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ANOTHER "INDEPENDENT" GUN CONTROL SURVEY FROM A KNOWN PARTISAN?

Just received a warning from the NRA and will pass it along in the spirit of keeping the Second Amendment alive in a country full of progressives attempting to curtail our God-given right to self-defense and to subvert the Constitution’s Second Amendment.

Warning -- Anti-Gun Survey of Firearms Dealers Under Way!

If you are a federally licensed dealer in firearms, you may recently have received a survey questionnaire from gun control supporter Dr. Garen Wintemute, of the University of California, Davis.

The survey asks dealers questions about their business, their reasons for being in the business, their support for gun control, and their customers.

Why is Dr.Wintemute sending the survey? Consider the source. Over the years, he has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from anti-gun organizations to conduct “studies” designed to promote gun control. Several of these so-called “studies” have tried to blame legal firearms dealers for the illegal use of guns, and proposed further restrictions on dealers' ability to conduct business. (You can see a list of past studies on his website here.)

We recommend that you do not respond to the survey, for two reasons.

First, many of the questions in the survey are written so that Dr. Wintemute will be able to claim that at least some dealers support one or another form of gun control, or that they report the occurrence of situations that, Dr. Wintemute will likely claim, prove the need for restrictions on dealers and their customers.

Second, participating in the survey in any way would give Dr. Wintemute credibility in the eyes of the anti-gun organizations that fund his efforts, which would only increase his chance of obtaining more money for more anti-gun research.

Thank you for your support of the right to keep and bear arms.

Sincerely,

National Rifle Association -- Institute for Legislative Action

Some of the studies from the UCD’s Violence Prevention Research Program …

Bottom line …

It is one thing to conduct legitimate research studies which attempt to reveal the truth about human behavior and their customs, but it is a whole different thing to slant your research in order to support the mission of an educational institution and its program supporters for the purposes of attracting additional funding.

Where statistics and surveys are concerned, here are three important considerations:

One, the way the questions are worded can have a drastic effect on the survey’s outcome;

Two, the selection of survey respondents and sample size can mean the difference between statistical relevance and numeric garbage; and

Three, while figures don’t lie, liars do figure.

Before you rely on any purported scientific research findings to drive public policy, it is best to check the politics of those proposing the public policy and those who are funding the research.

And as they say: guns don’t make criminals, people make criminals.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Los Angeles Mayor | Fire Chief -- Political Correctness Gone Wrong

This is one of those stories which really upsets me. Not because of the political correctness of electing or hiring minorities, but because the people involved, both Los Angeles Mayor Tony Villar (aka Antonio Villaraigosa) and retiring Los Angeles Fire Chief Millage Peaks have not fulfilled their sworn duties to the detriment of the City of Los Angeles.

According to the Daily News Wire Services …

LA Fire Department Chief Millage Peaks announces retirement”

“Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Millage Peaks, a 35-year veteran of the department, announced his retirement Monday effective July 10.”

Standard happy talk –- which is an outright LIE!

“Chief Peaks leaves a more flexible department, with a greater capacity, that is prepared to meet the opportunities and realities of the 21st century,’ department spokesman Capt. Jaime Moore said.”

Captain Jaime Moore is lying …

After 22 months, mostly serving as the Mayor’s “YES” man, the most significant accomplishment of Peaks is to sow dissention in the ranks and preside over a fire department with the lowest morale in recent history.

  • Chief Peaks has failed his duty to make the City a safer environment for all residents and visitors ...

“The Los Angeles Fire Department on Thursday will begin implementing a program of rolling cutbacks intended to close a $39 million budget deficit but decried by critics as likely to imperil the public by slowing down emergency response.”

“Fire Chief Douglas Barry developed the ‘Modified Coverage Plan,’ which provides for not staffing one battalion command team, three emergency battalion offices, 15 fire trucks and nine ambulances every day for a year starting Thursday.”

The ‘brownouts’ will occur on a rotating basis at different fire stations throughout the city. The 87 firefighters assigned to those units will be used to fill vacancies on remaining fire trucks and ambulances that otherwise have been staffed by off-duty employees working overtime.”

“If funding cannot be secured, Barry plans to shut down an additional eight fire resources -- either fire trucks or ambulances -- every day for a year, resulting in a total of 125 fewer fire department personnel working daily.” <Source>

  • Morale sucks …

“In [Ted] Nonnini's 28 years on the job, morale under the current ‘Modified Coverage’ deployment plan, set to replaced by the new one on July 5, is ‘the lowest I've ever seen in my career,’ he said. With greater constraints and fewer firefighters in the new plan, he added, ‘I can't see anything but their morale becoming even worse than what it already is.’" <Source>

Job One …

Correct me if I am wrong, but a city’s first obligation to the community is to provide a safe and secure environment; to respond to emergencies with appropriate apparatus and personnel.

“Moore said Peaks told staff he is retiring because it is ‘a good time for him.’ Moore added that Peaks is leaving the department with a balanced budget and believed firefighters are close to solidifying a multi-year contract with the city.”

Finances versus protection …

"’In 2009, I was confident Chief Peaks was the right leader to manage the LAFD in the midst of the most difficult financial time the department had ever faced,’ Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. ‘At that moment of great challenge, he managed carefully and led with decisive action to creatively solve the department's complex fiscal situation.’"

The freakin Mayor just doesn’t get it. It is his job to prioritize the city’s expenditures to insure that the residents of his city get the police, fire and medical attention they need … when they need it.

If he has to eliminate “public arts” programs and unionized cubicle workers – so be it. Job number one is the safety and security of the city. There can be no turning your back on your fundamental function in leading a city.

The legacy …

Peaks also oversaw the planning and implementation of an automated billing system for ambulance calls that is estimated to save the city millions of dollars in traditionally late and lost revenue.”

