March 24, 2015 by Alan Berkelhammer
Filed under Constitution, Educational, Executive Branch, Global Warming, Healthcare, Hot Topics, Immigration, Legislative Branch, National Info, News Articles, Press Releases, Tea Party
March 23rd, 2015: In a speech on the campus of Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, Sen. Ted Cruz became the first major candidate to announce a presidential bid for 2016. It is fitting that Cruz picked this campus to announce, as he has clearly championed Liberty throughout his lifetime. And it is no accident, in my opinion, that he chose today to announce, as it is the fifth anniversary of the signing of Obamacare into law.
Trevor Loudon, a New Zealand author, speaker and political activist, spoke at an event hosted by the Greater Orlando Tea Party on September 26th, 2014. In this short excerpt of his presentation, Mr. Loudon gives some poignant advice to a future 2016 Republican presidential hopeful (Ted Cruz).
South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy, Chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, appeared on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer on Sunday. He was questioned about Hillary Clinton’s emails and why they were so important.
One of the things he focused on were the “huge gaps” in the emails he has received related to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.
Here is a partial transcript of the CBS segment (Video appears at the end):
Bob Schieffer: “Are you going to release the emails that she has sent to your committee.”
Trey Gowdy: “Uh no sir not yet because we don’t have all of them and there’s a reason that serious investigations don’t leak, and I don’t like selective releases. We had eight emails, Bob last August. We didn’t release those. We got three hundred more emails totaling eight hundred pages in February – We haven’t released those. It’s frankly not fair to the secretary, not fair to your viewers or my fellow citizens to selectively release information. Now if she wants to release all of them with the emphasis being on the word all, she’s welcome to do that I can’t stop her from doing, but serious investigations don’t make selective releases.”
Bob Schieffer: Well let me make sure I understand why this is significant. And that is by, by using this private account on a private server, she could not only keep those emails from the reach of the government as I understand it, but she could delete the emails without anybody knowing it. So she has sent you some emails but are there any gaps in the emails you have received so far from her?”
Trey Gowdy: “Yes sir, there are gaps of months and months and months and if you, if you think to that iconic picture of her on, a C-17 flying to Libya, she had sunglasses on and she has her handheld device in her hand. We have no emails from that day, in fact we have no emails from that trip. So it’s strains credibility to believe that if you’re on your way to Libya to discuss the Libyan policy that there’s not a single document that’s been turned over to Congress. So there are huge gaps and, you know, with respect to the president. It’s not up to Secretary Clinton to decide what’s a public record, and what’s not. We need someone, and frankly, I’ve lost confidence in the State Department to make that determination. They’re the ones who allowed this arrangement, they’re the ones who did nothing about this arrangement until they got a request from out committee. I mean frankly, I think your viewers are entitled to a neutral, detached arbiter to determine what’s a public record, first of all, so that never should have left the custody of the government, and secondarily, what is our committee entitled to? We’re not entitled to everything. I don’t want everything. I just want everything related to Libya and Benghazi…”
“…I continue to naively believe that people have a right to expect their government to tell them the truth in the aftermath of a tragedy, and we know that the video was not connected, and we know it was not a spontaneous protest. What we don’t know, is how early the administration knew those two narratives were false”
Bob Schieffer then abruptly ends the interview citing time constraints.
Yes, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is at it again. Well, they never have stopped dictating your every action, but this is just another example of what they are doing.
Tuesday the Commission will vote on a Resolution supporting never allowing Fracking in the State. Guess they must love GRU’s biomass plant with the highest electric rates in the state and dislike of business potential.
Here is a copy of the language-
Realizing that the vote will be in the morning while most are working, please send an email with your comments. You can either send one email to the whole Board at BOCC@Alachuacounty.us
or individually to each Commissioner-
Mike Byerly, District 1, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee Pinkoson, District 2, email@example.com
Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson, Vice Chair - District 3, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Cornell, District 4, KCornell@alachuacounty.us
Charles “Chuck” Chestnut, IV, Chair - District 5, email@example.com
Just cut and paste the address and your good to go.
