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US Government Moves To Control News … J. D. Longstreet

US Government Moves To Control News

News The Government Approves!

A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
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First, allow me to offer this warning: Do not, for one moment, believe the FCC has backed off it’s CIN (Critical Information Needs) initiative. It WILL be back, in another guise, most likely as a study to determine if minority ownership of broadcast stations is at a satisfactory level.  Of course, it is not — at least not in the eyes of the Democratic Party.

It has been a while in coming but, as an old retired broadcaster, I have been expecting this move by the government for a very long time.  Once “The Dictator,” Obama, moved into the White House it was but a matter of time.

Ajit Pai, a commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission, was so upset about this move by the government to filter the news we get daily from the broadcast — AND — print media that he wrote an article about if for the Wall Street Journal Online.  Here are HIS words:

“… The government has no place pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.”  –-SOURCE:  http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304680904579366903828260732

Commissioner Pai continues:  “Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country. With its “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. A field test in Columbia, S.C., is scheduled to begin this spring.

How does the FCC plan to dig up all that information? First, the agency selected eight categories of “critical information” such as the “environment” and “economic opportunities,” that it believes local newscasters should cover. It plans to ask station managers, news directors, journalists, television anchors and on-air reporters to tell the government about their “news philosophy” and how the station ensures that the community gets critical information.”— SOURCE:  http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304680904579366903828260732

Before we go on, allow me to explain for those of you who have never been involved in the broadcast business —  the FCC is basically the same to broadcasters as the IRS is to all taxpayers.  Only worse. The FCC holds the life of a broadcast station in it’s hands.  They can revoke the station’s license when they choose and that station, that business, is kaput! 

So.  Understand this:  When the FCC makes a “suggestion” it is taken as a commandment from on high.  If they say: Jump.” The station licensee says: “How high?” Then, without waiting for a reply, jumps as high as he can.
I was in broadcasting in one of the training areas of the FCC for nearly two decades.  I had far more dealings with FCC inspectors than I ever — ever — wanted.  Working in pairs they’d hit a station in the early morning and spend most of the day going over that station’s logs — transmitter logs, program logs, and such.  The entire building became a pressure cooker during those hours. 

In a training area, as we were, we knew the “new guy” was going to attempt to impress his trainer, so, we expected, and got, everything short of a body cavity search by the trainee.  It was brutal.

So when the FCC says they are going to ask the station personnel to “tell the government about their news philosophy and how the station ensures that the community gets critical information.” That’s not EXACTLY how it will work.  Allow me to translate that for you into the language every broadcaster knows:  It means the FCC is going to tell the broadcaster that these are eight categories of critical information the licensee WILL begin covering immediately, and, I am sure, make reports to the FCC as to what was aired, when it was aired , the name of the person broadcasting the coverage, etc..  As I said above — a suggestion from the FCC is understood to be a commandment.

Commissioner Pai goes on:  “Participation in the Critical Information Needs study is voluntary—in theory. Unlike the opinion surveys that Americans see on a daily basis and either answer or not, as they wish, the FCC’s queries may be hard for the broadcasters to ignore. They would be out of business without an FCC license, which must be renewed every eight years.”  –SOURCE: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304680904579366903828260732

The democrats have been trying to reestablish the old Fairness Doctrine which shackled broadcasters for decades — dating back to 1949.  The FCC stopped enforcing the policy in 1987 and finally took it off the books in 2011.  There had been scads of lawsuits filed by broadcasters and broadcasting associations pleading that the Fairness Doctrine did not serve the public interest and did, indeed,  infringe upon freedom of the press.  What it DID do was cause a lot of dial turning as people switched stations to get away from the dry public affairs topics and banal discussions of topics they hadn’t the slightest interest in.

You may remember that near the beginning of this piece, I noted that this policy would affect both the broadcast and the PRINT media.  Note please: the PRINT media.  The FCC has no control over the print media, only the broadcast media.  So, if this is just a fact finding incursion into the broadcast newsrooms, then what, pray tell, is a broadcast regulation agency doing in a newspaper newsroom? 

No.  There is more here, dear reader, than meets the eye.  It is, I believe, the first step in the government take over of the news organizations in America.  The government bureaucrat dreams of control of the press.  THATS where this is all headed.

This is, in my opinion, a violation of the First Amendment.  But it doesn’t matter.  The Obama Regime has already completely trashed the constitution.

