The Real Reason Jay Leno Retired . . . . one-liners?‏ – Tea Party Nation

The Real Reason Jay Leno Retired . . . . one-liners?‏ – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by John Wiant

These one liners might be why NBC retired Jay Leno!

NBC was upset by the fact Leno’s comments were ALWAYS right on target.

“I was going to start off tonight with an Obama joke, but I don’t want to get audited by the  IRS.”

On NSA surveillance: “We wanted a president who listens to allDealing with the NSA
Americans – now we have one.”

On a new IRS commissioner: “He’s called ‘acting commissioner’
because he has to act like the scandal doesn’t involve the White House.”

On closing the Guantanamo prison for terrorists: “If he really wants to close it, turn it into a government-funded solar power company. The doors will be shut in a month.”

Concerning the Benghazi , Associated Press, and IRS scandals:
“Remember in the old days when President Obama’s biggest embarrassment was Joe Biden?”

On Obama saying he didn’t know about the IRS scandal: “He was too busy not knowing anything about Benghazi to not know anything about the IRS.”

“The White House has a new slogan about Benghazi : Hope and change the subject.”

“It’s casual Friday, which means that at the White House, they’re
casually going through everybody’s phone calls and records.”

“It is not looking good for President Obama. Today his teleprompter took the fifth.”

“Fox News has changed its slogan from ‘Fair and Balanced’ to ‘See, I told you so!’”

On Obama’s commencement address: “He told the young graduates their future is bright unless, of course, they want jobs.”

On a Chicago  man who set a record for riding a Ferris wheel: “The only other way to go around and around in a circle that many times is to read the official report on Benghazi .”

On White House claims of ignorance on the scandals: “They took ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ out of the Pentagon and moved it into the White House.”

Now the last, and I think best!–

“These White House scandals are not going away anytime soon. It’s gotten so bad that People in Kenya are now saying he’s 100 percent American.”

The Bundy Ranch and the War on Real Americans. – Tea Party Nation

The Bundy Ranch and the War on Real Americans. – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

 

When armed men in uniform show up to take your property, it is hard to call it anything other than war. 

 

When the government invaded Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Clark County, Nevada a few days ago, it expected him to roll over.  It expect him to surrender and be forced out.  They expected the last rancher standing to give up the fight.

 

They were wrong.

 

They learned a lesson when a lot of real Americans showed up to defend Cliven Bundy.

 

What was that lesson?

 

The lesson is there is a reason why our founding fathers put the 2nd Amendment in the Constitution and there is a reason why real Americans refuse to compromise on it.

 

ImageWhen the Bureau of Land Management rolled into Cliven Bundy’s ranch, they made a show of force.  They brought snipers and agents armed with military grade firepower.   They came in with all of the force of an arm of the old Soviet Union’s KGB.

 

When BLM came in, they told real Americans they could only exercise their 1st Amendment rights in a small, fenced in area miles from the Bundy Ranch.  When unarmed Americans wanted to exercise their 1st Amendment rights at the ranch, they were attacked by dogs and at least one real American, Ammon Bundy, a son of Cliven Bundy was tazered. 

 

ImageThen a lot of real Americans showed up with their firearms to reinforce the Bundys and the other real Americans protesting the tyrannical actions of the government.  When armed, real Americans showed up, the BLM changed its tune and withdrew. 

 

Not only did the BLM withdraw, but cattle the BLM had seized, which was the pretext for moving against the Bundy ranch are being returned and the government is paying for any cattle that died in the operation.

 

The Bundy Ranch episode is a warning for real Americans and it is a warning for Washington as well.  For decades the government has been waging a war against private property in the west.  There is a reason why Cliven Bundy is the last rancher standing in Clark County, Nevada.  The others have been forced to sell after government pressure.  The government gets the land, then resells it without the water rights.

 

gadWhat this means in plain, non-lawyer English, is the land is without riparian rights.  Land deals where land is sold without certain rights such as the right to develop minerals in the land or water on the land, are not very common east of the Mississippi.  They are common in the West. 

 

Without the water rights, no rancher can exist.  Without water rights, the owner of the land is not allowed to divert water on the land or even drill wells. 

 

As Cliven Bundy described it, the Bureau of Land Management managed all of the other ranches out of business. 

 

ImageIt is not just in Nevada this is going on.  In Colorado, Andy Barrie and his wife bought a couple of acres and a nice cabin with an incredible view in the Colorado mountains.  They have to take a SUV to the cabin up a dirt county road to get to their cabin.

 

Summit County, Colorado decided it needed the property to “preserve” the open spaces so it has filed eminent domain against the Barrie’s cabin.  The Barries are fighting the eminent domain but they are discovering the county has bottomless pockets for funding litigation and they do not.

 

They may loose their fight simply because they cannot afford it.

 

Another battle in the left’s war against private property.

 

ImageFor Washington, the Bundy Ranch incident is a lesson it should pay attention to.  For liberals and even some Republicans caught up in the Washington bubble, they do not realize that real Americans are being pushed to the point where they are not going to take it anymore. 

 

When American citizens take up arms against armed Federal Agents, someone should start paying attention.

 

Actor Ken Wahl tweeted the Bundy Ranch was the “1st salvo of THE REVOLUTION.”

 

People like Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi want to bring down the America that we know and replace it with a socialist government. 

 

We have seen how that works out before. Real Americans are no longer standing by passively. 

