Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Conservatives Must Rally Behind Scott Pruitt for EPA

What’s worked in the Sooner State will work everywhere.

Stephen Moore @ American Spectator

Environmental groups have declared war against Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Don’t be surprised if Mr. Pruitt’s nomination hearing this week degenerates into a three-ring circus of obnoxious and disruptive Big Green antics, the new M.O. of the left these days.

Pruitt’s nomination and the case brought against him by the Sierra Club and others have little to do with Mr. Pruitt — whose qualifications for the job having served as two state attorney general in Oklahoma are virtually unchallengeable. What is going on here is the clashing of two opposite philosophies of left and right on how best to safeguard our air and water and our federal lands and what the greens now call “the climate.”

The green belief is that the future of the planet depends on halting all economic projects if they pose the slightest risk to the environment. This zero tolerance lunacy doesn’t balance the economy and ecology, but subjugates‎ jobs and development to environmental purity.

We have seen this position in the extreme in recent years with green groups opposing all fossil fuel development in America under the “leave it in the ground” campaign. That is, no drilling, no mining, no oil or gas development — and certainly no coal. This strategy has already put tens of thousands of American coal miners out of jobs (even as China and India build new coal plants every week) and would put nearly 10 million Americans in oil and gas and related occupations out of jobs.

To the climate change lobby, this is a small price to pay. Once upon a time the left touted no net loss of jobs due to “green jobs,” but those have proven to be a fantasy and it turns out the solar panels are mostly made in China. A lot of good that does the out of work coal miners in West Virginia and Wyoming.
Mr. Pruitt represents a different mindset. He tells me that good environmental policy “can mean a cleaner environment with increased, not reduced economic production.” In other words, a win-win for nature and workers. It may seem pie in the sky, but it’s worked in Oklahoma where oil and gas production surged over the last decade while emissions of pollutants in the Sooner State fell. Pruitt was the attorney general when all of this happened. Yet he is tagged as pro-industry and anti-environment.

Oklahoma was no aberration. Another big energy producing state also doubled oil and gas output while cleaning up the air — with reductions in carbon monoxide, sulfur, lead and other pollutants.

Mr. Pruitt is being used by the radical greens as a piñata. The New York Times says he is unqualified because he dares question the science on global warming. He has thousands of scientists on his side. Big Green wants to derail his nomination not because he is a threat to the environment but because his philosophy is anathema to theirs. They will insist that the head of the EPA must subscribe to their religion on climate change while opposing all fossil fuel production and all development of our tens of millions of acres of federal lands.

That has been the case for eight years with EPA rules becoming a crushing burden on American small businesses and manufacturers. The EPA is now one of America’s leading job killers. It exports jobs to China, India, and Mexico where environmental protections are much worse and carbon emissions are much higher.

Pruitt wants a pro-jobs, pro-environment EPA. The left doesn’t. He wants states to have more control of their resources. The left doesn’t. Mr. Pruitt could be the best head of EPA ever, proving that free markets can lead to a safer environment. That’s what really terrifies the left
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Black History (aka Demonize White America) Month

Lloyd Marcus
As a black conservative Republican, I have been called a traitor to my race. All my life, blacks have maligned me for not relating to fellow human beings through an invisible divisive wall of race. I deal with people as individuals. Good and bad people come in all colors. Here we are, folks, another Black History Month. How awesomely inspiring it would be if powerful black voices in media, education, and politics used the occasion to celebrate blacks who achieved success via self-reliance, education, hard work and right choices?

Sadly, every Black History Month, Leftists rip the scab off old racial wounds. Their goal is to anger black youths rather than inspiring them to follow extraordinary blacks' paths to excellence. Leftists want blacks to forever view themselves as victims of white racist America where cops murder them at will. The truth is, America is the greatest land of opportunity on the planet. Unfortunately, far too many blacks have been duped into believing that remaining loyal Democrat voters is the only way to keep racist white America at bay.........More


Political Correctness as a Tool of the Liberal Inquisition

Rabbi Aryeh Spero

It is naïve to think that political correctness is simply a matter of being scolded for saying something unacceptable to liberals. It has become much more than that. Political correctness is a deliberate tool used by the Left to intimidate conservatives and people of faith into silence, with the goal of making our classic and time-tested opinions illegitimate.

Political Correctness is a strategy, a weapon of social warfare, a bullying against those unwilling to reshape and renounce their traditional belief system and bow to the dictates of the leftocracy dead-set on total domination of our lives and culture. It enforces censorship and activates demonization, threatening those unwilling to submit and apologize with loss of job, livelihood, social acceptability, company sales, friends, reputation, and status. It is the liberal version of Islamic blasphemy laws, ruthlessly excising anyone who questions or strays from the leftwing cultural and social dogmas. It is the most un-American development in our lifetime..........
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How Illinois Violates Voting RIghts

Voters in Illinois have had their right to influence government stolen through House administrative rules

Michael Bargo, Jr.

The 1964 Voting Rights Act and revisions addressed the right of the individual citizen in the U.S. to vote without obstruction or discrimination. The concept of one person one vote has been repeatedly upheld. While Illinois became infamous for having the dead vote and allowing multiple votes by one person, its legislature has adopted rules that seriously infringe upon the rights of all voters. This more subtle, abstract, and far more dangerous practice implements a new method of vote theft: administratively denying voters any input into legislation; thereby violating the concept that government can only legislate with the “consent of the governed.” .........in Illinois the will of the people, the consent of the governed, is totally controlled by one person, the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives........More

 

Trump Gores a Sacred Cow, and Liberals Lament

Daniel L. Mallock

The great Broom of Time recently swept away another failed ideology and political movement. On the 20th of January, the dustbin of history will slam shut on the Utopian American Progressive Left. Followers, leaders, and philosophers of this dangerous and failed global movement will not go quietly, however; ideas die hard, and ideologies, movements, and political theories do not simply disappear overnight.........The reaction of the Utopian Progressive Left is so extreme, excessive, intolerant, and often cruel because this election is not about the fall of the Democratic candidate for president.  Rather, it is about the collapse of an ideology at least 50 years in the making..........More

Copyright Vultures Are At It Again!

By Mike Konrad

Hollywood media moguls are intent on preserving a dying business model. Worse yet, they expect technology companies to provide the technical expertise to protect their quasi-monopoly....... The Copyright Industry, especially the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), and MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) have suppressed every form of innovation, and technology to protect their questionable rights. In the 80s, they sued to stop video recorders, but were thankfully held back by the Supreme Court in the famous Betamax case. The Media Industry forced manufacturers of blank cassettes, tapes, and CDs to pay a royalty to reimburse the industry because the blank recording media might be used to infringe copyright. That is right; your preacher's sermon tapes actually were forced to subsidize Hollywood. In 1998, the RIAA sued to stop the first portable Mp3 player, Diamond Rio, from being sold......... More

A real killer elite

ByMichael Smith 1/17/17

For more than 30 years, a top secret US special operations intelligence unit known only as "the Activity," or more recently Task Force Orange, has operated in the shadows, tracking down America's enemies around the world for Delta or SEAL Team Six to kill or capture, or more recently for Reaper drones to assassinate from afar. In an excerpt from the brand new eBook of his history of the Activity, "Killer Elite," Michael Smith describes its role in the fight against Islamic State in Syria, Libya and Iraq........To Read More....

