Climate Alarmism, Past & and Present

In honor of Lenin’s birthday, also known as “Earth Day”, I just could not resist.

The media has been full of stories lately about the dire straits we will be in unless we dramatically dial back our lives and economy to mitigate “climate change”. Back to the 18th century, or we are doomed. So sayeth the UN IPCC.

The problem is that we have heard this darkest of scenarios, from the very same outfit before. Many times. American Thinker has a brief, and entertaining article on the reprise that you can read here.

Fast forward to today . In addition to the IPCC report, there is now a new, peer reviewed report from the NIPCC that turns the UN report on it’s head, essentially refuting or reversing every UN claim. You should read the article from Watts Up With That here.

Too much like fun.

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IRS Targeting of Tea Party

FlagWhen Bill O’Reilly interviewed Obama before the Super Bowl, the Dissembler in Chief stated that there was no targeting of the Tea Party or conservative groups by the IRS.

As it turns out, just a few days later, that was just another Presidential lie, consistent with a pattern of pathological lying by the oval office.

Some emails came to light as a result of the Congressional investigation into the IRS that prove that not only was there targeting, but that the IRS was already using the rules (illegally) that are just now being officially proposed as far back as 2011. The American Thinker has a better article here.

What does this do for your trust in Government? Remember this in the May primaries. Vote Tea Party.

Republican Circular Firing Squad, Part 2

FlagThis is getting really, really old. The Republicans left DC today to attend the annual Republican Retreat. So what is on the agenda? Grab a barf bag. “Immigration Reform” (amnesty for the ill informed) is at the top.

The real “news” is that this is a problem that does not need to be solved by “immigration reform” at all. The problem is in the way we fail to adhere to the laws we already have. Think not? Here is an article from the American Thinker that should change your mind.

So, you ask, what to do? There are no easy answers. The Republican Party, over time has dug a hole of political correctness that will be hard to dig out of. Daniel Horowitz of Red State and the Madison Project has an article here that explains clearly where we are, and offers a way back from the abyss.

As Reagan said, “we should be in bold colors, not pale pastels. Could not be truer today.

PS.  Despite being on “retreat” and officially incommunicado, you can bet that they are still in touch with their local offices.  And, in Brad Wenstrup’s case, on FaceBook.  Go after them.  No damn amnesty.  Ever again.

Broken Government?

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You have seen the accusations in the press, your favorite blogs, and elsewhere that our system of government is at least badly damaged, if not broken entirely. I am not willing to go quite that far, but dysfunctional would be a compliment.

How do we end up with so many disparate government parts that just do not work within the bounds of rational expectation? ObamaCare is just the example de jure. Think EPA, IRS, DHS, DOE (both), and so on – ad nauseum. How so? and how so widespread? The American Thinker had an article today that, while far from complete, goes a long way toward explaining why we are here. It starts a bit slow, with ObamaCare, but picks up speed pretty quickly. Read it here.

Depressed? I thought that you might be. But, there is hope that this can be changed. And no, it is not some new shiny thing. It is YOU. You have the power to help change what we have to what we know it should be. It does require effort on your part. You will need to get off the couch and do a little work, but it is not that tough. Heck. I did it.  You can, too. See what you need to do at the Ohio Precinct Project, here. For those of you in the other states, the process is similar. Your Secretary of State web site is a good place to start.

Green Energy: Another Goof

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The large scale failures of “Green” energy are both extensive and relatively well documented – at least in the conservative news and blogosphere. Wind power is rife with failures, from the collapse of the California mountain grid, to the slaughter of birds of all kinds, to its’ notorious unreliability.

Solar is even more poorly positioned. Even when financed by government loans, almost all of the companies that made the equipment went bust. Solyndra, anyone?

But what about the solar electric panels that made it, and are installed? It seems that they are creating unintended problems, too. And just not for their owners, either. Seems that they are a hazard to our first responders as well. The American Thinker has an article here that explains the problem well.

And, just think. All of this was created to combat a problem that recent science has proven does not exist. Global Warming was shot down, and even the IPCC is not able to save it.

And the Consituition Withers

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The recent events circling around the NSA are bringing back old questions, with new intensity and focus. How can the Patriot act and the FISA courts allow non-stop surveillance of phone records for US Citizens? And how can the same act and the same courts approve the same level of surveillance for the internet, including E-mail, and social media? (Yes, I know that they say that this is for offshore people, but I also know that this supposed “wall” has been breached numerous times.)