 

armedWe have a government that is out of control and no longer responsive to “We the people.”

 

As our founding fathers wrote in the Declaration of Independence, and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

 

The real Americans are standing up. 

 

Washington, are you listening?distress

The Methane Hoax Cranks Up – Tea Party Nation

The Methane Hoax Cranks Up – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

 

Having spent decades trying to convince everyone that carbon dioxide (CO2) was a “greenhouse gas” that was going to cause the Earth to heat up, the same environmental charlatans are now embarking on a campaign to do the same with methane. In the U.S. the first move was announced by the White House in late March.

 

The carbon dioxide hoax fell apart in the wake of a cooling cycle affecting the Earth that began around 1997 and continues to this day. Warming and cooling cycles are natural events and both are tied to the activity or lack of it of the Sun.  Humans have nothing to do with the climate other to enjoy or endure it.

 

Why methane? It has a lot to do with the development of hydraulic fracturing, commonly called “fracking”, and the way it unlocks natural gas, aka methane, all of which portends an America that is energy independent, along with its huge reserves of coal and oil. If, of course, the government permits this to occur.

 

As we know, the Obama administration does not want that. It would mean more jobs, greater prosperity, and the ability to pay down the national debt, not to mention drive down the cost of electricity, gasoline, and everything else that depends on energy.

 

Despite the cooling cycle that is likely to last for many more years, Steve Hamburg, chief scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund, was quoted by the Washington Post saying that “ounce for ounce, methane is 84 times as potent as a greenhouse gas over 20 years” compared to carbon dioxide. “More than a third of the warming that we’ll see as a result of today’s emissions over the next couple of decades comes from, essentially, methane. We need to remain focused on carbon dioxide emissions, but doing so is not enough.”

 

Excuse me, but the Environmental Defense Fund and countless other Green advocacy groups have been focused on carbon dioxide for decades and the Earth is cooling, not warming. What part of this does Hamburg not understand?

 

James M. Taylor, the managing editor of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly published by The Heartland Institute, reported in January that “Natural gas fracking is not causing a spike in the U.S. methane emissions”, citing Environmental Protection Agency data. “Methane emissions specific to natural gas are in a long-term decline, down ten percent since 1990 and down seven percent since 2007 when the fracking boom began.”

 

The Washington Post, however, asserted that emission levels “are set to rise by 2030 as shale oil and shale gas production expands in the United States.” Do you remember all those predictions about the increase of carbon dioxide emissions and how, in ten, twenty, fifty or a hundred years, the Earth would heat up?

 

This is not about methane, it is about finding a way to shut down fracking and the extraction of natural gas and oil in the same way the Obama administration’s “war on coal” has caused the loss of over 150 coal-fired plants that until it began, were providing electricity. Reducing sources of electricity drives up its cost to everyone. As more natural gas came on line by 2013 it had become the second greatest source of U.S. electricity, but overall the amount of electricity produced was less than in 2007 before the war on coal began.

 

A natural component of the Earth, it has a number of sources, but one that has also caught the eye of government regulators involves cow flatulence and belching.

 

The White House has proposed cutting methane emissions from the dairy industry by 25% by 2020. The Environmental Protection Agency has been tracking cow fats since 2012 and now the dairy industry has to worry along with the oil and gas industry. In addition to the EPA, the Bureau of Land Management will be announcing “new standards this fall to reduce venting and flaring from oil and gas production on public lands.”

 

It’s often best just to let the Greens speak for themselves, revealing their never-ending efforts to attack the energy industry that keeps our lights on, heats and cools our homes, and fuels our cars and trucks. “President Obama’s plan to reduce climate-disrupting methane pollution is an important step in reining in an out of control industry exempt from too many public health protections,” said Deborah Nardone, the director of the Sierra Club’s Keeping Dirty Fuels in the Ground campaign.

 

“However,” said Ms. Nardone, “even with the most rigorous methane controls in place, we will still fall short of what is needed to fight climate disruption if we do not reduce our reliance on these dirty fossil fuels.”

 

What the heck is a climate disruption? A blizzard, a hurricane, a flood, tornadoes? None of these phenomena have anything to do with using fossil fuels. This is the kind of utter drivel we have all been hearing for decades.

 

It has nothing to do with the climate and everything to do with denying access and use of the greatest reserves of coal, oil and natural gas that exist in the greatest nation on Earth, the United States of America.

 

© Alan Caruba, 2014

Scaring the World about its Climate – Tea Party Nation

Scaring the World about its Climate – Tea Party Nation.

 

By Alan Caruba

 

Ever since the creation in 1988 of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it has engaged in the greatest hoax of modern times, releasing reports that predict climate-related catastrophes as if the climate has not been a completely natural and dynamic producer of events that affect our lives.

 

endthelieThe IPCC was set up by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environmental Program. It has enlisted thousands of scientists to contribute to its scare campaign, but as Joseph Bast, the president of The Heartland Institute, noted in a recent Forbes article regarding the vast difference in the assertions of the IPCC scientists and those of its puckishly named Nonintergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), “What is a non-scientist to make of these dueling reports? Indeed, what is a scientist to make of this?”

