Try to Ignore Earth Day – Tea Party Nation

Try to Ignore Earth Day – Tea Party Nation.

 

By Alan Caruba

 

Try to ignore Earth Day, April 22. It won’t be easy. The print and broadcast media will engage in an orgy of environmental tall tales and the usual end-of-the-world predictions. It will scare the heck out of youngsters and bore the heck out of anyone old enough to know that we have had to endure the lies that hide the agendas that have driven the Greens since 1970 when the event was first proclaimed.

 

The Earth is 4.5 billion years old. It is the third planet from the Sun and fifth-largest of the eight other planets that orbit it. It is the only planet in our galaxy that has life on it and it has an abundance of mineral resources as well as water and the fecundity to grow crops and maintain livestock to sustain the human race.

 

The climate on Earth is entirely dependent on the natural cycles of the Sun. Despite four decades of being told that the Earth was going to heat up due to greenhouse gas like carbon dioxide and methane, we are currently in a cooling cycle and no child born since 1997 has ever experienced a single day of the dreaded “global warming.”

 

Humans play a very small role affecting the Earth’s climate although, for example, deforestration is one way it has affects it. Other than cutting down trees, another way is to put the government in charge of vast acres of forest. It has a long record of failing to manage them well to the point where diseases and pests render the trees so weak that wildfires wipe out what would otherwise have thrived.

 

Otherwise, the Earth is and always has a been a very volatile place, subject to a variety of extraordinary natural events such as hurricanes, tsunamis, blizzards, floods, droughts, tornadoes, and earthquakes. The only thing humans can do is clean up and rebuild.

 

What has mostly changed for humans has been the discovery of energy sources that have transformed and enhanced their lives. Coal, initially, followed by oil and natural gas. All are carbon based, but then, so are humans and other life forms.

 

The Greens call them “fossil fuels” and some refer to “dirty coal” or seek to demonize “Big Oil.” Between 2007 and 2012, three U.S. oil companies paid a total of $289.7 billion in corporate income taxes. Until the Obama administration took power, coal provided fifty percent of all the electricity Americans used. Completely bogus “science” cited by the Environmental Protection Agency has been used to shut down coal-fired plants and close down coal mines. And, in concert with costly, unpredictable and unreliable “renewable” energy, wind and solar, have driven up the cost of electricity for everyone.

 

According to a study by the Heritage Foundation, released in March, over the next two decades the EPA’s climate rules aimed at reducing “global warming” (which is not occurring) will cost the economy $2.23 trillion. An estimated 600,000 jobs will be lost. The jobs that would be created by the Keystone XL pipeline have been waiting five years for the White House to approve the project.

 

As mentioned, it has been the many inventions that utilize the energy sources the Greens want to “leave in the ground” that have totally transformed the lives of Americans and others throughout the world. What Earth Day is really about is not the improvement of life, but limits that will reduce the world’s population. The one thing all environmentalists agree upon is that there are too many humans. This is a form of fascism that goes back to the creation of the communist/socialist economic systems, none of which have provided the level of prosperity that capitalism has. Even Communist China has adopted the capitalist model.

 

The other agenda Greens agree upon is that the government should own and control every square inch of the nation’s (and world’s) landmass. That is why climate change is part of the United Nations’ intention to become the single world government. It is home to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that has clung to the global warming hoax since they invented it in the late 1980s.

 

Recently, the IPCC released another report claiming “climate change” will melt polar ice, cause the oceans to rise dramatically, generate extreme weather conditions, et cetera. There have always been extreme weather conditions somewhere and the rest of the IPCC claims are just great big lies that have been around for decades.

 

Along the way, environmental organizations such as Greenpeace, Sierra Club, and Friends of the Earth, among countless others of comparable or lesser size have received millions in membership dues, donations, the sale of products, and from the assets that many own. Many, like Greenpeace, enjoy a non-profit status. For example, in 2011, Greenpeace took in $27,465,948 and had assets of $4,653,179. Multiply that against all the others and it adds up to billions.

 

Green organizations represent a very big business that is constantly at war with legitimate businesses in the energy, manufacturing, and agricultural sectors, seeking to impose laws and regulations that cost them and consumers billions every year.

 

If you’re a parent take some time to explain to younger children that the Earth is very old and not going to suffer the claims Greens repeat and repeat. As for everyone else, just try to ignore the Earth Day deluge. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.

