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Friday, April 18, 2014

Is Wendy Davis the subject of an FBI probe?


Walking a mile in Wendy's shoes should teach one that life is not always a waltz across Texas. From the Dallas Morning News;
The Travis County district attorney’s office said last month that details from its review of a 2012 complaint that a rival filed about Davis’ legal and political activities were “the subject of an open investigation” by the FBI. The district attorney’s office closed its review last year without taking any action.
It is not clear if Davis herself is the subject of an FBI investigation and her campaign states that she has not been interviewed by the FBI. If Davis looks bad she has only herself to blame. She created the appearance of impropriety when as a state senator she sought funding for the North Texas Tollway Authority while she and her law firm were employed by the Authority to collect unpaid tolls. On the other hand she could be the target of a vast right wing conspiracy that dogged Hillary Clinton and the Rose Law Firm.

Obama bombs before a hand picked audience

Hope and change doesn't sell too well in Western Pennsylvania these days judging by the response from the audience that had been dragooned into attending the Obama-Biden speeches at the Community College of Allegheny County. The predominately male audience looks as if was witnessing an execution and more inclined to throw up than to faint. The event required Obama and Biden to fly in on separate planes, a 34 car motorcade and the cancellation of classes all day. Fliers on campus advised students to stay away. According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette the event was by invitation only. In other words it was a hand picked audience and Obummer still bombed.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

No more Subway for me!!

  With even a few howling wolves, Leftists are really, really good at hounding sponsors they don't like for various partisan reasons.
  Now it appears that there is a grass roots  movement to spank Subway for traipsing hand in hand with the FLOTUS Michelle Obama.
  Note that the La Times headline announcing her partnership with Subway reads "Michelle Obama taps Subway to help in healthy eating initiative," not the reverse, which is all too familiar with Americans being bullied by this administration.
  A hilarious read over at Subway's Facebook page reveals the outrage the American public feels at seeing, once again, the FLOTUS flouncing around television mewling about the benefits of veggies and buying a sub.
  Sandwiched in between complaints about the quality of their product and various stores are numerous imprecations and vows never to eat at Subway again because of Subway's connection with the Obamas.
  In fact, the Subway FB page is probably a great reason to disable comments on a company page. Geez.
The Mooch and Subway are a good partnership. Both suck at what they do. You will see a decrease in sales in the months to come for sure. Any Company that is associated with the worse pResident in the history of this once Great Country will be the demise of that company. You guy's really stepped in it this time. I will never eat at Subway again.
  But to each complaint about Obama, the FB Subway moderator responds the same thing, which in itself prompted complaints:
Thanks for reaching out to us, Jimmy. Someone gave you the wrong information and we’d like to clarify a few things related to our announcement in January with the Partnership for a Healthier America. We are not promoting or aligning with any politician as part of this healthier eating initiative. We are teaming up with a non-partisan, not for profit organization that promotes building awareness to help fight childhood obesity. This is not about politics.

From when we served our first sandwich in 1965 we always offered lots of FREE veggies. Then in the 90’s people started to focus more on healthier eating and the childhood obesity problem, which led to many organizations recognizing us for our leadership in making it easier for families to make better choices, to eat more vegetables, and to lead healthier lifestyles.

One of the goals of the Partnership for a Healthier America is to raise awareness of the importance of eating more fruits and vegetables and we’re glad to be able to join them in furthering this important message. As part of the announcement we made with Partnership for Healthier America, Mrs. Obama had lunch with local school children in one of our restaurants in Washington, DC to bring attention to this cause. This was not a political statement or an endorsement of Mrs. Obama in any way. We’ve been in business for almost 50 years and agree that business and politics don’t mix so our intention is not to promote any political figure or have a political figure represent us. Our goal is to continue to encourage families to make smarter choices and to continue to make it easy for folks to eat more vegetables.

So please stop by any one of our local stores to check this out for yourself. You won’t find a picture of Michele Obama, but you will find plenty of FREE fresh veggies to add to your sub!
  To which posters respond, "Subway, what about THIS?" followed by a link to another announcement about Obama's association with Subway.
  There's even an anti-Subway/Obama FB page.
  Michelle Obama, who herself loves to eat, is also getting backlash from her government imposed restriction on school cafeteria menus; any kind of unacceptable food will now be banned from school vending machines.
  Imagine. Yum. Brown carrot sticks in a vending machine for a snack. Yum.
  Yeah. I'd say the Subway/Obama partnership is a great idea, wouldn't you?
  We always like to know just who's in bed with the government.

Hawhaw! Boehner's electile dysfunction

Ok, FUNNY, and this will get Winteregg some serious courtin' time.

Video: Feds Surrender at Bundy Ranch

The BLM did not just leave the Bundy Ranch and return the cattle. They were kicked out, cursed and jeered. This video has not been shown by network television and links to it were blocked by Face Book.

White House demanded apology from Dr. Ben Carson

In an excerpt from his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future, Dr. Ben Carson reveals that the White House demanded he apologize to Obama for his now famous remarks he made at the Washington prayer breakfast.
“But within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of the program, I received a call from some of the prayer breakfast organizers saying that the White House was upset and requesting that I call the president and apologize for offending him. I said that I did not think that he was offended and that I didn’t think that such a call was warranted.”
Obama's political career has been marked by ad hominem attacks yet the narcissist has the brass to demand an apology for well earned criticism.

