October 01, 2014

Making Small Children Learn Spanish in Wyoming

Timothy Birdnow

A Wyoming school is forcing children to immerse themselves in Spanish.

Why? It is to promote a multicultural, multilingual America, to further divide the U.S.

It's time we stop this stupidity.

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Ferguson's Burning Vanities

Timothy Birdnow

The public relations firm hired by the city of Ferguson has been dismissed. Apparently, the principle in the firm was convicted of reckless homicide and lied about his education credentials.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

"Devin James, the marketing consultant who was removed from a paid position managing Ferguson’s public relations efforts after disclosures that he had once been convicted of reckless homicide, also claimed in his job application that he has a college degree, but now he acknowledges he does not.

In his application to the city of Ferguson, and on his profile in the LinkedIn social network, James claimed he had earned a bachelor of science in psychology and biomedical engineering from the University of Memphis in 2003.

In an interview with a Post-Dispatch reporter last week, he said he had left college months shy of a degree after being shot in a robbery in 2004."

End excerpt.

So this guy quit school after being shot, has committed wreckless homicide, and lied on his application. Mr. James seems to have a bit of a sordid past.

But that hardly disqualifies him for public relations. Here is the money quote from the Post-Dispatch:

"James in an Aug. 19 letter to Ferguson City Manager John Shaw that he had organized a "4 year strategic plan to build regional awareness" that drew support from, among others, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.

Since his termination last week James has additionally told several St. Louis television news outlets that Dooley orchestrated the dismissal.

The county executive said after Tuesday evening's council meeting said that he had nothing to do with James' firing, adding that he can't recall every meeting the public relations consultant."


"The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership dismissed James last Thursday less than two hours after partnership officials — who'd helped James' agency land a subcontract on a North St. Louis County marketing campaign in March — first learned of the criminal conviction in Memphis from a Post-Dispatch reporter."

End excerpts.

Soooo, politics is involved in this - both in the hiring of James and his firing.

Cronyism, anybody?

Here is why I suggest that politics is at the core of this.

Corruption has run rampant under the administration of Charlie Dooley. There has been a string of scandals, and Dooley - the first African American to hold the office of County Executive - recently lost the Democratic primary to a white man, a man who campaigned on the promise of cleaning up county government.

I suspect there is a lot of anger in the black community over Dooley's loss.

Certainly demands for the removal of Bob McCulloch, St. Louis County Prosecutor, go back to Dooley; McCulloch supported Dooley's opponent in the election and charges of bias against him are payback for it. Claims by radicals that McCulloch is biased are politically motivated; McCulloch was one of the "Obama Truth Squad" founding members in St. Louis, a stalwart Democrat.

It is interesting to note that, after a shooting in North St. Louis city, there were no riots; the rioting happened in St. Louis County.

Charlie Dooley has worked to limit the power of municipal governments in St. Louis County. In 2010 he {link=http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_91bbf386-ca6e-11df-9ad9-00127992bc8b.html]promised to usurp power from municipal governments:

"he would work to consolidate services among the county's 91 municipalities, especially police and fire departments."

End excerpt.

And back in March Dooley used an executive order to override the County Council and grant quotas to promote contracts for minority-owned businesses - an unprecedented move. The grievance community in St. Louis County had a lot to lose with Charlie Dooley.

Which is why it should be no surprise that there are demands for all manner of concessions in this Ferguson business; the black political cadre want to make the most out of this. One wonders if these protests would have gained momentum had Dooley remained at the helm in STL Co; it would have been an embarassment to black Mayors/Executives everywhere had Dooley been re-elected and the riots (politically charged and organized by black malcontent groups like the Nation of Islam and the New Black panthers) may have been averted. But since their man lost they have nothing but gain from the troubles in Ferguson.

This whole Ferguson affair is truly a Bonfire of the Vanities.

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Get Your Stinking Pause off of us you Damned Dirty Climate Change Apes!

This courtesy of the Global Warming Policy Foundation:

Global Warming Pause Comes Of Age

The Earth’s temperature has "plateaued” and there has been no global warming for at least the last18 years, says Dr. John Christy, professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center (ESSC) at the University of Alabama/Huntsville. "That’s basically a fact. There’s not much to comment on,” Christy said when CNSNews.com asked him to remark on the lack of global warming for nearly two decades as of October 1st. --Barbara Hollingsworth, CBS News, 30 September 2014

What will the Warming Pause do next? Get a job? Go on a gap year? Maybe go to college and rack up some proper student debt.Who knows, but it's worth celebrating the good news that the planet's temperatures are not accelerating to thermageddon.–Josh, Bishop Hill 1 October 2014

The scientific community would come down on me in no uncertain terms if I said the world had cooled from 1998. OK it has but it is only 7 years of data and it isn’t statistically significant. --Phil Jones,University of East Anglia 5 July2005

Bottom line: the ‘no upward trend’ has to continue for a total of15 years before we get worried. -Phil Jones,University of East Anglia 7 May2009

2014 will probably be in the top five warmest, but at the moment it will probably not turn out to be warmer than 2010. It is impossible for it to beat 2010 by a statistically significant margin, even if we define that as only one standard deviation above the decadal mean. Even if 2014 does beat 2010 it will only be by a statistically insignificant margin and well within the inter-annual error bars. In all probability 2014 will continue the global surface temperature standstill in a statistically perfect manner. When will the global surface annual temperature start to rise out of the error bars of the past 18 years? --David Whitehouse, The Global Warming Policy Forum, 28 September 2014

It's fair to say that this pause is something of an embarrassment to many in the climate research community, since their computer models failed to indicate that any such thing could happen. Just how long the temperature pause must last before it would falsify the more catastrophic versions of man-made climate change obviously remains an open question for many researchers. For the time being, most are betting that it will get real hot real fast when the hiatus ends. --Ronald Bailey, Reason Online, 9 September 2014

Former United Kingdom environment secretary Owen Paterson launched an attack against the "wicked green blob,” saying policies to stop global warming might do more harm than good. "There has not been a temperature increase now for probably 18 years, some people say 26 years,”Paterson told an audience at the Conservative party conference over weekend. "So the pause is old enough to vote, the pause is old enough to join the army, the pause is old enough to pay its taxes.” --Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 29 September 2014

1) Happy Anniversary: 1 October Marks 18 Years Without Global Warming Trend - CBS News, 30 September 2014

2) Global Warming Pause Comes Of Age - Josh295 - Bishop Hill, 1 October 2014

3) David Whitehouse: 2014 Global Temperature So Far - The Global Warming Policy Forum, 28 September 2014

4) Do Researchers Really Know Why Global Warming Is On Pause and When It Will End? - Reason Online, 9 September 2014

5) UK Enviro Minister: Green Rules ‘May Cause More Harm Than Global Warming’ - Daily Caller, 29 September 2014

1) Happy Anniversary: 1 October Marks 18 Years Without Global Warming Trend
CBS News, 30 September 2014

Barbara Hollingsworth

The Earth’s temperature has "plateaued” and there has been no global warming for at least the last18 years, says Dr. John Christy, professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center (ESSC) at the University of Alabama/Huntsville.
Dr. John Christy, director of the University of Alabama/Huntsville’s Earth System Science Center, testifies before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works’ hearing on global warming in August, 2012.

"That’s basically a fact. There’s not much to comment on,” Christy said when CNSNews.com asked him to remark on the lack of global warming for nearly two decades as of October 1st.

The "plateau” is evident in the climate record Christy and former NASA scientist Roy Spencer compiled using actual raw temperaturedatacollected from 14 instruments aboard various weather satellites.

CNSNews.com asked Christy why the United Nations’climate models, which allpredicted steeply rising temperatures over the past two decades, were all proven wrong.

"You’re going back to a fundamental question of science that when you understand a system, you are able to predict its behavior. The fact that no one predicted what’s happened in the past 18 years indicates we have a long way to go to understand the climate system,” Christyreplied.

"And that the way the predictions were wrong were all to one direction, which means the predictions or the science is biased in one direction, toward overcooking the atmosphere.”

Christy added that basing government policy affecting millions of Americans on "very poor” climate models that have been shown to be inaccurate is "a fool’s errand.”

"Our ignorance is simply enormous when it comes to the climate system, and our understanding is certainly not strong and solid enough to make policy about climate because we don’t even know what it’s going to do, so how can we make a policy that says ‘I want to make the climate do something’ when we don’t know what makes the climate do what it does?” he asked.

