Monthly Archives: September 2015

THE EVIL IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL

If there was ever a doubt in your mind that the sole purpose of the Obama presidency is to destroy the United States of America as we know it, the Iran nuclear deal should convince anyone that operates even on one brain cell. That includes you, liberals.

In a speech in early August, the current president of the United States compared those critical of the Iran deal to the hard liners of Iran. It seems as though the president has discontinued the blaming of George W. Bush for his administration’s debacles; instead, he is blaming racism.

The president and the secretary of state of conceded that Iran would use the cash from the lifting of the sanctions to pay for new terrorism everywhere. This deal with radical and unrepentant Islamists is a deal just short of a suicide pact.

The current president has his Iran nuclear deal, composed of equal parts: hope, abject submission to those who wish America only ill, and subterfuge to keep the details from the people in whose name he acts.

The Iranian deal ignores the nature of the Iranian regime. Iran’s politically strategy is not one of reciprocity; or respect. Instead, Iran focuses on the physical and ideological expansion of Khomeinism throughout the Middle East. This expansion will receive a huge cash infusion which, as I indicated above, will be spent on expanding terrorism throughout the area.

Iran fought hard to insure that it can maximize the bureaucratic obstacles facing inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The president has admitted Iran’s success in that regard, indicating the IAEA will have access where necessary, when necessary. ARE YOU KIDDING ME, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Iran will certainly continue its covert weaponization research and when the IAEA requests inspections at those sites, Iran will delay the inspections while it hides the evidence of its activities. Then the IAEA will be allowed to conduct its inspections. Russia and China will say that Iran is living up to its agreement and should not face reinstatement of the sanctions.
According to National Review, the most critical of all is what this deal means for the balance of power in the Middle East. The Sunni Arab monarchies will look on this deal as Iran’s coronation as the regional superpower. Already perceiving themselves surrounded by Iran, the monarchies are not liable to loosen their restrictions on support for Salafi-jihadist groups such as al-Qaeda, in a desperate effort to check Iranian theological power.

When the deal was completed, Iran was supposed to be running low on uranium. Now the rogue nation just happened to find a uranium stash. Anyone surprised?

The following are some other reasons why this is a bad deal for the United States and the planet in general. I once said that ACA/Obamacare was the worst thing ever wrought on the American people by the government. I may have been wrong. The worst thing wrought on the American people by its government is surely the Iran nuclear deal.

  • Though the deal was originally being negotiated to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, in its final form, the agreement would allow just than when it sunsets in ten to fifteen years.
  • The deal will accelerate regional nuclear proliferation. Saudi leaders, for instance, have said that this deal is worse than the nuclear pact former President Bill Clinton made with North Korea.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this deal will give Iran hundreds of billions of dollars to fuel their terror and military regime.
  • Sanctions relief isn’t tied to Iran complying with the deal, meaning Iran gets massive amounts of relief before they’ve demonstrated strict adherence.
  • And the money can’t be taken back once Iran gets it.
  • That relief can and will be used to expand Iran’s malign and destabilizing influence in the region that has exacerbated sectarian conflict.
  • The money can and will be used to further fund Iran’s terrorist proxies like Hamas, Hazboliah, Assad, and Houthis in Yemen.
  • Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that Iran will not change its American policy.
  • To enforce the deal, would powers must first know if Iran violated the deal, but that is an unclear process that can be delayed for weeks while Iran would be able to hide and obfuscate banned activities.
  • Iran doesn’t have to come clean on its past nuclear activity, leaving world powers this ability to verify future illegal advances.
  • Iran’s foreign minister interprets the deal very differently than the Obama Administration does.
  • He (Iran’s foreign minister) believes that the scale of foreign investments would effectively prevent the world from re-imposing sanctions on Iran, making the snapback provision of the deal effectively meaningless.
  • He (Iran’s foreign minister) said that Iran could deny inspectors access to nuclear and military sites under the deal.
  • He (Iran’s foreign minister) said that if Iran would not be violating the deal if it broke the UN resolution prohibiting the purchase of conventional arms and missiles because the arms embargo is implicitly out of the scope of the nuclear agreement.
  • Even is Iran adheres to the arms embargo, the embargo is lifted in 5 years giving Iran access not only to conventional arms to further fuel terrorism and their drive for regional dominancy.
  • In 8 years, the missile ban will be removed, allowing Iran to acquire missiles that could cary nuclear payloads.
  • The Obama Administration pushed for the UN to vote on the deal in an attempt to jam Americans and their elected representatives before they’ve even had a chance to review the deal.
  • Iran will be allowed to conduct advanced research and development that will pave the way for centrifuges that are modern and efficient. They will be able to enrich huge amounts of Uranium that will shorten their breakout time for a bomb.
  • The deal also provides sanctions relief to Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani, leader of the elite Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, who is a designated terrorist who is responsible for the deaths of at least 500 U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • The deal lifts sanctions on two Iranian atomic scientists who worked on Iran’s illegal nuclear program and a nuclear proliferator who has previously helped smuggle nuclear components.
  • The murderous Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called this deal a great victory and congratulated Iran on their achievement.

