July 24, 2014

BHO Knew the Invasion was Coming



Timothy Birdnow

The Obama Administration KNEW the alien invasion was coming as far back as 2011, according to e-mails retrieved by News 4 Tucson.
http://www.kvoa.com/news/n4t-investigators-emails-show-u-s-was-warned-about-migrant-crisis-in-2011/

More and more this appears to be a staged event.
Hat tip: Breitbart.

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Going to Pot


Timothy Birdnow

Snoop Dog, Bob Beckel, smoked dope in the White House.
http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/fncs-beckel-ive-done-dope-white-house

When we say the Presidency is going to pot we mean that literally...

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A Great Plan to Replace the EPA



By Alan Caruba

For years now I have been saying that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must be eliminated and its powers given to the fifty states, all of which,have their own departments of environmental protection. Until now, however, there has been no plan put forth to do so.

Dr. Jay Lehr has done just that and his plan no doubt will be sent to the members of Congress and the state governors. Titled" Replacing the Environmental Protection Agency” it should be read by everyone who, like Dr. Lehr, has concluded that the EPA was a good idea when it was introduced in 1971, but has since evolved into a rogue agency threatening the U.S. economy, attacking the fundamental concept of private property, and the lives of all Americans in countless and costly ways.

Dr. Jay Lehr
Dr. Lehr is the Science Director and Senior Fellow ofThe Heartland Institute, for whom I am a policy advisor. He is a leading authority on groundwater hydrology and the author of more than 500 magazine and journal articles, and 30 books. He has testified before Congress on more than three dozen occasions on environmental issues and consulted with nearly every agency of the federal government and with many foreign countries. The Institute is a national nonprofit research and education organizations supported by voluntary contributions.

Ironically, he was among the scientists who called for the creation of the EPA and served on many of the then-new agency’s advisory councils. Over the course of its first ten years, he helped write a significant number of legislative bills to create a safety net for the environment.

As he notes in his plan, "Beginning around 1981, liberal activist groups recognized EPA could be used to advance their political agenda by regulating virtually all human activities regardless of their impact on the environment. Politicians recognized they could win votes by posing as protectors of the public health and wildlife. Industries saw a way to use regulations to handicap competitors or help themselves to public subsidies. Since that time, not a single environmental law or regulation has passed that benefited either the environment or society.”

"The takeover of EPA and all of its activities by liberal activists was slow and methodical over the past 30 years. Today, EPA is all but a wholly owned subsidiary of liberal activist groups. Its rules account for about half of the nearly $2 trillion a year cost of complying with all national regulations in the U.S. President Barack Obama is using it to circumvent Congress to impose regulations on the energy sector that will cause prices to ‘skyrocket.’ It is a rogue agency.”

Dr. Lehr says that "Incremental reform of EPA is simply not an option.” He's right.

"I have come to believe that the national EPA must be systematically dismantled and replaced by a Committee of the Whole of the 50 state environmental protection agencies. Those agencies in nearly all cases long ago took over primary responsibility for the implementation of environmental laws passed by Congress (or simply handed down by EPA as fiat rulings without congressional vote or oversight.”

Looking back over the years, Dr. Lehr notes that "The initial laws I helped write have become increasingly draconian, yet they have not benefited our environment or the health of our citizens. Instead they suppress our economy and the right of our citizens to make an honest living. It seems to me, and to others, that this is actually the intention of those in EPA and in Congress who want to see government power expanded without regard to whether it is needed to protect the environment or public health.”

Eliminating the EPA would provide a major savings by eliminating 80% of its budget. The remaining 20% could be used to run its research labs and administer the Committee of the Whole of the 50 state environmental agencies. "The Committee would determine which regulations are actually mandated in law by Congress and which were established by EPA without congressional approval.”

Dr. Lehr estimates the EPA’s federal budget would be reduced from $8.2 billion to $2 billion. Staffing would be reduced from more than 15,000 to 300 and that staff would serve in a new national EPA headquarters he recommends be "located centrally in Topeka, Kansas, to allow the closest contact with the individual states.” The staff would consist of six delegate-employees from each of the 50 states.”

"Most states,” says Dr. Lehr, "will enthusiastically embrace this plan, as their opposition to EPA’s ‘regulatory train wreck’ grows and since it gives them the autonomy and authority they were promised when EPA was first created and the funding to carry it out.”

The EPA was a good idea when it was created, the nation’s air and water needed to be cleaned, but they have been at this point. Since then, the utterly bogus "global warming”, now called "climate change”, has been used to justify a torrent of EPA regulations. The science the EPA cites as justification is equally tainted and often kept secret from the public.

"It’s time for the national EPA to go,” says Dr. Lehr and I most emphatically agree. "All that is missing is the political will.”

© Alan Caruba, 2014
 

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the Hypocrite in Chief


Wil Wirtanen

The big Zero in his zeal to bring down gun violence has decided to prosecute 25% less gun crimes.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/23/despite-rhetoric-gun-prosecutions-plummet-under-ob/

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July 23, 2014

Anthony Kennedy Disdains U.S. Constitution Publicly



Timothy Birdnow

Anthony Kennedy says the Constitution is flawed. According to Breitbart:
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-California/2014/07/22/Justice-Kennedy-Says-Constitution-Flawed

"Most of Kennedy’s nearly hour-long speech focused on the Magna Carta, originally signed in 1215 and due for its 800th anniversary next year. But he couldn’t resist taking a swipe at the Constitution, noting, "The Constitution of the United States is a flawed document,” its "thinly veiled language… basically reaffirmed the legality of slavery.” Kennedy was referencing the section of the Constitution in which each slave was defined as three-fifths of a person in the estimation of how many congressional delegates each state was allotted. He added that the soldiers who died in the Civil War were "one of the things it cost for having a Constitution that was flawed.”

Turning to those who champion originalism, Kennedy lectured that the drafters of the Constitution wanted principles that could be reinterpreted by justices of the future. He said, "The framers were wise enough to know that they could not foresee the injustices” of the future, "so they used general language.”

Tweaking fellow justice Antonin Scalia, a stout originalist, Kennedy defended Scalia’s 2008 ruling that reversed a ban on handguns in Washington, D.C. He added that the Second Amendment protects the rights of citizens to own certain firearms at home. The Second Amendment had been interpreted up until 1939 to protect only the right to bear arms in a "well-regulated militia.”


End excerpt.

First, I'm not sure why the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is spending taxpayer money to host a convention; I don't recall this as a function of any court. Kennedy was speaking at this same convention.

Second, if this jackass wants to legislate he should run for Congress, not sit in judgement of laws duly passed. He either does not understand what his duties entail or, more likely, seeks to usurp powers not granted to him because, like Obama, he sees the Constitution as an impediment to "progress". His comments make it plain he has no business on the Court.

It's no wonder America is in such trouble.

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Electron-eating Bacteria

Timothy Birdnow

Bacteria that live off electrons!
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25894-meet-the-electric-life-forms-that-live-on-pure-energy.html#.U8_QrTvryCl

This makes me wonder; if they can process electricity directly for energy, is there perhaps a way for us to utilize this?