French told not to fear wolves roaming Paris streets as 'they only eat four-legged animals'

Parisians are frightened that the endangered beasts are now within howling distance of the capital and can't be stopped

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French people have been told not to fear wolves roaming Paris streets - as "they only eat four-legged animals".  Parisians are frightened that the endangered beasts - which have fought back from near extinction in the 1930s - are now within howling distance of the capital.   Indeed the discovery of paw prints, messy droppings and late-night howls from wolves - a distant relative of the domestic pet dog - are reported to be a now frequent occurrence in the city's suburbs.  While they are known to normally hunt in packs - when they are notoriously most dangerous - only lone wolves have been spotted so far wandering its streets.........They were awarded special protection as an endangered species - meaning nothing can be done to curb their numbers to halt their spread.........To Read More......

Venezuela Prints Bigger Notes to Battle Inflation

By Silvio Canto, Jr.

Not long ago, the Venezuelan bolivar was a pretty stable currency. I remember something like one dollar equaled five Bolivares.  I also remember that it was at that rate for quite some time. "No mas" as Roberto Duran said while boxing Sugar Ray Leonard. The Maduro government has decided to play the inflation game by simply printing more bills, as we see in the New York Times:..........Read more

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Trump Meets With Princeton Physicist Who Says CO2 Is Good For Us

William Happer: The Truth About Greenhouse Gases
 
Brought to you by Benny Peiser's Global Warming Policy Forum
 
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Yes, Donald Trump met with Al Gore. But on Friday, according to the Trump transition team, the president-elect also met with William Happer, a Princeton professor of physics who has been a prominent voice in questioning whether we should be concerned about human-caused climate change. In 2015 Senate testimony, Happer argued that the “benefits that more [carbon dioxide] brings from increased agricultural yields and modest warming far outweigh any harm.” Happer is an eminent physicist  [and a member of the GWPF's Academic Advisory Council] who held prominent positions at the Department of Energy, as well as at his university, and has 200 scientific publications to his name. --Chris Mooney, The Washington Post, 13 January 2017

“The object of the Author in the following pages has been to collect the most remarkable instances of those moral epidemics which have been excited, sometimes by one cause and sometimes by another, and to show how easily the masses have been led astray, and how imitative and gregarious men are, even in their infatuations and crimes,” wrote Charles Mackay in the preface to the first edition of his Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. I want to discuss a contemporary moral epidemic: the notion that increasing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, notably carbon dioxide, will have disastrous consequences for mankind and for the planet. This contemporary “climate crusade” has much in common with the medieval crusades Mackay describes, with true believers, opportunists, cynics, money-hungry governments, manipulators of various types, and even children’s crusades. --William Happer: The Truth about Greenhouse Gases, Global Warming Policy Foundation

Donald Trump has often ridiculed global warming and promised to withdraw the U.S. from the global accord signed in Paris in 2015. Yet despite the change of political weather in Washington, the captains of business and finance gathered in Davos this week will spend a lot of time talking about climate change — and how to make money from it. The World Economic Forum is devoting 15 sessions of its 2017 annual meeting to climate change, and nine more to clean energy — the most ever on the issues. With money-making opportunities rising, traditional climate change advocates — Al Gore and Greenpeace executive director Jennifer Morgan — will mingle in panel discussions with executives such as HSBC Holdings Plc Chairman Stuart Gulliver and Patrick Yu, president of Cofco Corp., the largest food company in China. They will discuss the nexus between the fight against global warming and business — both how to stop climate change and how to profit from it. --Bloomberg News, 15 January 2017

A supposedly ‘green’ power plant has been blamed for killing more than 1,000 fish on one of Britain’s best-loved salmon and trout rivers. Officials are investigating if a fault caused hundreds of thousands of gallons of toxic waste to be discharged from an anaerobic digester and into the picturesque River Teifi in West Wales, killing every single fish along an eight-mile stretch. Two weeks ago The Mail on Sunday highlighted the growing risk to the environment posed by the ‘green guzzlers’, which convert slurry from dairy herds into methane. They have been responsible for 12 serious pollution incidents since 2015, but the contamination of the River Teifi just before Christmas could be the worst yet, according to anglers and environmentalists. --Nic North, Mail on Sunday, 15 January 2017

Global investments in renewable power dropped the most on record in 2016 as demand in China and Japan faltered. Worldwide spending on clean energy fell 18 percent from 2015’s record high to $287.5 billion, according to a report Thursday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. It was the first decline since 2013 and comes as environmental policies face pressure from populist movements that have fuelled the rise of Donald Trump, the UK Independence Party and others. --Joe Ryan, The Independent, 13 January 2017

The 2017 Edelman TRUST BAROMETER the largest-ever drop in trust across the institutions of government, business, media and NGOs. Trust in media fell precipitously and is at all-time lows in 17 countries, while trust levels in government dropped in 14 markets and is the least trusted institution in half of the 28 countries surveyed. The cycle of distrust is magnified by the emergence of a media echo chamber that reinforces personal beliefs while shutting out opposing points of view. Respondents favor search engines over human editors and are nearly four times more likely to ignore information that supports a position they do not believe in. --Edelman, 15 January 2017
  

  
 

New Confirmation Hillary Delivered Secrets to America’s Enemies

George Neumayr

As the BuzzFeed debacle illustrates, the media devotes itself not to real threats to American security but phantom ones. While the media was obsessing over the Kremlin’s non-existent “compromising information” on Trump, it ignored new confirmation from the FBI that Hillary delivered state secrets to America’s enemies. What is in the hands of Kremlin officials is not dirt on Trump but Hillary’s classified e-mails.

Last Sunday night, WikiLeaks reported, “FBI quietly releases new Hillary Clinton investigation documents,” one of which states bluntly: “that hostile foreign actors successfully gained access to the personal email accounts of individuals associated with whom Clinton was in regular contact and, in doing so, obtained emails sent to or received by Clinton on her personal account.”

Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano calls this new release a “smoking gun” that justifies re-opening her case. “Last Sunday’s revelations make the case against Mrs. Clinton far more serious than Mr. Comey presented it to be last summer,” he writes in the Washington Times. “Indeed, Sen. Jeff Sessions, who has been nominated by Mr. Trump to be attorney general and who has been a harsh critic of Mrs. Clinton’s, told the Senate Judiciary Committee this week that he would step aside from any further investigation of Mrs. Clinton, thereby acknowledging that the investigation will probably be opened again.”......To Read More....

