November 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Jacques!

Dana Mathewson

A birthday appreciation for Jacques Barzun.

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Marx Comes to Durban

Timothy Birdnow

My father-in-law forwards this. It's a handy analysis of just who is behind the Durban charade, and what it is they seek.

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Canada to withdraw from Kyoto treaty

Dana Mathewson

Let's hear three loud cheers for our neighbor to the north! It's to be announced that they are withdrawing from the Kyoto treaty when it comes up for renewal.

"[Environment Minister Peter] Kent said in the House of Commons on Nov. 22 he won't sign a document at the Durban conference that extends the Kyoto targets.

"Canada goes to Durban with a number of countries sharing the same objective, and that is to put Kyoto behind us," Kent said."


"Kent told The Canadian Press that the Kyoto Protocol is out of date because it excludes major emitters among developing nations, including China, India and Brazil.

"He also said that previous governments had failed to devise a strategy to hit the accord's targets.

"Those targets are now out of reach, and the Conservative government has set other, more modest targets while vowing to press the big polluters among developing nations to sign a deal with their own emissions-reduction targets."


Now if only our administration would get that smart. Last I knew, we weren't signators to this, but I know our administration is in favor of Kyoto.

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November 29, 2011

U.S. Debt has echoes of Euro Crisis

Dana Mathewson

I am passing this along for two reasons. First, the information is important.

Second, for your morning laugh, at Congressman Blarney Fwank's expense.

FTA: And one top Democratic lawmaker even suggested that "the public cannot be totally absolved of responsibility."

"They elected us," Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., senior Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee said at a news conference Monday called to announce his retirement after more than three decades.

"Congress is not some autonomous entity that parachuted through the dome," Frank said. "We were elected."


I tell you, folks, some days the jokes just write themselves.

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How many times and ways do we need to hear this?

Dana Mathewson

My brother-in-law David sends this:

"Scientists behaving badly -- or, more nails for the coffin of man-made global warming." Wherein we observe some of the East Anglia "scientists" (I use the quotes deliberately, for as the author says, it is hard to call them scientists, based on their utter disregard for the way science is supposed to be practiced) chatting amongst themselves about the Frankenstein's monster they have been cobbling up and foisting on a gullible world.

The author of this article has a favorite quote from the e-mails (it's mine too, in the interests of honesty). "My favorite quote of all those uncovered was from the climate criminal who asked his colleagues what would happen to them if it was discovered that climate change was "mainly a multidecadal natural fluctuation,” as much of the evidence shows. He answers his own question: "They’ll kill us probably.”

Shall we?

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November 28, 2011

Dan Rather, Vietnam Vets, and a False History DVD at a School Near You

Jack Kemp


The following article is largely based a Vietnam veterans’ book, "Stolen Valor” by B.G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley. Indeed, they are the ones who made this piece possible. I am just keeping the authors’ words alive in the public consciousness, if I may use a Sixties phrase. This article introduces (or re-introduces) the authors’ work to people who also lived through those times but may have forgotten some of the details – and perhaps a younger audience who doesn’t know this history or this 1998 book. The fact that is was published in Dallas by Verity Press, rather than by a big New York publishing house is more than coincidental. I am not receiving any financial or in-kind compensation for writing this article that, in fact, is a recommendation for "Stolen Valor.” This book has won the William E. Colby Award for Outstanding Military Book – and it is well deserved.

Dan Rather chose to go forward with poorly researched efforts in 2004 to discredit President George W. Bush’s service in the Air National Guard, the so called "Memogate” affair which cost him and several others their jobs at CBS.,2933,143871,00.html A small Alabama air base office with an outmoded typewriter was supposed to have produce a report with an elevated miniature "th,” a capability only available on an advanced IBM Selectric typewriter, as found in fancy big city offices at that time, was just one of amateurish claims that Dan Rather defended with his showcasing a "witness” who said (both to and for him) that the memos were "fake but true.”

But there was another brazen act of "fake but true” journalism in Dan Rather’s past.

In 1998, the book "Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of its Heroes and its History” by B.G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley was published. Its fifth chapter was entitled "CBS Hits ‘The Wall Within’” and chronicled the 1988 television documentary hosted by Dan Rather. The program displayed interviews and spoke of the lives of six Vietnam veterans living in the Pacific Northwest. They were allegedly suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to their combat related service, with the heavy implication that Vietnam veterans contained a high amount of servicemen who suffered drug and alcohol addiction, committed many murders, had an inability to hold down a job, were homelessness, suffered despair, etc.

The book further states how this documentary became part everyone’s home and school life NOW as accepted "truth.” That means, in many cases, yours or your neighbor’s children. Page 90 states:

"The documentary was so acclaimed it became part of the CBS video history series on the Vietnam War. Dignified with a formal introduction by Walter Cronkite, once the nation’s premier war correspondent, the series sold for $150. Designated as official ‘history,’ marketed to schools and other institutions, the video now forever perpetuates the image of the Vietnam vet as a walking time bomb.”


The problem was that the CBS documentary’s six veterans’ stories, after being investigated in detail by Burkett and Whitley, turned out to be either false or greatly distorted.

One serviceman shown was named "Steve” who supposedly became a Navy SEAL at age 16, fought behind enemy lines in Vietnam, mentally snapped and came home in a "straight jacket.” (page 88, "Stolen Valor”).

For added drama, Rather asked the following of Steve on camera (pages 88-89, "Stolen Valor”):

"You’re telling me that you went into the village, killed people, burned part of the village, then made it appear that the other side had done this?” Rather asked.


"For propaganda purposes at home.”

"That is correct.”