 

© Alan Caruba, 2014

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

More Calls from Western Nations for Civilian Disarmament via the UN : Freedom Outpost

More Calls from Western Nations for Civilian Disarmament via the UN : Freedom Outpost.

 

unfreezoneAmerica, throughout the past fifteen months I have written a great deal on the United Nations Small Arms Treaty. While many have allowed the wool to be pulled over their eyes by believing that civilian disarmament can’t happen here, and that the senate will never ratify this treaty, the truth is that it is already being incrementally implemented. All of the states that are passing draconian gun control laws are testing ground states, and if you haven’t noticed, these state governments really don’t give a hoot about what their constituents have to say about it. While it is true that many states are also passing pro-gun laws that, constitutionally speaking, would protect their citizens’ gun rights from federal over reach, it doesn’t change the fact that the arms treaty represents a global effort to disarm America so they can push forward with their plans to implement global communism.

This push for global communism is best described by pointing to U.N. policy initiatives such as “Agenda 21,” which seeks to limit the development of mankind because supposedly, our technological advancements are contributing to global warming. Never mind that we just experienced one of the worst winters in quite some time, and there’s more polar ice now than in previous years, the planet is warming, we are all doomed, and only global communism can save us according to the U.N. If you are still wondering what the connection is between gun control and global warming is, I am about to explain. The global warming advocates believe there are too many people and that we occupy too much undeveloped land. They intend to herd us off of this land and lock us in the cities where we can be “managed” like a herd of animals.

armedIf you doubt this, then ask yourself why the federal government is purchasing vast quantities of land and sealing it off. As I mentioned in an article I posted yesterday, there are those in this movement who would have “global warming deniers” imprisoned because of their belief that man is not destroying the planet. So it essentially comes down to a simple philosophy my friends. Those with a great deal of wealth, power and influence are seeking to impose their will upon the American people, they are seeking to create a new society in which they will control all the land and resources. They can’t do this if we remain armed. Everyone knows this is about power and not keeping children safe. If they cared so much about children, abortion would not have killed 50,000,000 babies since its legalization.

Please realize this, events like the Sandy Hook shooting were used as an excuse to disarm other countries whose citizens were once armed. Emergency legislation and propaganda were used in much the same way as it was here. The only difference is that these nations never lived with the belief that self-defense and the right arms are natural, unalienable rights. They simply had firearms because the government “allowed” them to. That’s the difference America.

I felt it imperative to discuss the topic this Sunday morning because President Obama, while in Brussels this past week, put his signature on another document reaffirming his commitment to civilian disarmament. This can be read about here. As I said above, this is a global effort being directed by those believing that a global government administered by the U.N. is the only way to save mankind and the planet from man’s “destructive” ways.

wlecomeMany would call me a tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist, but I would ask that you look up and read the 45 declared goals of the communist party, something I have also written extensively about, and you will see that promoting the U.N. as man’s only hope is one of these goals.

As further evidence, I would remind you that, as a college student, the class I was in was presented with a video that essentially described the need for the U.N. to control all nations in order to fight poverty, and that in order to do so these nations would have to surrender their sovereignty. Poverty was described as being created by global warming of course. The narrator also claimed that people should not be able to own guns because gun ownership contributed to a dangerous, unstable world; to this, I would add that is true only when they are owned by despotic, tyrannical dictators. Let us never forget that it was the world’s governments, hell bent on obtaining power, which have disarmed and slaughtered more people in peacetime than in all the wars combined.

It should be clear, beyond a reasonable doubt, which they intend to carry this out whether orgun-control not the senate goes along with ratifying the treaty. It should be clear that the global communists intend to teach your children to fear guns, look to governments for safety, doubt your values and question your motivations, ridicule Christianity and view right and wrong as merely subjective constructs created by man’s morality as opposed to God’s. If you doubt this, just simply pick up a common core text book or watch some television programming targeting a teenage audience. Psychological conditioning is one of the back door methods in which these people will accomplish their goals. Our children, through the use of “intruder on campus drills” are being conditioned to respond with fear and look to government officials to make everything all right. Many could argue that this has been going on for years, maybe so, but in my mind it explains a lot, if that is the case.

DTOMThis essentially means that a great deal of our population has been conditioned to view firearms as a threat. They have been conditioned to view gun owners as a threat. The government continually refers to those that will be willing to defend their liberties in the face of tyranny, such as veterans, The Tea Party and other patriotic groups as “terrorists.” The term terrorist goes a long way in granting governments the power to act in the name of safety. In other words, the term terrorist, being applied to American citizens standing for the rights of gun owners, identifies us as the enemy. It’s that simple folks.

