None of the Above

By: The Common Constitutionalist

 

Remember this from 2008?

Obama told us what he intended. Did we not hear him when he said he was ideologically opposed to coal? If we heard him, did we not believe him? Did we not believe he would actually find a way to shut down the coal industry? If we believed him, did we think we could stop him?

Well, it’s taken a few years but it is evident that he and his EPA are well on their way to fulfilling that 2008 promise. If unchecked, the EPA will successfully shut down many coal plants across this country, and yes, your electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket.

He was also quite clear about his intentions for “clean energy” generation. How has that worked out? Was no one listening to his words, knowing one at all?

Obama has stated on many occasions, he is in favor of the “all of the above” energy policy. This obviously is a crock. It is clear, at least to me, that he and his entire administration are anti-hydrocarbon.

The Washington Post reports that “the new proposed EPA rules will require any new power plant to emit no more than 1000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt of electricity produced. The average US natural gas plant which emits 800 to 850 pounds of CO2 per megawatt, meets the current standard; coal plants however emit an average of 1768 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt.”

So, you say, at least we have the natural gas option. We’ve all heard there is more than enough natural gas in this country to power us for decades, if not centuries to come. Unfortunately the EPA has also begun blocking the use of hydraulic fracturing or fracking to get to the natural gas. And how long will it be before the EPA adjusts its standards to disallow natural gas plants?

So we have an administration that has begun to shut down the coal plants, won’t allow new ones to be built, won’t allow drilling for oil anywhere, and will not allow fracturing for production of natural gas. And please don’t buy the line of bull Obama is trying to sell, that domestic oil production is up. He is right that production is up from recent levels, but not due to any of his or his administration’s efforts. The oil production that has increased has all been on private land and has nothing to do with him. At present he has no authority to halt that drilling but his EPA has begun trying to slow the production of oil on these private lands. Congratulations! 

I guess we all should stock up on walking shoes and candles.

But hey, at least we’ll have a clean planet, because as we all know, the science of global warming is settled. It’s been proven, apparently, that man-caused CO2 emissions are causing global warming.

Wouldn’t it be weird, if some team of scientists discovered that man-made CO2 emissions don’t cause global warming?

Stay tuned.

Talk About being Swept Away

I have to stop saving this stuff. Anyway, here ya go.

A Japanese boat swept away a year ago by deadly tsunami spotted 4,703 miles away floating near Canada

A large fishing vessel swept away by the tsunami that devastated Japan last year has been spotted bobbing in the seas near British Columbia in western Canada.

The trawler is part of the 5 million tons of debris that were swept into the ocean in March 2011 when a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck Japan.

The 23ft wall of water struck the east coast of the island nation following a 9.0 earthquake, sweeping everything from cars to houses into the ocean leaving a wake of devastation.

More than a year later a Canadian military air patrol spotted the vessel – 4,703 miles away from where it was originally moored – floating towards the shore.

It has been determined that the boat has been adrift without anybody at the helm since March 11 last year.

The 50-foot-long (15-meter-long) vessel was recently about 160 miles (260 kilometers) west of Haida Gwaii, islands off the north-coast of British Columbia, slowly drifting toward shore.

A maritime warning has been issued because the vessel could pose a navigational hazard.

The Japan Coast Guard identified the owner of the fishing trawler after being contacted by Canadian officials, who were able to provide the identification number on the hull of the ship.

The vessel, which was used for squid fishing, was moored at Hachinohe in the Aomori prefecture when the tsunami hit, said Toshiro Yoshinaga, a Coast Guard official.

Canadian agencies are monitoring the ship for possible marine pollution, though there are no reports of leaks from the vessel, the defense department said.

The earthquake, which struck about 230 miles northeast of Tokyo, was the largest in the country’s history.

Thousands of people were killed when the earthquake triggered the tsunami and other giant waves that devastated cities and rural areas.

According to the official toll, the disasters left 15,839 dead, 5,950 injured, and 3,642 missing

Attribution: Daily Mail

Best Seller?

From  of The Blaze:

A bookstore in Canada has sold out of an Islamic marriage guide that instructs Muslim men on how to beat their wives, according to the Toronto Sun.

