March 15, 2015

Cyclone Rips Through Vanuatu

Dana Mathewson

This sort of thing is heartbreaking. Now just wait for the usual robots to blame those of us who drive gasoline-powered cars.

From Fox News:

"Cyclone Pam ripped through the Pacific’s Vanuatu archipelago leaving widespread destruction and an unconfirmed reports of dozens of deaths as the storm subsided Saturday."

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Ferguson is NOT America

By Alan Caruba

The wounding of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, and earlier in New York City the assassination of two police officers are disturbing events for all Americans as they represent a hostility that threatens a safe, secure society wherever one lives.

Shooting police is an invitation to anarchy. That there have been protests and parades of late advocating this should be a matter of deep concern to all of us, no matter our race.

Ferguson, however, is NOT America if one looks at its population and the incredibly poor governance they have endured. You get the government for which you vote or when you neglect to vote.

Ferguson is atypical of the nation. As James Langston notes in his book, "America in Crisis”, in Ferguson "the growth of the black population relative to whites is a recent occurrence. In 1990, blacks comprised 25 percent of the city’s population but that percentage grew to 52 percent in 2000 and 67 percent in 2010.”

"The demographic transition was not followed by a corresponding transition in black access to political positions, the police force, union representation, and the like. The recency of the demographic transition likely has altered the city in ways that do not characterize other contemporary major cities in the United States, especially those that are majority black like Detroit or Atlanta.”

As noted in the Department of Justice report of an investigation occasioned by the shooting of Michael Brown by a white police officer, local governance was a factor in the lives of its black citizens that has invoked protest and resentment.

"Ferguson,” notes Langston, "is unusual in the degree that the city uses the municipal court system and the revenue it generates as a way to raise city funds. This created a financial incentive to issue tickets and then impose excessive fees on people who did not pay.” For the record, this occurs in other comparable communities.

"Data bears this out. Ferguson issued more than 1,500 warrants per 1,000 people in 2013 and this rate exceeds all other Missouri cities with a population larger than 10,000 people. Ferguson has a population of just over 21,000 people but issued 24,000 warrants which add up to three warrants per Ferguson household.”

This, however, is not that unusual in Missouri. An article by Joseph Miller, published in the March edition of The Heartland Institute’s Budget & Tax News noted that excessive use of traffic fines is not that uncommon in Missouri. "Of the 20 cities in the county with fine collections exceeding 20% of total revenue, 13 are contiguous with one another in a 25-square-mile section” and described this as "a daily burden for local residents.”

What the media has reported regarding the number of blacks killed in police shootings is a bit deceptive. There is no question that "the disproportional number of blacks that are killed in police shootings”, says Langston. "Blacks comprise 13 percent of the U.S. population, but represent 32 percent of those killed by police between 2003 and 2009.” That’s more than double the number of whites killed.

One must, however, consider the greater number of criminal events that bring together blacks and the police responding to them.

Being black in America inherently evokes the historical fact that this nation practiced slavery prior to and since its founding in 1788 when our Constitution was ratified, to Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. It wasn’t until 1964 when the Civil Rights Act was passed, followed by the Voting Rights Act in 1965 that the discrimination affecting the black community was fully addressed.

Two generations of Americans, black, white and other racial groups, have been born since then and these new generations have no living memory of the Civil Rights movement or the riots that occurred in cities like Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Between 1955 and 1977 there were more than thirty race riots in America. Younger Americans did not experience them. Older Americans recall them and the protests in Ferguson evoked disturbing memories.

As reported in a 2007 study released by the National Urban League, "African-American men are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as white males. They are nearly as likely to be incarcerated, with average jail sentences about 10 months longer than those of white men.” Between the ages of 15 and 34, the civil rights group noted that "black males are nine times more likely to be killed by firearms and nearly eight times as likely to suffer from AIDS.” The unemployment rates are comparable to those today, eight years later.

A 2007 report by the U.S. Bureau of Statistics noted that, while only 13 percent of the U.S. population, blacks "were the victims of 49 percent of all murders and 15 percent of rapes, assaults, and other nonfatal violent crimes nationwide.” Significantly, "Most of the black murder victims—93 percent—were killed by other black people” while 85 percent of white victims were slain by other white people.

One might conclude that murder is rampant in America, but the reality is that homicides are at a 50-year low. The peak homicide rate was in 1980. The rate began to grow in the mid-1960s, but steadily dropped by the 1990s. Today’s murder rate is at the lowest point in the past century.

What we are witnessing, however, is the result of cultural issues that afflict the black community. Juan Williams, a Fox News analyst, writing in 2007 noted that "One hard, unforgiving fact is that 70 percent of black children are born today to single mothers.” The school dropout rate is "about 50 percent nationwide for black students.”

"Black youth culture is boiling over with nihilism. It embraces failure and frustration, including random crime and jail time,” wrote Williams.

Ferguson is an example of far larger problems that afflict the black community. Only blacks can solve these problems.

One might have thought—and many did—that the election of America’s first black President was going to make these problems go away. Many blacks have entered the middle class, but the majority encounters the problems endemic to the black community and, until its culture and lifestyle choices change, those problems will be around for a long time to come.

With a black President, a black Attorney General, black members of Congress, black mayors and others demonstrating how different 2015 is from 1965,layingblame on white racism is no longer a valid excuse.

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Crony biofuel politics wag the dog

Paul Driessen

At its recent Agricultural Summit in Des Moines, the Iowa corn ethanol lobby successfully pressured a number of Republican presidential hopefuls into supporting extending Renewable Fuel Standards that require blending larger and larger amounts of ethanol into gasoline. Failure to back the RFS means sayonara to any White House hopes, the lobbyists told candidates. As a result, many of them dutifully said what attendees wanted to hear. But now that they have bowed to the biofuel gods and kowtowed to Iowa corn growers, those candidates need to pay closer attention to what’s actually happening in the energy, climate and political arenas.