Wendy Davis running on empty

It looks like Democrats sure picked the wrong year to try to turn Texas blue. In the governor's race, love 'em and leave 'em, part time mom Wendy Davis is down 8 points and that's just among women. Over all she trails Attorney General Greg Abbot by 14%, 37% to 51%. She is under water in her approval / disapproval ratio 33% to 47%. Even Obama gets a 36% approval rating! Lest readers think all is lost for Davis let me remind them that she did win the endorsement of SeekingArrangement.com, a web site that matches “sugar daddies” with “sugar babies” for “mutually beneficial dating arrangements”.
“Wendy Davis is proof that the sugar lifestyle is empowering. It can take a single mom from squalor to scholar, or in this case from the trailer park to Harvard, and a seat in the Senate. The sugar lifestyle creates an opportunity for women to transcend the single mother stereotypes.”
Go girl!
Turning to the senate race, the state's richest dentist, David Alameel trails RINO Senator John Cornyn 49% to 32%. Alameel must first get past Kesha Rogers in the May 27 runoff election. He only managed to pull 47% of the primary vote after outspending Rogers 126 to 1.
The PPP poll shows Governor Rick Perry enjoying a new surge in popularity. His approval rating is now at 48%. It had fallen to just 30% after his failed presidential bid.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

American Energy Partners "Now Hiring"


Flamboyant Aubrey McClendon once proclaimed "America's most reckless billionaire" by Forbes Magazine needs help. His company, American Energy Partners LP, recently hung out the help wanted sign. The billboard on Route 315 near Ohio State University says in large letters, “NOW HIRING!” One doubts that the location was chosen randomly. One also doubts that recruiting employees in depressed Ohio is that difficult. The fledgling AEP is marking its turf. McClendon is the Utica's biggest cheerleader, once calling it the most significant thing to happen to Ohio since the invention of the plow. It has been a long time since many of us have seen a sign like this!

Saturday, April 19, FREEDOM rally at Hood Park

                                NW Ohio Conservative Coalition
                                 A Letter from Linda Bowyer

Fellow Patriots:
  The NW Ohio Conservative Coalition was born out of the Tea Party movement and local organizations like Children of Liberty, Back-To-Basics and Perrysburg Patriots.  Once again, we are gathering at Hood Park in Perrysburg this Saturday April 19 1:30pm to reaffirm that we are "Taxed Enough Already", listen to inspiring conservative speakers and meet candidates who are working hard for your vote.  

  Featured speakers include Toledo City Councilman Tom Waniewski, Republican Candidate for Ohio House District 47 Scott Allegrini, Conservative Activists Charlie Earl and Ron Johns plus Bill Delaney and Diana Skaff, State Central Committee #11 candidates.
  The time has come to step up and be counted.  Every election is important but the May 6 primary is especially important.  For those of you who vote in the Republican primary, you will not only be selecting candidates for public office but also choosing who will represent you in the Republican Party State Central Committee and Precinct Committees.  

  Please consider how you can best use your time, talent and treasure to help put our country, state and local governments on the right path.  NWOCC is working very hard to help candidates such as Scott Allegrini (founder of the Children of Liberty and candidate for Ohio House District 47) but he needs your help.  
  Please consider donating to Scott's campaign www.Allegrini4ohio.com or contact Scott at (419) 345-2806 and tell him you can help him walk a precinct, mail postcards for him or just make a few phone calls.  He is taking on the establishment within the Republican Party and is committed to stopping Obamacare Medicaid Expansion and Common Core.  He is the kind of principled conservative we need in public office.  NWOCC is also supporting Bill Delaney and Diane Skaff for Republican State Central Committee from District 11.  
  If you are interested in helping NWOCC with these campaigns, email me at nwohioconservativecoalition@gmail.com.   
  Also please consider attending the Third Annual Waniewski Polish Bash to help support Tom Waniewski's continued hard work on Toledo City Council.  The Bash is scheduled for Thursday May 8th, 2014 from 5:30-8pm at the Ye Old Cock N'Bull Tavern (downtown Toledo on Huron and Washington Street).  Featuring a traditional polish dinner (kielbasa, stuffed cabbage rolls, pierogi and assorted desserts), tickets are $50 per person (other sponsorship opportunities are available).  

  Please make your checks payable to "Citizens to Elect Waniewski" and mail to PO Box 8904, Toledo, OH 43623.  Tom Waniewski has been a bold conservative voice on Toledo City Council.  Please consider making a donation.
  I appreciate all your support over the last five years.  I believe we are making a difference in our country.  This is a long fight.  We need to stay committed and involved.
  Thanks for your continued support of the NW Ohio Conservative Coalition.  Visit our webpage. A complete list of upcoming events is available at www.toledoteaparty.com.

