Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Powerful ad; Feds want to buy more of our land; Agenda 21-not in Alabama; Tsunami debris brings invasive species; Smart energy meters leave us open to terrorism; Iowa crops thrive on global warming; Jobless just retire and go on Social Security earlier; Restoring Love food drive; Iran rescues US cargo ship from pirates; Too many drones; Drug industry and Obama; Just why Supremes refuse to hear birth certificate issue; Twice the deficit this year; CA is nation's welfare queen

Oh, my gosh!  What a visually rich ad this one is!  It does put Obama's words into context... 


Controversial legislation tucked into a contentious highway-funding bill gives state and federal governments $1.4 billion to buy private property for new conservation efforts and adds even more inventory to the nation’s 635 million acre holding.

Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, says this two-year funding mechanism for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is “particularly egregious” because the government doesn’t have billions of dollars needed to care for the vast holdings.

“The mandatory buying of more land under LWCF is a fiscal dereliction of duty—especially since the government can’t afford to maintain the lands it already owns,”
Hastings said. 
The federal government controls more land in Nevada, 81 percent of the total, than in any other state. Utah comes in second, where the federal government controls 67 percent of its lands.

Property Rights: Few have heard of Agenda 21, the U.N. plan for sustainable development that tosses property rights aside. But Alabama has, and it recently secured a victory as important as that over union power in Wisconsin.
After Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's stunning triumph over the excesses and abuses of public-sector unions, the London Telegraph's James Delingpole, an indefatigable opponent of global warming fraud, opined in a piece titled, "How Wisconsin And Alabama Helped Save The World," that we should take note of "an equally important but perhaps less well-publicized victory won in the Alabama House and Senate over the U.N.'s malign and insidious Agenda 21."
Agenda 21 is one of those compacts, like Law of the Sea, Kyoto and New START, that are supported by an apologetic administration with a fondness for the redistribution of American power and wealth on a local and global scale.

When a floating dock the size of a boxcar washed up on a sandy beach in Oregon, beachcombers got excited because it was the largest piece of debris from last year's tsunami in Japan to show up on the West Coast.
But scientists worried it represented a whole new way for invasive species of seaweed, crabs and other marine organisms to break the earth's natural barriers and further muck up the West Coast's marine environments. And more invasive species could be hitching rides on tsunami debris expected to arrive in the weeks and months to come.
"We know extinctions occur with invasions," said John Chapman, assistant professor of fisheries and invasive species specialist at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center. "This is like arrows shot into the dark. Some of them could hit a mark."
Intelligence chiefs have warned that plans to install smart energy meters in every house will leave families vulnerable to terrorist attacks.
According to the Government’s listening agency GCHQ, the plans will create a ‘strategic vulnerability’, giving foreign computer hackers the opportunity to target individual homes, municipal buildings and even whole districts.
Described by security experts as the ‘modern day equivalent of a nuclear strike’, hackers would be able to switch off meters from overseas, cutting off targets from the national grid.
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Our Secretary of State said she was on a mission to see for herself the impacts of global warming. That being the case, she should have started her trip in Iowa, in the heart of the World’s Breadbasket. Why Iowa? Because as the world has warmed, crops have responded with ever-improving yields. Nearly every year, important crops set yield-per-acre records in the United States and elsewhere. This is consistent with the basic science that carbon dioxide is aerial fertilizer. It is also consistent with longer growing seasons and the improvement in soil moisture that accompanied warmer temperatures. Want to see for yourself the impacts of global warming, Secretary Clinton?  Start in Iowa.
According to an analysis by Steve Goss, chief actuary for the Social Security Administration, about 200,000 more people filed initial claims in 2009 and 2010 than the agency had predicted before the recession and he said the trend most likely continued in 2011 and 2012, though that is harder to quantify. The most likely reason is joblessness.[Here is one problem we have, illustrated by the woman featured in this article: Social Security was never meant to be one's sole source of income in retirement.  Saving for your own retirement throughout your working years instead of spending all the money you earn and more was the plan and SS was to simply sweeten the retired life.]
Last night on GBTV Glenn unveiled a national Restoring Love food drive being organized by Mercury One. He explained how there are actually cities in the United States where it is illegal to give food to the homeless. As regulation gets more and more strict, it’s becoming impossible to really help others.
Glenn has been challenging this audience to put your money where your heart is, live a life of honor, and be a force for good – the government is becoming the exact antithesis of that. So how do we begin to change course and take a stand against these regulations? Glenn presented his plan last night.
Glenn’s goal was to fill eleven tractor trailers with food and send them to eleven cities where they are in need and where regulations have restrained donations: Detroit, MI; Navajo Reservation, NM; New Orleans, LA; Las Vegas, NV; San Joaquin Valley County, CA; New York, NY; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Wilmington, OH.
This morning on radio, Glenn told listeners about the overwhelming response he go from the GBTV audience.
“Last night in one broadcast, 531,200 meals were purchased for the hungry by this audience,” Glenn said. “I don’t know if anybody has ever done that that fast. I don’t know. I don’t know. Am I reading this right? We filled eleven tractor trailers last night?”