 

“Very few scientists are familiar with biology, geology, physics, oceanography, engineering, medicine, economics, and scores of other more specialized disciplines that were the basis of the claims…” The IPCC has depended on the ignorance of those scientists outside their particular disciplines and recruited them to be involved in the UN hoax. The rest of us look to them to provide guidance regarding issues involving the climate and, as a result, have been deliberately deceived.Climate Change idiocy

 

The NIPCC, anticipating the latest IPCC addition to its climate scare campaign, has just issued a new addition to its “Climate Change Reconsidered” reports. The first volume was 850 pages long and the latest is more than 1,000 pages. It represents the findings of scores of scientists from around the world and thousands of peer-reviewed studies. At this point they represent some twenty nations.

 

I have been an advisor to The Heartland Institute for many years and have been exposing the climate change lies since the late 1980s. A science writer, I have benefited from the work of men like atmospheric physicist, S. Fred Singer, a founder of the NPCC who has overseen five reports debunking the IPCC since 2003.wlecome

 

The Heartland Institute has sponsored nine international conferences that have brought together many scientists and others in an effort to debunk the UN’s climate scare campaign.

 

I have always depended on the common sense of people to understand that humans have nothing to do with the climate except to endure and enjoy it. We don’t create it or influence it.

 

The global warming campaign is based on the Big Lie that carbon dioxide (CO2) traps the Sun’s heat and warms the Earth, but the fairly miniscule amount of CO2 in the atmosphere (0.038%) does not do that in a fashion that poses any threat. Indeed, it is the Sun that determines the Earth’s climate, depending where you happen to be on the Earth. Next to oxygen, CO2 is vital to all life on Earth as it is the “food” on which all vegetation depends. More CO2 is good. Less is not so good.

 

The IPCC has depended in part on the print and broadcast media to spread its Big Lie. It also depends on world leaders, few of whom have any background or serious knowledge of atmospheric science, to impose policies based on the Big Lie. These policies target the use of “fossil fuels”, oil, coal and natural gas, urging a reduction of their use. The world, however, utterly depends on them and, in addition to existing reserves, new reserves are found every year.

 

One reason the IPCC has been in a growing state of panic is a new, completely natural cooling cycle based on a reduction of solar radiation. As James M. Taylor, the managing editor of Heartland’s “Environment & Climate News”, pointed out recently, “Winter temperatures in the contiguous United States declined by more than a full degree Celsius (more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit) during the past twenty years.” He was citing National Oceanic and Atmospheric climatefraudAdministration data. “The data contradicts assertions that human induced global warming is causing a rise in winter temperatures.”

 

In addition to the recent extremely cold winter, there have been others in 2000-2001 and 2009-2010. There will be more.

 

The IPCC report is full of claims about global warming, now called “climate change” since the world is obviously not warming. In March, Taylor rebutted an IPCC claim that crop production is falling, noting that global corn, rice, and wheat production have more than tripled since 1970. In recent years, the U.S. has set records for alfalfa, cotton, beans, sugar beets, canola, corn, flaxseed, hops, rice, sorghum, soybeans, sugarcane, sunflowers, peanuts, and wheat, to name just a few.cartoongwcausesstuff

 

The Earth would benefit from more, not less, CO2 emissions, but the Obama administration has been engaged in imposing hundreds of new regulations aimed at reductions. It targets the development and expansion of our energy sector. The President has repeated the lies in his State of the Union speeches and we have a Secretary of State, John Kerry, who insists that climate change is the greatest threat to mankind and not the increase of nuclear weapons.

 

myworkEvery one of the Earth’s seven billion population are being subjected to the UN’s campaign of lies and every one of us needs to do whatever we can to bring about an end to the United Nations and reject the IPCC’s claims.

 

© Alan Caruba, 2014

Obama’s War on America is his Top Priority – Tea Party Nation

Obama’s War on America is his Top Priority – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

 

We all know that the “sanctions” Obama has placed on a few of Putin’s pals thus far and those Obama wants the European Union to impose will have no affect whatever on Putin’s decision to annex the Crimea from Ukraine.

 One of Obama’s solutions to protect Ukraine’s sovereignty includes giving it a billion dollars because Russia has raised the price of the natural gas it sells to the Ukraine. This means Putin just made a billion while reacquiring Crimea.

 One way to bring Russia to its knees would be for Obama–if he could–to  impose the same things he is doing in America on the Russian Federation:

 # Require Russia to adopt Obamacare.

 # Ban the mining and use of coal in Russia.

 # Do not allow any drilling on Russian publicly-held land.

 # Redefine the Russian work week to 30 hours.

 # Raise the Russian minimum wage.

 # Mandate overtime pay for Russian government workers.

 # Demand that Russia pay welfare benefits to its illegal immigrants.

 # Require Russia to enact the same regulations as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 # Increase the Russian national debt by $6 trillion dollars.

 # Require Russia to reduce all elements of its military force and capabilities by reductions to its military budget.

 Not finishedThese policies since 2009 have weakened the United States and, if applied to Russia, they would have the same affect. It’s bad enough what Obama has done and is doing to the U.S., but neither we nor the rest of the world would be better off with a weak Russia. Its economy is too tied into the world’s.

 Putin insists that it was the West led by the U.S. that resulted in the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 after seventy years of communist rule, but it was Communism that brought it to its knees. The other element was a decline in the prices of oil and natural gas–still the primary source of income for the Russian Federation—that undermined its economy.

 While a panoply of experts keeps talking about the prospect of Russia aggression toward its former satellite nations in Eastern Europe, the simple fact is that Putin’s reacquisition of the Crimea just added to Russia’s financial pressures. He can barely afford Crimea. All the hand-wringing about its annexation ignores the fact that it was part of Russia for hundreds of years.