Among the advice dispensed in “A Gift for the Muslim Couple” is to “beat by hand or stick” and “pull [her] by the ears.” The husband may also withhold money to exert control, though should “refrain from beating her excessively.”

The 160-page book’s description says it “deals with the subject of marriage and after marriage relationship, as well as the various pitfalls of marriage, causes of breakdown and their causes.” It was being sold at Islamic Books and Souvenirs in Toronto. The store’s manager told the Toronto Sun it had been sold out for some time. The owner refused to comment to the newspaper.

“[I]t might be necessary to restrain her with strength or even to threaten her,” writes author Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi, described as a “prolific writer on almost every topic of Islamic learning.”

The book lists the husband’s supposed rights, which say the wife is unable to leave “his house without his permission,” and that she must “fulfill his desires” and “not allow herself to be untidy…but should beautify herself for him.”

Thanvi also writes that “the husband should treat the wife with kindness and love, even if she tends to be stupid and slow sometimes.”

Wasim Vania, president of the Islamic Society of Toronto, condemned the book, telling the Sun it “should never have entered Canada.”

“We were the first religion to give power to women. It is sad that someone would write this. We don’t have hatred in our hearts and we don’t teach this,” Vania said.

In January, a Canadian jury convicted a Muslim husband, wife and son of murdering three teenage daughters and a co-wife in what was termed an honor killing. The trial transfixed the country and prompted a debate about assimilating immigrants.

Joke du Jour

A couple is in bed sleeping when there’s a rat-a-tat-tat on the door.

The husband rolls over and looks at the clock, and it’s half past 3 in the morning.” I’m not getting out of bed at this time,” he thinks, and rolls over. Then, a louder knock follows. So he drags himself out of bed, goes downstairs, opens the door, and there’s a man standing there. It didn’t take the homeowner long to realize the man was drunk.

“Hi there,” slurs the stranger, “Can you give me a push?” “No, get lost. It’s half past three and I was in bed,” says the man as he slams the door. He goes back up to bed and tell his wife what happened and she says, “That wasn’t very nice of you. Remember that night we broke down in the pouring rain on the way to pick the kids up from the baby-sitter and you had to knock on that man’s house to get us started again? What would have happened if he’d told us to get lost?”

“But the guy was drunk,” says the husband.

“It doesn’t matter,” says the wife.” He needs our help and it would be the Christian thing to help him.” So the husband gets out of bed again, gets dressed, and goes downstairs.

He opens the door, and not being able to see the stranger anywhere,

He shouts, “Hey, do you still want a push?”

And he hears a voice cry out, “Yeah, please.”

So, still being unable to see the stranger he shouts, “Where are you?”

The drunk replies, “Over here, on the swing.”

Contrasting Incidents

In the past few years, there have been two major tragedies involving our military personnel. One quite recently, and the other from a few years back. Although they were similar in result, I believe the motivations to be completely different.

The most recent one of course is that of Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. The incident from a few years back, if you recall, is that of Major Nidal Hasan. You would have to be living under a rock not to know about Sgt. Bales, but when one was the last time you heard about the Major.

If you recall, in 2009 Major Nidal Hasan, yelling “Allahu Akbar!”, ran through a compound at Fort Hood Texas, killing 13 unarmed military personnel and wounded 29 more.

Refusing to call it what it was, an act of terrorism, the Obama Defense Department classified the Fort Hood massacre as “workplace violence”.

Now we have Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales who has charged with multiple counts of murder for the massacre of 17 Afghan civilians. It is doubtful that the Obama administration will tie this one up with a pretty bow.

Evidently what Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales did was far more heinous than the actions of Hasan.

How could this be? How is what Sgt. Bales did so much worse than what Maj. Hasan did?

Well, that’s an easy one to answer. The fact is Maj. Hasan is in a politically protected class. He’s a Moslem. Sgt. Bales is a white American. Yes, Sgt. Bales did allegedly kill innocent civilians, but were the Afghan civilians anymore innocent than the unarmed military personnel murdered by Hassan at Fort Hood?

To any reasonable person, the answer should surely be no.