My article recaps the bizarre goings-on at the Iowa Ag Summit, and lays out the facts about ethanol and its deceptive justifications

Crony biofuel politics wag the dog

A governor and his son lobby for ethanol – and expect presidential candidates to endorse it

Paul Driessen

Talk about the Norfolk terrier tail wagging the Great Dane. If they are to have any hope of winning their party’s nomination, Republican presidential hopefuls better support ethanol mandates, Hawkeye State politicos told potential candidates at the recent Iowa Agricultural Summit in Des Moines.

"Don’t mess with the RFS,” Republican Governor Terry Branstad warned, referring to Renewable Fuel Standards that require refiners to blend increasing amounts of ethanol into gasoline. "It is the Holy Grail, and I will defend it,” said Rep. Steve King, another Iowa Republican. It is vital for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and preventing dangerous climate change and weather extremes, said others.

Corn ethanol is big in Iowa, the March 7-8 Ag Summit kicked off the state’s 2016 election debates, big-time GOP donor Bruce Rastetter made his fortune from ethanol and hosted the event, and the first presidential primary will be held in Iowa. Moreover, Gov. Branstad’s son Eric directs the multi-million-dollar America’s Renewable Future campaign, which co-sponsored the summit and hopes to convince increasingly skeptical voters that the federal government must retain the RFS or even expand it.

Failure to back the RFS means sayonara to any White House hopes, candidates were told. Appropriately chastened, many normally free market proponents dutifully took to the podium to endorse the mandates.

Some cited national security as a justification. The RFS reduces demand for foreign oil, Jeb Bush asserted. Biofuels are a way for America to "fuel itself,” said Mike Huckabee. "Every gallon of ethanol … is one less gallon you have to buy from people who hate your guts,” Lindsay Graham added.

Others focused on allegedly unfair competition. Rick Santorum said the RFS helps ensure that other competitive products besides oil and natural gas "are allowed into [the energy] stream.” Scott Walker recanted his previous opposition and said someday the ethanol industry won’t need these mandates, but right now it "needs government assistance,” because "we don’t have a free and open marketplace.”

Bush and Santorum added that ethanol boosts corn-state economies and creates jobs "in small town and rural America.” Chris Christie said the RFS is "what the law requires” and we need to comply with it. Rick Perry seemed to say it’s time to end federal mandates – and let states pick winners and losers.

That’s fine. But now that they have bowed to the biofuel gods, kowtowed to the small cadre of Iowa corn growers, sought the blessings of crony capitalist campaign contributors, and repeated the standard deviations from facts about green energy, climate change and national security, perhaps they will pay closer attention to other candidates, and to what’s actually happening in the energy and climate arenas.

Presidential hopefuls Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul remained firm in their belief that the RFS should be phased out now. Cruz has joined Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and others in sponsoring bills to abolish the corn ethanol RFS over five years.

If refiners and gas stations really are working with big oil to cut off access, Cruz suggested, "there are remedies in the federal antitrust laws to deal with that.” Otherwise "the right answer” is to let biofuels keep innovating and producing on their own, "and not have Washington dictating what is happening.”

Biofuel’s problem is not lack of access or unfair competition. It’s that the world has changed since ethanol subsidies and mandates were enacted in 2005. Back then, people more plausibly believed we were running out of petroleum, and global warming might become a serious problem.

But hydraulic fracturing took off. This steadily improving 60-year-old technology turned the United States into the world’s #1 producer of oil and natural gas – and the U.S. is now importing one-third of its oil, instead of two-thirds. Gasoline prices have plunged, making ethanol much less cost-competitive.

Motorists are buying less gasoline than the 2005 and 2007 ethanol mandates envisioned, so refiners don’t need even 14 billion gallons of corn ethanol a year, much less the 15 billion statutory cap. They’ve hit a "blend wall,” and are being forced to buy far more ethanol than they can blend into E10 gasoline. They certainly don’t need an extra 21 billion gallons of cellulosic ethanol by 2022 – and innovators still haven’t figured out how to make that "advanced biofuel” at a profit.

Using tax dollars to prop up new subsidies, and imposing 15% ethanol gasoline mandates, would be a ridiculous response. The last thing we need is more citizen cash for crony capitalist cellulosic capers.

As to climate fears, no Category 3-5 hurricane has hit the United States since late 2005, the longest such period in more than a century, and perhaps since the Civil War. Tornado activity is also down. Arctic ice has returned to normal and Antarctic ice is at record levels. Sea levels are rising at barely six inches per century. The global frequency and duration of droughts, rainfall and snowfall is within historic norms.

Where is the crisis? The fossil fuel link? If human carbon dioxide emissions drive climate change, did steadily rising atmospheric CO2 levels cause all these blessings and normalcy, and average global temperatures to hold steady for 18 years? The far more likely answer is that the sun and other natural forces still dominate climate and weather systems, as they have throughout Earth and human history – and as actual, real-world temperature, climate, weather, solar and other observations strongly suggest.

IPCC, EPA, NASA, Obama, Penn State, East Anglia University and other climate models and alarms are completely at odds with what is happening on Planet Earth. No wonder alarmists are now so desperate that they blame every weather event on fossil fuels, and viciously attack scientists who point to reality … and threaten their Climate Crisis, Inc. money machine and regulatory power grab.