"A policy is supposed to have a goal. Well, if you don’t know how the system works, that means you don’t know how to make it go toward that goal. And that’s certainly the case now, since none of the climate models are able to tell us what the future is going to be. They’ve certainly failed in the past. And so the policy is really a fool’s errand at this point.”

However, he noted that "there is still a strong belief system that greenhouse gases control the climate, and so if that is your belief system, then it doesn’t really matter what the evidence shows.”

Global temperatures
Christy said he has "no idea” if the Earth’s temperature will go up again in the future.

"I’m a climatologist, which means I’m driving the car and looking in the rearview mirror, not out the front windshield, so I don’t try to forecast,” he told CNSNews.com.

But earlier predictions that the El Nino will drive up temperatures this year were off the mark, he says.

"There was a big pulse in what was a precursor to the El Nino back in May, and so it looked like it was going to be a very strong El Nino, but that pulse of warm water in the ocean – the heat content, actually – just faded away, basically. And so this wasn’t going to be a 1997/98 El Nino again. I don’t think they’re going to see the big spike in temperature” that was originally predicted.

"But you know, El Ninos come and go, and they shouldn’t be factored in what the overall temperature does over decades.”

Christy countered claims by some climatologists that the satellite data doesn’t show an increase in surface temperature because the "missing heat” was absorbed by the oceans.

"That would require a change in wind speeds. It also means the climate models don’t have the oceans right,” he pointed out. "The other alternative is that the heat never was stored in the climate system, and that it escaped into space. That is just as plausible.”

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September 30, 2014

Brother Gregory Williams -- Schools as Tools

A.J. Cameron

Excellent column!

We are made in the image of God, yet God has been removed from public classrooms. How can this be good for children/students and our republic?

If government controls ALL schools through tax policy, will it not also control the content of what is taught in ALL schools, at some point?

As much as we must fight against Common Core, we must also fight against any form of education in which local control is lost to the federal government, lest we become that which we have fought against over the past century.

A. J.

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Equal Work? Government Has No Idea What That is

By Selwyn Duke

"Equal pay for equal work!” the mantra goes. "Women get only 73 cents on a man’s dollar!” These are oft-heard slogans, and we may well hear them again during the fall campaign with the War on Women afoot. Now, going beyond the rhetoric, it’s not widely known but nonetheless true that the intersex pay gap is attributable to different career choices men and women make: women tend to choose less lucrative fields (e.g., soft sciences instead of hard ones), work shorter hours even when "full time,” are more likely to value personal fulfillment and job flexibility over money, are more inclined to take time off, generally have less job tenure and more often decline promotions. But while I’ve  HYPERLINK "http://selwynduke.typepad.com/selwyndukecom/2008/07/barack-obama-an.html" examined these factors at length in the past, the topic today is something more fundamental. This is that there would be a problem with even a well-intended equal-pay-for-equal-work scheme:
Hardly anyone knows what equal work is.

And the government hasn’t the foggiest

Recently I  HYPERLINK "http://selwynduke.typepad.com/selwyndukecom/2014/09/liberal-bbc-asks-is-sport-sexist-while-promoting-sexism.html" mentioned how women tennis players now receive the same prize money as the men at Grand Slam events (Wimbledon; and the US, French and Australian opens) and how this is hailed as a victory for "equality.” Yet since the women still only play best of three sets but the men best of five, this actually means the men must work longer for the same pay. Even this, however, doesn’t truly illuminate the issue: what actually constitutes "equal work” in professional tennis?

I’ll introduce the point with another example. The top 10 female fashion models  HYPERLINK "http://www.forbes.com/sites/vannale/2013/10/08/the-worlds-highest-paid-male-models-2013-oprys-1-5m-still-far-from-giseles-42m/" earned 10 times as much as their male counterparts in 2013. Is this unequal pay for equal work? Not really.
While I don’t know if women models’ job is more labor intensive, I know they don’t get paid because they’re capable of posing, wearing clothing, standing under hot lights or parading down runways. It’s because their "work” helps to satisfy a market — and it satisfies a bigger market than the men’s work does.

Note here that while people today frown upon discrimination based on innate qualities, integral to doing the women models’ work is being female. If the male models were women, they might be able to do the same "work” and satisfy the market equally.

Likewise, does the "work” in tennis directly have to do with number of sets played? As an aspiring 12-year-old tennis nut, I’d sometimes play 10 sets a day under the sweltering summer sun, but no one thought of compensating me and I never felt oppressed. Professional tennis players earn money because they satisfy a market, and the men’s "work” does this more effectively than the women’s. And how would we characterize this more valued work?

It is success on the men’s tour — people want to see the grandest stage in the game.
Thus, the only way a woman in tennis could do work equal to that of Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal is to compete on, and succeed equally on, the ATP Tour. Of course, a woman who could would not only enjoy the same prize money (it’s greater in men’s tennis overall), but would become a sporting sensation and might very well receive endorsements dwarfing the men’s. So her "work” then could actually be greater.
There are endless more mundane examples. A woman gynecologist I know will only hire female assistants because she believes it makes her patients more comfortable. Not only is this an example of why sex discrimination is often justifiable, but what if she was forced to hire a man? If the patients were indeed less comfortable — and, therefore, perhaps less likely to visit her practice — would that man truly be doing "equal work”?

Now consider female police officers. Forget for a moment that standards on forces were long ago lowered to accommodate women based on "disparate impact” theory and that Eric Holder is  HYPERLINK "http://selwynduke.typepad.com/selwyndukecom/2014/09/eric-holders-doj-suing-police-for-treating-women-equally.html" currently suing the Pennsylvania State Police for treating women equally. Imagine a study found that people in general, and the criminally inclined in particular, found male officers more imposing and therefore were more likely to mind their p’s and q’s around them. Would, then, even a highly competent female officer be able to perform "equal work”? And if not, and reflecting the phenomenon with fashion models, wouldn’t being male (or at least appearing so, to head the "transgender” argument off at the pass) be integral to the "work” of policing?

What of a female reporter in male athletes’ locker rooms? Not only wouldn’t it be allowed if the sexes were reversed, but if those men were less comfortable and less likely to be forthcoming in their comments — or even if they just had to modify their behavior — could her "work” really be equal to that of a male reporter’s?

Next, my local hardware store provides knowledgeable workers, all men, who render valuable advice on products and how to perform various home repairs. If it was determined that people found a female in that role less credible and were then not quite as likely to buy from the establishment, would even a highly competent woman be able to do "equal work” in that capacity?

What about the little West Indian restaurant, with all-black workers, I loved when I spent a few weeks in Tampa? If hiring a white person made the eatery seem less authentic and negatively affected its appeal, would that individual be able to do "equal work”? The same, of course, could be asked about a black person working in a German restaurant. In these cases race would be integral to the "work.”
And what of a homosexual Boy Scout troop leader? If his presence made parents less likely to enroll their boys in the organization, could he be capable of "equal work”?

Of course, one knee-jerk reaction here is to say that people "shouldn’t” view female cops or hardware specialists, or homosexuals differently than anyone else. But this is a moral argument of questionable morality, as it applies a bias in selectively objecting to market biases. People take little issue with gynecologists or day-care centers that won’t hire men, with male models being paid less or with ethnic restaurants hiring only non-whites. But try only hiring only male cops or employees; compensating a male hardware specialist more handsomely; or, as with Abercrombie a few years back,  HYPERLINK "http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865586288/Abercrombie-fired-employee-over-hijab-Muslim-woman-wins-religious-battle.html?pg=all" valuing employees who don’t wear hijabs over those who do. You may have an experience with the DOJ or EEOC that’ll make a dance with the IRS seem pleasant.

We could also talk about how we "should” value work. If we were deific or at least angelic, we would certainly value a mother-of-four’s labors or Mother Teresa’s loving charity more than Facebook and completely devalue rappers’ vulgarity. And even though I earn less than mainstream-press profferers of pablum, I consider my work infinitely more valuable. But flawed though market determinations may be, they’re still the best guide available.

Even within this worldly context, though, some may say there’s more nuance to the matter of work than my examples express. They may contend, for instance, that female police and hardware specialists might have strengths that counterbalance or even outweigh their weaknesses. And guess what?

I agree.

My examples could possibly be lacking.

And this just buttresses the point: virtually no one — if anyone — can properly assess what constitutes equal work in every situation.

