Thursday, December 4, 2014

Global Warming is a Fanciful Farce Compared to the Dangers of Cyber Warfare

There was a recent New York Times article that stated humanity may be on the brink of extinction unless we do something to stop man-made global warming. Conversely, there are some experts that claim the Earth is headed towards a cyclical cooling spell and judging by the last few winters I tend to believe them.

Chicago is the coldest its ever been since 1904, almost 9000 daily record cold temps in November alone across the nation and Lake Erie’s water temperature at the end of November fell to 40 degrees. That’s the coldest Nov. 30 reading in Buffalo since 1976, when the lake temperature was 38 degrees.

Scientists say the extent of Antarctic sea ice cover is at its highest level since records began. Satellite imagery reveals an area of about 20 million square kilometres covered by sea ice around the Antarctic continent. Of course global warming hoaxers claim record sea ice is a manifestation of recent warming.

That's the reason the hoaxers changed the verbiage from global warming to climate change. By calling it 'climate change,' instead of global warming, they can cover all their bases. When it rains too much, it's climate change, when it snows too much, it's climate change, more hurricanes...climate change, less hurricanes...climate change. You get the picture.

Here are some recent headlines you most likely did not see. The mainstream media is all in on the global warming hoax, so they will not widely report news that differs from their narrative.

*North American November snowcover largest ever recorded.  LINK

*European winters show cooling trend since 1988.  LINK

*Earliest winter weather in decades hits USA.  LINK

*1,350 low temperature records were set in the USA in the last 7 days.  LINK

*Atlantic hurricane season ends, 9th year without a major storm hitting US      shores, longest period since the Civil War.  LINK

*East Coast winter storm forming, snows of one foot or more. New York City could have its second white Thanksgiving in over 75 years.  LINK

*Great Lakes ice forming, earliest in 40 years.  LINK

*Ice closes upper Mississippi River to shipping, earliest date on record.  LINK 

Man-made global cyber-attacks however do pose an immediate and deadly threat to Americans in general and the world in particular. The billions of dollars we spend waste in the futile effort to change mother nature needs to be spent to counter Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. China have already gained access to our satellites and China and Russia reportedly can access our power grids. The United States is way behind the curve in preventing our enemies from destroying us through cyber attacks.

It has be recently reported that Iran has taken control of airports in three countries.  Bloomberg revealed that hackers working for Iran have targeted at least 50 companies and government organizations, including commercial airlines, looking for vulnerabilities that could be used in physical attacks.  

The hackers infiltrated the computer systems of carriers and their contractors in Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and South Korea a California-based firm said in a report outlining the results of a two-year investigation. They broke into the computers of suppliers responsible for aircraft maintenance, cargo loading and refueling, according to the report and Cylance analysts, and stole credentials that could be used to impersonate workers.

The United States spends more than twice as much (probably a lot more) fighting global warming than it does in investing in cyber warfare capablilities.  President Obama requested $2.7 billion in 2014 for the U.S. Global Change Research Program, while spending almost $8 billion to help developing countries battle climate change over a three year period. 

In the 2014 Pentagon defense budget, the money allocated for cyber operations slightly rose to $4.7 billion, up from $3.9 billion in 2013.  A majority of that additional money was to be spent in the development of offensive capabilities.  I realize that just throwing money at the problem won't fix our cyber deficiencies, but we need to invest more in a sophisticated cyber attack and defensive capabilities.   

Man-made global warming is a fanciful farce and we don't need to be wasting our valuable resources on unicorns and fairy dust.  Cyber warfare on the other hand is a real and preventable danger that threatens our country.  Cyber warfare is a poor mans nuclear weapon and it can be used by third world despots to do an immeasurable amount of damage.  It's time we focus on the real dangers.            

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Obama's Grand Coalition Not So Grand.

Obama's grand coalition against ISIS isn't as advertised. Barack Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, told the world that Turkey will allow the US to use its airbase in Turkey to attack targets in Syria...even though Turkey denies that they'd agreed to allow their bases to be used against ISIS according to

Obama has claimed a coalition of 60 countries in the fight against ISIS, but those numbers seem dubious at best. One country in particular seemed taken aback by being included in the coalition. According to, Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar said his government opposed terrorism, but expressed annoyance that his country was included in Obama's official list of anti-ISIS partners without being informed.

"I am bothered by the fact that we have been placed on the list without the government's knowledge," he said. "We will have to voice some sort of protest; it is not appropriate to consent to our country being placed anywhere without our knowledge and consensus."