If the FCC is allowed to carry through with this plan, it will not be long before government monitors will take up residence in newsrooms all across America and every piece of script, every article of news for print, will be approved or disapproved by them!  America’s free press will be dead.

I would hope this would be a wake-up call for the liberal media in America.  We have warned for many, many, decades that the progressive Marxists they (the liberal media) run interference for, for which they shuck and jive on a daily basis, once in control of the government would come after them – FIRST!  They didn’t believe us.  I suspect they will not believe it when those government “minders” take up positions in their newsrooms and dictate to them the news they will — and will not — broadcast or print.    

This is another glaring reason we need to clean out the US Senate in November and put a conservative in the Oval Office in 2016.  As long as a Democrat occupies the Oval Office, the Democratic Party will have control of the FCC.   That’s the way it works.  Control changes with the party in the Oval office.

In the meantime, I intend to speak with my Congressman and insist that he do what he can to stop this government takeover of America’s newsrooms.

I think Byron York of the Washington Examiner summed it up best.  He said: “If the FCC goes forward, it’s not clear what will happen to news organizations that fall short of the new government standards. Perhaps they will be disciplined. Or perhaps the very threat of investigating their methods will nudge them into compliance with the administration’s journalistic agenda. What is sure is that it will be a gross violation of constitutional rights.” — SOURCE:  http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2544363?slideout=1 

J. D. Longstreet
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Voter’s Remorse Over Obama … Alan Caruba

Voter’s Remorse Over Obama 

By Alan Caruba

I don’t recall when I first wrote about Obama telling lies, but it surely must have been early in his first term, if not even earlier in the 2008 campaign. So much of the information about his life was subject to question that it raised my concern.
The way Obamacare was reamed through a Congress that hadn’t even read the bill put me on full alert. No Republican voted for it.
When you have spent your early years as a journalist as I did you tend to develop a healthy skepticism regarding politicians. There are some very good people who go into politics, but they are vastly outnumbered by those who see it as an easy way to line their pockets. They are the “Eddie Haskell’s” if you are old enough to remember the unctuous character from “Leave It To Beaver.”  Glad-handers, back-slappers, and generally smooth talkers.
I was not surprised to read a February 19 article in the Washington Examiner by Paul Paulard. “Poll: Only 79% of Obama voters would vote for him again” was the title and my first response was surprise that that many would still vote for him. Only???
In the poll 71%  of the Obama voters now inclined to vote for someone else if they had the chance said they ‘regret’ their vote to reelect the President. So a majority of those taking The Economist/YouGov.com poll would vote for him again, but nearly all regret having done so.
This is a definition of stupidity. I think Obama and his cohorts counted on this high level of indifference to the facts about his first term.
Among the sample of those who would vote for someone else if they could, 100% of the Hispanics said they would and 80% of the whites said they would. However 61% of the blacks said they would still vote for Obama. It strikes me that many in the African-American community are quick to speak out against any perceived prejudice, but when it comes to electing Obama, skin color was a major factor. I suspect that many are unaware of how Obama’s policies have left the black community with soaring numbers of unemployed, far in excess of other racial groups.
Among women 84% said they would vote for someone else, but just 61% men agreed. The most surprising element of the poll was that 55% of Democrats—yes Democrats—wished they had not pulled the lever for Obama and 71% of independents agreed.
All second term Presidents achieve lame duck status at some point when their power to influence the Congress to support their programs kicks in. Arguably, Obama achieved that in 2010 when voters returned power in the House of Representatives to Republicans. The Senate’s response—mostly Majority Leader Harry Reid’s—was to deny any but a few of the many bills generated in the House an opportunity to be debated and voted upon.
The gridlock that resulted and which Obama endlessly decries was created by the Democrats in the Senate.
Efforts by Republicans were rebuffed along with all manner of charges that they were anti-women and anti-immigrant, among other absurdities. When the Republicans tried to get the insane borrowing and spending under control by shutting down the federal government as a response to raising the credit limits, they were portrayed as political cavemen.
Obama is a President who has made it clear that he considers the Congress as an obstacle to his transformation of the nation from a capitalist to a socialist economy in which Big Government functions as the redistributor of taxpayer funding with an emphasis on programs that, like food stamps, added millions to that handout.
It took the launch of Obamacare to make it abundantly clear how incompetent the Obama administration was and is. The impact on the stagnant job market saw jobs disappear or be turned into part-time, lower-wage positions. People discovered they could not keep their family physician or specialist. Even access to nearby hospitals was denied for some.
We are now being told that being unable to find work is an opportunity to pursue one’s hobbies. Denigrating working for a living is so un-American it is mind-boggling.
The media coverage of Obama’s first term and now the first years of his second protected him against the failure to revive the economy after the 2008 financial crisis. The scandals from Fast and Furious to Benghazi were shunted aside so that the passage of time would diminish their impact. Those who reelected him were not paying attention! Or they just didn’t care.
One can only hope voters are paying attention now and, in the November 2014 midterm elections, they will elect Republican candidates who will have an opportunity—particularly in the Senate—to limit the damage that Obama continues to inflict on the economy and in the area of foreign affairs.
Based on the poll, it took Obama voters over five years, going on six, to conclude they had made a bad choice—but 79% would still vote for him!
That members of Congress, pundits, and others now routinely call Obama a liar is a good sign because he is. But he is also still President of the United States of America and I suspect he doesn’t care what people say about him anymore.
© Alan Caruba, 2014
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The Republic We Decided NOT To Keep … J. D. Longstreet

