Newsbytes: EU Energy Commissioner Warns Against New Climate Targets
by Anthony Watts,
October 5, 2012
Seems like sanity has infected the EU Energy commissioner. A collection of news stories from Dr. Benny Peiser at The GWPF: I strongly advise against more stringent climate targets after 2020. — Günther Oettinger, EU Energy Commissioner, Financial Times Deutschland, 5 October 2012
The EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger fears the decline of Europe if energy prices continue to rise and competitiveness deteriorates further compared to the United States [....]
AARP Objects To obama Invoking Group's Support During Debate
by 'Breaking News,'
October 4, 2012
The AARP, which put itself in the middle of the health care debate by endorsing ObamaCare, now is telling President Obama to keep the group out of his political talking points.
The nation’s leading senior advocacy organization objected after the president during Wednesday’s debate twice mentioned the AARP while defending his health care plan and attacking Mitt Romney’s plans for Medicare.
The AARP posted a blog saying that while the group is “grateful” the candidates had a “robust” debate on health care, the organization is [....]
[Blogger Note: This after AARP was fully "in-the-tank" for obamaKare for the prospective huge profits in the secondary insurance market, until their membership rolls plunged!]
The Taxpayers Revolt
This article first appeared in the December 7, 1973, issue of NATIONAL REVIEW.
by Ronald Reagan,
Governor of California
December 7, 1973
The November election results demonstrate once again that the people of America are firmly opposed to the philosophy of bigger and bigger government and higher and higher taxes. In Washington state, an unpopular legislative salary increase was overwhelmingly rescinded along with a proposed state income tax. New York rejected a $3.5 billion transportation bond issue by a 3 to 2 margin. Texas and Rhode Island turned down legislative salary issues, and Kentucky rejected a proposal for annual legislative sessions.
The widespread taxpayers’ revolt also was evident in California where almost every local school and salary issue was soundly defeated. One county even voted to reduce the salaries of county supervisors by $2,000. These types of fiscal issues provide the only opportunity citizens have directly to influence government’s fiscal policy, to protest their staggering tax burden. They made the most of the opportunity.
The only statewide issue on the ballot in California was Proposition #1, an initiative to reduce state income taxes by 7.5 per cent in 1974. It also offered an historic opportunity permanently to reduce taxes at the state level by placing a constitutional limit on the percentage of the people’s income the state could take in taxes. Almost two million people voted for Proposition #1. Yet it failed by 54 per cent to 46 per cent in an election in which about 45 per cent of the state’s eligible voters participated.
Why did a majority of those voting turn down a chance to vote themselves lower taxes and how, in view of the result, can I or anyone include California among those states where the people believe the total structure of government has grown too big and too costly? The answer to this apparent contradiction can be found in the election [....]
Guess Who This Socio-Fascist Politician is?!?
by Jonathon Seidl,
October 5, 2012
Gawd-The power of 'air-brushing' photographs!!
Too Much Love [Real Estate Investing]
by Blair Poelman,
People have quirks. They like certain things that others do not. That is true of favorite restaurants, music and property styles. Understanding this, home owners need to be cognizant of the fact that what they think is the absolute "bomb" when it comes to remodeling, may not be as marketable when it comes time to sell.
For example, you buy a home with a nice backyard and decide to improve the property by putting in a brand new swimming pool. After all, everyone likes a swimming pool, right? Well, not everyone. And by putting in a swimming pool you have inadvertently reduced your potential buyer pool. Who would not want a pool? Those with very young children may not want a pool in their back yard. Swimming pools are a maintenance item. An older couple with mobility problems would not want a pool in their back yard. Essentially anyone who thinks that swimming pools are more of a chore than a luxury would not be likely to put an offer on your home should you ever decide to sell.
That does not mean not putting in a pool. Hardly. But it does mean you need to carefully consider the resale implications of any home addition.
And what about that fireplace mantel? What about a little updating? And hey, while you are at it, what about a LOT of updating?
Say you read an architectural magazine and saw [....]
5 High Yielding Oil and Gas Stocks
by Matthew Frankel,
October 7, 2012
[Blogger Note: This is not an endorsement of any stocks; any investments]
In a retirement account, it is important to create current income, while keeping opportunities for growth in your portfolio. One of the best combinations of growth and income can be found in the oil companies. In this sector, there are many great companies, so how does an investor decide which is the best investment over the long term?