The above 21 reasons that the Iran nuclear deal is a bad one are courtesy of Kevin McCarthy House Majority Leader. http://www.majorityleader.gov.

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THE CLEAN POWER PLAN, MORE CLIMATE CHANGE FRAUD

According to the Daily Signal in their article entitled, “The Fraud Factor of Obama’s New Climate Agenda,” the current president in his recent visit to Alaska, was seeking to scare up support for his climate agenda. In proving that man-made climate change does exist, the president sought to emphasize a major proponent of climate change: When the weather is warm, ice melts (that’s powerful stuff, y’all).

The current president even had a photo op in front of the retreating Exit Glacier. However, there is one little fact about the Exit Glacier. It started retreating more than 100 years before the start of significant man-made carbon dioxide emissions. Another interesting point to note is that the Climate Research Center at the University of Alaska shows that there has been no warming trend in Alaska since 1977. In fact, the trend is slightly negative.

The president is promoting an agenda whose most prominent part is the Clean Power Plant (CPP). But, the agenda and the CPP are based on three bits of fraud.

The first is the assertion that carbon dioxide is dirty. Carbon dioxide is a colorless, odorless, and non-toxic gas. The president and his supporters keep referring to it as “carbon pollution.” The also assert that, until the CPP, there were no regulations on the amount of “carbon pollution” power plants could emit.

Carbon pollution does exist, but it is not carbon dioxide. The common name for carbon pollution is “soot,” and there have been regulatory limits on soot for decades. Due to these limits and the general improvement in technology, a modern coal-fired plant cuts soot emissions by more than 99 percent compared to plants without the new technology. In spite of the phenomenal increase in power production since the late 1970s, total air pollution has actually declined significantly.

Second, virtually all current extreme weather is blamed on global warming/climate change, with the inevitable prediction of worse to come. However, data from NOAA and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change contradict this fear-mongering. No trends in hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, or floods show. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, we were warned by the global warming/climate change alarmists that we would be seeing numerous stronger hurricanes.

According to NPR, yes, NPR, no major hurricanes have hit the U.S. since 2005. Well, what about “Super Storm Sandy that caused major destruction in the northeast in 2012? Sandy was a Category 2 storm when it was hugging the northeastern coast. It was also a large hurricane. It swept through the most densely populated areas in the United States. Of course, since it was in the northeast, it got boatloads of media attention. If Sandy had made landfall in Mississippi, Alabama, or the Florida panhandle, it wouldn’t have received near the media attention it did, nor would it have reeked the devastation that it did.

On April 27, 2011, the state of Alabama witnessed the worst tornado outbreak since a 1930s outbreak. Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia were also hard hit. This was also caused by global warming/climate change and it was George Bush’s fault. Prognosticators indicated that outbreaks like the one of 4/27 were a taste of things to come. We’ve had some tornadoes since then in Dixie Alley and in the Midwest. This year, though, in the spring, Dixie Alley was quiet. November is secondary tornado season in Dixie Alley. We’ll have to see what November brings. The tornado outbreaks of 4/27/2011 plus the 1930s outbreak, and the outbreak of 1974, are generational. Again, there appears to be no evidence of increase in tornadoes and their intensity.

The third bit is that the CPP is a climate change policy. Using the EPA’s own climate model, climatologists at the Cato Institute calculated the impact of the CPP on world temperature. Results showed that by the end of this century, the CPPs maximum impact would reduce world temperature by 0.019 degrees, well within the margin of error. The projected impact on sea level rise is equally ridiculous, just 0.01 inches by 2100.

Furthermore, according to the Daily Signal’s article, the CPP’s climate benefit may be negligible and distant, but the CPP’s economic cost will be large and immediate. According to the Energy Information Administration, in the decade of the 2020s, lost GDP will total $1 trillion, and total employment will fall by as much as 500,000 jobs.

This should be so obvious to anyone with a breath of air left in them that the CPP is just another plan to grab power and money, your money. Just like the ACA? Absolutely.

Every time I hint that man-made climate change is a fraud, liberals come out of the woodwork indicating that there are so many more articles by scientists confirming man-made climate change than there are scientists who refute man-made climate change. It appears to me, though, more and more articles are being written refuting it.

If the liberals/progressives are the staunch supporters of middle and low income earners, you would think that they would be searching for facts that would support man-made climate change as not real. Instead, liberals/progressives desire to eliminate fossil fuels in favor of green energy sources. Fossil fuels provide inexpensive and reliable sources of energy which certainly benefits the middle and lower classes. To date, green energy has a long way to go. It’s expensive and not reliable.

