Sunday, August 30, 2015

As Common Core results trickle in, initial goals unfulfilled

Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected though still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing.
Full or preliminary scores have been released for Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. They all participated in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of two groups of states awarded $330 million by the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop exams to test students on the Common Core state standards in math and English language arts.
Scores in four other states that developed their own exams tied to the standards have been released. The second testing group, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is still setting benchmarks for each performance level and has not released any results.
Even when all the results are available, it will not be possible to compare student performance across a majority of states, one of Common Core's fundamental goals. 

$335 Mil Afghan Power Plant Funded by U.S. Ruined Due to Lack of Use

A $335 million Afghan power plant funded by American taxpayers is “severely underutilized” and the intermittent use of the costly facility has resulted in damage and premature failure, according to a federal audit.

It marks the latest of many scandals involving the U.S. government’s multi-billion dollar Afghanistan “reconstruction” effort, which has been rife with waste, fraud and abuse. A chunk of the money has gone to building roads, hospitals, schools and dams. This particular case involves the Tarakhil Power Plant in Kabul, which was supposed to help rebuild the war-torn Islamic republic and make life better for its citizens.

Tarakhil, a diesel-fueled plant constructed outside of Kabul was expected to provide affordable and reliable electricity considered critical to the economic growth and stability of Afghanistan. Instead it contributes a relatively small amount of electricity to the power grid serving Kabul, a federal investigation found. From February 2014 through April 2015, the Tarakhil Power Plant produced a mere 0.34 percent of the total power on the Kabul grid, according to the probe which was conducted by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

Police Departments Use Secret Tool to Spy on Mobile Phones

Local police all over the country are using highly sophisticated, very expensive surveillance tools to capture information from cell tower traffic from the innocent and the guilty alike. The devices they use were originally touted as "tools for combating terrorism." Now they are being used as the shortest path in solving even the most petty crimes.

USA Today is reporting that cell-site simulators, known as "stingrays" are being used at an increasingly alarming rate to capture information about all mobile phones within the area where the device is being used. There are obvious issues with the use of these devices as it relates to privacy. The stingray does not target particular phones, but instead vacuums up all data from all phones in the radius of the coverage of the device. That means that even if police were using it in the most extreme situations — say to track a kidnapper or known terrorist — there would still be legitimate privacy concerns.

Those concerns are amplified by the fact that police use stingrays for everything from serious crimes, such as those mentioned above, to petty crimes such as simple burglary and prank phone calls. Police are using these devices as the shortest path because it is easier than conducting an old-fashioned investigation. The result is that police are becoming accustomed to the ease and convenience of these tools and are using them more and more. The city of Baltimore alone has used its stingray 4,300 times since 2007. That is at least 11 times per week. The majority of those cases were for petty crimes.

Anger builds at EPA over radioactive landfill

Leaders in a St. Louis suburb are urgently calling on top Obama administration officials to quickly clean up a landfill with radioactive waste that they believe could catch fire.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been working for 25 years on the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton, Mo., which has housed barium sulfate waste from the Manhattan Project since the 1970s.

The EPA is still studying the site and considering a wide range of actions to contain the radioactive material under its Superfund program for cleaning severe environmental contamination.

But with an underground, smoldering fire in an adjacent landfill, residents and leaders say it’s only a matter of time before the flames hits the radioactive waste, potentially sending it airborne and spreading it in an unpredictable way.
“What we have is an emergency,” said Ed Smith, energy program director with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment. “It’s a slow-moving emergency.”

Donald Trump’s stance on illegal immigration

By shining a spotlight on illegal immigration, Donald Trump has touched a raw nerve in the American body politic.  While what he promises to do is unrealistic, by bringing the issue to the fore, he is forcing the other candidates to spell out what they would do to stop the flood of illegal immigrants and secure our borders. For this, if nothing else, we owe him our thanks.

Donald Trump has said that if elected President he would round up and deport all of the illegal immigrants living in the United States.  Then to make sure they didn’t reenter our country he would make Mexico pay to build an impenetrable wall from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico along the entire 1,952 miles of our southern border.  His ringing rhetoric has great populist appeal, but the simple truth is that finding, arresting and deporting the estimated 11-12 million illegal immigrants living in the US would be about as unrealistic as traveling from the earth to the moon in a hot air balloon.

During the 2012 presidential campaign Mitt Romney was excoriated by the mainstream media for saying that he favored the “self deportation” of illegal immigrants.  Romney never spelled out the approach he would have taken if elected to achieve self deportation, but he was on the right track.  Mr. Trump’s bluster will not solve our nation’s illegal immigration crisis.  Neither will so-called comprehensive immigration reform nor by themselves greater efforts to secure the southern border.  However, the crisis can be solved by taking a few simple steps which involve a combination of enforcing existing laws and enacting several changes to existing legislation.

The Muddied Racial Histories of Our American Presidents

If we could only stop thinking about Warren G. Harding's sleazy sex life, writes historian James D. Robenalt in The Washington Post, we'd realize that "[t]his man was a pretty good president." But unfortunately for the 29th president's reputation, Robenalt argues, Harding's coat-closet relationship with Nan Britton and his affair with Carrie Phillips (who blackmailed him) have overwhelmed any appreciation of his achievements: his success in stabilizing the country following World War I, his attempts to address civil rights, his arms-control efforts, and so on.

Of course, if we didn't remember the sex, we'd remember Teapot Dome, though Robenalt argues that Harding himself had nothing to do with the infamous scandal. And if it's not the sex or the scandals, there's always the juicy (if discredited) claim that Harding was poisoned by his own wife, a story that hasn't helped Harding's stature, either. Robenalt doesn't bother with the poisoning, but the historian does address the persistent rumors about Harding's race. "[I]f you want to really unbundle Harding's negative reputation," writes Robenalt, "you have to understand that he was charged in the 1920 campaign with having an African-American ancestor."