Friday, April 11, 2014

On government PSAs, cows with backpacks, beans and farts

  Over and over, the American public and the West in general is admonished to not eat certain things, not smoke unless it's pot, not disobey health laws and numerous regulations put into place by legislators who don't abide by them themselves. 
  Are you texting and driving? And who knows what will happen if you don't stay in school
  And, dear God, be sure to get covered!
  Be afraid if you eat too much fat, if you speed or if you make some poor little kid unable to breathe because you disrespect the many EPA rules and regulations.
  In fact, the NIH may be texting the fatties soon to remind them what they should and shouldn't be consuming because Big Brother is Watching.
  On tv and particularly the radio, we are admonished repeatedly that some people might have lupus or COPD or be blind. Could it be you? Are you tired? Are you achey? 
  Oh, and for gosh sakes, don't do drugs because you'll make your mother sad:
Don't do drugs, you'll end up like a thug.
You'll make your mother sad and make your father mad.
Don't do drugs, drugs are bad.
Don't tow that line, you'll think it's one time.
You'll start doing crack and you'll have a heart attack...
Don't do drugs, drugs are bad.
You'll make your mother sad.
  Are you sick?
  Do you have a personality disorder?
  Are you insane?????????
  Check the government website to be sure you aren't getting sick yourself (or making someone else sick) through your behavior because, Lord knows, we all need a big government to help us because we're victims, particularly of someone smoking something other than pot.
  EPA regulations fail to mention that the EPA itself ran some experiments on sick people and children without telling them the extent and horrendous ramifications of their experiments, including the possibility of getting cancer from the experiments.
  Now from the climate hysteria folks who routinely fly around the world in luxury and stay in $4000 a night hotels are telling the rest of us not to eat beef or beans, two staples of the Western diet.
  Having dressed cows with "backpacks" to test for the extent of methane gas emissions to our environment, our government now plans to reduce cow farts by 2020. Daily Finance:
In the future, America will harness cow farts to curb pollution and power the grid. What? It sounds like a joke, but it's actually a real promise. By 2020, dairy industry emissions will be reduced by 25%, largely by persuading dairy farmers to capture methane gas, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced at the Copenhagen climate change summit this week. Farmers will be able to buy anaerobic digesters that convert cow, errr, emissions into electricity.
  Geez, even the cows can't catch a break. 
  Why? Why? Why?
  Having addressed cows, like yoyos, the climate hystericals are moving back again to humans.
  In addition to protesting the "smelly emission" of humans from consuming beans, the underlying purpose of all this is to reduce the cow population, promote vegetarianism and control public thought processes through fear and contempt.
  When even the swans are called "racist" "rightwingers" (yes, really), you'd think these lame-ass clowns would figure out that people aren't buying their stupid shtick anymore.
  But keep it comin,' jokesters. You only expose your own stupidity to even the densest among us.
  It makes the rest of us realize that fear is the tool of choice for Leftists--and historic power mongers-- to control public behavior.  
  But Western tradition also includes the Bible, and a repeated refrain in Biblical narrative is the phrase "Fear not."
  For the only thing we have to fear is, apparently, a fart itself.
  Not these clowns.

Standoff in Nevada-Harry Reid family stands to profit from Bundy's treatment

  A horrifying situation is taking place in Nevada as we speak. If you remember Ruby Ridge and Waco, you may have an idea what's going on.
  Before you make the judgment that the rancher Bundy did not pay the BLM its grazing fees for his cattle to graze where Bundy ranch cattle have grazed for 140 years, make sure you know the entire story.
  Apparently it's not the tortoise the BLM is trying to save; it's an effort by Harry Reid, his son and Chinese cronies to boot Bundy from his land so they can build a solar farm. I hesitate to link to Infowars because they are firmly in the conspiracy camp, but they have the documents proving the facts.
  Here it is from Dana Loesch Radio:
*UPDATE: Those who say Bundy is a “deadbeat” are making inaccurate claims. Bundy has in fact paid fees to Clark County, Nevada in an arrangement pre-dating the BLM. The BLM arrived much later, changed the details of the setup without consulting with Bundy — or any other rancher — and then began systematically driving out cattle and ranchers. Bundy refused to pay BLM, especially after they demanded he reduce his heard’s head count down to a level that would not sustain his ranch. Bundy OWNS the water and forage rights to this land. He paid for these rights. He built fences, established water ways, and constructed roads with his own money, with the approval of Nevada and BLM. When BLM started using his fees to run him off the land and harassing him, he ceased paying. So should BLM reimburse him for managing the land and for the confiscation of his water and forage rights?
  You can grouse all you want that Bundy didn't give the BLM its due, but at this point, the feds have brought in hundreds of snipers while ranchers and cowboys have rushed to the scene and see it as a standoff. 
  There is concern that the BLM is systematically killing Bundy's cattle for various reasons. (In a herd of over 900, one report said almost 300 have "disappeared" in the hands of the feds.)
  Loesch points out that Harry Reid's former advisor is now head of the BLM.
  We have a problem here and it's been building for decades. It didn't start under Obama but it's certainly accelerated to a dangerous point.
  Rights and freedoms are being lost by a maniacal federal government with no accountability and many petty tyrants perched in powerful places willing to compromise our God given rights.
  Prayers that this particular situation doesn't end badly because things don't look too great right now.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Elijah Cummings is a lying weasel

News today revealed that the IRS scandal was more outrageous and far reaching than anyone believed. It extends to the United States Congress. Ranking minority Elijah Cummings and his staff are complicit in the conspiracy to target Catherine Engelbrecht and her True the Vote organization. Members of the minority staff contacted Lois Lerner and obtained True the Vote's 990 forms through Lerner's subordinate Holly Paz. In 2012 Engelbrecht received almost identical questions from the IRS and the minority staff of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Congressman Cummings and the Democratic members of the committed have urged that the investigation be brought to a hasty conclusion. Now their reason becomes patently obvious. Cummings is as guilty as Lerner. A letter to Cummings signed by Issa and all 5 subcommittee chairmen concludes;
As the committee continues to investigate the IRS's wrongdoing and to gather all relevant testimonial and documentary evidence, the American people deserve to know the full truth. They deserve to know why the Ranking Member and Minority staff of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform surreptitiously contacted the IRS about an individual organization without informing the Majority Staff and even failed to disclose the contact after it became an issue during a subcommittee proceeding.
The public deserves a full and truthful explanation for these actions. We ask that you explain the full extent of you and your staff's communications with the IRS and why you chose to keep communications with the IRS from Majority Members and staff even after it became a subject of controversy.
Also in the latest email trove finally delivered by the IRS was the revelation that Lois Lerner had thought about going to work for Organizing for Action, the group that funneled millions of dollars to Obama’s campaign efforts while she was engineering an audit of Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS. “Oh, maybe I can get the D.C. office job.” the email reads. No conflict of interest here.
As if the actions of the Tax Exempt Division were not bad enough the illegal campaign activities at the Dallas IRS should convince any objective observer that the IRS is imbued with partisanship. The office looked liked an Obama campaign field office. The staff used Obama screen savers on their computers and had campaign-style buttons and stickers at their office. This is not rumor. This comes from the IRS's own Office of Special Counsel. In Kentucky another IRS employee assigned to the help line inveighed against Mitt Romney and the Republicans. “They’re going to take women back 40 years,” the IRS employee said in a conversation that was recorded. The employee also said that “if you vote for a Republican, the rich are going to get richer and the poor are going to get poorer.”
Later today the House will vote to demand that Lois Lerner be investigated by the Justice Department for targeting specific taxpayers for adverse treatment, making misleading statements to law enforcement, and the possible disclosure of confidential taxpayer information. It will interesting to see how many Democrats want to go down with this ship.
Read more here, here and here.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

White House wins "Jefferson Muzzle" award

To all the nay sayers who claim Obama doesn't get the credit he deserves.

