7 Year Rash

Today is the 7th Anniversary of this blog. For a long time this year I considered making this one my last because, quite simply, The Stupid Have Inherited the Earth. Intelligence and Common Sense (let alone <gasp> Logic) are Politically Incorrect. Hell, some Leftists have decreed that just saying “politically incorrect” is Politically Incorrect. 😦

So instead I thought I’d revisit one of my favorites from the last 7 years.

This also goes out the #NeverTrump -ers who are so mindlessly obsessed with hating Donald Trump that they are willing Hillary into the White House.

Hate never felt so Right. 🙂

And a special shout out to the Sabotage Republicans (The Establishment ones and their followers) WHO ALSO want Hillary.

The Generations (and possibly permanent) of damage you want to inflict on what’s LEFT of this country is so short-sighted you deserve her.

It will be YOUR fault.

Agree with me or else!

To the future or to the past, to a time when thought is free, when men are different from one another and do not live alone — to a time when truth exists and what is done cannot be undone: From the age of uniformity, from the age of solitude, from the age of Big Brother, from the age of doublethink — greetings! -George Orwell

So with that in mind, cast your mindless adherence to January 21, 2012  and this Blog and see yourselves currently in it also.

THE ZOMBIE HOARD

They are just a zombie hoard.

Remorseless. Merciless. Incapable of shame, morals or ethics.

They want want what they want when they want it and because they want it and will do anything to get it. Relentlessly.

And what they want is YOU. You to be either converted or cow-towed to their every whim. To do whatever they want when they want it.

Evidence John King, the CNN Liberal Moderator of the South Carolina Debate. He opens the debate with a salicious question to Gingrich about his “open marriage” and Gingrich blows him to bits for it and the crowd goes wild.

He did this to prove his “courage” to stand up to the evil “right wingers” and puff out his chest that he was “journalist” and was going to bravely confront the issue. Meanwhile, anything remotely damaging to President Obama is ignored with great speed and spin.🙂

2016: Just Like they do with Hillary. The Debate will be set up to show that Trump is grumpy, unstable and mean. The fact that Hillary is a congenital, sociopathica Liar has no bearing on the debates whatsover.

Their will be more Candy Crowley moments than ever.

And the Zombie hoard will eat it up like candy. “Brains…”

“In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act”.- George Orwell.

And their has never been more deceit now than ever in American History and more mindless Zombie Hoards out to make sure “What difference does it make, anyways?”

Rush Limbaugh (who I rarely get a chance to listen to because of my work schedule): Now, let me tell you one thing here, folks: You cannot shame the mainstream media. If any of you are thinking that the media learned a lesson — if any of you believe that the media finally had it handed to ’em, if you believe that the media had their eyes opened and they are fully awake now and they understand what they’re dealing with — forget it. John King is proud of what happened last night. John King is a hero in the Main Street media because he didn’t back down, because he continued to illustrate how it is that the media does really control the agenda. That was a demonstration of the power they hold over every public figure’s head, that they choose to hold like a guillotine. John King… There may even be some jealousy and envy within the journalist ranks (well, not journalists; within the Democrat Party ranks) because John King is a guy that got in Newt’s face, stared him down — and the fact that Newt told him off? It’s a badge of honor. If you are thinking that John King was embarrassed and ran away with his tail tucked between his legs and learned his lesson and it’ll never happen again? Ah, ah, ah, ah. You cannot shame the mainstream media. They are proud of this. They delight in their power to destroy candidates that they don’t like.

And they don’t like anyone who doesn’t cow-tow to them.

2016: They made THEIR Choice. Now it’s you’re Zombie duty to vote for it or else.

“At the end of the day the message to every conservative who hasn’t run for office is: “You want a piece of this? You want some of this? You want Brian Ross hounding you and your ex-wife and then you want me asking you about it on national TV the next night? Come on in. We’re ready.” That’s the message from John King and CNN last night, and do not doubt me on this.”

2016: look at the evidence, every time new “evidence” comes out about Hillary they bury it. Every time Trump even raises his voice or say one less than perfect political phrase they are on it like flies on shit and they stick to it like super glue and blow it up.

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So the alternative is to cow-tow. To live in fear of the Liberal wrath.

2016: To acquiesce. Given in, the Ministry of Truth has the system rigged.

Hell, the Democrats got caught rigging the Primary, blatantly.

No one really cared.

The Zombie Hoard just went, “oh” and moved on. The Media covered it up.

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was sacrificed.

End of Story.

#2: Hillary is caught re-handed on the Email Scandal. The FBI even says so. But since Comey has connections to Clinton and doesn’t want to have a mysterious “accident” she is not prosecuted.

Future Hillary Supreme Court Nominee Loretta Lynch, Attorney General and Clinton Cronie refuses to prosecute her.

Other people not connected to Clinton aren’t so lucky.

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And the reaction from the Zombie Hoard, “Yawn”.

Hillary is still leading in the Polls!

“Brains…”

The Food Police. The TSA. The EPA. The Justice Department. Homeland Security. The FCC.

Because if they can’t make you a zombie, they can at least make you a peasant in fear of your Masters who will not challenge them or not have the power to challenge them.

“[…]you don’t have to be Sun freakin Tzu to know that real fighting isn’t about killing or even hurting the other guy, it’s about scaring him enough to call it a day.”
― Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War

They’ll just turn your children into zombies instead. 12 years of Grade School and 4 years of College is a lot of Zombie Voodoo time after all. And “getting them while they are young” is entirely within the Zombie Liberal playbook. Make them a zombie before they even know what one is and then make them as immune as possible to any anti-virus and get them addicted to their own Kool-Aid. Feed it to them constantly through the Media and the Internet.

2016: They’ll DEMAND Segregation, “Safe Spaces”, “Diversity” and “Inclusion” mindlessly and will trample Free Speech because they don’t want to be “offended”.

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

WAR (Class, Gender, Race, Religion) IS PEACE

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

Hell, even white people getting a tan will set the little zombie off…

What it does is illustrate that they can be dealt with. But you can’t beat ’em. They’re not gonna be shamed. They’re not going to be shamed into stopping the coverage of conservatives as they do it. It’s going to continue. No matter what kind of shame you think they suffer in a contest like that — no matter how much money they lose, no matter how many of them get fired, no matter how many magazines or TV stations or newspapers get shut down — they are not gonna change. They are hard-core, leftists”

And as I have said over and over again, they are have no morals or ethics because they are governed not by logic and reason but by emotions, mostly the most basic of primitive emotions, Fear, Lust (for power), anger, jealousy, ENVY, etc. –Raw emotions.

2016: THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS!

Which is why when you engage them they sound and act like an immature 5 year old. And as we all know from childhood development the child has to develop a sense of shame by have having boundaries and limitations and consequences. And if they don’t, they will grow up with little to no sense of shame.

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2016: “Microaggressions” anyone?

They are usually called sociopaths. I can call them Liberal Zombies.

2016: And the #Never Trumpers and Establishment RINOs.

Liberals have no shame. They want what they want when they want it because they want it.

2016: And the #Never Trumpers and Establishment RINOs.

“…one of the upsides that isn’t gonna happen is the media saying, “Gosh, we’ve been so mean to these people and so unfair. You know, maybe we ought to start being fair.” That’s not going to happen.

Liberals talk about being “fair” which means you’re being unfair to them and should do what they want.

Liberals talk about “compassion” but it’s to make you feel guilty, not them, and to do what they want.

Liberals will talk about “bi-partisanship” but that just means you have to compromise your principles so they can do what they want.

“Diversity” means you’re evil and need to do what they say to repent for your sins.

2016: “Inclusion” Means you include everything THEY say and do it without hesitation.

They are a remorseless hoard. They want what they want when they want it and on their terms only.

Give them everything they want or they’ll cry, scream, bitch, moan, pout and lash out at you.

2016: “White Privilege” anyone?

That is their primitive zombie hoard mentality. And they want YOU.extremists

“Lies are neither bad nor good. Like a fire they can either keep you warm or burn you to death, depending on how they’re used.”
― Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War

“Most people don’t believe something can happen until it already has. That’s not stupidity or weakness, that’s just human nature.”
― Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War

“Often, a school is your best bet-perhaps not for education but certainly for protection from an undead attack.”
― Max Brooks, The Zombie Survival Guide

“Remember; no matter how desperate the situation seems, time spent
thinking clearly is never time wasted.”
― Max Brooks, The Zombie Survival Guide

“I think that most people would rather face the light of a real enemy than the darkness of their imagined fears.”
― Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War

“They feel no fear, why should you?”– Max Brooks

“The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.”
― Max Brooks, The Zombie Survival Guide

Get rid of one zombie, and 10 more will take it’s place. So you have to be ready to do battle constantly.

Look at 2010. The Democrats suffered the worst defeat in 80 years. Does it look like they learned ANYTHING?

No.

As a matter of fact the zombie hoard is even tighter, even more determined than ever. They want it EVEN MORE.

So if we defeat then in 2012 will they go away?

HELL NO!

2016: They weren’t defeated. Even more hoards joined them. So if they are beat in 2016 will they finally be defeated and go away.

HELL NO!

They will just keep coming back like a remorseless zombie hoard until you are overwhelmed.

Which is why you will have to fight them all of your days, your kids days and their kids days until the infection is wiped out.

But like any good zombie plaque it only takes 1 to re-ignite it and spread it all over again.

And these zombies have Media and Internet outlets! (and Europe!)

“Looking back, I still can’t believe how unprofessional the news media was. So much spin, so few hard facts. All those digestible sound bites from an army of ‘experts’ all contradicting one another, all trying to seem more ‘shocking’ and ‘in-depth’ than the last one. It was all so confusing, nobody seemed to know what to do.”
― Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War

“The only rule that ever made sense to me I learned from a history, not an economics, professor at Wharton. “Fear,” he used to say, “fear is the most valuable commodity in the universe.” That blew me away. “Turn on the TV,” he’d say. “What are you seeing? People selling their products? No. People selling the fear of you having to live without their products.” Fuckin’ A, was he right. Fear of aging, fear of loneliness, fear of poverty, fear of failure. Fear is the most basic emotion we have. Fear is primal. Fear sells.
― Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War

The Democrat Party in a nutshell.

FEAR IS HOPE!

My own personal Fourth Orwellian Precept (which includes WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH).

“If you believe you can accomplish everything by “cramming” at the eleventh hour, by all means, don’t lift a finger now. But you may think twice about beginning to build your ark once it has already started raining”
― Max Brooks, The Zombie Survival Guide

“When I believe in my ability to do something, there is no such word as no.”
― Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War

“. . . show the other side, the one that gets people out of bed the next morning, makes them scratch and scrape and fight for their lives because someone is telling them that they’re going to be okay.”
― Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War

“This is the only time for high ideals because those ideals are all that we have. We aren’t just fighting for our physical survival, but for the survival of our civilization. We don’t have the luxury of old-world pillars. We don’t have a common heritage, we don’t have a millennia of history. All we have are the dreams and promises that bind us together. All we have…is what we want to be.”
― Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War

“…We were a shaken, broken species, driven to the edge of extinction and grateful only for tomorrow with perhaps a little less suffering than today. Was this the legacy we would leave our children, a level of anxiety and self-doubt not seen since our simian ancestors cowered in the tallest trees? What kind of world would they rebuild? Would they rebuild at all? Could they continue to progress, knowing that they would be powerless to reclaim their future? And what if that future saw another rise of the living dead? Would our descendants rise to meet them in battle, or simply crumple in meek surrender and accept what they believe to be their inevitable extinction? For this alone, we had to reclaim our planet. We had to prove to ourselves that we could do it, and leave that proof as this war’s greatest monument. The long, hard road back to humanity, or the regressive ennui of Earth’s once-proud primates. That was the choice, and it had to be made now.”
― Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War

The Future is yours. So is living through “The Walking Dead” and “1984” for real.

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Why They Do it

Global Warming: The United Nations climate summit was billed as the meeting that would save the world. But that’s not what the conference delegates want — their goal is to fundamentally transform the world.

Obama said in 2008 that he planned to “Fundamentally Transform America.” He has remained true to that promise.

In the days leading up to the 21st session of the Conference of Parties to the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, hardly a living person could avoid hearing the desperate talk about the Paris summit being our last chance to save the world from global warming . It was all a pretense, however, because what the global warming alarmist community says it wants isn’t what it truly hungers for.

Like most things with Liberals, deceit and fear is the only way for them.

The U.N.’s many climate meetings and its interest in climate through the years have nothing to do with warming, climate, weather or the environment.

The goal has always been to wreck capitalism , punish prosperous economies that became rich through free markets, reward poorer nations that are impoverished by policies that starve markets, and reshape the world in the image of left-wing thought.

Don’t believe it? It’s right there in the U.N.’s own documents.

The “Draft conclusions proposed by the Co-Chairs,” distributed on Dec. 5, confirms that the parties of a climate agreement are united in “emphasizing the importance of promoting, protecting and respecting all human rights, the right to development, the right to health, and the rights of indigenous peoples, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable climate situations (and under occupation).”

The draft also underscores the need to promote “gender equality and the empowerment of women, while taking into account the needs of local communities, intergenerational equity concerns, and the integrity of ecosystems and of Mother Earth, when taking action to address climate change.”

Yes, that’s Mother Earth with an upper-case M and upper-case E.

The same document refers as well to “the imperatives of a just transition of the workforce and the creation of decent work and quality jobs in accordance with nationally defined development priorities.”

All of these issues being “emphasized” and “taken into account” are goals the political left has pursued for decades, and all require more government intervention into private affairs. This is what the global warming scare is about. It’s not about rescuing cities from encroaching seas, saving populations from drought, preventing “dirty weather ” or protecting polar bears.

Look at those around the world who are advancing the global warming scare. The movement is led, and followed by, figures from the political left who loathe capitalism, are repulsed by the wealth in advanced economies and want to exercise control over their fellow humans. The talk about climate change is a smoke screen to cover their true ambitions.

The Paris climate summit was to end this weekend, with a deal likely struck. The nabobs will claim victory, but that won’t end the hectoring. By the time spring rolls around, they’ll again be claiming the 2016 Morocco summit will be the last chance to save the world. (IBD)

And they did.

Do it our way, give us you life, or else!

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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? 🙂

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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 Hook

Warming: The U.N.’s climate chief is scheduled to visit Australia, where she’ll be welcomed by an advisor of the prime minister who isn’t mincing words in explaining to his countrymen what their guest is all about.

Mind you they used Orwellian tactics to change it from “Global Warming” to the non-descript “Climate Change” to avoid the embarrassments of things like it snowing on their conferences or Flagstaff,AZ getting hit with snow in early May.

