The left is comically predictable, and Jimmy Carter is chief among them. Carter, who calls global warming skeptics “nutcases,” says there’s only one solution for the supposedly inevitable calamity we face: raising your taxes!
President Jimmy Carter called a tax on carbon emissions “the only reasonable approach” to combating climate change during an appearance here Tuesday, but lamented that even piecemeal actions are unlikely to get through a divided Congress.
Carter, 89, who received a lifetime achievement award on the final day of the American Renewable Energy Day summit, spoke during a luncheon attended by a number of conservationists as well as Ted Turner, T. Boone Pickens and Tom Steyer, the California billionaire pledging to devote his personal finances to political candidates willing to take action on climate change.
The 39th president, who created the Dept. of Energy and advocated for conservation before scientists began to understand the impact of human activity on climate, told AREI’s Sally Ranney that he didn’t have to deal with the same level of partisan gridlock in Congress as President Obama currently does.
Taxes: it’s a dead giveaway that liberal “science” isn’t really about science at all. There’s nothing, and I mean nothing, scientific about raising taxes on people. But “global climate change” has never really be about science…it’s about control.
VIDEO: Obama can’t decide if he’s the one who pulled troops out of Iraq or not.
It takes a special kind of bitterness to be this obsessed with calling other people racist.
Here’s the video:
One has to wonder, if you see a racist behind every bush, wouldn’t that begin to suggest that you yourself have an unhealthy obsession with the color of people’s skin.
This is one of the most powerful voices I have read in the ongoing political fight over amnesty for illegal aliens. Take it from somebody who has some skin in the game…
from Wall Street Journal:
People in my situation also probably represent the most law-abiding segment of the population. Any skirmish with the law—even one not involving violence—can result in loss of working privileges and possible deportation. A recent New York Times article about how legal immigrants’ applications are being stalled because the officials who process files are overwhelmed with applications for deportation deferrals was a stinging slap in the face to all of those who chose to do the right thing and get here by following the rules.
What is really surprising is that, in a nation that prides itself on being a nation of laws, the enforcers of the law are told to deliberately look away when it comes to illegal immigration. Also the politically correct term now is undocumented rather than illegal. I for one—after being fingerprinted, photographed, inquired about in detail every time I re-enter the U.S.—know for sure that being undocumented is illegal.
As an “alien,” I have always been and always will be extremely grateful for the education that I have received and the opportunity to work and live in the U.S. In return I have been a good citizen (well, not exactly a citizen), paid my taxes, paid immigration attorneys and stayed on top of the paperwork. I have done so because I realize how important the legal process is and I have nothing but respect and reverence for the law of the land.
As the debate in Washington and the media centers on the plight of willful wrongdoers, America’s reputation as a nation of laws and as a nation of immigrants is at stake here. Making the law-abiders feel discounted would not have rested well with the Founding Fathers either.
Legal immigration is a wonderful thing. The legal immigration process leads to great Americans like the one that Dr. Manmeet Singh (who wrote this article) will someday be. We should be focused on securing the border so that we can then open the front doors wider to more great future Americans like Dr. Singh.
This is frustrating to watch unfold.
from Hot Air:
C’mon, we didn’t really forget to attach parachutes to the food and water we’re dropping, did we?
I was on board an Iraqi Army helicopter, and watched as hundreds of refugees ran towards it to receive one of the few deliveries of aid to make it to the mountain. The helicopter dropped water and food from its open gun bays to them as they waited below. General Ahmed Ithwany, who led the mission, told me: “It is death valley. Up to 70 per cent of them are dead.”
Two American aid flights have also made it to the mountain, where they have dropped off more than 36,000 meals and 7,000 gallons of drinking water to help the refugees, and last night two RAF C-130 transport planes were also on the way.
However, Iraqi officials said that much of the US aid had been “useless” because it was dropped from 15,000ft without parachutes and exploded on impact.
