Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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Why Meat Prices Are Going To Continue Soaring For The Foreseeable Future



Why Meat Prices Are Going To Continue Soaring For The Foreseeable Future

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 02:39 PM PDT

Drought Monitor April 1The average price of USDA choice-grade beef has soared to $5.28 a pound, and the average price of a pound of bacon has skyrocketed to $5.46.  Unfortunately for those that like to eat meat, this is just the beginning of the price increases.  Due to an absolutely crippling drought that won’t let go of the western half of the country, the total size of the U.S. cattle herd has shrunk for seven years in a row, and it is now the smallest that is has been since 1951.  But back in 1951, we had less than half the number of mouths to feed.  And a devastating pig virus that has never been seen in the United States before has already killed up to 6 million pigs in this country and continues to spread like wildfire.  What all of this means is that the supply of meat is going to be tight for the foreseeable future even as demand for meat continues to go up.  This is going to result in much higher prices, and so food is going to put a much larger dent in American family budgets in the months and years to come.

One year ago, the average price of USDA choice-grade beef was $4.91.  Now it is up to $5.28, and the Los Angeles Times says that we should not expect prices to come down “any time soon”…

Come grilling season, expect your sirloin steak to come with a hearty side of sticker shock.

Beef prices have reached all-time highs in the U.S. and aren’t expected to come down any time soon.

Extreme weather has thinned the nation’s beef cattle herds to levels last seen in 1951, when there were about half as many mouths to feed in America.

We’ve seen strong prices before but nothing this extreme,” said Dennis Smith, a commodities broker for Archer Financial Services in Chicago. This is really new territory.

The outlook for pork is even worse.  The price of bacon is 13 percent higher than it was a year ago, and porcine epidemic diarrhea is absolutely devastating the U.S. pig population

A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it’s threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.

Scientists think porcine epidemic diarrhea, which does not infect humans or other animals, came from China, but they don’t know how it got into the country or spread to 27 states since last May.

It is estimated that up to 6 million pigs may have died already, and it is being projected that U.S. pork production could be down by 7 percent this year.  That would be the largest decline in more than 30 years.

But even if someone brought an end to this pig virus tomorrow, we would still be facing a very serious food crisis in this nation.

The reason for this is the multi-year drought which is crippling farming and ranching in much of the western half of the country.

As you can see from the latest U.S. Drought Monitor update, the drought shows no signs of letting up…

Drought Monitor April 1

Hopefully this drought will end soon.

But I wouldn’t count on it.

In fact, CBS News recently interviewed one scientist that says that the state of California could potentially be facing “a century-long megadrought“…

Scientist Lynn Ingram, author of “The West without Water: What Past Floods, Droughts, and Other Climatic Clues Tell Us about Tomorrow,” uses sediment cores inside tubes to study the history of drought in the West.

“We’ve taken this record back about 3,000 years,” Ingram says.

That record shows California is in one of its driest periods since 1580.

While a three-to-five-year drought is often thought of as being a long drought, Ingram says history shows they can be much longer.

If we go back several thousand years, we’ve seen that droughts can last over a decade, and in some cases, they can last over a century,” she says.

So what will we do if this drought just keeps going and going and going?

As the article quoted above noted, last century was far wetter than usual.  During that time, we built teeming cities in the desert and we farmed vast areas that are usually bone dry…

Scientists say their research shows the 20th century was one of the wettest centuries in the past 1,300 years. During that time, we built massive dams and rerouted rivers. We used abundant water to build major cities and create a $45 billion agriculture industry in a place that used to be a desert.

So what happens if the western half of the country returns to “normal”?

What will we do then?

Meanwhile, drought is devastating many other very important agricultural areas around the world as well.  For example, the horrible drought in Brazil could soon send the price of coffee through the roof

Coffee futures prices are up more than 75 percent this year due to a lack of appreciable rain in the coffee growing region of eastern Brazil during January and February, which are critical months for plant development, according to the International Coffee Organization, a London-based trade group.

At this point, 142 Brazilian cities are rationing water, and it wouldn’t just be coffee that would be affected by this drought.  As a recent RT article explained, Brazil is one of the leading exporters in a number of key agricultural categories…

Over 140 Brazilian cities have been pushed to ration water during the worst drought on record, according to a survey conducted by the country’s leading newspaper. Some neighborhoods only receive water once every three days.

Water is being rationed to nearly 6 million people living in a total of 142 cities across 11 states in Brazil, the world’s leading exporter of soybeans, coffee, orange juice, sugar and beef. Water supply companies told the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper that the country’s reservoirs, rivers and streams are the driest they have been in 20 years. A record heat wave could raise energy prices and damage crops.

Some neighborhoods in the city of Itu in Sao Paulo state (which accounts for one-quarter of Brazil’s population and one-third of its GDP), only receive water once every three days, for a total of 13 hours.

Most people just assume that we will always have massive quantities of cheap, affordable food in our supermarkets.

But just because that has been the case for as long as most of us can remember, that does not mean that it will always be true.

Times are changing, and food prices are already starting to move upward aggressively.

Yes, let us hope for the best, but let us also prepare for the worst

The true difference between Chicken Salad and Chicken Shit...


The true difference between Chicken
Salad and Chicken Shit
If this does not speak to the character
of the individual, then nothing ever will!

Chicken Salad
President George W. Bush's speech after the capture of 
Saddam Hussein
:
"The success of yesterday's mission is a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq.  The operation was based on the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the dictator's footprints in a vast country.  The operation was 
carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force.
 
Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers in the hunt for members of the fallen regime and in their effort to bring hope and freedom to the Iraqi people.  Their work continues, and so do the risks.  Today, on behalf of the nation,
I thank the members of our Armed Forces, and I congratulate them!"

and Chicken Shit!
Barrack Hussein Obama's speech after the killing of
Osama bin Laden:
"And so shortly after taking office,   I  directed Leon Panetta, the Director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.

Then, last August,  I   was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden.  It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground.   I met repeatedly with my national security team as wedeveloped more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan.  And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and I authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan."

Obama did not once acknowledge our brave men and women who fight for our country, and, that, my friends, is chicken shit!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

REYNOSA:Comandante Mono Executed, Narco Cartulina Left with Body...

Borderland Beat

Link to Borderland Beat


Posted: 28 Apr 2014 02:30 PM PDT

Borderland Beat

Manta text Translation [by 777]:

This is what was causing harm to the people and 
the government and it is further proof that the CDG 
doesn't allow extortion, kidnappings, and harming the population 
or fighting against the government. 

This person's name is Erick or El Mono. 

He was the one causing trouble. 
The Gulf Cartel is here to protect the population and finish off 
all the kidnappings, extortion, robberies, and 
killing of innocent people. 
P.O.S like these have no place in this cartel. 


People of Comanadante Metro 3 and Metro 4 
Plaza Reynosa 
Atte: Los Metros

 Source: MenyTimesBlog and posted by "777" on Forum

POLL: 2014 LOOKS WORSE FOR DEMS THAN 2010 ...


POLL: 2014 LOOKS WORSE FOR DEMS THAN 2010 
It’s never been worse for President Obama in the Washington Post/ABC News poll, which finds him at a 41 percent job approval rating, about 13 points below his standing in the poll at this time in 2010, the year when his party got creamed in midterm elections. We’ve talked about the tsunami alert for Democrats this fall, but the sirens are getting too loud even for partisans and wishful thinkers on the left to ignore. There is no common measure so predictive of a party’s performance in congressional races than the job approval rating of a president of the same party. And Obama is looking increasingly like a toxic asset for Democrats desperate to cling to a Senate majority.
 
[Matters foreign and domestic - WaPo: “Just 42 percent approve of [President Obama’s] handling of the economy, 37 percent approve of how he is handling the implementation of [ObamaCare] and 34 percent approve of his handling of the situation involving Ukraine and Russia.”]
 
Out of pocket - The Washington Post/ABC News poll was heralded by Democrats last month when it showed opposition to ObamaCare softening and the nation evenly divided on the law. That has evaporated. Support for the law dropped 5 points, while opposition remained firm. Why? Fifty-eight percent of respondents said ObamaCare is causing overall health costs in the country costs to rise, but a worse harbinger for Democrats this fall: 47 percent of respondents said the law will increase their own health costs, while just 8 percent said they would pay less because of the law. The Post has it right in describing last month’s results: “That finding was more positive for the administration than most other polls at the time. Democrats saw it as a possible leading indicator of a shift in public opinion, but that has not materialized.”
 
Any Questions? - Reuters: “Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama's nominee for U.S. health secretary, will appear before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee on May 8 for the first of two confirmation hearings, a committee official said on Monday.”
 
Killer stat - Even as the poll shows voters agreeing with Democrats on key issues like increasing the minimum wage and even the overall subject of health care, one statistic explains why the majority party may be in even worse trouble than 2010, and it’s all about Obama: “Registered voters by 53-39% say they’d rather see the Republicans in control of Congress as a counterbalance to Obama’s policies than a Democratic-led Congress to help support him.” The main aim of voters would appear to be to block the president’s agenda, which is kind of the GOP’s whole jam these days.
 
[‘Not working as planned’ - In a new poll from the pro-ObamaCare Kaiser Family Foundation, 43 percent of respondents were able to correctly identify, when prompted, that “about 8 million” people signed up for ObamaCare. But when asked how the implementation of the law, 57 percent of voters said “it’s clear the law is not working as planned,” while 38 percent said “now the law is basically working as intended.”]

Predictive elements - Polls like this matter because they may be predictive, but are also just as important for how they can sap political parties of the ability to raise money and organize. If Democrats believe that the Senate is a lost cause, it would be much more appealing to focus on moving Hillary Clinton farther left ahead of 2016 or even funding a liberal mayor’s campaign than it would be to shove money at a red-state Democrat whose race may be a lost cause. Or consider this from the Harvard Institute of Politics survey of Millennial voters out this morning: “…less than one-in-four (23%) young Americans say they will ‘definitely be voting’ in November, a sharp drop of 11 percentage points from five months ago (34%). Among the most likely voters, the poll also finds traditional Republican constituencies showing more enthusiasm than Democratic ones for participating in the upcoming midterms, with 44 percent of 2012 Mitt Romney voters saying they will definitely be voting - a statistically significant difference compared to the 35 percent of 2012 Barack Obama voters saying the same.”