Maurice Newman, chairman of Prime Minister Tony Abbot’s Business Advisory Council, doesn’t seem too thrilled about the visit from Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Writing in the Australian, Newman said the “climate catastrophists” are “opposed to capitalism and freedom” and aim to establish a “new world order under the control” of the United Nations.

The British Telegraph reports that Newman’s critics describe him as a “whacko.” But he is correct: The goal of those who want the world to believe that man’s carbon dioxide emissions are dangerously changing the climate is to pull down capitalism. And that’s not us saying it. Figueres herself has admitted this.

“This is the first time” in history, she said earlier this year, that there’s a chance “to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.”

See The Watermelon analysis.

https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/just-say-no-to-watermelons/

Watermelon Environmentalist: Behind all the acronyms and the jargon, they say, is a conspiracy to promote a nakedly political aim – anti-big business; anti-free market; pro-tax increases. In short, green on the outside but red on the inside…

Newman points this out in his op-ed, warning fellow Australians that “the real agenda is concentrated political authority.” Global warming? It’s merely “the hook.”

He also notes that Figueres “is on record saying democracy is a poor political system for fighting global warming. Communist China, she says, is the best model.”

Newman courts even more criticism when he boldly states that in Figueres’ “authoritarian world there will be no room for debate or disagreement.”

He adds: “Make no mistake, climate change is a must-win battlefield for authoritarians and fellow travelers.”

Such comments will surely get him removed from many cocktail party invitation lists, but the price for being right is often stiff.

Newman also noted that those he describes as “eco-catastrophists”:

• “Won’t let up” and “have captured the U.N. and are extremely well funded.”

• “Will keep mobilizing public opinion using fear and appeals to morality.”

• “Have successfully enlisted compliant academics and an obedient and gullible mainstream media to push the scriptures regardless of evidence.”

Newman could have mentioned, as well, that while many who are aligned with Figueres are motivated, as she is, by a raging desire to quash capitalism, the fight against man-made global warming and climate change has become a religious crusade for more than a few.

Count another U.N. climate chief among them. The freshly resigned Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Chairman Rajendra Pachauri said earlier this year that “the protection of planet Earth, the survival of all species and sustainability of our ecosystems, is more than a mission. It is my religion and my dharma.” His religion.

University of Wisconsin law professor Ann Althouse made a similar remark a year later. “When everything is evidence of the thing you want to believe, it might be time to stop pretending you’re all about science,” she wrote.

The global warming/climate change debate should not be driven by religion or a loathing toward free-market economies. It should be about science.

On that count, the skeptics and doubters have the advantage. As Newman reminds us, “95% of the climate models we are told prove the link between human CO2 emissions and catastrophic global warming have been found, after nearly two decades of temperature stasis, to be in error.”

Newman did his countrymen a favor by alerting them to Figueres and those who hold similar if not identical beliefs, and push the same false agenda. Now they need to do their part and heed his warning.

James Lovelock, the scientist who brought us the Gaia theory that Earth is a living being.

On MSNBC three years ago, he said that environmentalists have created a “green religion” that “is now taking over from the Christian religion.” He admitted then: “We don’t know what the climate is doing.”

We don’t know what the climate is doing because it doesn’t ask our permission or respond much to our input. To think otherwise is to believe in a fairy tale.
Or a Politically motivated “religion” disguised as “concern” and “science” as most Liberal things are. It’s also the endorsed religion of the Left. This holy writ and holy mantra is Politically Correct and any heretic who strays from the truth must be put down.

Now that’s Science, for you. 🙂

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You Smelt it, You Dealt It!

Background -2009: California has a new endangered species on its hands in the San Joaquin Valley—farmers. Thanks to environmental regulations designed to protect the likes of the three-inch long delta smelt, one of America’s premier agricultural regions is suffering in a drought made worse by federal regulations.

I love smelt. Slathered in tartar sauce that is… 🙂

The state’s water emergency is unfolding thanks to the latest mishandling of the Endangered Species Act. Last December, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued what is known as a “biological opinion” imposing water reductions on the San Joaquin Valley and environs to safeguard the federally protected hypomesus transpacificus, a.k.a., the delta smelt. As a result, tens of billions of gallons of water from mountains east and north of Sacramento have been channelled away from farmers and into the ocean, leaving hundreds of thousands of acres of arable land fallow or scorched.

For this, Californians can thank the usual environmental suspects, er, lawyers. (And whacko enviromentalists that value a smelt over humans) Last year’s government ruling was the result of a 2006 lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and other outfits objecting to increased water pumping in the smelt vicinity. In June, things got even dustier when the National Marine Fisheries Service concluded that local salmon and steelhead also needed to be defended from the valley’s water pumps. Those additional restrictions will begin to effect pumping operations next year.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has said that he “doesn’t have the authority to turn on the pumps” that would supply the delta with water, or “otherwise, they would be on.” He did, however, have the ability to request intervention from the Department of Interior. Under a provision added to the Endangered Species Act in 1978 after the snail darter fiasco, a panel of seven cabinet officials known as a “God Squad” is able to intercede in economic emergencies, such as the one now parching California farmers. Despite a petition with more than 12,000 signers, Mr. Schwarzenegger has refused that remedy.

Perspective: California’s San Joaquin Valley is the salad bowl of the world, providing the majority of fruits and vegetables for the entire nation. But, with another man-made drought looming, the San Joaquin Valley is in danger of becoming a dust bowl unless immediate action is taken to change policies that put the needs of fish above the livelihood of people.  (Natural Resources Committee-US Congress)

http://naturalresources.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=5921

JUMP TO 2014:

A California appeals court sided with environmentalists over growers on Thursday and upheld federal guidelines that limit water diversions to protect Delta smelt, in a battle over how the state will cope with its worst drought in a century.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a lower court should not have overturned recommendations that the state reduce exports of water from north to south California. The plan leaves more water in the Sacramento Delta for the finger-sized fish and have been blamed for exacerbating the effects of drought for humans.

Reaction from both sides was swift in the national political issue. In a blog post, Damien Schiff, an attorney for growers, said the ruling “bodes ill for farmers, farm laborers and millions of other Californians dependent on a reliable water supply.”

Efforts to save the Delta smelt, which lives only in the wetlands stretching north of San Francisco, have been described as a humans versus fish battle.

Kate Poole, a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said growers’ hopes of taking more water out of the Delta wouldn’t solve California’s problems.

“It’s the drought, not the Delta, that’s affecting the water supply this year,” Poole said in a statement. “While we can’t make it rain, we can take charge of our water use by investing in smart water practices that protect and preserve our water supply.”

At issue is a 2008 report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which concluded that the fish’s existence was threatened and recommended limited exports of water to farmers and southern California. Farmers and allies sued, and a lower court called the federal biological opinion “arbitrary and capricious.”

However, in the opinion on Thursday, 9th Circuit Judge Jay Bybee ruled that the lower court should have been more deferential to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Bybee, an appointee of President George W. Bush, is considered a consistent conservative voice on the 9th Circuit.

“We recognize the enormous practical implications of this decision,” Bybee wrote. “But the consequences were prescribed when Congress determined that ‘these species of fish, wildlife, and plants are of esthetic, ecological, educational, historical, recreational, and scientific value to the Nation and its people.'”

The Untouchable fish! The Sacred and Holy Anointed By Government. Thou shalt not touch thy holy fish! Even Human harm is not enough to stop the veneration of The Holy Fish!

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice, which represented wildlife regulators, said it was pleased with the ruling.

Paul Weiland, an attorney who represented Kern County Water Agency and a coalition of Central Valley water users in the case, said he hopes the ruling will clear the way for all sides to come together and make progress on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

The plan seeks to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystems and secure California water supplies into the future. A draft of the plan is currently open for public comment.

“While these cases are pending it is difficult for the parties to make concessions,” he said. “To the extent that this hits the reset button, it works to everyone’s advantage in the sense that the parties don’t have to be sticking to their litigation positions anymore.”

We Won! F*ck you! Get over it!  It’s the Law! Sound Familiar…. 🙂

That progress could be delayed if one or more of the parties in the case ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the case or ask for a Supreme Court review, Weiland said.

Thursday’s ruling could also pave the way for a ruling in a pending case involving the water needs of wild salmon and steelhead trout in the state, which involves many of the same players. A February hearing on that case was postponed until after the Delta smelt decision was handed down.

The Delta smelt case in the 9th Circuit is San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority et al. vs. Sally Jewell et al., 11-15871.

The raucous crowd of farmers, farmworkers and supporters chanted “wa-ter, wa-ter, wa-ter” as participants raised signs saying things such as “Turn on the pumps, chumps!”, “Environmentalists are against migrant workers.” and “U.S. Senate: Don’t leave us high and dry!” (Hanford)

Gee, I wonder if that makes environmentalists racists? 🙂

An environmental group is calling on the federal government to provide drought relief to Delta and northern California farmers and business owners, and not just those on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore The Delta, says Delta farmers are on the verge of losing farms, and salmon and other fisheries are suffering too. (PNS)

But don’t blame the smelt because I’m an environmentalist and I only blame humans. Oh, and the Mama Government and Big Brother need to fix this.

Missing the point that the Government isn’t the solution to the problem, Government IS THE PROBLEM! 🙂

“If California had its priorities straight, we’d be building water storage instead of a train that may never come,” <CA Rep. Jeff >Denham said in a reference to high-speed rail that drew huge applause from the packed audience.

But Jeff, the Agenda is The Agenda. And you need a High Speed rail from Nowhere to somewhere more than farmers need water to grow food!

Larry Starrh, a farmer from Kern County, wondered whether Tuesday’s hearing would lead to the same dead end. “Southern California doesn’t believe their water’s at risk,” he said.

So why would they care. 🙂

“We hope to get the attention of the Congress and get some action,” said Fresno farmer Phil Pierre. “There’s got to be some common sense brought to this.” (Hanford)

Good Luck with that. Common Sense and The Left are Holy Water meets Vampire!

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

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“The Delta will be at zero outflow, which means we will begin to have salt water intrusion into the Delta,” she explains. “We have farmers and marinas that will be experiencing loss of fresh water that they need for their services and water levels.” – See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-03-20/water/group-asks-feds-wheres-drought-aid-for-delta-farmers/a38276-1#sthash.nxgcM86O.dpuf
An environmental group is calling on the federal government to provide drought relief to Delta and northern California farmers and business owners, and not just those on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore The Delta, says Delta farmers are on the verge of losing farms, and salmon and other fisheries are suffering too. – See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-03-20/water/group-asks-feds-wheres-drought-aid-for-delta-farmers/a38276-1#sthash.nxgcM86O.dpuf

An environmental group is calling on the federal government to provide drought relief to Delta and northern California farmers and business owners, and not just those on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore The Delta, says Delta farmers are on the verge of losing farms, and salmon and other fisheries are suffering too. – See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-03-20/water/group-asks-feds-wheres-drought-aid-for-delta-farmers/a38276-1#sthash.nxgcM86O.dpuf

An environmental group is calling on the federal government to provide drought relief to Delta and northern California farmers and business owners, and not just those on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore The Delta, says Delta farmers are on the verge of losing farms, and salmon and other fisheries are suffering too. – See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-03-20/water/group-asks-feds-wheres-drought-aid-for-delta-farmers/a38276-1#sthash.nxgcM86O.dpuf

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

Keystone Cops

Imagine Democrats with confused looks on their faces! The journey to clearing the path for the Keystone Pipeline has been a bitter fought battle, but it looks like now the White House and its administration can’t fight any more.

Oh but they will. They’ll fight to the bitter, partisan end. The Agenda is the Agenda and Oil is Devil’s Brew and they are Prohibitionists!

In a new report done by the State Department it has been confirmed, “the project would not accelerate global greenhouse gas emissions or significantly harm the natural habitats along its route”.

Like Liberals care about Truth or facts.

As ABC reports (yes even the mainstream media is picking up on this),

“The approval or denial of any one crude oil transport project, including this proposed project, really remains unlikely to significantly impact the rate of development of the oil sands or the continued demand for heavy crude oil in the U.S.,” said Kerri-Ann Jones, the Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.

The State Department, which conducted the study because the pipeline would cross an international boundary, also suggested in a voluminous report that impacts on air, water and landscape would be minimal.

The agency found it “very unlikely” that the pipeline would affect water quality in any of the four aquifers through which it crossed. It also concluded that along one part of the proposed route, in the case of a large-scale oil spill, “these impacts would typically be limited to within several hundred feet of the release source, and would not affect groundwater.”

Government analysts found that Keystone XL would each year produce the equivalent carbon dioxide emissions of 620,000 passenger cars operating for a year. But they concluded that whether or not the pipeline is approved, those emissions would still likely occur because of fuels produced and obtained from other sources.

So it’s down to rancorous, petty, petulant politics. And no one is more petulant than a Modern Democrat.

Now, we all know the fight that has been going on between environmental activists and those who support the Keystone Pipeline. But now it seems that there is no real argument for the environmentalists. What can they possibly complain about now?

Everything and Anything. After all, Oil Companies are right up their in top of Hell’s Pantheon along with “Rich” people, Corporations, and George W Bush.

Oh wait, here it is, apparently the government and the State Department don’t really know what they’re talking about, according to the president of Friends of the Earth. He says, “The draft SEIS reads like an on-ramp to justify the Keystone XL pipeline project. We cannot solve the climate crisis when the State Department fails to understand the basic climate, environmental and economic impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline.”

Was this Hilary’s State Depart or John “F*ing” Kerry’s?

So basically it seems that no matter what supporters of the pipeline do, it is not good enough. We now have the Obama administration on our side, and it is still not enough for these “green” people. They used to try the excuse that the people of the states affected didn’t like it, but now Nebraska, Montana and South Dakota have all signed-off on the pipeline plan and their governors and congressional delegations have been calling on Obama to follow suit. It is time everyone wakes up and realizes this pipeline is the best choice to create thousands of new jobs and provide gas to thousands of people across the country.

Bill McKibben, the founder and spiritual leader of 350.org, is in high dudgeon. 350.org has organized several protests in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere around the country. McKibben and others have managed to get themselves arrested at the White House in what he thinks of as the great tradition of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. In fact, in an email sent shortly after the release of the SEIS, McKibben proclaimed that Keystone is “the Stonewall and the Selma of the climate movement.” In the same email he describes Keystone as an “800,000 barrel-a-day fuse to one of the planet’s biggest carbon bombs” and describes the State Department’s findings as “nonsense.”

It’s HERESY!!!!

