April 26, 2014

The Fall of Rome and America

Timothy Birdnow

A thought occured to me the other day; America is built on an underpinning of Greco-Roman thought. Rome fell because of unrestrained illegal immigration, overspending, centralization of power, generous welfare benefits, sexual immorality, and a loss of confidence in the traditional ways. America seems to be doing the same. Are we following in the Roman footsteps because we based our laws and philosophy on these Greco-Roman principles? Is there something in the culture that guarantees the bad along with the good? I suspect so.

Christianity helped to sustain Rome long past the point of senescence, and it was the kernal of a new civilization. We have turned away from Christianity and now are suffering the same fate as Rome - and in much the same way.

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Squatters leave veterans FL house as vet motorcyclists ready to ride

Jack Kemp forwards this from

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2613669/Squatters-took-Afghan-veterans-home-days-set-face-peaceful-group-motorcyclists.html

Squatters who took over soldier's home while he was deployed to Hawaii forced out ahead of 'peaceful' protest by veteran biker gang
By Zoe Szathmary
Published: 22:24 EST, 25 April 2014 | Updated: 07:49 EST, 26 April 2014

Squatters who took over the home of a Florida veteran who fought in Afghanistan have moved out - just days before they were set to be faced by a group of veteran motorcyclists.
Packed-up vehicles were spied Wednesday night in the home's driveway in New Port Richey, according to WFLA.
Homeowner US Army Spc. Michael Sharkey, who is stationed in Hawaii, was angered to find out that Julio Ortiz was squatting in his home, along with his girlfriend Fatima Cardoso.
'I want the people out. They're criminals living in my house,' Sharkey told the station.
Homeowners: Spc. Michael Sharkey, pictured with wife Danielle, was angered to discover squatters had been staying in his home while he served overseas

Home free: Now that squatters Julio Ortiz and Fatima Cardoso are out, the Sharkeys are expected to move
He later added, 'The people that are in this house cannot produce any documentation, lease, agreement, anything that they belong in that house.'

Ortiz earlier told WFLA he had a 'verbal agreement' with one of Sharkey's friends to stay in the home for free, provided he offer repair work.

However, Sharkey's friend Lisa Pettus, who had been supervising the couple's home while they were away, denied to the station that there was ever an agreed-upon living arrangement.

Pettus said she gave Ortiz necessary supplies and the couple were never alone - but was shocked to find them shacking up in the house about two months after the job was done.

Wife Danielle Sharkey then flew to Florida on New Year's Eve, the station says, and even brought a sheriff's deputy. The deputy, however the residency was a civil matter after he learned of Ortiz's so-called agreement.

Ortiz and Cardoso moved out just days before a group of veteran motorcyclists planned to ride to the home on Sunday if the couple had not moved by then. Riders had planned to 'peacefully make the squatters uncomfortable,' the station reports.

Squatters: Julio Ortiz, left, and girlfriend Fatima Cardoso, right, reportedly moved out of the Sharkey residence on Wednesday evening. Ortiz earlier said he had a 'verbal agreement' with one of Sharkey's friends to stay in the home and complete repairs on it

Groups Veterans Warriors and Sand Soldiers of America worked together and got the Sharkeys an attorney, Warriors member Lauren Price writes in a GoFundMe page for the home. The lawyer reportedly presented Ortiz and Cardoso with a 24-hour notice before they left.

Price writes the fundraising page was set up because the home suffered extensive damage and they are seeking help with reconstruction costs.

'The squatters left the Sharkey's home in a disgusting state. Beyond the filth, dog feces, trashed furniture and garbage, there are some significant repairs to be made,' she writes.
Price adds that the home's roof has a 4-inch hole as well as 'multiple sections of what appear to be deliberate damage.'

After being served with a notice by a lawyer, Ortiz and Cardoso left the home, pictured
Cleanup: Animal control was spotted at the residence, trying to retrieve the dogs left behind by Ortiz and Cardoso

In the kitchen, three cabinets along with tiling were reportedly 'destroyed.'
Ortiz and Cardoso's dogs also reportedly left waste on wood floors in the home's bedrooms, as well as digged up and ruined the home's yard.

Price says the couple turned the garage into a 'illegal bedroom' and that they even bypassed the home's electric meter.

Both a sheriff's deputy and animal control were filmed by WFLA trying to remove the couple's two pitbulls that were left behind in the residence. They were later taken by Ortiz's friends.

That report said that Duke Energy officials also determined that the couple had been stealing electricity for over a year - and that they planned to seek federal charges against them.

Both Ortiz and Cardoso have lengthy criminal backgrounds. Ortiz served a combined 12 years in New Jersey, the station reports, and Cardoso served over two years for drug offenses.

The Sharkeys, meanwhile, are set to return to their home on June 1. The home is being supervised by Veterans Warriors until they return.

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Cliven Bundy and another unpopular Nevadan

Jack Kemp

There are two thoughtful defenses of rancher Cliven Bundy's poor choice of words (without accompanying racist actions) both posted at American Thinker today. One is by Don Sucher http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/04/does_cliven_bundy_matter.html  and another by Lloyd Marcus. http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/04/this_black_does_not_think_bundy_is_racist.html

Both this pieces made me recall another crusty Nevadan and his controversies of over a decade ago. I wrote virtually the same comment under both articles which explained:

Your defense of Mr. Bundy recalls another unpopular Nevadan, the founder of the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino (now called the Quad), Ralph Engelstad. Engelstad was allegedly a Nazi supporter who held a birthday party in honor of Hitler. The classic auto museum in his hotel, which I visited before many cars were sold off, had a limo that once was owned by Adolf Hitler in fine condition and a limo owned by Pres. FDR, as best I recall, that had bullet holes in it, as if used for target practice. Be that as it may, Engelstad did not have any problems with the federal or Nevada civil rights laws or commissions. I recall once discussing this online at a Las Vegas tourist board group with a member of the Southern Poverty Law Center who urged a boycott of the Imperial Palace after Engelstad died in 2002. That is fanaticism and when I mentioned the death to him, it did not make him back away from his call for a boycott. I quickly ended the conversation with this nut. Do we in this country legally close - or even boycott - stores owned by the sons and daughters of murderers who are either in prison or already dead? No, but the SPLC was calling for such a policy in Engelstad's case.