The Republic We Decided NOT To Keep
The Sellout of Ben Franklin, et al
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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The story is told that when Ben Franklin emerged from the Constitutional Convention an anxious lady asked him what kind of government they had given us.  His famous reply was:  “A republic, Madam, … if you can keep it.”  And, for the most part, right up through the Second World War, we Americans tried to keep it.  But no more.  It’s just too hard, too difficult, too dull, banal, and boring to involve oneself with politics.

Consider this:  “The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.”   This phrase was first uttered by Irishman John Philpot Curran in a speech he made in 1790 (Not Thomas Jefferson as we are so often led to believe.)  Over the centuries we have boiled it down to:  “Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.”

It is the second part of the statement that really grabs you, that really carries the message:  ” … which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.” (Underlining mine)

Speaking of servitude — have you noticed how the Democratic Party has stopped denying its socialist tendencies?

Years ago, as I began to write about the dangers of socialism to America (and how the Democratic Party has become a sort of Democratic/Socialist Party), I was stunned when they, the Democrats, did not refute it! See, I had expected Democrats to deny any connection to socialism. But they didn’t. It was then that it struck me… they don’t deny it because they can’t.  They have embraced socialism.

You must forgive me if I get a bit “wound-up” when socialism is the topic.  I have watched that “destroyer of nations” reap its harvest for many, many, decades. It is, in my opinion, the greatest threat to democracy on the planet.  I see socialism as presenting an even greater threat than the Islamofascist terrorists!  I will never be comfortable as long as America continues to have a socialist government and a Marxist as President.  We can argue “degrees” of socialism all day and it won’t matter.  As the expression goes: “a little leaven leavens the whole loaf.”

I think it is pure irony that now, as a  socialist nation, America can celebrate an event named “Independence Day” with a straight face!

Americans are anything but independent!  We are living in a dictatorial police state!  We are fat, and lazy, and dependent on our new socialist government for far too much.  There is very little “independent” about Americans today.  In just a few years of the Obama Regime we have gone from “King of the Hill” to just another member of the “Mediocrity Mob” of nations.

I know this is difficult to swallow.  You can’t know how much pain it caused me to write these words.  See, I have stood on the ground where the Wright brothers took their first flight launching America into the space age.  They had no idea that their short flight would end up taking man to the stars, but of course, it did.   I have trod the ground from which our astronauts blasted off to land and walk upon the surface of the moon.  I have witnessed America claw her way to the top through sheer willpower and determination to be the best.  And now, as I approach the winter of my life, I am watching the decline and fall of that same America.  Do you really think I don’t feel a tremendous amount of pain? I think I must now know what the ancient Romans felt as they watched the greatest civilization in history, decline, crumble, and fall in ruins around them.
“Oh,” but you say, “… Socialism is the only way to go.  Everyone will be equal!  No class, no class warfare…” and such.

Well, let us see if we can break it down so that even those of you in love with the “cancer of nations,” socialism, can understand it.

The story is told of an economics professor at a small college who made a statement that he had never failed a single student before but had once failed an entire class.

That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism and income equality worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan.” He explained that all grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an “A.”

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a “B.”

The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride, too, so they studied little.

