Friday, February 27, 2015

Mr. Spock...Leonard Nimoy has just died. While I normally do NOT do 'entertainment articles' Mr. Spock is an icon...
Rest in Peace and 'Live Long and Prosper' amongst the stars.

WASHINGTON -- In the days leading up to President Obama's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline, 14 oil tanker railroad cars derailed in West Virginia and exploded in a fiery environmental disaster.

It was reported that residents in the area compared the thunderous fireball and poisonous smoke that blackened the sky to "a scene from the apocalypse" -- describing it as "something biblical, or wrath-of-God type stuff."

This wasn't a rare, isolated accident. In the last several years it's become all too common across our country, as the oil industry has struggled to find ways to transport its petroleum to markets. Last week's explosion came a few days after a similar accident that followed a record-setting year of repeated rail tanker disasters.

At last count, there were more than 141 rail tanker accidents in 2014 alone, close to a sixfold increase in the average number of spills between 1975 and 2012.

Obama was briefed on all of this and presumably knew that the dangers of transporting highly flammable oil by rail far outweighed the possibility of such accidents happening in the XL pipeline.

Lives and property are at risk here. In July 2013, a rail tanker derailment in Quebec killed 47 people and 2,000 residents had to be evacuated from the area. This is what is at stake in the Obama administration's rigid opposition to completing the pipeline.

But this is not about protecting the environment, as he has piously claimed in the past. It's all about politics and paying off one of the Democratic Party's richest and most powerful campaign supporters: the environmental lobby.

It helped to bankroll Obama's two presidential elections and will play a huge role in Hillary Clinton's expected bid for the White House.

Obama deceitfully insists he still has an open mind on the issue, but says he wants to give the State Department review process more time to consider all the ramifications of the project. What a load of malarkey.

The administration is now in its sixth year of this review process. But when does "review" become foot-dragging, obfuscation and political game-playing?
Rep. Mia Love's (R-Utah) parents came to America from Haiti with $10 in their pocket in the 1970s. After holding down several jobs, they eventually earned their own way to success. Their daughter, however, said that could probably not happen today, thanks to an overbearing federal government. Love shared her personal story with attendees today at the Conservative Political Action Conference to demonstrate how important it is to take advantage of opportunities just like her parents did and work to achieve the American Dream on their own individual efforts, before it's threatened by Washington.

Love has an impressive resume. She is the first black female Republican elected to Congress, as well as the first black Republican ever elected from Utah. More impressively, she did it without relying on the nanny state. Her own personal story is why she rejects the notion that government should run our lives.

"Too many in Washington don't trust the American people. They don't want us to have opportunities to rise to the occasion."

Love has a better vision for America.

"I think it's time we need to look within. I think it's time for Washington to trust the American people."

The Utah representative can now say that the same principles that propelled her parents' success have also offered her a way forward.

"Conservative policies work. I've seen them work as a mother, as a mayor, and I use them now as a member of Congress...The American people deserve the opportunity to rise to the occasion."

Islamic State preparing to declare Islamic emirate in Lebanon

By Robert Spencer / Jihad Watch


 The Islamic State is going to keep advancing until it is stopped, while our learned, tenured analysts assure us that it is a purely “nationalist” movement. “ISIS preparing to declare Islamic emirate in Lebanon: sources,” by Antoine Ghattas Saab, The Daily Star, February 23, 2015 (thanks to Jerk Chicken): ISIS is preparing military plans to […]

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Infamous beheader “Jihadi John” identified as University educated Londoner Mohammed Emwazi

Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

The Islamic State executioner known as “Jihadi John” was today named as a university graduate from London. Giving proof to the lie, yet again, that jihadis are poor, uneducated, disaffected, and the rest of that rot.

They are religious. It’s why they do what they do.

He prayed at a mosque in Greenwich, southeast London, which should be under constant surveillance. But that won’t happen, so as not to offend jihadis or appear islamophobic.

So much for Obama’s drivel about illiteracy and poverty being the cause of jihad violence.

The leftist/Islamic lie that is rammed down our throats by Islamic supremacists like Hamas-CAIR and spokesmen for Islam like President Obama, John Kerry, the media and academics...

Welcome to 1984...2015...Obama Style 
By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS on CPR Worldwide Media

Internet access is “too important to let broadband providers be the ones making the rules.” 
- F.C.C. Chairman Mark Wheeler (D)

“The internet is not broken. There is no need to fix it.” - F.C.C. Member Ajit Pai (R)

As expected, yesterday in a straight 3 to 2 party-line vote the F.C.C. (Federal Communications Commission) approved 'Net Neutrality' in they approved strict new internet rules, regulations, and governance...allowing Barack HUSSEIN Obama to take a giant step forward in his goal of controlling...of micromanaging...the internet 'super highway.'

