With the news cycle dominated by many hot button issues and events – amnesty, terrorism, GruberGate, Fergusen and more, I thought it fitting to take a step away and report on this. One can never underestimate the ingenuity of the folks out there on the left coast – ADB:
“May Cause Global Warming”
Berkeley, Calif., could become the first city in the country install warning labels on gas pumps. The city council voted late Tuesday to move forward on a plan to festoon the city’s fueling stations with stickers warnings that “burning fuel contributes to global warming,” the Associate Press reports.
San Francisco (obviously) is also considering a proposal to install the warning labels on gas pumps, which supporters have compared to the health warnings on cigarette packages. The program is estimated to cost up to $20,000.
Berkeley has a long history of doing things to appease its population of militant hippies. For example, police have been riding bicycles there since 1910. Officials have also banned Styrofoam and raised taxes on sugary drinks. Read more at freebeacon.com.
The midterms are over, but the fight has just begun. Hold Republicans’ feet to the fire.”The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” – Thoms Jefferson
Jim DeMint / @JimDeMint / November 05, 2014
With the midterm elections just behind us, Americans might think they can finally stop worrying about politics for a while. Not so fast! Now is when they need to be more vigilant than ever.
Although dozens of politicians were replaced with fresh faces on Election Day, the losers don’t have to vacate their offices for two months. That means they can keep on voting in a “lame duck” session of Congress.
While “lame duck” is the standard parlance in D.C., I prefer the more colorful term “Zombie Congress,” popularized in recent years by George Will and others. It more aptly conveys the peril of the situation. Zombie legislators are those unhappy senators and representatives who have been voted out of office, yet still stagger dutifully back to Washington for a month or so before Christmas break. ‘Tis the season when they are most dangerous.
Unlike their B-movie counterparts, these zombies don’t seek brains, though they could probably use some. With no electorate to appease, the newly politically “deceased” members have no incentive to restrain their more base urges to feast upon the hard-earned tax dollars of the living.
Unfortunately, lame duck sessions have become more common in recent years and have been used to rush through liberal policies while most Americans are focused on the holidays. Obamacare was rammed through the Senate on Christmas Eve in 2009. Other lame ducks were used to pass bailouts, debt limit increases, big spending bills, special-interest tax breaks and even an ill-advised arms treaty with Russia.
Lame duck lawmakers could use this year’s post-election session to push through a costly omnibus spending bill … with total impunity. Those who want to further burden Americans by taxing their Internet purchases also are contemplating the chance to ram through the misleadingly titled “Marketplace Fairness Act.” The “fairness” here means you send more money to the government! Read more at dailysignal.com.
by Ben Shapiro
On Wednesday, on the first anniversary of President Barack Obama’s speech to the United Nations in which he called for ouster of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, Obama attempted to rally support for his airstrikes against Assad’s terrorist opposition. Taking on issues ranging from Iran to Russia, from Ukraine to Syria, from global warming to Ebola, Obama pledged to utilize American might in service to the United Nations, speaking grandly of the beauty and power of the world’s least effective and most morally bankrupt international institution.
Obama opened with a Dickensian world of Manichean opposites:
Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: we come together at a crossroads between war and peace; between disorder and integration; between fear and hope. Read more at breitbart.com.
And just when you thought the UN was loosing some of it’s bite-
Secretary of State John Kerry has called climate change “the biggest challenge of all that we face right now,” and his French counterpart has warned of climate “chaos” in 500 days, and now the U.N. climate change chief is implying that climate change can be viewed on a par with the deadly Ebola outbreak.
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I know there are many disturbing events taking place right now that are dominating the news cycle: Our total failures in Iraq and the rise of ISIL, the ridiculous border crisis and amnesty, our absentee Golfer in Chief to name just a few, but there are so many things going on that don’t get covered. As the grandfather of a teenager with special needs, this article really struck home:
From fixthisnation.com: It’s impossible to say when the pro-environment movement crossed from the responsible into the ridiculous, but it can be said for certain that they have been there for some time. The latest example of the government overstepping their bounds has a public school in Jurupa Valley, California telling students with special needs to dig through the garbage to find recyclables.