That's a claim that has never gone away, and has figured prominently in Harding biographies, such as the popular 1968 book, The Shadow of Blooming Grove. ("The "shadow," writes Robenalt, "was the persistent rumor that his family from Blooming Grove, Ohio, had black blood.") That claim has also been the main support for a whole branch of underground, often-amateur historical pamphleteering about presidential racial secrets, the most famous example of which is certainly Joel A. Rogers' 1965 booklet, The Five Negro Presidents.

FBI 'A-Team' leading 'serious investigation into Clinton server

One of the parlor games being played in Washington these days revolves around the question, "How much legal trouble is Hillary really in?"  Clinton partisans point to the investigations as not concentrating exclusively on Hillary.  That may be, but now it is emerging that the FBI is not going to soft-pedal the investigation, as many expected, and is going full bore after whoever is responsible for allowing classified information to flow through a private server.

Fox News:

An FBI "A-team" is leading the "extremely serious" investigation into Hillary Clinton's server and the focus includes a provision of the law pertaining to "gathering, transmitting or losing defense information," an intelligence source told Fox News.

The section of the Espionage Act is known as 18 US Code 793.

A separate source, who also was not authorized to speak on the record, said the FBI will further determine whether Clinton should have known, based on the quality and detail of the material, that emails passing through her server contained classified information regardless of the markings. The campaign's standard defense and that of Clinton is that she "never sent nor received any email that was marked classified" at the time.

Obama, Bush, Clinton: Secret Agents

I have thought for a while that a case could be made that Obama was really a secret conservative, showing America what would happen if the “progressive” agenda were ever put in place and thereby weaning us off it forever. My friend Noemie Emery, an exceptionally astute observer of American political history, emailed, “All politicians act like secret agents, in the pay of the opposite side.”

As I thought about it, it seemed to me her observation had special applicability to the president, Jeb Bush, and Hillary Clinton, though I’d certainly not rule out a wider field.


The record is uncontestable; Obama has destroyed his own party for the immediate future. Even the left-leaning Politico concedes this.

[N]o president in modern times has presided over so disastrous a stretch for his party, at almost every level of politics.


The party’s record over the past six years has made clear that when Barack Obama leaves office in January 2017 the Democratic Party will have ceded vast sections of the country to Republicans, and will be left with a weak bench of high-level elected officials. It is, in fact, so bleak a record that even if the Democrats hold the White House and retake the Senate in 2016, the party’s wounds will remain deep and enduring, threatening the enactment of anything like a “progressive” agenda across much of the nation and eliminating nearly a decade’s worth of rising stars who might help strengthen the party in elections ahead.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Random Things We All Need To Know About, Understand or Considers

This is a collection of random items that the mainstream media routinely does not consider worthy of presentation to the public.  A few other items are included that our schools fail to teach.  Time may not permit a read of the entire piece.  Save and read those of interest at your leisure.  I promise you that this information is verifiable.  I do not promote frivolous, unconfirmed or unfounded items. 

This item sets the stage for those that follow.  Quote: "The philosophical foundation of the American Left and the Democratic Party is a proprietary hybrid of Fascism.  While in lockstep with the economic and political tenets of Fascism, the unique feature of the current American iteration is anti-nationalism as reflected in the belief that the United States is the locus of malevolence in the world as compared to militant nationalism of Italy and Germany in the 1920’s and 30’s."  And, "The concept of a corporate state has been a staple of the American Left since Franklin Roosevelt. It was FDR that initiated the National Labor Relations Board to make the Government the final arbiter in labor issues.  The National Recovery Act governed all aspects of manufacturing and commerce and the Agricultural Adjustment Act which introduced central planning to agriculture.  It is generally acknowledged today that this approach by Roosevelt prolonged the Great Depression by another five years.  (Jonah Goldberg’s masterpiece Liberal Fascism convincingly demonstrates the fascist roots of today’s liberalism.)"

This piece offers a bit of history that should be informing actions today on the part of Western World leaders.  But, as was the case before the start of WWII that is not the case.  Head-in-the-sand posture prevalent then is in full force today.  Quote: "Not one of the lessons of the past has been learned, not one of them has been applied, and the situation is incomparably more dangerous," Churchill said in 1934. And every one of those words is more urgently true today, in a nuclear age."

Today almost everyone refers to our country as a Democracy.  But we are not a democracy but, instead, a Federal Republic.  The two are quite different. In fact, the founders purposely avoided creating a democracy.  Read these quotes:  "Our Founders saw democracy as a variant of tyranny. At the 1787 Constitutional Convention, Edmund Randolph said, "...that in tracing these evils to their origin every man had found it in the turbulence and follies of democracy." John Adams said, "Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." Alexander Hamilton said, "We are now forming a Republican form of government. Real Liberty is not found in the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments. If we incline too much to democracy, we shall soon shoot into a monarchy, or some other form of dictatorship."

This extends this brief foray into the history of our nation and summarizes the fact that our government today looks nothing like the founders intended.  That is to our detriment.

This is an example of reprehensible political gamesmanship that has no place in the conduct of a civil society.  Senator Durbin should be ashamed of his overt, hypocritical and false racist accusations given his own voting history.  

When the left within government and its willing supporters in the private sector embrace this type activity they are knowingly and purposefully inviting chaos/harm upon innocents.  This reprehensible behavior/practice is intended to promote their intent to impose their will over all those who disagree with their totalitarian intentions.  This is but one of many examples of their dirty political tactics.  And this provides an example of the consequences of their ridiculous politically correct policies as well as their corrupting actions.  When did the police start helping perpetrators instead of victims?   Check out this story.

