WASHINGTON (AP) — Celebrating the ethnic diversity of America, President Barack Obama said … welcoming immigrants “is central to our way of life.”
I’m sick of hearing the US is a nation of immigrants. We are not a nation of immigrants. My family arrived almost 200 years ago. Most people were born here and so were their parents.
People of every nation originally migrated from somewhere else. Our Native Americans came across a land bridge a few thousand years ago. No one calls them “Immigrants”.
I’m tired of the lies.
The Highway Trust Fund finances construction for the nation’s interstate highway and mass transit systems. It is the primary source of funding for state projects that improve and maintain transportation, and it is nearing insolvency.
The US Highway Trust Fund is bankrupt. Money will start drying up in August. We are told the problem is a Federal Gasoline Tax that hasn’t been raised in 20 years. This seems a rather dubious explanation given labor rates have declined 10% during the period and nothing else has increased enough to deplete a multibillion dollar fund. If we had plenty last year, why is it suddenly broke now? No one says. They appear to be afraid we might ask.
As with Social Security and many other programs, the money has probably been siphoned off into other areas. This practice is so common it routinely sprouts lawsuits. Nothing ever happens since courts say tax money is one big slush fund. It can be divided up at will without regard to original intent or purpose. If the government wants to drain the highway fund for war spending, there is nothing to stop it.
Whatever the reason, it is now broke and there doesn’t appear to be a fix. Obama proposed a slapdash patch but it wouldn’t restore spending to normal levels. No one seems interested in a massive gasoline tax hike.
Our future could to be woefully underfunded highway spending. Fixing potholes is about all we can afford. It seems no one cares. it’s hard to imagine an adequate solution given an uncaring public with tax adverse leaders. Are you OK with that?
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested more than 500 people who refused to leave a street in the city’s financial district on Wednesday, a day after tens of thousands of people joined a massive march to demand democracy that is free from China’s interference.
Hong Kong can elect whoever they please if the candidate is approved by the ruling elite in Beijing. The idea people should choose their own candidate is “ludicrous” according to mainland China.
Before you shake your head, keep in mind we have the same situation in the US. You can vote for anyone you please so long as they are approved by the Republican or Democratic parties. Both are run by the wealthy elite. It is technically possible to run without party approval but you will not be invited to debates. Getting on ballots is almost insurmountable since they are controlled by the two parties. You will not get media attention or interviews. Most importantly, you will not get campaign contributions from the wealthy few that finance most campaigns.
You will be ignored, broke, and unable to reach the public. Meanwhile, the two parties lavish billions on their hand picked cronies. They are constantly interviewed on TV. They never leave the public eye while you will never be allowed to approach it. That’s the state of our election system and it isn’t much different than Hong Kong’s.
"Russia is trying to maintain its energy stranglehold over Europe by backing movements across the continent to demonize fracking, the head of NATO alleged. It is part of Russia’s broader use of soft power and covert means to complement its more overt efforts to reassert influence in Europe and keep countries there from developing alternatives to an energy addiction worth $100 million a day to Moscow. […]
But one thing has for years puzzled energy experts: Well-organized and well-funded environmental opposition to fracking in Europe sprang up suddenly in countries such as Bulgaria and Ukraine, which had shown little prior concern for the environment but which are heavily dependent on Russia for energy supplies. Similar movements have also targeted Europe’s plans to build pipelines that would offer an alternative to reliance on Moscow.”
-Keith Johnson, “Russia’s Quiet War Against Fracking,” Foreign Policy.
Here’s a good example of how Western media twist everything into a pro-capitalist direction. It is Yellow Journalism at its best.
There are only two questions here:
1) Is fracking safe?
2) If so, is Russia actively blocking the practice in Europe?
Item 1) is key. If fracking isn’t safe then Russia should do everything legal to block it. They should fund research that uncovers the true facts and impacts. After all, the Western capitalists who push the practice aren’t doing it. They are blocking research that could uncover the damage of fracking. Why shouldn’t Russia counteract these fake capitalist “Studies” with real research?