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April 25, 2014

Banning Free Speech in Virginia

Timothy Birdnow

A notorious ban on free speech in Arlington. From CBS

"A second Arlington ban could put heavy restrictions on handing out pamphlets.
We’ve all seen them from time-to-time – groups trying to push their cause, including gun rights advocates. Now some leaders in Arlington say the approach by some groups creates hazardous situations.

Kim Martinez believes in free speech. But she says what happened to her recently nearly left her speechless. Recalling her reaction when approached Martinez said, ‘I was just like ‘step away from my car.’ I just looked at them and said ‘No! Back away from my car.’”
Martinez says she was approached last Friday near Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Open Carry members walked up to try to hand her a copy of the constitution and literature promoting gun rights.

Not only were they carrying pamphlets, they were also packing heat. Members were armed and had their weapons openly displayed.
"It scared me. It really scared me,” Martinez said of the encounter. "I didn’t want them near my car. I didn’t want their gun near my car. I didn’t really want to hear anything they had to say.”

End excerpt.

Perhaps these Arlington leaders should open their Constitutions more frequently; both the right to free speech and to bear arms are enshrined right there in black and white.

Americans no longer know nor care about the most fundamental of our civil rights. A nation cannot survive without it's roots.

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Saul Alinsky Tactics and the BLM War

Timothy Birdnow

The internet has been buzzing for the last few days with hysterical hypocrisy from the Left over some remarks made by Clive Bundy, the Nevada Rancher who recently staved off a paramilitary assault by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Bundy made a comment that perhaps black people were better off slaves (as opposed to the neo-slavery of benevolent government.) He was roundly thrashed for his remarks.

First, this is textbook; Saul Alinsky Rules for Radicals rule #12

"Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)"

See, the Left cannot win any argument on the merits of their beliefs; they have to attack the personalities involved. The Politics of Personal Destruction Bill Clinton once called it - while being a master practitioner of the tactic himself. As the old legal adage says, if the facts are against you argue the law, if the law is against you argue the facts, if both are against you attack the parties involved. This last is what Liberals do, because they have neither facts nor laws on their side. They have to impugn people's motives.

This instance dovetails with rule #4

"Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)"

The Left knows that Conservatives champion civil rights, and always have. So they produce isolated incidents that can be interpreted as racist, knowing full well that sympathy for the individual under assault (Bundy in this case) will dry up quickly. There will be no defense of a guy like Bundy and the end result will be a tarring of the entire movement.

And then there is rule #9

"The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists’ minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)

And indeed it already has, as conservatives and GOP Establishment types are now running from not just Clive Bundy but the whole BLM land grab issue, terrified of what the Left MIGHT do.

Second, Bundy's remarks were stupid but one cannot conclude they were racist. He clarified them in a way that suggests a man who is more ignorant than evil. He seems to have little understanding of the horribleness of chattel slavery. The man spoke pure idiocy. But there actually is a reasonable point in this instance; the hard bondage of slavery was changed for the soft bondage of governmental paternalism. While the paternalism may be a far easier existence, it is still an existence on a short leash, not a real life. Choices are made for so many black people by outside forces who seek to feel good at their expense. Slaves cannot quit their jobs, but then neither can wards of the State; the welfare system holds men in bondage as well.

And stupidity does not abrogate your civil rights; if it did everyone who voted for Barack Obama in the last election would find theirs forfeit. Even racists have civil rights.

Which is what this argument is supposed to be about. Does the government have the right to usurp property rights just because they can. This is not and should not be about Clive Bundy's personal views. Bundy as an individual does not matter here; what matters is a fundamental principle.

The Liberals know this, and they know they will lose if they have this discussion. They HAVE to turn this into a food fight.

They have been trying to do this in other areas as well; see The Daily comparing Bundy with Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty. The Robertson family has been off the reservation from the beginning, and the Left cannot allow an openly Christian, morally conservative group to flourish. So they attacked Robertson in the same way.

The fact is that Bundy and the other Nevada ranchers were there first, and they have improved the land - the fundamental principle of land ownership as defined by John Locke. They had long-standing contracts. They have enforceable rights. The BLM came along and, as government always does, started off slowly, with modest fees and "common sense" regulations. Like a wildfire the winds began to blow and the controlled fire turned into a conflagration. Environmentalists managed to get the BLM to drive the cattlemen out (this dovetails with the Left's war on food, something I've discussed previously.)

This is about property rights. This is about contracts. This is about the Rule of Law as opposed to the rule of force. This is about standing up to an agency which is supposed to work for the People and not the other way around. It is about being safe from paramilitary forces goosestepping over your property. It is about core American principles.

It is not about the person of Clive Bundy. The statists have made it so because they cannot win a free and fair exchange of ideas on this issue.

Strangely enough, the very same voices shouting "RACIST!" remained silent when their own have made remarks as bad or worse. Consider Barack Obama, who sneeringly referred to his grandmother as "a typical white person" and who said the police "acted stupidly" in the altercation with his buddy at Cambridge (he admitted to having no facts but since a gentleman of color was involved...)

What of Joe Biden's comment;

"You cannot go to a 7-11 or Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian Accent."

or Biden's wonderful commentary on Barack Obama;

"I mean you’ve got the first sort of mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and nice-looking guy.”

How about Hillary Clinton’s snide remark;

"Mahatma Gandhi "ran a gas station down in Saint Louis."

