Archive for August 23, 2012

Romney Releases His Energy Policy (Drill Baby Drill!)

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According to President Obama anybody who claims that we can drill our way out of the present high cost of energy is a liar. However a report created by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (published at a time when the Democrats Controlled both houses of Congress) says it is the President who is being less than honest with the American public. Our oil and other energy reserves are much larger than he claims and history shows that just the threat of new drilling serves to depress oil prices pumped up by speculators.

Today, Mitt Romney travels to Hobbs, New Mexico, where he will deliver an address explaining his energy proposed energy policy and unlike his opponent, Romney believes the United States should exploit its vast energy producing natural resources as a path toward energy independence and a way of creating jobs.

Romney’s approach is a true “all of the above” which opens up federal lands, allows for off-shore drilling, streamlines regulation and opens them up to be examined, and encourages private industry to take on the task of developing new energy resources (as opposed to the government picking winners and losers).

The GOP candidate isn’t simply looking to make the United States energy independent, he is looking for the country to once again become a superpower in the energy industry.

The basic elements of his policy include:
Federal Lands-State Driven energy policy:

States will be empowered to establish processes to oversee the development and production of all forms of energy on federal lands within their borders, excluding only lands specially designated off-limits.

State regulatory processes and permitting programs for all forms of energy development will be deemed to satisfy all requirements of federal law.

Federal agencies will certify state processes as adequate, according to established criteria that are sufficiently broad, to afford the states maximum flexibility to ascertain what is most appropriate;

The federal government will encourage the formation of a State Energy Development Council, where states can work together along with existing organizations such as STRONGER and the IOGCC to share expertise and best management practices.

Open Offshore Areas For Energy Development

Establish a new five-year offshore leasing plan that aggressively opens new areas for development beginning with those off the coast of Virginia and the Carolinas;

Set minimum production targets for each five-year leasing plan, requiring annual reports to Congress on progress in reaching goals and implementation of new policies to compensate for any shortfall.

Guarantee that state-of-the-art processes and safeguards for offshore drilling are implemented in a manner designed to support rather than block exploration and production.

Ensure Accurate Assessment Of Energy Resources

Approve permits for seismic surveys and exploration offshore to immediately update decades-old information.

Require the sharing of onshore geological and geophysical information with the Department of the Interior.

Undertake new seismic analysis in offshore areas not included in the new lease plan.

Collaborate with Canada and Mexico to ensure accurate inventory of their resources and sharing of data.

Restore Transparency And Fairness To Permitting And Regulation

Implement measured reforms of environmental statutes and regulations to strengthen environmental protection without destroying jobs, paralyzing industry, or barring the use of resources like coal.

Improve the environmental review process by setting clear deadlines and statutes of limitations, requiring better coordination between federal agencies, and allowing state reviews to satisfy federal requirements.

Prevent agencies from using “sue-and-settle” techniques behind closed doors to circumvent the public rulemaking process, impose onerous regulations, and tie the hands of future administrations.

Disclose federal funds spent reimbursing groups for lawsuits against the government.

Facilitate Private-Sector-Led Development Of New Energy Technologies

Focus government investment on research across the full spectrum of energy-related technologies, not on picking winners in the market.

Support increased market penetration and competition among energy sources by maintaining the RFS and eliminating regulatory barriers to a diversification of the electrical grid, fuel system, or vehicle fleet.

Ensure that policies for expanding energy development apply broadly to energy sources, from oil and gas exploration, to coal mining, to the siting of wind, solar, hydroelectric, and other renewable energy facilities.

Revitalize nuclear power by equipping the NRC to approve new designs and to license approved reactor designs on approved sites within two years.

Pursue a North American Energy Partnership

Approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

Establish a regional agreement to facilitate cross-border energy investment, infrastructure, and sales.

Promote and expand regulatory cooperation between governments to encourage responsible energy production, including the creation of a forum for sharing best practices and technologies.

Institute fast-track regulatory approval processes for cross-border pipelines and other infrastructure.

The GOP candidate believes his energy policy will create more than three million new jobs, including over one million in manufacturing, adding more than $500 billion to GDP, create a stronger dollar and a reduced trade deficit, reduce deficits by creating more than $1 trillion in revenue for federal, state, and local governments, lower energy prices for job creators and middle-class families and strengthen national security by freedom from dependence on foreign energy supplies.