The real truth is somewhat different …

“Despite strenuous objections from one of its employee unions, a divided Los Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday to hire a private company to handle billing for the fire department’s ambulance services.”

On a 9-to-5 vote, the council approved a six-year contract with Advanced Data Processing Inc., which will handle collections as the department moves to an automated billing system.” <Source>

I am impressed – the retiring Fire Chief gets credit for outsourcing ambulance billing to a private company as if this were a major personal accomplishment. <sarcasm tag>

“During his tenure, fire fatalities declined by 47 percent, according to the department.”

There is nothing to indicate that the Chief’s personal leadership or actions reduced fire fatalities in Los Angeles. And taking credit for the accomplishment is a hollow one given his almost two-year tenure. Notice that they do not tell you how many people (a relatively low number) were involved, so even a decline of a few fire deaths will produce very large percentage decreases. 

Bottom line …

For all intents and purposes, Los Angeles Mayor Tony Villar appears to be another grandstanding Mexican politician with aspirations for greater office. He appears to be more of a show-boater and glad-hander than a city executive.

He openly panders to illegal aliens which are driving up the costs of city government and is owned and operated by the public employee unions. He is complicit in playing financial games with personnel during budget crises and has failed to provide the basic leadership one expects from a big city mayor.

Someone is going to die because the fire department will be unable to respond with the right apparatus and personnel. The department claims that their response time is, on the average, approaching six minutes. Competent medical personnel will tell you that after four minutes of not breathing, you are pushing the envelope into death or brain damage.

While I know that most firefighters try their best to do their job in a competent manner, further budget cuts will take their toll on the department’s ability to protect the city’s residents.

If it comes to funding, I would rather prioritize the city’s actions to include the prime directive: protect the city and its residents. Even if it means closing down a few outrageously expensive schools and doubling class size. And especially if it means cutting “public arts” programs and some of the nonsense that passes for politically correct social activities.

Remember this when you vote. You want someone with his head screwed on straight and who understands Job One: Protecting the city and its residents. Which, I suppose, lets out most democrats who appear to be advancing their socialist public policy agenda of ignoring the true problems in favor of advancing the cubicle worker’s unions.

-- steve

Reference Links …

LA Fire Department Chief Millage Peaks announces retirement - LA Daily News


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Senator Alan Simpson, Captain Bullshit

Sometimes one of your friends sends you one of those Internet e-mails that resonates so soundly with what you believe to be true that you can’t help but pass it along to your other friends.

So here it is …

Alan Kooi Simpson (born September 2, 1931) is an American politician who served from 1979 to 1997 as a United States senator from Wyoming as a member of the Republican Party.  

His father, Milward L. Simpson, was also a member of the U.S. Senate from Wyoming (1962–1967) and a former governor of Wyoming (1955–1959) as well.

Simpson was appointed in 2010 to co-chair President Barack Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform with co-chair Erskine Bowles. <Source>

This says it all, no matter your politics.

Alan Simpson, Senator from Wyoming, Co-Chair of Obama's deficit commission, calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared "Social Security" to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats.
August, 2010.

Here's a response in a letter from a unknown farmer in Montana....

I think he is a little ticked off! He also tells it like it is !
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"Hey Alan, let's get a few things straight..

1. As a career politician, you have been on the public tit for FIFTY YEARS.

2.. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63).

3 My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero ambition losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would have made Bernie Madoff proud.

4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and your ilk pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age 67. NOW, you and your shill commission are proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN.

5.  I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from Day One, and now you morons propose to change the rules of the game ...

Why? Because you idiots mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal money from Medicare to pay the bills.

6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why?

Because you incompetent bastards spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt.

To add insult to injury, you label us "greedy" for calling "bullshit" on your incompetence. Well, Captain Bullshit, I have a few questions for YOU.

1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career?

2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the American taxpayers?

3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?
4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or, as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?

It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators called Congress who are the "greedy" ones.

It is you and your fellow nutcases who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers.

And for what? Votes. That's right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it.

And you can take that to the bank, you miserable A__.

If you like the way things are in America, delete this. If you agree with what a fellow citizen says, PASS IT ON!!!!

Bottom line …

Unless we replace the corrupt and incompetent in the White House, Senate and House of Representatives with constitutional conservatives, we will never be free of the yoke of financial and social oppression at the hands of the professional politicians and so-called “ruling elite.”

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



California screws over entrepreneurs and small businessmen ... Amazon kills California’s Associates Program?

Update ... California Governor Jerry Brown has signed the bill and Amazon responds ...

"Unfortunately, Governor Brown has signed into law the bill that we emailed you about earlier today. As a result of this, contracts with all California residents participating in the Amazon Associates Program are terminated effective today, June 29, 2011."

Original Blog entry ...

I just received an e-mail from Amazon.com and am unsure if it is a threat of future action to generate a groundswell of opposition to proposed California legislation or simply a heads-up of things to come.

The law …

In National Bellas Hess, Inc. v. Department of Revenue of the State of Illinois and Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, the Court concluded that the Commerce Clause and Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution require that there be a nexus between the taxing state and the vendor of goods or services, in the form of a physical presence. This has been interpreted to apply to both catalog sales and out of state sales over the Internet. States are thus prohibited from collecting sales taxes on so-called remote transactions because to do so would unconstitutionally burden interstate commerce.

It makes sense because companies located in a state receive local and state services which are not provided to out-of-state companies.

However, in their haste to cover their budget deficits; mostly brought about by corrupt politicians attempting to purchase votes by funding social entitlement programs and paying off the special interests in return for campaign contributions, the politicians are desperate to cover their tracks – lest the public begin an in-depth review of their fiscal malfeasance.

