Thursday, July 24, 2014

Why there can never be 'peace in the Middle East'

Larry Elder quotes from Hamas' covenant about obliterating Israel

Larry Elder

Secretary of State John Kerry is the latest to think the power of his personal diplomacy can bring “peace to the Middle East.” But, once again, when one side publicly calls for the destruction of the other, what is there to discuss?

Hamas, designated a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S., has governed the Palestinian territory of Gaza since they defeated rival Fatah, the group that governs the West Bank. Hamas, along with Hezbollah, Palestine Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, Iraqi militant Shiite groups and other terror organizations, is funded in part by Iran, whose leaders routinely call for the destruction of the “fictitious” state of Israel. Hamas’ covenant calls for the destruction of Israel. The preamble reads:

“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”

Article Three describes the duty of all Muslims:

“(To) fear Allah and raise the banner of Jihad in the face of the oppressors.”

Article Seven states:

“The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight Jews and kill them. Then, the Jews will hide behind rocks and trees, and the rocks and trees will cry out: ‘O Muslim, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him.’”

Article Eleven clarifies their belief that:

“the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waif (Holy Possession) consecrated for future Muslim generations until Judgment Day. No one can renounce it or any part, or abandon it or any part of it.”

Article Thirteen flatly states:

“Palestine is an Islamic land.Since this is the case, the liberation of Palestine is an individual duty for every Muslim wherever he may be.” It also says, “There is no solution for the Palestinian problem except by Jihad.”.......

The late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir famously said, “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” How deep is the hate?........To Read More…..

Jane Fonda on Rupert Murdoch Buying Time Warner: ‘It Would Be a Catastrophe’

 “It's no secret that Rupert uses his media outlets for political reasons. And he is not neutral,” says the actress during TheWrap's interview for her “Newsroom” Emmy nomination Jane Fonda thinks a potential acquisition of Time Warner by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox would be an absolute disaster.

“I think it would be a catastrophe,” Fonda told TheWrap during an interview for her “Newsroom” Emmy nomination and upcoming Netflix series. “If that happens I'm going to be so angry at the FCC. They cannot let that happen.”

“It's no secret that Rupert uses his media outlets for political reasons. And he is not neutral. And he, you know, his news outlets do things that are unconscionable. And it just cannot happen that he becomes that much of a dominant force in American media.”.....To Read More....

My Take – Is there no end to this woman’s hypocricy?  Is there no end to media pandering to this woman?

The Common Core Fight: What Went Wrong, What Went Right, and What to Do Next – Part I

The Washington Post reported that within two years of an organizational meeting at Bill Gates’ Seattle headquarters, 45 states and the District of Columbia had adopted the Common Core State Standards. President Obama, whose administration was “populated by former Gates Foundation staffers and associates,” was “a major booster.”

By Mary Grabar July 23, 2014

After legislative battles this year, 42 states and the District of Columbia remain in the vise of Common Core, the federal education dictates.

One of these states, Georgia, illustrates the incredible hurdles citizen-activists face in their fight against the united forces of big government and big business. Senator William Ligon (R-Brunswick) was blocked in his efforts to pass a Common Core withdrawal bill by the Republican governor and Republican-dominated House.

Jane Robbins, senior fellow at the American Principles in Action, which supported Ligon’s bill, comments, “During the last hearing on the bill, we saw dozens of corporate and other well-funded lobbyists parade up to the podium to explain why their interests should trump those of Georgia families.”

I observed this parade, and the smear-campaign against citizen-activists concerned about educational quality and government overreach. While teachers and parents spoke about developmentally inappropriate assignments, mind-boggling busy-work math, and ideological curricula, the pro-Common Core lobbyists, legislators, superintendents, principals, and teachers seemed to follow a script. I heard the same phrases repeated – “state-led,” “critical thinking skills,” “locally controlled,” “standards, not curriculum,” and on.

And then I learned that they were following a script.

The script was linked in the June 7 Washington Post front-page article, How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution – published after legislatures had recessed. These were “Talking Points” developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers, the supposedly independent organization behind Common Core. CCSSO received over $11 million from the Gates Foundation in 2013.