Dan Rather had been a correspondent in Vietnam in 1965-1966. "He (Dan) had to know that there were no sixteen-year-old Navy SEALs in Vietnam or anywhere else. The minimum enlistment age is seventeen; in modern times, it is extremely difficult to enlist in the military without a valid birth certificate.” (Page 89, "Stolen Valor). And it takes two years of rigorous training to become a SEAL. It seems CBS was unthinkingly making up sensational statements as they went along.

CBS went to great effort to not reveal Steve’s last name, but Accuracy in Media, in condemning CBS portrayal of all Vietnam Vets as "tragedies,” also revealed a last name of "Barbe” for Steve. This lead to the book authors tracking down Steve’s ex-wife and her telling the authors her former husband had served under the last name of "Southards,” as well as sending the writers a copy of Steve’s DD-214 form (a government record showing service and separation from the military).

After filing a Freedom of Information request on Steve, this is what Burkett and Whitley found (page 93):

"But Southards was not a SEAL, nor had he taken any SEAL training. There had been no military trainers creating an "Eighteen-cent-an-hour assassin,” no participation in secret programs to murder Vietnamese civilians.

In reality, Southards was an ‘internal communications repairman,’ assigned to rear area bases, and had no combat decorations. His only special training was a ‘mootino picture operations course (16 mm),’ at Subic Bay in the Philippines. Southards did receive a Navy Unit Commendation Medal, as did all members of his unit…”

After his transfer to the Philippines, Southards spent several months in the brig for going AWOL six times. Little that Southards had told Rather was true except that he had been in the Navy and his first name was Steve.”

One of the authors further notes that (page 94):

"The irony was inescapable. I, a rank amateur, had been able to verify with several phone calls and an FOIA request that the description Steve had given of his military service and his tales of atrocities was fraudulent. Before interviewing Southards, another producer had tried to verify his background and found his ex-wife, as I had. Apparently CBS, while meticulously preparing its trumpeted ‘return to the documentary’ for over a year, had made no effort to obtain Steve’s record independently.”

Rather then told the story George Gruel, who witnessed a spinning propeller cut his close friend in half on the deck of the U.S.S. Ticonderoga. This had traumatized him, he said, giving him PTSD. There was also shown the story of Terry Bradley, "the fighting sergeant” who had "claimed to have skinned alive up to fifty Vietnamese men, women, even babies, in an hour…” (Page 89, "Stolen Valor”).

The authors first investigated the spelling "George Gruel” and found he was not on the Ticonderoga when this propeller accident/death occurred, nor was he listed as one of the twelve witnesses in the written report of the tragedy. There was no record of this spelling of his name even being in the Navy, but a 1994 Readers’ Digest article had the correct spelling of "George Greul,” something the "professionals at CBS” couldn’t ascertain. Greul had served on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga and received the Vietnam Service Medal – but no propeller accident had occurred while he was on the ship sometime within his Navy hitch between February 1969 and December, 1972.

"Greul told McConnell (the Readers’ Digest journalist) the death of his friend (by propeller) occurred between July and October 1971, when the ship was off the coast of Vietnam on ‘secret presidential orders’ to mine Haiphong Harbor. Greul verified that he had been declared 100 percent disabled by the psychological trauma the accident caused; he receives $1,952 a month in service-connected compensation payments from the VA. (page 95)”

I’m no naval warfare expert, but who would send an aircraft carrier, huge and slow turning, into a harbor to lay mines? The authors found "the Ticonderoga had been converted to an anti-submarine warfare carrier in 1970, during Greul’s service. It is impossible to believe Greul’s story is true, in my opinion.

As for Terry Bradley, "the fighting sergeant,” his unit - the 25th Infantry Division - had served too close to Saigon for such an atrocity to go unreported, the book authors’ claim. And Bradley’s records show he was not a combat soldier, but an "ammo handler.” Having a pre-service record of mental problems, "In three-and-a-half years of service, Bradley spent three hundred days either AWOL or in the stockade.” (Page 94). In fact, Dan Rather may have been able to check on this story with his fellow CBS newsman Steve Croft, a 25th Infantry Vietnam veteran who worked for CBS’s news show "West 57th” in New York at that time.

The producers of this story, Paul and Holly Fine, had interviewed eighty-seven Vietnam veterans before they chose "the four of five saddest cases to put on film,” said Mrs. Sarah Lee Pilley, the wife of Marine lieutenant colonel "who had seen heavy combat in Vietnam. But they lost interest when they realized how successful he had become after the war.” (Pages 104-105).

Mrs. Pilley points out what was missing from Dan Rather’s documentary were any stories of Vietnam veterans who made a success of their lives after the war. Some of the other more famous Vietnam vets include former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, Dallas Cowboy quarterback Roger Staubach, actors Patrick Duffy, Steve Kanaly, Dennis Franz and Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak - all Vietnam veterans. Washington Post publisher Donald Graham, Post editor Lou Marano and foreign correspondent Herb Denton are also Vietnam veterans. (Page 69, Chapter 3 of "Stolen Valor”).

Walter Anderson is a Vietnam Era Marine veteran who became editor of Parade Magazine and wrote the book "The Confidence Course.” Anderson came from a home where his father, an alcoholic who later died in an institution, beat him as a boy for trying to learn how to read (with the help of a black woman neighbor, a Columbia U. grad). The book title comes from his Marine basic training. Anderson also taught a version of his "Confidence Course at colleges and had a night class version (at the Learning Annex, if my memory serves me) in New York City where I had the privilege of being in his class for many weeks. He is anything but the image of a Vietnam vet that Dan Rather tried to portray on film.

What is left out here is the hundreds of thousands of Vietnam veterans whose names are recognizable only to their families and their communities where they have succeeded in building solid lives and contributing to America. You know, the type of people Dan Rather went out of his way NOT to find for his revisionist history television "documentary.”

The best conclusion to this piece comes from "Stolen Valor” authors B.G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley.