The White House and the federal government have won the dubious honor of a "Jefferson Muzzle" for snooping on the news media and limiting access.
The censorship-shaming awards announced Wednesday by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression are intended to draw a harsh light on people and institutions that engage in the most egregious affronts to the First Amendment.
Other recipients included the governing board of Kansas' public universities. A new board policy says faculty members who use social media to disrupt "harmony among co-workers" or make comments deemed "contrary to the best interest of the university" can be fired. The policy was a reaction to a faculty member's statements on his personal Twitter.
The awards are announced each year on or near the April 13 birthday of Jefferson, a free-speech advocate and the nation's third president. Winners get a T-shirt with Jefferson's likeness and a black rectangle over his mouth.

Jay Carney, carnival employee

  I used to work for a tent company when I was young and strong. 
  One of the tent company team's favorite politically incorrect topics was noting the oddities of the people you ran into when you put up tents on fairgrounds for carnivals and such.
  Those employees of carnivals were dubbed "carneys," and even then when it wasn't popular, carnies often sported numerous tattoos and weird piercings; the typical carney had a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, wore a sweat stained t-shirt, smelled poor and had lank, greasy, stringy hair, had a tooth or two missing and was really interested in getting into your pockets.
  Complain about stereotyping individuals all you want; a stereotype IS a stereotype for a reason.
  Basically carneys work an area til they bleed the town dry and then the carnival moves on to the next group of suckers potential customers, hoping their rides (which were routinely not safety checked) didn't fall apart with somebody in them.
  Needless to say, your actual welfare was never much of a concern for a carney. Lying liars, if you will.
  Those of you who are actually reading this are high information voters and already know where I'm going with this.
  From the Urban Dictionary, minus the part about being honest and trustworthy, we have the definition of a Carney:
Carnival workers. Good, hardworking, trustworthy, honest, good-for-nothing, unreliable, foul-smelling vagrants who work at our nation's (USA) carnivals.

Do not let these people into your homes.
 

"The effing carnie sat on the couch and now we have to burn it... and him. Wheres my wallet"
  Looking forward to figuratively burning the couch. 
UPDATE: And then there's the "worshipful" adoration of the press when it comes to the Carneys home life, without mentioning the Soviet propaganda posters and a Gorbachev bust. Yeah! Cool! Soviet propaganda!
UPDATE II: ANDDDDD the mockery goes viral as Photoshop errors are discovered in the puff piece!

Squirrel! Women receive 77% less pay

  Or they don't.
  Seriously, White House drones minions have cooked up more of the whole "War on Women who really NEED contraceptives so they don't procreate" meme.
  Without taking into account the fact that women hold different jobs, work different periods of time including pregnancy breaks, and tend to work fewer (and less dangerous) hours, the White House is throwing yet another squirrel into the American political picnic basket.
  Claiming the tired discredited argument that women only make 77% of what men make, Jay Carney faced down the ever persistent Jonathan Karl the other day in an attempt to explain why the White House really truly doesn't pay its female employees as much as its males.
  Guy Benson writes about this over at Town Hall, quoted here:
(4) As Katie mentioned yesterday, the hypocrisy in all of this is galling.  The Obama White House pays female staffers $11,000 less per year, on average, than their male counterparts.  The average pay gap among Senate Democrats' male and female staffers is $6,500 per year.  And one of the 'equal pay' cult's most fanatical backers, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, pays her female staff members nearly $27,000 less on average per annum, compared to men.  Are these Democrats guilty of rank, anti-women bigotry, or do seniority and other factors explain these disparities?  Care to explain this head-scratcher, Nancy?  Nah:
  You can see Jay Carney's duh! pandering here:


  Ben Carson's right. Conservatives and even the so-called Republicans need to stay focused and resist the urge to follow the repeated squirrel claims.
  Leftists are comfortable lying to get what they want; not so, conservatives.
  Carson (for President):
Conservatives shouldn’t emulate this deception, but they ought to learn to present a united front to harness the power and energy necessary to reverse the downward spiral of the greatest nation in the history of the world.
We must look at the big picture and concentrate our efforts on establishing responsible national fiscal policies, fair taxation, responsible energy and environmental policies, and empowerment through education. Many social issues can be dealt with in time, as can entitlement reform. To worry about these issues before addressing the failing economy is a mistake.
  The 77% claim is a lie, just as Obamacare is a lie. They're comfortable with lies, in addition to being control freaks. 
  Resist the Borg!

Individual insurance premiums skyrocket under Obamacare

Victory lap notwithstanding Obama would not be talking about gender pay issues if Obamacare were a sterling success. The 7.1 million enrollment figure is probably bogus as a survey by the Rand Corporation puts the number at 3.9 million but no matter. Implicit in the President's boasting about the enrollment is that the enrollees are pleased with their new healthcare plans and there is good reason to think that they are not. Even if 7 million enrollees / voters were happy that number is too small to mitigate the outrage of the remainder of the insurance buying public. Morgan Stanley just released a survey of 168 healthcare brokers and the premiums for individual plans are up an average of 12%. The small group market is up by 11%.

