Illegal aliens have turned a Downtown El Paso alley into a gigantic toilet. Yet another aspect of the economic and social disaster that is illegal immigration in America (albeit the grossest we’ve yet seen).
Submitted by: Veronica Coffin
Illegal aliens have turned a Downtown El Paso alley into a gigantic toilet. Human urine stains the walls and feces is piled up in an alley that’s just blocks away from the Convention Center and other tourist hotspots.
And authorities don’t do a damn thing about it. The Mayor says he has to catch people “in the act”. Are you serious?
Yet another aspect of the economic and social disaster that is illegal immigration in America (albeit the grossest we’ve yet seen).
And it is just getting worse as more illegals stream across our porous border than ever before — convinced that Obama and Boehner will ram amnesty down our throats.
Hat tip to Top Right News:
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But, instead of keeping miners in their coal jobs that historically supplied the nation with most of its electricity, he is putting his dollars on ‘clean coal and natural gas’; instead of opening more federal lands to oil and gas drilling, he is taking away standard tax deductions as applied to the oil industry and providing subsidies to inefficient technologies that supply just 2 percent of the nation’s energy.
In other words, he just continues to propose that taxpayers throw even more good money after bad, in fulfillment of his campaign promise from 2008 to make “electricity prices necessarily skyrocket.” Let’s take a closer look at the President’s energy wish list.
Highlights of the Fiscal 2015 Budget Proposal
On Tuesday, March 4, President Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget with new revenues amounting to just $1 trillion over ten years coming mainly from tax increases. According to House Speaker John Boehner, “After years of fiscal and economic mismanagement, the president has offered perhaps his most irresponsible budget yet. Despite signing last year’s bipartisan budget deal — and touting it as an accomplishment — the president now proposes violating that agreement with a spending surge. What’s more, he proposes raising even more taxes — not to reduce the deficit but to spend more taxpayer money.”
Let’s look at the energy sector more closely.
The budget calls for increasing taxes on oil, gas, and coal that would amount to $4 billion annually and $48.8 billion over ten years.
The budget calls for $27.9 billion to fund the Department of Energy (DOE), an increase of 2.6 percent over last year’s funding levels. Of that, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy receives $2.3 billion, an increase of 20 percent from the fiscal 2014 spending bill, of which renewable energy gets a 16 percent increase. But for DOE’s Fossil Fuel program, funding is reduced from last year’s levels. Out of this reduced budget DOE is somehow supposed to make it possible for the United States to be able to use its enormous supplies of oil and gas and coal, despite the Administration’s regulatory war on each of these traditional energy sources.
Instead, the DOE Fossil Fuel program includes funding on research for the misnamed “clean coal and natural gas” technologies. (These programs are misnamed because they are concerned about reducing carbon dioxide emissions, but carbon dioxide emissions, no matter how concerned you are with global warming, are not dirty in any sense of the word “dirty” in English). According to Secretary of Energy Moniz[ii], “Certainly, if you look decades ahead for natural gas — as with coal — to be a major player in a very low-carbon world, it will require CCS technology here, as well.” The DOE budget would also foster research on gas hydrates and an interagency collaboration on shale development.
According to Moniz, the DOE budget request would fund initiatives spanning different branches of the agency, including:
- $314 million to create a “more secure, resilient and flexible electric grid that can withstand increasingly volatile storms linked to climate change;”
- A funding boost of about $33 million for the agency’s Office of Electricity Deliverability and Energy Reliability — $180 million — to support “clean energy transmission, smart grid technology and cybersecurity;”
- $192 million to study energy production and storage, carbon dioxide storage and the disposal of hazardous materials;
- $57 million for research and demonstration of technologies to make power generation more efficient and cheaper;
- $302 million to strengthen DOE from cyberattacks;
- $39 million to support the agency’s new Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis which would probe fuels and infrastructure resilience as part of DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review.
As for renewable energy, the budget calls for a permanent extension of the production tax credit (PTC) for wind power—a tax credit that expired at the end of 2013. It should be noted that even the wind lobby suggested phasing out the PTC over six years, so the President’s budget requests more subsidies for wind than the wind lobbyists asked for. If extended, it would cost $19.2 billion over ten years. It also calls for extending a tax credit for cellulosic biofuels that also expired in 2013.
