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Kill the Cows!

According to Lord Stern of Brentford, a leading authority (?) on global warming, we all need to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle, if the ware going to conquer climate change.

In a recent interview, Lord Stern said: “Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources. A vegetarian diet is better.”

Farting cows and other livestock are a major source of methane emissions into the atmosphere. Methane is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas according to some scientists.

Lord Stern, went on to speculate that a successful agreement in Copenhagen at the Climate Change Conference could lead to a sharp spike in prices for meat and other foods that produce large quantities of greenhouse gas.

He predicted that as people become more responsible, they will become more concerned about the carbon content of their food. He probably would like to see it added to the nutritional information panel of all foods. According to the UN, meat production is responsible for about 18 per cent of global carbon emissions.

Meanwhile back at home, Democrats have attached themselves to their usual solution – if want to get rid of something tax it out of existence.  Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-WI., the ranking member of the House Select Committee for Energy Independence and Global Warming, if the current climate change bill becomes law it could have a devastating impact on agribusiness. In the absence of a technology based solution for livestock methane emissions the congressman said, “I don’t know if we’re supposed to develop the technology to strap a catalytic converter on the back of a cow”, since a capture and convert strategy would be a more earth friendly solution than a tax.

At this rate, hamburger will replace steak as a luxury item and the price of food will keep going up. Amazing how every “green” initiative has a negative effect on the price of something.

Let’s for a minute pretend that this madness makes some sort of sense. Is the Lord of Brentford suggesting a mass murder of livestock? What about horses and camels, don’t they fart too? Maybe we should by him a copy of “The Gas We Pass: The Story of Farts” by Shinta Cho, as he seems to be in denial about how things really work.

Do you ask yourself with increasing frequency… Who are these idiots and who put them in charge?

It is time to stop the madness! Reject Climate Change Legislation and the Copenhagen Treaty proposals! Restore the Republic – Enough is Enough!

By the way vegans beware – don’t sit there with that smug look on your face – beans are next!

Read more at: 

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article6891362.ece

Obama + Copenhagen= UN Global Governance!

 Here are links to a couple of excellent videos which continue to breakdown the lies regarding Climate Change and the UN’s hidden agenda to use it as a means to drive their global goveranc/social justice objectives. In the first video, Lord Christopher Monckton, a noted climate change skeptic, gave a presentation at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN and describes the Copenhagen plan. The second is a trailer for a new anti climate change video called, “Climate Chains”. Last but not least the trailer for; “Not Evil, Just Wrong” a feature length documentary which shows how extreme environmentalism is damaging the lives of vulnerable people with the campaign on Global Warming.

Climate Chains:  http://vimeo.com/7030026

Educate yourself, this is a fight for freedom, liberty and American sovereignty! Restore the Republic, Reject the Climate Change Agenda of Global Governance!

Quote by Al Gore, former vice president: “I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis.”

Quote by Stephen Schneider, Stanford Univ., environmentalist: “That, of course, entails getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have.”

Quote by Christine Stewart, former Canadian Environment Minister: “No matter if the science is all phoney, there are collateral environmental benefits…. climate change [provides] the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world.”

Quote by Timoth Wirth, U.S./UN functionary, former elected Democrat: “We’ve got to ride the global-warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.”

Quote by Richard Benedik, former U.S./UN bureaucrat: “A global climate treaty must be implemented even if there is no scientific evidence to back the greenhouse effect.”

BBC Report – What happened to Global Warming?

“All across the world, in every kind of environment and region known to man, increasingly dangerous weather patterns and devastating storms are abruptly putting an end to the long-running debate over whether or not climate change is real. Not only is it real, it’s here, and its effects are giving rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon: the man-made natural disaster”. – Barack Obama

Not long ago, the President was busy telling us the debate about climate change was over and it was real. All while leading scientists from around the world tried unsuccessfully to get the U.N. or anyone in the media to listen to their side of the argument – that Climate Change was a cyclical event that has been happening forever. As new evidence continues to surface – will anyone listen before it is too late? We all need to face the ugly truth – Global Warming and the impending global disaster are a scam to create a power grab for the socialist forces that want to “fundamentally transform America”. This does not mean that sound environmental stewardship isn’t something we should strive for. However it does mean that we should not get suckered into sacrificing our national sovereignty, freedom, liberty, capitalism and the American way of life for the false religion of the green movement and their idea of social justice. That is why THEY are in such a rush to pass all this crap! They are afraid you will find out the truth before their plan has been launched. NO MORE CHANGE! It is time to slow down and thoughtfully debate this issue.

It is time to wake up! We need to say NO, to the Waxman Markey Climate Change Bill and any other form of Tax and Cap. This has the same disasterous consequences as Healthcare Reform.

Here is an excerpt from a new article at BBC by Paul Hudson:

For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures.

And our climate models did not forecast it, even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise.

So what on Earth is going on?

 

Pacific ocean (BBC)

But in the last few years it (the Pacific Ocean) has been losing its warmth and has recently started to cool down.