In a rare moment of truth - quoted on page 106 - Dan Rather, in a speech at the Radio and Television News Directors Association on September, 10th, 1993, said:

"He warned that other news organizations, including CBS, couldn’t rejoice over the "Dateline NBC” disaster, when NBC producers were caught using tiny rockets to fake a truck crash test. ‘it could happen to us,’ Rather said.

It could happen to Dan Rather – and did twice – because what he described as pressure for ratings was really pressure for sensationalistic ratings that also supported a leftist worldview that "knew” Vietnam veterans were all very troubled individuals and therefore one shouldn’t go into the military. The net effect of this was fact checking on the level of a tabloid with a cover story claiming flying saucers hovered over Elvis Presley’s grave.

FINAL NOTE: The authors have a website, which has a form to "Report a Fake” (veteran or fake combat "hero”) and an investigative team.

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Natural Air Conditioning for the Lazy, Hazy Days of Carbon

Timothy Birdnow

One of the unquestioned assumptions in the Global Warming, er, Climate Change, er, Climate Disruption and Flatulence Events, is that carbon dioxide heats the planet. This idea flows from fundamental physics (put CO2 in a jar with a thermometer and watch the mercury rise) and from observations of the planet Venus, which is hotter than the melting point of lead and hotter than the combustion temperature of wood. Venus should be warm but in the liquid-water range (and, in fact, likely once was under 200* F.) yet, thanks to huge amounts of carbon dioxide, the planet is a balmy 900* F. or so. This has led the majority of scientists to conclude that CO2 is a greenhouse gas.

But what exactly do we mean by the term? Any gas does not act in isolation - except in the bell jar experiment. It acts as part of a larger, more dynamic system. The atmosphere of Mars is 95% CO2, yet the planet is much COLDER than it should be, with most of the atmosphere frozen solid. Mars should have a climate similar to Sweden in many places, yet it is bitterly cold, with temperatures dropping below any of the worst parts of antarctica. This while the planet has an atmosphere composed primarily of that dreaded greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. How can this be?

There are huge differences between Venus, the Earth, and Mars. The Venusian atmosphere is almost entirely CO2, and it lost what water it once possessed to space. Venus barely rotates, with a day longer than it's year (a Venusian day is 243 Earth days, while a year is 224.7) which means you get bumpkis for a coriolis effect, meaning no rotating air masses, no hurricanes, no tornadoes, no squat for air movement. There is no moon, so Venus is subject solely to solar tides, which are of limited impact given the slow rotation. In short, Venus is like an anthill under a child's magnifying glass. It's going to be hot, hot, hot.

Mars, on the other hand, is so cold it cannot get a jump start. The atmosphere is frozen on the surface for much of the year, and when it finally warms it increases wind speed, picking up dust and dropping the planet's temperature back down. Mars suffers from too voluminous an atmosphere; it cannot get surface temperatures high enough. The atmosphere is voluminous because of the weaker Martian gravity. Even so, it belies the argument that CO2 is such a powerful driver of climate. Mars has water, too, but it is frozen into a rock most places, and will not come out. Mars has a decent rotation, but no major moon (Phobos and Deimos are little more than paltry asteroids) to create tides, too, which suggest that tidal forces may be vitally important to Earth's atmosphere. Oh, and Mars sits on the edge of the asteroid belt, and gets pelted by debris regularly. It is heavily cratered. Every major asteroid strike would knock dust into the sky, cooling planetary temperatures.

But Earth is unlike either of these worlds, and there is no reason to believe that CO2 operates the same as on either. Why should it? There is considerable mixing of gases, convections which make predicting Earthly weather extraordinarily difficult. There are tidal forces, for instance, unlike anyplace else. There is the Van Allan radiation belt, the result of the Earth's magnetic field. Venus rotates too slowly for a magnetic field, and Mars does not have a molten interior. We see the aurora in north and south, the effects of the solar wind visible to us mortals. This has got to have an effect on our climate, yet we do not have the foggiest idea. And let's not get started on Milankovitch Cycles...

Here is a paper that argues that, unlike on Venus, Earthly CO2 actually acts as a coolant.


There is a fallacy dominating the way of our thinking in current climate research
that radiative gases such as carbon dioxide and water vapour are regarded greenhouse gases
that trap heat and warm up the atmosphere. This article will show it is non-radiative nitrogen
and oxygen gases that award the Earth a warm liveable near surface atmosphere. Radiative
gases such as carbon dioxide are cooler than, gain heat by molecular collision from, and
dissipate heat by radiation for nitrogen and oxygen.

End abstract.

While the simple bell-jar experiment couldn't possibly work this way, why shouldn't we see things differently in the dynamic system that is the Earth's atmosphere? Remember; gases to not generate heat, merely absorb it. There is no such thing as cold, really, but rather the absence of heat, and an air conditioner works by moving heat from one place to another. If CO2 is so good at absorbing heat, why shouldn't it act as the freon in a giant air-conditioning system in our atmosphere, moving heat upward and dissipating it into space?

And that has been the crux of the argument over Global Warming; what are the natur of feedbacks, and how do they operate. The IPCC and other alarmists argue feedbacks are positive, creating a feedback loop that will drive the planetary temperatures ever higher. CO2, they argue, will warm the planet enough to trigger the evaporation of more water vapor, which will then trigger more CO2, which will then trigger the release of methane and other high-powered greenhouse gases, leading to more water vapor...