Below is further information that has been submitted to the Board for their consideration.
In regards to the Resolution banning fracking under consideration by the Alachua County Commission
The proposed resolution, among other factors, ignores the fact that there is alternative legislation in development that may be more effective at regulating oil and gas wells than HB 169. Please consider the following:
I. What subject matter experts were consulted in the preparation of this resolution? Oil and gas permitting within the state of Florida is via the Oil and Gas Program within the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FL DEP), the same agency that protects our water resources. Their authority is established by Florida Statute 377 and the Florida Administrative Code.
- · Department of Environmental Protection, Oil and Gas Program web site:http://www.dep.state.fl.us/
- · Florida Statutes, Chapter 377
- · Rules 62C-25 through 30, Florida Administrative Code
- · A knowledgeable point of contact in the FL DEP: Levi Sciara, Engineering Specialist, Oil and gas Program, 850 245 8406, Levi.Sciara@dep.state.fl.us.
- · Section 377.07, F.S., establishes FL DEP’s authority for overseeing the law
- · Section 377.21, F.S., establishes FL DEP jurisdiction for oil and natural gas across the state.
- · Section 377.242, F.S., authorizes the FL DEP to issue permits.
- · The Florida Geological Survey also provides resources for oil and gas including extensive information regarding ground structure within Florida. http://www.dep.state.fl.us/
Was the FL DEP consulted in preparation of this resolution? Is the commission claiming that the FL DEP is incapable of regulating oil and gas wells?
II. A resolution this sweeping deserves a hearing where the public and Commissioners can hear from subject matter experts from all viewpoints. What is the rush to pass this resolution without opportunity for public review and comment?
III. Statements by government officials based on scientific reports. Here is a sampling of statements by government officials regarding Fracking:
A. Paraphrasing from an article on the Energy in Depth web site:
President Obama’s U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has offered a sharp rebuke for local, regional and statewide bans on hydraulic fracturing in comments made to Northern California NPR. Citing the regulatory confusion created by a patchwork of local and regional bans and her belief that fears associated with hydraulic fracturing are not founded in “sound science,” Jewell stated “I would say that is the wrong way to go,”.
Jewell, who has previously stated that hydraulic fracturing “has been done safely for decades,” also specifically addressed New York’s recent permanent ban on hydraulic fracturing. Citing misinformation and a lack of understanding of the science behind the process, Jewell did not mince words on where she stands on the state’s course of action: “There is a lot of misinformation about fracking,” Jewell said of New York’s decision last month to ban fracking. “I think that localized efforts or statewide efforts in many cases don’t understand the science behind it, and I think there needs to be more science.”
From Energy In Depth, “Obama’s Interior Secretary Says Fracking Bans are ‘Wrong Way to Go’ January 2, 2015, by Randy Hildreth. see http://energyindepth.org/
B. From Philly.com: Fracking is making state and Phila. energy leaders
Posted: Monday, February 2, 2015, 1:07 AM, By Kevin L. Colosimo. Read more athttp://www.philly.com/philly/
“Beyond all of that, the claim that is driving the calls for a ban – fracking is hazardous – simply is not true.
Fracking, done responsibly, is safe. Steven Chu, the former energy secretary and no fan of fossil fuels, has said so. Ernest Moniz, the current energy secretary, has said so. Ken Salazar, the former interior secretary, has said so. Lisa Jackson, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, told Congress that she knew of no proof that fracking has ever contaminated groundwater.
Meanwhile, studies from the EPA, the Groundwater Protection Council, and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission have all concluded the process does not pose a risk to the environment. A technical report from the Department of Energy that focused on Greene County, Pa., found “there was no detectable upward migration of gas or fluids from the hydraulically-fractured Marcellus Shale” into drinking water aquifers. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology studied the potential risks of fracking and uncovered “no incidents of direct invasion of shallow water zones by fracture fluids during the fracturing process.”"