This is yet another reason why the matter of work and pay is none of the government’s business. Are bureaucrats, politicians and judges qualified to determine what equal work might be in the thousands of professions in America? Government isn’t God; it’s not even the market, which can be defined as economic democracy expressed through purchasing decisions. When it intrudes into the economy it’s more like Hitler trumping his generals during WWII and deciding on military strategy: an autocratic agency as incompetent as it is arrogant.

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Breaking Russia’s energy stranglehold

Paul Driessen

Vladimir Putin’s Russia has long had Europe in an energy stranglehold. The enormity of its gas exports to the EU makes the entire continent – and a dozen nations in particular – highly vulnerable to natural gas cutoffs. That in turn significantly affects the EU’s foreign policy options, especially when Europe wants to impose tougher economic sanctions on the Russian Bear for its intolerable actions on the Crimea, Ukraine and the Malaysian airliner. The United States is often likewise constrained by many of its energy and environmental policies.

My article today explores these closely related energy, economic and foreign policy issues … and offers suggestions on what the United States and European Union should do to improve their options, opportunities and economic growth.

Breaking Russia’s energy stranglehold

Europe cannot afford to have its foreign and domestic policies dictated by Putin’s blackmail

Paul Driessen

European Union nations want to impose tougher economic sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine and providing the missiles that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. However, they are worried about biting the hand that feeds them – with the natural gas that fuels much of its economy.

Russia is the world’s second-biggest natural gas producer and third-biggest oil producer, so it can inflict tremendous pressure and damage on its neighbors without firing a shot. The 28 EU nations as a whole depend on Russia for one-third of their oil and gas. However, Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania get 100% of their natural gas from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Six other European countries get more than half of their gas from the powerful Russian Bear: Czech Republic (57%), Poland (59%), Ukraine (60%), Hungary (80%), Slovakia (84%) and Bulgaria (89%).

That makes the Europeans highly vulnerable to cuts in the fuel supplies they need to power their cars, keep their businesses, factories and economies running smoothly – and heat homes, to literally keep people alive during brutal winters like those they’ve experienced recently. A simple "nyet” from Mr. Putin could reduce or cut off energy exports, leaving the continent hostage to Russia and creating a potential disaster. European officials know this but so far are frozen by their own fears and policies.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) calls Russia "a gas station masquerading as a country,” because 60% of its exports are oil and natural gas. Cutting these exports to pressure Europe politically might hurt Russia’s economy. However, it has already done so, is currently squeezing Ukraine over winter gas supplies – supposedly over late payments for past deliveries – and is making export arrangements with China and other countries, to reduce any economic harm it might suffer from engaging in renewed energy blackmail.

Moreover, during one week this September, Russia supplied up to 45% less gas than Poland requested, the Poles’ largest oil and gas company reported. Over the past decade, "Russia has halted the flow of gas through Ukraine three times, directly affecting eastern and southern European countries most reliant on Gazprom, the giant Russian energy monopoly,” the Christian Science Monitor has observed.

Indeed, 16% of Russian natural gas exports flow through Ukraine. In yet another pressure tactic, Russia began tightening the export spigot in June. Russian gas supplies through Ukraine to Slovakia have been cut by 25%, says Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan.

There’s no question that the EU and USA must punish Russia for seizing Crimea, infiltrating troops and military equipment into eastern Ukraine to support secessionists, aiding terrorism, and killing hundreds of innocent jetliner passengers. Since no one wants a shooting war with Russia, economic sanctions are all that’s left. Failure to do even that would give Putin a green light to move more forcefully against Ukraine – or even try to occupy other former Soviet Union nations.

Putin has called the breakup of the Soviet Union "the greatest tragedy of the 20th century.” Before invading Ukraine, Russia invaded the former Soviet territory of Georgia in 2008 to support separatists who had declared independence for the Georgian provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. It’s not at all hard to imagine Putin moving against Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, other former Soviet possessions or even Finland, to bring them into Mother Russia’s suffocating embrace. But how can the EU end the blackmail, enjoy some foreign policy independence and improve its faltering economy with less reliance on Russia?

If European countries faced food shortages due to import restrictions, they would offer their farmers incentives to grow more. EU members need to act the same way on the energy front. Otherwise, they give Russia tremendous sway over their future. European nations certainly have the ability to take action.

For one thing, they could import more natural gas from the United States and other countries besides Russia, until it can produce more domestic energy. Europe is blessed with enormous quantities of oil and natural gas – including enough gas to supply all its needs for at least 28 years, during which it could develop viable alternatives to gas and the dozens of coal-fired generators it is now building. US Energy Information Administration data reveal that Sweden has enough gas to meet its needs for 250 years. Denmark, Poland, Bulgaria, France and Spain also have extensive potential, as do Great Britain and other countries. Unfortunately, those deposits aren’t economically recoverable using traditional drilling.

However, they can be captured using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) – which has been used safely and with great economic and employment benefit more than a million times in the United States since 1947. It has made the United States the world’s largest natural gas producer.

Not surprisingly, environmental extremists strenuously oppose fracking – further crippling Europe’s ability to meet its energy needs and chart its economic destiny and foreign policy. Also not surprising, Russia is secretly funding the European anti-fracking movement "to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen recently revealed.

But if there’s a silver lining to unfolding Middle East events and Russia’s naked aggression, it’s that more sensible Europeans are finally looking more critically at their self-destructive energy and environmental policies. The European Union announced in September that it will combine previously separate energy and climate ministries into one office. The decision infuriates radical greens, but it reflects growing business, worker, consumer and family concerns about reliable, affordable electricity and motor fuels.

Next, Europe needs to allow fracking. Right now, virtually every EU nation except Poland and Britain bans fracking. Besides making Europe more energy independent, fracking would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by enabling European nations to rely more on natural gas and less on coal. Fracking would also reduce EU natural gas, electricity and even oil prices, as it has in the USA. It would also create or save millions of jobs that are endangered (or gone) because of Europe’s outrageously high energy costs. In fact, many EU companies and families pay three to eight times more than Americans do for electricity.

Another problem in Europe is that people living above the shale deposits have no ownership or economic interests in developing them. They are inconvenienced, but the state and drilling companies get all the money. The EU needs to devise incentives that give landowners and residents a positive stake in development – such as a royalty or percentage of every Euro of oil and gas produced and sold.

On this side of the pond, US petroleum production must be further increased. The huge gains in American oil and gas output since 2009 were all on private and state lands, while the Obama administration has presided over a nearly 40% decline in production from onshore and offshore federal lands. The President and congressional Democrats need to stop being energy obstructionists, and let American companies tap these energy treasure troves. That would create jobs, generate billions in government revenues, make more gas available for European purchase, and strengthen our economy and balance of trade. Congress should also consider prohibiting state and local fracking bans as unconstitutional constraints on trade.

Congress and the President should also fast-track US natural gas exports to Europe, by speeding permits for liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities. These actions would encourage further drilling, technology improvements and job creation. As Europeans adapt and improve America’s rapidly advancing fracking technologies and develop their own gas, these exports will be less vital. But they are essential now.

The world is not going find safe, efficient, affordable, environment-friendly alternatives to oil, natural gas and coal in the next decade or so. (Right now, Europe gets just 1.3% of its energy from wind and solar, but 75% from fossil fuels – and both wind and solar exact significant environmental costs.) In the meantime, we need to rely more on realistic opportunities and initiatives, and on our oil supplier friends in Canada and Mexico. If we don’t, we’ll have to continue importing from increasingly unstable and unfriendly parts of the world – and being constantly at their tender mercies, just like the Europeans.

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

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German View of Islam

Brian Birdnow forwards this:


This is one of the best explanations of the Muslim terrorist situation I have ever read. His references to past history are accurate and clear. Not long, easy to understand, and well worth the read. The author of this email is Dr. Emanuel Tanya, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist. A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

'Very few people were true Nazis,' he said, 'but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come.’

‘My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.'

‘We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is a religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.’

‘The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.’

‘The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the 'silent majority,' is cowed and extraneous. Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China 's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.’

‘The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery? Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'?

‘History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany , they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.’

‘Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.’

‘Now Islamic prayers have been introduced in Toronto and other public schools in Ontario , and, yes, in Ottawa , too, while the Lord's Prayer was removed (due to being so offensive?). The Islamic way may be peaceful for the time being in our country until the fanatics move in.’