Baier Tracks: Pressure’s on… - “This far out from an election there is a tendency to over read the importance of one poll or another in the grand political mosaic that we all try to decipher every week. But… A recent spate of polls culminating with the Washington Post/ABC News poll out this morning suggests Democrats have a lot to fear in six months. As President Obama's approval hits a new low for the poll, 53 percent of the registered voters polled thought it would be a good thing if Republicans controlled all of Congress to counterbalance the administration. Only 37 percent approved of his handling of the health law and even fewer (34 percent) approve of his handle of the Ukraine crisis. As more polls show similar bad news for Democrats, we may soon see what Fox News First has been telegraphing for some time: more and more vulnerable red-state Democrats will feel compelled to make a louder stand against the administration on one thing or another. Reporters should get ready for a boatload of press releases from Democrats looking to change the subject. That’s what voters are already getting every day in the form of campaign ads.” – Bret Baier.

We must vote the progressive socialist democrats out of office – especially in the House and the Senate. We need to make the Senate bulletproof to Obama’s progressive socialist agenda and to restore the balance of power between the Legislative and Executive Branch of government. And, at some point, rein-in the activist judges who are setting policy with their decisions rather than simply determining if a law is constitutional or the courts have overstepped their authority.

One Citizen Speaking...


OBAMA LIES AGAIN: IS THE LOBBYIST HEADING THE FCC PLANNING TO SCREW CONSUMERS WHO USE THE INTERNET?

Posted: 28 Apr 2014 11:19 PM PDT

FCC

President Barack Hussein Obama, a progressive socialist democrat, has told so many lies that it is almost impossible to catalog them all …

Two of his greatest lies are well-documented on videotape.

  • “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, PERIOD!”
  • “I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. I have done more than any other candidate in this race to take on lobbyists—and won. They have not funded my campaign, they will not run my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am president.” 

So why should anyone be surprised when they find that Thomas Wheeler, a major communications industry insider, is appointed to become the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission?

Thomas Wheeler

Tom Wheeler was sworn in as the 31st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on November 4, 2013. Chairman Wheeler was appointed by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate.

For over three decades, Chairman Wheeler has been involved with new telecommunications networks and services, experiencing the revolution in telecommunications as a policy expert, an advocate, and a businessman. As an entrepreneur, he started or helped start multiple companies offering innovative cable, wireless, and video communications services. He is the only person to be selected to both the Cable Television Hall of Fame and The Wireless Hall of Fame, a fact President Obama joked made him “The Bo Jackson of Telecom.”

Prior to joining the FCC, Chairman Wheeler was Managing Director at Core Capital Partners, a venture capital firm investing in early stage Internet Protocol (IP)-based companies. He served as President and CEO of Shiloh Group, LLC, a strategy development and private investment company specializing in telecommunications services and co-founded SmartBrief, the internet’s largest electronic information service for vertical markets. From 1976 to 1984, Chairman Wheeler was associated with the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), where he was President and CEO from 1979 to 1984. Following NCTA, Chairman Wheeler was CEO of several high tech companies, including the first company to offer high speed delivery of data to home computers and the first digital video satellite service. From 1992 to 2004, Chairman Wheeler served as President and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA). <Source:FCC>

Not only is Wheeler a wealthy insider/lobbyist/entrepreneur, he also apparently has no problem lying like his boss, Barack Obama …

FEBRUARY 19, 2014 -- STATEMENT BY FCC CHAIRMAN TOM WHEELER ON THE FCC’S OPEN INTERNET RULES

In its Verizon v. FCC decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit invited the Commission to act to preserve a free and open Internet. I intend to accept that invitation by proposing rules that will meet the court’s test for preventing improper blocking of and discrimination among Internet traffic, ensuring genuine transparency in how Internet Service Providers manage traffic, and enhancing competition. Preserving the Internet as an open platform for innovation and expression while providing certainty and predictability in the marketplace is an important responsibility of this agency.

The D.C. Circuit ruled that the FCC has the legal authority to issue enforceable rules of the road to preserve Internet freedom and openness. It affirmed that Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 gives the FCC authority to encourage broadband deployment by, among other things, removing barriers to infrastructure deployment, encouraging innovation, and promoting competition. The court recognized the importance of ensuring that so-called “edge providers,” those that use the network to deliver goods and services, can reach people who use the Internet. And it upheld the Commission's judgment that Internet freedom encourages broadband investment and that its absence could ultimately inhibit broadband deployment. <Source: FCC>

The progressive socialist democrats: lying liars that lie --- disadvantaging consumers who purchase internet services …

Network neutrality is the concept that all files consist of the same type of digital bits, no matter if the file is text, audio, video, data, or anything else to be transmitted digitally. And, that since all of these files are comprised of the same digital bits, they should not be surcharged by content type, nor see any delay in transmission. So while the internet service providers can charge you for additional bandwidth and/or upload./download speeds, they cannot charge you for faster delivery of your digital content at the expense of delaying other digital content.

But, that is not the type of network neutrality envisioned by the industry trying to turn a commodity, the transmission of bits over their network, into a profit-making scheme as complex and convoluted as that used by the telephone and cellular carriers who have different tiers, packages, and schemes – even though they transmit the very same type of information.

So Wheeler’s proposed rules look something like …

The proposed rules would allow pay-for-priority access fees

By contrast, according to the Wall Street Journal, the FCC's new "proposal would […] allow providers to give preferential treatment to traffic from some content providers, as long as such arrangements are available on 'commercially reasonable' terms for all interested content companiesWhether the terms are commercially reasonable would be decided by the FCC on a case-by-case basis."

This is a clear reversal of the Open Internet Order's policies towards access fees, as Public Knowledge haspointed out, p. 21.