Contrasting Sgt. Bales and Major Hasan is fairly simple. From interviews of friends and fellow military men, Sgt. Bales appeared to be a model soldier. I’m no psychiatrist, but after four long tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003, not to mention a foot and head injury, it appears that Sgt. Bales may have just flipped out. That is certainly no excuse for what he did, but from all the accounts I’ve read it certainly doesn’t appear as if this was premeditated. It was still a horrible act of violence and one that he should pay a steep price. He should, however, pay no steeper price than the dear Major.

On the other hand, Major Hasan had at least 18 e-mail communiqués, intercepted by intelligence agencies, to and from known Al Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki. I’m sure this is a common occurrence in the military. 

It happens to me every week. There are I was, just sitting in my office, when all of a sudden an e-mail appears from an Al Qaeda operative. If I had a nickel for every time that happened…

Hassan was also known to have tried to convert disgruntled military personnel to Islam and thereby radicalize them.

Major Hasan is still receiving his full military pay plus all his medical expenses are paid for, three years after the fact. I suppose that is reasonable. He is after all, innocent until proven guilty. Hasan is not due to go to trial until June of 2012, three years after the “workplace incident”. This may very well be typical of military trials but it seems to be excessively slow.

I will bet, for political expediency, Sgt. Bales trial will somehow be fast tracked.

The Hasan case sould be a slam dunk. He is guilty. There were plenty of witnesses to attest to that. There apparently are few if any in the Bales case.

If Bales and Hasan are found guilty of these brutal attacks, they should be executed. Let’s hope they both receive a fair trial and let justice prevail.

Did I Say That?

American Crossroads, a 527 organization advised by Karl Rove, has released a new video showing that Barack Obama himself has not always supported the individual mandate at the center of his controversial health care reform plan. Put aside what you may think of Karl Rove & just listen to Obama’s own words:

Joke of the Day

A 17th Century captain was sailing along with his crew when a pirate ship came over the horizon.

The captain says, “Cabin boy, get me my red shirt.” So, he gets his red shirt and they victoriously battle the pirates.

 Several days later, they spot another pirate ship off the port bow. “Cabin boy,” says the captain “get me my red shirt.” They again battle the pirates and are victorious.

Later when things had settled down, the cabin boy asks, “Captain, why do you always want your red shirt just prior to battle?”

The captain responds, “Well, in case I am inflicted with a wound, I don’t want the crew to see my injury and lose spirit.” “I see,” says the cabin boy.

A few days later, they sight 20 pirate ships in the distance the captain yells out, “Cabin boy, get me my brown pants.”

The Martin Shooting

I would like to discuss the Trayvon Martin shooting. The young kid, I believe he was 17, was shot by this guy George Zimmerman. I guess Zimmerman was supposed to be some sort of neighborhood watch commander.

 Evidently this Zimmerman guy was performing his watch duties, when he spotted Martin apparently roaming around his neighborhood. He called 911 and described the situation. Hearing the 911 call it is apparent that he followed this young man, and what happened after that is anyone’s guess. We hear another call to 911 by some woman where, in the background, we hear screaming. We don’t know who was screaming. We don’t know what they’re screaming about. We don’t frankly know anything.

 This is indeed a tragic situation. I’m guessing this kid didn’t need to die. I’m also guessing, this guy didn’t need to shoot him if that’s what happened. The reason I say I’m guessing is, we don’t know what happened. I don’t know what happened; you don’t know what happened; the media doesn’t know what happened; the president doesn’t know what happened. The only two people that know what happened are Martin, who is now dead and Zimmerman.

 I don’t mean to make light of the situation. As I stated it’s a shame this kid was killed. Things like this happen in America all the time. People get shot needlessly and people get killed needlessly.

 So why is this case garnering so much attention? Do I really need to answer that question? Does anyone really not know what the answer to that question is?

 As Rush Limbaugh says, for those of you in Rio Linda, it is of course a race issue. It is because this 17-year-old kid was black. Pure and simple, that is the only reason this case is receiving national attention.

 Let’s be real here. If this was a white kid shot by a black, do we really think that this would be getting press that it is? Of course not.

 I would like to say that this was simply some dope that took upon himself to be the judge jury and executioner for this child, but I don’t even know that. As I stated no one knows that.