From the article:

"Unlike any other living thing on Earth, electric bacteria use energy in its purest form – naked electricity in the shape of electrons harvested from rocks and metals. We already knew about two types, Shewanella and Geobacter. Now, biologists are showing that they can entice many more out of rocks and marine mud by tempting them with a bit of electrical juice. Experiments growing bacteria on battery electrodes demonstrate that these novel, mind-boggling forms of life are essentially eating and excreting electricity."

End excerpt.

Perhaps these critters can be used for electrical storage? A batter of such bacteria may well prove more efficient than any we currently have.

Food for thought!

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Twelve Percent Chance of another Carrington Event in the next Ten Years

Timothy Birdnow

There is a one in twelve chance of the Earth being hit by another Carrington Event within the next ten years, according to recent research. http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/23jul_superstorm/

According to the article:

"In February 2014, physicist Pete Riley of Predictive Science Inc. published a paper in Space Weather entitled "On the probability of occurrence of extreme space weather events." In it, he analyzed records of solar storms going back 50+ years. By extrapolating the frequency of ordinary storms to the extreme, he calculated the odds that a Carrington-class storm would hit Earth in the next ten years.

The answer: 12%.

"Initially, I was quite surprised that the odds were so high, but the statistics appear to be correct," says Riley. "It is a sobering figure."

In his study, Riley looked carefully at a parameter called Dst, short for "disturbance – storm time." This is a number calculated from magnetometer readings around the equator. Essentially, it measures how hard Earth's magnetic field shakes when a CME hits. The more negative Dst becomes, the worse the storm. Ordinary geomagnetic storms, which produce Northern Lights around the Arctic Circle, but otherwise do no harm, register Dst=-50 nT (nanoTesla). The worst geomagnetic storm of the Space Age, which knocked out power across Quebec in March 1989, registered Dst=-600 nT. Modern estimates of Dst for the Carrington Event itself range from -800 nT to a staggering -1750 nT.

In their Dec. 2013 paper, Baker et al. estimated Dst for the July 2012 storm. "If that CME had hit Earth, the resulting geomagnetic storm would have registered a Dst of -1200, comparable to the Carrington Event and twice as bad as the March 1989 Quebec blackout."

End excerpt.

I have my doubts, but it certainly bears attention. The Carrington Event was an enormous solar flare/Coronal Mass Ejection that hit the Earth back in 1859, blowing out all of the world's electronics. Fortunately, the only electronics were telegraph lines, so there were blown lines and some fires in telegraph offices.

The artice downplays the catastrophic nature of such an event today; with the entire world dependent on complex electronics, computers, etc. it is entirely possible that the world would be plunged into a dark age, as civilization may well not survive. It would be the equivalent of an EmP attack, only over the globe. The U.S. government has determined that an EMP attack on the continental U.S. would kill over 80% of the population within one year. (By the way, DHS has determined that North Korea has the capabilities to so attack the U.S.)

Back in 2012 when this event took place NASA tried to downplay it. See Wattsupwiththat from two years ago. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/08/02/about-that-almost-carrington-event-two-weeks-ago/

I'm not recommending a panic, but everyone should think about what they will do if such an event should occur. If mobile electronics go down along with home power, you have a pretty good idea that an EMP of some sort has hit. Cars will be out, except those built before 1980. A Carrington style event will be obvious because of a strong aurora visible where it normally does not show. If you see that, you had better find a hole and crawl in, pulling it in with you.

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Deep Oceans Cooling - Despite Global Warming

Timothy Birdnow

The deep oceans are cooling despite what the AGW crowd claims.
http://landscapesandcycles.net/cooling-deep-oceans.html

According to the article:

"Two of the world’s premiere ocean scientists from Harvard and MIT have addressed the data limitations that currently prevent the oceanographic community from resolving the differences among various estimates of changing ocean heat content (in print but available here).3 They point out where future data is most needed so these ambiguities do not persist into the next several decades of change. As a by-product of that analysis they 1) determined the deepest oceans are cooling, 2) estimated a much slower rate of ocean warming, 3) highlighted where the greatest uncertainties existed due to the ever changing locations of heating and cooling, and 4) specified concerns with previous methods used to construct changes in ocean heat content, such as Balmaseda and Trenberth’s re-analysis (see below).13 They concluded, "Direct determination of changes in oceanic heat content over the last 20 years are not in conflict with estimates of the radiative forcing, but the uncertainties remain too large to rationalize e.g., the apparent "pause" in warming.”

...

"They estimate the changing states of the ocean by synthesizing diverse data sets using models developed by the consortium for Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, ECCO. The ECCO "state estimates” have eliminated deficiencies of previous models and they claim, "unlike most "data assimilation" products, [ECCO] satisfies the model equations without any artificial sources or sinks or forces. The state estimate is from the free running, but adjusted, model and hence satisfies all of the governing model equations, including those for basic conservation of mass, heat, momentum, vorticity, etc. up to numerical accuracy.”
Their results (Figure 18. below) suggest a flattening or slight cooling in the upper 100 meters since 2004, in agreement with the -0.04 Watts/m2 cooling reported by Lyman (2014).6 The consensus of previous researchers has been that temperatures in the upper 300 meters have flattened or cooled since 2003,4 while Wunsch and Heimbach (2014) found the upper 700 meters still warmed up to 2009."

...

"No climate model had predicted the dramatically rising temperatures in the deep oceans calculated by the Balmaseda/Trenberth re-analysis,13 and oceanographers suggest such a sharp rise is more likely an artifact of shifting measuring systems. Indeed the unusual warming correlates with the switch to the Argo observing system. Wunsch and Heimbach (2013)2 wrote, "clear warnings have appeared in the literature—that spurious trends and values are artifacts of changing observation systems (see, e.g., Elliott and Gaffen, 1991; Marshall et al., 2002; Thompson et al., 2008)—the reanalyses are rarely used appropriately, meaning with the recognition that they are subject to large errors.”"

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Fast and Furious, the U.N., and the Border Crisis

Timothy Birdnow

A.J. Cameron forwards this:
http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2014/07/22/border-patrol-agents-reveal-the-un-is-in-control-of-the-border/

Interesting; the author - a radio talk show host - claims the United Nations is in charge at the detention centers and is strategically placing "refugees" - especially MS-13 paramilitary types - around the country. It also brings up another point:

""Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, the Sinaloa cartel’s "logistics coordinator” and son of a principal Sinaloa leader, asserted in court documents that Guzman is a U.S. informant and Sinaloa was "given carte blanche to continue to smuggle tons of illicit drugs into Chicago.”



"Niebla also alleged that Operation Fast and Furious was part of an agreement to finance and arm the cartel in exchange for information used to take down its rivals”. The details of the unholy agreement between the DEA and the Sinaloa cartel was that the DEA would allow 80% of all drug shipments into the United States in exchange for intelligence information on the other drug cartels. Why would the DEA want intelligence on the other cartels, yet, they would allow the Sinaloa cartel to continue with their drug operations right under the noses of the DEA. "The agents stated that this arrangement had been approved by high-ranking officials and federal prosecutors,” the Zambada-Niebla lawyer wrote”.