"[T]he issue is not that broadband ISPs are charging commercially unreasonable rates to edge providers when they should be charging them commercially reasonable ones; the issue is that any charges or differential treatment between a broadband ISP and a pure edge provider (as opposed to an interconnecting network) are unreasonable. A 'commercial reasonableness' rule would change this norm by giving formal FCC blessing to the very kinds of arrangements the open internet rules sought to prohibit."

2. Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act requires the FCC to allow access fees

Many were surprised by yesterday's announcement. After all, in a statement in February, the Chairman had said that he is committed to protecting the Open Internet and that he intends to do so under Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act, and many observers had taken comfort in that statement.

First, to be upheld under Section 706, any new network neutrality rules need to provide sufficient room for individualized discrimination and negotiation. After all, Verizon v. FCC struck down the Open Internet Order's no-blocking and non-discrimination rule because they violated the Communications Act's ban on imposing common carrier obligations on entities like Internet service providers that the FCC has not classified as telecommunications service providers or common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act.

<Source: The FCC changed course on network neutrality. Here is why you should care. | Center for Internet and Society>

Since there is no notice of advanced proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register, we turn to Tom Wheeler’s blog for a preview …

Setting the Record Straight on the FCC’s Open Internet Rules by: Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman - April 24, 2014

To be clear, this is what the Notice will propose:

  1. That all ISPs must transparently disclose to their subscribers and users all relevant information as to the policies that govern their network;
  2. That no legal content may be blocked; and
  3. That ISPs may not act in a commercially unreasonable manner to harm the Internet, including favoring the traffic from an affiliated entity.

<Source: Official FCC Blog>

  • Consider item one … all of the rates, fees, and schemes of the complex telephone tariff and taxation rules are open source documents that can be read by anyone with the time, patience, and knowledge of what they are looking at. So transparent disclosure has the same weight an advantage that Obama claimed when he said, ““This is the most transparent administration in history.”
  • Consider item two … No “legal” content may be blocked. The United Nations and other international bodies are now considering the criminalization of so-called “hate speech” that disparages Muslims and other such groups. Should an international tribunal rule that speech which is protected under the Constitution’s First Amendment is illegal, there is a possibility that Obama – the internationalist – would follow suit and claim it is a treaty obligation; possibly ratified by a corrupt Senate under the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. This is SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) which makes the government the agent to criminalize, investigate and prosecute previous civil copyright infringement again! Something that demands deep packet mining and demanding that packets not be encrypted beyond what the government could crack.

Detecting and then Criminalizing “Hate Speech”

If two Democratic lawmakers have their way, Barack Obama’s Justice Department will submit a report for action against any Internet sites, broadcast, cable television or radio shows determined to be advocating or encouraging “violent acts.”

The Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014 “would create an updated comprehensive report examining the role of the Internet and other telecommunications in encouraging hate crimes based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation and create recommendations to address such crimes <Source: www.wnd.com/2014/04/big-chill-feds-want-to-scour-net-media-for-hate-speech/>

  • Consider item three … Pretty much this excludes self-dealing, but says absolutely nothing about an ISP surcharging a video based upon its rental cost or on any other so-called “reasonable” basis. In the world of FCC-speak, reasonableness is often determined by having the same terms and conditions apply to all parties – the consumers be damned. Allowing the “reasonableness” to be determined by the FCC on a case-by-case basis, would open the process up to corrupt lobbying – with no party speaking for the citizen/taxpayer/consumer.

The end game …

Chairman Wheeler is claiming that he has no choice but to allow these access fees if the internet service providers are not regulated common carriers.

Of course, if internet service providers became common carriers, the the Executive Branch of the federal government could exert even more control over both the transmission and possibly the content. Allowing for the surcharging of content that may be deemed detrimental to society, such as pornography. And, possibly even butting heads with the First Amendment with respect to political advertising and support statements carried within a period of time preceding an election. I you say it cannot happen, one must consider exactly how lawless President Obama and his cadre of progressive socialist democrats are and how they have circumvented Congress to impose unconstitutional rules and regulation by executive fiat.

Bottom line …

There is no doubt that Tom Wheeler is representing the interests of industry rather than the consumer; and that he will return to the industry as soon as he passes through the revolving door. Personally, I am tired of the game being played by providers, especially paying for internet speeds that are not achievable on a sustained and consistent basis.

So, in essence, the FCC is offering you a false and misleading choice – both of which are damaging to the citizen/taxpayer/consumer. Choose one: network neutrality and increased government tyranny or no network neutrality and increased internet costs. I am sure that the Obamacons are hoping that you will select network neutrality and empower the government to, once again, screw citizens, taxpayers, and consumers.

We must vote the progressive socialist democrats out of office – especially in the House and the Senate. We need to make the Senate bulletproof to Obama’s progressive socialist agenda and to restore the balance of power between the Legislative and Executive Branch of government. And, at some point, rein-in the activist judges who are setting policy with their decisions rather than simply determining if a law is constitutional or the courts have overstepped their authority.

-- steve

Another Terrorist Arrested. ...AG Holder?


The U.S. Opts for Ineffective Sanctions on Russia

The U.S. Opts for Ineffective Sanctions on Russia

Monday, April 28, 2014

OIL ... Send to Everyone!!!


Next time you have to fill up at $3.49/gallon or more, think of this!!

 

OIL - You better be sitting down when you read this!

 

As you may know, Cruz Construction started a division in North Dakota just 6 months ago.  They send every Kenworth (9 trucks) we had here in Alaska to North Dakota and several drivers.  They just bought two new Kenworth's to add to that fleet; one being a Tri Drive tractor and a new 65 ton lowboy to go with it.  They also bought two new cranes (one crawler & one rubber tired) for that division.

 

Dave Cruz said they have moved more rigs in the last 6 months in ND than Cruz Construction moved in Alaska in the last 6 years.

 

Williston is like a gold rush town; they moved one of our 40 man camps down there since there are no rooms available.

 

 

Unemployment in ND is the lowest in the nation at 3.4 percent last I checked.

 

See anything in the national news about how the oil industry is fueling North Dakota 's economy?

 

Here's an astonishing read. Important and verifiable information:

 

About 6 months ago, the writer was watching a news program on oil and one of the Forbes Bros. was the guest.

 

 

The Bakken is the largest domestic oil discovery since Alaska 's Prudhoe Bay , and has the potential to eliminate all American dependence on foreign oil.  The Energy Information Administration sm(EIA) estimates it at 503 billion barrels.  Even if just 10% of the oil is recoverable( 5 billion barrels), at $107 a barrel, we're looking at a resource base worth more than $5.3 trillion.

 

"When I first briefed legislators on this, you could practically see their jaws hit the floor.

 

They had no idea.." says Terry Johnson, the Montana Legislature's financial analyst.

 

However, a recent technological breakthrough has opened up the Bakken's massive reserves, and we now have access of up to 500 billion barrels.  And because this is light, sweet oil, those billions of barrels will cost Americans just $16   PER BARREL !!!!!!

 

That's enough crude to fully fuel the American economy for 2041 years straight.

 

And if THAT didn't throw you on the floor, then this next one should - because it's from 2006 !!!!!!

 

U.. S. Oil Discovery - Largest Reserve in the World

 

Stansberry Report Online - 4/20/2006

 

Hidden 1,000 feet beneath the surface of the Rocky Mountains lies the largest untapped oil reserve in the world.

 

It is more than 2 TRILLION barrels.  On August 8, 2005 President Bush mandated its extraction.

 

In three and a half years of high oil prices none has been extracted.

 

With this motherload of oil why are we still fighting over off-shore drilling?

 

They reported this stunning news:  We have more oil inside our borders, than all the other proven reserves on earth.

 

Here are the official estimates:

 

8 times as much oil as Saudi Arabia

 

18 times as much oil as Iraq

 

21 times as much oil as Kuwait

 

22 times as much oil as Iran

 

500 times as much oil as Yemen and it's all right here in the Western United States !!!!!!

 

HOW can this BE?  HOW can we NOT BE extracting this?  Because the environmentalists and others have blocked all efforts to help America become independent of foreign oil! Again, we are letting a small group of people dictate our lives and our economy.  WHY?

 

James Bartis, lead researcher with the study says we've got more oil in this very compact area than the entire Middle East, more than 2 TRILLION barrels untapped.  That's more than all the proven oil reserves of crude oil in the world today , reports The Denver Post.

 

Don't think 'OPEC' will drop its price even with this find?  Think again! It's all about the competitive marketplace, it has to.

 

OPEC is funding the environmentalists!!!

 

Got your attention yet?  Now, while you're thinking about it, do this:

 

Pass this along.  If you don't take a little time to do this, then you should stifle yourself the next time you complain about gas prices, by doing NOTHING, you forfeit your right to complain.

 

Now I just wonder what would happen in this country if every one of you sent this to everyone in your address book.

 

By the way, this can be verified.  Check it out at the link below !!!!!!

 

http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=1911 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conundrum: Something that is puzzling or confusing. Here are six conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:


Here are six conundrums of socialism in the United States of America: 
 
1. America is capitalist and greedy - yet half of the population is subsidized. 
 
2. Half of the population is subsidized - yet they think they are victims. 
 
3. They think they are victims - yet their representatives run the government. 
 
4. Their representatives run the government - yet the poor keep getting poorer. 
 
5. The poor keep getting poorer - yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about. 
 
6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about - yet they want America to be more like those other countries. 
 
And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA: Elections decided by uninformed voters, Moochers as the big winners, Marxists who are leading from behind! 

Simple Plan to Destroy Russia! ...

Much has been said about what Obama should do to hurt the Russian economy. To me the plan to destroy Russia is simple:

1) ban their use of coal
2) mandate that Russia goes on Obamacare
3) don't allow any drilling on Russian public land
4) have the EPA pass rulings on Russian business
5) re-define the full time Russian work week to 30 hours
6) raise the Russian minimum wage
7) mandate overtime pay for government employees
8) Demand the Russian Government pay free Welfare benefits to un-qualified Citizens and Illegal immigrants

This plan is proven and has been working in the U. S. since 2009.

$86,400 a day for life.......Interesting twist!

I really like this. Please read to the end. You may be surprised.

Something to think about...

Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest:

Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in your private 

account for your use. However, this prize has rules.

The set of rules:

1. Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be 

taken away from you.

2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.

3. You may only spend it.

4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with 

another $86,400.00 for that day.

5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can 

say," Game Over! It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted right?

Not only for yourself, but for all people you love. Even for 

people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right?

You would try to spend every cent, and use it all, right?

ACTUALLY This GAME is REAL!

Shocked YES!! Each of us is already a winner of this PRIZE. 

We just can't seem to see it.

This PRIZE is *TIME*!

1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life,

2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us.

3. What we haven't lived up that day is forever lost.
4. Yesterday is forever gone.

5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can 

dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING....

SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?

Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars. 
Think about that, and always think of this:

Enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much 

quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life!

Here's wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day.

Start spending....Every day God gives is a blessing.


60 MINUTES TAKES OUR ENEMIES AND THEIR ACTIVISTS ON A TOUR OF A NUCLEAR LAUNCH CONTROL CENTER DO AL SHARPTON, JESSE JACKSON SEE THE RACIST RANT OF NBA OWNER AS A PROFIT AND MEDIA OPPORTUNITY? IRS CANNOT DISCIPLINE ITS OWN PEOPLE: WHY PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS MUST BE ELIMINATED WHY THE PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS NEED AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN SCHOOL ADMISSIONS

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60 MINUTES TAKES OUR ENEMIES AND THEIR ACTIVISTS ON A TOUR OF A NUCLEAR LAUNCH CONTROL CENTER

Posted: 28 Apr 2014 12:26 AM PDT

There is little doubt in my mind that 60 Minutes reflects the political position of the Obama Administration and their cadre of progressive socialist democrats …

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Am I the only person who is pissed off that 60 Minutes did a great disservice to America and our Air Force by embarking upon what I believe to be a sponsored publicity tour of a Nuclear Launch Control Center? 

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Tour a nuclear launch control center

When Lesley Stahl and the 60 Minutes team went 70 feet underground inside a nuclear control center, they found a system dating back to the 1960s

When Lesley Stahl and the 60 Minutes team ventured 70 feet underground into a nuclear control center, Stahl says what she found was "peculiar": a malfunctioning phone, floppy disks and an antique computer system without a monitor.

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Visit 60 Minutes overtime to view the segment and the supplementary materials: Tour a nuclear launch control center - CBS News

Highlighting an aging system that used 8” floppy disks and appears to be held together with legacy systems. In my opinion, this is information is not need to know by the greater population! While 60 Minutes did not reveal CNWDI-level secrets  (Critical Nuclear Weapons Design Information), they did cast a long shadow of doubt on the men and women who stand at the ready to protect the United States against nuclear attack.

Yes, there have been morale issues, and people were caught cheating on exams – not to cover up information deficiencies, but to insure a perfect 100% score. Yes, we have had near nuclear accidents, but revealing this information to progressive socialist democrats only encourages the socialist/communist peaceniks to continue their protests against nuclear weapons. I can anticipate a renewed outcry to dismantle our nuclear weapons and/or reduce our missile counts … with the 60 Minutes piece ginning up additional anti-Missile opposition.

The fact that 60 Minutes concentrated on past nuclear weapon-related incidents and stressing that our command and control system is complex and aging is deeply troubling. And the suggestion that we do not need land-based missiles is unfounded. 

Bottom line …

To see that 60 Minutes characterized the Missile Command as a second-rate assignment rather than an elite posting was deeply troubling.

The real issue facing the United States military is that the command structure is becoming hyper-politicized and, in the present instance, faces opposition from civilian overloads steeped in soviet-style socialist propaganda and who apparently holds the military in low regard. Generals, Admirals, and other hard-charging squared away officers are routinely eliminated and demoted by the political bullshit coming from the White House – in reality, probably Valerie Jarrett and he socialist-trained cohorts.

What I would like to see is simple. A return to the ethics and efficiency of the Strategic Air Command, where motto “Peace is our profession,” was unofficially supplemented by “To err is human, to forgive is divine – neither one of which is SAC operational policy.” I would also like for these media morons to be denied access to critical facilities and information.

-- steve

DO AL SHARPTON, JESSE JACKSON SEE THE RACIST RANT OF NBA OWNER AS A PROFIT AND MEDIA OPPORTUNITY?

Posted: 28 Apr 2014 12:27 AM PDT

This is a self-answering question as both Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson appear to be commenting on the alleged racist rant of an NBA owner …

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Al Sharpton -- NBA Should Take Clippers from Sterling

Reverend Al Sharpton is calling for the NBA to investigate Donald Sterling ASAP -- telling TMZ Sports, "No one should be allowed to own a team if they have in fact engaged in this kind of racial language."

Sharpton is calling for the league to make an investigation into Sterling its #1 priority -- adding, "We are prepared at National Action Network to rally in front of the NBA headquarters if this matter is not immediately dealt with."

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Sterling -- who owns the L.A. Clippers -- went off on his girlfriend for hanging out with black people in public and told her NOT to bring black people to his games.

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2014/04/26/al-sharpton-investigation-donald-sterling-clippers

Reverend Jesse Jackson also weighed in on Sterling's alleged comments.

"The first burden is upon the commissioner, Adam Silver, to act decisively because we don't want this to drag on throughout the playoffs," the noted civil rights activist said. "Donald Sterling should be banned immediately. The question is for how long. To do otherwise would subject his players to the indignity of working for a racist.

"And since Donald Sterling doesn't want blacks to go to his games, blacks should not go to his games. And whites who view blacks as equals should not go to his games. Why should the players even play for him when he has stated that their relatives -- their children, their parents, some of their wives -- are not welcome at their games?" <Source>

Look to Harvey Levin and TMZ to expose more of the story. It has been suggested that this is not an organic story, but an attempt by an estranged lover embroiled in a million-dollar lawsuit to exact revenge.

Race and money …

 

NAACP: Sterling Will Not Be Awarded Lifetime Achievement Honor

In response to the controversy, Miller said plans to bestow the award to Sterling had been cancelled.

