Filed under: Domestic Policy, Economy, Global Warming, Energy, Democrat Corruption, Capitalism, Junk Science, Bureaucracy | Tags: Associated Press, California, Imitate North Korea
California Governor Jerry Brown, sometimes referred to as “Governor Moonbeam,”is at it again. He wants to control greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the climate change agenda of the country’s most prominent Democrats. They have pledged to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 80% by 2050. They’ve given this the clever slogan “80 by 50.”
Earlier this month, by just two votes the Assembly rejected SB32 which would have required the state to reach 80 by 50. Pushing the bill was the state’s Democratic leadership, the governor and U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. President Obama has repeatedly endorsed the plan as have all of the candidates for the Presidency except Jim Webb.
What, asks Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute, would this mean to real people, or the citizens of California? Residents of California would be asked to emit less carbon dioxide than do the current residents of North Korea. Surely you have seen the satellite pictures of North Korea at night. That one bright spot is undoubtedly Kim Jong Un’s palace.
Wind and s0lar energy cannot accomplish the desired reduction — they require vast acreages of land and 24/7 backup from a conventional power source. Nuclear energy would do the trick, but Democrats and environmentalists are totally opposed to nuclear energy, and building nuclear energy plants is not cheap. Germany estimates that for them to reach the 80 by 50 target would cost another $1.3 trillion. For us it would be over $5 trillion.
That brings us to an interesting article from Phillip Rucker of the Washington Post. He asks if Democrats and Republicans are talking about the same country? Of course we are not. Democrats follow Democrat talking points. They all march to the same tune. They are interested in income inequality, although their policies do nothing to reduce it. They simply accept climate change as a crisis, not because they have ever looked into the science, but because they just accept Democrat talking points as gospel. They care desperately about workplace equality for women, although equal pay for equal jobs has been the law since 1963. Other than a campaign issue, they don’t pay any attention to the law anyway. Women in the White House are paid less for the same job, as are, I have read, women in Hillary’s campaign.
On climate change, I refer you to my previous post, about 20 scientists asking that climate deniers be prosecuted for their beliefs. It turns out that the organization responsible for the letter to the President asking for skeptics to be prosecuted is almost entirely funded by U.S. taxpayers. Scientists with the Institute of Global Environment and Society gets millions from taxpayers, and the lead scientist gets a six-figure salary for part-time work.
On top of that, we have the Associated Press changing the language. The AP announced today that it will no longer use the terms “climate change deniers” or “climate change skeptics” to refer to “those who don’t believe the world is warming or don’t accept climate science.”
The wire service sets the style standard for many news organizations. They announced they will refer to “individuals who reject climate change” as “climate change doubters” or “those who reject mainstream climate science.” Oh please! Could I possibly ask for a better demonstration of why I seldom pay attention to news from the Associated Press? The American people’s trust in Mass Media has returned to an all-time low at 40% who believe the news is reported fairly and accurately.
The scientists who do not accept the work of the IPCC, don’t accept it because it is not correct, and designed for a political point, not a scientific point. The earth is always warming and cooling as it has done for millions of years. We have had periods much warmer than today as the Medieval Warm Period when grapes grew in England, and the Vikings farmed in Iceland. It’s known as the finest climate ever, and led to the Renaissance. We have also had Ice Ages, and more recently the Little Ice Age in the 1800s.
Another day, another battle over whether of not climate change is a catastrophe. Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) has filed Articles of Impeachment against EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, with 20 other members of Congress because she committed perjury and made several false statements at multiple congressional hearings, and as a result is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Foreign Policy, Islam, Middle East, Military, National Security, Russia, The United States | Tags: Bashar Assad, President Obama, Vladimir Putin
When you draw a ‘red line,’ or ‘a line in the sand’ publicly in international terms, it is a very serious threat. When you back down your reputation is permanently damaged. That is usually a lesson that one learns on the playground.
In a 2012 press conference in Stockholm, Obama said:
I have, at this point, not ordered military engagement in the situation. But the point that you made about chemical and biological weapons is critical. That’s an issue that doesn’t just concern Syria; it concerns our close allies in the region, including Israel. It concerns us. We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people.
We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.
Assad unleashed a sarin gas attack on Syrians in Ghouta just outside of Damascus. Obama avoided any action in Syria in order to help with the Iran negotiations. The image above is a neighborhood in Syria.