‘In Australia , and indeed in many countries around the world, many of the most commonly consumed food items have the halal emblem on them. Just look at the back of some of the most popular chocolate bars, and at other food items in your local supermarket. Food on aircraft have the halal emblem just to appease the privileged minority who are now rapidly expanding within the nation's shores.’

‘In the U.K, the Muslim communities refuse to integrate and there are now dozens of "no-go" zones within major cities across the country that the police force dare not intrude upon. Sharia law prevails there, because the Muslim community in those areas refuse to acknowledge British law.’

'As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts - the fanatics who threaten our way of life.’

Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand.
Extend yourself a bit and send this on. Let us hope that thousands world-wide read this, think about it, and send it on before it's too late, and we are silenced because we were silent!

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September 28, 2014

Old Glory the Equivalent of Shouting "Fire" in a Crowded Theatre

Estados Unidos - El amor o lo dejas

america love it or leave it t shirt

Timothy Birdnow

The Ninth Circuit Court has ruled that students wearing American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo were illegally provocative. http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/092614-719287-ninth-circuit-shirt-ban-ruling-upheld.htm#ixzz3EYq56vbG

According to the IBD article:

"It's often mistaken as Mexico's independence day and is actually celebrated more in the U.S. than in Mexico.

The shirts offended Mexican students who, the Ninth Circuit ruling states, responded by shouting, "They are being racist. F*** them white boys. Let's f*** them up."

According to the court, the wearing of an American flag t-shirt on Cinco de Mayo was the functional equivalent of yelling "fire" in a crowded theater."

End excerpt.

While this ruling is not surprising, coming from the neo-Marxist 9 short circuit, it is enraging. Since when is celebrating the American flag provocative? Anyone who takes offense at a flag t-shirt has no business living in the United States.

How many of the Mexican students are here illegally?

We have become second-class citizens in our own country.

A nation that reviles it's own culture and heritage is doomed.

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Islam Comes to Moore, Oklahoma

Alton Nolen, alleged beheader.
By Alan Caruba

It took the gruesome videos of two American journalists being beheaded by a masked Islamic State (ISIS) butcher, followed since then by more victims, to finally wake Americans to the threat that they face from Islam, but the beheading of a Moore, Oklahoma victim by a man who had been trying to get his co-workers to convert to Islam that brought the threat to the homeland.

The memory of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon have long since begun to fade, but Islam has returned to page one with a display of the violence that is the heart and soul of a cult based on the life and teachings of Muhammad.

Don’t call it a religion. And surely do not call it the "religion of peace.” There was nothing peaceful about Islam from its earliest days when the citizens of Mecca came to the conclusion that Muhammad and his followers were a threat to them. That was 1,400 years ago.
If it were in my power, I would require every American to read "It’s All About Muhammad: A Biography of the World’s Most Notorious Prophet” by F.W. Burleigh ($`6.95, Zenga Books).

Instead, I will only highly recommend it as the best way to understand the man who literally invented a so-called religion based on his own pathologies and then, through terror, ensured it spread to the entirety of Arabia in his lifetime.

As the author notes in its introduction, the biography is based almost entirely on the original literature of Islam as well as early biographies, histories, and collections of traditions. Twenty thousand pages of material were given line-by-line scrutiny "because what is written about him in the original literature is disturbing.”

"More than two-thirds of the canonical biographical materials have to do with the violence he used to spread his religion.” It was a short step from Muhammad, the self-proclaimed prophet who later called himself the messenger of Allah, to Alton Nolen, the Muslim convert who is alleged to have beheaded a former co-worker.

What is little known about Muhammad is that he suffered from epileptic fits throughout his life and had had a troubled youth that would have unhinged anyone. A fortunate marriage at age 24 took him out of a life of low status and poverty. His wife was twenty years his senior, a woman of wealth. Though a grave concern in an era when the fits were seen as demon possession, Muhammad began to interpret them as the voices of Allah and his angels, particularly Gabriel.

"It was during this period of emotional and intellectual upheaval that his overcharged brain, wracked by doubts and suffering, came to his rescue in the form of a series of spectacular hallucinatory experiences that convinced him he was unique and had been singled out by God for a special purpose. This took place in A.D. 610 when Muhammad was forty years old.”

"His belief became unshakable and later became content of much of the Koran and his later ruthless behavior as pillage, rape, the enslavement of men, women, and children, and other atrocities he perpetrated—make such a belief beyond ludicrous.”

"It was sufficient for Muhammad to think something for it to become the truth. He was convinced that whatever came into his head came from Allah.” For ages insane asylums have been filled with such people.

As Muhammad drew followers to himself and to the exacting rituals he created for Islam, he enriched himself and them with acts of banditry, attacking caravans and then attacking tribes, particularly Jewish ones, to build a mountain of stolen wealth. Burleigh notes that the Koran has a chapter "entitled ‘The Spoils of War’” that "transformed Muhammad’s religion into an organized-crime enterprise for its approval of plunder.” He told his believers "Enjoy what you take in war” for it is "lawful and good.”

Again, it is a short step from his era to the present one in which believers have united to create the Islamic State (ISIS) by war and to begin to steal the wealth of Syria from the sale of its oil on the black market. Imposing themselves on a large area of Iraq, ISIS is simply an extension of al Qaeda and al Qaeda is an expression of Muhammad’s demand that Islam become the sole religion of the world, exacting a subjugation tax from any who would not convert.

Burleigh concludes his book saying "Muhammad was a diseased genius, an epileptic psychopath with a clever tongue who believed God talked to him, a toxic mixture that transformed him over time into a mass murderer and a despot pushing a delusional religion.”

It should surprise no one that he "divided the world into lands conquered and lands yet to be conquered, into lands that submitted to his delusions about himself and lands yet to submit to his delusions.”

Following World War I and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, Islam was in decline, but the discovery of oil in the Middle East provided the funding to spread its message. That message, dependent on violence and terror has created such a problem in the Middle East that Islamic nations there are joining in the effort to defeat ISIS.

Burleigh asks "Who will defend you against the encroachment of what Muhammad created and the very real threat that it could eventually destroy all that you cherish?” He does not recommend the man who said, "The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam.” That man is President Barack Hussein Obama.

And now you know what the murders committed by Major Nidal Hasan in 2009, killing his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, or the murder in Oklahoma were both deemed "workplace violence” by law enforcement authorities reluctant to challenge the White House to the reality that both were inspired and approved by Islam.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

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Lights Out - I’m gonnna make it hurt; Cop shot in Ferguson and Obama Whines

... riots against America: Brazil's violent welcome for the Obama family...

Timothy Birdnow

A Ferguson police officer was shot in the arm Saturday night by two armed men when he tried to question their prowling at a closed recreation center.

According to this story:

"St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a media briefing early today that the officer approached the men around 9:10pm because the community center was closed. As the officer approached, the men ran away. When the officer gave chase, "one of the men turned and shot," Belmar said. The officer was shot in the arm and is expected to survive, he said. Belmar did not identify the officer or give further details about his condition. He said the officer returned fire but said police have "no indication" that either suspect was shot."

End excerpt.

Authorities say they do not believe this incident was related to the Mike Brown protests that were occurring the same day.

But it illustrates plainly that police in Ferguson have justification to fear suspicious characters on the streets of their community - and always did. Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Big Mike Brown, had no reason to suspect a different outcome his case.

Meanwhile, Obama says mistrust of law enforcement "is having a corrosive effect on the nation, particularly it's children".


And whose fault is that? Who has been empowering The State for six years? Who has given Federal authorities the power to spy on individual Americans with impunity? Who has given local police weapons of war? Who has promoted the creation of a labyrinth of laws that all legal authorities are obliged to enforce, some of them quite ridiculous (like arresting dairy farmers for selling unpasteurized milk, or fining people for hosting birthday parties on their own farms, or have their lands declared off limits because a mud puddle formed after a heavy rain. Who is it that promoted rage in the black community over Trayvon Martin, an issue that was dying until the DOJ showed up with a rent-a-mob to demand George Zimmerman be indicted? This was to influence black voter turnout in the upcoming election, but it was designed to stoke distrust of the authorities by those who did not know the events of the day.

Who is promoting taking our guns away? Who has drawn up plans for FEMA internment camps? Who has drones killing people? Armed Swat teams to storm a property to serve a simple bench warrant or court subpoena? Who has had military exercises in American cities? Promoted military people if they say they are willing to fire on American citizens?