Amazon’s e-mail to Associates …

Hello,

For well over a decade, the Amazon Associates Program has worked with thousands of California residents. Unfortunately, a potential new law that may be signed by Governor Brown compels us to terminate this program for California-based participants. It specifically imposes the collection of taxes from consumers on sales by online retailers - including but not limited to those referred by California-based marketing affiliates like you - even if those retailers have no physical presence in the state.

We oppose this bill because it is unconstitutional and counterproductive. It is supported by big-box retailers, most of which are based outside California, that seek to harm the affiliate advertising programs of their competitors. Similar legislation in other states has led to job and income losses, and little, if any, new tax revenue. We deeply regret that we must take this action.

As a result, we will terminate contracts with all California residents that are participants in the Amazon Associates Program as of the date (if any) that the California law becomes effective.

We will send a follow-up notice to you confirming the termination date if the California law is enacted.

In the event that the California law does not become effective before September 30, 2011, we withdraw this notice. As of the termination date, California residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to Amazon.com, Endless.com, MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com.

Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned on or before the termination date will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule.

You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of California. If you are not currently a resident of California, or if you are relocating to another state in the near future, you can manage the details of your Associates account here. And if you relocate to another state in the near future please contact us for reinstatement into the Amazon Associates Program.

To avoid confusion, we would like to clarify that this development will only impact our ability to offer the Associates Program to California residents and will not affect their ability to purchase from Amazon.com, Endless.com, MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com.

We have enjoyed working with you and other California-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program and, if this situation is rectified, would very much welcome the opportunity to re-open our Associates Program to California residents. We are also working on alternative ways to help California residents monetize their websites and we will be sure to contact you when these become available.

Regards,

The Amazon Associates Team

Bottom line …

My blog does not carry advertising, book referrals for profit or request contributions so I am unaffected by the proposed California law and the Amazon pronouncement. At least to the fact that I am not earning money from Amazon.

However, there are any number of bloggers and small businesses in California that profit from the Amazon connection and require the revenue to help defray their expenses – and maybe, just maybe, pocket a little profit.

All I know is that California’s greed and desire to tax anybody and everybody knows no bounds on a progressive socialist regime which is more interested in importing poverty, illiteracy, disease and crime from Mexico and controlling global weather than they are about providing a safe, secure environment for all citizens. They would rather provide billions of dollars to public employee unions than repair or replace our crumbling infrastructure.

It is all about perpetuating the democrat control over California and ruling our inner cities much in the same manner as the corrupt politicians rule Chicago, Detroit and elsewhere.

We need pro-business constitutional conservatives to run our state – not ego-drive celebrities nor socialist democrats. Think about what has befallen our formerly golden state; where our schools, roads and business used to lead the nation. Now all that it left is the progressive democrats, and the fruits, nuts and flakes that make up California’s political granola.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



United Nations Joke: Acknowledging "TERROR CONFERENCE" IN IRAN ...

The United Nations encapsulates everything wrong with the world today …

Pampered, privileged politicians eating rich foods and drinking fine wines as they discuss geopolitics only hundreds of yards away from the starving homeless; protected by their own security guards and chauffeured about in luxury vehicles. Feathering their own nests at the expense of those who seem to rely on their ability to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

“The Michelangelo Hotel, South Africa Delegates to the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, who are meeting to discuss starvation and poverty, are feasting on extravagant foods and fine wines flown in from around the world. British newspaper “The Sun”, which exposed the story on Tuesday, also claimed that hundreds of trees had been cut down around the conference center to make room for limousines bringing delegates in to discuss how to prevent damage to the environment.”

“The summit has been sealed off by concrete barriers and metal fences, and is guarded by an 8,000-person security force, perhaps because it is located near the very populated and very poor township of Alexandra.” <Source>

Exhibiting rank hypocrisy by discussing terrorism and extolling the virtues of a terrorism conference being held by one of the world’s largest terrorist nations.

  • A nation whose leader, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, disputes history and denies the Jewish holocaust. 

“Iran has been plunged into a new diplomatic storm after its hardline President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, reiterated his belief that the Holocaust was ‘a myth.’”

“Mr. Ahmadinejad said: ‘They have fabricated a legend under the name 'massacre of the Jews' and they hold it higher than God himself, religion itself and the prophets themselves.’" <Source>

  • A nation whose leader, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, promotes the eradication of Israel.

“Thousands of people took to the streets repeating the words uttered by Mr. Ahmadinejad at a conference entitled ‘The World without Zionism’ in which he said Israel should be ‘wiped of the map’ and attacked moderate Arab countries that might recognise the State of Israel and establish diplomatic relations after its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.” <Source>

  • A nation whose leader, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, openly seeks nuclear power, but continues to deny that they are also seeking nuclear weapons.

“Iran's president has captured most of the headlines at the United Nations General Assembly by defending his country's right to what he calls a peaceful nuclear program.” <Source>

  • A nation whose leader, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is a religious fanatic believing that it is duty to bring about world conflict and chaos to hasten the return of the 12th Imam. 

“The Shiite Muslim President of Iran, Ahmadinejad, is deeply committed to the Islamic Messiah, al Mahdi. There have been many through the years claiming to be the Hidden Imam but Ahmadinejad believes he is yet to come. He claims that he is to personally prepare the world for the coming Mahdi. In order to save the world, it must be in a state of chaos and subjugation. Ahmadinejad claims he was ‘directed by Allah to pave the way for the glorious appearance of the Mahdi.’ This apocalyptic directive includes some very scary proclamations.” <Source>

  • A nation that supports institutional terrorism.