A Modest Proposal — To All Those Boycotting Members of Congress

Maybe they should think what they’re doing to their own legitimacy.

Arnold Steinberg January 17, 2017

The first time I met Democrat Maxine Waters was nearly a generation ago when she was a Member of the California State Assembly. At the State Capitol with the Republican Minority Leader of the State Assembly, I entered a “Members Only” elevator just as Assemblywoman Waters was about to close the door. She gave the Republican Leader a dirty look, then glanced at the customary “no smoking sign” and blew smoke in my face.

A Member of the U.S. Congress since since1990, Maxine Waters remains perennially angry. If Al Sharpton were a transsexual, he would be Maxine Waters, except she may be more demagogic, if that is possible. A quintessential political hack, she sees everything in terms of race, gender, class, in that order. Extra points if you’re a Palestinian or Muslim. She has presided over a political machine; her daughter has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars to sell her mother’s name. Given the family’s moral clarity, it is hardly surprising to find Waters (“I wouldn’t waste my time”) as one of at least 42 Members of Congress, more than one in five Democrats, boycotting the swearing-in of Donald J. Trump as our 45th president........To Read More.....
 

Obama, Political Correctness, and the Military

The Obama administration created an atmosphere that enhanced politicization of the military.  

Elise Cooper

One aspect overlooked in discussions about Obama’s legacy is his role in the rise of political correctness. This PC atmosphere permeated the military, where many of the higher-ups were more concerned about their careers than the men who served under them. American Thinker interviewed some who hope that this PC virus will be exterminated. Carl Higbie wrote the book Enemies, Foreign & Domestic, showing what happens when politically correct officers run the military as their careers become more important than the Constitution. He was part of the Navy SEAL assault team that captured the most wanted man in the Middle East, Ahmed Hashim Abd Al-Isawi, the Butcher of Fallujah.This was the terrorist responsible for killing and then hanging American contractors from a bridge.........Higbie told American Thinker, “We all requested a court martial so we would have a fair trial and be able to present evidence in our favor. The command tried to talk us out of this because they knew they would lose. They separated us and threatened us with all kinds of punishments, but we held strong and forced the court martial. The higher-ups were afraid of simple allegations, how that would affect their careers. They lost sight of the mission and their duty to their men. They put a politically correct public image in front of their oath. They had us pegged for guilty from day one despite all the evidence. What we were accused of was mentally and physically impossible. So much for ‘innocent until proven guilty.’ I really believe the Obama administration wanted to hang us out to dry. They wanted to punish us, and kept saying if we did not admit to it the punishment would get worse.”........ More

My Take - The Obama administration for eight years has slowly eliminated any higher ranking officers who disagreed with their irrational views and promoted corrupt, self serving officers.  They're about to be gone now, and if there are any good guys left they'll have to be the rock in the current against treason in the ranks.  Let's be clear - that's what Political Correctness is in the military - treason - but when treason goes  unchallenged - it becomes policy!

The Intelligence Community Rebellion?

John Smith

The back and forth of the NSA Director’s unauthorized meeting with Donald Trump, and the deceptive intelligence dossier on Trump’s supposed romp in a Moscow hotel room has spawned the notion at The Conservative Treehouse of a closing act of a shadow war within the intelligence community led by the “white hats” in the DoD intel apparatus. There are certainly white hats in every government agency, and the intel community is no exception.

But Sundance wildly overestimates the white hats’ effect outside of a few select leaders. He even goes so far as to promote a thesis that the DoD itself has seceded from the political elites. Yes, a shadow war is ongoing, but we are in no way near to the closing act, and Sundance’s conclusions do not reflect the reality of the depth of elite power broker penetration in our agencies, even DoD..........More

Dear Liberals: Here Is Some Magnanimous Advice

How is liberal politics at all different from World War I, when the generals sent millions to their deaths in one more identical Big Push after another?

Christopher Chantrill

At the end of this week, liberals, your worst nightmare will be inaugurated as President of the United States, and the bust of Winston Churchill will be restored to the White House. So let us all honor the spirit of Churchill. For liberals everywhere from CNN to UC Davis it is: in defeat, defiance. But we conservatives must also honor Churchill: in victory, magnanimity. So in the spirit of Churchillian magnanimity, I am going to tell you liberals where you went wrong. I am going to help you liberals think about the bigger picture: how your whole worldview stinks, and how, as long as you don’t start to get a glimmer of this, you will continue to spread injustice and despair, from sea to shining sea, right across the fruited plain......Read More...

The Left Is Thoroughly Bamboozled

Patricia McCarthy

As Inauguration Day approaches, the leftist media, the Democrats, and the moonbats that make up the nation's academic class are well and truly melting, as surely as the wicked witch of the Wizard of Oz melted when Dorothy tossed some water on herSo thoroughly, deeply convinced of their own superiority in all things political, legal, cultural, gender, and all branches of learning that they have created their own parallel universe in which Trump could not possibly have won, everyone loves Obama and Obamacare, the economy is booming, unemployment is low, humans are destroying the planet with global warming, global cooling, climate change, and/or bad weather, and Hillary was a shoe-in to win the 2016 election. 

They actually believed, without a shred of actual evidence, that Hillary Clinton was qualified to be President even though her record is one of incompetence, poor judgment, corruption and failure. 

They have been bamboozled for so long that they have lost the ability to see reality.  They want no part of it because in their parallel universe these things cannot possibly be true........Truly melting, as surely as the wicked witch of The Wizard of Oz melted when Dorothy tossed some water on her. More

National Debt Is Our Biggest Security Threat



President-elect Donald Trump’s recent public rebuff on social media of his own party’s secretive actions to gut the Congressional ethics board was a breath of fresh air. But that is not the only issue he should push back on with Congressional Republicans.

Under a Republican budget resolution, the national debt will explode by a third from an already staggering $19 billion to $29 trillion over the next ten years. Although counterintuitive, Democratic presidents, at least those after World War II, have reduced deficits as a portion of the value of the national economy (GDP) while Republican presidents have increased them—thus accumulating less public debt as a percentage of GDP. Yet neither political party has paid enough attention to this burgeoning national security problem......To Read More....

Is Assange Really a Hero?