Carmen Wells, the parent of one of the students, raised the biggest furor when her son came home ashamed after the first day of school at Patriot Valley High..
“It bothered my son, but he wants to be part of everyone, part of the team, so he’s going to do it,” Wells said. “I felt victimized for my child and his classmates.”
District officials confirm students with special needs were instructed to sift through trash cans for recyclables and that they’ve been having students with special needs do this for years. They said the money raised from the recycled items funds a larger training plan that teaches students with special needs about managing money, among other life skills.
The school district suspended the program once the outrage started pouring in, telling the media that they would consider getting some different bins for the recycling. What a concept. It’s also a pretty sad statement if the school thinks the “life skills” these students need involve sifting through garbage to find plastic bottles.
Forcing special needs children to dig through the trash for recyclable materials may be a new low as far as government programs go, but it is not the first time recycling has hurt people, hurt businesses, and even hurt the environment.
- A late 90s scientific study showed that hundreds of Taiwanese buildings had been built from contaminated recycled steel, contaminating thousands of people with high levels of gamma radiation.
- It came to light in 2007 that a Seattle recycling factory was among the biggest sources of airborne pollution in the entire Northwest.
- Finally, it’s a little known fact that most kinds of common plastic cannot even be recycled. It all gets thrown into the bins (well, in those areas that bother to separate them beforehand), and then the non-recyclables get thrown into the landfill anyway. Environmentalists, therefore, call on people to sort through their recyclables again to make sure you’re only throwing the right kind of plastic into the blue bins.
In the face of all this, it would seem that the average person could be trusted to at least decide for themselves whether or not they want to recycle. There are arguments against the practice of non-aluminum recycling that cite higher costs and little environmental benefit, particularly when it comes to residential curbside recycling. For the most part, the federal government has kept its hands clean of legislation, but there are a few cities such as Seattle that levy fines against homeowners who don’t recycle.
I can’t wait to see what the Alachua County School Board has in store for my fifth grader grandson tomorrow. We will be prepared!
Renewamerica.com: Try to ignore Earth Day, April 22. It won’t be easy. The print and broadcast media will engage in an orgy of environmental tall tales and the usual end-of-the-world predictions. It will scare the heck out of youngsters and bore the heck out of anyone old enough to know that we have had to endure the lies that hide the agendas that have driven the Greens since 1970 when the event was first proclaimed.
The Earth is 4.5 billion years old. It is the third planet from the Sun and fifth-largest of the eight other planets that orbit it. It is the only planet in our galaxy that has life on it and it has an abundance of mineral resources as well as water and the fecundity to grow crops and maintain livestock to sustain the human race.
The climate on Earth is entirely dependent on the natural cycles of the Sun. Despite four decades of being told that the Earth was going to heat up due to greenhouse gas like carbon dioxide and methane, we are currently in a cooling cycle and no child born since 1997 has ever experienced a single day of the dreaded “global warming.” Read more at renewamerica.com
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…In a corrupt scheme, Sue and Settle, fireplaces next. But a half-billion dollar biomass plant is OK.
As of January 3rd, the EPA banned about 80% of the wood-burning stoves and fireplace inserts in the United States. Stoves which are used to heat 12% of the homes in America and are especially needed in outlying rural areas. Fireplaces are also being looked at.
The EPA is attempting to reduce particle pollution with new rules. Instead of limiting fine airborne particulate emissions to 15 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m3) of air, the change will impose a maximum 12 μg/m3 limit. That is equivalent to a person smoking 3 to 4 cigarettes in a small confined space.
The draconian EPA regulations will be spread out, one will take place in March and the next in five to eight years. Stoves currently in use will not be affected but obviously, getting them repaired will become more and more difficult.