That Bill Gates was “de facto organizer,” influencing states through donations to teachers unions and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, was hardly a revelation. In August 2013, blogger Mercedes Schneider reported, “the four organizations primarily responsible for CCSS–[National Governors Association], CCSSO, Achieve, and Student Achievement Partners – have taken $147.9 million from Bill Gates.” Jane Robbins and others also made the charge long before the Washington Post’s exposĂ©.

The Post reported that within two years of an organizational meeting at Gates’ Seattle headquarters, 45 states and the District of Columbia had adopted the standards. President Obama, whose administration was “populated by former Gates Foundation staffers and associates,” was “a major booster.”

In the Post interview, Gates denied that he had any self-interest, but the article noted, “In February, [Gates’ company] Microsoft announced that it was joining Pearson, the world’s largest educational publisher, to load Pearson’s Common Core classroom materials on Microsoft’s tablet, the Surface.” This allowed Microsoft to compete for school district spending with rival company Apple, whose iPad dominates in classrooms.

According to a tape released by Glenn Beck last September, in 2009 Gates told the National Conference of State Legislators that he anticipated a “large uniform base of [Common Core] customers.”

More recently, Microsoft’s website warned schools to migrate to the new Microsoft Windows operating system. Opponents had predicted that computer-administered Common Core tests would require expensive upgrades.

Still, Common Core promotional sites, such as the Georgia pro-Chamber of Commerce Republican blog, Peach Pundit, mocked the notion of “Obamacore” and called Gates’ profit-motive a “conspiracy theory.”

Editor-in-Chief Charlie Harper testified against the Common Core withdrawal bill, while directing the smear campaign through posts and comments. He also is executive director of the non-profit PolicyBEST.

In February, PolicyBEST Policy & Research Director – and Peach Pundit blogger – “Eric the Younger” called a rally in support of Ligon’s bill a “train wreck,” filled with “crazy talk”: “It’s [sic] attendees included Jane Robins [sic], Sen. Judson Hill, Sen. William Ligon, Ralph Hudgens’ wife, “and a few of the other usual suspects.”

He promoted a new coalition that included PolicyBEST, “Better Standards For A Better Georgia.” The “diverse group . . . brought together through the Georgia Chamber” includes 100 Black Men, Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, Georgia Association of Educators, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, Georgia school board and school superintendents associations, Technical College System of Georgia, and the University System of Georgia. In 2013, 100 Black Men received $583,531 from the Gates Foundation; Georgia Association of Educational Leaders received $179,015 in 2012.

Eric the Younger’s creativity only extends to name-calling, however.

Consider the CCSS “talking point”: “This has always been, and continues to be, a state-led and driven initiative. States voluntarily adopted and are currently implementing the standards. . . . These standards are in no way federally-mandated. . . .”

Eric the Younger dutifully wrote, “The Origins of the Common Core State Standards are here in Georgia with our former governor Sonny Perdue and State School Superintendent. . . .”

Elders, like “youngers,” also recited CCSSO’s script. The U.S. Chamber’s President and CEO Thomas Donahue wrote in the Washington Post, “Common Core is a not curriculum, a federal program or a federal mandate.”

Peach Pundit continued its campaign of smearing and repeating with a February 10 Courier-Herald column. After charging Common Core opponents with “a campaign of misinformation that at times borders on hysteria,” the writer essentially repeated a talking point: “Common Core is not a curriculum,” but “a set of benchmarks. . . . The curriculum – what is taught and how – remains up to states and local school systems…”

Cited also was a June 2, 2010, press release announcing then-Governor Sonny Perdue’s release of Common Core state standards that featured a panel discussion with the CEO of the PTA and Leah Luke, 2010 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year.

Where did this idea come from?

The CCSSO toolkit recommends as key spokespeople “State Teachers of the Year,” “Award-winning school leaders and principals,” and “Heads of local PTAs.”