Go read the full article and decide for yourself!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8299079.stm

Restore the Republic, Reject the Green Agenda of the Progressive Left!

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it. — Mark Twain

Obama establishes an Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force

Once again the administration is working on fundamentally changing the nation’s culture and traditions through its’ environmental agenda and policy of regulation. The target this time is our lakes, coastal beaches and fishing areas.

 By establishing the taskforce in June, the President put forward another high speed agenda requiring:

   1. Within 90 days from the date of this memorandum, the Task Force shall develop recommendations that include:

  1. A national policy that ensures the protection, maintenance, and restoration of the health of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems and resources, enhances the sustainability of ocean and coastal economies, preserves our maritime heritage, provides for adaptive management to enhance our understanding of and capacity to respond to climate change, and is coordinated with our national security and foreign policy interests. The recommendations should prioritize upholding our stewardship responsibilities and ensuring accountability for all of our actions affecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources, and be consistent with international law, including customary international law as reflected in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
  2. A United States framework for policy coordination of efforts to improve stewardship of the oceans, our coasts, and the Great Lakes. The Task Force should review the Federal Government’s existing policy coordination framework to ensure integration and collaboration across jurisdictional lines in meeting the objectives of a national policy for the oceans, our coasts, and the Great Lakes. This will include coordination with the work of the National Security Council and Homeland Security Council as they formulate and coordinate policy involving national and homeland security, including maritime security. The framework should also address specific recommendations to improve coordination and collaboration among Federal, State, tribal, and local authorities, including regional governance structures.
  3. An implementation strategy that identifies and prioritizes a set of objectives the United States should pursue to meet the objectives of a national policy for the oceans, our coasts, and the Great Lakes.

2. Within 180 days from the date of this memorandum, the Task Force shall develop, with appropriate public input, a recommended framework for effective coastal and marine spatial planning. This framework should be a comprehensive, integrated, ecosystem-based approach that addresses conservation, economic activity, user conflict, and sustainable use of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources consistent with international law, including customary international law as reflected in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

3. The Task Force shall terminate upon the completion of its duties.

The Task Force’s recommendations and frameworks should be cost effective and improve coordination across Federal agencies. – Source: President Obama’s Letter Creating the Taskforce

See full text at: http://www.oceanleadership.org/2009/president-issued-a-memorandum-establishing-an-interagency-ocean-policy-task-force/

 As has been so often the case with this administration, we have a ridiculous task in size and scope for the timeframe being allowed. This means that the policy is already decided and now begins the full court press to ram it down our throats. This just another prong on the pitchfork of the “green agenda” designed to strip us of our freedom, our sovereignty and drive us toward socialism.

 To most this may seem like a benign effort to help protect our natural resources but it is not nearly as innocent as it appears. Policies like this in conjunction with other environmental efforts such as the Endangered Species Act creates regulatory control and avoids the need legislation to set direction of their policies. Think about what is going on – the San Joaquin Valley drought because of a fish which created irrigation restrictions, Cass Sunstein and his Nudge Theory. (you should read his book)  It is all about government control. 

America has always been the home of sports anglers, boaters and water enthusiasts of all types. Across the country from the lakes to the beaches swimming, surfing, water skiing, recreational fishing and boating are not only family traditions but are also huge industries. Recreational fishing alone generated $82 billion in sales, $24 billion in income, and supported 534,000 jobs in 2006 according to NOAA’s Fisheries Service. 

This isn’t just about recreation either.  Commercial fishing – (fishermen, seafood processors, seafood wholesalers and retailers are a $103 billion a year industry. This industry created $44 billion in income and 1.5 million jobs in 2006, according to Fisheries Economics of the United States 2006. 

“The report documents clearly that managing fisheries sustainably is good for the environment and the economy,” said Jim Balsiger, NOAA acting assistant administrator for NOAA’s Fisheries Service. “Fishing helps create a substantial number of jobs around the nation.” 

Fisheries Economics of the United States, 2006 is available online:
http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/st5/publication/index.html

As usual the Presidents announcement includes the promise that this will all be done, “with appropriate public input” but early reports show just the opposite. 

“Important contributions that members of the recreational fishing community made to the Ocean Policy Task Force communicated at our meeting and in our letter were largely ignored in the interim report,” said CSF (Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation) President Jeff Crane. “It is hard to comprehend how the voice of recreational anglers, who were requested to advise the task force and represent such an important constituency on this issue, was so minimized on some very important issues.”

One key issue of concern to the sport fishing community, was the need for differentiation between commercial and recreational fishing. Recreational angling and the critical role it plays in fisheries conservation in the United States was completely missing.

Recreational anglers and the fees they pay for fishing licenses and equipment are critical to conservation management efforts. Funds generated by the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund which is a user-pay/user-benefit program generated $720 million in revenues last year. $402 million of this was distributed to all 50 states to specifically support sport fish restoration programs.

