Getting Ready?? Obama’s New White House Counsel Is Veteran of Handling Scandals in Clinton White House

Posted on April 23rd, 2014
W. Neil Eggleston

By Thomas Lifson

Tea leaf readers may want to pay close attention to a staff change at the White House. The lawyer who claims that “when an IRS audit found that the tax collection agency had been targeting conservative political groups,” it was her “decision not to tell the president about the findings, in an attempt to shield Obama from charges he interfered in the investigation” is being replaced with a lawyer who is a Read More »

This Is What Employment In America Really Looks Like…

Posted on April 23rd, 2014
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By Michael Snyder

The level of employment in the United States has been declining since the year 2000.  There have been moments when things have appeared to have been getting better for a short period of time, and then the decline has resumed.  Thanks to the offshoring of millions of jobs, the replacement of millions of workers with technology and the overall weakness of the U.S. economy, Read More »

Baseball Icon Joins the Liberal Echo Chamber

Posted on April 23rd, 2014
16 Trillion Debt Racist

By Rick Jensen

Last week, Hank Aaron broke the hearts of millions of Republicans and conservatives who supported him and cheered him on in 1974 while racists threatened his life.

USA Today quoted “The Hammer” in an interview as saying, “We can talk about baseball. Talk about politics. Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of Read More »

More Informative Links for April 23, 2014

Posted on April 23rd, 2014

U.S. Foreign Policy Should Focus on Protecting Americans, Not Reassuring Friends and Allies – Forbes  …  “The United States is busy in the world, with the Secretaries of Defense and State always on the international move.  No function seems more important to Washington than acting as the world’s universal comforter, constantly ‘reassuring’ friends and allies no matter where located. It’s a strange, even bizarre policy. First, the overriding responsibility of Washington officials is to safeguard America—its people, territory, constitutional liberties, and prosperityThe Department of Defense is not a charity created to protect the world, defend the self-important, secure the rich, subsidize the improvident, calm the nervous, guard the pacifist, or save the indifferent.”

“Second, America’s broader foreign policy should be directed at advancing the interests of Americans.  The national government is the agent of those who fund, staff, and support it, the American people. It oft has been said that the State Department needs an America desk.  So does the Pentagon.  And the White House.  And Congress.  Washington should stop reassuring friendly nations that they will forever be security wards of America.  The people who most need reassuring are Americans. Obama administration is busy ‘reassuring’ US allies. Instead should be reassuring Americans who are paying the bills.

The Tom Steyer Veto. Nothing to See Here — Just a Guy Whose Checkbook Apparently Blocked a National Infrastructure Project - National Review  …   “Tom Steyer isn’t Senate majority leader, or chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, or even Senate president pro tem. He’s merely the man who wants to spend $100 million on Democrats this year and who hates the Keystone pipeline. Last week, the Obama administration yet again delayed its long-delayed determination whether or not to approve the Keystone pipeline, a nondecision strategically announced not just on a Friday, but a Friday that is one of the holiest days of the year. The administration had enough self-awareness to know its latest exercise of executive inaction was nothing to be proud of.”

Even in the mainstream media, almost everyone assumed the move was entirely political. The simpler explanation is that Tom Steyer, as well as the liberal donors and climate activists allied with him, is getting his way. They were always an influential constituency in the Democratic party, but became even more so a few months ago when Steyer pledged $50 million of his own money to Democrats in the midterms, to be matched by another $50 million from other donors. In a punishing year for Democrats, this was rare good news. Why mess it up by deciding Keystone on the merits? For all the complaints about money in politics, it is unusual that a high-profile decision seems to have such a direct connection to one big-time donor.”

Informative Links for April 23, 2014

Posted on April 23rd, 2014

Union Hammers Obama for ‘Gutless’ Keystone XL Delay - Washington Free Beacon  …  “A top labor union blasted the Obama administration on Friday over what it described as a nakedly political decision to once again delay a decision on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers International Union of America (LIUNA), called the move ‘gutless’ and a ‘low blow to the working men and women of our country.’”

“‘It’s not the oil that’s dirty, it’s the politics,’ he wrote. Once again, the administration is making a political calculation instead of doing what is right for the country. This certainly is no example of profiles in courage. It’s clear the administration needs to grow a set of antlers, or perhaps take a lesson from Popeye and eat some spinach.’ O’Sullivan’s statement indicates a growing divide between labor unions and the Democratic Party’s environmentalist supporters (and donors) that could spell trouble for the party in the midterms, even with a steady flow of Tom Steyer cash.”

Study:  Global Warming Enhances Output and Health, Helps Poor – Newsmax  …   “The modest increase in temperatures observed across the globe over the last century has helped to raise the standard of living of people around the world, according to a report from the National Center for Policy Analysis. The NCPA report stands in stark contrast to the most recent report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which consistently advocates giving the U.N. authority to tax and regulate fossil fuels, along with the power to subsidize and compel the use of alternative energy…. Contrary to popular belief, climate change thus far has had positive effects, and the net benefits of warming are likely to be positive for the foreseeable future,’ according to the report by NCPA senior fellow H. Sterling Burnett.”

