May, 2017

Report: Trump tells ‘confidants’ U.S. will leave Paris climate deal

WASHINGTON – Multiple news agencies, including Reuters News, are now reporting that President Donald Trump has privately informed several officials in Washington DC that he intends to withdraw from the UN Paris climate pact.

Climate Depot’s Marc Morano statement: “A U.S. Clexit (Climate Exit from UN Paris Pact) would be a victory for science. Make no mistake, climate campaigners who tout UN agreements and EPA regulations as a way to control Earth’s temperature and storminess are guilty of belief in superstition.”

By Marc Morano - Sunday, May 28, 2017 - Full Story

Nipping a legal problem in the bud

One of my recent articles predicted that the Fish & Wildlife Service’s endangered species designation for the rusty patched bumblebee would lead to its being used to delay or block construction projects and pesticide use on hundreds of millions of acres of US farmland. The abuses have already begun.

Projects in Minnesota and elsewhere have been delayed, while people tried to ascertain that no bees were actually nesting in the areas. Now a federal district court judge has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to consult with the FWS before approving 59 products containing neonicotinoid pesticides that are used primarily as seed coatings for corn, canola, cotton, potato, sugar beet and other crops.

As crops bud and grow, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt must nip this problem in the bud. Thankfully, Judge Maxine Chesney has given them the means to do so.

By Paul Driessen - Sunday, May 28, 2017 - Full Story

Manchester Bomber ‘Slips Down the Pecking Order’ With Citizenry Left On Their Own

FBI ‘warned MI5 in January that the Manchester bomber was planning an attack on Britain’.

So claim the mainstream media.

The take-down-Trump-obsessed FBI flagged Britain’s MI5 that Manchester bomber Salman Abedi was planning a terrorist attack on Britain.

Caught up in the ‘golden shower’ scandal for which they had paid disgraced ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele, the FBI thought Abedi was planning to assassinate a key political figure, rather than civilian innocents including children at venues such as a concert.

According to the Daily Mail ‘nothing came of it’ and Abedi tragically “slipped down the pecking order”.

By Judi McLeod - Sunday, May 28, 2017 - Full Story

To Carry a Gun

One of the great freedoms I can now exercise since leaving California is the right to own and carry firearms (keep and bear arms), which the Constitution guarantees the government will not even touch (infringe).  Of course they do, especially in California and other liberal states.  But in Florida, you can apply for a concealed carry weapons (CCW) permit, and if you meet the standard eligibility and criteria, take a class, pass a background check, and demonstrate a working knowledge of handguns including a practice shoot, you get a CCW.  That was the easy part.  What no one tells you, is that actually carrying a gun in practice is very different from the theoretical discussions we all have with ourselves and others before actually carrying a gun.  And it has some amusing aspects.

The first question is which one are you going to carry?  So you go to the gun safe and look around, and realize that in a predominately non-carry, communist state like California, the guns you can own are both limited in capacity, and design.  That’s because California has a government approved list where most models are at least 10 years old or older, and they have not kept up with concealed carry trends.  If you can only use guns at the range, then your guns tend to be larger target guns, rather than carry guns.  Then you have to think of whether to carry a heavier and wider, steel, 5-6 shot revolver, or a double stack magazine, 10-15 shot, light polymer, semi-auto pistol.  No brainer there.  I’m using a pistol.  Then you have to think which pistol is the most reliable, will save your life, that you can use quickly, and won’t weigh down the pants.  Given this criteria, I go with the Glock.  Don’t leave home without it, to quote an old advertising phrase.

By Greg Penglis - Sunday, May 28, 2017 - Full Story

‘Master of ‘Disaster’ John Boehner Back from the Ironing Board

Oy Vey! Just what the world needs:  ‘Master of Disaster’ former House Speaker John Boehner saying President Donald Trump’s time in office has so far been a “complete disaster”.

Boehner copies to a T, his golfing buddy former President President Barack Obama in stubbornly refusing to go away when his time is up.

Trying desperately to hang on to a position no longer theirs makes both Boehner and Obama look downright ridiculous.

Just in case you care to know, the former Republican House Speaker approves of Trump’s approach abroad and his aggressiveness in fighting Islamic State militants, it’s only everywhere else that he considers Trump an unmitigated “disaster”.

By Judi McLeod - Sunday, May 28, 2017 - Full Story

Why President Trump Will Pull the Plug on The Horrible Paris Climate Agreement

Let us first call a “spade a spade”. The Paris Climate Agreement is not a legally binding treaty proposed by the Obama Administration and ratified by the Senate. This agreement is a mere “sole executive agreement”

which is the lowest form of commitment the United States can make and still be party to an agreement.

Thus President Trump can withdraw from this non-enforceable agreement fairly easily and quickly. Trump should withdraw the U.S. entirely from this agreement, and I suggest he will.

