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Saturday, June 30, 2012

R.I.P. HENRY LAMB and TOMMY CRYER #TPPatriots

by Tom DeWeese
June 30, 2012
NewsWithViews.com

Henry and Tommy never gave up. They believed that freedom must be our destiny. Without such souls there would be no freedom. It is they who drag the rest of us toward the light of Freedom’s torch. They’ve done their part.
 
The freedom movement lost two courageous leaders this past month. Our movement is poorer for their passing, but our nation’s richer from their lives.  
 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Southeast Florida’s seven counties join to draft 50-year plan for sustainable development

BY ANDRES VIGLUCCI 
aviglucci@MiamiHerald.com

About 500 urban planners, civic figures, public officials and activists gathered in a historic Delray Beach schoolhouse Wednesday to launch a dauntingly ambitious -- and unprecedented -- undertaking: Mapping out a 50-year-plan for the sustainable growth of the seven Southeast Florida counties that stretch along the Atlantic from the Keys to Indian River.

The two-year effort, dubbed Seven50, is designed to produce a coordinated but voluntary action plan to address common, critical issues or needs such as population growth, suburban sprawl, transportation, economic development and environmental protection. The overarching goal is to secure the region’s economic future while improving its quality of life, organizers said.

“We get to pull the lens back far enough to have an opportunity to make the place more prosperous and a nicer place to live,’’ said nationally prominent Coral Gables-based planner Victor Dover, the project’s lead consultant.

Read more here…  

© 2012 Miami Herald Media Company. All Rights Reserved.


ed: This is your introduction into central planning and social control in South Florida. Your choice.

UN shifts from climate taxes to sustainability taxes

The UN’s Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development is finally over. CFACT was there from start to finish, in Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte -- interviewing, educating, and working hard to defend the rights, liberties and opportunities of hard-working Americans and the billions of poor people who want to take their rightful places among the Earth’s healthy and prosperous inhabitants.

June 27, 2012

by PAUL DRIESSEN AND DUGGAN FLANAKIN

The Future We Want -- the theme of the UN's Rio+20 conference on sustainable development,  outlined a “common vision” for planetary “sustainable development,” as proclaimed by the “Organizing Partners of the Major Group of NGOs,” to guide the taxpayer-funded Rio+20 summit that ended last week in disarray and acrimony.

The activist organizations that cobbled the document together filled it with hundreds of platitudes and pseudo-solutions to global warming cataclysms, newly reconstituted as threats to resource depletion and biodiversity – and presented as standards and mandates for countries, communities and corporations.

The terms “sustainable development,” “sustainable” and “sustainability” appeared in the original text an astounding 390 times. Like “abracadabra,” these nebulous concepts were supposed to transform the world into a Garden of Eden global community, under United Nations auspices, that will use less, pollute less, and save species and planet from their worst enemy: humans.

To glean the document essence, however, readers only needed to understand two concepts: control and money – to impose the future the activists wanted.

The NGOs and UN called for “donations” from formerly rich European Union and Annex II (Kyoto Protocol) countries, at 0.7% of their gross national product per year. With the combined GNP of the contributing nations totaling about $45 trillion in 2010, the transfers would total $315 billion per year, or $3.2 trillion per decade.

Read the entire post from CFACT…


Why SCOTUS Has Made a Terrible Mistake #tcot

Clark Neily in Politics, Courts 

Today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was a bombshell. In brief, Chief Justice Roberts supplied the critical fifth vote to hold that Congress may use its taxing power to require individuals to purchase a government-approved health insurance policy.

The decision itself is complicated, with multiple opinions that will need to be studied carefully over the coming days and months. In a nutshell, however, it may fairly be said the Supreme Court has just authorized the most significant expansion of federal power since the New Deal. Unfortunately, it has done so in a way that will make it very difficult for average people to intelligently discuss and debate the merits of the decision. That’s because the decision rested not on an interpretation of Congress’s authority under the Commerce Clause (as augmented, perhaps by the Necessary and Proper Clause), but rather under its taxing power — which is among the most specialized and obscure subjects in all of constitutional law.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Rio+20: Is It The Future Business Wants?

Francis Vorhies, Contributor

20 June 2012

With the negotiated outcome statement of the Rio+20 Conference now available, is it what the business community was hoping for? Titled ‘The Future We Want’, the 23,000 word text opens with setting out a ‘common vision’ and ends with outlining ‘means of implementation’. If, after reading through the middle sections on ‘renewing political commitment’, the ‘green economy’, the ‘institutional framework for sustainable development’, and the ‘framework for action and follow-up’, you are still not sure what it is all about, then a frequency word count might help.