Also, The NDAA of 2012 identified the United States as a legitimate battle field in the war on terror. Essentially, the term terrorism will eventually encompass any action that goes against the will of global government, which is claiming to be looking out for, and taking care of the poor and oppressed. In the event that any of this comes to fruition, and there is chaos reigning in the streets, this portion of our population will look to the U.N. and other governments for safety and security. This will be best compared to the Jews in Germany voluntarily getting on the choo choo trains.

Holder F&FThere’s very little that can be said anymore other, than its going to take a great deal more than a few patriots and conservative politicians passing pro gun laws to stop what is coming. The right crisis is all it will take, and a great many of you know this. This is the reason we have been divided folks. Our values and the definitions we place on words like freedom and liberty to hatred and racism have been so altered and redefined for the very purpose of keeping us from being able to unite on any one issue.

I have concluded that, in some ways, these people have taken our greatest attribute of individual liberty and destroyed us with it by making it mean anything we wanted it to mean. Individual liberty and freedom have transpired from personal responsibility to multiculturalism, moral relativism, entitl580554_318859484890936_299381022_nement and moral depravity. We have lost value for humanity and yet we wonder why our nation continues to spiral toward Hell at breakneck speed. A great many of us have forsaken God and the meaning He has attached to existence and then we wonder why God has allowed our nation to fall. The connection between all of this and efforts to disarm us is significant because only a moral population that believes and understands their responsibility to protect truth and fight evil will stand and defend what they hold dear; the self-evident truth that we are all created equal, with unalienable rights to pursue that which makes us happy. I have an unalienable right to exist and to protect the existence of those I love and who depend upon me to keep them safe. This is a right that governments have no right to take from any of us, yet so many of us are willing to surrender it for false promises. It’s a damn shame too, because their ignorance will affect us all.

Obamacare is an American Catastophe – Tea Party Nation

Obamacare is an American Catastophe – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

 

Halloween terror 03If you type in “Obamacare” on Wikipedia you will discover 25,500,000 links. That’s a lot of news coverage and related commentary about the Affordable Care Act. Most of it is negative. The more people have learned about it, the less they like it and, if we had a Congress that could or would do anything about it, it would have been repealed by now.

 

A March 28 Associated Press poll revealed that only 26% of Americans support Obamacare, a point less than December 2013 and January 2014.

 

The Republicans in the House of Representatives have voted more than 60 times to repeal or dismantle Obamacare. The Senate, namely Harry Reid its Majority Leader, has killed all efforts to address what is clearly a national catastrophe. When passed in 2009, not one Republican member of Congress voted for it. When it was passed, then Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, famously said they had to pass the 2,700 page act in order to find out what was in it.

 

In 2010, voters gave power in the House to Republicans, but the Senate remained under Democrat control. The fact the Barack Obama, when campaigning to become President in 2008 and thereafter lied repeatedly to Americans about it has tarnished his reputation and his approval ratings. Since then he has altered the law unilaterally despite the fact that he utterly lacks any constitutional right to do so.

 

cartersuckedIn February the Heritage Foundation’s legal experts put together a list of seven illegal actions by the President that included delaying Obamacare’s employer mandate, giving Congress and their staffs special taxpayer-funded subsidies, preventing layoff notices from going out just days before the 2012 election, as well as non-Obamacare actions that included gutting the work requirement from welfare reform, stonewalling an application for storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, and making “recess” appointments when the Senate was still legally in session.

 

The first element of the Obamacare catastrophe is an utterly lawless President who the Congress has done little to restrain and nothing to impeach.

 

Another element of the Obamacare catastrophe has been the failure of the mainstream media to address the impact the law has had on America. On March 26, the Media Research Center reported that “They’re just burying the story. They aren’t in denial. They know the truth. They’re just choosing to ignore it. They are pretending there are no broken promises about keeping your insurance plan, or keeping your doctor, or lowering your premium by $2,500 a year.”

 

An analysis by the Center of the three network evening news broadcasts in 2014 “found only 12 stories on three networks in almost three months.” For example, “NBC Nightly News” broadcast only one story on Obamacare and that was on January 1 when Lester Holt called it “a new era in health care in this country.” ABC “World News” provided only six minutes and 58 seconds on Obamacare and “CBS Evening News” managed to provide only 19 minutes and 17 seconds over the course of three months.

