Lockdown Left: The Political Divide

If I had to pick only one story for the week it would be the Lockdown Left.

We all knew it was coming, the day when the economy and things would need to be reopened. Yet at every turn the Democrats seem to want to be stuck in a state of lockdown. Not much incentive or ambition is moving them. Why is that?

Some feel it is the power rush they’ve gotten off this COVID shutdown in the first place. And they are pretty formidable with taking advantage of a crisis for political gain, even if they drag out the economic effects into the election.

I have a new theory about it all. Have you noticed that when one of these major crises comes up, it always seems like it should be a no-brainer? The instinctive reaction is that at least we should all agree on this. But it doesn’t take more than days to see the left emerge to rain on any parade of consensus.

Take any problem you like. China is just a perfect example. You would think we can agree where Coronavirus came from and who is to blame. But no. We cannot talk about China.

How about spying on American citizens? You’d think that would be a hands down consensus. Nope. Turns out the Left likes government spying on citizens because it is legal. They just need the power to do it, never mind how they use it. The purpose for it doesn’t matter, especially if used on their political opponents.

You would think at least there is little partisan about the economy. Turns out almost everything can be politicized and weaponized in the economy. Who knew? Green vs. carbon burners. Workers vs owners of companies. Legal vs illegal workers.

Nurses and doctors can be celebrated as war heroes. But cops not so much. The NYC health commissioner said she doesn’t give a rat’s ass about cops having PPE’s for COVID.
Hospitals can be treated one way, nursing homes treated another. Mass transit workers had an alarming rate of infection and death, but don’t tell the public. Keep it quiet.

Do you think they are incapable of politicizing your healthcare or the healthcare system?

When government decides you are an essential worker, it is their way of saying they like you and what you do. You are “essential.” But if they don’t, look out. And they don’t seem to like barbers and beauticians. In California, they threaten to fine them and cut off their electric and water if they catch barbers working. No cheaters.

Have any major crisis and problem and it will only illustrate the political divide.That shouldn’t be but it tells you what you need to know about the left. They will be on any dissenting side of any good issue for the country. Terrorism, they side with terrorists. Dispute with a tyrannical power in the world; they side with tyranny.

If we want to stop the flood of illegal immigrants or countries from undermining our markets? The Left tells us to “stop being a bully.” That’s empirical talk.

Well, then there is always civil rights to bring us all together. No, selective rights and privileges for selected people. They decide who gets what. And their beloved sanctuary cities tell the federal government to go to hell with enforcing immigration laws.

Well, law and order still needs to be enforced, right? No, not really. Catch and release was a border enforcement problem. Now it seems the same applies to criminals. Arrest them and then turn them back onto the street so they can re-offend and re-victimize people.

See how politics enters the fray on every major thing? A country running on a serious ideological bent is not a very healthy country. But one that can carry out a coup when some people don’t like whom the voters elected is not a very healthy country either.

Right Ring | Bullright | © 2020

Personifying COVID-19

If there were ever a virus that could lend itself to personification, then it would be COVID-19. Normally a virus is a virus, a disease a disease, as the plague was the plague. But in this one there seemed to be differences. I only say seemed; it might be debatable.

Maybe that is because we know more about it now and because of the public awareness of the virus itself, whatever the reason. Like hurricanes and storms can be personalized in a similar way because people feel personally threatened or affected by them. This time it is even more than that. And it seemed to grow more personal.

(pic credit: CDC.gov)

It became a personal thing to many people by also affecting them in a personal way. Their job, occupation, family, businesses were all collateral damages. Even religious practices and schools were not immune. Their way of life was in its path. The economy was threatened.

It supposedly attacked, because all the information has shifted since it first appeared, a certain profile of people. Those were older compromised people with co-morbidities. Almost as if it had an appetite. And it consumed victims like it had artificial intelligence. (I’m just saying)

Particularly bad was the extreme infectiousness. It was found especially contagious from people who were asymptomatic. So it could be spread to anyone, but certain people were more profoundly affected. Some were killed. Some bodies could not handle it. It seemed to screw with the immune system in ways we couldn’t quite understand. We is the public.

Symptoms were another irregularity. At the beginning we thought the symptoms were basic and then, as time went on, we heard of other symptoms not known originally. Then we heard of things like leg cramps and sense of smell disappearing. Now we hear about strokes and blood clots in younger people. Like many things, original reports are often wrong or erroneous. This was no different. We weren’t prepared for misinformation either, but we should have been. We’re savvy people in America.

The death rate was considered high at first, maybe even approaching 2%. Of course, no matter what the death rate was, no one would want to be one in that percentile. Still, the risk was considered slight by any measure. In fact that seemed to be one of the few positives – even if you did contract it, your chances were fairly good for a benign outcome. You just had to weather the so-called storm. Many assumptions at the beginning turned out to be wrong. We should have been prepared for that too. First news is often wronng.

It also came from a communist country who would have every reason to try to deceive people about it. They were no friends in the cause. They actually were part of the cause. And they worked to interfere with our response to it. We might have expected that too.

One could make the case, if one wanted to, that it seemed as if Coronavirus had a mind of its own. Once it escaped homeland China it lived large. Sure, the Communist Chinese knew this was happening but they enabled it. They turned it loose. But then this virus seemed to have an agenda of its own to affect the entire world, as fast as it could. It showed up in places over the globe. And of course top destinations would be on it’s itinerary.

It did not affect all people the same, which frustrated us in our isolation. Some escaped death by the skin of their teeth. Others, as well as some medical professionals, were not so lucky. I also heard of young, middle-aged people taken down with none of the co-morbidities. There is no sense of equities.

I’m not so sure we should not be personalizing COVID-19. It does not have to imply it is a biologically created weapon. But it could still operate as one. It did not even need the extra help it got from China to do its damage. Not to mention the aid and assist it got from some elected politicos too busy with their axes to grind against a sitting president to recognize the danger of the slithering serpent.

No, I’m not done exploring this idea, or whatever it means. Though I do have to stop at least for now. I am convinced it is not a bad way to look at it. We recently learned the virus does not like UV or sunlight. But it does like subways. I’ll leave it there.