For those who still think President Obama is on the up-and-up and honest with us regarding his whole illegal immigration scheme, check this out. Quote: "Yesterday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council 118 of the American Federation of Government Employees President Chris Crane testified that immigration reform isn't about reform at all, but instead is about politics." Death or serious injury to ICE officers and agents appears more acceptable to ICE, DHS, and Administration leadership, than the public complaints that would be lodged by special interest groups representing illegal aliens," Crane said.  Crane detailed the massive problems within the agency with enforcement, how illegal aliens lie to work the system, how illegal aliens will lie in order to be granted amnesty and explained how morale within the agency is at an all time low."  And, "Crane also explained the erosion of the rule of law thanks to special interest groups representing and advocating on behalf of illegal immigrants while agents are often punished for simply enforcing the law. Crane even went so far as to suggest law enforcement has been turned into a joke."  And one more ""For the last four years it has been a roller coaster for ICE officers with regard to who they can or cannot arrest, and which federal laws they will be permitted to enforce," Crane said. "Most Americans would be surprised to know that immigration agents are regularly prohibited from enforcing the two most fundamental sections of the Unites States immigration law. According to ICE policy, in most cases immigration agents can no longer arrest persons solely for entering the United States illegally. Additionally, in most cases immigration agents cannot arrest persons solely because they have entered the United State s with a visa and then overstayed that visa and failed to return to their country."  The subjects of abuse in this case are honest, law abiding, tax paying American citizens. Who do you think is responsible for this blatant disregard for existing federal law???  You know who!!!  His name is in the first sentence of this paragraph.  Yet the Democrats in Congress are protecting him by not allowing legislation to pass that would shut down his illegal activities.   Disgusting.   Add this information and you will have proof of the disaster Obama has been.

Leftist/progressive promoters of multiculturalism argue that it is a good thing to enhance national cultures and their values.  Some think otherwise.  This item focuses on our culture and the role played by academic institutions in the promotion of multiculturalism. Quote: "Nobody personifies the concept of biting the hand that feeds you more than multicultural elites on college and university campuses. They receive excellent salaries, benefits, and perquisites—better, in fact, than those earned by most of the hard-working Americans whose taxes finance these things. Yet multicultural elitists not only reject the values of those who pay their salaries, they do everything in their power to subvert their values. Professor Williams gives this example of the hypocrisy of multiculturalists in academia: “At the very heart of multiculturalism is an attack on Christianity. For example, Duke University sponsored Muslim calls to prayer in the name of promoting ‘religious pluralism,’ until external pressures forced it to cancel the practice. Earlier, Duke administrators removed Chick-fil-A as a campus vendor because of Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s comments regarding his religious opposition to homosexual marriage. So much for religious pluralism, tolerance, and free speech.”   This mom makes cogent observations based on her life being raised by two  lesbians.   This item discusses the unbalanced consequences of this movement.

This item adds wisdom to the one just above.   Everyone, and I do mean everyone, should adopt the attitude this item says we should.  Our world would be in a much better place if we did.

The number of foreign allies scorned by the administration continues to climb.  One of the tragedies of Obama's legacy will be a more volatile world.  

It is safe to say that the UN is not a friend of global peace, justice, human rights and liberty. That is not to say it does not do some good but a close examination of their record reveals a very poor record of success at huge cost.  Despite their self-serving words of the good they do this item provides an example of their well established bias favoring two-bit dictators, repressive and human rights violating Muslim nations and other loathsome nation states. The US pays 22% of its operating costs, contributes additional funds and resources for other causes and carries the largest load of UN peace keeping operations.  Meanwhile the loathsome UN member states are the ones committing the atrocities the UN is suppose to manage.  It is noteworthy that these very nations constitute a huge percentage of the UN's membership.  And, because of their majority status they were able to declare Israel to be the world's top women's rights violator. Give me a break!!!   The UN, comprised of not one single elected official from anywhere in the world, was established to maintain global peace, human rights and well do you think it is doing at huge cost to member states, mostly the US.  It is this very body that many, including some in our government and other elitists  (past and present), that the UN or some reconstituted body should become the world's governing body - this goal is inscribed in the UN's Agenda 21 initiative.  Don't believe me?  Check it out.  To find the real facts one has to dig deep to get past the sound good propaganda.

George Burns

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Naomi Klein admits global warming is not about science but destroying capitalism

The Heartland Institute published a very revealing article about Leftist shock jock Naomi Klein who just published a new anti-capitalst screed entitled This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. Essentially, Ms. Klein admits that the issue of climate change (formerly known as global warming) is not about science but really about overthrowing capitalism.
“Our economic model is at war with the Earth,” writes Klein. “We cannot change the laws of nature. But we can change our economy. Climate change is our best chance to demand and build a better world.”
The Heartland article goes on to say: 

NOAA: Hurricane Drought Hits Record 118 Months

As of today, it has been a record 118 months since the last major hurricane struck the continental United States, according to records kept by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Hurricane Research Division, which list all hurricanes to strike the U.S. mainland going back to 1851
A major hurricane is Category 3 or higher hurrucine. The last one to strike the continental U.S. was Hurricane Wilma, which made landfall in Florida on Oct. 24, 2005.
President Obama is the first president in 122 years, since Benjamin Harrison was in office, who has not seen a major hurricane strike the U.S. during his time in office. In a statement on its website, NOAA expressed concern that Americans might suffer from “hurricane amnesia.”
The second longest stretch between major hurricanes hitting the continenatla U.S. was the eight years between 1860 and 1869, NOAA records show.
“It has been 10 years since Hurricanes Katrina (Aug. 29), Rita (Sept. 23/24) and Wilma (Oct. 24) made landfall along the Gulf Coast during one of the most active hurricane seasons in recorded history,” NOAA said in a statement marking the 10-year anniversary of the 2005 hurricane season. 

The Raping Of America: Mile Markers On The Road To Fascism

There’s an ill will blowing across the country. The economy is tanking. The people are directionless, and politics provides no answer. And like former regimes, the militarized police have stepped up to provide a fa├žade of law and order manifested by an overt violence against the citizenry.
Despite the revelations of the past several years, nothing has changed to push back against the American police state. Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—continue to be choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.
Despite the recent outrage and protests, nothing has changed to restore us to our rightful role as having dominion over our bodies, our lives and our property, especially when it comes to interactions with the government. 

Donald Trump is back to bashing Megyn Kelly

Donald Trump relaunched his bitter war of words with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly Monday night, blasting her return to the air after an unexpected hiatus.
“I liked The Kelly File much better without @megynkelly,” Trump tweeted. “Perhaps she could take another eleven day unscheduled vacation!”
The Republican candidate’s critique of Kelly was the latest in a revenge campaign since the two clashed over the GOP presidential debate on Aug . 6
He tuned in Monday night to attack her return to the anchor desk.
“@megynkelly must have had a terrible vacation, she is really off her game,” Trump lamented. “Was afraid to confront Dr. Cornel West. No clue on immigration!”