“We are completely baffled as to why the Task Force failed to acknowledge or include any mention of the key aspects of recreational fishing which were presented to them in detail on more than one occasion,” said CSF Board Member Phil Morlock. “The significant number of jobs and the economy which over 60 million American anglers support, and the major conservation efforts by people who fish in all regions of the country were completely ignored. No distinction between the obvious dramatic differences between recreational fishing and commercial harvest methods was made.”

As a sport fisherman myself, I know that the CSF and other sportsmen’s organizations support a healthy ocean, coastal and fishery resources to sustain coastal communities and sound environmental policies in support of protecting our natural resources. These groups also support expanding the scientific basis by which these policies are determined.

If you are interested in learning more about this issue visit:

http://www.sportsmenslink.org/media_room/Press-Releases/interagency-ocean-policy-task-force-interim-report-ignores-recreational-fishing.html

http://www.sportsmenslink.org/media_room/Press-Releases.html

Or to comment on this issue, go to:

www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/oceans/

Restore the Republic, Reject the “Green Agenda” of the Progressive Left!

Economic and Employment Update – Losses Continue

Despite what the administration is saying, the economy is still very sick.

From http://www.economicindicators.gov/

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for August, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $351.4 billion, an increase of 2.7 percent (±0.5%) from the previous month, but 5.3 percent (±0.7%) below August 2008. Total sales for the June through August 2009 period were down 7.6 percent (±0.3%) from the same period a year ago. The June to July 2009 percent change was revised from -0.1 percent (±0.5%)* to -0.2 percent (±0.2%)*.

Retail trade sales were up 3.0 percent (±0.7%) from July 2009, but 6.0 percent (±0.7%) below last year. Gasoline stations sales were down 26.7 percent (±1.5%) from August 2008 and building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers were down 13.6 percent (±2.0%) from last year.

The up tick in consumer spending was artificially created by the Cash for Clunkers program. This may ultimately hurt the car companies by pulling forward sales that would have occurred naturally over several months. This created a short term but unsustainable spike which may be followed by a long sales slump. Note that this is a straight spending comparison and that prices are not considered, so if prices go up on essentials the increase in spending will follow out of necessity. Also note that while spending is up slightly it remains significantly down from last year.

From http://www.economicindicators.gov/

New orders for manufactured goods in July, up five of the last six months, increased $4.6 billion or 1.3 percent to $355.5 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. This followed a 0.9 percent June increase. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.7 percent. Shipments, down eleven of the last twelve months, decreased $0.2 billion to $359.7 billion. This followed a 1.8 percent June increase. Unfilled orders, down ten consecutive months, decreased $0.1 billion to $740.6 billion. This was the longest streak of consecutive monthly decreases since the series was first published on a NAICS basis in 1992. This followed a 0.8 percent June decrease. The unfilled orders-to-shipments ratio was 5.95, down from 6.00 in June. Inventories, down eleven consecutive months, decreased $3.6 billion or 0.7 percent to $503.1 billion. This was the longest streak of consecutive monthly decreases since March 2003-January 2004 and followed a 1.1 percent June decrease. The inventories-to-shipments ratio was 1.40, down from 1.41 in June.

Other areas of concern are the residential real estate market and what appears to be an attempt to re-inflate the housing market.

From The Center for American Progress (this source proves even the left is not buying the fairy tales)

http://www.americanprogress.org/pressroom/statements/2008/08/foreclosures.html

It’s 1930 all over again. While cheerleaders for the real estate industry proclaim the housing markets are ready to turn the corner, with first-time homebuyers ready to jump into the market, the reported 55 percent increase in foreclosure activity over last July should put a damper on the excitement. July marks the third month of accelerating increases in foreclosure activity reported by RealtyTrac and an unbroken streak going back to January 2006 of year-over-year increases in monthly foreclosures. With RealtyTrac reporting in excess of 750,000 bank-owned properties, we estimate that nearly 0.6 percent of all housing units in the United States are now bank-owned. While this may appear to be a small slice of the total housing stock, this is the same ratio of foreclosed properties to housing units in 1930. Foreclosures increased steadily from 1930 until peaking in 1933, at which point 10 percent of all homes had become bank-owned. They did not return to pre-Depression levels until 1938.

Now that Congress has passed and the president has signed housing legislation, there is a danger of complacency in thinking the problem has been addressed. The ball is in the loan servicers’ court to see if they will participate at meaningful rates in the new FHA loan program to refinance at-risk borrowers into sustainable loans. The Hope Now alliance of over 30 major loan services holding vast numbers of home mortgage loans reported modifying 220,000 loans during the second quarter of this year. To put that figure in context, RealtyTrac reported 272,121 foreclosure actions (notices of default, auctions, or repossessions) in July alone. If the mortgage industry doesn’t pick up the pace and more rapidly restructure or refinance existing mortgages headed for default and foreclosure, things will get worse before they get better.

Whether the situation is truly a harbinger of things becoming as dire as they did between 1930 and 1933 is something we will only know after the fact. But foreclosures are mounting, with 1 in 11 American families with a home loan in trouble as of June. If voluntary programs do not begin taking effective advantage of the tools offered by the recent housing bill, we would expect to see calls for still greater government action to avert a 1930s-like economic plunge.