McKibben calls for volunteers to staff “a team of rapid responders coast-to-coast who can turn around with 24 hours notice and raise a ruckus” whenever and wherever Secretary Kerry or President Obama appears in public. 350.org plans for a massive day of action and training in May to “stick it to the pipeline.” So the president and secretary of state will be under plenty of pressure to nix the project.

Fear and Intimidation! 🙂

They don’t want it anyways. The Chevy Volt  and Solar Panels awaits…
But then again, he does like playing golf with those big-money guys.  🙂
But then He declared he wasn’t a “Dictator” recently.

A dictator doesn’t listen to his subjects. He rules by fiat. He can’t abide criticism and dissent, and uses his power to stifle it. He’s the center of a cult of personality, reveling in the adoration of his devoted minions.

Does that sound like President Barack Obama to you? (DC)

🙂

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

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False Consensus

Argument from authority (argumentum ad verecundiam), also authoritative argument and appeal to authority, is an inductive-reasoning argument that often takes the form of a statistical syllogism. Although certain classes of argument from authority can constitute strong inductive arguments, the appeal to authority is often applied fallaciously: either the authority is not a subject-matter expert, or there is no consensus among experts in the subject matter, or both.

Yes, many climate scientists believe that emissions of greenhouse gases are heating the earth. Of course there are some who don’t.

You mean the Global Warming CONSENSUS that says, “of course it’s Global Warming” and you must be an ignorant moron not to believe it! 🙂

But when confining the question to geoscientists and engineers, it turns out that only 36% believe that human activities are causing Earth’s climate to warm.

So 64% are ignorant morons who have been lied to be the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy…

This is the finding of the peer-reviewed paper “Science or Science Fiction? Professionals’ Discursive Construction of Climate Change” and this group is categorized as the “Comply with Kyoto” cohort.

Members of this group, not unexpectedly, “express the strong belief that climate change is happening, that it is not a normal cycle of nature, and humans are the main or central cause.”

Academics Lianne M. Lefsrud of the University of Alberta and Renate E. Meyer of Vienna University of Economics and Business, and the Copenhagen Business School, came upon that number through a survey of 1,077 professional engineers and geoscientists.

Their work also revealed that 24% “believe that changes to the climate are natural, normal cycles of the earth” while another 10% consider the “‘real’ cause of climate change” to be “unknown” and acknowledge that “nature is forever changing and uncontrollable.”

The 10% group, known as the “Economic Responsibility” cohort, expresses “much stronger and more negative emotions than any other group, especially that climate science is a fraud and hoax and that regulation is futile, useless, and impossible.”

The 24% group, tagged as the “Nature is Overwhelming” faction, is the “most likely to speak against climate science as being science fiction, ‘manipulated and fraudulent'” and is “least likely to believe that the scientific debate is settled, that IPCC modeling is accurate.”

The researchers also found a group they call the “Fatalists” — the 17% who “diagnose climate change as both human- and naturally caused,” “consider climate change to be a smaller public risk with little impact on their personal life” and “are skeptical that the scientific debate is settled regarding the IPCC modeling.”

Lefsrud and Meyer also note that “skepticism regarding anthropogenic climate change remains” among climate scientists. They mention, as well, that “the proportion of papers found in the ISI Web of Science database that explicitly endorsed anthropogenic climate change has fallen from 75% (for the period between 1993 and 2003) as of 2004 to 45% from 2004 to 2008, while outright disagreement has risen from 0% to 6%.”

If the alarmists are getting only limited cooperation from man, they are getting even less from nature itself. Arctic sea ice, which sent the green shirts into a lather when it hit a record low in the summer of 2012, has “with a few weeks of growth still to occur … blown away the previous record for ice gain this winter.”

“This is only the third winter in history,” when more than 10 million square kilometers of new ice has formed in the Arctic, Real Science reported on Tuesday, using data from Arctic Climate Research at the University of Illinois.

At the same time, the Antarctic “is now approaching 450 days of uninterrupted above normal ice area,” says the skeptical website Watts Up With That, which, also using University of Illinois Arctic Climate Research data, notes that “the last time the Antarctic sea ice was below normal” was Nov. 22, 2011.

This is all illuminating information. But it won’t get the same media attention given to Al Gore and the usual assortment of eco-radicals, because it violates the narrative that our selfish activities are warming this planet.

It is consistent, however, with what most people call common sense. (IBD)

And when it comes to the Liberal Left’s Agenda, common sense is totally absent. There is a consensus on that at least.
THE AGENDA IS THE AGENDA.
Control of everyone and everything every second of every minute of every hour of every day of your life and beyond is the Agenda. Period.
End of Line. 🙂
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Solar Panels or Chevy Volt anyone??
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Halloween Scares

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Wanna know just how seriously out of whack Liberals are? Especially, the Global Warming alarmist/control freaks?

From the Huffington Post:

Here’s an idea: instead of spending hundreds of millions of dollars to corrupt our political process, what if the fossil fuel industry took all that money and put it towards Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts instead?

After all, while the fossil fuel industry didn’t directly cause Hurricane Sandy, they did help lay the foundation for it. By pumping massive amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and blocking any serious political action to address the problem, the industry has already succeeded in heating the planet 1°C. That’s resulted in an atmosphere that is 4% wetter than it was in the 1970s, since warm air holds more water vapor than cold, a mid-Atlantic that is 5°F warmer than average, and sea levels off the coast of New York City that are a foot-higher than they were a century ago. Yesterday, those factors combined to turn what could have been manageable-Hurricane-Sandy into devastating Frankenstorm-Sandy.

The industry isn’t just juicing up the weather on carbon steroids, they’re blocking any attempts to put the planet into rehab.

BIG OIL CAUSED HURRICANE SANDY! And they’ll do it again unless we crush them!

Be Afraid! Be Very Afraid!

And this is no Halloween Mask. It’s just a Boo! We’re crazed liberals!

Yesterday Mitt Romney turned a previously scheduled campaign event in Ohio into a hurricane relief event. Romney asked supporters to bring canned goods and other supplies to help storm victims recover on the East Coast. He only spoke for ten minutes at the event and quickly jumped in to help load supplies. His campaign bus has been accepting hurricane relief donations since Monday in Northern Virginia. Sounds like a great idea right? Not according to MSNBC. Reporters and anchors at the far-left TV outlet were appalled at Romney’s efforts to give back to the community, after all, his charity and generosity doesn’t fit with their “Romney is an evil rich guy who doesn’t care about regular people” narrative.

And yes you heard them correctly, they are actually criticizing Romney for trying to help people.

“Romney donates goods against Red Cross Guidelines” is the Banner on MSNBC.

THAT EVIL,RICH BASTARD! How dare he donate to people in need! He’s just doing it to buy votes! He’s a Heartless meanie!

Aside: Virtually every headline in the “Politics” section of The Huffington Post are attacks on Romney’s alleged position on cutting or eliminating FEMA.

Fear and Smear. NO Disaster is too big or too small for Liberals to get up on their high horse and pontificate about how politically evil their opponents are and How you should vote for them because the other guy’s an asshole!

So EVEN Hurricane relief is political to the LEFT.

So as I have said previously, even making toast is a political maneuver for the Left. Everything is Political. Everything must be made political.

So they can take cheap political shots and childish personal attacks on you.

FEAR IS HOPE

FEAR IS EVERYTHING

So how long before it becomes “racist”??

JOBS UPDATE:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last Tuesday that employers issued 1,316 “mass layoff actions” (affecting 50 workers or more) in September; more than 122,000 workers were affected overall. USA Today financial reporter Matt Krantz wrote that “(m)uch of the recent layoff activity is connected to what’s been the slowest period of earnings growth since the third quarter of 2009.” Some necessary restructuring is underway in response to the stagnant European economy. But more and more U.S. businesses are putting the blame — bravely and squarely — right where it belongs: on the obstructionist policies and regulatory schemes of the blame-shifter-in-chief.

Last week, Ohio-based auto parts manufacturer Dana Holding Corp. warned employees of potential layoffs amid “looming concern” about the economy. President and CEO Roger Wood specifically mentioned the walloping burden of “increasing taxes on small businesses” and the need to “offset increased costs that are placed on us through new laws and regulations.”

Case in point: Obamacare. The mandate will cost Dana Holding Corp., which employs some 24,500 workers, “approximately $24 million over the next six years in additional U.S. health care expenses.” As Ohio Watchdog blogger Maggie Thurber reported, the firm’s Toledo area corporate offices laid off seven white-collar employees last Friday; company insiders told her more were on the way. They are not alone.

On Tuesday, Consol Energy issued a federally mandated layoff disclosure announcing its “intent to idle its Miller Creek surface operations near Naugatuck, W.Va.” The move will affect the company’s Wiley Surface Mine, Wiley Creek Surface Mine, Minway Surface Mine, Minway Preparation Plant and Miller Creek Administration Group, all in Mingo County, W.Va. Despite state approval, cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and myriad other agencies, and a stellar safety record, Obama’s EPA dragged its feet on the permit approval process. The impasse has forced layoffs of 145 Consol Energy employees that will hit at the end of the year. They are not alone.

In August, Robert E. Murray, founder and CEO of Murray Energy Corporation in Ohio, blasted the White House anti-coal agenda for the layoffs and closure of his company’s mine. He told Obama water-carrying CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien that “the many regulations that (Obama) and his radical appointees and the U.S. EPA have put on the use of coal, there are dozens of them and collectively by his own energy administration, have closed 175 power plants.” As O’Brien barked at her guest about purported environmental objections, Murray explained that “we cannot get permits for these mines. They are delaying the issuance of permits. If you can’t get the permit, you can’t have the mine. … I created those jobs, and I put the investment in that mine. And when it came time to lay the people off, I went up personally and talked to every one of them myself to lay them off. It’s a human issue.”

And it’s an innovation issue, too. As I reported in February, Obamacare’s impending 2.3 percent medical device excise tax has already wrought havoc on the industry:

Stryker, a maker of artificial hips and knees based in Kalamazoo, Mich., is slashing 5 percent of its global workforce (an estimated 1,000 workers) this coming year to reduce costs related to Obamacare’s taxes and mandates.

Covidien, a N.Y.-based surgical supplies manufacturer, recently announced layoffs of 200 American workers and plans to move some of its plant work to Mexico and Costa Rica, in part because of the coming tax hit.

Mass.-based Zoll Medical Corp., which makes defibrillators and employs some 1,800 workers in the U.S. and around the world, says the medical device tax will cost the company between $5 million and $10 million a year.

This July, Indiana’s Cook Medical Inc. shelved plans to open five new plants because of the imminent medical device tax hit. They are not alone.

The heads of Koch Industries, Westgate Resorts and ASG Software Solutions have all separately informed their employees of prosperity-undermining Obama economic politics. Left-wing groups have lambasted the executives for exercising their political free speech.

But they have remained silent while the White House corruptocrats bribed federal defense contractors into delaying federally mandated layoff disclosures before the election. In a memo now being investigated on Capitol Hill, Obama promised to cover the legal fees of Lockheed Martin and other defense contractors if they ignored legal requirements to inform workers in advance about so-called sequestration cuts to the military’s budget scheduled to kick in next year.

Truth suppression is a time-honored Obama tactic, of course. Remember: The administration and its Democratic allies on Capitol Hill attempted to punish Deere, Caterpillar, Verizon and ATT in 2010 for disclosing how the costs of Obamacare taxes were hitting their bottom lines — even though they were simply following SEC disclosure requirements. The White House also tried to silence insurers who dared to inform their customers about how Obamacare was driving up premiums. Not this time.

The administration’s bully boys don’t have enough whitewash and duct tape to cover up the past, present and future devastation of the president and his economic demolition team. (Michelle Malkin)

But it’s all Bush’s Fault! 🙂

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

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Bureaucrats 1 Common Sense 0

After conceding that poor communication with teachers could have contributed to the unprecedented plunge in Florida students’ writing scores this year, the state Board of Education voted Tuesday to lower the passing mark for the test.

Just 27 percent of fourth-graders statewide earned a 4 or better on the writing FCAT, a steep decline from last year’s 81 percent. Eighth- and 10th-graders showed similar drops.

The news sparked widespread concern and a dramatic response, with more than 800 parents, teachers and school officials dialing into an emergency conference call held Tuesday by the state board.

Third-graders must pass the reading FCAT to be promoted, and high school students must pass the reading and math FCATs to graduate. (KFYI)

Don’t make the teacher’s accountable or the students smarter just make the test dumber!!

That’s the Ticket!! 😦

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Showdown at the H20 corral: Federal Government Bureaucrats 1 Common Sense 0

The city of Tombstone, Arizona, has lost the first round in its showdown with the federal government over water.

U.S. District Judge Frank Zapata this week shot down Tombstone’s request for an emergency injunction ordering the U.S. Forest Service to step aside and let the city use heavy equipment to repair its 130-year-old pipeline in the Huachuca Mountains.

The pipeline and some of Tombstone’s springs lie within a federally protected wilderness area, requiring a permit from the Forest Service. But Tombstone says it owns the land and doesn’t have to ask anyone for permission to make repairs that are critical to its survival.

In a 14-page written decision, Zapata said the evidence showed that the Forest Service had attempted to approve some permits, but that the city did not provide enough information.

The court ruled Monday that the city did not exhaust efforts to obtain federal permits to use equipment. But city officials claim they’ve spent the past nine months trying to secure the U.S. Forest Service’s cooperation.

You haven’t died of a thousand bureaucratic cuts yet. So keep cutting…

Tombstone’s 26-mile water line, which dates back to 1881, was damaged in landslides that followed last summer’s Monument Fire.

The city plans to hold the Tombstone Shovel Brigade on June 8 and 9, hoping hundreds, if not thousands, of volunteers with donated shovels will head into the mountains and work on the pipeline.

“The most desperate part of our work is to try to protect the work we have done from the monsoons,” said Tombstone City Clerk George Barnes.

“You can’t move boulders the size of a Volkswagen by hand, although they did suggest at one time we use chisels,” said Tombstone city clerk, George Barnes.

The <Goldwater> institute said: “Until last year, the U.S. Forest Service recognized and respected those rights, which date back to the days of Wyatt Earp. Today, the federal government denies they exist and refuses to allow Tombstone to restore more than three of its spring water catchments.”

“Federal water rights are entitled to a form of protection that is broader than what may be provided to similarly situated state law rights holders,” stated a letter from Julie Decker, the deputy state director in the U.S. Department of the Interior to the Arizona Department of Water Resources.

Decker’s letter said water is not “legally” available for some users who may want to develop property in the area, because “the expressed federal reserved water right created by Congress is senior to all junior water users who initiate uses after the date of the establishment of the reservation.”

Once again, The Federal Government is Supreme and can do anything it wants and you can’t say squat about it!