And then you have Harry Reid making the observation that Obama is;

‘light-skinned’ African American with ‘no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.’”

In point of fact the people who champion leftist causes are chock full of racism. See here and here for more.

For decades they supported Robert Byrd, former Ku Klux Klan leader. Anyone remember his remarks about white n****r's?

So any tears shed by these people are strictly of the crocodile nature. Where was their outrage? Their oh-so-holy righteous indignation? Their rigid moral code only seems to apply to those who are damaging to their own cause.

This indignation is a red herring, one clearly designed to turn the discussion from one of fundamental rights to a contest to see who can urinate the farthest. We should not fall for it.

Nor should we concede defeat before the battle has been well engaged. Too many people are ready to do just that.

I would remind everyone that Saul Alinsky admonished his troops to not use a tactic that drags on too long. The fact that the Left has to keep going back to the racism well is proof they are out of quivers. We can win this fight if we stick to first principles.

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Vladimir Putin Caesar and Our Great Geo-political Turning Point

By Selwyn Duke

We are witnessing, I believe, a turning point in geopolitical history, one future historians may analyze as we have the Roman Empire’s fall. Vladimir Putin is making a move — and it’s not just against Ukraine. It may not be just a move against Eastern Europe. It’s not even, perhaps, just a move against US world dominance.

There was a time when the USSR was the "evil empire, a godless Golgotha. But that was then. Now, in 2013-14, Putin has seen fit to  HYPERLINK "http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/28/whos-godless-now-russia-says-its-us/?page=1" say, in his December State of the Nation speech, "Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values. …Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”

This roughly coincided with Russia’s enactment of laws prohibiting homosexual propaganda and was a salvo against both the West’s Great Sexual Heresy and what enables it: moral relativism.

In another shot at relativism, Putin averred, "Society is now required…to accept without question the equality of good and evil, strange as it seems, concepts that are opposite in meaning.”

The Russian president then took aim at multiculturalism: "Today, many nations are revising their moral values and ethical norms, eroding ethnic traditions and differences between peoples and cultures.”
And now we’re seeing the release of Russian Culture War 2.0. In a document called "Foundations of the State Cultural Policy," the Kremlin is doubling down and  HYPERLINK "http://articles.mcall.com/2014-04-04/opinion/mc-russia-putin-west-web-20140404_1_leonid-bershidsky-ivanov-russia" writes, "Russia must be viewed as a unique and original civilization that cannot be reduced to 'East' or 'West.' …A concise way of formulating this stand would be, ‘Russia is not Europe.’” The document goes on to state that Russia rejects "such principles as multiculturalism and tolerance" and "projects imposing alien values on society."

No, this is not your grandfather’s Russia.

But it very well may be your great-grandfather’s.

There are a few different things, I suspect, going on here. The 20 years after the Cold War’s end had been a period of relative co-operation between Russia and the West, but you can’t define yourself by going along (to get along) with the world’s cultural hegemon; you can’t be band leader by playing second fiddle. So Putin is defining his nation as the un-morally-wild West. In addition, he knows that to rally a people behind you, you need a boogeyman, your Eurasia, the "Nappy” (Napoleon) who will "get you,” British children, if you’re not good.

Yet it isn’t just that Putin is restarting the Cold War. Nor is he just an old-line KGB Bolshevik, as some stuck in commentary amber have suggested. He’s smart enough to realize that Marxism is, as the kids today would say, just so "played.”

He more likely wants to be the next czar.

What’s my theory? Try this on for size: It isn’t just that Putin wants to restore lost Russian glory.
He sees a chance to be a historic figure.

Note here that you don’t have to be good to be historic; Roman statesman Cicero called Julius Caesar an "ambitious villain,” but Caesar’s name is far better known than Cicero’s. And let’s consider what might be Putin’s calculation: the West has long been the world’s cultural trend-setter, spreading an increasingly un-Christian creed to all corners of the Earth. Of course, not everyone is on board. The Islamic abode wants nothing to do with it, but it’s Muslim; sub-Saharan Africa is largely opposed, but it lacks clout. As for South America, in addition to lacking clout it’s confused; and while China is gaining power, it’s largely pagan and non-committal on the culture war.
Enter the second Vladimir the Great.

Putin doesn’t just see a chance to define himself — and to unite the Russian people behind him — via opposition to the West, as his Marxist comrades once did.

He sees a chance to do it as today’s Charlemagne.

There’s an unsatisfied market for Christendom’s standard bearer, and Putin perceives an opportunity to exploit it. China won’t do it, Africa can’t, South America wouldn’t and couldn’t. But just as the original Vladimir the Great Christianized the Kievan Rus', just as Charlemagne forged and helped Christianize modern Europe, Putin has a chance to lift the cross — and himself — high.
And the West is a gift that keeps on giving insofar as this goes. Our cultural Marxists are on the march, smell blood and will not stop. They will continue spending us into insolvency, perverting us into prone position, relativizing us into risibility and "immigrationizing” us into irrelevance. Even now, not satisfied with placing another great nail in marriage’s coffin, our militant secularists are making moves to  HYPERLINK "http://selwynduke.typepad.com/selwyndukecom/2013/09/the-slippery-slope-to-pedophilia.html" legitimize pedophilia and  HYPERLINK "http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2352779/Bestiality-brothels-spreading-Germany-campaigner-claims-abusers-sex-animals-lifestyle-choice.html" bestiality. It’s onward Luciferian soldiers.

And for Putin, it’s onward Christian soldier. As our degradation advances, Russia’s star can rise commensurately. Putin knows the West is in decline. He sees the demographic trends, that the US is transforming into a Third World/Hispanic nation and Western Europe into a Third World/Muslim continent. He knows that if there is another superpower in the near future, it will be Russia or China. And he knows what card he has to play to win this game.