After being extradited to Chicago in February 2010, Zambada-Niebla argued that he was also "immune from arrest or prosecution” because he actively provided information to U.S. federal agents.

Niebla also alleged that Operation Fast and Furious was part of an agreement to finance and arm the cartel in exchange for information used to take down its rivals. This resurfaces the issue that Attorney General Eric Holder knew about the gun-running arrangements in Fast and Furious as we all knew he did.

The preceding paragraphs and the revelations by the two Border Patrol Agents clearly indicate that criminal elements, which resemble the forming of an military unit, are being strategically placed inside of the country. When I asked what was their best guess as to why MS-13 members are being processed as unaccompanied minors, one of the agents responded "to protect the drug shipments and provide enough muscle in doing so as to threaten local law enforcement who might interfere with an interdiction operation. Both agents also said that some of the operations on the American side of the border are so massive, and supported by the Mexican military, that the Border Patrol routinely avoids confrontations because they are outgunned and they are often miles away from backup."

End excerpt.

I have previously stated that the explosive growth of drug cartels may well be fueled by American policy, purposefully. This only buttresses my case. http://tbirdnow.mee.nu/bare_bones_of_the_planning_of_revolution

Fast and Furious has been largely forgotten, but it should not be. Running large numbers of weapons to drug cartels just doesn't happen by accident, and I for one refuse to believe our government was unaware of what it was doing. It seems that someone wanted drug violence to escalate in the last few years.

It appears to be a pre-planned thing.

Now, I know nothing about the author of this piece, and he may be just a crank, but it is most definitely food for thought. At the very least, the information I have found on what is happening dovetails nicely with this.

We live in interesting times.

(Hat tip: A.J. Cameron)

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July 22, 2014

Obamacare Loses in Court

Jack Kemp

from Lucianne.com:

Breaking News!

Federal appeals court deals blow to Obamacare
A US appeals court has invalidated Obamacare subsidies for health insurance obtained through the federally-run Healthcare.gov in a decision likely to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court (FoxNews)


http://www.lucianne.com/thread/?artnum=793628

Wow – D.C. Court of Appeals strikes
Obamacare federal insurance
exchange subsidy regulation
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/22/2014 10:45:01 AM Post Reply
Decision just released in Halbig case. Here’s the punchline: Appellants are a group of individuals and employers residing in states that did not establish Exchanges. For reasons we explain more fully below, the IRS’s interpretation of section 36B makes them subject to certain penalties under the ACA that they would rather not face. Believing that the IRS’s interpretation is inconsistent with section 36B, appellants challenge the regulation under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), alleging that it is not "in accordance with law.” 5 U.S.C. § 706(2)(A). ...Because we conclude that the ACA unambiguously restricts the section 36B

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The American Militia

Dana Mathewson forwards this:

AMERICA 'S HUNTERS ---

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Pretty Amazing!
 
A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and arrived at a striking conclusion:

There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin ...
Allow me to restate that number: 600,000!

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Over the last several months, Wisconsin 's hunters became the eighth largest army in the world.

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(That's more men under arms than in Iran . More than France and Germany combined. )
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These men, deployed to the woods of a single American state, Wisconsin , to hunt with firearms,
and NO ONE WAS KILLED.

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That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of Pennsylvania and
Michigan 's 700,000 hunters, ALL OF WHOM HAVE RETURNED HOME SAFELY.
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Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia and it literally establishes the fact that the
hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.
 
And then add in the total number of hunters in the other 46 states.
It's millions more.

________ The point? _______________________________________

America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower!
Hunting... it's not just a way to fill the freezer.
 
It's a matter of national security.
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That's why all enemies, foreign and domestic, want to see us disarmed.
Food for thought, when next we consider gun control.
Overall it's true, so if we disregard some assumptions that hunters
don't possess the same skills as soldiers, the question would still remain...
What army of 2 million would want to face 30 million, 40 million, or 50 million armed citizens???
For the sake of our freedom, don't ever allow gun control or confiscation of guns.

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Bare Bones of the Planning of Revolution

Timothy Birdnow

On June 28 in 2009 José Manuel Zelaya Rosales was prevented from staging a coup d'etat in Honduras by the Honduran military. Zelaya, a Hugo Chavez wannabee, dreamed of extending his term of office beyond the constitutionally allowable two terms, and he was proceeding with a "referendum" to grant him a third
term. The constitution of Honduras did not allow for this, and in fact any president so proposing another
term immediately forfeited his office. The Honduran supreme court, at the behest of the national
congress, asked the military to forcibly remove the renegade, and the military (quite properly) acted to
remove a would-be dictator. American liberals called it a coup and demanded Zelaya's reinstatement.

As did the Obama Administration.

According to a press report in The Indian:

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/politics/honduran-presidents-ouster-illegal-says-obama_100211270.html

"Barack Obama Washington, June 30 (EFE) US President Barack Obama has said the expulsion of the Honduran president by the country’s armed forces was illegal and reminiscent of Central America’s "dark past”. Speaking to reporters alongside visiting Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, Obama repeated his
condemnation of Sunday’s events in Honduras, where the army ousted President Mel Zelaya and forced him into exile in Costa Rica.

"It would be a terrible precedent if we start moving backwards into the era in which we are seeing
military coups as a means of political transition rather than democratic elections,” Obama said in the
Oval Office Monday.

The situation in Honduras has "evolved into a coup”, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said earlier
Monday, , adding that the US does not plan to suspend aid to the Central American nation.

"Our immediate priority is to restore full democratic and constitutional order in that country,” Clinton
Said at a press conference."

End excerpt.

The Administration tried very hard to force Honduras to restore Zelaya, but eventually had to buckle to a
fait-accompli and accept a non communist government.

Barack Obama undoubtedly hated losing a fellow traveler, but was there perhaps not more to the matter
than meets the eye? Another thing to keep in mind about President Obama is that he is the first President
to admit to being not just a drug user but a fairly heavy one.

http://www.addictionsearch.com/treatment_articles/article/obama-and-drug-addiction-and-use-his-own-and-his-perspective-as-presidential-hopeful_66.html

Columbia and Venezuela have been using Central America for years as a staging ground for importation of drugs into the United States. Interestingly enough, Manuel Zaleya was a champion of ending the "drug war" and opening the narcotics flood gates.

According to a July 2, 2009 post in Investor's Business Daily:

http://www.blnz.com/news/2009/07/02/Honduras_Drugs_3998.html

"The Hemisphere: A Honduran official has warned that deposed President Mel Zelaya was in league with
Venezuela's Hugo Chavez to ship drugs to the U.S. If true, can this really be the man the U.S. wants back
in power?

Foreign Minister Enrique Ortez dropped a bombshell last week when he said Zelaya, the president who was thrown out by a constitutional process June 28 after defying the law, had a little side business with the
Caracas caudillo allowing cocaine to roll into Honduras from Venezuela before heading to the U.S.