As bad as the 12% average sounds several states experienced rate increases several times that. In Delaware it was 100%, in New Hampshire 90%, Indiana 54%, California 53%, Connecticut 45%, Michigan 36%, Florida 37%, Georgia 29%, Kentucky 29%, and Pennsylvania 28%.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Alan Dershowitz on Ted Cruz "Off-the-charts brilliant"

In a post at Philly.com retiring Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz remarked on some of his more than 10,000 students who went on to great careers. On Eliot Spitzer;
"So terrific a research assistant! Maybe everything that happened to him since was my fault because one day I said to him, 'Eliot, you're working too hard. Go out and have some fun.'"
On Ted Cruz;
"Off-the-charts brilliant. And you know, liberals make the terrible mistake, including some of my friends and colleagues, of thinking that all conservatives are dumb. And I think one of the reasons that conservatives have been beating liberals in the courts and in public debates is because we underestimate them. Never underestimate Ted Cruz. He is off-the-chart brilliant. I don't agree with his politics."

New Republicans: Same old whore just a new dress


This new ad will begin running on Fox but who are the are the new Republicans? New Republican.org has a YouTube account with the above and one other video which I will comment on later but candor is not its long suit. A WHOIS look up finds that its domain registration is private and an Open Secrets search reveals nothing. It claims to be a PAC but a Federal Election Commission search is futile. Excuse my skepticism but I am reluctant to join or contribute to a group that does not wish to tell me who runs it.
The second video tells us more.



This video was uploaded November 18 of last year so this project has been in the works for some months now. The speaker on Meet the Press is Alex Castellanos and one must assume that this entire segment was set up to allow Castellanos to make the introduction. Yes, NBC and David Gregory are in on the plot. A look at Castellanos' Wikipedia entry yields;
Alejandro "Alex" Castellanos (born 1954) is a Cuban American political consultant. He has worked on electoral campaigns for Republican candidates including Bob Dole, George W. Bush, Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney. In 2008, Castellanos, a partner at National Media Inc., co-founded Purple Strategies, a bipartisan communications firm. Castellanos is also a regular guest commentator on Meet the Press and a contributor for CNN.
It also reveals Castellanos signed a court amicus brief in support of gay marriage and while that may qualify him as a CEO of Firefox the omission of this fact from an organization that is in pollster Doug Schoen's words "is a explicit push back against the Tea Party brand of Republicanism that is not inclusive, that has, frankly, divided the Republican Party and it may well be a harbinger of something else, the beginning of Jeb Bush's presidential campaign."
So the New Republicans are a stealth Jeb Bush campaign? Probably or at least someone like him. Someone who can unite Republicans around the ideals of Common Core, gay marriage, and the the concept that illegal immigration is "an act of love". No thank you. It should come as no surprise that one of Purple Strategies' clients is the Chamber of Commerce. New Republican. org is not new. It's the same old whore in a new dress.
 

Settled Science?



I seldom write about global warming / climate change for two reasons. First, the subject is very arcane and best left to the experts and second, I don't perceive much interest in the subject other than among the true believers. RSS ( Remote Sensing Systems ) is the most accurate measure of earth surface temperatures. It is done by satellites and has been around since 1979. The fact that irrefutable data such as this is ignored by the warming cultists is a measure to their commitment to truth.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Mixed reviews on Governor Kasich

  To us here at Tea Party at Perrysburg, both Barbara Sears and John Kasich have been a disappointment by expanding Medicaid in Ohio. Kasich, in particular, has drawn fire from conservatives because of his somewhat "shady" tactics in circumventing the legislature in expanding Medicaid. 
  The rationale for not expanding the fraud plagued program is here at Freedomworks:
Medicaid has been repeatedly proven to be a poorly run and ineffective program. Medicaid recipients do not see improvements in their physical health and Medicaid patients who undergo surgery are also at a greater risk than those without insurance. I could go on about how Medicaid will actually cost more for the states that have expanded it under the new health care law or that there is no guarantee that the federal government will keep its promise to reimburse states at 90-100% of their added costs, but I really want to focus on the shady tactics Kasich used to expand Medicaid.
Earlier this year, the Republican-dominated Ohio legislature passed a budget that prohibited Governor Kasich from expanding Medicaid without approval from the legislature.  Instead of respecting the will of his constituents, the Governor used a line-item veto to remove that stipulation.
  Media Trackers discusses Kasich's expansion of Medicaid as a "lie":
An estimated 90 percent of the Ohioans eligible for Medicaid under Kasich’s Obamacare Medicaid expansion are able-bodied childless adults.
Pressed by Cavuto about the 2016 GOP presidential primary, Kasich stuck by his standard reply that he’s “not interested” in running for president.
Whatever his political goals, Kasich is helping President Obama pressure states still debating the Obamacare Medicaid expansion by consistently misrepresenting the expansion as a program for drug addicts and the mentally ill that won’t increase federal spending.
 Here is an expanded discussion about the concern with Medicaid overspending on "able bodied childless adults" which has increased from "16.7 % in 1980" to 50.2% of the state budget this year:
“That’s a dramatic change,” Faber said. “It’s a change that’s stopping our ability to educate kids, it’s a change that’s stopping our ability to maintain our roads, it’s a change that’s stopping everything else we wanna do in Ohio to move the state forward.”
“Adding more people to that problem isn’t going to make the number less than 50.2 percent, and so we need to manage that problem through reform,” he continued.
The Obamacare Medicaid expansion is expected to increase Ohio’s annual Medicaid costs by nearly half a billion dollars by 2020, assuming DC keeps its impossible funding promises.
  Though Kasich has argued that expanding Medicaid is bringing Washington's Ohio dollars back to Ohio, the argument must be made that DC's spending is out of control, those dollars are temporary and simply increase the federal deficit.
  Yet Kasich has worked to balance the budget today. From his own talking points sent out last week to Wood County:
..... just a few years ago when Ohio faced an $8 billion budget shortfall? Thanks to smarter budgeting, Ohio now has a balanced budget, we have a $1.5 billion surplus and just last year we passed the largest tax cut in the nation.

