Bureaucracy Plus Ebola Equals Epidemic

by: the Common Constitutionalist:

As the threat of Ebola increases here in the United States, we’re starting to hear the government refrain, from Obama on down, that there is no need for panic. Of course these are the same folks telling us that a travel ban can’t possibly help – that “isolating” a country in order to prevent its spread won’t work.

Not to get off topic but if “isolating” a country won’t work, why then do we “isolate” individual patients? Isn’t that what an “isolation” ward is supposed to do – prevent the diseases spread?

Anyway, they ask us not to panic, yet it seems every day we hear of another suspected of having Ebola, and seems to take days before we find out whether it’s a false alarm.

They asked us to trust that our government is doing everything it can to keep us safe and protect us from this threat.

It seems one way of doing that would be to quickly determine whether someone has actually contracted the disease. For that, a test must be developed – a way of screening for the disease – maybe a screening machine.

Hey, what do you know – one already exists and it’s already being successfully used by our military… in Africa.

You may also have heard, or maybe not, that the machine developed by BioFire Diagnostics of Salt Lake City, is capable of screening for many viral, fungal, bacterial and parasitic pathogens. To screen for Ebola is just a matter of purchasing a software upgrade or kit for the FilmArray machine. read more

The Lefts Quandary Over Tobacco

by: the Common Constitutionalist:

A rather odd convergence of stories and events is taking place this week and they all center on tobacco.

This week in Moscow, United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is holding the COP6, the sixth meeting of the Convention of the Parties to discuss the FCTC, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. That’s a lot of acronyms! I feel like I’m back in the Navy.

As is typical of the despots at the U.N., a completely inept and ineffective organization, it is unable to make a real contribution to mankind. It must instead look for phantoms to battle – straw dogs.

To the left, tobacco is a vilified substance. It’s an easy target, so why not go after it?

First they have to label tobacco use as a global epidemic, which they have. Now, because it’s an “epidemic”, its essential that control of the substance be ramped up – thus the COP6. Through COP6, the WHO hopes to limit worldwide tobacco consumption, the way liberals always do – by taxation, price increases and regulation. read more

Michelle Obama Unwittingly Promotes Convenience Stores

by: the Common Constitutionalist:

My kids and I were watching some silly program on cartoon network the other night. Let me rephrase that accurately. They were watching as I suffered through – but hey – I’m a dad, and that’s what we do.

During the program, the inevitable commercials began to air. As the first one came up, my son exclaimed, “Oh look, McDonald’s sells apples of milk – and that’s it.” To that his brother said, “Yeah, they don’t sell hamburgers anymore. Stupid government.”

Gee, that was like looking in a mirror. Wonder where they learned that?

Well this began a discussion of the school lunch/snack programs. It seems new government guidelines were instituted and the kids are none too happy. One of my sons said he doesn’t know a single kid that isn’t angry over the “healthy food” changes. He said, “Dad, it’s ridiculous. They used to have pop tarts in the cafeteria.” He likes pop tarts. “This year – nothing. They took them out.”

I asked him what him and his friends do now. He said that when they have some free time during the day, they walk a couple blocks to the convenience store. “Guess what”, he said. “They sell pop tarts”. read more

Nothing Ever Changes – By Design (Part Two)

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Yesterday I wrote part one of this two-part article. You may review part one here.

The premise was that no matter who we elect, nothing changes in Washington. The government just keeps growing and our rights keep shrinking, as do our wallets.

It was Mark Levin who reminded me that it’s the unelected bureaucracy and federal court system that really prevents any positive change.

In part one I hit upon the bureaucracy but concentrated more on dealing with the court system.

Here, I set my sights on the unaccountable bureaucracy that if left unchecked, will regulate us into third world status.

There are two types of federal agencies: Cabinet level and independent. Although both are said to be part of the Executive branch, unlike the Cabinet level agencies, the President really has no authority over the “independent”. They work outside the control of the Executive branch. read more

Nothing Ever Changes – By Design (Part One)

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Do you ever wonder why nothing ever changes in Washington? It seems no matter who is President– Republican – Democrat – whomever – nothing changes.