“The success of the Shiite Hezbollah faction in resisting the Israeli military has stoked pan-Arab solidarity, increased the regional popularity of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, and heightened fears of renewed civil war in Lebanon. Moreover, it has affected the regional Shiite-Sunni dynamic and intensified the international focus on Iran - a Shiite, non-Arab country that has teamed with Syria to provide backing for Hezbollah.” <Source>

“A closer look at Iran's relationship to Hamas over the last two decades as well as the purpose and results of the 2006 war lends support to his thesis and reinforces that the recent actions of Hamas are being directed by the Iranians to further their messianic mission toward hegemony in the region leading to a global Caliphate.”

That Hamas has been brought under the Islamic Republic's wing was confirmed through a Hamas commander's own confession last spring when he verified that Hamas has been receiving military training by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard since 2005.” <Source>

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s message of support to an Iranian “counter-terrorism conference” held in Tehran, Iran …

It is a pleasure to greet all the participants in this timely and important International Conference on the Global Fight against Terrorism.

Over the past several years, the scourge of terrorism has afflicted almost all regions of the world, resulting in the loss of thousands of lives. It is critical that the international community increase cooperation in countering this grave threat to international peace and security.

The Member States of the United Nations demonstrated their clear resolve against terrorism through the adoption, by consensus, of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in 2006 and its subsequent review resolutions in 2008 and 2010.

The Strategy is not only a political statement on the unacceptability of terrorism it is also a strategic policy framework for addressing all aspects of this menace.

It is based on four pillars: measures to address conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism measures to prevent and combat terrorism capacity building measures and rule of law and human rights measures. And it emphasizes the need for a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach.

While law enforcement, border control and so-called “hard” security measures are essential, we must also invest more attention and resources in socio-economic development, conflict-prevention, human rights and education. We also need to better understand the reasons people are drawn to violence, so that we can prevent others from following that path.

The Strategy also underscores the importance of dialogue, understanding, and principles and objectives of the United Nations Charter.

Under the Charter all Member Sates have undertaken to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State.

Under the Charter all Member States have same rights and obligations. Denial of established historical facts will be gravely misleading.

It is important that we look forward and put more emphasis on dialogue and understanding and on building bridges between countries and peoples. This is the best possible option to find lasting solutions of the difficult problems.

As custodians of the Strategy, Member States have the primary responsibility to ensure its implementation. That means putting in place cohesive national and regional counter-terrorism strategies, strengthening international coordination, marshaling the relevant expertise and demonstrating the necessary political will.

The UN system, for its part, is fully engaged, including through the efforts of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force to provide good practices and recommendations.

In adopting the Strategy, Member States pledged “to consistently, unequivocally and strongly condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purposes”.

Let that unambiguous position be our guide as we seek to address a global challenge that seeks to do such harm to us all and while we pay tribute to victims of terrorism.

In the end, I thank you for your engagement, and please accept my best wishes for a productive meeting.

--U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon <Source: United Nations>

Human rights?

How can the Secretary-General even mention “human rights” with a straight-face when some of the most oppressive regimes are the very Islamic nations fomenting Islamic revolution around the world?

Idiocy and hypocrisy on display …

CNSNews.com is reporting …

“Ahmadinejad, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and others used the event to rail at the U.S., Israel and Britain, and Ahmadinejad once again raised speculation that the 9/11 terror attack was a conspiracy designed to benefit U.S. and Israeli interests.”

“Also controversial was Ban’s association with an event whose main participants included Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, the subject of an International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant for alleged war crimes in Darfur.”

The irony is so blatant that even the “pussy-footing” State Department was forced to recognize the issue …

“State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland commented briefly about the conference at Monday’s departmental press briefing, although she did not refer to the U.N. involvement.”

’We consider it quite ironic that Iran, the most active state sponsor of terrorism, is holding a meeting on terrorism,’ she said. ‘Iran’s financial, material, and logistical support for terrorist and militant groups throughout the Middle East and Central Asia flies in the face of efforts to promote peace, threatens economic stability, and undermines the growth of democracy throughout the region.’”

“’So instead of engaging constructively in the region with the international community, the Iranian government continues to engage unhelpfully and in an unfounded way,’ Nuland said. ‘So, again, an ironic choice to have a terrorism meeting in Iran.’”

’We trust that the United States will demand that the U.N. distance itself from this Orwellian propaganda exercise – an insult to victims worldwide of Iranian-sponsored terrorism – and that it refrain from similar acts in the future,’ Neuer wrote to U.S. ambassador Susan Rice.”

Why is the United States supporting this corrupt body which has proven, time-and-time-again, that it does not promote peace and is unwilling to take a hard-line against transgressing member states. United Nations’ resolutions have the weight of “toilet paper” if not backed by the United States.

The United States is complicit in the charade …

“Last week Ban won a second term as secretary-general, receiving first the blessing of the U.S. and the other four permanent Security Council members and then the approval ‘by acclamation’ – that is, no country objected or called for a roll-call vote – by the 192-member General Assembly.”

The only reason that I can find for the United States to continuing backing this corrupt organization is that the progressives within our government recognize that the United Nations, with the exception of the Islamic nations, is mostly comprised of Marxist, socialist and communist thugs. People who share many of the same values with the democrat and republican progressives.

Bottom line …

If there are any substantial reasons why the United States should stop supporting the United Nations and throw all of their spies and functionaries out of New York, they can be found in this single story.

What use is a United Nations when they openly ignored mass murder, genocide and ethnic cleansing in Africa and only grudgingly took up the cause in Serbia?

What use is the United Nations when their security forces are risk adverse, refuse to engage the enemy directly and run away at the first sign of conflict?

What use is an organization which provides its member nations with diplomatic cover for spying on our nation?

And what use is an organization that openly supports America-bashing while enjoying our hospitality and financial support?

I say get the U.S. out of the U.N., sooner rather than later.

-- steve

Breaking: Potential Good News:

The Independent (U.K.) is reporting

“Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's irascible, unpredictable but devout president, may be forced to resign in the coming weeks as a political crisis far greater than the massive street violence which followed his re-election in 2009 threatens to overwhelm him and his court favourites in the government.”

