Renewable Disaster

I’ll remind you; if you wish to see our future, just gaze across the pond.

It’s not the floods or any other natural disaster.

It’s a self-inflicted disaster, caused by trying to cut CO2 emissions 80% by 2050.

Even Germany is beginning to realize that it can’t continue to support renewable energy.

The accompanying chart shows that the cost of electricity is far higher in Europe than in the United States.

EU vs US costs for electricity and natural gas. From the Economist Magazine

This disparity in the cost of electricity can only get worse if Europe continues with its current low-carbon obsession. The German Association of Energy and Water (BDEW), for example, predicts that electricity prices will increase another 25%. “Thomas Vahlenkamp of McKinsey reckons that the cost of the Energiewende will double over the next decade.1

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Left Wing Writer Opposes Immigration Bill

While the U.S. Senate easily passed the immigration bill Thursday, the measure is expected to encounter resistance from GOP House members before it ever lands on President Obama’s desk in the Oval Office.

The battle shaping up looks to be fierce. But in the midst of this political fight is one voice you just don’t hear that much about:

A liberal encouraging other liberals to oppose the immigration bill.

He’s not an elected official, but a writer for the left-leaning New Republic magazine.

And T.A. Frank knows his article, Why Liberals Should Oppose the Immigration Bill: It’s about low-wage American workers, won’t garner him kudos from his political tribe:

The consensus among decent people in favor of the immigration bill making its way through Congress is so firm that expressing dissent feels a bit like taking the floor to suggest we chop down the Redwood National Park. People don’t want to hear it, and they also think you’re a nut. That makes this article one of the hardest I’ve ever had to write. It’s not that I’m afraid people will get angry; it’s that I can’t imagine anyone on my side (liberal) is open to persuasion.

Frank’s objection to the immigration bill has its roots in future concerns:

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Illegals Will Pay Their Fair Share

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Boy would I like to speak about something other than immigration, but it is the hot topic and it’s one of my major hot button issues. My friends don’t bring it up any longer for fear of… “Don’t get him started” 

It just really angers me that so many are feeding us such crap and asking us to believe them and trust that they will do the right thing for our country.

Take the whole “learning English” lie. All the advocates including Ryan and Rubio say learning the English language will be a requirement toward the “pathway to citizenship”. That’s a lie and they must know it.

First, it’s already part of current immigration policy and we see how well it’s being followed now. Second, they say illegals must demonstrate their knowledge of English. What will they have to do to accomplish this? Will they have to master the English language? Will they just have to demonstrate a rudimentary understanding of our language? Nope. They merely have to sign up for class. Check that. They merely have to claim that they signed up. No one is going to check.

Well, the illegals will still have to pay a fine. So how much is the fine? It must be punitive, right? Well according to the conservative sage Karl Rove, the fine will be a whopping $1000, payable over six years or about $14 a month. Whoa, step back!

If I recall, didn’t Rubio say we would build the border fence with all that fine money rolling in? 14 bucks would go a long way toward that.

But wait, as if that punitive fine wasn’t enough punishment, the illegals will have to pay back taxes. Now we’re talkin. After a decade or more “in the shadows” they’ll have to pay what we are owed. And who better to determine what they owe than the IRS.

Well, the illegals will have to pay what the IRS assesses they must according to the “Internal Revenue Code”, unless of course they just happened to be paid under the table or using a fake or stolen Social Security number. If that’s the case the IRS can’t assess or determine what they owe so I guess they just won’t have to pay anything. But remember, they still have to pay that huge fine hanging over them.

I wonder if they’ll be able to use their new EBT (food stamp) card to pay the fine? Just asking.

But despite all the nonsense, they will at least have to go to the back of the line behind those who played by the rules. Boy, I’ll bet those law-abiding rubes feel pretty foolish, eh?

Well, as Rush Limbaugh has repeatedly said, how long will it be before camera shy Chucky Schumer holds a presser pleading for the poor illegals, that in good faith came “out of the shadows” just to be saddled with debt and thrust to the back of the bus? It’s just not fair that these poor immigrants should be treated this way. They should be granted citizenship immediately.