The second test average was a “D!” No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an “F.”

The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

Socialism will bring the end to private enterprise. Just think: under socialism there would be no small businesses, none of those Mom and Pop stores with which we are so familiar in America.  There would be no entrepreneurs.

Socialism calls for the redistribution of wealth. Broken down, that simply means taking the money YOU earned and giving it to those you feel did not earn it. Socialism demands that all wealth in a nation, and that includes yours, will be controlled by the government. In other words, you will own nothing not even your own money. The government owns everything and everyone is given only what it takes for that person to survive.

Socialism celebrates the lack of an upper class and a lower class. Under socialism there is only one class. And in THAT class ALL people suffer equally. 

Americans have made an awful decision.  We have decided to give up.  Freedom is just too hard.  It requires entirely too much work and effort on the part of the individual. It is much easier to sit back, relax, and allow the government to take care of us.  Look, dear reader, birds locked in a golden cage are just as much a prisoner as those locked in a rusty old quarter-inch mesh wire cage.  A prison is a prison and man is quite capable of creating his own.

Americans remind me today of the little granddaughter of a friend. He tells me she just recently went through the stage all parents are familiar with called…”potty training.”  When she finished her business she would sit patiently on the porcelain throne, and yell her head off, until someone appeared to take care of that most important chore – the hygienic cleansing of the recently employed lower sphincter.  The child’s actions sound so much like what Americans are doing today, sitting on the porcelain throne yelling our heads off while waiting for someone to come take care of the last, but important, chore.  The government will take care of it, but there is a price to be extracted from each of us. The price is the loss of our freedom.

They say that Satan’s greatest trick is convincing mankind that he doesn’t exist. It may be HIS best trick  — but it doesn’t hold a candle to the trick socialism has played on America.

J. D. Longstreet

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Communists Announce Plans to Rescue Obama and The Democrats … J. D. Longstreet

Communists Announce Plans to Rescue Obama and The Democrats
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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How often have we told our readers that the Democratic Party is the party of Communism and Socialism?    How many times have we noted the Marxist philosophy of Obama, of Hillary, et al?

Now, the Communist Party USA has stepped from the shadows and openly admitted their involvement with the American left including the Democratic Party and Obama.  

They have announced their decision to aid the Democrats in holding on to the US Senate in the upcoming November election.

The Communist Party USA was formed in Chicago in 1919.   Recently, Communist Party USA Chairman Sam Webb spoke to his fellow travelers by way of a web streaming event entitled: “Taking care of the future: from here to socialism.”

Mr. Webb said:  “We can talk about shortening the work week, green jobs, restructuring the economy, we can talk about the de-militarization of the economy and putting those people back to work in jobs that are productive,” Webb said. “The starting point has to be this immediate engagement, but once we do that many things become possible such as more radical demands.”–SOURCE:  http://www.wnd.com/2014/02/communists-to-obama-weve-got-your-back/#LEDvuUoDCbeOEHcL.99
Mr. Webb explained that since Obama had become President Americans were more willing to accept socialism and communism.

Mr. Webb went on to say the following: “The good news is the same hang-ups or stereotypes that people had 30 to 40 years ago are not so evident today,” he said. “Growing numbers of people are ready to have a conversation about socialism. There have been public opinion polls that indicate that substantial numbers have more confidence in socialism than capitalism.”

“We have to let people know what our vision is. The climate in the country is different. We can have a different conversation than we could have 30 to 40 years ago, even 20 years ago. Socialism is no longer a white-hot word, people are willing to talk about it.”  — SOURCE: http://www.wnd.com/2014/02/communists-to-obama-weve-got-your-back/#LEDvuUoDCbeOEHcL.99
Webb said Communists are planning an effort to unite left-wing groups to protect Democrats and President Obama from losing the US Senate to tea party candidates or, more precisely – conservative candidates.

We suggest you read the entire article at WND.COM at: http://www.wnd.com/2014/02/communists-to-obama-weve-got-your-back/#LEDvuUoDCbeOEHcL.99

It has not been that long ago when the democrats would refute the claim by conservatives that the Democratic Party was, in fact, a socialist party.  No longer.  The Democrats have gone from covert to overt.  They have slithered out of the shadows into the light and their true colors, the hammer and sickle, can be clearly seen and they can no longer deny their embrace of the communist/socialist dogma.