In addition, the budget calls for establishing an “Energy Security Trust” of $2 billion invested over 10 years. The money would be drawn from revenues generated from Federal oil and gas development and would help support research and development in technologies such as advanced vehicles that run on biofuels, electricity, renewable hydrogen and domestically-produced natural gas. The Administration has specifically clarified that this proposal, first floated last year, does not involve any new revenues to be generated from new energy activities that the Administration has opposed, such as ANWR, opening the OCS, etc., but instead will come from existing planned development. This is, therefore, a $2 billion gimmick that involves borrowing more money and acquiring more debt to pursue additional programs such as those that produced Solyndra. Note also that the “Energy Security Trust” does not mention coal, despite the fact that the United States has more than 400 years of coal in its Demonstrated Reserve Base. If the President were truly serious about energy security, coal would be included.
The U.S. DOE portion of the President’s budget also provides $253 million for development and demonstration of advanced biofuels, specifically mentioning “drop in” replacements for gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. This begs the question, “why?” The U.S. has billions of barrels of conventional oil that would not require hundreds of millions in subsidies, but would generate billions of dollars of revenue for the federal government if the Obama administration would allow more exploration and production.
As in the past, the president’s budget contains no funding for Yucca Mountain. Instead, it funds a program for creating a pilot interim storage facility by 2021, a larger interim facility by 2025 and a final repository more than two decades later that is expected to cost $5.7 billion during the first decade.[iii]
As the president recently announced, the budget calls for a new $1 billion “climate resilience fund” that could be spent on whatever he wishes, to include research into the effects of climate change, development of new technologies and climate-resilient infrastructure, and helping communities address the local effects of climate change.
While Secretary Moniz touts the President’s “all of the above” energy strategy, he is either ignorant of what the word “all” means or he is being intentionally deceptive because the President’s plan is missing any promotion of conventional energy sources. It does not support opening new Federal lands to oil and gas development. It does not call for additional leasing of currently opened Federal lands to natural gas, coal, and oil development for which the Department of Interior has drastically reduced lease sales and slowed the issuance of permits. It does not cancel the onerous regulations that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is mandating on coal-fired power plants and coal mines that have cost many miner jobs in coal-producing states nor does it provide these miners with any hope of jobs with commensurate salaries. As a result, it does not provide the American public with a safe, affordable, and secure energy future despite the trillions of dollars that would be spent if enacted.
Forecasters are all indicating that our energy future, at least through 2040, will be based on fossil fuels. For example, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) believes that 80 percent of our energy consumption in 2040 will be from fossil fuels, with an additional 8 percent from nuclear energy. Yet these fuels are getting the short shrift of President Obama’s energy budget so that his ‘pet’ technologies can eke out another fraction of a percent of the energy pie.
Let’s look as Obama Administration’s track record.
The following chart shows the average number of new leases on Federal lands that the Bureau of Land Management issued during each administration. While the trend is down under all administrations covered, the Obama Administration had the lowest—half that of the Clinton Administration and a third less than the George W. Bush Administration.
In President Obama’s first term from 2009 to 2012 a total of 6.9 million acres were leased on Federal lands– less than half of the 15.9 million acres leased under George W. Bush between from 2005 and 2008.
Source: BLM Oil and Gas Statistics for Fiscal Years 1988 – 2012
The Interior Department has leased just 2 percent of federal offshore areas and less than 6 percent of federal onshore lands for oil and gas development. This is particularly important because, while the entire United States including Alaska and Hawaii consists of 2.271 billion acres, the government owns mineral access to 2.4 billion acres because of the Outer Continental Shelf. Despite a large endowment of oil and natural gas resources on federal lands, which include offshore resources, oil and natural gas production is declining on federal lands in the United States.
The graph below shows the share of oil and natural gas production that came from federal lands. The share of oil production from federal lands peaked in fiscal year 2010 at 36.4 percent, but has declined by 10 percentage points to just 26.2 percent in fiscal year 2012. Natural gas production on federal lands peaked at 35.7 percent in fiscal year 2003, the first year that the Energy Information Administration reports the data, and has declined ever since reaching half that share in fiscal year 2012–-17.8 percent.