I guarantee that speech had been written long ago, sitting in his desk, just waiting for the opportunity to trot it out. I would bet he’d be out in not more than 24 to 48 hours after the bill was signed into law.

Maybe it’s high time the liars are brought out of the shadows and into the light.

Marco’s Feelin the Heat

by: Matt K. Lewis of the The Daily Caller

with comments by yours truly [ ]

Sen. Marco Rubio took to the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday afternoon, to address concerns that have arisen from some grassroots conservatives over his support of immigration reform.

[ Concerns?! How about betrayal. And he not only supports it, he appears to be the head betrayer.]

“I have received numerous emails and calls from conservatives and tea party activists,” he said at the beginning of his remarks.

[ From what Ted Cruz has said, the senate phone lines have been on fire. Senate aids are apparently getting a bit tired of fielding the less than complimentary calls]

“To hear the worry, anxiety, and growing anger in the voices of so many people who helped me get elected to the Senate, who I agree with on virtually every other issue, has been a real trial for me,” he confessed.

[ Evidently it is not enough to sway you to change your position. Those who supported you understand that this is truly a game changer. If this gets pushed through, nothing else will matter. We can’t believe you don’t see it]

But he said he told them that he would go to Washington to “fight to stop what is bad for America,” and that what we have now is, in fact, hurting America. ”I simply wasn’t going to leave it to Democrats alone to try to figure out how to fix it.”

[ That’s what we thought you would do, fight for us and the Constitution. And name one thing the “Government” has ever fixed, democrat or republican?]

“I got involved because I knew that if conservatives didn’t get involved in shaping this legislation, it would not have any border security reforms our nation desperately needs,” Rubio said.

[ Well, I’ll be kind and won’t call that a lie, but it sure isn’t the truth. There is no security, but there are hollow promises of maybe some security sometime…maybe]

Rubio asked tea party conservatives who are upset to understand that he honestly believes “it is the right thing for our country.”

[ If  that is truly what he believes than he has been lost to the dark side. That or he never was anything but a slick talker. I don’t know which and frankly I don’t care]

And he assured them he would continue to fight along side them for “real tax reform, lowering the debt, balancing our budget, reducing regulations, rolling back job-killing environmental policies and repealing the disaster of Obamacare,” and to defend “the sanctity of life and traditional marriage.”

[ Senator Rubio…the bottom line is that none of  those other things will matter at all if we allow, by some updated estimates, upwards of 40 million illegals to become legalized. Our already fragile economy will be overwhelmed (Cloward and Piven) and the country we knew will be unrecognizable in as little as 5 years, give or take. I’m stunned you don’t see it. Or worse, maybe you do]

 

Tatooed Fruit

 

Fruit in Europe may no longer come with sticky labels, now that the European Union has approved the use of iron oxides and hydroxides, hydroxypropyl, methyl cellulose and polysorbates on the skins of fruit.

Using these chemicals creates contrast to allow the laser markings to stand out more clearly, and prevent the laser from penetrating the skin of the fruit.

A Spanish company developed the laser system, which can brand up to 54,000 pieces of fruit in an hour.

 
Fruit gets inked: Spanish company Laser Food has developed a method of branding fruits with a laser to replace the small stickers currently in use
 Spanish company Laser Food has developed a method of branding fruits with a laser to replace the small stickers currently in use

The company, Laser Food, developed the technology in 2009 and has been in talks with the EU to obtain approval ever since.

A significant stumbling block has been removed now that the EU has approved the use of iron oxides and hydroxides and other chemicals on fruits. 

The laser markings will contain information such as logos and place of origin and, according to trade magazine The Grocer, bar codes which could be scanned to access further information about the produce and QR codes that can be scanned with smartphones.

 
Details: The laser system can be used to inscribe brands and other information onto fruit such as melons, citrus and pomegranates
The laser system can be used to inscribe brands and other information onto fruit such as melons, citrus and pomegranates

 

 
Chemical romance: The EU has approved the use of some chemicals in labeling fruit, but so far only fruits that are usually peeled such as citrus
 The EU has approved the use of some chemicals in labeling fruit, but so far only fruits that are usually peeled such as citrus

Producers will know where their produce is being sold, and consumers will know the exact provenance of their fruit.