But the higher concentrations of carbon dioxide have made farmers more productive, which in turn has added 0.8 percent to global GDP. ‘An additional 1.5 percent of global output is the difference between survival and starvation for many people,’ Burnett said. ‘Because wealth rates among the most significant factors in health, increasing wealth will help future people better adapt to whatever warming (or cooling) occurs. Increased carbon dioxide levels help to fertilize plants. Higher carbon dioxide levels in the air also allow plants to use water more efficiently, and with the increased temperatures there are fewer growth-inhibiting frosts and growing seasons last longer.’”

Prelude to Economic Disaster: Billionaire Liquidates All Real Estate Ahead of Crash

Posted on April 22nd, 2014
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By Max Slavo

If you were to contact a real estate agent in any major market today they’d likely advise you the market is so “hot” that if you intend on purchasing property you’d better be prepared to act fast. They’ll adamantly point out, contrary to reality, that the housing market has recovered, available inventory is dropping, prices are rising, and they can only go higher from here.

But if you’re paying attention to what’s Read More »

This Means War: US To Target Putin’s Personal $40 Billion Stash

Posted on April 22nd, 2014
Tough sanctions against Russia Putin by Daryl Cagle, CagleCartoons.com # 146149

By Max Slavo

Editor’s Note: Consider for a moment that you are President Vladimir Putin. You’ve seen US and European sanctions seize the personal wealth of members of your parliament through various banking mechanisms as a result of their material support for the actions in Crimea. As the President of Russia, what do you do when those same sanctions now target your personal wealth and business interests? Do you sit idly by while $40 Read More »

Nevada Standoff a Symptom of Increasing Authoritarianism

Posted on April 22nd, 2014
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By Ron Paul

The nation’s attention has for the past few weeks been riveted by a standoff in Nevada between armed federal agents and the Bundys, a ranching family who believe the federal government is exceeding its authority by assessing “fees” against ranchers who graze cattle on government lands. Outrage over the government’s use of armed agents to forcibly remove the Bundys’ cattle led many Americans to travel to Nevada to engage in nonviolent civil disobedience in Read More »

More Informative Links for April 22, 2014

Posted on April 22nd, 2014

NY Times’ Brooks: Obama Has a Manhood ProblemWhite House Dossier  …  “New York Times columnist David Brooks declared Sunday that President Mompants has ‘a manhood problem in the Middle East.’ And let’s face it. Obama, whether deservedly or not, does have a — I’ll say it crudely – but, a manhood problem in the Middle East. Is he tough enough to stand up to somebody like Assad, somebody like Putin? I think a lot of the rap is unfair. But certainly in the Middle East, there’s an assumption he’s not tough enough.”

Funny how Obama assumes the worst about his opponents – and will bring a gun to a knife fight – when his adversaries are Republicans, but not when they’re overseas political thugs. Politics – now that’s war for Obama. This administration is more likely to negotiate with Bashar Assad than John Boehner. NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd, you’ll note, goes on in the video to reveal that internally, within the White House, questions about Obama’s manhood are feared.”

Whoops! Half of Georgia’s Insurance Enrollees Haven’t Paid Yet – National Journal  …   “Georgia insurers received more than 220,000 applications for health coverage in the Affordable Care Act’s exchange as of the official federal deadline of March 31, state officials said Wednesday. Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, though, said premiums have been received for only 107,581 of those policies, which cover 149,465 people. ‘Many Georgians completed the application process by the deadline, but have yet to pay for the coverage.’”

“Half? Half? Sure, the nonpayment rates will be a lot lower in other places, But this indicates how much skepticism is warranted for the administration’s much-touted enrollment figures.”

COMMENT: I guess that we will just have to wait for President Obama to have another press announcement in the Rose Garden to clarify these latest figures.

Informative Links for April 22, 2014

Posted on April 22nd, 2014

Sen. Harry Reid’s Baseless ‘Domestic Terror’ Accusations – Washington Post  …   “Harry Reid did it again. The Senate majority leader who called President Bush a ‘loser’ and a ‘liar,’ declared former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan a ‘political hack’ and asserted that all Obamacare horror stories are ‘untrue’ has now called Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters ‘domestic terrorists.’ The comparison is as noxious as it is absurd. It was the federal Bureau of Land Management that provoked the confrontation — descending with 200 armed men, including some with sniper rifles, to seize the Bundys’ cattle on land their family has grazed since 1877.”

Why would Reid, the senior senator from Nevada, make such an outrageous accusation? First, Reid is defending the Obama administration from the charge that it used excessive force to try to seize the land. … Second, Reid is defending his former staffer, Neil Kornze, who presided over this debacle as the newly installed head of the Bureau of Land Management. … Third, Reid is trying to discredit the critics of the federal government’s actions as extremists — and by extension all those who complain about the excesses of federal power. Calling his opponents ‘domestic terrorists’ won’t solve his political problems — it will only make them worse.”

‘Greens’ Wrong Again!   Study: Fuels from Corn Waste Not Better than Gas – AP  …   “Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change. A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years compared with conventional gasoline.”

“The conclusions deal a blow to what are known as cellulosic biofuels, which have received more than a billion dollars in federal support but have struggled to meet volume targets mandated by law. About half of the initial market in cellulosics is expected to be derived from corn residue…. The study says it will be very hard to make a biofuel that has a better greenhouse gas impact than gasoline using corn residue,’ which puts it in the same boat as corn-based ethanol, said David Tilman, a professor at the University of Minnesota who has done research on biofuels’ emissions from the farm to the tailpipe. Tilman said it was the best study on the issue he has seen so far.”

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