Nothing was left to chance in CCSSO’s well-orchestrated campaign that included strategies for “engaging” teachers, “stakeholders,” elected officials, etc. Provided were fill-in-the-blank “Scene-setting Op-ed,” “Letters to the Editor,” “Local Op-ed and Blog,” and “Teacher Communication Preferences Survey.” There were tips for pitching stories and providing background information to reporters.

Most reporters, indeed, repeated CCSSO’s “talking points.” Now an NBC reporter is on Gates’ payroll.

In spite of overwhelming odds, a couple states rejected Common Core this year, following changing public sentiment. Pitfalls lie ahead, though. What these are and tips for fighting them will be discussed next time in Part II.

Mary Grabar, Ph.D., has taught college English for over twenty years. She is the founder of the Dissident Prof Education Project, Inc., an education reform initiative that offers information and resources for students, parents, and citizens. The motto, “Resisting the Re-Education of America,” arose in part from her perspective as a very young immigrant from the former Communist Yugoslavia (Slovenia specifically). She writes extensively and is the editor of EXILED. Ms. Grabar is also a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis.

A Great Plan to Replace the EPA

By Alan Caruba

For years now I have been saying that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must be eliminated and its powers given to the fifty states, all of which,have their own departments of environmental protection. Until now, however, there has been no plan put forth to do so.

Dr. Jay Lehr has done just that and his plan no doubt will be sent to the members of Congress and the state governors. Titled “Replacing the Environmental Protection Agency” it should be read by everyone who, like Dr. Lehr, has concluded that the EPA was a good idea when it was introduced in 1971, but has since evolved into a rogue agency threatening the U.S. economy, attacking the fundamental concept of private property, and the lives of all Americans in countless and costly ways.

Dr. Lehr is the Science Director and Senior Fellow of The Heartland Institute, for whom I am a policy advisor. He is a leading authority on groundwater hydrology and the author of more than 500 magazine and journal articles, and 30 books. He has testified before Congress on more than three dozen occasions on environmental issues and consulted with nearly every agency of the federal government and with many foreign countries. The Institute is a national nonprofit research and education organizations supported by voluntary contributions.

Ironically, he was among the scientists who called for the creation of the EPA and served on many of the then-new agency’s advisory councils. Over the course of its first ten years, he helped write a significant number of legislative bills to create a safety net for the environment.

As he notes in his plan, “Beginning around 1981, liberal activist groups recognized EPA could be used to advance their political agenda by regulating virtually all human activities regardless of their impact on the environment. Politicians recognized they could win votes by posing as protectors of the public health and wildlife. Industries saw a way to use regulations to handicap competitors or help themselves to public subsidies. Since that time, not a single environmental law or regulation has passed that benefited either the environment or society.”

“The takeover of EPA and all of its activities by liberal activists was slow and methodical over the past 30 years. Today, EPA is all but a wholly owned subsidiary of liberal activist groups. Its rules account for about half of the nearly $2 trillion a year cost of complying with all national regulations in the U.S. President Barack Obama is using it to circumvent Congress to impose regulations on the energy sector that will cause prices to ‘skyrocket.’ It is a rogue agency.”

Dr. Lehr says that “Incremental reform of EPA is simply not an option.” He's right.

“I have come to believe that the national EPA must be systematically dismantled and replaced by a Committee of the Whole of the 50 state environmental protection agencies. Those agencies in nearly all cases long ago took over primary responsibility for the implementation of environmental laws passed by Congress (or simply handed down by EPA as fiat rulings without congressional vote or oversight.”

Looking back over the years, Dr. Lehr notes that “The initial laws I helped write have become increasingly draconian, yet they have not benefited our environment or the health of our citizens. Instead they suppress our economy and the right of our citizens to make an honest living. It seems to me, and to others, that this is actually the intention of those in EPA and in Congress who want to see government power expanded without regard to whether it is needed to protect the environment or public health.”

Eliminating the EPA would provide a major savings by eliminating 80% of its budget. The remaining 20% could be used to run its research labs and administer the Committee of the Whole of the 50 state environmental agencies. “The Committee would determine which regulations are actually mandated in law by Congress and which were established by EPA without congressional approval.”