 ImageRuchir Sharma, the head of emerging markets at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, recently spelled out Russia’s economic woes in a Wall Street Journal commentary titled “Putin’s Potemkin Economy.”

 “Mr. Putin’s real power base, the economy, is crumbling,” says Sharma. “Russia’s economic growth rate has plummeted from the 7% average annual pace of the last decade to 1.3% last year,” adding that “the Central Bank of the Russian Federation has been fighting to prevent a ruble collapse since the Crimean crisis began.”

 Does that sound like a Russia that wants to invade its neighbors at this time?

 “The result,” says Sharma, “is that the Russian state has few new sources of income outside of oil and gas, at a time when it is taking on more dependents” in Crimea. As for the rest of the Ukraine population, it’s only the younger generation that did not grow up under the oppression of the former Soviet Russia that thinks giving up its sovereignty is a good idea. Ukrainians with a memory of the pre-1991 days know better.

obama- defending constitution laughing Europe, much of which depends on Russian gas, will be in no hurry to punish Russia beyond a few relatively meaningless sanctions. It’s all a charade.

 It’s true that Europe went to war twice for far less reason than the Crimean annexation, but its present leaders have no wish to repeat that error for all the talk about international law.

 What is being debated now is whether Putin will, for whatever reason, invade Ukraine. Only Putin knows that and the decision would be a bad one for him and everyone else.

 As we strive to survive Obama’s war on the U.S. economy and the current havoc resulting from Obamacare, it is doubtful that even Obama has any inclination to see Russia collapse and could not reverse the Crimean situation even if he cared about it.

Image He doesn’t seem to care about what he’s doing to the rest of us so it’s the war at home which we have to survive.

 © Alan Caruba, 2014

So Chicken Little, What’s Next? – Tea Party Nation

So Chicken Little, What’s Next? – Tea Party Nation.

Blog post added by John Wiseman:

 

 

Here’s an idea I got after reading some comments on my last post. Let’s play a little game. Since the manufactured crisis of Global Warming has now officially been debunked by The American Physical Society, the world’s largest and most prestigious professional association of Physicists, the political left will be scrambling to find that efficient replacement doomsday scenario. What will it be? While global warming itself was so laughably moronic on its face, you still have to admit that the political left scored a lot of points with it. It won them elections, was invaluable in the strengthening of the EPA, almost got Cap and Trade inflicted upon us, helped to convince 54 Million Americans to eschew free market economics in place of Marxism in order to help save the planet. It even managed to convince us to make the sale of 50 Cent incandescent light bulbs illegal, in deference to a $6 product that only works about 50% of the time. This bulb by the way gives off a crappy quality of light and requires a Hasmat team should one break in a populated homestead.

The real question is, what’ll be the next gimmick for Chicken Little to scare us with? I have some ideas, and hopefully others will be able to help me with more. The fun comes in when we wait to see who’s right and who’s wrong. By the way, what will not happen is that the scare mongering stops. So, we’ll get treated to some reason why we must kiss our individual property rights, free speech rights, right to keep and bear arms, right to be secure in our person and papers, right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, good bye.

Option 1: Global Cooling

Don’t laugh, after all, this is what global warming replaced. This theory was popular in the early 70′s, when smog was going to block out our friend Mr. Sun on a permanent basis. This theory even managed to make the cover of Time Magazine, (genuflect when you read that name to yourself.)

ImagePros: Now that the American Physical Society has pretty much spelled out that we are at some sort of temperature high point and that a global cooling period is as likely as any increase in temperatures, scaring people that things are going to reduce to zero and that Polar Bears will no longer have water to swim in may be a safer bet to hedge those previously failed predictions. People in general dislike snow much more than they do sunny days, and letting them know that fossil fuel burning snow removal devices are causing things to deep freeze rather than heating the planet up might be the all around smarter play. Quite frankly, they should have stuck with that meme to begin with.

Cons: While the concept of Americans in general possessing an adult memory has come into question recently, I would hope that they’ll be able to remember the great global warming hoax that they’d just been conned with. Scaring people with burn baby burn, and then flipping the 180 on them might raise some suspicions, even amongst the terminally gullible. I want that to be true anyhow.

Option 2: Ozone Depletion

This one was another favorite of the late 70′s and early 80′s. We even managed to see nightly Ozone reports on the national news for a few months time, and then something magical happened. Some bothersome scientist somewhere pointed out that Ozone, and a lot of it, is created every time lightning strikes. That smell you associate with rainfall, yep, that’s Ozone. Once airline pilots and astronauts told us of massive lightning strikes reaching upwards into the upper atmosphere, even more prevalent in thunderstorms than the ones that struck downward towards terra firma, the jig on that one ended pretty quickly. After some attempts to delineate between, “good,” Ozone and, “bad,” Ozone failed, the nightly reports on news casts as to how soon we’d all be dead due to radiation sickness subsided. (Yes, Earth lasted far longer already than the Ozone tales predicted we would.)greenenergy

Pros: The Ozone layer is really far away from us, invisible, and yet scary to think of as being so delicate that it may one day disappear. This scare tactic from yore was so effective that it convinced every teen aged girl in America to stop using aerosol hair spray in deference to the more, “ecologically sound,” and far less convenient spray pump counter part. With no real noticeable effects to measure, we will be totally reliant on any data fed to us by the reporter types who appear on our televisions. They’ve already shown how much they like a good ghost story to scare the pajesus out of everyone. Something we can’t see, can’t verify, can’t refute, and can’t measure makes a grand one of those. It’s literally the perfect boogie man.

