Remember when candidate Obama said in a now famous (infamous) interview: "Under my plan, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket."? That promise registered on very few in the American electorate. Despite his war on coal miners and coal plants, his refusal to allow oil or natural gas exploration on public lands or offshore fields (much less drilling), and his escalating war on business with an explosion of Environmental "Protection" Agency (EPA) regulations, most voters in this country still do not understand where the United States is headed.
I'm going to give you one little example which should serve as a huge warning. Yes, I'm ringing the warning bells. Who will listen?
My wife and I just returned from visiting our son, daughter-in-law, and new grandson in Huskisson, New South Wales, Australia. We spent two weeks there on this trip -- our first to "Down Under". We did very, very little sightseeing. No, this trip was to see our new 5-month old grandson and meet our new "in-law" extended family in New South Wales. We lived with them and met 60 to 70 new family members (and, yes, I hate to admit that I cannot recall every one of their names) -- all wonderful people, and, with one exception, all true-believer socialists. They have lived under socialism for so many generations now that they don't know any other system. They don't understand our systems at all -- but they understand we're becoming very much like them, and they think we should be elated about that.
Imagine the general shock and surprise when they learned just how much Terri and I hate socialism and what's happening to our country. I can tell you we had many long and animated conversations -- and from their own admissions, we began to open eyes and change a few minds. But I digress -- back to the warning bell....
It felt like we had stepped back into the 1950's. The homes (all of them regardless of income level), the roads, the lifestyles -- all these things felt like life in North Carolina when I was a very young boy. None of the homes there have heating or air conditioning. This is not because of the climate and weather -- the climate and weather there are very much like here in the Sandhills of NC. The winters get just as cold as ours, and the summers get just as hot.
No one uses clothes dryers, either. They all hang their laundry on old fashioned clotheslines, just like when I was a young kid. It's not because they want to. It's not because clothes dryers aren't available for purchase in certain stores. It's not because air-dried clothes smell so much better, either.
No one will turn on a light if they don't absolutely need it for an essential task. Watching the "telly" or evening conversations are easily done in low light situations, and nothing is turned on if not needed right then. There are no electronics left turned off with clock LEDs or LED indicators lit. Every receptacle has an on-off switch, and when an electronic item is turned off, so too is the wall receptacle to prevent any leak current from any "always on" component.
Electricity is precious. Most Americans know that the cost of "petrol" (gasoline to us Yanks) is prohibitive -- about four times the price at the pump here. But most folks (including us before this trip) don't know about the commercial power rates in Aussieland. Terri and I always wondered why our kids wore such heavy coats and scarves indoors in the photos they sent -- and why the baby was wrapped so heavily with just his little face peering out, whether the photo was indoors or outdoors.
Now we know. When we quickly noticed all the above things, and that solar or propane water heating was universal -- and the rarity of private outdoor lighting at night.... I politely asked about the electricity rates in New South Wales.
Basically, I was told that for a family of three in a two bedroom home, who keep minimal lights on during the evening, and only use electricity to cook their meals, and watch a little "telly" in the evening, the average electricity bill amounts to between $800 to $900 per month year round. (Remember, they don't use home heating or air conditioning. It's heavy clothing and blankets in the winter and open windows and room fans in the summer.)
Now, before you think something like "Oh well, Australian dollars are worth less than U.S. dollars, so that just sounds like more than it actually is...." Wrong!!! The U.S. and Australian dollars are pretty much on par -- and have been for most of Obama's term. He and the Federal Reserve have printed so much money that our dollar has fallen 27% during his reign, but, again, I digress.... Right now the U.S. dollar is about $1.02 Australian. Par, for all practical purposes.
Well, we just spoke to my son and daughter-in-law on the phone a few minutes ago. I asked them, jokingly, what their electrical bill for this past month came to....feeling a bit guilty that our visiting might have increased the cost of lighting their home. When she told me, I just couldn't believe it. I don't think you'll be able to believe it, either.
But this is real. And this is where Obama's taking us. Ring, ring! I'm ringing the warning bell!
Jim Bridenstein, R-OK
Article by Jason Howerton
Speaking on the House floor Monday, Rep. Jim Bridenstine
(R-Okla.) delivered a brief-yet-scathing review of President Barack Obama and his administration.