The Wrong-Headed Putin Love-In

By Cathy Young                                                                                     

Even as the media, and all of Washington, buzzed with scandalous uncorroborated claims about President-elect Donald Trump’s ties to the Kremlin, a lesser-noticed moment neatly illustrated another side of Trump's—or Trump-era conservatism's—Russia problem. After Marco Rubio grilled Rex Tillerson at his confirmation hearings about the secretary of state nominee's refusal to call Vladimir Putin a war criminal, Trump's Twitter legion attacked the Republican senator. High -profile Trump supporters mocked Rubio, sometimes crudely, with some followers insisting that if the Russian president is a war criminal, Barack Obama is too. Read more

Explaining Dysfunctional Illinois in One Word, One Idea, One Person

By On January 11, 2017 · 1 Comment 

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Editor’s Note: Why is commentary about Illinois relevant to California? Because if you read this, written by economics blogger Mike Shedlock, all you have to do is substitute “California” into every sentence where “Illinois” appears, and it would still be accurate. The only thing missing from California is an entrenched speaker of the state legislature thanks to term limits. But otherwise California is worse than Illinois, where at least a fiscal conservative GOP governor opposes the corrupt power of the union controlled legislature. Because in California, government union backed candidates occupy every higher office, from state superintendent of public instruction to attorney general to governor. Union backed candidates control super-majorities in both houses of the state legislature. California, even more than Illinois, is firmly in the grip of unionized government, serving itself, colluding with wealthy elites, and waging war on the middle class.

One Word: Corruption
One Idea: Public Unions
One Person: House Speaker Mike Madigan

On Saturday, union servitude came to an end in Kentucky: State Kills Prevailing Wages, Passes Right-to-Work...........Continue Reading

 

Government Unions v. Everyone Else

By On January 10, 2017 · Leave a Comment 
 
“All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management.”  The above caveat about government unions – usually known by the kinder and gentler “public employee unions” – was not […] Continue Reading

Judge Gives EPA Until July to Identify Job Losses from Regulations

ByTatiana Lozano

A federal judge in West Virginia has given the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) less than seven months to review whether its Obama-era policies directly led to job losses in the coal industry, according to an order issued Wednesday.  As The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register reported, U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey rebuked the agency for failing to perform such reporting requirements in the past:
"EPA can recommend amendments to Congress if it feels strongly enough, but EPA's clear reticence to comply, coupled with eight years of refusal to comply — even in the face of congressional and public pressure — with the Clean Air Act, justifies an injunction detailed enough to ensure compliance.""It is time for the EPA to recognize that Congress makes the law, and EPA must not only enforce the law, it must obey it," he continued........Read more

Media elites howling as Trump admin considers expanding access to WH briefings beyond 49 elite insider journalists

By Thomas Lifson January 16, 2017

The mainstream media declared war on the candidacy of Donald Trump, with the New York Times leading the way in a front-page opinion column arguing that “you have to throw out the textbook American journalism has been using for the better part of the past half-century” and discard notions of “balance.” Now the entitled media elites are discovering that there is a price to losing a war, as the Trump administration is considering the White House briefing room out of its current quarters, where only 52 members of the White House Correspondents Association can be accommodated.

The imperious media stars are not amused........Maintaining an oligopoly can’t be good for news consumers. Free the White House Press Corps from the domination of old outlets. Will the elites deny access to their club to the new flood of “bloggers and talk radio” folks? If they do, they will lose the P.R. battle. And if they don’t, expect the flood of new members to change the nature of the WHCA away from an insiders’ cabal that sponsors the repulsive White Correspondence Association Dinner, aka the “nerd prom.”..........Read more

The Headless Chickens in the Mainstream Media

Jack Shafer of Politico attempts to find the media's brain again.

Melissa Mackenzie January 16, 2017
 
Chickens, when beheaded, do not know that they’re dead. They run around, spurting blood and making a mess for a while in a fit of nervous expulsion. If the chicken isn’t beheaded quite right, the parts of the brain that sustain survival functions — respiration, movement, heartbeat, excretion — still exists. The chicken can live for quite a long time in this visionless, morbid state, but one wouldn’t exactly call that existence living.
So the media finds itself: half-brained, blind, but still flailing around. It’s not quite alive and certainly not useful, but it’s not dead either.
The irony is that these pressies blinded themselves and like the notorious headless chicken, Mike, needed to be dropper-fed by an Obama administration willing to keep them alive for their helpful novelty. Mike, the Mainstream Media, loved being a pet. Being blind and incapable of caring for itself, it trusted in the almighty state lead by Barack Obama. They didn’t even need to think to survive. They simply had to trust. And trust, they did.......To Read More.....



Monday, January 16, 2017

Finally, a Republican Leader Playing Offense

Brian C. Joondeph

Traditional Republicans specialize in defense, although poorly, and have little offensive skill. Enter the new star athlete, able to play offense and defense, able to hit and field the ball at the same time, without any assistance from the media........They needed control of the White House, too, before going on offense. Done as of a couple of months ago. Yet Republican leaders still can’t figure out how to not fumble the ball. Speaker Paul Ryan is already chipping away at one of President-elect Trump’s signature issues, illegal immigration, by backpedaling on enforcing existing laws previously passed by his own Congress. Some offense. Fumbling the opening snap of the ball........ Read More

Requiem for a Lightweight: Obama Out

G. Murphy Donovan

Be it race or religion, Obama's tragic flaw was policy marked by timidity and moral ambiguity – both underwritten by the belief that he could be a racial, religious, or policy shape-shifter as the occasion demanded.  Having parents on both sides of racial and religious divides allowed Obama to play race and religious cards often, yet seldom well.

As team Obama heads for the exits, the race joker is again in play.  White working-class Americans and any flavor of Russians are the new bogymen for bad losers, right and left, across the land....... At the curb level, Barack Obama probably cared as much about black culture in America as does Chris Matthews.

Obama leaves the Oval Office as did the Clintons, trashing the White House. Since the election, both families have done their level best to poison domestic and foreign policy wells...... The best revenge is often blowback.  Barack Obama and Jim Clapper have managed to turn Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, and Edward Snowden into global cyber-heroes. .......Obama leaves the Oval Office as he entered, festooned with garlands from sycophants. The president got the Nobel "Peace" Prize at the start of his run when he had done nothing.  Now he gets the "Defense" Distinguished Service Medal after accomplishing little. Both awards are bookends for wishful thinking.

Eight years of Obama were neither distinguished nor a service........Read More
 

The Global Warming Smoking Gun

To err is human, but to really foul up you need a computer.

Norman Rogers

The global warming narrative is straightforward. Carbon dioxide, (CO2), released by burning coal, oil and natural gas, is increasing in the atmosphere. The increased concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere will cause the globe to warm. The warming will create numerous bad effects. Therefore, we must reduce the emissions of CO2 by switching to green energy such as windmills, solar power and crops that can be burned for energy.