 Now we have Eric Holder and the federal Justice Department involving themselves in this case. The federal civil rights division and The Governor of the State of Florida have convened its own investigation of this case. Then of course, we have race pimps like Al Sharpton and Calypso Louis Farrakhan. I’m not quite sure what’s holding up the wrong Rev. Jesse Jackson. Maybe his flight was delayed. I would fully expect him to show up at some point. These blights on society show up whenever a black man get’s a hangnail.

 Even the President of the United States felt compelled to comment on the situation. He said that everyone should be involved in this case at the federal, state and local level. Why? Why does everyone need to be involved in this case? This case should be local jurisdiction only.

 The president then goes on to lecture us about how we all need to do some soul-searching over this case. Why do we know all need to do soul-searching? What did I do wrong that requires me to do soul-searching regarding this case? What the heck did I or anyone else reading this article, have to do with this case? What is the president trying to imply here? Could it be, that we are all racists at heart? Is that what it is?

 My advice to everyone reading this is to step back up. Let the justice system and the court system work. Pay no attention to the armchair jurists on the cable TV shows and the radio. They don’t know anymore than you. Pay no attention to the politician that tries to inject him or herself into the situation for their own self-aggrandizement. Follow this case if you have interest, but just remember, before you decide to pass judgment, think of what you know and what you don’t.

 So far we know absolutely nothing about this case.

Delegate Count

Republican Delegate as of March 25, 2012

Needed for Nomination: 1144

Delegates Remaining: 1258

Romney: 568                                                                

 

 

Santorum: 273

 

 

 

Gingrich: 135

 

 

 

Paul: 50

 

Go South Young Man…150 Feet

It may only have been a tiny error by surveyors 277 years ago, but it could have stirred up major problems.

Part of the small community of Lake Wylie, South Carolina could today find themselves reclassified as being in neighboring North Carolina.

Modern surveyors – using state of the art GPS – have redrawn the state border to within a few inches of where it had originally meant to be in 1735 – some 150ft further south of where it is today.

But the change could be a monumental upheaval for the hundred or so residents who would find themselves residents of North Carolina – where fuel prices are 30 cents more expensive and fireworks are illegal.

Victor Boulware, owner of a small convenience store, the Lake Wylie Minimarket, says a change would destroy his business, stopping the flow of traffic from the more expensive north who flock to his shop for the cheaper fuel.

He said: ‘If I end up across the line, it is going to shut this business down.’

For the owners of 93 properties who suddenly find themselves in another state, it is also a bureaucratic nightmare.

The state line determines so much in their lives – what schools they go to, what area code their phone number starts with and even who provides them gas and electricity.

Small utility cooperatives in South Carolina are banned from extending services across the state line. Most of the properties in question are near Charlotte, N.C.

“I’m having a hard time being funny about this when mysterious forces bigger than you are shoving you around,” said Frederick Berlinger, who suddenly has been told that he goes to bed at night in Spartanburg County, S.C. after 15 years in what he thought was Polk County, N.C.

The seeds of the current problem were sown when the King of England sent surveyors to draw a boundary between the two Carolinas.

His instructions in 1735 were explicit: Start 30 miles south of the mouth of the Cape Fear River and have surveyors head northwest until they reached 35 degrees latitude.

Then the border would head west across the country to the Pacific Ocean. But the surveyors didn’t follow the instructions exactly, and future instructions led to the state line’s twists and turns around Charlotte and in the mountains.

The surveyors used poles and measured chains, determining what direction to head from the sun and stars, doing math in their heads, and putting hatchet blows on trees to mark the boundary. Over time, those trees disappeared, but the state line still needed to show up on maps.

The survey, which is about to draw to an end, was designed to put almost all questions about where the line is drawn to rest.

North and South Carolina wanted to solve their problems with a little Southern cooperation, so they created the Joint Boundary Commission nearly two decades ago.

The commission meets in Rock Hill, S.C.

Members are expected to work on proposals that they hope will be passed in each state to solve problems that arise from any changes – including an amnesty for any back taxes owed to the other state and allow utilities to cross state lines to serve customers without disruption.

Once both Carolinas take action to make the transition easier for the 93 property owners, the commission will submit the new state line to the Legislature in South Carolina and the North Carolina Council of State for approval.

Not approving the border could open either state up to a number of lawsuits.

The survey work is not finished. The team is preparing to draw the rest of the state line all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Fewer problems are expected because the area is more rural.

Attribution: Daily Mail