Obama has claimed that coalition partners have committed ground troops to fight ISIS, but none have materialized thus far. Early in the air strike campaign, White House officials claimed Arab countries were helping bomb targets in Iraq, but we don't hear that claim much anymore.

Some Arab countries have been openly reluctant to join Obama's coalition because they are deeply frustrated with Obama's foreign policy regarding the middle east...they tend to believe (and rightly so) he has been naive and weak on Syria's civil war.

CBS News wrote about this mistrust back in September.  "Trust is so low, especially in the Gulf region, for Obama's leadership quality and the way he manages foreign policy. I don't think any country is going to put its hand up or neck out by accepting an alliance with the U.S. that easily," said Mustafa Alani, the director of the security and defense department at the Gulf Research Center in Geneva.

Obama has had many missteps over the last 6 years in regards to his foreign policy, but I think the biggest misstep of all was his infamous 'red-line.' In the spring of 2014, Obama drew a red-line and threatened Bashar al-Assad over the use of chemical weapons and Assad summarily flipped Obama the bird and used chemical weapons.

The US President looked foolish and weak when he failed to respond militarily and he looked even more foolish when he claimed it wasn't his red-line that was violated, but rather it was the world's red-line. Our allies have seen Obama's failed foreign policy up close and personal and they don't want any part of it.

Obama's arrogance and naivety has harmed our standing in the international community and as a result, our allies are hesitant to help us in hot spots around the globe. Barack Obama is Barack Obama's own worst enemy and now we are seeing the results of his shortcomings.

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Act of Desperation? Democrats Blame Republican Budget Cuts for Ebola Virus.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director, Dr. Francis Collins, had the audacity to say we'd probably have an Ebola vaccine if it weren't for budget cuts.  Dr. Collins was quoted as saying that a decade of stagnant spending has "slowed down" research on all items, including vaccinations for infectious diseases.  Really?

The NIH has an annual budget is almost $30 billion and millions of those dollars are wasted on worthless studies.  Let's take a look at the millions of dollars the NIH has wasted over the years.  The NIH has spent more than $90 million of U.S. taxpayers’ money overseas to China for various public health research projects just a few years ago.

The American taxpayers funded a $2.6 million study to get prostitutes in China to drink less while whoring.  A $400,000 study of bars in Buenos Aires to find out why gay men engage in risky sexual behavior while drunk.  $178,000 was spent to better understand why drug-abusing prostitutes in Thailand are at greater risk for HIV infection.

The NIH has spent $423,500 to find out why men don't like to wear condoms.  I'm pretty sure they could have polled a few thousand men at random and figured out why men don't like to wear condoms without spending almost half a million dollars.  NIH spent $386,00 to massage rabbits.  Yes rabbits.  The study wanted to fund the massage of rabbits to try to figure out what is the best massage duration.

$1.5 million of taxpayers money to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts to study why “three-quarters” of lesbians in the United States are overweight and why most gay males are not.  The NIH has also spent $2.7 million to study why lesbians have more “vulnerability to hazardous drinking."

These 'studies' are just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to wasting precious taxpayers money.  The Daily Mail exposes even more outrageous wasteful spending by the NIH in a story HERE.  Every time there is a crisis, Democrats demand more money to 'fix' the problem.  We could cut billions of dollars from our federal budget and it would have no adverse effect on our country.  Democrats will tell you the sky is falling if just one dollar is cut from the budget and they will blame Republicans (as they are doing now for Ebola) for killing or starving Americans.