The global warming idea has caught on, at least in left-leaning circles. Millions of people believe that global warming is solid science. If you doubt the global warming idea, you will be accused of not believing in science. According to the promoters of global warming, doubters are like the people who put Galileo on trial, or the people who think the Earth is flat. The global warming narrative consists of assertions, supposedly based on science, and proposed actions that will avert the (purported) disaster. The narrative is very fragile and is susceptible to collapse if the assertions or proposed actions are faulty......... More

Fake News on Religion: Pew Continues to Confuse

Tom Trinko

Pew and the media have a history of spinning Pew polls to attack people of faith. One study by Pew falsely implied that atheists have more religious knowledge than do religious people. Another appeared to show that Americans are abandoning belief in God by combining people who believe in God but who aren't part of an organized religion with atheists and agnostics. Pew calls this hodgepodge group "nones," apparently to imply that they are lacking in faith, but the reality is that only a small part of this group actually lacks a belief in God – which a close reading of the Pew reports shows that even Pew agrees with........Yet Pew has to admit, without highly publicizing it, that 89% of Americans believe in God and only 3.1% say God does not exist, while a further 4% say they don't know.........Irrespective of the cause, however, the key take away is that one should never trust any conclusions that Pew puts forth on any topic.  You need to dig down into the details to see what their data really says to ensure that you aren't getting fake news........
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Study Reveals Significant Health Disparities for Homosexual Teens

Trevor Thomas

A recent (and first of its kind) study verifies again what many Christians have long warned about the homosexual lifestyle. Published in August of 2016 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the study – "Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12" – looked at a wide variety of risky behaviors among U.S. high school students.

The study monitored six categories of "priority health-related behaviors among youth and young adults: 1.) behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; 2.) tobacco use; 3.) alcohol and other drug use; 4.) sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections; 5.) unhealthy dietary behaviors; 6.) physical inactivity." .......To Read More....

The Four Blacks Targeted ‘White’ Victim and Media Knows It

Media Denies Blacks Live Facebook Torture Of White Is Race Crime

on January 10, 2017 in Daily Rant, Islamic Terrorism, Politics, Race & Politics 30

As unbelievable and unconscionable as it may seem to common sense reasoning, the Associated Press reported: Chicago police say they don’t believe a man beaten in an assault broadcast live on Facebook was targeted because he was white. … Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Thursday that charges are expected soon against four black suspects. Gugliemlmi says the suspects made “terrible racist statements” during the attack, but that investigators believe the victim was targeted because he has special needs, not because of his race. (Chicago Police Describe Chronology of Alleged Hate Crime; The Associated Press Chicago; 1/5/2017)
 
Don Lemon, CNN’s star news anchor who was recently seen slobbering drunk in tequila fueled alternate reality while having his ear pierced during CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast, awoke from his drunken stupor in time to render an equally absurd opinion. Lemon asserted: “I don’t think [the beating was] evil. I think these are young people and I think they have bad home training.” (CNN’s Don Lemon On Facebook Torture Of White Victim: Wasn’t Evil, Just Bad “Home Training”; Ian Schwartz; 1/5/2017)
 
There is an inherent dishonesty in the media that cannot be overstated. Specific to same is the glaringly transpicuous validation of that very fact whenever a crime is perpetrated by predator blacks or by Muslims. The attempt to shield the most reprehensible and lowest forms of humanity at their demonic worst is no more a recent phenomenon than are the “False News” allegations the mainstream media progressives are now blathering about. In fact the two go hand in hand. Let me explain.
 
The mainstream media progressives thrive on lies and misinformation. Many are the times over the past century that media progressives have misinformed the public at the behest of the president himself. During World War II the most respected newspapers and so-called journalists misled the American public pursuant to the atrocities the Jews were suffering in Nazi Germany under Hitler.
 
American journalists stationed in Germany, without regard for what the Jews were suffering nor respect for the trust the American public placed in them, knowingly lied and ignored the reality of Jewish life under Hitler.
 
“Many editors and reporters took their cues from the White House, either because of their political sympathy for the [FDR] administration, their deference to the president, or a sense that he knew better than they when it came to complex [issues].” (See: The American Papers that Praised Hitler; Dr. Rafael Medoff; The Daily Beast; 12/20/2015)
 
This same practice is taking place today. The four animals that beat a physically handicapped young man did so precisely because of the color of his skin. And it is nothing short of agitprop in its purest form to claim otherwise.
 
Obama made it clear through his Department of Justice that he would not tolerate
truthful reporting that casts Muslims or blacks in a negative light regardless how factual.
Actual photo of the ‘BLM Four” who committed the hate crime.
The mainstream media progressives do not want the public to identify blacks with atrocities that are consistent with the most animalistic behavior. Progressive blacks and their ignorant useful idiots often employ the most absurd reasoning in an attempt to support their narrative that only white people are evil haters.
 
Logical minds ask why do the mainstream media progressives purposely mislead and lie? The answer is because it’s in their political interest to do so.
 
Today the mainstream media progressives follow the lead of the Obama White House just as they followed the lead of FDR decades ago. Obama made it clear through his Department of Justice that he would not tolerate truthful reporting that casts Muslims or blacks in a negative light regardless how factual.
 
How many times over the years have we heard the media immediately report the skin color of a perpetrator of horrific crimes if they are white, but have to wait sometimes hours to find out same if the perpetrator(s) is/are Muslim or black? Allowing for what we factually know took place in the past, it is fair too argue we are forced to wait because the media must wait for the Obama White House narrative.
 
Many will recall Obama’s outrage that the media reported the San Bernardino mass killing was a terrorist attack by a Muslim husband and wife. We vividly recall the rabid lies told by Obama and Hillary Clinton in an effort to deny Benghazi was a terrorist attack. Under Obama terrorist attacks in America are called workplace violence. We were told the Muslim terrorist attack at Fort Lauderdale Airport was not a terrorist attack before crime scene investigators were done counting shell casings – but it took hours before the mainstream media reported the perpetrator was Muslim.
 
I argue the four blacks who committed the heinous act are evil, and those who seek to protect them by minimizing their satanic act of violence are just as evil as the four who committed the crime.
 
Reasons for the condemnable attempts to downplay (read: ignore) atrocities committed by blacks or Muslims aren’t difficult to understand. The last thing the political and elite illuminati want to see happen is blacks held accountable for their actions because it would destroy their narrative that only whites are bad. Likewise telling the truth about Muslims would result in their becoming persona non grata.
 

Conservatives Cover for CNN not Trump

It absolutely blows my mind that in the name of “calling a spade a spade” we are going to cover for CNN.

By William Stauff January 15, 2017

There’s lots of pundits out there that believe that somehow we need to play nice and we should not be lumping CNN with Buzzfeed.  I’m giving this one article and author as just one example.  There’s many more conservatives saying the same. Their punditry and survival instincts kick in when these conservatives make such statements. They want to be relevant within their media circles and feel they won’t be if they don’t bat for CNN.  They also have a litany of friends and colleagues and have worked for CNN as analysts in the past.  They feel they need these contacts in order to adequately make a living at what they do. They wear two hats. They wear the conservative activist hat and they wear the reporter/pundit hat.......For all the hand-wringing from conservatives that we need to defeat the media, isn’t Trump doing just that?......To Read More....