IV. The resolution ignores certain facts about oil and gas in Florida:
Concerning impact of oil and gas drilling on contamination of water resources: According to Levi Sciara, FL Department of Environmental Protection:
- · The practical limit of Florida’s water resources is about 1,500 feet due to salinity. (The internet states the maximum depth of the aquifer is 2,000 feet)
- · Fracking is a deep well process. The fracking mixture is injected into oil deposits at the bottom of the well.
- · Florida’s oil and, thus, oil wells are located in SW FL (The Sunniland formation) as well as the NW corner of the FL panhandle (The Jay field, among others). According to the Florida Geological Survey, Tallahassee, FL, depth to production in the SW FL Sunniland formation averages 11,500 feet below MSL and in the NW FL Jay field production averages about 15,100 feet. Many wells have been permitted by the FL DEP and are operating in these two locations. Detailed production information can be obtained from periodic reports from the Florida Geological Survey.
- · Why fracking? Among other reasons, Fracking allows the driller to drill one well with multiple horizontal bores at the bottom as opposed to multiple vertical wells into the same field, reducing the number of oil wells.
- · From an environmental standpoint, the most dangerous phase of drilling a well is when the well is drilled through the upper portion of the land passing through the aquifer. For that reason, the government requires the driller to use a two or three walled casing in that region to prevent any leakage into or out of the well. The FL DEP has inspectors who spend full time, 24/7, on the well site during this case installation process.
Consider the above information: If you are concerned about polluting water, there is about 8,000 ft of land mass between the fracking site and the aquifer (10,000 ft oil well depth less 2000 ft bottom of acquifer = 8,000 ft in between). If you are concerned about polluting water, what is the better alternative, 4 or 5 or 6 wells punched through the aquifer if fracking can’t be used or just the single well that fracking allows?
Better see Trevor Loudon tonight before the Administration puts him on THE NO FLY LIST and he can’t come back to America to speak the truth.
I received this last night:
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives elected John Boehner to be the Speaker of the House for the 114th Congress. While I did not support his candidacy and desired a different outcome, I am still hopeful.
I am hopeful because the 24 Republicans who stood with me against the status quo and Speaker Boehner made history. Our efforts to change leadership for the better have been the most successful attempt to do so in over 100 years. Our group of conservatives came just 4 votes shy of dramatically changing the direction of our country for the better. Never before has a sitting Speaker of the House faced such opposition.
More than that however, this marked the beginning of a new Congress. This was a chance for members who supported Rep. John Boehner and those who voted against him to be a part of the solution. This was a chance for Speaker Boehner to prove to the members of the House and more importantly the American people that Republican leadership will act in the best interests of all Americans. It was a chance to show that legislation will be brought to floor based on merit, not because it is politically popular.
Unfortunately, the actions of the Speaker this week to remove Rep. Nugent and Rep. Webster from the Rules committee as well as taking Rep. Weber off key legislation do not reflect a promise of good things to come. In fact, several media outlets report that more retribution is to come for those who voted for someone other than Speaker Boehner.
Regardless, I am proud of the efforts of my friends and colleagues who stood up for the American people. In the face of retribution and pressure from other members as well as leadership, they stood on principle and for that, they should be commended.
My twenty four colleagues that stood with me are the true Patriots and I thank each and every one of them for their courage. A very big thank you goes to all of the thousands of constituents who called, emailed, and faxed Representatives from all over the Country. Without your efforts, this would not have been possible.
The following was a quote from Mark Twain that guided our group of 25 throughout this process:
“In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”
Our group of 25 will continue to represent the People and will not stop in our pursuit of the core values, founding principles, and defense of our Constitution. Washington didn’t build this Country – We the People did. The time is now to take it back and rebuild America.
Tomorrow the House will elect a Speaker. Will they continue with the same old “go along to get along” that the establishment and Speaker Boehner have pushed for the last 4 years?
One of the most exciting votes over the last two years was Congressman Yoho’s very first vote- AGAINST BOEHNER for Speaker. At that time he was one of the only ones to do so. Well, here we are again, and even though the polls show that 60% of republican voters want a change, will it materialize?
Press Release from Congressman Yoho-
When I decided to run for Congress, President Obama had just announced we were five days away from fundamentally transforming America. It was a statement that stuck with me, because it is not America that needed to be changed.
WE NEED A POSITIVE CHANGE- Since the press release Rep Louie Gohmert of TX has also thrown his name in the hat. There are options now. Please click on the links below for some articles about the vote and then please call any friends you have around the country and urge them to contact their Representatives and have them vote for a candidate other than Boehner.
You’ve probably heard by now that Jeb Bush “…will actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.”
Read the article at breitbart.com
After all he’s said over the years, Obama would never do executive amnesty, now would he?
Watch Obama Make the Case Against Executive Amnesty
As stated in BizPac Review-
With two years left of Barack Obama, the black communities are facing the Democratic party head on in the face of the upcoming midterms. Rebel Pundit released a video of Chicago activists Paul McKinley, Mark Carter, Joseph Watkins and Harold “Noonie” Ward bringing a powerful message to black voters.
A long list of heartfelt grievances about how blacks have been abused by Democrats can be summed up by one of the men, “They force us into a life of welfare. We don’t want no welfare.”
Unfortunately many are upset because they still don’t think they are getting a large enough piece of the pie, but at least it is a start to allow other ideas to be heard.
Click for video- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUSRZo1BE5o&feature=youtu.be
If you did not see Derrick Wilburn from the Americans of Color and the Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives when he was in Gainesville last year, you’ve got another chance. This time he will be speaking to the Gilchrist County Tea Party and they will also have Congressman Ted Yoho. Man, they have some pretty good recruiters if you ask me.
GILCHRIST COUNTY TEA PARTY
PRESENTS TWO GREAT SPEAKERS
AT THE TUESDAY
OCTOBER 14, 2014 MEETING
The Gilchrist County Tea Party has scheduled two dynamic speakers for this month’s Tea Party Meetings.
We are proud to bring you a National Conservative Speaker that is lively, funny, and informative. Derrick Wilburn, from Colorado, has agreed to join us on Tuesday for an evening of conservative enlightenment.
Derrick speaks all over the Country and we are very fortunate to have him join us. He will talk about how important it is for rural communities to come together and address the many issues that we have in fighting the progressive and liberal movements. He also will address how we can unite and be more productive in keeping Gilchrist County conservative.
Congressman Ted Yoho will also be present to bring us up to date on all the National issues that we now have before Congress and how he plans to address them when it’s time to vote. Your input is very valuable to him and he really seeks to find out how his constituents feel about the U.S. involvement in Syria, Iran, and how to combat ISIS. Congress is under tremendous pressure from many different factions, and Congressman Yoho really appreciates your feedback and input.
Don’t miss our next meeting,Tuesday, October 14, at 7 PM. We meet at the County Commission Chambers, on U.S. Highway 129 and S.E. 1 Avenue Trenton; across the street from the County Courthouse.
The below time is incorrect. It should read 7:00 Central Daylight Time (6:00 EDT)
This is a National call so register now!
The above time is incorrect. It should read 7:00 Central Daylight Time (6:00 EDT)
Nice to get a little update on an organization that does not oppose what many of their customers may believe.
By Chris Walker in RedState- What makes the conservative business traveler sleep soundly? Is it the high thread count sheets? The pillow top mattress? The rewards points accumulating towards that free end-of-the-year get away?
Or is just knowing that the cost of comfort has also bought the peace of mind that comes with the assurance that at least one hotel chain is not sending a piece of the profits towards a cause that a conservative would not normally support at the ballot box?
Click for rest of article-
(Reuters) – Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza avoided prison on Tuesday when a U.S. judge sentenced him to serve eight months in a community confinement center after he pled guilty to violating campaign finance law.
D’Souza, 53, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan to live in the center at the start of a five year probationary period in which he must do one day of community service a week. He must also pay a $30,000 fine and undergo weekly therapy, Berman said.
D’Souza, a frequent critic of U.S. President Barack Obama, admitted in May to illegally reimbursing two “straw donors” who donated $10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign in New York of Wendy Long, a Republican he had known since attending Dartmouth College in the early 1980s. Read more at reuters.com.