Dr. Lehr estimates the EPA’s federal budget would be reduced from $8.2 billion to $2 billion. Staffing would be reduced from more than 15,000 to 300 and that staff would serve in a new national EPA headquarters he recommends be “located centrally in Topeka, Kansas, to allow the closest contact with the individual states.” The staff would consist of six delegate-employees from each of the 50 states.

“Most states,” says Dr. Lehr, “will enthusiastically embrace this plan, as their opposition to EPA’s ‘regulatory train wreck’ grows and since it gives them the autonomy and authority they were promised when EPA was first created and the funding to carry it out.”

The EPA was a good idea when it was created, the nation’s air and water needed to be cleaned, but they have been at this point. Since then, the utterly bogus “global warming”, now called “climate change”, has been used to justify a torrent of EPA regulations. The science the EPA cites as justification is equally tainted and often kept secret from the public.

“It’s time for the national EPA to go,” says Dr. Lehr and I most emphatically agree. “All that is missing is the political will.”

© Alan Caruba, 2014


97 percent of Australian renewables investment dries up without subsidies (so the ABC gives free adverts to the industry)

By Jo Nova

We’re told “clean” energy is a viable and cost effective. But cut the government subsidies, and 97 percent of investors vanish (in Australia it’s collapsed from $2.6b annually to $80m). The truth is that renewables are almost totally dependent on taxpayer largess. No wonder they lobby like their life depends on it. It does.

Peter Hannam of the SMH:

“Australia’s investment in renewable energy all but dried up in the first half of 2014 amid uncertainty fuelled by the government’s latest review of the mandatory target, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

In the six months to June, just $40 million was invested in large-scale renewable energy, such as wind farms, the lowest level since the first half of 2001, according to Kobad Bhavnagri, head of BNEF’s Australian unit.

The investment tallycompared with $2.691 billion in 2013, the second largest annual inflow of funds to the clean energy sector behind the peak year of 2010.”

Elsewhere investment in renewables has slowed from its peak in 2011 but still running at $64b a quarter, or nearly $700 million every day. Spot that vested interest!

“Global clean energy investment surged to $US63.6bn in the second quarter of 2014, up 33% compared to the first quarter and 9% compared to Q2 2013, according to the latest authoritative figures from research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance”

The ABC runs free disguised advertising for the renewables sector …….To Read More….


U.N. Taking Control Of America’s Southern Border

Wednesday, July 23, 201

This sounds like a genius idea. Who can mess up the border even more than the federal government? The UN. Guaranteed.

Check it out:

Two anonymous Border Patrol agents reportedly told radio host Dave Hodges that under the pretense of labeling illegal aliens “refugees,” the United Nations is “calling the shots” on America’s border operations and the U.N. is deciding which immigrants to ship to various parts of the U.S.

One of the agents said U.N. personnel are already present at various detention facilities in the American Southwest, according to Hodges, and are working with Homeland Security agents in “gathering MS-13 gangsters, captured from different roundups, patch worked together as a group and then shipped together to various locations on the perimeter of the United States.”

“I objected to admitting MS-13 gangsters into the U.S. and I was told that we have our orders to treat them like anyone else,” the other agent told Hodges.

Hodges says that he asked one of the agents how they knew the immigrants were MS-13 and he told him they could tell “by the tattoos.”

“He recounted the fact that MS-13 operatives will have a tattoo with tears on their face which represents a person that they have murdered in the commission of their drug related duties,” Hodges reported. “He said he processed an MS-13 member who had nine tears on his face and he was told to process him as an ‘unaccompanied juvenile refugee.’”

And police officers are already encountering these gang members, such as the La Grulla, Texas, officer who pulled over a vehicle last week carrying an aggressive MS-13 member.

How to go from civil rights icon to bigot in one quote

NFL great Tony Dungy defies ‘Gay Gestapo’

By Steve Deace Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tony Dungy is used to making history. He was one of the Big Ten’s first black quarterbacks at the University of Minnesota in the 1970s. He was a defensive reserve on the famed “Steel Curtain” defense of the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. After his playing days were over, he started coaching, eventually becoming one of the first black coordinators — and the youngest — in NFL history in the 1980s. In 1996, he became only the fourth black head coach in modern NFL history.