"Every night, three or four Venezuelan-registered planes land without the permission of appropriate
authorities and bring thousands of pounds ... and packages of money that are the fruit of drug
trafficking," Ortez told CNN En Espanol. "We have proof of all of this. Neighboring governments have it.
The DEA has it."

If Ortiz is right, the U.S. effort to restore Zelaya to power would be suicidal for U.S. efforts to
destroy drug organizations south of our border. It would undercut Mexico's and Colombia's savage drug
wars and give drug lords such as the Sinaloa cartel's Shorty Guzman, who has bases in Honduras, reason to strengthen operations.

It also means the U.S. must start asking questions about Chavez's role in the drug trade now that U.S.-
Venezuelan diplomatic ties are being restored. Right now, it's such a hot potato that nobody in either
the State Department or the Drug Enforcement Administration wants to comment on it."

End excerpt.

Zelaya had called for drug legalization.
http://www.cato.org/blog/president-honduras-calls-drug-legalization

One must wonder if there is some link to the Obama Administration's characterization of the removal of
Zelaya as a coup and the fact that comrade Manuel wanted to end the drug war.

A better question is, is there a benefit to the leftist of the Obama Administration from the violence
that has since erupted in the drug trade in Central America?

Bear in mind, it is this violence which is driving the explosive invasion of illegal aliens along the
southern border of the United States.

The Administration recently introduced a softer, gentler anti-drug program

http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/drugpolicyreform that promotes treatment rather than legal sanction, and

this mirrors their approach all along. Of course, several states have legalized marijuana in the last few
years, and the general attitude towards narcotics is shifting toward legalization. One must ask; if pot
is legal why isn't cocaine? Heroin? The minds of newly legalized dope smokers in Colorado or Washington State will not see the difference, and there certainly has been an explosive growth of the drug market since Mr. Obama took office.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,:

http://drugwarfacts.org/cms/?q=node/27#sthash.G4EDDIoN.dpbs

"The rate of current illicit drug use among persons aged 12 or older increased from 8.1 percent
in 2008 to 9.2 percent in 2012. The rate in 2012 was similar to the rates in 2009 to 2011
(ranging from 8.7 to 8.9 percent), but it was higher than the rates in the years from 2002 to
2008 (ranging from 7.9 to 8.3 percent)."

End excerpt.

So drug use in the era of Obama is up, and that means there is a more robust market for the drug lords of
Central America. Again, the question must be asked; why?

Yes, hard times often see greater use of distractions like alcohol or drugs, but one must ask if the
change in U.S. policy under Mr. Obama is perhaps also fueling this increase. Which came first, the
chicken or the egg?

The L.A. times points out that U.S. military involvement in Honduras was way up as of 2012:

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/feb/12/opinion/la-oe-frank-honduras-drug-war-20130212

"The United States is expanding its military presence in Honduras on a spectacular scale. The Associated
Press reported this month in an investigative article that Washington in 2011 authorized $1.3 billion for
U.S. military electronics in Honduras. This is happening while the post-coup regime of Honduran President Porfirio Lobo is more out of control than ever, especially since the Honduran Congress staged a
"technical coup" in December."

[...]

"In the last few years, the U.S. has been ramping up its military operations throughout Latin America in
what the Associated Press called "the most expensive initiative in Latin America since the Cold War." The buildup has cost U.S. taxpayers more than $20 billion since 2002, for troops, ships, clandestine bases,
radar, military and police training and other expenses.

U.S. military expenditures for Honduras in particular have gone up every year since 2009, when a military
coup deposed democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. At $67.4 million, 2012 Defense Department contracts for Honduras are triple those of 10 years ago. The U.S. spent $25 million last year to make the U.S. barracks at the Soto Cano air base permanent, and $89 million to keep 600 U.S. troops based there.

U.S. direct aid to the Honduran military and police continues to climb as well."

end excerpt.

So, the U.S. was down in Honduras fighting the drug war and yet the situation continued to degrade, to
the point where tens of thousands of people are fleeing north to El Norte Americano. Is there perhaps a
causal link?

Indeed, the more that is unveiled about this "humanitarian crisis" the more we must suspect it was a
planned play, a scam, a grift, something pre-planned for political and social purposes.

Please note that the post-Zelaya era in Honduras has seen a strong rise in narcotics trafficking,
despite assistance from the U.S. military. I wonder; Mr. Obama was bitter about the removal of Zelaya,
the staunch advocate of legalization, and yet under the anti-drug policies of his replacements (with
American tutelage) the situation has spiraled out of control, until we now are being invaded by Central
Americans.

At the same time, Mr. Obama has labored through Executive fiat to make easy access to the United States a universal human right. Mr. Obama issued an Executive Order to make the "DREAM ACT" a reality, for
instance. For that matter, the Administration's "Family Interest Directive" has allowed any sort of
miscreant to use children as human shields. According to Tara Servatius at American Thinker:
http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/07/the_brutal_obama_policy_thats_really_driving_the_border_crisis.html

"A pernicious, little-known Obama administration policy – one that that incentivizes adult illegal
immigrants to use children as human shields to escape arrest and deportation at the border – largely has
escaped the media’s notice.

This same policy is driving the historic surge of children at the border, as everyone from coyotes to
illegal immigrant adults already in America seeks to use children to guarantee their safe passage into
the country, or to protect them from deportation if they are illegally living here.

The flood of illegal immigrant children, piling up like human debris on the US border, won’t stop until
conservatives learn about the obscure Obama administration policy that’s deliberately driving it and
reverse it.

Issued in August of 2013, the policy is called the "Family Interest Directive,” and it essentially
forbids Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from deporting, arresting or even detaining any illegal immigrant who is the caretaker of a child. That includes parents, legal guardians and even
unrelated adults who merely claim they care for the child in question. The theory behind the directive is
that it would be morally wrong to separate children from their "caretakers.”

end excerpt.

Couple this with threats by Obama to amnetize illegals through Executive Order, it is little wonder that
this flood of illegals are pouring into our country. And this President knew this was coming.

Here is an interesting policy paper by the National Center for Border Security at the University of Texas
El Paso. What is interesting is this was commissioned by the U.S. government, and shows foreknowledge of the coming "humanitarian crisis".

http://ncbsi.utep.edu/documents/UAC%20Project%20Site%20Visits/UTEP%20NCBSI%20Final%20Report%20March%

2020%202014.pdf

"D Both Border Patrol and ICE ERO officers agreed that the lack of
deterrence for crossing the US-Mexican border has impacted the rate at
which they apprehend UACs. Officers are certain that UACs are aware of
the relative lack of consequences they will receive when apprehended at
the U.S. border. UTEP was informed that smugglers of family members of
UACs understand that once a UAC is apprehended for illegal entry into
the United States, the individual will be re-united with a U.S. based family
member pending the disposition of the immigration hearing. This process
appears to be exploited by illegal alien smugglers and family members in
the United States who wish to reunite with separated children. It was
observed by the researchers that the current policy is very similar to the
‘catch & release’1 (UAC - Unaccompanied Alien Child)

[...]