Recently my teeth have been set on edge as I  listened to Obama’s rhetoric about “fairness,” in this or that, and his use of the words “fair share” to drive a wedge between the American classes, and especially the words, or phrase, “income inequality” which seals the deal.

When a nation seeks income equality it is accepting socialism as its core philosophy.  Income inequality is the clarion call for redistribution of a nation’s wealth. It is as simple and as basic as that.

Demonstrating his communist core belief, Obama has led the charge to teach the low/info voters to hate the “patricians” and the “plutocrats” – the very people who financed — and continue to finance — America’s success as the greatest nation in the history of mankind.

Our very own communist President believes — and preaches — that wealthy Americans must be brought low and their wealth confiscated and redistributed to the – ahem – less fortunate among us.

We have now seen the President’s abuse of the power of the Executive Order.  Obama is intent on diluting democratic freedom in America by infusing socialism/communism into every agency and administration under the control of the executive branch of the government.

Why wouldn’t the Communist Party be proud of their man in the White House?  Why wouldn’t the Communist Party pull out all the stops to support him and his communist/socialist minions in the US Senate?

America is sinking ever deeper into the muck and mire of communism.  If we are unable to extricate her she will die just as all the other nations that have cast their lot with socialism and communism.

So don’t be surprised that the Communist Party USA will be working to rescue the Democratic Party this November.  The democrats are a part of the socialist/communist movement. 

As soon as Americans stop fooling themselves into thinking and believing that America is NOT a communist/socialist nation, then we can begin to throw off the shackles of dictatorial government and the oppression of the new American police state we have become and return America to her constitutional government.

J. D. Longstreet   

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Pardon My Paranoia … Alan Caruba

Pardon My Paranoia

 

By Alan Caruba

 

An organization, Patriots for America, is calling for millions of Americans to descend on Washington, D.C on May 16 for Operation American Spring whose purpose is to demand that President Obama and others in his administration be removed from office.

 

Among the rules of engagement set forth on their Internet site include (1) no weapons. No ammunition. “The Communist forces that control Washington, D.C. do not recognize the 2nd Amendment and have banned all weapons and ammunition from the district. Do not give them the opportunity to arrest you and prosecute you.” (2) Follow all rules of the road. (3) Comply with all constitutional requests of local authorities. And (4) travel in groups of four or greater.

 

Geoff Ross is identified as the senior chief of the organization that wants participants to be prepared to stay as long as it takes for Congress to take action. The event suggests that he and many supportive groups think the U.S. is at risk of losing its constitutional government so long as Barack Obama is President.

 

The worst possible scenario to the event would be if some element of the law enforcement authority is ordered to fire on the gathering, but I recall that in July 2008 presidential candidate Obama said that Americans could no longer “…continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

 

America does not need a civilian national security force.
We have the military whose job is to protect us against foreign invasion and we have state and local police authorities in our towns and cities to address riots and large protests. The force the President wants would exist solely to intimidate and control Americans who he deems his enemies.

 

What we do have in the wake of 9/11 is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and it is not intended to be a military force although it does include the Coast Guard. On March 23, 2013, Capt. Terry M. Hestilow, U.S. Army retired, wrote to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) warning that DHS is preparing to go to war with the citizens of the United States.

 

“It is with gravest concern that I write to you today concerning the recent appropriation of weapons by the DHS that can only be understood as a bold threat of war by that agency, and the Obama administration, against the citizens of the United States of America.” He expressed his concerns over “recent purchases of almost 3,000 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) armored personnel carriers, 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition (with associated weapons), and other weapons systems.”

 

“One needs only look to the rise of Adolf Hitler,” wrote Capt. Hestilow, “and his associated DHS organizations, the SA and the SS, of 1932-1934, to see the outcome of allowing an agency of government this kind of control over the free citizens of a nation.”

 

In a February 5, 2014 article on Infowars.com, Kit Daniels reported that “The U.S. Postal Service is currently seeking companies that can provide “assorted small arms ammunition in the new future. The U.S. Postal Service joins the long list of non-military federal agencies purchasing large amounts of ammunition.”

 

What has a growing number of Americans concerned is this arming of government agencies we do not associate with the need to be heavily armed. “Since 2001, the U.S. Department of Education has been building a massive arsenal through purchases orchestrated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms” reported Daniels. “Back in July, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also purchased 72,000 rounds of 40 Smith and Wesson, following a 2012 purchase for 46,000 rounds of .40 S&W jacketed hollow point by the National Weather Service.”