“Let me make it clear, the NAACP will not be honoring Mr. Sterling at the upcoming Los Angeles branch event and we have strongly urged our Los Angeles unit to take the necessary steps to rescind the previous award they bestowed on him,” she said.

“The remarks attributed to Mr. Sterling are outrageous and remind us that racism is alive and well at every socioeconomic level. With the election of President Obama, many were sold the idea that the United States would be instantly transformed into a post racial society and racism would be eviscerated. People who bought that idea were sold wolf tickets,” Miller continued in part, urging others to speak out against discrimination.

Sort of highlights the value of the awards given to those politically powerful donors who contribute big money and who sponsor and underwrite events

Bottom line …

A billionaire with a major public relations problem appears to be a vulnerable target for those who will sell radical sensitivity training, monitoring, and damage mitigation services to avoid forced divestment or boycott. I wonder if we will see the Jewish NBA owner praying with Sharpton or Jackson; or at least doing a public mea culpa in their presence.

By the way, did anyone notice that the alleged racist is a big-time democrat, lauded by progressive socialist organizations and the progressive media?

-- steve 

IRS CANNOT DISCIPLINE ITS OWN PEOPLE: WHY PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS MUST BE ELIMINATED

Posted: 26 Apr 2014 06:10 PM PDT

As my readers know, I am not a fan of unions, be they trade unions or public employee unions. I am dead set against any organization that is based on corrupting politicians to advance their own agenda. I am also dead set against any organization that rewards seniority over merit, limits innovation to maintain the status quo, imposes work rules that split one-person jobs into multiple segments requiring multiple people, and demands increased benefits with little or no increase in productivity to pay for the increase benefits. In fact, it appears to me that most unions care little or nothing about their members other than to provide a continuing revenue stream that can be invested by their union bosses; and in some cases investment decisions riddled with corruption and cronyism.

As a demonstration of the clear and present danger public employee unions present to America and all Americans, let us consider the Internal Revenue Service …

If non-governmental workers do not report their income, under-report their income, or fail to pay their taxes, we are in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service. In many cases, evading your taxes may be a criminal matter. And, for those who underpay or do not pay their taxes, there is the spectre of criminal prosecution and civil forfeiture. The IRS garnishes your wages or puts a lien on your property – or in extreme cases confiscates your property to sell at auction.

In many cases IRS will serve as the enforcement arm of federal and state agencies and withhold, apparently without question, any tax refund that you may be due. Not to mention that the IRS is the enforcement arm of the Department of Health and Human Services when it comes to penalizing non-participation in the Obamacare insurance scam that is decimating the insurance industry and destroying individual healthcare.

Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts

The Treasury Department has intercepted $1.9 billion in tax refunds already this year — $75 million of that on debts delinquent for more than 10 years, said Jeffrey Schramek, assistant commissioner of the department’s debt management service. The aggressive effort to collect old debts started three years ago — the result of a single sentence tucked into the farm bill lifting the 10-year statute of limitations on old debts to Uncle Sam.

The Federal Trade Commission, on its Web site, advises Americans that “family members typically are not obligated to pay the debts of a deceased relative from their own assets.” But Social Security officials say that if children indirectly received assistance from public dollars paid to a parent, the children’s money can be taken, no matter how long ago any overpayment occurred. <Source>

Scandal and cover-up …

Even worse, the Internal Revenue Service is apparently engaged in a cover-up of an unconstitutional and illegal use of the IRS, to pursue, harass, and deny tax exempt status to conservative causes seeking a tax exemption. This constitutes felonious conduct that can send people to jail.

In 2013, the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revealed that it had selected political groups applying for tax-exempt status for closer scrutiny based on their names or political themes. This led to wide condemnation of the agency and triggered several investigations, including a Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal probe ordered by United States Attorney General Eric Holder. Initial reports described the selections as nearly exclusively of conservative groups with terms such as "Tea Party" in their names. <Source>

The Chief of the IRS Section involved in these matters has consistently lied to Congress, before exerting Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination. The Attorney General, Department of Justice, and the FBI appear to be complicit in extending the cover-up for political reasons – perhaps beyond the 2014 congressional election cycle that threatens the progressive socialist democrat majority in the Senate where high-ranking officials and judges have been confirmed on party lines without additional scrutiny. Of course, the Senate, under the leadership of the corrupt Harry Reid, refuses to bring key legislation to the floor for a vote and is complicit in using rules ‘tricks’ to pass legislation, such as Obamacare, that cannot withstand scrutiny and passed in an ordinary bi-partisan manner.

The IRS gave bonuses to IRS employees who owed taxes and were subject to disciplinary hearings …  

IRS gave bonuses to employees who owed back taxes. And that’s not all.

report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration shows that between Oct. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2012, the IRS paid $2.8 million in bonuses to employees cited in the past year for such things as drug use, making violent threats, fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits, misusing government credit cards and — get this — failing to pay their taxes.

The report said more than 1,100 employees who failed to pay their taxes received discretionary awards of more than $1 million in cash bonuses and more than 10,000 hours in extra paid vacation. At least five employees received performance awards after being disciplined for intentionally under-reporting their tax liabilities for multiples years, paying taxes late and under-reporting income.  <Source>

Blame the public employee union that covers IRS workers …

Like many companies and government agencies, the IRS sweetens the deal for its employees by giving bonuses based on performance. But at the IRS, breaking the federal tax laws you were hired to enforce and running afoul of other agency rules aren’t considered relevant to performance-based awards.

You have to do something really bad before the IRS will take conduct into account, bad enough to be suspended for 14 days or more. Even then, conduct is only deemed relevant to awards of permanent pay increases, not for bonuses or extra vacation time.

The IRS’s contract with the National Treasury Employees Union bars the agency from considering bad conduct when making performance-based awards. As for non-union employees, federal guidelines are silent on the subject.More than 2,800 employees out of 98,000 got performance-based awards within a year of disciplinary action.

While not specifically prohibited by IRS policies, providing awards to employees with conduct issues, especially the failure to pay taxes owed to the Federal Government, appears to be in conflict with the IRS’s charge of ensuring the integrity of the system of tax administration,” the report said. “In addition, awards provided to these employees could be put to better use by providing employees who are compliant additional opportunities for awards.”  Source: IRS gave bonuses to employees who owed back taxes. And that’s not all.

Now we are about to see the progressive socialist democrats slime their own Inspector General …

Inspector Generals have a thankless task. They are reviled by the agency and individuals they investigate, not to mention the regime in power at the time of wrongdoing. Apparently in an effort to defuse the Inspector General’s politically damaging reports, the progressive socialists are now attempting to attack the Treasury Attorney General and show that he is not above reproach.

Two House Democrats on Thursday called for an investigation of a federal auditor who accused the Internal Revenue Service of gross mismanagement and targeting advocacy groups for extra scrutiny based on their names and policy positions.

Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Matt Cartwright (D-Penn.) on Wednesday filed acomplaint with a special watchdog council questioning the independence of Treasury Department inspector general J. Russell George.

The congressmen, both of whom serve as top Democrats on House oversight committees, said George produced a “fundamentally flawed performance audit” that was “incomplete” and “outright misleading.” They also alleged that he held briefings with Republican members of the House Oversight Committee without the knowledge of Democrats on the panel. <Source>

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Look for the progressive socialist democrats to begin personally attacking the man in the near future. I would not be surprised to see that the IG has socialized with political types in furtherance of his career, or possibly citing the appearance of wrongdoing by his subordinates. The politics of personal destruction as defined by the corrupt Hillary Clinton and used to great effect to protect her lying, cheating presidential husband.   

Bottom line …

Under the past two Administrations, we have seen the government lose significant credibility with the very people for whom they work,”We the People.” Not since the corrupt and contemptible former President Richard Nixon tried to illegally use the IRS against his political enemies – for which he was threatened with impeachment – have we seen such corruption and hyper-politicization in public agencies. The IRS was always tough, but were considered apolitical and without taint. Now, they are at the center of a scandal that demands reform and the investigation and prosecution of IRS employees.

The progressive socialist democrats have benefited from the IRS scandal, some suggesting that the additional tax-exempt funding could have resulted in the defeat of Barack Obama. Interference in presidential elections is a felony. And, now the progressive socialist democrats are engaged in a cover-up to delay or de-track any investigation that could damage the party prior to the 2014 election.

It is time to throw the progressive socialist democrats and their RINO cohorts out of office – especially the House of Representatives and the United States Senate. Enough with political and crony corruption. Time to start rebuilding America.

-- steve

WHY THE PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS NEED AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN SCHOOL ADMISSIONS

Posted: 26 Apr 2014 06:09 PM PDT

The race-baiters, race-hustlers, and poverty pimps would have you believe that any college admissions process that does not take into account the race of the applicant is de facto racist and the issue must be addressed by the Congress and the federal courts.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

The issue is that the progressive socialist democrats and their progressive socialist teachers unions have done an abysmal job in education our children, especially those located in the inner cities. Perhaps the real scandal is that all of the money paid by the taxpayers to be spent on students and in the classrooms have been diverted to massive infrastructure projects that favor politically-connected special interests or diverted to unwarranted salaries, perks, and privileges that benefit incompetent teachers as well as skilled teachers. With multiple millions flowing into union pension and welfare programs that are administered by the unions, possibly with corruption and cronyism.

The politicians want your tax dollars without damaging that politically-protected class of tenured teachers who must be called to account for their teaching skills and subject-matter knowledge. The progressive democrats do not want testing of teachers or students. And, when testing students, there is often cheating by the teachers and administrators – even though the tests are artificially dumbed-down so they can be passed by the lowest common denominator of student.

And, heaven forbid you mention a charter school – likely to be better than public schools, and even more egregious from the position of the progressive socialist democrats, non-union. The progressive socialist democrats believe that your children are their property and that they, and they alone, are responsible for their welfare outside of the home. The unions believe that public money belongs to them and that vouchers for public schools and/or charter schools would highlight inefficient and failing schools, incentivizing the switch to private, non-union schooling.

Even worse …

We are dooming ill-prepared children to failure when they are admitted to top-flight schools based on affirmative action. When confronted with this no-excuses, competitive environment, these students are prone to drop out and never return. The shame and failure should be on the corrupt and uncaring progressive socialist unions and their political cronies, the corrupt progressive socialist democrats.

Bottom line …

It is not that the progressive socialist democrats want affirmative action or even care about your children – they want political power and access to public funds. Any public good is merely a side benefit.

Time to remove the progressive socialist democrats from the House, Senate, and the Bureaucracy. Time to eliminate public employee unions that have not served us well and whose continued political corruption threatens to bankrupt us all in the finest “shared misery” socialism manner. It’s your choice and nobody is holding a gun to your head in the privacy of the voting booth.

-- steve