UTEP was informed that the number of UAC arrests have more than
doubled in the Rio Grande Valley since 2011. Both Border Patrol and ICE
Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officials believe that the
numbers will continue to increase, stating that the best-case scenario is
a leveling out of UAC numbers. They also believe that the new ‘baseline’
for UAC flow in the region is now at the elevated level of at least fiscal
year 2013. Officials from ICE ERO informed UTEP that in October of
2013, the average intake of UACs received per day was 662
. Given these"

End excerpt.

So this has actually been happening since 2011. Interesting; the year after the Democrats took a beating
in the off-year elections, with the rise of the Tea Party. And we had a strong presence in Honduras,
remember.

Judi McLeod, writing at Canada Free Press http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/64536, points us
to a Liberty News article that shows that the government was prepping for this children's crusade from
Central America for several years, and was paying Catholic and Baptist churches large sums of money to
assist in this plot to overrun the United States with Central American children.

Once inside the U.S. these "children" are being scattered to the four winds, sent all over the interior
of the United States. And, thanks to a law designed to stop human trafficking that allows children from
non-contiguous nations to stay, Mr. Obama is creating an new nation inside of our country. He is
breeding the old Americans into a minority.

But that's not all; the Department of Housing and Urban Development are asserting the right to control
zoning in private communities, and are using money to promote

According to Ray Ramano of Net Right Daily:

http://netrightdaily.com/2014/07/obamas-secret-hud-plan-resettle-millions-illegal-immigrants-community/

"In 2012, HUD dispersed about $3.8 billion of these grants to almost 1,200 municipalities.
According to La Raza’s comment in favor of the regulation, "Hispanic families often do not know their
housing rights and have cited fear of deportation as reason for not reporting rights violations.”

This is telling. By La Raza’s own analysis, then, HUD implementation of the racial rezoning rule will
benefit those who "have cited fear of deportation” — that is, low-skilled, low-income illegal immigrants,
either those who were outright illegal the moment they set foot in the U.S. or who have simply overstayed
their visas. After all, who else would fear deportation?

Therefore, one of the sure effects of HUD’s regime will be to flood unwilling communities with a
significant percentage of illegal immigrants.

While the current relocation of thousands, including children, from detention centers on the U.S.-Mexico
border has garnered national headlines and the ire of elected Republicans including Sen. Mark Kirk (R-
Ill.) and Gov. Dave Heineman (R-Neb.), the HUD regulation has largely flown under the radar.

But it’s every bit as important. It’s not enough to arbitrarily implement amnesty — whether through
refusal to enforce existing law or Congressional action — the federal government wants to draw the maps
of where the new residents will live, forcing local communities to make room whether they like it or not.

And there may be nothing more to it than a cynical partisan motive.

It is no secret that Republicans with their low tax message tend to do better among the middle and upper
middle classes, while Democrats with their social welfare regime tend to do better among the poor. The
political effect of the HUD rule will invariably be to gerrymander Republican districts at the local
level."

End excerpt.

More and more this invasion by illegals appears to be an overarching plan, something designed to "do the
work of remaking America". I cannot help but believe this whole thing has been planned.

I have made the argument that many on the Left, and especially the "citizens of the World" types like
Barack Obama, William Ayers, George Soros, and those who have supported Obama's rise to power see America as filled with racist bigots and greedy white capitalists who want to oppress minorities and steal all the wealth they can while despoiling the natural world. They want to breed out the more disagreeable
characteristics of the American public, the stiff-necked, willful advocacy of liberty, the religious
superstition, the desire to live better than others. So they will breed these traits out of us by
bringing in another people. That is a large part of the motivation of those who want open borders, as I
argue at American Thinker here

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/07/genetic_determinism_or_free_will.html and here

http://www.americanthinker.com/article/2013/06/the_colonization_of_21st-century_america.html

This will also benefit them politically, creating nations inside of the U.S. that will not be digested
and thus diluting the power of the American People. Multiculturalism exists to promote this very thing;
it is not about blending good traits of immigrants into the American melting pot so much as to create
nations within nations. We know how well that has worked out in the Balkans, or in the Caucasus, or in
Rwanda, or Israel, or India. Nations generally cannot coexist in the same space.

There is as yet no smoking gun, but the circumstantial evidence is growing quite large, and I suspect a
good investigative reporter, one who speaks fluent Spanish, would find evidence down in Central America
of steps taken to pave the way for this invasion. We know that Central American governments have been
promoting illegal colonization of the United States. http://tbirdnow.mee.nu/go_north_young_man

This nation will collapse if we continue on this trajectory, and I suspect that William Ayers and the
other communists in Obama's circle know this full well. I've made that very case here.

http://www.teapartynation.com/profiles/blogs/the-revolution-is-here I think this was planned all along,

long before Mr. Obama was elected President. I think that eventually the truth will come out.
Let us pray it is not too late.











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July 21, 2014

A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Dominate

The All Seeing Eye Symbol And Meaning

Timothy Birdnow


I came across this in a Google search and thought it worth passing along. The author republished an old Canada Free Press article I had written about mind control, which is how I stumbled upon it. She has a long post dedicated to the history of human mind control experimentation, and I think it is worth a look.
http://peacepink.ning.com/forum/topics/introduce-mind-control-and?xg_source=activity&id=2351430%3ATopic%3A1121&page=20

Mind control sounds like science fiction, but it must be understood that the Unabomber had participated in an undergratuate program experimenting with mind control for the CIA (to help pay his Harvard tuition) and we see where THAT led. This is public record, not conjecture. And there ARE ways of beaming sound into someone's head using microwaves. I experienced something similar once - actually twice - with an old fashioned metal filling I had in my mouth. Once, for a second or so, I had a commercial come on, and the second time a station identification (Y-98 ef eeeemmmm) sang out from my choppers, vibrating my jaw and skull in the process. I had never believed claims that radio could be picked up by fillings until it happened to me. If a metal filling can pick up a radio broadcast by acccident, is it not possible to design a device capable of intentionally doing this to someone?

If nothing else, a person could have an implant installed without their knowlege.

Also, bear in mind that brain wave patterns can be influenced by both sound and electromagnetic effects. Gentle music can be used to establish an alpha brainwave pattern, and other types of music can change the wave patterns. Humanity has understood this for millenia, and music is a tool to facilitate social interactions, because people listening to the same music fall into similar states of mind.

As for electromagnetism, I once read that the human brain oscillates in synch with the Earth's magnetic field. (These are called Schumann Resonances.) I have not seen any solid research on the subject, but it stands to reason that the brain - which operates via electromagnetic nerve impulses - would be subject to the same physical properties as other electronic devices, and magnetic resonance is certainly one such property. (This would suggest that long-term space missions outside of the Earth's magnetic field would be impossible unless we create an artificial field.) Research has shown changes in brain-wave patterns of people using cell phones. Some research suggests cell phone usage may induce alpha wave patterns, and thus cause "cell phone insomnia".

No doubt the government's research programs on this sort of thing are way ahead of what anyone will find on the internet.