Because our state’s fiscal health has been restored, the Capital Budget I recently signed is sending your state taxpayer dollars back to your community.

In fact, Wood County alone will get back $26,957,500 to make important infrastructure and building improvements in your area. If we hadn’t gotten the state’s fiscal house in order, these investments in your community wouldn’t be possible.
  Kasich's job numbers have been improving:
he U.S. Department of Labor says Ohio had the second-biggest job gains of any state in January, adding 16,700 positions.
The January state employment report released Monday says 23 states reported more hiring for that month, while 27 said that the number of jobs fell. Among those adding jobs, Ohio ranked behind only Texas, which added 33,900 positions.
  A significant reason for these numbers, as Hoosierman discusses in a previous post here, is the expansion of fracking in Ohio in the Utica Shale. Hoosierman has written on numerous occasions about the benefit of natural gas drilling in Ohio.
  Some conservatives refer to Kasich as a sort of Obama lite, particularly with his proposed fracking tax as "targeting big oil," a disingenuous and divisive argument considering that the country runs on oil and makes us dependent on foreign companies, including terror sponsors.
  For the record, oil companies receive tax breaks just as Hollywood does, not subsidies, like Planned Parenthood.
  Considering that much of our progress and lifestyle have benefited from "big oil" products, why Leftists and politicians like Kasich have made "big oil" a target is another one of those politically expedient diseases designed to metastasize in the public's mind.
  In truth, the United States has surpassed Saudi Arabia in oil production. It's not cheap to produce oil, particularly with the environmentally conscious methods used today:
The costs, as you can imagine, are forbiddingly high. Even in known oil-rich regions like the Bakken and Eagle Ford, the all-in cost of extracting a barrel of oil from the ground can cost as much as US$75 per barrel (for comparison, Saudi Arabia can produce oil for as low as US$1 per barrel). To put it in simple terms: cheap oil in North America is a thing of the past.
So, the US produces expensive oil and relies on imports of even more expensive oil. And since the refiners need to make money as well, this means higher prices at the pumps. Who loses? The US consumer, of course.
What would help lower gas prices? Building more pipelines to deliver cheaper Canadian oil to refineries in the US and decreasing the refineries' dependence on expensive foreign oil. Until these new and much safer pipelines are built, rail has to pick up the slack. Almost 400,000 railcars full of oil are expected to be shipped in 2013, compared with just 9,500 railcars in 2008, a whopping 41-fold increase.
 The truth is that oil companies make about 8 cents per gallon of gasoline. Much more goes to the governments who tax each gallon of gas:

However the federal government profits approximately .59 cents per gallon through gasoline taxes, 7 ½ times or 750% that of the oil producers themselves and 20% of the price at the pumps. Pay attention here, Washington liberals are attacking oil companies for their 2.5% gross profit margin, while Washington is profiting 20% per gallon. Democrats answer? Tax some more?

If oil companies cut their profit margins by 50%, it would drop the price of a gallon of gas by only .04 cents per gallon. If Washington law makers cut their take by 50%, gasoline would cost .30 cents per gallon less. If the federal government didn’t tax gasoline at all, the price per gallon at the pumps would be $2.40 per gallon instead of $3.00 per gallon and the oil companies would still be at a respectable 2.5% gross profit margin. Who is gouging whom?
  So when Governor Kasich crows about "big oil," we hope he bears in mind the benefits "big oil" brings to this state.
  As far as competition for the next Ohio gubernatorial race, there isn't much. We're pretty much stuck with what we've got.
  Unless, of course, he runs for president.

NWO Conservative Coalition endorses Scott Allegrini

NW Ohio Conservative Coalition Endorses Allegrini for Ohio District 47

4/4/2014, Toledo OH:  The Northwest Ohio Conservative Coalition (NWOCC) is pleased to endorse Scott Allegrini for the Republican candidate for Ohio House District #47 in the May 6, 2014 primary.

Mr. Allegrini has a continuous track record of conservative activism and will be a welcome addition to Ohio's House of Representatives.  Scott has expressed his concern with the future of Ohio and the direction the current Representative, Barbara Sears has taken, particularly on the issue of Obamacare Medicaid Expansion.  In 2011, Lucas and Fulton county voters joined with the other 86 Ohio counties and said NO to Obamacare by passing Ohio's Healthcare Freedom Amendment.  In 2010 and 2012 we supported candidates who vowed to repeal Obamacare.  On May 6th, we'll again say NO to Obamacare by sending a District 47 representative to Columbus who will fight against Obamacare, not work to implement it.

The NWOCC views that the use of Federal dollars under Obamacare increases the size and scope of government, using borrowed money and increasing the deficit.  Ms. Sears was one of the architects of Obamacare Medicaid Expansion in Ohio and has accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from hospitals and healthcare lobbyists.

Scott maintains strong conservative values, supports limited government, and balances these values with compassion. 

Mr. Allegrini's role as founder of Children of Liberty, his continuing involvement in conservative and liberty minded groups around NW Ohio, his "walking the talk" within his church, his relationship with his family, and his everyday lifestyle are actions and values that NWOCC looks for in a candidate.

We are pleased to endorse Scott Allegrini, and ask that you consider him for our District 47 representative.

NWOCC Board of Directors
Linda Bowyer, Chair
Mario Goveia
Jeff Lydy, Treasurer
John McAvoy
Sean Thomas

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Local tax day rally!!! Get involved in NW Ohio!