Of course, while we could argue about whether the Christian-soldier solution is tactic and strategy or just tactic, it is so obviously prudent that it’s inconceivable Putin wouldn’t have pursued it. Just consider the benefits, starting with justification of Russian expansionism. If you’re a typical Russian, might not the idea that "the West is decadent, debauched, exhausted and effete” justify, in your mind, a Russian manifest destiny? Might it not be natural and wholly in accordance with man’s nature to believe that your moral superiority gives you the right to dominate? Note that this is the theory that helped justify the colonial powers’ imperialism: they were bringing civilization to a world of darkness. And it’s what we do to this day, applying secular values as standard. How often have we heard intervention in the Islamic "stan” du jour justified by pointing out that its rulers oppress women and are intolerant? The judgments are different, but the desire to claim the moral high ground is the same.

Then consider foreign relations. The USSR used to jockey for world influence with us; whereas before they had to market Marxism, however, now they can peddle purity. Standing against decadent Western secular-imperialism can win Russia many friends in Africa and even the Middle East, and most of the Far East will go with the dominant power.

Lastly, even if Putin is a functional atheist — even if his road to Heaven is paved with bad intentions — he surely knows that if Russia wants to prosper, Western secular/hedonist isms must be rejected. And why wouldn’t he know? As Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov and others have  HYPERLINK "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJKJM36lMTE" explained, it was his erstwhile Marxist buddies who encouraged those movements in the West for the purposes of undermining our civilization.

But we’re doing a very good job of undermining it ourselves, and Putin is more concerned with building his own. Pat Buchanan recently  HYPERLINK "http://www.creators.com/opinion/pat-buchanan/whose-side-is-god-on-now.html" wrote about this and pointed out that Putin may very well view his realm as "The Third Rome:”

The first Rome was the Holy City and seat of Christianity that fell to Odoacer and his barbarians in 476 A.D. The second Rome was Constantinople, Byzantium, (today's Istanbul), which fell to the Turks in 1453. The successor city to Byzantium, the Third Rome, the last Rome to the old believers, was — Moscow.
Putin is entering a claim that Moscow is the Godly City of today and command post of the counter-reformation against the new paganism.

…Putin is saying the new ideological struggle is between a debauched West led by the United States and a traditionalist world Russia would be proud to lead.

Note here that the term "czar” is derived from the Latin word Caesar. And while Putin may be just as satisfied to be Julius or Augustus as Constantine, I’m quite sure that Marxism is no longer his bag. That would be playing second fiddle again — and the last thing the Russians want to be is like us.

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April 24, 2014

I "join" Earth Day to help the Poor

Jack Kemp

Earth Day was started by a psychopath named Ira Einhorn who killed his girlfriend and stored her in a trunk in his home for over a year. He then fled to France for decades and is now serving a life sentence after being extradited and retried in the U.S.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira_Einhorn  

Be all that as it may, this week I saw a newspaper ad for Bloomingdale's department stores branch in New York's SOHO district that said they were receiving old jeans which would be recycled into insulation for poor people's homes. This answers my objections to many liberal causes, namely that they are often just opportunities to hold a fundraiser or get money from the government, pat one another on the back - and get a sore arm in the process. Here are some people actually doing something worthwhile with their ideas (they got the cotton industry to partner with them). This took some creativity, initiative and techncial expertise to develop - and they appear to actually help some living, breathing people other than themselves.

The organization that organized this is "Blue Jeans Go Green." New Yorkers are able to take their old jeans to a store this weekend but for those of you that don't have that possibility where you live, you can mail your old jeans to them at:

Blue Jeans Go Green™
Denim Recycling Program
431 North 47th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85043

Their organization's website page which details different methods to qualify to receive insulation made from the old jeans is  http://www.bluejeansgogreen.org/Get-Involved/Receive-Insulation/    

I won't be dancing around or worshipping a  tree this weekend in honor of Earth Day. There are prohibitions against this in the First Chapter of Isaiah, Verses 29-31. But for those of you who can find a store in your local mall (once again, Blue Jeans Go Green has partnered with Cotton Incorporated and there is contact info at http://www.bluejeansgogreen.org/Contact-Us/ ), this could be a worthwhile way to do a spring cleaning of your closets.

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Oregon burns fetuses for fuel

Jack Kemp shares this:

http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/23/energy-plant-in-oregon-burning-aborted-babies-from-canada-to-generate-electricity/

Energy Plant in Oregon Burning Aborted Babies From Canada to Generate Electricity
by Steven Ertelt | Vancouver, Canada | LifeNews.com | 4/23/14

An energy plant in Oregon is reportedly burning aborted babies from Canada to generate electricity. UPDATE: Local officials say they will stop the practice while they look into the situation.

Read the entire horrible story.

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A Canto 28 Foreign Policy

Timothy Birdnow

Alan Caruba has written a powerful post for The Aviary about the triumph of the Muslim Brotherhood courtesy of the Obama Administration, and this dovetails with the recent statements of the Citizens Commission, a group of ex military, ex intel, and think tank people.

According to the U.K. Daily Mail:

The Citizens Commission on Benghazi, a self-selected group of former top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers, declared Tuesday in Washington that a seven-month review of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack has determined that it could have been prevented – if the U.S. hadn’t been helping to arm al-Qaeda militias throughout Libya a year earlier.

‘The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,’ Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told MailOnline.

She blamed the Obama administration for failing to stop half of a $1 billion United Arab Emirates arms shipment from reaching al-Qaeda-linked militants.
‘Remember, these weapons that came into Benghazi were permitted to enter by our armed forces who were blockading the approaches from air and sea,’ Lopez claimed. ‘They were permitted to come in. … [They] knew these weapons were coming in, and that was allowed.

‘The intelligence community was part of that, the Department of State was part of that, and certainly that means that the top leadership of the United States, our national security leadership, and potentially Congress – if they were briefed on this – also knew about this.’