At every juncture Mr. Obama has promoted the police state, and now he bemoans a loss of respect for the police. What did he think would happen when he expanded their power?

But he's not really bemoaning a loss of respect for police here, but a loss of respect by the black community for police. Osama is angry about what he perceives as disparate racial treatment leading to this distrust in the black community.

Now, this community distrusts the police largely because they have embraced a culture - long promoted by white liberals - that celebrates criminality and disdains following the rules as somehow "acting white". Anyone born after 1980 in the black community has been immersed in the gangsta rap culture. For you white liberals gangsta means GANGSTER and gangsta rap is a celebration of murder, cop killing, robbery, abuse of women. It is a counter-culture that teaches values antithetical to success in any decent society. It has been the bread-and-butter of black America for decades now, and Mike Brown was a rapper wannabee - his raps can be found on the internet.

Here are a few examples:

"…My favorite part is when that body hits the ground.
I soak em up like I’m ringing out a sponge

Every time I call you bitch. There b cum.
And when she cum I b cumin all over her tongue
I beat that pussy up and then be on the run (Come on bitch!)
I roll flat blunts that look just like my thumb"


Or perhaps from his rap "Lights out":

" Lights out. Lights out.
I knock your ass out.
Lights out.
Lights out…

…It’s lights out bitch.
I do the hit and I’m gonnna make it hurt.
…And count my money while my bitch suck me like a Slurpee.

End excerpt.

(Too bad Mr. Brown didn't pay closer attention to his Bible:

Exodus Chapter 22

2 If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, [there shall] no blood [be shed] for him.)

The body of Michael Brown lies in the Ferguson street on Saturday. The ...

Remember, Brown had just left a convenience store where he had roughed up the clerk and stolen merchandise.

News flash to Barack Obama OF COURSE THE BLACK YOUTHS DISTRUST POLICE. Anyone who thinks like Brown does is not going to be a big fan of those who enforce our laws. Much of the community he lived with think this way or they would not value rappers so highly - nor tolerate criminality in the way they do. Why are black people in jail in disproportionate numbers to whites? The liberal would claim it a function of racism. That is asinine. It is a function of criminality, and that criminality is a function of a culture that doesn't see crime as a big deal, that in fact celebrates crime as a sort of rebellion against oppression.

But who is doing the oppressing? Black people have to expect to be treated differently when they act differently, and especially when they act criminally or with a malicious desire to stir up trouble. Of course police are going to be more suspicious of a black man walking down the street if that black man is young and wearing his pants at mid thigh. Naturally he's going to be treated differently than an elderly white gentleman walking his Yorkie on the same street.

The Prophet Micah understood the oppression of criminality:

Micah 2:2 - And they covet fields, and take [them] by violence; and houses, and take [them] away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

And indeed a culture that not just tolerates crime but celebrates it divides the people into two components - the oppressed and the oppressors. The oppressed cry out for justice, but so many in the black community have been deceived by the lie that the oppression is "racism", an unjust system that has stacked the deck against them, where white people "stole" all the good things. They are conditioned to never admit that the culture they have known all their lives is malignant and that this is the true oppressor. And of course the young seek to belong to the oppressors, because they see that as the only hope for success.

But the poor blacks are not entirely wrong in blaming an oppressive white culture. It is largely at fault, but not in the way so many poor blacks think. Rather, it is the oppression of misplaced compassion and political opportunism. Blacks have been pawns in the liberal games for decades, going back to the eugenics movement. They have been a battering ram to promote leftist causes for the last fifty years at least. And every statist program has been designed to further entrap the African American population. Now, despite the fact that there are black people at the top echelons of every corporation, every government entity, indeed, at all levels of every institution, when it is easy to succeed if you play by the rules while black, there is more anger and resentment than ever. Why is that?

Could be this:

Ecclesiastes 7:7 - Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.

Which is precisely what liberals like Barack Obama have done; given gifts, endless gifts, ostensibly to further the development of the black community but in reality to enslave it to the tether of government largess. And like the author of Ecclesiastes states, a gift destroyeth the heart.

See, these gifts are Trojan horses, designed to keep the black community trapped under the thumb of the elite masters. And the battle cry of black leaders is not to follow a course of independence and pride for black people but rather to get ever larger gifts. It has become axiomatic in the black community that white people "stole" everything from the blacks; they do not understand that America was built and not found. They see the welfare state as a just return of property stolen by white people to them.

Booker T. Washington ca. 1890. (LOC)

Booker T. Washington understood this, and he advocated a bootstrap approach for the black community whereby education and work would be prized. His idea was that, like all the immigrant groups that had faced discrimination but later were respected for hard work and a willingness to adopt the majority culture, black people could eventually gain admission to the mainstream American culture through education and work.

Washington stated:

"I want to see my race live such high and useful lives that
they will not be merely tolerated, but they shall actually be needed
and wanted because of their usefulness to the community."

Washington also had words for Mike Brown and all the other rapper wannabees:

"No race can prosper till it learns there is as much dignity in tilling a field
as in writing a poem."

And he understood the current dilemma of the "black plantation":

"Leaders have devoted themselves to politics, little knowing, it seems
that political independence disappears without economic independence
that economic independence is the foundation of political independence."

But as Washington pointed out:

"A whining crying race may be pitied but seldom respected"

And this is attributed to Washington (although I could not find the source):

"There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well."

Certainly Washington would understand the temptation to seek political power for political gain. But he saw the folly of seeking to worm one's way into affluence through machinations rather than actually creating wealth. And the NAACP was created largely as a rebuttal to Washington's program. Politics is easier and more fun than blood, sweat, and tears.

The youth on the street knows none of this, however, and he sees his choices as being a thug or being a victim. He has likely grown up with no father, or with a man who is not his father acting in that role. He has possibly grown up with corporal punishment horribly misapplied; beatings for behavior annoying to the adult rather than meted out judiciously as an actual corrective measure. He has seen his mother, her mother, and so on live off government assistance and work either occasionally or not at all. He has hated school as most children do, and seen his peers sneer at this "white" exercise. The people who do well are criminals, thugs, or athletes. If he doesn't have what it takes to make it as an athlete or a musician...

It is desperately sad; the world is open to him, and he (or she) has such a bright future if only he could leave behind the cultural assumptions that he has been taught. One of those assumptions is that anyone outside of their community is an enemy.

The REAL enemy is the liberal - both black and white. Their "friends" in the civil rights establishment, people like Sharpton or Jackpot or Eric Holder, are perhaps the most dangerous because they have a vested interest in keeping poor blacks down. Their success is dependent on a permanent grievance.

Which is why the rioting in Ferguson was so different from what the media reported. I was there, and the protesters who showed up during the day were angry albeit naive; they believed what they were hearing through rumor and in the media. Also, many of them were there just because it was "historic" - like voting for Obama - and they wanted to be a part of something. It didn't hurt that we had picture-perfect weather. But there was an inner core of professionals there from the start, men dressed in pajamas or wearing bow ties signifying that they were Nation of Islam and New Black Panthers, and they were there to use this event. Of course, the rioters were a combination of professional revolutionaries and simple criminals looking to exploit the situation.

It makes perfect sense; loot a black-owned store to protest the death of a black person at the hands of a white policeman!

So much of this is political, and it's ultimate purpose is to advance the fortunes of the Democrats in the next election, as well as to promote another round of redistribution of wealth to the black community. Obama may act as though he understands but he's completely ignorant; a child of fortune, Obama was raised by his white mother largely oversees and then in an affluent neighborhood in Hawaii. He never experienced the formative influences of the average black person. He Went to college - some very expensive colleges - and his knowledge of black poverty comes primarily from his Chicago experience, working for one of Saul Alinsky's revolutionary groups as a "community organizer" meaning a political activist, in his case as a lawyer trying to steal votes. Obama is less black than I am, except genetically. He has traded on those genes his entire life.

So Obama's complaint about a distrust of police is two-fold; first, he wants America subservient to the State. Second, he wants the general public subservient to the demands for redistribution of wealth and power. Alinsky used to tell new recruits that what they were doing was ingathering power, not trying to improve the world. That is all Obama has ever cared about, and this is no exception.