Is this the kind of person that should lead the United States? 

Soros’s Elaborate Ruse

Obama vowed to get rid of the coal companies, and he has most of them in financial triage. Their stocks are at all time lows, and many are near financial disaster. This means Soros has the coal companies right where he wants them.
As the saying goes, “Buy low, sell high,” and that’s what Soros is doing.
For years Soros has advocated eliminating fossil fuels, and now we learn that he has recently purchased one million shares of Peabody Energy and a half million shares of Arch Coal at a cost of roughly $2 million. To put this in perspective, when President Obama took office, Peabody was trading at $90 per share. It now trades at $1.00 a share.

Obama Unbound

The president’s major domestic objective, as stated in his 2013 State of the Union address, was to focus on job creation and revive a “rising, thriving middle class.” The president said that job creation would be the “North Star” of his administration.
His “North Star”? The president needs a new compass.
What the president has actually done through the government agencies he controls is stifle business:
New Environmental Protection Agency regulations to slash carbon emissions 30% by 2030 will have a devastating effect on factory jobs. A study by the Heritage Foundation found that this regulation by itself would cost each American $7,000 in income while killing 500,000 factory jobs and 45% of all coal-industry jobs.
Since Obama took office, thousands of new regulations have gone into effect. In 2012, regulation cost the U.S. economy about $2 trillion, or 12% of GDP. And manufacturers have been hit hardest. The average factory today spends $19,564 per worker to comply with regulations. For small manufacturers, it's bigger: $34,671 per worker.

The Stock-Market

Monday, August 24, 2015

Trump speaks in generalities

The fatigue and frustration within politics is rampant at the grassroots level. It's also created the support of Donald Trump.
From the piece: The truth is simply that Trump is the personification of all frustrations, criticisms and ill-will that have accumulated over the last decade of political promises made with soaring rhetoric on the campaign trail to persuade swaths of voters...
It's next to impossible for a traditional candidate to shame a guy who doesn't pretend — for votes or money. While traditional candidates implement a strategy of appealing to the base during a primary, then moving to the political center during a general campaign, Trump has one direction and one gear — forward and full-blast.
Instead of having different messages tailored for the Chamber of Commerce crowd and the back-porch crowd, Donald Trump tells stories and speaks in the generalities of returning America to greatness...

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Science and Such

This item deals with serious concerns we should all have regarding the efficacy of modern day scientific research.  The fact is that considerable evidence exists that money and government are corrupting scientific endeavors.  It goes without saying that not all scientist and scientific activities are corrupt but the unfortunate truth, as the below items suggest, is that because of the corruption that does take place puts people into a position of not knowing who or what to believe.  The items provided in the first half deal with medical science while the second half covers concerns with scientific research methodologies and global warming science. The last item takes a look at GMOs.  I encourage all to give the items provided in this note the consideration they are due.

This does not present a pretty picture of the research conducted within the medical community.  Quote: "Most Scientific Research of Western Medicine Untrustable & Fraudulent, Say Insiders and Experts."  And, "Whistleblower Dr. Peter Rost, former vice president of Pfizer, a giant Big Pharma company, spelled it out. In the video clip embedded below, taken from the documentary One More Girl, he reveals that everyone knows how the “game” works:  Universities, health organizations, everybody that I have encountered … are out there …. begging for money. (Big Pharma corporations) use that money to basically buy influence … (Big Pharma provides) grants for various kinds of research … make sure they (scientific researchers) became beholden … Everyone obviously knows this is how things work.  They (scientific researchers) are not going to continue to get money unless they’re saying what you (i.e. Big Pharma) want them to say. They know it, you know it, and it’s only maybe the public that doesn’t know it.  In this way, the almost the entire medical scientific community has been compromised and has become thoroughly untrustworthy. 

This expands the bad science discussion.  Quote: "I’ve written recently about what some scientists are calling an “epidemic” of bad research. Perhaps driven by the pressure to publish groundbreaking findings and to publish them more often, flawed scientific studies are being published at an increasing rate. The editor of The Lancet has written that as much as half of the scientific literature being published today may be untrue."

Close ties between doctors and pharmaceutical companies is most problematic.  Quote: "In the HPV vaccine article, Hanley reported receiving fees for lectures from “Japan Vaccine” and “the Japanese Expert Board for the Eradication of Cervical Cancer.”  What’s omitted is the disclosure that “Japan Vaccine” is a venture of GlaxoSmithKline; and “the Japanese Expert Board” has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Merck and GlaxoSmithKline. GlaxoSmithKline makes Cervarix vaccine. Merck makes Gardasil."   Here's more.

This adds to concerns that the medical community's application of science is problematic.   This extends the discussion by elaborating on the collaborative link between the FDA and pharmaceutical companies.

This item points out that the public should not trust either FDA's research findings or its subsequent rulings.  Quote: "The FDA is little more than a public relations/marketing agency for Big Pharma. Its “research” into the effects of drugs primarily consists in taking the word of the drugs’ manufacturers. It has been implicated in pay-for-play scandals and intimidates and prosecutes whistleblowers who try to uncover FDA scams and schemes."

You have to wonder just who the CDC works for - us or the pharmaceutical industry.  Quote: "…the [CDC] co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the [MMR vaccine] study. The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room and reviewed and went through all the hard copy documents that we had thought we should discard and put them in a huge garbage can.” (William Thompson, CDC researcher)  On July 29, US Congressman Bill Posey made his last stand on the floor of the House. Granted five minutes to speak, he laid bare the lying of the CDC in a now-famous 2004 study that exonerated the MMR vaccine and claimed it had no connection to autism.  “No connection to autism” was the lie."    Here is another item by Rappoport that extends the previous item.  For some time now I have questioned the ethics of at least some of the people at the CDC. This item reinforces my concerns.  Maybe yours, too.