The weapons were intended for Gaddafi but allowed by the U.S. to flow to his Islamist opposition.

‘The White House and senior Congressional members,’ the group wrote in an interim report released Tuesday, ‘deliberately and knowingly pursued a policy that provided material support to terrorist organizations in order to topple a ruler [Muammar Gaddafi] who had been working closely with the West actively to suppress al-Qaeda.’

‘Some look at it as treason,’ said Wayne Simmons, a former CIA officer who participated in the commission’s research.

Retired Rear Admiral Chuck Kubic, another commission member, told reporters Tuesday that those weapons are now ‘all in Syria.’

‘Gaddafi wasn’t a good guy, but he was being marginalized,’ Kubic recalled. ‘Gaddafi actually offered to abdicate’ shortly after the beginning of a 2011 rebellion.

‘But the U.S. ignored his calls for a truce,’ the commission wrote, ultimately backing the horse that would later help kill a U.S. ambassador.

Kubic said that the effort at truce talks fell apart when the White House declined to let the Pentagon pursue it seriously."

End excerpt.

So the Obama Administration allowed weapons that were intended to assist the Libyan government to fight Al Qaeda and other terrorists to fall into the hands of those self-same terrorists. I doubt that was an accident.

It is heartbreaking to realize that the plan that George W. Bush putinto play actually worked but was horribly mishandled by the Obama team. Bush and the other "Neocons" believed that by taking out a few key tyrants in the region we could start a chain reaction, that the oppressed in the Arab world would rise against the thugs and tyrants, overthrow them, and establish more secular, peaceable nations. The whole Bush strategy depended on fomenting revolution against the old order.

I thought it was a bad policy insofar as I did not believe it would be so simple to create the new liberal democracies that Bush supposed would form. Freedom is a difficult thing, and requires the proper soil to nurture it. The Islamic world does not have that soil; it was and is a mindset of authocracy and repression. The very word Islam means submission, and the doctrine of the Prophet is one of subjegation and the tyranny of Islamic Law over the rights of free individuals. It is in many ways the very same seed that the Left in the West seek to plant. All human behavior is subject to second guessing by the state, which is the creation of Islamic law.

It is very hard to create a liberal democracy in such a tradition. And, of course, the most disciplined - and the most aggressive - faction usually wins in any civil war. It was a dangerous game Bush was playing, one fraught with naivete'. And it was in opposition of the efforts of the United Nations.

Be that as it may, it clearly worked; the dominoes began to fall just as Bush and his team predicted. Problem was Bush and his team weren't there to help shape the future course of the region, but rather a man who was raised as a Muslim, lived in a Muslim country, vacationed in Pakistan when he was in college, and has always had a special fondness for Islam. Instead of following the Bush program he set out to empower the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamicist groups.

We missed a golden opportunity, several actually. Iran was ready to fall and Obama not only did not support the rebels but he has actively assisted the Mullahs in holding power. Consider his relaxing of the boycott while Iran engages in talks; Iran was drowning as a result of sanctions, but Obama threw them a life preserver.

And let us not forget Mr. Obama's shabby treatment of Israel.

In the end the barbarians will win thanks to a Muslim-loving President and an America so profoundly ignorant that they elected him twice, despite every reason to believe he did not have our best interests at heart.

In Canto 28 of Dante's Inferno Muhammed occupies a special place of honor in the 9th Bolgia of the 8th circle of Hell (the place for fraudsters). Muhammed is split from crotch to chin by a demon, reminiscent of his desire to foment schism and sew dissent from the true Church. His son-in-law Ali enjoys the split from the other directions, head to chin. Will Mr. Obama be joining them, perhaps having his ears severed? He certainly has little use for them, prefering to pontificate rather than listen.

Muhammad in Hell; Dante's Inferno Canto 28, verses 30-31; Illustration by Gustave Dore

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Obama's Muslim Brotherhood Agenda


By Alan Caruba

It is a task just to keep up with the conflicts dividing America, so it is no surprise that many Americans are unsure of what occurred during the "Arab Spring” that began in 2011 and its aftermath since then. It is likely, too, that most do not know who or what the Muslim Brotherhood is, but it has been around a long time seeking to control events in the Middle East and North African nations. It also plays an astonishing and frightening role in America.


"The Brotherhood’s peak in the United States came with the victory of Barack Obama in the U.S. presidential election of 2008,” says Walid Phares in his book, "The Lost Spring; U.S. Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid” ($27.00, Palgrave Macmillan). "The network, via its front groups, supported the campaign, not as a formal entity, but as a prelude to receiving influence within American bureaucracies and the new administration when Obama took office.”

"The factions within the global lobby had an overarching common interest: to push back against the forces of secular democracy in the Arab world and Iran, and thus against their representatives and friends within the United States and Europe, for the real threat to the Islamists in the East was a secular liberal revolution backed by the West.”

Phares is an internationally acknowledged and respected expert on terrorism, the Middle East, and events that reflect Islamism, the movement to impose strict Islamic law—Sharia—and other cultural restrictions globally, but most specifically in nations where Islam is the dominant faith.

It’s important to know that the Muslim Brotherhood has been around in the U.S. for decades, as often as not working through front organizations like the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim Student Association, and others. Using petrodollars, it has supported the creation of Islamic studies departments in universities and maintains a communications program to present through the U.S. media its interpretation of events and thus influence public perceptions and opinion.

Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood members who joined his administration after he took office in 2009 were caught completely off guard, however, by the Arab Spring, the name given to a number of revolutions to cast off despots ruling the Middle East. It began in Tunisia, spread swiftly to Egypt, then to Libya, and affected events in other nations of the region. It was led initially by the youth that were connected to one another by communications technology such as iphones and the Internet. They were joined by secular groups, Muslims who did not wish to live under the repression of fanatical Islamists. Swiftly, ordinary Muslims, women, and others joined them.