I do have one concern. When Romney says States will be empowered to establish processes.. excluding only lands specially designated off-limits, he does not spell out which/how lands will be designated off-limits. It is partially answered in his transparency section, but I wish we understood the restrictions a bit more.

Overall I believe Romney’s outline may very well do what he projects. Certainly regular readers of these pages will recognize that many items in the candidate’s energy policy have been called for on this site many times.

This of course is only my opinion, I strongly suggest you read Romney’s energy policy white paper released this morning. It is embedded below:

Romney Energy Policy White Paper 8.23





A Deceitful October Surprise?
Did Obama Maneuver Israel Into October Attack on Iran?
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

In the past few days I have become deeply concerned that, once again, the American people are being “played.”

It says “something” when an American citizen feels he cannot trust his government to do the right thing when called upon, much less do the right thing for the right reasons!

In the event you hadn’t noticed, the US and, indeed, the world stands at a critical juncture at this very moment. Climacteric decisions are being made that will influence the affairs of men on this planet — forever.

In the US, the most important election in the history of the United States of America is almost at our doorstep. The outcome will determine if the American republic remains free — or — voluntarily saddles itself with the yoke of socialism/Marxism and commits national suicide — or — throws off that yoke and remains a free country struggling to right itself from the damage done by the current socialist President, Barack Hussein Obama.

Christians across America are calling for the combined prayers of ALL Christians petitioning God for “Divine Intervention” to rid America of the plague of the collectivists, Marxists, socialist, and progressives who are de-constructing our republic right before our eyes. At you will find the site of one religious organization in America which says: “We’re calling for 40 Days of Prayer beginning Sept. 28 – Nov. 6 ending just before the election. America is in a tremendous geo-political and economic crisis. We are headed in the wrong direction. We must return to the God of our fathers.”

Evangelical Christians are stepping up their fervent petitions of Providence to intervene to save America — a country they believe was founded as a Christian country but has badly strayed from it’s foundation and is now in jeopardy of total collapse into a godless socialist hellhole.

It is not just the religious people of America who are concerned. No. One would be ill-advised to believe that. At least half the country shares that belief — to one degree or another.

And now it gets even more complicated by events in the Middle East.

Iran is nearing fulfillment of its dream of building a workable nuclear bomb some refer to as the “Islam (or ISLAMIC) Bomb.” Their stated goal, once they have acquired the bomb, is to wipe Israel of the map and THEN — come after the United States with nuclear weapons.

Many in America have concluded, based upon the favor President Obama has so obviously shown toward Islamic countries and the disfavor he has been equally obvious in demonstrating toward Israel, that Obama’s unspoken policy is to allow Iran to acquire a nuclear bomb and the world will simply have to learn to live with a nuclear Iran.

That policy, if true, is laden will all sorts of undesirable and negative consequences not the least of which is an Iranian genocidal war with Israel, a nuclear attack against the US homeland, AND nuclear armed terrorists roaming the globe setting off nuclear bombs in infidel cities.

Throughout the Obama first term the administration has been frantically constraining Israel from attacking the nuclear facilities of Iran and, at the very least, slowing down Iran’s quest for the Islam Bomb.

An armada of allied ships sits just off-shore of Iran even as we write today. Ground troops are staged in an iron semi-circle — all facing Iran. And yet, Obama, so far, will not give the “OK” for the IAF to launch the air assault on those nuclear facilities in Iran.


Could it be because Obama has been buying time, deliberately pushing back any attack by Israel until the month of October of 2012?

Obama and his minions know that Americans historically do not like changing Commanders-in-Chief in the middle of a war. IF a war were to, in fact, break out, oh, say — in October, well, mighten that not give a boost to Obama’s chances of winning the November election? By nearly all estimates it is going to be one of the closest elections in history and practically anything could make the difference between victory or defeat by either party.

On the other hand, there are those pundits who claim that the American electorate is so fed-up with Obama that they will vote him out of office — no matter what!

Me? Well, I’m not so sure.

The whole thing smells to high heaven. I am awfully afraid that BOTH the American people AND the people of Israel are being played, USED, if you will, by the Obama Administration to insure victory for Obama in November.

So here the American people are, less than eighty days before the election, with a world-class conundrum. Assist Israel in its attack on Iran, and give aid and comfort to the Obama election effort — or — withhold US assistance and allow the Israeli citizens/civilians to take a missile shellacking from Iran’s proxies, which surround the tiny nation.

Making it even worse is the suspicion that Obama has deliberately maneuvered both Israel AND the American electorate into this corner — just to win an election.

Yes, I DO understand how it might be a stretch for some readers to accept that anyone, or any group of people, could be so cold-bloodedly conniving. But the history of the Obama Administration, so far, has created an atmosphere of distrust and suspicion in the American people. We have grown to suspect everything and expect anything!

I can’t speak for anyone but myself, of course, but I can hardly wait for the polls to open on November 6th — and I am hearing that more and more every day as disgust with the Obama Administration grows — exponentially — by the hour.

The people always suffer as a result of the sins of their leaders. Just as King Saul, the first king of the new Kingdom of Israel, doomed his reign, almost from the moment it began, AND brought suffering to the people of Israel, the people of America have been suffering for nearly four years because of the Saul-like arrogance of our President and “would-be king.”

The good news is — we can restore our country to its former glory. As Congressman Paul Ryan is wont to say: “We can DO this!” And he is right!

Like ancient Israel, America is “different.” Having a king like every other country (as Israel learned the hard way) is devastating to the our republic. It has very nearly torn our nation’s heart out.

The word “repent” actually means to “turn around and go the other way.” For America, “repentance” will come November 6th and “restoration” will begin at midday on January 20th, 2013.

J. D. Longstreet

Arming the Government Against Americans

By Alan Caruba

The push to disarm Americans has been around a long time. An estimated ninety million Americans own guns legally and in states that permit concealed carry the crime rate drops precipitously by comparison with others that do everything they can to make the purchase and carry of firearms difficult.

Gun ownership in America is the highest since 1993 with estimates of 300 million guns owned by citizens. Ownership crosses political party lines and other demographic cohorts. From its earliest days as a nation, the Founding Fathers were united in the need for an armed citizenry as a response to the potential tyranny of a government that might seek to impose its will on Americans through force.

The notion that one can keep criminals from acquiring firearms is idiotic. In cities like Chicago with laws that all but deny gun ownership, the murder rate is off the charts. By June, 228 residents of Chicago had been killed, compared to 44 troops in Afghanistan’s combat zones.

There’s a reason gun sales in America soared after the election of Barack Obama. Nobody except his brainwashed minions trust him. Over the past three and a half years he has issued more than 900 Executive Orders, many of which grant him and the federal government extraordinary control over all aspects of life for Americans. The hallmark of every totalitarian regime is gun control, the disarming of citizens.

This is, after all, a President who disparaged Americans who he said, “cling to their religion and their guns.”

As columnist, Chuck Baldwin wrote in 2007, “One thing the national news media will always ignore is the practice of lawful self-defense. For example, most people are probably not aware of the fact that American citizens use a firearm to defend themselves more than 2.4 million times every year. That is more than 6,500 times every day.”

“This means that, each year, firearms are used 60 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives. Furthermore, of the 2.4 million self-defense cases, more than 192,000 are by women defending themselves against sexual assault. And in less than eight percent of those occasions is a shot actually fired. The vast majority of the time (92%), the mere presence of a firearm helps to avert a major crime from occurring.”

Why then is the Obama administration in the process of purchasing millions of bullets for agencies, some of whom have nothing to do with national defense?

In May I wrote about an Ashville, North Carolina citizen who wrote a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency inquiring about the address of an employee who gained overnight fame when it was reported he wanted to “crucify” oil companies. Two EPA agents, fully armed, showed up without notice at his front door.

Why does the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration need to purchase ammunition? NOAA is devoted to studying the weather and providing notice of events such as hurricanes. Why would meteorologists need to be armed?

Why does the Social Security Administration need to purchase ammunition? A spokesman for the SSA compared its investigators to state or local police officers who are armed while on “official duty.”

Why would the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) specifically purchase 750 million rounds of hollow-point ammunition in March and follow up with an additional 750 million? In a recent article in, retired Major General Jerry Curry noted in The Daily Caller, “This is enough ammunition to empty five rounds into the body of every living American citizen.” The article asked whether Obama would seek to hold onto power “by any means possible.”

Granted that DHS is charged with protecting the homeland, but is there any indication that the nation is under threat of an invasion and, if so, isn’t it the job of the U.S. military to respond to such a threat?

Or perhaps the answer is the belief within the Obama administration that it might face a massive insurrection if it tried to take over the nation by delaying the November elections or imposing martial law as the result of a contrived national threat?

