Upwards of 40 percent of all land in the United States is already under some form of government control or ownership — 800 million to 900 million acres out of America’s total 2.2 billion acres. The government now appears poised to wield greater control over private property on a number of fronts. The battle over private property rights has intensified since 2005, when the Supreme Court ruled in the Kelo v. City of New London case that the government could take property from one group of private landowners and give it to another. Outraged over that ruling and a series of recent efforts by government to wield greater control over private property, citizens are fighting back. [As usual the lamestream media will gloss right over this story and most of the American people will have no idea about the long running federal government plan to steal land from private property owners…ed]
There are many kinds of truth. Al Gore was poleaxed by an inconvenient one yesterday. The former US Vice-President, who became an unlikely figurehead for the green movement after narrating the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, became entangled in a new climate change “spin” row. Mr Gore, speaking at the Copenhagen climate change summit, stated the latest research showed that the Arctic could be completely ice-free in five years. In his speech, Mr Gore told the conference: “These figures are fresh. Some of the models suggest to Dr [Wieslav] Maslowski that there is a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years.” [Al Gore, once again, gets caught in an outright lie over this global warming hoax. When someone has to constantly rely on providing false information to “make their point” perhaps the issue they are pushing is as phony as they are…ed]
The Copenhagen climate talks will generate more carbon emissions than any previous climate conference, equivalent to the annual output of over half a million Ethiopians, figures commissioned by hosts Denmark show. Delegates, journalists, activists and observers from almost 200 countries have gathered at the Dec 7-18 summit and their travel and work will create 46,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide, most of it from their flights. This would fill nearly 10,000 Olympic swimming pools, and is the same amount produced each year by 2,300 Americans or 660,000 Ethiopians — the vast difference is due to the huge gap in consumption patterns in the two countries — according to U.S. government statistics about per person emissions in 2006. [The blatant hypocrisy of these global warming nutjobs never ceases to amaze…ed]
Barack Obama is eager to return to Copenhagen, where he couldn’t rescue the Olympics for Chicago, for a dramatic last-minute liberation of the world just before we all sink into a boiling sea with the polar bears. Money is no object, of course. On Monday, the “developing countries” of the world – these countries were once called “the Third World” until someone came up with better marketing – demanded that “the rich countries” put more loot in their begging bowls. [JARG is hell bent on bringing the truth to the masses about this global warming scam…ed]
If you want to save big money on fuel and create a cleaner environment by buying a new, hot off the production line plug-in hybrid, you’d better hold your horses. For at least a couple of decades, plug-in hybrid vehicles are likely to cost too much for drivers to earn any financial benefit, according to a government advisory group. High battery costs are the main culprit, according to a National Research Council report. Also, Americans shouldn’t expect a big environmental impact from these vehicles even if they’re very successful with consumers, the report said. [Another great example of liberal “feel good” nonsense blowing up in their faces…ed]
Cities around the country that have installed energy-efficient traffic lights are discovering a hazardous downside: The bulbs don’t burn hot enough to melt snow and can become crusted over in a storm — a problem blamed for dozens of accidents and at least one death. “I’ve never had to put up with this in the past,” said Duane Kassens, a driver from West Bend who got into a fender-bender recently because he couldn’t see the lights. “The police officer told me the new lights weren’t melting the snow. How is that safe?” Many communities have switched to LED bulbs in their traffic lights because they use 90 percent less energy than the old incandescent variety, last far longer and save money. Their great advantage is also their drawback: They do not waste energy by producing heat. [Perhaps the enviroweenies can get together and send crews out to install little windmills on top of traffic signals in order to generate enough power to melt the snow and ice which will ensure no more innocent motorists die needlessly…ed]
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President Barack Obama has ordered the federal government to acquire an underused state prison in rural Illinois to be the new home for a limited number of terror suspects now held at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The federal government will acquire Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Ill., transforming the prison in a sleepy town near the Mississippi River into a prison that exceeds “supermax standards,” according to a letter to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Attorney General Eric Holder and Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair. [American taxpayers paid millions to have the facility at Guantanamo Bay Cuba specifically built to hold terrorists hell bent on killing us. Brilliant move Obama…ed]
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro warned on Monday that President Barack Obama’s “kindly smile” could not be trusted, saying Washington was plotting against leftist Latin American governments including Venezuela’s. Castro, 83, who ran Cuba for nearly 50 years before poor health led him to hand the presidency to his younger brother Raul last year, initially welcomed Obama’s election but has been increasingly critical. In a letter read by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at a gathering of leftist leaders in Havana, Castro said the United States was backing rightist movements in a bid to weaken Chavez and other regional socialist leaders. “The empire’s real intentions are obvious, this time beneath the kindly smile and African American face of Barack Obama,” Castro’s letter said. [Geez, even Obama’s communist buddies are quickly beginning to see right through him. Seems this poor guy can’t catch a break from anybody these days!…ed]
Health officials are recalling hundreds of thousands of doses of swine flu vaccine after tests indicated they may not be potent enough to protect against the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified doctors about the recall Tuesday. The recall involves about 800,000 doses made by Sanofi Pasteur. The doses are pre-filled syringes intended for young children, ages 6 months to almost three years. [The CDC recalls this stuff because they say it may be too weak to do the job but then say there is no need for kids who got the jab to get re-vaccinated. What the heck is up with that?…ed]
Forget the public option. Even without it, the health care bill presented in the Senate by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) would make some middle-class American families pay what amounts to a $15,200 annual federally-mandated insurance fee, according to facts revealed in analysis published by the Congressional Budget Office. The fee would result from the facts that the bill requires individuals—but not employers—to purchase health insurance plans and that families that earn up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level would be given government subsidies to purchase insurance in government-regulated insurance exchanges while families earning more than 400 percent of the federal poverty level would be denied government subsidies. [You may want to call your Senator and give them an earful over this ObamaCare nonsense under serious Democrat party consideration as we speak…ed]
To some observers, the Democrats’ race to pass national health care seems irrational — even suicidal. Don’t party leaders understand how much the public opposes the bills currently on the table? Don’t they know that voters are likely to take their revenge at the polls next year? Given that, why do they keep rushing ahead? Just look at the RealClearPolitics average of polls, which shows that Americans oppose the national health care bills currently on the table by a margin of 53 percent to 38 percent. That’s not just one poll that might tilt right or left, it’s an average of several polls by several pollsters. And the margin of opposition seems to be growing, not diminishing. And yet Democrats seem determined to defy public opinion. Why? [Why? Because these arrogant idiots think they know what’s “best” for the American public regardless of how we feel about issues they keep trying to ram down our throats. November 2010 will almost certainly be a bloodbath at the polls for the Democrats…ed]
While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid scrambles to assemble 60 Democratic votes for health care legislation that, according to the realclearpolitics.com average of recent polls, is opposed by a 53 percent-to-38 percent margin, several Democratic members of the House are scrambling for the exits on what is starting to look like a sinking ship. You may noticed that I avoided using the cliche “rats leaving the sinking ship,” because the four Democratic House members who over the last three weeks announced their decisions to retire rather than run for reelection cannot fairly be characterized as rats. [Look for more Democrats over the next several months to grab a hat and get the heck out of Dodge as their party leaders continue to pursue a losing agenda that the American people do NOT want…ed]
A new fundraising letter from Sen. John Kerry (D) of Massachusetts gives a strong hint about how Democrats may try to stir their base to action during the 2010 election season: scare them with the prospect of a Sarah Palin nation. “Think GOP obstruction is bad now?” Senator Kerry asks in a fundraising letter sent out Tuesday morning by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “Just imagine what Washington would look like if a bunch of new senators – inspired by Sarah Palin and the tea party crowd – took over.” [Funny stuff considering that Palin’s poll numbers are rising as fast as Obama’s are dropping precisely because the American people have been less than thrilled since the Democrats completely took over Washington DC…ed]
The number of banks with risky levels of bad loans continues to climb rapidly, particularly in the West and Southeast, according to federal data analyzed by msnbc.com and the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University in Washington. A total of 369 banks had high “troubled asset ratios” at the end of September, up from 297 in June, an increase of one-fourth, according to the analysis. A high ratio means a bank had more troubled loans than money set aside to cover potential losses. [Banks in this country are in far more trouble than is being reported. This is a very serious issue that seems to be flying under the radar for the most part…ed]
If your mother-in-law’s mail goes through the Waterbury or Wallingford post offices, she might not have received the birthday card you sent in time. Apparently managers at the post office have been hiding mail, Ray Arcovio, president of the Waterbury area postal worker’s union, told the Waterbury Republican-American. And he wants to sincerely apologize. Workers have been stuffing mail into closets and unused rooms at mail facilities in Waterbury and Wallingford because they don’t know how to keep up with such a high volume of mail, he told the newspaper. “They’re just pushing it aside for the next day,” Arcovio told the paper. “We’ve had issues with them hiding the mail.” [Perhaps the reason so many federal government employees are behind on paying their taxes is finally revealed…ed]
Democrats on Tuesday begin their new push for an immigration bill, hamstrung by the image of legalizing millions of illegal immigrant workers at a time when the unemployment rate stands at 10 percent — more than twice what it was the last time Congress tried to act. “It certainly will confuse the debate a lot more, but at the end of the day what we have to understand is fixing this system will be good for American workers,” said Eliseo Medina, executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union, which is one of the major advocates for legalizing illegal immigrant workers. [“Fixing” the system consists of removing illegal aliens from our country no matter where they came from. With true unemployment in America approaching 20% (nearly 50% for teenagers) we clearly do not need anyone who is here illegally competing for the few jobs that are available. That said, we all know the real goal of those pushing for amnesty is to ramp up the SEIU’s membership numbers and in turn add bodies to the Democrat voter base…ed]
HUMAN rights watchdog Amnesty International has called on Saudi Arabia to stay a sentence of 40 lashes handed down against a 75-year-old woman for breaching the kingdom’s sex segregation rules. “The minister of the interior (Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz) is reported to have ordered the immediate detention and flogging of a 75-year-old woman, Khamisa Mohammed Sawadi, along with two Saudi Arabian men known only as Fahad and Hadyan,” the London-based watchdog said. “The Saudi Arabian authorities must not carry out the imminent flogging and imprisonment of an elderly woman and two younger men.” Amnesty said all avenues of appeal had been exhausted in Saudi courts against the trio’s March conviction for being in the company of members of the opposite sex who were not close relatives. [We have plenty of oil available in this country to satisfy our needs for decades. Instead of creating thousands of high paying jobs tapping into our own resources we continue to spend billions importing oil from these Saudi Arabian Islamic savages who are firmly stuck in the seventh century…ed]
Quote of the day.
No individual should hold health care hostage, including Joe Lieberman, and I’ll say it flat out, I think he ought to be recalled.