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Archive for January, 2012

“No Need to Panic About Global Warming

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

I am linking to a seminal op-ed article from the Wall Street Journal for January 27,2012. I will quote from the first couple of paragraphs. It is a must read for everyone.

“There’s no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to ‘decarbonize’ the world’s economy.

“Editor’s Note: The following has been signed by the 16 scientists listed at the end of the article:

“A candidate for public office in any contemporary democracy may have to consider what, if anything, to do about “global warming.” Candidates should understand that the oft-repeated claim that nearly all scientists demand that something dramatic be done to stop global warming is not true. In fact, a large and growing number of distinguished scientists and engineers do not agree that drastic actions on global warming are needed.

Whose Side Is Obama On?

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Yesterday, Obama failed to approve the building, by a private contractor, of the Keystone XL pipeline from the oil sands of Alberta to Texas refineries and the Gulf. Upwards of 700,000 barrels of oil per day were predicted to flow into the United States. Upwards of 20,000 new jobs were predicted. Instead he has cost the United States taxpayers a loss of $535 million guarantee to Solyndra now in bankruptcy, and was also responsible for the loss of 4000 jobs ––– employees of Solyndra. There are rumors of additional failures among these “green” companies and for which the taxpayers will be liable. So, whose side is he on? Saudi Arabia? Venezuela? Russia? Iran? Certainly not the United States.

I learned today that Canadians will be asked to pay a special border fee to cross into the United States! Canada, our closest friend and ally! So, whose side is he on? “ Allies” like: The Saudi’s? The Iranians? The Russians? The Chinese? Certainly not Canada, and certainly not the United States.

I also learned today that Obama has sent two or three letters through diplomatic channels to the Iranian theocracy calling for face-to-face negotiations to ease the tensions over the Strait of Hormuz, and presumably other issues. Direct talks with the Iranians?! Who have killed our military in Iraq and Afghanistan?! Who have killed Americans across the globe for 3 decades or more?! Who threaten to obtain nuclear weapons to wipe us and Israel off the face of the earth?! Whose side is he on? Certainly not our brave military. Certainly not our allies across the globe. Certainly not the United States

November 6, 2012, is “just around the corner.” It’s an existential day. Let’s try to turn this all around. Let’s get a President and a Senate who are on the side of the United States, its military, and its allies.

Some Reasons to Make Obama a One-Term President

Monday, January 16th, 2012

The election of 2012 is coming on fast ––– 10.5 months. So, what are the reasons to vote Republican in order to make Barack Hussein Obama A one-term president? Here are my reasons:

1. ObamaCare must be repealed and replaced.
––––rationing of care by the government
––––individual mandate
––––paid for (initially) by cutting half $1 trillion from Medicare
––––eventually will further bankrupt the country with the estimated billions of dollars increase in healthcare to pay for the new entitlement

2. Enormous growth of government resulting in a burgeoning deficit now more than $15 trillion and Obama is asking for a further increase in the debt limit.
––––Bush added four trillion dollars to the deficit in eight years
––––Obama and the Democrats (remember they took control of Congress in 2006) have added 8-$10 trillion to the deficit in five years

3. Refusal to open the KeystoneXL pipeline from Alberta, Canada to Texas preventing the addition of 20,000 jobs to the United States economy.

4. A blizzard of regulations handcuffing the expansion of businesses and jobs––– see Dodd-Frank.

5. The misery index is at an all-time high.

6. 43% of the unemployed have been out of a job for more than six months.

7. This administration has a rogue view of the Constitution ––– see recess appointments, the arrogance of the Obama Justice Department, etc.

8. This administration stands for the hegemony of government.

9. Fall of the freedom of business index from fifth-place in the world to tenth place, and falling.

10. Failed economic policy on all levels ––– unemployment at 8.5% (actually 12.5% or more if those who have stopped looking for work are included)

11. Failure to address the major source of the ballooning deficit, namely entitlements (Medicare alone has a $60 trillion unfunded liability) and the administration has not sought methods to solve the inherent problems that exist in these entitlements.

12. A dangerous foreign policy
––––severe reductions planned in the military at a time when we face serious threats from Iran, North Korea, Russia, China, etc.
––––“leading from behind”
––––failure to stop Iran’s drive for nuclear weapons
––––arrogance toward our allies and failure to stand up to our enemies

––––against the recommendations of his top military, the  precipitous withdrawal of troops from Iraq, which has threatened to plunge Iraq into a disastrous civil war and domination by Iran.

I’ve probably left out a great deal . But you get the idea.

A Political Promise

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

“My greatest concern is that we are at a crossroads of deep consequence regarding the role of government in the lives of the American people. Without correcting course, the road we are on will lead to the further devaluation of the inherent dignity of our citizens and their ability to live in freedom and safety. I am committed to doing everything possible to respect and protect that dignity, and opposing and reversing any policies and programs that undermine it.”

— Rick Santorum is a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania and a Republican presidential candidate in Iowa, 1/2/12

An October Surprise?

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Could Obama Launch ‘October Surprise’ Against Iran?

NewsMax.com 1/1/12 @ 8:35 a.m.

Recent statements from the Obama administration have led at least one Israeli observer to suspect that the president is preparing for an attack on Iran — and political considerations would dictate an assault in October.

Writing in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Chemi Shalev notes that on Dec. 16, Obama switched his rhetoric from “a nuclear Iran is unacceptable” to the assertive “we are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.”

On Dec. 19, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who had previously warned about the pitfalls of an attack on Iran, declared that the United States “will take whatever steps necessary to deal with” the Iranian nuclear threat.
The next day, Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, “My biggest worry is that [the Iranians] will miscalculate our resolve.”

Shalev observes that with the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, there is no longer fear that an attack on Iran would endanger U.S. forces there. And he discloses that people who have heard Obama speak about Iran in closed sessions believe he would order an attack if he is convinced that a nuclear-armed Iran poses a clear danger to America’s national security.

“There can be no doubt — notwithstanding claims by the radical left and the isolationist right — that a nuclear Iran would be an unmitigated disaster for American interests, above and beyond the existential threat to Israel,” Shalev writes.

“The entire Middle East would be destabilized and America’s oil supplies held hostage by a self-confident and bellicose Iran.”

If an American attack on Iran were to take place, timing it close to the November elections would benefit Obama politically, according to Shalev, who declares that “October would be ideal.”

He adds: “That’s the month that Henry Kissinger chose in 1972 to prematurely declare that ‘peace is at hand’ in Vietnam, thus turning Richard Nixon’s certain victory over George McGovern into a landslide; that’s the month that Ronald Reagan feared Jimmy Carter would use in 1980 in order to free the Iran hostages and stop the Republican momentum; and that’s the month that many of Obama’s opponents are already jittery about, fearing the proverbial ‘October Surprise’ that would hand Obama his second term on a platter


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