My Take - CNN and the rest are toast.  Blogs, and or alternative news, are now at the heart of the information world.  That was the trend and that trend was growing exponentially, at least until Trump came into the picture. Now  because of Trump that "trend" is an explosion - an atomic bomb of destruction to the old media.   Get over it!

Meryl Streep: Initiation Into the Club For the Galacticly Stupid

Hollywood vs. the 'fascist' election result

By: Brent Bozell andTim Graham | January 13, 2017

Critics of the Hollywood Left chuckled when Hillary Clinton lost the election. Those dramatic videos full of celebrity ardor for the Clintons flopped. Rarely has there been a more pronounced disconnect. It turned to belly laughs when those celebrities responded by making more videos.   First, the celebrity leftists made a video urging the Electoral College to actually reject the election results. When it dawned on them (Has it dawned on them?) that America wasn't going to reverse itself because they said so, they gave that up. - See more

Sheriff Clarke: 'Thank God We Only Have’ Days Left In This Administration’

By Michael W. Chapman | January 13, 2017 | 4:35 PM EST

In reaction to the fatal shooting of Orlando police Sgt. Debra Clayton on Monday – her suspected killer Markeith Loyd is still at large – and the overall anti-cop agenda pushed by President Barack Obama and Black Lives Matter, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said, “Thank God we only have 11 days left in his administration” – the sooner Obama “is gone, the better this country will be.”
Sheriff Clarke also said Obama has been “an echo chamber” for anti-cop sentiment that “has given rise” to Black Lives Matter, and hosted anti-police activists and the “stone-cold cop hater” Brittany Packnett, who serves on the President’s 21st Century Policing Task Force. Clarke further said that in certain circumstances it is "lawful" and "justifiable" to "shoot first and ask questions later!"......To Read More.....

Obama: Rush Limbaugh Made Me Fail

The headline on Mediaite said it all: Obama:
  • Limbaugh, Fox Helped Create Environment for Republicans Refusing to Work With Me
The story began thusly, bold print for emphasis supplied: In tonight’s NBC Dateline special, as President Obama tonight discussed his frustrations with Republicans for not being more willing to work with him over the past eight years, he once again invoked Rush Limbaugh and Fox News to discuss that very issue. Because while on the one hand there was a “tactical” decision not to work with him, Obama told Lester Holt, there was also a pressure they had to deal with........ And now? Mere days before President Obama leaves office a full eight years later? No less than Obama himself is saying that in essence he failed.

Forget that big glossy speech in Chicago. Now he is telling NBC that not only did he fail but Rush Limbaugh is responsible for his failure. Or in other words, Obama’s leftist screw-ups are Rush’s fault.

Well… wow........Ya can’t make up a liberal fantasy better than that one........To Read More.....

U.N. chief wants more meddling within national affairs

'Most of today's conflicts are still essentially internal'

World Net Daily

The new chief of the United Nations says the global body must intervene more quickly and efficiently in the internal issues of member states to prevent war, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. The statement to the Security Council from Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who took office Jan. 1, comes on the heels of the council’s condemnation of Israel. The resolution, the latest in a long list of U.N. attacks on the only democracy in the Middle East, has prompted strong opposition to the international organization, including a movement to halt U.S. funding and membership and even eject the U.N. from American soil. Guterres said the U.N. spends “far more time and resources responding to crises rather than preventing them” and needs “a whole new approach.”.....To Read More....

My Take - So then from his comments can we reason the UN has been a largely expensive and worthless organization?  But now the head of the UN thinks the most incompetent and corrupt organization the world has ever known should be interfering in the internal affairs of the member states.  The fact is most of these member countries shouldn't be members of the UN in the first place as they're either religious or secular tyrannies.  The very foundational structural concept of a United Nations was compromised from the beginning because they weren't "united" in thought or basic values, so how could they prevent anything when they're rarely capable of agreeing on anything?  But what's really scary are the things they do agree on are generally irrational, misanthropic and morally defective.  Just as are all leftist movements. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Piltdown Man evolution hoax reminds us about danger of confirmation bias

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Rivalry, jealously, con artistry, practical jokes, grand scale bias, and patriotism compounded by World War I era geopolitics. we’re not talking about an episode of the PBS drama Downton Abbey, a daily soap opera or even a classic old film–this is the background story about the discovery of Piltdown Man, perhaps the most notorious hoax in the history of modern science. It was a dark event, and has been relegated to the footnotes of history books. But occasionally the story surfaces, as it did last year when DNA extracted from bones revealed new information on how the hoax was orchestrated........To Read More....

Trump was right about little Marco

By Bob Weir

As I watched some of the Senate confirmation hearings, my decision to vote for Donald Trump was once again validated. The president-elect has chosen the absolute cream of the crop in every category! As one of the most successful and brilliant business minds on the planet, Trump has exhibited a pragmatism seldom seen in the meretricious selection process of national politics. His choice of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state is pure genius. Tillerson isn't a politician with a record of voting on issues consonant with a particular constituency. Instead, he's very much like the man who nominated him: a man who can bring his vast experience in the practical world of commerce and industry to Washington, where the lack of such expertise has put us in debt to the tune of twenty trillion dollars............Read more

The Breathtaking Hypocrisy of Senate Democrats

By Bruce Walker January 15, 2017

Senate Democrats are trying to assume the high ground against President Trump by rubbishing his nominees. Consider the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be attorney general. The sum total of arguments against Senator Sessions are that at one time, many decades ago, he may have made a flippant offhand comment about the Ku Klux Klan and that he has suggested that the radically leftist NAACP and ACLU may be radically leftist........Read more

Pruitt vs. the EPA

By William L. Anderson January 15, 2017

Follow the mainstream media (especially the New York Times), and one concludes that all of Donald Trump’s cabinet picks are straight out of Central Casting of villainy for the MSM narratives of Republicans. Jeff Sessions, for example, supposedly is a racist segregationist who would love to join the Ku Klux Klan -- but holds back because some Klansmen smoke pot. And Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and Trump’s nominee for EPA administrator, wants us to die horrible deaths on a polluted, overheated planet. An NYT headline last December 7 read, “Trump Picks Scott Pruitt, Climate Change Denialist, to Lead E.P.A.” In modern political speak, a “climate change denialist” is like a Holocaust denier. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, along with 17 Democratic state attorneys general, demands criminal prosecution of oil executives and scientists that do not acknowledge the view of climate change as outlined in the Democratic Party platform. According to the Times........ To Read More.....

Pruitt heads EPA: More leftist slavery ended

The 'News' Media as We Knew It Is Finished

By Barry Casselman January 15, 2017

I don't want to shock anyone, even those who already know there is something quite awry in the contemporary news media, but I have come to realize that it is not merely a temporary condition that will soon pass away, and that the problem cannot be simply repaired. The news media, as we have known it in the three quarters of a century since World War II, is disappearing much faster than we realize. It might soon be extinct.........Advertising, promotions, storytelling,editorial writing, gossip, etc., will still find their way to the citizenry in a variety of formats, many of which we know today and some of which are being now invented. I am talking only about "hard" news – that is, the communication of events, facts and other relatively objectifiable information............ Read more

Safe and healthy (not pristine) air

Federal air quality rules must be based on science – not used to stifle energy and industry
 
Paul Driessen
 
It’s called the Clean Air Act, but it was never intended to ensure pure, pristine air. Congress wanted America to have safe, healthy air, and regulations based on solid scientific and medical studies.
 