In retrospect, a nation whose embassies from Lebanon to Tanzania had been under attack by al Qaeda for decades and which had suffered 9/11, an act of Islamic terrorism on its homeland, would seem unlikely to elect a man whose father was a Muslim, who had spent some of the years of his youth in Muslim Indonesia, and whose brother was an active member of the Brotherhood, to be President. But he was. Twice. This represents almost suicidal stupidity.

From the very beginning of his first term, the White House announced that he would take steps to change America’s image in the Arab and Muslim world. Pharas noted that his first interview was with al Arabiya TV on January 29, 2009 to assert that "The United States was the aggressor in the region” and that "the Jihadists were not the aggressors against humanity.”

There was no denying that the U.S., in the wake of 9/11, had been at war with the Taliban in Afghanistan since 2001 and in 2003 had waged a war in Iraq to rid it of Saddam Hussein. Both wars had the intention to introduce and help establish democracy in those nations. By 2009 Americans were war-weary and Obama made it clear in his campaign that he would pull our troops out and talked of shutting down Guantanamo detention center where the worst captured terrorists were being held.

Within two months of taking office, Obama went to Cairo where he identified America as the cause of the ills afflicting the Middle East. "When millions of young men and women hit the streets of Tehran in mid-June 2009, they initially protested voter corruption and the forced reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinijad as president. Later they pushed against the entire regime. The world,” said Pharas, "witnessed a moment in which the regime in Iran was very close to crumbling.” Obama’s response was not to support the democracy movement, saying he did not want to "meddle” in Iranian elections.

This was repeated during the Arab Spring as, time and again, Obama withheld support for the outpouring of desire for democracy in the affected nations, waiting until the Muslim Brotherhood, the only organized faction, was able to seize the movements in order to impose their own control. In Egypt, the people had to fill the streets of Cairo and other cities a second time to oust them from power.
How successfully has the Brotherhood infiltrated the circles of power in the U.S.? Huma Abedin was the Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Azizh Al-Hibri serves on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; Areef Alikhan serves in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) along with Mohamed Alibiary and Kareem Shora who are members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council; and Mohamed Magid who is a member of the DHS Countering Violent Extremism Working Group. There are others. Too many others.

Obama made sure that the word "terrorism” disappeared from the government’s vernacular. When soldiers at Fort Hood were murdered by a jihadist, it was classified as "workplace violence” and the whole concept of the "War on terror” disappeared. It was replaced by the charge that any criticism of al Qaeda and other jihadist groups was "Islamaphobia.”

Obama would tell Americans that "I consider it as my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.” Instead, we had a President who would seek to make a deal with Iran, the foremost supporter of terrorism worldwide and a nation determined to make its own nuclear weapons to intimidate the Middle East and the world.

We have a President who turned his back on the forces in the Middle East seeking to install democratic governments. That struggle is far from over, but they and the world must wait until Obama leaves office before real progress can be made against the Muslim Brotherhood and the jihadists.

For now, one of the most powerful Islamists in the world resides in the White House.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

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April 22, 2014

Carter-pardoned pedophile may perform at NY arts H.S. - Parents in Uproar

Jack Kemp

The New York Post reports today that:
http://nypost.com/2014/04/22/la-guardia-hs-to-honor-convicted-sex-offender-folk-singer/

Folk singer and convicted sex offender Peter Yarrow will be honored by La Guardia HS for the Performing Arts next month, enraging parents and prompting a dozen "uncomfortable” students to refuse to sing for him.

Yarrow, a member of the legendary group Peter, Paul and Mary, was accused of engaging in a sex act with a 14-year-old girl in a Washington, DC, hotel room in front of her 17-year-old sister in 1970. He pleaded guilty to "taking indecent liberties” with the child and landed three months behind bars...

After word leaked that Yarrow would be honored, a La Guardia student wrote on the Facebook page for the school’s vocal majors that a teacher told her that any student could choose to decline to take part in the gala...

Within 24 hours, 10 girls and two boys wrote back that they didn’t want to sing for the performer.

Yarrow said a statement to The Post on Monday that he was grateful for the pardon he received from President Jimmy Carter in 1981...

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Yes, I bet he was grateful, as he now grates on the nerves of parents. Apparently the liberal teachers of New York City do not care to understand why parents who may not have been alive in Yarrow's Sixties heyday don't consider him a troubadour-saint. One of them even questioned if Yarrow was allowed to be near children (under anti-pedophile laws).

I was just wondering who the public high school planned to introduce Yarrow on stage. Anthony Weiner? Roman Polanski? Bryan Singer? http://www.celebdirtylaundry.com/2014/bryan-singer-michael-egan-sex-abuse-sexual-assault/  This show must not go on.

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Time to Act on SCOTUS

Timothy Birdnow

Retired SCOTUS Justice John Paul Stevens has admitted that politics is a key component of when a Black Bart retires from the Court. http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/04/retired_justice_stevens_lets_the_cat_out_of_the_bag_on_politicized_supreme_court.html


There is a great deal of pressure on Ruth Buzzy Ginsberg to retire and thus allow Obama to pick her replacement. Stevens - who has been in the news lately calling for a rewrite of the Constitution - says this is entirely appropriate.

Well, two can play at that game.

The filibuster is still in place for SCOTUS nominees until November, and if Obama tries to appoint anyone before the election the GOP should employ it. Perhaps Harry Reid will change the rules again, but Republicans should force him to do so - and remind the Democratic caucus that they may soon be in the minority. Filibuster Obama's appointees until the election, then simply refuse to confirm anyone, The number of the Court is not etched in stone; they can operate with fewer members and, indeed, should. Frankly, there are too many diabolical minds making mischief there anyway.

It's time for hardball; we should not give Obama ten to twenty years of influence just because he won the last election.