On top of all the corporate and scientist welfare, rip-offs and McCarthyite tactics, the manmade climate cataclysm mantra has also created a steady stream of corruption and scandal. Former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber was forced to resign, after he and his fiancé Cylvia Hayes profited (and failed to report $118,000 in income) from "green energy” schemes. Current Oregon Global Warming Commission chairman Angus Duncan is also president of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, which makes millions from regional and national sales of renewable energy and "Green Tag” carbon offsets; he also helped write the state’s climate change strategy and cap-and-trade system!

Tens of billions of dollars in wheeling, dealing, nepotism and corporate-environmentalist-political cronyism is intolerable. The Branstad governor-son arrangement raises sniff tests of its own.

Then there are the practical problems. A few corn and soybean farmers get rich. But meat and poultry producers pay far more for feed, and family food bills keep rising. Perhaps worse, says the World Bank, turning half of the U.S. corn crop into fuel creates aid and food shortages in poor nations. More people stay hungry longer, and more die of malnutrition and starvation. The UN Food and Agriculture Association says this has caused food riots and calls it an environmental "crime against humanity.”

Ethanol-blends get fewer miles per tank than pure gasoline. They collect water, corrode engine parts, and cause serious maintenance and repair problems for lawn mowers, chain saws, snowmobiles, emergency generators and other small engines. Classic car enthusiast and former Late Night host Jay Leno says ethanol "eats through fuel pump diaphragms, old rubber fuel lines or pot metal parts, then leaks out on hot engines … and ka-bloooooie!” The older cars catch fire – far more often than before E10 was required.

A new Oregon State University study says biofuels barely reduce fossil fuel use and are likely to increase greenhouse gas emissions. And US Department of Energy and other studies demonstrate that producing biofuels requires unsustainable amounts of land, water, fertilizers, pesticides and fossil fuels.

Not surprisingly, even many likely Iowa voters are now skeptical of federal ethanol mandates. Nearly half of them no longer support the RFS even if it helps some Iowa farmers. Republican presidential candidates who surrendered to a gaggle of Iowa corn growers and renewable fuel interests need to reflect long and hard on these ethanol and corruption realities, and the broader national interest.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (, author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power - Black death and coauthor of Cracking Big Green: To save the world from the Save-the-Earth money machine.

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Ferguson: Blood on their Hands

Jack Kemp

Derek Hunter indicts Obama and the media for the latest shooting of policemen in Ferguson, MO. He sizes up Obama as essentially a person in charge of street protests - a community organizer - and not a person in charge of running a country who should work to urge a degree of civility and factual analysis prevail, as that country works to fix its problems. Hunter makes a strong case for Obama being someone who has brought a can of gasoline to a tenement fire in order to dramatize the housing conditions in the 'Hood.

Here are some important quotes below. I suggest you read the whole story at


When the grand jury in Ferguson refused to indict, the media feigned outrage. Pundits and talking heads lamented the "denial of justice” when justice was exactly what was done.

Even the president took to the world stage at the United Nations to draw a perverted moral equivalence between the problems of the world and the death of Brown. It was a stunning act, unpresidential; but it was what a community organizer does.

Barack Obama is a community organizer, and community organizers don’t solve problems, they agitate. When they create a fury they harness it for power and "action.” That President Obama had faced his last election was irrelevant. At his core he is not a leader, he’s a community organizer. Problem solving is not his forte, exacerbation is.


Even the reality of two innocent people (JACK's NOTE: the wounded police officers) nearly possibly losing their lives did not dissuade the progressive agitation machine. President Obama went not to a podium to denounce their attempted murder, but to Twitter. A half-hearted 24 words, 140 characters, was all a man never more than a room or two away from news cameras could muster.

Later that night, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the president again spoke not of facts, but of victimization. After a quick "That’s a shame those cops were shot, but they’ll be fine” denouncement, he reiterated the "everyone is a victim” meme. Leaders lead; community organizers agitate.


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March 14, 2015

Fear and Trembling at the National Archives and Records Administration

Timothy Birdnow

The Associated Press reports that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) repeatedly redacted a phrase used in internal e-mails released by NARA after a Freedom of Information request. That phrase was live in constant fear of upsetting the WH (White House)."

Why? Why was NARA afraid? Their redaction of this phrase made sense, but why did they live in fear of WH reactions?

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Australia Under the U.N.

Helen Dyer forwards these two position papers from Down Under. Increasingly, Australia is accepting United Nations control of internal laws and regulations:




The Australian Joumal of Natural Resources Law and Policy [Vol. 3, No. 1, 1996J

Who, then, are the decision-makers on resources and environmental issues

in the Australian federation?

In attempting to answer that question, we should note that the dramatis

personae change with time. The High Court, once a significant decisionmaker, is

now - having breathed new meaning into the Constitution - a much less

siguificant player. But - largely as a result of the Court's decisions - the list of

players is no longer confined to Australia. And, with the growing trend towards

selfregulation, neither is it confined to governments.

. In an era of increasing globalisation, environmental policy is becoming increasingly
international. Global and regional multilateral agreements are

increasingly requiring the adoption of national regulatory regimes, and are
becoming increasingly specific about the obligations imposed. Increasingly,

therefore, environmental policy in the Australian federation is being made

outside Australia and its development is shaped by forces beyond the control of

single governments, forces which are not always expressions of the noblest of


Australian Law Reform Commission - Reform Journal

Boer, Ben --- "The globalisation of environmental law" [2000] ALRCRefJl 7; (2000) 76 Australian Law Reform Commission Reform Journal 33

The globalisation of environmental law has been part of a broad movement in relation to environmental protection internationally. It has been promoted considerably by the conduct of major United Nations conferences on the environment, from the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment in 1972 to the UN Conference on Environment and Development of 1992 in Rio de Janeiro. The establishment of major international institutions has been a part of these activities. In particular, the UN Environment Program (UNEP) was a result of the 1972 Stockholm conference, and the Commission on Sustainable Development arose out of the 1992 Rio conference.

In addition, the ongoing efforts of UN institutions have resulted in the development of international environmental instruments and programs, the drafting of environmental laws at a national level and training in environmental law.3 The various development banks, including the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, are also increasingly important players in the process of globalisation of environmental law…

A holistic approach

The need for a holistic approach which incorporates the processes of globalisation and internationalisation, with the aim of promoting sustainable development across the board, is neatly summed up by the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law.

‘Concern about the environment as our natural capital should be at the foundation of all local, regional and national development. At the same time, the environment demands global consideration, for it is not compartmentalised into nation-states and certain problems can only be solved by cooperation at the global level.

Conventions & international instruments

The 1990s has seen the negotiation and coming into force of a number of important generally applicable environmental conventions, as well as other international instruments, which have had a very significant effect on the domestic law and policy of many countries, including Australia. The following, all arising from the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development of 1992, are the most significant:

• The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development;

• Agenda 21; the United Nations program of action for the 21st century;

• The Convention on the Conservation of Biological Diversity;

• The Framework Convention on Climate Change; and

• The Statement of Forest Principles.

Agenda 21

Agenda 21 is aimed particularly at the achievement of sustainable development across every sector of human activity. It represents a comprehensive framework for the cooperative generation of strategies for sustainable development and environmental management at a global level. Agenda 21 also explicitly recognises and promotes the globalisation of environmental law and policy.

Chapter 8 of Agenda 21 deals with the integration of environmental and developmental issues in decision making at policy, planning and management levels, with the overall objective of improving or restructuring the decision making process so that socio-economic and environmental issues are fully integrated. It urges the adoption of a national strategy for sustainable development, to build on and harmonise sectoral economic, social and economic policies in each country. The overall objective, ‘in the light of country-specific conditions’, is the promotion of the integration of environment and development policies through appropriate legal and regulatory policies, instruments and enforcement mechanisms at every level of government.

Chapter 8 reflects and further promotes a trend towards homogenisation of approaches, policies and principles. In examining developments in national environmental policy, it is clear that the provisions of chapter 8 are beginning to form the basis of decision making on environment and development matters for governments, intergovernmental organisations, non-government organisations and the private sector around the world.

While Agenda 21 is not legally binding in international law, the major programs and activities that it promotes have had, and will continue to have, a very important influence on developments at a national level, assisted and encouraged by the UN Commission on Sustainable Development.

The Australian experience

In the past several decades, Australia has played a strategic role in global environmental developments, particularly in the negotiation of environmental conventions. It is clear that in this area of international relations it has gained an influence, usually for the good, rather beyond its economic power or normal political sway.

On the other hand, global developments have also had a very important influence in Australia – at a national and state level – in terms of legislative developments. To an extent, this influence has extended to environmental jurisprudence as well. This is recognised by analysts such as Kellow:

‘In an era of increasing globalisation, environmental policy is becoming increasingly international. Global and regional multilateral agreements are increasingly requiring the adoption of national regulatory regimes, and are becoming increasingly specific about the obligations imposed. Increasingly, therefore, environmental policy in the Australian federation is being made outside Australia and its development is being shaped by forces beyond the control of single governments, forces which are not always expressions of the noblest motives.’11

While it is not clear what motives Kellow is referring to, the important point is that the process of globalisation, particularly in a federal system such as ours, means that if Australia is to be able to conform to international standards set through conventions and documents such as Agenda 21, our environmental laws must become more uniform, in terms of the principles adopted, the standards formulated (particularly for pollution) the species being protected, and the mechanisms being employed.

One of the more concrete manifestations of this is the negotiation of the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Environment of 1992 (IGAE). The IGAE purports to establish an environmental policy for the Commonwealth, states, territories and local government, in a wide range of areas, under one set of principles – those of ecologically sustainable development.12 Significantly, most Australian governments signed off the IGAE one month before the UN Conference on Environment and Development of June 1992.

It can be noted that in Australia there are now more than 100 statutes, at federal, state and territory level, which refer to ecologically sustainable development and the various principles associated with it.13 On any analysis, this trend is remarkable. However, not so remarkable is the fact that good legislative provisions incorporating these high-minded and well-intentioned principles will not necessarily result in better environmental outcomes. A great deal more work needs to be done at the administrative level to prepare adequate guidelines to ensure change in on-the-ground practices and in the development of jurisprudence through testing of these provisions in the courts.

The latest manifestation of the influence of international environmental law in legislation is found in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth). The Act represents a serious attempt to come to grips with Australia’s responsibilities under a number of environmental conventions, such as the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the World Heritage Convention. The Act also adopts the concept of ecologically sustainable development (ESD) and the precautionary principle.

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Freezing Oceans from Global Warming

Helen Dyer forwards this. It is a freezing wave in the ocean off Nantucket.
The photo is by Jonathan Nimerfroh (

I wish Global Warming would hurry along; it's COLD these days!

It's So Cold in Nantucket This Ocean Wave Is Nearly Frozen

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John Collins Muhammad Suspended from Uplands Park

Timothy Birdnow

It appears that John C. Muhammad has been suspended by Uplands Park after the outcry over his outrageous remarks claiming the shooting of two Ferguson police officers was an inside job in league with the Ku Klux Klan.

I do not think he should lose his job over his personal opinions, no matter how hateful or demented. However, I suspect that the good Mr. Muhammad draws seriously unwanted attention to Uplands Park, a city plagued by numerous accusations of corruption. I haven't been able to find out what his salary is in the tiny village, but he clearly holds an unnecessary position - a political favor, no doubt. He should lose this job, not for the outrageous comments he made, but because this is a community that does not require a city manager; he's an example of political corruption at taxpayer expense.

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March 13, 2015

Welcome Gateway Pundit Readers

Timothy Birdnow

UPDATE: I've opened comments to the general public (since everyone seems to despise Livefyre) so if you have anything to say I would be eager to hear (except trolls and spammers.) 

Welcome Gateway Pundit readers!

Jim Hoft kindly linked to my blogpost "Black City Manager in Uplands Park, Mo. Claims Police in Ferguson were Shot by Other Cops, or the KKK" and I owe him a debt of thanks. I am of the opinion we need to call out creeps like this Muhammad/Collins character. He's a revolutionary and a racist and the world should know who and what he and his friends really are.

So thanks Jim, and welcome to all TGP readers!

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Robert Madsen and Hillary's "brain cancer"

Jack Kemp

Robert Madsen wrote a brilliant blog piece today about Hillary Clinton. I can't praise it enough.

Here are the opening lines, followed by my posted comment:

Hillary Clinton and brain cancer
By Robert Madsen

Not Hillary Clinton "has” brain cancer; Hillary Clinton "is” brain cancer.  She represents a cancer of the worst sort to the republic that was once strong and healthy.  Just as cancer is self-serving and unconcerned about harm to its host, Hillary thinks only of herself and how she can be fed and survive.  There are actually parts of the republic that now protect this cancer.  This cancer has established sources of money and support like a brain tumor with its own private blood supply.

I am a single tiny white blood cell.  A T-cell.  (A Tea Party cell?)  I am little and simple.  What can I do against this cancer?  Although I am only one cell, I can do my part.  I can recognize it and work to stop it.  I can point it out so others can join in to arrest this cancer.  I can join with other cells who already have seen the cancer at work, sucking great gobs of money to feed its own purposes.  Together we must try to stop this cancer before it kills the republic.


And my comment:

Jack Kemp

I have to say that his is one of the most unique and creative blog pieces I have ever seen at Amer. Thinker. You have laid out the argument brilliantly.

I would add that Hillary and Obama and their supporters are what used to be called (in pop psychology) as being "crazy makers," i.e., people who make other sane, well adjusted people crazy (or at least frustrated or highly agitated) by their actions. That term was used in relation to personal friends and family but these political "role models" (and Bill Clinton may have rolled a few models on the floor in his time) are a very toxic influence on our national extended family. We were just treated to the spectacle of Hillary saying we have to trust her on her emails as the unimportance of those she deleted (I would bet her knowledge of mirroring - backup - disks is extremely limited). Can we citizens send in a check to the IRS without an accompanying tax return (and electronic records of our earnings sent to the IRS) - and tell the IRS to just trust us? Or when we go to the airport, can we tell the Homeland Security guards to waive us past the metal detector because they will have to just trust us?

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Black City Manager in Uplands Park, Mo. Claims Police in Ferguson were Shot by Other Cops, or the KKK

Timothy Birdnow

A Ferguson "protester" interviewed by Fox 2 News in St. Louis claimed the fraternal order of police shot the two officers to gin up support for the cops. He then suggested they were in league with the ku Klux Klan.

This protester is a city manager in one north St. Louis municipality and is active in the black caucus of the local Democratic Party.

Gateway Pundit quotes a Fox2 News report by Steve Harrigan:

"I think it was a complete set up. I think it was a setup of the police fraternities, what I like to call them. I think they operate just like the KKK. I think they did it to make themselves look like the victim, when honestly the victim are black people. I think it was a just a publicity stunt. No more than that.”

End quote.

Just a quick note on John Muhammad; I think that is John Collins Muhammad. He was a past chairman of the Democratic Youth Council. According to Wikipedia:

John M. Collins, Jr. was born June 9, 1991 in the City of Saint Louis, Missouri. John is the father of John M. Collins-Bey III (Ali Shahid Muhammad) The son of John M. Collins. Sr. John is the brother to twin sister; Jasmine J. Collins, and younger sister; Kimberly-Ann J. Collins. John is the big brother to many. John is an Alumni of St. Mary’s High School graduating in May of 2009. While attending St. Mary’s, John was active in the Debate & Speech Team being Co. Captain, Studio Broadcasting being Lead Anchor of News & Associate Producer and the Social Justice Association being Vice-President. John also known as Yahya Muhammad is a follower of Islamic faith being a member of the Nation of Islam, Muhammad’s Mosque #28.

John M. Collins Jr. is the Chairman-Emeritus of the State Board of Directors of the Democratic Youth Council of Missouri (DYC). The Chairman is the highest official in the DYC and shall preside over official Board meeting. As Chairman, John oversees the business affairs of the DYC, as well as the operations of official DYC Chapters (St. Louis City Chapter, Jefferson City Chapter, St. Louis County Chapter, and East-St. Louis Chapter). Chairman Collins is a founding member of the DYC, serving as President of the founding chapter in St. Louis City from 2007-2009.

In 2007, John was the Democratic nominee for Youth Governor for the State of Missouri. John won becoming the 60th Missouri Youth Governor, defeating Republican Nominee, Youth State Representative Ashley Westbrook over 55% percent of votes. As Youth Governor, John was the leading advocate for education development, as well as stabilizing the small business sectors for long-term growth. Prior to being elected Youth Governor, John served in both chambers of the Missouri Youth General Assembly (the Youth State House of Representative and the Youth State Senate). In the Missouri Youth Senate, Youth Senator Collins-Bey was the Vice-Chairman for the Committee on Health & Human Services and a member of the Committee on Public Safety & Corrections. Upon resigning as Youth Governor, John sought the office of Youth Mayor for the City of Saint Louis, Mo. On March 3rd, 2009 John defeated opponent Jared Washington. As Youth Mayor of the City, John was instrumental in bringing more attention and awareness to the problems of the City’s urban communities & areas. Youth Mayor Collins-Bey created the Youth Aldermanic Committee on Education Reform. Collins-Bey was chosen to lead the Barack Obama 2008 Presidential Campaign serving as the Voter Outreach Director for St. Louis Urban Region. Collins-Bey was tackled with the jobs of registering new & young voters & managing the campaign’s community public relations

End excerpt.

His Linked-in page lists him as city manager of Uplands Park, a community near Ferguson that is 96.4% black.

His summary statement is as follows:

"I'm passionate about my people! I'm dedicated to the uplifting and progression of the African-American people; especially young African-American males. I take a non-compromising approach when it comes to my community."

End quote.

He is also a senior Consultant with Capitol Strategies LLC., Is president of what is probably a hate group called 100 Black Men, and sits on the board of directors of the Paula J. Carter Foundation, a scholarship funding charity with ties to the Missouri Black Caucus.

Isn't it interesting how these "protesters" tend to be politically connected African Americans? Muhammad/Collins is clearly a man with a chip on his shoulder and a clear division in his mind between "his people" and other Americans. He doesn't seem to see himself as a member of the larger community. And he seems to be attracted to radicals like the Nation of Islam.

In short, he's a revolutionary. And he's a leader in the black community.

Is it any surprise he would hold such crackpot ideas? Sadly, many poorly educated (and by poorly educated I would include those with college degrees) African Americans buy into all manner of crazy conspiracy theories (like AIDS was a CIA plot to exterminate black people - as if they wouldn't have created a disease that acts much more quickly and efficiently and perhaps targets a genetic propensity for sickle cell anemia). It is a travesty because I suspect Collins/Muhammad knows better, but prefers to mislead those who show up for these "protests", those who do not know better. There is much success to be milked off revolution and hatred.


A little about Uplands Park. It is a village totaling .07 square miles with only 445 people as of the 2010 census. Why does it need a city manager? And many residents have been unhappy with it; there was an attempt to disincorporate in 2013, for exaample. The village is also known for corruption.

Uplands Park was investigated by the state of Missouri for violating state law with a mobile speeding camera on Natural Bridge road - a state highway. Uplands Park was a notorious speed trap, with one of the highest ticket issuing in the State until the department was dissolved in 2012.

The village police department was rife with corruption and a couple of officers were arrested on corruption charges a few years ago.

The municipality still maintains it's own court.

It appears that John C. Muhammad has been suspended by Uplands Park after the outcry over his outrageous remarks.

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March 12, 2015

Harry Reid Approves of Human Trafficking

Timothy Birdnow

Harry Reid, the perverted Piglet from Winnie the Pooh and champion of women, is blocking a sex-trafficking bill in the Senate. According to National Review:

"he "Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015” is the sort of bipartisan bill Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid should like. Introduced in mid January by Republican whip John Cornyn, of Texas, the bill strengthens enforcement procedures against human trafficking, and increases restitution to victims. But Harry Reid is preparing to kill the bill. Why? Democrats, and their supporters in the media, are claiming that Republicans "snuck” language into the bill that would prohibit money collected from increased fines against human traffickers from being used to pay for abortions. "Sneakiness” does not seem the word, given that the bill was released on January 13, marked up by the Judiciary Committee on February 26, then passed out of said committee unanimously. And the bill — unlike, say, the 900-page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — is a brisk 68 pages. But, more to the point, the language constitutes a straightforward extension of current appropriations law. The bill merely seeks to treat money in the to-be-established "Domestic Trafficking Victims’ Fund” like money in the Crime Victims Fund, established under the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, which legally cannot be used to fund abortion, per the Hyde Amendment, a rider attached annually to appropriations bills since 1976 that prohibits certain taxpayer money’s being used to fund abortions (except in cases of rape, incest, and danger to the life of the mother). Democrats, among them Harry Reid, have affirmed the Hyde Amendment for years.

End excerpt.

Who is waging a war on women? Reid will allow more women to be stolen, groomed, and raped in order to force taxpayers to pay for abortions.

Strange; Reid stands with the rapists and the GOP is the party at war with women. How many other Democrats have sex crimes in their backgrounds. Bill Clinton was accused of rape, and has admitted to harassing underlings. Anthony Weiner. Bob Filner, Terry Bean (oh wait; he abuses boys). You had the entire Kennedy family. Chris Dodd. I have barely scratched the surface.

Now Reid won't even help kidnapped and raped women. Why does he hate women?

But he's a Democrat, which makes it all right.

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Imagine there's no Hillary

Jack Kemp

Imagine There's No Hillary
to the tune of "Imagine" by John Lennon

Imagine there's no Hillary
It's gettin' easy to try
No Huma and Weiner
No one to recycle lies
Imagine all the Nineties leaving us today

Imagine there's no server
It isn't hard to do
No cattle futures or bimbos
And no Whitewater, too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I think she's now done
I hope this day you'll join us
And we'll be rid of Clinton scum

Imagine no private emails
I wonder if you can
No million dollar book deals
Hillary an also-ran
Imagine all the people living their own lives

You may say I'm a dreamer,
but Hill has had her fun
Even the Times won't uphold her
Now that we're not all that dumb

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The Red Hands of Ferguson

Timothy Birdnow

Eric Holder, the man who is perhaps most responsible, issued a sort-of condemnation of the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson.

"This heinous assault on two brave law enforcement officers was inexcusable and repugnant. I condemn violence against any public safety officials in the strongest terms, and the Department of Justice will never accept any threats or violence directed at those who serve and protect our communities—from this cowardly action, to the killing of an officer in Philadelphia last week while he was buying a game for his son, to the tragic loss of a Deputy U.S. Marshal in the line of duty in Louisiana earlier this week. Such senseless acts of violence threaten the very reforms that nonviolent protesters in Ferguson and around the country have been working towards for the past several months. We wish these injured officers a full and speedy recovery. We stand ready to offer any possible aid to an investigation into this incident, including the department’s full range of investigative resources. And we will continue to stand unequivocally against all acts of violence against cops whenever and wherever they occur.”

End quote.

Please notice the phrase "Such senseless acts of violence threaten the very reforms that nonviolent protesters in Ferguson and around the country have been working towards for the past several months". These "protests" have not been peaceful. I just drove through Ferguson today and the place was a ghost town, with numerous shells of burned buildings and a spirit befitting the grave. When Mike Brown's stepfather said "burn this bitch down" they took him at his word.


Eric Holder, George Soros, Al Sharpton, and the other black supremacists caused this. Barack Obama caused this. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon caused this. Had the National Guard been called out the first night, with orders to shoot looters, this would never have happened. But you cannot allow the mob to dictate the law to you. The DOJ report supported the rioters, and the resignation of the Ferguson police chief guaranteed violence. Once you start to move the rebels will move in. This is riot control 101.

And most of those arrested in these riots have not been residents at all but a rent-a-mob hired to stir trouble. Why is George Soros pumping millions into this?

The Missouri General Assembly should impeach Jay Nixon for his shameful failure of leadership.

And who, after rioting and looting, asked the riot leaders to "stay the course"? Why Barack Hussein Obama.

Buried deep in the New York Times article:

"Some of the national leaders met with President Obama on Nov. 5 for a gathering that included a conversation about Ferguson.

According to the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has appeared frequently in St. Louis with the Brown family and delivered a speech at Mr. Brown’s funeral, Mr. Obama "was concerned about Ferguson staying on course in terms of pursuing what it was that he knew we were advocating. He said he hopes that we’re doing all we can to keep peace.”

Protest leaders said wholesale change was ultimately what they were demanding, though not all agreed on what that meant. Some called for the removal of the Ferguson police chief or the entire department. Others said they want the police to wear cameras; civilian review boards for all police shootings; or a requirement that ethnic and racial makeup of police departments match the communities they serve."

End excerpt.

Now THAT is change we can believe in!

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The All Seeing Eye in New York

Timothy Birdnow

Here are a couple of disturbing stories that are not getting coverage outside of the blogosphere, so I can't vouche for their veracity. Still, I fine these credible in the modern fascist climate of fear.

First, New York City plans to pay residents to spy on their neighbors.

The plan is fostered by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and is designed to catch people warming up their cars. It is illegal to warm your car up over three minutes in the Big Poison Apple, but it is hard to enforce such a law. This new program would pay cash to "certified" idling-engine spies, who would videotape the running vehicles and download the film to the DEP.

Meanwhile, the City of Got'em's division of Homeland Security is paying $500 to people for video evidence that neighbors are stocking up on emergency supplies.

From the Event Chronicle:

"New York’s Division of Homeland Security is posting signs on businesses to encourage people to snitch on fellow citizens who buy such things as MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat), ammunition, flash lights, match containers, gas masks and other items deemed to be ‘prepper’ in nature.

In this video a girl working at LZ Army Navy Surplus store in Auburn, NY tell us how a state trooper put up a flyer in their window which encourages customers to call the New York State Terrorism Tips Line to report this ‘suspicious activity’ under the as part of the "See Something, Say Something” campaign."

End excerpt.

And finally, New York City residents are using video surveillance equipment to see what is going on with their neighbors. According to The New York Times:

"There are countless videos online that are intended to settle scores between neighbors. Whereas such disputes were once confined to the individuals involved, now they can have a much wider audience, whose members often take sides and post comments."

End excerpt.

America is becoming a land comfortable with the peering eye. I never would have believed we would become so blase' about this sort of thing. You cannot have freedom when there is always someone watching.

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Obama Calls for One Minute Hate Against "Climate Deniers"

Helen Dyer forwards this:

Obama appears to hijack science.

The so-called skeptical science site - called "skeptical science" the way tall blokes are called Shorty - buckets Hal Doiron, obviously for being on the side of science as opposed to scientivism, and if the last piece is indeed an email from the US President people should know about it.


I've received this "" e-mail, forwarded to me, from multiple sources! Some who sent it to me thought it was a hoax, but it is everywhere and the WH is not disavowing it.

It is reminds me of the 1930s when Goebbels and others called out "Non-Aryan" physics. Check out Werner Heisenberg's bio if you don't know to what I'm referring!!! Heisenberg was not Jewish, but he was a first-rate mathematician (as you surely know), and "Non-Aryan Physics" was an anti-math movement that pandered to the general ignorance of higher math in the German general public.

As many mathematicians of the time were Jewish, "Non Aryan Physics" took a decidedly anti-Jewish flavor and rapidly resulted in the "calling-out" and eventual expulsion of Jewish mathematicians and physicists from the German university community. This was accompanied by publishing lists of the "non-aryans," and you know how that ended.

The e-mail in question "calls out" those who take an anti-AGW position. It is essentially an attack on real science in the sense that real science explores all sides of issues and is never "settled." Demonizing "undesirables" is exactly what Goebbels did. It won't be long before the list of Senators, Congressmen, and Governors will be called out as "Untermenschen" or "Sub-Humans" bereft of politically correct science.