The direction that liberals/progressives are taking us doesn’t make sense, unless they have a hidden agenda. And, of course, they do. As I said above, it’s to simply snatch up, from the private sector, as much as possible, and place it under the government umbrella. Thus just another power and money grab.

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DEMOCRAT WAR ON WORK

A liberal Facebook friend of mine shared a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King. The photo included one of his quotes, “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

As this week of Labor Day came to an end, I couldn’t help but notice another disturbing trend among liberals. It seems that they have declared a “war on work.” I’ve stated all along that liberals/Democrats/progressives, or whatever they want to call themselves these days are not followers of Dr. Martin Luther King. Liberals judge people by the color of their skin and not by the content of their character. Now it appears that liberals are discouraging and making efforts to eliminate the work ethic of this nation, one of the things that made this nation great. Also, liberals are dead set on dividing us by race and turning race against race, in their quest to weaken the United States of America to the point that it no longer resembles the visions of our forefathers. Thus Dr. King’s vision of former slave owners and former slaves dining at the table of brotherhood together is something liberals apparently want to keep from happening.

After the ACA was passed, Nancy Pelosi suggested to the American people that they could quit their jobs and do what they’ve always wanted to do such as write that great American novel. With ACA, they wouldn’t have to worry about health insurance.

In the early part of 2014, an article was published on liberal rag, slate.com indicating that it was unfair that some folks had jobs they loved while others didn’t. Of course, liberals think that’s grossly unfair and denigrated the American work culture for allowing such a thing to happen. The author of the article also seemed to be advocating the distribution of work so that all Americans would be able to have that rewarding job, limiting the time that Americans would have to perform such loathsome tasks as sweeping floors, cleaning bathrooms, washing windows, and pulling the feathers out of dead chickens, etc.

In March, the current president of the United States signed an executive order that directs the Department of Labor to require overtime pay for millions of Americans classified as executive or professional employees. This will further denigrate America’s once strong worth ethic and make achievement by those with a strong desire to achieve virtually impossible.

The anti-work advocates are also championing government ordered vacation time for those working in the private sector.

As I have indicated many times in my writings, more and more Americans have jettisoned the idea of individuals working hard to better their lifestyles and achieve their dreams. Now they want the government to handle all of that with mandatory overtime, mandatory vacation, mandatory paid holidays, etc. Of course, this is another overreach into the private sector in an effort to destroy our free market, capitalistic economy.

Hey liberals, has it every occurred to you that some folks actually like to work, actually enjoy the challenge, actually have a drive to succeed? It’s been my personal observation that most of the folks who actually like to work and work hard are Republicans. Not saying that Democrats don’t work hard. They do. But most of the Democrats I know who work hard constantly gripe about it.

I regularly visit liberal websites and it’s just amazing how many commenters to articles about work actually want to see work hours cut to 32 hours per week, and minimum wage raised to $15.00 per hour. I’m going to make a sweeping assumption and say that these people are not motivated people. They want to put in the least amount of work and get as much as they can for it. These are the takers in our society.

Of course, these folks point to certain European countries where everyone gets 6 weeks of vacation and only has to work 32 hours per week. If this is what you liberals want, why don’t’ you move there and leave those of us who believe in free enterprise and capitalism alone. In fact, I’d be willing to chip in a few bucks toward your one-way ticket. But if you decide you don’t like it over there because you can’t heat or cool your house as you would like to, you’re having to stay in a ward at the hospital, you don’t like that tin can of a car you’re having to drive with gas costing over $5.00 a gallon, or you’re having to flush the toilet two or three times; don’t expect me to help you fund a ticket back to the USA. You’re on your own.

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9/11 REMEMBRANCE

Instead of a political post, I’ve decided to talk about a day that will live forever in our hearts and lives, September 11, 2001.
It was a sunny September day in the Birmingham, Alabama area. I had arrived at work where I shared an office with another programmer named Terry.

“Hey, Nancy. Just received an email from Kristie (his wife). A plane has stuck one of the world trade center towers.”

“Was it a private plane?”

“I don’t know, but I imagine it was. A commercial airliner with a flight plan wouldn’t be flying into buildings.”

A few minutes later:

“Nancy, another plane has crashed into the other tower.”

It was at that point we both knew something was wrong. I tried to get on the Internet, but it was jammed. I flipped on the radio I had on my desk and infamous sportscaster, Paul Finebaum, was on WERC. He was confirming that the United States of America had been attacked.

In a few minutes Paul told us that another plane had flown into the Pentagon and one more plane had crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. That plane was headed toward the Capitol. Paul also told us that Laura Bush, along with Vice President Dick Cheney and his family had been taken to an undisclosed bunker. President George Bush, who was in Florida visiting an elementary school was being taken somewhere, but we didn’t know where. Paul was the broadcaster throughout the day and he did very well.

