Obama’s War on U.S. Energy – Tea Party Nation

Obama’s War on U.S. Energy – Tea Party Nation.

 

By Alan Caruba

 

A nation without adequate energy production is a nation in decline and that has been the President’s agenda since the day he took office in 2009. He even announced his war on coal during the 2008 campaign even though, at the time, it was providing fifty percent of the electricity being utilized.

 

It’s useful to know that the U.S. has huge coal reserves, enough to provide energy for hundreds of years and reduce our debt through its export to nations such as Japan. It increased coal-fired power generation by ten percent in 2013 while Germany’s coal use reached the highest level since 1990. Both China and India are increasing the use of coal. So why is coal unwelcome in the U.S.? Because Obama says so.

 

On April 15, the White House held a “Solar Summit” to continue promoting subsidies for solar panels and the Obama Energy Department has announced another $15 million in “solar market pathways” to fund local government’s use of solar energy. Its “Capital Solar Challenge” is directing federal agencies, military bases, and other federally subsidized buildings to use solar power.

 

According to the Institute for Energy Research, “solar energy provides two-tenths of one percent of the total energy consumed in the United States. While the amount of solar electricity capacity in the U.S. has increased in recent years…it still only accounts for 0.1% of net electricity generated…the least among the renewable sources of hydroelectric, biomass, wind and solar.”

 

So, in addition to the millions lost in earlier loans to solar companies like Solyndra that failed not long after pocketing our tax dollars, Obama is using the power of the federal government to waste more money on this unpredictable—the Sun only shines in the daytime and clouds can get in the way—source of energy whose “solar farms” take up many acres just to provide a faction of what a coal-fired or natural gas powered plant does.

 

This isn’t some loony environmental theory at work although the Greens oppose all manner of energy provision and use whether it is coal, oil or natural gas. This is a direct attack on the provision of energy, fueled by any source, that America needs to function and meeting the needs of its population, manufacturing, and all other uses.

 

The most recent example of this is the further extension of the delay on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. That too is part of Obama’s war on energy for the nation, but it may also have something to do with the fact that the Burlington Santa Fe Railroad owns all of the rail lines in the U.S. connecting to western Canada. They haul 80% or more of the crude oil from Canada to the Midwest and Texas, earning a tidy sum in the process. It is owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, a major contributor to Democrat causes and candidates. The Keystone XL pipeline could divert more than $2 billion a year and if its delay is not crony capitalism, nothing is.

 

This is what the Sierra Club is telling its members and supporters as of Monday, April 21:

“Keystone XL means cancer. It means wolf blood spilled. And it’s nothing short of a climate disaster.” It is a lie from start to finish.

 

Keystone has become a political issue and the announcement by the Obama State Department that is giving agencies “additional time” to approve its construction due to ongoing litigation before the Nebraska Supreme Court that could affect its route brought forth protests from red-state Democrats in Congress who even threatened to find ways to go around the President to get the project approved. Eleven Democratic senators have written to the President to urge him to make a final decision by the end of May. Some of them will be up for reelection in the November midterm elections.

 

Even Congress, though, seems incapable of over-ruling or overcoming Obama’s war on the provision of energy sources. In early April, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released new data showing that federal onshore oil and natural gas leases and drilling permits are at the lowest levels in more than a decade. Leases to companies exploring the potential of oil and natural gas reserves were down in 2013 from 1.8 million acres the year before to 1.2 million, the smallest area since records began to be maintained in 1988!

 

We have a President who gives daily evidence of his contempt both for those who voted for him and those who did not. His anti-energy agenda impacts on the creation of jobs, causes manufacturing to delay expansion or to go off-shore, reduces the revenue the government needs to reduce its debts and deficits, and drives up the cost of energy for everyone.

 

And he is doing this in one of the most energy-rich nations on the planet.

 

Editor’s Note:

For the latest, updated information on energy visit http://www.energydepot.us/

 

© Alan Caruba, 2014

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 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

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

Seven Hard Truths Liberals Just Don’t Want To Hear – Kurt Schlichter.

Seven Hard Truths Liberals Just Don’t Want To Hear – Kurt Schlichter.

 

It’s difficult to understand liberals when you don’t live in their sheltered cocoon of participation trophies, faux caring and feel-good lies.

Those of us who labor in the real world – who built this country, who make it work and who defend it – deal with reality. Most liberals don’t. And that can be baffling, because when they speak they sound like visitors from the planet Nimrod.

Now, some liberals do understand the real world. They are the cynical liberal icons, the ones who know their entire ideology is a scam designed to wring power and wealth from the gullible.

