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.
Always-unfiltered Rep. Jim McDermott penned a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller Wednesday claiming a Joint Terrorism Task Force ‘Faces of Global Terrorism’ ad is racist.
McDermott, a Democrat from Washington state, voiced his “deep concern” about the ad, which shows mug shots of international terrorists, and asked the FBI chief to “reconsider publicizing” it.
According to McDermott, the “ad featuring sixteen photos of wanted terrorists is not only offensive to Muslims and ethnic minorities, but it encourages racial and religious profiling.”
McDermott continued, “Representing terrorists, however, from only one ethnic or religious group, promotes stereotypes and ignores other forms of extremism. The FBI’s ‘Most Wanted Terrorists List‘ includes individuals of other races and associated with other religions and causes, but their faces are missing from this campaign.”
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
- The 14 year old Colorado Gun Manufacturer, which employs over 600 people and generates $85 Million in Colorado taxable revenue plans to leave the state due to the gun legislation.
2. Canceled Shooting Sport Competitions
- The cancellations occurred because of concern over the legal implications of new gun laws and political opposition. The 300 shooters expected to attend the International Defense Pistol Association’s Rocky Mountain Championship in Montrose July 4-6 will no longer provide the local businesses with gas, food, lodging, and other sales.
WASHINGTON — The Senate rejected a border security amendment proposed by Sen. John Cornyn Thursday, as senators touted bipartisan agreement on a different border security package sponsored by Republican Sens. John Hoeven and Bob Corker.
The Texas Republican’s amendment was tabled by a vote of 54-43. Because it was a vote to table (to put the amendment aside without debating its merits), that means the 53 aye votes were votes against Cornyn’s amendment, and the 43 nay votes were votes in favor of it.
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio broke with the Gang of Eight on the amendment, voting not to table it. All other members of the Gang of Eight voted to table it.
Speaking on the Senate floor before the vote to table his amendment, Cornyn said: “I’m looking forward to seeing the language that’s being proposed, the alternative language. But for now, I believe my amendment deserves the support of the members of this chamber.”
by: the Common Constitutionalist
Paul Ryan was on Mark Levin’s show on Tuesday discussing immigration. You know, the same Paul Ryan that with his tag team partner Marco Rubio, have been pushing for a “comprehensive immigration” bill. I’ll give him props for his courage at least.
Levin told Ryan that some new immigration numbers were just-released. He said that new CBO estimates are that the Senate bill will only reduce illegal immigration by 25%. Ryan responded by saying that the House will not focus or discuss the Senate bill and will only focus on their own bill.
Ryan said that “this problem” has to be dealt with. The “problem” being illegals but would not say the words illegal alien or illegal. He called them undocumented workers.
Ryan continued saying that we had a law in 1986 and it didn’t work nor did the ‘96 or 2006 laws. Ryan claimed, as Levin laughed out loud, that they in Congress want to get it right this time.
Naturally Mark asked him: “Why should we trust you [guys]?” Ryan said that this time they would have “real metrics” that would have to be met to secure the border. Not just DHS’s promise. He said the GAO would make the determination of border security. He then went on to explain the metrics that must be met regarding the undocumented workers.
Levin asked: “What if the illegal doesn’t meet your requirements. Are you going to deport them?” Ryan’s answer: “Yeah, then they are deportable, that’s the whole point.” Levin interrupted rather emphatically by saying that they’re not going to be deported!
Notice that Ryan said they are deportable, not that they would be deported. One has to listen very carefully as politicians throw out these code words.
Levin added that the president is in charge of who is deported and he simply won’t do it no matter what Congress insists on.
And of course Levin is correct. That’s why this argument is so specious. It sounds like tough talk but that’s all it is. I’m reminded of the Bumble Snow Monster that looked scary but was harmless after his teeth were removed.
Ryan’s response was if you write a law and they break the law, they are deportable. It can’t be fought or adjudicated. Huh? They already broke the law just getting here. What the heck do they care if they break another?
Could someone as intelligent as Paul Ryan really be this naïve, or is it something else?
Ryan then asked Levin: “Do you believe we will find 11 million or more people, round them up and kick them out?” Levin’s answer: “no, under this administration we won’t round up a half million people.” Ryan said that no administration could do that, even if they tried.