Continuing on the medical theme, this item holds up the "follow the money" theme in California politics and the inordinate amount of bio-tech and pharmacological industries in the state.  Quote: "The recent California law (#SB277) ordering all public and private schoolchildren to receive the full schedule of vaccines has a context.  A money context. I’m not just talking about corporate donations to legislators. I’m talking about the state of California itself and the businesses that operate here."  Now consider this item.  

Quote: "For decades, psychiatrists have been claiming that mental disorders are, at the root, chemical imbalances in the brain.  Dr. Ronald Pies, the editor-in-chief emeritus of the Psychiatric Times, laid that theory to rest in the July 11, 2011, issue of the Times — in Psychiatry’s New Brain-Mind and the Legend of the “Chemical Imbalance” (behind pay wall) — with this staggering admission: “In truth, the ‘chemical imbalance’ notion was always a kind of urban legend — never a theory seriously propounded by well-informed psychiatrists.”

This follows up the previous item.  Several past  items shared with you address the unmistakable relationship between prescribed psychological drugs and mass murders such as those over the past several years.  The latest is the one in Chattanooga.  Prescribed drugs were again involved.  Seems to me that use of these drugs constitute a pattern. Guns are merely the means by which disturbed people on prescribed drugs with known consequences commit their heinous crimes.  Prescribed drugs are likely a part of the problem, maybe even the biggest part of the problem.

The next few items deal with science generally.  This one is an interesting take on beliefs of many scientists. Quote: "Writing in The Spectator, Alexander Masters points out that despite the idea that scientists deal only in the world of facts, some physicists believe bizarre things that, if professed by non-scientists, would qualify as religion. "
Quote: "The day has not yet dawned in which a college or university will teach an authentic course called False Science. It would be counter-productive, to say the least, since governments and corporations pour research-grant monies into those institutions and expect a certain brand of compliant science.  Here is the real consensus: researchers go along to get along. Like mainstream reporters, they know what they can say and what they can’t say. They see their boundaries. They understand the “logic” of compromise. They’re aware their job status can take a sudden turn for the worse, if they cross into forbidden territory." 

An item worth reading penned by a leading weather scientist. He offers three most responsible observations.

The term Global Warming is slowly but surely turning into a oxymoron.  Quote: "A scientific expedition to study “global warming” was delayed by record ice in the Arctic."

Climate Crisis, Inc. (CCI) is the title of a book by Professor Larry Bell.  This item provides a brief review of its contents.  Here is a short note to set the stage for the content of reviewing author's article.  "If millions of people lose their jobs in the process, if millions of retirees die from hypothermia because they cannot afford to heat their homes properly, if millions of Africans and Asians die because they are denied access to reliable, affordable carbon-based electricity – so be it. Climate Crisis, Inc. doesn’t care.  This global warming industry survives and thrives only because of secretive, fraudulent climate science; constant collusion between regulators and pressure groups; and a steady stream of government policies, regulations, preferences, subsidies and mandates – and taxes and penalties on its competitors. CCI gives lavishly to politicians who keep the gravy train on track, while its well-funded attack dogs respond quickly, aggressively and viciously to anyone who dares to challenge its orthodoxies or funding."

His many blunders suggests he is really not as smart as he thinks he is.  This lame excuse offered to defend the total and absolute perfection of all of science is ludicrous and reflects poorly on what true science really is.  And his knowledge of the Constitution is seriously wanting.  Quote: "Bill Nye is as wrong about the Constitution as he is about Global Warming and evolution. Even so, liberal media outlets will continue to use him as an "expert" on the subjects."

Now it is appropriate to watch this video hosted by the co-founder of Greenpeace.  Quote: "Since time immemorial, our climate has been and will always be changing. Patrick Moore explains why “climate change,” far from being a recent human-caused disaster, is, for a myriad of complex reasons, a fact of life on Planet Earth."

George Burns

Saturday, August 22, 2015

EPA Chief Faces "Criminal Liability" for "False, Misleading Statements"

The EPA’s toxic mega-spill of millions of gallons of heavy metal-laden wastewater into Colorado’s Animas River is not EPA Chief Gina McCarthy’s (shown) only problem; a congressional committee has sent her a letter posing the possibility of charging her with “criminal liability” for making “false and misleading” statements during her testimony at a committee hearing on July 9.

A key issue of the hearing, which was entitled "Examining EPA's Regulatory Overreach," was the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's use of “secret science” to further its ever-expansive, intrusive, oppressive, and enormously expensive regulatory agenda. EPA critics have been charging for some time that the agency has been basing many of its most outrageous claims and grabs for power upon supposed “scientific studies” and data that are not available for public examination, or even for members of Congress to evaluate.

U.S. Lets Rich Get Cheap Public Housing: “Positive Social Benefits”

Tens of thousands of people who earn too much to qualify for the U.S. government’s taxpayer-subsidized public housing live in the facilities nationwide and the federal agency that runs the program has no intention of evicting the violators. That’s because “there are positive social benefits from having families with varying income levels residing in the same property,” according to the Obama administration official that runs the program.

Some beneficiaries earn tens of thousands of dollars a year more than the threshold allowed to qualify for the cheap housing and, in at least one case, a millionaire pays a mere $300 a month in rent for a public housing unit in Oxford, Nebraska. The tenant has an annual income of more than $65,000—which alone disqualifies her for public housing—and assets of nearly $1.6 million, including stock, real estate a handsome retirement account and a checking account with a balance of $334,637.

It’s inconceivable that the government allows this abuse to occur, but considering that it involves the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) it’s not all that surprising. The scandal-plagued agency is well known for its many transgressions and for looking the other way in the face of fraud and corruption, even among its own employees. Just a few weeks ago Judicial Watch reported that a HUD employee fraudulently charged nearly $12,000 in personal items on his work-issued credit card and the agency failed to even reprimand the employee or report the wrongdoing after learning about it.