They haven’t yet gone after outdoor appliances or home heating appliances, but can they be far behind? Will people be able to heat their homes in a future controlled by extreme environmentalists? Read more at: independentsentinel.com.
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Very expensive entertainment but one can’t help laughing out loud!
“So wind energy is justified as reducing greenhouse gases that are not causing global warming which does not exist, is receiving millions in subsidies, and wants to kill protected species, an environmental objective. This is hypocrisy on a galactic scale.”
The Executive Order that President Obama signed last Friday is certainly not getting the press coverage it deserves. I know, you almost grow immune to this stuff since it seems to happen every week or so, but this is truly scary stuff. When will America wake up and realize that our electricity and food do not just appear because we want or will it to.
President Barack Obama has given the nation a new “Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience” that expands government bureaucrats’ role in how Americans use their lands, energy, waters and property. Obama announced the executive order Friday, the day after Halloween. The order is titled “Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change.”
Possible Progressive classified advertisement:
Bike lanes needed to increase traffic congestion – Must cost millions.
Recently, the Gainesville (Florida) City Commission voted by a six to one margin to test a plan to narrow segments of NW Eighth Avenue to one lane in each direction for automobiles. The plan would add wide bicycle and pedestrian lanes (also known as sidewalks) in their place.
As printed in the Gainesville Sun: “…there are about 15,180 vehicle trips a day in that area and in the range of 250 bicycle trips, according to a city report.” Anyone who ever had a head cold knows that if the flow slows (congestion), the pressure increases. And I’m willing to bet that there will be a lot of motorists who will be feeling the increased pressure; blood pressure I mean.
By the way, I would like to acknowledge the Gainesville Sun for printing my letter to the editor (below) on this topic:
The “Today’s Topic” question on May 4 was: “Do you support the decision to narrow Northwest Eighth Avenue?” The answer was a resounding no by a margin of 682 to 65.
Less than nine percent of the respondents want Northwest Eighth Avenue narrowed. While not a scientific poll, it makes a strong statement about how out of touch the Gainesville City Commission is with the wants and needs of local residents.
Does anyone have any doubts as to how it will proceed after the “trial period” is over? How is Main Street working out for you?
But keep making your voices heard, there’s hope. As Mahatma Gandhi said: “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.”
Originally posted on: commonsensepost.com
This is a copy of an envelope containing a birthday card that was sent to my grandson earlier this month. Check out the postmark: Those are wind turbines on a wind farm. So, the much
touted hyped wind power that probably couldn’t exist without billions of dollars in federal grants and subsidies, is now being promoted by the United States Postal Service.
Is this what we want the USPS to be doing? Some references below:
The 10 Major Wind Power Companies in the World – Wind Turbine Manufacturers and Companies. Look where GE CEO and former leader of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness Jeff Immelt’s company is on on this list.
This clip was uploaded in April, 2011. It’s had almost 323,000 views.
The Progressives at every level of government, whether they are elected officials or bureaucrats, always
think know what’s best for us and think know that they can run our lives better than we can!
Hat tip: ConservativeVideos.com.
I know, the “green energy” bankruptcies are so repetitive the whole thing’s getting boring. But we need to keep up with the extent of the damage and Redstate has published a comprehensive list of the “green energy” companies that have gone bankrupt along with some great analysis.
“Danish wind turbine maker Vestas said the impending expiry of a U.S. tax credit had exacerbated a fall in orders for next year, forcing it to make more than 800 job cuts in the United States and Canada so far this year”
“A123 Systems Inc. (AONE), the electric car battery maker that received a $249 million federal grant, filed for bankruptcy protection after failing to make a debt payment that was due yesterday.
The filing may fuel further political debate over government financing of alternative-energy and transportation businesses. Federal grants and loans to companies including A123, Fisker Automotive Inc. and Tesla Motors Inc. have drawn scrutiny from congressional Republicans following the September 2011 bankruptcy filing of solar-panel maker Solyndra LLC two years after it received a $535 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Energy Department.”