Right Ring | Bullright | © 2020

I’m not crazy, just following the rules

I sort of wonder what is going on and what is next on the list today, since everything is now politicized anyway? It’s interesting to see what stuff Leftists come up with and how fast.

I think I’d like to play the game the way the Left does. Every time they do something I don’t like, we tell them the ocean just rose another 1/4 inch because of it. And yes, we did not yet switch to the metric system and we are still getting by. Thank goodness.

So every time they do something I don’t like, wham, tell them they just shortened their own life expectancy. They are costing the planet a few months. Can we keep that up?

Trump announced the government will no longer continue an agenda against light bulbs. You can buy the light bulbs you want. Well that should be a problem for Leftists. I wonder what fear they will hold over us for that? That just shaved 50 years off the life of earth.

What will Trump think up or do next? No wonder he is dangerous. He makes the Left think up all these crazy new threats based on what he does. So maybe they will tax thoughts next? Stop people from creating new ideas and thereby extend the life of the planet.

And to protest that new tax, I have an idea. They say solar flares are our next big problem. We should fight fire with fire. We build a machine that shoots flames at the flares to burn them up before they can harm anything. We’ll need fuel for it. How about we use those same self-sacrificing leftists for the fuel? That way we cure two problems at the same time. They do say they don’t want to live in a world with all this new innovation and its freedom going on. We’re ruining the planet. Anyway, I see more than enough fuel for the job.

Well, it’s either that or we just scare them to death with what we are going to do next. It doesn’t seem to take much. How else could I assist them in solving problems?

That reminds me, the twitterverse has been shrieking for a week over Trump’s comments about flushing WH toilets too much. Who knew conserving water was a problem to the left? Only when Trump tries it. Then he is like some crazy uncle saying “stop flushing the toilets all the time.” They’d rather see him as nuts than making sense… whatever that takes.

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Coincidence In Corruption Swamp

Some of you are not going to believe me but I, yes I, really love all this modern technology. Especially the high speed stuff. I mean it is about all I can ask for and handle.

Still I drudge on, as best a bullfrog can, abreast of it all. (Satire)

Take today for instance. I had to resort to the big Bull machine. It’s reserved for only the biggest jobs. It was shaping up to be a number ten day for it. This morning when I saw there was a particularly heavy cloud of crap hanging low, I knew it would be a job.

So I went out to the annex pad to fire up the beast. It hadn’t run in a while and needed priming but she fired right up. I cranked her up to about full throttle. It was sure going to be a workout for the girl but it had to be done. I had a task.

I got all my high-techy data ready and started feeding it in small doses. You wouldn’t think I keep that much data around here but it’s just for such emergencies. I had a question that’s been haunting me, going back many months. It stumped me.

With all this BS that’s floating though the air since President Trump took office, I was looking for one specific common denominator in it all, if there was such a thing. You know, the media can pump it out thick and heavy 24/7. After a few hours of hardly being able to see in front of me, suddenly it started to clear little by little. Was there some common denominator to all these huge problems, and then what in the hell was it?

Well, I got up to full speed and then dumped the algorithm detector in the hopper to process the junk. Within a few hours, some good news. It spit out an answer. Just one.

Guess what? I found the common root all right. Seemed like a huge coincidence at first. It was none other than Hillary Clinton. Should have figured. Well, you know analytics don’t lie. Bessy Bull is always right. I cross-checked my data and no doubt about it, the common thread is Hillary. She’s in everything like DNA.

Funny part was, back there in July 2016, she was pretty thick in investigation and chaos. She had all that scandal stuff oozing from her pores. Then that fire cracker James Comey up and announced she is cleared on all that. If you could’ve seen my OJ face. Stuff dating back to 2009 when she set up that stinking server. Like they were in a big hurry.

So all her aids and everyone, nothing! They are still looking for some of the data and emails MIA out there. Whew-hoo what a mess that was. She got through even after Bubba Bill had a meeting on the tarmac with Loretta Lynch. Anthony Weiner did a side show. But she got the green light after July 4th for herself and her campaign.

Now here is the strangest part. After going through all that – and all those denials through the media about it for years – she turned around and did the weirdest thing imaginable. She swung from that messy ordeal right into creating an even bigger scandal, if that was possible. She was probably working on it even before she got off the first. On the heels of almost going down for it, she busted ground on another new whopper. It would dwarf even her last one. It was huge, for all the marbles. She even used the same contacts.

On this one, she sucked the DNC into it, hired lawyers for front men to do her dirtier work, then they contracted with Fusion GPS, who pulled Steele into it. Man, can she create a scandal? She might have sucked the whole Obama administration into the vortex. Now I’m not saying Obamafiles didn’t already have a head start, and their very own scandal brewing before that. But they joined up forces for this giant “Crossfire Hurricane.”

Sort of makes some sense in a real sinister way. But no Kansas, no Toto, no Dorothy.

I’ll tell you the truth, I never saw a storm cooked up like that before. Then it just got worse as time went on. But oh, it was Hillary that was in the nucleus of the whole thing. Her money, her people, her contacts and agenda. It became her baby even if it was Obama’s illegitimate child too. The whole thing was crazy and got crazier when the FISA requests flew and surveillance went all over — from NY to London to Moscow and to Australia and Spain. And back to Washington. Then came the dirty dossier that got peddled about all over. Even John McCain had his hands on that rag. Well, whatever they were cooking up was big; man was it big. They pulled everyone in intelligence into it and then media seemed like a willing accomplice. You know the wink and nod thing in the swamp.

Only months before all that, Hillary had been down in the bog herself, mired in corruption and pay to play influence. Who knew what else laid under it all? That was then.

When Trump took office, it continued hot and heavy. That crooked Comey just had to get fired for misbehaving all over the place. The swamp didn’t like that. Maybe it was the cord that let loose the whole unraveling when it came out. His deputy, then all these big shots in FBI were caught doing the same influence maneuvers they were supposed to be investigating. Comey squealed for a Special Counsel and swamp-masters appointed one.

The IG was sniffing around by then, too, and exposed some of the Deep State operators. But there was more, even more than he could handle. So Horowitz had to crank up another investigation just to satisfy the swampwatchers, gaining in number. The stench was awful.