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September 27, 2014

Protect the poor – from climate change policies

Paul Driessen

A new declaration by the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation lists ten reasons to "oppose harmful climate change policies.” It notes that our Earth’s climate is always changing. But it is "robust, resilient, self-regulating and self-correcting” – and is driven by numerous, complex, powerful, interacting natural forces that dwarf the effects of human carbon dioxide emissions.

Above all, the declaration calls on governments to end their narrow emphasis on "dangerous manmade climate change” … and focus instead on protecting the poor, who desperately need the affordable energy that too many government anti-hydrocarbon energy policies circumscribe. Those policies are needlessly condemning billions of people to prolonged poverty, misery, disease and death.

Paul Driessen

In a more rational, moral, compassionate, scientifically literate world, this Cornwall declaration would not be needed. It assesses the "far-reaching, costly policies” that the world’s governments are adopting, supposedly to prevent global warming and climate change. It calls on governments to focus instead on protecting the poor, who desperately need the affordable energy that those policies circumscribe.

The declaration was crafted by the  HYPERLINK "http://www.CornwallAlliance.org" Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. This coalition of theologians, faith leaders, scientists, and economic, environmental and policy experts is committed to safeguarding God’s entire creation: not just the Earth and its wildlife, but the people who also inhabit our wondrous planet, especially the poorest among us. More than 150 have  HYPERLINK "http://www.cornwallalliance.org/2014/09/17/signers-of-protect-the-poor-ten-reasons-to-oppose-harmful-climate-change-policies/" already signed the declaration.
The declaration lists  HYPERLINK "http://www.cornwallalliance.org/2014/09/17/protect-the-poor-ten-reasons-to-oppose-harmful-climate-change-policies/" ten reasons to "oppose harmful climate change policies.” It notes that our Earth is "robust, resilient, self-regulating and self-correcting.” Its climate system will respond to and correct damage that might arise from the relatively small effects of carbon dioxide that we humans are adding to the atmosphere – compared to the numerous, complex, powerful, interacting natural forces that have always ruled our planet’s ever-changing climate and weather.

For one thing, crops and forests and other  HYPERLINK "http://www.cfact.org/pdf/CO2-TheGasOfLife.pdf" plants will respond to the extra CO2 by growing even faster and better, greening the planet and helping to feed wildlife and people. For another, as my extensive new  HYPERLINK "https://www.cfact.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Climate-Hype-Exposed.pdf" climate report makes clear, the real world is simply not cooperating with the alarmists’ dire forecasts.
President Obama says climate change "will define the contours of this century more than any other” issue. Secretary of State John Kerry insists that climate change is "the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction,” and poses "greater long-term consequences” than ISIL, terrorism or Ebola – even as ISIL butchers crucify men, behead little children, and promise to murder Westerners in their homes and streets.

Reality tells a different story. Not a single category 3-5 hurricane has struck the United States in nine years – the longest such period since at least 1900 and perhaps the US Civil War. Arctic ice has rebounded.  HYPERLINK "http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/22/sea-ice-news-volume-5-6-arctic-sea-ice-extent-turns-the-corner-for-2014-new-high-sea-ice-record-set-in-the-antarctic/" Antarctic ice that is supposed to be melting is instead expanding to new records, "because of” global warming that’s supposed to be happening with increasing speed, but instead stopped 18 years ago. Sea levels are barely rising. Perhaps all this good climate news is due to our carbon dioxide emissions?

All these "inconvenient truths” are at the heart of the Cornwall appeal. Look first, it suggests, at actual, empirical, real-world climate observations. In almost every case they differ significantly from – or are directly opposite to – what the White House, Environmental Protection Agency, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and other alarmists assert and predict.

Second, the declaration implores, consider how anti-fossil fuel climate policies would affect the poorest and most vulnerable people on Earth. Then "abandon fruitless and harmful policies to control global temperature, and instead adopt policies that simultaneously reflect responsible environmental stewardship, make energy and all its benefits more affordable, and so free the poor to rise out of poverty.”

As UCLA emeritus professor Deepak Lal (who wrote the foreword to the India edition of my Eco-Imperialism book) wrote in Poverty and Progress: Realities and Myths about Global Poverty:
"The greatest threat to the alleviation of the structural poverty of the Third World is the continuing campaign by western governments, egged on by some climate scientists and green activists, to curb greenhouse emissions, primarily the CO2 from burning fossil fuels.… t is mankind’s use of the mineral energy stored in nature’s gift of fossil fuels … accompanying the slowly rolling Industrial Revolution, [that] allowed the ascent from structural poverty which had scarred humankind for millennia. To put a limit on the use of fossil fuels without adequate economically viable alternatives is to condemn the Third World to perpetual structural poverty.”

The Cornwall Alliance echoes and expands on these concerns in its  HYPERLINK "http://www.cornwallalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/A-Call-to-Truth-Prudence-and-Protection-of-the-Poor-2014-The-Case-Against-Harmful-Climate-Policies-Gets-Stronger.pdf" Call to Truth, Prudence and Protection of the Poor, a 55-page analysis by professor of climatology David Legates and professor of economics Cornelius van Kooten.

Abundant, affordable, reliable energy is indispensable to lifting and keeping people out of poverty, the Alliance points out. Mandatory reductions in CO2 emissions would greatly increase the price of energy, as well as goods and services. Such policies would slow, stop or even reverse the economic growth that enables people to prosper and adapt to all climates. They would harm the poor more than the wealthy,
President Obama says the United States is committed to helping poor nations deal with the effects of "climate disruption.” However, he has also signed an executive order requiring that federal agencies take climate change into account when preparing international development, loan and investment programs. This has meant that U.S. agencies will support wind, solar and biofuel projects – but will not provide loans or other assistance for state-of-the-art gas-fired power plants in Ghana, coal-fired power plants in South Africa, or similar projects in other severely energy-deprived and impoverished nations.
Worldwide, 2.8 billion people still use wood, charcoal, coal and dung in open fires to heat and cook. At least  HYPERLINK "http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTENERGY2/0%2C%2CcontentMDK%3A22855502~pagePK%3A210058~piPK%3A210062~theSitePK%3A4114200%2C00.html" 1.2 billion people still do not have access to electricity and the countless blessings it brings. In India alone, more than 300 million people lack electricity; in Africa more than 550 million. The result is millions of deaths every year from lung and intestinal diseases. The vast majority of these victims are women and children.
But under current White House, IPCC and EU policies, they are not likely to get electricity anytime soon. Mr. Obama justified his policies by telling students in Johannesburg, South Africa, "if everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over – unless we find new ways of producing energy.”

In other words, in a world where hydrocarbons still provide 82% of all energy, for this White House and IPCC, exaggerated concerns about climate change 50 or 100 years from now trump concerns about safeguarding billions of people from rampant poverty and lethal diseases. This is intolerable.
Wind and solar power will let people in remote areas have light bulbs, cell phone chargers and tiny refrigerators, until they can be connected to an electrical grid. However, such limited, unreliable, expensive electricity cannot support modern economies, factories, shops, schools, hospitals or families.
No wonder China, India and other developing countries are building hundreds of coal-fired generating plants. Their leaders may be happy to participate in wealth transfer schemes, in which they receive (at least promises of) "climate adaptation and mitigation” money from rich countries. But they will not sign any international accord that restricts their fossil fuel use and economic development. They understand all too well the need to end rampant poverty, misery, disease and premature death – even if Mr. Obama, UN Secretary Ban-Ki Moon and Al Gore do not, or do not care.

Put bluntly,  HYPERLINK "http://townhall.com/columnists/pauldriessen/2014/08/09/climatesmart-policies-for-africa-are-stupid-n1876608" "climate-smart” policies for poor countries and poor families are stupid – and immoral.

As American University adjunct professor  HYPERLINK "http://www.climatedepot.com/2014/09/23/politically-left-scientist-dissents-calls-president-obama-delusional-on-global-warming/" Caleb Rossiter asked in a June 2014 Wall Street Journal article: " HYPERLINK "http://www.climatedepot.com/2014/06/12/fired-for-diverging-on-climate-progressive-professors-fellowship-terminated-after-wsj-oped-calling-global-warming-unproved-science/" Where is the justice when the U.S. discourages World Bank funding for electricity-generation projects in Africa that involve fossil fuels, and when the European Union places a ‘global warming’ tax on cargo flights importing perishable African goods?”