“The overweening influence of his close friend and confidant Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaee, the president's chief of staff – who is blamed for the firing of two intelligence ministers and for infuriating even the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei – is expected to bring down Ahmadinejad in one of the most spectacular putsches in the history of the Islamic Republic.” <Source>

Reference Links …

U.N. Chief Hails ‘Important’ Anti-Terror Conference Hosted by Iran | CNSnews.com


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



DREAM ACT: Throw Dick Durbin (D-IL) in jail ...

If one can believe the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) recent press release, Senate Dick Durban (D-IL) should be impeached and incarcerated for knowingly aiding and abetting in the violation of United States sovereignty and failing to uphold both the United States Constitution and United States Federal Statutes as per his oath of office.

FAIR is reporting …

“Today marked the first ever Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee hearing on the DREAM Act. Despite its perennial introduction by Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and managing to make it to the floor on several occasions, the bill had never been debated in committee until this morning.”

Much of the hearing room was reserved for illegal aliens to witness the hearing while interested U.S. citizens were barred from the room and told ‘only staff and press’ were allowed.”

“After Senator Dick Durbin began the hearing by acknowledging several illegal aliens in the audience, Obama Administration officials painted the DREAM Act as the solution to the country’s economic, education, immigration, and security problems.”

That the Obama Administration continues to point to giving citizenship to illegal aliens as the “solution to the country’s economic, education, immigration and security problems” is patently false.

It does not help preserve the sovereignty, security and safety of the United States and certainly is a slap in the face to all of the smart, motivated and educated current immigrants who have obeyed the law and are welcome in our country.

As for making a difference in today’s perilous economy, that is also debatable due to the tremendous drain on our infrastructure resources and lack of a stable, productive tax base. With unemployment rampant in the United States, addition additional employees to the mix only makes the matter worse.

Education is likewise compromised as more and more immigrants are demanding that politicians teach their culture, in their native language, to the detriment of others in our country.

Backdoor Amnesty …

Because of the manner in which the final bill will be written and reconciled, it is likely that the DREAM Act legislation will be so broad as to permit the families and others associated with the primary beneficiary access to American citizenship and benefits – without renouncing their allegiance to a foreign sovereign power. Another hyper-technical 2000+ page bill that nobody reads nor understands until the unintended consequences manifest and bite us in the butt.

Here is the FAIR release …

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Amnesty advocates in both Congress and the Administration have launched an unusual three-pronged attack this past week to advance a “path to citizenship” for millions of student age illegal aliens. By introducing legislation and issuing administrative policy directives, all designed to serve the same purpose, advocates are covering their bases and hoping one or the other or both will stick. This week’s goings-on:

DREAM Act Gets First Ever Senate Hearing

Today marked the first ever Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee hearing on the DREAM Act. Despite its perennial introduction by Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and managing to make it to the floor on several occasions, the bill had never been debated in committee until this morning.

Much of the hearing room was reserved for illegal aliens to witness the hearing while interested U.S. citizens were barred from the room and told “only staff and press” were allowed.

After Senator Dick Durbin began the hearing by acknowledging several illegal aliens in the audience, Obama Administration officials painted the DREAM Act as the solution to the country’s economic, education, immigration, and security problems. Democratic Senators characterized the bill’s potential beneficiaries as the “best and brightest” of the U.S. students who won’t be able to find a job after college – disregarding the nearly 10 percent of American workers currently unemployed.

Senator John Cornyn (R-Tex.), on the other hand, highlighted major problems with the DREAM Act, testifying that criminal aliens convicted of serious misdemeanors, such as drunk driving and assault, could be eligible for legal status under the legislation. In response, Napolitano said, “I think this is not the hearing to go into some of the actual details of the bill...” (Is this a bill we have to pass to find out what’s in it?)

Major New Senate Amnesty Bill Introduced

Although they are fully aware that amnesty will be blocked by House Republicans, Senators Bob Menendez and Dick Durbin also introduced a “comprehensive” immigration reform bill aimed at granting amnesty to the more than 11 million illegal aliens in the United States. The bill includes amnesty provisions such as versions of the DREAM Act and Ag Jobs, with minimal upgrades in border and interior enforcement. Amnesty advocates are nothing if not persistent in their efforts to serve illegal aliens before U.S. citizens.

Another ICE Memo Emerges – ICE Agents Outraged

Leaders of the National ICE Council, a union which represents roughly 7,000 ICE agents, officers, and employees, were outraged by the June 17 memo from ICE Director John Morton. The internal ICE memo listed 19 factors for which “prosecutorial discretion may be warranted.” If the memo’s recommendations are followed, the consideration of age, length of presence and education could protect millions of illegal aliens from deportation. The full memo is available here.

“Any American concerned about immigration needs to brace themselves for what’s coming,” announced Council President Chris Crane in a press release. (National ICE Council Press Release, June 23, 2011) “Unable to pass its immigration agenda through legislation, the Administration is now implementing it through agency policy.” The Council also charges that ICE officials worked “hand-in-hand” with the open-borders lobby, but excluded its own officers from the process of developing policies.

Members of Congress are also alarmed by the Obama Administration’s attempt to circumvent the law. Earlier this month the House of Representatives passed an amendment introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tex.) to the DHS fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill which, if passed by the Senate, would in part override the Morton memo by preventing DHS funds from being used to grant parole or deferred action (both forms of prosecutorial discretion) to most aliens subject to final orders of removal. The DHS bill is currently awaiting action by the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) is also expected to introduce legislation that would place more sweeping restrictions the Administration’s ability to grant parole, deferred action, or temporary protected status.