Krohn’s piece was also published today at the Daily Mail. The opening is identical to the opening of the story quoted above but the detail about U.S. aid without parachutes is missing. WaPo’s account of what’s happening on Mount Sinjar also mentions nothing about missing parachutes and exploded aid, but does have this:
Airdrops of food and water — which apparently went awry — were followed by airstrikes, including four on Friday that targeted Islamic State positions around the mountain…
The family took refuge on a barren patch of land, and for the last three days of their ordeal they survived by sharing bottle-cap amounts of water from the last of their meager supplies. Food dropped by U.S. warplanes landed between their sanctuary and the Islamic State positions and could not be reached. For three days, they did not eat.
Do we not have anybody over in Iraq who has ever done an aid drop before?
Some dreary news to get your Tuesday started.
U.S. jobs pay an average 23% less today than they did before the 2008 recession, according to a new report released on Monday by the United States Conference of Mayors.
In total, the report found $93 billion in lost wages.
Jobs lost during the recession paid an average $61,637. As of 2014, jobs in the same sectors paid an average of $47,171 annually.
"Under a similar analysis conducted by the Conference of Mayors during the 2001-2002 recession, the wage gap was only 12% compared to the current 23%—meaning the wage gap has nearly doubled from one recession to the next," stated the Conference of Mayors in a statement.
The report also found that 73% of metro area households earn salaries of less than $35,000 a year.
President Barack Obama, who is on a two-week vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, has yet to comment on the dour economic findings.
As I’ve said before, unlike so-called income inequality, which might be an indication of a problem and not a problem in and of itself, the decline of income and net worth are real problems. In other words, how much money one makes is much more important than how much money they make relative to their neighbor.
And here’s the great irony that the majority fails to understand: When government tries to make income more “fair”, the income gap widens and wages fall. Conversely, when freedom is allowed to flourish, not only is more wealth created, but that wealth is naturally spread out over a broader group via the free market (the rich will purchase things, invest, hire, etc.).
Sure, the American economy is a resilient one that might become strong again. But rest assured it will not be because of any government program. Rather, it will be in spite of it.
There are those, who having never been taught this basic truth, will automatically reject it, as it sounds non-intuitive or, perhaps, because it’s more comfortable knowing that someone is “in charge” of the economic situation. But let me encourage you not to do this. The most effective way to spread the wealth is through unbridled liberty.
We’re posting this with caution (as many of these things turn out to be hoaxes). But according to reports, Robin Williams has been found dead. Suicide is suspected.
from Hollywood Reporter
Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at age 63, according to police in Marin County, Calif.
The full statement is below.
On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 a.m, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63-year-old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA.
An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Division s of the Sheriff’s Office. Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10:00 pm on August 10, 2014. Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 9-1-1 call was placed to Marin County Communications. At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made. A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.
I understand that we generally do not report on entertainment news, but we thought it appropriate as this is a huge loss for millions of Americans.
If these reports are verified, this is truly a sad day.
President Obama seems to have forgotten that he is the Commander in Chief.
“You know I say what I mean and I mean what I say,” Obama said in Hollywood, Florida on Nov. 4, 2012. “I said I’d end the war in Iraq. I ended it.”
That statement was similar—or identical—to many others Obama made on the campaign trail in the 2012 campaign.
On the South Lawn of the White House today, after Obama explained why he had ordered the U.S. military to renew airstrikes in Iraq, a reporter asked Obama about his decision to remove all U.S. troops from Iraq.
“Mr. President, do you have any second thoughts about pulling all ground troops out of Iraq?” the reporter asked. “And does it give you pause as the U.S.—is it doing the same thing in Afghanistan?”
“What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision,” Obama said, indicating he does not believe it was his decision as commander in chief of U.S. troops in a congressionally authorized action in Iraq to decide whether the troops should stay or leave.
Having taken all the glory for the decision to bring the troops home when it was popular, Obama is now blaming the unstable government in Iraq for “not inviting” the US troops to stay. This is, of course, a bunch of total hogwash.