The last line of this article is cause for concern , “we would expect to see calls for still greater government action to avert a 1930s-like economic plunge”.

Excerpts From The Associated Press

It could be another year before the final taxpayer tab for Fannie and Freddie is known, and that outcome will depend on when delinquencies and foreclosures finally crest.

The Obama administration doesn’t expect to announce its plans for the two companies until early next year, but powerful interest groups aren’t waiting until then. The Mortgage Bankers Association on Wednesday offered a detailed plan to replace Fannie and Freddie with several federally regulated private companies.

In the meantime, both Fannie and Freddie have been drafted to implement the Obama administration’s effort to reduce the number of foreclosures.

The early results have been disappointing. For example, while Fannie or Freddie refinanced 2.9 million loans from January through July, only about 60,000 were taking advantage of an Obama administration plan to help “underwater” borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth.

At the same time, nearly 70 percent of U.S. mortgages made in the first half of this year went through Fannie or Freddie, up from 62 percent last year, according to Inside Mortgage Finance, a trade publication.

See full article at:

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/business/local/article/B-MORT05_20090904-213604/290762/

Again the story is in the last paragraph, if “nearly 70 percent of U.S. mortgages made in the first half of this year went through Fannie or Freddie”, that means that the “government” is still guaranteeing these loans – which really means unfunded taxpayer liabilities continue to grow.

Jobs:

Excerpts From The Associated Press 

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER 

WASHINGTON – September 18, 2009 — Forty-two states lost jobs last month, up from 29 in July, with the biggest net payroll cuts coming in Texas, Michigan, Georgia and Ohio.

The Labor Department also reported Friday that 27 states saw their unemployment rates increase in August, and 14 states and Washington D.C., reported unemployment rates of 10 percent or above.

The jobless rate nationwide is expected to peak above 10 percent next year, from its current 9.7 percent

The United States lost 216,000 jobs in August, the department said earlier this month, down from 276,000 in July. Employers have eliminated 6.9 million jobs since the recession began in December 2007.

Texas lost 62,200 jobs as its unemployment rate rose to 8 percent in August for the first time in 22 years.

Michigan saw 42,900 jobs disappear, including 25,000 in manufacturing, as the state continued to suffer along with its struggling auto industry. Michigan’s unemployment rate rose to 15.2 percent, the highest in the nation.

Nevada has the second-highest rate at 13.2 percent, followed by Rhode Island at 12.8 percent and California and Oregon at 12.2 percent each.

The jobless rates in California, Nevada and Rhode Island were the highest on records dating to 1976. California and Nevada have been slammed by the housing bust, while Rhode Island has lost thousands of manufacturing and government jobs in the past year.

Georgia and Ohio reported the third and fourth-highest job losses… respectively,

New Jersey added 800 jobs, but its jobless rate jumped to 9.7 percent, the highest in 33 years, from 9.3 percent.

Bottom line: The recovery so far is not creating new jobs in the private sector. The majority of new hires right now are in the government sector which will not result in boosting the GDP. Government does on create earnings, it consumes them.

The facts are this, we have unemployment of 9.7%. The stimulus was supposed to prevent us from going over 8.0%. What happened to those shovel ready projects that were going to put people to work right away? We have lost an additional 2.5 million job since Feb. 2009. We have more people on food stamps than ever before. Since the stimulus money is not creating jobs, maybe we should return all the unspent money to the Treasury. Then we can use it to pay down the debt, fund tax credits for business and capital investment to jump start the economy.

Even more concerning is; if the administration is successful in its’ efforts to put through Tax and Cap, Health Care Reform and tax increases more jobs will be lost.

It is time for a new plan. It is time to start telling your representatives that; we want the unused portion of the stimulus money returned to the Treasury, no more bailouts as well as tax breaks to stimulate business investment and job creation. We need to create jobs! We need to create them immediately. Government can hire people but that does not create revenue or national economic prosperity. No good will come from more government regulation and involvement in the markets. We do not want or need a welfare state. If the government spending does not stop and the free market be allowed to function on its’ own, we will bankrupt America. I for one have no desire to become part of a global nation that takes away my rights, liberties, freedom and the American Dream.

Restore the Republic, Reject the agenda of the Progressive Left!

“But with respect to future debt; would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself can validly contract more debt, than they may pay within their own age, or within the term of 19 years”.….. The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale”.  –  Thomas Jefferson

A fish may make San Joaquin Valley an endangered species

The bread basket of America is at risk because a 2″ smelt that is an endangered species was being killed by the water irrigation system that watered the valley. Federal guidelines and a court injunction by environmentalist have resulted in the shutdown of the irrigation system. The result is a drastic drop in farm production and 40% unemployment in the valley. Have we lost our minds? We are now putting bait fish ahead of our citizens – this is an outrage! This does not only affect those in the valley – it is going to affect all of us. This is going to effect the price and availability of fresh US grown produce. Do you really want more of the food you eat to come from places like South America, China and Asia? Any samonella concerns there?

