This Stuff Just Sleighs Me!

Watch and Learn: http://www.news10.net/news/article.aspx?storyid=113529&provider=top&catid=188

Don’t mess with Big Sis!

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Who was the only Republican to cave to every Lame Duck Meal the Democrats threw out there like a ravenous puppy?

That would be Alaska’s own RINO-Bitch, Sen. Linda Murkowski. The woman who was appointed to her job by her retiring father.  Then when she lost the primary to an evil Tea Partier she got all snotty and arrogant and ran against him as a write-in “Independent”. It was HER seat!! Get your grubby “little people” fingers off MY SEAT!

Now’s she just pissed off. How dare you touch MY SEAT!

That’s what we all need in Congress. 😦

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GLOBAL WARMING UPDATE:  A strong storm system churning its way through the desert Southwest early Thursday will bring metro Atlanta a good chance for a white Christmas, with accumulating snow possible as far south as the Columbus and Macon areas, forecasters said.

Last time that happened: 1882. (When the Industrial revolution was young, Hmmm…:) )

The freezing conditions that have blasted Britain are being blamed on a series of weather patterns that are bringing Arctic temperatures to much of western Europe, California and even Australia.

One of the main factors is a change in the position of the jet stream – the fast-moving current of air that moves from west to east, high in the atmosphere.

Changes in the jet stream’s path can cause massive changes in weather conditions across the globe and may be why Australians are now shivering their way through summer and the current freezing conditions in California.

Go Global Warming! That’s our Pal! 🙂

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Then there was this ditty:

Ho, ho, ho! Just in time for Christmas, the American Civil Liberties Union (aka The American Communist Liberals Union) has launched a new salvo against people of faith. Even as billions around the world celebrate the birth of Christ, joyless, abortion-obsessed secularists never take a holiday.

On Wednesday, the ACLU sent a letter to federal health officials urging the government to force Catholic hospitals in the U.S. to perform abortions in violation of their core moral commitment to protecting the lives of the unborn. They’re counting on sympathetic Obama rationing czar Donald Berwick — a recess appointee whose radical views on wealth and health redistribution were never vetted by Congress — to dictate which religious principles hospital operators can and cannot follow.

The ACLU reiterated its call for a federal probe — read: fishing expedition — of Catholic hospitals nationwide that refuse to provide “emergency” contraception and abortions to women. In practice, of course, every request for abortion is an “emergency” to the left.

“The dioceses cannot be permitted to dictate who lives and who dies in Catholic-owned hospitals,” the ACLU’s lawyers fumed in response.

But shall it be left to the ACLU and Obamacare bureaucrats to determine the Catholicity of a Catholic hospital?

And shall it be left to litigious secularists to sabotage the First Amendment rights of religious-based health care entities with impunity?

No. (Michelle Malkin)

Imagine the impudency of it all. Catholics deciding what to do in a Catholic Hospital and not the American Communist Liberals Union?

Imagine That! How rude! 🙂

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Ann Coulter: It’s the Christmas season, so godless liberals are citing the Bible to demand the redistribution of income by government force. Didn’t Jesus say, “Blessed are the Health and Human Services bureaucrats, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”?

Liberals are always indignantly accusing conservatives of claiming God is on our side. What we actually say is: We’re on God’s side, particularly when liberals are demanding God’s banishment from the public schools, abortion on demand, and taxpayer money being spent on Jesus submerged in a jar of urine and pictures of the Virgin Mary covered with pornographic photos.

But for liberals like Al Franken, it’s beyond dispute that Jesus would support extending federal unemployment insurance.

This has absolutely nothing to do with the Bible, but it does nicely illustrate Shakespeare’s point that the “devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.”

What the Bible says about giving to the poor is: “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians (9:7)

Being forced to pay taxes under penalty of prison is not voluntary and rarely done cheerfully. Nor do our taxes go to “the poor.” They mostly go to government employees who make more money than you do.

The reason liberals love the government redistributing money is that it allows them to skip the part of charity that involves peeling the starfish off their wallets and forking over their own money. This, as we know from study after study, they cannot bear to do. (Unless they are guaranteed press conferences where they can brag about their generosity.)

Syracuse University professor Arthur Brooks’ study of charitable giving in America found that conservatives give 30 percent more to charity than liberals do, despite the fact that liberals have higher incomes than conservatives.

In his book “Who Really Cares?” Brooks compared the charitable donations of religious conservatives, secular liberals, secular conservatives and “religious” liberals.

His surprising conclusion was … Al Franken gave the most of all!

Ha ha! Just kidding. Religious conservatives, the largest group at about 20 percent of the population, gave the most to charity — $2,367 per year, compared with $1,347 for the country at large.

Even when it comes to purely secular charities, religious conservatives give more than other Americans, which is surprising because liberals specialize in “charities” that give them a direct benefit, such as the ballet or their children’s elite private schools.

Indeed, religious people, Brooks says, “are more charitable in every measurable nonreligious way.”
Brooks found that conservatives donate more in time, services and even blood than other Americans, noting that if liberals and moderates gave as much blood as conservatives do, the blood supply would increase by about 45 percent.

They ought to set up blood banks at tea parties.

On average, a person who attends religious services and does not believe in the redistribution of income will give away 100 times more — and 50 times more to secular charities — than a person who does not attend religious services and strongly believes in the redistribution of income.

Secular liberals, the second largest group coming in at 10 percent of the population, were the whitest and richest of the four groups. (Some of you may also know them as “insufferable blowhards.”) These “bleeding-heart tightwads,” as New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof calls them, were the second stingiest, just behind secular conservatives, who are mostly young, poor, cranky white guys.

Despite their wealth and advantages, secular liberals give to charity at a rate of 9 percent, less than all Americans and 19 percent less than religious conservatives. They were also “significantly less likely than the population average to return excess change mistakenly given to them by a cashier.” (Count Nancy Pelosi’s change carefully!)

Secular liberals are, however, 90 percent more likely to give sanctimonious Senate speeches demanding the forced redistribution of income. (That’s up 7 percent from last year!)

We’ll review specific liberals next week.

Needless to say, “religious liberals” made up the smallest group at just 6.4 percent of the population (for more on this, see my book, “Godless”).

Interestingly, religious liberals were also “most confused” of all the groups. Composed mostly of blacks and Unitarians, religious liberals made nearly as many charitable donations as religious conservatives, but presumably, the Unitarians brought down their numbers, making them second in charitable giving.

Brooks wrote that he was shocked by his conclusions because he believed liberals “genuinely cared more about others than conservatives did” — probably because liberals are always telling us that.

So he re-ran the numbers and gathered more data, but it kept coming out the same. “In the end,” he says, “I had no option but to change my views.”