More examples of wasteful spending by our federal government was profiled by the Heritage Foundation a few years ago.  50 Examples of Government Waste as per
  1. The federal government made at least $72 billion in improper payments in 2008.[1]
  2. Washington spends $92 billion on corporate welfare (excluding TARP) versus $71 billion on homeland security.[2]
  3. Washington spends $25 billion annually maintaining unused or vacant federal properties.[3]
  4. Government auditors spent the past five years examining all federal programs and found that 22 percent of them -- costing taxpayers a total of $123 billion annually -- fail to show any positive impact on the populations they serve.[4]
  5. The Congressional Budget Office published a "Budget Options" series identifying more than $100 billion in potential spending cuts.[5]
  6. Examples from multiple Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports of wasteful duplication include 342 economic development programs; 130 programs serving the disabled; 130 programs serving at-risk youth; 90 early childhood development programs; 75 programs funding international education, cultural, and training exchange activities; and 72 safe water programs.[6]
  7. Washington will spend $2.6 million training Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly on the job.[7]
  8. A GAO audit classified nearly half of all purchases on government credit cards as improper, fraudulent, or embezzled. Examples of taxpayer-funded purchases include gambling, mortgage payments, liquor, lingerie, iPods, Xboxes, jewelry, Internet dating services, and Hawaiian vacations. In one extraordinary example, the Postal Service spent $13,500 on one dinner at a Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, including "over 200 appetizers and over $3,000 of alcohol, including more than 40 bottles of wine costing more than $50 each and brand-name liquor such as Courvoisier, Belvedere and Johnny Walker Gold." The 81 guests consumed an average of $167 worth of food and drink apiece.[8]
  9. Federal agencies are delinquent on nearly 20 percent of employee travel charge cards, costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually.[9]
  10. The Securities and Exchange Commission spent $3.9 million rearranging desks and offices at its Washington, D.C., headquarters.[10]
  11. The Pentagon recently spent $998,798 shipping two 19-cent washers from South Carolina to Texas and $293,451 sending an 89-cent washer from South Carolina to Florida.[11]
  12. Over half of all farm subsidies go to commercial farms, which report average household incomes of $200,000.[12]
  13. Health care fraud is estimated to cost taxpayers more than $60 billion annually.[13]
  14. A GAO audit found that 95 Pentagon weapons systems suffered from a combined $295 billion in cost overruns.[14]
  15. The refusal of many federal employees to fly coach costs taxpayers $146 million annually in flight upgrades.[15]
  16. Washington will spend $126 million in 2009 to enhance the Kennedy family legacy in Massachusetts. Additionally, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) diverted $20 million from the 2010 defense budget to subsidize a new Edward M. Kennedy Institute.[16]
  17. Federal investigators have launched more than 20 criminal fraud investigations related to the TARP financial bailout.[17]
  18. Despite trillion-dollar deficits, last year's 10,160 earmarks included $200,000 for a tattoo removal program in Mission Hills, California; $190,000 for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming; and $75,000 for the Totally Teen Zone in Albany, Georgia.[18]
  19. The federal government owns more than 50,000 vacant homes.[19]
  20. The Federal Communications Commission spent $350,000 to sponsor NASCAR driver David Gilliland.[20]
  21. Members of Congress have spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars supplying their offices with popcorn machines, plasma televisions, DVD equipment, ionic air fresheners, camcorders, and signature machines -- plus $24,730 leasing a Lexus, $1,434 on a digital camera, and $84,000 on personalized calendars.[21]
  22. More than $13 billion in Iraq aid has been classified as wasted or stolen. Another $7.8 billioncannot be accounted for.[22]
  23. Fraud related to Hurricane Katrina spending is estimated to top $2 billion. In addition, debit cards provided to hurricane victims were used to pay for Caribbean vacations, NFL tickets, Dom Perignon champagne, "Girls Gone Wild" videos, and at least one sex change operation.[23]
  24. Auditors discovered that 900,000 of the 2.5 million recipients of emergency Katrina assistance provided false names, addresses, or Social Security numbers or submitted multiple applications.[24]
  25. Congress recently gave Alaska Airlines $500,000 to paint a Chinook salmon on a Boeing 737.[25]
  26. The Transportation Department will subsidize up to $2,000 per flight for direct flights between Washington, D.C., and the small hometown of Congressman Hal Rogers (R-KY) -- but only on Monday mornings and Friday evenings, when lawmakers, staff, and lobbyists usually fly. Rogers is a member of the Appropriations Committee, which writes the Transportation Department's budget.[26]
  27. Washington has spent $3 billion re-sanding beaches -- even as this new sand washes back into the ocean.[27]
  28. A Department of Agriculture report concedes that much of the $2.5 billion in "stimulus" funding for broadband Internet will be wasted.[28]
  29. The Defense Department wasted $100 million on unused flight tickets and never bothered to collect refunds even though the tickets were refundable.[29]
  30. Washington spends $60,000 per hour shooting Air Force One photo-ops in front of national landmarks.[30]
  31. Over one recent 18-month period, Air Force and Navy personnel used government-funded credit cards to charge at least $102,400 on admission to entertainment events, $48,250 on gambling,$69,300 on cruises, and $73,950 on exotic dance clubs and prostitutes.[31]
  32. Members of Congress are set to pay themselves $90 million to increase their franked mailings for the 2010 election year.[32]
  33. Congress has ignored efficiency recommendations from the Department of Health and Human Services that would save $9 billion annually.[33]
  34. Taxpayers are funding paintings of high-ranking government officials at a cost of up to $50,000 apiece.[34]
  35. The state of Washington sent $1 food stamp checks to 250,000 households in order to raise state caseload figures and trigger $43 million in additional federal funds.[35]
  36. Suburban families are receiving large farm subsidies for the grass in their backyards -- subsidies that many of these families never requested and do not want. [36]
  37. Congress appropriated $20 million for "commemoration of success" celebrations related to Iraq and Afghanistan.[37]
  38. Homeland Security employee purchases include 63-inch plasma TVs, iPods, and $230 for a beer brewing kit.[38]
  39. Two drafting errors in the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act resulted in a $2 billion taxpayer cost.[39]
  40. North Ridgeville, Ohio, received $800,000 in "stimulus" funds for a project that its mayor described as "a long way from the top priority."[40]
  41. The National Institutes of Health spends $1.3 million per month to rent a lab that it cannot use.[41]
  42. Congress recently spent $2.4 billion on 10 new jets that the Pentagon insists it does not need and will not use.[42]
  43. Lawmakers diverted $13 million from Hurricane Katrina relief spending to build a museum celebrating the Army Corps of Engineers -- the agency partially responsible for the failed levees that flooded New Orleans.[43]
  44. Medicare officials recently mailed $50 million in erroneous refunds to 230,000 Medicare recipients.[44]
  45. Audits showed $34 billion worth of Department of Homeland Security contracts contained significant waste, fraud, and abuse.[45]
  46. Washington recently spent $1.8 million to help build a private golf course in Atlanta, Georgia.[46]
  47. The Advanced Technology Program spends $150 million annually subsidizing private businesses; 40 percent of this funding goes to Fortune 500 companies.[47]
  48. Congressional investigators were able to receive $55,000 in federal student loan funding for a fictional college they created to test the Department of Education.[48]
  49. The Conservation Reserve program pays farmers $2 billion annually not to farm their land.[49]
  50. The Commerce Department has lost 1,137 computers since 2001, many containing Americans' personal data.[50]
The Democrats are trying to throw a hail-marry pass before the midterm elections by blaming budget cuts for the Ebola virus.  Democrats know they will face angry voters this November and they will lie as much as possible in an effort to stem their loses.  The Democratic Party is disgusting and they know no shame.      