This has all gone on like autopilot getting swampier as time went on. The AG was forbidden from touching it. It’s like it had a mind of it’s own and nothing could stop it. It only got bigger by nature. Democrats in Congress backed up the Deep State, whatever they said. Rumors flew and all they talked about was “Russia collusion.” It was everywhere.

But sure enough, in the background that no one wanted to talk about, how it all got started, was that Chardonnay-guzzling Hillary Clinton, smack in the middle of it all. But quiet as a mouse. Until even she started yapping about her still lost election and the big investigation. Yep that’s a good one, when you can start the whole thing then jump in to complain about it. She traveled around hawking a book “What Happened?” giving her opinions on everything. She fired off op-eds to make her finer points. She was all over the world, licking her wounds in public, while it was Trump who was suffering from constant attacks. Names and accusations flew like treason or agent of Russia. But not at Clintons, who had all the swampy traitorous connections. No one cared about all that or what they had done.

Pond and swamp-watchers like me sat there seeing all this stuff. No one paid attention to the source of it all or the real villains in the swamp. The common denominator was ignored. No, instead all those Leeches were out selling books, doing roadshows. Actually, Comey, McCabe, Hillary, Obama, all had big paydays as the swamp oozed on, claiming more and more turf. On top of it all, the whole lot of them sat back criticizing Trump about it all like Brennan, Clapper, Rhodes, and Hayden. That’s a nice band of dubious hecklers.

Then came hearings about it, but no one wanted to talk about the start of it all. No one talked about common-thread Hillary or the grand wizard, godfather Obama. In fact, we were all told she is irrelevant. She lost and she’s not president, so none of it matters. Except it is all here now, thanks to Hillary Clinton, Obama and their henchmen in tow.

As it seems to continue on and on, Hillary’s big thumbprints are still all over everything. When do we face this mutant DNA gene, responsible for so much corruption, and her sinister allies in the dark arts? Even chaos has limits. Folks can’t make this stuff up. And Hillary is right there in the middle of it all — living large on the swamp gas.

Right Ring | Bullright

Climate Of Religion

What we have seen is the overt politicization, weaponization and religiosity of the climate, or climate change, and the propagandizing of it. It should be no surprise that they politicized it to the max. That’s why so many people are outraged. But that was only the first step. Then they weaponize the climate, against the people of course.

Then they use the climate as the apocalyptic fear-mongering vehicle

When even the former head of Green Peace has to go on Hannity and call out the apocalypse hysteria of the Left, we are in a strange place.

He actually said that if we do the fossil full elimination they are calling for, it would decimate civilization. Or maybe that is what they want? He also said that our coal fired consumption is about 90% cleaner than it was decades ago.

But he said that today we still rely on fossil fuels for 80% of our electricity. Apparently they didn’t realize that when they tell us they want to switch to electric cars. Imagine the reaction when they all plug them in.

But they are telling us something with these Big Green Plans. They show us it is a religious movement now, full stop. The former Green Peace guy said what they are doing in incorporating kids into their message is equal to child abuse. Well, it should be criminal. The same person also said that the direction they are taking it, including using children (and emotions), is just to push their radical socialism or social justice platform.

I guess they don’t realize that we see exactly what they are doing. They turned it into a political issue, weaponized it, then made it a religious one. And they now feel comfortable turning that weapon on anyone they need to propel their political agenda.

Wouldn’t you think using and scaring kids would be a bit over the top? Not for them. In fact, it is right up their alley. The same way they have been using kids in their socialized healthcare schemes. Just roll out the children. What’s next, having children lobby and protest for late term abortion rights? Don’t be surprised.

As I said some time ago: is there anything too radical and extreme even for Democrats? Not anymore. Remember Claire McKaskill let the dirty secret out of the bag in the campaign, before she lost? She said those are the crazy Democrats and she was not one of them. But now that the election is over and AOC has taken over the party, with an assist from Bernie Sanders, it looks like they are telling us loud and clear that really all Dems are crazy Democrats. That’s the way it works.

We used to hear them say on the campaign that they would not be a lockstep vote, and they were independent minded, and that they would represent the people. Remember Trump called them out at rallies and said if they get in, they will only be Pelosi puppets and vote in lockstep. Rubber stamps. Again, Trump was completely right. But it only took a few short weeks for that to happen and prove it.

Bottom line is these people are not at all about preventing a catastrophe, they are all about creating one. And the faster they get there, the better. Have kids believe that the world is going to incinerate. We used to hide under desks in schools, remember. Now just tell them it is over. So we might as well blow through a hundred trillion dollars trying because it’s a lost cause unless. Unless they can save planet earth from destruction. Well, I wonder what kept planet earth from destruction years ago before they came along? They sort of sound like a revised version of Heaven’s Gate people over the Hale-Bopp Comet.

It does show us something. That the climate change and socialists, besides getting in bed with each other, are reading from the same script. It is all about belief. It is only based on that. Throw in a few anecdotes and current events to make your case, then round up the kids and give them their lines. Send them out to the public and watch people get sucked in. Or so goes the plan. However, what it really is based on is belief.(echoes of Obama) Have enough people to believe it and you can even summon a Hale-Bopp comet to come and rescue them. And they are betting all their marbles, and our money, on it.

Right Ring | Bullright

New Oil Discovery

Now we’re talking. Let’s see Obama take credit for this, since he can’t block it.

Largest Oil and Gas Reserves Ever Assessed Found in West Texas

Breitbart — by Merrill Hope  —  Dec 7, 2018

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Thursday the Permian Basin’s Wolfcamp shale and Bone Spring formation spanning parts of West Texas and eastern New Mexico hold the largest potential oil and gas resources ever discovered. Federal surveyors note the Bone Spring plays could offer roughly seven times the amount of oil as the Bakken shale in North Dakota.

In a new assessment, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimated these untapped regions in the Delaware Basin of the Permian contained 46.3 billion barrels of oil, 281 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 20 billion barrels of natural gas liquids, more than two times larger than its 2016 assessment of the Wolfcamp shale play in the Permian’s Midland Basin.