Every other study on the subject has produced similar results. Indeed, a Google study of philanthropy found an even greater disparity, with conservatives giving 50 percent more than liberals. The Google study showed that liberals gave more to secular causes overall, but conservatives still gave more as a percentage of their incomes.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy analyzed a decade of state and federal tax returns and found that the red states were far more generous than the blue states, with the highest percentage of tightwads living in the liberal Northeast.

In his book “Intellectuals,” Paul Johnson quotes Pablo Picasso scoffing at the idea that he would give to the needy. “I’m afraid you’ve got it wrong,” Picasso explains, “we are socialists. We don’t pretend to be Christians.”

Merry Christmas to all, skinflint liberals and generous Christians alike!

Amen. 🙂

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And Finally a little Christmas Jeer from overactive Liberals.

BROOKLINE (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – A Brookline school is now saying permission slips won’t be necessary for students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Edward Devotion School, which has not recited the Pledge of Allegiance in seven years, will say the Pledge over the school’s intercom once a week beginning next month.

Gerardo Martinez, the school’s principal, initially said the permission slips were sent to encourage parents to have a discussion with their kids about the Pledge.

The principal also says he sent this note out to parents just to let them know it was okay if they do not want their kids to participate.

Unfortunately for the principal, the thought of a permission slip to recite the Pledge set off a fire storm. Eventually the principal sent out a second note to parents explaining that it was not mandatory to sign the permission slips

It is state law for teachers to lead their classes in daily pledges at the start of school. Under Brookline school policy, the recitation may take place weekly, according to Martinez.

This is the original letter sent to parents earlier this week:

Dear Devotion Families,

Many of you are aware that Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, Section 69, requires a flag to be displayed in each school classroom. This law also requires classes to be lead in a group recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Public Schools of Brookline policy provides that this recitation may take place weekly.

Additionally, as part of that Massachusetts History/Social Science frameworks and the Brookline Learning Expectations (BLE) there is a learning objective that students be able to “Demonstrate understanding that there are important American symbols by identifying … the words of the Pledge of Allegiance.”

In order to meet the state legal mandate for public schools and to support our learning expectations, I will, once a week, as part of my morning announcements, recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Classroom teachers, as with any announcement, will bring the class to silence. Students and teachers may choose to stand and recite the pledge but are not legally required to do so.

Under our Constitution, neither teachers nor students can be mandated to participate in this exercise. This is each person’s personal choice. I urge you to have a conversation as a family to help your children understand why I will be reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and to support them in feeling comfortable and confident in the decision on whether or not to participate.

Whatever decision you and your child make will be fully respected. Please fill out the section below and return to your child’s homeroom teacher. I anticipate that we will begin recitation of the Pledge after the New Year. (My Fox Boston)

Bet there’d be no “permission slip” if a Muslim wanted to lay down a prayer mat and pray toward Mecca 4 times a day.

I wonder if they have a Christmas Holiday display? 🙂

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

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Stop the Insanity!

Political CartoonObama said Congress had its “most productive post-election period” in decades. “And it comes on the heels of the most productive two years that we’ve had in generations.”

<<Industrial strength Super-Mega Sized Barf Bag!!!>>

Obama is correct though, the Republican rolled over more and played fetch in the Lame Duck session more than the last 2 years.

I guess Republicans should never go Duck hunting because they are completely useless at it and like one of the old Daffy Duck cartoons the duck just takes the dog (or elephant) to the cleaners and just runs circles around him and laughs insanely.

Now:  President Barack Obama says the economy will be his “singular focus” over the next two years.(AP)

Jan 9, 2010:  The Labor Department’s report on December job losses “was a reminder that the road to recovery is never straight, and that we have to continue to work every single day to get our economy moving again,” Obama said. “For most Americans and for me, that means jobs.”

Then Chief of Staff and “Never Waste a Crisis” Rahm Emmanuel:  “If he didn’t address it like a laser, if he talked about jobs then, people would have said he wasn’t dealing with the problem at hand. You have to deal with all of it.” (FOX)

Jan 21, 2010:  President Obama already was planning to put a heavy focus on jobs and the economy in next week’s State of the Union address, but his top aides are signaling that pivot is going to be even sharper in the wake of the Democrats’ stunning election defeat in Massachusetts. (CNN)

Dec 4, 2009: Obama convenes a summit here on jobs, then flies Friday to Allentown, Pa., for the first in what will be periodic listening tours on the economy. The goal is to develop new spending and tax proposals to help many of the nation’s nearly 16 million unemployed people find work in 2010.

“Though the job losses we were experiencing earlier this year have slowed dramatically, we’re still not creating enough new jobs each month to make up for the ones we’re losing,” Obama said last week. “For families and communities across the country, this recession will not end until we completely turn that tide.”

July 29, 2008: Mr. Obama’s focus on jobs seemed intended to show his mastery of an issue of special concern to working-class voters, especially working-class whites in industrial swing states like Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. During the Democratic primaries, those voters tended to support his main rival, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“The economic emergency is growing more severe,” Mr. Obama said just before the afternoon meeting began. “Jobs are down, wages are falling,” and “the financial markets threaten to be engaged in a protracted credit crunch with long-lasting ramifications.”

“I believe more action is going to be necessary,” he added, “so that entrepreneurship is encouraged, so that the market is thriving, so that hard work is rewarded.” (NYT)

I believe him. Don’t you? 😦

This will probably be gone from his mind on the plane to Hawaii. He has more important things to think about.

He still has to convince the new 112th Congress to pass the DREAM ACT & Cap & Trade after all. Leave no AGENDA item undeterred!

LET THE RATIONING BEGIN

The FDA has reversed its approval of a widely used cancer drug approved in Europe to treat breast cancer on the grounds it doesn’t provide a “sufficient” benefit. Let the terminally ill and their doctors decide.

One of the blessings of blocking the omnibus spending bill was that it included $1 billion for the implementation of ObamaCare.

Yet the first effects are still being felt, the latest being the Food and Drug Administration’s revoking of regulatory approval of Avastin to treat late-stage breast cancer.

The reason given by the FDA was that the drug does not provide “a sufficient benefit in slowing disease progression to outweigh the significant risk to patients.” What risk? These women are dying.

The drug buys them precious time, and the only risk they face is from an FDA saying “pull the plug.”

On the same day the FDA channeled Dr. Kevorkian, its European counterpart, the European Medicines Agency, issued a statement approving Avastin for metastatic breast cancer.

Benefits of the drug, it said, “continue to outweigh the risks, because the available data have overwhelmingly shown to prolong progression-free survival of breast cancer patients without a negative effect on the overall survival.”

So what say you, FDA? An agency overseeing the cost-conscious, government-run health care systems in the European Union says Avastin does provide sufficient benefit at little risk to the patient.