 

obamascare“None of the networks,” said the Center’s analysis, “dared to report the ongoing opposition of the American people to Obamacare in 2014, even when they were the ones doing the polling.”

 

Sen. John Thune, (R-SD) posted an article from the Washington Free Beacon on his website, “Fourth Anniversary of Obamacare Brings Billions in Costs to Economy” that cited a report by the American Action Forum that concluded that “From a regulatory perspective, the law has imposed more than $27.2 billion in total private sector costs, $8 billion in unfunded state burdens, and more than 159 million paperwork hours on local government and affected entities.” Sen. Thune said, that “Four years after Obamacare became the law of the land, millions of Americans have little but canceled policies, fewer choices, and skyrocketing costs to show for it. From seniors to young adults, to middle-class families, and small businesses, Obamacare has been to be an equal opportunity offender…people living under this law are acutely aware of the harm Obamacare is causing in their lives.”

 

I have held back from writing about Obamacare because so many others are doing so, but it is impossible to hold back from declaring it the worst law ever passed by Congress and to urge readers to vote to the polls in the November midterm elections and remove from office those Democrats who voted for it and are seeking reelection.

 

distressThere is little need for me to do an Obamacare analysis, but I can recommend one that appeared in The Weekly Standard on February 17. Those who have been following the history of lies and broken promises will find it a detailed study. Is author, Christopher Conover, summed it up saying that “Obamacare has failed miserably on nearly every major promise made about it. The processes used to enact and implement the law have been tarnished by actions of questionable legality and a pervasive lack of transparency.”

 

The ultimate impact of Obamacare on the economy must wait for a calculation, but the demand for its repeal must increase to a point where a future Congress must respond to the voter’s demand. Without that, we are headed for an economic collapse.

 

© 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.

The Good and Bad of Dianne Feinstein

The Good and Bad of Dianne Feinstein.

By Claire Wolfe  http://jpfo.org / alerts2014 / alert20140322.htm

You mean there’s actually something good to say about notorious anti-gun U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein? Yep, there is. We’ll get to that shortly. But first, the bad.

dianne feinstein pushes for semi automatic rifle import banSen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Hoplophobia) is at it again. This week she wrote to President Obama, suggesting that he use his “Year of Action” (his plan to govern without the help of Congress, announced in his State of the Union speech) to go to war once again, on those evil and largely mythical “assault weapons.”

Specifically, she wants Obama and the ATF to use executive branch powers — and the “sporting purposes” provision of the 1968 Gun Control Act — to ban importation of firearms that look scary to her. This ban would even include some tube-fed .22s.

A_GGYrOCUAMcAQM.jpg largeSpecifically, she targeting guns that are imported legally, looking like whatever she thinks “normal” weapons look like, but are later altered. Once in the country they’re taken down and rebuilt with made-in-USA parts to look more like military weapons. That is, they’re given features like thumb-hole stocks and higher magazine capacity. These, according to Feinstein’s letter, are “assault features.”

No one at JPFO has ever heard of an “assault feature.” We can’t even imagine how a feature could commit assault. But Ms. Feinstein seems to know an “assault feature” when she sees one, even if nobody else does.

Feinstein especially gets her knickers in a knot over one particular gun, the WASR-10, an AK-variant of Romanian origin, which is supposedly a favorite in Mexico. She (or one of her staffers) writes:

WASR-10s have repeatedly been found in the arsenals of top drug kingpins and their associates. For example, at least one WASR-10 was used in May 2008 to kill eight police officers in Culiacan, Mexico, a city in the northwestern part of the country. An analysis conducted by The Center for Public Integrity found that, over the last four years, WASR-10 rifles comprised more than 17% of the firearms recovered at Mexican crime scenes and successfully traced back to the United States.

bringyoursShe fails to note that the ATF itself — the very group she wants to enforce her ban — is responsible for “gun-walking” thousands of “assault weapons” into Mexico for use by drug cartels. This information has been widely available since gun bloggers David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh, with the help of brave ATF whistleblowers, uncovered Operation Fast and Furious several years ago. Since Fast and Furious has been extensively covered in the media, Feinstein must surely realize that the only reason the ATF would object to sending guns to Mexican drug lords is that they might resent the competition if they weren’t personally supervising the doings.

Feinstein also conveniently fails to note (though JPFO has repeatedly tried to make her aware) that the 1968 Gun Control Act and its “sporting purposes” provision were based on a 1938 Nazi law sneaked into US law by one of her prececessors, who we know had a copy of the German law in his possession.

availabilityAmong other things she fails to mention is that the CPI “study” she cites is a) not a study at all, but simply a news article written for an anti-gun foundation and b) three years old. The analysis she cites from the Violence Policy Center is equally biased — and even older.

And this is where we come to the good thing about Dianne Feinstein.

Yes, there really is something good to say about her. And it’s this: Feinstein is getting old. She’s not only getting old physically, as we all do. Her ideas are getting old. And tired. And obsolete.

When Sen. Feinstein began beating the “assault weapons” drum several decades ago, it was new and ominous. She was (and to some extent remains) a powerful woman. Back then, her idea had legs. It led to a ban on guns whose features she thought were scary looking (never mind that their function was identical to firearms she thinks have “sporting purposes”). The country endured that stupid, useless ban for 10 years before it was finally allowed to slip mercifully into the sunset.

AR-15-300x176Now? Well, many legislators are known for having hobby horses — bills they introduce and ideas they promote year after year despite the fact that nobody else wants to get on board. Those hobby horses are a joke.

That’s what Feinstein has become — a rider of an old, broken down hobby horse. The fact that she has to resort to some three-year-old faux “study” and request that her will be carried out through executive action rather than law shows just how little she and her ideas matter any more.

Is she still potentially dangerous to gun owners? Sure. She always will be as long as she is in a position of power or has the ear of powerful people.

But her danger is something like the threat we might face from an old, arthritic, toothless cheetah. She might try to gum our rights to death, but her power to kill them is deeply diminished.

Joe Biden Thinks Americans are Stupid and the President is a Saint » Eagle Rising

Joe Biden Thinks Americans are Stupid and the President is a Saint » Eagle Rising.

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Joe Biden is a political animal. He has survived years of Washington, D.C. mostly thanks to the amount of B.S. that liberals seem willing to buy from him. For the last six years, the Obama administration has done their level best to shield Crazy Uncle Joe from the rest of America, and has mostly succeeded. However, they just can’t seem to keep him under wraps 100% of the time… and it is those times that we Americans learn the most about the Obama administration.

Well, Joe’s done it again… this time letting all of America know that the Obama Administration thinks America is filled with idiots.Image

“It’s complicated, so we shouldn’t be surprised that it’s complicated for people who have never thought they’d be able to have insurance. No matter how good the bargain is, it’s especially challenging for folks who are looking at it for the first time.  That’s why they’re so vulnerable. With patience and empathy, you look these people in the eye.  And the first thing you do is you calm them down. The first thing you do is let them know that there’s no reason to be embarrassed that it’s complicated.

How many people have you spoken to you can tell by the look on their face they’re almost embarrassed to asks you the questions, because they don’t want to feel stupid?”

Yep. You’re an idiot that cannot be trusted to figure out the difficult issues that are built into buying healthcare from the government.

Obamacare Before and AfterIs Joe Biden projecting? Does he really believe that most Americans would avoid Obamacare for fear of feeling unintelligent? “Hey, an unforeseen medical expense may cost me hundreds of thousands… but at least I won’t feel dumb asking someone how to answer this question!”

No, Joe.

The reason Americans hate Obamacare is because it needlessly makes healthcare exponentially more expensive while also adding in the impracticality of bureaucracy and the incompetence of government. Obamacare is a perfect storm of terrible – expensive, impractical and incompetent — and that’s why we don’t want it.

joe-biden-idiotDid you notice, though, that Biden grew even more ridiculous as the speech went along? At one point suggesting President Obama should be sainted for his patience.

“My boss, my friend Barack Obama, is an incredibly patient man. I suggested, after going through the first couple weeks, I would nominate him for sainthood …that he kept his patience.”

Right.

The President shoves Obamacare down our throats against our will and then fails to provide the proper oversight to make sure the program is a) rolled out properly and b) that it works. What Joe Biden apparently fails to recognize is that the Obamacare debacle would have never happened had President Obama not been a complete failure of an executive. The American people (who didn’t vote for Obama) are the ones who deserve sainthood! We’re the ones not revolting against the oppressive socialist regime of an incompetent leftist president who can’t even build a website properly. Worse, he can’t even spend millions to order someone else to build a website properly!BidenMoron

So no, Joe, we’re not stupid and your boss doesn’t deserve sainthood.

You’ve got it backwards.

Your boss is an idiot, and we deserve to be sainted for having to put up with his uselessness.

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