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Russian Defense Official Calls For Preemptive Nuclear Strike Doctrine

A senior Defense Ministry official in Putin's regime is calling for Russian military doctrine to include preemptive nuclear strikes on the United States and NATO.  Gen. Yuri Yakubov was quoted by a Nu-Soviet media outlet as saying that Russia’s 2010 military doctrine should be revised to identify the United States and the NATO alliance as enemies, and clearly outline the conditions for a preemptive nuclear strike against them.

These are the people Hillary Clinton thought we could trust and the same people Obama wanted to cater to in regards to missile defense.  President Obama even ridiculed Mitt Romney during the 2012 campaign about his concern over Russia’s “geo-political” threat.  The Nu-Soviets continue to use their strategic bombers to probe our defenses and just last week two Russian bombers conducted practice cruise missile attacks on the United States during a training mission. 

This is not a time to be cutting our defense budgets.  Russia and China are increasing their military budgets exponentially.  Russia in particular is taking militarization to an astonishing level. Russia's military funding has jumped a whopping 92% since 2010. Putin has promised to build 24 new submarines in the next six years, which is both impressive and unnerving.  At present, the US has about 71 subs, versus 61 for Russia

The Obama White House announced in February that it plans to cut our military to pre-World War II levels, which is unimpressive and unnerving.  Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has indicated that the US military can reduce spending and get smaller without losing its worldwide presence.  Hagel said that there is no need for a force that can fight two wars at the same time; a US military doctrine that has been a central premise of American strategy for at least the last 2 decades.

At a time when Russia and China are building a bigger naval force in order to challenge the US Navy’s dominance of the seas, the Obama administration is shrinking our naval capabilities.  President Obama forced the early retirement of the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) back in 2012 and also plans to decommission and scrap six Ticonderoga-class cruisers and two amphibious ships.  The Navy has reported that the six Ticonderoga-class cruisers have 13-15 years of service life remaining and both amphibious ships have 13-18 years of service life.   