It's time for the GOP to earn their pay.

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April 21, 2014

Liberals Plan to ‘Purge’ Christians - Townhall.com

Jack Kemp forwards this:



They were always deadly serious about criminalizing Christianity and killing free speech, but now the American left has stopped pretending otherwise. In a recent column titled, "Why Are They Called ‘Homofascists’? Here’s Why,”I wrote that "progressive,” "Christian-hating fascists” – but I repeat myself – are "hell-bent on criminalizing Christianity and pushing to the fringes anyone who publicly acknowledges natural human sexuality and the age-old, immutable institution of legitimate marriage as created by God.”
I was referring specifically to the left’s well-organized and highly disturbing character assassination of former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for his private support of natural marriage. I was also addressing the larger goal of the American left to completely shut down free speech and freedom of religion and to severely punish anyone who maintains both biblically and biologically correct views on human sexuality.
I closed with this: "They smell blood in the water. I’ve often said that these folks want those who speak biblical truth about human sexuality and legitimate marriage either 1) dead, 2) imprisoned or, if they can have neither of these, 3) marginalized to the point where they can’t even support their families.
"Check No. 3 off the list. I guess they’re working backwards.”
The very next day, and as if right on cue, lefty rag Slate magazine vomited evidence of my claims. It could not have been better scripted if I’d written it myself.
In an article titled, "Purge the Bigots,”Slate writer William Saletan penned these chilling words: "Some of my colleagues are celebrating. They call Eich a bigot who got what he deserved. I agree. But let’s not stop here. If we’re serious about enforcing the new standard, thousands of other employees who donated to the same anti-gay ballot measure must be punished.
"More than 35,000 people gave money to the campaign for Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that declared, ‘Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California,’” he continued. "Why do these bigots still have jobs? Let’s go get them.”
Now, to be fair, Saletan later claimed that his article was intended as satire to illustrate the hypocrisy of his own "progressive” movement. Many, if not most, of his readers seemed to miss the joke,and the article’s comments section quickly filled with people agreeing that it was, indeed, time to "purge the bigots” (read: Christians).
The Fox News Channel observed that the piece "may or may not be tongue-in-cheek.” Satire is traditionally somewhat clever, witty and fairly easy to recognize as such. Mr. Saletan’s piece was none of these things. Nevertheless, I will give him the benefit of the doubt.
Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute noted, "The problem with Saletan’s satirical piece is that, unlike Swift’s ‘A Modest Proposal,’ Saletan’s is not outrageous enough. It should be outrageous enough for a satire, but unfortunately, homosexual activists and their allies are tyrannical enough to do just what he’s proposing.
"I know there are many progressives who think such a proposal is defensible,” she observed. "In fact, eight years ago, a colleague (AMM) at Deerfield High School told me that she is so sure conservative beliefs about homosexuality are wrong that they shouldn’t be allowed to be spoken in public schools – even if kids are studying homosexuality-affirming resources. And she was not speaking satirically.”
So here we have Mr. Saletan playing the role of today’s Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi propaganda minister, in an effort, albeit a clumsy one, to underscore how utterly out of control his own "progressive” movement has become and, in the spirit of argumentum ad absurdum, gently coax his fellow bohemians from madness.
Slate was apparently in on the fun too, pretending, for a day, to be "Nationalsozialistischen Briefe,” Goebbels’ parallel publication, in an equally awkward attempt to use the power of metaphor as a scrub brush to wash away the stench of totalitarianism from an American left bathed in it.
But as you read the article a frightening reality quickly rises to the surface. It’s neither funny nor untrue. None of it. The cultural Marxist American left is 100-percent serious about "purging” Christians from society.
They’re as serious as Josef Stalin’s heart attack.
Continued Saletan: "To organize the next stage of the purge, I’ve compiled the financial data into three tables” (he actually did this). He then listed details from, and linked to, the Proposition 8 hit list reportedly leaked by the Obama IRS and meticulously assembled and published by the Los Angeles Times.
This was all by design. It’s what led to Brendan Eich’s career beheading. But Eich was just the opening act. The list provides the exact names, employers, places of residence and dollar amounts of every single person in America who donated even a dime to the Golden State’s campaign to protect natural marriage (I realize it’s hopelessly symbolic, but as matter of principle I will not link to the list).
This is a level of voter intimidation and journalistic terrorism on the part of the Obama administration and the L.A. Times that is unprecedented in American history.
Joking or not, Herr Saletan then gave the rainbow-shirts their jackbooted marching orders: "If we’re serious about taking down corporate officers who supported Proposition 8, and boycotting employers who promote them, we’d better get cracking on the rest of the list,” he said, concluding, "otherwise, perhaps we should put down the pitchforks.”
You do understand this, right? Obama, the L.A. Times and America’s larger "progressive” movement are dead serious about purging Christians and other traditionalists from both the workplace and society at large. It’s coming. Mozilla was just the opening salvo.
In the very same way Eich’s forced resignation was deliberately calculated to terrorize any American who might resist the left’s sexual anarchist agenda, and support some future, legally executed pro-family ballot initiative, the clear purpose behind releasing the Prop 8 donor list was to instill terror in the hearts of Christians and other traditionalists who support natural marriage, family and human sexuality. It was a not-so-subtle shot over the bow.
It was also a call to arms.
It’s fight or flight time, America.
I’ve made my choice.
What about you?
I say that if we once crushed fascism from without … we can sure as hell crush it from within.

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Obama's War on U.S. Energy


By Alan Caruba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


This is what the Sierra Club is telling its members and supporters as of Monday, April 21: "Keystone XL means cancer. It means wolf blood spilled. And it’s nothing short of a climate disaster.” It is a lie from start to finish.