 

One might assume that the DHS needs to be armed to some degree, but there is no logical reason for the Post Office, the Department of Education, and NOAA to be heavily armed. Reportedly DHS spent over $58 million to hire security details for just two Social Security offices in Maryland and $80 million for armed guards to protect government buildings in New York and more guards for federal facilities in Wisconsin and Minnesota. “Even the Environmental Protection Agency has its own SWAT teams conducting raids on peaceful Americans,” wrote Daniels.

 

DHS has been engaged in a program to provide military-style weapons and vehicles to local police forces around the nations.

 

My most profound fear, my paranoia, concerning the May 16 protest, despite its instructions to participants not be armed, is that some incident would escalate to a point where shots were exchanged. One can conceive of that serving as the reason to initiate an “emergency” proclamation and/or to declare martial law.

 

One gets the feeling that this government, under the direction of President Obama, is preparing for a national insurrection against his often lawless administration. The May 16 event would provide an excuse to initiate actions that would put us all under the gun.

 

I no longer believe “it can’t happen here.” We have a President who sees no reason to work with Congress and who recently “joked” that he can do whatever he wants.

 

I worry that members of our military and others would obey orders to impose governmental control to the extent that we might see widespread resistance by millions of armed Americans. I regard the surge in the purchase of weapons by private citizens during Obama’s terms in office as a reflection of the paranoia that I am feeling these days.

 

But is it paranoia? Or is it a reasonable assumption that a President who feels free to ignore the Constitution might have plans that do not include peaceful elections or his departure from the office?

 

© Alan Caruba, 2014
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Obama, Dems and media: no jobs and poverty are good for you! … Sher Zieve

Obama, Dems and media: no jobs and poverty are good for you!

By Sher Zieve

While Obama’s personal US Attorney General Eric Holder continues with his latest assault on US States’ laws and Constitutional rights – he’s decided gay marriages must be recognized in all States…regardless of what States’ laws contain – his partner in multiple crimes, Obama and his syndicate, has come up with the new Democrat talking points which extol poverty and lack of work and/or work hours; but, only for the “masses.”

Many Dems (including New York Democrats Sen. Charles Schumer and Minnesota Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison) are spinning Obama’s plan of successfully destroying and eliminating America’s middle class with ObamaCare’s elimination of – per the Obama CBO – at least 2.3 million jobs as a “good” thing. On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Schumer said “The single mom, who’s raising three kids (and) has to keep a job because of healthcare, can now spend some time raising those kids. That’s a family value.” Question: Do Schumer’s “family values” extend to said families living in a cardboard box when the money runs out? However, Chuck didn’t bother to say how difficult it will be to raise “those kids” with far less money or no job at all. If few-to-none are working and producing anymore (the program Obama is now implementing), the money dries up for the masses and Obama will have accomplished his goal of making everyone in the country – except the elite – “equally” poor. Rep Ellison simply said: “This is a good thing.”

ObamaCare was and is designed to impoverish everyone, as well as ensuring the end of the middle class…as Obama’s mentor Saul Alinsky wanted and taught. From his beginning tenure as our illegal POTUS, Obama has been working toward killing the middle class in America, in order to ensure that only those he and his political elites choose to become nouveau riche will become so. He is, also, ending any chance of wealth for his opposition. Maybe, in addition, he’s also eliminating any possibility for their long lives?

In his infamous work “Rules for Radicals,” Alinsky wrote of destroying the American middle class “Our rebels have contemptuously rejected the values and the way of life of the middle class. They have stigmatized it as materialistic, decadent, bourgeois, degenerate, imperialistic, war-mongering, brutalized and corrupt. They are right; but we must begin from where we are if we are to build power for change, and the power and the people are in the middle class majority.” In the 1970s, Alinsky commented that it would be difficult to coerce and destroy the American middle class as it was “too well-educated” and too wealthy. At that time, the Marxist Democrats were already well underway in their implementation of the dumbing-down of American students in the public (government) school system. Today, we are reaping those seeds that were sown with the lack of any real education and a population that is grossly undereducated; or – with the drop-out rate continuing to grow – not educated at all.