Picking Apart One of the Biggest Lies in American Politics: “Free Trade”

In 1992, Ross Perot won almost 20% of the entire presidential vote on the single issue of stopping so-called “free trade.” Today, several presidential candidates are gaining huge traction with similar opposition to NAFTA, CAFTA, and the upcoming Southern Hemisphere Asian Free Trade Agreement (SHAFTA, now called the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP).

Time has proven Perot right, and his arguments were consistent with a long history of American industrial success prior to the “free trade” era of the past 30+ years.

Our radical experiment of so-called “free trade” has clearly failed America, although few Americans know why or how. Here’s the back-story.

United States Ranks 20th on New Human Freedom Index

The Human Freedom Index presents the state of human freedom in the world based on a broad measure that encompasses personal, civil, and economic freedom. Human freedom is a social concept that recognizes the dignity of individuals and is defined here as negative liberty or the absence of coercive constraint. Because freedom is inherently valuable and plays a role in human progress, it is worth measuring carefully. The Human Freedom Index is a resource that can help to more objectively observe relationships between freedom and other social and economic phenomena, as well as the ways in which the various dimensions of freedom interact with one another.

The report is co-published by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute, and the Liberales Institut at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

The index published here presents a broad measure of human freedom, understood as the absence of coercive constraint. It uses 76 distinct indicators of personal and economic freedom in the following areas:

Rule of Law
Security and Safety
Association, Assembly, and Civil Society
Size of Government
Legal System and Property Rights
Access to Sound Money
Freedom to Trade Internationally
Regulation of Credit, Labor, and Business

GOP Head of Benghazi Probe Complained About ‘Overclassification’ of Documents

Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, wrote to the State Department in July alleging that certain Benghazi-related documents provided to the committee are "unnecessarily" and "improperly" marked as classified.

Gowdy's letter, obtained by National Journal, was sent just weeks before the controversy over Hillary Clinton's emails intensified with fresh questions about the extent and sensitivity of classified information in her private email system. Gowdy, along with many other Republicans, has said the presence of classified information in the private email system Clinton used as secretary of State may have jeopardized national security.

But some experts believe that overclassification by the intelligence community—that is, needless classification of documents that would not harm security if made public—may be occurring with messages in Clinton's system.

Gowdy also believes some documents are unnecessarily labeled as classified. In this case, Gowdy was concerned with documents connected with the outside panel largely selected by the State Department that reviewed the 2012 Benghazi attack.

"There appear to be substantial issues with respect to the April production of documents related to the Benghazi Accountability Review Board," Gowdy wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry on July 8.


One of the most lame excuses for doing nothing is that we can’t do everything. Such excuses have been repeated endlessly, even by some conservatives, when it comes to illegal immigration.

We can’t deport millions of illegal immigrants already living in the country, some say, so the wise thing is to just learn to live with them, according to the supposedly sophisticated crowd.

This completely sidesteps the plain, obvious, and galling fact that we are not deporting those illegal immigrants who are arrested by the police for violating other laws — and are then turned loose back into American society. In so-called “sanctuary cities” across the country, local police are under orders not to report illegal immigrants to the federal authorities.

Nobody has a right to obstruct justice when it comes to federal laws — not even the President of the United States, as Richard Nixon discovered when he had to resign after Democrats threatened him with impeachment and Republican Senators told him that they would not defend him.

Term limits for the Supreme Court?

Term limits are among the reforms being proposed by advocates of curbing federal government abuses through the Constitution’s Article V amendment process.

The idea of congressional term limits has been around for some time.  But more recent discussion centers on term limits for the judiciary, especially for the Supreme Court.

In fact, one application for an amendments convention now making the rounds – the Convention of States Application sponsored by Citizens for Self-Governance – is broad enough to include judicial term limits.  Although a fairly new offering, it already has been approved by the legislatures of four of the necessary 34 states.

Part of what is driving the talk of judicial term limits is the Supreme Court’s continued failure to honor important parts of the U.S. Constitution.  Admittedly, the Court does a pretty good job interpreting some parts of the document.  The Intellectual Property Clause is one example.  Moreover, the current Court is certainly more conscientious in constitutional cases than the rogue justices who dominated the bench throughout much of the 20th century, who re-wrote critical portions of the Constitution to suit themselves.

House lawsuit against Obama is turning into a real problem for the president

An unprecedented House lawsuit against President Obama that was once derided as a certain loser looks stronger now and may soon deliver an early legal round to Republican lawmakers complaining of executive branch overreach.
A federal judge is expected to decide shortly whether to dismiss the suit, but thanks to an amended complaint and a recent Supreme Court ruling, the Republican-backed case has a much better chance of proceeding, attorneys agree.
At issue is whether the House may sue in court to defend its constitutionally granted "power of the purse" if the president spends money that was not appropriated by Congress.
The lawsuit alleges that Obama's top aides quietly claimed the power to spend $178 billion over the next decade to reimburse health insurers for covering the cost of co-payments for low-income people who buy subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
The administration initially submitted a request for an annual appropriation — about $4 billion last year — but then changed course. Officials, including Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, decided the so-called cost-sharing payments to insurers were mandatory and were akin to an entitlement written into law, so there was no need to seek additional approval from Congress.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

TSA Spent $160 Mil For Scanners With A 96% Failure Rate

Air Travel: When Congress decided to let the federal government take over airport security in the wake of 9/11, critics said it would only make matters worse. Fourteen years later, it looks like the critics had it exactly right.
On Monday, Politico broke the news that the federally run TSA has spent $160 million — or more than $150,000 per unit — on body scanners meant to prevent fliers from bringing contraband onto planes.
And what did taxpayers get for their money?
A recent security audit found that TSA scanners failed to stop explosives and weapons 96% of the time.
Sen. Ron Johnson said that the scanners "weren't even catching metal." That's worse than the TSA did in 2004-05, when it screening process missed "only" 70% of the time.
This is just the latest in a long string of alarming TSA failures in fielding technology, screening workers and keeping its workers from abusing passengers.