They are the rich ones who cry about poverty and racism then gleefully consign poor and minority kids to public school failure factories by doing the bidding of their unionized teacher partners and torpedoing educational choice. Their own kids wouldn’t get within a mile of an inner city public school, except maybe to swing by in the Mercedes C-Class they got for their 16th birthday to buy some weed from the gangbangers infesting it.

These liberals are the ones who demand we double energy prices and trade in our cars for seats on scuzzy busses driven by union drones because of global warming. The fact that it never actually gets any warmer won’t stop a liberal from hopping into his private jet and flying off to ink a deal to sell his network to some Mideast oil sheik for a zillion petro dollars.

Hard Truth Number 1: If you are a liberal who really believes that your liberal heroes actually believe in liberalism, you are a sucker and a fool. Maybe even foolish enough to let your daughter take a drive with one across a bridge.

Hard Truth Number 2 concerns the minimum wage and the delusion that labor should be valued not between those who provide it and those who pay for it, but by you based upon your own subjective notion of “fairness.” The hard truth is that you are worth precisely what an employer will pay for you, and nothing more.

Take it from someone who employs a bunch of people – if I have to pay more for you at the unskilled bottom of the ladder, assuming I don’t cut low-end positions, that money is coming out of everyone else’s raises. Yeah, you warm, wonderful, caring, and compassionate paternalists supporting raising the minimum wage are going to pay for it, because I’m sure as hell not.

Unlike many of you liberals, I started out flipping burgers at the Foster City Carls, Jr., for $3.10 an hour. I didn’t have one of those fake internships or create one of those bogus charities high school kids today manufacture to impress the admissions flunkies at overpriced, underworthy colleges. I worked. I hated it, but I learned valuable skills. These skills made it so that today I don’t have to bag fries, mop out toilets or toil as Michael Moore’s muffin wrangler.

Here’s Hard Truth Number 3: If you need government to set you a “living wage,” it’s because you have failed to make yourself worth a living wage. A higher minimum wage is merely a subsidy to ensure you don’t have to put in the effort necessary to earn what you want. I’m unclear why your failure to work hard, gain skills and not do the stupid things that lead a 30 year old to be making minimum wage morally compels me to give you my money.

Next is Hard Truth Number 4: You shouldn’t have kids if you can’t afford them. A corollary to this self-evident concept is that you shouldn’t have sex unless you can pay for your own birth control. Those of us who don’t choose to live lives of chaos should not have to be taxed money from our kids so the government can give it to your kids because you are too lazy, stupid and/or drug-addled to support them yourself.

That brings us to Hard Truth Number 5: Liberalism depends on a huge number of Americans being losers who can’t support themselves. Broken or nonexistent families are the root of most of society’s pathologies, and they are also essential to the Democrat demographic model. The party’s very existence depends on there being a pool of serfs desperate for handouts distributed by Democrat overlords. If 90% of Americans were self-sufficient and refused to trade their dignity for a few scraps in the form of various welfare payouts, there would be no modern Democrat Party.

In other words, your party must keep you poor, ignorant and helpless to survive. The Democrat mascot shouldn’t be the donkey; it should be the tick.

Here’s Hard Truth Number 6: Your biggest problem is you. Now, a lot of people resent this truth – they say it’s “blaming the victim.” But most of the time, the purported “victim” is to blame. Did you drop out of school? Choose to use drugs? Have a couple kids with a couple losers? See, if so, you aren’t a victim of circumstance. A victim of circumstance is someone struck by lightning or attacked by a gang of thugs in a Democrat-run city. You’re a recipient of consequences.

It’s not a tragedy when bad things happen to people who make bad choices. It’s a tragedy when we lie to them by validating their failures and then try to ameliorate those consequences by taking money from people who did all the right things.

And that leads to Hard Truth Number 7: This can’t go on.

Lady Thatcher famously formulated that, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” And you will. The most amusing argument for raising the minimum wage is that all this new money paid to people who aren’t worth it will get spent and gin up the economy. But the problem with this private sector stimulus idea is a foundational one: Where does the money come from to pay all these higher wages? From the magic dollar tree behind Mr. Pennybags’s mansion?

Liberalism is magical thinking promulgated by cynical exploiters upon the eternally gullible and the chronically lazy. It’s a political Ponzi scheme, and today’s participants are the unlucky marks coming in at the end of the grift.

Liberalism will collapse of its own dead weight. And when it does, you true believers better be ready for the hard truth that there is no such thing as a free lunch.

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