In just over a minute, Bridenstine rattled off the lengthy list of scandals and missteps that have occurred under President Obama. The GOP lawmaker said the fact that his administration is spinning out of control proves Obama is “not fit to lead” as commander in chief.
He then went on to say that the president’s “dishonesty, incompetence, vengefulness and lack of moral compass lead many to suggest that he is not fit to lead.”
“The only problem is that his vice president is equally unfit and even more embarrassing,”
Bridenstine concluded.Original article published by The Blaze.
Article by Gene Daily
With the passage of the NDAA and his use of executive orders, Obama has managed to bring about an inexorable slide to tyranny. On March 16, 2012, he signed executive order 13603
about “National Defense Resources Preparedness”. This act provides Obama with the authority to control food, water, production, material, and labor of almost unimaginable proportions. This, of course, is not the first time it has been done. Like it has been said, “There is nothing new under the sun.”
In 1933, just shortly after his election, Franklin D. Roosevelt declared a state of emergency. His actions were covered by the NIRA (National Industrial Recovery Act), which essentially gave him the same scope of power that Obama now has. In his inaugural address in January 1933, Roosevelt said, “If we are to go forward, we must move as a trained and loyal army willing to sacrifice for the good of common discipline, because without such discipline no progress is made, no leadership becomes effective. We are, I know, ready and willing to submit our lives and property to such discipline, because it makes possible a leadership which aims at a larger good. This I propose to offer, pledging that the larger purposes will bind upon us all as a sacred obligation and with a unity of duty hitherto evoked only in time of armed strife. With this pledge taken, I assume unhesitatingly the leadership of this great army of our people dedicated to a disciplined attack upon our common problems.”
In the same year, Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany. In many ways, Hitler and FDR faced similar problems with high unemployment, inflation, a lack of consumer confidence, a lack of industrial output, and a country in the depths of depression. Hitler also managed to unite his countrymen into one unified people under his total control, just as Roosevelt and through executive order managed to command the entire nation’s economy. In Germany, this act was called “The Enabling Act”, another name but essentially the same function. For example, after the Enabling Act, Hitler declared public holidays for workers in all industries, while at the same time banning all workers’ unions.
Throughout much of the late 1920′s and into the late 1930′s, Mussolini in Italy enjoyed support and adulation from liberals and progressives in the USA. So great was his support that an image resembling him was contained within a sculpture representing Atlas in Rockefeller Plaza. He was being revered as having unified and put the labor force of Italy to work, creating a fast-growing Italian economy through collective means.
In January 2013, Obama in his second inaugural address said: ”But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action. For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias. No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation and one people.”
While Obama, when he signed the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act), pledged he would never think about using the indefinite detention portion of the act upon American citizens, it would be legal under the provisions of the act. He also signed the executive order as stated in the opening of this article and has yet to activate it, although as it stands it would be legal. Remember, we are still under a state of emergency begun after Sept 11th by George W. Bush and extended by Obama. Are we to awaken one morning after another attack (another Boston perhaps) and find this act also activated?
Remember (as many historians have found), under German law as it stood at the time, everything Hitler did was legal. Are we also on that inexorable slide to tyranny? Do we wait for these acts to come into play before we respond even to their existence? Will it be too late if we do? Will we as a country who under the Constitution are the true rulers of our nation allow this to happen?
Spain has just announced that their unemployment rate is over twenty seven percent, and they are developing extraordinary measures to combat the situation. How long before the collapse of the dollar, or another oil embargo such as what happened in the 1970′s (or another war perhaps with Syria, Iraq, or North Korea) plunges the United States into such turmoil as Europe is now toiling against? No one knows the fate of the European Union at the moment. But are the foundations of the United States any more sound than that of Europe? Or is it simply being held together by the perception of unity, the notion that our once-great nation could not be brought down by economic rules that have stood for all time? The Obama administration seems to eschew the notion that the United States is an exceptional country. Can a country that is not exceptional hope to avoid the rules that have applied to all other economies throughout all time?
Personally, after watching the martial law (whether declared or not) in Boston and the calls by Bloomberg and others for “modifying” our rights under present conditions, I think we have started the inexorable slide into tyranny.
Entry by Bill Cochrane
Well..... He finally said it. He finally revealed today what he thinks the real problem is with our form of government and our nation. And, surprise!.... it's not over-spending or Marxism or loss of self-reliance, family, values, or virtue.... No! It's that he's not emperor.