Trump details immigration plan, including mass deportation, and wants ground troops in Iraq

If Donald Trump were president, he would put U.S. ground troops in Iraq to fight Islamic extremists, rescind President Barack Obama’s executive orders that protect millions of immigrants from deportation, eliminate American citizenship for U.S.-born children whose parents are in the country illegally and “police” but not necessarily revoke the nuclear pact with Iran.
These are some of the positions the poll-leading Republican presidential aspirant laid out in a Sunday interview and a policy paper, adding a little more substance to a campaign that has been marked by populist statements and fiery criticism of rivals.
Trump’s immigration plan, released on his campaign website, says he would “end birthright citizenship … the biggest magnet for illegal immigration.”
That would require a constitutional amendment. Anyone born in the U.S. has been considered a citizen since the 14th Amendment’s adoption in 1868.

Deporting undocumented workers would be very costly

There's no shortage of ideas about how to fix the broken U.S. policy on immigration.

But the heated political debate over undocumented workers often comes up short on a critical question: What would these solutions cost?
Because millions of undocumented workers seek to keep a low profile, the economic impact of their presence—and the cost of removing them—is difficult to pin down.
But the cost would be huge. By one estimate, removing the entire population of undocumented workers now in the U.S. would wipe out a chunk of the American economy roughly the size of the annual gross domestic product of Texas.|finance|headline|headline|story&par=yahoo&doc=102926191

Hillary looking more like Nixon as email scandal deepens

Now Hillary Clinton’s being compared to President Richard Nixon by one of the two reporters famous for breaking the scandal that brought Nixon down. How much worse is the email mess going to get?
The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward laid it out Monday: “You’ve got a massive amount of data. It, in a way, reminds me of the Nixon tapes: thousands of hours of secretly recorded conversations that Nixon thought were exclusively his.”
Then came ABC News’ report that a backup server likely holds all the emails Clinton said she’d deleted — which could open up a whole new front in the probe.
More bad news: The State Department has flagged another 305 Hillary emails as likely containing classified information. This despite Clinton’s claim that such info never touched the personal account she used for all her government business. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Clinton's Nefarious Relationships and Questionable Actions Keep Getting Exposed

Some may scoff at a some of the items covered in this email. Do so at your own risk...the credibility of the evidence documenting her misdeeds is rising with each passing day.  Even news operations historically rendering her support by routinely giving her the benefit of doubts not given others are now questioning her veracity/honesty. Check out the sources reporting the items, many of which are left leaning liberal enterprises and long time supporters of the Clintons.  Hillary is running for president all the while she, Bill and her team are desperately trying to downplay a long history of unsavory activities. Those unsavory acts continue.  Electing a president is serious business and we need to know all we can about any candidate. The more we learn about her the less credible she becomes.  This item in this note just scratch the surface.  If true, and increasingly it seems many if not all of them are, she should not even be running for the presidency, much less receive our support. As always I understand time is not available to read all items.  However, I urge you to select at least a few of those that strike your interest.  The first 6 items are recommended..

This is an example of Hillary's "personal quid pro quo" activities while serving as Secretary of  State.  Quote: "The International Business Times report raises more questions about whether foreigners were buying influence with Clinton by donating to the Clinton Foundation.  According to the report, Clinton, who had opposed the U.S.-Colombia trade pact when she was running for president in 2008, was silent when workers at Pacific Rubiales, the oil company in question in Colombia, went on strike in 2011 and “the Colombian military rounded them up at gunpoint and threatened violence if they failed to disband.” Human rights activists had urged Clinton to oppose the free trade deal with Colombia because such tactics were commonplace in the nation."    The problem is that this behavior on her part did not start while serving as Secretary of State.  She was at it while serving as a Senator.  And it is still going on.  Compare her behavior with one who preceded her in giving a speech.  and here

A little comic relief.  Check out this piece on the Clinton's charitable donations.  It tells the true story of their lack of ethics and total absence of any moral principles.  It is a short quick to the point piece but tells a huge story.    And what about the hypocrisy.  Not so funny.   This reflects their ethics.  Do as I say, not as I do.   Just more hypocrisy.  The woman is unbelievably egotistical.  She thinks she is above the law.  Violating government/State Department procedures, much less the law, is apparently of no consequence to her.    

And, this should give anyone reason to distrust anything, and I mean anything, Hillary and her loyal entourage have to say or do.  They are defying court orders, thumbing their noses at judges.  If you or I did this we would be arrested and held in contempt.  Hillary does not deserve her status as Democrat front runner for the office of president.  She is just as lawless as Obama.  Reports are that as of yesterday that so far there were 60 classified emails found in Hillary's email system.  People have gone to jail for less than that.     Now read this.    Here's more.    Does this seem suspicious to you?  
This should also make you very, very leery of Hillary Clinton.  People who know her and have worked with her in the past are starting to spill the beans.  They clearly think she would be bad for us as president.  Here is one example - there are others.  

Her lies and deceptive behavior continue unabated.   Check out this piece which details five of her lies.  She and her team claim that Congressional Committee investigations are a witch hunt.  and here is a follow-up to that item.  The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that she lied and may even have committed a crime.  and two separate Inspector Generals have requested the Department of Justice launch a criminal investigation.  Quote: "Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether Hillary Rodham Clinton mishandled sensitive government information on a private email account she used as secretary of state, senior government officials said Thursday."     and  How many more blatant lies will be tolerated by the public?    Even the media is getting frustrated with her irresponsible behavior and lies.  The e-mail scandal is expanding.  Proof is offered that she transmitted classified information to at least 5 different intelligence agencies.  It is to the point where one cannot believe anything she says.   And, 
Making as much money as possible seems to be a theme with the Clintons.  While serving as Secretary of State Hillary was most generous in approving arms sales to dubious characters who made huge contributions to the Clinton Foundation. Quote: "The ethical questions surrounding foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation have entered a new arena: arms sales. According to the International Business Times, governments with appalling human rights records who donated to the Clinton Foundation received billions in arms deals approved by the Clinton State Department that far surpassed anything doled out by the Bush administration."   And get this. Quote: "As the money flowed to the foundation from Sweden, Mrs. Clinton’s team in Washington declined to blacklist any Swedish firms despite warnings from career officials at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm that Sweden was growing its economic ties with Iran and potentially undercutting Western efforts to end Tehran’s rogue nuclear program, diplomatic cables show.  This looks exactly like a shakedown racket. And it was not the foundation alone that profited enormously."   One more item about the potential violation of law committed by the then Secretary of State.   This one highlights her total hypocrisy as she grubs for money.   Then there's the African leader who gave between $1 and 5 million to her foundation after which as Secretary of State she ignored the terrorism taking place in his country.

