February 18th, 2014
By Barry Secrest
Despite all of the problems associated with Obamacare, a $ 17 trillion dollar deficit, the mass of gainfully unemployed Americans, and myriad other concerns which have largely gone unnoticed by US leadership, in recent days the Obama regime has renewed its climate change rhetoric, and in the aftermath of one of the worst winter storms to hit the US, in at least a decade.
President Obama, in a bold effort to counter the snowpocalpyse, which was unfolding on the East Coast, braved the icy runways of DC and flew out west to California in order to offer up the (sort of) "Great California drought" as incontrovertible evidence of global warming.
However, as with all things Climate Change, the drought out west owes much more of its angst to environmentalist whackos than any actual drought.
"Environmental special interests managed to dismantle the system [ of aquaducts for agriculture] by diverting water meant for farms to pet projects, such as saving delta smelt, a baitfish. That move forced the flushing of 3 million acre-feet of water originally slated for the Central Valley into the ocean over the past five years."
But, the President chose to ignore the actual facts because facts tend to bedevil the required climate change stigmata which naturally feeds into the Regime's overall agenda.
Moreover, in the Christian faith, stigmata refers to the five holy wounds originally suffered by Christ during the crucifiixion, which Christ still bears to this day, according to the scriptures.
These marks or wounds bear evidence of Christ's crucifixion, but can also be experienced by normal every day individuals, according to thousands of documented cases throughout history.
These Individuals are referred to as stigmatics, and since climate change ostensibly requires enormous amounts of both faith and a system of beliefs not clearly in evidence, the Cult of Climate Change finds itself forever looking for the wounds of their belief system even upon the earth itself, which in climate change parlance, is the penultimate God of their cult of worship that one dare not ever challenge nor doubt.
These earth wounds of stigmata are evidenced by the merest of deviations or weather oscillations, from what is more often than not considered the norm, which leaves most climate cultists forever enmeshed within an environment suffused with stigmata.
Indeed, the President himself even proposed a Baal enticing sacrifice of $1 billion dollars (from other people's money) in order to placate the angry Gods of climate dysfunction currently residing in stigmata-rich California:
"Obama would spend the $1 billion to 'better understand the projected impacts of climate change,' encourage local action to reduce future risk, and fund technology and infrastructure that will be more resilient to climate change, according to briefing documents released by the White House."~ Washington Post
Fellow stigmatic and Secretary of State John Kerry, slightly later, further cited global climate change as "a weapon of mass destruction" in a visit with the Indonesian government. Kerry went on to damn all the unbelievers of climate change, by stating "everyone and every country must take responsibility and act immediately."
"We simply don't have time to let a few loud interest groups hijack the climate conversation,"
Kerry stated, referring to what he indicated as "big companies" who "don't want to change and spend a lot of money."
Granted, we knew the "M" word (meaning Money) would come to play at some point, but rarely do climate change cultists come right out with their intent quite so avidly. However, unlike most cults, rather than passing a glistening offering plate around, the Government Warming Cult has in mind a far different set of collection criteria, belonging mostly within the confiscation realm.
But why is it so important to pursue man-made climate correction, when few can truthfully agree that anthropogenic global warming actually exists? Despite all of the rhetoric, world temperatures have, in fact, gone unchanged for the last 17 years.
So why are the powers that be so cultishly insistent about climate change?
It's all about control.
The Hegelian Dialectic
It's a concept referred to as the "Hegelian Dialectic" and, historically speaking, it's been around for quite some time, now. In 1821, George W. F. Hegel fomulated a concept by which a difference between opposing arguments could be mitigated by way of synthesis. It's the particular brand of synthesis which authoritarian governments the world over have utilized in order to achieve ends, more often than not, hardly in concert with those being governed.
For instance, the nexus of the Cult of Climate Change debate can easily be found within the Hegelian Dialectic in the following way:
It begins as a critical process in which the ruling elite create a problem, in this case climate change and temperature increases the world over, then, they anticipate in advance the population's reaction to this particular problem, by conditioning the masses that change is needed in order to avert an impending crisis.
In this case, the change being sought after falls under five all-encompassing categories:
-Reducing vehicle emissions
-Advancing electric power grids,
-Capturing and storing carbon emissions
-Gathering greenhouse gas data
It's the all-encompassing methodology of achieving these particular ends that leads us into trouble, in that at least partial control over entire industries, is the initial goal being stealthily sought.
When the people are properly conditioned, eventually, the ultimate agenda item by the ruling elite is then presented as a solution. However, the solution isn't intended (nor will it solve) the original problem, but rather serve as the basis for a brand new problem often exacerbating the original crisis, as artificed by the ruling class.
You see, taking the idea a step further, despite the specified agenda items eventually being achieved, the idea of an end to climate change can never actually be realized, simply due to the fact that the climate has always been in a constant state of flux, throughout history. This is due largely, if not mostly, to ever-changing solar cycles which have always modulated in intensity.