                NW Ohio Conservative Coalition
                     Fourth Annual Tax Day Rally at Hood Park Perrysburg
                              Saturday April 19 1:30pm

  Bring your signs, your patriotism and your enthusiasm for our conservative values.  Speakers include Scott Allegrini (candidate for Ohio House District 47), Charlie Earl (conservative activist), Ron Johns (UT student and president, Young Americans for Liberty), Bill Delaney/Diane Skaff  and Ron LeRoux/Maureen Alexander(Candidates for Republican State Central Committee) plus others to be announced.   

Friday, April 4, 2014

If you don't like your health insurance plan you have to keep it anyway

We have a new corollary to "If you like your health insurance plan you can keep it". Now we have, "if you don't like your health insurance plan you have to keep it," at least until 2015. From the Associated Press;
Americans thinking about buying health insurance on their own later this year, or maybe switching to a different insurer, are probably out of luck. The policies are going off the market as a little-noticed consequence of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
With limited exceptions, insurance companies have stopped selling until next year the sorts of individual plans that used to be available year-round. That locks out many of the young and healthy as well as the sick and injured, even those who can afford to buy without government subsidies.
"Now they're stuck," said Bonnie Milani, an independent insurance broker in Los Angeles, who says she warned her customers last year that the change was coming. "It just closes everything down."
So if a person loses his job and is no longer covered under his employer's insurance or turns 27 and is no longer covered under his parents' plan or has a disagreement with his present insurer or his insurance agent he is just s.o.l. Suck it up and try to stay healthy until the next open enrolment period in November for a policy that will take effect in 2015. It's one more unintended consequence of Obamacare. While insurance companies are permitted to sell individual policies year round and off the public exchanges it may be more risk than insurers are willing to take. They fear that many would be customers will have pre existing conditions such as a recently broken leg or a nasty STD that won't respond to antibiotics.
It will be interesting to see how many will have insurance by year end. Some who purchased insurance on the exchanges will never pay or allow their policies to lapse after a few months and others who lost coverage will not be able to replace it at any price.

Utica Spending reaches $19 billion

I boasted in one of my first posts on the Utica Shale that investment in Ohio would far surpass any pork barrel infrastructure spending likely to be gained from the 2009 stimulus bill. From Congresswoman Marci Kaptur's web site during the heydays of green energy spending;
"Due in part to more than $50 million in legislatively directed projects, ( that's code for earmarks ) Northern Ohio is emerging as one of three major solar-energy centers in the Western Hemisphere. The 180th Air National Guard base boasts the largest solar plant of any such facility in America."
Wow! a whole $50 million. But Kaptur wasn't through. She managed to direct millions more in green energy grants into Toledo's solar manufacturing industry that has all but vanished. Hellava job, Marci!
So far investment in the Utica has reached $19 billion with no end in sight! Most of that money has gone into leasing, drilling and midstream infrastructure but a portion has been spent in other areas not exclusive to energy extraction and production. Things like motels to accommodate a highly mobile workforce represent a small but interesting segment. Guernsey County has 3 new motels with a fourth planned. These four hotels will add 327 rooms in the county, giving it about 1,100 rooms in total and adding to the county’s existing six hotels. Considering the county only has a population of about 40,000 that is remarkable.

This 76 room motel in Belmont County is operated by Sky Hospitality which also operates hotels in the Bakkan Shale, Marcellus Shale and Permian Basin, meaning that it was built especially for oil field workers.
Now for the proposed big projects.
  • Construction of a 45-mile natural gas gathering pipeline system for Hess Energy Corp.
    Scheduled to be operational in late 2014. Cost $125–150 million.
  • In Butler County construction of the Middletown Energy Center natural gas fired power plant that is expected to create 30 permanent jobs once operations begin in 2018. Cost $500 million. At some point I will spell out the advantages of gas fired plants over coal fired plants and the advantages run well beyond lower carbon output.
  • In Ashtabula County a 2,800-barrel-per-day refinery is expected to be operational by early 2016. It is expected to result in 30 direct jobs and 112 indirect jobs. Cost $200–300 million.
  • In Carroll County another gas fired power plant. Cost $800 million.
  • In Columbiana and Mahoning Counties 50 miles of gas gathering pipelines and a cryogenic natural gas processing plant in Mahoning County. Cost $390 million.
  • In Trumbull County, construction of a new seamless pipe mill. Cost $1.2 billion.
In addition to the above projects are two major pipelines that will move natural gas out of the midwest to the Gulf Coast. They are the Bluegrass and Appalachian pipelines. Spectra Energy's Nexus Project will move natural gas into Canada. There a literally hundreds of smaller projects that will spend billions over the next few years. They range from producing steel tubing in Youngstown and the old Republic Steel plant in Lorain County to construction of a LNG service station / convenience store in Cincinnati to more motels and vocational schools and to sundry office buildings and warehouses. This boom is going to last a long time!
 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pallon on the Tonight Show AWESOME

This is awesome. For so many reasons.