The word ‘develop’, whether on its own in words like ‘developing’ or ‘development’, shows up 597 times. The word ‘sustain’, again on its own or in words such as ‘sustainability’ or ‘sustainable’, shows up 413 times. The expression ‘sustainable development’ can be found in 268 places. Yes, Rio+20, like Rio+0 and Rio+10, is about our governments committing to economic development which is sustainable. But is this good for business?

Read the story in Forbes…


ed: This post is evidence that even savvy business sources have gone completely delusional. The Progressives are running the asylum.


It's time to send Citizen Legislators to Washington, NOT political insiders. #tcot


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Federal Student Aid and the Law of Unintended Consequences

May/June 2012
Richard Vedder
Professor of Economics
Ohio University

RICHARD VEDDER is the Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor of Economics at Ohio University and director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. He received his B.A. from Northwestern University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, National Review, andInvestor’s Business Daily, and is the author of several books, including The American Economy in Historical Perspective and Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much.

The following is adapted from a speech delivered on May 10, 2012, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.


FEDERAL STUDENT financial assistance programs are costly, inefficient, byzantine, and fail to serve their desired objectives. In a word, they are dysfunctional, among the worst of many bad federal programs.

These programs are commonly rationalized on three grounds: on the grounds that assuring more young people a higher education has positive spillover effects for the country; on the grounds that higher education promotes equal economic opportunity (or, as the politicians say, that it is “a ticket to achieving the American Dream”); or on the grounds that too few students would go to college in the absence of federal loan programs, since private markets for loans to college students are defective.

All three of these arguments are dubious at best. The alleged positive spillover effects of sending more and more Americans to college are very difficult to measure. And as the late Milton Friedman suggested to me shortly before his death, they may be more than offset by negative spillover effects. Consider, for instance, the relationship between spending by state governments on higher education and their rate of economic growth. Controlling for other factors important in growth determination, the relationship between education spending and economic growth is negative or, at best, non-existent.

Tell Congress: Defund NPR & the entire Corporation for Public Broadcasting!

In a nation with $1.5 Trillion deficits can we afford to fund a liberal media playground with your tax dollars?

The latest outrage? PBS is broadcasting a documentary pushing for taxpayer-funded socialized dental care.
Our tax dollars are being spent to lobby for even more spending and borrowing.
Our Business and Media Institute has the whole story here.

 

The Media Research Center is leading the fight to completely defund this ridiculous waste of borrowed money!

NPR is a rogue operation which must be eliminated once and for all. It wasn’t necessary, we can’t afford it, and it continues to violate its own ethical standards of non-partisanship.

- MRC Founder and President Brent Bozell

Read Senator Demint's letter here
Read Rep. Lamborn's letter here

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Blacks Would Not Be Democrats If They Only Knew This…

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Runaway Slave is one of the most important films of the year, it follows the Reverend C. L. Bryant as he travels a new underground railroad upon which black conservatives are speaking out against big government policies.

via ConservativeVideos.com

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BOMBSHELL: Proof Obama and Holder knew about gun walking in 2009 #tcot

Posted by The Right Scoop The Right Scoop on June 20th, 2012 in Politics
This is something I put together from a March 2009 press conference where gun walking/tracing was announced not only as an issue very important to the president, but directed by the president in conjunction with Attorney General Eric Holder:

 

Now we know why Obama issued executive privilege this morning to keep Holder from having to release documents about Fast and Furious. SOURCE

Heaven Is Overrated

By  from the JUNE 2012 issue
Earth is where the action is.
The problem with Peter Kreeft’s eloquent and moving book Heaven is not the author but the author’s faith. Kreeft follows a particular Christian thread that portrays heaven as theplace of our ultimate longing and our highest reality. It’s what we should aspire to and yearn for, with a craving best captured in the book’s subtitle:The Heart’s Deepest Longing. Here’s Kreeft subordinating everything to the aspiration for heaven: “If life on earth is not a road to heaven then it is a treadmill, a merry-go-round minus the merry.”
These are curious words. Really? If we lived a full and glorious life on this earth, filled with the laughter of children and the love of a good woman, and suffused with kindness to strangers, it is still just a worthless treadmill? Statements such as these, founded as they are on an otherworldly theology in which heaven is everything and earth is virtually worthless, are what give atheists endless ammunition to lob against religion. Their principal compliant—that faith has focused on the heavens and abandoned the earth—becomes justified.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Kerry slams ‘disgraceful’ climate denial

By Ben Geman - 06/19/12

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on Tuesday said there’s a “calculated campaign of disinformation” on climate change that has stalled action on the issue and endangered the country.

“We are living through a story of disgraceful denial, back-pedaling and delay that has brought us perilously close to a climate change catastrophe,” Kerry said.

Read the story…


JOHN KERRY: GLOBAL WARMING SKEPTICS 'DISGRACEFUL'

by TONY LEE 20 Jun 2012breitbartLogo

In 2010, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) tried to pass sweeping cap and trade legislation that dealt with climate change and failed. Now, Kerry’s throwing a fit.