The law says costs cannot be considered where human health and safety are actually at stake. But legislators also understood that efforts to bring emissions to zero are unnecessary, technologically impossible, extremely expensive, harmful to electricity generation, factory output, job creation and retention, and living standards – and thus likely to reduce human health, wellbeing and longevity.
 
The Obama Environmental Protection Agency ignored these facts and employed highly dubious analyses to justify stringent new emission standards that impose enormous costs for no health benefits. The new Congress and Trump Administration must now restore integrity, rigor and balance to the process.
 
A good place to begin is with EPA’s rules for fine particulates: PM2.5, soot particles smaller than 2.5 microns (a fraction of the size of pollen and mold spores). EPA claims reducing PM2.5 emissions from power plants, factories, refineries, petrochemical plants, cars, light trucks, and diesel-powered vehicles and heavy equipment will save countless lives. In fact, it says, nearly all the (supposed) benefits from its Clean Power Plan and other recent rules are actually “ancillary benefits” from reducing PM2.5 levels.
 
Premature mortality is “associated with” fine particle pollution “at the lowest levels measured,” Obama EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has said. “There is no level at which premature death does not occur.” If we could further reduce particulate pollution, previous Obama EPA chief Lisa Jackson told Congress, it would be like “finding a cure for cancer” – hundreds of thousands of lives saved.
These assertions have no basis in reality. Even EPA’s own studies show they are predicated on two things: epidemiological analyses that count deaths within normal variations in death rates and attribute them to soot emissions; and experiments that unethically exposed humans to PM2.5 concentrations at levels which EPA says cause cardiovascular and respiratory disease, cancer and people “dying sooner than they should.”
The agency’s air pollution epidemiological studies are compromised by uncontrollable “confounding factors.” No data exist on actual individual exposure levels, so researchers cannot reliably attribute specific deaths to particulates, emergency room physician John Dunn explains. Moreover, PM2.5 particles emitted by vehicles, power plants and factories cannot be separated from particles from volcanoes, forest fires, construction projects, dust storms, agricultural activities, and even cigarettes that send hundreds of times more tiny particles into lungs than what EPA says is lethal if they come from sources it regulates.
Nor does a death certificate determine whether a death was caused by airborne particles – or by viruses, bacteria, dietary and exercise habits, obesity, smoking, diabetes, cold weather or countless other factors.
 
If particulates are a short-term cause of death, there should be a clear association between bad air and deaths within clusters of similar areas, and effects should be consistent across clusters, notes statistician Stan Young in discussing causation versus association.  However, a recent re-analysis of 1969-1974 data from 533 US counties confirmed the previous conclusion: improved air quality did not reduce mortality.
 
Similarly, in 2002, Canadian forest fires sent massive amounts of smoke (composed largely of PM2.5 particles) into Boston and New York City. EPA doctrine says deaths should have shot up, but they did not. 2008 forest fires in California engulfed Los Angeles in smoke and PM2.5 soot, but again deaths did not increase. In fact, they were below normal as soot levels soared during the fires.
 
EPA has not proposed a plausible medical explanation to support its claim that super-tiny particles cause multiple diseases and kill people by getting into their lungs or bloodstreams. It just counts deaths during arbitrarily chosen intervals of days, and says differences in the number dying in relation to air pollution levels represents “premature” deaths – rather than the fact that more people die on some days than others.
 
People certainly did die during some atmospheric inversions that trapped large quantities of airborne chemicals in urban areas like London in 1952. However those pollutants have been dramatically reduced in America’s air. For example, since 1970 US cars have reduced tailpipe pollutants by 99% and coal-fired power plants have eliminated over 90% of their particulate, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions.
 
EPA thus sponsored 20 years of lab experiments that exposed human test subjects to high air pollution levels. That raises legal, ethical and scientific problems. US laws, the Nuremberg Code, the Helsinki Accords and EPA Rule 1000.17 make it unethical or illegal to conduct toxicity experiments on humans.
 
In addition, researchers failed to advise volunteers that EPA claims the pollution they were going to breathe is toxic, carcinogenic and deadly. Moreover, many of the human guinea pigs were elderly, asthmatics, diabetics, people with heart disease and even children – the very people EPA claims are at greatest risk and most susceptible to getting sick or dying from the pollutants volunteers would breathe.
 
Finally, test subjects were exposed to eight, thirty or even sixty times more particulates per volume of inhaled air – for varying periods of time: up to two hours – than they would breathe outdoors during routine physical activities. And yet, they did not get seriously ill or die. That raises important questions:
 
* If PM2.5 particulates are dangerous or lethal when emitted by factories or vehicles, and there is no safe threshold – how can those same pollutants be harmless to people who were intentionally administered pollution many times higher, and for longer periods, than they would encounter in their daily lives? Why didn’t those test subjects have seizures, develop lung, cardiac or cancer problems, or die?
 
* If they did not, how can EPA say there is no safe level, all PM2.5 particulates are toxic, its regulations are saving countless lives, and regulatory benefits vastly outweigh their multi-billion-dollar annual costs?
 
Simply put, there is no basis for these claims – or for the Obama EPA’s war on fossil fuels and factories.
 
America’s air is healthy and safe. EPA’s PM2.5 emission standards and regulations are clearly based on bald assertions, rank conjecture, epidemiological studies that provide no scientific support for the agency, and human testing that actually proves small particulates pose no toxic or lethal risk to risk to human health, even at levels dozens of time higher than what EPA claims are dangerous or lethal in outdoor air.
 
Any computer models based on these assertions and studies are thus garbage in-garbage out game playing that provide no valid basis for claims about lives saved or regulatory benefits exceeding costs.
 
(A thorough analysis of this untenable situation can be found in JunkScience.com director Steve Milloy’s new book, Scare Pollution: Why and how to fix the EPA, which documents the ways EPA uses deceptive tactics to frighten people into believing the air they breathe is likely to sicken or kill them.)
 
The incoming Trump EPA needs to conduct its own internal review of existing agency PM2.5 claims, documents, emission levels and regulations – and fund an independent review by respected medical experts – to determine whether they are based on honest, replicable science. If they are not, everything based on the fraudulent PM2.5 pollution narrative should be subjected to a total do-over.
 
While all that is being done, EPA should suspend implementation of all policies, guidelines and rules based on the scheme. It must also inform legislators, journalists and citizens about the facts – and clearly and vigorously address inevitable environmentalist objections and denunciations.
 
