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Monday, April 25, 2016

Deanna Favre For President


In a news conference, Deanna Favre announced she will be the starting Quarterback for the Green Bay Packers football team next season.



Deanna asserts that she is qualified to be the starting QB because she had spent 16 years married to Brett while he played QB for the Packers – even though she has actually never played football at any level from grade school up, never ran the offense of any team, nor ever played the game.

During this period of time, she became familiar with the definition of a corner blitz, the nickel package, man-to-man coverage, so she is now completely comfortable with all the other terminology involving the Packers offense. A survey of Packers fans shows 50% of those polled supported the move.

Does this sound idiotic and unbelievable ... or familiar to you?

Hillary Clinton makes the same claims as to why she is qualified to be the President of the United States and 50% of Democrats polled agree.

She has never run a city, county, or state during her "career" as being Bill Clinton's wife. When told Hillary Clinton has experience because she has 8 years in the White House, my immediate thought was, "So does the pastry chef, and the person who picks up dog dirt from the White House Lawn."

When it comes to running the State Department, her biggest achievement was getting a US Ambassador and 3 other Americans killed, by pretending terrorism had been defeated.....Her words still echo..."what difference does it make?"

The Green War On the Working Class

Daily Signal  Stephen Moore April 20, 2016

http://dailysignal.com/2016/04/20/the-green-war-against-the-working-class/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTW1abFpHRTVOREZoWm1OaSIsInQiOiJmbjVcL25HSG1NU2JwTGRYWFpyNENqMm45T01OS05ETDBKWlRaV2FuQTZTYlEwcnZvODhEc3dYK1dvaW5Fclc1ZnNLem1XR3A0U2dVM

More On The Legitimate Debate Over Global Warming Predictions

See previous post:

http://wealthcreatesgood.blogspot.com/2016/04/mit-scientists-objective-assessment-of.html

Following comment received from a good friend Blog follower supporting the argument that manmade global warming is a real issue:

"Dr. Lindzen is the most prominent skeptic of climate change. As in all of science, Dr. Lindzen offers an opposite view that essential to good science. At some point he'll need to concede to overwhelming evidence and data coming from his colleagues at MIT and many other universities.

Always wondered where the good doctor got his funding from."
 
Answer:

There is no actual scientific evidence that supports either side of this argument. In fact, the often repeated myth

‘97% Of Climate Scientists Agree' ---- Is 100% Wrong!!!!


The argument on both sides is all about which predictions of global warming do you want to believe. Both sides agree a) the planet has been warming for the last two hundred years; b) the current science consensus centers on an argument over no more than a 2 degree F. warming in the next 100 years; and - it is absolutely impossible to accurately predict climate change resulting from burning fossil fuels. In fact, all of the dire predictions of the past – some by scientists but most by politicians and environmental alarmists – have proven to be dead wrong. Check out just a few of these silly predictions --- copied below.

Count me as one who believes – based on actual evidence to date: a) manmade technology will keep mankind from destroying the planet; b) there is no way that a 2 degree global warming over the next 100 years will be catastrophic; c) this is not a science argument – it is an ideological argument i.e. most Democrats want to believe global warming is an issue – most Republicans want to believe global warming is a non-issue. It is indeed interesting to note, Dr. Lindzen is an accomplished, credible scientist yet he is only considered a skeptic by Democrats.  Only Democrats care where Dr. Lindzen gets his funding.

Why should ayone believe the doom and gloom predictions coming from politicians, environmental alarmists and an ignorant press in the face of these facts:?
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In his book Earth in the Balance, Vice President Al Gore said this in 1992:

 “Because of the rising sea level, due to global warming, in the next few decades … up to 60 percent of the present population of Florida may have to be relocated”

It’s 2016 – Florida’s population is still growing
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Al Gore predicted the North Polar Ice Cap would be completely ice free in five years. Gore made the prediction to a German audience 
in 2008. He told them that “the entire North ‘polarized’ cap will disappear in 5 years.”

Forbes May 2015

Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat

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John Roach
for 
National Geographic News

September 10, 2007

Two-thirds of the world's polar bears could disappear by 2050 as global warming continues to melt the Arctic's sea ice, according to a series of U.S. government studies released last Friday.

Eight years later – 2015 facts
 
 
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Eight years ago today (May 2015) the United Nations scientists predicted we only had “as little as eight years left to avoid a dangerous global average rise of 2C or more.” This failed prediction, however, has not stopped the U.N. from issuing more apocalyptic predictions since then.
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In the late 1980s the U.N. scientists were already claiming the world had only a decade to solve global warming or face the consequences.

The San Jose Mercury News reported on June 30, 1989 that a “senior environmental official at the United Nations, Noel Brown, says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth by rising sea levels if global warming is not reversed by the year 2000.”