© 2011 Federation for American Immigration Reform
25 Massachusetts Avenue - Suite 330 Washington DC, 20001
www.fairus.org

Bottom line …

This is another move by the corrupt and despicable democrats and their socialist fellow travelers to muster support for their 2012 election campaign; promising millions of potential entitlement-eligible voters to support their election by any means, fair or foul.

Bob Dornan (R-CA) lost his election by a thin margin to a Hispanic activist/progressive socialist – and the House, under Newt Gingrich, did absolutely nothing to deal with those they found to have voted illegally in the election. The government is willing to turn their back on election fraud and still refuses to demand picture identification from a state’s department of motor vehicles (identity cards if you do not drive) in order to vote.

Uncontrolled immigration for political purposes continues to be a clear and present danger to the United States of America as it dilutes our American culture and cedes political power to those who many not have America’s best interests at heart. Those who refuse to assimilate and who congregate in regions that feature their old culture, language and food – further balkanizing American into warring factions competing for political power and taxpayer resources.

We can no longer afford the progressive/socialist pipe dreams of the democrats and progressive republicans like John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and others who do not uphold American ideals and are quick to join their progressive pals in dismantling the America we know and love.

It is time to elect constitutional conservatives in 2012 – people who understand that the taxpayer cannot be continually milked to pay for those who add little or no value to our economy or culture.

It is time to stop importing poverty, illiteracy, crime, disease and those who do nothing more than provide manual labor – provide these people with renewable work permits, not citizenship and voting rights; lest we be voted out of our own home.

As for Dick Durbin, he should be held to account for his actions.

-- steve

P.S. I have always found it curious that Black Americans continue to vote for the democrat party and Barack Obama when so much damage to Black communities is being done by illegal aliens who are taking entry-level jobs, housing and social benefits. And that all of the major decaying cesspools of crime, corruption and lack of opportunity – known as the inner cities -- are management by corrupt democrat administrations. And nobody asks where the billions of dollars to education, food programs, employment programs and social benefits has actually gone.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Google: Pulling the plug on Electronic Health Records ...

As a long-time observer of the electronic health record initiative, I am pleased to see that the public has chosen wisely to abandon the use of Google Health.

Google, whose mantra is “Do Not Evil” has morphed into a mega-corporation that profited greatly from the manipulation of your personal information to present advertisers with the opportunity to offer you goods and serviced that might appeal to you based on your searches, e-mail and other documents to which you have knowingly or unwittingly given Google access.

I am a great believer in electronic health systems where records are kept confidential and used only for the purposes for which they are intended; under patient supervision and control. With adequate anti-hacking security safeguards, user-accessible audit trails,   provisions against data loss, accidental or deliberate modification/deletion and and integral system provisions to insure the data is backed-up and can be easily restored.

I am also a great believer in honesty in medicine, where physicians do not miscode patient’s records to indicate more severe or non-existent conditions in order to maximize insurance reimbursements.

I have little or no faith in record-keeping systems which are governed by unilateral EULAs (End User Licensing Agreements) in which the vendor sheds all responsibility for their actions, negligent or accidental, and limits the consumer’s damages to the amount they have paid for the service. Likewise, I have no faith in medical systems that scan a patients personal and confidential information in order to serve-up advertising or link to commercial offerings.

Google abandons Google Health …

When we launched Google Health, our goal was to create a service that would give people access to their personal health and wellness information. We wanted to translate our successful consumer-centered approach from other domains to healthcare and have a real impact on the day-to-day health experiences of millions of our users.

Now, with a few years of experience, we’ve observed that Google Health is not having the broad impact that we hoped it would. There has been adoption among certain groups of users like tech-savvy patients and their caregivers, and more recently fitness and wellness enthusiasts.

But we haven’t found a way to translate that limited usage into widespread adoption in the daily health routines of millions of people. That’s why we’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue the Google Health service.

We’ll continue to operate the Google Health site as usual through January 1, 2012, and we’ll provide an ongoing way for people to download their health data for an additional year beyond that, through January 1, 2013.

Any data that remains in Google Health after that point will be permanently deleted.

If you’re a Google Health user, we’ve made it easy for you to retrieve your data from Google Health any time before January 1, 2013. Just go to the site to download your information in any of several formats: you can print and save it, or transfer it to other services that support industry-standard data formats.

In the end, while we weren’t able to create the impact we wanted with Google Health, we hope it has raised the visibility of the role of the empowered consumer in their own care. We continue to be strong believers in the role information plays in healthcare and in improving the way people manage their health, and we’re always working to improve our search quality for the millions of users who come to Google every day to get answers to their health and wellness queries.

Bottom line …

Until you can enter a doctor’s office and transfer your basic new patient information into their system in a standard format – complete with patient questionnaire – I see little use for electronic patient records that are kept in “stove-piped data silos” operated by individual physicians or medical facilities.  

I see little utility in keeping medical records on removable devices (thumb drives) or in commercial data repositories. If any doctor allowed you to insert an unknown device into their system, I would not trust their judgement. Likewise, asking to use the doctor’s browser to download records from a commercial repository for storage on their system.

It has long been my practice to demand my own test records and doctors reports, to scan them into my system to be stored in Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF). If my primary care physician refers me to a new doctor, I simply print out copies of the pertinent tests results and reports and give them to his office to become part of my medical chart. That way, I control the process and can help insure that I get a superior level of medical care.

For those of you wishing to review the subject in depth, I have provided links to my previous blog posts on the subject.

Good luck and good health.

-- steve

Reference Links …

Google Is Closing Its Health Records Service - NYTimes.com

An update on Google Health and Google PowerMeter

 

From OneCitizenSpeaking.com …

October 06, 2007: Microsoft HealthVault: Can you trust Microsoft or any other commercial vendor with your health information?

June 26, 2008: Danger: The SINGLE most important key to protecting your health records!

