grants tentative legal status and work permits to as many as 4 million illegal immigrant parents whose children are either U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. The president also expanded a 2012 policy for so-called Dreamers, or illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, granting them tentative legal status and work permits as well.

Republicans say there are a host of unintended consequences (They are aren’t unintended in the slightest!) , including the chances of illegal voting, a perverse incentive created by Obamacare that would make newly legalized workers more attractive to some businesses than American workers and complications with the tax code.

The newly legalized workers can apply for back refunds from the IRS even for years when they didn’t file their taxes, agency Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress on Wednesday.

The Democrats are more interested in Illegals than Legal Americans. Period.

Mr. Koskinen said the White House never spoke with him about potential consequences before Mr. Obama announced his policy changes. The secretaries of state who testified to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Thursday said they too never heard from Mr. Obama ahead of time.

Because that didn’t matter to The King.

Mr. Husted has written the Obama administration asking for help in identifying the name and date of birth of all noncitizens who get Social Security numbers, which he said would allow states to go back and clear illegally registered voters from their rolls.

He said the administration hasn’t responded.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia’s nonvoting member of Congress, accused Republicans of an effort at voter suppression.

“The president’s executive order gives immigrants the right to stay — immigrants who have been here for years, immigrants who have been working hard and whose labor we have needed,” Ms. Norton said. “The Republicans may want to go down in history as the party who tried once again 100 years later to nullify the right to vote. Well, I am here to say they shall not succeed.”

Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, Massachusetts Democrat, said he doubted illegal immigrants would risk running afoul of the law — which could get them deported — just to be an insignificant part of an election.

The hearing was the latest GOP effort to dent Mr. Obama’s executive action, announced in November, which grants tentative legal status and work permits to as many as 4 million illegal immigrant parents whose children are either U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. The president also expanded a 2012 policy for so-called Dreamers, or illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, granting them tentative legal status and work permits as well.

Republicans say there are a host of unintended consequences, including the chances of illegal voting, a perverse incentive created by Obamacare that would make newly legalized workers more attractive to some businesses than American workers and complications with the tax code.

The newly legalized workers can apply for back refunds from the IRS even for years when they didn’t file their taxes, agency Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress on Wednesday.

Mr. Koskinen said the White House never spoke with him about potential consequences before Mr. Obama announced his policy changes. The secretaries of state who testified to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Thursday said they too never heard from Mr. Obama ahead of time.

Mr. Husted has written the Obama administration asking for help in identifying the name and date of birth of all noncitizens who get Social Security numbers, which he said would allow states to go back and clear illegally registered voters from their rolls.

He said the administration hasn’t responded.

“Why I wrote the letter is I want to comply with federal law,” he said.

Matthew Dunlap, Maine’s secretary of state, said he believed the laws already on the books are good enough to stop any voting mischief in his state, and he doubted illegal immigrants had incentive or intent to try to interfere with U.S. elections.

“My experience is they don’t come here to vote, and they don’t come here to drive. They come here for a better life,” he said.

Mr. Kobach countered with a story about a legal permanent resident who had not yet become a citizen but who registered and voted nonetheless, and who said she wanted to support candidates who would help her earn citizenship faster.

Only four states require proof of citizenship before someone registers to vote, Mr. Kobach said. And even in those states, the federal government offers voter registration cards that don’t require proof of citizenship, giving determined illegal immigrants a way to circumvent checks.

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Get Your Billions Back, America!

Money, Money, Money…Money!

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress on Wednesday that even illegal immigrants who didn’t pay taxes will be able to claim back-refunds once they get Social Security numbers under President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty.

The revelation — which contradicts what he told Congress last week — (That’s called a “lie”) comes as lawmakers also raised concerns Mr. Obama’s amnesty could open a window to illegal immigrants finding ways to vote, despite it being against the law.

Well, them illegally voting for Democrats and sucking the economic life out of legal Americans was the point after wasn’t it?

“While we may disagree about whether your deferred action programs were lawfully created and implemented, we are confident that we can all agree that these programs cannot be permitted to impair the integrity of our elections,” Republican members of Congress from Ohio wrote in a letter to Mr. Obama Wednesday, ahead of a hearing on the issue in the House on Thursday.

Mr. Obama’s new deportation policies, which carve most illegal immigrants out of danger of being removed, and could proactively grant as many as 4 million illegal immigrants work permits and Social Security numbers, are increasingly under fire for ancillary consequences such as tax credits and competition for jobs.