Tyranny and dictatorships require a population that has been [only] indoctrinated with the ideologies of its rulers and otherwise ignorant to realities in the world, one that has become less and less mobile (“cars bad…walking good”), the availability of less and less energy and food (keeps the proletariat concentrated on merely staying alive) and one that has become dependant upon the ‘good will’ of its rulers. Please take a moment to look around at what has happened and is continuing to happen to your/our country. What do you see?

“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders” – 2Th 2:9

Holder: Same-Sex Couples To Get Equal Legal Rights:
http://swampland.time.com/2014/02/08/holder-same-sex-couples-to-get-equal-legal-rights/#ixzz2suj0Nj6A

Democrats promote positive message on Obamacare and work hours: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/09/us-usa-healthcare-politics-idUSBREA180UA20140209

© Sher Zieve

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Sher Zieve is an author and political commentator. Zieve’s op-ed columns are widely carried by multiple internet journals and sites, and she also writes hard news. Her columns have also appeared in The Oregon Herald, Dallas Times, Sacramento Sun, in international news publications, and on multiple university websites. Sher is also a guest on multiple national radio shows.

 

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The World’s Volcanic Past and Future … Alan Caruba

The World’s Volcanic Past and Future

By Alan Caruba

While Americans coped with massive snowfalls in the South, Midwest and Northeast, a dramatic volcanic eruption occurred on February 13th in Indonesia when Mount Kelud in the province of East Java erupted so loudly it could be heard 120 miles away.

It is one of 130 volcanoes in the world’s fourth most populous nation, located on the “ring of fire” volcanic belt around the shores of the Pacific Ocean. About 200,000 people were affected and more than 76,000 had to be evacuated according to Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency. The affect was dramatic, shutting down an airport in Indonesia’s second largest city, Surabaya, a major industrial center, along with those in five other cities as well as a major oil refinery that provides more than a third of Indonesia’s total output of refined products.

Earlier this month, the eruption of MountSinabung in the north of the island of Sumatra was credited with the death of eleven people. It had been spewing lava and ash for months and forced thousands to flee the area.

There are about 1,500 active volcanoes worldwide with the majority on the Pacific “ring of fire.” Some fifty of these erupt every year, An estimated 500 million people worldwide live near active volcanoes.

While environmentalists are forever blathering about carbon dioxide (C02) emissions from cars, plants that produce electricity, and all forms of manufacturing, volcanoes produce from 145 million to 255 million short tons of CO2 every year.

Large, explosive eruptions, in addition to CO2, put large amounts of water vapor, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride, and ash, pulverized rock and pumice, into the stratosphere to heights of 10 to 20 miles above the Earth’s surface. Sulfur dioxide and sulfuric acid condense rapidly in the stratosphere to form fine sulfate aerosols that reflect the Sun’s radiation, cooling the Earth’s lower atmosphere or troposphere while also absorbing heat radiated from the Earth. In the past century, several eruptions during the past century cooled the Earth by up to half a degree Fahrenheit for periods of one to three years.

I cite this to drive home the fundamental scientific fact that, as opposed to all the nonsense about human control or effect on the Earth’s temperatures, volcanoes by comparison render the human component infinitesimal.

Moreover, CO2 plays virtually no role in the Earth’s overall temperature. Shutting down coal-fired electrical plants and preventing the construction of new ones has no basis in science. The outcry against CO2 ignores the fact that all life on Earth depends on it to provide the “food” that all vegetation requires. More Co2, not less, is good for the Earth.

What Americans need to worry about is the eruption of a super volcano with a large caldera such as the Yellowstone Caldera in Yellowstone National Park and the Valles Caldera in New Mexico. Both have been dormant for thousands of years.

The Earth has been around for 4.5 billion years compared to its human component that only began to create what we call modern civilization for about five thousand years. Its volcanoes, potential earthquakes, floods, blizzards, and other natural hazards pose some serious threats. Massive eruptions such as those about 250 million years ago are believed to have been the cause of the “Great Dying” that is estimated to have killed 90% of the species existing at the time.

When I read and hear about people speaking about how humans are causing major species declines or industry threatening the climate, I am reminded of how Nature, the action or inaction of the Sun, volcanoes and other natural events dwarf anything that is attributed to human activity.

Thanks to the environmentalists, we are crippling and denying the ability of this nation to construct the pipelines, expand our industrial base, and provide the housing needed for an expanding population.

Look around you. Pretend you’re a dinosaur Then remember they dominated the Earth for thousands of years until Nature eliminated them.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

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