We are have all the Power and if we want to destroy you we can because we are the Supreme Imperial Power.

All Hail The Federal Government! They are the Supreme Law of this Land and every Land they rule.

Scared yet?

The federal government is demanding as a condition for renewing the pipeline permits that ranchers cede to the federal government all water ownership and rights, he said.

The radical “green,” or ecological, element appears to be playing a role, Dranias noted.

As part of the litigation over Tombstone’s water, he said, emails to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from various activists cheered the fires and floods that destroyed Tombstone’s water supply system.

“Hooray, the water’s running free again,” he said the emails expressed.

The court was not moved by a state of emergency declared specifically for Tombstone by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer,” the institute said.

The town is asking for shovels and donations. Contact the Tombstone City Clerk’s Office to find out how you can help at (520) 457-2202. (CNN,KPHO,WND)

The Judge: Keep rolling that common sense rock up the bureaucratic hill, Sisyphus because your Emperor is Supreme in all things and you just have to accept that you have no rights or power unless we grant it you and then if we ignore it or you, tough sh*t on you.

We are your Masters and you will do as you are told regardless.

The Empire has Spoken! So Shut the Hell up!

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

 Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez
Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Bolling Over

Since March, <Eric> Bolling (Fox Business Network)  has pleaded to President Obama to reach out to him about his ideas for reducing the price of gasoline, even giving out his phone number on the air during Fox & Friends in hopes that the Commander-in-Chief would give him a ring to discuss his “silver bullet” solution.

No such luck, especially when your rigid ideology does not permit it. The President and his “green” commandos only want less supply and higher priced oil so that you’ll be forced (in their minds) to kiss up to their “green” agenda.

The Agenda is the Agenda after all.

You know, the one that has cost jobs and a well over half a trillion dollars of taxpayer money in one bankruptcy after another.

So what if the technology isn’t there yet and it costs multiple times more than what we have now — It’s better than oil!! 🙂

So we have $4 a gallon in April.

Twice as much as it was when Obama took office. But don’t worry, it’s still Bush/Republican/Rich people’s fault.

And you’ll always have this sage advice from Candidate Obama in 2008: “There are things you can do individually, though, to save energy,” Obama said. “Making sure your tires are properly inflated – simple thing. But we could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling – if everybody was just inflating their tires? And getting regular tune-ups? You’d actually save just as much!”

Now don’t you “feel” better. 🙂

The EPA & Moratoriums have nothing to do with it.

This effects the entire economy. You’re paying for the inflation in trucking & transportation costs of just about everything you buy from T-Shirts to Peanut Butter (which is up 27% in the last 2 years by the way– I guess the guys at Big Peanut are getting fat rich over it!) Where is Rachael Maddow when you need her! We Need the Jiffy Police!! We Need to expose Big Peanut for the greedy, capitalist SOBs that they are! 🙂

Your costs are going up. Have you noticed?

The Environmentalists and their lawyers are a bane on our existence in the 21st Century with their 19th Century mentality.

The EPA, run by environmental ideologues crushes businesses and us with choking regulations.

But there is another predator out there that most don’t see because “Big Oil” is the evil Boogeyman by the Left.

Which as a sidenote I never quite got because the oil itself comes largely from the Middle East so the money ultimately goes there because that is where the product came from to begin with so they are ultimately the “source”.

Oh and there’s this tidbit: The Chinese government dealt the public relations strategy of green technology advocates in the Obama administration a blow last month when Premier Wen Jiabao announced that the state-run economy would stop expanding its wind and solar industries, choosing instead to focus on nuclear, hydroelectric and shale — or fracking — as the energies of the future.

“It is getting tougher and tougher for the Obama administration to argue that somehow we’re in this big race for green power worldwide when the rest of the world seems to have decided that the race isn’t worth winning,” Daniel Kish, the senior vice president for policy at the Institute for Energy Research, told The Daily Caller.

The Chinese were, after all, the reason Solyndra, Beyond Solar, and other “green” companies went bankrupt. It had nothing to do with mismanagement at all.

But back the hidden danger.

It’s The Banks. You know, the “rich” people who were bailed out by Obama in 2009. The ones that are still bankrolling politicians on both sides. The ones who when effectively forced by the Democrats to make whacko risk loans to people who could afford them started a trading industry to try and package and re-sell impossible debt. It worked for about 10 years then crashed the entire economy horribly in 2007.

They are the largest “speculators” on the petroleum market. It was estimated by Eric Bolling that they add around 17 cents a gallon alone.

Government taxes on gasoline makes more money than Oil Companies do on the Oil itself.

The fact that 87% of off-shore oil is inaccessible because the government says so (because the environmentalist say so) and that new drilling is all but prohibited by the Obama Administration is a real problem. Not a phony Class Warfare one.

The Keystone Pipeline, folks. remember that?

The “increase” in production that Obama sights when criticized isn’t due to him AT ALL. And he knows it, but a liberal is more than happy to lie if it can throw you off the sent and the class warfare is just a bonus.

Put simply: If you lower supply what happens to the price when demand goes up?

“So…the solution…” Bolling announced.

“You know a little bit about this, don’t you, Eric?” Palin interjected.

“I’ve had 20 years experience in the trading world in oil and gas…” Bolling noted. “Can we bring in the top secret…”

Suddenly a security guard brought out Bolling’s top secret envelope encased in a bulletproof suitcase.

“We have a top secret silver bullet here,” Palin observed. “We are criticized, I know I am, for preaching all the time, drill baby, drill. Well, this goes beyond drill baby drill!”

“If I could ask you to open — to reveal the envelope so I can step away and put this around,” Bolling instructed Palin.

Palin finally opened the envelope, and the cat was out of the bag.

“Top secret…In addition to drill baby drill,” Palin clarified.

Bolling spun his chalk board around which read, “RAISE ENERGY MARGIN REQUIREMENTS, ALL ENERGY TRADED ON EXCHANGE.”

“It doesn’t replace drill, baby, drill, Governor,” Bolling explained. “It’s in in addition. Raise energy trading margin requirements. All energy has to be traded on an exchange. Bear with me. It’s a little technical. The reason why so many billions of barrels are traded…is because the banks can trade it. People are allowed to trade it for little or no money down. At some point, Goldman Sachs decided they want to buy oil barrels it pushes the price up. If they sell them in the same day, they don’t have to put a penny up to do that trade. It’s a free trade for them. If they want to hold it overnight, sometimes they will pay up to $2,000-$3,000 on a contract that is worth $100,000. So governor, this we need to make this equation a little bit more even. We need to bring this bowl down to something more reasonable.”

What I took from this, because I’m no economics genius, was that if you raise the risk (the price paid for those speculations) the people who are speculating now will think a bit more before pulling the trigger.

If there is no risk and all reward the sky’s the limit.

And If I buy it for X and sell it to the next guy for X+2 I just made a profit but now the other guy has to sell it for even more to make their profit so the price goes up and up and up.

The problem is that the smaller investors who aren’t the deep pocket banks could be hurt by it.

So like most ideas it’s not perfect but it’s better than the one we got.

And if it doesn’t work, well, there’s always “Drill, Baby, Drill” 🙂

Because the best way to beat high demand is high supply and that means we use what we have instead of getting the majority of it from people who have even more dubious and devious purpose than Liberals, people like Hugo Chavez, George Soros, Iran,The Middle East.

Natural Gas Prices show this. 5 years ago they were at an All-time high. Now with a much higher supply the price is low.

But to do it you have to have the Political will to fight Liberals, Environmentalists and Their Lawyers, and the Networks –which boils down to Liberals anyways.

And they don’t play nice. They don’t play by any rules. They don’t respond to logic and reason. And they are as mean,nasty, and intolerant a bunch as you’ll ever meet.

But they are the ones you have to defeat.

And they are the ones that must be defeated in 2012.

Period. End of Story.

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

 

New American Way

More Wisdom from Tax Cheat, Treasury Secretary Geithner:

Geithner: Tax the Rich for “the Privilege of Being an American”

“{I}f you don’t ask, you know, the most fortunate Americans to bear a slightly larger burden of the privilege of being an American…”

“And that’s the kind of balance you need. And why is that the case? Because if you don’t try to generate more revenues through tax reform (aka Tax Increases), if you don’t ask the, you know, the most fortunate Americans to bear a slightly larger burden of the privilege of being an American, then you have to — the only way to achieve fiscal sustainability — is through unacceptably deep cuts in benefits for middle class seniors, or unacceptably deep cuts in national security.”

You could STOP SPENDING LIKE AN IDIOT! 🙂

When deep in debt the solution is not to Spend Even More!

But no Liberal would ever even conceive of that idea. And the Republicans aren’t far behind them.

I would also remind the Secretary that 47% of American pay no taxes AT ALL. And the “rich” people’s money he’s so covets pay over 70% of the taxes NOW!

But the Democrats want to SPEND EVEN MORE!

So they have to feed the class envy beast.

Even Michelle “Marie Antionette” Obama got in the act at a swanky fundraiser with “rich” Democrats:

“If a family in this country is struggling, we cannot be satisfied with our own families’ good fortune.”

She also rapped the rich, as has her husband. “Who do we want to be?” Obama asked. “Will we be a country where success is limited to the few at the top? This country is strongest when we are all better off.”

Thanks, Comrade. You can sit down now.

If your own millions of dollars is a burden to you, you can always give it away, dearie. 🙂

And besides doesn’t unemployment stimulate economic growth according to Nancy Pelosi, Press Propagandist Jay Carney and Sr WH Advisor Valerie Jarrett?

Why yes, they did say that. So maybe what we really need is even more unemployment, think of the “stimulus”!!! 🙂

When the Budget Control Act of 2011 increased the debt ceiling last August, Congress, the administration, and outside analysts believed that this increase would allow federal borrowing under the limit well into 2013 (and outside of the election campaign),” the center’s analysts wrote. “Due to unexpected circumstances … that belief appears increasingly likely to have been misguided.”

Well, now it may hit in the  summer and fall, along with $6 or higher gas prices, ObamaCare at the Supreme Court, SB1070 at the Supreme Court.

Won’t that be fun. The Ministry of Truth will have to spin the planet backwards to try and cover up this mess.

But don’t worry The latest Liberal Fantasy– Algae will save us all:

Environmentalists, by and large, live in a world of their own. A very smug, ill-thought-out world in which driving your electric car, wearing your hemp clothes, staring daggers at people who don’t put their soda bottles in the recycling bin, and perhaps even accepting subsidies from the federal government to put solar panels on your roof, are somehow the recipe for a sustainable and prosperous national future. They are blithely negligent of the facts: their cellphones/computers/electric cars are powered by coal, the promise of solar and wind is relatively pathetic, the accepted wisdom of recycling is founded on myth, global warming is increasingly dubious and politicized, that Obama’s green “investments” are helping to push the country toward bankruptcy… I could go on. We have the opportunity to create innumberable jobs and help dredge ourselves out of this economic slump, if we’d only let ourselves actually compete in the global energy market, and when energy prices are high, poorer Americans are the first to suffer.

But even worse than that, environmentalists actually have the gall to want to deny certain types of energy development and technologies to less developed (a.k.a., more miserable) parts of the world, thinking that the people living the ‘simple life’ are somehow ‘better off,’ on a local level and for the welfare of the planet in general. No — wealthier societies are healthier societies.

This video is one of my all-time favorites, and though it’s of a somewhat different environmental capacity than gas prices in America, it very aptly demonstrates just how willfully ignorant and lacking in critical thinking the greenie-attitude really is. Enjoy (warning: some crass language): (From Penn & Teller’s “Bullshit”) (Townhall.com)

Now don’t you feel like going out and hugging a tree and mugging a Millionaire?

It’s the New American Way!  🙂

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino

 Political Cartoons by Chuck Asay

We Can’t Wait

“The President’s plan is to simply say ‘no’ to new energy production,” House Natural Resources Committee chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash, said to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar during a hearing pertaining to hydraulic fracturing. “It’s a plan that is sending American jobs overseas, forfeiting new revenue, and denying access to American energy that would lessen our dependence on hostile Middle Eastern oil.”

But it make environmentalist wackos happy and brings us more Solyndras. That can’t be bad, can it?

President Obama’s United States Department of Agriculture has delayed shale gas drilling in Ohio for up to six months by cancelling a mineral lease auction for Wayne National Forest (WNF). The move was taken in deference to environmentalists, on the pretext of studying the effects of hydraulic fracturing.

“Conditions have changed since the 2006 Forest Plan was developed,” announced WNF Supervisor Anne Carey on Tuesday. “The technology used in the Utica & Marcellus Shale formations need to be studied to see if potential effects to the surface are significantly different than those identified in the Forest Plan.” The study will take up to six months to complete. The WNF study reportedly “will focus solely on how it could affect forest land,” despite the significance of hydraulic fracturing to united proponents of the delay, “and not how it could affect groundwater.” …

The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) recently estimated that drilling in the Utica shale, which is affected by the suspension of the mineral lease auctions, would produce up 204,500 jobs by 2015.

And what about the jobs and the energy from Canada that the President refused earlier in the month, The Keystone Pipeline?

Keystone XL also has been challenged by lawmakers and activists in Nebraska who say the pipeline might break and spill oil into the Ogallala aquifer, a major source of water for Nebraska ranchers. This is not impossible, but after the world’s many years of experience with operating oil pipelines, it’s a bit like refusing to allow airplanes to fly over Nebraska for fear they might crash. (Barrons)

But the most nakedly political part of it is, they just delayed it until after the 2012 election, like most decision today. Because no one wants to confront them during a campaign. And a campaign is all we have now.

On Nov. 12, the White House and the State Department decided to give the pipeline route more study, at least until after the election in November, 2012. “This was not a political decision,” said an assistant secretary of state who must have practiced in front of a mirror to keep a straight face.

Political or not, final or not, investors and consumers should hope that the Keystone XL non-decision will not much hamper the development of the Alberta oil resource. Petroleum can be shipped to the U.S. by truck or train, and the capacity of existing pipelines can be increased, all without a pass from the State Department or the president.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, offered another possibility. He said that his government will work with pipeline companies to ship more Alberta oil to the Pacific coast for export to Asia. Harper observed, however, that the Keystone XL pipeline or something like it will eventually go through “because it makes eminent sense.”

But as the U.S. government has shown, making sense doesn’t have the same priority as political survival.

Charles Krauthammer: In 2008, the slogan was “Yes We Can.” For 2011-12, it’s “We Can’t Wait.” What happened in between? Candidate Obama, the vessel into which myriad dreams were poured, met the reality of governance.