Cons: We’ve seen this one before. Add to that, the small fact that we already know how to manufacture as much Ozone as we would ever want, and in fact, Ozone itself is one of those gases that the EPA currently lists as a pollutant, and what you’re left with is a serious non threat. Besides, did anyone really ever believe that aerosol spray from canisters sold in drug stores actually floated all the way up to the very edge of our atmosphere? Talk about gullible, jeez Louise.

Option 3: Earth Quakes caused by Fracking

Even the word fracking sounds sinister. That by the way I believe must have been by design somehow. The industry term for Hydraulic Fracturing had historically been Fracing, and adding the k gives it a whole new connotation, as in, “we’re fracked.” Let’s face it, the whole Chicken Little scenario has been employed to halt economic prosperity through stopping all energy production anyhow, and what better way to do that than via the direct route. It is not the effects of using energy that is evil with this scenario, it is the act of actually producing it in the first place. This represents a subtle variation on an earlier line of attack, but it’s directness is beautiful in its simplicity.mywork

Pros: As I stated before, it cuts out all of the middle men. It is also a brand new approach. With the advent of the 24 hour news cycle, any Earth Quake of any magnitude that previously went unreported, and mostly unnoticed, is now blared from every television with functioning sound. It will be easy to convince people who don’t bother to read any more that Earth Quakes are on the rise, or that they’re more severe than they were as compared to the paleolithic era for example. Within days of this meme receiving the go order from the political left, we’ll see the television news reporting on, “another fracking caused Earth Quake occurred in our nation’s heartland today.”

Cons: Fracing has been around and in practice since the 1940′s. There are about a Million or so Fracing operations already in place today, and have been for quite some time now. They have Earth Quakes in other nations which do not utilize the technology, and we’ve had them here, even before fossil fuels were burned or drilled for at all. All of this went on, unnoticed, and there was no agency, person, scientist, or scare monger who thought, gee, why are there suddenly more Earth Quakes today than before. That is because there aren’t more Earth Quakes today than before, and those that are happening are no more powerful or less powerful than those that happened before. We’ve known for a long time what does cause Earth Quakes, and it is not anything that we as human beings can do a darned thing about.

Option 4: Space Aliens

Yes this one was thrown in just to be silly, but before you laugh, hear me out. This very laughable, moronic theory was posited on CNN as a possible explanation for what may have happened to Malaysian Air Flight 370. Not only did the CNN host say it with a straight face, pose the question to the panel with the exact same gravity as every other possibility, but he even pressed a follow up question when the panelist shot him down. Also mentioned on the same segment was the specter of a Black Hole literally swallowing the airplane, (and I know that those of you with the slightest knowledge of science are laughing right now,) along with the involvement of the Bermuda Triangle. It is simply astounding how tolerant of nonsense we Americans truly are. What is even more astounding is how many of us actually believe that not only have space aliens visited Earth, but still live here among us today.

Pros: This one will require no proof, and will always be based upon the absurd. Paul Krugman, the favored economist of the political left has himself posited the theory in a serious manner that by convincing Americans that we needed to prepare for a pending, if false, invasion by space aliens, the resulting Keynesian stimulation of the economy would be a net positive for all of humanity. Meaning that his advice to any Democrat President to get us out of economic trouble was to lie to the American People and tell us that we were about to be invaded by space aliens. This was in an actual op-ed penned by Krugman and printed in the New York Times. The mere absurdity alone makes it impossible to prove the negative. It would be like me saying, prove your great grand parents were not born on Mars. Think about it. If you’re being intellectually honest with yourself, it’s tougher than you think.

Cons: Absurd is only going to last for very long. It’ll be a temporary fix at best. Besides that, who says the aliens are bad, don’t like us burning fossil fuels, aren’t coming here because we burn them and they want to live in a world with people smart enough to use the resources offered up by the home world? That’s the thing with imaginary aliens, their motivations need to be imagined up as well. For that nonsensical matter, how would we know that the imaginary aliens won’t take our attempts to limit our Carbon emissions as a personal insult? This option leaves too much open to turn the tide of the game. If they can make crap up, so can we.cartoongwcausesstuff

You’ll notice that I have a poll on the top right of this blog, please vote, and let me know which one you feel most likely to the next Chicken Little doomsday scenario. Leave a comment if you have one that I’ve missed, (which is likely,) and I’ll try to add them to the poll.

Guys, I could not figure out how to embed the poll within the post itself, nor how to include it here at this site. If one of the smarter gurus of blogging would like to help me out with it, or if you just want to link back to my place to log a vote, please do so.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

Why Government Does Not Function – Tea Party Nation

Why Government Does Not Function – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

Do you have the feeling that we no longer have government from the federal to the local level that is able to function because of vast volumes of laws and regulations that have made it impossible to do anything from build a bridge to run a nursing home? If so, you’re right. The nation is falling behind others who do a better job by permitting elected and appointed officials to actually make decisions. We are living in a nation where lawsuits follow every decision to accomplish anything.

