Wednesday, June 29, 2011

UN Convention on Climate Change and small cities which are connected; Our "Fair Portion"; Maryland requires "environmental literacy" to graduate; Durbin proposes amnesty again; Napolitano hides the truth about illegals; Liberals show their true colors on acceptance; Obama ignored advice from military on Afghanistan; Big Brother was going to watch doctors;

Introducing the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, working with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: ICLEI was founded in 1990 as the 'International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives'. The Council was established when more than 200 local governments from 43 countries convened at our inaugural conference, the World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future, at the United Nations in New York.
A Worldwide Movement of Local Governments
Through its international programs, and projects, ICLEI works with local governments to generate political awareness of key themes by:
           establishing plans of action to meet defined, concrete, measurable targets
  •  working toward meeting these targets through the implementation of projects
  •  evaluating local and cumulative progress toward sustainable development
International Goals
Our programs, and projects promote participatory, long-term, strategic planning process that address local sustainability while protecting global common goods. This approach links local action to internationally agreed-upon goals and targets such as:
  • Agenda 21, [look for this to be mentioned in your local cities and towns]
  • the Rio Conventions:
    • The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change,
    • The UN Convention on Biological Diversity,
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    • The Blaze reports: Well, according to AFL-CIO president Rich Trumka, only the American “labor movement” is all about the “real” American Dream. I guess that means the rest of us haven’t got a clue.
      Opening with Van Jones’ “American Dream” mantra, Trumka announced his pledge of 12 million union laborers and their families to support Van Jones’ “Rebuild the Dream” movement.
      Trumka then goes on to explain: "The American Dream is not that a few of us will get to be rich, but that all of us will have a fair portion of the good things in life.”  [Here's the sticking point: just what is a FAIR portion?  We can assume that this is to be done without the requirements of having earned the fair portion, nor the requirement that we could actually afford to give it to all.] 
    • Fox News reports: Maryland is the first state in the country to impose a new requirement to graduate from high school -- something called environmental literacy.
      "That is not really education," says Ebell. "It's propaganda and its designed to raise up a new generation of easily led and poorly educated and misinformed students."
      And state lawmakers like J.B. Jennings note there are only so many hours in a school day, and only 180 days in a school  year. So, he wonders, what in the current  curriculum gets squeezed out?
      Fox News reports: Sen. Dick Durbin plans to make a full-court press Tuesday to revive the debate over a controversial proposal to give illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children a path to legal status, as the Obama administration moves on a separate track to grant what some describe as "amnesty" to the same group.
      The memo issued June 17 from ICE Director John Morton instructs staff to consider 19 factors when exercising "prosecutorial discretion" -- or the discretion an ICE attorney has in deciding whether and how to pursue or dismiss an immigration case. 
      The factors include how long an illegal immigrant has been in the United States as well as their criminal history. But the list also includes factors similar to those in the DREAM Act -- like whether the suspect arrived in the U.S. as a "young child," whether the suspect is pursuing an education, and whether the suspect has served in the military. 
      "By administrative fiat, they are achieving a grand-scale amnesty for large classes of illegal aliens that they have been unable to accomplish with the stalled DREAM Act legislation," FAIR said in a statement last week. 
      But the ICE memo falls in line with an effort by the Obama administration to prioritize immigration cases, so that illegal immigrant criminals are typically deported while those not accused of serious crimes are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. ICE statistics show that during the Obama administration, the number of removals for non-criminal illegal immigrants has gone down while the number of removals for illegal immigrant criminals has gone up. 
      Daily Caller writes: Homeland security Secretary Janet Napolitano is in the Senate spotlight today, following revelations yesterday that her deputies in Texas hid their efforts to release hundreds of illegal immigrants facing deportation.
      Napolitano is one of three high-profile administration witnesses at a Senate hearing today, which comes one day after the Houston Chronicle published emails among senior officials at Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security.
      The Blaze reports: [Showing once again the true colors of those oh so diversity and acceptance-minded liberals, Glenn Beck wrote this]: There are those who love freedom of expression, as long as it’s not conservatives who are doing the expressing. Just ask Glenn Beck. On radio Tuesday, he told the stunning story of how he and his family were harassed during an outdoor movie in New York City’s Bryant Park.
      When Beck left near the end of the movie, the crowd applauded.
      “I don’t know what kind of victory you thought you won,” Beck said on radio in response, and later added, “I swear to you I think if I would have suggested, and I almost did, wow, does anybody have a rope, because there’s a tree here, you could just lynch me. And I think there would have been a couple in the crowd that would have.”
      The Weekly Standard reports: Lieutenant General John Allen told the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the Afghanistan decision President Obama announced last week was not among the range of options the military provided to the commander in chief. Allen’s testimony directly contradicts claims from senior Obama administration officials from a background briefing before the president’s announcement.
      Allen's claim, which came under oath, contradicts the line the White House had been providing reporters over the past week—that Obama simply chose one option among several presented by General David Petraeus.

      Politico reports that Big Brother is watching you!  [This time it would have spied on doctors who have not been suspected of any crime....  Maybe they will just ask Americans to do the spying for them and report to them, as they attempted to have any "suspicious" info regarding Obamacare emailed to a White House email.]  The Obama administration will not move forward on a controversial proposal to have “secret shoppers” pose as patients to investigate how difficult it is for Americans to obtain primary care.
      “On April 28th, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services submitted a notice to the Federal Register regarding a proposed study that would examine access to primary care,” an HHS spokesman said in a statement.
      The program, as outlined in the Federal Register, would have a federal contractor call the offices of 4,185 doctors in nine states. The plan, which the Times characterized as a “stealth survey,” came under criticism from some physicians. As one Texas doctor said in the story, “Is this a good use of tax money? Probably not. Everybody with a brain knows we do not have enough doctors.”
      “We have deep concerns regarding the department's recent plans for a ‘stealth survey,’ its legality, notification to Congress and lack of standards for any misconduct or bad reporting by the staff hired to carry out this work on American doctors and their practice of medicine,” his letter read. “The cost and proposed clandestine method of collecting information from physician offices are questionable and, therefore, we request details of how this survey would be conducted, how investigators would be punished for misconduct or extortion and how patient/physician confidentiality would be maintained.”


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