Jaime Sanfelix, managing director of Laser Food told The Grocer, ‘Consumers will have absolute certainty the product they are buying is fully guaranteed.’

 
Kiwi fruits with a sticker reading
Spanish company Laser Food has created a machine that is able to apply laser logos to fruits. Tattoos in the form of barcodes, logos, or QR codes can be used to mark the fresh produce?and 54,000 fruits can be branded within an hour.
 On the top, kiwifruit with the commonly-used stickers, and below, kiwi branded with lasers by Spanish company Laser Food
 

According to the ruling, the technology will be used on fruits which are usually peeled and the skin discarded:

‘[The chemicals] are to be used in small quantities and only on the external part of fruit and are not expected to migrate significantly into the internal part. For that reason, the treatment of fruit of which the peels are not commonly consumed is not liable to have an effect on human health. It is therefore appropriate only to allow…for marking of citrus fruit, melons and pomegranates…’ says the report.

The report also notes that the new technology will save on environmental costs of paper and glue needed for sticky labels.

The system will open up marketing opportunities for retailers too, who will be able to brand fruit with various motifs and logos.

Attribution: Alex Greig, Mail Online

Amnesty Vote Today!

On Monday at 5:30pm, the United States Senate will vote on the most sweeping immigration reform proposal it has considered in almost 3 decades – and it will do so having only seen the nearly 1200 pages of text for approximately 72 hours.  Americans – including myself, my fellow senators and our staffs – are still trying to figure out exactly what is in the new Schumer-Corker-Hoeven “deal.” 

Sound familiar?  Pass it to find out what’s in it?  Reminiscent of Obamacare, the lengthy amendment to replace the Gang of 8’s original bill was crafted behind closed doors and introduced late on Friday, after many members had left town.  In the 2007 immigration debate, close to 50 amendments were considered.  But this year, we have only debated 9 – with some of us being completely shut out. 

Given only a weekend to review the language, we will now vote on whether to end a debate that never really began.   To be clear – this is not a difficult vote.   On process alone, we should all vote “no.“  This was by design – the President, Harry Reid and the Gang of 8 preferred all along to ram through a “deal,” and not have a real debate – just like Obamacare.  Worse, just like Obamacare, the “deal” involved lots of horse-trading and buying off of votes at the last minute – a display of everything that is wrong with Washington, and one of the things I specifically campaigned against.

But, on substance – the vote is even easier.   There are too many troubling provisions of the bill to list, such as de facto affirmative action hiring for current illegal immigrants due to Obamacare and huge amounts of discretion for the DHS Secretary to waive deportation and inadmissibility.   And for all the talk, the new Schumer-Corker-Hoeven “deal” is nothing new at all.  It’s the same amnesty-before-false-promise-of-security of the Gang of 8 and the bills of debates past. 

That is why we started this petition, so that Americans can speak out and let Senators know that they oppose the legalization-first bill offered by the Gang of 8 and Schumer-Corker-Hoeven.

Here’s what we know that the bill does:

Grants Immediate Amnesty with Empty Promise of Border Security

Although we are told that it fixes border security, the Schumer-Corker-Hoeven amendment maintains the Gang of 8’s flawed framework of guaranteed and immediate legalization, followed by an empty promise of eventual border security.  This structure repeats the mistakes of the 1986 amnesty, which, as noted by former Attorney General Edwin Meese, is precisely the same as this “deal,” and only encourages more illegal immigration.

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Sharia…Coming to a City Near You?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Imagine this scenario. A husband-and-wife are married in the Catholic Church. The wife gets pregnant. They have a falling out and get divorced. The now ex-wife wishes to have an abortion but her ex-husband wishes her to have the baby.

Putting aside our views on murder abortion, the husband decides to challenge her decision. Rather than take her to civil court, he and she go before a Catholic tribunal. The tribunal rules that the woman must carry the baby to term and upon the baby’s birth relinquish he/she to the father who will have full custody.