 That’s right, Mr. Dungy has apparently made history again. Mr. Dungy has become the first civil rights icon to become a bigot in American history. This is the price you pay when you dare to defy the fundamentalist group-think of what lesbian conservative Tammy Bruce calls the “Gay Gestapo.”…… And now Mr. Dungy has become Keith Olbermann’s “worst person in the world.”

Time out, for a second. I just realized I probably told most of you reading this for the first time that Mr. Olbermann is still on television. Yeah, he’s on ESPN Ocho or something. Who knew, right?.....To Read More......

Who Pays for Public Employee Health Costs?

By Jeffrey Clemens and David M. Cutler July 23, 2014

The cost of health care for state and local government employees is increasing rapidly, as it is for workers across the economy. Since state and local governments are large employers — one in seven people work for state and local governments — these cost increases are materially important. Estimates suggest that state and local governments spent $70 billion on health insurance in 2001 (in 2012 dollars), and $117 billion in 2010. The real increase was roughly $2,400 per state and local government employee, or $150 per U.S. resident.

Adjusting to these cost increases is more difficult for state and local governments than for private businesses. One strategy that businesses use to address rising costs is to pass those costs back to workers in the form of increased cost sharing for health insurance, less generous coverage, lower contributions to employee benefits, or smaller wage increases (Summers, 1989; Gruber, 1994; Kolstad and Kowalski, 2012). However, in a setting where wages and benefits are covered by union contracts — as is the case with a good share of state and local employees — the ability to effect these adjustments may be limited. When wages and benefit packages cannot be adjusted, increases in health care spending are equivalent to an increase in input costs, much like a price increase for electricity would be. In private businesses, some of this cost increase would show up in higher prices......To Read More.....

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

From Benny Peiser's Global Warming Policy Foundation

Deep Oceans Cooling For The Past 20 Years
Britain Won’t Sign New Climate Treaty Unless China, India Agree CO2 Caps

Two of the world’s premiere ocean scientists from Harvard and MIT have addressed the data limitations that currently prevent the oceanographic community from resolving the differences among various estimates of changing ocean heat content. They point out where future data is most needed so these ambiguities do not persist into the next several decades of change. As a by-product of that analysis they 1) determined the deepest oceans are cooling, 2) estimated a much slower rate of ocean warming, 3) highlighted where the greatest uncertainties existed due to the ever changing locations of heating and cooling, and 4) specified concerns with previous methods used to construct changes in ocean heat content. They concluded, “Direct determination of changes in oceanic heat content over the last 20 years are not in conflict with estimates of the radiative forcing, but the uncertainties remain too large to rationalize e.g., the apparent “pause” in warming.” --Jim Steele, Landscapes and Cycles, 21 July 2014

So it remains unclear if and how Trenberth’s “missing heat” has sunk to the deep ocean. The depiction of a dramatic rise in deep ocean heat is highly questionable, even though alarmists have flaunted it as proof of CO2’s power. As Dr. Wunsch had warned earlier, “Convenient assumptions should not be turned prematurely into ‘facts,’ nor uncertainties and ambiguities suppressed.” … “Anyone can write a model: the challenge is to demonstrate its accuracy and precision… Otherwise, the scientific debate is controlled by the most articulate, colorful, or adamant players.” --Jim Steele, Landscapes and Cycles, 21 July 2014

Britain will not sign a global deal on climate change unless it includes commitments from China and India on reducing emissions, the energy and climate change secretary said on the eve of visiting the two countries. In an interview with The Times, Ed Davey said that there was little point in Britain making great efforts to cut emissions if other countries did not. “If I looked around the world and no one was doing anything I would have to ask myself the question: is it worth us doing anything if no one else is?” he said. “We won’t do a deal unless these countries come on board. We need a deal that’s applicable to all — that’s what we didn’t get at Kyoto.” --Ben Webster, The Times, 22 July 2014

This new paper allows great headlines to proclaim that the warming “pause” in global surface temperature is explainable by climate models. As is often the case in climate reporting the details do not back up the headlines. --David Whitehouse, The Global Warming Policy Foundation, 23 July 2014