See the Associated Press story below:

Schwarzenegger demands response to water crisis

By GARANCE BURKE Associated Press Writer

Posted: 09/02/2009 02:58:19 PM PDT

Updated: 09/02/2009 06:01:19 PM PDT

FRESNO, Calif.—Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called on the Obama administration Wednesday to intervene immediately in California’s water crisis, saying environmental restrictions that have slashed water deliveries to farms and cities were having “catastrophic impacts.”

The Republican governor sent a letter demanding a federal response to the state’s prior requests to hold talks about reduced supplies from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the delicate ecosystem that serves as the main conduit moving water from north to south.

A three-year drought is to blame for the bulk of the state’s current water shortages, and it has caused cities to ration their supplies and farmers to fallow a quarter-million acres.

The environmental restrictions, which were designed to protect the estuary’s struggling fish populations, also have limited the amount of water pumped to Southern California residents and farmers.

The governor and the farming industry have been pressing the federal government to rewrite plans protecting species like the chinook salmon in a way that will lessen impacts on the water supply.

Idled farmworkers have driven the unemployment rate to nearly 40 percent in some dry pockets of the fertile San Joaquin Valley.

“What is the path forward so we can protect the species as well as the economy?” said California Department of Water Resources Director Lester Snow. “If they have a better way of doing this, they need to come forward with that better way.”

An attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, which has sued to protect the fish, said the restrictions were based on sound science, and would help support commercial fishermen, who have not been able to fish for two seasons because salmon have been so scarce.

A spokeswoman for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the agency was reviewing the letter.

America, wake up! This is the type of environmental activism that needs to be stopped. Contact your Senators and tell that San Joaquin Valley needs their help!


5 Million Jobs Short

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While the promoting  the stimulus plan the Obama administration promised it would create 2.5 million jobs by the end of 2010. Later the Obama administration revised the number to 4 million new jobs. This makes the target number 138.6 million employed if the plan performs as advertised.

In August another 216,000 jobs were lost , lowering total U.S. employment to 131.2 million. We are still going the wrong direction leading most to beleve the stimulus is not working.

Unemployment is now at 9.7% and threatening to continue its’ climb. What happened to those shovel ready projects that were going to put [eople to work right away. Even more concerning is if the administration is successful in its’ efforts to put through Tax and Cap, Health Care Reform and tax increases more jobs will be lost.

It is time for a new plan. Since all the money has not been spent and the results are so poor, maybe it is time to return the unspent money to the Treasury, pay down the debt and try something different.

Maybe we should consider business tax cuts and tax credits for capital investment. No good will come from more government regulation and involvement in the markets.  

 

 Here are some other stats:

National Tracking: Economy

Rate Economy – Poor 56%
Economy Getting Worse 44%
RR Employment Index 63.9
Hiring 15%
Laying Off 28%
Worried about Losing Job 29%
The US is on the Wrong Track 63%

The NEA and the Obama Art Propaganda Program

Art as Propaganda – A historical perspective: 

“Art was considered to be one of the most important elements to strengthening the Third Reich and purifying the nation. Political aims and artistic expression became one. The task of art in the Third Reich was to shape the population’s attitudes by carrying political messages with stereotyped concepts and art forms”.

“True art as defined by Hitler was linked with the country life, with health, and with the Aryan race. “We shall discover and encourage the artists who are able to impress upon the State of the German people the cultural stamp of the Germanic race . . . in their origin and in the picture which they present they are the expressions of the soul and the ideals of the community.” Hitler, Party Day speech, 1935

The above passages are from “A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust”

Fast forward to the present:

The passage below is from an article by Patrick Courrielcheent, a writer for Big Hollywood, part of Breitbart.com

On Thursday August 6th, I was invited by the National Endowment for the Arts to attend a conference call scheduled for Monday August 10th hosted by the NEA, the White House Office of Public Engagement, and United We Serve. The call would include “a group of artists, producers, promoters, organizers, influencers, marketers, taste-makers, leaders or just plain cool people to join together and work together to promote a more civically engaged America and celebrate how the arts can be used for a positive change!” 

I learned after the conference call that there were approximately 75 people participating, including many well respected street-artists, filmmakers, art galleries, music venues, musicians and music producers, writers, poets, actors, independent media outlets, marketers, and various other professionals from the creative community. I suppose I was invited because of my work in creating arts initiatives, but being a former employer of the NEA’s Director of Communications was probably a factor as well. 

Backed by the full weight of President Barack Obama’s call to service and the institutional weight of the NEA, the conference call was billed as an opportunity for those in the art community to inspire service in four key categories, and at the top of the list were “health care” and “energy and environment.” The service was to be attached to the President’s United We Serve campaign, a nationwide federal initiative to make service a way of life for all Americans. 

Above examples of scary propoganda art from Rock the Vote.