By Mitch Wolfe - Sunday, May 28, 2017 - Full Story

Trump may succeed where all others have failed

The NYT published a major report yesterday on President Trump’s Mid East trip which it titled “Trump Leaves Middle East With Hope for Peace, but No Plan for It”. This title didn’t reflect the article which went no farther than to say, “What Mr. Trump did not do was reveal the least hint of what, if anything, was behind it”, referring to his hope. The article later acknowledged that “strict secrecy” was a good thing.

A close scrutiny of the statements made in the last few days and the events leading up to this trip would strongly suggest that President Trump is right to be cautiously optimistic because he has a plan.

After relentless pressure from former President Barack Obama and Secretary John Kerry, PM Benjamin Netanyahu came close to accepting the Kerry framework based on the ‘67 ceasefire lines with swaps as borders and a divided Jerusalem.

Report: 23,000 jihadis living in Britain

About 23,000 jihadis — potential terrorists — are living in Great Britain today, British intelligence recently revealed.

Approximately 3,000 of these are considered active threats and are being monitored or investigated, the Times of London is reporting. The remaining 20,000 either have been monitored and dropped from the list or cannot be monitored for lack of law enforcement resources. Salman Abedi, the Manchester bomber, was among the latter group. He had been investigated, but was no longer considered a threat. The same is true of Khalid Masood, the terrorist who killed five people and injured 49 in an attack on the Westminster Bridge earlier this year.

The 3,000 currently under surveillance are reportedly the subject of 500 separate investigations. MI-5, Britain’s counterpart to the FBI, does not have sufficient resources to monitor more than 3,000 at any one time. Consider that here in the U.S., the FBI currently has 2,000 ongoing investigations of jihadi terrorists, of which approximately 300 are refugees.

Larry Kudlow: Trump deregulation and tax cuts should give us a minimum of 3.5 percent growth

Larry Kudlow was an economist in the Reagan Administration, so he’s seen a thing or two about how tax cuts and deregulation can spur economic growth. These were the lynchpins of the Reagan growth plan, and if you remember the 1980s at all (or have studied what happened at the time), you know that Reagan’s policies unleashed economic growth unparalleled before or since in the post-war era.

We haven’t seen growth like that since, but Kudlow believes the Trump tax and deregulation proposals should give us a minimum of 3.5 percent annualized growth. Implement this well and in all likelihood we’re likely looking at 4.0 percent growth or even better.

Now why is this? First, let’s understand what GDP measures. It measures productivity, specifically the value of all goods and services produced in the United States. One of the things that negatively affects productivity is when companies have to spend time and resources dealing with regulatory compliance. Not only do you have to hire compliance staff but often you have to pay lawyers and lobbyists to deal with these issues. And if you still mess up and fail to comply, fines and penalties can be steep.

By Herman Cain - Sunday, May 28, 2017 - Full Story

Europe Living The Time Machine

Like in the H.G. Wells classic, The Time Machine, Europe is living the fictional nightmare of being led to the slaughter, unable or unwilling to grasp the gravity of their predicament. They have opened their borders to millions of immigrants with a vastly different culture and belief system. Many are nothing more than cave-dwelling Morlocks feeding on Europe’s submissive and compliant citizenry. Numerous other migrants and their offspring demonstrate resistance and downright refusal to assimilate, living in their own little Morlock world of suspicion and hate.

The leaders of Europe doggedly assure their people that everything is normal. The mayor of Manchester mutters ‘It’s business as usual.” Business as usual? Is this what it has come to…total acquiescence…the new normal? Most leaders in Europe, and many in America, have proven themselves to be impotent. People die violent deaths while they strut around as if they have the answers, but they have no answers.  They have no solutions.

By Ray DiLorenzo - Saturday, May 27, 2017 - Full Story

Flaws in liberal “logic” regarding the budget

One unremarkable guest (didn’t get his name, in any case) appearing on the Intelligence Report on FBN emphatically asked how poor people are served if the budget is cut that goes to the very people who provide the services? What he didn’t understand is that the budget allocated to administrators only fuels administration. For the most part, a minor percentage makes it into the pockets of those meant to be helped and certainly doesn’t further the goal of assisting them to no longer need services.

My mistake, that’s not the goal of government these days, is it? The goal, which is so evident by the Left’s banshee cries about a budget that halts the egotistic growth of administration, is to proliferate bureaucracies—generally because that is Congress’ definition of job creation and maintenance. Employment in the private sector (which is what government programs should be encouraging) gets poor people to the point of self-sufficiency; administration of entitlements and benefits, to be PC about it, keeps poor people in bondage to the services that serve them poorly.

By A. Dru Kristenev - Saturday, May 27, 2017 - Full Story

Intellectuals are a fairly modern invention for our society

One study I read labeled the prophets in the Old Testament one type of intellectual. I disagree, since they operated as revelators to a nation which had rejected the laws of God and rejected His precepts. The philosophers of Ancient Greece and Rome fall into this “intellectual” category more accurately, since they praised their reasoning, research, and logo ahead of revelation and physical effort

The common denominator among them? They were spectacularly wrong on a number of issues, whether in science or sociology

By Arthur Christopher Schaper - Saturday, May 27, 2017 - Full Story

The Philosophic Roots of the Paris Agreement: Deep Ecology vs. Human Progress

In his essay “The Church of Environmentalism,” Jeremy Carl told the story of Julian Simon participating at an environmental forum.

“How many people here believe that the earth is increasingly polluted and that our natural resources are being exhausted?”, Simon asked. After a roomful of hands were raised, Simon then asked: “Is there any evidence that could dissuade you?” After silence, he followed up: “Is there any evidence I could give you—anything at all—that would lead you to reconsider these assumptions?”

After more silence, Simon answered: “Well, excuse me. I’m not dressed for church.”

By Institute for Energy Research - Saturday, May 27, 2017 - Full Story

Open Letter to President Trump

Mr. President:

With all due respect for the person of Pope Francis and the Petrine Office he holds, we urge you not to read the encyclical letter Laudato Si given to you by the pope during your recent Vatican visit, as it is a masterpiece of New Age deception which advocates a borderless one-world government under the governance of a “world political authority.” Its whole point is to place man in touch with his environment. It builds its bridges to the planet, not to Almighty God, and as such, cannot be instrumental in advancing world peace. 

The encyclical was actually written by the pope’s ghost writers Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez Guttierrez and Bishop Mario Toso for the purpose of spearheading the U.N. “Sustainable Development Goals” of making “Mother Earth” a safer place through population control (abortion). The encyclical’s vehement fight against man-made climate change has earned it enthusiastic acclaim from the very people [globalists] that have been battling you since the day you announced you were running for president.

By David Martin - Saturday, May 27, 2017 - Full Story

Toyota Prius C a cheap and cute way to save gas

It’s pretty Spartan, all things considered, and it’s about as much fun to drive as a hobby horse, but Toyota’s 2017 Prius C hybrid hatchback is still a decent little car that does a lot with a little. And, at a starting list price of $21,975, it doesn’t cost a huge amount of cash to save the Earth.

On the other hand, you could buy a gas-fueled 106 hp Yaris SE five door hatch with an automatic transmission for about $19,510, sans taxes, fees and other kilos of flesh. The Yaris probably won’t get the excellent 4.5 litres per 100 km that I achieved in the Prius C (despite my lead foot), but Toyota claims 7.9/6.8 (City/Hwy) for the Yaris, which is still darn good. And the Yaris is a heckuva lot more fun to drive, if only because it doesn’t come with a whiny continuously variable transmission.

Sure, you’ll be poking the Al Gores, David Suzukis and "Science Guys" of the world in the eye, but how is that a bad thing?

Fist Fight offers good audio and video - but that doesn’t help

If you like your comedy movie foul mouthed, mean spirited and populated with sexual predators, Fist Fight is for you. But if it’s representative of today’s comedy films, I weep for popular culture and the society it supposedly reflects.

Rocky or Fight Club it ain’t!

Fist Fight is set on the last day of school, also known as Prank Day, when the students perform pranks on the faculty. Judging by the pranks, these students put a lot more effort into this day than they do into their studies. On the other hand, I think if these folks were my teachers I’d have played hookey a lot more than I did in my misspent youth.

Another ‘revenue neutral’ carbon tax that’s anything but

(This column originally appeared on the Huffington Post blog)

Did you really believe them when they said it would be revenue neutral?

Last week, the Trudeau government announced a ‘technical paper’ on its proposed federal carbon tax which suggests it will mimic Alberta’s carbon tax plan, quashing the optimism of those who believed the federal government when they said their carbon tax would be revenue neutral.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director, Paige MacPherson, Alberta Director- Saturday, May 27, 2017 - Full Story

Obamacare repeal will be hard and McConnell just made it harder

Sigh. Just when I’m about to give Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) the benefit of the doubt, he opens his mouth. On Wednesday, McConnell threw cold water on Obamacare repeal by saying that he didn’t see how the Senate was going to do it.

It was clear during the fight over the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch that McConnell handles political strategy the way Mayor Bill de Blasio handles police controversies. When Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-People’s Republic of China) threatened to filibuster Gorsuch, McConnell should have responded by threatening to nuke the filibuster for all laws and nominations. This might have gotten Schumer to back down. Instead, McConnell did the equivalent of shaking his head at Schumer and saying, “That’s not very nice.”

By BombThrowers -- David Hogberg- Saturday, May 27, 2017 - Full Story

MEDIA LOVES NEW ORLEANS MAYOR STILL FIGHTING CIVIL WAR

As the Robert E. Lee monument was being removed last Friday, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a victory speech to a select group of supporters at Gallier Hall, ironically, a former slave auction house.

In the last week, the speech received lavish praise from the liberal media, both locally and nationally. Landrieu received glowing tributes throughout the mainstream news media, from the pages of the liberal Times Picayune in New Orleans to the editorial page of the liberal New York Times.

In fact, on Sunday, Landrieu will achieve the ultimate award bestowed to a liberal politician, an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press.

By Jeff Crouere - Saturday, May 27, 2017 - Full Story