One of the newer cruisers, the USS Vicksburg (CG 69), which cost approximately $1 billion to build, was scheduled to be decommissioned and scrapped (still in service at present) in 2013.  Commissioned in November 1992, the guided missile cruiser was expected to be decommissioned in 2027, after 35 years of service.  According to Vice Admiral Burke, “It would take a Navy of over 500 ships (Current fleet is around 285) to meet the combatant commander requests. Of course it would take a similar increase in aircraft.” 

Russia is invading its neighbor in Eastern Europe and China is flexing its muscles in the South China Sea and yet we are cutting our military to dangerous levels.  Russia and China are increasing military spending and the only thing we are worried about is transsexuals and gays serving in our military.  China is testing illegal satellite killing missiles, while Russia is violating a landmark arms control treaty and we are cracking down on soldiers for expressing their Christian faith.     

President Obama’s contempt for the military and his social justice regulations that he has imposed on our soldiers is endangering our national security.  Even if a Republican wins in 2016, it will take years and billions of dollars to fix what he broke.  It will take years to repair our standing with our allies.  It will take years to purge the leftists that have infiltrated the government agencies, which includes the Pentagon.

I know it’s cliché to say the next election is the most important election ever, but the 2014 midterms and 2016 presidential election may very well be the most important election in our lifetime.  Let’s hope a majority of the American people has truly realized the dangers of an Obama style regime and will instead vote for the Republican ticket in the upcoming elections. 

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Arab Leaders Give Hamas Silent Treatment

While Israel is being chastised by many in the international community for their defensive war against Hamas terrorists, there is an unusual deafening silence emanating from the Arab world.  This silence can be construed as a major defeat for Hamas in particular and for Turkey and Qatar in general.

In years past, every time Hamas had attacked Israel, the Arab world had always publicly backed Hamas and denounced Israel.  Fast forward to 2014…Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt have given tacit support to Israel’s military campaign against Hamas.  Unfortunately, Turkey’s current Islamist government led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Qatari’s still support Hamas in their terrorist activities.

This tacit approval given to Israel by Arab countries has to be on the minds of the Hezbollah terrorist leadership as well.  In 2006, much of the Arab world considered Hezbollah a legitimate resistance movement, but things have changed dramatically over the last 8 years.  Iran’s support of Hezbollah and Hezbollah’s military support of Syrian President Assad has created a backlash from the Arab world.  It has been reported that Hezbollah had considered joining the fight against Israel in an effort to take some of the heat off of Hamas, but I think that is unlikely at this point.

In past conflicts between Israel and Hamas, Arab leaders would always pressure the American president to persuade Israel to stop their military activities.  Today, we have an American president and Secretary of State demanding that Israel halt their military advance, while Arab leaders stay silent on the sidelines.  In an odd twist, Egyptian President Sisi has become more of an ally to Israel than Barack Obama has been. 

Israel’s Channel 1 has published an alleged leaked phone transcript between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama.  In the transcript, Obama is demanding that Bibi unilaterally halt all military activities in the Gaza Strip.  Both the US and Israeli governments deny the authenticity of the leaked transcript, but both governments have their reasons for denying such an exchange.  Channel 1 stands by their story and says their award winning journalist received the leak from a senior American government official. 

The following is an English translation of the Hebrew account of the talk given in the report:

Barack Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities, in particular airstrikes.

Benjamin Netanyahu: And what will Israel receive in exchange for a ceasefire?

BO: I believe that Hamas will cease its rocket fire — silence will be met with silence.

BN: Hamas broke all five previous ceasefires. It’s a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

BO: I repeat and expect Israel to stop all its military activities unilaterally. The pictures of destruction in Gaza distance the world from Israel’s position.

BN: Kerry’s proposal was completely unrealistic and gives Hamas military and diplomatic advantages.

BO: Within a week of the end of Israel’s military activities, Qatar and Turkey will begin negotiations with Hamas based on the 2012 understandings, including Israel’s commitment to removing the siege restrictions on Gaza.

BN: Qatar and Turkey are the biggest supporters of Hamas. It’s impossible to rely on them to be fair mediators.

BO: I trust Qatar and Turkey. Israel is not in the position that it can choose its mediators.

BN: I protest because Hamas can continue to launch rockets and use tunnels for terror attacks –

BO: (interrupting Netanyahu) The ball’s in Israel’s court, and it must end all its military activities.     