Later after word of the conference call began to spread, Communications Director for the NEA Yosi Sergant claimed that they were not the ones who sent out the invitations for the conference call.” Mr. Sergant directed us to the Corporation for National and Community Service as the body that sent out the invitations.” 

According to Patrick Courrielcheent they are playing loose with the facts.  As can be clearly seen here, the invitation not only came from the National Endowment for the Arts, but from Sergant himself [click image to enlarge]:

Once again the administration is busted! They continue to treat the American public who they are supposed to be serving as if we are deaf, dumb and blind. Worse yet they believe that we are easily manipulated. Their behavior, their totally disdain for our Constitution and their tactics are insult to our intelligence.

Below are two videos from Glenn Beck: The first contains audio of the NEA call and the second is an interview with Patrick Courrielcheent.

I am truly running out of new things to say about what is going on. America – this is wrong! What has happenened to our country in less than a year? What is worse; is there is historical precedent for the type of things we are seeing. There is a force at work intent on “transforming” our country. Hope and Change sounds positive but the transformation so far seems much more insidious. There are red flags all over this administration; what is their end game? We need to find out before it is too late. For those who will say I am a conspiracy theorist, I say – Really? If it was one thing, one or two red flags you would have an argument but every day we hear something new. And they are not listening to us – if they were they would not still be trying to cram HealthCare Reform down our throats. Instead they would back off a little and try to come up with a plan they could sell. But no – we get a joint session of Congress where the president will “layout his expectations and time line for getting this done”, an art propoganda advertising blitz and a live presidential teleconference with our school children. This my friends is not how it is supposed to be in America.

Stand up, Fight back and Make your voice heard! Restore the Republic, Reject the Progressive Left!

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” — Patrick Henry 

Are they trying to bankrupt the country?

The article below from today’s Washington Post is just another sign of how much trouble we are in. While jobs continue to be lost in the private sector, the only place where jobs are being created is the government. The article suggests that over the next 4 years the number of federal employees will grow by 33%. Since government is not a revenue generator – how will we pay for this? If the answer is taxes, then jobs will continue to be lost in the private sector. This has the potential to create another death spiral for the US economy. Taking on any further debt at this point should be unthinkable! 

Federal Government Needs Massive Hiring Binge, Study Finds

By Steve Vogel Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 3, 2009

The federal government needs to hire more than 270,000 workers for “mission-critical” jobs over the next three years, a surge prompted in part by the large number of baby-boomer federal workers reaching retirement age, according to the results of a government-wide survey being released Thursday. 

The numbers also reflect the Obama administration’s intent to take on several enormous challenges, including the repair of the financial sector, fighting two wars, and addressing climate change.

“It has to win the war for talent in order to win the multiple wars it’s fighting for the American people,” said Max Stier, president and chief executive of the Partnership for Public Service, the think tank that conducted the survey of 35 federal agencies, representing nearly 99 percent of the federal workforce.

Despite its comprehensive scope, the survey is necessarily imprecise about certain questions in looking so far into the future. The number of hires would be affected, for example, by federal workers deciding to delay their retirement, the government continuing to rely on private contractors to handle some of these jobs, and Congress balking at the price tag of adding new workers to the federal payroll.

Nevertheless, the survey makes clear that the majority of new hires will be needed in five broad fields — medical, security, law enforcement, legal and administrative.

Mission-critical jobs are those positions identified by the agencies as being essential for carrying out their services. The study estimates that the federal government will need to hire nearly 600,000 people for all positions over President Obama’s four years — increasing the current workforce by nearly one-third.

The medical and public health area is most in need of hires, according to the study. Stier described the Department of Veterans Affairs as a “dramatic example” of an agency with pressing needs, as a result of the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. VA, according to the report, will need more than 48,000 hires over the next three years, including 19,000 nurses and 8,500 physicians.

Intelligence agencies expect to hire 5,500 people in the next year and “in the same order of magnitude” over the following two years, according to Ronald P. Sanders, chief human capital officer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Such agencies include the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency.

“It’s a combination of how much turnover we expect and how much growth we expect in our budget,” Sanders said.

The nation’s unsettled economy and high unemployment rate may ease the government’s task, as workers turn to the federal sector for job security and good benefits. But Stier said many federal agencies will have to fight to attract top talent, particularly in fields in which government cannot compete with private-sector salaries.

“Most are going to see extreme competition with the private sector,” Stier said. This could be especially true in fields such as medical, legal and information technology, he said.

Yet federal hiring remains a cumbersome process for many agencies. “Fixing the hiring process is a key component in making it work,” Stier said.

“Most government agencies have been historically passive, announcing jobs and waiting for people to line up,” said Sanders, who served as associate director for policy for the Office of Personnel and Management before joining the national intelligence office.

It is interesting that the areas identified as the primary need are medical, security, law enforcement, legal and administrative. Especially the assertion that we need to add 5,500 people a year to the CIA and the NSA. Who are we going to be monitoring that we need such a sizeable increase in these areas?