On Tuesday, Kerry, according to The Hill, said there is a “calculated campaign of disinformation” on climate change and made a “a strong economic case for tackling climate change and boosting green energy” and argued for a “transformative moment in our politics.”

“We are living through a story of disgraceful denial, back-pedaling and delay that has brought us perilously close to a climate change catastrophe,” Kerry said, in comments picked up by The Hill.

Read more…


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Meet the Radical DOJ Lawyer Suing Florida to Keep Foreigners on Voter Rolls

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 June 13, 2012

The Not Taxed Nearly Enough Party

Posted by Thomas DiLorenzo on June 12, 2012

The Not Taxed Nearly Enough Party

I speak of course of the Republicans as well as the Democrats who together form The Party of Government.  Baby Bush (a.k.a. "Jeb," brother of "Dub-Yuh," endorser of Willard) whines and cries that there are elements of the Republican Party today who believe they are taxed enough already and oppose further tax increases. He cannot stand the fact that there are people who question the notion that prosperity is created by taking money from hard-working taxpayers and giving it to government bureaucrats to spend (That's called "Keynesian economics" to those readers who have not studied economics). He gratuitously praises his father for reneging on his "Read My Lips, No New Taxes" promise (which caused him to lose the election to Bill Clinton), and his brother Dub-Yuh for raising taxes, expanding the welfare state, and becoming an even bigger domestic spender than Lyndon Johnson was.
Such talk is bound to get "Jeb" what he wants — coverage in the New York Times and Washington Post calling him a "statesman." He may even get a favorable mention by Paul Krugman, which would surely send a chill up his leg.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Tea Party Patriots Save Wisconsin

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FARMERS PLEAD TO USE THEIR OWN WELLS #tcot

By Jack Minor  WND EXCLUSIVE

GREELEY, Colo. – Lawmakers in Colorado say they want a study of groundwater issues in the northeastern part of the state where farmers have been banned from pumping from their wells for several years.

 

But farmers and local officials there say this historic drought is an emergency and the governor should use his executive authority to bypass the judiciary.

WND previously reported how farmers in Weld County are facing the possibility of losing their crops because the courts have refused them permission to use water right under their feet, groundwater that is rising and actually seeping into basements.drought

Now an estimated 200 farmers have met in a show of solidarity, signing a statement to the government that if they are not allowed to turn on their wells and irrigate their crops they will not be able to pay taxes next year.

This year’s snowpack is only 2 percent of average, tying a record low set during another historic drought in 2002.

Read the rest in WND...

 

Friday, June 8, 2012

ALABAMA TAKES A STAND AGAINST SOROS-BACKED ‘AGENDA 21’ #tcot

Posted on June 8, 2012 at 3:05pm by Becket Adams Becket Adams The Blaze

Although the U.N.’s George Soros-backed plan for “Sustainable Development” (also known as “Agenda 21”) seems to have gone largely unnoticed by many Americans, the shadowy, backdoor attack on personal property rights didn’t slip past the people of Alabama.

“Alabama recently passed Senate Bill 477 unanimously in both of its houses. The legislation bars the taking of private property in Alabama without due process,” Investor’s Business Daily reports.

The bill specifically states the following:

Alabama and all political subdivisions may not adopt or implement policy recommendations that deliberately or inadvertently infringe or restrict private property rights without due process, as may be required by policy recommendations originating in or traceable to Agenda 21.

But let’s back up for a bit and talk more about “Agenda 21.” If you haven’t heard of it, you owe it to yourself to read up on it. Simply put, it’s an international initiative that overrides personal property rights all in the name of the environment and “sustainability.”

Read the rest…


"Plan for the 21st Century" #tcot

by Capt. Sid Preskitt

ed.: In his message, Sid references the article entitled, Fishermen Cry War Over Fishing Regulations.SidPreskitt

After at least 15 years or more of talking with Agenda 21 experts like Dr. Michael Coffman and the late Henry Lamb, then researching and reading the actual Agenda 21 document and its companion (un-ratified) UN treaty, Convention on Biological Diversity, and the massive Global Biodiversity Assessment, I can say that all roads lead back to these.

A small part of the overall picture has been the curtailing of the American fishing industry through "reductions in over capitalization,” “Marine Protected Areas," and "Catch Shares- in which a limited number of fishermen will be allowed to work."  Coupled with extremely low recreational and commercial harvest limits based on "the Precautionary Principal," all inspired by the United Nations’ Agenda 21.

The overall big picture was described explicitly by a high UN official, Maurice Strong when he said that because we consume too much of the earth's resources and as a result are causing all the global problems, "...isn't it our responsibility to bring about the collapse of the industrialized countries?"