“Christmas came a few weeks early this year,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke in a prepared statement. “American strength flows from American energy, and as it turns out, we have a lot of American energy.” Zinke added, “Before this assessment came down, I was bullish on oil and gas production in the United States. …../

More: https://www.breitbart.com/border/2018/12/07/largest-oil-and-gas-reserves-ever-assessed-found-in-west-texas/

If liberals cannot find grounds to condemn the news, then they’ll go out of their way to ignore it. But they won’t be happy because these days all that excites them is doom.

Yet they wonder why we need pipelines and infrastructure development for it. Or they will be back to talking about taking over and socializing oil companies.

I figure the next thing is if Dems can’t find ways to block any good news, or turn it rotten, they’ll try to tax it somehow. It could be called the “good news tax”. I wouldn’t doubt it.

A nation turns it’s lonely eye

Of course it is editorial time and there is no shortage of material or subjects. Back in the day, was a famous song by Simon and Garfunkel, “Mrs. Robinson.” Kind of folksy. It was popular and stirred emotions of the times. Times that needed little sentiment added.

The lyrics in question referred to the baseball great, “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.”

That line spawned by sentiment in an era that yearned for an all-star hero talent.
Today I’d kike to adjust the words a little and borrow the phrase:

A nation turns its lonely eyes from a jaded state to that “shinning city”- longing.

When Trump came in he talked about draining the swamp. It turns out the sludge is very thick in the old bog. But there is no nostalgia to it. No popular interest on the side of preserving the swamp, even as a useful wetland. There is no love lost for this swamp.

One of the few things I keep on my wall, which I am partial to, is a painting by a friend simply titled ‘The Swamp.’ It’s an actual place, and beautiful in its natural way. These days, it is a haunting reminder of the contrasting ugly swamp in DC, and its odor.

I suppose, like they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, though I have a tough time thinking anyone sees any beauty in this swamp. Well, except postured Democrats and a few Republicans. It almost screams “clean me up” rather than “leave me alone.” It is an eyesore and embarrassment. If you watch the edge on some days you can almost see it holding its own, certainly not shrinking. One thing about it, we never saw the swamp this exposed before. We have known for years how long the corruption went on, but the ugliness is only now revealed to all.

Yet still we haven’t. The Swamp remains and we keep on complaining about it. Almost any week we get another reminder it does not give up its own without a fight. Swampbusting.

In that famous song were some other lyrics:

    “Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon
    Going to the candidates debate
    Laugh about it, shout about it
    When you’ve got to choose
    Every way you look at it, you lose.”

We are pretty familiar with that. Poor and bad choices abound. Surely they aren’t perfect, but often no great choices exist. Well, we are trying to change that and some people don’t want it changed. They want us to have limited choices, or options, leaving the same stanky swamp in place with the same oozing swamp gas wafting in the air.

If only we had the same concern about this environmental hazard that they have about global warming, they might be more devoted. Imagine if like earth day we had a National Drain the Swamp Day? Wishful thinking.

We could all be called on to do our part. There could be Drain the Swamp cards and emoticons. Swamp hashtags would trend and a prize would go to the person with the best idea to drain it. Time magazine would have a cover with the Bog Award of the year.

No nostalgia, just a nation turning its lonely eye to the toxic environmental problem.

Right Ring | Bullright

Climate Change Red Team: deep bench forming

Trump Solicits Help From Conservative Group To Develop Climate Change Red Team

Chris White — 7/24/2017

The Trump administration has asked a conservative group known for promoting climate skepticism to help recruit academics for a “red team” on global warming, the Washington Examiner reported Monday.

President Donald Trump and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have enlisted the help of the Heartland Institute, a group widely considered to be the central hub for the academic push against what conservatives call “climate alarmism.” The institute has become a type of boogeyman in liberal circles, mostly because of its skeptical position toward manmade global warming.

“The White House and the Environmental Protection Agency have reached out to the Heartland Institute to help identify scientists who could constitute a red team,” Jim Lakely, the group’s communications director, told reporters Monday. The Heartland Institute accepted the Trump administration’s offer.

“This effort is long overdue,” Lakely said about Trump’s idea to build a “red team vs. blue team,” which essentially pits climate skeptics against academics who argue that human beings are the primary drivers of climate change. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt first announced the idea in June, and has since suggested that the debates should be televised.

“The climate scientists who have dominated the deliberations and the products of the IPCC have gone almost wholly without challenge,” Pruitt said. “That is a violation of the scientific method and the public’s trust.”

Military and intelligence agencies use similar tactics to expose vulnerabilities to strategic systems. Skeptics say it would give needed balance to climate science, a field of research many believe has been monopolized by activists.

Environmentalists and scientists, meanwhile, say it’s “dangerous” to elevate dissenting voices that disagree with them on global warming.

“Such calls for special teams of investigators are not about honest scientific debate,” wrote climate scientists Ben Santer and Kerry Emanuel and historian and activist Naomi Oreskes.

They argue that the existing peer-review process works better than a “red team vs. blue team” project. The authors also said that scientific bodies, like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, provide a forum for scientific debates.

Elements within the Obama administration promoted the idea. Steve Koonin, a former Energy Department head during Obama’s tenure, for instance, suggested a red team-blue team approach in an April editorial to put the issue to rest.

“A Red/Blue exercise would have many benefits,” Koonin wrote. “It would produce a traceable public record that would allow the public and decision makers a better understanding of certainties and uncertainties. It would more firmly establish points of agreement and identify urgent research needs.”

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Sneak attacks from Paris Accord train

I read this op-ed in the NYT, preferred toilet tissue for those in the know. However, it does pay to see what they say once in a while, even with a jaundice eye and flexing eyebrows.

The Times Editorial Board describes Trump’s jump off the Paris Accord train as “America in Retreat.” But then it does it while a terrorist attack goes down in London. See there is no time that is not a good time to attack Trump. And that is all it was.

You would think it might be laced with the benefits of staying in the Paris Accord. No, it was only a criticism for leaving it. How dare you. But it failed to mention any benefits that we would get out of it.

Sure, we know the world gains from US being in it. They want our money. Another Globul scheme that we will chiefly fund. Excuse me, aren’t we having those problems in other world organizations? So no painful losses for us bailing out of the latest Globul scheme.

Their biggest point was that we are shirking, or ceding, our leadership by fleeing from it. That’s the big problem, and that is reprehensible to their ideological view.