The answer was supposed to be investing $500 million in training some of the Syrian rebels to fight Assad’s army, but it actually yielded just four or five fighters.
So now President Obama and his foreign policy team are confused.Why is Vladimir Putin pouring troops and weapons into Syria? Secretary of State John Kerry has told his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that it really isn’t helpful, and is making things worse. Russia has deployed a small number of tactical jets in Syria for the first time. Moscow is clearly preparing to help Assad cling to power. American pilots regularly fly surveillance flights and airstrike missions, the direct involvement of Russian forces could mean trouble.
Russia has been an ally of Syria since Sadat kicked the Soviets out of Egypt in 1972. Look at a map. Putin has re-claimed the Crimea and is simply asserting their influence in the Middle East. Putin’s ambition is always to avenge and reverse Russia’s humiliating loss of superpower status over 25 years ago.
Obama’s efforts to train an opposition army to fight the ISIS has been an abysmal failure. And an expensive failure. But the White House is not to blame. The finger, the White House says, should be pointed not at Mr. Obama, but at those who pressed him to attempt training Syrian rebels in the first place. The New York Times says:
In effect, Mr. Obama is arguing that he reluctantly went along with those who said it was the way to combat the Islamic State, but that he never wanted to do it and has now has been vindicated in his original judgment.
Mr. Trump simply says “Syria’s a mess, Why are we fighting ISIS in Syria? Let them fight each other and pick up the remnants.” A comment much in line with his simplistic answers to everything else.
Ryan C. Crocker who was ambassador to Afghanistan under Mr. Obama and ambassador to Iraq under George W. Bush said the president was right to think that a train-and-arm program would not work, but he either should have continued to resist or taken ownership rather than blame others.
How un-presidential that sounds — ‘We didn’t want to do it, we thought it was unsound but you made us do it,’ ” said Mr. Crocker. “It’s just indicative of their whole approach to Syria, which is not to have a policy. This is the worst thing they could say.”
Now refugees are flooding Europe. We don’t know who are refugees, who are migrants, and who are members of ISIS. What we are learning is that EU estimates are that four out of five migrants are not from Syria but from Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq and even states farther removed. Mr. Obama’s response seems to be welcoming a hundred thousand or so refugees every year into the indefinite future.
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Crime, Democrat Corruption, Iran, Politics, Regulation
Dan Henninger’s column in the Wall Street Journal last Thursday was about Wednesday’s debate but he made use of Howard Beale’s now famous line in “Network” when he started shouting on his broadcast one evening, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”
Beale’s last-straw rant is a compendium of political crises and petty annoyances that added up to a society running off the rails. Driven mad, Beale yells: “I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first, you’ve got to get mad!”
Henninger adds “That was 1976. This is 2015. It’s back. What happened?”
The political crises are not the same, but the frustration is. I wrote last month about the VA being caught shredding mail from veterans related to vets’ disability claims. That scandal has been going on for ages, and no one has been fired. It is apparently impossible to fire government employees who game the system or commit infractions of one kind or another. If they do something really bad, they get placed on an extended leave at full pay.
The cyber crimes are piling up. The IRS had 334,000 taxpayer identities stolen. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) had 22 million identities stolen of everybody who had ever worked for the government, and any references they gave at the time they were hired.
Medical identities, 2.3 million of your medical records have been stolen.The IRS and OPM cases have been blamed on Chinese hackers. President Obama took care of that by refusing to stay at the Waldorf Astoria (Chinese owned) while in New York for a UN something or other. That’ll fix that! Is anybody actually doing something about preventing these incursions? Got me. The medical identity theft can be very expensive for the victim, something like $15,000 to fix. You didn’t think ObamaCare would do anything for you, did you?
Last week, Investors reported that for President Obama there is “no greater threat” than global warming. All his efforts to reduce CO2 will amount to a 0.3 possible drop of CO2 by the year 2100. In the meantime, the real threat comes from solar storms or worse, an electromagnetic pulse attack (EMP) from an enemy like Iran. They are reported to have directions for how to conduct an EMP attack in their military manuals. The US has 99 nuclear stations and 31 research facilities which could face simultaneous meltdown of these facilities in as little as 30 minutes. Defending against an EMP attack would cost something like $2 billion, less than we send to Pakistan each year. Is Washington doing anything? Who knows? But apparently not.