So, how the heck did we get here? Where the 4th Amendment of the Constitution is merely scrap paper? It has been a while in the doing, but shredding, or at least twisting the Constitution has been a long held goal of the left. In this case, the American Thinker has a case made as to what happened to shred the Constitution, and why.  Please Read it here.

Now, how the heck do we reverse course?

Universal Background Check – Trojan Horse

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The “universal background check” seems to be the area in the gun control debate (?) that the press, and certainly the left, is coalescing around. Amazingly, even some that are allegedly on the “right” side seem to agree. And no major pro gun organization has come out forthrightly in opposition.

What could possibly go wrong? Everything. With apologies to the American Thinker, I am blatantly swiping part of one of their Articles, copied below. I am just amazed that none of the major (or even minor) pro gun organizations has not picked up and expanded on this theme.

Here it is: “The left is seeking to fix the “gun-show loophole” problem with what they call a universal background check. It is all part of what Obama collectively terms a “common sense” approach to reasonable and responsible gun laws. First of all, the law would restrict law abiding citizens and have NO EFFECT on criminals obtaining guns. Watch the TV show “Sons of Anarchy” to get clued in to what a big business selling guns illegally really is. The left knows this, but they have no interest in actually cutting back on crime. What they really want is to disarm all of us who obey the law. Passing a universal background check law is how they will make firearm ownership illegal, and thereby confiscate our guns.

The UBC will require any citizen selling their gun to go through their local FFL dealer. That means: you find someone who wants to purchase your firearm. Both of you go to a gun store and pay the gun store a processing fee to do the paperwork on the sale. You leave the firearm at the gun store and if everything turns out okay, the purchaser comes back 30 days later and picks up his gun. If everything does not turn out okay (e.g. if the purchaser has an unpaid parking ticket from 5 years ago) then the sale does NOT go through. You get your gun back. (Or does it get held by BATFE for “processing?”) But that is only the tip of the iceberg.

The worst part of UBC will be the check on the seller (that’s you and me). In the interest of getting illegal guns off the street, the left will want to throw in this little addition to the universal background check scheme: the seller must prove that they legally own the gun they are seeking to sell. I have a very modest gun collection (the number of guns just barely breaks into double digits). Half of the guns I have bought in the last several years, the other half go back to the 1970s and 80s. For example, I have a .22 my parents gave me for Christmas in 1980. My folks are long gone and I certainly don’t have a bill of sale for the rifle. Half of my guns fit this mold. I have no proof that I own them. All the government needs to do is write the law so the seller must provide proof of ownership (original bill of sale, in your name) and we are all in trouble. By this UBC law, the .22 my parents gave me 32 years ago is now an ILLEGAL GUN. What about the Mauser your grandfather brought back from Germany after WWII? Without a bill of sale, in YOUR name, that is an illegal gun. Under this law, every firearm that goes through probate could be considered illegal. When you die, you cannot leave your firearms to your family — they would be considered illegal and be confiscated. Not only that, if some widow unwittingly went to a gun store to sell her late husbands’ shotgun because she doesn’t need it, a background check on the seller will show that she does not own the gun in her name (legally) and she is now in possession of a stolen gun. The shotgun is confiscated and the woman may face criminal charges. The same thing goes for you. If you attempt to sell an old shotgun your father left you years ago, to your neighbor you have known for 10 years, both of you must go to the FFL dealer and fill out the paperwork. When it turns out you don’t have a bill of sale for the shotgun IN YOUR NAME, you are now in possession of an illegal gun. The shotgun will be confiscated and the police will now have a reason to search your house for any other illegal weapons you might have in your possession. That means they will legally take every gun you have and you will have to go to court to try and get any of them back. Good luck with that now that you are already on record attempting to traffic an illegal shotgun.

The universal background check to close the “gun show loophole” is the Holy Grail to the left and is their “common sense” approach to gun confiscation without firing a shot. Of course, there is an alternative where we can keep our guns. We simply bring all our guns to the government and officially register our weapons to show that we own them. Universal gun registration would give us official title to our guns and the left would accept that choice just as eagerly.

We must defeat the universal background check.”