A recent issue of Small Arms Journal contained an article titled “Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A ‘Vision’ of the Future.” It game-played in full operational detail how the Army would put down a local Tea Party insurrection. Does anyone except those inside the Obama administration believe that the Tea Party would ever engage in such an effort?

This is the same administration actively trying to suppress a Congressional investigation into operation “Fast and Furious” that encouraged the transmittal of firearms to Mexican drug cartels, allegedly to track them, but instead some were used to kill a U.S. Border Patrol agent. So guns for the cartels are okay, but guns for law-abiding Americans are not. The Attorney General has been held in contempt of Congress for his failure to be forthcoming in the investigation.

The massive purchase of ammunition by agencies that have little or no relationship to the nation’s security raises questions and concerns that cannot be dismissed or ignored. They are apiece with a variety of all actions the Obama administration has taken that suggest the suppression by force of any response Americans might take if they believed it intended to impose a dictatorship.

© Alan Caruba, 2012


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Storm Clouds Gather for DNC Convention

By JB Williams

As Vice President Joe Biden heads to Tampa in a no-class attempt to crash the GOP Convention in opposition to Romney and Ryan, the real protest is gearing up against Obama and Biden at the upcoming DNC Convention in Charlotte, NC.

White House Insider asks a valid question – “That Biden visit to Tampa got my wheels spinning. What the hell are they up to? How far is Biden willing to go to remain relevant?” – and the answer was nothing short of shocking!

“I’’m giving you and your readers a heads up here. False flag. The real deal. They will try and control it but make it look uncontrolled. Dangerous. Make it reflect poorly on the Republicans and their supporters. A dangerous and desperate operation here. Even a dimwit like Biden has to know how dangerous.”

Desperate people do desperate things… White House Insider may be on to something here. The DNC is getting very desperate and here’s why.

The Occupy Wall Street movement, hatched by the Obama White House in response to the Tea Party, is turning its anger on Obama and Biden, planning to stage their next major march at the DNC Convention. According to Occupy organizer John Penley, – “Occupy the Military Industrial Complex will very much target President Barack Obama.”

“We’re targeting Obama’s out of control military spending,” he told Whispers. “It’s the key to so many problems in the U.S. That, and the drone strikes on American citizens — And the NDAA. People feel so upset with Obama.”

This might explain why DNC wicked witch of the West Nancy Pelosi is calling for democrats to “stay home” and not attend the DNC Convention. When is the last time you heard a party leader tell their party faithful to stay home from their party convention?

Obama surpassed Jimmy Carter early in his term, as the worst individual to ever occupy the White House. Obama’s list of major faux pas’s is second to none in the world wide history of political flops. The Oval Office is one of the loneliest places on earth when things aren’’t going well. But nobody has ever lost friends faster than Obama.

Many 2008 Obama supporters voted for Obama in opposition to the “Bush’s’ wars” in Iraq and Afghanistan, and what they deem to be cruel and unusual punishment for jihadists at Club Gitmo.

Our troops are still in Iraq and Afghanistan, with KIAs skyrocketing in Afghanistan under Obama and Sec. Clinton has launched new military and agency offensives in Lebanon, Egypt, Pakistan, Syria and Yemen under the guise of some so-called “Arab Spring” march to democracy that left the Middle East under the boot of the Muslim Brotherhood. No wonder Code Pink will be protesting the DNC Convention with Occupiers.

Meanwhile, Obama has been totally decimating the U.S. Military, burying the U.S. economy under more than $16 trillion in federal debt, a more than 60% rise in public debt since Obama took office, bailing out leftist labor unions instead of freeing the not so free economy, as an increasing number of Americans fail to find gainful employment.

Obama was supposed to be the transparent president, but has instead been the most secretive occupant in White House history. He was supposed to be a uniter, but has divided the nation more than at any time in our nation’’s history. He was supposed to be a liberal capitalist, yet he has governed like a tyrannical Marxist dictator, even telling business owners that they did not build their businesses.

In sum, Obama is a flop of monumental proportions and it is no longer so-called “right-wing extremists” alone who oppose everything Obama has come to represent, a failing nation.

No wonder his own minions are turning on him. Despite the trillions Obama wasted on bailing out the leftist labor unions, even the labor unions have turned on Obama. Without labor union money over several decades, there wouldn’’t even be a Democrat Party. Can Obama or the Party survive without international labor funding now?