Well, we all knew it. He's just awaiting the right crisis to declare himself. What did you expect, really?!?? Who is actually surprised?
No one who is honest.
Entry by Bill Cochrane
White House Senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer tweeted out this picture on Saturday morning after much skepticism about the president's claim that he participates in the sport "all the time".
Hmmm.... Notice anything about this photo?
Let's count the questionable aspects:
1. No skeet shooter wears dark glasses. Skeet shooting requires quick reactions and rapid target acquisition. The disks are fast-moving against the sky and you don't want to obscure your view. Most skeet shooters will wear amber lenses which tend to increase contrast, allowing them to pick up the flight more quickly. Someone who shoots skeet "all the time" would not wear such glasses.
2. But notice closely the front of the shotgun barrel. What is that? It's some kind of yellow plug or ring..... That's not normal. This really appears to be the type of yellow or red end cap that would appear on a prop or toy gun. There are no plastic yellow flash suppressors or flash brakes for any type of long gun. Plastic will not hold up to the heat and blast from a shotgun barrel. Very strange, indeed, for an experienced skeet shooter!
3. Whoops! Wrong angle! When you yell, "Pull!", the skeet disk is launched high into the air, simulating the path of a bird in flight. Why is this man shooting parallel to the ground? That's not how skeet shooting is conducted. if he is aiming at a skeet target launched in normal trajectory, his weapon should be pointed upward to hit a flying target. This just isn't right..... This man is not shooting skeet! Perhaps he is shooting at a target in his front field of fire. Or perhaps he is simply firing for a photo op.
4. What is that plume of smoke from the right side of the barrel, about four inches from the end of the barrel? No rifle or shotgun -- or any other gun, for that matter -- has ever been designed to eject a portion of the propellant out the side of the barrel! Not only would this affect the power of the weapon, it would tend to cause a leftward reaction, throwing the shooter's aim seriously off. Now some have countered that a brake sends part of the muzzle flare to the side and back -- so this must be some kind of muzzle brake. No. First a brake is on the end of the barrel, and the portions of the flare would be ejected in four directions equally in order to prevent muzzle movement. Also, brakes eject the flare rearward to counter the recoil of the weapon -- not directly to one side. And the redirected muzzle flare would be from the brake on the end of the barrel -- not from four inches behind the end of the barrel to one side. This is a very strange thing to see, indeed. In fact, when has it ever been seen?
5. Modern cartridges use "smokeless powder". OK, it's not entirely smokeless. But it doesn't make this much smoke! Is this guy using old-timey black powder? Modern weapons and ammunition would produce a bright flare from the barrel, but far less smoke. There is no bright flare here. Only lots of smoke. This just doesn't look right. It looks like a prop gun with blank ammo designed to produce a smokey exhaust.
6. A shotgun blast produces recoil. The butt of the weapon is forced back into the shooter's shoulder. Look carefully at this man's shoulder and shirtsleeves. No movement. His shirtsleeves haven't budged at all. What recoil?
But, finally, consider these two contradictory "news" releases. Hmmm......
I leave it to you to decide for yourself. But for me, this is just another daily instance of the Obama Administration lying blatantly.
Why would they lie so obviously and do such a terrible job of trying to "substantiate" their outright lies?
It's the same reason for all the other blatant lies. They want the public to talk about this and not all the scandals, economic woes, foreign policy disasters, and outrages which really matter. They yearn for us to spend time debating our little "conspiracy theories" and arguing about whether Obama really enjoys "skeet shooting all the time" or whether he is pretending as he tries to nullify the Second Amendment.
This is yet another distraction and re-direction technique that this Administration regularly employs.
And we just fell for it! Look how long you and I have spent on this utter foolishness. Can I have this last five minutes of my life back?
Dear Reader, please do not take your eye off the ball. This government is inflicting massive damage on our Constitution, our economy, our national security, our culture, our children, their education, and everyone's future.
I think the following video offers the proper way to view this president's approach:
David Hill released a photo which probably more accurately reflects Obama's performance in skeet shooting "all the time".
I think this one is more believable, don't you?
Everyone's been so focused -- and rightly so -- on Obama's refusal to send any help to our ambassador in Benghazi and on the coverup and string of lies which has issued forth from the Administration and media hacks ever since. But no one is asking why the ambassador was in Benghazi in the first place. No one is asking why he was at a CIA safehouse instead of a protected embassy compound. No one is asking what's worth going this far to cover up?