But our experience suggests otherwise; certainly Mars is stuck in a negative feedback rut (and a pity; it could be SETTLED by humans if it would ever come out of the eternal ice age). In fact, warming proceeds a rise in CO2 in the historical record - often by as much as 800 years (interestingly, we had a warm period 800 years ago called the Medieval Warming Period). Planetary temperatures have been stable since 1995, suggesting we may have peaked in our warming and are on the downslide despite rising CO2 levels (and who is to say those levels are truly caused by Man; we only assume that; we do not have actual industrial emissions measurements to prove the assumption). It may be the rise in CO2 is actually cooling the planet, and perhaps we will regret cutting emissions when an ice age hits?

The point is, we aren't willing to consider this in the slightest. There is a template, a narrative, and woe unto he who thinks outside of the carbon box. But science is the ultimate home of rebels, because the most cherished views are regularly overturned by those who refuse to conform to the "concensus", and the lone rebel is often proven right. We must think the unthinkable sometimes. Perhaps this silly fear of carbon should be reconsidered.

Maybe CO2 is an air-conditioner? Perhaps in twenty, thirty years we will be missing the lazy, hazy days of carbon?

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Mooch's warning to gun owners

Dana Mathewson

In case you don't get Vision to America.. .

"At a recent fundraiser for President Obama’s re-election campaign in Providence, Rhode Island, the first lady told her audience:

"We stand at a fundamental crossroads for our country. You’re here because you know that in just 13 months, we’re going to make a choice that will impact our lives for decades to come … let’s not forget what it meant when my husband appointed those two brilliant Supreme Court justices … let’s not forget the impact that their decisions will have on our lives for decades to come.”

"This was music to the ears of the small, affluent crowd of admirers who cheered and applauded. But to gun owners, Michelle Obama’s remarks should sound like a warning bell, alerting us to the danger ahead should Barack Obama win re-election and get the opportunity to alter the current make-up of the Supreme Court."

Elections have consequences, folks!

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Timothy Birdnow

More evidence from the new Climategate e-mails proving the BBC was in cahoots with the Gang Green and alarmist scientists, particularly the Grand CRU.

Oh, but "the science is settled" even while the scientists are busy "hiding the decline".

BBC? Stands for Bought Bullpucky Corporation.

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The Still-Enduring Cult

Dana Mathewson

Stephen King's new Kennedy assassination novel attempts to get at the real meat, but falls victim to the myths.

First, it presupposes that Kennedy was a very good president, and might have been a great one if he'd lived. Not so.

Another myth is that Kennedy would have kept us out of Vietnam, whereas he, more than anyone else, got it rolling; and it was his people who ran it under Johnson.

The third myth is that Kennedy was a martyr to "right-wing unreason" -- a strange accusation considering that Oswald was a leftist freak -- "a pro-Castro agitator whose other assassination target was the far-right segregationist Edwin Walker."

Good article -- I recommend it highly. Most of us are heartily tired of all things Kennedy. But as the author says, "This last example [assigning Kennedy's murder to right-wing hate] suggests why the J.F.K. cult matters — because its myths still shape how we interpret politics today. We confuse charisma with competence, rhetoric with results, celebrity with genuine achievement. We find convenient scapegoats for national tragedies, and let our personal icons escape the blame. And we imagine that the worst evils can be blamed exclusively on subterranean demons, rather than on the follies that often flow from fine words and high ideals.

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November 27, 2011

Of Nazis and Nietzche

Timothy Birdnow

I've long argued that Nietzche and Schopenhaur were precursors to National Socialism (or, rather, were philosophical underpinnings that laid the foundation for Nazism). Our friend Mark Musser has gone me far better, writing an outstanding article for American Thinker illustrating that very fact.

Here is just a snippet:

"In Hitler's lesser-known second book called Secret Book, he wrote that though religious ascetics deny natural instinct, "

he fact of his own existence is already a refutation of his protest. Nothing that is made of flesh and blood can escape the laws which determined its coming into being. As soon as the human mind believes itself to be superior to them, it destroys that real substance which is the bearer of the mind." Such an amazing quotation from the Führer strongly reflects the existential influence of Nietzsche.

In the mid-1930s, Englishman Anthony Ludovici (1882-1971), an expert on Nietzsche and translator of many of his works, visited the Third Reich. Ludovici wrote glowingly of his visit to Nazi Germany. He gave his personal opinion on how much Nietzsche's influential philosophy could be witnessed in the new Germany. He even spoke of "Hitler's sincere and earnest admiration of Nietzsche's philosophy."

Ludovici was most impressed with the Nazi "back to the land" movement. The Nazis began setting up labor camps all over the Reich to help make Germany become more arable with a racist, local-only green farmer policy. Under the SS leadership of Heinrich Himmler (1900-1945) and Richard Walter Darre (1895-1953), the Nazis concocted a green racist collectivist program designed to re-ruralize Germany and thus root the economy into the soil of the homeland. They believed that this program would save Germany from the cultural degeneracy of the Jewified international city by developing a hearty and healthy people close to the land.

Ludovici said that the Nazis selected desirable people along strict biological lines to resettle the countryside. He pointed out that the Labor Service slowed down the great migrations to the cities. This was viewed very positively because he believed that modern city life destroyed the natural biological health of the nation. It also artificially uprooted people from the existential realities of nature and made them dependent upon the political chaos of profit and labor created by the capitalists and the socialists. Ludovici believed that urbanization, industrialism, religion, and the anti-existential emphasis of Western philosophy since Socrates (469-399 B.C.) were quickly leading Europe to biological ruin because of the impact of the Industrial Revolution. Ludovici was thus very impressed with what the Nazis were doing."

End excerpt.

Mark is the author of Nazi Oaks, a tour de force that shows the Nazis for what they were; Green zealots dreaming of a Wagnerian utopia. As such, they were the forerunners of modern environmentalists (as well as eugenics). Mark has now made the connections (explored but very loosely by scholars) between Nietzchean existential thinking and Nazism. A must read!