Life's a bitch when polls go wrong

One gets the sense that things seldom go right for Bill McKibben. Life's a bitch and then you die but when you are suffering from stigmata even life's pleasant deeds can be agonizing. As for instance going to church. "I went to church and cried. Then I got back to work" writes McKibben at Think Progress. And the tears just do not stop!
This afternoon I sobbed for an hour, and I’m still choking a little. I got to Copenhagen’s main Lutheran Cathedral just before the start of a special service designed to mark the conference underway for the next week. It was jammed, but I squeezed into a chair near the corner. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, gave the sermon; Desmond Tutu read the Psalm. Both were wonderful.
But my tears started before anyone said a word. As the service started, dozens choristers from around the world carried three things down the aisle and to the altar: pieces of dead coral bleached by hot ocean temperatures; stones uncovered by retreating glaciers; and small, shriveled ears of corn from drought-stricken parts of Africa. As I watched them go by, all I could think of was the people I’ve met in the last couple of years traveling the world: the people living in the valleys where those glaciers are disappearing, and the people downstream who have no backup plan for where their water is going to come from. The people who live on the islands surrounded by that coral, who depend on the reefs for the fish they eat, and to protect their homes from the waves. And the people, on every corner of the world, dealing with drought and flood, already unable to earn their daily bread in the places where their ancestors farmed for generations.
Is this jerk menopausal? Who knows but then things went really bad. In a recent post at MSNBC McKibben encouraged the climate scientist of the world to go on strike.
So at this point it’s absurd to keep asking the scientific community to churn out more reports. In fact, it might almost be more useful if they went on strike: until you pay attention to what we’ve already told you, we won’t be telling you more. Work with what you’ve got. We’re a quarter-century ahead – when you deal with the trouble we’ve already described then we’ll tell you what’s coming next.
Yes, that would serve us right! They warn of impending peril and all the world does is nod.
Then McKibben asked his readers what they thought. "Do you see climate change as a threat to your life or well-being?"
NO. Well at least 83% see it that way. That was the poll result when I did the screen capture. You may check the progress here.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Stinkburger meanie Obama goes on the rampage

  Watching Obama lie in the Rose Garden yesterday surrounded by political operatives was probably one of the most angering things I've ever seen politically.
  He mouths platitudes about coming together and working together to fix the problems, right before he contemptuously derides anyone who opposes his policies, illegalities and pouts.
  As usual, the monkeys watching him screech and clap their paws together and help themselves to a heaping of "conservatives stink" hee hawing.
  He tells lie after lie, unchallenged by the dimwitty press monkeys who know the truth but refuse to report it, not unlike the government propaganda arm they have become.
  Lie. Obfuscate. Mock. Ridicule.
  You'll be happy to know that he was out on the road again today, making fun of people who disagree with him again.
  Like a tiny incredibly spoiled child stomping his feet, the intellectual Obama accuses Republicans of being meanies for not "wanting to see everyone get health care."
  Yesterday he claimed that they hadn't tried to "hard sell" the law and that they didn't have the "billions" to spend on Obamacare that their opponents did.
  None of that is true but that doesn't matter to Obama. 
  And so we go from the White House not knowing any number of enrollments to the precision of a 7.1 million figure.
   After months--years, even--of hard sell after hard sell, including appearances on numerous media outlets like PopSugar, we learn that over a billion dollars has already been spent on promoting Obamacare from The Blaze & various sources:
From January 1, 2014, through the end of March, approximately $52 million was spent on a pro-Obamacare ad blitz that included NBA star Lebron James, posts on the satirical website the Onion and ads targeting younger consumers in Chicago and New York City, Forbes reported.
And prior to the 2014 ad blitz, the Associated Press reported that the White House was on track to spend approximately $700 million on a nationwide campaign aimed at encouraging people without insurance to enroll in Obamacare.
Taken together, the $52 million figure, the initial estimate of $700 million and all the dollars spent on anti-Obamacare ads, the total amount of cash spent on ads for and against the Affordable Care Act will easily top $1 billion, according to data compiled by the Campaign Media Analysis Group.
  The Blaze reminds us that over a billion dollars has been spent just on building the horrendous website.
  Townhall says the "Overall cost of The Affordable Care Act Legislation (Obamacare): $2.6 trillion and counting." 
  In fact, as The Blaze says, advertising for the "Affordable" Care Act will surpass one billion, from what we know.
  So today Obama was out mocking Republicans, conservatives and successful folks today by claiming that unless the minimum wage is increased, they are guilty of passing a "stinkburger" or "meanwhich" of a budget.
  Question: if a minimum wage increase is so important, why didn't Democrats pass it when they held the House, the Senate and the presidency?
  If a minimum wage is not detrimental to the economy, why don't cities who are run by ham fisted Democrats pass it?

  If the "Affordable" Care Act is so great, so beneficial, why has Obama exempted so many people from it? 
  Why has he illegally changed so many parts of the law or put off so many parts of the law until after the 2014 elections?
  And why has he put off other parts of the law until after the 2016 election?
  Twitchy has a rundown of the reaction to these remarks of this incredibly immature leader.
  Watch as the ridiculous foolish puppets in the University of Michigan audience laugh and applaud like hyenas, regardless that it's their future being bartered away, their jobs flushed down the toilet, their earnings potential being printed like Monopoly money by the Fed.
  Fools.
  #nosympathy

  Also watch Glenn Beck's response to the cheerleading session here. Pretty hilarious.

55% oppose Obamacare in latest Quinnipiac poll

The poll released by Quinnipiac today pretty much confirms my contention that the ABC/ Wash Post poll was an outlier. That poll found a upsurge in support for Obamacare. Not so says Quinnipiac. The voters hate Obamacare more than they hate Obama. Only 41% support Obamacare and 55% oppose it. Obama's approve/ disapprove ratio finds 42% approving of his job performance while 50% disapprove.
If there is any consolation in today's polls for Obama is his approval rating is better the North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan. Hagan is underwater in her job approval 38% to 50% in a recent Survey USA poll. She also loses to 5 Republican challengers. It breaks down.
46% Tillis 45% Hagan 9% Undecided
47% Brannon 45% Hagan 9% Undecided
46% Grant 44% Hagan 10% Undecided
46% Alexander 44% Hagan 10% Undecided
47% Harris 43% Hagan
10% Undecided
The poll makes Tills a slight favorite to win the primary with over a third of the voters still undecided.
23% Thom Tillis
15% Greg Brannon
11% Mark Harris
6% Heather Grant
6% Ted Alexander
34% Undecided