So does that mean they’ll stop stealing legal Americans’ Social Security #’s? :)

Obama will single-handedly drop the # of incidents of ID Theft by giving the thieves legal papers instead! Hurray!

Mr. Koskinen, testifying to the House oversight committee, said the White House never asked him or anyone else at the IRS about the potential tax effects of his amnesty policy.

“I haven’t talked to the White House about this at all,” he said.

He doesn’t want to know, so he can deny he ever knew and go golfing…

He also clarified his testimony to the Senate last week, where he acknowledged illegal immigrants who had paid taxes using substitute Social Security numbers but who gain real Social Security numbers when they are approved for the amnesty can apply for back-refunds of the Earned Income Tax Credit.

On Wednesday, he said even illegal immigrants who didn’t pay taxes will be able to apply for back-credits once they get Social Security numbers.

The EITC is a refundable tax credit, which means those who don’t have any tax liability can still get money back from the government.

“Under the new program, if you get a Social Security number and you work, you’ll be eligible to apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit,” Mr. Koskinen said.

He said that would apply even “if you did not file” taxes, as long as the illegal immigrant could demonstrate having worked off-the-books during those years.

That expands the universe of people eligible for the tax credit by millions. He said only about 700,000 illegal immigrants currently work and pay taxes using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, but as many as 4 million illegal immigrants could get a stay of deportation and work permits under the temporary amnesty, which would mean they would be eligible to claim back-refunds if they worked those years.

Mr. Koskinen said he didn’t know how much money that would cost, and said the White House never checked with him before announcing the amnesty. He said the maximum annual credit is between $500 and $600 for an individual.

Times several millions…no problem… :)

Are you sick and tired of the IRS? Do you owe back taxes? Do you want to be finished with all of the threatening phone calls? The fear, the terrorizing and intimidation? Well we have the answer for you!

Just renounce your American citizenship and become and illegal alien!

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen — a compassionate and understanding guy if there ever was one — testified last week that illegal aliens working illegally in the U.S. while living here illegally would be allowed extra refunds from the IRS for money they earned while working here. Illegally.

These illegal aliens who were working here illegally will be given Social Security numbers, “which means they can go back and amend up to three years of previous tax forms to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit,” according to the Times’ Stephen Dinan.

Gee, I guess they can stop stealing them from legal Americans! Yippee!

This means these illegals living here illegally and working here illegally could potentially claim billions of dollars in additional payments they were ineligible for before President Obama’s executive amnesty, according to Mr. Dinan’s report

But here is the evil catch: In order to qualify for these billions, the illegals living here illegally must file tax returns for the previous three years during which they were illegally working. Man, Uncle Sam drives a hard bargain!

The Obama Administration estimates that some 4 million illegals will be granted amnesty by the president’s executive order and will have a crack at the billions of dollars in extra refunds for their illegal work here. According to the government, taxpayers already shelled out some $4.2 billion in tax credits to illegals in 2010 alone.

In addition, illegals living here illegally may also apply for additional tax credits going back three years, according to IRS testimony.

“The IRS says the law is vague on who is eligible for the child credit, so to be on the safe side they pay it out to illegal immigrants,” Mr. Dinan writes.

Seriously? “To be on the safe side?” The IRS — in an overabundance of deference to the taxpayer — is going to just go ahead and give the tax credit to illegals to be “on the safe side?”

The Wolf has been defanged for Illegals, so that means he’ll bite YOU even harder! :)

This is truly insane. Since when did the IRS show deference to taxpayers? Since when did the IRS begin siding with taxpayers in murky disputes? Only when taxpayers happen to be illegals?

You might think that this whole illegal scam perpetrated on the law-abiding American people could not become any more diabolical. But wait! There’s more!

As Sen. Ben Sasse, Nebraska Republican, and Ron Johnson, pointed out after the IRS testimony last week, making child tax credits available to illegal aliens amounts to nothing more than paying illegals to make babies.

“This is basic economics: if you want more of something, you subsidize it,” they wrote in a letter to the inspector general of the Treasury Department.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen — a compassionate and understanding guy if there ever was one — testified last week that illegal aliens working illegally in the U.S. while living here illegally would be allowed extra refunds from the IRS for money they earned while working here. Illegally.

