Interesting Items 10/24 -
Howdy all, a few Interesting Items for your information. Enjoy -
In this issue:
5. Slush Fund
7. Ratting Out
1. IPCC. Watts up with That (WUWT) reported that Obama administration officials have been working with the UN IPCC to set up a back channel communications structure intended to protect the IPCC and its members from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. If the requestors don’t know about the information, they can hardly request it, right? Participants in setting up this back channel include Obama’s Climate Czar John Holdren, who has also advised Mitt Romney on climate change. The back channel hides official correspondence in non-governmental accounts that are not subject to FOIA requests. This is yet another Obama administration coordinated effort to subvert U.S. law. Read the story at WUWT: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/10/17/breaking-an-ipcc-backchannel-cloud...
2. Cartel. I ran across an interesting article on ties between the Obama administration and one of the Mexican drug cartels last week. The cartel is the Sinaloa, which operates in most of western Mexico. The notion of a democrat administration working with organized crime is not unknown, given the rumored ties between the Kennedy clan and the Mafia in the 1960s. This would also help explain where Obama thinks he will get his campaign money for the 2012 run. If the fundraising is not going so well for The One on Wall Street, where the investment world has tired of being threatened and bullied, that money needs to come from somewhere else. The money laundering operation known as renewable energy is now under congressional scrutiny, also meaning that that stream of free money will also be problematic. Finally, public employee unions, which provided the lion’s share of Obama’s election funds in 2008, is also under attack at all levels of government, and is spending vast resources simply defending themselves and their funding stream from outraged voters at the state and local levels. The Sinaloa Cartel has hundreds of billions of dollars available to purchase their favorite politician. The actions of this administration, particularly via Holder’s (In)Justice Department have gone a long way to raise suspicions about connections between the Obama administration and the cartel. For instance, the lawsuit against Arizona’s attempt to patrol its border serves to keep smuggling routes open. Holder has limited prosecutions of affiliated gangs. Backing off on the Black Panthers is one example. Holder has backed off on deportation of illegals, many of which are involved in drug trafficking. Finally, and most glaringly, they have acted to remove competition for product here in the US by strongly going after the medical marijuana industry in California. For many years, the feds turned a blind eye to this state regulated and taxed industry. Not so any more, as they aim to have it shut down within 90 days. We know that we have one of the most corrupt administrations every elected infesting Washington DC. It is not Black Helicopter land or Tinfoil Hat land to suppose they would work in support of the most powerful drug cartel in Mexico so as to benefit themselves politically and personally. You can read the entire article here: http://dagnyd.wordpress.com/
3. Pebble. Bob Gillam won his anti-Pebble Mine ballot initiative last week after ballots were finally counted in the Lake and Peninsula borough. The vote was 280 - 246, a stunning 34 vote win (/sarc). The initiative now hits the state courts, where it should be tossed out as a violation of the state constitution which gives the state the exclusive ability to own and regulate resource extraction. Gillam spent over $1,900 per affirmative vote and expected to get a 70 - 80% slam dunk vote against the mine. Problem is that it is one of the poorest regions of the state, and those with jobs tended to support the initiative while those without did not. Jobs are everything, and mining will employ people in that part of the state for decades. While I am not confident that the leftists infesting the state courts will do the right thing on this, I am hopeful that they will do a reasonable job protecting and defending the prerogative of the state to manage commonly held resources. We will keep our fingers crossed.
4. OWS. Two stories out of the continuing union-funded Obama reelection operation calling itself Occupy Wall Street (OWS). Big Journalism reported that former members of the state run media collusion vehicle Journolist are working directly with the OWS leaders to craft their message. These journalists are creating the message they pretend to be reporting as simple observers of the news. Big Journalism released e-mails from MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan and Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi. If the media is involved along with the unions, this is truly the Obama reelection campaign. The second story is an observation about Obama’s strategy against Mitt Romney should he be selected as the Republican nominee for President. Obama will tie Romney directly to Wall Street, and use the OWS vehicle to demonize him as the reason the economy blew up. Will Romney be strong enough to forcefully make the case that it was the democrats that blew up the economy? I am not yet convinced.
5. Slush Fund. We all know that the unions have been turned into slush funds for reelecting democrats. It turns out that the green jobs and renewable energy push has been turned into the same thing. Companies headed up by democrat donors, bundlers and supporters apply for and get loan guarantees for renewable energy projects. These projects are typically otherwise not economic without backing by the taxpayers. The owners then turn around and heavily donate money back to various campaign vehicles all intended to elect yet more democrats to office. This makes energy more expensive, less reliable, and serves to radically disrupt the marketplace for new energy. Obama is not the first one who has done this, as we have been playing around with subsidies for ethanol for gasoline for over 30 years. It is long past time to get out of the business of selecting winners and users in energy and allow the marketplace to work. Watch green energy closely, as Solyndra is not the only disaster out there waiting to implode.
6. Disappearing. One of the things the old Soviet Union used to do to Party members who were no longer in favor was to go back and air brush them out of official photos. This fascist regime is doing the same thing to old press releases, removing the name of yet another renewable energy company that received $1.2 billion in federal loan guarantees and is teetering on the edge of financial oblivion. This company, SunPower, is being airbrushed out of Department of Energy press releases after the fact. They wouldn’t be doing this if it was a success. Congratulations to CNBC for the catch.
7. Ratting Out. A student at a Fairbanks Alaska middle school showed up with a black powder handgun last month. The school was locked down and the kid was expelled for the remainder of the year. School officials also are expelling three other students who they claim knew about the firearm and did not instantly tell school officials about it being on campus. Apparently eighth graders are now expected to spy on one another and report all transgressions to the authorities like good little fascists. Perhaps they will be encouraged to start turning in their parents to the authorities for new blue jeans like they used to do in the Soviet Union.
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