So study these issues. Ponder what the Cornwall Alliance has to say.  HYPERLINK "http://www.cornwallalliance.org/2014/09/17/protect-the-poor-ten-reasons-to-oppose-harmful-climate-change-policies/" Sign the declaration. Speak out against energy deprivation, prolonged poverty and needless death. And help protect your children’s futures – and the hopes, aspirations, lives and basic human rights of the world’s poorest families
Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow and Congress of Racial Equality, and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power - Black death.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at National Geographic; The Crisis of Race in Birdwatching


Timothy Birdnow

We've got trouble, right here, and National Geographic, in it's quest to illustrate how irrelevant it has become, sounds the call for action with all seventy six trombones.

Yes, it is a great tragedy, according to Nat Goof, that black people aren't into bird watching.

Bird song inspires us. Who wouldn't want to be able to sing like a ...

From the article:

"If you're a black bird-watcher, "be prepared to be confused with the other black birder." That's what J. Drew Lanham, a wildlife ecology professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, wrote last year in his list of nine race-related "rules."

End excerpt.

But the article seems interested less in bird watching than in radical environmentalism. Again, from the article:

"Minorities have always seemed to be underrepresented in U.S. environmental groups. Now there's new data to support that old anecdotal observation.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in 2011, 93 percent of American birders were white, 5 percent were Hispanic (which includes both blacks and whites), 4 percent were black, 1 percent were Asian American, and 2 percent were "other."


"Another study—released in August by the Green 2.0 Working Group, with support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Argus Foundation, the Sierra Club, and Earth Justice—looked at 191 conservation and preservation organizations, 74 government environmental agencies, and 28 environmental grant-making organizations in the U.S., totaling 3.2 million people.

The study found that diversity has increased when it comes to gender—women now occupy more than half the leadership positions in the organizations studied—but ethnic minorities still occupy less than 12 percent of leadership positions. The working group concluded that it would take broader support—meaning greater diversity—for the environmental movement to continue its momentum.

The study found that diversity has increased when it comes to gender—women now occupy more than half the leadership positions in the organizations studied—but ethnic minorities still occupy less than 12 percent of leadership positions. The working group concluded that it would take broader support—meaning greater diversity—for the environmental movement to continue its momentum.

But at a time when birds are facing unprecedented challenges to their existence from climate change and increased urbanization, developing more diversity among birders will broaden support for measures needed to protect birds—plus the nesting grounds, woodlands, meadows, wetlands, and other habitats in which they thrive, and in which birders delight—while also helping to create more citizen scientists, which would be a boon for everyone."

End excerpt.

So bird watching is code for political activism intended to promote world government and redistribution of wealth as well as government growth. Strange; I thought this was about spotting warblers, sap-suckers and the like.

Here is the plan of action:

"In the past three years, a group of birders has pulled together to try to bring more minorities into their community, staging a series of conferences called Focus on Diversity: Changing the Face of American Birding.

The meetings have covered a range of reasons why minorities may find it hard to embrace birding, including concerns about how onlookers might react to seeing a black or Hispanic man with binoculars wandering the woods—or a suburban neighborhood—at dusk, dawn, or night. ("Nocturnal birding is a no-no" is Lanham's Rule 4.)

Conference speakers have also cited lingering fears about racism in the U.S.—like whether it's safe to go to areas where the Ku Klux Klan had been strong, or where militias still thrive—and, for some who grew up in cities or suburbs, a fear of the unfamiliar woods, full of critters.

Then there's the question of how welcoming and inclusive bird-watching groups currently are. Writer, editor, and former American Birding Association board member Paul Baicich, whose father is named Giuseppe and whose family background is Italian, says lack of inclusiveness is nothing new.

"About 120 years ago, birding organizations were anti-immigrant," he says. Today, "There is an ingrown quality to lots of the birding communities that they may not be aware of," which may appear to newcomers as exclusivity. Birders should realize there is no such thing as an "overdeveloped welcome mat," and take every opportunity to invite outsiders in."

End excerpt.

So racism is the reason why black people don't waste time (and, whether you enjoy this or not, it IS wasting time) on bird watching. It never occurs to these people that perhaps black people see it as about the most uncool, unhip, whitest of vanilla white activities someone can indulge?

By and large bird watchers are seen as the epitome of dorks, myopic granola eaters who devote their lives to a useless pursuit. It would be different if they were HUNTING the birds, but they are just stalking them in a quest to see one. Black people are as likely to be attracted to this activity as they are to a country square dance or barber shop quartet; it isn't something they see as any fun. It's not white racism keeping them away but their own sense of what is entertaining. Oh, and their sense of style, which is offended by the whole exercise.

And the claims made that blacks are "urban" and not familiar with the woods is ridiculous; there are plenty of rural black communities, especially in the South. Black hunters are nothing new; that's how many poor rural blacks fed their families. Black birders would not turn a single head.

There's the rub; black people who would traipse around the woods would be more eager to shoot a bird for the dinner table than to simply spy on it. Let's face it; bird watchers are avarian peeping tom's. There's something ridiculous about it to hunters, who actually chase animals for sustenance.Sort of like using a peep-hole to peer into the girls locker room shower.

But this is an emergency, yessiree, we've got trouble in River City!

And how do you shield youths from a corrupting pool hall?

"Marissa Ortega-Welch, coordinator of eco-education for the Golden Gate Audubon Society in California, says her organization has a grant to increase environmental consciousness in schools with a high percentage of students from low-income families. The group's efforts include visits to local parks and bird-watching walks led by volunteers who provide binoculars, field scopes, and bird guides."

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In other words you get into the schools and preach your radical brand of environmentalism, and you siphon off a healthy wad of taxpayer money in the process.

But these folks are so sincere - how can there be an sin in that?

Hat tip: Thomas Lifson

p.s. Commenter at Nat Goof skewered them with irony:

"Thanks for an enlightening article. Why does the government support such racism with parks, lands and a whole Department of the Interior? It's like the government having a Department of Slavery or something.

Write your representatives in Congress. Tell them you don't support racism. Tell them to sell all government land that harbors such racists--parks, forests, deserts, the whole enchilada!

Next time you vote, look for hidden support from racist environmental societies like Audubon, Sierra Club and all the rest"


P. Gauge
P. Gauge 5pts

What hypocrisy!
We complain about being overtly and covertly being observed by NSA, FBI, Google,... while we do the very same to birds! What a fowl practice!
We should be complaining about the insults we pile on one another, like: tall people looking down on shorter people, short people looking disdainfully at the shortest people, dogs trying to get a leg up on fire hydrants -- a pee-nal violation, Republicans speaking the truth about Democrats, pediatric podiatrists performing only small feets of medical science [this while adults, if treated, could more easily foot the bill],...

Climate change was mentioned in some pointless way in the article referenced -- where's the effort to minimize climate change by having the UN ban summer, autumn, and winter?!
These are all worthy efforts for the public parasites to keep themselves busy with. -- Stug

Whatever happened to, "Birds of a feather flock together"?

The Halloween Nester

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September 26, 2014

Incest is Best! In Germany

Timothy Birdnow

Incest is best!

Yep - incest is now being called a fundamental right. I predicted this quite a while ago, when the gay "marriage' debate first gained momentum.

How long before HBO does a remake of "All in the Family"?

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Citi Group Promotes Illegal Voting "Rights"

Timothy Birdnow

Citi Group is funding a push to get illegal aliens the vote.

According to Thomas Lifson at American Thinker:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that Chicago will join New York and Los Angeles in a corporate-funded push to try to get more immigrants to become voting U.S. citizens.

"The Cities for Citizenship initiative is getting a $1.1 million contribution from Citigroup to help pay for the program, which will be coordinated by two left-wing nonprofits — The Center for Popular Democracy and the National Partnership for New Americans.

According to a press release from Emanuel's office, the broader aim of the initiative is to encourage other across the country to invest in similar programs.

The Illinois Democratic Party celebrated the news, communicating it via their website"

Why don't these corporate citizens understand that a healthy America is vital to the ultimate success of their businesses? Purposely changing the electorate is a long term suicide strategy; eventually America will have the economic vitality of Guatemala or El Salvador. Is that what they want? They have to stop thinking about the next quarterly profits and more about the future.

And of course so many Democrats are willfully blind to the change that is coming to this nation. They think it will be good, a softening of the hard edges of the U.S., but they are sadly mistaken. There is a reason why everyone wants to come to the U.S. in the first place, and it's not socialism.