One of the things that bothers me the most about Obama is how completely unprincipled he is. If you’re going to bring the troops home, be bold in your decision to do so and own the consequences. If you’re going to use the military to fight the enemy abroad, then don’t pretend like you didn’t have any control over the troops coming home.
Obama runs his foreign policy with one eye on the polls, always checking to see what his approval rating is before making a decision or undoing a previous decision. That is no way to lead the world’s most powerful military. It ends up costing needless lives, and the world suffers because of it.
There must not be any real news to report today, because the Washington Post is wasting their time on this nonsense:
A political science colleague reports that he received the following e-mail from a reporter:
"I am on deadline and doing a piece on Marco Rubio and how his balding hair may impact his chances of winning the presidential election 2016. Can you get back to me at your earliest convenience?"
Let’s leave aside the concept of “balding hair” — which I guess is sort of like “freezing heat” — and get to the real issue.
Marco Rubio’s hairline: game-changer…or GAME-CHANGER?
(h/t Weasel Zippers)
The horror in Iraq continues as ISIS brutally murders who does not conform to their view of Islam.
from NY Daily News:
Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq’s Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq’s human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday.
Mohammed Shia al-Sudani said the Sunni militants had also buried alive some of their victims, including women and children. Some 300 women were kidnapped as slaves, he added.
"We have striking evidence obtained from Yazidis fleeing Sinjar and some who escaped death, and also crime scene images that show indisputably that the gangs of the Islamic States have executed at least 500 Yazidis after seizing Sinjar," Sudani said in a telephone interview, in his first remarks to the media on the issue.
Sinjar is the ancient home of the Yazidis, one of the towns captured by the Sunni militants who view the community as “devil worshipers” and tell them to convert to Islam or face death.
A deadline passed at midday on Sunday for 300 Yazidi families to convert to Islam or face death at the hands of the militants. It was not immediately clear whether the Iraqi minister was talking about the fate of those families or others in the conflict.
"Some of the victims, including women and children were buried alive in scattered mass graves in and around Sinjar," Sudani said.
Christians in Iraq are facing the same fate, many of whom have been beheaded, crucified, shot, and dismembered.
Activist and citizen journalist James O’Keefe (of Project Veritas and the ACORN sting videos fame) just proved how frighteningly easy it is to cross into the US from our southern border.
Here’s the video:
O’Keefe, in a comical way proves that our border is not secure from terrorist infiltration. President Obama refuses to secure the border because it doesn’t fit into his political agenda to do so, and our nation is put at risk because of his neglect.
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas enjoys a much warmer public relationship with President Obama than Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Why this is true totally eludes me. Abbas is a lying maniac.
from Arutz Sheva:
Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction, which has been presented by many as “moderate,” sought to leave no doubts on Sunday about its terrorist nature as it declared having murdered “11,000 Israelis.”
Palestinian Media Watch translated the statement from Fatah’s official Facebook page, in which the fictitious claim of having killed 11,000 Israeli citizens was made. Fatah also claimed having “sacrificed 170,000 martyrs,” similarly inflating the number of killed Fatah terrorists.
Fatah likewise asserted that it was the “first Palestinian faction to reach the nuclear reactor in Dimona.” The curious claim refers to a terror attack in 1988, in which three working mothers were killed by three Fatah terrorists on a bus on their way to the Dimona plant.
Abbas’s faction claimed being the first terror group to attack Israel in the first (1988-1993) and second intifadas (2000-2005), in the second instance bragging of a 2000 attack in Gaza.
In that attack, Baha Al-Sa’id of the PA security forces infiltrated Kfar Darom and murdered two IDF soldiers. He was shot by one of them in the exchange and died of his wounds.
At the end of its list of terror “achievements,” Abbas’s party wrote that it “led the Palestinian attack on Israel in the UN,” referencing the diplomatic war it continues to wage against the Jewish state.
The very last “achievement” listed, after all the terror attacks and cases of murder, reads: “Fatah leads the peaceful popular resistance against Israel.”
As you might imagine, if this is the so-called “moderate” leader in Gaza, Israel isn’t exactly looking at a realistic proposition of peace with their neighbors.