Source: Energy Information Administration, http://www.eia.gov/analysis/requests/federallands/
The falling production on federal lands is in stark contrast to the dramatically increasing production on private and state lands, for which President Obama likes to take credit. According to a recent report from the Congressional Research Service, from 2007 through 2012, oil production grew by 35 percent and natural gas production grew by 40 percent on private lands while oil production fell 4 percent and natural gas production fell 33 percent on federal lands.
Oil companies prefer to drill for oil on private and state lands because there is a lot less red tape, and the state regulatory agencies work closely with the oil companies to provide certainty in the regulatory process. For example, the state of Texas processes a drilling permit in 5 days, and North Dakota in 20 to 30 days, while the federal government’s Bureau of Land Management now takes over 200 days to process a permit, an increase of almost 50 percent since 2005.
Likewise, coal production on federal lands is also declining under the Obama Administration. Coal production on federal and Indian lands peaked at 509 million short tons in fiscal year 2008 and has been decreasing slightly each year since then. In fiscal year 2012, coal sales from production on federal and Indian lands reached 461 million short tons, a 1.7-percent decrease from fiscal year 2011 and over a 9-percent decrease since the peak in fiscal year 2008. According to data from the Bureau of Land Management, there have been fewer coal lease sales on average under the Obama Administration than there have been under the George W. Bush and the Bill Clinton administrations.
President Obama’s war on coal continues with onerous regulations on coal-fired power plants. As of December 2013, reported retirements of coal-fired power plants by electric utility companies have grown to over 40 gigawatts. But, the EIA forecasters believe that the number of coal-fired retirements will be higher at 60 gigawatts, about 20 percent of the 310 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity that was operating in 2012. Ninety percent of those retirements are expected to occur by 2016, coinciding with the first year of enforcement for EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.
Source: Energy Information Administration, http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=15031
According to EIA data, coal-fired generation declined from almost 50 percent of the electricity market in 2008 to as low as 37 percent in 2012 due to competition from low natural gas prices and EPA regulations. With its major consuming sector reducing demand, coal production declined by 15 percent between 2008 and 2013. Along with the production declines, average coal mine employment fell as well.
According to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, the average number of coal mine employees in 2013 fell by almost 10 percent from 2012 levels, to 82,338 employees. In the fourth quarter of 2013, the average number of coal mine employees was lower at 77,639, the lowest level since the first quarter of 2009. Between the fourth quarter of 2011 and the fourth quarter of 2013, average coal mine employment dropped by over 17 percent.
President Obama’s “all of the above” energy strategy is an egregious misnomer and does harm to the English language. It is terms like this that George Orwell was describing when he wrote, “Political language — and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” President Obama’s 2015 budget request is pure wind.
The Institute for Energy Research (IER) is a not-for-profit organization that conducts intensive research and analysis on the functions, operations, and government regulation of global energy markets. IER maintains that freely-functioning energy markets provide the most efficient and effective solutions to today’s global energy and environmental challenges and, as such, are critical to the well-being of individuals and society.
[i] U.S. Government, Fiscal Year 2015 Budget, http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2015/assets/budget.pdf
[ii] E&E News, Moniz touts Budget’s focus on grid, carbon capture, cybersecurity, March 4, 2014, http://www.eenews.net/eenewspm/2014/03/04/stories/1059995534
[iii] Greenwire, Obama proposes boost for renewables, efficiency, at fossil fuels’ expense, March 4, 2014, http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2014/03/04/stories/1059995509Follow VeronicaCoffin
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Your child has been sentenced and has served nearly a year of their 12 year sentence to a re-education camp
No, we are not talking about a FEMA camp, but we may as well be. Yesterday, Ted Cruz called for the abolishment of the IRS. Although I agree with Cruz that the IRS must go, the Department of Education poses a bigger threat to our nation than does the IRS. We, as a nation will always have the opportunity to earn our money back. However, when our children miss out on key stages on critical learning, there is often no recovery of what could have been regarding the acquisition of knowledge and key skills such as reading and writing.
Our federalized Education system is rotten to the core, the Common Core that is. Common Core is the latest of the educational fad programs which is supposedly designed to raise American school children’s academic performance. This program is insidious and bad for students and America at its core. This article examines the origins of the modern-day intellectual concentration camps that are commonly known as the Common Core program.
One Bad Education Fad After Another
Most any veteran teacher in the public school system will tell you that about every six to seven years, the American educational system embarks on the latest “miracle” designed to fix the low standardized test scores American students achieve in comparison to our international counterparts. Teachers have endured such educational faux pas from Goals 2000, to School to Work, to No Child Left Behind and now we are witnessing the latest in fad in American education, Common Core Standards.
Each one of the aforementioned program threw billions of taxpayer dollars down the toilet, while contributing to the dramatic decrease in student performance. For example, SAT Reading scores, for the high school class of 2012, reached a 40+ year low since the implementation of No Child Left Behind.
Everyone on these previous educational reform programs emanated from the United Nations organization, UNESCO. Everyone of these programs is a propaganda tool designed to dumb down our children and these programs are being remarkably effective to this end.
The Hidden Agenda Behind Common Core
If we apply the old adage of judging a man (program) by what he does, not what he ways, we can see that Common Core is designed to fail before its vaguely defined principles are ever implemented in the classroom. The undeniable truth is that each of these United Nations inspired and failed educational programs have ulterior designs on what should be taught to our children. The undeniable fact is that the brainwashing of our children is the ultimate goal of Common Core.
Common Core is based upon social justice, arriving at knowledge and subsequent decision-making through a spirit of collectivism and developing a communal agreement about the need to teach and to integrate into each classroom an underlying theme of sustainable development. These goals are not just going to be taught in specific Environmental Science courses, but these philosophies are to be implemented and taught in EACH andEVERY course that a child takes during their educational experiences beginning with pre-K and stretching to post-graduate secondary education.
Agenda 21 Controls Your Child’s Mind
For the more aware of the readers, you surely recognize the terms, sustainable development, social justice and collectivism as staples of the philosophy which underlies Agenda 21.
Globalist and Eugenics proponent, Bill Gates, is one of the Founding Fathers of the Common Core movement and its copyright holders, NGA/CCSSO. Gates donated about $25 million dollars to promote his version of global education. Gates has made several donations to CCSSO to promote Common Core. In2009, Gates made two separate donations of $9,961,842 and $3,185,750.cIn 2010, Gates donated $743,331 and in 2011, he contributed $9,388,911 . In 2008, Gates donated $2,259,780 to the National Governor’s Association (NGA) to develop and implement Common Core. The NGA is the conduit into America from the United Nations UNESCO, Education for All Agenda 21 version of globalist education being forced down the throats of our young people.
Gates is listed as partner with UNESCO/UN to fund ”Education For All,” which in turn was transferred to the NGA which changed the name to Common Core. In a key document, The Dakar Framework for Action: Education For All: Meeting Our Collective Commitments’ which identifies the goals for what became Common Core. The document speaks directly to the Agenda 21 educational ideals of collectivism, social justice, environmental justice and the espousing of the beliefs of the pseudoscience known as sustainable development.
If the Average American Parent Only Knew What Was In Chapter 36
Chapter 36 of Agenda 21 Public Awareness and Training focuses on impressing upon every citizen on the planet, the indispensable need for achieving sustainable development. In plain language, Common Core is going into every country. The implementation names of this global education may vary, but the underlying Agenda 21 philosophies do not. Chapter 36 also states that the globalists plan to “reorient” worldwide education toward sustainable development. Reform of the nation’s standardized objectives is merely a smoke screen to the true intent of the program which is to for acceptance for Agenda 21 policies. Subsequently, the Agenda 21/UNESCO documents clearly state their intention to turn each student into a globalist who will accept smaller living space, residing in the stack and pack cities of the future, acceptance of drastic energy reduction and the loss of Constitutional liberties. The document goes on to say that “While basic education provides the underpinning for any environmental and development education, the latter needs to be incorporated as an essential part of learning. Both formal and non-formal education are indispensable to changing people’s attitudes so that they have the capacity to assess and address their sustainable development concerns. It is also critical for achieving environmental and ethical awareness, values and attitudes, skills and behavior consistent with sustainable development and for effective public participation in decision-making. To be effective, environment and development education should deal with the dynamics of both the physical/biological and socio-economic environment and human (which may include spiritual) development, should be integrated in all disciplines, and should employ formal and non-formal methods.”
Please take note of reference to spiritual education. The implication is subtle, but undeniable. This phrase opens the door to the evisceration of the Christian religion. This phrase allows Common Core to propagandize school children into belittling the importance of Jesus Christ. And what will Christianity be replaced with? Anyone who has read the Agenda 21 documents in earnest, understands that the replacement for Christianity has been groomed for decades, and that replacement is the pagan religion called GAIA.
GAIA changes the Christian world view significantly. Christians fundamentally believe that God gave dominion over the earth to man with the remainder of the hierarchy consisting of animal, fish, plants and finally, the earth. GAIA teachers that the earth reigns supreme followed by animal, fish, plants, and man in last place. This is a decidedly anti-human agenda. The undeniable conclusion is that your children will receive cleverly crafted lessons designed to lessen the appreciation for their own worth as a human being. This is the beginning of spiritual enslavement paradigm which will accompany the already implemented policies of economic enslavement presently being thrust upon the American people through the acquisition of massive debt created by the globalists.
When Common Core is fully implemented in 2015 and your child begins being assessed on the PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments, your child will be an Agenda 21 globalist minion in training. This is not a warning about what will be, the enemy is inside the gates propagandizing your child at the exact time that you are reading these words.
Education Without Representation
The Common Core is an untested, federally promoted, unfunded experiment. The standards creators (NGA/CCSSO) have not set up a monitoring plan to test this national experiment, to see what, if any, unintended consequences the Common Core will have on our children. This is a game Russian Roulette being played on the socio-emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of our children’s development.
No intended disrespect to Ted Cruz, but the unconstitutional Department of Education is a far bigger threat to the domestic tranquility of the United States than is the IRS. After nearly a year in the Common Core standards, there is some good news. States like Arizona are beginning to push back against this federal tyranny being perpetrated against our children. The bad news is that states are not pushing back because they care about the kids, they are pushing back because they have now seen the price tag associated with the unfunded federal mandates associated with this educational monstrosity.
Homeschooling is looking better and better. This is what the founding fathers intended anyway. With the advent of the Tenth Amendment. All education is supposed to local and that is what is precisely needed if we are to salvage the intellectual development of our children because under the existing set of rules, there is no time off for good behavior when it comes to the 12 year sentence imposed by the state on the education of our children.
No teacher and no school board member was asked to contribute to the Common Core standards. Nor was any State Legislature involved in the creation of this monstrosity.
Under this plan, every teacher will teach the same material with the same teaching strategies as every other teacher. This is the 21st Century educational version of the Stepford Wives. The Tenth Amendment is dead and individual freedom is being stamped out. Why have teachers, just hire a set of cloned robots to carry out this mass indoctrination of our children. And if your children are not fully “re-educated” after 12 years of United Nations brainwashing, they will likely get a second chance to be re-educated in a FEMA camp as per the dictates of the guidelines for our soon-to-be FEMA camps as prescribed in FM 3-39.40 Internment and Resettlement Operations (PDF).
From the womb to the tomb, the destiny of our children is determined unless we get off our “collective” backsides and get to work undoing the damage being done by the Obama administration.
Submitted by: Veronica Coffin
Perry says Obama made it clear that he doesn’t trust governors to make decisions about their respective states on a variety of issues.
Perry said, “I don’t mind telling you I was a bit troubled today by the tone of the president. When you have governors, and we all compete against each other — we are the laboratories of innovation — and for the President of the United States to look Democrat and Republican governors in the eye and say, ‘I do not trust you to make decisions in your state about issues of education, about transportation infrastructure,’…that is really troubling.”
It’s really not surprising because he is after all, the Imperial President.