Item 2) requires evidence. The author himself admits everything he says is “anecdotal”. Anecdotal is another word for “I made this up out of thin air”. He has no proof or even the slightest bit of evidence anything he said is true. All the environmental groups he approached flatly denied Russian involvement. There are no Russian backed anti-fracking groups. He found no indication of influence peddling. He found nothing.
So what does he do with no evidence and no facts to back up his allegations? He publishes an article that clearly implies Russia is behind an evil conspiracy to block EU energy independence. He also implies fracking is safe although it is proving to be horrible in much of the US. There is good reason for the EU to block it but the author blasts past these concerns as though they are manufactured by Russia or some other uninformed individuals. He does it with no proof or reason.
The author is pushing a pro-fracking agenda without evidence to back it up nor does he address the real issues around the practice. He is basically lying to us. At the same time, he’s blaming Russia for much of Europe’s concerns. These are concerns rooted in actual studies and fact, not Russian propaganda. It’s all swept under the carpet in his attempt to push the western oil executive’s fracking agenda. He’s also discrediting environmental groups by associating them with Russian backed influence.
What this man did is the worst kind of journalism. It is nothing but capitalist propaganda devoid entirely of facts or evidence. He should be ashamed.
Cortez McClinton, 33, and Terrell Johnson, 31, held a gun to the girl’s head and used her as a shield as they entered the family home, where a five-year old child was also present. When McClinton and Johnson entered, the father fired several shots, hitting both men. McClinton was wounded but was able to scramble off. In 2010, McClinton was charged with shooting another man.
I’m amazed to see this story because it correctly shows the life-saving ability of gun ownership. Our media, government, and special interest groups generally block these stories although they happen frequently. If a lunatic shoots at a cop somewhere it’s “GUNman” this and “Gunman” that but no mention of the thousands saved by self defense.
Please understand what gun control groups mean by taking away your only means of self defense. They want this father unable to defend his daughter. They want him to stand there helplessly while she is killed.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Monday will roll out a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, setting in motion one of the most significant actions to address global warming in U.S. history.
Hundreds of coal powered plants have been shut down in the last 5 years. Imposing a 30% reduction in carbon emissions will close many more. The lost generation is being replaced by natural gas turbines and combined cycle units. Natural gas is currently cost competitive with coal which has kept your power bills within reason. Historically, that hasn’t been true. Gas usually exceeds the cost of coal.
Gas and coal companies have traditionally been fierce competitors in the lucrative power market. One could not drastically raise prices because the other represented an alternative. Obama just ended the competition. He handed the whole electrical power market over to the gas companies. They will have a monopoly. We know what happens in a monopoly. Prices go up.
We also have no assurance there is enough natural gas to support our power generation over time. It is far more limited than coal supplies. It also takes 5 to 7 years to build a new coal plant. If gas ends up in short supply it will take a long time to build a coal plant. It won’t matter anyway since they have been legislated out of existence. If power bills go up 500% you’ll have to cope. Who needs heat in the winter, anyway? That’s what they make snowmobile suits for.
Your good buddy Obama just sold you down the river.
Each human on earth holds the power of life and death. We all have the ability to kill. A flick of the steering wheel can crush a dozen people. Food can be poisoned in the store. A random stranger can slip a knife between your ribs. Any of us could be killed and no one could stop it.
It should come as no surprise that a few people will exercise this power and that’s a scary thought. Will we be the next target? What about our kids? All we hold dear is at the mercy of others.
This fear drives the gun control crowd. They aren’t worried about government tyranny, a police state, loss of liberty, or even being victimized by criminals. They worry about the stranger next door. The man who might crawl out of his basement with a gun. Although criminals and maniacs will always be armed, the gun control person doesn’t care. Simply disarming your neighbors will make the world safe.
This isn’t a rational idea nor is it supported by any evidence. It is purely driven by fear. Forget all the FBI crime statistics. One look at Mexico will prove disarming the population does not solve anything. It is one of the most violent places on earth despite strict gun control. Does this shift the attitudes of gun control proponents? No, it does not. They run on emotion and fear.
We are all afraid. We fear for ourselves and for the future. That is the nature of the human imagination. It is our responsibility as reasoning creatures to insure our fears are grounded in reality. Gun control is nothing but a sea of emotion without passing this test.