Many leaders in the Arab world see Hamas as a destructive force in an already hostile region and their tacit support for Israel’s military campaign is a victory.  It may be a quiet victory, but it’s a victory nonetheless.  Do I think the Muslim sheiks and kings of the Middle East will join hands with the Israelis and sing Kumbaya?  Absolutely not, but the behind the scenes support of Arab leaders can change the equation on any future conflicts between Israel and Hamas or even Israel and Hezbollah.  If we can just get Barack Obama and John Kerry on board, then Hamas might realize the folly of their continued missile attacks on Israeli citizens.                

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Obama Blames Chuck Hagel For Bergdahl Trade

The Obama White House has come out and blamed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for the flawed Taliban prisoner swap.  Obama staffers told members of congress that the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl trade was made by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.  'They (Obama staffers) indicated (it was) Secretary Hagel (who made the final call),' Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) told ABC News after a classified briefing.

It has been reported the Obama administration was taken a back by the criticism it received from all corners of the political spectrum.  They expected to congratulated and had hoped the celebratory news would bury the ongoing VA scandal from the headlines.  The prisoner swap did indeed replace the VA coverage, but not in the way they were expecting.

Speaking on MSNBC in early June, NBC reporter Chuck Todd stated that the White House had expected “some euphoria around this… that there would be a rally around the flag.” Clearly, they were wrong.  Team Obama has tried to defend the president's decision to swap an Army deserter for 5 high level war criminals, without much success.  Now Obama is doing what Obama does best....blame someone else for his own failures.

Back during the Bin Laden raid, the Obama White House had a backup plan if the raid had failed and they had drafted a ‘highly lawyered’ memo to protect President Obama from potential backlash.  In May of 2012, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey told Sean Hannity that then Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta drafted a note that would have put the blame instead on Navy Admiral William McRaven.  At the time of the Bin Laden raid, Adm. McRavin was commander of Joint Special Operations Command.

I'm surprised President Obama hasn't convened a Rose Garden presser and claimed that that he didn't know anything about the prisoner swap until he heard about it on the news.  That is the classic Obama move.  He refuses to accept responsibility for any of his failings.  He always finds out about one scandal or another by watching the news.  Obama did convene a press conference in the Rose Garden with the Bergdahl parents when he thought he would look like a liberator, but now that he is being criticized, it's someone else's fault.

It is like we have a petulant 6th grader as the leader of our country.  2016 can't get here fast enough!        

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Was Bergdahl Worth the Price?

The Obama regime expected to be praised when they secured the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and they have been taken aback by the criticism. I have read some stories that indicated the White House thought Bergdahl would be greeted like the Iranian held hostages were greeted when they returned from 444 days of captivity. I’m sure they expected another ‘Bin Laden’ moment and hoped it would bury the many Obama scandals from the headlines.

There have been whispers over the years that Bergdahl deserted his comrades voluntarily and now those accusations are being openly discussed. At least 6 warriors (maybe 14) lost their lives in search for a soldier that may have turned his back on his country and his brothers in arms. The elder Bergdahl hasn’t helped his son’s image much either. He has tweeted his support for the terrorists at Guantanamo Bay and he has kept in constant contact with a Taliban member over the years.

Should we condemn a father for doing all he can to win the release of his son? Of course not, but there were probably better ways of going about it. It is almost as if the father suffers from Stockholm Syndrome, even though he wasn’t the hostage per se. The United States should have attempted to gain the release of Bergdahl, but we shouldn’t have paid the price the Taliban demanded.

Obama exchanged a possible army deserter for 5 high level war criminals. These terrorists have blood on their hands and they will no doubt inflict more deaths in the future. The Obama regime has said they will keep an eye on the five terrorists to make sure they don’t resort to their terrorist ways. Really? The same way they kept an eye on the thousands of weapons they shipped to the narco-terrorists in Mexico? The Fast & Furious results don’t give me much confidence in this White House.

The question also arises about the law Obama apparently broke to secure the release of Bowe. Legal analysts on both sides of the issue have chimed in. Some say Obama clearly broke the law; others say he didn’t break the law. Congressional hearings will no doubt be conducted, however, I’m certain there will be no legal ramifications even if Obama did break the law. 