That prediction didn’t come true 15 years ago, and the U.N. is sounding the same alarm today.
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Environmentalist write George Monbiot wrote in the UK Guardian in 2002 that within “as little as 10 years, the world will be faced with a choice: arable farming either continues to feed the world’s animals or it continues to feed the world’s people. It cannot do both.”

In 2002, about 930 million people around the world were undernourished, according to U.N. data. by 2014, that number shrank to 805 million.
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Prince Charles said in July 2009 that in 70 months - there would be “irretrievable climate and ecosystem collapse, and all that goes with it.”

2009 was a bad year for global warming predictions. That year Prime Minister Brown also warned there was only “50 days to save the world from global warming,” the BBC reported. According to Brown there was “no plan B"
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In 2012, the United Nations Foundation President Tim Wirth told Climatewire that Obama’s second term was “the last window of opportunity” to impose policies to restrict fossil fuel use. Wirth said it’s “the last chance we have to get anything approaching 2 degrees Centigrade,” adding that if “we don’t do it now, we are committing the world to a drastically different place.”

Even before that, then-National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Space Flight Center head James Hansen warned in 2009 that Obama only “has four years to save Earth.”
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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Another Untold Story - The 1% Taking Care of The 99%!!!


https://vimeo.com/146029996

USA - Europe Interests in NATO


Europe and NATO

Apr 11, 2016
 

I will be leaving shortly for a week in Europe, visiting Slovakia, Romania, and the Czech Republic. After 1989, these former Soviet satellites sought integration with Europe—and, in a sense, salvation—by becoming members of the two major transnational organizations: the European Union and NATO. The former was strictly European, while the latter bound Europe and the United States together.

Recent chaos in the EU and the return of Russian assertiveness has placed these three countries in difficult positions. The Czech Republic is deeply bound economically with Germany. Prague is comfortable with that relationship and shares Berlin’s fate in many ways. When I visit the Czech Republic, I am going to be talking about what I see as Germany’s weakness.

Romania has opted to draw closer to the United States. It’s a difficult relationship, but even under communism, the Romanians distrusted the Russians. I have long argued that a close collaboration with the United States is essential to Romania. I will get a chance to hear from Romanians about the progress of our collaboration. The next critical step in the relationship is arranging significant investment from the United States for much-needed development of the Romanian energy sector—in spite of the fact that investing in energy right now is a tough proposition.

My first visit will be to Slovakia, a country that has struggled to keep its relations with Russia intact. Each year there is a conference in Bratislava called Globsec, where people who are focused on Central Europe and Russia gather. National leaders frequently speak, but they rarely say anything new, since they can’t. It is the people a tier or two down, some of whom I’ve known for years, who reveal the most by what they say or don’t say about what really makes them angry or worried. These people are the ones who give you get a sense of what is coming— or at least what they think is coming.

This year, a major topic at Globsec will be NATO. The choice of topic has to do partly with Donald Trump’s statements that Europe isn’t paying its “fair share” and, further, that it would be fine if NATO broke up. Such remarks by US presidential candidates are regarded with great care and concern in Eastern Europe. On a broader scale, Russia and the Middle East both present national security issues for all of Europe. Europe has no integrated military capability except for NATO, and NATO is now, to my mind, a shambles. It is a military alliance, but Europe has allowed its military capability, limited to begin with in the wake of WWII, to weaken dramatically.

As Europeans come to realize that Russia has not gone away and the United States has not actually overreacted to Islamist terrorism, Trump’s words on NATO are raising alarm. The Europeans worry that the US has lost confidence in NATO. I will be speaking on this subject, and what I have to say will not be reassuring. Many Europeans see NATO as the guarantor of their national security. In other words, they depend on the United States… the only NATO member with a global military capability.

From the start, the Europeans wanted NATO to serve as the mechanism for approving and overseeing military operations. They wanted a decisive voice in how NATO members, including the United States, applied their military power. However, their forces were so small that in most cases their participation was little more than symbolic. NATO became less and less a factor in US decision-making, and the Europeans compensated by congratulating themselves for their sophistication compared to the American “cowboys.”

The Europeans celebrated a concept called soft power, which involves the use of sanctions, the mobilization of public opinion, and other strategies that avoid military action. They wanted an option that cost less than becoming a global power costs. Frankly, from my point of view, their embracing soft power was simply a way to evade reality. As the Russians loomed larger and the Middle East spilled over into Europe, the Europeans discovered that soft power was… soft. And that they needed hard power, which the United States had (and to a far lesser extent Britain and France), but no one else did. Suddenly the world seemed out of control to the Europeans, since they lacked the hard power to shape events.

In terms of soft power, NATO began to take on a function it was never designed for. As communism fell, post-communist European states sought membership in NATO, not so much to be defended but to become integrated and Europeanized. Membership in the EU and NATO, it was believed, would turn these former Soviet satellites into Western countries. But NATO is a military alliance. It’s about tanks and planes and war plans. To become a mechanism for socializing new countries into Western Europe was not its purpose. Defending these countries and the rest of Europe was NATO’s function, but that function atrophied as war seemed increasingly irrelevant.

Since the US is a member, the Europeans felt that the United States’ power should be available to them through NATO. From Trump (and from far lesser figures like me), they are now hearing the message that the United States is not prepared to spend a vast amount of money on its military and then allow the Europeans a voice in its use. This is not a new reality, but it is one about which the United States is becoming much less apologetic.

The issue is not NATO itself but the defense relationship between Europe and the United States. NATO is simply the old framework for that relationship, which was established after World War II. At the time, the United States towered over Europe economically and militarily. Europe had little that it could contribute to defense, while the United States had an overriding interest in preventing the Soviets from seizing Western Europe. The US, comfortable with the asymmetrical arrangement, contributed the bulk of the military power to potentially fight a war on European territory, while Europe took the primary risk. That was the foundation of NATO.

That foundation crumbled long ago, most emphatically with the fall of the Soviet Union and the signing of the Maastricht Treaty that created the European Union. The total population of the European Union is just over 508 million people. The population of the United States is about 320 million people. The GDP of the European Union is $18.45 trillion. The GDP of the United States is about $18.3 trillion. In other words, Europe and the United States are equal in wealth, while Europe has almost 200 million people more than the US does.

There is therefore no reason why the Europeans should not have a military capability equal to or even greater than that commanded by the United States. Though Europe was understandably the junior partner in the 1950s, neither demographics nor economics show the continent to be a junior partner now.

Today, a structural problem driven by policy decisions ensures the ongoing asymmetry between the US’s commitment to NATO and Europe’s. The structural problem is that the European Union lacks a defense dimension. European unification is a complex quilt of relationships, and defense rests in the hands of individual sovereign states. The largest state, Germany, which should be devoting the most to a European defense force, devotes little even to its own force. Britain is cutting back its defense expenditures, and while France is raising the issue of increasing defense budgets, it still has a military force with limited capability.

There is an assumption in NATO that each country will devote 2% of its GDP to defense. A few do this, but most do not, and Europe as a whole does not come close. The American contribution to NATO is 2.7% of US GDP. The extraordinary fact is not that Trump pointed out this disparity and made clear that it couldn’t continue, but that it took Trump to make this a major issue.

During the Cold War, NATO’s mission was clear. It was to defend Western Europe from a Soviet attack. Military alliances function best with simple objectives. In this case, the military mission evaporated, but the alliance continued in place. Lacking a clear and present military mission, Europeans became even more reluctant to invest in defense. The need for defense seemed distant from the reality Europe was living in.

Now, the Russians are reasserting their place in history, and the Islamic State is targeting European capitals. It is not clear how the threats they pose are to be countered, but the challenge will demand military force in some capacity. In Europe, the United States has been seen as vastly overreacting to 9/11. A counterargument is that the Europeans simply didn’t believe they would become targets, but they have. Today, the fears fanned by terrorist acts in Europe have less to do with the number killed than with the disconcerting reality that a strike may come at any place and at any time. A state that does not act quickly and decisively to counter terrorism within its borders loses legitimacy and the trust of its public and its allies.

The Europeans must act. For its part, the United States has determined that it will no longer act alone. In the case of Syria, the US is prepared to use air power but will not deploy the multidivisional force needed to bring peace to the country. Instead, the US wants fellow NATO partners to shoulder a much larger part of the burden. And while the US is prepared to play a part, it does not intend to take the leading role.

Europe, however, is incapable of taking that role because it does not have the troops, hardware, or motivation to do so. Thus the Europeans will continue to hope for soft power solutions, so as to avoid the pain of hard power actions. They will not be able to act decisively, even if they wish to do so, for many years. As for Russia and the situation in Ukraine, the US is taking steps in conjunction with Poland and Romania, but geography dictates that it cannot be the primary player there.

The foundations of NATO have dissolved. Europe’s financial commitment to NATO is not credible. The willingness of the US to operate within the constraints of NATO is long gone. A unified strategic outlook is missing. NATO can be repaired, but it is hard to see that there is any unified vision or will to do so. Multinational institutions do not die. They continue to have annual meetings, such as NATO’s upcoming summit in Poland in July. But what is a military alliance without a military or a mission? It is just an anachronism.

I will be saying these things in Europe. My remarks will not be taken well. The Europeans understand the problem but want it to go away because dealing with it is much too hard. The problem will not go away, but the United States will, as the partnership with Europe is largely an illusion. The threats posed by Russian ambitions and terrorist plots will not go away but will simply become increasingly difficult to manage. Good will and conferences cannot solve the problem. I think that the 20th century exhausted Europe’s will to do difficult things, and for more than half a century, the things Europe had to do were relatively simple. That is no longer the case. In Bratislava, we will all agree that something needs to be done. We will also know that nothing will be.

George Friedman
George Friedman
Editor, This Week in Geopolitics

Mauldin Economics

Why Trump?



Many Americans, and especially Trump supporters, have had it with: 

·     Anyone named Bush 

·     Anyone named Clinton

·     Anyone who's held political office 

·     Political correctness 

·     Illegal immigration

·     Massive unemployment

·     Phony "official" unemployment and inflation figures

·     Welfare waste and fraud

·     People faking disabilities to go on the dole

·     VA waiting lists

·     TSA airport groping

·     ObamaCare

·     The Federal Reserve's money-printing schemes

·     Wall Street crooks like Jon Corzine

·     Michelle Obama's vacations

·     Michelle Obama's food police

·     Barack Obama's golf

·     Barack Obama's arrogant and condescending lectures

·     Barack Obama's criticism/hatred of America

·     Valerie Jarrett

·     "Holiday trees"

·     Hollywood hypocrites**

·     Global warming nonsense

·     Cop killers

·     Gun confiscation threats

·     Stagnant wages

·     Boys in girls' bathrooms

·     Whiny, spoiled college students
 
.......... and that's just the short list. 
 
Questions:
 
**Is there anyone who is more a Hollywood Hypocrite than Donald Trump?
 
Is Donald Trump anyone other that an egotictical, blowhard, reality show entertainer who knows how touch the hot buttons of his audiance?
 
Are the voters naive enough to believe that Donald Trump will do or even can do a single thing about any of the above?

Monday, April 18, 2016

Tax Day 2016

45% OF AMERICANS PAY:

   ZIP!!!!!!

               ZERO!!!!!!


                        NADA!!!!!!

                                  
                                 (that is.... not a single cent!)


                          IN FEDERAL INCOME TAX.

Jest' sayin'

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Our First Lady's Staff

The following checked out to be true - some of the names may not be current but the positions are stll there. Much has been made about the number of current first lady's staff compared to previous first ladies. That is NOT the point here. The issue in question is the utter hypocrisy of a President whose concern is income inequality - sitting in the midst of this kind of profligacy.
 
Michele Obama's personal staff:

One.. $192,200 - Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff)

Two.. $160,000 - Frye, Jocelyn C. (Director of Policy And Projects For The First Lady)

Three.. $133,000 - Rogers, Desiree G. (White House Social Secretary for Mrs. Obama)

Four.. $122,000 - Johnston, Camille Y. (Director of Communications for the First Lady)

Five.. $120,000 - Winter, Melissa (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

Six.. $110,000 Medina , David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

Seven.. $104,000 - Lilyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady)

Eight.. $95,000 - Starkey, Frances M. (Director of  Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady)

Nine.. $90,000 - Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Project for the First Lady)

Ten.. $85,000 - Burnough, Erinn (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)

Eleven.. $84,000 - Reinstein, Joseph B.(Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)

Twelve.. $82,000 - Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady)

Thirteen.. $80,000 Fitz, Alan O.(Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady)

Fourteen.. $77,500 - Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady)

Fifteen.. $72,500 - Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary To The First Lady)

Sixteen.. $70,000 - Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide To The First Lady)

Seventeen.. $65,000 - Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of Correspondence For The First Lady)

Eighteen.. $63,000 - Tubman, Samantha a (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office)

Nineteen.. $60,000 - Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

Twenty.. $56,000 - Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary)

Twenty-One.. $55,000 - Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)

Twenty-Two.. $55,000 - Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady)

Total $2,075,200 in annual salaries - all for someone we did not vote for and apparently have no control over.

This does not include makeup artist Ingrid Grimes-Miles, 49, and "First Hairstylist" Johnny Wright, 31, both of whom traveled aboard Air Force One on all ALL Trips, Europe included.

As of 11/15.2015 the Obama Family has spent  over 1.3 Billion dollars on personal family trips. They were personal not political or Government related.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A Teacher's Lesson - Will We Ever Learn?


Now This Is Funny!!


Drama in the Serengeti

 

A couple on an African Safari witnessed a small antelope being chased down by
a cheetah.  While the kill was about to happen before their eyes, the
husband casually remarked, “I’ll bet the antelope gets away.” The wife
answered, “If that antelope survives this one, I’ll give you sex every day
for the rest of your life.”The deadly chase was recorded. Click here.....