Well, back on October 22 of this year, Glenn Beck exposed all of this. I expected the whole scandal to erupt in the media because after so much had come to light, there was surely no way to maintain the coverup.... Well I was wrong.
If you have been wondering what was really going on that fomented this tragedy, Glenn will explain it to you in the video below. This was a smuggling deal gone bad with a bunch of terrorists who were looking for a chance to "celebrate" the anniversary of 9/11 and to avenge Osama's execution. It's no different than the Fast and Furious gunrunning into Mexico or any other covert government smuggling operation gone bad.
Like you, I have been watching the truth unfold about the killings in Libya, the government coverup, the linkages to Turkey and Syria, the gunrunning and weapons supply to Al Qaeda and affiliate terrorist groups by our own government, the deliberate sacrifice of our Ambassador and those who tried to protect him, the despicable treatment of the families of the slain.... This treasonous story -- and, yes, there is now no doubt that treason has been committed and is still underway at the very top levels of our current government -- is so outrageous and so demoralizing, I simply haven't been able to sit down and write anything. I have been devastated and disgusted.Yes, our government has been involved in gunrunning to the rebels in Syria to bring down the Syrian regime.
Ambassador Chris Stevens was over his head involved in supplying
captured Libyan and US-supplied arms to Al Qaeda in Syria through Turkey. On the night of the attack in Libya, Ambassador Stevens met with the Turkish Consul General
in the Benghazi consulate to discuss and arrange shipments via a Turkish ship through a Turkish port and thence into Syria. Ambassador Stevens was the same man who -- on Obama's orders -- earlier supplied weapons to the Libyan Al Qaeda
rebels fighting to bring down Muammar Gaddafi's regime with American and NATO air support. This is all treasonous. The Obama regime has been giving full aid and comfort to sworn active and proven enemies of the United States. And these same rebels turned on Ambassador Stevens the night of September 11, 2012, and murdered him in defiant proclamation of contempt for his and his bosses' double-dealing and dishonesty and to demonstrate Islamic strength against the United States (the "Great Satan") on the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the NY World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Washington.To conceal this treason and deceit of the Administration, the regime concocted a tale of "spontaneous protests" caused by a laughable, amateur video which had not been seen my more than a few hundred people in this country and had gathered no worldwide exposure until publicized by the brazen lies of the White House and State Department. The White House and State Department continued to lie about the Libyan attack for over two weeks! They lied to the American public, to a complicit media, to Congress, and to the United Nations.
for the coverup and lies are clear: (a) the nature of their treasonous actions would be devastating if it came to light during the elections and (b) it supported the efforts of the Islamic Brotherhood, with whom this Administration has allied itself, to undermine the First Amendment right to free speech by first discouraging "criticism" of Islam and then ultimately implementing "anti-blasphemy" laws. The Obama Administration is in league with the enemies of the United States to weaken this nation, to subvert our Constitution, and to further the Islamic Caliphate. The Administration is allied with the Islamic Brotherhood to support overthrow of existing regimes in the Middle East and has filled sensitive top government positions with members of the Islamic Brotherhood.
Obama not only lied about the Libyan attack in the presidential debates, he lied to the families of the fallen SEALS and diplomats. He lied directly to their face. Just listen to this recording of Charles Woods' call into the Lars Larson radio program after he learned the full extent of the lies.
These people in government intentionally ignored pleas for two weeks before the attack for more reinforcements. They had reports by the Ambassador himself that the consulate and he, himself, were being targeted. The Administration/State Department had intelligence reports to the same effect. They even had live real-time video from consulate and safe house cameras and from a camera-equipped drone flying overhead of the entire attack. Yet they lied -- time after time after time. Worse than that, they watched and listened in real time
as the doomed Ambassador, marines and SEALs cried out for help and assistance. They refused any help.