A new paper appeared in Climatic Change this week which looks at disasters and climate change. Like other studies and the IPCC assessment, Visser et al. find no trends in normalized disaster loses, looking at several metrics of economic and human losses. They conclude: “The absence of trends in normalized disaster burden indicators appears to be largely consistent with the absence of trends in extreme weather events. This conclusion is more qualitative for the number of people killed. As a consequence, vulnerability is also largely stable over the period of analysis.” In short, those who claim that a signal of human caused-climate change is somehow hidden in the disaster loss record are engaging in a bit of unjustified wishful thinking. The data and evidence says otherwise. --Roger Pielke Jr, 22 July 2014

(Editor's Note - You will find this next article interesting.  Strange but interesting.  Think 1984!)

A UN-backed conference in Venezuela has ended with a declaration to scrap carbon markets and reject the green economy. The Margarita Declaration was issued at the end of a four-day meeting of around 130 green activist groups, which the Venezuelan government hosted in order to raise the volume of civil society demands in UN discussions on climate change. “The structural causes of climate change are linked to the current capitalist hegemonic system,” the final declaration said. “To combat climate change it is necessary to change the system.” --Sophie Yeo, Responding to Climate Change, 22 July 2014

A plan to compel Congress to amend the Constitution for a balanced budget

Steve Stanek

In the 225 years since the Constitution of the United States of America became the guiding law of the land, it has been amended 27 times (including the first 10 amendments that make up the Bill of Rights).

Now there is a proposal to bring states together in a way to speed the arduous process of amending the Constitution to force Congress to balance the federal budget. The proposal calls for “compacts,” or agreements, among the states to use their power under the Constitution to demand a Constitutional convention.

It’s never been done even though the power has always been there, and with the federal government nearing $18 trillion of national debt – and facing hundreds of trillions of dollars of unfunded liabilities such as for Medicare that are not counted in the national debt – the timing could be right, says Nick Dranias, an attorney and Director of Policy Development and Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute in Arizona. Dranias is the originator of the idea, which has been refined by other lawyers, a judge and public policy experts.  Two Overarching Acts’… To Read More…..

Presbyterian Church Slams Israel —- Ignores Christian Persecution

July 23, 2014 by Raymond Ibrahim 5 Comments

Days before the recent Israel/Hamas conflict erupted, the Presbyterian Church in America withdrew $21 million worth in investments from Israel because, as spokesman Heath Rada put it, the Israeli government’s actions “harm the Palestinian people.”

Soon after, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and was asked if he was “troubled” by the Presbyterian Church’s move. Netanyahu responded:

It should trouble all people of conscience and morality because it’s so disgraceful. You know, you look at what’s happening in the Middle East and I think most Americans understand this, they see this enormous area riveted by religious hatred, by savagery of unimaginable proportions. Then you come to Israel and you see the one democracy that upholds basic human rights, that guards the rights of all minorities, that protects Christians—Christians are persecuted throughout the Middle East. So most Americans understand that Israel is a beacon of civilization and moderation. You know I would suggest to these Presbyterian organizations to fly to the Middle East, come and see Israel for the embattled democracy that it is, and then take a bus tour, go to Libya, go to Syria, go to Iraq, and see the difference. And I would give them two pieces of advice, one is, make sure it’s an armor plated bus, and second, don’t say that you’re Christians. 

It’s difficult—if not impossible—to argue with Netanyahu’s……To Read More….
My Take - Whether it's Hollywood, academia, the news media, politics, industry or religion - they're all facets of Western civilization who are emitting the stench of leftist corruption and the hypocrisy that goes along with it. How long can a society last that despises itself more than its enemies

Justice Kennedy says Constitution ‘flawed document’

Posted on Monday, July 21  By Bob Egelko

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wasn’t out to make news when he addressed the annual conference of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and devoted most of his 50-minute speech to the Magna Carta, which turns 800 years old in 2015. But Kennedy did let on that he doesn’t belong to the school of Constitution-worshipers who base their legal doctrines on what they glean to be the original, literal meaning of every word and phrase in the nation’s founding document.
“The Constitution of the United States is a flawed document,” Kennedy said at Thursday’s windup conference session in Monterey. By “thinly veiled language,” he said, it “basically reaffirmed the legality of slavery,” referring to provisions that allowed the slave trade to continue at least until 1808 and defined each slave as three-fifths of a person when deciding how many congressional delegates to assign to each state.
The 600,000 who died in the Civil War, Kennedy said, were “one of the things it cost for having a Constitution that was flawed.”……To Read More….

My Take - Kennedy is like so many "moderates" - they have no idea what they believe. Here's a Supreme Court justice that swore to uphold the Constitution and make rulings based on the Constitution, and yet he cites "international law" as a foundation for his views. He's right that the Constitution is a flawed document.   That's why the "Bill of Rights" was added - the first ten amendments. However, the framers knew the limitations of the document and made an allowance for changing it in one of two ways.

Congress can propose a Constitutional change and with a two-thirds vote in favor of the change by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and then any changes would then have to be approved by three fourths of the states to become part of the Constitution, which is how it has been done all along. 

The second way would be for two thirds of the states to apply to Congress for an Article V Convention, which the Congress then must agree to, and if three fourth of the states agree on any changes those would become part of the Constitution. 

However, nowhere in the Constitution did the framers think it was the job of the federal judiciary to change any flaws in that document.  No matter how flawed the Constitution was or is, the power to change it rests in the power of the legislature, and this idea that the Constitution is a ‘living document’ is nothing more than a fallacy the judiciary has been foisting of the public to justify their treason.  Treason?  Isn’t that a bit strong?  If someone is deliberately perverting the intent of the law and the views of those who passed those laws in order to promote their own agenda - what else can you call it? 

Kennedy is an example of the hacks that infest the federal judiciary.  So much for life time appointments keeping the federal judicary pure.  Now that's an amendment that really needs to be considered because you can't fix stupid!

Now for something different: Hollywood’s America-hating left

April 15, 2014 Gerard Jackson 5 Comments

The nauseating spectacle of Hollywood celebrities prostrating themselves before Obama highlights the hypocrisy, ignorance and outright stupidity of these celluloid intellectuals, of whom George Clooney is a particularly nauseating example. As Hollywood’s most prominent celluloid intellectual — the equally imbecilic Ron Howard is a very close second — he probably thought he was being profound as well as smart when he declared that “We are a little bit out of touch in Hollywood. I think that’s probably a good thing”. A not unexpected statement from a man who seems to credit Hollywood with saving America from fascism and racism......Just how tolerant and patriotic is the Hollywood left? Not very if history is allowed to judge. The vicious attacks on the late and great Elia Kazan by Hollywood leftists exposed the hypocrisy and totalitarian mindset of those who George Clooney admires for being “a little bit out of touch” with the rest of the country........No matter which way you dress them up, the attacks on Elia Kazan amounted to support for American Stalinists. And this is something that should not be forgotten, regardless of what the buffoonish Clooney would have us believe. Something else that should not be forgotten is that most of the world’s media, meaning leftwing agitators masquerading as journalists, felt the same way........To Read More....

Steven Spielberg: Castro stooge and political bigot

April 17, 2014 Gerard Jackson 10 Comments

Some people think I treated Steve Spielberg unfairly by lumping him with Hollywood’s mad left. But Spielberg’s sympathies for the sadistic Castro are no secret. Despite the fact that Castro’s record of murder, terrorism, torture and anti-Semitism is well documented the proudly progressive Spielberg still idolises him.  A few years ago a group of brave Cuban democrats publically challenged Castro’s tyranny. He immediately sentenced them to life in his tropical gulag. Being a decent progressive Steve Spielberg was naturally outraged at this injustice. Unable to contain himself he had Andy Spahn of Dreamworks complain to the Wall Street Journal that Castro was the real victim here and not those trouble-making dissidents..... On 13 July 1994 Castro the Liberator ordered that the 10 children and 22 adults trying to escape from his communist paradise on the tugboat Trece de Marzo be killed. A few years later we find the child-loving Steven Spielberg kissing the blood stained hands of this child-killer. While this snivelling little lickspittle was paying homage to this sadist Juan Carlos González Leiva was being tortured by his secret police for the heinous crime of demanding freedom for Cuba....Continue reading

Public Affairs went wrong on renewable energy

Gerard Jackson

His approach boils down to simply chanting that renewables are too costly, which is just another way of saying that they are less efficient than centralised power generation. It eludes him that the greens’ response is to argue that renewable energy will become more efficient if given enough time to develop......Every single member of our rightwing failed to grasp the simple and fundament fact that renewables just do not work. By this I mean that they cannot do the job that greens dishonestly claim for them. Expecting renewables to provide the vast amounts of energy required to drive an advanced economy is like expecting a Ford pickup to do the work of a 300 ton truck. It is a physical impossibility. The bald fact remains that so-called renewable energy faces insurmountable natural and economic obstacles........Now let us put these figures into perspective. The solar plant requires 33.3 times the area of the gas plant to produce a miserable 0.0197 of its output. (Remember: a gigawatt is 1,000,000,000 watts, so 3.8 gigawatts equal 3,800,0000,000 watts.) Therefore, to produce 3.8 gigawatts would have to cover 25,333.3 acres or 39.6 square miles as against 15 square acres. To top it off, this super-duper leap into the future can only produce electricity one-third of the time. Clearly, the insurmountable natural obstacle is energy density.....I stressed time and time again that a full-blooded attempt to switch the economy to alternative energy would be an economic energy is so dilute that it requires masses of land, labour and capital to produce a tiny fraction of the electricity that coal-fuelled or nuclear plants could produce with the same resources........ this is why solar plants will always be a total failure. ....To Read More.....

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Corruption Of Academic Journals For Profit and Climate Change Propaganda

By Dr. Tim Ball on July 16, 2014

Everything you read in newspapers is absolutely true, except for the rare story of which you happen to have first-hand knowledge. Erwin Knoll

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. Thomas Jefferson

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Twenty Five Years of "Big Fears, Little Risks"!

By Rich Kozlovich

Recently someone on LinkedIn posted something praising Rachel Carson and Silent Spring, which should be listed in the Science Fiction Section of the library, or better yet, thrown out. As I read the comments I thought it's been 25 years since the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) released Big Fears, Little Risk narrated by Walter Cronkite.   This is a short documentary lasting about a half hour helping society to come to grips with reality involving chemicals, synthetic and naturally occurring.  We need to understand that if something is “chemical free”, it doesn’t exist.

I can no longer find it on ACSH’s web site, but it comes in three parts on You Tube. It only runs for about a half hour, please take the time to enjoy:

Big Fears, Little Risk Part 1

Big Fears, Little Risks Part 2

Big Fears, Little Risks Part 3

Poverty, environment, even traffic fatalities: UN’s sweeping sustainable development goals aim to fix everything -- on paper

By George Russell Published July 21, 2014

 End global hunger and all forms of malnutrition and poverty by 2030, along with all urban slums around the world. Halve the number of deaths from road traffic accidents globally (an estimated 1.24 million in 2010, according to the World Health Organization) by the same date—and “reduce levels of violence and halve related death rates everywhere” by then too. Make sure that the income of the bottom 40 percent of the population in all countries grows faster than the national average. Achieve “global resource efficiency,” and try to separate economic growth from “environmental degradation and resource use” everywhere over the next decade and a half.

 All of those lofty, ambitious –and for critics, improbable and not-very-closely-linked—objectives, as well as many more, are currently being bundled, massaged and repackaged at the United Nations, to be formally unveiled in September as the ”sustainable development goals,” the centerpiece of the latest multi-trillion-dollar U.N. bid to reshape the planet along largely socialist or progressive lines.......  a grab-bag of often meaningless and hard to measure social and economic objectives, held together largely through their argued relationship to the concept of “sustainability,” a term that has not yet been very precisely defined......"a very big container of verbal fudge,” It sounds really good, but it’s really a substitute for doing things that actually help poor people.”.......To Read More....