That doesn’t even touch the Planned Parenthood mess, or Obama’s disastrous Iran Deal, or his planned admission of 100,000 refugees a year. Howard Beale may just have had it right. But he didn’t offer any solutions.
Filed under: Politics, Foreign Policy, Domestic Policy, Economy, Democrat Corruption, Capitalism, National Security, Progressives, Bureaucracy | Tags: Pandering and Partisanship, War on Free Speech, War on the Bill of Rights
Poisonously partisan. That is probably the shortest and clearest description of the eight years of the Obama administration. Every department, agency and bureau has been politicized. Barack Obama is fiercely competitive, but he apparently never learned that to make things work — you need cooperation.
It’s far harder and more intellectually challenging to work together with people with whom you generally disagree for the good of the nation — a nation with over 300 million different opinions and desires. Obama has his own peculiar vision, and he is going to impose it on us all. Don’t even think of trying to stop him.
Surely you have noticed that the Obama administration is increasingly intolerant of those who disagree with them on any subject. The remarkable letter from 20 scientists to request that those who disagree with them about the science of climate change should be prosecuted is only one of the most recent examples.
Another is the exclusion of Hillsdale College, a 1,500 student liberal arts college in Michigan, ranked as the 67th best liberal arts college in the country, from the Obama extolled new “College Scorecard”, because it “Isn’t a real two-to four year college.” A lot of their graduates would be astonished at that one. The problem is that Hillsdale (founded in 1844) does not accept any federal funding (including federal student loans) in order to be free of federal regulatory control. Do not look for lot of gender studies courses, nor much emphasis on “triggering” and hate speech. They don’t embarrass themselves by banning speakers with unconventional ideas, but instead print up excerpts for their free speech digest which goes (free) to some 3 million subscribers. (I am one)
Leftist professors are systematically indoctrinating their students into believing that 9/11 was all our fault. A freshman-level English class taught at several major universities across the country called “the Literature of 9/11” focuses entirely on the writings from the perspective if the Islamic terrorists rather than the 3,000 Americans killed in the attack. Terrorists are portrayed as “freedom fighters” driven by oppressive U.S. foreign policies.
How’s this for partisanship? There are 8.8 million legal US immigrants eligible for citizenship. Obama wants to get them all through the citizenship process before the 2016 election. He will allow credit card payments instead of cash for the fees, and he is waiving qualifications, such as the requirement that new citizens agree to be called upon for military service if they are needed. He wants them registered to vote before the election.
The war on religion is serious and intense. Many Leftists have expressed a desire to get rid of the first amendment. They oppose freedom of speech — because those on the right disagree. Those on the right also are far better informed about the real importance of the Bill of Rights and what it means. The Left hates freedom of religion and the people who oppose abortion because of their religious views. Catholics like Nancy Pelosi pander a bit by insisting it’s all about women’s health. Opposition to gay marriage is considered a hate crime.
On the eve of Pope Francis’s arrival in the United States, the Vatican has taken offense at the Obama administration’s decision to invite to the pope’s welcoming ceremony transgender activists, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop and an activist nun who leads a group criticized by the Vatican for its silence on abortion and euthanasia. This is purposeful, and unbelievably ill-mannered. Obama’s latest pettiness seeks to embarrass his guest in order to make a domestic political point about “tolerance” and “diversity.” As Rick Moran said: “The Catholic Church is not a democracy. The pope can’t “change his mind” about gay marriage like so many Democrats do.”
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has advocated for women in combat, the Marine Corps intends to prohibit women in several front line combat roles. It has to do with some simple things like 68 pound packs and sharpshooting ability. Obama’s female nominee for Under Secretary of the Navy, wants women in combat. She says “this is not just using the military for social engineering.” Of course it is. There’s a bit of difference between piloting an airplane as she did, and carrying a 68 lb. pack, carrying a fellow soldier out of the line of fire. Men and women are different, and remain so in spite of social engineering.
The Obama administration’s efforts to unconstitutionally bypass Congress with executive orders, arbitrary suspension of laws or simple non-enforcement, and exempting party loyalists from legal accountability is a disgrace. Obama is often called a professor of Constitutional Law, but he was only a part-time instructor of civil rights law. He does not take the Constitution seriously, which means that he doesn’t understand just what the United States Constitution, the world’s oldest and most revered, really means to the freedom of man. No cities on shining hills for Obama.
Do the folks objecting so vociferously to “birthright babies” ever stop to think about just why those mothers are so determined to get their children American citizenship?