What's Changed After Wisconsin #tcot

June 7, 2012 - By PEGGY NOONAN

The Obama administration suddenly looks like a house of cards.

What happened in Wisconsin signals a shift in political mood and assumption. Public employee unions were beaten back and defeated in a state with a long progressive tradition. The unions and their allies put everything they had into "one of their most aggressive grass-roots campaigns ever," as the Washington Post's Peter Whoriskey and Dan Balz reported in a day-after piece. Fifty thousand volunteers made phone calls and knocked on 1.4 million doors to get out the vote against Gov. Scott Walker. Mr. Walker's supporters, less deeply organized on the ground, had a considerable advantage in money.

But organization and money aren't the headline. The shift in mood and assumption is. The vote was a blow to the power and prestige not only of the unions but of the blue-state budgetary model, which for two generations has been: Public-employee unions with their manpower, money and clout, get what they want. If you move against them, you will be crushed.

Mr. Walker was not crushed. He was buoyed, winning by a solid seven points in a high-turnout race.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

ELECTION NIGHT: GOV. WALKER NOTCHES MAJOR WIN IN WISCONSIN RECALL VOTE

Posted on June 5, 2012 at 9:07pm by Mytheos Holt Mytheos Holt

MADISON — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker beat back a recall challenge Tuesday, winning both the right to finish his term and a voter endorsement of his strategy to curb state spending, which included the explosive measure that eliminated union rights for most public workers.

The rising Republican star becomes the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall attempt with his defeat of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the union leaders who rallied for months against his agenda.

With 37 percent of precincts reporting, Walker was ahead 59 percent to Barrett’s 40 percent, according to early returns tabulated by The Associated Press.

Read more on The Blaze.

Choosing Hatred Over Clean Water #tcot

Evelyn Gordon | @evelyng1234 | 06.05.2012

If you want to understand the real reason why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been unsolvable for decades, one fact suffices: Palestinian leaders and activists would rather deprive their entire population of fresh water than allow an Israeli company to land a contract.

And if that assertion seems far-fetched, just consider what befell UNICEF last week when it sought to move forward with plans to build a desalination plant in Gaza.

According to both the UN and the Palestinians themselves, Gaza has a desperate shortage of pure drinking water. An official report issued by the Palestinian Water Authority last year stated that 90 percent of Gaza’s water supply is polluted, posing a serious threat to the health of Palestinian residents. A report issued the previous year by the UN Environment Program put the figure at 95 percent. Thus, if ever a place was in desperate need of a desalination plant, it’s Gaza. So UNICEF decided to step into the breach.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Gulf Fishermen Cry ‘War’ over Fishing Regulations #tcot

June 2, 2012 By Zayida Baker

Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., and many Florida fishermen oppose restrictive federal fishing regulations they say are patterned after Agenda 21, the UN’s all-encompassing plan for globally centralized wealth-redistribution and environmental regulations.

Southerland, who serves on the House Natural Resources Committee’s Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Subcommittee, marina manager Pam Anderson, and Captain Bob Zales, who runs boats for recreational fishers out of Panama City, discussed difficulties with current regulations under the 2007 reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act and planned regulations under President Obama’s National Oceans Policy.

They seek to reverse a “cap and trade” system that is governed by “catch shares,” or assigned percentages of the total allowable catch. Recreational fishermen must pay commercial fishermen for the right to exceed these allotments. The individual quota for red snapper, the region’s most popular species, is just two per day. Strict fishing-limits and severely shortened seasons hurt tourism-related industries, such as restaurants, hotels, marinas, shipbuilding, and sporting goods.

Southerland, who fishes in the Gulf himself, told Tea Party Patriots in a video interview that “There’s a real war going on right now, . . . a very sinister effort out there to cut off the fisheries, to shrink our seasons, and to use bad data and bad research to create the fear that our fisheries are dwindling.” 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Why Bonn Is Not Athens #tcot

May 31, 2012  By Victor Davis Hanson

Rudesheim, Germany — This week I am leading a military-history tour on the Rhine River from Basel, Switzerland, to Amsterdam. You can learn a lot about Europe’s current economic crises by ignoring the sophisticated barrage of news analysis and instead just watching, listening, and talking to people as you go down river.

Switzerland, by modern standards, should be poor. Like Bolivia, it is landlocked. Like Italy, it has no real gas or oil wealth. Like Afghanistan, its northern climate and mountainous terrain limit agricultural productivity to upland plains. And like Turkey, it is not a part of the European Union.

Unlike Americans, the Swiss are among the most homogeneous people in the world, without much diversity, and they make it nearly impossible to immigrate to their country.

So Switzerland supposedly has everything going against it, and yet it is one of the wealthiest nations in the world. Why and how?

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