We just got rid of a president who believed in leading from behind, who was all for this agreement, but somehow we are foregoing our leadership by withdrawing? In all his twisted foreign policy failures, Obama never once put America first and certainly did not prove his theory correct. He gained nothing from all the apologies he spouted from Cairo to Russia. Yet now we are abandoning our leadership position? Even at home he did not put the will of the people or our priorities first. Instead, he set his priorities of green energy first at the expense of everything else, and wasted countless millions on programs that didn’t work or went belly up, along with our money. Then he branded it a success.

(NYT) Still, Mr. Trump and his team, embroiled in controversy over Russia and other matters, have shown no inclination, much less skill, to do the hard thinking that must precede any decision to alter America’s role in the world.

So right on the heels of having given the world a tragedy of an Iran deal, which benefited Iran, Obama headed straight down his homestretch to get into a Paris Deal that offered nothing but another giant expense for us. That, he claimed, was leadership. Setting up any global slush fund is now called leadership — the bigger the better.

But we were always supposed to be cautious of foreign entanglements that threaten our sovereignty. That is exactly why Obama and the left like to dabble in them so much.

Perfect example: it didn’t take long, when Trump was contemplating the withdraw from the Paris accord, for media and press to ramp up means that you would not have thought possible. Yes, they insisted that to withdraw from the Paris treaty — can we now at least call it that — was, in fact, a threat to our sovereignty. Oh yes they did! Every reason we gave for withdrawing they tried to reverse to make it a reason we should stay in it.

The exact opposite of their rhetoric was true. It was a treaty masquerading as an executive order. If it was so popular they would have had no problem getting Senate approval, which they wouldn’t do because it would not pass. It was the same Constitutional principle they avoided on the Iran deal. Yet they went ahead and did it anyway.

Now they claim we are giving up our sovereignty by withdrawing. But no one explains why that is true, just like they don’t explain all the benefits of staying in. Other countries had to do nothing. So they, namely the left, are angry because there is no replacement for our funding. Their claim is that without us in the treaty everyone else is going to reap the benefits now. But they were the ones who were going to benefit anyway.

It is just one more deal which doesn’t consider America’s priorities. Yet they lie and say getting out does not preserve our priorities, it threatens them. Then there is Democrats’ universal closing argument for everything that “people are going to die.”

Ironically, the only thing that seems to usurp media’s attacks on Trump are intermittent terrorist attacks that the world has no immediate answers to. So maybe if their Paris plan was framed as a terrorist plot, would they finally see the error in it — or at least the drawbacks? Or probably not even that would alter their Globul perspective. It’s futile.

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Westinghouse down but not out

Forbes
James Conca , | Contributor

Westinghouse Bankruptcy Shakes The Nuclear World

On Wednesday, Westinghouse Electric Company filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in New York to restructure itself as a result of costly problems at the AP1000 power plants it’s building in Georgia and South Carolina.

Westinghouse has obtained $800 million in debtor-in-possession financing from a third-party lender to help fund and protect its core businesses during this reorganization.

Its Japanese parent company, Toshiba, declared that its nuclear power business has already lost $6 billion, which could go up to $10 billion, and is seeking ways to limit its liability. Toshiba shares have lost over $7 billion in market value this fiscal year.

Westinghouse selected the Shaw Group, led by James Bernhard Jr., to spearhead construction. Bernhard, a wheeler and dealer, ../

In the meantime, Westinghouse turned to a real nuclear construction contractor, Fluor Corporation, to get the nuclear plants back on track, but it is too early to tell how successful they will be. Even with the cost overruns and delays, these reactors should get completed and they should still have lower life-cycle costs than renewables or new coal.

More: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2017/03/31/westinghouse-bankruptcy-shakes-the-nuclear-world/#10d7370f2688

It’s unclear to this simple laymen why they originally would have gone with the nuke-upstart Shaw Group? A big company like Westinghouse and Toshiba…like shouldn’t they have seen this coming? On the other hand Fluor — a company even I worked under a short time — is an old standard, and dependable.

Why did it take them so long, and make it so costly, to turn to them? Just seems they were out to cut corners(costs) from the beginning and got burned. What else explains it? Plus some inner-industry ego rivalry. Now they’ll pay for their errors.

But then the way media were starting to report the story as if Westinghouse was finished. And likely it will be spun into an anti-nuclear power story, which it is not if you read this report. In fact, nuclear energy should be enjoying a resurgence. Thanks Westinghouse-Toshiba [sarcasm], you didn’t do the sector any favors.

Groundhog Day: state of climate

In this current climate, my friend says it is time to protest Groundhog Day. Okay:

I’ve been to Punxsutawney and YOU, sir, are no Punxsutawney Phil.

No offense to other ground hogs out there. Stop ‘normalizing’ Phil.

Word is Phil is rightfully concerned. He saw what they are doing to “Fili” the Filibuster using the nuclear option. What could they do to him? His climate prediction is: six more weeks of ‘dangerous’. That’s par for the course in this scorched-earth political climate.

Hey hey, ho ho…. it’s off to protest we go!

No climate denier here.

RightRing | Bullright

CFACT: Out of Control & Lawlessness

Out of control


CFACT

Friend,

Is our government out of control?

Unelected bureaucrats are seizing control of our energy industry, killing jobs and hamstringing our economy.

No sector appears safe.

CFACT’s Paul Driessen lays out the staggering facts at CFACT.org:

“No one even knows how many Executive Branch agencies there are – estimates range from 60 to 438 – much less how many new rules they implement and impose each year. Officially, [CEI’s Clyde Wayne] Crews says, they issued a staggering 3,554 new rules in 2014, while President Obama signed ‘only’ 226 new laws enacted by Congress. Worse, of the 53,838 (!) formal final regulations included in the Federal Register from 2001 through 2014, only 160 (0.3%) received a ‘cost-benefit’ analysis; we have no idea how the rest affect us.”

Ironically, President Obama is attempting to invoke the rule of law as requiring a vote on his nominee to the Supreme Court.  Yet the Constitution requires no such thing.

“The Constitution is not a living organism,”  Justice Scalia reminded us,  “It’s a legal document, and it says what it says and doesn’t say what it doesn’t say.”