Filed under: Politics, Foreign Policy, Domestic Policy, Economy, Democrat Corruption, Progressivism, Capitalism, National Security, Immigration, Regulation, Unemployment, Bureaucracy | Tags: President Barack Obama, The Obama Agenda, Weak and Feckless
If you read a lot of headlines, it would seem the Americans are really angry. But what are they angry about? If man-on-the-street interviews are to be believed (Obviously six or eight participants are not a meaningful sample) they don’t know what they are talking about. Or do they?
Matthew Continetti summed it up nicely in one paragraph in the Weekly Standard.
What is happening in the world? When one looks at recent news, one can’t help feeling a sense of bewilderment. A storied Olympian announces his new gender on the cover of Vanity Fair, the Supreme Court declares same-sex marriage a constitutional right, racial violence returns to St. Louis and Baltimore, police are ambushed and murdered in New York City and Houston, murder is on the rise, Democratic candidates apologize for saying all lives matter, “trigger warnings” precede the teaching of Ovid at university, the president unilaterally amnesties millions of illegal immigrants, politically correct mobs use social media to silence dissent and intimidate heretics, hundreds of thousands of migrants flood into Europe, a slowing Chinese economy causes volatility in the U.S. stock market, more than 70 percent of Americans say they are unhappy with the direction of the country, and the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination is a billionaire television star who promises to deport illegal aliens, oppose free trade, raise taxes on hedge funds, and establish a national health plan where “you can get everything in Obamacare, but much more.”
And it’s all true. I could, however have written an entirely different paragraph with different worries that would be equally true. People have been shocked by the sheer barbarism of ISIS, and nobody does anything to stop it. Or is it the regulations that are imposed on us by executive order rather than by the people we elected to Congress. We thought that people of other races were melding ever more completely into American society, and instead we have riots and killings and a breakdown of law enforcement relations with American blacks. China is building a military base in the middle of the South China Sea on islands they are building on some reefs. Russia is invading the Ukraine, threatening the Baltic States, claiming the North Pole as its own territory. And the president is urging the EPA on in its quest to shut down he coal-fired power plants providing 40 percent of our electricity in favor of wind farms and solar arrays that produce very little energy at enormous expense in taxpayer subsidies. That’s just a few of mine, and I’m sure you could each come up with your own list.
Here are four important voices explaining why we are where we are:
— Victor Davis Hanson: Is Obama Correctable? Here and abroad, the Obama administration damages whatever it touches.
— Richard A. Epstein: The Consequences of Obama’s Weakness
Bad consequences follow when a United States President thinks that he an counter forces of terrorism and world disorder on the cheap without the use or threat of ground forces.
— Noah Rothman: The Culmination of Obama’s Indulgent Foreign Policy Much ink has been wasted over the course of this presidency attempting to identify (or to invent) something that could be reasonably considered an Obama doctrine.
— Walter Russell Mead: Fecklessness 101: The endgame in Syria: Apparently the Obama administration turned down a Russian offer to dump Assad…because the Administration was sure he was going to fall on his own.
Filed under: Politics, Foreign Policy, Economy, Military, Terrorism, Democrat Corruption, Law, National Security, China, Intelligence, Crime | Tags: President Obama, Cyber Attacks on US, Ft. Meade Maryland
Chinese government hackers have reportedly stolen commercial data from many U.S. companies, and personal data about many American government employees — including those with security clearances, plus private data from Americans’ health-care companies. Obama has done little or nothing to stop this coast-to-coast raiding of Americans’ property, but has instead worked elsewhere to boost the Democratic party’s political power.
In the Pacific, China’s government is building new island-bases in internationally disputed waters, while Obama focuses his foreign-policy efforts on completing his nukes-and-cash sellout to the deepening alliance of Iran and Russia.
Surely by now, we must have teams working in each government department to harden off their computer files to prevent hacking?The State Department’s lack of control (or concern) over the Secretary of State’s use of a personal computer might argue that there is something more to be desired.
The Daily Mail (UK) just published ( July 15) this “secret” NSA map of cyber attacks from Chinese hackers over the past five years. (Click to enlarge). Did the Daily Mail hack NSA to get their “secret map?”
Silicon Valley is the most attacked. Seattle has Boeing and Microsoft, but I can’t imagine what that one lonely dot on the NW coast is. Iron Springs Resort? The Office of Personnel Management hack got 22.1 million people’s Social Security records, everyone who has ever applied for a government job, and their personal references. The IRS hack in May gave them over 100,000 tax records.
