Pipeline Rupture Means No Keystone XL

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Last Saturday a section of oil pipeline ruptured in Montana releasing an estimated 50,000 gallons of oil. That’s equivalent tpipeline ruptureo about 1190 barrels.

The Bridger companies Poplar pipeline that runs through eastern Montana has been transporting oil from the Bakken shale formation since 2010.

Last weekend’s spill made headlines and the environmentalists are on the war path. The reports are that the spill in the Yellowstone River has caused an environmental disaster. Bottled water has been trucked in to surrounding communities due to “elevated volatile compounds” found in a sample taken at the Glendive Montana water treatment plant. read more

The Rise and Fall of the American Empire

by: the Common Constitutionalist

When watching (if you have the stomach for it) Obama’s State of the Union show tonight, with his laundry list of Nanny-State proposals and usurpation of our God-given rights, remember that nothing of this world lasts forever. That includes nations.

The Egyptians, Greeks, Romans; none stood the test of time.

They do, however, have one thing in common. They all lasted several hundred to several thousand years. We may not be so lucky.

In 1787 a crowd gathered outside the hall where the Constitutional convention was held in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. As the doors were opened and the delegates began to emerge, a woman identified only as Mrs. Powell of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”

With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A Republic, madam, if you can keep it.”

The more I learn of the founders of our nation, the more convinced I am that they were and are still the greatest collection of minds to walk this earth. They were divinely inspired and prescient.

Franklin knew, as did the other founders, the republic, like children, must be nurtured and given constant attention, lest they stray down the wrong path. In the case of the republic, it is the path toward tyranny.

The founders charged the citizens of this country to actively pursue righteousness in our elected officials, and to remain alert to the activities at every level of government.

With each passing decade, we have become forgetful and complacent. The average American today knows little to nothing of our own founding or the original intent of our government, or what those people endured to allow us the opportunity to rule ourselves.

Yet over time we have willingly squandered that opportunity to instead choose to be ruled by those who should serve us.

Some would say that the citizenry is just too busy to be bothered by such things. As our society has “evolved” and “progressed”, it is said that things have just become too complicated and the founders could not have foreseen the problems of today. Woodrow Wilson said just that as he advocated for a “Living Constitution“. read more

I Can Breathe – But Mendocino High School Can’t

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Yes, I can breathe, because I am not a lazy out of work, overweight asthmatic with a heart condition (and probably a half a dozen other ailments), selling “loosie” cigarettes to bums on a street corner for couple of bucks.

And let’s not forget that Eric Garner had been told several times previous by police not to sell his individual cigarettes and that the police were dispatched due to complaints by local businesses.

can't breatheNow all that aside, as others and I have said – he didn’t deserve to die for that rather petty crime, but the continued uproar over it is both absurd and artificial.

What statement is LeBron James, Kobe Bryant (or the entire Georgetown University basketball team) trying to make by perpetuating this thing – other than continued racial division. I can guarantee if Garner had been white, neither player would be worried if this perp could breathe or not. So who are the real racists?

I frankly would’ve thought that this Garner incident would have run its course, but then I read that an entire California high school basketball team was permitted to wear “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts during warm-ups prior to a tournament at Fort Bragg high school.

The Daily Mail reported that “The players from Mendocino high school had been told that they would not be able to wear the T-shirts in memory of Eric Garner by officials at the Fort Bragg school district. But the decision was reversed on Monday, and high school players will be allowed to wear the shirts during warm-ups as long as they do not cause problems, lawyers said.” read more

So This is a Feel Good Story?

By: the Common Constitutionalist 

I was looking around the internet for one or more feel good stories as we head into Christmas Eve. So I Googled “Feel Good Stories”. Several headings came up and I thought, okay, I have a lot to do – this will be easier than I thought to find at least one uplifting story to maybe elaborate on for the great newsfollowing day.

So, as we all do, I clicked on one the higher ranking results. The site I chose was entitled “Great News Network – Positive Feel Good News”. I again thought – Wow – this will be easy, anticipating such a story as a family reunited with a military parent or a dog who found his way home, just in time for Christmas, after being lost for 3 months. Maybe I’d find a feeding the hungry story, or even a Christmas miracle. You know, something like that.

What I actually found, advertised as feel good stories, were posts which caused me to literally laugh out loud as I stared at the screen. read more

Bribing Kids To Eat Lunch

LAKEWOOD, Colo – School officials in Jefferson County, Colorado felt like they had to do something to save the school’s lunch program after a significant drop in participation last year because of new federal regulations championed by First Lady Michelle Obama.

So, they’re bribing kids to buy lunch.

Devinny Elementary School first grader Anna Ketzer was one of three students who won a brand new bicycle, 9News.comreports.

“I was very excited to hear that,” she told the news station, adding that she gets her food from the cafeteria because “I don’t have to make my lunch.” read more

Obamacare – The Perfect Crime

by: the Common Constitutionalist

History is replete with flimflam men, and women. America has had its fair share. The most famous must be Carlo Pietro Giovanni Guglielmo Tebaldo Ponzi, better known as Charles Ponzi.

More recently names like Bernie Madoff and Robert Allen Stanford have become the modern day face of the scam. Madoff ripped off investors to the tune of $65 billion in what many have described as the largest financial fraud in U.S. history. For this he was sentenced to 150 years in the slammer.

Stanford ripped off over 28,000 investors for about $7 billion and was sentenced to 110 years behind bars.

Of Madoff and Stanford, Robert Lenzner at Forbes.com wrote that “Clearly, the SEC should have had the smarts and the will to put Madoff and Stanford out of business before they were able to do so much harm.” read more

Is It Fight or Flight for Obama?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Late last week Karen Tumulty and Juliet Eilperin at the Washington Post wrote a column entitled “Will Obama fade or fight as Republicans gain control of Congress?”

They wrote that when his [Obama’s] “party got walloped last week in the midterm election an unbowed president Obama declared that he would ‘squeeze every last bit of opportunity’ to push his agenda in the waning years of his presidency. In the past few days, he has shown that he meant it.” Yes, the only ones he bows to our sheikhs and dictators.

My first question to the ladies is to name one time when he hasn’t squeezed “every last bit of opportunity” out of his mostly unlawful and unconstitutional agenda?

An aside: I don’t know where my head is at. I apologize for my “ladies” reference, them writing for the WaPo. That was insensitive and assumptive. It’s quite possible one or the other, or both, are transgendered, transsexual, gender bending or questioning.

Anyway, they go on to list, in no particular order, all the “opportunities” Obama must still squeeze out. Sorry for the sphincter reference, but if the shoe fits, so to speak. read more

Obamites Push to Regulate Political Speech

Well, this is good news for all us political bloggers and all you who enjoy reading:

 

from Breitbart:

As the media prepared to vacate newsrooms for the weekend, Democrats snuck in a last minute proposal that the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) be allowed to heavily regulate political content on internet sites such as Youtube, blogs, and the Drudge Report. read more

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