His near-$1 trillion stimulus begat a stagnant economy with 9 percent unemployment. His attempt at Wall Street reform left in place a still too-big-to-fail financial system as vulnerable today as when he came into office. His green energy fantasies yielded Solyndra cronyism and a cap-and-trade regime not even a Democratic Congress would pass.

And now his signature achievement, Obamacare, is headed to the Supreme Court, where it could very well be struck down, just a week after its central element was overwhelmingly repudiated (2-1) by the good burghers of Ohio.

So what do you do when you say you can, but, it turns out, you can’t? Blame the other guy. Charge the Republicans with making governing impossible. Never mind that you had control of the Congress for two-thirds of your current tenure. It’s all the fault of Republican rejectionism.

Hence: “We Can’t Wait.” We can’t wait while they obstruct. We can’t wait while they dither with my jobs bill. Write Congress today! Vote Democratic tomorrow!

We can’t wait. Except for certain exceptions, such as the 1,700-mile trans-USA Keystone XL pipeline, carrying Alberta oil to Texas refineries, that would have created thousands of American jobs and increased our energy independence.

For that, we can wait, it seems. President Obama decreed that any decision must wait 12 to 18 months — postponed, by amazing coincidence, until after next year’s election.

Why? Because the pipeline angered Obama’s environmental constituency. But their complaints are risible. Global warming from the extraction of the Alberta tar sands? Canada will extract the oil anyway. If it doesn’t go to us, it will go to China. Net effect on the climate if we don’t take that oil? Zero.

Danger to a major aquifer, which the pipeline traverses? It is already crisscrossed by 25,000 miles of pipeline, enough to circle the Earth. Moreover, the State Department had subjected Keystone to three years of review — the most exhaustive study of any oil pipeline in U.S. history — and twice concluded in voluminous studies that there would be no significant environmental harm.

So what happened? “The administration,” reported The New York Times, “had in recent days been exploring ways to put off the decision until after the presidential election.” Exploring ways to improve the project? Hardly. Exploring ways to get past the election.

Obama’s decision was meant to appease his environmentalists. It’s already working. The president of the National Wildlife Federation told The Washington Post (online edition, Nov. 10) that thousands of environmentalists who were galvanized to protest the pipeline would now support Obama in 2012. Moreover, a source told the Post, Obama campaign officials had concluded that “they do not pick up one vote from approving this project.”

Sure, the pipeline would have produced thousands of truly shovel-ready jobs. Sure, delay could forfeit to China a supremely important strategic asset — a nearby, highly reliable source of energy. But approval was calculated to be a political loss for the president. Easy choice.

It’s hard to think of a more clear-cut case of putting politics over nation. This from a president whose central campaign theme is that Republicans put party over nation, sacrificing country to crass political ends.

Nor is this the first time Obama’s election calendar trumped the national interest:

• Obama’s decision to wind down the Afghan surge in September 2012 is militarily inexplicable. It comes during the fighting season. It was recommended by none of his own military commanders. It is explicable only as a talking point for the final days of his re-election campaign.

• At the height of the debt-ceiling debate last July, Obama pledged to veto any agreement that was not long term. Definition of long term? By another amazing coincidence, any deal large enough to get him past Election Day (and thus avoid another such crisis next year).

• Tuesday it was revealed that last year the administration pressured Solyndra, as it was failing, to delay its planned Oct. 28 announcement of layoffs until Nov. 3 — the day after the midterm election.

A contemporaneous email from a Solyndra investor noted: “Oddly they didn’t give a reason for that date.” The writer was clearly born yesterday. The American voter was not — and (s)he soon gets to decide who really puts party over nation and re-election above all.

We can’t wait.

Additionally: “Well, no one is asking him to go out there and asking him to be a jingoistic cheerleader. But when you call your own country ‘lazy’ when you are abroad and you call it unambitious and soft when you’re home, I think what you are showing is not tough love, but ill-concealed contempt,” Krauthammer said on FOX News’ “Special Report.”

“Obama is ready to blame everybody except himself for the lousy economy. And the lack of investment. Look, why are people reluctant to invest? We have the highest corporate tax rate in the world, in the industrialized world. Obama has spoken about it. It’s the one issue on which the Republicans would have agreed on lowering that rate, eliminating loopholes. In three years in office, he’s done nothing. He has an NLRB trying to shut down a $1 billion plant Boeing has constructed, as a favor to Obama’s union allies. People look abroad and say this isn’t a place I want to do business. Its his issues, his over-regulation over taxation and all the red tape he has added. And now he blames Americans’ laziness. I think it’s unseemly.”

http://video.foxnews.com/v/1283879431001/obama-putting-his-campaign-ahead-of-his-job-part-1

http://video.foxnews.com/v/1283879437001/obama-putting-his-campaign-ahead-of-his-job–part-2/?playlist_id=87937&intcmp=obinsite

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Dana Summers

 Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

The Green Menace

Obama, The Job Killer…..Again!

“Only days after we learned that at least 9 percent of Americans were unemployed for the 30th straight month, the president has made a decision that will only prolong this suffering,” <Republican Candidate Newt> Gingrich said in a statement.

The Obama administration’s decision to delay a controversial oil pipeline was cast by critics as a political ploy to placate environmentalists ahead of the 2012 election. 

But if that’s the strategy, it could backfire. 

While the decision pleased environmentalists who had earlier suggested they might withhold support for President Obama over the project, it did not please the labor unions who were banking on the estimated 20,000 jobs tied to the pipeline.  (Not counting any ancillory jobs i’m sure because they wouldn’t be union)

And in a jobs election, the support of unions and business interests is arguably more critical than that of the green base. 

But I’m betting, he’s betting that since the Unions are already incestuously in bed with him anyhow they will still vote for him regardless because the alternative, a Republican, is like a vampire voting to have Buffy The Vampire Slayer as President. It ain’t going to happen.

They’ll bitch and moan, he’ll buy them off with some other “stimulus” or some other pork. But he keeps his greenie-weenie loonies from bolting on him.

Republican strategist Brad Blakeman said he was puzzled by the decision on the pipeline project — diplomatically, politically and economically. 

“The reasons not to do it are far outweighed by the reasons to do it,” he said. “It doesn’t make any sense to punt it until after the election, when you could have a victory on numerous levels today.” 

But that’s Obama. And you know it’s all politics. And it’s all about him!

“The administration chose to support environmentalists over jobs — job-killers win, American workers lose,” Terry O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, said in a written statement. 

The incestuous couple is having a spat. Obama will just have to buy them an even bigger “make-up” gift- at someone else’s expense, of course.

“By punting on this project, the president has made clear that campaign politics are driving U.S. policy decisions — at the expense of American jobs,” House Speaker John Boehner said. 

The Chamber of Commerce chimed in with a similar lament. 

Administration officials, though, deny politics was in any way at play. 

“This is not a political decision. We have been … out there as listening to what the public has to say,” said Kerri-Ann Jones, an environmental official in the State Department. 

Everything Obama and the Liberals do is political. The fact that they had a flunky deny it means that’s precisely what they were doing.

The president and his team were in a tough spot with the Keystone XL pipeline. On one side, unions were clamoring for jobs. On the other, liberal activists warned of the health and environmental impact of the pipeline and were protesting in large numbers near the White House. 

Occupy Obama! 🙂 And boy did he cave in fast!

Maybe We the People should Occupy The White House! 🙂

In the end, the administration gave a nod to the latter. 

“We should take the time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all the potential impacts are properly understood,” Obama said, citing “health and safety “concerns, as well as environmental concerns. 

The very same platitude he’s been using.

May 2011: “safe and responsible” oil production. “We should take the time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all the potential impacts are properly understood,” Obama said, citing “health and safety “concerns, as well as environmental concerns. 

Sound familiar? This leopard never changes his spots. He just gets other (mostly in the media and his flunkies) to make you think he’s changed.

Pelosi also said that same day: The Democrats’ energy plan “eliminates breaks for Big Oil; encourages oil companies to drill on the public land they already control; increases safe oil production in Alaska and in the Gulf; and uses the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to increase the oil supply and combat gasoline price hikes from Wall Street speculation,” Pelosi said.

Was that Politics? 🙂 You Betcha!

A new environmental review would likely push off any decision until 2013, after next year’s elections.

This from the Calgary Herald: “If TransCanada cannot reasonably expect to have a commencement date of December 31, 2013, then the shippers are not bound to the original agreement.”
“The critical issue is what happens to the 445,000 barrels per day plus of shipper contracts in place, which are necessary for the project to proceed, said analyst Chad Friess, with UBS Research in a research note Friday. “With the delay, we expect most shippers will have the right to opt out of their contracts under various ‘sunset clauses’ and commit their volumes to other Gulf Coast projects.

“Other alternatives are being pursued to ensure market access over the medium term,” president David Collyer said. “Delaying Keystone XL

will motivate exploration of other markets for Canadian crude oil products,”

The sentiment was echoed by federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who questioned the project’s survival if subjected to another lengthy regulatory review.

“It may mean that we may have to move quickly to ensure that we can export our oil to Asia through British Columbia,” Flaherty said at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Honolulu.

Business will go elsewhere. The Anti-Business Only-Want-Politically-Correct-Business Obama strikes again!
So yet another thing is “off the table” until 2013. Anything Obama doesn’t want to deal with goes into 2013. Anything the Republicans don’t want to deal with him on, goes to 2013.
That’s going to be a very ugly year.
But don’t worry, no matter who wins, it will be the Republican’s Fault! 🙂
Remember, there are 2 countries involved in this one, but one 1 enormous Ego- Obama.
And you want 4 more years of this, don’t you?
Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

The Road to Hell

Map from Wednesday morning press conference.

The Road to Hell is paved with good intentions, it has been said.

And no one better exemplifies that today than Liberals.

The “touchy feely” good intentions of many (many other have no good intentions at all and just want to run your life for you because you’re a moron in their eyes) a liberal has caused a lot of pain.

The latest example: The Tree Huggers.

Save a Tree. A Spotted Owl. Ignore mankind, their evil. Loggers and Forest Management is evil.Humans are just greedy pigs. Just let nature be nature.

And if you dare do anything else we’ll sue you into oblivion!

To a Liberals it’s their duty to force you to behave.

The problem is, it leads to even bigger disasters when they come along. And, of course, the environmentalists are far to holier-than-thou to accept any blame or consequences of their actions.

After all, they did it with the best of intentions. 😦

The Wallow II fire is a prime example. The second largest fire in the history of the State of Arizona could have been minimized but Tree Hugging Environmentalists have made it worse.

And who knows it may grow to be the biggest ever. But try to reform the process to prevent this from happening again and the Lonnie Left will be send their pack of Raptor Lawyers and Media Psychos after you!

The fire is swallowing up homes,lives, jobs, and many, many animals.

PHOENIX — Environmentalists are the target of a blame game as wildfires rage through Arizona forests.

State Sen. Sylvia Allen, a Republican from Snowflake — a town in the White Mountains not too far from the huge Wallow fire — says misinformation, lawsuits and lies have been used to promote unhealthy forest environments and those philosophies have made their way into federal policies.

In a statement last Saturday, Allen said, “I once again must express my anger at the lack of forest management that, for the last 20 years, has turned our forests into a tinderbox of undergrowth, small trees, brush and downed trees. In some areas of the forest around Alpine, the undergrowth was so thick that you could not even walk across the forest floor.”

Allen said her family was forced to evacuate their home in 2002 because of the Rodeo-Chedeski fire. (The largest fire in state history, nearly a half million acres)

“The catastrophic fires of the last few years are an indication of the health and vitality of our forests,” she said.

Allen has allies, including Apache County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Brannon Eager, who says poor forest management and stewardship of the land has left the forests vulnerable to dangerous and destructive fires, such as the Wallow fire burning in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest near Alpine, Springerville and Eagar.

“For years and years, we logged the forest,” Eager said. “We went though, we took care of it, we logged it. We harvested the timber, we thinned the timber and that’s what a ponderosa pine forest is supposed to look like.

“The forest has been growing for 25 to 30 years now with nobody taking care of it. It’s just been allowed to grow. This is my opinion — that we should go back to taking care of the forest, to utilizing what’s up there.”

Eager agrees with Allen’s criticism of environmentalists for pushing to save the Mexican spotted owl, the goshawk and other animals. He said they stopped the logging, put families out of work and created a volatile forest environment.

“We need to do everything we can to protect the animals that we have, but at the same time we also need to protect our forests.”

Eager asked, “What are the spotted owls going to nest in now? There’s nothing left.”(KTAR)

“The Wallow Fire is further evidence that our current system of managing our forests is simply not working,” Allen said. “To the contrary, the federal government’s policies for protecting spotted owls and goshawks are wreaking devastation, destroying homes, and threatening lives, communities, and our economy throughout northern Arizona, and the owls and goshawks are no better protected.”

“It’s time that we return common sense to forest management. In areas where the forest had been thinned around communities, the fire has dropped and homes have been spared. Unfortunately, this thinning has only been accomplished in a few areas.”

“The only way we’re going to restore our forests is to involve private industry, which will absorb the costs while responsibly thinning the forest, so we don’t have any more of these enormous fires,” said Allen. “It saves the taxpayers money, creates jobs, and protects us from these devastating wildfires.”

Allen also pointed to the economic devastation resulting from fires like the currently-burning Wallow and Horseshoe Fires and the Rodeo Chediski Fire of 2002. “Besides the millions of dollars it takes to fight these kinds of massive fires, there is another hidden cost to this beautiful region where I live. The fires kill tourism and recreation, and local businesses suffer for a long time after the fires go out.”

“My frustration is with bureaucrats 2000 miles away with their misguided regulations that lead to these catastrophic fires, and with the extreme environmental groups who have made millions of dollars from American taxpayers by filing lawsuits.” (Sonoran Alliance)

Because that is the preferred weapon of choice of the Liberal, a Lawsuit.

Liberals love to sue everyone at the drop of a hat or get a court to restrict what you can or cannot do according to their superior moral “intent”.

And you get Liberal Judges who rule from the bench who want to enforce their views in a very authoritarian way.

Where are they when they sh*t hits the fan because of them?

In their Ivy Towers of Superior Humanity that’s where.

After all, they have the best of intentions. And they are untouchable and unaccountable because of it! 😦

The environmentalist groups have stopped the forest service from cutting and trimming of our forest for what ever reason they saw fit..Now that we are overwhelmed with fire, just as we were with the Rodeo-Chedeski fire those groups are no where to be found. Those groups have prevented us from clearing pre-fire and now they have set the stage for an even bigger fire to spark pro-fire. Those of us who live in the White Mountain area are well aware of the issues we have with the bark beetle. Studies have shown and proven that dead tree’s killed by the bark beetle are like fire tender waiting to ignite. (WMICentral)

It has been over a decade since the last timber mills closed in Arizona’s mountains, and in that time under the management of the United States Forest Service (USFS) over 1,700 square miles of the state’s forests have burned. “I thought we’d learned our lessons in 2002 after the devastating Rodeo-Chedeski fire that destroyed over 730 square miles of Arizona’s forests, taking homes and lives with it. But I guess its business as usual for the USFS,” Representative Brenda Barton said.