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The Threat of a Global Financial Collapse

By Alan Caruba

At present, the amount of the annual Gross Domestic Product, $14 trillion—the value of all the goods and services that generate income—is exceeded by the nation’s debts.

America is presently $15 trillion in debt and it grows daily.

In a November 21 Wall Street Journal interview, Erskine Bowles of the presidential advisory commission on the nation’s debt, said "If you take 100% of the revenue that came into the country last year, every single dime of it was consumed by our mandatory spending and interest on the debt.”

"Mandatory spending in English is basically the entitlement programs, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. That means that every single dollar we spent last year on national defense, homeland security, education, infrastructure, high-value added research—every single dollar was borrowed, and half of it was borrowed from foreign country.”

"That’s a formula for failure in anybody’s book.”

In truth, we are looking at a coming global financial collapse with experts from Credit Suisse to the Deutche Bank, the CEO of General Motors to Warren Buffett, all in agreement that the question is not if, but when.

It will come at a time when there is little, if any, real leadership to be found either in the U.S. or Europe, the most spendthrift of nations facing this crisis.

Thomas Jefferson, one of the most brilliant of our Founding Fathers, said "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” He also said that "It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes.”

Another Founding Father, James Madison, warned Americans against the concentration of power saying, "I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation.”

Over the years, more and more power has been concentrated in the federal government and it requires the dismantlement and elimination of several of its components. Americans need to say no to the Departments of Education, Energy, along with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. These are all functions previously addressed by the states.

You will not find any of these activities specified in the Constitution. Consider when they came into being:

Education was established in 1953, originally as the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. In 1979, it was subdivided into Education and Health and Human Services.

The Department of Housing and Urban Affairs was created in 1965.

The Department of Energy was created in 1977.

Thus, between 1953 and 1979, a period of 26 years, the federal government took control of key factors of the nation’s affairs, most if not all are dealt with far better at the state and local level.

To these must be added Freddie Mac and Fanny Mae, two government "entities” responsible for the housing mortgage crisis and currently asking Congress for billions more to cover their losses.

The Tenth Amendment of the Constitution specifically says that "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it by the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

Congress is filled with men and women for whom their position has become a sinecure as they are elected and reelected, some for decades But Congress has proved itself unwilling to govern the financial affairs of the nation. A recent vote in the House rejecting a proposed balanced budget amendment reflects this.

In 2012, the voters will have the opportunity to reverse this failure, electing men and women who will vote for term limits, a balanced budget amendment, and other necessary changes.

We have witnessed what happens when Americans lose sight of the vision of our Founding Fathers and the Constitution they bequeathed to posterity.

We are that posterity.

The present generations of Americans are obligated to save the nation or see it fail.

© Alan Caruba, 2011

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Leftists prefer borders closed to Pilgrims in 1620

Jack Kemp

It is interesting that, in the case of the Pilgrims, the left wants to refer to them as illegal immigrants. A 1621 peace treaty belies this. Also, the Indians suffered from a lack of written laws and "No Trespassing" signs on the beach.
There is no word on whether the Tulane professor making this claim will be giving up her home to some local Native American tribe...

I recall Hillary Clinton in her 2008 campaign talking to a Hispanic woman who confessed to being an "illegal." To this, Hillary replied, "No woman is illegal."

As the article at Newsbusters states, this is what your children will be exposed to in college. And the piece also discusses Rush Limbaugh's annual reading of "The Truth About Thanksgiving." Here's an excerpt:

Melissa Harris-Perry: Pilgrims Were Illegal Immigrants, Indians 99 Percenters

By Jack Coleman | November 26, 2011 | 08:34

Did you know the Pilgrims were not only illegal immigrants, but part of that reviled economic elite known today
as the one percent? At least according to Tulane professor and MSNBC contributor Melissa Harris-Perry

Here's Harris-Perry on Al Sharpton's radio show earlier this week reaching for new heights in revisionism (audio)

SHARPTON: Give me your idea of the kinds of things people ought to deal with this Thursday when their families and friends get together.

HARRIS-PERRY: You know, it's an interesting question. I've been thinking a lot about Thanksgiving and the moment that we're in because, you know, our economic crisis right now is highly tied to the European economic crisis and so I was thinking about kind of what is that first Thanksgiving when these illegal immigrants from Europe come over and are fed by the people of the actual Americas, the Native and indigenous people, you know, here on this land, that they are trying to escape religious prosecution and persecution in Europe and then you have the Europeans basically calling them dirty, no good, worthless, basically 99 percenters, right? And all of that is now playing out in a different way as we see the 99 percent pushing back against this idea that the elites are the only one that deserve to have a Thanksgiving dinner. All of that.

Once again, that was Tulane University, for you parents of soon-to-be college age children. Consider yourself warned.

Harris-Perry is not alone in her take on the Pilgrims as illegals scurrying surrepitiously into America. That's also how they were depicted on the cover of this week's New Yorker.

But such a premise begs the question -- were the Pilgrims actually here illegally?

Apparently not to those who would have had a basis for making this claim -- the Native Americans who lived in southeastern Massachusetts. In fact, their leader, Wampanoag sachem Massasoit, agreed to a treaty with the Pilgrims in March 1621, just three months after the English colonists landed at an abandoned Indian village whose inhabitants had been decimated by smallpox.

Peace between Pilgrims and Wampanoag would endure for more than a half-century, until King Phillip's War in 1675, when their grown children could not resolve the differences between them.

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November 26, 2011

157 Air Force Majors terminated without retirement benefits

Jack Kemp

More on Obama's war on American values and the Military. From American Thinker.

November 26, 2011

Thomas Lifson

One of the best ways to destroy American military capabilities would be to convince career military personnel -- both officers and enlisted -- that their commitment to service will not be rewarded with the retirement benefits they have earned by their faithful obedience to orders, no matter the personal cost or risks they endure. The Obama administration seems to be ready to destroy the belief that service will be rewarded as faithfully as duty was performed, one step at a time.