This is the message of Philip K. Howard in a book that everyone concerned for the future of America should read; “The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government” ($23.95, W.W. Norton).

It explains why we can elect a Representative or Senator, send him or her to Washington, D.C. and still see no progress. Instead, we get the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—that began as a 2,700-page law that has already metastasized into regulations that, stacked up, stand seven feet tall! And more on the way. It has destroyed the healthcare insurance industry and is destroying the U.S. healthcare system.

“The missing element in American government could hardly be more basic. No official has authority to make a decision. Law has crowded out the ability to be practical or fair,” says Howard. “It’s a progressive disease. As law grows to fill the vacuum, the wheels of government go slower every year.”

Howard points to a variety of problems that nation is encountering. “America’s electrical grid is out of date—transformers, on average, are about forty years old, and not digitized.” As vital and essential as the grid is to all life in America, “there’s no active plan to rebuild America’s electrical grid. The main reason is that government cannot make the decisions needed to approve it.”

Citing proposals that would allow the Bayonne Bridge to permit the new generation of large container ships clearance that would enable the Port of Newark to remain competitive, it took three years for environmental reviews to clear the project, but as Howard notes, “the average length of environmental review for highway projects, according to a study by the Regional Plan Association, is over eight years.” Eight years!

“Government on legal autopilot,” says Howard, “doesn’t have a chance of achieving solvency. In 2010, 70 percent of federal tax revenue was consumed by three entitlement programs—Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security—that don’t even come up for annual congressional authorization.”

Americans are in general agreement that Big Government is a big problem, but did you know that more than twenty million people work for federal, state and local government—or one in seven workers in America. Their salaries and benefits total more than $1.5 trillion of taxpayer funding each year or about ten percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Cities in America are declaring bankruptcy because they cannot afford the retirement and other benefits that their employees receive. State budgets are comparably weighed down.

We read about the often incomprehensible results and costs of the legal system affecting all levels of government. “Up and down the chain of social responsibility, responsible people do not feel free to make sensible decisions,” says Howard. “Everything is too complicated: rules in the workplace, rights in the classroom, and machinations in government. We’re bogged down in bureaucracy, pushed around by lawsuits, and unable to steer out of economic and cultural storms.”

“The point of regulation, we seem to have forgotten, is to make sure things work in a crowded society.”

What is forgotten or never learned is that there are elements of risk in everything we do. Trying to legislate risk out of our lives only leaves us with millions of rules that make it impossible to function intelligently in business, in schools, in hospitals and nursing homes, and everywhere else. It eliminates swings and seesaws from playgrounds out of fear of lawsuits.

“America is losing its soul,” says Howard. “Instead of creating legal structures that support our values, Americans are abandoning our values in deference to the bureaucratic structures.” Too often, decisions made by elected officials or reflected referendums voted upon by the public have been taken over by the court system in which judges now feel free to decide these matters. The response was a growing objection to “judicial activism.” Now even the judges are distrusted.

Howard’s book explains why America is in trouble and offers recommendations to put it on the right path again. If it is ignored, the America into which I was born more than seven decades ago will not be around or livable for the next generation or two of Americans.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

Can America Survive Obama? – Tea Party Nation

Can America Survive Obama? – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

cartersuckedAfter a series of events that continue the decline of America’s global reputation along with increasing questions about the level of Obama administration corruption within the Internal Revenue Service, these and other factors lead inevitably to the question of whether America can survive Barack Hussein Obama.

By March 12, a Wall Street Journal/NBC news poll indicated that Obama’s popularity had declined to an all-time low with 48% approval versus 54% disapproval. This is unchanged from December when the Obamacare rollout dominated the news. The rate of disapproval among Democrats stands at 20%.

The question of survival might sound absurd under normal circumstances, but there has not been anything “normal” about Obama’s first term in which he lied repeatedly to Americans to secure the passage of the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—and then claimed that what he and Congressional Democrats said was an inadvertent misstatement of the facts. His namesake legislation has been a disaster from the beginning. Nothing about it works and it costs more while destroying the healthcare insurance system.

And he has continued to lie to the point where anyone above the age of five has concluded that nothing he says can be trusted. So, if he weren’t President, he could be fired, but he can’t. He can be impeached, but he won’t because Republicans tried that with Bill Clinton and it failed. So that leaves only the forthcoming November midterm elections as a means to curb his further destruction of the economy and all other aspects of life in America.

It is useful to keep in mind that Americans have survived bad times, from the long Revolutionary War to the Civil War through many financial crises and, of course, the Great Depression in the last century. In these and other hard times, many suffered, but the nation was sustained.

ImageI know the headlines out of Wall Street continue to be good. The bankers and the investment crowd know how to turn a dollar, but there are scores of opinion pieces saying that the collapse of the dollar is eminent or that another financial crisis like the one in 2008 is just around the corner. For the record, the banks that survived that crisis, the ones that were “too big to fail”, were not only bailed out with taxpayer dollars, but paid it back and thereafter enjoyed enormous profits thanks to a Federal Reserve that charged no interest on the money it loans them.

On March 6, Wall Street Journal columnist Daniel Henninger opined that “Putin Carterizes Obama, Totally.”  I remember Jimmy Carter mostly for the lines I had to wait in to get gas for my car. Then there was the seizure of American diplomats in Tehran, Iran in 1979.  Every day since then the Iranians wake up crying out “Death to America. Death to Israel” and they mean it. So with whom is Barack Obama and his idiot Secretary of State, John Kerry, “negotiating”? The same Iranians. You know, the ones who were shipping dozens of Syrian-made surface-to-surface rockets to the Palestinians in Gaza until the Israelis boarded the ship in the Red Sea last week and put a stop to that.