Immigration has refreshed and renewed America in the past - a past where the immigrants adopted the culture and where the culture EXPECTED them to adopt it. What has been happening for the last several decades is very different; there is more immigration - both legal and illegal - than at any time in our history, and it is coming from non-Western countries, countries without our cultural, legal, and moral underpinnings. At the same time we have adopted cultural relativism, refusing to assert our own culture as not even equal to others much less superior. We further refuse to judge individual morality. This is a guarantee for the death of everything that made America great. America will die.

This madness must stop.

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Holder Resignation - Witness Protection Program for Political Hatchet Men

Timothy Birdnow

I have some thoughts on why Eric Holder announced his resignation.

First, a turnover in the Senate would mean renewed pressure over the many scandals which Holder has shepherded. Now, Holder can be made to testify before Congress anyway, but the optics will be quite different; a black man dragged before The Man in a pseudo-lynching rather than a sitting Attorney General answering questions as part of Congressional oversight. No doubt it will be said Holder is trying to put all this behind him, just retire and live a quiet life and those evil Bull Connor Republicans (sic) just won't let a black man have any peace.

The GOP will not push hard on Holder once he's gone. In fact, they will not seek to punish him at all. Had Holder stayed he could have been impeached, but once he is gone he's "old news" and the Administration can spin any efforts to make Holder face justice over Fast and Furious or the New Black Panther scandal or any of his other abuses of law will appear to be a witch hunt.

Second, Holder will be free to pursue a life of crime. No longer stymied by his role as a government official he will be able to travel about the country, freely organizing the radicals, using his prestige to promote the Administration. This is going to be very important as this next election - and even more critically the Presidential election two years after November - will require enormous acts of vote fraud and only a man as well positioned as Holder would be able to coordinate the efforts.

I strongly suspect Holder had his fingers in the vote fraud pie this last election, and now it's time to move him out of harm's way. Turn him loose to do even more, to organize the Panthers and Nation of Islam, to promote more trouble in places like Ferguson (where he did nothing to calm tensions but rather helped inflame them), Holder can do the most good for socialism and black supremacy outside of the DOJ at this point.

Third, Obama is free to nominate someone wholly unpalatable to the GOP and embroil them in a poo-flinging contest before the general election. Remember, Holder will be there through those elections, and in fact even were he to leave his lieutenants are doubtlessly as radical as Tovarish Holder himself. So Obama can afford to waste some time in getting the guy he wants. This has several benefits; it puts the GOP in a bad light as "the party of NO!", makes it look like they just want to screw Obama around, and throws any future Congressional investigation into disarray as the top dog will not be available after the election (since there won't be a top dog). When documents are slow to arrive, say, after a Congressional subpeona, the Administration can blame it on the chaos of a DOJ without an Attorney General - the fault of those bad old Republicans who won't confirm BHO's man (or woman).

This will, of course, tempt many Republicans to confirm whoever Obama sends up to avoid a protracted struggle, one guaranteed to blacken the elephant eye.

Fourth, Holder will be a big asset in raising money for the Democrats once he is out of office.

Fifth, Rush Limbagh argues that Holder would be better positioned to be nominated as an associate justice in the United States Supreme Court. It's tricky for Obama to nominate a guy in his current Administration to SCOTUS, since there has traditionally been a craving for a veneer of non-partisanship on the part of such nominees. But if Holder is not part of the Administration and, say, Ginsburg should retire, then he will be a prime candidate for the position. (Imagine ERIC HOLDER acting as the nation's prime referee!)

So there are many reasons for Holder to move on at this point. It makes sense from most standpoints the Democrats would consider. If the GOP takes the Senate all hell could (note not necessarily would, given the pucillanimus nature of the GOP) break loose, and the Administration needs to get their primeary witness to safety. Holder's retirement is the equivalent of a witness protection program for party hacks.

Who will Obama nominate as a replacement? Either a throwaway (to keep things in turmoil) or a hatchet man in a real sense. This is war.

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Diversity in Minnesota

Dana Mathewson

It used to be, years ago, that when one discussed "diversity" in Minnesota, they were talking about the differences between Swedes, Norwegians and Danes. Or so I've been told by long-time residents -- who admittedly may have been pulling my leg.

Nowadays it ain't so simple. Let me have Scott Johnson, of "Power Line," explain.


I'm sure I told you that, a few weeks ago, a friend of Martha's and mine -- a long-time resident of the area but a Canadian citizen -- finally "tied the knot" with America and was naturalized. We went to his ceremony in St. Paul. There was a large crowd of people receiving their citizenship and I was NOT pleased to learn that the largest single group was... Somali. Why was I unhappy? Because they don't come here to become Americans. (If you want more explanation I'll be happy to give it

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Climate Cartoon Round-up

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Dana Mathewson

Warning (should I say Spoiler Alert?) -- no Chicks With Guns pix here. Darn. Hey, I don't create these, folks, I just send 'em.

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September 25, 2014

Hands Up! Don't Vote!

Timothy Birdnow

The Gateway Pundit reminded us that the New Black Panthers - a core group in the Ferguson riots - were given a pass by Eric Holder when they blocked the voting booths during the '08 election. Makes me look for a new slogan:

black panthers voting

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Image courtesy theblacksphere.net
Dana Mathewson

Holder to resign! Let's haul him into court NOW!


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The War on Limbaugh

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Timothy Birdnow

William Been forwards this.

A cabal of leftists have started a phony "grassroots" campaign against Rush Limbaugh. According to the Media Research Council:

"The liberal group recently celebrated its tenth anniversary by noting all the conservative careers they ruined, and claiming Limbaugh lost "thousands of advertisers” by their efforts in 2012. They wanted to think the Sandra Fluke free-birth-control controversy was "Rush’s Waterloo,” which didn’t happen.

In a statement also posted on Yahoo, Team Limbaugh reports:

Only 10 Twitter users account for almost 70% of all StopRush tweets to advertisers, amplified by illicit software. In addition, almost every communication from a StopRush activist originates from outside the State of the advertiser. Thus, these activists are not and never would have been customers… their only role is to harass small businesses in an attempt to interfere with their operations, as long as they are advertising with Rush.

"A small number of politically motivated out-of-state activists are distributing target lists indiscriminately, and annoying small businesses until they give up the advertising deals that help them grow, or risk being unable to conduct business at all. It’s not even activism… it’s blackmail,” according to Brian Glicklich, Rush Limbaugh Show spokesperson.

How does this small group make themselves look so much bigger than they actually are? Stop Rush has deployed custom automated tweeting software, in violation of Twitter’s rules, that lets their activists send tweets at a rate far faster than any unassisted person could do manually. They send barrages of thousands of messages through this software until advertisers are bullied and harassed into cancellation."

End excerpt.

This is classic liberal bullying. The Left does not believe in free speech, or in a fair exchange of ideas because their ideas lose on a level playing field. Limbaugh has been the biggest voice opposing them, and they can't stand it.

In other Limbaugh news, a waitress Rush TWICE tipped $2000 rips the generous talk show host, donating the money he kindly gave her (he obviously felt she needed his help) to a pro-abortion group, calling it "blood money".

According to Lifesitenews:

"Author Merritt Tierce waited on the renowned radio commentator at the Dallas steakhouse Nick & Sam's, where Rush regularly left exorbitant tips. Once, he left Merritt a $2,000 gratuity in $100 dollar bills.

"That was like blood money to me,” Tierce told the Dallas News.

Instead, she donated the money to the Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund, an abortion fund that underwrites some – but not all – of the cost of abortions for economically challenged women in the Lone Star State. Similar abortion funds ask young women to consider "lying to a friend or family member” to get money for an abortion, drop out of college, join "medical testing groups,” and cultivate their "relationship” with their landlord."

End excerpt.

The woman, who has written a novel based loosely on her morally challenged, drug addled life, thinks Limbaugh a detestable person, even while she herself admits to drug and alcohol abuse, promiscuity, cutting, and other destructive behavior. Refering to Limbaugh's gift as "blood money" is beyond ironic, since she literally donated it to take lives - the ultimate blood money.

It is amazing that someone so screwed up could dare discard so generous a gift, and disdain the giver, but that is liberalism in a nutshell; a total lack of gratitude. Liberals believe they are owed things, that it is their right. No doubt she was angry at Rush for giving her so generous a gift; how dare he give a struggling waitress money! He shouldn't have that money in the first place!

The hatred of liberals knows no bounds.

Rush Limbaugh

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