For over a decade, residents and civic leaders in Arizona’s mountain communities have been imploring the USFS to adopt a more pro-active approach to forest management; one that allows for an aggressive program to clean and clear the forest floor. It’s here in what is called the “fire load” that otherwise healthy lightning strike fires become catastrophic and devastate hundreds of thousands of acres in a relatively short period of time. Such intense and large fire events have an effect of searing the ground, which in turn makes it relatively difficult for the forest to regenerate.

Compounding this management problem is the refusal of the USFS to allow previously burned lands, such as those remaining from the 2004 Willow fire near Payson, to be cleared and cleaned. Current practice now simply allows this debris to build up and become dry and fuel for future wildfires.

The Forest Service is riddled with Tree Huggers and afraid of lawsuits. Just what the Environmentalists want.

And we get to pay the price for it. Be Happy. Hug a Burnt Tree.

In contrast, Sweden, arguably one of the most progressive environmental nations in Europe has in the past six years turned away from the US practice of au natural forests and has aggressively begun a forest management program which grooms and utilizes the timber while cleaning the forest floor. This program has created over 7,500 new jobs in Sweden’s northern regions while providing timber for the domestic construction industry. Germany has also begun a program of managed harvesting of their famous Black Forest in Bavaria.

Meanwhile, the jobs and economy of northern Arizona has languished as the USFS has pursued a “hands off” approach to forest management, culminating in recent years with entire areas of Arizona’s forests being gated off and locked to recreational use.

In the past, well managed timber harvesting combined with prudent cattle management has kept Arizona’s forests clean, which minimizes the opportunities for catastrophic wildfires, such as we have experienced since the late 1990’s.

But they had good intentions! 😦

Then there’s the Global warming Crowd…warning this is very graphic.

Now, do you want to have a rational, reasoned discussion with these people?

After all, they probably thought it was humorous.

Good Luck!!

And then there’s this Lovely Australian loonie. Good Luck have a rational discussion with him.

Surely it’s time for climate-change deniers to have their opinions forcibly tattooed on their bodies.

Not necessarily on the forehead; I’m a reasonable man. Just something along their arm or across their chest so their grandchildren could say, ”Really? You were one of the ones who tried to stop the world doing something? And why exactly was that, granddad?”

On second thoughts, maybe the tattooing along the arm is a bit Nazi-creepy. So how about they are forced to buy property on low-lying islands, the sort of property that will become worthless with a few more centimetres of ocean rise, so they are bankrupted by their own bloody-mindedness? Or what about their signed agreement to stand, in the year 2040, lashed to a pole at a certain point in the shallows off Manly? If they are right and the world is cooling – ”climate change stopped in the year 1998” is one of their more boneheaded beliefs – their mouths will be above water. If not …

OK, maybe the desire to see the painful, thrashing death of one’s opponents is not ideal. But, my God, these people are frustrating. You just know that in 20 years’ time, when the costs of our inaction are clear, the climate deniers will become climate-denial-deniers. ”Who me? Oh, no, I always believed in it. Yes, it’s hard to understand why people back then were so daft. It’s so much more costly to stop it now.”

That’s why the tattoo has its appeal.

Not that the other side isn’t frustrating. There’s a type of green zealot who appears to relish climate change. Every rise in sea levels is noted excitedly. Every cyclone is applauded and claimed as a noisy, deadly witness for their side.

Suddenly, it’s as if they have the planet’s assistance in their lifelong campaign to bully everyone else into accepting their view of the perfect world. One without any human beings. Except for them. Living in a cave. Wearing an unwashed T-shirt that not only says ”Support wildlife” but actually does.

Is it possible to get the politics out of the climate-change debate? The first step might be to acknowledge the way ideology informs attitudes to climate change on both sides.

People on the left instinctively believe in communal action, the role of government and the efficacy of international agencies such as the UN. They were always going to believe in climate change; it’s the sort of problem that can best be solved using the tools they most enjoy using.

The right tended to be sceptical about climate change from the start and for exactly the same reasons. It’s the sort of problem that requires global, communal action, with governments setting rules. It is a problem that requires tools they instinctively dislike using.

These initial responses to global warming, on both sides, were understandable. But there’s a point in any debate where what you want to believe comes up against what you know to be true; where ideology yields to reality. (Not with Liberals it doesn’t)

Aside from the frothing fringe of the environmental movement, no one is secretly pleased about global warming. We’d all rather it just went away. Who needs to feel guilty about having a long shower, flying to Paris or eating T-bone steak?  (Liberals!)

Who needs to be worried about their children and grandchildren and the way we are pushing the burdens of our time on to them?

As Cate Blanchett put it this week: ”I can’t look my children in the face if I’m not trying to do something in my small way and to urge other people.”

Each generation of people has a job to do; a burden that falls to their time. Sometimes, it’s a war or depression. Sometimes, it’s the work of building the first railways and roads. Sometimes, it’s a plague that wipes out half the population or a fire that destroys a whole city.

Looked at through this lens, our generation has it easy. Already wealthy and armed with new technology, we need to front up to the challenge of building a low-carbon economy.

The tool we’ll use is a carbon tax that seeks to subtly redirect some of our choices. Cut your power bill by more than the compensation offered and you get to keep the change.

Is that really so onerous compared with a depression or war? (YES!)

Our grandparents didn’t fail us, even though the challenges they faced were so much greater. So why are we in the process of failing to live up to their example?

Have at it. 🙂

But remember, They had the best of intentions…. 🙂

 

Going Green

Just not Greenbacks.

President Obama declared today’s 41st annual Earth Day proof of America’s ecological and conservation spirit—then completed a three-day campaign-style trip logging 10,666 miles on Air Force One, eating up some 53,300 gallons at a cost of about $180,000. And that doesn’t include the fuel consumption of his helicopter, limo, or the 29 other vehicles that travel with that car.

“If you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know,” Obama said laughingly. “You might want to think about a trade-in.” (at a prior town hall)

Green Day: The day set aside to save the planet has become a second Halloween where we fear imaginary planetary ghouls and goblins. Greenies get the treats, but the trick has been on us.

It is appropriate that Earth Day comes a week after Tax Day, for our slavish dedication to saving the planet rather than saving jobs imposes a hidden tax on all of us in the form of reduced economic growth and rising inflation.

This Earth Day, we have more to fear from rising gas and food prices than from rising sea levels.

We have long argued that wealthier societies are healthier societies and that reducing emission levels to those desired by such entities as the U.N.’s International Panel on Climate Change and treaties like Kyoto was a recipe for global poverty.

Consider that a 2008 MIT study showed that even the carbon footprint of a homeless person in the United States is more than four times the U.N. recommendation.

Last week, after a record 92 tornadoes struck North Carolina over the weekend, a Time magazine blog seriously asked the question, “Did climate change play a role in this violent outbreak of tornadoes?”

It is such constant fearmongering that drives climate change hysteria. Consider that the worst tornado outbreak in U.S. history occurred in 1974 — the year Nixon resigned.

That was also around the time that major media outlets like Newsweek were warning of a coming Ice Age. That year, there were at least 163 tornadoes in 13 states.

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration has produced a chart showing tornado frequency fluctuating over time but in general decline even as levels of carbon dioxide increased since that record year and as improvements in storm detection, reporting and monitoring occurred.

Hurricane frequency and intensity, as well, are a natural cyclical phenomenon, made worse only by growing numbers rushing to the coasts, not fleeing from them.

Chalk this latest fear mongering next to the myth of Himalayan glaciers that were supposed to banish by 2035.

Fear is the warm-mongers’ stock in trade. Facts are not. But they lead us to do things like ban offshore drilling to save the fruitful and multiplying polar bears and to put corn in our gas tanks in the form of ethanol.

This only drives up demand for corn and food prices while the gas used to get to the supermarket soars in price as well.

We are still looking for the 50 million climate refugees the United Nations Environmental Program predicted in 2005 would be fleeing coastal areas and soon-to-be-submerged islands by 2010. At last report, the coastal cities to be affected are booming in population, as are the islands that are still well above sea level.

As Indur M. Goklany of the Cato Institute wrote recently in the New York Post: “Climate-change remedies can lead to greater poverty, starvation and disease, as well as widespread ecological destruction — some of the very misfortunes that they’re supposed to prevent. In our haste to address global warming, we have yet to think seriously about our policies’ unintended effects.”

Certainly the war on fossil fuels and energy consumption in general lead to reduced economic growth and lower standards of living.

It is based on the irrational fear that carbon dioxide, the product of human respiration and the basis of all life on Earth, is a dangerous pollutant.

These days the U.N. is seriously considering a proposed treaty granting human rights to the planet itself.

This is being pushed by those who consider the human beings on the planet a plague upon Gaia, the Earth goddess, and that efforts to reduce their numbers are to be encouraged.

These are the inmates that are running the global warming asylum. Boo! (IBD)

As all this suggests, environmentalism has become our newest religion. According to Joel Garreau, professor of law, culture and values at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, a religion is characterized by “a distinction between sacred and profane objects; a moral code; feelings of awe, mystery and guilt; adoration in the presence of sacred objects and during rituals; a worldview that includes a notion of where the individual fits; and a cohesive social group of the likeminded.” Environmentalism, Garreau concluded in an article last year, fits this definition of religion very well.

Environmental historian William Cronon of the University of Wisconsin, Madison — president-elect of the American Historical Association — writes of environmentalism that it has “certain landscapes — usually the wildest and most natural ones — [that] are celebrated as sacred”; it is “openly prophetic”; it develops frequent “parallels to biblical prophecy in the Hebrew and Christian traditions”; and it offers “practical moral guidance about virtually every aspect of daily life….from the apocalyptic to the mundane.”

Contemporary environmentalism prophesies virtually the same set of environmental calamities resulting from global warming: rising seas, famine, drought, pestilence, hurricanes and other natural disasters. Often without realizing it, environmentalism is recasting traditional biblical messages. The Endangered Species Act replaces Noah’s Ark; wilderness areas are the environmental “cathedrals”; Earth Day is the new “Easter,” a time for deep religious reflection and revival.

Environmentalism thus is literally, not simply metaphorically, a new religion.(DC)

So Happy Green Day. Happy, Happy, Joy Joy!

Save the Planet!

Just not any greenbacks. They’re evil! 🙂

And Satan is the $5 a Gallon for that evil Gas for that evil gas-guzzling behemoth you own.

And it’s “the rich” people’s fault!

Oh, and the EPA has declared your exhales as a “danger to human life” already.

And “green” products cost more.

But you must save the planet from you, or else you’ll go to HELL!

AMEN! 🙂

Government Gold

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Typical Campaign Obama Vs. President Obama: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZHep3gE87A&feature=player_embedded

It’s Your Ice Maker’s Fault:

In its latest effort to save the planet from global warming, the U.S. government is on the verge of regulating ice makers commonly found in many refrigerators because they increase energy consumption by a good 12 to 20%.

This could be detrimental to the environment since there are more than 100 million refrigerators across the nation and they devour a substantial chunk of the electricity used by all households. Energy consumed by refrigerators as a whole has long been documented but not what the ice makers inside their freezers use individually.

Americans can finally sleep soundly through the night because government scientists have completed the ice maker study and the findings have been beautifully laid out in a 79-page report titled Energy Consumption of Automatic Ice Makers Installed in Domestic Refrigerators
http://www.nist.gov/customcf/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=907664
. The information is being used to make a case for regulating the popular little machines that are contributing to the planet’s destruction.

In a nutshell, the culprit is the tiny motor inside the freezing system that’s used to release ice from the mold and into a tray. Because the motor is specially built to function in a cold setting, it requires an internal heater to keep it from freezing up. Here’s where it gets serious; heating elements require a lot of power and that’s where the extra energy consumption kicks in.

The study was conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a federal agency with a billion-dollar annual budget that claims to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and quality of life. That description is straight out of the agency’s website- http://www.nist.gov/index.html for those who care to sort through it.

The bottom line is that the NIST’s research is often used by regulatory agencies as ammo to control private enterprise. In this case the Department of Energy, which incidentally financed the ice maker investigation, will set new standards for refrigerators that come equipped with the devices. The DOE will add 84 kilowatt hours to the efficiency rating of every fridge that comes with an ice maker. That means consumers will pay more money.

Big Brother wants to see your Phone

Coming soon to a police department near you…

The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan last Wednesday demanded that state officials stop stonewalling freedom of information requests for information on the program.

ACLU learned that the police had acquired the cell phone scanning devices and in August 2008 filed an official request for records on the program, including logs of how the devices were used. The state police responded by saying they would provide the information only in return for a payment of $544,680.

A US Department of Justice test of the CelleBrite UFED used by Michigan police found the device could grab all of the photos and video off of an iPhone within one-and-a-half minutes. The device works with 3000 different phone models and can even defeat password protections.

“Complete extraction of existing, hidden, and deleted phone data, including call history, text messages, contacts, images, and geotags,” a CelleBrite brochure explains regarding the device’s capabilities.

Border Security

For the third time in a few months a federal report exposes how the U.S. government prioritizes environmental preservation over national security by keeping Border Patrol agents out of wildlife refuges that are heavily transited by Mexican drug and human smugglers.

Among them is a popular smugglers’ corridor, the 2,300-acre San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge, used by an illegal immigrant who murdered an Arizona rancher last spring. For years, Border Patrol agents have been prohibited by the Interior Department and the U.S. Forest Service from actively patrolling such areas because it threatens natural resources.

Motorized vehicles, road construction and the installation of surveillance structures required to adequately secure the vast areas are forbidden because it could endanger the environment and its wildlife. In the meantime, Mexican drug cartels and human smugglers regularly use the sprawling, unmanned and federally protected land to enter the U.S. The areas have become the path of choice for illicit operations that endanger American lives and, ironically, cause severe environmental damage.

Adding insult to injury, Interior officials charge the Department of Homeland Security millions of dollars for conducting preapproved Border Patrol operations on its land. Since 2007, Homeland Security has paid the Interior Department more than $9 million to mitigate the “environmental damage” of protecting the border.

A group of lawmakers have introduced legislation  to prohibit any federal agency—especially the Department of the Interior—from using environmental regulations to hinder the Border Patrol from securing the area. The measure would essentially ensure that Border Patrol, not federal land managers, have operational control of the nation’s borders.