The Obama White House has defended its decision to violate The National Defense Authorization Act by saying Bowe Hergdahl’s life was in immediate danger and they didn’t have 30 days to notify congress. I take issue with that Bravo Sierra. I dug up multiple stories from April 24, 2014 which reported that Bergdahl's captors were anxious to release him. This was disclosed to the Associated Press by a defense official and a military officer on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

"Elements in all echelons — from the top of the Taliban down to the folks holding Bergdahl — are reaching out to make a deal," the defense told the Associated Press. The military officer said those (Taliban) holding Bergdahl had indicated what they would be willing to do to prove to the U.S. government that they want to deal. It sounds like the US had the upper hand in negotiations and knew a release could be imminent.

So why didn’t the Obama administration notify congress of an impending deal and why did Obama pay such a high price for Bergdahl when it appeared we had the upper hand in negotiations? Everything this president does is half assed…unless of course it’s related to the radical transformation of our country. He’s pretty good at that.

There are also legitimate concerns that Obama has now established the going price for any future American hostage. Terrorists now know that if they can grab an American soldier or citizen, they can get five terrorist brothers in exchange. The Obama hostage exchange puts all Americans at risk of abduction and he has given the Taliban a huge victory.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice justified the prisoner exchange by saying Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl "served the United States with honor and distinction." That “honor and distinction” debate is just beginning and there will be many soldiers (and family members of slain soldiers) that will contest Ms. Rice’s description. The Obama regime would be better served if Ms. Rice refrained from commenting because her credibility leaves a lot to be desired. Benghazi pretty much ruined any credibility she might have had.

Let the debate continue~

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

John F. Kerry: "What's the worst that can happen" if we're wrong about global warming?

Secretary of State John Kerry made an idiotic statement while addressing 'climate change' at Boston College recently.  I realize it's not breaking news when Mr. Kerry says something stupid, (because it happens all too often), but his latest moronic comment takes the cake.

The windsurfing Secretary of State apparently strayed off script when he said, "If we make the necessary efforts to address this challenge – and supposing I’m wrong or scientists are wrong, 97 percent of them all wrong – supposing they are, what’s the worst that can happen"? 
What's the worse that can happen?  Are you freaking serious Mr. Kerry?  The United States has wasted at least $72 billion (I surmise it's much higher) since 2008 in an effort to prevent man-made global warming. Of course that's not counting the destructive and costly (think billion$) regulations that have been imposed on the private sector by this government.

According to one study, the world as a whole spends about $1 billion a day ($359 billion in 2012) on renewable energy and global warming mitigation measures.  Do you realize how many starving Earth inhabitants can be fed with one third of a trillion dollars every year?  

'Green' regulations have killed jobs, harmed the economy, and have increased the price of energy for all of us.  Energy prices are projected to go much higher in the years to come because of Obama's war on coal. The Obama EPA is forcing the closure of coal fired plants all across the country and those shutdowns will be responsible for a 150% price hike for natural gas, accompanied by an additional 7% rise in electricity rates.  
According to one study, the world as a whole spends about $1 billion a day ($359 billion in 2012) on renewable energy and global warming mitigation measures.  Do you realize how many poor starving people can be fed with one third of a trillion dollars every year?

There are those that argue that 'green' jobs are being created to replace those that are lost.  But at what cost?  During the 2012 presidential campaign, President Obama promised that he would spend $150 billion in taxpayers money over the next decade to create 5 million new green jobs.  Those 5 million jobs will cost the taxpayers $30,000 for each job created.

Those are modest calculations compared to some leftist organizations estimates.  The Center for American Progress estimated that federal outlays of $100 billion over a two year period would create two million green jobs, costing the taxpayers approximately $50,000 per job.  Another leftist organization (the Apollo Alliance) estimates it would take half a trillion dollars to create five million green jobs, costing taxpayers $100K per job.

What's the worse that can happen Mr. Kerry is that the United States will waste trillions of taxpayers dollars over the course of a few decades to combat something that doesn't exist.  Man-Made Global Warming, Climate Change, Climate Disruption, Climate Chaos is a hoax perpetrated by global leftists.  One global leftist (French FM Laurent Fabius) says we only have 500 days left to avoid climate chaos, even though we haven't had a global warming trend in almost 18 years.

According to RSS satellite data, the global warming trend in the last 17 years, 9 months (since August 1996) is zero.  ZERO!  The 212 months without global warming represents more than half of the 423 month satellite data record, which began in January 1979.    

Not only have we NOT experienced global warming (man-made or otherwise) for almost 20 years, tornadic activity and hurricanes are at record lows.  NOAA has stated that 2013-2014 was one of the coldest on record for most of the country, yet we spend billions to prevent something that isn't occurring.