What makes me ask the question about survival is the way the ideologies that Obama believes—Communism, Islam, and his ability to influence other nations—blind him to reality. Thinking that diplomacy will get the Iranians to stop their quest to build their own nuclear weapons isn’t just stupid, it’s insane.

obama- defending constitution laughingIt’s the same with his views of Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin. Having “re-set” the former Cold War relationship with Russia, Obama has just discovered that Putin has not. Given the political turmoil in Ukraine, Putin did what all of his predecessors did for hundreds of years; he decided to take control of the Crimea. Why not? Russia has essential shipping ports there and some airfields. The Crimea was part of Russia for hundreds of years. Putin knows that Obama will not go to war over these events. He wouldn’t even take on Syria when it used poison gas.

While Russian troops were moving into Crimea, the President had his Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, announce reductions in the Pentagon budget that would reduce our military power to pre-World War Two days. Last week, China announced it was going to increase its military budget 12.2% within a week or so of the U.S. announcement it was reducing its military budget to pre-World War Two levels.

Obama’s weakness and his policies that weaken America economically and militarily have not gone unnoticed around the world.

It’s hard to win wars with stateless fascist Muslims that call themselves al Qaeda and other names. Throughout the Middle East, despite their increase in numbers, the states there are trying to fight them. The Taliban will regain Afghanistan about a week after we leave while Egypt has allied with Russia after Obama backed the Muslim Brotherhood. A third of Iraq is now controlled by al Qaeda. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates just withdrew its ambassadors from Qatar that backs al Qaeda, the home to al Jazeera, the television channel.

At home the Environmental Protection Agency continues to play havoc with the economy and, in particular, our need for electricity with its “war on coal.” It is undertaking a regulatory storm to control all aspects of our lives.

The question of whether America can survive Obama is not inconsequential.

He’s all for same-sex marriage, the legalizing of marijuana, and forcing people to violate their strong moral and religious convictions. He keeps talking about jobs but there are millions unemployed and millions on government welfare programs. The nation’s economy has gotten worse since Obama was elected in 2008 to fix it. And he prefers to rely on executive orders than to work with Congress.

Elections have consequences. Let’s hope the voters keep that in mind in November.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

Relentless Global Warming “Scientists” Continue Their Scams – Tea Party Nation

Relentless Global Warming “Scientists” Continue Their Scams – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

A5r34ADCUAIPhJ5.jpg largeDespite the growing worldwide recognition that global warming—now called climate change—is a hoax and that the Earth has been in a cooling cycle going on seventeen years, those most responsible for it continue to put forth baseless “science” about it.

The hoax has its base in the United Nations which is home to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and got its start with the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 that went into force in 2005. It limits “greenhouse gas” emissions, primarily carbon dioxide (CO2). It purports that the gases are warming the Earth and many nations signed on to reduce them. The U.S. did not and in 2011 Canada withdrew from it. Europe is suffering economically from the billions it invested in “alternative energy” sources, wind and solar power.

Five years ago, emails between a group of the United Kingdom’s University of East Anglia scientists and others who were generating computer models that “proved” global warming were revealed. It was quickly dubbed “climategate” for the way the emails demonstrated the manipulation of data claiming that global warming was real. They had good reason to be worried, given the natural cooling cycle the Earth has entered, but of even greater concern was the potential loss of enormous amounts of money they were receiving for their deception.

A4zPva2CUAEMN1a.jpg largeTo date, not one of theirs and other computer models “proving” global warming have been accurate.

On Wednesday, March 10, The Wall Street Journal published an article, “Scientists Say Four New Gases Threaten the Ozone.”  It reported on the latest effort of “scientists” at the United Kingdom’s University of East Anglia and it is no coincidence that the university was the center for the original IPCC data created to introduce and maintain the global warming hoax.

“Traces of four previously undetected man-made gases have been discovered in the atmosphere, where they are endangering Earth’s protective ozone layer, a team of scientists from six countries reported Sunday.” Trace gases are those that are less than 1% of the Earth’s atmosphere. CO2, for example, represents a meager 0.038% of the atmosphere and represents no impact whatever on the Earth’s climate, but is vital to all life on Earth because it is the “food” for all vegetation.

“The gases are of the sort that are banned or being phased out under a global treaty to safeguard the high altitude blanket of ozone that protects the planet from dangerous ultraviolet radiation, experts said.” These “experts” failed to mention that everywhere above the Earth’s active volcanoes the ozone is naturally affected by their massive natural discharge of various gases. The oceans routinely absorb and discharge CO2 to maintain a balance. The bans included the gas used primarily in air conditioners and for refrigeration. It has since been replaced.

Another gas that was banned is a byproduct of chemicals called pyrethroids that “are often used in household insecticides.” Banning insecticides is a great way of reducing the Earth’s population as insects spread diseases and destroy property. Ironically, termites produce massive amounts of carbon dioxide.

cartersuckedThe means used to detect the gases included comparing “the atmosphere today to old air trapped in annual layers of Greenland snow” and they also studied “air collected by high altitude research aircraft and by sensors aboard routine passenger jet flights around the world.” Not mentioned is the fact that the Earth has had higher amounts of CO2 in earlier times which posed no threat to it, so a few trace gases hardly represent a “threat.”

This kind of questionable “science” was practiced by one of the most well-known of the East Anglia scientists, an American scientist named Michael Mann, who used tree ring data to prove a massive, sudden increase in CO2 in his “hockey stick” graph that has since been debunked by skeptical scientists.

Mann has brought a libel law suit against columnist Mark Steyn, the National Review and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, charging defamation. Such suits cost a lot of money and Robert Tracinski, writing in Real Clear Politics in February noted that “it’s interesting that no one asks who is going to go bankrupt funding Mann’s lawsuit. Who is insuring Mann against this loss?”

Tracinski pointed out that “It is libel to maliciously fabricate facts about someone” but that it is “legal for me, for example, to say that Michael Mann is a liar, if I don’t believe his erroneous scientific conclusions are the product of honest error. It is also legal for me to say that he is a coward and a liar, for hiding behind libel laws in an attempt to suppress criticism.” The East Anglia emails revealed that they were doing whatever they could to suppress the publication of studies that disputed global warming in various science journals.

endthelieHow specious is this latest announcement about trace gases that they assert are a threat to the ozone layer? An atmospheric chemist, Johannes Laube of the East Anglia group making the announcement, was quoted as saying “We are not able to pinpoint any sources” for the trace gases. “We are not able to point a finger.”

The objective of the announcement is the same as the creation of the entire global warming hoax. It provides the basis for the transfer of funds between developed and undeveloped nations and would grant greater power to the United Nations to reduce the world’s manufacturing base while endangering and controlling the lives of everyone on Earth.

Is the latest “research” a lie? The data it cites has some basis in fact, but those facts are an excuse, like those cited about greenhouse gases, to frighten nations into wasting billions on climate threats that do not exist. The real threats remain climate events over which mankind never has and never will have any control.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

Democrat Climate Caucus Reveals Its Stupidity – Tea Party Nation

Democrat Climate Caucus Reveals Its Stupidity – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

The nation seems to be passing through a period in which too many U.S. Senators have been elected without so much as a high school level understanding of what drives the Earth’s climate and it isn’t the 0.038% of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere.b1-end-is-nigh-ah_s160x216

On Monday, March 10, some twenty of them will stay up overnight on the Senate floor, according to The Hill, “to bring attention to the impacts of climate change.”  You don’t get more idiotic than that. Climate, measured in decades and centuries, is always in a state of change. Meanwhile, the weather anywhere in the nation, determined by the changing seasons and responsive only to short-range forecasts, has turned colder thanks to a cooling cycle that is now into its 17th year.

Giving speeches all night in the Senate will not change that, but Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has partnered with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) to announce a new “climate change caucus” when you can ask any of the million unemployed Americans what the Senate’s real priority should be.

Sen. Whitehouse seems to think that a winter storm that causes “little summer cottages (be) washed into the sea” makes the non-existent issue of climate change “a bit personal.”  Does this moron take rain or snow storms personally? When the sun rises in the morning, does he think it does so just for him?

Democrats are so afraid of the political fallout from the devastation of Obamacare and the lies told to support it that they are desperate to divert voter’s attention to anything else and climate change rates higher than having to discuss why we are still in a major recession after one full term by President Obama and the first year of his second. So, between now and the midterm elections in November, they will engage in all manner of theatrics to stay in office.

Thank goodness we have men like Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) in office. For a long time now he has been on record calling climate change—formerly called global warming—“a hoax.”  When he takes a head count, he finds “fewer and fewer members of the United States Senate that are sympathetic to this whole cause.”

Behind the climate change “cause” falsehoods is the intention to impose fees on all aspects of American business and industry that emit carbon dioxide. Sen. Whitehouse wants to force up the cost of energy by making the larger emitters pay for doing what volcanoes do—emit CO2. In addition, all of the Earth’s living creatures do that as well. Congress has defeated 692 similar bills.

myworkSen. Whitehouse and his climate caucus are depending heavily on the 30% or so voters who still think that global warming is real. To some extent you can’t blame them. They were taught that in school and college. They read and hear that it is real in the news media every day. As of today, however, not one high school graduate has lived in a period of global warming.

And what is the rest of the world supposed to think when both British Royal Society and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences have just released a report, “Climate Change: Evidence & Causes” that is a rejection and abandonment of the most fundamental values of science.  The report asserts that “Continued emissions of these gases (CO2) and other greenhouse gases will cause further climate change, including substantial increases in global average surface temperatures and important changes in regional climate.”  Tom Harris, the executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition, responded saying the report “does a serious disservice to science and society.”  And that is an understatement. “This is not the language of science…it is appalling that two of the world’s foremost science bodies should engage in such unconditional rhetoric.” Not to mention that it is an outright lie.

cartoongwcausesstuffSo, while the twenty or so desperate Democrats gather all night, keep in mind that (1) there has been no global warming since 1997, (2) more than 31,000 scientists have signed a petition saying humans are not causing global warming, (3) Arctic ice is up 50% since 2012, and (4) every one of the climate computer models predicting warmth has been wrong over and over again.

Find out if one of those Senators is from your State and is up for reelection in November. Then vote him or her out of office and replace them with a candidate who wants smaller government, less spending, and demonstrates a devotion to both the truth and the U.S. Constitution.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

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