Yet every four years we spent untold millions of dollars and thousands of hours promoting one candidate or another. But at the end of the day, no matter who is elected, things either get just a bit worse or a lot worse.

Same goes for Congress and the Senate. We expend so much time, effort and money electing these idiots and nothing gets better. Why is that?

Well, as usual, Mark Levin pointed to it just the other day on his radio program. It’s the bureaucracy and the judges. These faceless, nameless bureaucrats are immune from elections. Whether it’s a conservative or liberal president, it’s of no consequence to these bureaucrats.

It matters not to them who controls the House and Senate. They just continue on, pumping out more and more rules and regulations to choke us all and further their own influence.

It’s the same with federal judges. Mark cited the case of same-sex marriage. In every state, where the citizens were allowed to vote on it, they overwhelmingly affirmed marriage to be between one man and one woman. read more

Green Energy Hype

Beware of marketing terms such as “clean,” “renewable,” and “sustainable.”  While those words may seem very nice, they have routinely been co-opted and redefined through misleading “Green” messaging campaigns.
GREENHOUSERegarding “clean” energy, let’s agree that no sane person wants dirty, polluted air, land, or water. Nope, not even conservatives.
At the same time, let’s also not confuse carbon dioxide, the plant food that all carbon-based life depends upon, with “air pollution.” The simple fact that the Supreme Court gave EPA permission to regulate it as a polluting “endangerment” under its Clean Air Act does not make this true.
That 2009 ruling decreed that atmospheric concentrations of six greenhouse gases (including CO2 ) “threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations.” How? Because they pollute global temperatures — warm apparently being considered to be bad, and conversely, frigid obviously being good.

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New Obama Energy Standards

Spurred by President Obama’s climate action plan, the Department of Energy is pumping out new standards for refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, lamps and many more appliances.

The administration says the standards will not only help the planet but also stimulate the economy by saving consumers money on their energy bills that they can spend elsewhere. read more

EPA: Every Puddle A Wetland

from CFACT:

Congressman Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, posted a series of maps he obtained via a FOIA request that EPA is using to plot wetlands.

Wetlands are a particularly sensitive issue right now as EPA evaluates its proposed rule to broaden what constitutes “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The new rule would bring huge new territory under EPA’s control under the Clean Water Act.

EPA water map SE org

Smith wrote a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in which he stated: read more

EPA to Regulate Your Mud Puddle

from CFact:

Few outrages perpetrated by President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency can match its proposed rule titled “Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ Under the Clean Water Act.” It would remove “navigable” from American water law and take federal command of all “waters of the United States,” or WOTUS.

It redefines “waters” as nearly everything that could get wet, including most of the land in America.

Under WOTUS, every seasonal stream bed, puddle and ditch in the nation would be ruled by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers’ armed enforcers, bypassing Congress and sidestepping the U.S. Supreme Court in the process. Congress is helpless to stop it — EPA-loving Democrats have a death grip on Senate bills and there aren’t the votes to override Obama’s certain veto. The Supreme Court has twice struck down major pieces of the proposed rule, which the EPA blithely ignored and merely changed the words, hired scientific shills to patch over the flaws, and created this new battering ram to shatter the gates that guard America’s property rights.

EPA plaqueEPA has been buying support from Big Green groups on water issues since at least 1994, which came to light in an inspector general report of three cooperative agreements to the Natural Resources Defense Council totaling $3,260,467 for “storm water education” and “market transformation of energy efficient products” from 1994 to 2005. read more

Dick Durbin Bullies Walgreen

from IBD:

Well, the thugs and bullies in the White House and on Capitol Hill have scored another victory — if you can call it that — over a major American company.

After a month of assaults and threats from the D.C. political class, venerable drug retailer Walgreen Co. announced it will remain headquartered in Illinois for the time being instead of entering a tax-inversion merger with Europe’s Alliance Boots that would move it abroad to lower its tax bill.

Good news for Washington, but the millions of Walgreen shareholders aren’t partying it up. read more