We have idiots running our country and they will waste billions/trillions of taxpayers dollars and destroy the economy in order to advance a HOAX.  But hey, what's the worst that can happen?      

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dept. of Agriculture Requests Submachine Guns with 30rd Capacity

UPDATE****May 16, 2014

A May 7th solicitation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeks "the commercial acquisition of ballistic vests, compliant with NIJ 0101.06 for Level IIIA Ballistic Resistance of body armor." HERE

May 15, 2014
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a solicitation on May 7, 2014 that asks for "the commercial acquisition of submachine guns."  The desired weapons for the Dept. of Agriculture should include the following specs:
40 Cal. S&W, ambidextrous safety, semi-automatic or 2 shot bursts trigger group, Tritium night sights for front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight  (front under fore grip) and scope (top rear), stock-collapsible or folding, magazine - 30 rd. capacity, sling, light weight, and oversized trigger guard for gloved operation.

Why does the USDA need such a weapon?  To answer that question I went to the USDA website to look for an answer.  The mission statement of the USDA states: "We provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management."

Does it say anywhere in that mission statement about the need to have submachine guns?  No?  Let's take a look at their vision statement for some clues.  The USDA vision statement reads as follows:  "To expand economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production sustainability that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve and conserve our Nation's natural resources through restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands."

Does the USDA need submachine guns with night-scopes and 30 round magazines to expand economic opportunities?  Do they need the weapons to help rural America to thrive? Maybe they need the military grade weapons to help preserve and conserve our natural resources.

For even more clues, let’s take a look at the USDA's 'Strategic Plan Framework.' "USDA has created a strategic plan to implement its vision.  The framework of this plan depends on these key activities: expanding markets for agricultural products and support international economic development, further developing alternative markets for agricultural products and activities, providing financing needed to help expand job opportunities and improve housing, utilities and infrastructure in rural America, enhancing food safety by taking steps to reduce the prevalence of food borne hazards from farm to table, improving nutrition and health by providing food assistance and nutrition education and promotion, and managing and protecting America’s public and private lands working cooperatively with other levels of government and the private sector.

The last part of that framework tells us what we need to know.  "Managing and protecting America's public and private lands" may indeed require the use of .40 cal submachine guns by USDA agents.  As we saw in Clark County Utah, heavily armed government agents (Bureau of Land Management) were needed to protect public and private lands from a lone cattle rancher. 

Heavily armed government agencies are becoming the norm in today's America.  We learned in 2011 that the U.S. Department of Education can in fact invade your home and hold you at gunpoint.  A man named Kenneth Wright learned this the hard way. Armed federal agents (Dept. of Education) busted down Mr. Wright's door of his California home at six in the morning and held him and his family at gunpoint.

What was Mr. Wright's crime?  The Dept. of Education was investigating his estranged wife's use of federal aid dollars for students...even though she didn't live at the house at the time.  The Dept. of Education and the USDA aren't the only federal agencies that are furnished with SWAT teams and heavily armed agents.

40 federal agencies, which includes at least a dozen agencies not associated with law enforcement, have armed divisions.  As of June 2012, there were 120,000 full-time government agents that were authorized to carry weapons and make arrests.  The Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, the Parks Service are among 24 federal agencies that employ well over 250 armed officers with arrest authority.

The other 16 federal agencies that have less than 250 armed officers include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Library of Congress, the Federal Reserve Board and the National Institute of Health.  As an interesting side-note, the EPA's charter says in part that its mission is to 'protect' the environment and the public.  Sound familiar?

The increasing militarization of local police departments and government agencies should be a wakeup call to the citizens of this country.  The purchase of 1.6 billion rounds of various ammunition by the Dept. of Homeland Security for its many sub-agencies should be a wakeup call as well.  

The armed standoff between the BLM and a cattle rancher in Utah is not the first to involve armed federal agents and a private citizen and it won't be the last.  The Bureau of Land Management has said it wants to seize 90,000 acres of land from Texas and I surmise armed citizens from all over the country will descend to Texas in order to greet the armed BLM agents.    

I wouldn't be surprised if we see armed agents from the Department of Agriculture (brandishing new submachine guns equipped with 30 round magazines) in Texas to help BLM agents 'manage and protect' America's public and private lands.   

USDA Orders Ballistic Body Armor.

A May 7th solicitation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeks "the commercial acquisition of ballistic vests, compliant with NIJ 0101.06 for Level IIIA Ballistic Resistance of body armor."


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