The latest step in that direction is the announcement that 157 Air Force majors will be terminated prior to retirement, without the opportunity to complete the 20 full years of service necessary to qualify for retirement pay. Caroline May of the Daily Caller writes:

The Chapman University of Military Law and its associated AMVETS Legal Clinic are blowing the whistle on what they say is an injustice set to be perpetrated on 157 Air Force majors on the last day of November.
"The Obama administration has ordered massive reductions in forces, resulting in many officers who are near retirement being involuntarily separated without retirement or medical benefits," explained institute director Maj. Kyndra Rotunda.

The Department of Defense specifies that service members within six years of retirement normally would be retained and allowed to retire on time with benefits, unless extenuating circumstances exist such as disciplinary issues.

According to lawyers at Chapman and the AMVETS Legal Clinic, the Air Force has deviated from the six-year protection "without any legal authority."

The bond of trust between service members and the nation they serve, once broken, is difficult to rebuild. A nation unable to convince its young men and women to devote their careers to military service is left vulnerable to foreign military threat. Is that what we really want for America?
Hat tip: Bryan Demko

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The Enemy Within

Timothy Birdnow

American intelligence has been compromised by Hezbollah - and an act of war has been perpetrated against us.

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The ABC's of Amnesty

Timothy Birdnow

John Hayward has a great piece at Human Events that puts the illegal immigration issue into proper perspective.

From the article:

"We were told the last amnesty deal would solve the problem. Now there are twice as many illegals, and we’re told we have no choice but to cook up another amnesty deal. What are you going to do, round up 12 million people and shovel them across the border? Yesterday’s government failure becomes tomorrow’s inescapable destiny. We hear this argument in many areas beyond illegal immigration.

One of the ways our immigration debate is distorted is through the expectation of instantaneous success… or, more to the point, the assessment of instantaneous failure. Our choices are either immediate deportation of 12 million souls, or blanket amnesty for immigration scofflaws, with a stopwatch used to measure the progress of either approach.

Why don’t we try the kind of common-sense enforcement proposals that prompt Eric Holder to sue the daylights out of any state that passes them, and see where that gets us? Maybe the remainder of the illegal population will be easier to deal with, from the standpoints of both fairness and humanity, once there aren’t 12 million of them anymore. Can we at least try cleaning out the drunk-driving tax-evading document forgers before we declare the problem insoluble?

The imperative to write off border security and immigration enforcement as impossible, after the kind of half-hearted attempts we’ve witnessed from the federal government, raises the hackles of law-abiding citizens who are being micro-regulated within an inch of their lives. Will the illegal aliens who get busted for failing to comply with ObamaCare be deported? Somehow our compassionate mega-State seems comfortable with monitoring, controlling, and punishing far larger populations than those 12 million illegals… when it really wants to.

Law-abiding citizens are also subjected to many lectures about the need to "pay their fair share” and provide benefits for the common good. Supposedly everyone is contributing to provide the collective benefits of government – at various finely-tuned "progressive” levels, of course. Why should they be sanguine about the prospect of a large group barging into the system, ignoring laws it doesn’t like, and digging into the government benefit buffet? When do they "pay their fair share?”'

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Green Jobs Bust, Energy Jobs Boom

This courtesy of CCNET:

The Wall Street Journal, 26 November 2011

So President Obama was right all along. Domestic energy production really is a path to prosperity and new job creation. His mistake was predicting that those new jobs would be "green," when the real employment boom is taking place in oil and gas.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported recently that the U.S. jobless rate remains a dreadful 9%. But look more closely at the data and you can see which industries are bucking the jobless trend. One is oil and gas production, which now employs some 440,000 workers, an 80% increase, or 200,000 more jobs, since 2003. Oil and gas jobs account for more than one in five of all net new private jobs in that period.

The ironies here are richer than the shale deposits in North Dakota's Bakken formation. While Washington has tried to force-feed renewable energy with tens of billions in special subsidies, oil and gas production has boomed thanks to private investment. And while renewable technology breakthroughs never seem to arrive, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have revolutionized oil and gas extraction—with no Energy Department loan guarantees needed.

The oil and gas rush has led to a jobs boom. North Dakota has the nation's lowest jobless rate, at 3.5%, and the state now has some 200 rigs pumping 440,000 barrels of oil a day, four times the amount in 2006. The state reports more than 16,000 current job openings, and places like Williston have become meccas for workers seeking jobs that often pay more than $100,000 a year.

Or take production in Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale formation, which the state Department of Labor and Industry says created 18,000 new jobs in the first half of 2011. Some 214,000 jobs are now tied to a natural gas industry that barely existed in the Keystone State a decade ago. Energy firms are also rushing to develop the Utica shale in eastern Ohio, and they are expanding operations in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, among other places.

Good news? You'd think so, but liberals can't seem to handle this truth so they are now trying to discredit the jobs that accompany it. The American Petroleum Institute recently commissioned a study by the Wood Mackenzie consulting firm, which estimated that better federal energy policy would create an additional 1.4 million jobs by 2030.

This has caused a fury on the political left, which complains that the study included estimates of direct and indirect jobs (such as equipment suppliers) but also "induced" jobs, or jobs created when oil workers spend their salaries at, say, hotels, restaurants or bowling alleys. It seems these claims rely on—drum roll, please—"multipliers" to produce estimates of knock-on jobs.

Liberals know all about multipliers, which are the central operating conceit of modern Keynesian economics. The entire public justification for the $820 billion Obama stimulus was the claim that every $1 of spending would have a multiplier effect of 1.5 or more and thus create millions of new jobs.

That looks like a joke now. But Democrats and liberals continue to cite the black-box multiplier claims of Moody's Mark Zandi, who says the latest Obama jobs bill will create 1.9 million jobs. Some 750,000 of those jobs are supposed to appear merely from extending the payroll tax holiday for workers, giving them more money to spend on, say, hotels or restaurants or bowling alleys. All such multipliers are suspect, but the liberals can't have it both ways and invoke them to justify government spending but then repudiate them for private business.

In any case the beauty of the oil and gas boom is that multipliers aren't needed to predict job growth. It's happening right before our eyes. And it stands to reason that if the Obama Administration dropped its hostility to oil and gas energy, even more jobs would be created as the industry invested to exploit other areas with new technology and production methods.

Yet earlier this month the Interior Department released a new five-year plan that puts most of the Outer Continental Shelf off-limits for oil drilling. And the Administration has delayed for at least another year the Keystone XL pipeline that is shovel-ready to create 20,000 new direct, pipeline-related jobs.

The Office of Natural Resources Revenue recently noted that federal revenue from offshore bonus bids (from lease sales) in fiscal 2011 was merely $36 million—down from $9.5 billion in fiscal 2008. The Obama Administration has managed the nearly impossible feat of turning energy policy into a money loser, pouring taxpayer dollars into green-energy busts like Solyndra. The Washington Post reported in September that Mr. Obama's $38.6 billion green loan program had created a mere 3,500 jobs over two years. He had predicted it would "save or create" 65,000.

Mr. Obama nonetheless keeps talking about "green jobs" as if repetition will conjure them. He'd do more for the economy if he dropped the ideological illusions and embraced the job-creating, wealth-producing reality of domestic fossil fuels.

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More about the Russian newsreader

Dana Mathewson

Wherein you will learn, among other things, that I was right -- she is getting marriage proposals, as well as offers to get her onto Fox News. We also learn that Russians typically do not differentiate between foreign countries' heads of state and the countries themselves, so if the lady had been flipping the bird as we thought, it would have been to the entire U.S., not to Obama.

However, it really seems as if she was gesturing to her camera crew, who were apparently giving her a hard time, and she really thought the camera was off. Too bad. She eventually was fired for the prank. I would really like to see an offer from Fox News -- wonder if she has the language skills for it? You ask me, she's better-looking than Greta!

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November 25, 2011

Give Thanks to the Alternative for He is Good; Obama Disses the Lord in Thanksgiving Radio Address

Timothy Birdnow

According to the Huffington Post, President Obama failed to mention God in his Thanksgiving address.

The official White House transcript verifies that, yes, the President failed to once mention the Almighty in his Thanksgiving radio address.

What he DID say was just wierd; he calls the first Thanksgiving a "celebration of community" for instance. Huh? Gee, I was under the impression it was a celebration of all the food they were able to harvest, and it was a feast to honor and thank The Lord for his beneficience.

And here's one of his more mercurial moments;

"With all the partisanship and gridlock here in Washington, it’s easy to wonder if such unity is really possible. But think about what’s happening at this very moment: Americans from all walks of life are coming together as one people, grateful for the blessings of family, community, and country.

If we keep that spirit alive, if we support each other, and look out for each other, and remember that we’re all in this together, then I know that we too will overcome the challenges of our time."

End excerpt.

This man is astonishingly ignorant. The Pilgrims were starving because they had instituted an economic system where they shared everything. It was not a matter of "everyone coming together" that solved their problems - quite the opposite. The Pilgrim colony was failing because of the communal nature of the settlement. It only flourished after a much more rigid system of capitalism was imposed. At first, the Pilgrims system banned the private ownership of land, and had no real division of labor. This worked about as well then as it does now - it failed.

According to Frank Miniter at National Review.

"But what is often left out of the popular account is that one reason the Pilgrims were in such peril during these first few seasons was that they were trying communal farming: During the first two and a half years, there was neither private property nor division of labor at the Plymouth Colony. No one was permitted to own any particular plot of land. Food was grown collectively and distributed equally.

Naturally, some residents began sleeping in. Everyone began pointing fingers. So Bradford concluded, "This community (so far as it was) was found to breed much confusion and discontent and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort.”

But in 1623, Plymouth Plantation’s leaders allotted private land plots and declared that if residents didn’t work, they wouldn’t eat. Productivity immediately increased."
end excerpt.

So "we're all in this together" was actually the source of starvation for the Pilgrims. It was only the institution of a competitive system that saved them.

That, of course, comes directly from the Bible, I might add, a document with which the Pilgrims were quite familiar. In 2 Thessalonians 3:10 it clearly states:

"For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat."

And there is no way to enforce work without providing a man his own share. Man is not a communal creature, and work in common is almost always fruitless, because there is no incentive.

Of course, Obama is monumentally ignorant (willfully, I would argue) of history. In his Thanksgiving Proclamation this year he said;

"The observance recalls the celebration of an autumn harvest centuries ago, when the Wampanoag tribe joined the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony to share in the fruits of a bountiful season. The feast honored the Wampanoag for generously extending their knowledge of local game and agriculture to the Pilgrims, and today we renew our gratitude to all American Indians and Alaska Natives. We take this time to remember the ways that the First Americans have enriched our Nation's heritage, from their generosity centuries ago to the everyday contributions they make to all facets of American life"

End excerpt.

The Feast was in no way intended to honor the Wampanoag, although there certainly was gratitude to their assistance. The Feast honored God. It was a THANKSGIVING, a thanks to God for a decent harvest. It was, in the view of so pius a people as the Pilgrims, God who saved them. Yet Obama makes this assinine assertion.