The average American is sadly lacking in science and mathematical understanding, and thus easily falls prey to political (and media supported) psudo-science that relies on a "97% consensus" (yes - read 2 out of 77) as the official mantra. Woe to those who deign to question, and Duh - which list do you think they're on!!!

It matters not that we have less severe droughts, fewer tornadoes, fewer hurricanes, and an atmospheric temperature flatline, etc., etc. Those are facts and data to be ignored, because we are in the "End Times" where the "End" is measured by hundredths of a degree. Those presenting real facts to Congress will be thoroughly called out, investigated, de-funded, and eventually end up behind barbed wire.

Sadly Dr. Pielke Jr. has removed himself from his excellent exploration of the consensus science. Yet I believe they are not yet finished and Roger needs to practice saying "Sieg Heil" three times in a row so that, like Heisenberg had to, he will be able to continue his work in the academic community.

Santayana wrote (in The Life of Reason, 1905): "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Most of my colleagues thus experience some kind of amnesia when I broach this subject. I find great satisfaction immersing myself among my ex-NASA friends, and along with them, drown myself in exploration of real science, physics, and mathematics, as I did twice in the last two months at NASA Gilruth and the AIAA dinner. Yet I'm brought back to reality when delivering presentations in the "real" (non-NASA) world that conclusively shows me the extent of science ignorance rampant amongst the general public, and the extent of the media's faux-science penetration.

In the end, you can be sure that the list will grow longer, and sooner or later, the addressees of this e-mail will be on it. (Sorry, the bcc's won't help, as NSA is able to extract them anyway - but I DID try!!!)

I've already quoted Santayana (above)!

Here's Pastor Martin Niemöller:

"First they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Evangelicals, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not an Evangelical.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."

Sieg Heil?

I'm not there yet!!!


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He who controls Google controls the World

Helen Dyer forwards this:

Google censorship?


Google is a search engine giant.

It has tremendous power over what you see on the Internet -- and what you don't see.

Recently, Google announced that it would like to use a "knowledge vault" to begin ranking its search results based on "facts" rather than popularity.

The problem -- Who decides what constitutes the facts?

CFACT's Marc Morano, who edits our Climate Depot news and information service, recently appeared on Fox News to discuss the potential that Google's knowledge vault could lead to biased results and censorship. You can watch the interview here.

Google made its announcement at a time when global warming pressure groups are putting on a full-court press to censor and exclude any facts from the climate debate that weaken their case. They've attacked scientists like Willie Soon, Fred Singer and Roger Pielke, Jr., and hope to silence anyone who dares to question them. Is this initiative by Google simply aiding and abetting their attempts to muzzle all opposition?

It’s hard to imagine how Google can start picking and choosing the facts without imposing bias. Someone will have to make the call to exclude or diminish what they consider unfashionable or minority viewpoints in search results.

The potential for abuse is real and cause for concern.

For nature and people too,

Craig Rucker



This has been happening for a long time; Google clearly censors its content. There have been big stories that I have tried to find after the fact and they have simply disappeared from the search engine, or are buried eight pages in. Leftist crap of every sort dominate the first few pages.

Google. Yahoo, Bing, and the smaller search engines are the memory retrieval system. If you suffer damage to your memory retrieval system in your brain you will be at the mercy of whosoever decides to "mentor" you. What are we supposed to do if the modern memory system simply forgets inconvenient facts? Our modern age has become worse than Orwell's vision of history rewriting; they couldn't get it all in Orwell's nightmare, but if everything is digitized it can simply be ignored. People will believe whatever they are told if they cannot find the alternative arguments.

We desperately need a neutral search engine, if not a conservative one.

Lying by omission is still lying. In fact, it may be a worse form of lying, since it cloaks itself with the truth.

By the way, I blogged about it at the old Birdblog many years ago, and I even remember the phrase "Google to implement new search functions" from I think it was an old Wattsupwiththat post. I searched for it in both Google and Yahoo, and the Blogger website and nothing. That information is no longer available, nothing to see here.

I've had that happen on other occasions. Once I wrote a post for Pajamas Media and wanted to include a story about a kid who committed suicide over global warming - a news story that had been rather prominent in it's day. Nothing. The editor at PJM remembered the story, too, and HE couldn't find a link for it. We had to take that out because we couldn't prove it happened.

How do you fight this sort of thing? If electronic memory - much better than human memory which is subject to decay and rewriting - is edited for the pleasure of one group, then we cannot remember the past. Without the past reality is simply twisted into whatever paradigm the ruling powers wish. You cannot convince anyone of anything if you cannot back up your claims. He who controls Google controls the world.

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And they Called GW Bush a Frat Boy; Drunken Secret Service Car Crashes

Dana Mathewson

Can't anybody here play this game?

"Two senior Secret Service agents -- one of whom is a top member of President Obama's protective detail -- reportedly drove a government car into White House security barricades after drinking at a late-night party last week."

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March 11, 2015

Utah to Allow Firing Squad

Dana Mathewson

I think it's a good idea. Obviously they need a backup, and just as obviously, NO executions, as the liberal idiots want (but I repeat myself) is not a sensible option.

Utah lawmakers vote to become only state to allow firing squad.

Utah has passed a bill that would make it the only state to allow firing squads for carrying out a death penalty if there is a shortage of execution drugs.

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Filibustering for Abortion

Dana Mathewson

Oh, c'mon, guys. Don't you always vote for a bill to find out what's in it?

Democrats threaten to block their own bill after finding abortion language.

Senate Democrats are fuming over abortion language inserted into a bipartisan human trafficking bill that they failed to notice before voting to move the bill to the floor.

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