There are many great oil companies to choose from; however we will limit our selections to those that pay high dividends (above 4.5%). This is why Exxon Mobil (XOM), while one of the most widely-held stocks in the world, is not included in this analysis. High dividend stocks can be great investments both before and after retirement. A retiree could obviously collect the dividends as a stream of income, and a pre-retirement investor has the ability to reinvest all dividends free of commission, using [....]
Agenda 21 For Dummies
January 23, 2009
Agenda 21 explained very well. Including implications it will have on humanity. Opinions within the video come in some cases from those that were in on the negotiations. Truly an interesting watch. [~~]
Supreme Court Ruling Could Outlaw Yard Sales, eBay, et al
by Alex Moore,
October 8, 2012
In 1997 Supap Kirtsaeng moved from Thailand to attend Cornell University. Upon arriving, he confronted a reality all college students in America face: the insane cost of text books. Realizing that the same exact text books cost a fraction of the price in his native Thailand, Kirtsaeng had his family buy a ton of them and ship them to him in the States, where he sold them on eBay at prices undercutting college bookstores to a profit of $1.2 million.
Aside from being the greatest possible education in American style capitalism, Kirtsaeng inadvertently poked the hornet’s nest of U.S. copyright law. Wiley, the company that produced the textbooks, sued him for copyright infringement. Amazingly, a court ruled that the “first-sale principle,” which says businesses can only [....]
Liberals Gone Wild: Democrats, Sympathizers Attempt To Squash Free Speech
by The Shilling Show,
October 8, 2012
Over the past four years, elected Democrats—President Barack Obama, (former) Congressman Tom Perriello, Delegate David Toscano, and others—have suggested or employed coercive tactics in coordinated effort to quell conservatives’ free political expression.
The culmination of these attempts:
- Violent liberal-on-conservative physical confrontation
- Vile liberal-on-conservative “hate” speech
- The “banning” of peaceful political assembly
- The proposed disallowance of conservative speech at public forums
- The political commandeering of local law enforcement
- Unequal treatment before the law for conservative groups attempting to exercise free speech rights
- The destruction of physical property in an attempt to intimidate
- Political favoritism shown to left leaning causes, and more
Threaten To Assassinate Mitt Romney: 'Shoot Him Dead (updated)'
by Jason Howerton,
October 8, 2012
Editor’s note: This story contains graphic language and will be offensive to some readers.
The race to the White House can be ugly and cruel, an inconvenient truth that rears its ugly head in U.S. politics every four years. Unfortunately, there will always be those who reserve pure, unadulterated hatred for anyone they disagree with.
Nothing displays that fact more clearly than the dozens of horrific death threats made against GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney via Twitter, which were uncovered Sunday night. South Carolina attorney Todd Kincannon, who is also the former executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party, took notice of the intense hatred coming from the left and directed the threatening messages to the Secret Service and FBI’s official Twitter accounts. Here’s a rundown of some of the threatening tweets discovered [....]
This Bad Lip Reading Of The First Presidential Debate Is Amazing
by Becket Adams,
October 9, 2012
There’s no sense in trying to describe what you’re about to watch
so here are some visuals:
and this one:
and this one:
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and this one:
The Emerging Doctrine Of The United States
by George Friedman,
October 9, 2012
Over the past weekend, rumors began to emerge that the Syrian opposition would allow elements of the al Assad regime to remain in Syria and participate in the new government. Rumors have become Syria's prime export, and as such they should not be taken too seriously. Nevertheless, what is happening in Syria is significant for a new foreign doctrine emerging in the United States -- a doctrine in which the United States does not take primary responsibility for events, but which allows regional crises to play out until a new regional balance is reached. Whether a good or bad policy -- and that is partly what the U.S. presidential race is about -- it is real, and it flows from lessons learned.
Threats against the United States are many and complex, but Washington's main priority is ensuring that none of those threats challenge its fundamental interests. Somewhat simplistically, this boils down to mitigating threats against U.S. control of the seas by preventing the emergence of a Eurasian power able to marshal resources toward that end. It also includes preventing the development of a substantial intercontinental nuclear capability that could threaten the United States if a country is undeterred by U.S. military power for whatever reason. There are obviously other interests, but certainly these interests are fundamental.
Therefore, U.S. interest in what is happening in the Western Pacific is understandable. But even there, the United States is, at least for now, [....]
The Heritage Guide To The Constitution
" We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
Article I: Legislative
All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the [....]