At any rate, the science of neurobiology is growing explosively, and we WILL have the ability to do these things in the future. Mind control is coming; what we do with it is our decision, perhaps the most important decision the human race will ever make. I tremble when I think of how poorly Mankind has made decisions in the past.

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There Goes the Sun

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Timothy Birdnow

The Sun has pooped out. http://thesiweather.com/2014/07/16/1045-am-the-sun-has-gone-quiet-solar-cycle-24-continues-to-rank-as-one-of-the-weakest-cycles-more-than-a-century/

According to the SI Weatherblog:

"Ten days ago, the sun was quite active and peppered with several large spots. Now the sun has gone quiet and it is nearly completely blank. It appears that the solar maximum phase for solar cycle 24 may have been reached and it is not very impressive. It looks as if this solar cycle is "double-peaked” (see below) which is not all that uncommon; however, it is somewhat rare that the second peak in sunspot number during the solar max phase is larger than the first. In fact, this solar cycle continues to rank among the weakest on record which continues the recent trend for increasingly weaker cycles. The current predicted and observed size makes this the smallest sunspot cycle since Cycle 14 which had a maximum of 64.2 in February of 1906. Going back to 1755, there have been only a few solar cycles in the previous 23 that have had a lower number of sunspots during its maximum phase. For this reason, many solar researchers are calling this current solar maximum a "mini-max”. Solar cycle 24 began after an unusually deep solar minimum that lasted from 2007 to 2009. In fact, in 2008 and 2009, there were almost no sunspots, a very unusual situation during a solar minimum phase that had not happened for almost a century."

[...]

"The increasingly likely outcome for an historically weak solar cycle continues the recent downward trend in sunspot cycle strength that began over twenty years ago during solar cycle 22. If this trend continues for the next couple of cycles, then there would likely be more talk of another "grand minimum” for the sun. Some solar scientists are already predicting that the next solar cycle, #25, will be even weaker than this current one. However, it is just too early for high confidence in these predictions since some solar scientists believe that the best predictor of future solar cycle strength involves activity at the sun’s poles during a solar minimum and the next solar minimum is still likely several years away."

End excerpts.

And, as is pointed out in the post, the Little Ice Age coincided with the Maunder and Dalton minimums, thus the Earth could be in for a chilly, chilly spell.

I don't know about everywhere, but it was the coldest winter we have had in perhaps my half century of life here in St. Louis, and it has been an unseasonably cool summer, with weeks of temperatures in the mid to upper seventies and low to mid eighties, akin to October weather. Global Warming seems to have taken the year off.

Actually, it's taken the last 19 years off and is in peril of falling below the statistical average, essentially killing the theory. Despite desperate attempts to massage the historical record, AGW is in dire peril and those who have made a good living off of it are in full panic. A theory that fails at making predictions is usually discarded.

But there is so much money invested in Global Warming, from the explosive growth of climatology to the "green" tech people, to the government regulatory class, that letting this hypothesis go (it is not a theory at this point in my opinion) will be hard, and much chicanery will occur to keep it alive. Who wants to kill the goose that laid the golden egg? Certainly not the people working in that field.

But if the emperor is naked eventually someone is going to point and laugh. We are reaching that point now.

Folks, this is a good thing only in that it will illustrate imperial nudity. Without Nature on their side the Gang Green will fail in their quest for fundamentally rebuilding the world. BUT cold temperatures are bad; less food grows, more energy must be expended to produce warmth, and this means greater poverty, especially for the poor in the Third World who live on the margin as it is. Cool periods have traditionally coincided with poverty, and the poorest will suffer the greatest as the world economy sinks . Of course, efforts to control carbon emissions have and will also sink the world economy, and what we currently see - a refusal to admit the cooling leading to ever-growing government restrictions on economic activity while the world cools - is a double whammy, the equivalent of driving a wooden crucifix through Dracula's heart while injecting him with garlic and putting him in a chaise lounge on a beach near the north pole in summer.

At least we get to prove those lying sob's wrong. Small consolation.

Hat tip; The Global Warming Policy Foundation

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Strange Bedfellows

7lb. Dave

Where Anthony Weiner would live if he'd married Lorena Bobbitt:


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Killing marine life with ethanol

Paul Driessen

By now most Americans are familiar with the many reasons ethanol in gasoline is a bad idea: higher cost, lower mileage, engine damage, energy and water use. They also know its climate change hype doesn’t come close to reality – and that ethanol also creates significant other problems.

My article this week presents yet another environmental problem with ethanol: Much of the nitrogen fertilizer needed to grow all that corn gets washed into streams and rivers that drain into the Gulf of Mexico, where they cause enormous summertime algae blooms across thousands of square miles. When the algae die, their decomposition consumes oxygen in the water – creating enormous low-oxygen (hypoxic) and zero-oxygen (anoxic) regions. Marine life cannot survive in those "dead zones.” Fish swim away, but shrimp, oysters, clams, mussels, crabs, sea cucumbers and other stationary or slow moving bottom dwellers cannot escape. They just suffocate.

Big Ethanol doesn’t want to talk about this. But we need to discuss it – and end the ethanol mandates.

Killing marine life with ethanol

Ethanol damages your cars, small engines, food budget – and kills Gulf of Mexico animals

Paul Driessen

Ethanol and other biofuel mandates and subsidies got started when politicians bought into claims that we are rapidly depleting our petroleum, and fossil-fuel-driven global warming is boiling the planet.

Hydraulic fracturing destroyed the depletion myth. It also reminds us that "peak oil” applies only if we wrongly assume that resource needs and technologies never change. The 18-year "hiatus” in planetary warming has forced alarmists to change their terminology to climate change, climate disruption and extreme weather mantras – which allow them to continue demanding that we stop using the hydrocarbons that provide 82% of the energy that makes our economy, jobs and living standards possible.

In recent years, people have discovered that ethanol harms lawn mowers and other small engines. The fuel additive also drives up gasoline prices, reduces automotive mileage and corrodes engine parts.

Corn-for-ethanol growers make a lot of money. But meat, egg and fish producers pay more for feed, driving up family food bills. Biofuel mandates also mean aid agencies pay more for corn and wheat, so more malnourished people go hungry longer. This is not what most would call "environmental justice.”

The 10% blends are bad enough. 15% ethanol is much worse, and truckers say a highly corrosive 20% blend will be needed to meet California’s looming low carbon fuel standards.

US law mandates that ethanol production must triple between 2007 and 2020 – even though motorists are driving less and thus using less gasoline, which then means refiners need less ethanol to produce 10% blends. That "blend wall” (between what’s needed and what’s produced) is driving the push to allow 15% ethanol blends, which would void most car engine warranties.

The guaranteed income incentivizes farmers to take land out of conservation easements, pasture land and wildlife habitat, and grow corn instead. Just to meet current ethanol quotas, US farmers are now growing corn on an area the size of Iowa. Growing and harvesting this corn and turning it into ethanol also requires massive quantities of pesticides, fertilizers, fossil fuels and water.

Corn-based ethanol requires 2,500 to 29,000 gallons of fresh water per million Btu of energy – compared to at most 6.0 gallons of fresh or brackish water per million Btu of energy produced via fracking. Across its life cycle, ethanol production and use also releases more carbon dioxide per gallon than gasoline.

Now we learn that ethanol is bad for the environment in another way. It kills marine life.

A large portion of the nitrogen fertilizers needed to grow all that corn gets washed off the land and into streams and rivers that drain into the Gulf of Mexico, where they cause enormous summertime algae blooms. When the algae die, their decomposition consumes oxygen in the water – creating enormous low-oxygen (hypoxic) and zero-oxygen (anoxic) regions.

Marine life cannot survive in those "dead zones.” Fish swim away, but shrimp, oysters, clams, mussels, crabs, sea cucumbers and other stationary or slow moving bottom dwellers cannot escape. They just die.

Thousands of square miles of water off the coast of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas as far southwest as Corpus Christi can remain blanketed by a dead zone until fall winds or tropical storms or hurricanes come through. These events cool the water down, churn up the anoxic zones, bring in new oxygen supplies, and restore livability.

In 2012, nearly 2,900 square miles (about the size of Delaware) turned into a dead zone. Last year, because of much greater water flow from the Corn Belt, the region of animal cadavers covered nearly 8,560 square miles (New Jersey). This year, the zone of death could cover a more average Connecticut-size 4,630 to 5,700 square miles, say Louisiana State University, Texas A&M and other researchers, due to lower water flows; strong eddy currents south of the Mississippi Delta could also be playing a role.

A friend of mine recently observed vast stretches of green algae blooms in the normally "blue water” areas beyond the 15-mile-wide region where fresh Mississippi River waters mix with Gulf of Mexico salt water, in the Mississippi Canyon area south of Louisiana. The green zone extended to some 40 miles from shore, he said. As the algae die, they will create huge new suffocation zones, rising up into the water column, invisible from the air and surface, but deadly to millions of creatures that cannot swim away.

The dead zones also mean fishermen, crabbers, shrimpers and other recreational and commercial boaters must travel much further from shore to find anything, putting them at greater risk in the event of storms.

"More nitrate comes off corn fields than it does from any other crop, by far,” says Louisiana State University zoologist Gene Turner. The nitrogen drives the formation of dead zones, and the "primary culprit” driving the entire process is corn-based ethanol, adds Larry McKinney, executive director of the Harte Research Center for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi.

The US Geological Survey estimates that 153,000 metric tons of nitrogen fertilizer and other nutrients flowed down the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers in May 2013. That was 16% more than the average amount over the previous three decades. The enormous nutrient runoff is primarily the result of feeding just one crop: corn for ethanol, the USGS affirms. The lost seafood is worth tens of millions of dollars.

Fertilizer and pesticide runoff is substantially higher in wet years. But in dry years much of the excess chemical application just builds up in the soil, waiting for the next big rainy season to unleash it. The more acreage we put in corn for ethanol – and soybeans for biodiesel – the worse the fertilizer and pesticide runoff, algae blooms, dead zones and eradicated marine life become in wet years.

Water use is also skyrocketing to grow these biofuel crops. And if it weren’t for biotechnology, the problems would be far worse. GMO corn is engineered to need less water, and to kill insects that feed on the crops with far lower pesticide use than for traditional, non-biotech varieties. However, the same greens who hate hydrocarbons and promote ethanol and biodiesel also detest biotechnology. Go figure.

Some biofuel advocates tout cellulosic ethanol as a partial solution – because switchgrass requires less fertilizer, and this perennial’s roots help stabilize the soil and reduce runoff. But no one has yet been able to turn this pipedream source into ethanol on a commercial scale. Another potential manmade fuel could be methanol from natural gas produced via hydraulic fracturing, but greens continue to oppose fracking.

This algae boom, bust and dead zone phenomenon may not be an ecological crisis, and it’s been going on for decades. But why make it worse, with an expensive, engine-wrecking fuel that eco-activists, politicians and ethanol lobbyists pretend is better for the planet than fossil fuels? Why don’t biofuel boosters at least include this serious, recurring environmental damage in their cost-benefit analyses?

And why do we continue to tolerate the double standards? Environmentalists, politicians and bureaucrats come down with iron fists on any private sector damages involving fossil fuel or nuclear power. They have different standards for the "natural” and "eco-friendly” "alternatives” they advocate. Ethanol from corn is just one example. An even more grotesque double standard involves wind turbines.

Big Green activists and Big Government bureaucrats (especially Fish & Wildlife Service) let Big Wind companies kill eagles and other raptors, conduct deliberately insufficient and incompetent body counts, hide and bury carcasses, and even store hundreds of dead eagles in freezers, away from prying eyes. Using German and Swedish studies as a guide, Save the Eagles International experts calculate that the real US wind turbine death toll is probably 13 million or more birds and bats every year, slaughtered in the name of saving the planet from computer-concocted ravages of manmade global warming.

These policies are unsustainable and intolerable. The same environmental and endangered species standards must be applied to all our energy alternatives – and the ethanol quotas must be terminated.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power - Black death.

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July 20, 2014

Obama Encounters an Apex of Anger

 

By Alan Caruba

Barack Obama has managed to do something one would hardly imagine a President could achieve by the midpoint of his second term. He has managed to anger most segments of the American populace, including those to the far Left who constitute a significant part of his base. It has taken time for most people to reach this point.

Americans are amazingly patient with their presidents, but Obama has pushed them beyond scandal fatigue. The "final straw” appears to be the illegal alien invasion masterminded by Obama.

What they are seeing and hearing is not what they were sold; a charming man of allegedly extraordinary intelligence. Friday’s press conference regarding the shoot down of the Malaysian commercial aircraft showed us a man utterly lacking any moral outrage and, as always, "leading from behind” by insisting this was Europe’s problem, not one that would be addressed by an America doing anything more than applying a few economic sanctions.

He looked and sounded bored, annoyed that he had to utter a bunch of empty platitudes about Russia; the same Russia with which he and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had declared a "reset” from previous administrations’ relations. Putin took his measure and saw weakness.

Obama’s response to the Middle East was to pull out all our troops from Iraq and a muddled series of actions in Afghanistan topped by the announcement of when troops there would leave, always a very bad idea when the enemy is still in the field. The "Arab Spring” became another Obama nightmare of bad decisions.

Lies, Lies, and More Lies

It took years, but it eventually became clear to most paying any attention that Obama has told so many lies that whatever he says now is deemed worthless. Then, too, his administration is now subject to congressional investigations that include the Internal Revenue Service and the Veterans Administration.

The Attorney General was slapped with contempt of Congress. A key figure in the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner, has pled the Fifth.

The House of Representatives is getting ready to sue Obama for failing to obey the Constitution’s separation of powers. The President’s efforts to ignore the Constitution have been met with an extraordinary number of Supreme Court rebuffs, many of which were unanimous.

How bad is Obama’s situation at present? One indication is the way the news media has been slowly, but steadily falling out of love with him. As Paul Bedard noted recently in the Washington Examiner, "In unprecedented criticism of the White House 38 journalism groups have assailed the president’s team for censoring media coverage, limiting access to top officials, and overall ‘politically-driven suppression of the news.”

David Cuiller, president of the Society of Professional Journalists, said, "It is up to journalists—and citizens—to push back against this force. Hard!” As a member of the SPJ since the 1970s this is a welcome expression of indignation, but it is also been occurring across a full spectrum of Republicans, Democrats, and independent voters as various Obama policies have negatively affected them.

No President has ever much liked the news media. This one, though, took them from adoration to distrust. With the exception of the network news shows and steadfast liberal newspapers, Obama’s news coverage is going to become increasingly harsh. Or should we say "accurate”?

The illegal alien immigration issue has enraged average Americans and Obama is not helped when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid claims that "the borders are secure” or House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi makes some equally absurd and moronic claim.

In the six years since Obama took office in 2009, Americans have encountered a succession of scandals that began with Operation Fast and Furious when a scheme to transfer arms to Mexican cartels was covered up by the assertion of executive privilege. The Obamacare lies were followed by administration efforts to force corporations and religious organizations to forego their faith-based beliefs. Millions of Americans lost their healthcare insurance plans, only to have them replaced for far more expensive ones.

On top of the problems Americans encountered with the implementation of Obamacare, along came revelations that the Department of Veterans Affairs was letting some veterans seeking healthcare die by falsifying treatment records.

While this was occurring the nation’s debt rose to a historic high of $17 trillion, causing its credit rating to be reduced for the first time. There has been no budget during his first and second terms. There are still more than 90 million Americans out of work and the prices of food and gasoline are rising.

Following the Benghazi attack, the scandal was the lies told by Obama and Hillary Clinton, then the Secretary of State, describing it as a random attack despite the fact it occurred on the anniversary of 9/11. When the administration released five high ranking Taliban leaders at the same time we continue to be engaged in a war against them in Afghanistan, the public really began to take notice. It angered veterans and others.

No one in Congress believes a word Obama says and the House of Representatives is getting ready to sue him for his failure to enforce the laws Congress has passed and his usurpation of unconstitutional power to alter laws whenever he wants. This is unprecedented in the history of the nation.

And the scandals noted are only a small number of the actions Obama and his administration have taken that have finally combined to create a body of evidence that he has been acting against the interest and welfare of Americans he took an oath to protect. How does he expect to do that as he reduces the nation’s military strength to pre-WWII levels?

Obama’s response to the growing level of anger has been to concentrate on fund raising for the Democratic Party, but even those benefitting from it do not want to be seen with him.

In August he will take a long vacation in the ultra-rich environs of Martha’s Vineyard while thousands of illegal aliens continue to stream in and his only "solution” is to ask Congress for billions to care for them. And to blame Congress—Republicans—for failing to pass an immigration bill that amounts to an amnesty no one wants.

The anger that has been building is likely to be expressed on November 4 when Americans go to the polls to clean house and, by that, I mean ridding Congress of as many Democrats as possible and replacing them with openly avowed conservatives. That’s just over a hundred days from now.

The cliché is that "the fish stinks from the head” and it is clear now that the Obama administration reflects the corruption and incompetence of Barack Obama, a Chicago politician who leapt to power despite not even having served a full term as a U.S. Senator. He was elected to be the first black President of the United States and it is no small irony that even African-Americans know he has done little or nothing to address their needs and concerns.

He will not be impeached as he should be, but he will increasingly lack any power other than executive orders. The constitutional system will work, but it will take decades to repair the damage.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

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Free Will and Determinism at American Thinker

Timothy Birdnow

I discuss free will and illegal aliens in a piece at American Thinker today.
http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/07/genetic_determinism_or_free_will.html

Welcome to all visitors from AT!

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July 19, 2014

Dream a Little Dream with Me!

Hat tip: Static Noise:

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Fairness and Honesty Among Ourselves

Timothy Birdnow

I had to work today, and so had time to listen to a local conservative radio talk host named Randy Tobler. I generally like Dr. Tobler, although he sometimes loses me, but today was noteable for a couple of reasons, and I thought I would share my views on them.

First, Tobler had two callers who were arguing that higher rates of taxation were fair, and Dr. Tobler argued (correctly) that they are not. But that isn't the point; the point is that one caller claimed that children understand what is fair, a point worth pondering.

Yes, children do indeed have an inborn sense of fairness, which, I might add, is a proof of the existence of God, or at least of a higher plane of existence where fairness is the operating principle. Children have to be taught the truth, which is that THIS world is NOT fair. This is a fundamental point, and describes the divide between conservative and liberal perfectly; the liberal believes in the perfectability of the world and of the human condition, and refuses to believe that the world will never be fair. It is the child's view of fairness, that things should be made right by a higher power.

In short, it is an illustration of the emotional and intellectual immaturity of liberals. They do not understand that this world is a rigged roulette wheel, and that the best we can do playing against the house is break even. Their desire for paradise without God makes them determined to create it here on Earth, and they cannot, will not accept an inherently unfair reality. So they elevate government to the divine status, hoping to impose fairness in that fashion.

But what they accomplish is, instead of making things more fair, simply spread the unfairness around, dragging others down.

Look, like it or not, the reality is that people do not all get the same shake in life. There are good people who are, say, disabled and cannot produce wealth for themselves, but who would if it were possible. We provide for them through charitable acts, but we cannot provide fairness to them; that is the province of the Almighty. It helps nary a wit to increase taxes on the rich, who may have acquired their wealth through no efforts of their own (although most actually do) because the rich find ways to shelter their money and because those ways generally mean taking fewer risks, investing less, and producing less wealth that is itself spread around. Raise taxes and you kill jobs, you kill incentives, you kill a reason to make more wealth which is then going into the general revenue.

No, the best way to be fair is to offer opportunity, to offer equality of opportunity and not of outcome. One cannot be fair in redistributing wealth.

Another point; at the end of Tobler's show he poured into a poetic speech about how America is just waiting for good leadership which will then lead to a great restoration. I have been hearing this my entire life and it has yet to happen - even during the Reagan era. Reagan slowed much of the growth of the Left's agenda but they went along merrily pushing social causes. When Reagan took office, for example, homosexuality was still whispered about, and by the end of the Bush I era there were many calling for gay marriage. That cultural shift occured during Reagan's tenure. I do not fault him for that, but he did not stop the decline.

The Bible says a nation receives the leadership it deserves, and America's bad leadership is because of her moral and spiritual decline, not the other way around.

And this happy warrior crap is getting old; we are losing, in fact we are getting routed. We have become like Saddam Hussein's Information Minister, claiming the enemy has been pushed back to the border as bombs fall and gunfire is ricocheting. We've got to stop lying to ourselves; we are getting spanked by the Left.

I am not advocating for defeatism, but want our side to understand that we are nearing defeat and unless we really, really take action the end will come for us. We will end up like the Tories in Britain, managing decline better than the Left.

It's time to fight, and to understand that this war will not be won politically, but culturally, socially, and spiritually. We have to stop kidding ourselves.

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