A recent Cato Institute survey shows that federal workers earn an average of twice as much as their private sector peers when benefits are included. To be precise, the average federal wage is $79,197, which is 59 percent higher than the private-sector average of $49,935. When you add in benefits, the average federal pay package comes to $119,982, versus $59,909 in the private sector. Using this data the federal would increase by approximately $32,395,140,000 in the next three years.

Where will this end? We must stop spending money we do not have. We need to start shedding government cost not adding to it.

In the real world if you tap out your line of credit and spend all the cash you have on hand, you can’t continue to spend. However, if you are the government you can just keep printing money. The country has tapped out most of its’ realistic lines of credit and so now we are simply printing money. We are headed for a financial Armageddon. If this spending continues, inevitably we will end up with hyper inflation and a worthless dollar.

If the President wants to show some real leadership, he should do what we do every day in private industry, demand budget cuts! For as long as I have been running business units in the private sector I can not remember a year that my employers didn’t say “we need to reduce costs”. Even in a growing company there is an expectation that while your total spend may go up to support growth, the efficiency for each dollar spent needed to improve. It is not a secret that the business of government is highly inefficient. Start with something simple like every agency and department must cut its’ operating expenses by 10 % each year for the next three years without eliminating core services. Notice I said expenses not budget. I guarantee you it can be done. It is done all the time in the private sector. Since the government has never focused on efficiency this mandate could likely be effective for the next ten years. The President and Congress needs to call a moratorium on spending for non essential services and focus on reducing our national debt.

Again I am asking you to stand up and be counted. Make your voice heard before it is too late. A bankrupt America will provide the “opportunity of crisis” that the Progressive Left is hoping for and then all bets are off. They will finish the job they have started and the America that we love will be destroyed.

Call and write your representatives – Tell them that they must STOP this reckless and unacceptable spending now or we will throw them out of office in the next election! We are running out of time, we can not afford to allow any more of this nonsense to move forward.

Restore the Republic, Revolt against the Progressive Agenda!

Food for thought: The Wisdom of Ronald Reagan

“The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it”.

“The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much”.

“The taxpayer – that’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination”.

Who are these People? … Van Jones, Green Jobs Czar

Candidate Barack Obama campaigned on these messages:

 “Change we can believe in” “Hope and Change” “Change we need” And … “Yes We Can!” 

This sounds so positive, so benign and yet… 

As he prepared to take office after winning the election we began to hear a stronger message….. 

“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America”. – President- Elect Barack Obama 

Transform to what?  This is still the greatest nation on earth! Can someone define what we are fixing?  Sure there are things we can do better, but fundamentally transform America? Folks, this does not sound like a tune up or some tweaking. Webster defines fundamental as: “constituting or functioning as an essential component of a system or structure: basic”. In America, the foundation of our society is the Constitution, making it the basic component.  

Now for all of you that voted for this president I ask – were you voting for a “fundamental transformation” of your country? If your answer is yes, what was it you were expecting to change? Did you still expect to operate under the Constitution? Did you want bigger and more intrusive government controlling your life, your income and your basic freedoms? Or as I would suspect with most were you just looking for a tune up, you know a few basic policy changes to make your life a little easier? Were you really expecting to be asked to give up your liberty, your freedom, and the American way of life? Is this really what you signed up for? 

Whether it is or not we are on a fast track to an America that most of us could never have envisioned. In this new America, we would use terms like “redistribution of wealth”, “social justice”, “government run health care”, “death panels” and “civilian security forces”, an America where we would be debating the merits of nationalizing the auto industry, nationalizing the banks, capping executive pay, taxing carbon emissions, cattle flatulence, soda and referring to our citizens who do not agree with proposed legislation as domestic terrorists?   Where the hell are we? We appear to be evolving, if the people in charge have there way into a hybrid government which is part communist and part fascist. See definitions below:

Communism: the political theory or system in which all property and wealth is owned in a classless society by all the members of that society 

Fascism: any movement, ideology, or attitude that favors dictatorial government, centralized control of private enterprise, repression of all opposition, and extreme nationalism 

If you merge the bolded parts of each you end up where we appear to be headed as follows: “a movement, ideology, or attitude that favors a classless society, centralized control of private enterprise and repression of all opposition 

The majority party leadership (with plenty of help from the minority) of this country has decided that “we the people” gave them a mandate to do whatever they think is best. Now that their agenda has become increasingly clearer and people have begun to push back, we are getting signals that they intend to ignore us and push ahead whether we like it or not. 

Friends, I am afraid the message is becoming quite clear. So is the answer to my opening question – Who are these people? This will be the first in a series of posts to answer that question. We will begin with Van Jones. 

Van Jones is President Obama’s Green Jobs Czar. Prior to the creation of this position had you ever heard of Van Jones? Who is he and where did come from? 

Van Jones, is obviously an intelligent and engaging man with a checkered and troubling past. To start with Jones is a San Francisco extremist who admits to having been “radicalized in jail.”