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by [....]
[Related Material] About the Guide to the Constitution
The Heritage Guide to the Constitution is intended to provide a brief and accurate explanation of each clause of the Constitution as envisioned by the Framers and as applied in contemporary law. Its particular aim is to provide lawmakers with a means to defend their role and to fulfill their responsibilities in our constitutional order. Yet while the Guide will provide a reliable reference for lawmakers and policy-makers, and be especially useful for the trained jurist, it is written to be explanatory and educational, accessible and helpful for informed citizens and students of the Constitution generally.
To create such a unique line-by-line analysis of our supreme law, we set about finding an expert to write on each clause identified in the Constitution, from the Preamble to the Twenty-seventh Amendment. Each contributor [....]
Hillary and [Barry]: Two Peas In A Class-Warfare Pod
by Daniel Mitchell,
October 9, 2012
Every so often, I come across some statement by President Obama that is either jaw-droppingly misguided or unintentionally revealing, and I place it in my is-this-the-worst-thing-he-ever-said file.
His “spread the wealth” comment to Joe the Plumber is the most famous example, but that was before I started this blog. Previous entries on my list include.
- In my video on class warfare, I noted that Obama said in 2008 that – for reasons of “fairness” – he wanted to raise the capital gains tax even if the government lost revenue.
- A couple of years ago, he arrogantly remarked that “at some point you have made enough money.”
- In 2011, the President was complaining about bank fees and assertedthat, “you don’t have some inherent right just to, you know, get a certain amount of profit…” [....]
Political Science Professors Release New Model; Romney wins BIG!
by Brian Nash,
Personal Liberty Digest
October 9, 2012
|Am I About To Lose My Prince-dom?!?|
Despite the fact that many national polls show Obama out in front, the Bickers and Berry model continues to show Romney winning by a landslide. Their original forecast had Romney winning with 320 electoral votes. The new forecast shows Romney taking the White House with 330 electoral votes.
“We continue to show that the economic conditions favor Romney even though many polls show the president in the lead,” Bickers said. “Other published models point to the same result, but they looked at the national popular vote, while we stress state-level economic data.”
The new model predicts [....]
by Dr Thomas Sowell,
October 10, 2012
If you are sick and tired of seeing politicians and others playing the race card, or if you are just disgusted with the grossly dishonest way racial issues in general are portrayed, then you should get a copy of Ann Coulter's new book,
Its subtitle is:
"Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama."
Few things are as rare as an honest book about race. This is one of the very few, and one of the very best. Many people will learn for the first time from Ann Coulter's book how a drunken hoodlum and ex-convict, who tried to attack the police, was turned into a victim and a martyr by the media, simply by editing a videotape and broadcasting that edited version, over and over, across the nation.
They will learn how a jury -- which saw the whole unedited videotape and acquitted the police officers of wrongdoing -- was portrayed as racist, setting off riots that killed innocent people who had nothing to do with the Rodney King episode.
Meanwhile, the people [....]
CEO Says He'll Fire Employees If obama's Reelected
by Frederick Allen-Staff,
October 10, 2012
David Siegel, the founder and chief executive of Westgate Resorts, a national timeshare company, became famous this year when a documentary movie, The Queen of Versailles, chronicled his effort to build the biggest home in America, a 90,000-square-foot $100 million mansion. Now he’s got a new claim to fame: sending a letter to his employees telling them they’d better think twice about who they vote for, because if Obama is reelected they may lose their jobs. The letter, which Gawker got hold of and prints in full here, begins:
"As most of you know our company, Westgate Resorts, has continued to succeed in spite of a very dismal economy. There is no question that the economy has changed for the worse and we have not seen any improvement over the past four years. In spite of all of the challenges we have faced, the good news is this: The economy doesn’t currently pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is another 4 years of the same Presidential administration. Of course, as your employer, I can’t tell you whom to vote for, and I certainly wouldn’t interfere with your right to vote for whomever you choose. In fact, I encourage you to vote for whomever you think will serve your interests the best. However, let me share a few facts that might help you decide what is in your best interest. . ."He goes on to say that the Obama administration and the press “want you to believe that we live in a class system where the rich get richer, the poor get poorer. They label us the ’1%.’ . . . I’m sure many people think that I live a privileged life. However, what you don’t see or hear is the true story behind any success that I have achieved.” He then tells the tale of his self-made success, [....]
Part 2, to follow....