These illegal aliens who were working here illegally will be given Social Security numbers, “which means they can go back and amend up to three years of previous tax forms to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit,” according to the Times’ Stephen Dinan.

This means these illegals living here illegally and working here illegally could potentially claim billions of dollars in additional payments they were ineligible for before President Obama’s executive amnesty, according to Mr. Dinan’s report.

But here is the evil catch: In order to qualify for these billions, the illegals living here illegally must file tax returns for the previous three years during which they were illegally working. Man, Uncle Sam drives a hard bargain!

The Obama Administration estimates that some 4 million illegals will be granted amnesty by the president’s executive order and will have a crack at the billions of dollars in extra refunds for their illegal work here. According to the government, taxpayers already shelled out some $4.2 billion in tax credits to illegals in 2010 alone.

In addition, illegals living here illegally may also apply for additional tax credits going back three years, according to IRS testimony.

“The IRS says the law is vague on who is eligible for the child credit, so to be on the safe side they pay it out to illegal immigrants,” Mr. Dinan writes.

Seriously? “To be on the safe side?” The IRS — in an overabundance of deference to the taxpayer — is going to just go ahead and give the tax credit to illegals to be “on the safe side?”

This is truly insane. Since when did the IRS show deference to taxpayers? Since when did the IRS begin siding with taxpayers in murky disputes? Only when taxpayers happen to be illegals?

You might think that this whole illegal scam perpetrated on the law-abiding American people could not become any more diabolical. But wait! There’s more!

As Sen. Ben Sasse, Nebraska Republican, and Ron Johnson, pointed out after the IRS testimony last week, making child tax credits available to illegal aliens amounts to nothing more than paying illegals to make babies.

“This is basic economics: if you want more of something, you subsidize it,” they wrote in a letter to the inspector general of the Treasury Department.

“By subsidizing illegal entry with four years’ worth of new tax credits, the IRS would promote lawlessness. This program severely undermines the White House’s lip-service to enforcing the law and would increase the burden on law-abiding taxpayers.”

Do don’t do as I say, do I want to do.

Good luck getting any straight answers from these kleptocrats. We are better off just becoming illegal aliens.

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Global Warming Revealed

The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man’s stewardship of the environment. But we know that’s not true. A United Nations official has now confirmed this.

At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

“We shouldn’t have stupid cars that use liquid fossil fuels”

“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said.

Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added: “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

“When we went from the horse and buggy to the internal combustion engine, there was no alarm clock. This transformation is larger than anything we’ve ever done, and an alarm clock is ticking in our faces.”

It’s not much different than having children. You can rear them in an antagonistic environment or in a facilitative one with a good combination of love and discipline. It’s about supporting them, and recognizing achievements and contributions, but also saying, “that’s fantastic but it’s not enough, here’s the next thing.” Honestly, what was my best training for this job? Being a mother.

She’s Big Mother! :)

The only economic model in the last 150 years that has ever worked at all is capitalism. The evidence is prima facie: From a feudal order that lasted a thousand years, produced zero growth and kept workdays long and lifespans short, the countries that have embraced free-market capitalism have enjoyed a system in which output has increased 70-fold, work days have been halved and lifespans doubled.

Figueres is perhaps the perfect person for the job of transforming “the economic development model” because she’s really never seen it work. “If you look at Ms. Figueres’ Wikipedia page,” notes Cato economist Dan Mitchell: Making the world look at their right hand while they choke developed economies with their left.

“I’m hoping to accelerate what I call the push and pull process,” Figueres told the AP in a phone interview Tuesday from her agency’s secretariat in Bonn, Germany.

Governments act as a pull factor by shaping the policies that promote green technology and help renewable energy sources like solar and wind power compete with the fossil fuels that scientists say contribute to global warming through the release of greenhouse gases.

“But the companies, particularly these very, very high-powered companies that … have the ear of many of the decision-makers and the opinion leaders of different countries, they can act as a push factor,” Figueres said.

Now that’s science at it’s finest!

But like the typically arrogant, narcissistic Liberals she believes she’s some kind of Messiah that will save the world from itself and only the amoral would oppose her.

Slate.com asked her: Some say tackling climate change is utopian?

Would you have said “utopian speech” to Martin Luther King? When you have a vision of where you need to go, it sounds utopian. But when you get to the tipping point, your understanding switches. We’re going to get to the point where we ask how the hell we put up with high carbon for so many years. You thank your lucky stars, because you are seeing this transformation in your lifetime. You are going to tell your children and your grandchildren you saw this whole thing in front of your eyes. (IBD, Slate.com)

She is the light in the Darkness, not the Darkness in the light, so you better do as she says or else.

The Science is Settled. The debate is over. Get over it OR ELSE! :)

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Last Bastion of Freedom

The government may implement new regulations over the Internet that could cost the economy billions of dollars and thousands of jobs. Despite the potentially large impact of these regulations, the broadcast news networks have barely covered the issue in the almost three months since President Barack Obama announced his support for rules to achieve “net neutrality” and a “free and open Internet.” (i.e. free and open Orwellian Liberalism)

Ajit Pai, the sole Republican Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), inferred in a Tweet that President Barack Obama’s secret, 332-page “Net Neutrality” document is a scheme for federal micro-managing of the Internet to extract billions in new taxes from consumers and again enforce progressives’ idea of honest, equitable, and balanced content fairness.

SURPRISE!

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recently acknowledged that the two Democrats on the commission had decided to avoid Congressional input regarding the Internet by adopting President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1934 Communications Act to regulate the Internet with the same federal control as the old AT&T customer monopoly. To make sure that libertarian advocates would remain in the dark, Wheeler “embargoed” release of any of the specifics in the new administrative “policy” that will act as law.

The FCC legislation that was passed eighty-one years ago by the most leftist Congress in American history to ban companies from participating in “unjust or unreasonable discrimination” when providing phone services to customers.

THE AGENDA IS THE AGENDA! YOU VILL COMPLY!

Pai responded that the “Courts have twice thrown out the FCC’s attempts at Internet regulation” during the Obama Administration. On January 14, 2014, the D.C. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals struck down most of the FCC’s November 2011 net neutrality rules. The Appellate Court vacated the FCC’s “anti-discrimination” and “anti-blocking” as essentially discriminatory and blocking in an attempt to again give the FCC political appointees the power to dictate what they believe is honest, equitable, and balanced.

And we all know what a Liberal means by “honest, equitable and balanced”- totalitarian control of everything in service to The Agenda and bend over they want your wallet and your blood too. :)

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Means Government  political and social control and we’ve seen what The Ministry of Truth is like, imagine as the regulatory body of the Internet. Kiss it goodbye.

Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Tom Wheeler said on February 4 that he backed Obama’s plan to reclassify the Internet as a public utility under the government agency’s Title II authority. FCC commissioner Ajit Pai said in a press release on February 6 that the plan “marks a monumental shift toward government control of the Internet.” Even a liberal think tank predicted that these regulations could cost American households $156 in new fees.

Telescreens are fictional devices which operate as both televisions and security cameras. They feature in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four as well as all film adaptations of the novel. In the novel and its adaptations, telescreens are used by the ruling Party in Oceania to keep its subjects under constant surveillance, thus eliminating the chance of secret conspiracies against Oceania.

All members of the Inner Party (upper-class) and Outer Party (middle-class) have telescreens in their homes, but the proles (lower-class) are not typically monitored as they are unimportant to the Party. As later explained in Emmanuel Goldstein’s book of which Smith reads some excerpts, the Party does not feel threatened by the Proles, assuming that they would never rebel on their own, and therefore does not find a need to monitor their daily lives.

They know everything you type, everything you watch, everything you do…Now that’s “free and open” :)

Despite its importance, the broadcast news networks’ morning and evening shows dedicated only 3 minutes, 38 seconds of coverage to these potential regulations over the Internet since Obama’s announcement November 10, 2014 through February 9, 2015. They almost entirely ignored opposition to the plan. By way of contrast, the networks spent 67 minutes, 49 seconds covering the “Deflategate” scandal during less than one week in January, nearly 19 times more than net neutrality over a period of almost three months.

Well, you don’t want them to figure out what’s really going on, until it’s too late.

Phil Kerpen, President of American Commitment, told MRC Business, “There has been almost no coverage of the president strong-arming what is supposed to be an independent agency, or the highly questionable policy he has proposed that would reverse the past two decades of Internet policy and install a heavy-handed regulate-and-tax alternative.”

When they did cover the issue, the networks were almost entirely uncritical in their reporting. On November 11, CBS’s “This Morning” co-host Gayle King echoed the White House’s talking points, saying that Obama wanted the FCC “to adopt tough rules to protect a free and open internet.”

Free and Open Liberalism, you mean!

Gayle said that “broadband service providers want to charge higher fees” for Internet access, which could “result in the blocking or slowing down of content for some.” Yet, she failed to explain how the president’s proposal would improve this situation or describe the plan’s potential costs.

ABC News only mentioned the proposed regulations once during a segment on “World News” January 20. While previewing the State of the Union address, chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl vaguely referenced that Obama wanted to expand “faster, cheaper Internet access” for the “middle class.”

Segments on the other networks also brought up the proposal only in passing. On “Nightly News” December 19, 2014, NBC’s senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing highlighted “immigration, climate change and internet regulations” as policies on which Obama was “pushing the limits of his executive authority” and “defying newly empowered Republicans.” Jansing did not say how or why Republicans disagreed with the president on any of these policies.

The only instance when the networks actually explained opposition to Obama’s plan occurred during a news brief on “Nightly News” November 10, 2014. Anchor Brian Williams said, “Many Republicans said publically today if the president has his way, it would hurt innovation and job growth.” Williams did not expand on this statement.

Although the networks avoided airing dissenting opinions, critics have long said that giving the FCC greater control over the Internet could have severe impacts on freedom of speech and the economy. Former FCC commissioner Robert M. McDowell said that “FCC ‘oversight of the political process’ through more Internet regulations sounds eerily like political speech controls,” in an op-ed for The Washington Post on July 14, 2014.

The liberal Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) predicted that households could pay an additional $156 in fees to federal, state, and local governments if regulators reclassified the internet as a public utility in a report released December, 2014. Revenue from these fees would total $15 billion per year, according to PPI.

Reclassifying the internet as a public utility to achieve net neutrality might also negatively impact broadband Internet service providers (ISPs). This move “could put as many as 174,000 broadband related jobs at risk by the end of this decade,” according to the conservative think tank American Action Forum.

Gee, they would be biased  in favor of Liberals now would they… :)

The regulation could reduce investments in ISPs by $45.4 billion by 2019, according to a report by the economic consulting firm Sonecon. The report was co-authored by Sonecon chairman Dr. Robert J. Shapiro, who said he was an economic advisor to every Democratic candidate since President Bill Clinton, including Obama.

 

In addition to negative impacts of the plan on the economy and society, FCC commissioner Ajit Pai criticized the agency’s lack of transparency. Wheeler circulated the administration’s 332-page plan to members of the commission, but Pai said in his press release that he was “disappointed that the plan will not be released publicly.” He argued that the “FCC should be as open and transparent as the Internet itself and post the entire document on its website.”

Pai tweeted a picture of the plan on January 6, writing that “I wish the public could see what’s inside.”

Last year, Pai called out the FCC for undertaking the controversial Critical Information Needs (CIN) study. He warned in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on February 10, 2014, that through this study, the FCC had “proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country.” Although the FCC ultimately killed CIN, Pai drew a parallel with “the FCC’s now-defunct Fairness Doctrine, which began in 1949 and required equal time for contrasting viewpoints on controversial issues.”

As they did with the current proposed Internet regulations, the networks ignored the FCC’s threat to investigate television and radio newsrooms across the country.

“He thought of the telescreen with its never-sleeping ear. They could spy upon you night and day, but if you kept your head you could still outwit them. With all their cleverness they had never mastered the secret of finding out what another human being was thinking. . . . Facts, at any rate, could not be kept hidden. They could be tracked down by inquiry, they could be squeezed out of you by torture. But if the object was not to stay alive but to stay human, what difference did it ultimately make? They could not alter your feelings; for that matter you could not alter them yourself, even if you wanted to. They could lay bare in the utmost detail everything that you had done or said or thought; but the inner heart, whose workings were mysterious even to yourself, remained impregnable.”― George Orwell, 1984

Imagine if Obama and Holder could know absolutely everything about you and know everything you say and do 24/7 and could monitor it all and subvert it all in the name of “free and open” “fairness”, and not just from the NSA.

Now that’s “free and open”. :)

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Future Generations

When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records – on which the entire panic ultimately rested – were systematically “adjusted” to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the actual data justified.

Two weeks ago, under the headline “How we are being tricked by flawed data on global warming” (see below), I wrote about Paul Homewood, who, on his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog, had checked the published temperature graphs for three weather stations in Paraguay against the temperatures that had originally been recorded. In each instance, the actual trend of 60 years of data had been dramatically reversed, so that a cooling trend was changed to one that showed a marked warming.

This was only the latest of many examples of a practice long recognised by expert observers around the world – one that raises an ever larger question mark over the entire official surface-temperature record.

Following my last article, Homewood checked a swathe of other South American weather stations around the original three. In each case he found the same suspicious one-way “adjustments”. First these were made by the US government’s Global Historical Climate Network (GHCN). They were then amplified by two of the main official surface records, the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (Giss) and the National Climate Data Center (NCDC), which use the warming trends to estimate temperatures across the vast regions of the Earth where no measurements are taken. Yet these are the very records on which scientists and politicians rely for their belief in “global warming”.

Homewood has now turned his attention to the weather stations across much of the Arctic, between Canada (51 degrees W) and the heart of Siberia (87 degrees E). Again, in nearly every case, the same one-way adjustments have been made, to show warming up to 1 degree C or more higher than was indicated by the data that was actually recorded. This has surprised no one more than Traust Jonsson, who was long in charge of climate research for the Iceland met office (and with whom Homewood has been in touch). Jonsson was amazed to see how the new version completely “disappears” Iceland’s “sea ice years” around 1970, when a period of extreme cooling almost devastated his country’s economy.

One of the first examples of these “adjustments” was exposed in 2007 by the statistician Steve McIntyre, when he discovered a paper published in 1987 by James Hansen, the scientist (later turned fanatical climate activist) who for many years ran Giss. Hansen’s original graph showed temperatures in the Arctic as having been much higher around 1940 than at any time since. But as Homewood reveals in his blog post, “Temperature adjustments transform Arctic history”, Giss has turned this upside down. Arctic temperatures from that time have been lowered so much that that they are now dwarfed by those of the past 20 years.

Homewood’s interest in the Arctic is partly because the “vanishing” of its polar ice (and the polar bears) has become such a poster-child for those trying to persuade us that we are threatened by runaway warming. But he chose that particular stretch of the Arctic because it is where ice is affected by warmer water brought in by cyclical shifts in a major Atlantic current – this last peaked at just the time 75 years ago when Arctic ice retreated even further than it has done recently. The ice-melt is not caused by rising global temperatures at all.

Of much more serious significance, however, is the way this wholesale manipulation of the official temperature record – for reasons GHCN and Giss have never plausibly explained – has become the real elephant in the room of the greatest and most costly scare the world has known. This really does begin to look like one of the greatest scientific scandals of all time.

By the way, the Telegraph’s poll show 90% believe scientists are exaggerating the data. Now that’s a “consensus”, right? :)

Although it has been emerging for seven years or more, one of the most extraordinary scandals of our time has never hit the headlines. Yet another little example of it lately caught my eye when, in the wake of those excited claims that 2014 was “the hottest year on record”, I saw the headline on a climate blog: “Massive tampering with temperatures in South America”. The evidence on Notalotofpeopleknowthat, uncovered by Paul Homewood, was indeed striking.

Puzzled by those “2014 hottest ever” claims, which were led by the most quoted of all the five official global temperature records – Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (Giss) – Homewood examined a place in the world where Giss was showing temperatures to have risen faster than almost anywhere else: a large chunk of South America stretching from Brazil to Paraguay.

Noting that weather stations there were thin on the ground, he decided to focus on three rural stations covering a huge area of Paraguay. Giss showed it as having recorded, between 1950 and 2014, a particularly steep temperature rise of more than 1.5C: twice the accepted global increase for the whole of the 20th century.

But when Homewood was then able to check Giss’s figures against the original data from which they were derived, he found that they had been altered. Far from the new graph showing any rise, it showed temperatures in fact having declined over those 65 years by a full degree. When he did the same for the other two stations, he found the same. In each case, the original data showed not a rise but a decline.

Homewood had in fact uncovered yet another example of the thousands of pieces of evidence coming to light in recent years that show that something very odd has been going on with the temperature data relied on by the world’s scientists. And in particular by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which has driven the greatest and most costly scare in history: the belief that the world is in the grip of an unprecedented warming.

How have we come to be told that global temperatures have suddenly taken a great leap upwards to their highest level in 1,000 years? In fact, it has been no greater than their upward leaps between 1860 and 1880, and 1910 and 1940, as part of that gradual natural warming since the world emerged from its centuries-long “Little Ice Age” around 200 years ago.

This belief has rested entirely on five official data records. Three of these are based on measurements taken on the Earth’s surface, versions of which are then compiled by Giss, by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and by the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit working with the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction, part of the UK Met Office. The other two records are derived from measurements made by satellites, and then compiled by Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) in California and the University of Alabama, Huntsville (UAH).

The adjusted graph from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies

In recent years, these two very different ways of measuring global temperature have increasingly been showing quite different results. The surface-based record has shown a temperature trend rising up to 2014 as “the hottest years since records began”. RSS and UAH have, meanwhile, for 18 years been recording no rise in the trend, with 2014 ranking as low as only the sixth warmest since 1997.

One surprise is that the three surface records, all run by passionate believers in man-made warming, in fact derive most of their land surface data from a single source. This is the Global Historical Climate Network (GHCN), managed by the US National Climate Data Center under NOAA, which in turn comes under the US Department of Commerce.

But two aspects of this system for measuring surface temperatures have long been worrying a growing array of statisticians, meteorologists and expert science bloggers. One is that the supposedly worldwide network of stations from which GHCN draws its data is flawed. Up to 80 per cent or more of the Earth’s surface is not reliably covered at all. Furthermore, around 1990, the number of stations more than halved, from 12,000 to less than 6,000 – and most of those remaining are concentrated in urban areas or places where studies have shown that, thanks to the “urban heat island effect”, readings can be up to 2 degrees higher than in those rural areas where thousands of stations were lost.

Below, the raw data in graph form

To fill in the huge gaps, those compiling the records have resorted to computerised “infilling”, whereby the higher temperatures recorded by the remaining stations are projected out to vast surrounding areas (Giss allows single stations to give a reading covering 1.6 million square miles). This alone contributed to the sharp temperature rise shown in the years after 1990.

But still more worrying has been the evidence that even this data has then been subjected to continual “adjustments”, invariably in only one direction. Earlier temperatures are adjusted downwards, more recent temperatures upwards, thus giving the impression that they have risen much more sharply than was shown by the original data.

An early glaring instance of this was spotted by Steve McIntyre, the statistician who exposed the computer trickery behind that famous “hockey stick” graph, beloved by the IPCC, which purported to show that, contrary to previous evidence, 1998 had been the hottest year for 1,000 years. It was McIntyre who, in 2007, uncovered the wholesale retrospective adjustments made to US surface records between 1920 and 1999 compiled by Giss (then run by the outspoken climate activist James Hansen). These reversed an overall cooling trend into an 80-year upward trend. Even Hansen had previously accepted that the “dust bowl” 1930s was the hottest US decade of the entire 20th century.

Assiduous researchers have since unearthed countless similar examples across the world, from the US and Russia to Australia and New Zealand. In Australia, an 80-year cooling of 1 degree per century was turned into a warming trend of 2.3 degrees. In New Zealand, there was a major academic row when “unadjusted” data showing no trend between 1850 and 1998 was shown to have been “adjusted” to give a warming trend of 0.9 degrees per century. This falsified new version was naturally cited in an IPCC report (see “New Zealand NIWA temperature train wreck” on the Watts Up With That science blog, WUWT, which has played a leading role in exposing such fiddling of the figures).

By far the most comprehensive account of this wholesale corruption of proper science is a paper written for the Science and Public Policy Institute, “Surface Temperature Records: Policy-Driven Deception?”, by two veteran US meteorologists, Joseph D’Aleo and WUWT’s Anthony Watts (and if warmists are tempted to comment below this article online, it would be welcome if they could address their criticisms to the evidence, rather than just resorting to personal attacks on the scientists who, after actually examining the evidence, have come to a view different from their own).

One of the more provocative points arising from the debate over those claims that 2014 was “the hottest year evah” came from the Canadian academic Dr Timothy Ball when, in a recent post on WUWT, he used the evidence of ice-core data to argue that the Earth’s recent temperatures rank in the lowest 3 per cent of all those recorded since the end of the last ice age, 10,000 years ago.

In reality, the implications of such distortions of the data go much further than just representing one of the most bizarre aberrations in the history of science. The fact that our politicians have fallen for all this scary chicanery has given Britain the most suicidally crazy energy policy (useless windmills and all) of any country in the world.