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

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

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

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

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

© Alan Caruba, 2014

http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com/2014/04/obamas-war-on-us-energy.html

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Dirty EPA Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Timothy Birdnow

The Environmental Protection Agency is full of dirty tricks. Under the Obama Administration (and the tutelage of first Sheila Jackson and now "tailgunner" Gina McCarthy (Are you now or have you ever been a member of Koch Industries?) the EPA has spiralled out of control, conducting human experimentation reminiscent of Joseph Mengele http://www.google.com/url?q=http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/02/report-epa-tested-deadly-pollutants-on-humans-to-push-obama-admins-agenda/&sa=U&ei=3S1VU-S4L6XM8AHbdw&ved=0CCEQFjAB&sig2=-KwzKUUnNsGY6UzN5ldMYg&usg=AFQjCNERcyz4tSXlC9kWDEb2enK6_oGZJQ , Declared Milk to be an oil forcing dairy farmers to purchase expensive "toxic spill" equipment http://www.google.com/url?q=http://hotair.com/archives/2011/02/05/epa-to-regulate-dairy-milk-spills-as-per-oil-spills/&sa=U&ei=QC5VU6y2EoO58wHJ0YGYCw&ved=0CDgQFjAE&sig2=_xr0vUUs-Dx8PfgMfNskRg&usg=AFQjCNG365FKIk14ZCbe31kpPW-gVtb7KQ, declared silver particles a "pesticide" http://www.thesilveredge.com/dirtytricks.shtml, has unilaterally reduced the amount of particulate matter allowed in the air in defiance of its' own research results http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-hollingsworth/study-no-statistical-correlation-between-fine-airborne-particles, Reduced sulphur levels for no good reason http://tbirdnow.mee.nu/more_fraudulent_science_from_epa. They have unilaterally chosen to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant. According to Paul Driessen from the Center for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT):

http://townhall.com/columnists/pauldriessen/2013/12/27/crooked-labs-agencies-and-prosecutors-n1768783/page/full

"The Constitution specifies that the Executive Branch has no authority to engage in lawmaking, but must faithfully execute the laws as written – and not as regulators might wish the laws had been written, to advance their preferred policy agendas. EPA has violated these most fundamental rules, ignoring inconvenient statutory language, and devising and enforcing other provisions out of whole cloth.

Between 1989 and 2010, Congress considered and rejected some 692 bills addressing various aspects of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. So President Obama’s EPA simply imposed carbon dioxide controls by executive fiat, using "prevention of significant deterioration” and "new source performance standards” to create new authority over coal-fired electrical generating plants. It then unilaterally changed precise statutory emission standards from 250 tons per year to 100,000 tpy – to avoid the public backlash that would come if it began regulating and shutting down all the natural gas generators, refineries, cement kilns, factories, paper mills, shopping malls, apartment and office buildings, hospitals, schools and even large homes that emit more than 250 tons of carbon dioxide per year. Those job-killing rules can come later, when radical environmentalists sue radical regulators, to enforce the statutory requirement."

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The EPA is a rogue bureacracy, totally out of control.

Here is another example. http://www.powermag.com/epa-breaches-legal-commitment-to-issue-final-316b-cooling-water-rule/

The EPA was sued by environmental groups back during the Clinton era, and was under court order to come up with regulations for the discharge of cooling water for power plants. Any power generating system (except the lilliputian power systems of the "renewables") produces waste heat, heat that must be removed. Virtually all such systems cool with water, which can then be discharged without any real treatment necessary. (All that has been added to the water is heat.) But the environmental lobby, Riverkeeper Inc., Waterkeeper Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, and Environment America, and others, have demanded the regulations be handed down.

Now, the EPA failing to make a court-ordered deadline for regulating an industry may seem like a victory for the energy industry, but think again. What this does is free the plaintiffs to relitigate the case - and no doubt it will be heard by an Obama appointee to the court.

Mr. Obama once said he will allow the building of coal-fired generation plants but restrict their ability to outgas waste - something the EPA has done with it's ruling against fine particulates and sulphur. Now, by constipating the power plants, not allowing them to discharge waste heat, many plants will have to close or power down, making the "renewables" of wind and solar more competitive.

This is just one more dirty trick in a long line of dirty tricks by this lawless administration.

According to the article by Sonal Patel at Power Mag:

"While Congress mandated the EPA establish cooling water standards in 1972, Riverkeeper and other groups sued the EPA in 1993 and obtained a consent decree in 1995, requiring EPA to issue a 316(b) rule in 1999. The consent decree was later amended to allow the EPA to issue the rule in three phases: Phase I (new plants) was finalized in 2001 and a portion of Phase III (new offshore and coastal oil rigs) was finalized in 2006; Phase II (large existing power plants) and the remainder of Phase III (small power plants and manufacturing facilities) were issued in 2004 and 2006, respectively, but were remanded by courts in 2009 and 2010.

In April 2011, the agency proposed new standards that could allow all facilities above a minimum size to install safeguards against the impingement of aquatic life. The proposal allows state officials to decide on a case-by-case basis—based on site-specific analysis—whether closed-cycle cooling systems and other technologies are required. The April 2011 proposal combines Phase II and III into one rule and covers roughly 1,260 existing facilities—670 power plants—each of which withdraws at least 2 million gallons per day of cooling water."

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So the EPA has known this was coming since 2006, yet failed to meet the court-ordered deadline of the agreement. Now the groups are free to relitigate, or the EPA will be forced to issue draconian rules to satisfy them - and provide cover for Tailgunner Gina McCarthy and her boss Barack Obama.

This is another in a long line of dirty tricks, and the end purpose is to further the ambition to reduce America's energy consumption. Energy is a measure of wealth, and with less of it America is brought down to the level of those nations that are poorer than we. That people will be thrown out of work, that elderly folks will die from hot summers and cold winters, that all Americans will find it difficult to pay the increased costs of energy, is immaterial. You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet, after all!

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