Take a look at the full report Paul Driessen has compiled at CFACT.org.

He makes a frightening case.  We need to reduce the size of all this government and get it back under control.

Craig Rucker
Executive Director

 

Read Paul Driessen’s report: http://www.cfact.org/2016/03/23/washingtons-despotic-lawlessness/

Washington is out of control. Legislators, judges and unelected bureaucrats want to control our lives, livelihoods and living standards, with no accountability even for major errors, calculated deception, or deliberate, often illegal assaults on our liberties and on citizens who resist the advancing Leviathan.

These themes animate Republican and conservative politics because they are happening – regularly. [more..]

 

Years back, Fmr jurist Sandra Day O’Connor said that about 85% of SCOTUS cases deal with federal regulations, despite all the public attention certain cases receive.

Rendezvous with Reagan and Destiny

Flashback to the convention in 1964 and Reagan’s infamous “A Time For Choosing” speech. So many takeaway lines that would just as much apply to us today, even more so.

The point is not whether there are any Reagans today but whether this kind of common sense is now mainstream or deemed dead? Government rewrites the Constitution so that anything in their schemes can mean public use for confiscation of private property.

Government rules by fiat to suite it’s own interests. If you haven’t seen that your eyes aren’t open. It’s the same old story…

Excerpt from A Time for Choosing: (video below)

“Now it doesn’t require expropriation and confiscation of private property or business to impose socialism on a people. What does it mean if you own the deed or the title to your business or property if the government holds the life and death over that business or property? And such machinery already exists; the government can find some charge against any concern it chooses to prosecute. Every businessman has his own tale of harassment.

“Somewhere a perversion has taken place. Our natural unalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation of government. And freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment. Our Democratic opponents seem unwilling to debate these issues. They want to make you and I believe that this is a contest between two men, that we’re to choose between just two personalities. Well, what of this man that they would destroy? And in destroying, they would destroy that which he represents, the ideas that you and I hold dear.”

It picks winners and losers in the markets and business. It decides what businesses will be allowed to succeed and which are considered antiquated, such as the war on coal. By “government,” none is more prevalent than the federal one which rules by strong arm.

It dictates which laws states will be allowed to have, and which it will abolish. It determines what healthcare policies should be, what marriage certificates they can issue, what water they can drink, which lands they must preserve. What government giveth government can taketh, so it decides which funds it will withhold to twist the arms of states.

It decides how much of federal dollars it will dispense back to the state from whence they came. It decides what school curriculum we shall have — if you want to play by Washington’s rules, or if you will be considered an enemy of the State and lose funding.

See speech, a timeless indictment.

Blown away in global warming

Scientists Say New Study Is A ‘Death Blow’ To Global Warming Hysteria

Michael Bastasch – 03/31/2015 | Daily Caller

A new study out of Germany casts further doubt on the so-called global warming “consensus” by suggesting the atmosphere may be less sensitive to increases in carbon dioxide emissions than most scientists think.

A study by scientists at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Meteorology found that man-made aerosols had a much smaller cooling effect on the atmosphere during the 20th Century than was previously thought. Why is this big news? It means increases in carbon dioxide emissions likely cause less warming than most climate models suggest.

What do aerosols have to do with anything? Well, aerosols are created from human activities like burning coal, driving cars or from fires. There are also natural aerosols like clouds and fog. Aerosols tend to reflect solar energy back into space, giving them a cooling effect that somewhat offsets warming from increased CO2 emissions.

Continue: http://dailycaller.com/2015/03/31/scientists-say-new-study-is-a-death-blow-to-global-warming-hysteria/

What does it mean? It seems to come down to they didn’t really know what they thought they knew, when they thought they knew it. Could all their ballyhooed global warming ” scientists” have been wrong all along? Science is settled, debate is over? They call us the deniers. But then that only means that the political apparatus will kick into higher gear to compensate for the negative news.

The economic activism of the Left

Two aspects of liberal activism share a common theme.

The Left and the gay movement boycott your business if they don’t like your views or ideas. Or they want to force you to do business, while giving you the business.

Here we have progressives, Liberals, Democrats or what ever you want to call them, with their favorite method of economic activism. Striking at the heart of businesses has long been a target of opportunity for the Left.

Boycotting places like Chick-fil-A was their standard m/o when a company or owner did something, or had a social position, they did not like. Yes, it turned into a boon when people countered by taking business to them in droves. It was a reverse activism the Left despised. So they painted anyone who patronized the business into bigots.

Remember how they boycotted Dr Laura and her sponsors? Eventually she gave up. Notice all the times they targeted businesses and sponsors of shows like Dr Laura’s they didn’t like. The Left loves a good boycott to get their collective juices going. They don’t have to know all the details. But of course they don’t stop with boycotts, they actively protest or march against the establishments. The goal is to hurt or destroy it.

Then there was Occupy Wall Street cranking their strategy up a few notches — as only the left can. That just showed how they can roll all their ugly activism into one and still have pols and government pandering to their agenda — whatever that was, and it’s a moving goalpost.(capitalism, big banks, big business, big-government, wages or whatever)

Then there is their beloved crown jewel, the BDS movement (haters inc.), against Israel. Anyone who does business or buys and sells with Israel deserves to be on the list. Anything tied to Israel in some way gets on that enemy list. That is on top of their ordinary protests against Israel. Fuel it with plenty of anti-Semitism. Israel is grounds for protest; or divestment of anything related to Israel. They call on governments and campuses to take up that banner. They call on countries and the UN to slap sanctions on Israel. The reason becomes secondary to the actual movement, it doesn’t really matter. In effect, they want a world united against Israel. No, it doesn’t matter who is a party to the movement or what they’ve done. Anyone can and should join, according to the organizers.

The BDS movement offers a glimpse into the scope of their activism. Anything goes: board a ship or break the law, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is hatred of Israel. It brings on board some of the worst of the worst offenders in human rights. It unites them all — the Left, Muslim Brotherhood, dictators,terrorists, academia, unions — under the same banner on a platform of hatred. Rally the troops. The same formula on a smaller scale plays out on all sorts of the Left’s favorite social issues. Again, the political movement matters even more than the justification or rationale. Politics rules.