But at least, if they’re hoping to see that “universal climate treaty” signed in Paris next December, we can be pretty sure that it is no more going to happen than that 2014 was the hottest year in history.

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An Apology

Absolutely brilliant, and on point.

How are you? You don’t have to answer. I know. I’ve been reading the news. It’s awful. And I know you’re looking to where the world has looked for the better part of the last century for leadership and moral clarity, to the United States. And I know you aren’t finding it there right now. For that, I am sorry.

We Americans elected and re-elected a used car salesman to the most important office on the planet, and everyone got a lemon.

Are we insulting Used Car Salesmen? Is that possible??

The first time was because so many of our citizens have been conditioned to feel guilty about wrongs done before we were born; the second was because so many of us are simply stupid.

It’s Liberal Education and The Ministry of Truth at work.

We have it good here in the United States, and this breeds contentment. It also breeds ignorance. We are the Paris Hilton of world citizenry. We have amazing lives free of problems the rest of the world routinely faces, and we didn’t earn it – we had it handed to us.

We’re “entitled”.

In inheriting prosperity, plentiful food, clean water and all the trappings of comfort readily available and affordable in the United States, we have no concept of the price paid to get us here. Moreover, we are being led by people who resent that we are here, choosing to focus less on the road ahead of us and more on the potholes, the mistakes and injustice every society has in its rear-view mirror.

After all, we were founded by Misogynistic, Christian Racists it can’t get much worse than that. :)

Our president never misses an opportunity to pick not at scabs, but scars. He picks them to the point of bleeding rather than acknowledge the hemorrhaging around the world.

Divide and Conquer. Besides, Alinsky says to not go outside the experience of your enemy so oversees is “outside”. So “homophobia”, “islamophobia” and Christian bashing are all the rage, literally. :)

Barack Obama thought it pertinent to mention the crusades at the National Prayer Breakfast as one of the sins of Christianity in an attempt to make moral equivalence with radical Islamists in the present day. We have a leader willing to look back 1,000 years to justify his indifference to horrors today. He’s counting on the vast majority of Americans who have their faces too buried in their cell phones to realize that if you have to reach back 1,000 years to make your argument, you don’t have much of an argument.

But you do have a distraction for his lack of action against his Muslim brothers. After all, they were the victims of The Crusades in his history book.

But that is the story of modern America – passionate indifference based firmly in ignorance. I don’t know if Obama knows how ignorant what he says is or if he’s simply reading what his handlers put in the teleprompter, but the motive matters less than the result.

The Agenda is The Agenda!

In a week where Islamic fascists released a video of them burning a man to death, the president of the United States equated the people who committed that act with Christianity. Worse, by citing the crusades, Obama made the type of “they had it coming because of what they did in the past” argument radical Islamist regimes and groups use to justify their hatred of the United States.

When the president reads a statement on the beheading of American James Foley then is seen golfing and laughing with drinking buddies literally 10 minutes later, the United States has abdicated its role as the leader of the free world.

It won’t be like this for much longer, I hope. In two years, we have a chance to elect a president interested in protecting innocent human life and defeating evil. Until then, you are on your own.

Naw, the Media and The Left have already crowned Queen Hillary, they just have to convince the stupid to “elect the first female president” or else you’re all misogynists and haters. :)

Look elsewhere, or hunker down until January 2017. Look to Egyptian President Abdel el-Sisi, Jordan’s King Abdullah, or anywhere else you can find it because the United States will not have your back if you are facing down the evil of Islamic terrorism.

We have become ignorant and narcissistic, obsessed with the child of a drug-addled dead singer and her wife-beating husband over the greatest threat to humanity since the rise of Nazism. More Americans care about what a former Olympian may or may not be doing surgically to his genitals than the slaughter to innocent people in the name of the plague of the 21st century.

Come on now, American Idol is an important cultural experience! :) And Rosie leaving “The View” in a huff again is way more important someone being beheaded!

World, I wish we didn’t find ourselves in this position, but this is where we are. Just know that while you are alone in the fight currently, the vast majority of Americans are with you in spirit. That’s of little comfort, I know. But until those of us who believe in liberty over the state reclaim our heritage from those who empathize and make moral equivalence with our collective enemy, I’m afraid it’s the best we can do. Sorry about that. (Derek Hunter)

All Hail Queen Hillary, or else! :)

Fool me once, shame on me, Fool me twice, shame on me, what’s Fool me Three times? :)

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

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