The annual cost, however, is a staggering $88,000 annually, and under ObamaCare cost trumps medical care. A prime decision is whether extending your life is worth the cost.

Consider that every year some 17,500 American women are prescribed Avastin by their practicing oncologists to treat their condition and prolong their life. Last October, the U.S. National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a group of 21 leading cancer centers that issues evidence-based medical guidelines, reaffirmed Avastin’s efficacy in certain cases.

Avastin, the marketing name for the drug bevacizumab, is the world’s best-selling cancer drug. Used primarily to treat colon cancer, it was first approved by the FDA in 2008 for treating breast cancer after it was found that by cutting the blood flow to tumors it slowed the progression of the disease. In some cases it has been shown to extend life as long as 20 months.

In a joint letter to the FDA and key lawmakers, two organizations — Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance— urge that Avastin continue to be approved for metastatic breast cancer patients and warn of the message this “decision sends about drug development for women with advanced breast cancer.”

Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death among American women, with 40,000 fatalities last year. Komen says the decision to use Avastin should be made between a woman and her doctor after a thoughtful consideration of the benefits and risks. We agree.

Avastin is still available on an off-label basis since it is still approved for colon, lung, kidney and brain cancer. But insurers are reluctant to cover drugs that are not FDA-approved. Medicare never does and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services are now headed by Dr. Donald Berwick, to whom we and others have referred as a one-man death panel.

“The decision is not whether or not we will ration care — the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open,” Berwick has said. For some that will mean the eyes closing forever.

Berwick has also opined: “We can make a sensible social decision and say, ‘Well, at this point, to have access to a particular additional benefit (new drug or medical intervention) is so expensive that our taxpayers have better use for those funds.'”

Like what? Tattoo-removal programs or Formosan subterranean termite research? This is your government, and it’s here to help. (IBD)

Tiny Tim to Dr. Berwick, “God bless us, everyone.”

Oh sorry, that was too religious for the political correct anti-christian liberals out there that scream every time God is mentioned.

Good. 🙂

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An Ugly Truth Revealed

Like the START Treaty this blog has a preamble, Provided by Former Arizona Governor and now Big Sis, the “Man Caused Disaster” enforcer (better known to normal people as Terrorism):  Janet Napolitano is keeping a tight ship on the security front. She even apparently throws in a day off for “thousands of people [who] are working 24/7, 364 days a year to keep the American people safe.” Or maybe she just forgot how many days are in a year. (ABC News with Diane Sawyer)

We can admire Janet for her lack of knowledge and silly little liberal gaffe because instead of worrying about nuking us or poisoning our food or blowing up our planes the terrorists will now be obsessed with what is that 1 day a year she is not being vigilant so they can all pile on at once. 🙂

Nice distraction Janet!

2 days ago was the 22nd anniversary of the bombing of Pam Am 103.

You know, a terrorist act not connected to any wars against Islam or Muslims.

Back when it wasn’t politically incorrect to say that 95% of all terrorist attacks in the last 20 years have been committed by Muslims.

The very idea that you even investigate that has CAIR and other muslim “advocacy” groups yowling racism and “profiling” and liberals running for politically correct cover.

The only guy ever convicted of this crime was “released” by the Scottish Government last year on “compassionate grounds” because he his death was imminent.

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is still alive and living it up as a nation hero in Libya.

There was an agreement with US that if he was in a Scottish jail he’d stay there. And now it comes out that the Brits were working for nearly 2 years to weasle out of that.

And they managed to come up with a good Liberal (or Labor) excuse, “Compassion”.

When a Liberal talks about “compassion” look out, you’re about to get something rammed down your throat or up your ass!

Why did they do it? MONEY!

Pure a simple.

OIL MONEY.

BP even.

Intense political pressures and “commercial warfare” waged by the regime of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi led to last year’s release of the “unrepentant terrorist” who blew up Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, according to a new report prepared by four U.S. senators.

The report was released Tuesday, 22 years to the day after a terrorist bomb exploded aboard  the Pan Am airliner,  killing 270 people — including 189 Americans — in one of the deadliest acts of domestic terrorism prior to 9/11.

An advance copy of the report – titled “Justice Undone: The Release of the Lockerbie Bomber” — was provided to NBC News.

The report finds that senior officials under former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown quietly and repeatedly pressured Scottish authorities to release Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi, the former Libyan intelligence officer convicted of the bombing.

They did so in order to protect British business interests in Libya, including a $900 million BP oil deal that the Libyans had threatened to cut off, as well as a $165 million arms sale with a British defense firm that was signed the same month al-Megrahi was freed from prison, the report states.

“This was a case in which commercial and economic considerations trumped the message of our global fight against terrorism,” said Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., one of the four senators who commissioned the report by a Senate investigator.

“God forbid there should be another terrorist attack. We have to make it impossible that anything like this injustice takes place again,” he added.

‘False’ and ‘flawed’ prognosis
The report also concludes that, in releasing Megrahi last year on the grounds that he was suffering from terminal prostate cancer and had only three months to live, Scottish authorities relied on a “false” and “flawed” medical prognosis that was possibly influenced by a doctor hired by the Libyan government. (Although there were recent reports that Megrahi was in a coma, that account has been disputed. As the Senate report notes, he remains alive, reportedly living in a luxury villa in Tripoli.)

The Senate report calls for a renewed investigation into Megrahi’s release by the State Department and a public apology by both the British and Scottish governments.

That request was rejected this week by both British and Scottish officials. “We totally reject their false interpretation,” a Scottish government spokesperson said in an emailed response to NBC News. The decision to release Megrahi “was not based on political, economic or diplomatic considerations, but on the precepts of Scots law and nothing else.”

Martin Longden, a spokesman for the British Embassy in Washington, told NBC that, since the Scottish government ultimately released Megrahi that “it is difficult to see how one can apologize for something that one wasn’t responsible for.”

However, Longden noted that the government of the current British Prime Minister David Cameron “has been very clear that Megrahi’s release was a mistake.”

Cameron has directed an internal British Cabinet review of all documents relating to Megrahi and its report, including some previously unreleased material, may be finished early next year, according to a British government official who requested anonymity.

The Senate report was signed by Menendez along with his Democratic colleague from New Jersey, Frank Lautenberg, and the two Democratic senators from New York, Charles Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand.

The four, who represent many of the American victims of the bombing, met with Cameron last summer when he visited Washington and demanded that he take further steps to uncover the trail of events that led to Megrahi’s release.

Megrahi’s release has stoked tensions between Washington and London since August 2009, when the former Libyan spy was released from a Scottish prison and received a hero’s welcome when he flew back to Libya.

U.S. officials outraged
The release triggered outrage from top U.S. law enforcement officials, such as FBI director Robert Mueller, and strong criticism from the Obama administration.