Leading up to Rodney King trial, Jones said, “I was a just rowdy black nationalist on April 28th [1992], and then the verdicts came down on April 29th. By August, I was a communist. (…) I met all these young radical people of color – I mean really radical: communists and anarchists. And it was, like, ‘This is what I need to be a part of.’ I spent the next ten years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail, trying to be a revolutionary.

In the late 90s, Jones was involved in Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement nicknamed(STORM), a multi-racial activist collective with Marxist influences. While never large, STORM was an influential group in the Bay Area, working with numerous organizations including Bay Area Police Watch, School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL), and People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER). So strong were his radical beliefs that  Jones’ named one of his sons Cabral, in honor of Amilcar Cabral, the African Marxist who spoke to Castro’s Tricontinental Congress in 1966.

Van Jones is also the founder of both the Ella Baker Center and Green For All, as well senior fellow with the Center for American Progress and heavily involved with the Apollo Alliance another environmental/green jobs organization.

Here is Van Jones; in his own words: 

Feb 28, 2009, Keynote Speech at the Powershift ’09 Conference: 

“Because obviously we need some help, we need some wisdom from some place else. Because what we’ve come up with here (America) don’t make no sense at all”! 

 “All we do is take out the dirty power system, the dirty power generation in a system and just replace it with some clean stuff, put a solar panel on top of this system. We don’t deal with how we are consuming water, we don’t deal with how we’re treating our other sister and other brothers’ species, we don’t deal with toxins, we don’t deal with the way we treat each other, if that’s not a part of this movement, let me tell you what you’ll have. This is all you’ll have. You’ll have solar powered bulldozers, solar powered buzz saws, and biofuel bombers and we’ll be fighting wars over lithium for the batteries instead of oil for the engines and we’ll still have a dead planet. This movement is deeper than a solar panel, deeper than a solar panel. Don’t stop there. Don’t stop there. No, we’re going to change the whole system. This movement is deeper than a solar panel, deeper than a solar panel. Don’t stop there. Don’t stop there. No, we’re going to change the whole system. We’re going to change the whole thing. We’re not going to put a new battery in a broken system. We want a new system. We want a new system”. 

Watch the full keynote speech here:

Here is an additional video from Glenn Beck with more background. 

Here is another quote from an interview he did as the head of the Ella Baker Center. 

 “The white polluters and the white environmentals are essentially steering poison into the people of colored communities”. 

If the average American made such a racially charged comment in an interview they would immediately branded as a racist and ostracized by the media. So how can you have this background and end up as a senior presidential advisor?

Jones views environmental activism as a means to advance the ultra-left’s Orwellian notion of “justice.” It should be obvious to anyone with a brain that there is no way this guy could have confirmed for any other job. He was an admitted communist and political radical – Czar was the only way in. But has Jones changed his ways?

Jones’ former colleague, Eva Paterson, president of the Equal Justice Society admits for a while Van was running around spouting 1960s rhetoric and romanticizing revolutionary icons. However, Eva says she advised Van to: “Rethink his tactics” and to “work for change in wiser ways.” Please notice that her advice was to change tactics rather than ideologies. In a 2005 interview Jones described his new found philosophy like this, “I’m willing to forgo the cheap satisfaction of the radical pose for the deep satisfaction of radical ends.”

Phil Kerpen of Americans for Prosperity draws the clear parallel between Jones’ communist and environmentalist advocacy: “I think it’s pretty instructive what his past is… it’s the same sort of philosophy, the idea that government ought to be reordering society in accordance with some utopian vision that failed with communism and socialism, and will fail with this green jobs idea”.

Given this guy’s background – Is this the profile of someone we want to responsible for helping ensure the American way of life, a way of life he clearly shows disdain for? Is this whose advice we want the president to seek? Remember, Obama has said we should judge him by the people he surrounds himself with. So if you are known by the company you keep….

America, are you awake yet? 

In the words of Buffalo Springfield, ” There’s something happening here, What it is ain’t exactly clear … I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down”! Pay attention, your country is depending on you. The founding fathers warned us this could happen. Stand up, Be counted, Make your voice heard… Restore the Republic and the American Way!

“Liberty, not communism, is the most contagious force in the world” – Earl Warren

 

“Capitalism and communism stand at opposite poles. Their essential difference is this: The communist, seeing the rich man and his fine home, says: ‘No man should have so much.’ The capitalist, seeing the same thing, says: ‘All men should have so much.’” – Unknown

 

“Communism teaches and seeks two objectives: unrelenting class warfare and the complete eradication of private ownership” –  Pope Pius XI

 

“How can limited government and fiscal restraint be equated with lack of compassion for the poor? How can a tax break that puts a little more money in the weekly paychecks of working people be seen as an attack on the needy? Since when do we in America believe that our society is made up of two diametrically opposed classes—one rich, one poor—both in a permanent state of conflict and neither able to get ahead except at the expense of the other? Since when do we in America accept this alien and discredited theory of social and class warfare? Since when do we in America endorse the politics of envy and division?”  – Ronald Reagan

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world”. – Thomas Jefferson