That is because there has been a subtle shift in teaching of the story. Liberal educators have craftily claimed that the first Thanksgiving was a thanks given to the Indians by a communal people. It is one of the many subtle revisions leftists have made to American history, and many people today believe it. But it is false. This is but one of many tricks used to make the "old dead white guys" into boobs and exploiters. Forgotten in modern revisionist history is the fate of the first English colony at Roanoke; every single colonist was massacred by the natives, who had become quite friendly with them. Forgotten are the kidnappings, the rapes, the massacres of white colonists. Now, I am hardly saying that all native peoples were savages, or that the English were lilly white, but that the narrative of the "noble savage" which so enthralls liberals (doubtlessly like Obama), the notion that all evil came from Europe, is a monumental lie. Yet it is part of the narrative, and Obama's comments fit right in.

Granted, Obama mentions God much more in his Proclamation than in his radio address. But, of course, Obama often refers to himself when speaking of God. His "if you love me pass this jobs bill" echoes the words of Jesus "Simon son of John, do you love me? Feed my sheep." for instance, so one wonders if he isn't venerating himself. Still, his failure to mention God in his radio address dovetails with his refusal to put "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. One suspects that Obama magnifies himself a bit more than the Alpha and the Omega.

Oh, wait; he specifically asked us to avoid that!

"Don’t call me the Almighty, call me the alternative.”


Proof that Barack is the Obamessiah

Obama preached to the multitude by the side of the lake.

Obama created new states from out of the void.

Obama turned whine into Kool-Aid® for his followers.

Obama came to us carried upon a donkey.

Obama triumphed over the beast, the enemy of all men.

Obama was stoned and yet he has risen.

Obama's flock has millions of sheep.

Obama will reign over us from a house with many rooms.

You must have no other candidates before Obama.

Obama will raise voters from the dead. Count on it.

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Dumb and Dumber Climate Alarmists

Contributor Alan Caruba has an outstanding piece at Icecap:

Climategate, Part Duh!

By Alan Caruba

At what point will it finally occur to the pea-brained legion of journalists, academics, alleged scientists, United Nations propagandists, and others still blathering about "global warming” and "climate
change” that there is no global warming and that the climate has been changing for the past 4.5 billion years on planet Earth?

It would appear that no amount of the evidence of fraud is sufficient to convince them they have either participated or been taken in by the greatest hoax of the modern era.

Perhaps, though, the latest release of thousands of emails between the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change perpetrators may push them toward a rational conclusion and release the rest of humanity from the penalties and costs imposed by the global warming hoax.

It’s not that the IPCC is not relentless in this ugly business. A report released on November 18 by these reprehensible liars predicted "more extreme weather events.”

Well, duh! There isn’t a day that goes by without an extreme weather event occurring somewhere on the Earth. One might consider the weather at the northern and southern poles extreme. Or the heat of the Earth’s deserts? Then throw in the usual blizzards, floods, and droughts - and you have a non-stop variety of "extreme weather events” to which to point.

To put it another way, the whole hoax was working just fine until the Earth began to cool around 1998. So naturally the IPCC had to (1) change the terminology from global warming to climate change, (2) deny that its "scientists” were lying, and (3) continue the pathetic prediction scheme by pointing to "weather events.”

As reported in The Wall Street Journal, "The scientific link between climate change and extreme weather, however, isn’t uniformly clear, according to the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, established in 1988 to assist policy makers with climate change.”

That’s right, this whole farce has been going on since 1988. At what point will the "enablers” of global warming accept defeat? Not soon if one considers that the IPCC is laying on another climate conference to be held in Durban, South Africa from November 28 to December 9. It will be the 17th opportunity for these deceivers to gather to wine and dine while taxpayers from the many nations they represent pick up the tab.

Here’s the kicker. "Christina Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said "the report also underscored the need for governments to take action to reduce emissions.”

What emissions? Carbon dioxide? A trace gas in the atmosphere (0.038%) that has no effect whatever on climate or weather?

Does anyone grasp how costly all the lies about "emissions” have been and continue to be? The Christmas tree to be erected at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. comes complete with the purchase of so-called "carbon offsets” to pay for its transport 4,200 miles across the country from California. Eighty million tons of "carbon credits” were purchased.

Bear in mind, that tree and all others depend on carbon dioxide in the same way humans and other creatures depend on oxygen! CO2 is vital to the growth of all vegetation on Earth. Without it, we all die.

But what is one Christmas tree compared to an entire nation, Australia, whose government just imposed a carbon-emissions tax on everything? The tax will drive existing heavy industry and other generators of CO2 from the nation that can afford to leave and make those who cannot less competitive with global manufacturers and other businesses. Some business will just shut their doors.

This kind of deception is global. The International Energy Agency announced in early November that "dangerous climate change will be essentially irreversible within little over five years.” The news report concluded saying "The IEA uses conclusions from research collated by the United Nations. Most climate scientists agree with the U.N. conclusions, although recent polls show a growing proportion of the public in many countries is skeptical of climate change.”

No, most climate scientists do not agree with the U.N. data because they know how flawed and frequently fraudulent it is. This kind of casual journalistic reference is a lie, along with all the rest of the global warming and/or climate change data from "official” sources like the IPCC and IEA, et al.

In early November the U.S. Department of Energy published "estimates” of global carbon dioxide emissions for the year 2010. Writing in Forbes, James Taylor of The Heartland Institute, took note that the Department concluded that "emissions rose by 6% from 2009 to 2010. This constitutes the largest rise yet recorded.” And then he added that "global temperatures have not risen during the past decade.’

There is no correlation. Never was.

Whether it is the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the International Energy Agency, the U.S. Departments of Energy, Interior, and the Environmental Protection Agency, all depend on people being too ignorant or indifferent to grasp the truth that everything done in the name of global warming, climate change, or carbon dioxide emissions is a costly, evil deception.

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