Scottish officials, however, said they freed him under a provision of their laws that allow for “compassionate release” in light of a medical prognosis that concluded he had only three months to live.

But the Senate report pokes hole in that conclusion, citing top cancer experts who say the three month prognosis was “inaccurate and unsupported by medical science,” and was made primarily by two Scottish prison doctors who had no background in prostate cancer. (One, the top doctor in the prison where Megrahi was housed, was a general practitioner and the other, Dr. Andrew Fraser, the director of health for the Scottish Prison Service, was a public health specialist.)

The Senate report states that Megrahi at the time “was not bed-ridden nor so physically frail that he could not undergo chemotherapy or other treatments. … (His) physical symptoms did not support a prognosis of three months and no doctor familiar with prostate cancer could have reasonably made such a prognosis.”

Among those who may have influenced the prognosis, the report suggests, were three doctors hired by the Libyan government to support the release of Megrahi on compassionate grounds, one of whom was quoted in British press accounts last summer as saying “we were asked to give an outcome and we did.”

That doctor’s report was sent directly to the Scottish prison doctor who worked on the medical prognosis 10 days before the final Scottish medical report on Megrahi, the Senate report says.

The Senate report also cites other factors that influenced the Scottish and British government’s actions on Megrahi.

Britain’s ambassador to Libya, Sir Vincent Fean, “directly participated” in an October 2008 meeting with Scottish government and senior Libyan officials to discuss a “way out” for Megrahi, it states.

Other British officials repeatedly warned the Scots that “British interests, including those of U.K. nationals, British businesses and possibly security cooperation would be damaged — perhaps badly — if Megrahi were to die in a Scottish prison,” according to a statement British Foreign Minister William Hague provided the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

‘A major problem’
The Libyan Government successfully freed al-Megrahi by using “commercial warfare,” states the report. “Libyan officials made it abundantly clear to Scottish and U.K. government officials that al-Megrahi’s death would be a ‘a major problem’ and ‘bad for relations,’ a message that was also delivered through BP officials,” Hague said.

While the British government has repeatedly insisted it was the Scots who made the final decision to release Megrahi, the Senate report notes that the British government had the power to block his transfer back to Libya — including denying the Libyans airspace to fly Megrahi home — because the decision affected matters of national security and terrorism.

The report also notes that Scottish officials were being lobbied to release Megrahi by senior officials of the government of Qatar, whose emir was the president of the Arab League.

“We should be most grateful if your office would exercise its discretion and on compassionate and humanitarian grounds take the necessary measures to remove Mr. Al-Megrahi from prison, Qatar’s trade mission wrote to Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill on July 17, 2009, just weeks before the Lockerbie bomber’s release.

At the time, the Senate report notes, Scottish officials were seeking to expand commercial ties with Qatar and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond had been discussing a potential multi-billion dollar loan from the Persian Gulf country. The loan was never consummated, however.

Officials at the Libyan and Qatari embassies in Washington did not return phone calls seeking comment. (Newsvine)

And so today, the Liberals and their dupes in the Republican Party, will pass a International Arms Control agreement in a Lame Duck session of Congress with the Russians when the real threats are Radical Muslims, Iran and North Korea.

Why?

Because they are still on their checklist of THINGS TO DO WHEN WE HAVE THE POWER TO DO SO and since they won’t have it like this again, it’s now or never.

60’s hippie anti-military peaceniks who have wanted to do this all there lifes are posed to give themselves a party as they have managed during the Lame Duck session (after they were repudiated in the biggest lost in 90 years) to pass a Stimulus Bill, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and hobbling the US Military.

Man they are going to Party like it’s 1979!

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Oh that’s right, in 1979 Iran took people hostage in our Embassy and we sat around doing not much of anything about.

My how times have changed. 🙂
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Big Brother Wants You!

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For years, proponents of so-called “net neutrality” have been calling for strong regulation of broadband “on-ramps” to the Internet, like those provided by your local cable or phone companies. Rules are needed, the argument goes, to ensure that the Internet remains open and free, and to discourage broadband providers from thwarting consumer demand. That sounds good if you say it fast.

So yet again, the liberals idea of the only way for you to be free is for the government to control whatever it is.

Orwell would be proud you my sons.

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

And my 4th Precept: FEAR IS HOPE. (https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2010/09/10/the-4th-precept/)

It’s very typical of the modern Liberal to want to control everything for your own good, because you’re far too stupid to it yourself.

Health Care, Finances, Education,News,Entertainment, Food, and now the Internet.

Freedom is slavery to the government. Government is here to protect your stupid ass self from the evil capitalist exploiters.

Gee, aren’t you happy? 😦

What has the Liberals’ panties so much in a bunch?

People like me. Little ole me. And all the other anti-liberal progressives out there.

Matt Drudge, Daily Caller, bloggers, etc.

We can’t attack in frontal assault so we’ll do what all Liberals always do, attack from the rear, in seemingly innocuous ways by “fairness” and “concern” that creep like a cancer that just grows and grows until it kills the patient.

Leaving Dr. Liberal is control of everything.

What liberal wouldn’t like to control everything?

None, that are in power right now.

The government, The Liberal Progressive one is  your only hope.

You can’t possibly do it without us.

So what if you have ever since the Internet exploded onto the seem 20 years ago. You can’t now.

Why?

Because they say you can’t.

And if you learn only one thing about Liberals, and that is that they believe they are incapable of error and are vastly superior to the mere mortal  both morally and intellectually.

So questioning them is impertinent.

Still feeling quixotic pressure to fight an imaginary problem, the FCC leadership this fall pushed a small group of hand-picked industry players toward a “choice” between a bad option (broad regulation already struck down in April by the D.C. federal appeals court) or a worse option (phone monopoly-style regulation). Experiencing more coercion than consensus or compromise, a smaller industry group on Dec. 1 gave qualified support for the bad option. The FCC’s action will spark a billable-hours bonanza as lawyers litigate the meaning of “reasonable” network management for years to come. How’s that for regulatory certainty?

To date, the FCC hasn’t ruled out increasing its power further by using the phone monopoly laws, directly or indirectly regulating rates someday, or expanding its reach deeper into mobile broadband services. The most expansive regulatory regimes frequently started out modest and innocuous before incrementally growing into heavy-handed behemoths.

On this winter solstice, we will witness jaw-dropping interventionist chutzpah as the FCC bypasses branches of our government in the dogged pursuit of needless and harmful regulation. The darkest day of the year may end up marking the beginning of a long winter’s night for Internet freedom. (WSJ)

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

And Lame Duck Cancer is a disease we are already suffering. We just don’t need another dose of it.

But the Liberals are thinking, we have to do it now because if we don’t the evil Republicans won’t let us next year. So it’s now or never!

And they are hardly the only ones.

The very liberal and toothless namby-pamby UN wants to get into the act.

The U.N. has been wanting to run the Web for years and is not letting a crisis — the WikiLeaks releases — go to waste. Following the Chicagoland model, it has plans to form an intergovernmental group that would “attempt to create global standards for policing the Internet.”

The meeting delegate from Brazil, which is pushing the proposal, told iTnews that the plan isn’t to take over the Web. Which is no reassurance at all. Whenever an elected official or bureaucrat says a program won’t cost much or the regulation being considered won’t be a burden, history teaches us to expect the exact opposite.

This big idea is coming only a few months after the Internet Governance Forum, a group that consults with the U.N., met in Vilnius, Lithuania. Its goal: to save the Internet with an international treaty that would include net neutrality.

So you could have the FCC, The US Government and the the UN all look after you.

Gee, don’t you feel better now. 🙂

The Internet is in no need of supervision from the U.N. or Washington. It is an energetic, broadly accessible marketplace of ideas.

Ideas, that the Liberal Left wants to control. For your own good, of course.

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

As Rod Beckstrom, president and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, said in September at the Vilnius meeting that the Internet works. It lets us communicate on an unprecedented scale, and its relative lack of regulation has made “it a fertile field for innovation and competition.”

The best thing for the U.N. and Washington to do is just stand back and let it flow. (IBD)

But Liberals, especially, and Washington in general has Control Freak issues.

But it’s for own good.

We are from the Government and we are here to protect you. 🙂

FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski:

As we stand here now, the freedom and openness of the Internet is unprotected. No rules on the books to protect basic Internet values. No process for monitoring Internet openness as technology and business models evolve. No recourse for innovators, consumers, or speakers harmed by improper practices. And no predictability for the Internet service providers, so that they can manage and invest in broadband networks.

That will change once we vote to approve this strong and balanced order…

On one end of the spectrum, there are those who say government should do nothing at all.

On the other end of the spectrum are those who would adopt a set of detailed and rigid regulations.

I reject both extremes in favor of a strong and sensible framework – one that protects Internet freedom and openness and promotes robust innovation and investment.”

Barf Bag anyone?

The FCC’s new, ostensibly softer approach comes on the heels of a U.S. Court of Appeals decision earlier this month, which ruled that the FCC does not have the authority to directly regulate internet providers nor require them to offer equal treatment to all Web traffic. Comcast sued the FCC, arguing that the commission could not force the company to be “net neutral” in regards to the file-sharing program BitTorrent, which Comcast at one point was filtering on its system.

In response, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski announced the “third way” which consists of simply removing ISPs from their current classification in order to “have enough of a legal footing in place to make sure the agency can protect consumers and achieve goals presented in the National Broadband Plan.”

Currently, the FCC categorizes Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as Title 1 “information service.” The classification meant that the FCC lacked the direct authority to regulate these providers. The FCC’s other option, however was to classify ISPs as Title II “telecommunications service,” which internet providers say would bring with it regulatory madness and  the same red tape that wireline phone agencies find themselves in.

Genachowski’s “third way” then will be an attempt to run between the two classifications:

The chairman will seek to restore the status quo as it existed prior to the court decision in order to fulfill the previously stated agenda of extending broadband to all Americans, protecting consumers, ensuring fair competition, and preserving a free and open Internet,” the official said.

The confirmation from the FCC comes only hours after two senior Democratic politicians sent a letter to Genachowski saying that imposing Net neutrality regulations on broadband providers such as AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon is “essential.” And Free Press, the liberal lobby group that’s led the fight to hand the FCC more Internet regulatory authority, hastily convened a conference call to warn that Genachowski would be leaving President Obama’s Net neutrality promises unfulfilled.

Net neutrality proponents have bemoaned the recent Appeals Court decision and wish to see a “free and open internet.”  But those opposed to interference from the FCC have argued that regulation will only suffocate business and innovation in an area that has thrived without government interference.

Yesterday, one FCC official said Genacoswki was trying to have it both ways, hoping:

to balance “a weak Title I and a needlessly burdensome Title II approach.” Title I refers to lightly regulated information services; Title II refers to heavily regulated telecommunications services, such as legacy telephone networks.

The balancing act between what the FCC has been told it cannot do and what it wants to do, has caused the committee to run over itself more than once. As BetaNews reports:

“The Third Way,” as the FCC now calls it, is a clear effort to defer to US Supreme Court decisions that suggested the FCC has the authority to declare what it does not regulate. As a model for deciding what’s in and what’s out, Schlick refers to the classic dissent of Justice Antonin Scalia in the 2005 Brand X decision. There, Justice Scalia argued that since it doesn’t make much difference to the customer whether he receives service through one route or another, it shouldn’t make much difference to the law, either.

Dancing lightly over the fact that Scalia’s argument was a dissent from the decision, and not actual law, Schlick suggested this morning that the FCC should now embrace an approach that it had vehemently rejected just weeks earlier.

Currently, the “third way” contains only six provisions from Title II regulations, although “the FCC could decide it needs more or less as this process wears on,” according to Engadget.com.

Republicans in Washington rejected the “third way” characterization and accused the Obama Administration of once again seeking to expand the power of government over the private sector.  House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio said, “Under this job- killing big government scheme, the Obama administration is seeking to expand the power of the federal government.”

Republican FCC Commissioners Rob McDowell and Meredith Attwell Baker issued a joint statement, saying: “This dramatic step to regulate the Internet is unnecessary.”

“It is a stark departure from the long-established bipartisan framework,” they said. (Daily Caller)

Bi-Partisan, wonder where I’ve heard that before?

Oh, yeah, it’s when you roll over and let the Liberal do what they want to do without objection.

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

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Merry Christmas From The Far Left

Full Disclosure: I am not a Christian. But neither am I any other religion or an atheist. I am “none of the above”.
I believe in the Spirit of Christmas. Which for a Grinch level cynic like me is kind of peculiar. But life is full of dichotomies.
And I absolutely hate POLITICAL CORRECTNESS!
Anywhere. Any Time.
And Christmas has been one of the major times.
Attacking Christianity or attacking Capitalist Greed and Consumerism, The Left is always trying to play Grinch.
Bill O’Reilly: Since the forces of good overwhelmed the anti-Christmas brigades a few years ago, the annual yuletide controversies have been rather muted.

This year, the always-reliable American Civil Liberties Union threatened schools in Tennessee with doom if they promoted Christmas, and there were a few other atrocities. Generally, though, the traditions of Christmas are on display, bringing happiness to American children.

But dissenters remain. An atheist put up an anti-Christmas billboard outside the Lincoln Tunnel in New Jersey that reads: “You KNOW it’s a myth. This season, celebrate REASON!”

You know, I would like to celebrate reason, too. That’s why I support honoring a federal holiday that allows citizens a day off to think about a man who changed history by preaching “love your neighbor as yourself.”

The view some liberal folks have of Christmas is interesting. New York Times columnist Gail Collins is a moderate lefty who says this about the tunnel billboard: “In this battle for the hearts and minds of commuters, the atheists seem to have been overly belligerent, although it is understandable that they get a little testy this time of year.”

It is?

Why would any rational person get testy about a federal holiday that brings joy to the majority of their countrymen and helps the economy, to boot? As a Christian, I don’t mind the winter solstice people doing whatever it is they do. If it involves ice hockey, I might even participate. Why resent the happiness of others, especially if no harm is being done? That’s not reasonable.

Some liberal people believe that Muslims, Jews and atheists might feel “left out” of the Christmas revelry. Well, I feel left out when folks eat onions because my stomach can’t tolerate them. That’s just the way it goes. Muslims, Jews, Hindus and most every other religious group have their own special days, do they not?

Jesus, I believe, would be shocked that his own humble birth has now become an occasion for attack billboards. The wise men would also be appalled. King Herod might approve, but he also might have executed the atheists involved just for fun. That’s the kind of guy Herod was.

In the end, the anti-Christmas people are tiresome and petty. Christmas is about the birth of a child and the happiness of all the children who followed him into this world. The day is set up to create magic for youngsters and to steep them in giving and receiving. Fanatical adults should not be intruding on or interfering with the positive spirit of Christmas.

That means you, ACLU.

Finally, there is a reason why Congress designates special days for official celebration. As far as Christmas is concerned, it benefits the individual citizen and the country in general to think of others. That is what Christmas is truly about. It’s the reason for the season.

The Naughty and Nice Christmas list (stores) that has gotten smaller over the last few years.

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The TAX DEAL

A small intermission to present this cartoon interlude.

Just in case you don’t think the far left is loonier than a Warner Brother Cartoon check this out from far, far left hacker “news” site- Gawker.com:

How Will Americans Spend the Obama Tax Cuts?

‘Nuff Said. The “rat sandwiches” was a nice touch though.

These people are too ideologically insane to know they were the beneficiaries of A Stimulus II.

And what’s this Porn obsession all about?

Now back to our regularly scheduled Holiday (unless the Left can figure out an Orwellian way to whitewash it completely that is)…

And I wouldn’t want to leave out the radical Atheists who just hate religion (especially Christianity) all together.

Posted at the Lincoln Tunnel into Manhattan:

The billboard sponsored by American Atheists. Seth Wenig/AP

Drivers can mull over this challenge for the few minutes of purgatory it takes to cross under the Hudson River. Once they make it through the tunnel into New York, however, they’ll encounter another billboard, this one from the Catholic League.

It’s the same nativity scene, but this time with a retort: “You know it’s real.” (NPR- and no one got fired for writing about it! Amazing! I guess it wasn’t anti-muslim enough for that)

But the final word should go that bastion of the Left: The American Communist Liberals Unions, The ACLU (from their own website)- mentioned in the Bill O’Reilly piece in all it’s Christmas glory:

NASHVILLE – Responding to numerous complaints from families about religious holiday activities in Tennessee public schools, the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee (ACLU-TN) sent a letter late yesterday to the 137 public school superintendents across the state.  The letter reminded school officials that holiday celebrations focusing primarily on one religious holiday amount to a school’s unconstitutional endorsement of religion.

“The founders of the United States believed in the significance of religion.  But they also understood that decisions about when and how to practice religion are best left to individuals, families and religious institutions,” said Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN Executive Director.  “During the holiday season, it is especially important that we all embrace the constitutional guarantees of the First Amendment in order to ensure that religious freedom flourishes.”

The ACLU-TN letter cites several U.S. Supreme Court decisions, explaining that “While public schools can teach about religion and religious holidays, public schools may not engage in indoctrination.  Thus comparative religion courses can be taught but endorsing religious doctrine or sponsoring religious activities is unconstitutional.”

The letter further explains, “[ACLU-TN] welcome[s] holiday celebrations that teach children about a variety of holidays.  We believe, however, that holiday celebrations that focus primarily on one religious holiday can result in indoctrination as well as a sense within students who do not share that religion of being outsiders to the school.”
Merry Christmas!

Feliz Navidad!

Gesëende Kersfees

Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah

Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo

Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan

Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!

Gajan Kristnaskon

Froehliche Weihnachten

Gledileg Jol

Nollaig chridheil huibh

Nadolig Llawen

Sawadee Pee Mai

Feliz Navidad y un Venturoso Año Nuevo

Liberals: Happy Holidays!

Not quite the same is it. 🙂

Monty Python’s Flying Christmas

Disclaimer: Monty Python belongs to Monty Python. Spam belongs to uh. . . well you get the idea. I don’t own this.

Without further ado, here we go!

The Twelve Days of Christmas-Monty Python Style!

On the first day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

A heck of a bloody good time!

On the second day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

On the third day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Three Hungarian dictionaries,

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

On the fourth day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Four killer cars

Three Hungarian dictionaries

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

On the fifth day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Five twits jumping matchboxes!

Four killer cars

Three Hungarian dictionaries

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

On the sixth day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Six Castle Aaaargs

Five twits jumping matchboxes!

Four killer cars

Three Hungarian dictionaries

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

On the seventh day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Seven silly Britons

Six Castle Aaaargs

Five twits jumping matchboxes!

Four killer cars

Three Hungarian dictionaries

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

On the eighth day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Eight roasting narrators

Seven silly Britons

Six Castle Aaaargs

Five twits jumping matchboxes!

Four killer cars

Three Hungarian dictionaries

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

On the ninth day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Nine okay lumberjacks

Eight roasting narrators

Seven silly Britons

Six Castle Aaaargs

Five twits jumping matchboxes!

Four killer cars

Three Hungarian dictionaries

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

On the tenth day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Ten resting parrots

Nine okay lumberjacks

Eight roasting narrators

Seven silly Britons

Six Castle Aaaargs

Five twits jumping matchboxes!

Four killer cars

Three Hungarian dictionaries

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

On the eleventh day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Eleven pounds of spam

Ten resting parrots

Nine okay lumberjacks

Eight roasting narrators

Seven silly Britons

Six Castle Aaaargs

Five twits jumping matchboxes!

Four killer cars

Three Hungarian dictionaries

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

On the twelfth day of Christmas Monty Python gave to me

Twelve migrating coconuts

Eleven pounds of spam

Ten resting parrots

Nine okay lumberjacks

Eight roasting narrators

Seven silly Britons

Six Castle Aaaargs

Five twits jumping matchboxes!

Four killer cars

Three Hungarian dictionaries

Two wooden rabbits

And a heck of a bloody good time!

🙂

Christmas Jeers Everyone

In the “No good deed goes unpunished” category: 2 good samaritans in Baltimore County Maryland jump in to freezing water to rescue a deer.

They get a natural resources police officer on the scene wrote both men a ticket.

“And he didn’t say anything,” Jim Hart said. “We went in and out of the water numerous times.  He didn’t stop us at all.”

They say they were ticketed for not wearing life vests, although both are over the age for mandatory use of flotation devices. (CBS 13-Baltimore)

Imagine if they were trying to feed that deer a Happy Meal! They’d be put on death row…:)

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The DREAM Act died.

Well, 1 out 2 ain’t bad as Meatloaf once said.

Not that the liberal media noticed. They were to busy have a Gay Pride Celebration.

So the hispanics they love so much got thrown under the bus and the media barely noticed.

How typical.

But the snotty little children in House who lost the Omnibus Cramdown decided to avoid the shutdown at midnight Saturday by extending the current spending to…THIS TUESDAY!

Yes, they extended it just a couple of days, undoubtedly so that Harry could Houdini the Democrats who scuttled the Ominibus Bill into line so they could vote for it again on Tuesday.

How petty was this?

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But at least Eric Holder and Obama got it in the shorts this time by Congress.

The Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives has voted 212-206 to ban the Obama administration from spending any funds to try terrorism suspects in civilian court instead of military commissions. Attorney General Eric Holder is reportedly all miffed and vexed. 🙂

I like it when he’s vexed.

On Dec. 11, he was off to reassure a San Francisco Muslim group that he wouldn’t let the FBI entice Muslim youngsters into becoming terrorists(The Liberals view of the Portland bomb plot). Who thinks Holder’s date book will be filled up speaking to Christian and Jewish groups worried that their kids can be talked into committing mass murder?

Altogether now, let’s sum it up with some seasonal style:

’Twas right before Christmas, when all through the House

All the Democrats were stirring at the White House Mouse;

The payback was hung by leadership with care,

In hopes that the Dems wouldn’t give it a stare;

Holder was nestled all snug in his bed,

While visions of terrorists danced in his head;

And Pelosi in her ’kerchief, and Hoyer in his cap,

Had just settled their brains for Obama’s trap,

When out on the floor there arose such a clatter,

They sprang from their beds to see what was the matter.

Away to the window they flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

They heard St. Moran ** exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

“Where the * expletive * is Obama on this cold winter’s night?”

The last time we saw him, he was hiding behind Bill Clinton. (Townhall.com)

**= Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) : “This is a lack of leadership on the part of Obama. “I don’t know where the f*** Obama is on this or anything else. They’re AWOL.”

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So Goes California.

The liberal birthplace of all bad ideas has a defeated one they want to force on everyone, Cap & Trade.

You know, where if you use to much energy or the wrong kind of energy the government steps in to crush you for it.

But, fear not, this to like unemployment & raising taxes according to liberals this kind of “green” scheme will create jobs.

And you wonder why I agree that liberalism is a mental disorder. 🙂

hey, they are only $26 Billion dollars in debt and absolutely convinced that the taxpayers of the other 49 states will have to bail them out so what hell, why not.

No time like the present. Hey, we double the national debt so that was the perfect time for liberals to put 50% more debt in 3 years on future generations after all.

Timing is everything with liberals. All bad.

It’s good for the environment (allegedly). It’s touchy-feely feel goodism.

It make them feel all warm and fuzzy. It can’t be totally wrong then can it?

On Friday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the bureaucracy charged with implementing AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, adopted a cap-and-trade scheme to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions by about 15% by 2020. CARB’s regulations go into effect in 2012.

The unelected officials at CARB intend to reorder California’s use of energy. In so doing they blandly declaim that their rules will create jobs while admitting to higher energy costs and a slowing economy. Somehow, this formula is transmogrified by CARB analysts into net job creation.

Given the immutable laws of math, one is forced to calculate that CARB’s actions will “create” low-paying jobs at the expense of good jobs.

Beyond CARB’s soothing words, what will Californians, one-eighth of America, likely experience on a practical level?

At the launch of California’s cap-and-trade program in 2012, CARB will give away allowances to the state’s 500 largest greenhouse gas emitters. Companies that cut their emissions, through innovation or lower economic activity, can sell their allowances to firms that need them to comply.

Over time, however, CARB expects to charge for allowances, generating a lucrative revenue stream for a cash-starved state.

The eventual selling of greenhouse gas allowances opens up an avenue for abuse. New York, New Jersey and New Hampshire are part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a mirror of California’s Western Climate Initiative with six other states and four Canadian provinces.

Rather than spend gas allowance funds on energy specific projects, as intended, all three Eastern states have raided climate funds for a more mundane purpose: balancing their budgets, with the total diversion to date exceeding $158 million.

Given California’s budget history, cap-and-trade will soon become cap-and-tax.

The Western Climate Initiative itself offers an opportunity for fraud on a massive scale. Its purpose was to decrease the cost of reducing emissions by letting each region play to its strengths: the Northwest has abundant hydropower while California has strong solar energy potential, so it makes sense to exchange the two.

Or so the theory goes.

In practice, British Columbia, through its government-owned utility BC Power, has been scamming California consumers. BC Power, hit with a fine for its role in California’s Enron-era electricity scandal, has been selling “green” hydropower to California for years.

Then, in an act of electron-laundering, has backfilled its electricity deficit with coal-fired power from Washington state and Alberta. This lets Californians feel good about their electricity while netting Canadians a healthy profit.

Another misapplication of California’s cap-and-trade effort will come in the guise of “environmental justice.” Since cap-and-trade’s main purpose will be to increase the cost of energy, this increased cost must be borne by California’s consumers. Environmental justice’s purpose would ensure that favored political groups will have these higher energy costs subsidized by state programs to insulate them from the pain.

Los Angeles lawmaker Kevin De Leon tried such an approach with last year’s AB 1405. Vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, De Leon’s bill sought to set up the California Climate Change Community Benefits Fund, its purpose being to skim money raised by selling GHG allowances to give to socioeconomically “disadvantaged communities.”

CARB appears set to let up to 8% of the greenhouse gas reductions be met by purchasing “offset credits.” These credits would likely be bought when firms find it difficult or costly to purchase allowances from within California.

The trouble arises in that these credits may be purchased from developing nations. Experience shows that such transactions are rife with fraud, as the Third World lacks the transparency and rule of law needed to ensure compliance.

In addition, offset credits will encourage the flow of capital out of California, where it is needed to create jobs, and into often unproductive uses in developing nations.

Lastly, to be successful, California’s greenhouse gas reduction effort must drastically overhaul transportation. California’s GHG emissions challenge is unique among the states in that only 20% of California’s emissions come from the electrical sector while 50% are generated by transportation.

With its benign climate, California is America’s most electrically efficient state and gets only one-sixth of its electricity from coal compared with the national average of 50%. On the other hand, Californians don’t live in dense urban centers; they like their cars and their freedom to travel. As a result, CARB’s proposed regulations hit oil refiners and drivers particularly hard.

Under AB 32, California refiners must begin to comply with a low carbon fuel standard in 2011, reducing the “carbon intensity” of transportation fuels by 10% by 2020.

This can be done by increasing the amount of ethanol used in fuel (and, when generated by corn, likely has a net negative impact on the environment), by increasing hydrogen-powered vehicles (extremely costly), placing more electric cars in service or by reducing the carbon intensity of the crude oil used in refining.

This last alternative entails reworking California refineries so they can lower carbon-intense, non-California crude for their feedstock, a vastly expensive and uncertain proposition that may force the closure of some California refineries.

Finally, due to burdensome reporting and compliance requirements, California refiners will be at a disadvantage to out of state and foreign refiners, putting added pressure on these big in-state employers to shift their operations out of California and making California more reliant on energy imports.

With California’s adoption of its low-carbon fuel standard, some analysts are forecasting a gasoline price shock of 30% to 80% in five years. With Congress appearing set to end corn ethanol subsidies, this cost may go higher, hitting California families for an additional $570 to $6,500 per year, according to the George C. Marshall Institute.

CARB’s new cap-and-trade rules will place yet another load on California’s teetering economy. Yet with AB 32 the law of the land, CARB has little choice, other than encouraging an ambitious program to build modern nuclear power plants to reduce California’s carbon footprint.

A likelier course will be the repeal of AB 32 before the end of the decade as Californians come to realize that the Golden State’s go-it-alone approach to reducing transportation-fuel carbon intensity isn’t immune to the laws of economics or physics.

But Liberals are, in their own heads. Sounds like California needs to go on a low CARB diet and cut their fat intake. 🙂

Talk about The Biggest Loser!

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START DADT DREAM & Big Sis Too!

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Any time you kill a bloated, $1.27 trillion spending bill that includes more than 6,000 earmarks worth $8 billion, it’s a good day’s work. But as far as this lame-duck Congress is concerned, the work isn’t done.

And a bloated trillion dollar monster escaped.

As this is written, Reid and his congressional allies are trying to force votes on the Dream Act; the New START treaty; “don’t ask, don’t tell”; and a massive environmental bill — all in the final days of the year if not this very weekend before Christmas.

Got to get in that last Lame Duck Poison. Gotta push on and get as much of it injected as possible.

Screw the people. This is THE AGENDA we are talking about.

And nothing on earth is more important than THE AGENDA!

As a final insult to American voters, and virtually unnoticed by the media, Reid & Co. have rolled some 100 separate environmental bills into one — creating a giant land and private-property grab that again will have consequences well beyond the here and now.

Reid hasn’t even allowed this omnibus measure to be debated. And yet, as Landon Zida reported on the Heritage Foundation’s blog, the bill would “designate hundreds of thousands of acres of land under the control of federal government.” And all of it, as columnist Michelle Malkin has noted, with virtually no input. (IBD)

CRAM IT DOWN! CRAM IT DOWN! CRAM IT DOWN!

THE AGENDA UBER ALLES!!

The Democrats Christmas (politically incorrect)…Holiday Gift to all is to disarm our country against it’s enemies, give amnesty to illegals and to cram gays down your throat (even if you think the whole thing is silly) because these are the most important things in the universe to Liberals– THE AGENDA!

And they must get them in before Mommy & Daddy come home on Jan 5th and force them to clean up the mess they’ve made, kicking and screaming that it was someone else’s fault!

Meanwhile, Big Sis who’s I-can-see-you-naked Scanner have scientifically been proven to be incapable of detecting things like GUNS and a Border Patrol agent is killed by Mexican drug dealers on our own soil she’s gone all Al Gore!

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that her department is creating a new task force to battle the effects of climate change on domestic security operations.

Speaking at the first White House Forum on Environmental Justice on Thursday, Napolitano discussed the initial findings of the department’s recently created “Climate Change and Adaptation Task Force.”

Napolitano explained that the task force was charged with “identifying and assessing the impact that climate change could have on the missions and operations of the Department of Homeland Security.” (CNS)

The all day White House Forum on Environmental Justice also included talks by White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

But don’t worry, they don’t have an AGENDA! 🙂

The two scientists most responsible for the development magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines used in hospitals have reached the conclusion that these currently deployed contraptions are not effective at preventing terrorists from carrying explosives aboard aircraft.

Basically, Leon Kaufman and Joseph W. Carlson, described as the “scientific genius” behind the MRIs, claim that TSA and the manufactureres, in order to show effectiveness, have biased the studies and left out known limitations of the machines.

Mr. Kaufman and Mr. Carlson showed less restraint in a peer-reviewed article posted online Nov. 26 by The Journal of Transportation Security. They created a computer model to simulate scanner operation and conclude an Islamic terrorist could easily sneak a large quantity of explosives past the device. “It is very likely that a large (15-20 cm in diameter), irregularly-shaped, cm-thick pancake with beveled edges, taped to the abdomen, would be invisible to this technology, ironically, because of its large volume, since it is easily confused with normal anatomy,” the study explains.

The researchers pointed out that the manufacturers of airport scanners positioned contraband like guns, knives and drugs in unnatural ways to conceal the limitations of their device. For example, the simulated drugs are always packed into tight rectangles that show up distinctly on the machine. TSA employees would have a far more difficult time spotting less tidy terrorists. “The eye is a good signal averager at certain spatial frequencies, but it is doubtful that an operator can be trained to detect these differences unless the material is hard-edged, not too large and regular shaped,” Mr. Kaufman and Mr. Carlson wrote.

Theirs is not the only such study. Last March the government’s own GAO reported that it was “unclear” whether airport scanners would have detected Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s botched Christmas Day underwear bombing attempt.

As TSA begins to touch more and more Americans in ways that they feel “ain’t right,” and more whole body scanners are deployed, the concerns of the public will increase. Even TSA officials admit that less that 10 percent of the flying public have faced a whole body scanner or an enhanced pat-down and there is already an uproar.

Add to that, radiation questions that are sure to emerge from these latest investigations and scientific evidence that the whole body scanner billion-dollar contraptions can’t spot a reasonably well-hidden bomb and TSA is going to have a growing problem.

But at least they can see yours! 🙂

And the Border will be made safe from Global Warming Threats!

And those nasty old Russians, Chinese and North Koreans won’t have to worry about our big stick because we’ll emasculate ourselves for them! Isn’t that nice of us.

But at at least we’ll have openly gay people in the military.

After all, that’s what’s MORE IMPORTANT.

All Hail THE AGENDA!!