[I guess nobody likes pirates.] Iran and an American-led naval coalition each said today that they responded to a distress call by a US-flagged cargo ship that came under fire from gunmen in the Gulf of Oman a day earlier.
Armed guards aboard the 488-foot (148-meter) Maersk Texas thwarted the attack northeast of the Emirati port of Fujairah, Danish shipper A.P. Moller-Maersk said. The attack happened not far from the tense waters of the Strait of Hormuz, a key transit point for a fifth of the world's oil.
US cargo ship saved from pirates by Iranian navy

The Homeland Security Department ordered so many drones it can’t keep them all flying and doesn’t have a good plan for how to use them, according to a new audit the department’s inspector general released Monday.
In a blunt assessment, investigators said Customs and Border Protection's Office of Air and Marine has a fleet of nine “unmanned aircraft systems” and is awaiting a 10th — though it doesn’t have enough ground support and doesn’t have a good plan for prioritizing missions.
After weeks of talks, drug industry lobbyists were growing nervous. To cut a deal with the White House on overhauling health care, they needed to be sure that President Obama would stop a proposal intended to bring down medicine prices. 
On June 3, 2009, one of the lobbyists e-mailed Nancy-Ann DeParle, the president’s health care adviser. Ms. DeParle reassured the lobbyist. Although Mr. Obama was overseas, she wrote, she and other top officials had “made decision, based on how constructive you guys have been, to oppose importation” on a different proposal.
Just like that, Mr. Obama’s staff signaled a willingness to put aside support for the reimportation of prescription medicines at lower prices and by doing so solidified a compact with an industry the president had vilified on the campaign trail. Central to Mr. Obama’s drive to remake the nation’s health care system was an unlikely collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry that forced unappealing trade-offs. [Central to his approval by the AARP was the fact that under Obamacare and its millions of people who would lose their insurance, AARP stood to make billions of dollars picking up the newly uninsured with their coverage.]

The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal challenging President Barack Obama’s U.S. citizenship and his eligibility to serve as commander in chief.
Without comment,the high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Alan Keyes,Wiley Drake and Markham Robinson.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the challengers did not have legal standing to file the lawsuit.  [So, they are not saying that the issue is not valid - only that the wrong people brought the case to them.  Can't they figure out who does have "legal standing" and have them make the plea?]]
The U.S. government posted a budget deficit of $125 billion in May, more than twice the level registered in the same month last year.
California is the nation’s welfare queen: The state accounts for one-third of America’s welfare recipients, though it only contains one-eighth of the population, and there’s no good reason for it. New documents uncovered from the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office indicate that a top Penn State official kept a file about sexual assault allegations against former football coach Jerry Sandusky, and that he and the University president agreed that it would be "humane" to not report Sandusky to authorities. NBC News first reported yesterday that former Penn State president Graham Spanier and vice president Gary Schultz were not only aware of a 2001 allegation that Sandusky has raped a young boy in a school locker room, but they investigated the legal ramifications of the charges and then agreed to spare Sandusky by not turning him into child services.

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