Frankly, how would we know? We’ve never tried. And I beg to differ. You won’t get them all, but you can get 70% within a few months time with the will and a few thousand agents. I live on the outskirts of a northeastern city. It’s a small city but a city nonetheless. I guarantee, you give me 1000 agents and a few days and I could find 75% of all illegals in my city. Why? Because they all settled in about 10-block area downtown and I’ll bet every city is the same. That’s why!
All of what Ryan continued to promote was in the 1986 amnesty bill. Levin pointed this out to Ryan. Ryan didn’t really acknowledge it. He continued to drone on about metrics that have to be met regarding security and legal status of the undocumented workers. It didn’t convince Mark and it didn’t convince me.
Look, the bottom line is that all the metrics, the rules and new laws are not going to solve the illegal problem. We have been debating this current problem for over 25 years.
If they, Congress, were serious, they would simply state that we can live with our current situation for another year or two. Therefore Congress’s proposal should be to secure the border…period. Each border State would then verify to its security. When that is completed, we can revisit the rest. It’s that simple and that’s why it will never be done. It’s not “comprehensive” enough!
Walter Williams is a veteran, a professor of economics at George Mason University, a syndicated columnist, a fill-in host for Rush Limbaugh and an author of eight books. Williams has one of the finest minds in America as you’re about to see as you read these quotations.
20) How many times have we heard “free tuition,” “free health care,” and free you-name-it? If a particular good or service is truly free, we can have as much of it as we want without the sacrifice of other goods or services. Take a “free” library; is it really free? The answer is no. Had the library not been built, that $50 million could have purchased something else. That something else sacrificed is the cost of the library. While users of the library might pay a zero price, zero price and free are not one and the same. So when politicians talk about providing something free, ask them to identify the beneficent Santa Claus or tooth fairy.
19) During the first Reagan administration, I participated in a number of press conferences on either a book or article I’d written or as a panelist in a discussion of White House public policy. On occasion, when the question-and-answer session began, I’d tell the press, “You can treat me like a white person. Ask hard, penetrating questions.” The remark often brought uncomfortable laughter, but I was dead serious. If there is one general characteristic of white liberals, it’s their condescending and demeaning attitude toward blacks.
18) Legality alone is no guide for a moral people. There are many things in this world that have been, or are, legal but clearly immoral. Slavery was legal. Did that make it moral? South Africa’s apartheid, Nazi persecution of Jews, and Stalinist and Maoist purges were all legal, but did that make them moral?
17) Households earning $250,000 and above account for 25 percent, or $1.97 trillion, of the nearly $8 trillion of total household income. If Congress imposed a 100 percent tax, taking all earnings above $250,000 per year, it would bring in about $1.9 trillion. That would keep Washington running for 190 days, but there’s a problem because there are 175 more days left in the year.The profits of the Fortune 500 richest companies come to $400 billion. That would keep the government running for another 40 days, to mid-July.
America has 400 billionaires with a combined net worth of $1.3 trillion. If Congress fleeced them of their assets, stocks, bonds, yachts, airplanes, mansions and jewelry, it would get us to at least late fall.The fact of the matter is there are not enough rich people to come anywhere close to satisfying Congress’ voracious spending appetite.
by: the Common Constitutionalist
It’s beginning to look like we’re going to war with Syria. The president said so, repeatedly, in so many words. I heard him when he said the use of chemical weapons is the red line that can’t be crossed. Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser, Ben Rhodes stated: “The president has been clear that the use of chemical weapons or the transfer of chemical weapons to terrorist groups is a red line for the United States.”
He continued saying that Obama (he said “we” but he means Obama) will make decisions on his/our own timeline but that they will be nice enough to keep Congress and the “international community” in the loop and would consult with them. Wow! Mighty decent of him/them.
So the president is heading out of the country to meet with the G-8 nations. How convenient all this seems, don’t you think? I’m sure this is merely coincidental that Syria after all this time is taking center stage. It appears that the other scandals have been supplanted by this latest news.
It’s like it has stolen most of the media coverage from the IRS, NSA and Benghazi scandals.
And now our leader has to jet off to another country. I guess I have to temper my conspiracy theories lest people get the idea that I think our president is a conniving mob boss. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Speaking of red lines. Haven’t chemical weapons been used at least a few times, according to reports, going back about a month or more ago? So again I ask, why now?
There is another thing I’ve noticed about the apparent use of chemical weapons. We here the red line has been crossed. We’ve heard they’ve been used and I have been listening but haven’t heard our administration say that Assad has used them on his own people, the way we heard Hussein used them on the Kurds. We’ve only heard that they were used.