President Obama is not taking this lying down. He refused to stay at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel during the U.N. General Assembly this month. (A Chinese conglomerate now owns the hotel.) And he’s really talking tough in a visit to Ft. Meade, speaking about Chinese cyber attacks.
We’ve made very clear to the Chinese that there are certain practices that they’re engaging in that we know are emanating from China and are not acceptable,” Obama said in an appearance at Ft. Meade. “And we can choose to make this an area of competition – which I guarantee you we’ll win if we have to – or, alternatively, we can come to an agreement in which we say, this isn’t helping anybody. Let’s instead try to have some basic rules of the road in terms of how we operate.”
China is really getting the ultimate threat in the Obama arsenal: “These practices are not acceptable.” That should get their attention.
“We hope that the U.S. stops its groundless attacks against China, start dialogue based on a foundation of mutual respect, and jointly build a cyberspace that is peaceful, secure, open and cooperative,” said a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman. “Maintaining cybersecurity should be a point of cooperation rather than a source of friction between both China and the United States.”
ADDENDUM: During the President’s trip to Alaska, Chinese warships which had been exercising with the Russians in the Arctic traveled 3,000 miles out of their way to broach the 12 mile territorial limits just, by coincidence, when the President was on a 3 day visit to Alaska, and of course they knew his schedule because they had hacked the White House computers.
Violating another nation’s territorial limits just isn’t done, unless it is meant as a provocation. The U.S, brushed it off as unimportant.
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Crime, Democrat Corruption, Free Markets, Politics, Regulation | Tags: Atty. General Lynch, Crime, Prosecutors
Have you seen, or clicked on, those images at the bottom of pages on the internet that urge you to look at some celebrity’s mansion? There’s an estate on Long Island for sale for $100,000,000. and it looks as if it’s quite a hike to get from the enormous house, across the garden, the tennis courts and the other amenities to get to the swimming pool. Do you seethe with envy about inequality? Me neither, but the Leftists among us apparently do.
They are enthusiastic about government, when they are in charge, and the potential of using its power to regulate and control; and they find our mistrust of government and criticism of crony capitalism and other crooked activities hard to understand. The goal is equality—everybody being equal, except for themselves of course—well, somebody has to run things.
They don’t understand business. They hate corporations, filled with fat cats, who are always shipping business overseas and laying off nice people, and the evil, rapacious CEOs who run those corporations are making millions. It isn’t fair.
So just when you thought Obama’s attempts to demonize Wall Street were pretty much over, his new Attorney General Loretta Lynch has issued a memo to prosecutors nationwide to set their sights on Wall Street Bank executives. No corporate liability, no settlements, she wants prosecutors to leverage all their resources to compel corporations under investigation to identify “high-level executives” for criminal misconduct. If they don’t name names, settlement deals will be taken off the table.
In fact, says Investors, “the settlement agreement should include a provision that requires the company to provide information about all culpable individuals and that is explicit enough so that a failure to provide the information results in specific consequences, such as stipulated penalties and/or material breach,” says the seven page memo written by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. “We mean it when we say,’You have got to cough up the individuals.”
No longer will the government let bankers off the hook for the kind of “financial fraud” witnessed during the financial crisis. “We seek greater accountability from those who use corporations to lie, cheat and steal.”
Great, she can start with Jon Corzine, former Democratic governor of New Jersey, who oversaw the collapse of commodity brokerage firm MF Global, then got caught up in the ensuing scandal over improper money transfers from customers’ accounts.
Once he’s behind bars, she can move on to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who as HUD chief shook down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for billions in subprime loans, forcing the mortgage giants to invest their portfolios in high-risk mortgages that sped their collapse and helped crash the entire real estate market.
Prosecutors can also target William Apgar, the HUD official behind the disastrous decision allowing Fannie and Freddie to count subprime securities as credit against the agency’s “affordable housing” targets.
Apgar now admits “it was a mistake.” Only he’s never been held accountable for his subprime crimes, either.
Apparently Attorney General Lynch has already decided that Wall Street Bank executives are guilty, and she just needs some corporate squealers to rat out their bosses. She has seen too many Hollywood movies, or possibly she has just gotten her marching orders from her boss, who wants some CEO scalps for his billion dollar presidential library. For his legacy.