The civil rights activists operate in the same way, from Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to Hollywood celebs engaging in the same politics. Blacklisting people, no problem. Boycotting or running them out of business. Shaking down corporations for money or cronyism. Now the gay agenda, a limb of the Left, engaging their sexual agenda.’ Don’t like a policy or something of a business? This is the means to whatever ends you desire.

Now up pops another tactic: force businesses or people to do business in ways they don’t want. The polar opposite of boycotts. Force businesses into agreements or relationships because activists can. Then use the Left’s staple of government force, against their will, as the enforcer. They always love to have government coercion working on their behalf. The ultimate goal of the Left is having government enforcement. Think of it as the 60s radicals now having government serve their interests.

Use it under the banner of: environmentalism, the green agenda, illegal immigration, social justice, gun control, spending programs, energy, oil and resources development, same sex marriage and gay agenda, abortion, crime and justice, class warfare, wages, union activism, or anti-Christian agenda.

So they pick out those they choose to offend into submission under government’s hand. Morals and principles are replaced by political agenda. Politics trumps all. Now when Harry Reid tells a big lie from the floor of the Senate, it is justified if his enemy loses. People refer to this as “the ends justify the means” but it is worse than that. It is a politics at any cost ideology.(the very definition of an ideologue)

This is their economic terrorism model. Just that it strives to have government run interference for their political agenda. Any wonder we see a politicized bureaucracy and hyper-partisanship? That is by design, after all, and exactly what they want. They don’t want a neutral or Apolitical government, they want it radicalized just like under Obama. It could be the closest thing yet to a utopian model.

You already knew that but it doesn’t hurt to keep pointing it out. They want government to be their big brother, the thug, the enforcer… the Cosa Nostra. They don’t want officials to take an oath, they want them to vow to government’s omerta and punish whistleblowers. (break their kneecaps) It all means whatever their political agenda is at the time. And keep those government wheels well-greased with plenty of lobbying and activism — Organize for Activism and Move On dot ug. Petitions and perpetual grievance keep it running smoothly. (smooth in radical terms)

So activists want to force a business they don’t like to do business against its will, or activists will boycott and ruin the business. Make sense? Hey.hey, ho, ho…

RightRing | Bullright

A message from CFact

China’s rise

China’s development is astounding.

India, Brazil and other nations hope to copy it.

There are many tragic flaws when international global warming agreements are penned. Among the worst is the willingness of the leaders of the West to turn a blind eye to how useless their economy-wrecking global warming policies are when considered in a global context.China coal use

While President Obama is waging war on coal and oil, China is building coal plants as fast as it possibly can. Chinese coal use is poised to surpass the entire rest of the world’s use of coal combined.

China and the other so-called “BRIC” nations are more than happy to step up as the developed world steps down, and will happily produce the goods that our escalating energy costs and regulatory burden make too expensive to produce at home.

President Obama’s recent global warming deal with China is totally one-sided. The U.S. committed to capping emissions (and damaging the economy) now, while China has until 2030 to maybe, if they feel like it, consider capping emissions then. 2030 is when China projects its emissions will peak in any event.

This deal was naive.

Meanwhile, global warming regulations will drive up prices for Americans, while any miniscule effect on emissions is dwarfed by China’s increase.

cement consumption USGSConsider this astonishing fact that Bill Gates blogged about and the Washington Post picked up:

China used more cement in the last three years, than the U.S. did in the entire 20th century!

That’s how fast China is expanding.
Sure, five percent of human greenhouse gas emissions are attributed to cement (if emissions are your thing), but what that tremendous growth really tells us is that global warming policies that depress the economy may advance the agendas of the developed world’s warming-Left, but will have no real impact on global emissions.

If you think Obama’s deal with China was bad, just wait to see what he’s prepared to sign at the big UN climate conference in Paris this December.

The need to educate the public has never been greater.

For nature and people too,

Craig Rucker
Executive Director

P.S.   China’s rapid, massive industrialization is exactly the kind of crucial fact that global warming pressure groups do not want discussed in the context of climate.  Sign the petition to stop climate censorship.  Share it with as many people as possible.  There is too much at stake to allow the warming-Left to muzzle speech and hide the facts.

How China used more cement
in 3 years than the U.S. did
in the entire 20th Century

Cement

Source: USGS, Cement Statistics USGS, mineral industry of China

Read the facts at the Washington Post

and from Bill Gates

I admit what got my attention was the amount of cement China used. Tell-tale signs of a country under construction. But take a look at that picture, it is astounding.

Let that mental image sink in with the concrete facts. Just incredible, isn’t it?

What a bunch of Keystone BS

Here is the link to a State Dep briefing where they were asked about the ongoing Keystone decision. One where the State Dep is to issue its decision, based on 8 federal agencies input.

To all the questions, Jen Psaki keeps reiterating “the process” and that they will not know anything until the input is in. But she said they could not say how long it would take to receive that input because a timeline is not established yet. Getting all that?
Example: (Friday, January 9, 2014 (sic) typo 2015)

MS. PSAKI: Well, there are several components of the review. The agency input is not something that we have at this point to review. /…

MS. PSAKI: Well, Matt, we’ll obviously move to the next stage of this –…
— which is certainly what we expected, which is receiving the input of the eight agencies. That’s the stage we’ll be at, and we’ll see the process through.

Well, in the meantime, the Congress — which is a branch of the government after all — has said it is going to proceed to put out a bill on Keystone. While King Obama promptly said he would veto such a Keystone bill.

So let’s get this straight. State is saying the process is going as planned, and will continue, in order to make the decision on Keystone. The president has issued a veto notice, while they are still in their deliberation process, awaiting input. Mind you they are federal agencies, acting under an Executive Order Obama issued, that will submit their input on the Keystone decision. Sound like the shell game they play down on the corner?

Since it is far from complete, and they don’t have the input, but Obama has announced he would veto a Keystone XL bill, now what kind of input would you expect from these federal agencies? Is there any surprise here, is the fix in? Could it be a glowing approval?