February 23, 2009: OBAMA STIMULUS: COMPROMISING YOUR HEALTH RECORDS FOR POLITICS AND PROFITS

April 28, 2009: Mayo Clinic backs Microsoft health records storage site, so what?

July 23, 2009: Obama's healthcare press conference highlights the flaws in his plan ... [Discovering a flaw in Obama’s electronic healthcare records]

July 17, 2010: Electronic healthcare standards: big brother has arrived ... (Updated)


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



CALIFORNIA MOTORISTS: EMERGENCY ACTION NEEDED TODAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM OUTRAGEOUS FINES

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My friend Jim, the editor of www.highwayrobbery.net has sent out an urgent appeal to all Californian’s interested in stopping the state from artificially creating more lawbreakers in order to reduce the growing deficit caused by their profligate spending.

To:    California Motorists

Please call your legislators this afternoon, and talk to them about Sacramento's current crop of legislation. It is important, because a really bad bill is coming to a final vote as early as tomorrow.

The bad bill is AB 529.

It will allow cities to reduce many posted speed limits by 5 mph. The lower speed limits will, in turn, allow the cities to shorten their yellow lights. The shortening of the yellow lights will make the intersections more dangerous, as shorter yellows are associated with higher accident rates. 

Shortening a yellow light by 0.35 second raises the accident rate by about 30%. ( TTI report, pg. 2-20 )

Why then, if it makes intersections more dangerous, is our Legislature doing this? Money.

Four of the sponsoring cities have red light cameras, and shorter yellows produce a lot more red light camera tickets. (See the list of sponsors, in the June 9 official bill analysis.)

The bill will also make it easier for all California cities to issue speeding tickets.

AB 529 is moving along, fast, with a full vote by the Senate to occur as early as tomorrow.

AB 529 has already passed through the Assembly, unanimously, so it will not be easy to stop. Your calls to your legislators are the only thing that can stop it. 

There are several other pieces of bad legislation in the works. And there are some bills that should be in the works, but are not. Here is a list of all bills, including AB 529:

1. AB 529 OPPOSE, STRONGLY (Reduces posted speed limits, shortens yellows - see above)
2. AB 539 OPPOSE (Doubles base fine for speeding in school zones)
3. SB 29 OPPOSE (Reduces warning signs at camera-enforced intersections)
4. Ask for a bill to reduce the fine for rolling rights. They may tell you it is too late, wait for next year, but it is not too late. They can take a "place holder" bill and convert it into a bill to reduce the fine.
5. Ask for a bill about Protected Plates, the "Get Out of Jail Free" confidential license plates found on 1.5 million personal vehicles owned by our government employees and their families.

Detailed info about legislation here.

Since time is short, I recommend calling your legislators' Sacramento offices, not their local ones. You can get the name and phone number of your legislators at this official site

Calling a legislator's office is easy. They answer their phones after just a few rings, there's no menu to navigate, and you can tell the staff member who answers the phone what your positions are on the bills. Then you're done!
It takes just two or three minutes.
Be sure to call both your assembly member and your state senator.  

And please call Governor Brown, at (916) 445-2841, and ask him to veto AB 529, AB 539, and SB 29 (if they make it to his desk).

If you have called your legislators previously, it doesn't hurt to call them again.

Please ask your friends to call, too. Make this viral. We really need to stop AB 529.

Regards,

Jim
Editor of www.highwayrobbery.net

Bottom line …

The California legislature is doing everything in their power to make your behavior and innocent mistakes into revenue-generating criminal actions. Who can remember when accidently running a red light could cost you $700?

And remember, many of these legislative initiatives are funded by the red-light camera vendors or the insurance companies who profit every time they raise your premiums.

Listen to Jim at www.highwayrobbery.net … he has extensive subject matter experience and has been instrumental in fighting for your rights for years.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Progressive Administrators and Educators -- Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Los Angeles Community College System

If you want to see a scathing indictment of the toxic effects of progressives on education, this single video highlights it all

  • Waste
  • Fraud
  • Mismanagement
  • Abuse of the Taxpayer’

in a system that boasts an enrollment of 2,800,000 and a drop out count of 2,000,000. 70% of students never get a degree or complete their studies.

The only admission requirements seem to be breathing and able to pay reduced fees.

The shocking video …

Bottom line …

It is not about education, it is about progressive politics and special interest spending. Milking the taxpayers to promote a socialist/communist theology.

It is time for us to turn our attention to those who have corrupted and/or destroyed our educational system. To deny further funding until they can prove that they can do better.

Firing and prosecuting those who have mismanaged public funds – which should be a crime.

We need constitutional conservatives and “honest brokers” t0 serve “We the People.” Before it is too late.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Since when did NASA become an environmental agency -- which subverted its primary mission?

The more I head about NASA and its politically correct leadership, the more I wonder if the agency should not be eliminated or overhauled.

Muslim outreach …

It was bad enough that NASA director, Charlie Bolden, thought that NASA’s new mission was an outreach to the Muslim world to make them feel better about their ancient contributions to mathematics and science – even though there are no notable contributions in recent history.

NASA Chief: Next Frontier Better Relations With Muslim World

“NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his ‘foremost" mission as the head of America's space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.’”

“Though international diplomacy would seem well outside NASA's orbit, Bolden said in an interview with Al Jazeera that strengthening those ties was among the top tasks President Obama assigned him. He said better interaction with the Muslim world would ultimately advance space travel.”

"’When I became the NASA administrator -- or before I became the NASA administrator -- he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and engineering,’ Bolden said in the interview.”

Global cooling/warming, climate change …

Then there is a climate activism of NASA’s preeminent climate modeler, Dr. James Hansen. Hansen who has apparently taken a substantial amount of money from global warming advocacy groups – in addition to his government pay – has promoted his modeling efforts from studying the Venusian atmosphere, to suggestions of  global cooling and later to global warming – all with the suggestion that draconian public policies were required to prevent a planetary catastrophe.