The new EPA and Congress should also require that all past, current and future researchers make their raw data and methodologies available for outside peer review. They should stop funding activist groups that have engaged in collusive lawsuits or rubberstamped EPA actions, including the American Lung Association. Last, they should fully reform the agency’s supervisory panels, board of scientific counselors and Clean Air Act Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) – and repopulate them with experts who do not have government grant or other conflicts, and will bring integrity and rigor to the scientific process.
 
These steps will help make EPA credible and accountable, and its actions based on solid science.
 
Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power - Black death and other books on the environment.
 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

A Drought of Sanity in California

Posted by Daniel Greenfield Thursday, January 12, 2017 6 Comments @ The Sultan Knish Blog
The ink was hardly dry on the Secretarial Order from Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell blaming California’s drought on global warming that rain and snow swept across the state. San Francisco International Airport was forced to cancel flights and there were blizzard warnings for Lake Tahoe.

The Los Angeles Times warned breathlessly of a winter war footing. San Francisco, the home of a million companies cashing in on environmental panics, received 130% of average rainfall. Sacramento, where terrible ideas from San Francisco go to become law under a Democratic supermajority, is at 160%.

Governor Jerry Brown had signed an executive order last year making temporary drought restrictions all but permanent. “Drought is becoming a regular occurrence,” Executive Order B-37-16 stated. Then the proposal to "Make Conservation a California Way of Life" had made a big splash among bureaucrats.

"California is currently in the grips of an extreme drought with record low precipitation," it gloomily began. Then the Sacramento River flooded, the downtown rainfall record was broken and copies of the report came in handy as makeshift umbrellas by scurrying staffers. So there was nothing left to do but blame Global Warming.

If the rain doesn’t fall, that’s Global Warming. If it does fall, that too is Global Warming. The moonbeam left has traded in God for Global Warming as its universal answer to everything.

After years of predicting that California’s future would be a barren desert, the predictions have been slightly revised. California is now doomed to alternate between droughts and storms. And if it rains cats and dogs over Death Valley, we will be told that Global Warming causes canine and feline precipitation and that unless we agree to give Al Gore more money, we’re doomed to be brained by falling felines. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown believes in Global Warming the way that the followers of his old pal, Jim Jones, believed in drinking poisoned Kool-Aid. He’s even prepared to put his satellites where his brain is.

"We've got the scientists, we've got the lawyers and we're ready to fight," Brown ranted to the American Geophysical Union. "If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite."

Anyone who doubts that Governor Moonbeam can launch his own satellite ought to take a close look at how well high-speed rail is coming along. After being backed by Obama’s stimulus plan in ’09, the first and easiest leg of it has lately been delayed by four years. The stimulus money has to be spent by next year and there’s no way to pay for any of the rest of it except with more global warming taxes.

At this rate, the magic anti-Trump satellite would cost $100 billion and be ready to go by 2054.

But that’s pocket change considering how much money California has already spent and lost on Governor Moonbeam’s obsession with the Great Green Apocalypse.

Brown demanded that Obama institute a permanent ban on offshore drilling. Offshore drilling might even produce enough money to fund his high-speed rail obsession. But math and Moonbeam have never been on speaking terms. He doesn’t have policies. He has dreams.

"My own belief is that California has a unique place on the planet. It's been a place of dreams. We can pursue a path of benign energy," he once said.

The drought has allowed Brown to pursue his dreams. Global Warming is a crisis in search of a disaster. Warmunists struggle to tether it to any natural or unnatural disaster from random hurricanes to the civil war in Syria.

An op-ed at the Los Angeles Times asked readers to see, “the devastation of climate change in the ruins of Aleppo.” It makes the fashionable claim that the war wasn’t caused by Sunni-Shiite hostilities but by, what else, drought. Syria has apparently been suffering from the “worst drought in nine centuries.”

Who knew that detailed rainfall records had been kept in Syria for nearly a thousand years?

The civil war in Syria might be explained by the 900 year drought, but what about the wars in Yemen, Libya, the Sinai, Mali and countless other places as part of the Arab Spring? Was there a drought in the eighties during the last Sunni-Shiite civil war in Syria between Assad Sr. and the Muslim Brotherhood?

Or during any of the countless wars that have been taking place in the area for thousands of years?

California’s current drought is said to be the worst in 1,200 years. Others insist it’s merely the worst in 500 years.

Who knew that hunter-gatherers without a written language could keep such careful records?

But it’s all about how you define “drought”. The Great Drought of the 1860s was a good deal worse in lack of rain and in the devastating impact on California. There were drier years far more recently than 1,200 years ago. And there wasn’t a whole lot of industry in California in the 1860s to blame it on.

To call this the worst drought in 150 years, never mind 1,200 or 12 billion years, you have to customize the definition of “drought” to make it so. Like so much of Warmunism, you draw the target around the arrow. And once you have your crisis, then you can use alarmism to make a massive power grab.

"I think this almost has to be at the level of a crusade," Governor Brown declared.

Now Brown’s crusade is all wet. But Warmunist alarmism recovers quickly every time the world
doesn’t end at the stroke of midnight. In the seventies, environmentalists were promoting Paul Ehrlich’s claims that 65 million Americans would starve to death a decade later. At the British Institute for Biology, he predicted that, “England will not exist in the year 2000”. Today Ehrlich, the president of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University, is predicting that we’ll soon have to turn to cannibalism.

If you doubt any of this, you must hate science.

Later the panic switched to predicting an ice age. The various doomsday scenarios under the umbrella of “climate change” have kept rotating in and out like bad actors on a cheap stage.

A 2003 DOD report envisioned flooding could producing an inland sea in California. Recently the National Research Council report, sponsored in part by California, warned that San Francisco International Airport could be flooded in a few decades. The worst drought in 12 billion years made for some better headlines because the drought, unlike most of the other scenarios, actually existed. But before long the Green Apocalypse crowd will be predicting a California buried under mountains of ice.

Natural disasters are the drama that lubricates a corrupt government industry which deprives ordinary people of water, food, heating and life out of a combination of ideological hostility to technology and the flow of money to special interests in the business of saving the planet from a manufactured crisis.

The California state budget approaches $180 billion. That’s a 5% increase in only one year. But being an “international leader” in fighting “climate change” doesn’t come cheap. The new budget grabs even more cap-and-trade power to be spent on Big Green Business and reinforces the illegal tax for auctioning off “pollution” allowances. And then there’s e money for the high-speed rail to nowhere.

None of this will stop droughts or storms. But it will move money to the right people. The ones, like Al Gore, living in luxury condos in San Francisco about to be flooded by the Great Green Apocalypse that never comes. And it’s always been about the money. Everything else is theater. Rain or sun, flood or drought, the scripts get rewritten, the bills get passed and the Global Warming show goes on.

(This article originally appeared at Front Page Magazine)