The woman doesn’t stand for this ruling and takes the matter to her state court, but the state court upholds the Catholic ruling.

Now how many liberal organizations would have a cow over this? Naturally all of them. And might the Obama justice system inject themselves into this case? You bet they would.

Surprise. I would agree with the libs. This case should be decided in state court and a tribunal ruling should have no bearing on its outcome. Why? Because there is no place in this country for a parallel judicial system.

Yet with the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood and our overwhelming political correctness, how long will it be before Sharia law becomes that parallel system?

Another surprise. It’s already here, in a manner of speaking. Liberal judges are and have been deferring to Sharia law for years when adjudicating cases.

You may ask how prevalent it is, or more to the point, just how bad it could get?

Well, whenever you wish to predict the future, one merely has to find a similar situation that has already occurred and walk it back. Knowing that liberals and progressives follow the same patterns no matter where or when they reside, you can, with a fair amount of certainty, predict our future.

Political correctness coupled with fear is strangling Europe. As bad as it is here, it’s much worse in European countries. Predictably, France is at the politically correct forefront.

To date there are over 750 “No-Go Zones” in French cities, containing over 5 million Muslims. What’s a No-Go Zone? The PC name for it is “Sensitive Urban Zone”. Ah, that sounds nice, does it not?

What they are is whole swaths of a city where French law enforcement has virtually no presence. It’s a separate country within the city. These areas are controlled by Muslims and the law they follow is Sharia, not French. These neighborhoods erect mosques to further radicalize their population, all financed by governments such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar. In other words, the Muslim brotherhood.

Oops. Not all the financing comes from Middle East. A lot comes from public assistance provided by the liberal French government. Assistance such as welfare benefits, etc., similar to those provided to Tamerlin Tsarnaev in Boston.

And it’s not just France. This is happening all over Europe. Even Germany has a growing number of court cases where judges defer to Islamic Sharia law. Islamic “Shadow Courts” operate in every major German city.

So if we wish to see our future, whether it be our swift march to socialism and all the joy it creates, or the rise of Sharia, we have only to look across the pond.

Obama Closes More Federal Land to Drilling

The Obama administration is calling for cutting the amount of federal lands open for oil shale and tars sands development in the Western states, a plan that industry officials say may force companies to look overseas for opportunities.

A new Bureau of Land Management plan calls for allowing 700,000 acres of land for development, reports Fox News. This is a drastic cut from the Bush administration, which had set aside 1.3 million acres, and the oil industry is outraged by the change.

“What they basically did was make it so that nobody is going to want to spend money going after oil shale on federal government lands,” said Dan Kish, Senior Vice President of Institute for Energy Research.

Oil shale drilling is different from the hydraulic fracking process being used in places like the Bakken shale region in North Dakota or the Niobrara in Colorado. Fracking breaks through lwyers of shale rock and pumps out oil.

But oil shale refers to the rock itself. When companies subject the rock to pressure or high temperatures, either by leaving it in place or removing it, oil develops.

Colorado Wildlife Federation Spokesman Todd Malmsbury said the process raises a great deal of concerns about the impact on the region’s water and land.

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Misguided Colorado

During Colorado’s 2012-2013 General Assembly legislative session, multiple restrictive gun control measures were passed and signed into law. The legislation package, which was backed by the liberal Bloomberg group Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), is set to take effect on July 1 and includes 15 round limits on magazines, expanded background checks, firearm exchange regulation, and other new red tape implementation.

MAIG has taken the lead in the advance of gun control legislation in Colorado and across the nation, while Mayor Bloomberg has personally donated large sums to organizations that defend embattled Colorado State senators, Giron and Morse.

According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, MAIG recently went so far as to claim Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the terrorists involved with the Boston Marathon attack, was a victim of gun violence.

Meanwhile, Colorado now faces a variety of negative economic impacts as a result of the legislation supported by MAIG, passed by the Colorado legislature, and signed into law by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

1. Magpul Leaves Colorado

 

 

 

2. Canceled Shooting Sport Competitions 

 

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