Really, they can discuss it with a straight face as if the “process” must be allowed to play out to make the decision. “We’ll see the process through.” Obama already said he would veto it. What a nice tip of the hand from the White House to the agencies prior to their input. Still they play this game as if some credible, independent process is making the decision. Want to bet which side the feedback comes down on? Just a hunch…

QUESTION: The fact that the President has said he’s going to veto whatever Congress does, does that affect the review at all?

MS. PSAKI: Well, I think the White House has spoken to this. But regardless of the ruling, the House bill and their review still conflicts – and our view, the Administration’s view – with longstanding Executive Branch procedures regarding the authority of the President. That’s why they’ve indicated – or my colleague over at the White House indicated earlier this week what the President’s intentions would be.

We’re continuing this process. We’ll see it through. And that’s where we are at this point in time.

If you really want to see logic and reason tortured you can read the full exchange.

RightRing | Bullright

Canada passes pipeline

Canada OKs oil pipeline to the Pacific Coast

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s government on Tuesday approved a controversial pipeline proposal that would bring oil to the Pacific Coast for shipment to Asia, a major step in the country’s efforts to diversify its oil exports if it can overcome fierce opposition from environmental and aboriginal groups.

Approval for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project was expected as Canada needs infrastructure in place to export its growing oil sands production. The project’s importance has only grown since the U.S. delayed a decision on TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline that would take oil from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The northern Alberta region has the world’s third largest oil reserves, with 170 billion barrels of proven reserves. Enbridge’s pipeline would transport 525,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta’s oil sands to the Pacific to deliver oil to Asia, mainly energy-hungry China. About 220 large oil tankers a year would visit the Pacific coast town of Kitimat and opponents fear pipeline leaks and a potential tanker spill on the pristine Pacific coast.

Continue

While the US passes gas.

Big stick in the eye of Global Warming nazis

British Researcher: No Global Warming in 18 Years

Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 | Newsmax

By Drew MacKenzie

A British aristocrat has taken a swipe at activists and politicians who fan the fears of climate change as he claimed that recent research shows there’s been no global warming for almost 18 years.

Lord Christopher Monckton announced on ClimateDepot.com that his scientific satellite data show the temperatures have remained fairly stable between October 1966 and August 2014, despite a rise in greenhouse gas emissions.

Calling it the “Great Pause,” Monckton wrote, “It is becoming harder and harder to maintain that we face a ‘climate crisis’ caused by our past and present sins of emission,” said Monckton.

“Taking the least-squares linear-regression trend on Remote Sensing Systems’ satellite-based monthly global mean lower-troposphere temperature dataset, there has been no global warming — none at all — for at least 215 months.”

“This is the longest continuous period without any warming in the global instrumental temperature record since the satellites first watched in 1979. It has endured for half the satellite temperature record. Yet the Great Pause coincides with a continuing, rapid increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration.”

Monckton, the third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley and a policy adviser to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, says the rate of warming is half of what climate scientists initially predicted a quarter-century ago, according to The Daily Caller.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had projected in 1990 that global temperatures would rise at a rate of 2.8 degrees Celsius per century. But the temperature increase since the IPCC’s prediction has only been at a rate of 1.4 degrees Celsius per century, the Caller reports. […/]

Read More from Newsmax.com http://www.Newsmax.com/Newsfront/Global-warming-climate-change-Christopher-Monckton/2014/09/09/id/593471/#ixzz3D4BfnVEj

That will really disturb the climatologists. But even with the facts, we know what they do. If they can’t get it their way they make it up. The facts speak for themselves. An attack campaign is probably on the way as soon as they can get one.

So it seems the cause and effect argument is out the window. But even more interesting some will just deny the pause exists. Do we call them deniers? From the Daily Caller:

While some climate scientists deny the “pause” in global warming even exists, others have looked to places ocean and wind patterns for answers as to why there has been no warming for nearly two decades.

There are now literally dozens of potential explanations for the global warming “pause,” ranging from increasing volcanic activity to Chinese coal-fired power plant emissions.

Can you believe that? Now they want to blame the coal-fired plants and volcanoes for the pause. I see where their arguments went.

“The Great Pause is a growing embarrassment to those who had told us with ‘substantial confidence’ that the science was settled and the debate over,” Monckton wrote in his climate analysis. “Nature had other ideas.”

“Though more than two dozen more or less implausible excuses for the Pause are appearing in nervous reviewed journals, the possibility that the Pause is occurring because the computer models are simply wrong about the sensitivity of temperature to manmade greenhouse gases can no longer be dismissed,” Monckton added.

H/T to DavetheRave

Steyer getting stymied

Billionaire Tom Steyer is getting politically schooled by the Left.

Tom Steyer Push for Green Agenda in Midterms Not Working as Planned

BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
August 15, 2014

Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer vowed in February to give $100 million to political candidates to push a green agenda, but his plans to enact climate change measures are not working, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Mr. Steyer at an Aspen conference this week revealed that little if any of this is happening. The left is as split over energy as it has ever been; the public isn’t buying the climate line; and the hedge-fund-manager-turned-activist looks to be regrouping.

The Steyer grand plan began unraveling from the start, when stories about his pledge noted that he might target Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu for her support of the Keystone XL pipeline. Mr. Steyer and his NextGen Climate Action PAC had in 2013 won activist praise for defeating a pro-pipeline Democrat in a Massachusetts primary, and the Louisiana idea was to start his midterm strategy with a similar litmus-test bang. A Landrieu attack would send a message: Democrats who bucked the climate agenda would get beaten, whereas those who embraced it would be rewarded with Mr. Steyer’s campaign cash.

Democratic leaders instead flipped out, and quickly schooled Mr. Steyer in the political realities of red states and the magic Senate number of “51.” Within days of the pledge, Steyer operative Chris Lehane was tamping down the Landrieu story, insisting Mr. Steyer did not plan to “tea party” Democrats. “We do think it’s really, really, really important from a climate perspective that we maintain control of the Senate for Democrats,” he explained.

The article goes on to explain that few Democrats are actually seeing benefits from Steyer’s money.

Additionally, Steyer has come nowhere near his goal of $100 million. He claimed in February that he would match $50 million of his money to $50 million raised from donors. In July, donors had only contributed $1.2 million to Steyer’s effort.

 
Looks like Next Gen skipped last-gen politics.