I’m not saying that this is the case, but terrorist groups like Hezbollah use this tactic all the time against Israel. They fake the aftermath of a rocket attack and blame it on the Israelis to curry favor from gullible dolts like us.
Now it seems we are considering arming the rebels/freedom fighters/terrorists/Al Qaeda. Great plan but have we not already been doing that? Have we forgotten Benghazi? Others and I have contended for months that ambassador Stevens had been running guns from Libya through Turkey into Syria. He and others were killed over it.
So we will continue to arm the people that want to kill Americans. How stupid are we? And we will send advisers, if they are not already there, to coordinate the gangs.
Want more good news? Rumors are that a large U.S. Marine force has been deployed to the Jordanian border with Syria. Will American soldiers actually die for this joke of a cause?
How about some more good news? The Syrian rebel al Nusra leader has already pledged his allegiance to Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahri, the new Al Qaeda leader.
And to top it off, our administration brainiacs are considering bringing thousands upon thousands of Syrian “refugees” to America to settle in our cities. But fear not. There won’t be any terrorists among the refugees, I’m sure. Just keeps getting better, doesn’t it.
As bad as Assad is, and he is bad, if he is toppled, things for the Syrians, the Israelis and us will be much worse.
The whole Syrian situation is a mess and I feel for the innocent citizens of the country. But this is not our fight and we have absolutely no national interest in the outcome. I think, however, the die has been cast and with Russia and maybe China getting involved, it will probably get ugly.
by: the Common Constitutionalist
A few days ago Erick Erickson at RedState wrote of the great immigration debate, particularly the involvement of Senator Marco Rubio.
Senator Rubio, for good or ill, is the talk of the political town, as it were. He has become the face of this battle.
Erickson said that Marco Rubio is either being played for a fool or we are being played by Rubio.
I’m sorry Erick. You are either soft peddling what you know to be true, or stupid. and we know you’re not stupid.
Let’s just say it. A liar is a liar, regardless of party affiliation and Rubio is a bold face liar. What…need proof? Here ya go.
During a recent interview with Latino broadcaster Univision, Rubio said, in spanish: ” Let’s be clear. Nobody is talking about preventing legalizations. The legalization is going to happen. That means the following will happen: First comes the legalization. Then comes the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residency.”
Now I don’t hablo espanol, but I think I can translate. Millions upon millions of illegals will be immediately legalized. Then there will be plan for border security, but no border security. There will be no fence, or wall erected. They may hire more border agents but the “no-touchy the illegals” policy will remain so it won’t matter.
It’s painfully obvious that the vast majority of politicians in Washington are not interested in border security. Just look at the failed yet quite reasonable amendment put forth by Senator Chuck Grassley. He wanted legalization to only happen after certifying that the border had been secure for a 6 month period. Only 6 months! It received virtually no support and was tabled by “Dirty” Harry Reid. So you tell me anyone wants to seal the border.
Glenn Beck made a great point about Rubio. As usual, Glenn is dead-on right.
Beck said that he likened Rubio’s “spanish language” interview to the tactics of the Muslim Brotherhood or Hezbollah. Their leaders give incendiary speeches to their followers in arabic. They then give a whitewashed speech in english to the rest of the world claiming it was the same speech, but we misunderstood due to the poor translation.
Beck continued by saying that Rubio: “Is not on your side.” He was also disgusted with Rand Paul and Jeff Flake.
Like Beck, Levin and Limbaugh, I too have had enough of these faux-conservatives we all counted on to take the fight to Washington. At this point I wonder if these republicans were ever constitutional conservatives as some of them claimed.
After the last election, I stated unequivocally that under NO circumstances will I ever support any politician who supports amnesty! And don’t fool yourself. That’s what this is.
So, you may say; this is one issue. You can’t expect to agree with politicians all the time, right? Wrongo! Not this time.
The immigration issue is the most important issue of our lifetime. More important than the debt ceiling, the sequester, the deficit, the IRS scandal, Benghazigate, the PRISM program…anything; even Obamacare.
We will not and cannot survive the onslaught of 10, 20, 30 million instant citizens. And this will be a perpetual amnesty program. It will not end. Don’t believe the lies to the contrary.
I hate to be such a downer but we better wake up and fast. Call, write, talk to your friends. Whatever, but this must be stopped. If it is allowed to take hold, we are done.