They let those people die
a horrific death. They calmly watched as they sacrificed these people to an agonizing slow death while they calmly plotted how best to cover it all up. They are soulless.People, this
government is unconscionable and intolerable. These lies are enough that criminal charges and prison time are warranted. Perhaps even hanging for treason. But, the lies from this government have flowed unceasingly. Do not forget "Fast and Furious", the criminal gunrunning scandal into Mexico, for example!The damage done by these abominable people to our nation economically, culturally, militarily, politically, and morally is so deep and widespread that the damage may not even be reversible. We may -- we really may -- be witnessing the final sorry days of downfall of our once-great Republic.People who voted for this abomination in 2008 had some excuses. A treasonous media hid the reality, the background, the actual ideology of this man and his fellow henchmen from a willingly blinded electorate. But now, after four years of damage and lies, those who vote for these demons again in 2012 have no excuse. They do so willingly and, even if they do so in self-imposed ignorance, they do so having been given ample opportunity to see and understand what they do. I can never forgive anyone who votes Democrat this time around.Bill Cochrane
10/22/2012 Update: The Tonopah Solar Company in Harry Reid's Nevada is getting a $737 million loan from Obama's Department of Energy. The project will produce a 110 megawatt power plant that will employ 45 permanent workers (if it does not go bankrupt). That's only costing taxpayers $16 million per job! One of the investment partners in this endeavor is Pacific Corporate Group (PCG). The PCG executive director is Ron Pelosi, the brother of Nancy Pelosi's husband.
Based on the lies of Global Warming/Climate Change, the Obama Administration has handed out huge sums of money during the so-called "Stimulus" programs and other grants to all kinds of "green" "renewable" energy companies. The favorite boondoggles were in solar and wind power pipe dreams. But the government largesse with taxpayers' money extended to poorly conceived electric cars and the batteries for them.Obama and his fellow cronies liked to call these throwaways "investments". He liked to portray these sham ventures as "research and development" into "tomorrow's technologies". Truth is, for anyone who takes the time to research it, electric cars are older technology than gasoline powered vehicles. They came first. And in spite of all the improvements in motor, battery, and materials technology, the range, speed, reliability, and durability has not increased at all since the early 1900's.And the overall efficiency when you consider the multiple power conversions (first at the power plant, then to battery storage, then to battery drain, then to mechanical power, then to kinetic motion) is far, far worse than using gasoline or natural gas. Thus, the pollution is greater. And the toxic wastes produced in the battery production and vehicle manufacture are greater than those for more familiar vehicles. It's a boondoggle.Same with solar. No matter how much the solar cell technology improves, solar will never be viable for more than small portable power needs. There is simply not enough energy in sunlight falling on a given area to ever be economically viable for power production. And then, to be useful, once again you have to store the energy in banks of batteries -- and you're back to the efficiency problems and technology limitations of batteries. Not to mention again that to manufacture solar cells generates far more pollution and toxic waste than batteries.But the worst part of all this foolishness was that Obama's green energy program was really much more about rewarding crony supporters than anything else. All of the companies upon which he has squandered our money were headed by friends, campaign bundlers, major contributors or political allies. This was another redistributionist scheme, but this one benefitted his friends.The following list is of the 34 "green energy" companies that were subsidized with Federal money and have either gone out of business, or are in bankruptcy and likely to go out of business. Together, they represent a cool $80B of our money -- all for NOTHING! No new techology. No new jobs. No progress toward energy independence. No new products. Only more national debt. Only more deficit spending. Only more squandered money. Only more enriched crooks.Over 1900 investigations have been launched, but nothing will come from them. The political subterfuge is too deep. The only thing we can do now is get more people to awaken and demand a stop to the lies and deceptions. Demand a stop to the wasteful
schemes. Demand real and substantial cuts in real spending. Demand government policies which encourage all forms of inexpensive energy without government interventions. We can do it!
This parody of David Bowie's "Changes" and "Labyrinth" songs and videos is brilliant! Steven Crowder has really outdone himself this time!
Iran Hostage Crisis (1979)
The performance and horror of this Administration are so uncannily like the abominable Carter Administration that I cannot understand the mentality of diehard Democrats. Now it's even come to a repeat of the embassy invasions à la Tehran, 1979. Only this time, no hostages were taken -- no, there were killings instead. Killings without any remorse or sympathy from the tyrannical governments our Administration has supported and instigated.
So we have disgusting photos of our diplomat's and marines' bodies being dragged through the streets, but we won't have the sorry spectacle of an idiot president fumbling and bumbling through hostage negotiations and botched inept rescue efforts. Burn in hell, Carter, and same for you, Obama!
I'm angry. Much too angry to speak more about this. What are you going to do about this people?! If this November is anything less than a landslide rejection of the evil and malicious corrosive destruction now occupying the White House, I will never forgive the American population.
Sorry..... But that's exactly how I feel.