Filed under: Domestic Policy, Economy, Energy, Junk Science, Progressivism, Religion, Science/Technology | Tags: CSX Oil Train Derailed, Keystone XL Pipeline, Mount Carbon WV
A CSX train composed largely of tanker cars derailed this afternoon in Mount Carbon, West Virginia. Adena village, a neighborhood close to the derailment, was evacuated after one residence caught fire when a tanker car slammed into a house and burst into flames.
One tanker car went into the Kanawha River, and some cars exploded. All but two of the 109 cars were tankers loaded with Bakken crude from North Dakota, headed to Yorktown, Virginia. At least 14 tank cars were reported to be on fire, and there is burning oil on the Kanawha. Some cars have exploded, and at least one sent a fireball at least 300 feet in the air.
Two water treatment plants have been shut down to prevent oil from getting into the water supply. Residents will continue to have water for the next 6 to 8 hours due to an emergency reserve supply.
Proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline keep reminding the environmental activists that oil trains have a record of derailing, sometimes with considerable lost lives, and that a pipeline is immeasurably safer, but it doesn’t sink in. The oil will go to market, whether by pipeline, train or truck. We have many pipelines crossing the Midwest because they are safer and thriftier.
Our economy runs on oil, coal, natural gas and in some places—hydropower and nuclear energy. If we want an economy, and goods to supply the economy, we must have energy. Solar arrays and wind farms produce little energy, and must have 24/7 full-time backup from a conventional power plant. Sounded nice to depend on the sun and the wind, but it was always hooey, and a scheme to enrich favored cronies with government subsidies.
It was not known at the time of this report if anyone was injured or killed.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Economy, Education, Environment, Health Care, Immigration, Politics | Tags: Magical Memories, Searching For Truth, Truth and Lies
The New York Times ‘Well’ column, which seems to be about ‘living well,’ is today going on about the reliability of human memory, and how memories can be distorted or embellished over time, and then wanders into consulting a leading memory researcher about Brian Williams’ long, long history of “distorted” memories.
I hasten to add that I do not get my news from NBC, and I’m not at all sure that I have ever watched Brian Williams. Scientific studies, researchers, fabricated, distorted, embellished, mistakenly, etc. etc. It’s still pretty clear that the embellishing served the purpose of making Mr. Williams look a little better in his own eyes and the eyes of others. And yes, everybody lies:” You look really nice, dear” and so on and so forth, but we all know when it crosses the line into something else entirely.
And we seem to be entirely into the “entirely” category. We are unable to decide whether our president lives in a fantasy world, thinks the common folk out there will believe anything he says, is purposefully distorting, or is just a pathological liar.
Then we have the IRS, the EPA, HHS, NSA, OMB, NOAA, DOE, DHS, VA, I could go on, but you get the idea, and these are only a few of the agencies that have been in the news for scandal of one sort or another. I can ‘t remember any time when there are so many questions about the behavior of so many government agencies, or any time when confidence in government was so lacking. This is not normal.
Congress is still trying to pry out some information about the attack on our facility in Benghazi, the murder of four Americans (one of them an Ambassador of the United States of America) and that was back in September of 2012!
We have a president, a graduate of Harvard Law School, who does not feel it necessary to pay attention to the Constitution, let alone the preserve, protect and defend oath he took on Lincoln’s Bible. The Constitution is quite clear that Congress gets to make the laws, and the President’s job is the executive part.
Is falsehood contagious? Does falsehood in the Executive Department spread to the agencies by some sort of osmosis? Or do instructions go out to each department head about what may be said and what may not? Examples made by the swift firing of someone or other? How does it all work?
Why do I find more clarity about an event in this country by reading about it in the British press rather than our own?
We now have the biggest science scandal ever, in which the official temperature records — on which the entire global warming panic has rested and about which billions of taxpayer money has been spent — temperature records which were systematically adjusted to show the Earth as having warmed significantly more than was justified by the actual data.
I reject the idea that it has always been thus. Candidates in the next election must convince us that next time things will be different. And we’re not going to be all that easy to convince any more.
So to clarify everything and restore honesty to the situation, NBC is going to suspend the aforesaid Mr. Williams for six months. At that point maybe everybody will have forgotten, or moved on, and Brian Williams will have forgotten all those unfortunate misremembered memories.
Filed under: Capitalism, Domestic Policy, Economy, Foreign Policy, History, Humor, Islam, National Security, The United States | Tags: Barack Oama, Euphemisms, National Prayer Breakfast
Why did Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast strike such a wrong note? David Gelernter suggests it’s to establish his own moral superiority.
Filed under: Politics, Domestic Policy, Economy, Democrat Corruption, Progressivism, Capitalism, National Security, The United States, Unemployment | Tags: President Barack Obama, Unemployment Numbers, Lies and Political Spin
Fewer native-born Americans in the United States have jobs now than were employed in November 2007, in spite of a growth in the working-age population of 11 million.
What? I thought the unemployment rate was down to 5.6 percent. Isn’t that supposed to be a good number? Obama just said we had “the fastest economic growth in over a decade.”
“Unemployment is at its lowest since 2008, the stock market is surging and a host of other economic indicators show the U.S. is making a comeback—a comeback Obama is flaunting and taking credit for more and more as he embarks on the fourth quarter of his presidency and looks to define his legacy,” that’s from CNN.
In November 2014, one in every five U.S. jobs was held by a foreign-born worker, up from one-in-six jobs was held by a foreign born worker the previous year.
The 5.6 unemployment figure is a result of the way the Department of Labor calculates the number. The BLS does not count someone as unemployed if they gave up looking after four weeks of fruitless searching. If a worker performs one hour of work a week and gets paid a minimum of $20 —that worker does not count among their number of unemployed workers.
These numbers are from Jim Clifton, the Chairman and CEO at Gallup. He adds that if an American works part-time, but seeks full time employment, that worker does not count as unemployed. He uses the example of someone who has a degree in math or chemistry but can only find part-time work because that job is all that’s available.
Clifton emphasizes: “There is no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.” He notes “Gallup defines a good job as 30+ hours per week for an organization that prov ides a regular paycheck. Right now, the U.S. is delivering at a staggeringly low rate of 44% — which is the number of full-time jobs as a percent of the adult population, 18 years and older.”
“All of the net gain in employment since 2007 has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal)…Native [age 16 to 65] employment has not returned to pre-recession levels” said a December 19 statement from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).
On Nov. 20, President Obama announced that he would provide (by executive order) work permits to five million illegal immigrants in this country.He has also given work permits to at least 50,000 Central American migrants who crossed the border in 2014.
Overall, Obama has announced plans to give work permits to an extra six million migrants, in addition to the roughly eight million legal migrants that will arrive during his eight years in the White House. That adds up to almost one new foreign worker for every two Americans who turn 18.
Even Presidential Budgets that are dead-on-arrival can be useful. This year’s budget proposal is deeply flawed and risky. With the world situation today, the Middle East in flames, Russia becoming more aggressive, China building up their military — why would the administration suggest that the U.S can get by in the coming decade with a defense budget less than half of the historical average?
“I am very confident that America is stronger, more prosperous, safer, and more influential today that it was when I took office,” Obama said.