This graphic tells the story.  But here is a more detailed accounting of her past war on women from someone who personally experienced it.  Quote:  "But it's not Bubba from whom she seeks vengeance, retribution and further accountability. She's after Hillary for what she calls, with considerable evidence, her complicity in her husband's sexual abuses and scandals.  "She is the war on women, as far as I am concerned," the widow Willey says, "... she's made it a point to find out ... every woman ... who's crossed his path over the years. She's orchestrated a terror campaign against every one of these women, including me."   To add to the story read this.  

This adds to that above.  Quote: "Why then did all these foreign individuals and entities (not governments) make their contributions to an American charity? I do not know all the applicable tax laws from their nations so it is possible there were some local tax benefits. But that is highly unlikely. We are focusing on the many six- or seven- figure donations. A cynic would jump to conclusions that the quid pro quos outlined by Schweizer were the real motivation. You can draw your own conclusion.  As I wrote before, this entire matter is tawdry and it is certainly possible there are some illegalities. Whether the mainstream press will devote the resources to obtain a smoking gun and someone comes clean is still up for grabs. Schweizer has done a great service. Even if nothing goes further from his research, my question is why would Americans want four or possibly eight more years of this circus?"

It is without question that the media has been working for Hillary for a very long time.  Ethics and journalistic standards are absent when dealing with media favorites.  Someone at Meet the Press fed her the questions she would be asked in advance of an interview with them.

This should disturb you.  Evidence exists that President Obama and Hillary colluded in developing the lie that the Benghazi attack that resulted in four American deaths was ignited by a video on the internet.  Quote: "President Obama and Hillary Clinton likely made the decision to falsely tie an inflammatory anti-Islam Internet video to the fatal Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack that left four Americans dead in Benghazi, Libya, the chief of the conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch (JW) told Breitbart News.  The president and then-Secretary of State Clinton sought the assistance from domestic and foreign jihadists in spreading the online video lie, added JW President Tom Fitton."

This item provides a synopsis of the scandals that will plague Hillary all through her campaign for the presidency.  We all have to determine if her obvious ethical lapses, propensity to lie, and flaunting of the law are sufficient to merit a NO vote in either the Democratic primary or the national election.  In my mind we should collectively keep her and Bill as far away from the White House as we can.  Regarding Hillary the item notes that "She has to be the gold standard for flawed candidacies."   This is another example...she has her hatchet people clean up any records that might reflect poorly on her job performance as Secretary of State.

This item reminds us of the failures populating her work history which alone should be enough to disqualify her for the presidency of the United States.   But here is one more reason she should never be president.  She is a big, I mean really big, and long time supporter of Monsanto, Dow and other GMO industrial giants.  This item provides the details.
This hard left New York Times piece does not bode well for the Clintons.  Where there is smoke there is fire.  Quote: "But the untold story behind that story is one that involves not just the Russian president, but also a former American president and a woman who would like to be the next one."  This item extends the New York Times piece.

The whole Benghazi thing gets more and more curious with the passage of time.  It now seems to have some degree of bipartisan involvement.   More emails uncovered.  Hillary's problems continue to mount.

This item provides insight into who Hillary really is.  Do not believe all you hear her say.  Her positions and statements over the year are so convoluted that it is impossible to decipher.  One thing, for sure, is what she says is convenient for the moment she says it and yes what she says can change again when convenient to do so.   And, my guess is that you will find these quotes she has made over the years to be quite informative of who the real Hillary is.  

Trustworthy?  Can you can believe what she says?  I don't think so.  Here is an example.   This item shows that there really was a plot to deny congressional access to the full range of relevant emails on Hillary's illegal private email system used while serving as Secretary of State.

Another non-disclosure emerges.  This time from Bill.   Here us another example of their hi-jinxs.   The Clinton's are secretive, unethical and possibly criminal money grubbers.  How's this for ethics. 

Even the editorial boards of such newspapers as the New York Times are after the Clintons for what seems to be illegal cash for access/benefit with foreign officials/nations.    And read this.  Quote: "Shocking revelations show that at least four Clinton Foundation board of directors have either been charged or convicted of financial crimes, including bribery and fraud."   George Stephanopoulos gave the Clinton Foundation $75,000 over three years and served as a Clinton apologist at ABC ever since he was hired.  Even donated his time in other ways.  Yet, he acted as if was "independent" journalist and when he savaged "Clinton Cash" author Peter Schweizer on his ABC Sunday show on April 30, claiming there was "no evidence" that the Clintons had done anything wrong, that he was funding the foundation they were discussing. But he refused to disclose it.  I long ago dismissed him as a political hack.  You should, too.  Dishonesty surrounds both the Clinton's and those with whom they associate.  The world's second most richest man and the top share holder of The New York Times.  Quote: "Not only has Slim contributed between $1,000,001 and $5,000,000 to the Clinton Foundation, but his company Telmex has contributed an additional grant between $1,000,001 and $5,000,000 through its foundation. Slim has also pledged $100 million to the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative, a collaboration between the Clinton Foundation and Canadian mining tycoon Frank Giustra."  Slim's business activities have been sleazy at best.

After reading this you will realize that Hillary does not have an honest bone in her body.   The more we learn about this lady the more we understand that she is not to be trusted to do anything in the interests of the American people.  She is all in for herself.  and this is just as bad.  And it continues as we learn of more and more of their associations with really bad actors.  

And you might want to read how her destruction of emails may come back to bite her.

This item is direct, succinct and hard hitting and as far as I can determine right on all points.  Here is another one.

George Burns