I stayed at work all day with the atmosphere grave. On my way home I had to stop at the drug store and the atmosphere there was one of disbelief.

Later that evening, I talked to my Mom. She seemed to accept it better than me because she was World War II generation. She remembered Pearl Harbor. She said that she always hoped that something like Pearl Harbor would never happen during my lifetime, but unfortunately, it did.

Later when troops were sent to Afghanistan, to seek out and punish those who did this, I witnessed my Mom and my Aunt Flora talking about war. As they talked, I could imagine them as young women talking about the war that was taking place during their time.

On that day all or our lives changed forever and we will never forget!

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AFTER LABOR DAY THOUGHTS

For his Labor Day thoughts, former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, Robert Reich was bemoaning that 24% of private sector workers didn’t get a paid holiday for Labor Day. He was also lamenting that 23% of private sector workers get no paid vacation time during the year. The former Labor secretary also goes on to indicate that what you get in the private sector depends on where you are in the pecking order. He further cites a report from the Economic Policy Institute which shows that only 34$ of workers in the lowest 10 percent by income get any paid holidays and only 39% get any paid vacation. But among the top 10% of workers by income, 93 percent get both paid holidays and paid vacation.

In reality, the 24% of workers that don’t get paid holidays and the 23% that don’t get paid vacation is really pretty good when you take into consideration certain factors. What about contractors? Contractors are folks who are hired by a company or an in-between recruiter to work for a specified hourly rate. Most of the time no benefits are included, and when you don’t work, you don’t get paid. A lot of people choose to be contractors. I was an independent contractor for my first IT job and I was very grateful to have landed that position. I got my foot in the door. Then many folks, as they are winding down their careers choose to go the contracting route. The purpose of this post is not to discuss contracting vs. full employment, but to point out that contracting is a large part of the workforce in the private sector and many do choose it.

With respect to not getting Labor Day off as a paid holiday, remember retailers, food and beverage service workers, and workers in the leisure services may not get Labor Day as a paid holiday. Those people, who enhance our holiday experience, usually get a day off to make up for it.

With respect to Secretary Reich’s lament that 23% of private sectors get to vacation time during the year, you must, again, factor in contractors. If you’re good at what you do and companies seek you out, you have some negotiating power. A good contractor in negotiating his or her hourly rate will take into consideration holidays and vacation. When I’m evaluating a contract position, I decide rates based on a 48-week work year.

I also wonder if the Secretary is taking into consideration the standard custom and practice for new hires in the private sector. Generally new hires, for the first three months of their employment are on a probation. During these first three months no vacation can be taken. It’s been like this since way before I entered the workplace. Also, up until recently, newer employees were not eligible for vacation until after a year. You had to earn vacation first, then you could take it. That trend, though, has reversed and many companies allow an employee to take vacation after their three month probationary period is finished.
Of course, there are workers who work for small businesses who don’t get paid when they don’t work. And while I haven’t done any research on the subject, I suspect that these are young workers just starting out or older workers who may need some income to supplement their Social Security and retirement income.

Of course, this is the same tired old liberal propaganda. In order to take more control over your life, liberals want a government mandate that employers award their employees with paid vacation and paid holidays. They hate capitalism and the private sector because the government/liberals have less control over American citizens.

Up until recently, it was understood, for folks who had less desirable jobs, work hard, take classes, and do what was necessary to get out of that not so desirable situation. In other words, it was up to the individual to plot his or her own destiny. Now it seems as though liberals, having one of their kind as dictator and having a willing media which goes along with anything they do, want the government to come in and further erode our system of free enterprise and capitalism.

To any American, the above should be insulting. It should tell all Americans that the “tolerant left” thinks you’re stupid, thinks you’re morons, and thinks that you are incapable of getting yourself out of a bad job situation and/or plotting your own destiny. They want to control all of that for you.

Sure, there are unfortunate situations out there. Instead of letting free enterprise and capitalism work, liberals are hell bent on showcasing those low percentage hardship cases and righting those; most of the time to the detriment of those who are successful and making an effort to be successful. Look at they did to the best healthcare system on the planet. In order that 15% of the American population who didn’t have health insurance (or so they say) could have health insurance, they made life more difficult for the 85% of Americans who did have health insurance and/or access to healthcare. Even liberals are telling those of us whose life was made more difficult by the ACA, that we’ll get used to the higher premiums and lower standards.

It wasn’t about strengthening our healthcare system, nor was it about providing health care access to those who didn’t have it. It was about usurping one-sixth of the nation’s economy and putting it under the government umbrella.

So goes it…the pontificating of Secretary Robert Reich is not because he and his comrades on the left care so much about you. It’s about bigger government and taking more control your lives.

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