Nor is it a matter belonging solely to scientific eggheads, as they will invariably argue, but rather, it's simply a matter of applied common sense. Most meteorologists can't facilitate an accurate forecast beyond about 7 days, if even that long, so how can the Global Warming Cult be so outrageously certain of climate predictions spanning over twenty years?
So, the end will never be ultimately realized; however, the current fixes will prove to be a source of political irritation and monetary hardship in the future, which will automatically require further meddling by the ruling government, which will forever be seeking a solution to a problem, which they themselves will have ultimately created in the first place.
"A crisis is a terrible thing to waste"~Rahm Emanuel, former White House Chief of Staff for Barack Obama
And there you have the emphasis for radical change as prefaced by the global warming cause [hoax], which is but one of many crises having been exploited by the governing establishment class.
The Hegelian Dialectic & The Healthcare "Crisis" of Control
We were in "Big Trouble" when it came to healthcare spending, stated both Obama and the mainstream media, with regard to the manufactured US healthcare spending "crisis."
It was long past time time for things to change, murmured the Demcrats in responsive unison, and so in 2009, Obama, coupled with a government --then-- completely dominated by Progressive Democrats, set out to change America's bloated healthcare system so that "everyone" would have access to quality medical care and so that it would be far cheaper and far more equitable in the future.
However, what they failed to mention, while spouting numbers designed to petrify the average low-information voter, was a massive disparity in logic so terribly stunning that it would have buried their collective argument before it ever got off the ground.
In 2012, America spent 17.9 % of its total US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on healthcare, but, what's left out is the fact that also in 2012, America spent a whopping 26.9 % of the total US GDP on Federal taxes.
So, is the question one of your government versus your life?
Bringing in the Hegelian Dialectic, once again, the ruling authorities indicated that healthcare spending was a crisis, and that further, if the crisis wasn't immediately averted, prices would spiral out of control so horribly that healthcare would eventually collapse in, upon itself.
No mention was made of America's revenue spending crisis, despite the fact that Americans were spending 50% more on federal taxes than their own healthcare.
So, here once again the governing elite create a health spending problem, [30 million uninsured and lowering premiums by $2,500 per year] then anticipate in advance the population's reaction to the problem, then condition the voters that healthcare change is needed to avert the crisis. Once the electorate is mostly conditioned, nationalized healthcare was presented as the ultimate solution.
However, the solution isn't intended (nor will it solve) the original problem, but rather serve as the basis for many brand new problems which have hyper-exacerbated the original crisis, as originally manufactured.
The brand new problems, as evidenced four years later are as immediately profligate as the stars in the nighttime sky, in that not only have health premiums skyrocketed by $7,500 per year, on average, the original 30 million uninsured will remain uninsured far into the future, and now most individual's deductibles are so high, that many simply cannot afford to obtain care. Indeed, now the system has been turned upside down, so that the original costs have tripled, and we are now much farther away from the original problem than we were when the solution was originally rolled out.
In the end, it was all about completely controlling America's healthcare system.
"It takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people."~Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) on the Affordable Health Act, 3/22/10
In essence, a perfectly executed Hegelian Dialectic agenda item, as initiated by the governing elites, dually noting that the ruling class, themselves, are not strictly subject to the Affordable health Act, even while most of their premiums are paid by the government.
Meanwhile, the media, while ignoring America's most blatant issues, will continue posting story after story telling us how horrid both our healthcare costs are and our care is, especially when compared to most 2nd and 3rd world nations, yet they will never ask the most obvious question, that being:
"Is it that were we Americans are paying too much or is it that most other socialized medicine countries are paying too little?"
That, in fact, should have been the first question, shouldn't it?
So, if indeed, the 17.9% figure is far too much of an expenditure to keep Americans healthy and alive, then how is it that a massive 26.9% destined to fund an admittedly bloated bureacracy, is well beyond fine and dandy, and perhaps should even be increased?
US Taxation Crisis ?
Despite this admittedly blatant disparity in logic, the question as to why government outlays are not costing Americans too much, will continue to escape the media's overall propagandizing efforts, and yet, while the media is well beyond quick in pointing out US healthcare costs as compared to other nations, how about US taxation, as compared to other nations?
Top Four Most Populous Countries in Government Tax Revenue compared to population
While the US media will constantly trot out every available measure known to man, when it comes to the US versus the world, they never seem to bring up taxes, so why is that?
The answer to that particular question lies firmly wrapped within an easily explainable irony. It's because the US taxes wealth at a rate so dizzying, even Midas himself, would blush.
If we add the world's other top (3) most populated countries of China, India, and Indonesia, with a total combined population of 2.768 Billion people, as opposed to the US population of 314 million, total tax revenues of almost half of the world's population, would still not come even close to US tax revenues, with a total of $2.276 trillion for these three most populous countries against a US total of $ 2.5 trillion, for 2012.
So, does America actually have a healthcare crisis or is it that America actually has a taxation crisis?
The Other Side of The Evidence
While the Hegelian Dialectic has been extraordinarily overused by the Obama regime, and across a wide array of fronts (some successful and some not so much) the nexus of this information outlining the use of Hegel's principles by those currently in power, can easily be seen in our recent report on Arctic and Antarctic sea ice.
In order for the cult of climate change to prove its rather foggy points, they will more often than not travel to extremes in both geography and climate, in order to make their veiled Hegelian arguments, and in places not so easily sojourned by average Americans.
Should we think this just an accident?
In order to prove the tenants of their global warming belief system, the cult of climate change must have its stigmata easily viewable by virtually everyone. This is why we will both hear and see constant reports on either vanishing sea ice or increased poll temperatures, but only when a scintilla of evidence is found which proves that their beliefs are real, working in much the same way as finding an image of the Virgin Mary artfully emblazoned on a slice of wheat toast.
The following will point to those other facts as constantly left out of the evidence.
There have been dramatic increases in Antarctic sea ice extent, as reported by the National Sea Ice data Center, which indicated the following:
"Antarctic sea ice extent continues to track very high in January, reaching the second-highest monthly extent in the 36-year satellite monitoring record. "
As shown within the above graphic, sea ice extent can easily be seen to increase in most areas, while waning somewhat in others, which is a normal oscillation.
While we have heard numerous conflicting stories on Arctic sea ice and the apparent loss of volume, as increasingly stipulated by the global warming crowd, the actual facts contradict that which the warmers have been arguing.
In fact, when we look at data which is not readily apparent, that being Arctic sea ice thickness, a set of contraindicating facts comes to the forefront. The principle issue missing appears to be one of sea ice thickness as it relates to overall volume or extent.
In the following diagrams, we can see a considerable increase in thickness and overall area of Arctic sea ice, as compared to recent years:
If Arctic sea ice is on the wane, then why is it considerably thicker than in years past?
According to the NSIDC, the ice is:
While current Arctic temperatures have been temporarily higher than average in February, a thing which the warmers have been touting, the overall data sets suggest something quite the opposite from recent overall temperature changes.
"Antarctic sea ice remains significantly more extensive than average."
More from the NSIDC:
While satellite observations have shown a decline in Arctic Ocean sea ice extent since the late 1970s, sea ice is highly mobile, and a decrease in extent does not necessarily imply a corresponding decrease in ice volume. Observations of thickness (which allows calculation of volume) have been limited, making it difficult to estimate sea ice volume trends. The European Space Agency (ESA) CryoSat satellite was launched in October 2010 and has enabled estimates of sea ice thickness and volume for the last three years.
Preliminary measurements from CryoSat show that the volume of Arctic sea ice in autumn 2013 was about 50% higher than in the autumn of 2012. In October 2013, CryoSat measured approximately 9,000 cubic kilometers (approximately 2,200 cubic miles) of sea ice compared to 6,000 cubic kilometers (approximately 1,400 cubic miles) in October 2012.
About 90% of the increase in volume between the two years is due to the retention of thick, multiyear ice around Northern Greenland and the Canadian Archipelago. However, this apparent recovery in ice volume should be considered in a long-term context.
So, while the Cult of Climate Change will inevitably cherry-pick overall data, the real and true facts are in direct opposition to that which the warmers try to constantly characterize, concerning both poles being increasingly devoid of ice.
Nothing, in fact, could be further from the truth.
Which is why the wise of America should always be watching for the next Hegelian advantage being sought by those in jealous power. Over the past 75 years of US History, if one but studies very closely, he or she will most likely find other extreme excursions, by those in power, into the principles as laid out by the Hegelian Dialactic and penultimately for nothing less than control.
NSIDC scientists provide Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis, with partial support from NASA.
February 9th, 2014
By Barry Secrest
In January of 2013, during our annual article review for 2012, we had indicated that 2012 appeared to be the year in which "the Republican Party had decided to drop their rusty ideologies and run like hell."
Little did we know, in fact, how prophetic those words would become.
In soothe, 2013 would become a year fraught with opportunities serially abandoned by a GOP so petrified by its role as the loyal opposition to the political Left, that it decided to also oppose even itself and become, in essence, the party of " ? "
Indeed, 2013 will most likely prove to be the year in which the Republicans largely abandoned most of their principles and virtually all of their base, as the hard-fought sequester cuts would be vaingloriously abandoned by party stalwarts, along with most--if any-- gains which had been hard won over the prior couple of years.
Having established this particular thematic along with the anti-constitutional shenanigans, which America has now become dangerously accustomed to, especially from the now Socialist-Democrat leadership in charge, the wreckage continually predicted over the past five years has now become an ever-widening debris trail leading directly to the White House.
On that particular note, the number of 13 articles seems wholly appropriate with regard to our annual review of the top Conservative Refocus articles for 2013, as the website exploded in the number of hits, daily views, and searches and burst into the top 1% of all websites on the planet.
In our review, we have ranked these articles from 13th to 1st, according to the overall number of reads, with the ranking of number one being the article most read.
The Top Articles
It was Benjamin Franklin who uttered these immortal words when the question of security was weighed against individual Liberty at the founding of the nation:
He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.
And are doomed to lose both, I should add...and maybe we have.
In at least a month of well-beyond NSA surprising news items, this one in particular article stuck a very deep and resounding chord with a very large number of individuals, not only within the US, but also across the world. In fact, without a doubt, it might be one of the most extraordinary headlines ever to be penned in US history, and it's happening on our watch, America.
Next up, at 12th most read, was Obama's actually telling America not to listen to those voices warning of tyranny, when in fact and with regard to the human race, tyranny has always been the rule rather than the exception.
It is, indeed, interesting that in the midst of El Magnifico's 2nd "executive Order" term, President Obama is urging students to "reject" anyone that warns of government tyranny, especially after the force-passed 20,000 page regulatory Obamacare debacle that continues to unfold, here were Obama's exact words:
They'll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner, you should reject these voices~Barack Obama
Coming in at #11, the next most read article was one in which we and many others have continually returned back to, because of the extraordinary predictions put forth from the movie/documentary titled "The Daniel Project" in our complete review.
Since our review of the Daniel Project, and after adding multiple links so that individuals could find their website, The Daniel Project's overall web traffic surged by over 200,000 ranking positions internationally, and over 100,000 ranking positions in the US, alone. An increase in traffic of well over one-third in the US, according to webdata traffic services.
No other site had featured or reviewed their data.
Eschatology, also referred to as apocalypticism, is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as "The theological sciences concerned with the four last things: death, judgment, heaven and hell," and which is exactly where our X-files type of extreme curiosity led us within this particular project.
"Only the Wise Will Understand"
With the hundreds of predictions found throughout both the old and new testaments of the Bible, these prophecies in fact reveal an "astonishing panorama of future events" which appear to be, even now, coming true, like it or not. So, even if one might be a skeptic, non-believer, or even an Atheist, anyone who views the following predictions from ancient Biblical texts will tend to come away with an unsettled spirit if, indeed, they truly hold an open and critical mind.
But, hold onto your seats when you get past the 13th prophecy.....
Next up at 10th was our rebuttal to good ole' Conservative Charles Krauthammer, who often finds himself several notches to the left of traditional Americans and, by default, the Tea Party. But, don't worry Sir Charles, we still love you....inner-beltway nirvana, not withstanding:
I know, I know, how dare I question the Conservative's Conservative Charles Krauthammer?
He, the winnowed champion of the more or less conservative plight of whom I was delightedly first reading while cruising about the Atlantic Ocean aboard a US Navy destroyer, only a scant couple of years after graduating high school, still wet behind the ears, as they say.
But it's not like this would be the first time....
So, why do I dare call the inimitable Sir Charles out, especially when we're supposed to be one big, happy, Conservative Fleet? Hey, he started it, by nothing less than a series of blatant attacks on Conservatives, to include Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz, among a host of others in recent history.
It's what separates us from the apes, which is why this particular article clearly delineates the schism between Liberals and Conservatives, as we lluminated the disastrous Budget Sequester fictions, as prophesied by Obama, into a framework of outrageous humor, and it worked.
Ultimately, our sarcastic fiction proved to be far more accurate than the President's contention of sequesterial badness....
9th) The Mothman Presidency: Top Ten Most Disastrous Effects of Obama's Lurking Sequester Apocalypse
The White House authored budget sequester cuts, as set forth by a petrified media and denying President, are now upon us all, and woe be unto anyone who doubts there extraordinarily well-prophesied ill effects.
Like the mythical Mothman who mysteriously pre-appears as a terrifying paranormal harbinger of unspecified chaos to come, the President has been flying all over the US in an effort to both frighten and herald the disastrous effects of what he, himself, has stealthily engineered in placing the cuts into motion.
And terrify he has, with each chilling appearance, eyes aglow with unshrouded malice towards the spending cut thingy that should never be named, at least not in Regime circles, Obama had left a terrified gaggle of low-info devotees quaking in his wake....
Next up at number 8, we concoct a more accurate version of the actual "climate change" that is ocurring in the US, and it has nothing to do with the temperature.....
While the Left-Wing of American politics and its fearless leader, greedily salivate over the mountains of public payola that could potentially be had from an illusory temperature change's fictionally altering the earth's climate, there is another climate change taking place in the US, and this one is far more real and far more dangerous than anyone could ever evaluate with a climate researcher's slide-rule.
This danger belongs solely to the media mistruths of today, which seek to bend fiction into plausible fact, and which have now become as profligate as the stars in the nighttime sky, in America.
At number 7 was a news story concerning what the US refers to as aerostats, which are derigible based surveillance systems, along the border, and which Obama chose to discontinue in 2013.
As a prelude to the White House's legislative impetus to completely bypass any type of strengthened security of America's porous border with Mexico, the Obama Regime has discontinued a program considered integral to maintaining US border security, which has been in place since the 1980's.
The traditional media, with regard to the shutting down of this important border program, has completely failed at reporting the soon-to-be less than secure southern border, in the wake of a new congressional impetus which seeks a bi-partisan approach to amnesty for illegals.
At number 6 was an article concerning the admittedly bizarre Obama birth certificate's journey back before the Supreme Court, once again, but would the Supremes decide to hear the case, this time?
6) A Perfect Storm Of Errors? Obama's Forged Birth Certificate Case Now Pending at Supreme Court (Youtube)
It was an old story, at least in the journalistic timeline, regarding an additional alias found by a debt collector who was skip-tracing on an entirely different subject, rooted in the Chicago area. In mid-2011, the discovery of the surprising new alias was publicized on a very limited basis while evena little known satirized book was published about it.
Now Obama's birth certificate debacle has resurfaced once again, due simply to the Supreme Court's revitalized interest in reviewing a case that activist Orly Taitz has been pursuing for the last four years.
Moving into the top 5 articles of 2013 was our take on Froma Harrop's deranged and yet giddy article on the "Greatness of Obamacare," a rebuttal to end all rebuttals, it would seem...
At some point, those of us who were never infected with the self-narcotizing Obama Stupivirus, having completely overtaken certain portions of America, can begin to at least wonder if there is no known cure for the more stubbornly pervasive cases....
At number 4 was an article which seemed to travel straight out of Grimm's fairy tales, but only because ot the trainwreck's defenders who were constantly offering up recyclable weapons, which we simply picked up an launched straight back towards the "talking point" apparatchiks.....
Isn't it ironic?
That the Democrats continue to excoriate private insurance companies for kicking somepeople off of some private health plans, while Obama's answer is to kick pretty much allpeople off of all private plans?
"Obamacare" has now been officially relanguaged as "The Affordable Care Act," by both Obama and the Democrats, and that should tell you everything else you ever needed to know about how things are going in Obamacareville....
At number three was our inside look at the 2 Million Bikers to DC movement, which flared up a whole host of other protest movements, and from which also surfaced fellow-Charlottean Conservative, Belinda Bee....
3) Over 10,000 Bikers to Descend on DC: An Inside Look at the '2 Million Bikers to DC' 9/11 Movement
The '2 Million Bikers to DC' Ride to be held in Washington DC on 9/11 has quickly evolved from an event originally promoted to counter the "Million Muslim March' protest to a massive ride specifically noted as a commemorative exhibition to honor and remember those who were slain in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Put together by co-founding grass-roots organizer Belinda Bee as conceptualized by Biker "Top Fuel" Bill Williamson, the event has migrated to an all-out Facebook movement among bikers as thousands upon thousands of patriotic Americans from all over the US plan to meet in Washington DC on the morning of 9/11.
At number 2 was a combo news report/opinion dealing with the Government shutdown and the monument fiasco, of whom anyone who wasn't angered by this set of events... had to either be mind-numbed robot or a serial Progressive, as if there were any true difference....
On October 13, 2013, the protesters stood outside of the White House fence, calmly assembling for a redress of grievances as called for in the US Constitution.
The White House's predictable response was to send in the Park Police in riot gear, while obviously hoping for violence to breakout.
One seemingly female park police officer could clearly be seen shouting obscenities at the protesters in the attached video...
Finally, the number 1 article for 2013, which raged across the internet and the world like far, after being launched from both this website and our post at the Charlotte Conservative Examiner....
While the "Million Muslim March on DC" has fueled a wide range of US reactions, major event organizers for a rival US protest group were treated to a rather remarkable episode of infiltrative subterfuge from both the Million Muslim March group and its stealthy media disciples behind the scenes.
It was the much earlier idea of a Ground Zero mosque from the US Islamic movement which sparked a firestorm of US controversy when announced in May of 2010. Now, the controversy surrounds an already infamous "Million Muslim March on DC," slated for 9/11/13, and coming exactly one year after the 2012 deaths of Ambassador Stevens and three others at the hands of Islamic terrorists in Benghazi.
So, there you have it as Conservative Refocus locks down year it's fifth year of publication, while also meeting the goal of reaching the top 100,000 websites on the planet and garnering thousands of new readers in the process.
As we move into an election year for 2014, we seem to already have a slew of articles and research to finish and publish, unlike in previous years, while noting that things do indeed change rather rapidly, in this day and time.
Many Thanks to our readers and friends for making Conservative Refocus a destination site for both news and opinion, as we continue to fight the war as propagated by the Left against American Liberty and Freedom and of course, the greatest casualty, that being standard issue common sense.
A wearying journey to be certain as we continually rage against those who truly know not what they do, while dually noting that the vast majority of our problems, as a nation, come from deep within rather than from without.
In essence, we are our own worst enemies, while most notably entrusting our greatest treasures of both faith and self-determination within a group of individuals who seem to have little, if any, of these attributes in good measure.
Which brings to mind a set of words laid down long ago, by author C.S. Lewis:
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to liveunder robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
February 2nd, 2014
By Barry Secrest
The State of the Union Address?
...And the words fell from his lips like the manure from an ass...only the manure being of greater value since it can at least be used as nourishment for one's garden.
One need only listen carefully to the strategically enacted coughs coming from the gallery to precisely locate where the bovine excrement was at its deepest.
As in year's nauseatingly past, watch what he does while giving very little weight, if any, to what the man says....indeed, the only places where the acts actually meet the oratory are generally where America can expect to suffer the most damage.
Obama essentially kicked off his " State of Union Address," with a diatribe representing his view that "Climate Change" aka "Global Warming" is "fact."
One supposes, Obama's "fact" concerning climate change will most likely mimic many other of the President's "facts" including his most famous fact of all:
"If you like your Doctor and you like your health plan, you can keep them."
The following is what the President stated regarding global warming:
“The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way,” Obama said. “But the debate is settled."
"Climate change is a fact. And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say, ‘Yes, we did.’”
Notable sentiments to be certain, if only they were true-- and yet one has to wonder whether or not our children's children might also be asking us questions concerning why we left them in so much debt that America eventually devolved into a second world debtor nation.
But while the President was waxing prophetic over climate change, during his SOTU address, and bragging about taking control of the government with his pen and phone, the following was what was actually happening in what is supposed to be the warmest region of America, that being the Deep South:
Report from (CNN)
Empty streets, shuttered storefronts and abandoned vehicles littering the side of the road.
That was the scene across much of metropolitan Atlanta on Wednesday as people hunkered down to wait out the aftermath of a snow and ice storm that brought the nation's ninth-largest metropolitan area to a screeching halt.
A day after up to 3 inches of snow in parts of Georgia caused horrific gridlock on ice-covered streets -- particularly in metropolitan Atlanta where thousands were trapped on the roads overnight -- several major thoroughfares remained a mess due to lingering accidents and other problems.
In neighboring Alabama, there was a similar scene playing out."There are still four or five areas on our interstates that are still treacherous. The traffic is still proceeding very slowly, but we are making progress," Gov. Robert Bentley said.
And as bad as things remained in parts of Georgia and Alabama early Wednesday evening, state officials feared it would only get worse as the night wore on and the temperatures dropped.
They pleaded for people to stay at home.
We're working on clearing the abandoned vehicles. We're just pushing them to the shoulders," said Karlene Barron of the Georgia Department of Transportation. 30px;">In Georgia, the governor and the mayor acknowledged they could have planned better for the storm.
Thousands of schoolchildren who had been trapped on buses and in Atlanta-area schools overnight were reunited by early Wednesday evening with their families. Last night, we had at least 95 immobile buses.
We had cleared them all by this morning, and that was a big task," he said. "Our next task was getting students home from school, and now we have achieved that." In Alabama, the weather forced more than 5,000 students to spend Tuesday night in school buildings. Some teachers who stayed in their classrooms overnight to care for stranded students were facing a possible redux Wednesday night, according to Bentley, who said in a post on Twitter that roughly 200 schoolchildren remain stranded. (End Report)
So, is the globe actually warming or is it perhaps cooling, during what has inarguably been one of the coldest US winters on record?
Here are some other stories gleened from the web, which seem to paint a picture owing to something quite the opposite from what the President seems to insist upon, in climate change, and pretty much at every juncture:
"Favorite Runner-up": Opinion: Record cold doesn't disprove global warming
"My personal favorite" : Climate Change Could Be the Cause of Record Cold
"Also Ran" : You Might Be Cold Right Now, But Your Planet Isn't
That's just a few of a slew of thousands of stories reporting the "one thing " that is actually occurring, even while simultaneously claiming a set of beliefs in climate change, which parenthetically oppose what is actually being reported.
To say that global warming is the cause of record cold US temperatures is about the same as stating that the 92 million Americans out of work are a result of Obama's improving US economy....
It would appear that we can use much, much, more of Obama's phantom global warming, and fast, before we all freeze to death.
Keystone XL: All Eyes on Obama as Democrats Suspend Environmental Marxism for 2014 Election
The US State Department says "There's nothing wrong with the XL pipeline," after a State Department study concluded that pipeline posed no significant threat to anything except US joblessness.
-While not coincidentally coming under repeat enfilade fire for the Benghazi debacle, along with what is now a well know lie that it furthered concerning the 9/11 video.
-The Trade Unions are fit to be tied over both Obamacare and the jobs being denied to thousands of Union pipeline workers, due mostly to the President's procrastination by deferral.
-The environmentalist whackos are threatening civil disobedience if Obama goes along with pipeline.
So, Obama finds himself under pressure from all sides.
Watch what happens very closely-- both with another possible "accident" leading to an oil spill somewhere in the US, which the White House can then advantage:
Or the ulterior possibility with regard to the XL pipeline:
Obama defaults to his base, and continues the XL deferral until after the 2014 election, based on some little-known study published by some little-known Leftist organization.....
(From Fox News Obama blocked the Keystone XL pipeline in January 2012, saying he did not have enough time for a fair review before a looming deadline forced on him by congressional Republicans. That delayed the choice for him until after his re-election.
The President also said in a New York Times interview last year that there was "no evidence" the pipeline would be a "big jobs generator," claiming it might create 2,000 jobs in the construction phase and far fewer permanent jobs.
But pipeline supporters have challenged that claim. President Obama is facing increasing pressure from Senate Democrats to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, following the release Friday of a State Department report that raised no major environmental concerns. “Today's Environmental Impact Statement confirms what Alaskans already know -- there are ways to safely and responsibly diversify our domestic energy supply,” said Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska. “Move this project forward.”
Fat chance, on that note, and yet then we receive the following kernel of fascination from yet another Liberal faction belonging the none other than Jon Stewart:
Jon Stewart Laughs Insanely at Nancy Pelosi's Answer on Why Health Site Doesn't Work (Youtube)
In this classic vignette, Nancy Pelosi seeks to now surpass her colossally ignorant 2009 answer regarding what was in the dreaded Obamacare bill, that being:
"We'll have to pass the bill to know what's in it"
In the latest case, Jon Stewart asks former Speaker of the House Pelosi, who was one of the main architects of the bill's passage, "why is it so hard to get a company to execute that [healthcare website] competently?"
Pelosi's response was:
"I Don't Know"
When asked why she didn't know, after Stewart stopped laughing insanely, the Speaker answered:
"Well, it wasn't my responsibility"
Pelosi, it would seem, brings a rather deranged if not spastic perspective to the words "fire and forget," and yet the factional blowback didn't stop there, as semi-Conservative Bill O' Reilly, treated viewers to his rather singular half-wit regarding free market economics...
Bill O'Reilly Backs Obama on Minimum Wage: But What Does Economist Milton Friedman Say?
Bill O'Reilly, in his ongoing display of complete and total ignorance, at least when it comes to economics, recently indicated that he's all for a $10 minimum wage.
However, this isn't the first time that Bill has represented himself as a colossal gem of ignorance, O'Reilly has in the past, frequently taken the liberal side on economic issues.
"Since it's only six percent of American workers get minimum wage, I say, 'Fine. Up it.' I don't think it's a big deal," stated O'Reilly, who also thinks that America shouldn't sell its energy to the world, at least the last time we checked on his often enigmatic proclamations.
But what did world-renowned economist Milton Friedman say about the minimum wage? Glad you asked:
" The fact is, the programs labeled as being “for the poor,” or “for the needy,” [by politicians like President Obama] almost always have effects exactly the opposite of those which their well-intentioned sponsors intend them to have.
Let me give you a very simple example – take the minimum wage law. Its well-meaning sponsors [like President Obama]– there are always in these cases two groups of sponsors – there are the well-meaning sponsors and there are the special interests, who are using the well-meaning sponsors as front men. You almost always when you have bad programs have an unholy coalition of the do-gooders on the one hand, and the special interest on the other. The minimum wage law is as clear a case as you could want. The special interests are of course the trade unions – the monopolistic trade craft unions. The do-gooders believe that by passing a law saying that nobody shall get less than $9 per hour (adjusted for today) or whatever the minimum wage is, you are helping poor people who need the money. You are doing nothing of the kind. What you are doing is to assure, that people whose skills, are not sufficient to justify that kind of a wage will be unemployed.
The minimum wage law is most properly described as a law saying that employers must discriminate against people who have low skills. That’s what the law says. The law says that here’s a man who has a skill that would justify a wage of $5 or $6 per hour (adjusted for today), but you may not employ him, it’s illegal, because if you employ him you must pay him $9 per hour. So what’s the result? To employ him at $9 per hour is to engage in charity. There’s nothing wrong with charity. But most employers are not in the position to engage in that kind of charity. Thus, the consequences of minimum wage laws have been almost wholly bad. We have increased unemployment and increased poverty.
Moreover, the effects have been concentrated on the groups that the do-gooders would most like to help. The people who have been hurt most by the minimum wage laws are the blacks. I have often said that the most anti-black law on the books of this land is the minimum wage law.
There is absolutely no positive objective achieved by the minimum wage law. Its real purpose is to reduce competition for the trade unions and make it easier for them to maintain the higher wages of their privileged members."
It's easy to be a knee-jerk Liberal, Bill; however, when facts typically trump emotional opinion, one should simply punt, or.... at least bellicosely interrupt someone sitting nearby.
You see, Bill, "being for the folks" typically does not include anything that this President tries to impose, indeed, where the hell have you been for the past five years?
January 26th, 2014
By Barry Secrest
In February of 2013, the US Department of Homeland Security made the decision to halt further funding of a dirigible-based southern border program known as TARS. The program, which stands for "Tethered Aerostat Systems," utilized radar equipped dirigibles in order to detect low-flying aircraft ostensibly seeking to evade the US air radar net along Mexico's border.
The system provided high resolution radar coverage over the US border while extending its range into Mexico, the Florida straits, and even a section of the Caribbean Sea, while also providing drug-trafficking surveillance for the US DOD counter-drug programs. In addition, TARS was considered a segment of protection for the North American Aerospace Defense Command with regard to their air sovereignty missions for the continental US.
The TARS dirigible
The discontinued TARS anti-incursion program was designed to be extraordinarily low-cost and had been in service since the early 1980's, run largely by private contractors under government supervision. Despite increasing concerns over terrorists' ability to use the porous border as a means to create havoc, especially in the air, the TARS program was said to have been of low priority, too expensive at about $ 3.5 million, and even technologically irrelevant in the modern day, which were all reasons being offered in 2013, for the program's discontinuance.
TARS to JLENS
On January the 26th of 2014, the Washington Post reported that the TARS system has been, in essence, re-activated as a test program designed to scan an area in radius spanning from North Carolina northwards to Boston and extending as far west as Lake Erie, in order to offer greater radar protection.
Of even greater interest was the fact that the epicenter of the new surveillance dirigible program will focus on Washington, DC, which already utilizes what could easily be described as the most exhaustive radar net in North America, if not the world.
The announced three year test, which is being run by the US military, will tether a starting team of two dirigibles, set at an altitude of about 10,000 feet, over the Aberdeen proving Ground, which is an Army base located in Maryland.
JLENS, visually, a startling similar platform as compared to TARS, except at about $2.5 billion dollars more
The base is only about 45 miles north of Washington DC.
The stated goal of these dirigibles will be to detect cruise missiles launched from somewhere off the East Coast, a long-held problem apparently, which is only now being unveiled as a valid concern, at least in some upper-level circles.
However, many believe the updated program which will be identified under the acronym JLENS (Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System) may have another use altogether, which centers on extraordinarily unique surveillance capabilities centered along one of the most populous corridors in the entire US.
These same aerostat systems were used to great effect over both Iraq and Afghanistan while using state of the art surveillance systems powerful enough to detect movements of both insurgents and US soldiers, individually.
A Higher Perch
Despite the Army's recent statements of "no plans" for surveillance cameras, the system has already been touted as having the ability to detect and radar track cars, trains, and even boats, however, the system has been stated to have no actual capability of tracking individuals, despite the use of the word LENS being omnipresent within the acronym.
Experts offering a defense of the program, indicate that the high angle of view for these types of heightened surveillance systems severely limit such system's capability to detect a face or a license plate. This despite the fact that a JLENS system over Kandahar positively identified the images of recently convicted Sgt. Robert Bales, returning to his base during the night after murdering numerous Afghan civilians in their sleep.
The dirigible, long a mainstay of dystopian science fiction novels, may become a permanent part of the US urban skyscape, at least if government designs are maintained
Indeed, the other questions of such surveillance systems over the US, center on the extraordinary abuses still being discovered concerning NSA eavesdropping on US citizens, and drones being used to strike civilians. In March of 2013, Conservative Sen. Rand Paul, supported by the ACLU and other Liberal groups, instituted a US Senate filibuster designed to force the Obama Regime and Atty General Eric Holder, to answer the question of whether or not drones might be used by the US government to strike US citizens.
The US military, under direction by the White House, has plans for at least 16 surveillance systems such as the one being test deployed over the nation's capital. However, the possibility of an aerostat system theoretically being used to direct drone strikes can't be dismissed, as the US continually seems to be more and more directing its security systems inward towards its own civilians, while previously stating that the same system along the US-Mexico border was both too expensive and largely outmoded by modern technology.
Strategically, while the US East coast might be construed as vulnerable to cruise missile attacks, the JLENS system's first deployment might beg the question of why the East Coast? The US Pacific Coast appears far more vulnerable to attack by certain increasingly hostile Pacific powers, which are significantly more likely to use the Pacific Ocean as an attack approach to the US, rather than the Atlantic.
The JLENS development cost, currently pegged at $2.7 Billion for 2 systems, is far higher than the discontinued TARS program with it's cost of about $ 3.5 million annually, despite being described as using essentially the same technology.