And then there is the Joe Biden problem.… I love this guy! The fact that this nation could elect someone like this to local dog catcher, much less Vice President, proves just how effective the public education dumbing down process has been. Joe’’s playing the role of village idiot and doing it very well. You need someone like Joe around, to make Obama appear intelligent.

Biden is the official administration poop thrower…. Know what I mean? Remember your last visit to the zoo, when the caged ape got frustrated by onlookers making fun of the silly monkey and the ape started slinging his poop at the fence?

That’s Joe Biden… caged in his own ignorance and embarrassed by his failing leader, he’’s out there slinging his poop in all directions. People like this, a gift that keeps on giving, you just give them a microphone, aim the camera at them and they will entertain for hours. Biden is the Jerry Springer of American politics –… always good for a laugh.

Oh, and there’s Obama’’s so-called “Citizen Army” – The New Black Panthers, openly calling for the mass murder of “white republicans” and for “Florida to burn” at the RNC Convention in Tampa. There’’s something to be proud of, for the uniter-in-chief, huh…? Where’s DHS when real “domestic terrorists” are openly threatening citizens?

Take a moment to listen to Obama’s “Citizen Army” – a proud moment for the uniter-in-chief. Don’t forget about Obama’s other citizen soldiers, jihad Johnny… also planning to attend the DNC Convention.

No mention from DHS or the DOJ concerning all the threats of violent activity emanating from the Obama campaign. But I bet they’’ll have SWAT teams staking out the so-called “potential domestic terrorists” over at the pre-convention Ron Paul convention. After all of Paul’’s public rants about cutting Democrat’s nanny government down to size, I’’m sure all the panthers and PUMAs would love to visit that little soirée of swarming crackers!

Storm clouds are indeed gathering, around Obama, Biden and Clinton. The DNC is gasping its final breath. It seems what goes around, really does come around. Obama has but one friend left, the Democratic Socialists of America, now controlling the Democrat Party. As for others?

America’s finest, the Military, has voted 80% Republican for many years, which explains why Obama and the DNC are working around the clock to block the military vote this November. But now the Marxist thugs, thieves and murders Obama surrounded himself with early on, are turning on their own.

Black unemployment has gone up under Obama. Black crime has gone up under Obama. Obama was scared to address this year’s NAACP Convention in Houston, so he stayed away. Imagine that, America’s second black president (remember that the NAACP called Bill Clinton the first) refuses to speak to the people who helped elect him at the nation’’s all black convention.

The storm is almost here…

In Washington, DC, a police officer who was attempting to clear Occupy Protestors who were camping illegally was struck in the face with a brick hurled by one of the protestors.

In New York, NY, a man with the Occupy movement was arrested for sexually assaulting an 18-year old female protestor. There have been multiple arrests for assaulting police officers and resisting arrest in NYC as well.

In Oakland, CA, a man was shot and killed just outside of the Occupy encampment, two hours after a large fight broke out between two groups of protestors.

In Dallas, TX, an Occupy protestor was arrested for sexually assaulting a 14-year old runaway.

Obama and Clinton have surrounded themselves with thugs, murders, rapists, black nationalists, jihadists and Marxists. The problem with friends like this is you won’’t need any enemies. Sooner or later, when people like this lose faith in your ability to carry forth their anti-American agenda, they will turn on you.

Obama held his first press briefing in well over two months, in response to increasing pressure from the White House press corps angry over Obama’s efforts to dodge the press during an election year.

Embarrassed yet again by Joe Biden’’s “they’’ll put you back in chains” stump speech, administration officials sought to replace Biden with Hillary Clinton before the DNC Convention, but Clinton was too smart to fall for that desperate measure to save Obama. Besides, it’s not Joe’’s job she wants…

Hillary has been known to carry a grudge, for years, just ask Bill. All is fair in love, war and modern politics and Hillary is one of the most vicious political figures in modern America. It wasn’’t hard to predict that Hillary would await her opportunity to let Obama hang himself, after suffering a crushing defeat by Obama in the 2008 primary. That moment has arrived.

Long story short, Obama is in deep trouble here, as storm clouds gather around his administration and the upcoming DNC Convention. Desperate people do desperate things, especially when their own trained thugs begin to turn on their own.

I’’d say that makes the predictions by White House Insider all the more likely…. We will soon know, as these events unfold. But beware if you plan to attend either convention. Things could get a bit messy.

JB Williams