NASA Scientists Predicted a New Ice Age in 1971

“The world could be as little as 50 or 60 years away from a disastrous new ice age, a leading atmospheric scientist predicts.”

“The scientist was S.I. Rasool, a colleague of Mr. Hansen's at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The article goes on to say that Mr. Rasool came to his chilling conclusions by resorting in part to a new computer program developed by Mr. Hansen that studied clouds above Venus.”

Effects on the global temperature of large increases in carbon dioxide and aerosol densities in the atmosphere of Earth have been computed. It is found that, although the addition of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere does increase the surface temperature, the rate of temperature increase diminishes with increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.  

For aerosols, however, the net effect of increase in density is to reduce the surface temperature of Earth. Because of the exponential dependence of the backscattering, the rate of temperature decrease is augmented with increasing aerosol content. An increase by only a factor of 4 in global aerosol background concentration may be sufficient to reduce the surface temperature by as much as 3.5 ° K.

If sustained over a period of several years, such a temperature decrease over the whole globe is believed to be sufficient to trigger an ice age. <Source>

Then when the “mini ice age” did not look like it might manifest itself, the computer program suggested that the same carbon dioxide and aerosols would produce “global warming.” Curiously requiring the exact same draconian public policies that were, again, needed to prevent a planetary emergency.

And when it appeared that the remote sensing (satellite) data did not agree with the the computer models, global warming became “global climate change” which renewed the push for public policies to “fix” nature. Unfortunately, through the revelations of Climate-Gate, we have been given an insider look into the corrupt world of climate scientists, where bad assumptions, bad data and the subversion of the scientific peer-review process has produced suspect findings. Even though the natural variability of a cyclic climate masks any real signal of man-made climate disruption, scientists like Hansen still pursue alterations of public policy to pursue their self-interests. Even though the rest of us would be subject to an enlarged government, a permanent climate-related bureacracy, increased taxes and energy charges as the loss of substantial personal freedoms to act as freemen in an increasingly socialist world.

Now comes NASA, further polluting the atmosphere to pursue their political agenda …

NASA To Fly Low Over Region For Air Quality Study

“Don’t panic if you see large planes flying unusually low over Maryland roadways next week. It’s all part of a major plan by NASA to help study air pollution over major cities.”

“The study will focus on air pollution over many of Maryland’s major roads, from Baltimore’s beltway, to the 95 corridor, even over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.”

“This is no ordinary plane, it’s a specially fitted NASA aircraft designed with equipment to measure air pollution levels in flight. And starting next week the skies over Maryland will become a pollution detection playground for the plane and for NASA scientists.”

Playground is correct – an expensive playground with little or no scientific value; especially when one considers that pollution levels change from day-to-day depending on the prevailing winds and weather conditions.

’The public I think is very interested in knowing where air pollution problems are the largest, and then they have the ability to make their own decisions about their own activities and times and places they would like to avoid,’ said Dr. James Crawford, NASA atmospheric scientist.”

Other than a relatively few people afflicted with severe respiratory disease, I do not know anyone who bases their daily lives on whether or not smog is present in the atmosphere. Especially here in Southern California where smog is prevalent on quite a few days.

“On the other hand, NASA satellites already monitor air pollution across the globe, but those readings have their own problems.”

“’But you can’t really tell from the satellite data itself whether that pollution is somewhere higher in the atmosphere or down near the surface,’ said Dr. Kenneth Pickering, NASA atmospheric scientist.”

“That’s where these special planes come in.”

“They’ll fly low over busy roadways collecting data and then fly in spiral patterns over the six ground monitoring stations Maryland already has in place, helping NASA scientists to determine how much air pollution is down where we breathe.”

The craziness of low flying large aircraft over population areas … 

“’It’s a challenging mission,’ said Rich Rodgers, NASA research pilot. ‘One of the most challenging because we are doing it over the top of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore this summer.’”

“NASA pilots are now warning Marylanders to be on the lookout as their planes fly as low as 1000 feet off the ground in the coming month.”

It is bad enough that we will need to pay the Russians hundreds of millions in hard currency to hitch a ride to space …

NASA's cost to hitch a ride on Russian rocket rises

“NASA signed a new contract Monday, promising to pay the Russian Federal Space Agency $63 million per astronaut in 2014 and 2015.”

“Six seats on the Soyuz rockets have already been reserved for NASA at just under $56 million pet seat under the old contract, which runs through 2014.”

“Until now, NASA has been able to use both the Soyuz and space shuttles to ferry astronauts back and forth from the International Space Station.”

But the shuttle option disappears after the planned launch of Atlantis in late June, marking the retirement of the entire shuttle fleet.”

Thinking the worst …

Perhaps I am being unduly paranoid, but I can’t help wondering if the anti-nuke, anti-capitalist, anti-military and anti-America activists have managed to use the Obama Administration to curtail vital space research which is necessary to maintain our military capabilities and to continue to protect a free nation.

Why have they decimated our space program, letting the skills and expertise of experienced scientists, technicians and others degrade into uselessness?

Bottom line …

Rather than call for the disbanding of the current NASA bureaucracy and the repurposing of its assets, I would much rather urge everyone to throw President Barack Obama and his fellow travelers out of office and repurpose the mission and provide new leadership.

We need science and space exploration – but not the type of politically correct, multi-cultural pre-ordained faux science that seems to be driving public policies in the Obama Administration.

Here is to electing “honest brokers” to serve “We the People” in 2012 – constitutional conservatives who will restore integrity to science and government before we find ourselves mired in corrupt and dysfunction European-style socialism.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS