Global Cooling?

I’m so confused. First it was Cooling (1970’s), the Warming (1980s-early 2000’s) then “Climate Change” “Warming” (last few years).

Now it’s back to Cooling?

Just as all the little environmental dictators get together to have an Apocalyptic Warming Conference where they all agree that they should run everyone and everything and make everyone poor and only they’ll be rich. It’s for your own good. 🙂

They call the Conference by the telling name of COP 21. COP, Freaudian slip? 🙂

Ice-4-382335

SCIENTISTS claim we are in for a decade-long freeze as the sun slows down solar activity by up to 60 per cent.

A team of European researchers have unveiled a scientific model showing that the Earth is likely to experience a “mini ice age” from 2030 to 2040 as a result of decreased solar activity.

Their findings will infuriate environmental campaigners who argue by 2030 we could be facing increased sea levels and flooding due to glacial melt at the poles.

However, at the National Astronomy Meeting in Wales, Northumbria University professor Valentina Zharkova said fluctuations an 11-year cycle of solar activity the sun goes through would be responsible for a freeze, the like of which has not been experienced since the 1600s.

From 1645 to 1715 global temperatures dropped due to low solar activity so much that the planet experienced a 70-year ice age known as Maunder Minimum which saw the River Thames in London completely frozen. 

The researchers have now developed a “double dynamo “model that can better predict when the next freeze will be.

Based on current cycles, they predict solar activity dwindling for ten years from 2030.

Professor Zharkova said two magnetic waves will cancel each other out in about 2030, leading to a drop in sun spots and solar flares of about 60 per cent.

Sunspots are dark concentrations of magnetic field flux on the surface that reduce surface temperature in that area, while solar flares are burst of radiation and solar energy that fire out across the solar system, but the Earth’s atmosphere protects us from the otherwise devastating effects.

She said: “In cycle 26, the two waves exactly mirror each other, peaking at the same time but in opposite hemispheres of the Sun. 

“We predict that this will lead to the properties of a ‘Maunder minimum.

“Over the cycle, the waves fluctuate between the Sun’s northern and southern hemispheres. Combining both waves together and comparing to real data for the current solar cycle, we found that our predictions showed an accuracy of 97 per cent.”

Research colleagues Simon Shepherd of Bradford University, Helen Popova of Lomonosov Moscow State University and Sergei Zarkhov of the University of Hull used magnetic field observations from 1976 to 2008 at the Wilcox Solar Observatory at Stanford University.

A Royal Astronomical Society spokesman said: “It is 172 years since a scientist first spotted that the Sun’s activity varies over a cycle lasting around 10 to 12 years. 

The theory is likely to infuriate environmentalists who fear the globe is heating up.

I HOPE SO. 🙂

“But every cycle is a little different and none of the models of causes to date have fully explained fluctuations.”

The “double dynamo” theory appears to support claims of researchers who argue Earth will soon experience major global cooling due to lower solar activity as the sun goes into a sustained period of hibernation.

Environmentalists meanwhile claim global temperatures will increase over the period unless we drastically reduce carbon emissions.

DO AS WE SAY OR YOU’RE ALL DOOMED! 🙂

The Pol on the website so far:

Do you think the world will get hotter or colder from 2030?

Yes, by the sound of it we are in for a very long winter   43%

No, I believe that the Earth is gradually heating up and we are responsible so have to cut carbon   3%

I think it could go either way and will carry on fluctuating   26%

Why worry, it is out of our hands   24%

Even if there is a mini ice age after it will keep warming in the long run  4%

Since the people ain’t buying it’s up to the Politicians to force them to, after all that’s how Science works. 🙂

 

 

 

The Actual Point

Conservatives spend a lot of time talking principles, but not as much time as they should telling people what they want to do for the average American. On the other hand, liberals talk incessantly about what conservatives want to do “to” the average American, but almost all of it is wrong. Here’s what conservatives actually want for Americans.

The Left is more than happy to define it’s “enemy”. So why is the “enemy” so willing to be defined by them?

1) A country where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed, but isn’t dragged down by an insistence on equal results.

2) A safe neighborhood where you can let your kids go out and play in the front yard without having to worry about them being shot, kidnapped or coerced by gang members.

3) A country as free as possible of illegal aliens who commit crimes, use taxpayer services without paying, take jobs that should go to citizens and drive down wages for Americans.

4) An environment with clean air, clean water and clean soil.

5) The right to worship the God you believe in as you please, without interference from the state, as long as you don’t hurt anyone else.

6) An environment where Americans can reap rewards as large as the market is willing to pay for their particular talents, work ethic or unique skills.

7) The dignity of supporting yourself with a job, free of dependence on the government.

8) A government that will stay out of your way and allow you to reach your full potential free of interference.

9) The freedom to live as you please and do as you please with your property without interference from the government.

10) The ability of parents to be able to send their children to a school, public or private, that best fits their needs.

11) The protection of the world’s foremost military and a government that is willing to use it to insure the safety of American citizens.

12) A Medicare and Social Security program that are financially solvent long-term so they can continue to benefit retirees.

13) The freedom for people to speak their minds without being censored by the government.

14) A decent culture so that children have a chance to grow up without being morally corrupted.

15) A responsible government that keeps order in the streets, protects Americans from crimes, and enforces basic regulations to keep people from being taken advantage of by crooks or unscrupulous businesses.

16) The ability for women to achieve their fullest potential, whether that’s by being a corporate CEO, opening their own business or staying at home as a full time mom.

17) A country where people are judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. (Martin Luther King, anyone…)

18) Low taxes, so that Americans get to keep more of their hard earned money instead of sending it to the government.

19) A country where everyone from the President of the United to States to the humblest citizen has to obey the same laws or face the same potential penalties for breaking those laws.

20) A fiscally responsible government that takes great care to wisely spend the tax dollars it collects.

Maybe we should tack these theses to the doors of Congress and the White House! 🙂

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez


The Velvet Glove

Soft Tyranny: What is the purpose of government in America? To protect rights and freedoms? That’s how the nation started. But now government is seen as more of a cross between a nanny and an operations manager.

Not every American adheres to that notion. Enough governments are moving in that direction, however, to make us freedom-lovers more than a little nervous. Consider a trio of recent events moving us from a nation of liberty to a society that is over-governed and over-monitored.

Late last month, the Seattle City Council voted to make it a crime for residents to put too many food scraps into their regular garbage. The law says that regular trash bins can’t be filled with more than 10% of compostable waste, including food and paper products.

On first offense, citizens are punished with a $1 fine. Serial offenders could be fined $50. The whole thing gives new meaning to the dinner-table question: “Are you going to finish that?”

So do they have to eat the extra calories they would have thrown away (thus increase obesity, which the liberal will also get you for) or do you have save it for the poor or leftovers??

Well, don’t save them too long, then you’ll have to throw them out and Mama will be unhappy if it’s “too much”.

Seattle.gov:

In a recent study, Seattle households estimated that about 1/3 of all food scraps they throw out could’ve been avoided. This includes foods that went bad before being eaten and leftovers no one wanted to eat.

That rotten apple isn’t the only thing going into your food and yard waste cart, though. You’re also throwing away all the water, energy and other resources used to grow that apple and get it to your plate. That’s a lot of waste!

You horrible peach of ungrateful shit! How dare you! Mama Government is unhappy with you.

Monthly residential food and yard waste cart rates

Effective April 1, 2014.

Service Level (weekly) Curb or Alley
(per month)
Weight Limit Dimensions
13-gallon (mini-can) $5.15 20 pounds 11″W x 12″D x 27″H
32-gallon $7.75 60 pounds 21″W x 23″D x 40″H
96-gallon $9.90 180 pounds 29″W x 34″D x 46″H
extra yard waste (per bundle) $4.90 60 pounds 4′ x 2′ x 2′

Customers changing their food and yard waste cart size more than once in a twelve month period may incur a $23.80 fee charged to their solid waste account.

Apparently, you get to pay for the privilege of being condescended to by Mama Government. How sweet…

Reuters reports that the law is “one of the toughest mandatory composting efforts in the country” in a city considered “a leader in urban sustainability and recycling efforts.” Which means that the nonsense started there is likely to spread to other urban areas.

Actually, Seattle is the second American city to pass such a law. San Francisco — of course — was the first.

They are also banning plastic bags in California too. It’s a ‘environmentally friendly’ sanctimonious thing to do and it. But we have to start small. You have throw the frog into cold water first, soften him up, before you go for the full boil of Government.

Under SB270, plastic bags will be phased out of checkout counters at large grocery stores and supermarkets such as Wal-Mart and Target starting next summer, and convenience stores and pharmacies in 2016. The law does not apply to bags used for fruits, vegetables or meats, or to shopping bags used at other retailers. It allows grocers to charge a fee of at least 10 cents for using paper bags.

Selective Liberal outrage?

Shoppers leaving a Ralphs supermarket Tuesday in downtown San Diego were divided as they weighed the legislation’s environmental benefits against its costs. San Diego does not ban plastic bags.

“With the amount of waste that we produce, we can try to help out by slightly inconveniencing ourselves,” said Megan Schenfeld, 29, whose arms were full of groceries in plastic bags after leaving reusable bags at home.

Well, she needs to be handcuffed, arrested and fined for her bad behavior don’t you think? 🙂

Robert Troxell, a 69-year-old former newspaper editor, said the fees are more than an inconvenience for retirees living on fixed incomes like him. He shops daily because he has only a small refrigerator in his hotel for low-income seniors.

“It becomes a flat tax on senior citizens,” said Troxell, who lives off social security and other government assistance. “I have not disagreed with Jerry Brown on anything — until this.”(AP)

Environmental jingo-ism or people, which would the liberal choose? 🙂

Several hundred miles south of Puget Sound, drought-weary Californians who are keeping their lawns green or taking too long to wash their cars are being turned in to the authorities by their neighbors.

The Water Police and their little minions of sanctimony, how cute. Can we get some Scarlett Letters made next?

As we noted over the summer, “water officials in Los Angeles will soon offer hangers that residents can ‘slip anonymously around the doorknobs of neighbors whose sprinklers are watering the sidewalk.'” The Golden State has become the land of drought-shaming apps and water cops on the way to becoming the next Great American Dust Bowl.

The drought could have been avoided, as it is entirely man-made. No, we’re not blaming everyday Californians; we blame government policymakers.

We find guilty the “operations managers” at the state and federal levels who have refused to allow water to cost what it would in an open market unobstructed and unsubsidized by government, and who for environmental reasons have cut off water flows to “protect” a 3-inch fish and dumped the water into the ocean.

The Delta Smelt anyone? 🙂

https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2009/09/18/of-fish-and-foul/

https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/you-smelt-it-you-dealt-it/

And then there are the nannies in Washington — or more specifically, the nation’s First Nanny, who wants to dictate what every kid eats for lunch at school.

Michelle Obama is afraid that students across the country are consuming too many calories, too much fat and not enough of the right kinds of foods, so she’s been campaigning to be every student’s mom.

The Nation’s Mom! Think Mrs. C, not Mrs G(overnment). There’s no harm in that, after all, it’s for your own good!! 🙂

Instead of packing food that children will actually eat, she’s stuffing lunchboxes with kid-unfriendly green, leafy vegetables and tasteless wheat bread, making sure they don’t consume more than one packet of ketchup per meal.

It’s for your own good dear!

But the National School Lunch Program is both wasteful and, given Seattle’s and San Francisco’s laws, counterproductive.

But that’s what Liberal sanctimony does best.

As Warner Todd Huston observed last month on Breitbart.com, many of the 31 million children who are fed by the program “are throwing away the vegetables, fruits and snacks forced on them by the new federal nutrition standards.”

Better do it the right way or Mama Government will get you for THAT too… 🙂

Sounds like a practice that would run afoul of Seattle’s ordinance. Maybe the operations managers and government nannies need to work a little closer together so there won’t be any conflicts.

No, that’s not a good idea at all. It would be better for everyone if they all stopped trying to engineer society and let us live our lives without interference. (IBD)

But that’s impossible for a Liberal. They are so vastly superior in vision and purpose and they just want you to be like them and be “enlightened” or else they will have put the hammer to your nuts until you do as you are told.

You are a child, they are the adult- at least their minds- and you must be forcefully taught how to behave properly.

They are you “enlightened” Masters, and the sooner you do as you’re told Mama Government will not be cross with you anymore.

Love you, Kiss kiss…now shut up and do as you’re told!

 Are you my mummy? 🙂

154746 600 trick or treat cartoons

Foaming At the Mouth

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org

MINNEAPOLIS — They came for your plastic bags, and now they’re coming for your take-out trays.

On Tuesday (June 2014), the D.C. Council voted to ban the use of single-use disposable containers made from the material in restaurants and cafés.

Noe listen to the liberals retort at then end of this article (takepart.com): Don’t pity it too much, though. Because D.C.’s ban won’t take effect until Jan. 1, 2016, the industry still has two years to profit from material that pollutes the environment.

Subtle isn’t it? 🙂  It’s coming to a Liberal run town near you.

Minneapolis City Councilman Andrew Johnson says the largest city in Minnesota should join an ever-growing list of cities to ban foam containers, like the ones used by many restaurants for take-out food or hot tea and coffee.

The plastic foam containers will be prohibited on Earth Day, April 22, of next year. Subtle aren’t they? 🙂

In other words, he wants Minneapolis residents to eat cold take-out for the rest of forever.

TAKE AWAY YOUR TAKE-OUT: A proposed ban on certain types of foam dishes would leave residents of Minneapolis eating cold take-out.

Johnson did not return calls for comment, but he told KARE-11 that foam containers are bad for the environment and unhealthy for Minnesotans.

“There are better alternatives out there,” he told the TV station.

Opponents to the ban have expressed concern that eliminating plastic foam will lead to an increase in prices. Johnson’s hope is that once companies start buying environmentally sustainable containers, costs will decrease. (City pages)

Just Like Your Health Care under ObamaCare, remember that $2500 savings they promised? 🙂

But rather than educate the public about the problems with foam containers or encourage businesses to use a different packaging material, Johnson said the best solution is to impose his own preferences on city businesses and their customers.

Starting next spring, Portland will be among relatively few communities in New England with both a bag fee and a ban on the type of polystyrene foam that’s commonly used in coffee cups and take-out food containers, businesses will have until April 15, 2015, to switch their packaging.

The fee will be charged for both plastic and paper bags, with the stores keeping the money.Dry cleaners, restaurants and farmers markets will be exempt.

“I think we want to do this because Maine and Portland care about the environment,” said Councilor Jon Hinck, who voted for the measures along with Councilors Ed Suslovic, Jill Duson, David Marshall and Kevin Donoghue and Mayor Michael Brennan.

Imposing our will is “good for you”. 🙂

Andy Charles, who operates Haven’s Candies stores, called the bag fee a “double tax” because the 5 cents will be subject to the state’s sales tax .(Press Herald)

Subtle, very subtle… 🙂

New York City officials also recently voted to ban foam cups and to-go containers beginning in 2015. In Massachusetts, Brookline banned both plastic bags and foam containers beginning in November, while both Somerville and Amherst – home to the University of Massachusetts’ flagship campus – began prohibiting food retailers from using polystyrene earlier this year. (Press Herald)

There’s also an economic angle. It’s not profitable enough to recycle the foam containers (even though it is possible to recycle them, contrary to what environmental groups claim), so Minneapolis and most other cities don’t bother to do it.

According to Minnesota Public Radio, it would cost the city about $20,000 to purchase the necessary equipment to make the recycling process more worth-while.

There are more than 2.6 billion pounds of foam — technically known as “flexible polyurethane” —  consumed in the U.S. each year, according to Freedonia, a market research group.

But stopping restaurants in the city from using foam food trays hardly solves the problem. Most of the foam in the environment is the result of packing and shipping supplies, like the giant foam wrappings that come wrapped around new TVs or any other appliance, or used by construction firms.

More than 100 cities in the country already have bans on foam containers, but Minneapolis would be the first city in the Midwest to impose such a rule.  Almost all the others are in California.

Banning foam containers might be fine in Los Angeles or Santa Monica. What’s the worst that could happen to your food when the surrounding air is already a balmy 75 degrees at any time of the year?

But good luck keeping that plate of General Tsao’s chicken warm inside a paper container when the industrial-strength freezer of a Minnesota winter is running full blast (on Jan. 6 of this year, the high temperature in the Twin Cities was -12 degrees.  Yes, the “high” temperature.)

For his attempt to tell businesses what they use for take-out trays, Johnson brings home our “Nanny-state city of the week” award to Minneapolis. His prize is a plate of cold plate of poutine and lukewarm cup of Caribou coffee.

For the uninitiated a poutine is a Canadian staple of very unhealthy foods involving fries, a protein, gravy, and cheesy curds. This is NOT an Obama approved meal!!

We are from the Government and we are here to save you from yourself.

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Color of Skin

Happy Earth Day!



The Environmental Protection Agency late last month proposed strict new “clean fuel” standards on gasoline. The EPA said the so-called Tier 3 rule would cut emissions of smog-forming pollutants, as well as toxic emissions like benzene.

What the EPA didn’t say was that levels of these pollutants have been falling steadily for years, and would continue to fall even without the new rule, which the oil industry says will cost tens of billions of dollars.

Indeed, a fact that won’t get much attention on Earth Day — April 22 — is that pollution has been falling across the board for decades, even while the nation’s population and economy have expanded. Overall air pollution levels dropped 62% from 1990 to 2012, while GDP grew 69% and population climbed 26%.

Everything has seen declines: carbon monoxide, soot, sulfur dioxide, ozone, lead and others. Many are now below the EPA’s safety threshold.

Welcome to The Agenda is The Agenda regardless of the Facts.
The Secretary of state, John Kerry,  is on a tour of the world warning everybody about manmade global warming. He is telling everybody, “The science is settled,” and that we’re the cause of it and we need to be crushed for it.
Meanwhile, places like China That ARE the much bigger polluters just get away with it and Kerry wants their help to screw us WHILE they get away with it!
Kerry: “agreed to elevate the issue of man-made climate change to the ministerial level in bilateral discussions.”
Translation: Screw us over because of our Agenda.
“We are seeing the science of climate change come back to us now at a rate that is far faster and with far greater levels of damage than anything that scientists predicted 10, 15, 20 years ago,” he stated. “Every prediction that has been made is coming true, but coming true bigger and more dangerously.”
The Facts don’t support this view. But the Agenda supports it so that’s all that matters.

Before becoming secretary of state, then-Senator Kerry positioned himself as a leader on the climate change issue, likening those who questioned the notion of human-induced global warming to flat-earthers.

In a Senate floor speech last August, he declared that the climate crisis was as dangerous as the possibility of Iran developing nuclear weapons or a U.S.-Iran war. He bemoaned the rise the skepticism and blaming it on “a concerted campaign of disinformation.”

During his Senate confirmation hearing last January, the secretary of state-designate described climate change as a “life threatening” issue.

So never get between a Liberal and his Agenda! 🙂

Even carbon dioxide emissions dropped Hayward released the latest almanac on April 16.

Other environmental measures also show steady improvement.

Water quality, including drinking water, has improved over the past several decades. And per-capita water use has declined 30% since 1975, notes the U.S. Geological Survey.

There are about 20 million more acres of forest land now than there were 20 years ago, according to the Forest Service.

But yet, if you elect anyone other than a Tree-hugging, Global Warming Alarmist Democrat you want to rape and pillage the environment for greed and corporate profits!

Even if no new environmental rules were introduced, these improvements will likely continue, as newer, more efficient technology continues to replace older equipment. As Hayward notes, “reductions in air pollution are occurring more rapidly than the EPA’s models have forecast.”

Yet in the face of these successes, the EPA has only accelerated its regulatory efforts.

Because it’s about the power and the control, NOT the results! Just like most of the Liberal Agenda.

The Tier 3 rule, for example, will force oil refiners to cut the sulfur content of gasoline from 30 parts per million down to 10 parts per million. The industry says this will cost $10 billion upfront and more than $2 billion a year, raising gas prices by up to 9 cents a gallon.

But don’t worry, that doesn’t “hurt” the middle class and the poor. 🙂

The EPA claims the rule will help avoid up to 2,400 premature deaths a year. But the existing Tier 2 standard had already cut the sulfur content dramatically from the previous 300 parts per million, and is contributing to substantial gains in air quality.

Levels of volatile organic compounds — a chief ingredient in smog — have dropped 88% since 1970. Nitrogen oxides, another smog forming agent, are down about as much. And levels of benzene, a toxic air pollution that the EPA says its new rule will cut, dropped 66% over the past two decades.

In Los Angeles, these gains have been even more impressive. Since 1980, the city had cut in half the number of times it exceeded the EPA’s current smog standard.

A study commissioned by the oil industry found that the costly Tier 3 standard will do little to improve on these ongoing air pollution gains.

Likewise, the EPA late last year lowered the standard for PM 2.5 — fine particles in the air sometimes called soot — in response to a court order, even though the existing standard is producing steady gains. Then-EPA-head Lisa Jackson said the new rule would “save lives and reduce the burden of illness in our communities.”

Any area that fails to hit that lower standard by 2020 risks losing federal transportation money. In the meantime, communities that exceed the standard will have to file “implementation plans” with the EPA years before that deadline.

The manufacturing industry sued to stop the new rule, saying that it will “crush manufacturers’ plans for growth by restricting counties’ ability to issue permits for new facilities, which makes them less attractive for new business,” according to National Association of Manufacturers CEO Jay Timmons.

EPA Won’t Celebrate

But the agency’s own data show that PM 2.5 levels have dropped 28% since 1999, and the EPA expects levels to continue declining even without the new rule. (IBD)

But the Agenda is the Agenda!

The problem is that the EPA rarely celebrates these environmental successes, and even when it does point out gains, the press largely ignores it.

When the agency announced, for example, that toxic air emissions dropped 8% in 2011 from the year before, and have been steadily dropping since 1998, only a handful of local papers bothered to report the news. (CNS)

Because this is not news worth reporting, especially by The Ministry of Truth.The actual truth does not advance The Agenda so it’s not newsworthy.
Speaking of Not Newsworthy…
BENGHAZI UPDATE
Four Americans, including our sitting ambassador, murdered in a terrorist attack.  Repeated warnings and requests for beefed up security ignored and denied in a notorious jihadi hotspot.  Zero assistance, hour after hour, as two murdered former SEALs begged for back-up.  Let’s wrap this up and move on, says the Obama administration’s top diplomat.  Via Erika Johnsen:
The whole thing is a big yawner for Liberals.
KERRY: Let’s figure out what it is that’s missing, if it’s legitimate or if it isn’t. I don’t think anybody lied to anybody. And let’s find out exactly, together, what happened, because we need — we got a lot more important things to move on to and get done. 
Just so we’re clear, under questioning about significant details of the 9/11 Benghazi massacre, President Obama’s two most recent Secretaries of State have responded, “we got a lot more important things to move on to” and “what difference does it make?”.
Again, don’t annoy the Agenda with irrelevancies.
Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the Benghazi attacks seven months ago. No arrests have been made.
Secretaries Clinton and Kerry might be decidedly uninterested in learning the truth, and the White House may say it’s finished answering questions on the matter. (Guy Benson)
So the lesson on Earth Day 2013 is that The Agenda is The Agenda and nothing and nobody will get in the way of the single-minded, blind to all the universe, pursuit of The Agenda by Progressive Liberals. No force on heaven or earth will stop them.
Certainly nothing as irrelevant as Facts or Truth.
Bad News
CNN Never Mind
Cable News Credibility

The End of 2012: The Forgotten

I’m still not sure the Mayans were wrong, just that Non-Myans got the date wrong. :0

The US National Debt as of this moment:$16,329,089,300,000

But since we borrow $57,870.37 every second by the time you read this it won’t be. 🙂

But just remember, cutting spending is evil and “unfair”. Raising Taxes is not.

And that sums up 2012 pretty well, don’t you think. 🙂

What  was interesting, according to WordPress the most commented on blog of 2012 occured on May 11,2012 when I blogged about the US Forest Service screwing over the City of Tombstone,AZ.

Bitch Fight at The OK Corral

Update, 3 Days ago: The 9th Circuit denied the city of Tombstone, Ariz., a preliminary injunction against the U.S. Forest Service, which refuses to allow bulldozers access to a federal wilderness area to repair springs damaged by mudslides.
     In December 2011, the Tombstone, an old frontier town east of Tucson, sought a preliminary injunction that would allow the city to take bulldozers into a federal wilderness area to repair 25 springs that were damaged in a wildfire and subsequent mudslides.
     The loss of these springs allegedly caused a water shortage in the town, but a district judge found that the town’s claims of a water emergency were “overstated and speculative.”
     On appeal, Tombstone argued that the U.S. Forest Service issued the city a special use permit in 1962, which “allows the city to have access to these wells and perhaps also to construct facilities, and pipes and so forth, to take the water.”
     It also claimed that maintaining the city’s water supply is an essential governmental function and the federal government’s interference with the city’s duty to its citizens violates the 10th amendment.
     In opposition, the Justice Department acknowledged that the special use permit “allows [Tombstone] to maintain the water system, but it doesn’t say anything about motorized vehicles,” and maintained that the city needs permission from the Forest Service to make the desired repairs.

Justice Department attorney David Shilton contended that the 1962 special use permit does not explicitly allow Tombstone to brings “bulldozers or dump trucks” into the national forest.
     “The special use permit allows [Tombstone] to maintain the water system, but it doesn’t say anything about motorized vehicles,” Shilton said. “It does say that if they want to do reconstruction they have to get permission. Then you have the Wilderness Act, which comes along in 1984, and so after that if the city wants to use motorized vehicles, they have to go to the Forest Service for permission.”
     The Forest Service granted the city permission to repair two of the springs, but the other 23 requests remain pending. The Forest Service has “ignored” the city’s application for access to the 23 other springs for more than a year, Dranias said.

The Justice Department lawyer said the Forest Service allowed it to do work with motorized equipment where that was appropriate, where the city had appropriately applied and told the Forest Service what it wanted to do.”

Now that’s not Bureaucratic at all! Do it my way or F*ck off! We don’t think it is a vital as you claim.

Now imagine ObamaCare with that attitude. Afraid yet? 🙂
     A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit affirmed the district court’s ruling, finding that “Tombstone failed to raise serious questions going to the merits of its Tenth Amendment challenge and we do not reach whether the City has satisfied the other requirements for a preliminary injunction. Assuming without deciding that the Tenth Amendment constrains the Forest Service’s authority to regulate Tombstone’s activities under the Property Clause, no unlawful commandeering has been shown.”
     The unpublished opinion continued: “It is the Supreme Court’s prerogative alone to overrule its precedents. We therefore have no authority to apply the traditional or integral governmental functions test Tombstone has urged.”

And I’ll say it again, why do people want people like this running their health care, their retirement, and more??

The Most Popular image of 2012 on this blog was a good choice: The Forgotten Man

The Forgotten Man

It’s an Urban Myth attributed to Bill Gates, but the real author is discussed here- The Real Authorship. I loved this that a friend sent me because there is truth here. Truth no liberal wants to here.

11 things they did not and will not learn in school.

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes; learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs. (anything with “Housewives” in the title is not normal).

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

I would add: The Universe doesn’t give a crap whether you like it or not, The Truth is the Truth regardless.

And the truth is, America voted to destroy itself this year, so I want to close with the oft-quoted line by Senator Padme Amidala:

“So this is how liberty dies…with thunderous applause.”

“Forward” to cliff diving down a bureaucratic black hole for 2013…

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The Role of Government

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Obama Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett: “We have to give people a livelihood so they can provide for their families,” Jarrett says in the video. “We are working hard to lift people out of poverty and give them a better life, a footing, and that’s what government is supposed to do.”

But that’s not socialism or government trying to run your life for you. Nope. Nothing to see here…

Contrast that with Sen. Marco Rubio during a recent speech at the Reagan Presidential Library:

These are proper roles of government — within the framework of creating an environment where economic security and prosperity is possible.  And on the compassion side of the ledger, which is also important to Americans — and it’s important that we remind ourselves of that — I don’t really like labels in politics, but I will gladly accept the label of conservatism. Conservatism is not about leaving people behind. Conservatism is about empowering people to catch up, to give them the tools at their disposal that make it possible for them to access all the hope, all the promise, all the opportunity that America offers. And our programs to help them should reflect that.

Now, yes, there are people that cannot help themselves. And those folks we will always help. We are too rich and prosperous a nation to leave them to fend for themselves. But all the others that can work should be given the means of empowering themselves to enter the marketplace and the workforce. And our programs and our policies should reflect that. We do need a safety net, but it cannot be a way of life. It must be there to help those who have fallen, to stand up and try again.
Amen.  Even if you’re a bleeding heart type who’s inclined to agree with Jarrett that the feds ought to take a more proactive role in directly aiding the poor through wealth redistribution, I’d point out that Big Government has done a really lousy job at achieving that goal through the years.  The Democrats’ Great Society and its “war on poverty” has been a wildly costly and tragically ineffective proposition.  More recently, President Obama promised that his 2009 “stimulus” program would “lift two million Americans from poverty.”  Hundreds of billions of dollars later, 2.9 million more Americans have fallen into poverty.  Which is to say nothing of the gutwrenching economic desolation that has afflicted so many of human history’s socialistic dystopias. 

Big, overbearing, meddling government isn’t merely philosophically wrongheaded, it just doesn’t work.  That’s why conservatives are exempliying true compassion when they work to limit the size, scope, and influence of a Leviathan that consumes greedily, but has little to show for it. (Guy Benson)

Speaking of overbearing…

The Obama administration is escalating its crackdown on tough immigration laws, with lawyers reviewing four new state statutes to determine whether the federal government will take the extraordinary step of challenging the measures in court.

Justice Department lawyers have sued Arizona and Alabama, where a federal judge on Wednesday allowed key parts of that state’s immigration law to take effect but blocked other provisions. Federal lawyers are talking to Utah officials about a third possible lawsuit and are considering legal challenges in Georgia, Indiana and South Carolina, according to court documents and government officials. (WP)

This would be the same Justice department that refused to prosecute the Black Panther Case, and is trying desperately to cover up the forceable walking of guns into Mexico under “Fast & Furious” amongst many other problems.

But states wanting to crack down on illegal immigration where this government refuses to go, well…That’s just evil. 🙂

He <Obama> told a roundtable of Latino reporters Wednesday that Arizona’s immigration law created “a great danger that naturalized citizens, individuals with Latino surnames, potentially could be vulnerable to questioning. The laws could be potentially abused in ways that were not fair to Latino citizens.”

The same old tired parroted argument that is, of course, utterly false and has been proven to be so. But since when did truth ever stop a liberal from using fear and intimidation? NEVER.

“We can’t have a patchwork of 50 states with 50 different immigration laws.”

We must have only 1 law. Ours. And if we chose to ignore it well too F*cking bad for you you can’t do anything about it! We are all powerful and what we say goes. Period. End of story.

Isn’t Democratic government grand? 🙂

PASS THE BILL

“Are they against putting teachers and police officers and firefighters back on the job? Are they against hiring construction workers to rebuild our roads and bridges and schools? Are they against giving tax cuts to virtually every worker and small business in America?”–President Obama

He’s going to drive the price of straw through the roof if he keeps this up? The army of straw men he’ll have by election time will rival the Chinese Military.
So if you’re against his bill not only are you racist, but heartless, mean, cruel and just want to kick people in the nuts repeatedly!
Emotions must trump logic because logic tells you he’s full of bovine fecal matter!
“Well, this isn’t about giving me a win, and it’s not about [Republicans],” Obama said.

Pinocchio’s nose just grew so long it hit the other side of the universe!
“This isn’t just about what I think is right.”
Yes it is.
Your Ego would have it no other way.
Liberal Economist God Paul Krugman: The truth is that we’re in this mess because we had too little regulation, not too much.
Dozens of infrastructure projects could qualify for expedited treatment under a White House plan to create jobs by cutting through regulatory red tape that critics say is holding up important initiatives.
But I thought we needed MORE regulations? 🙂

President Barack Obama last month ordered Interior, Agriculture, Housing, Transportation and Commerce Department officials to identify by Friday up to three big projects each that could merit faster environmental approvals and other permits. Funding must already be arranged or identified.

Obama is facing a tough re-election fight next year in the face of a stubborn 9.1 percent unemployment rate. Infrastructure projects, which can help state and local economies, are a key part of his job creation strategy.

Administration officials would not discuss proposals while they were under review, but transportation and construction groups say there are at minimum 50 projects in the permit process that could qualify for faster treatment.

Most are winding their way through a federal, state and local maze that often takes several years and can last between 15 and 20 years for the biggest proposals.

“It’s just the whole process itself. The way we build things in this country ensures that it will take decades,” said Mark Policinski, executive director and chief executive of the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments.

But I thought we needed MORE Regulations. 🙂

“We are very interested in any relief the president and his agencies can give us on the red tape that usually ties our projects up for years,” John Horsely, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, told Reuters. “I’ve characterized the process we’ve been going through as one step forward, two steps back.”

But I thought we needed MORE Regulations. 🙂

We Need to Spend More. Regulate More. And it is the role of government to make sure everyone is “lifted up” and provided for.
Thanks comrades, but no thanks.
OBAMACARE
Guy Benson

ABC Newsman Jake Tapper surveys the national landscape and is startled by the observation that several of President Obama’s famous healthcare promises don’t quite seem to be coming to fruition.  (You don’t say).  He confronts White House deputy chief of staff Nancy-Ann DeParle with the evidence, and oh my does she spin.  Even I’m dizzy:

A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation underlines that many of the promises surrounding President Obama’s health care legislation remain unfulfilled, though the White House argues that change is coming.  Workers at the Flora Venture flower shop in Newmarket, NH, remember when presidential candidate named Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., promised that their health care costs would go down if they elected him and his health care plan was enacted.  On May 3, 2008, the president told voters that he had “a health care plan that would save the average family $2,500 on their premiums.”  Last year workers at the flower shop saw their insurance premiums shoot up 41 percent.

The Kaiser Family Foundation shows family premiums topped $15,000 a year for the first time in 2011, increasing a whopping 9% this year, three times more than the increase the year before. The study says that up to 2% of that increase is because of the health care law’s provisions (me: and that’s just the beginning), such as allowing families to add grown children up to 26 years old to their policies.

What does Nancy-Ann have to say for herself?

DeParle insists families will see that savings — by 2019.  “Many of the changes in the Affordable Care Act are starting this year, and in succeeding years,” DeParle told ABC News, “and by 2019 we estimate that the average family will save around $2,000.”  DeParle said that the “big increases that occurred last year were probably driven by insurance plans overestimating what the impact would be and maybe trying to take some profits upfront before some of the changes in the Affordable Care Act occur.

In other words, everything will be turning up roses eight years from now — you’ve gotta trust us.  Plus, these know-nothing insurance companies are “probably” overestimating the impact of the law.  I mean, what do they know?   I wonder if Kathleen Sebelius is scribbling furiously in her “zero tolerance” notebook.  Tapper continues:

The Kaiser study also indicates employers are switching plans and shifting costs onto employees. Half of workers in smaller firms now face “deductibles of at least $1,000, including 28 percent facing deductibles of $2,000 or more,” according to the study.  Doesn’t that fly in the face of the president’s promise that “if you like your health care plan you can keep your health care plan”? ABC News asked DeParle.

Perfectly legitimate question.  Back to you, White House flack:

She said no — the president wasn’t saying the legislation would guarantee that everyone can keep his or her preferred plan, just that the legislation wouldn’t force anyone to change. “What the president promised is that under health care reform, that he would make it more possible for people to have choices in these (health insurance) exchanges,” DeParle said. “And that’s going to be what will help businesses bring costs down. Right now, they’re just struggling. That’s one reason why they’re shifting costs to employees.”

Unbelievable.  President Obama didn’t really mean you could keep your plan if you like it, we’re now told; he just meant the law would help provide more choices in the government-approved exchanges.  I’m sorry, but I’m quite certain that’s not what he said at all.  Unfortunately for the White House, there’s this thing nowadays called “the internet,” on which people can research topics such as, “what exactly did President Obama say about me being able to keep my plan?”  Well, well, well.  Look at what the search engine turned up:

“If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.

Contrast that unambiguous, definitive pledge with DeParle’s historical revisionism and hedging.  You know, I’m beginning to suspect Joe Wilson’s sentiment — albeit disrespectful and inappropriate for the venue — was absolutely, positively on the money.

So remember how this blog started: “We are working hard to lift people out of poverty and give them a better life, a footing, and that’s what government is supposed to do.”

Now don’t you feel all warm and fuzzy… 🙂

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