In granting the federal in the Obama regime...the authority to regulate internet providers according to the same laws under which public utilities operate...the F.C.C. claims it will NOT seek to impose any new taxes or fees...yeah right...and that the 'Net Neutrality Act' assures that NO content will be blocked by broadband providers...that certain internet pages are NOT given priority over other pages (gee I wonder who will decide those pages...sarcastically said), and that the internet is NOT divided into what the F.C.C. refers to as “pay-to-play fast lanes” for internet and media companies that can afford it while at the same time slowing down “lanes” for everyone in speed up access to Web sites for those that can afford to pay a provider-set extra fee.

And true to government form the F.C.C. plan is witnessed by it being presented to the tune of 332 pages.

And surprise surprise...all three Democrats who voted 'yea' did so by claiming that they had the authority to impose these new regulations under the FDR signed 'Title II of the Federal Communications Act of 1934'...which “regulated interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire and radio” act signed decades before the internet existed or was even a glimmer of thought in anybody's mind. Claiming this 'Net Neutrality Act' the above said FCA of 1934...applies to today's internet because now, like then, it is an act that strives to make the modern day version of radio and in the internet...available to all U.S. citizens in a “fast and efficient way” both nationwide and worldwide, and to do so at what the government decides is reasonable charges.

Reasonable charges and even more new regulations...infamous words brought to you by the same Democrats who think ObamaCare's premiums, rules, and their playing doctor, are reasonable and in the public's best interest...sigh...

Now putting the internet in the same regulatory category as the telephone...meaning that internet providers will be reclassified as "common carriers"...this act bans providers from so-called “unjust or unreasonable business practices” saying that high-speed internet providers...including wireless carriers for smartphones and tablets in addition to wired lines...providers like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile...will now have to act in what they...the F.C.C. and the Obama regime...deem to be in the “public interest” when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone. Also, this act claims it will make it in criminal...for companies to slow down the streaming of videos, games, and other online content going out over their networks.

Again becoming the government's and the government's alone decision as to what is in the best “public interest.” So much for free enterprise and much for investment possibilities, innovation, and the wishes of the public...the wishes of 'We the People' decide what is or is NOT in our best interest.

And if truth be told this 'Net Neutrality' nonsense all came about on the federal level...where else...because of a January 2014 decision by the ubber left D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that did away with key elements of the F.C.C.'s previous NOT as strict 'Open Internet' proposals. And of course Obama relished in this decision and pushed hard for it to be passed in his personally sanctioned guise of this so strict, so over-regulated, 'Net Neutrality Act.'

Over-regulated puts it mildly and while the F.C.C. says they will this point in time anyway...get involved in pricing in initiating or pushing for new tariffs or taxes...or in how individual companies manage their networks...know that will NOT last long as this government loves NOTHING better than to be involved in every aspect of our lives including how and where we spend our hard-earned dollars. Thankfully, Republicans in Congress have vowed to first, continue their argument that neither the F.C.C. nor Obama should get to decide how to regulate the internet as such a power should be afforded to Congress...and second, some Republicans are pushing 'Open-Internet' legislation that would supersede the F.C.C. rules. And while these new regulations will required by published in the Federal Register and will become effective 60-days after publication...many Republicans feel this act will NOT survive judicial scrutiny and will result in numerous law suits. In fact, AT&T, Comcast, Cox Communications, and Verizon, are (rightfully) revving up to challenge the new rules in court.

And if this 'Net Neutrality Act' in and of itself was NOT bad enough, in conjunction with this vote, the Democratic majority voted to override current state laws to prevent community-run broadband networks in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Wilson, North Carolina, from expanding their geographic reach, thus preventing these locally managed networks from being able to compete with the larger cable and telecom companies. And this translates into what amounts to the F.C.C. unconstitutionally meddling in state's affairs...shades of Obama's loving to put the federal government's put his personal wishes...above what are the all-critical, all-important, constitutionally mandated 'state's rights.'

And how will this disaster in the making affect 'We the People' both in a general sense and on the individual level...beyond the as expected 'Big Brother is Watching You' aspect. Simply stated, 'Net Neutrality' hinders and/or completely negates commonplace safety practices unless specifically excluded, provides too many loopholes for unethical exploits and practices to happen, and cannot in any way keep up with continuously improving and changing internet technology updates.

Also, 'Net Neutrality' passed...seems to have eliminated 'unbundling' (rules requiring service providers to lease out their lines on fair and nondiscriminatory terms)...translating into real service competition, like that which happened in the early days of the internet, to become a thing of the past.  Also at issue is how this act will specifically address ISP interconnection practices that are deemed "unjust and unreasonable." And lest we forget the important issue of how will the F.C.C. address consumer complaints as to what is “unjust and unreasonable”...would it be on a case-by-case basis that could result in litigation and law suits that could drag on for years at a huge expense to all concerned. And know in the end that it, as always, will be our taxpayer dollars that will have to pay for all this.

So when all is said and done 'Net Neutrality' is but another way for the federal government...for the Obama regulate free speech on the internet most especially opposing political control the free flow of uncensored information...and to keep records of what each person looks at, searches for, and gains access too.

Again, welcome to 1984...2015...Obama style.