Imagine that!! 😦

More Study on Gas User Fees

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for 500 people to test technology that could someday be used to collect a mileage-based user fee.

Mn/DOT anticipates a fee on road usage might someday be necessary as more fuel efficient and hybrid cars are on the road, decreasing revenue from the gas tax.

“This research will provide important feedback from motorists about the effectiveness of using technology in a car or truck to gather mileage information,” said Cory Johnson, project manager.

“We are researching alternative financing methods today that could be used 10 or 20 years from now when the number of fuel efficient and hybrid cars increase and no longer produce enough revenue from a gas tax to build and repair roads.” (KARE-TV)

The McJob are Golden Arches

When a fast-food “National Hiring Day” resembles the Depression’s unruly food lines, it doesn’t back up President Obama’s rosy picture of economic recovery. Want some fries with that “hope and change”?

If it were a Republican president in office at a time when high unemployment is so persistent that McDonald’s holds a nationwide help-wanted day, the establishment media would be sinking their teeth into him like a Quarter Pounder with Cheese.

The legendary hamburger chain has promised to expand its company workforce by 7% by hiring 50,000 new employees in a single day, thus scoring a publicity boon by having Ronald McDonald personally give the jobs market a shot in the arm.

But the event comes after Obama and the Congress have spent trillions on a stimulus strategy that hasn’t stimulated.

Companies sit on potential investments that could generate many millions of jobs — because they see no hope of this ever-increasingly regulated economy rewarding them for their risk.

Yet the president gets a pass from the liberal-dominated press for his McJobs economy — and for claiming to have “saved millions of jobs” and promising to “keep making the investments that create jobs.”

Government spending is not “investment.” Investment is what investors do with their own money.

When the government spends at unprecedented levels, as it is doing today, it leaves investors with neither enough of their own money to invest, nor feasible destinations for their investments.

Nearly two years ago Obama’s Treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, brandished the president’s hit-the-ground-running policy “to enact the largest economic recovery plan since World War II.”

Geithner promised that “by the time the plan has been fully implemented by the end of next year, we will have injected nearly $800 billion into the U.S. economy, saved or created 3.5 million jobs and raised our real gross domestic product over where it would otherwise have been by more than 3%.”

Since we remain in the economic doldrums, the president and his minions have been forced to make the absurd contention that his administration saved America from another Great Depression.

But it’s what we saw at all those McDonalds this week — massive throngs unhappily settling for work burger-flipping, and nearly rioting in Cleveland, where three were hit by a car because of a fight — that is reminiscent of the 1930s slump.

Ronald Reagan was falsely accused by Democrats of presiding over a recovery that produced miserable “McJobs.” In Obama’s case, unexpectedly large crowds around the country are vying to get hired for actual jobs working at McDonald’s. (IBD)

McDonald’s didn’t have a complete count on how many applicants showed up Tuesday, but so many arrived on some local McDonald’s doorsteps that restaurant owners were nearly overwhelmed.

“At one point, we had 120 people outside the door, but we were able to get all 120 interviewed,” said Courtney Ristuben at her Citrus Heights location on Sunrise Boulevard and Old Auburn Road.

Halfway through her four-hour afternoon hiring session, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Ristuben and her team had seen 300 job seekers. She anticipated another 300 by dinner time.

“We’ve seen 15- and 16-year-olds looking for their first job to people 50, 55 and over, first-time high schoolers to 20 years’ experience looking for anything we have to offer,” Ristuben said.

It’s a sobering sign of the times in Sacramento and across the country.

McDonald’s and other fast-food chains, once a first job for teenagers, appear to be turning into an employer of more adults: The average age of a fast-food worker is 29.5, up from 22 in 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

For many older job seekers, a job with health benefits is as important as the paycheck. Medical insurance, prescription drug coverage, 401(k) retirement and educational assistance are offered at some McDonald’s locations. (SacBee)

And just remember it was McDonald’s ObamaCare waiver that touched off the 1200 other ones we’ve had since. <<wink wink>>

Imagine what it would be like if they didn’t have the waiver? 🙂

In fact, what we really need is a rollback of big government, high taxes and hyper-regulation — the kinds of things that are inimical to job creation. And that begins with a repeal of the ObamaCare government health care takeover.

Nothing against McDonald’s, mind you. It’s a fine corporation. But it’s time to give anxious-to-work Americans the break they deserve, and get up and get away from Obamanomics. (IBD)

And then there always $5 a Gallon Gas.

It just appeared in Washington D.C.

Gee, how prophetic…

Political Cartoons by Chuck Asay

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie



Black Gold, Texas Tea…

This was a bit of ObamaCare fun: http://www.askheritage.org/operation-obamacare/?utm_source=HeritageSpotlight&utm_medium=TextLink&utm_content=OperationObamacare&utm_campaign=2011AskHeritage

President Barack Obama says that Americans are “tired of talk” when it comes to rising gas prices. Unfortunately his administration continues to say one thing and do another on this critical economic front – ignoring opportunities to increase our oil supply while at the same time taking credit for production gains that he is actively seeking to dismantle.

Such doublespeak is obviously nothing new from Mr. Obama – although there is clearly a sense of urgency underlying his latest deception.

According to AAA, the average price of a gallon of gas in America reached $3.55 last week. That’s up 43 cents from a month ago – the second-fastest spike on record.

All told, gas prices have increased by 67 percent since Mr. Obama took office – and as the global economy grapples with a nuclear crisis in Japan, a sovereign debt crisis in Europe and war in the Middle East there is growing concern that further price hikes could put the brakes on a sluggish economic “recovery.”

In an effort to mollify these concerns, on March 8 the Obama administration released data showing that domestic oil production – at least in the Gulf of Mexico – had risen to its highest level in seven years.

“From 2008 to 2010, oil production from the Outer Continental Shelf increased more than a third – from 446 million barrels in 2008 to an more than 600 million barrels of estimated production in 2010,” White House climate change czar Heather Zichal said.

These figures – obtained from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) – were trumpeted by Mr. Obama at a press conference four days later.

“Any notion that my administration has shut down oil production might make for a good political sound bite, but it doesn’t match up with reality,” Mr. Obama said. “We are encouraging offshore exploration and production.”

What the Obama administration neglects to point out, however, is that this expanded production is the result of policies implemented during the administration of former president George W. Bush. And while Mr. Obama announced a modest expansion of offshore drilling a year ago – he reversed course and imposed a six-month moratorium on new leases in the wake of the BP oil spill last summer. Also, earlier this month U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar told reporters that the “Obama moratorium” would be extended to cover the duration of the president’s first term in office.

So much for supporting expanded “exploration and production.”

He also failed to point out that domestic oil production remains 20 percent below its mid-1990 levels.

It’s down but it’s up. That’s normal Orwellian speak for him.

Not only that, leaked documents from the U.S. Department of Interior show that the Obama administration is considering closing off huge swaths of the Western United States to energy exploration – without Congressional approval or the consent of local authorities. (Townhall)

I guess this would be his near undeclared war that he’ll leave Congress out of the loop. After all, it’s for “good”, right?

The only thing expanding are job losses and the environmentalist LEFT’s need to be living in the 19th Century.

President Obama’s hometown of Chicago is nearly 1,000 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. But like many other communities across the country, it is suffering the consequences of his Administration’s anti-drilling agenda.

Illinois accounted for $376.2 million in shallow-water drilling expenditures over the past three years, according to an analysis by 14 oil and gas companies that spend money on vendors and subcontractors. The bulk of that money—$242.2 million—was spent in the Chicago district represented by Representative Danny Davis (D–IL).

It’s fresh evidence that Obama’s anti-drilling agenda is having a ripple effect across America since last year’s oil spill, claiming jobs not just in Louisiana and Texas but also in communities far removed from the shipyards in the Gulf of Mexico.

The study from the Shallow Water Energy Security Coalition paints a picture of the nationwide economic ramifications. Obama can’t even be blamed for playing politics. Five of the states that benefit most from shallow-water drilling backed him as a candidate in 2008. And Democrats represent many of the congressional districts that stand to lose millions.

The cost in jobs is startling. A new analysis by Louisiana State University professor Joseph Mason projects national job losses at 19,000 from the drilling moratorium, with wage losses at $1.1 billion. About one-third of those jobs are located outside the Gulf region.

Nearly a year after imposing his anti-drilling agenda, it’s quite clear that Obama is carrying out misguided policies causing widespread harm.

And job losses aren’t the only consequence. The Obama Administration’s deliberate delay in issuing permits for both deepwater and shallow-water drilling has led to a sharp decline in oil production for the Gulf of Mexico this year. The U.S. Energy Information Administration puts the figure at 240,000 fewer barrels every day.

With gas prices hovering around $3.56 per gallon nationwide, now is not the time to lower production. The only way to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil is to produce more of it here at home.

The recent approval of new drilling permits for the Gulf of Mexico is a welcome and long overdue move by the Administration, but it’s nothing to celebrate. The pace of permitting is far below the historical average, and there’s no indication that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) has any desire to return production to a pre-spill level.

Until that happens, expect more grim news like the unfortunate circumstances facing Seahawk Drilling, which was forced to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a direct result of the bureaucratic delays at BOEMRE. Seahawk’s president and chief executive Randy Stilley, writing in The Washington Post, painted a dire picture:

The government’s drastic slowdown in the issuance of permits for shallow-water drilling operations—in which companies work in familiar geological formations, typically in less than 500 feet of water, mostly seeking to produce natural gas—has all but crippled the industry. The survivors (for now) like Hercules are staying afloat largely thanks to revenue from operations outside U.S. waters. Put another way, a once-proud industry born in the gulf during the Truman administration can no longer survive on operations in its own back yard.

Unless things change soon, Seahawk Drilling won’t be alone. Businesses located in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, California, and New York—top recipients of shallow-water drilling spending—will all face economic consequences as well.

It’s time for lawmakers to take notice. Representative John Sullivan (R–OK), who represents a district with $87.2 million in shallow-water expenditures over the past three years, recognizes the impact. He told us: “Continuing to keep American sources of energy under lock and key by failing to issue drilling permits only serves to place American jobs at risk, drives up costs at the pump and deepens our dependence on foreign oil.”

Things don’t have to be this way. The House of Representatives must continue to conduct rigorous oversight of the Obama Administration, challenging the Administration’s excuses and applying pressure when necessary. America’s energy future depends on it. (Heritage Foundation)

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Feel Good Stories

Baby Joseph Update: St. Louis, MO (KSDK) – A 13-month-old baby at the center of a worldwide debate was brought to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center overnight. The baby was flown in from Ontario, Canada. The family’s story has stirred the end-of-life debate.

Canadian doctors say baby Joseph Marraachli’s condition is fatal. There was a court order in Canada to remove life support, but baby Joseph’s father said “no.” The New York-based Priests for Life group heard the family’s cry for help and flew the baby to a hospital that would agree to accept him: Cardinal Glennon. This is after several hospitals declined to treat him.

The government lost this one. Even if the child dies in 6 months, he dies on the parents terms not the Canadian Governments.

My previous blogs: https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/the-future-of-obamacare/

https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/feeling-the-heat/

BEWARE THE EIDES OF MARCH!!!

HUG-A-THUG 🙂

To create “racial reconciliation,” the city that protected an illegal immigrant child rapist who massacred three youths is offering its most violent criminals therapy, education and jobs in lieu of prison.

Known as “hug-a-thug,”  the goal is to rehab vicious gangbangers with tender loving care rather than the harsh punishment that they probably deserve. The program has failed miserably in two cities—Stockton, California and Cincinnati—yet officials in Newark will launch it this month, according to a local newspaper report.

A sanctuary for illegal immigrants, Newark made worldwide headlines a few years ago for shielding an illegal immigrant gangbanger who murdered, execution-style, three college-bound students at a schoolyard. A fourth student survived but was seriously wounded by the gunman. The assailant, a Peruvian national named Jose Carranza, had a lengthy record when he committed the gruesome crimes but the city’s sanctuary policies protected him from deportation.
He was free on a $150,000 bond when he shot the four youths at a schoolyard in 2007 because the Newark Police Department has a don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy when it comes to inquiring about a defendant’s immigration status. (Judical watch)

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TSA Update

The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday that it would retest every full-body X-ray scanner that emits ionizing radiation — 247 machines at 38 airports — after maintenance records on some of the devices showed radiation levels 10 times higher than expected.
The TSA says that the records reflect math mistakes and that all the machines are safe.
The tests will be finished by the end of the month, and the results will be released “as they are completed,” the agency said on its website.

That just inspires confidence doesn’t it. 🙂

BIG BROTHER UPDATE

It seems that there’s just no escape from ‘Big Brother’ seeing into our lives.

Now police in Miami, Florida, have unveiled their latest crime-fighting tool that is literally an ‘eye in the sky’.

Their state-of-the art ‘Micro Air Vehicle’ is a remote controlled flying drone fitted with cameras that can capture images from heights.

Surveillance: Police in Miami spent $50,000 on the remote controlled drown which will can see inside people's homes if it flies low enough Surveillance: Police in Miami spent $50,000 on the remote controlled drown which will can see inside people’s homes if it flies low enough 

Police will be able to control the flying surveillance camera while real-time pictures are relayed to the officer on the ground.

Similar devices are currently used by the military to check dangerous areas such as empty buildings or areas of suspected land mines before the enter.

But with the possibility that the device will be used on civilians it has raised concerns about privacy.

‘What happens when they fly over backyards and they see something without a warrant that they want to take against,’ the American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Howard Simon told CBS Miami.

Miami police used a $50,000 grant to buy one of the machines which stand around 40cm high on four thin legs.

The devices are able to fly straight up and manoeuvre in different directions. They can also hover like a helicopter.

Police admitted the MAV has the ability if flown low enough to look into people’s home but they claim that is not its intended purpose.

Miami-Dade Sgt. Andrew Cohen said drone will be used to gather real time information in situations which may be too dangerous for officers.

This includes riots or stand-offs with dangerous criminals. It could even be used to chase criminals who are on the run from police.

‘If an SRT (Special Response Team) has to go into an area they don’t know what’s there, we don’t know what is in the backyard,’ said Cohen.

‘They want to know if there are dogs in the backyard, if there is a shed, things that could be a threat to us.

‘If this thing is deployed, it’s only going to be used in situations where we already have an ongoing police scene.

‘They are going to know we are there because we will have tactical teams, SRT teams, we’re going to have a perimeter, it’s going to be secure.’

The police have submitted an application to the Federal Aviation Authority use the machine but the approval process can take up to six months. (UK Daily Mail)

So that buzzing you hear outside your window may be Big Brother looking at you.

SMILE, YOU’RE ON CANDID CAMERA!

Enjoy! 🙂

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Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Only 26 percent of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll say they’re optimistic about “our system of government and how well it works,” down 7 points since October to the fewest in surveys dating to 1974. Almost as many, 23 percent, are pessimistic, the closest these measures ever have come. The rest, a record high, are “uncertain” about the system.

But don’t worry, the media will pump up Obama because he’s their man.

And the Unions will give very generously of taxpayers money to make sure he wins.

Just remember, to a pessimist if things don’t go horribly wrong they are pleasantly surprised. 🙂

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

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“It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.” Mark Twain

At Friday’s news conference, President Obama tried to connect with the common man coping with rising gasoline prices. Instead, the president left little doubt that he is clueless about cars.

“You may want to buy a fuel-efficient car,” quoth Obama, “but you may not be able to afford it. And so you’re stuck with the old clunker that’s getting 8 or 10 miles a gallon.”

Eight to 10 mpg? Which clunker would that be? I wondered. An old Hummer? Your father’s father’s Oldsmobile? A late-model Lamborghini? It takes a luxury brand, a boat-sized machine and/or a few decades to approach those dismal mileage numbers.

An 11-year-old Pontiac minivan, for example, gets 17 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway.

You have to go back to the Carter administration years or earlier to find Obama’s idea of a gas-guzzling family car — and even that vehicle would have been a van, light truck/SUV or luxury model. And yet he is behind the wheel of Washington’s energy policy.

Can you blame me for believing Team Obama was pushing the pedal to the metal in a rush for higher gas prices?

On March 11, Obamaland pushed back against the perception that its anti-drilling policies — implemented in the wake of the April 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon blowout — have contributed to high prices at the pump. The cost of filling one’s gas tank has risen uncomfortably close to $4 per gallon in the Bay Area of California.

The administration rightly notes that domestic oil and natural gas production have increased since 2008, while imports have decreased.

OK, but: Erik Milito of the American Petroleum Institute told Environment & Energy Publishing, “The increased production levels in 2010 are a credit to the vision of previous administrations.” Milito credited the 1995 Deepwater Royalty Relief Act signed by Bill Clinton and passed by a GOP-controlled Congress.

To his credit, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar had supported offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. But after an oil platform explosion left 11 workers dead and coated beaches with oil, he reacted. Then Salazar overreacted.

Democrats like Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana saw their home states suffer first from the oil spill, and then the oil-job shutoff. Landrieu came to vigorously oppose what had evolved into a de facto moratorium on drilling permits.

Clinton himself lamented “ridiculous delays in permitting when our economy doesn’t need it.” The administration didn’t issue a permit since the blowout until last month — and then only after a federal judge’s prompting.

Not to mention the steady job-killing creep of climbing gasoline prices.

There always has been a corner of Obamaland that doesn’t appreciate the job-creating properties of cheap fuel. Now-Energy Secretary Steven Chu told the Wall Street Journal, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” Chu said that in September 2008 — and still Obama picked him for the slot.

Then again, if you think there are a lot of Americans cruising Main Street in gas-guzzling monstrosities, you probably wouldn’t even notice the high price of gasoline — until your approval ratings started to approach, well, Jimmy Carter levels. (Townhall.com)

OBAMA 2008 WANTED HIGH GAS PRICES
During the 2008 campaign, then-candidate Obama commented on the gas crisis and indicated he preferred higher gas prices. Well, I guess he is happy now.

Sen. OBAMA: I think that I would have preferred a gradual adjustment. The fact that this is such a shock to American pocketbooks is not a good thing. But if we take some steps right now to help people make the adjustment, first of all by putting more money into their pockets, but also by encouraging the market to adapt to these new circumstances more quickly, particularly US automakers, then I think ultimately, we can come out of this stronger and have a more efficient energy policy than we do right now.

OBAMA 2008: HIS PLAN MAKES ELECTRICITY RATES SKYROCKET
In 2008, then-candidate Obama said, “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”

So what’s the obvious solution? Well, increasing domestic oil production comes to mind. But the administration has done just the opposite — to the direct detriment of the American people.

Both Chu and White House press secretary Jay Carney have insisted that the remedy is to develop alternative energy sources to decrease our dependency on foreign oil. That’s just peachy in theory and something to continue to explore for the long run. But in the short run, it is a reckless, quixotic fantasy — a tilting at windmills.

Windmills, incidentally, are not the answer. Heritage experts argue that wind and solar energy sources are miniscule and “entirely irrelevant to gasoline supply in the transportation sector.” The administration’s other alternative sources of energy, such as corn and electric cars, “won’t help a bit.” Corn-based ethanol produces less energy than gasoline, “contributes to food price increases, costs taxpayers $4 billion to produce 2 percent of the total gasoline supply, and has dubious environmental effects.” Electric cars are “prohibitively costly and environmentally suspect.”

Wake up, folks. Regardless of Obama’s intentions, his energy policies are, at best, grossly negligent and irrefutably damaging to Americans and our economy. (Fact Real, Heritage Foundation)

But it make Liberals “feel good” and you know what they say about Hell and good intentions…

Meltdown in Progress

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

A New Waiver Class: A State!

The federal government Tuesday granted Maine a waiver of a key provision in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, citing the likelihood that enforcement could destabilize the state’s market for individual health insurance.

The U.S. Health and Human Services department said in a letter it would waive the requirement that insurers spend 80 cents to 85 cents of every premium dollar on medical care and quality improvement. Instead, the letter said, the state could maintain its 65 percent standard for three years, with the caveat that HHS intends to review the figures after two years. (Just after Obama’s hope-for re-election! :))

And this wouldn’t happen to have anything to do with the fact that Maine has to RINO Senators, now could it?? 🙂

The decision makes Maine the first state to receive a waiver of the requirement. Similar requests are pending from Kentucky, Nevada and New Hampshire.

Thing is, this will happen in every state. But that was the plan. So this is obviously a political move.

35% of Wages go to Entitlements and Non-Producers

Government payouts—including Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance—make up more than a third of total wages and salaries of the U.S. population, a record figure that will only increase if action isn’t taken before the majority of Baby Boomers enter retirement.

Even as the economy has recovered, social welfare benefits make up 35 percent of wages and salaries this year, up from 21 percent in 2000 and 10 percent in 1960, according to TrimTabs Investment Research using Bureau of Economic Analysis data.

“The U.S. economy has become alarmingly dependent on government stimulus,” said Madeline Schnapp, director of Macroeconomic Research at TrimTabs, in a note to clients. “Consumption supported by wages and salaries is a much stronger foundation for economic growth than consumption based on social welfare benefits.”

The economist gives the country two stark choices. In order to get welfare back to its pre-recession ratio of 26 percent of pay, “either wages and salaries would have to increase $2.3 trillion, or 35 percent, to $8.8 trillion, or social welfare benefits would have to decline $500 billion, or 23 percent, to $1.7 trillion,” she said.

Social welfare benefits have increased by $514 billion over the last two years, according to TrimTabs figures, in part because of measures implemented to fight the financial crisis.

And the measures implemented to buy votes.

Government spending normally takes on a larger part of the spending pie during economic calamities but how can the country change this make-up with the root of the crisis (housing) still on shaky ground, benchmark interest rates already cut to zero, and a demographic shift that calls for an increase in subsidies?

At the very least, we can take solace in the fact that we’re not quite at the state welfare levels of Europe. In the U.K., social welfare benefits make up 44 percent of wages and salaries, according to TrimTabs’ Schnapp.

Except there is a big difference. Europe is doing something about its runaway spending. The US is not.

And “entitled” don’t want to give up some of their greed, especially not Unions.

So if you have 35% of wages earned going to Entitlements. You have 47% of people not paying any taxes anyhow and you have a record number of people on Food Stamps  and 78 more Million people to retire and expect to be “entitled” then you have a meltdown in progress!!

The IRS reports that 100,000 federal civilian employees are seriously delinquent on their federal taxes. These aren’t just people who fell behind. These are people who have actively defied IRS letters and phone calls seeking payment. In 2009, the US government failed to collect $1 billion a year from federal employees alone.

But get out of line with ObamaCare and they’ll crush you like the bug you are!

And you know what were up against:

“The National Endowment of the Humanities is the reason we have in northern Nevada every January a cowboy poetry festival. Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist.”

It just happens to be in, surprise!!! Elko, Nevada! Harry’s home state. Gee, that’s a coincidence!! 🙂

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid defended the National Endowment for the Arts during a floor speech Tuesday, calling Republican proposals “mean-spirited”(DC)

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Faced with the threat of losing funding from the federal government, National Public Radio (NPR) CEO Vivian Schiller defended the news outlet’s use of taxpayer money in a speech Monday, and brushed off criticism of bias as “perception.”

Calling government funding the “cornerstone of public media,” Schiller said NPR was “too critical to give up.”

Taxpayer funding is about 10% of their budget.

Don’t cut my pork,fat,waste, and abuse. Not in Backyard!

The screaming and whining and kicking like a 2 year having an unholy tantrum meltdown in the toy aisle of Wal-Mart has only just begun.

But we will be “green” even if it kills us!!

Anyone who understands basic economics already knows that President Obama’s $2.3 billion green-jobs initiative was snake oil. Now, thanks to Kenneth P. Green, we have statistics as well as theory to prove it.

In a new article, “The Myth of Green Energy Jobs: The European Experience,” the environmental scientist and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute writes, “Green programs in Spain destroyed 2.2 jobs for every green job created, while the capital needed for one green job in Italy could create almost five jobs in the general economy.”

Ironically, Obama boasts his initiative “will help close the clean-energy gap between America and other nations.” But Green says, “(C)ountries are cutting these programs because they realize they aren’t sustainable and they are obscenely expensive.”

Obama claims that if we “invest” more, “the transition to clean energy has the potential to grow our economy and create millions of jobs — but only if we accelerate that transition.”

What could make more sense? A little push from the smart politicians and — voila! — we can have an abundance of new good-paying jobs and a cleaner, sustainable environment. It’s the ultimate twofer.

Except it’s an illusion, as economic logic demonstrates.

“It is well understood, among economists, that governments do not ‘create’ jobs,” Green writes. “The willingness of entrepreneurs to invest their capital, paired with consumer demand for goods and services, does that. All the government can do is subsidize some industries while jacking up costs for others. In the green case, it is destroying jobs in the conventional energy sector — and most likely in other industrial sectors — through taxes and subsidies to new green companies that will use taxpayer dollars to undercut the competition. The subsidized jobs ‘created’ are, by definition, less efficient uses of capital than market-created jobs.”

Green is using good, solid economic thinking. Many years ago, Henry Hazlitt wrote in his bestseller, “Economics in One Lesson,” “The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups.”

In judging any government initiative, such as Obama’s green-jobs plan, you can’t look just at the credit side of ledger because the government is unable to give without first taking away.

Worse than that: Inevitably, more is taken away — destroyed — than is given because the government substitutes force and taxation for consent and free exchange. Instead of a process driven by consumer preferences, we get one imposed by politicians’ grand social designs. It’s what F.A. Hayek called “the fatal conceit.”

So we shouldn’t be surprised that green-jobs programs make energy more expensive. “(F)orcing green energy on the market (is) much, much more expensive,” Green said. “Using Spain as a model, when you do the math, you realize that creating 3 million new green jobs could cost $2.25 trillion.”

Of course, many people who push “green jobs” want the price of energy to rise so we’ll use less. If the environmental lobby wants Americans to be poorer, it ought to come clean about that.

The advocates of such programs don’t just misunderstand economics. They have lapsed into a pre-economic mentality. Rulers once believed they could do whatever they wanted, subject only to the physical laws of nature. If things didn’t work out as planned, it was because the people had failed to cooperate. But as economist Ludwig von Mises wrote, once economics emerged as an intellectual discipline, “it was learned that in the social realm too there is something operative which power and force are unable to alter and to which they must adjust themselves if they hope to achieve success … .”

That “something” is inescapable economic forces like the law of supply and demand.

Green is right when he says, “Central planners in the United States trying to promote green industry will fare no better (than Europe) at creating jobs or stimulating the economy.” (John Stossel)

But the environmentalist apparatchiks and Obama will “feel good” and that’s vastly more important than reality after all! 🙂

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Some more Collective Bargaining Gems:

1. A Wausau public employee union filed a grievance to prohibit a local volunteer from serving as a school crossing guard.  The 86-year-old lives just two blocks away and serves everyday free of charge.

Principal Steve Miller says, “He said, you know, this gives me a reason to get up in the morning to come and help these kids in the neighborhood.”

But for a local union that represents crossing guards, it isn’t that simple.  Representatives didn’t want to go on camera but say if a crossing guard is needed, then one should be officially hired by the city.

2. Some state employees, due to the nature of their positions, are required to carry pagers during off-duty hours in order to respond to emergency situations.  Due to the collective bargaining agreements, these employees are compensated an extra five hours of pay each week, whether they are paged or not.

Cost: $6,000 a year per person.

3. ‘Outstanding First Year Teacher’ Laid Off

Milwaukee Public Schools teacher Megan Sampson was laid off less than one week after being named Outstanding First Year Teacher by the Wisconsin Council of English Teachers.  She lost her job because the collective bargaining agreement requires layoffs to be made based on seniority rather than merit.

In June 2010 , long before Scott Walker was elected, Milwaukee Public Schools fired 482 teachers–including Megan Sampson, a young educator named an “outstanding first year teacher” by the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English.

Sampson and 481 other teachers were laid off for two reasons having to do with collective bargaining:

Informed that her union had rejected a lower-cost health care plan, that still would have required zero contribution from teachers, Sampson said, “Given the opportunity, of course I would switch to a different plan to save my job, or the jobs of 10 other teachers.

4. Under the Green Bay School District’s collectively bargained Emeritus Program, teachers can retire and receive a year’s worth of salary for working only 30 days over a three year period.  This is paid in addition to their already guaranteed pension and health care payouts.

5. In 2009, the City of Madison’s highest paid employee was a bus driver who earned $159,258, including $109,892 in overtime, guaranteed by a collective bargaining agreement.  In total, seven City of Madison bus drivers made more than $100,000 per year in 2009.

“That’s the (drivers’) contract,” said Transit and Parking Commission Chairman Gary Poulson.

But don’t worry, you’re just a mean, old, nasty, Robber-Baron, middle-class destroying  arsehole if you object to it!

And Al Sharpton will call you a “racist” and Michael Moore will just tell you it the “rich” people’s fault! (meanwhile both are filthy rich themselves)

Reality and Economics are toxic these days. And that is a meltdown in progress!

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Chuck Asay

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino