Monday, January 30, 2012

Newt Surging In Florida; Not Really

Let's take a look at some Florida poll numbers from the last three InsiderAdvantage polls, taken 1/22, 1/25 and 1/29, courtesy of RealClearPolitics.
         1/22    1/25    1/29
Romney    26      40      36
Gingrich  34      32      31
Santorum  11       8      12
Paul      13       9      12
In the abstract, you would look this an think, whoa Newt's moving in the wrong direction here, Romney was down, peaked and is coming back to earth a bit, while Paul and Santorum are about where they started.

Now consider this headline on Newsmax via Memeorandum and the accompanying blurb.
InsiderAdvantage Poll: Gingrich Surging, Race 'Tighter Than Expected'

A new InsiderAdvantage poll conducted Sunday night of likely Republican voters in the state of Florida shows a significant surge for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

"The race will be tighter than expected," Matt Towery, chief pollster of InsiderAdvantage told Newsmax.
Would any rational human being draw this conclusion? I doubt it.

I can buy the "tighter than expected" part, but Gingrich surging? Unless Webster's has changed their definition of surging in the past 20 minutes, I would say this is dishonesty in journalism of the highest order.

But this is where the melding of the mediots and sheeple comes into play. The majority of people will just see the headline and base their opinion on that. You'll then have a few others who read the article and make their judgment solely on that. Neither group is even aware that reality is something different.

It should come as no surprise though. In this age of sound bytes, media manipulation and a winning smile we got stuck with the current Occupier-in-Chief; so maybe we do get what we deserve.

To quote Tom Hanks' character Jimmy Dugan in A League of Their Own, "Start using your head. That's the lump that's three feet above your ass."

Via Memeorandum

Sunday, January 29, 2012

TLP Quik Hits: Boehner To Force Obama's Hand On Keystone XL Pipeline

The Hill
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Sunday that legislation advancing the Keystone pipeline would be part of a major House Republican infrastructure and energy bill if it is not enacted before that bill comes to a vote.

The Obama administration has rejected approval of the oil sands pipeline over GOP objections, and Republican leaders have identified it as a top job-creating priority.

House GOP leaders are preparing to release a top Boehner priority: Legislation that would generate revenue for improving the nation’s aging infrastructure through expanding domestic energy production.

“If it’s not enacted before we take up the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, it’ll be part of it,” Boehner said of the Keystone pipeline bill on ABC’s “This Week.”
Via Memeorandum

What We Know From The Latest Fast And Furious Document Dump

This story in the Daily Caller shows that either AG Eric Holder has no idea what is going on in his agency or is in full CYA mode over Operation Fast and Furious and the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, after the latest document dump on Friday night.

First he tells Congress in May 2011 that he had only heard about the operation a "few weeks" before, but then in November 2011 changed his story to he was mistaken and should have said "a couple of months", stating "during the month of February [2011], I became aware of Fast and Furious".

Never mind that, as CBS News reported, Holder received frequent memos on Fast and Furious as early as July 2010. Or that the Number 2 man in the DoJ, then-Deputy Attorney General and current Holder Chief of Staff Gary Grindler, was briefed about the operation in March 2010.

Well the emails in the latest document dump show that Holder's then-Deputy Chief of Staff Monty Wilkinson informed Holder about the incident on the day Agent Terry died, December 15, 2010, but there is no evidence that Wilkinson specifically told Holder that the killing was related to Fast and Furious. However, it is beyond believability that Wilkinson would have told his boss about the slaying when it happened but never mentioned the Fast & Furious connection once it came to light later that same day.

This cover-up stinks all the way to the top but it comes as little surprise that the lame stream mediots are awfully quite about it.

Daily Caller
Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice dumped documents related to Operation Fast and Furious on congressional officials late Friday night. Central to this document dump is a series of emails showing Holder was informed of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s murder on the day it happened – December 15, 2010.

An email from one official, whose name has been redacted from the document, to now-former Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke reads: “On December 14, 2010, a BORTAC agent working in the Nogales, AZ AOR was shot. The agent was conducting Border Patrol operations 18 miles north of the international boundary when he encountered [redacted word] unidentified subjects. Shots were exchanged resulting in the agent being shot. At this time, the agent is being transported to an area where he can be air lifted to an emergency medical center.”

That email was sent at 2:31 a.m. on the day Terry was shot. One hour later, a follow-up email read: “Our agent has passed away.”

Burke forwarded those two emails to Holder’s then-deputy chief of staff Monty Wilkinson later that morning, adding that the incident was “not good” because it happened “18 miles w/in” the border.

Wilkinson responded to Burke shortly thereafter and said the incident was “tragic.” “I’ve alerted the AG [Holder], the Acting DAG, Lisa, etc.”

Then, later that day, Burke followed up with Wilkinson after Burke discovered from officials whose names are redacted that the guns used to kill Terry were from Fast and Furious. “The guns found in the desert near the murder BP officer connect back to the investigation we were going to talk about – they were AK-47s purchased at a Phoenix gun store,” Burke wrote to Wilkinson.

“I’ll call tomorrow,” Wilkinson responded.
Via Memeorandum

Saturday, January 28, 2012

TLP Quik Hits: L.L. Bean Heiress Endorses Ron Paul In Maine

Could Ron Paul win the Maine Caucus? Some experts think so.

CNN
Linda Bean, an heiress to famed Maine outfitter L.L. Bean, came out in support of Ron Paul on Saturday as the candidate made a campaign swing through the state.

Bean, who is a part owner of her family's company and sits on its board, said she is a longtime supporter of the Texas congressman. She backed his 2008 presidential bid, but hasn't made a public endorsement in the current race until now.

"I've been for Ron Paul for years," Bean said. "I watched his House races in Texas, and he's just true blue. He doesn't waver from the Constitution and I like that very much."

"He's very electable, he crosses all ideological lines because of his strong message," Bean said. "He's for the gold standard. I think people want stability in this country. He's for helping America domestically, and staying out of aggressive wars. We're just spending ourselves down the drain in these countries year after year with occupation."

When asked why she wasn't supporting fellow New Englander Mitt Romney, Bean said, "I've always been for Ron Paul."
Via Memeorandum

Does The GOP Marginalize Ron Paul At Their Peril?

Jack and Suzy Welch penned an interesting article which basically says that the GOP needs to treat Ron Paul with kid gloves and do whatever it takes to keep him and his followers in the fold.

They are not the first to suggest and probably not the last to say this, but to me this is meaningless for the GOP in the short term for the 2012 election unless Dr Paul is the nominee.

The reason I say this is because, like myself most libertarian and independent minded people are not members of the GOP nor will we vote for the likes of Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum in the general election. The reason for this is quite simple; they are all for big government and believe in an interventionist foreign policy.

Sure there is a small percentage of Paul followers will vote for one of these men because they do not want to see Barry get a second term, but is voting for the lesser of the two evils going to do anything to get our republic back on track?

National GOP polls show that there is consistent support for Ron Paul at around 13% with a December PPP Poll giving him 17% in a three-way race between him, Obama and Romney. As you can see, the good doctor has a steady base of support.

So where am I going with this?

Well, in the same PPP Poll former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who is the presumptive Libertarian Party nominee, carries 9%. The latest PPP Poll has him at 7% against Barry and Mittens.

Like many Johnson supporters, I have turned my energies toward Ron Paul since the Governor jumped ship from the GOP after he was ignored by the mediots and excluded from the debates. This is not to say that come the General Election he will not get my vote if Ron Paul is not the GOP nominee; I will most certainly be casting my vote for GJ and so will a lot of other Paul supporters.

The GOP has already lost maybe 15% of the votes that they are counting on in the 2012 Presidential Election because of the way they have treated Ron Paul, Gary Johnson and their collective supporters.

This of course changes if the party does something completely unexpected and puts either Ron or Rand Paul on the 2012 ticket as Vice President. Then all bets are off.

Big picture, however, the GOP has a chance beyond 2012 by giving Dr Paul a prominent role at the convention and adopting his ideas of Constitutional fidelity. This will also position Rand nicely for a 2016 run as he believe in much of the same principles as his father and draws from the same base of support. His support will also grow considerably if the ideas of his father that were considered so radical in the 2008 campaign are part of the mainstream discussion in 2015.

In the long run, people like Sarah Palin and Jim DeMint along with Jack and Suzy Welch are correct; the GOP needs to treat Ron Paul and his supporters with respect or they will find themselves on the outside looking in.

Via Memeorandum

TLP Quik Hits: Illegal Immigrants Affecting Congressional Apportionment

The Progressives leave little doubt as to their end game.

With their calls for relaxed voting rules, their pandering to the illegal community and the push to have non-citizens counted in the census, they hope to swing the balance of power to their side in order to promote their socialist agenda.

Yes, we need to have comprehensive immigration reform in this country but the first step needs to be that we secure our borders and end the incentives for illegal immigrants to come here, which are provided by the welfare-state.

Big Government
Are you aware that the U.S. Census Bureau counts illegal aliens when determining how many seats in Congress a state should receive? That means states with large illegal alien populations are now receiving a disproportionate amount of seats in Congress and therefore more power in establishing national policy.

Judicial Watch is now involved in a high-stakes legal campaign to put a stop to this unconstitutional policy.

Recently, we filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the State of Louisiana challenging the current federal policy in which “unlawfully present aliens” were counted in the 2010 Census (Louisiana v. Bryson).

The government used these census numbers to reapportion seats in the House of Representatives and, as a result, the State of Louisiana lost a House seat to which it was entitled. Louisiana is asking that the Supreme Court order the federal government to recalculate the 2010 apportionment of House seats based upon legal residents as the U.S. Constitution requires.

Judicial Watch, in partnership with the Allied Educational Foundation (AEF), filed the brief on January 13, 2012, in a lawsuit filed by the State of Louisiana against John Bryson, U.S. Secretary of Commerce; Robert Groves, Director of the U.S. Census Bureau; and Karen Lehman Hass, Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Here’s a brief excerpt from our amicus:

Amici are concerned about the failure to enforce the nation’s immigration laws and the corrosive effect of this failure on our institutions and the rule of law. Among the problems caused by this failure is a redistribution of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives to States with large populations of unlawfully present aliens.


Amici respectfully submit that neither Article I Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, the Fourteenth Amendment, or any other provision of the Constitution authorize or permit the inclusion of unlawfully present aliens in the apportionment process. As a result, this case raises issues critical not just to Louisiana, but to every State, every American citizen, and our federal system of government.
Judicial Watch argues that, due to this Census Bureau policy, at least five states will lose House seats to which they are entitled.

For example, based upon the Census Bureau’s calculation, Louisiana is being allocated only six House seats, as opposed to the seven that it would have been apportioned, were it not for the inclusion of illegal aliens and “non-immigrant foreign nationals,” which encompasses holders of student visas and guest workers. The brief also notes that the “apportionment, in turn, determines the apportionment of electors in the Electoral College for the next three presidential elections.”

It is the contention of the State of Louisiana, Judicial Watch, and AEF that “the policy of counting unlawfully present aliens in the nation’s decennial census is unconstitutional and undermines both our federal system of government and our democratic institutions,” and is the “direct result of the failure to enforce our nation’s immigration laws.”

In other words, the U.S. Census is distorting the democratic process.

And the problem is only going to get worse considering the Obama administration’s hostility to enforcing illegal immigration laws, which is causing greater numbers of illegal aliens to flood into the country. You can see how that this failure to enforce immigration law undermines a foundational aspect of our democracy. We are pleased to join with the Allied Educational Foundation to file this amicus curiae brief in support of the State of Louisiana and the rule of law. And we hope the Supreme Court takes up this historic case and vindicates the right of American citizens to have full representation in Washington.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

TLP Quik Hits: The Ron Paul Media Blackout Is Back On

I find it interesting that while the mediots ignore Ron Paul, the three other remaining candidates parrot just about everything he has to say when it comes to the economy.

The Atlantic Wire
After a brief spike in interest, the mainstream media coverage of GOP candidate Ron Paul is back to nearly nothing, according to the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. This week, less than 5 percent of all campaign stories focused on Paul, the lowest point since Dec. 11. when strong performances in Iowa and New Hampshire helped stoke some interest. Over the same period, Paul's performance in the polls has only improved, going from the single digits to 12.7 percent, putting him nearly even with Rick Santorum, in the current RealClearPolitics average.

But in Pew's weekly study, Paul has been heading in the opposite direction. Pew tracks a list of 52 mainstream news outlets across broadcast television, cable news, newspapers, radio and the 12 most popular news sites to measure exposure. As you can see from the graph below, the downward trajectory of coverage volume has been steep for Paul, as the star of New Gingrich rose following his decisive victory in South Carolina and strong polling in Florida.



The Project for Excellence in Journalism also tracks the tone of coverage, which in the last week, saw a sharp drop in "positive" stories and a slight increase in "negative" stories:

TLP Quik Hits: Another Obama Backed Green Company Files For Bankruptcy

Given his record, I want to know who Barry likes in the Super Bowl; then I'll bet against them.

The Hill
An Indiana-based energy-storage company, whose subsidiary received a $118.5 million stimulus grant from the Energy Department, filed for bankruptcy Thursday.

Ener1 is asking a federal bankruptcy court in New York to approve a plan to restructure the company’s debt and infuse $81 million in equity funding.

The Energy Department in 2009 approved a $118.5 million stimulus grant for EnerDel, a subsidiary of the company that develops lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles. The company has so far spent $55 million of the federal funding.

EnerDel has received support from Republicans, including more than $4 million in federal grants under the George W. Bush administration.

The Obama administration's grant was part of a broader program aimed at promoting the development of electric-vehicle battery technology.

President Obama touted the program in his State of the Union address this year.

“In three years, our partnership with the private sector has already positioned America to be the world’s leading manufacturer of high-tech batteries,” he said.
Via Memeorandom

Another Obama Program To Benefit His Rich Cronies

Barry puts the kibosh on the the Keystone XL Pipeline and his billionaire buddy Warren Buffett, through his railroad company Burlington Northern Santa Fe, could come out a winner.

Well now the Occupier in Chief wants to promote natural gas incentives for the transportation industry. Big winner here, according to the Heritage Foundation's Lachlan Markay, is another of Barry's billionaire buddies, George Soros.
The proposal would offer incentives for companies to buy and use trucks powered by natural gas. Obama announced the effort at a UPS facility in Las Vegas that received stimulus funding to buy natural gas vehicles and build a fueling station for them.

One company that stands to benefit handsomely from the president’s proposal is Westport Innovations. The company converts diesel engines to be fueled by natural gas. Wall Street analysts predicted a boom for the company if the NAT GAS Act were passed. CNBC analyst Jim Cramer said he “expects shares to absolutely explode” in the event the legislation were to pass.

If Westport reaps the predicted windfall, one of the chief beneficiaries will be George Soros, a major Obama donor and supporter. Soros’s hedge fund holds 3,160,063 company shares (as of its last SEC filing).
Ah, crony capitalism at it's finest.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

TLP Quik Hits: Shocker - Federal Employees Owe $1.03B In Unpaid Taxes

I once heard some nimrod defend these delinquents by saying that since their salaries come from federal taxes, they should be exempt from paying them because that would be like a private sector worker paying his employer for their job.

In the words of the immortal Kelly Bundy, "It wobbles the mind".

Anyway, here is a list of which departments the cheats work for and what they owe. No surprise that USPS employees are near the top of the chart with $269.6 million outstanding.

Maybe their checks got lost in the mail.

WaPo
About 98,000 federal, postal and congressional employees owed $1.03 billion in unpaid taxes at the end of fiscal 2010, according to records provided by the Internal Revenue Service. The total number of delinquent employees dipped slightly from 2009, but the amount owed jumped by $32 million.

The figures are “totally unacceptable and disrespectful to hardworking American taxpayers,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). “If you’re on the federal payroll, the very least you can do is pay your taxes.”

The Fraud of Mitt Romney's Electability

http://www.exposemittromney.com/image/askromney.jpg
Maybe we should just ask Mitt: Are you electable?
Graphic c/o ExposeMittRomney.com


Cross-posted at the Left Coast Rebel

"Let's be perfectly honest: Mitt Romney excites no one except for Mormons, political consultants, and Jennifer Rubin...To everybody else on the right, Mitt Romney vs. Barack Obama would be a "lesser of two evils" election where we'd grudgingly back Mitt because we wouldn’t lose as badly with him in the White House as we would with Obama. That's not the sort of thing that gets people fired up to make phone calls, canvass neighborhoods, or even put up "I heart Mitt" signs in their yards."

--John Hawkins, Townhall.com, December 27, 2011: "7 Reasons Why Mitt Romney's Electability is a Myth"

I would add neo-conservative liberal flake A.M. talker Michael Medved to Hawkins' short list of fervent, unflappable Romney-bots.

Hawkins' seven-point list on Romney's unelectability is spot-on (I missed it with the busy holiday); here's a synopsis and my take on each point from his article (his words in italics):

1) Likeability (Mitt's lack thereof). I tell friends that Mitt Romney reminds me of that opportunist fraud of yesteryear -- "Tricky Dick" Nixon. I don't know what others see (that steady 20% primary voter); I see Romney as stiff, cold, robotic and unlikable. So does Hawkins; Hawkins thinks voters in January, 2012 will too.

2) Mitt's a loser. Writes Hawkins, "There's a reason Mitt Romney has been able to say that he's "not a career politician." It's because he's not very good at politics. He lost to Ted Kennedy in 1994. Although he did win the governorship of Massachusetts in 2002, he did it without cracking 50% of the vote." No analysis needed on my part. Again, just why is ultra-liberal Mitt "inevitable"?

3) He's too liberal for the South in the General. My heart is in the South, as opposed to the Left Coast where I hail from, and I agree, he's too Northeast-liberal.

4) The "inevitability" establishment canard won't play for poo-poo in the General. Hawkins writes, "Yet, every one of those advantages disappears if he becomes the nominee. Suddenly Obama will be the more experienced candidate in the race for the presidency. He will also have more money and a better organization than Mitt. Moreover, in a general election, the establishment and beltway media will be aligned against Romney, not for him. Suddenly, Romney will go from getting a free pass to being public enemy #1 for the entire mainstream media." I'll add to this: and because he's a liberal, the conservative grassroots won't coalesce around him, even given the stakes. I saw this dynamic with my own eyes with John McCain's "Maverick" run. Conservative voters in the GOP bastion of San Diego just stayed home.

5) Bain. I don't necessarily agree with Hawkins that Bain is Romney's albatross. But, his lack of defense for his record is certainly suspect. Voters can sniff out a fraud. And Romney's likely tepid support for his capitalist record will sink his ship. And given the choice between even a socialist -- Obama -- and a fraud (Romney) they will unfortunately choose... a socialist. It happened in 2008 after all. Plus, the Obama $1,000,000,000 Machine will absolutely roast Romney with Bain.

6) Mormonism. Hawkins thinks religious bigotry will play against Romney. Not sure about that, who knows? My opinion has always been that Romney is bad because he's a statist, not because he has a certain faith.

7) Flip-flopper. This also dovetails into 5) above, when voters face a choice between a fraud (flip-flopper) and the real socialist deal, they will likely choose the real deal. Mitt's flips and flops beg the question -- even from a political junkie like me -- what does he believe? What does he stand for? What's his core. Answer: nothing but the status quo. And we all know where the status quo is heading for in this country.

Read Hawkins' Townhall.com piece and debate it out in the comments.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Video - Rand Paul Responds To State Of The Union Address 1/24

Future President?

Newt To Throw Temper Tantrum If Debate Crowds Can't Adore Him

Newt's latest threat is akin to a petulant child holding their breath if they don't get their way.

Boo, hoo, hoo cries Newt; the debate audiences must be allowed to show their adulation for him because as we all know, he is the smartest man in the room.

It's patently absurd that the American people cannot cheer him, his Newtness believes, when he puts the smackdown on a debate host or fellow participant, like they would at a rasslin' match on Monday Night Raw.

What's next Newt, are you going to demand an intro with the house lights down and the spotlights rolling as you come out in one of "Nature Boy" Ric Flair's boa robes.

"Annndd now making his way to the podium... weighing in at 300 pounds and hailing from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania... the master of the truth, the heir to the Reagan legacy, the man solely responsible for the Republican Revolution... the silver haired, silver tongued devil himself... Neeewwwwt "Mr Speaker" Ginnnngriiiiich!!!!!!!!!!!"

Woooooooooooo!!

Seriously folks, these are debates to determine who the GOP is going to nominate to become the next President of the United States and while the mediots who moderate these are just as culpable for turning them into gotcha sessions with a circular firing squad, a little decorum is in order.

Besides, we all know the Newtster is doing this for the publicity it will bring. After all, without his debate "performances", Newt would be wallowing at the back of the pack because when you peel away the bluster and look at his record, he is an empty suit moderate who is all sizzle and no steak.

Sadly, the GOP sheeple fall for this hoping that Mr Speaker is the second coming of the "The Great Communicator" hisself. Hate to break it to you but Ronald Reagan ain't walking through that door.

These are important times, too important for theatrics, and the Newt's fifteen minutes need to be coming to an end. We need to have a serious debate among the remaining candidates on how they are going to unseat Barry and turn this Republic back on the path that the Founders laid out for us.

We are in dire need of a great statesman not a great showman to lead us. In the end, Newt Gingrich is the latter not the former.

I really wish he would just take his ball and go home, but unfortunately that's not going to happen.

Via Memeorandum

Monday, January 23, 2012

United Bases Of America

Via LRC

The sun never sets on the American Empire.

To see the image full size click here then click image again.

TLP Quik Hits: Bruins Goalie Tim Thomas Declines White House Invite

H/T Red State Eclectic

A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.

In this day and age it is refreshing to see a professional athlete who will stand on principle rather than bow to the pressure to be politically correct.

NHL.com
Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas released the following statement Monday evening regarding his absence from the Bruins' visit to the White House this afternoon:

"I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.

This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.

Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.

This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT"
Via Memeorandum

Video - Rand Paul Talks About His 1/23 TSA Incident With Judge Napolitano

And it should come as no surprise that the White House backs the TSA.



Via Memeorandum

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Patriots Beat Ravens 23-20 - Going To The Super Bowl

The Pats didn't look all that good today and got lucky with the missed field goal by Billy Cundiff at the end, but a win is a win. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

Game recap and video of Cundiff miss.


Breaking: Video - Gabrielle Giffords To Retire




ABC
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will step down from Congress this week, her staff said today, and not seek re-election when her current term expires this year.

“I have more work to do on my recovery and so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week,” Giffords said in a video posted online Sunday. “Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover.”

Full statement from Giffords:

“Arizona is my home, always will be. A lot has happened over the past year. We need to not change that but I know on the issues we fought for we can change things for the better. We can do so much more by working together. I don’t remember much from that horrible day but I will never forget the trust you placed in be to be your voice. Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery and so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week I’m getting better every day. My spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country.”
Via Memeorandum

TLP Quik Hits: Congress Can Force Keystone XL Approval

Build, baby, build!

The Hill
Capitol Hill lawmakers probably have the Constitution at their back if they require a permit for the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline that President Obama rejected days ago, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.

Republicans are mulling bills that require approval of Keystone XL, which would bring oil sands crude from Alberta to Gulf Coast refineries.

The Jan. 20 CRS legal analysis notes that while the executive branch has historically handled the approval of border-crossing facilities, it doesn’t have to be that way. “[I]f Congress chose to assert its authority in the area of border crossing facilities, this would likely be considered within its Constitutionally enumerated authority to regulate foreign commerce,” the analysis states.

Republicans are highly unlikely to have enough political support to win Senate passage of bills that require a permit, let alone Obama’s signature. But the CRS analysis may buoy Republicans rallying around the bills to attack Obama’s Jan. 18 denial of TransCanada Corp.’s permit application.

The four CRS attorneys write that their review “suggests that legislation related to cross-border facility permitting is unlikely to raise significant constitutional questions, despite the fact that such permits have traditionally been handled by the executive branch alone pursuant to its constitutional ‘foreign affairs’ authority.”

A House Energy and Commerce Committee panel will hold a hearing next Wednesday on Rep. Lee Terry’s (R-Neb.) bill that takes review of the pipeline away from the State Department and instead requires the independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue a permit.

Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), who is planning a separate bill to put approval in the hands of Congress, requested the study.

“I think this confirms what we have been saying all along – Congress has the authority under the Constitution to approve the Keystone pipeline,” said Ryan Bernstein, Hoeven’s deputy chief of staff and legal counsel.

“It gives great weight to not only our bill but any bill Congress considers,” he added.
Via Memeorandum

Saturday, January 21, 2012

TLP Quik Hits: Peter Schiff - U.S. Is In Worse Shape Than Europe

Remember, Peter Schiff was right about the 2008 collapse.

Video - Ron Paul On What The Future Holds For Campaign

It's all about the delegate count.

Video - Why Gingrich And Santorum Can't Win GOP Nomination

With Newt and the Rickster unable to get on the ballot in Virginia and other states, there are 564 delegates that will be spit solely between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney.

Coupled with the fact that Dr Paul and Mittens are the only GOP candidates that have been shown, in head-to-head polls, to be able to compete against Obama, the other two should step down and stop wasting our time.

What it comes down to America is you only have a choice between two men to face Barry in November. Do you want a milquetoast, flip-flopper who was the inspiration for Obamacare or do you want a man who's principles have remained unchanged and bases his entire Presidential campaign on to fidelity to the Constitution?

When you think about it like that, the choice should be obvious.

(VIDEO) Ron Paul South Carolina 2012 Primary Concession Speech

Cross-posted at the Left Coast Rebel

"This is the beginning of a long, hard slog..."



"The evidence has become clear that the efforts by the government are failing and we can't depend on the government to take care of us from cradle to grave..."

Live Blogging The 2012 South Carolina GOP Primary Results

South Carolina State Elections Commission

Polls close at 7PM ET, updates will be posted as they come in.

Be sure to check out Left Coast Rebel for more commentary on the results.

UPDATE 10:05 ET That's all folks. Thanks for making The Libertarian Patriot your place for getting the 2012 South Carolina Primary results.
99% Reporting

Gingrich 41%
Romney 27%
Santorum 17%
Paul 13%

UPDATE 9:22 ET Looks like this will be about the final margin within 1% or so.
82% Reporting

Gingrich 41%
Romney 27%
Santorum 18%
Paul 13%

UPDATE 9:06 ET
67% Reporting

Gingrich 41%
Romney 26%
Santorum 18%
Paul 13%

UPDATE 8:52 ET
63% Reporting

Gingrich 40%
Romney 27%
Santorum 18%
Paul 13%

UPDATE 8:40 ET Santorum at the podium about to blather on about himself
50% Reporting

Gingrich 40%
Romney 27%
Santorum 18%
Paul 13%

UPDATE 8:30 ET
42% Reporting

Gingrich 40%
Romney 26%
Santorum 18%
Paul 13%

UPDATE 8:17 ET Ron Paul at the podium - "The cause is so necessary"
24% Reporting

Gingrich 41%
Romney 26%
Santorum 17%
Paul 13%

UPDATE 8:13 ET Time to take a little break here. Be back when bigger numbers come in since it looks like Newt will win easily by double digits.
23% Reporting

Gingrich 41%
Romney 27%
Santorum 17%
Paul 13%

UPDATE 8:09 ET
18% Reporting

Gingrich 41%
Romney 27%
Santorum 17%
Paul 13%

UPDATE 8:05 ET This is starting to look like a trouncing by Newt
15% Reporting

Gingrich 40%
Romney 28%
Santorum 17%
Paul 13%

UPDATE 8:01 ET
13% Reporting

Gingrich 39%
Romney 29%
Santorum 17%
Paul 13%

UPDATE 7:59 ET Mitt about to give concession speech
9% Reporting

Gingrich 38%
Romney 31%
Santorum 15%
Paul 12%

UPDATE 7:56 ET
8% Reporting

Gingrich 38%
Romney 32%
Santorum 15%
Paul 12%

UPDATE 7:55 ET
7% Reporting

Gingrich 37%
Romney 32%
Santorum 16%
Paul 12%

UPDATE 7:51 ET
4% Reporting

Gingrich 37%
Romney 32%
Santorum 16%
Paul 12%

UPDATE 7:48 ET
3% Reporting

Gingrich 37%
Romney 33%
Santorum 15%
Paul 11%

UPDATE 7:44 ET
2% Reporting

Romney 36%
Gingrich 36%
Santorum 13%
Paul 10%

UPDATE 7:41 ET
1% Reporting

Romney 38%
Gingrich 33%
Santorum 14%
Paul 10%

UPDATE 7:38 ET I'm going to stick with the FOX results for now since they are updating more frequently. Fox also just predicted Santorum third and Paul fourth
1% Reporting

Romney 40%
Gingrich 32%
Santorum 14%
Paul 10%

UPDATE 7:30 ET South Carolina State Elections Commission puts up it's first numbers 0% reporting.
Romney 48%
Gingrich 25%
Santorum 13%
Paul 9%

UPDATE 7:23 ET FOX has as an update with still 0% reporting
Romney 36%
Gingrich 35%
Santorum 13%
Paul 10%

UPDATE 7:16 ET first numbers coming in from FOX 0% reporting
Gingrich 37%
Romney 36%
Paul 11%
Santorum 9%

UPDATE 7:00 ET - no results yet but FOX call Newt the winner, Romney second.

TLP Quik Hits: Rick Santorum Rips Off Veterans

Yet another reason that Sick Rantorum is not fit to be President of the United States.

Mother Jones
The Armed Forces Retirement Home, which is run by the Department of Defense, bills itself as "premier home for military retirees and veterans." The facility sprawls across 272 acres high on a hill in northern Washington, DC, near the Petworth neighborhood. The nearly 600 veterans who now live there enjoy panoramic views of the city—the Washington monument and US Capitol to the south, the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to the east. At its peak, more than 2,000 veterans of World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War lived at the Home.

But with the rise of the smaller all-volunteer military, the Home began to run into serious financial problems. It was clear that one of its primary sources of revenue—a 50-cent deduction from the paychecks of active-duty servicemembers—wasn't enough to keep the Home operating fully. In the 1990s, the Home scrambled to find ways to avoid insolvency, trimming its staff by 24 percent and reducing its vet population by 800. Still, the money problems began to show, with its older historic facilities slipping into disrepair and decay. To grapple with its worsening shortfall, officials running the Home eyed a valuable, 49-acre piece of land worth $49 million as a potential financial lifeline.

Under one scenario, by leasing the parcel of land and letting it be developed, the Home could pocket $105 million in income over 35 years for its trust fund, David Lacy, then-chairman of the Home's board of directors, told Congress in 1999. Lacy stressed that the Home wanted to keep the property, and not offload it to a buyer. "Once land is sold," he said, "it is lost forever as an asset."

Enter Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.). At the behest of the Roman Catholic Church, and unbeknownst to the Home, Santorum slipped an amendment into the 1999 National Defense Authorization Act handcuffing how the home could cash in on those 49 acres. The amendment forced the Home to sell—and not lease—the land to its next-door neighbor, the Catholic University of America. Ultimately, the Catholic Church bought 46 acres of the tract for $22 million. The Home lost the land for good, and by its own estimates, pocketed $27 million less than the land's value and $83 million less than what it could've made under the lease plan. Santorum's amendment sparked an outcry from veterans' groups and fellow US senators, who barraged his office with complaints.

Laurence Branch, then the executive director of the Home's board, says Santorum's amendment was "a travesty" and the Church's lobbying for the land a case of "coveting thy neighborhood's goods." To this day, Branch says he blames Santorum for the Home not receiving more money for the 49-acre parcel of land. "I'm convinced Sen. Santorum is no friend of veterans," Branch says. (A spokesman for Catholic University did not respond to a request for comment.)

TLP Quik Hits: Arizona Strikes Back On Fast And Furious

We the people demand answers now.

Washington Times
Arizona's state legislature will open its own investigation into the Obama administration's disgraced gun-running program, known as "Fast and Furious," the speaker of the state House said Friday.

Speaker Andy Tobin created the committee, and charged it with looking at whether the program broke any state laws — raising the possibility of state penalties against those responsible for the operation.

It's a turnaround from the rest of the immigration issue, where the federal government has sued to block the state's own set of laws.

A law requiring businesses to check new workers' legal status was upheld by the Supreme Court last year, and the court has agreed to hear the case of Arizona's crackdown law that makes being an illegal immigrant a state crime and gives state and local police the power to enforce that law.

Fast and Furious was a straw-purchase program run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The goal was to try to trace guns sold in Arizona shops and then trafficked across the Mexican border, where they landed in the hands of drug cartels.

As part of the operation, however, agents let the guns "walk" — meaning they lost track of them. At least two of the guns ended up at the scene where Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in a shootout with Mexican bandits along a smuggling corridor in Arizona.

Mr. Tobin will announce the committee's jurisdiction at a press conference in Phoenix on Monday. The committee is charged with looking into the facts about the program, what impact it had on Arizona and whether any of the state's laws were broken.

A report is due back by March 30.

Arizona's investigation into Fast and Furious comes on top of an investigation by Republicans in Congress.

On Friday the chief of the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona told a House committee he will decline to answer their questions next week, citing his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.

The official's lawyer, in a letter to the committee, said his client is innocent but is "ensnared by the unfortunate circumstances in which he now stands between two branches of government."

Friday, January 20, 2012

Keystone Pipeline Demise, Cuba Drilling off Key West Represent Everything Wrong With America


Their man listened. Photo credit: TarSandAction/Flickr

Cross-posted at the Left Coast Rebel

Mission accomplished, Barry:

(Washington Post) President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico is an act of national insanity. It isn’t often that a president makes a decision that has no redeeming virtues and — beyond the symbolism — won’t even advance the goals of the groups that demanded it. All it tells us is that Obama is so obsessed with his reelection that, through some sort of political calculus, he believes that placating his environmental supporters will improve his chances.

Aside from the political and public relations victory, environmentalists won’t get much. Stopping the pipeline won’t halt the development of tar sands, to which the Canadian government is committed; therefore, there will be little effect on global-warming emissions. Indeed, Obama’s decision might add to them. If Canada builds a pipeline from Alberta to the Pacific for export to Asia, moving all that oil across the ocean by tanker will create extra emissions. There will also be the risk of added spills.

Now consider how Obama’s decision hurts the United States. For starters, it insults and antagonizes a strong ally; getting future Canadian cooperation on other issues will be harder. Next, it threatens a large source of relatively secure oil that, combined with new discoveries in the United States, could reduce (though not eliminate) our dependence on insecure foreign oil.

Finally, Obama’s decision forgoes all the project’s jobs. There’s some dispute over the magnitude. Project sponsor TransCanada claims 20,000, split between construction (13,000) and manufacturing (7,000) of everything from pumps to control equipment. Apparently, this refers to “job years,” meaning one job for one year. If so, the actual number of jobs would be about half that spread over two years. Whatever the figure, it’s in the thousands and thus important in a country hungering for work. And Keystone XL is precisely the sort of infrastructure project that Obama claims to favor.

The big winners are the Chinese. They must be celebrating their good fortune and wondering how the crazy Americans could repudiate such a huge supply of nearby energy. There’s no guarantee that tar-sands oil will go to China; pipelines to the Pacific would have to be built. But it creates the possibility when the oil’s natural market is the United States...

Read the rest
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Zero Hedge has the political-societal implications of Dear Leader's move:

But it is not only crude. Wonder why no jobs are being created? Wonder why despite record low mortgage rates there is no bottom in sight for housing? Simple - nobody can plan one month, let alone one year ahead for any US-based venture or business. The political risk is simply too great - whether it is contract law (see GM and Chrysler) or simple solvency (see record high levels of cash hoarded by companies), it is there, and as long as it is there, there will be no hiring, no capex spending, no growth, and no real improvement in the economy, the real economy, not that defined by where the Russell 2000 closes on any given day.


On a related note, as our nation languishes, guess who's taking advantage of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico? If you guessed communist Cuba, you guessed right. It gets worse, though. Not only are the red-communist Cubans now drilling just miles (60-70) off of Key West, Florida, they are doing so from a Chinese-manufactured oil rig under the guidance of Repson, a Spanish oil firm. Plus, we are barred from buying the oil from the Cubans which are estimated to be sitting on several billion barrels of reserves (they say 20 billion, the U.S. government says it's closer to 5 billion).

Truly the only way to stop madness like this is to drastically scale back the power -- money -- of the Federal Leviathan. Starving the beast is the only way we will finally heal this nation and get us off this national suicide trajectory. And that doesn't mean slashing taxes while not cutting spending, Republicans.

Which presidential candidate today has the gravitas and track record to usher in such a scaling back?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Debt Ceiling Hypocrites Who Were For It Before They Were Against It

Of course they could stand on principle when the vote was purely symbolic but when they actually had a chance to do something about Leviathan's out of control spending, they showed their true colors.

You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting.

List courtesy of Judge Andrew Napolitano

REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING IN AUGUST BUT TO "DISAPPROVE" OF THE PRESIDENT BORROWING MORE TODAY

Adams, S. (FL-24)
Aderholt, R. (AL-04)
Alexander, R. (LA-05)
Austria (OH-07)
Bachus, S. (AL-06)
Barletta (PA-11)
Barton, J. (TX-06)
Bass, C. (NH-02)
Benishek (MI-01)
Berg (ND-AL)
Biggert (IL-13)
Bilbray, B. (CA-50)
Bilirakis, G. (FL-09)
Black, D. (TN-06)
Blackburn, M. (TN-07)
Boehner (OH-08)
Bonner (AL-01)
Bono Mack, M. (CA-45)
Boustany (LA-07)
Brady, K. (TX-08)
Buchanan (FL-13)
Bucshon (IN-08)
Burgess (TX-26)
Calvert (CA-44)
Camp, D. (MI-04)
Canseco (TX-23)
Cantor (VA-07)
Capito (WV-02)
Carter (TX-31)
Cassidy (LA-06)
Chabot (OH-01)
Coble (NC-06)
Coffman (CO-06)
Cole (OK-04)
Conaway (TX-11)
Crawford (AR-01)
Crenshaw (FL-04)
Culberson (TX-07)
Denham (CA-19)
Dent (PA-15)
Diaz-Balart (FL-21)
Dold (IL-10)
Duffy (WI-07)
Duncan, John (TN-02)
Ellmers (NC-02)
Emerson, J. (MO-08)
Farenthold (TX-27)
Fincher (TN-08)
Fitzpatrick (PA-08)
Flores (TX-17)
Fortenberry (NE-01)
Foxx (NC-05)
Frelinghuysen (NJ-11)
Gallegly (CA-24)
Gardner (CO-04)
Gerlach (PA-06)
Gibbs, B. (OH-18)
Gibson, C. (NY-20)
Goodlatte, R. (VA-06)
Gosar (AZ-01)
Granger (TX-12)
Graves, S. (MO-06)
Griffin (AR-02)
Grimm (NY-13)
Guinta (NH-01)
Guthrie (KY-02)
Hanna (NY-24)
Harper (MS-03)
Hastings, D. (WA-04)
Hayworth (NY-19)
Heck (NV-03)
Hensarling (TX-05)
Herger (CA-02)
Herrera Beutler (WA-03)
Huizenga (MI-02)
Hurt (VA-05)
Issa (CA-49)
Jenkins (KS-02)
Johnson, B. (OH-06)
Johnson, S. (TX-03)
Kelly (PA-03) .
King, P. (NY-03) .
Kinzinger (IL-11) .
Kline, J. (MN-02) .
Lance (NJ-07)
Lankford (OK-05)
LaTourette (OH-14)
Latta (OH-05)
Lewis, Jerry (CA-41)
LoBiondo (NJ-02)
Long (MO-07)
Lucas, F. (OK-03)
Luetkemeyer (MO-09)
Lummis (WY-AL)
Lungren (CA-03)
Manzullo (IL-16)
Marchant (TX-24)
McCarthy, K. (CA-22)
McCaul (TX-10)
McCotter (MI-11)
McHenry (NC-10)
McKeon (CA-25)
McKinley (WV-01)
McMorris Rodgers (WA-05)
Meehan (PA-07)
Mica (FL-07)
Miller, C. (MI-10)
Miller, Gary (CA-42)
Miller, J. (FL-01)
Murphy, T. (PA-18)
Myrick (NC-09)
Nugent (FL-05)
Nunnelee (MS-01)
Olson (TX-22)
Palazzo (MS-04)
Paulsen (MN-03)
Pence (IN-06)
Petri (WI-06)
Pitts (PA-16)
Platts (PA-19)
Pompeo (KS-04)
Price, T. (GA-06)
Reed, T. (NY-29)
Reichert (WA-08)
Renacci (OH-16)
Ribble (WI-08)
Rigell (VA-02)
Rivera (FL-25)
Roe (TN-01)
Rogers, H. (KY-05)
Rogers, Mike (MI-08)
Rogers, Mike D. (AL-03)
Rohrabacher (CA-46)
Rooney (FL-16)
Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18)
Roskam (IL-06)
Royce (CA-40)
Runyan (NJ-03)
Ryan, P. (WI-01)
Schilling (IL-17)
Schmidt (OH-02)
Schock (IL-18)
Sensenbrenner (WI-05)
Sessions, P. (TX-32)
Shimkus (IL-19)
Shuster, Bill (PA-09)
Smith, Adrian (NE-03)
Smith, C. (NJ-04)
Smith, Lamar (TX-21)
Stivers (OH-15)
Sullivan (OK-01)
Terry (NE-02)
Thompson, G. (PA-05)
Thornberry (TX-13)
Tiberi (OH-12)
Upton (MI-06)
Walberg (MI-07)
Walden, G. (OR-02)
Webster (FL-08)
West, A. (FL-22)
Whitfield (KY-01)
Wittman (VA-01)
Wolf (VA-10)
Womack (AR-03)
Woodall (GA-07)
Young, C.W. (FL-10)
Young, D. (AK-AL)
Young, T. (IN-09)

TLP Quik Hits: Pentagon To Outsource War On Drugs

We've seen this movie before; it ends badly.

RT
The US Department of Defense has transferred its armed efforts in Latin and Central America in the War on Drugs to Academi, the private military contractors formerly known as Blackwater, reports BBC Spanish. Before they altered their branding to be known as Xe, then most recently Academi, Blackwater underwent immense criticism for a series of scandals involving contract employees executing civilians throughout the Middle East.

That same company that trained contractors to mercilessly slay helpless Iraqis will now be ushering military contractors south of the border to help combat the War on Drugs there, the outlet reports. With the Constitution only legally allowing the Pentagon to get away with so much, the BBC reports that the transition of control to private contractors will allow them to get away with what “US military forces are not allowed or not encouraged to do.”

The company previously known as Blackwater is just one of several private contractors that have been awarded contracts out of the Department of Defense, reports BBC, and their specific deal will award them several million dollars towards “providing advice, training and conducting operations in drug producing countries and those with links to so-called ‘narco-terrorism’ including Latin America.”

What’s more, it is reported, that those contracts were no-bid agreements authorized by the Pentagon. Under such deals, the DoD forks over federal funds to private companies without ever seeking better offers from competitors.

“They surreptitiously want to reduce anti-drug budget by transferring it to private agencies,” Larry Birns, director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs tells the BBC. “The drug war is unpopular and has no political weight except in an election year like this, so the Department of Defense wants to remove that spending from their accounts.”

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

TLP Quik Hits: Oops Biden Does It Again - Tells SF Crowd That Giants Are Headed To Super Bowl

Just one problem Joe, the Giants that are playing in San Francisco this weekend for the NFC Championship are the NY Football Giants.

Wanna get away?

nbcbayarea
Biden, speaking at an event in San Francisco's Financial District in support of President Obama's re-election, told supporters that "the Giants are on their way to the Super Bowl," according to reporters covering the event.

When the comment drew boos from the crowd, Biden quickly apologized, saying he was used to talking about the San Francisco Giants' baseball victories, then clarified that he meant to say "49ers."

The Libertarian Patriot Is Still Against SOPA & PIPA Rule 5

But we do like this Pippa

Sometimes you just need to forget about politics, chill out and enjoy life.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Libertarian Patriot Supports Internet Freedom - STOP SOPA & PIPA!

On Jan 24th, Congress will vote to pass internet censorship in the Senate, even though the vast majority of Americans are opposed. We need to kill the bill - PIPA in the Senate and SOPA in the House - to protect our rights to free speech, privacy, and prosperity. 


Monday, January 16, 2012

TLP Quik Hits: TSA Workers To Wear Radiation Monitors

But they're completely safe.

Daily Mail
Airport security officers are to be monitored for exposure to dangerous levels of radiation from the controversial scanners which are used to screen passengers before flights.

The Transport Security Administration's decision to give radiation-measuring devices to security officers in 100 U.S. airports comes after years spent dismissing claims that the scanners pose any health threat.

Are The Middle East Wars Really About Forcing The World Into Dollars And Private Central Banking?

Zero Hedge

The Middle Eastern and North African wars – planned 20 years ago – don’t necessarily have much to do with fighting terrorism. See thisthis and this.

They are, in reality, about oil.

And protecting Israel (and read the section entitled “Securing the Realm” here).

But as AFP reports today, there is another major motivation for the expanding wars:
The latest round of American sanctions are aimed at shutting down Iran’s central bank, a senior US official said Thursday, spelling out that intention directly for the first time.

“We do need to close down the Central Bank of Iran (CBI),” the official told reporters on condition of anonymity, while adding that the United States is moving quickly to implement the sanctions, signed into law last month.

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Foreign central banks that deal with the Iranian central bank on oil transactions could also face similar restrictions under the new law, which has sparked fears of damage to US ties with nations like Russia and China.

“If a correspondent bank of a US bank wants to do business with us and they’re doing business with CBI or other designated Iranian banks… then they’re going to get in trouble with us,” the US official said.
Why is the U.S. targeting Iran’s central bank?

Well, multi-billionaire Hugo Salinas Price told King World News:
What happened to Mr. Gaddafi, many speculate the real reason he was ousted was that he was planning an all-African currency for conducting trade. The same thing happened to him that happened to Saddam because the US doesn’t want any solid competing currency out there vs the dollar. You know Gaddafi was talking about a gold dinar.
As I noted in August:
Ellen Brown argues in the Asia Times that there were even deeper reasons for the war than gold, oil or middle eastern regime change.

Brown argues that Libya – like Iraq under Hussein – challenged the supremacy of the dollar and the Western banks:

Later, the same general said they planned to take out seven countries in five years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

What do these seven countries have in common? In the context of banking, one that sticks out is that none of them is listed among the 56 member banks of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). That evidently puts them outside the long regulatory arm of the central bankers’ central bank in Switzerland.

The most renegade of the lot could be Libya and Iraq, the two that have actually been attacked. Kenneth Schortgen Jr, writing on Examiner.com, noted that “[s]ix months before the US moved into Iraq to take down Saddam Hussein, the oil nation had made the move to accept euros instead of dollars for oil, and this became a threat to the global dominance of the dollar as the reserve currency, and its dominion as the petrodollar.”

According to a Russian article titled “Bombing of Libya – Punishment for Ghaddafi for His Attempt to Refuse US Dollar”, Gaddafi made a similarly bold move: he initiated a movement to refuse the dollar and the euro, and called on Arab and African nations to use a new currency instead, the gold dinar. Gaddafi suggested establishing a united African continent, with its 200 million people using this single currency.

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And that brings us back to the puzzle of the Libyan central bank. In an article posted on the Market Oracle, Eric Encina observed:

One seldom mentioned fact by western politicians and media pundits: the Central Bank of Libya is 100% State Owned … Currently, the Libyan government creates its own money, the Libyan Dinar, through the facilities of its own central bank. Few can argue that Libya is a sovereign nation with its own great resources, able to sustain its own economic destiny. One major problem for globalist banking cartels is that in order to do business with Libya, they must go through the Libyan Central Bank and its national currency, a place where they have absolutely zero dominion or power-broking ability. Hence, taking down the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) may not appear in the speeches of Obama, Cameron and Sarkozy but this is certainly at the top of the globalist agenda for absorbing Libya into its hive of compliant nations.
Alex Newman wrote in November:
According to more than a few observers, Gadhafi’s plan to quit selling Libyan oil in U.S. dollars — demanding payment instead in gold-backed “dinars” (a single African currency made from gold) — was the real cause [of the Libyan war and killing of Gadhafi]. The regime, sitting on massive amounts of gold, estimated at close to 150 tons, was also pushing other African and Middle Eastern governments to follow suit.

And it literally had the potential to bring down the dollar and the world monetary system by extension, according to analysts. French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly went so far as to call Libya a “threat” to the financial security of the world. The “Insiders” were apparently panicking over Gadhafi’s plan.

“Any move such as that would certainly not be welcomed by the power elite today, who are responsible for controlling the world’s central banks,” noted financial analyst Anthony Wile, editor of the free market-oriented Daily Bell, in an interview with RT. “So yes, that would certainly be something that would cause his immediate dismissal and the need for other reasons to be brought forward [for] removing him from power.”

According to Wile, Gadhafi’s plan would have strengthened the whole continent of Africa in the eyes of economists backing sound money — not to mention investors. But it would have been especially devastating for the U.S. economy, the American dollar, and particularly the elite in charge of the system.

“The central banking Ponzi scheme requires an ever-increasing base of demand and the immediate silencing of those who would threaten its existence,” Wile noted in a piece entitled “Gaddafi Planned Gold Dinar, Now Under Attack” earlier this year. “Perhaps that is what the hurry [was] in removing Gaddafi in particular and those who might have been sympathetic to his monetary idea.”

Investor newsletters and commentaries have been buzzing for months with speculation about the link between Gadhafi’s gold dinar and the NATO-backed overthrow of the Libyan regime. Conservative analysts pounced on the potential relationship, too.

“In 2009 — in his capacity as head of the African Union — Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi had proposed that the economically crippled continent adopt the ‘Gold Dinar,’” noted Ilana Mercer in an August opinion piece for WorldNetDaily. “I do not know if Col. Gadhafi continued to agitate for ditching the dollar and adopting the Gold Dinar — or if the Agitator from Chicago got wind of Gadhafi’s (uncharacteristic) sanity about things monetary.”

But if Arab and African nations had begun adopting a gold-backed currency, it would have had major repercussions for debt-laden Western governments that would be far more significant than the purported “democratic” uprisings sweeping the region this year. And it would have spelled big trouble for the elite who benefit from “freshly counterfeited funny-money,” Mercer pointed out.

“Had Gadhafi sparked a gold-driven monetary revolution, he would have done well for his own people, and for the world at large,” she concluded. “A Gadhafi-driven gold revolution would have, however, imperiled the positions of central bankers and their political and media power-brokers.”

Adding credence to the theory about why Gadhafi had to be overthrown, as The New American reported in March, was the rebels’ odd decision to create a central bank to replace Gadhafi’s state-owned monetary authority. The decision was broadcast to the world in the early weeks of the conflict.

In a statement describing a March 19 meeting, the rebel council announced, among other things, the creation of a new oil company. And more importantly: “Designation of the Central Bank of Benghazi as a monetary authority competent in monetary policies in Libya and appointment of a Governor to the Central Bank of Libya, with a temporary headquarters in Benghazi.”

The creation of a new central bank, even more so than the new national oil regime, left analysts scratching their heads. “I have never before heard of a central bank being created in just a matter of weeks out of a popular uprising,” noted Robert Wenzel in an analysis for the Economic Policy Journal. “This suggests we have a bit more than a rag tag bunch of rebels running around and that there are some pretty sophisticated influences,” he added. Wenzel also noted that the uprising looked like a “major oil and money play, with the true disaffected rebels being used as puppets and cover” while the transfer of control over money and oil supplies takes place.

Other analysts, even in the mainstream press, were equally shocked. “Is this the first time a revolutionary group has created a central bank while it is still in the midst of fighting the entrenched political power?” wondered CNBC senior editor John Carney. “It certainly seems to indicate how extraordinarily powerful central bankers have become in our era.”

Similar scenarios involving the global monetary system — based on the U.S. dollar as a global reserve currency, backed by the fact that oil is traded in American money — have also been associated with other targets of the U.S. government. Some analysts even say a pattern is developing.

Iran, for example, is one of the few nations left in the world with a state-owned central bank. And Iraqi despot Saddam Hussein, once armed by the U.S. government to make war on Iran, was threatening to start selling oil in currencies other than the dollar just prior to the Bush administration’s “regime change” mission. While most of the establishment press in America has been silent on the issue of Gadhafi’s gold dinar scheme, in Russia, China, and the global alternative media, the theory has exploded in popularity.

TLP Quik Hits: Is Gas More Expensive Or Is The Dollar Worth Less?

An everyday example of how Leviathan picks your pocket without you even knowing it.

EPautos.com
I was researching some Now vs. Then costs for a story I did recently on car prices when I stumbled onto something interesting – and revealing.

And so, worth sharing.

Find an inflation calculator; for example the federal government’s Bureau of Labor statistics CPI (Consumer Price Index) calculator (click here) . Select 1980 as your starting year. Enter $1.25 – about what a gallon of gas cost in 1980. Select 2011 – the most recent year the calculator allows. Click “calculate” and prepare for a surprise – one that will also provide a heretical insight into the nature of our economy as well as debunk a politically correct piece of conventional wisdom.

Wait, I’ll save you the trouble. The amount that comes up is $3.43 – which is what the BLS calculator says is the buying power of $1.25 in 1980 money today.

What does it mean?

First, it means that gas prices today, in real terms, are about the same as they were in 1980. You may be paying more in terms of the number of dollars, but you’re really paying the same in terms of the value of your money.

The only thing that’s really happened is you need more paper dollars to buy the same thing. The value is the same, but the money is worth less. The increase in gas prices is a mirage, a fiction. The commodity itself has not increased much in actual cost despite the passage of 32 years, despite the much-ballyhooed uptick in global demand and in spite of the alleged and endlessly imminent bogeyman of “peak oil.”

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Video - South Carolina State Senator Tom Davis Endorses Ron Paul

Tom Davis is a well-known fiscal conservative who served as the Chief of Staff to former SC Governor Mark Sanford and is currently a South Carolina State Senator who is popular among Tea Party Republican in the Palmetto State.

His endorsement was much sought after by all the GOP hopefuls and in fact Rick Santorum, told The Hilton Head Island Packet, "To get an endorsement from someone like Tom Davis is a big deal. It would speak volumes to folks and make them take notice and give us a look."

In giving his endorsement to Ron Paul, Sen Davis stated,
Ron Paul’s record matches his rhetoric, his fiscal plan matches the fiscal challenges that our nation is facing and his movement represents the taxpayers whose interests have been ignored in the political process for far too long.

I’m also endorsing him because unlike what the pundits have led you to believe, he is the candidate who gives the Republican Party the best chance to beat Barack Obama in November.
Just how big is Tom Davis' endorsement? The Paul campaign calls it "game-changing" and there is also speculation that other fiscal conservative within the SC General Assembly will follow the lead of Sen Davis.

With Dr Paul moving up in SC polls, a recent American Research Group poll has him in 3rd at 20% behind Romney (29%) and Gingrich (25%), this endorsement could quite well propel him into 2nd and essentially turn the GOP nomination battle into a two man race in short order.

Canadian Prime Minister Looking To Sell Oil To China

H/T Hot Air

I told you about this back in November and now Canada's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has set up a meeting in China next month to discuss selling them the oil that Barry, at the urging of the Environazis, refused when he put the kibosh on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline extension from Canada to Texas.

As you know, Canada is oil rich because of the Alberta oil sands and wants to sell us their excess. This oil from Canada, along with America's own oil sands, the oil in the Gulf of Mexico and that in Alaska's ANWR would make the US almost entirely energy independent until other alternative forms of energy can be made more cost efficient. Unfortunately the Environazis are against all this, making us dependent on oil from the Middle East and elsewhere.

Barry is always yapping that we need more jobs; well here are thousands of shovel-ready, albeit temporary, jobs for the taking. Time to put his money where his mouth is.

This is just another prime example of why we need to rid ourselves of the progressive in the White House who has done nothing but pander to the environmental leftists who want to push us back to a time when we lived in communal mud huts and and ate a vegetarian diet.

The Ledger
Canada is now looking to Asian countries to market its abundance of oil, natural gas and minerals as plans to build the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have stalled with the U.S. administration.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will travel to China next month to discuss selling Canada's bounty to the rapidly growing nation.

The preferred initial plan was to build the $7 billion Keystone pipeline to deliver Alberta's oilsands crude to refineries in Texas on the Gulf of Mexico.

Harper reasoned that the U.S. government would prefer to deal with a friendly neighbor to help meet its energy needs while creating thousands of jobs.

With widespread opposition by U.S. environmentalists, the Obama administration has delayed its decision on whether to approve the project proposed by energy giant TransCanada Pipelines.

TLP Quik Hits: Ron Paul - America’s Last Chance

Ron Paul is the only GOP candidate that supports the limited-government, pro-liberty ideals of the Founders.

Voting for him should be a no-brainer if you believe that the Constitution still matters.

Infowars
America has one last chance, and it is a very slim one. Americans can elect Ron Paul President, or they can descend into tyranny.

Why is Ron Paul America’s last chance?

Because he is the only candidate who is not owned lock, stock, and barrel by the military-security complex, Wall Street, and the Israel Lobby.

All of the others, including President Obama, are owned by exactly the same interest groups. There are no differences between them. Every candidate except Ron Paul stands for war and a police state, and all have demonstrated their complete and total subservience to Israel. The fact that there is no difference between them is made perfectly clear by the absence of substantive issues in the campaigns of the Republican candidates.

More importantly, only Ron Paul respects the US Constitution and its protection of civil liberty. Only Ron Paul understands that if the Constitution cannot be resurrected from its public murder by Congress and the executive branch, then Americans are lost to tyranny.

If Ron Paul is not elected president in this year’s election, by 2016 American liberty will be in a forgotten grave in a forgotten grave yard.
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