The Energy Department isn’t working to lower gasoline prices directly, Secretary Steven Chu said Tuesday after a Republican lawmaker scolded him for his now-infamous 2008 comment that gas prices in the U.S. should be as high as in Europe.
Instead, DOE is working to promote alternatives such as biofuels and electric vehicles, Chu told House appropriators during a hearing on DOE’s budget.
But Americans need relief now, Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.) said — not high gasoline prices that could eventually push them to alternatives.
“I can’t look at motivations. I have to look at results. And under this administration the price of gasoline has doubled,” Nunnelee told Chu.
“The people of north Mississippi can’t be here, so I have to be here and be their voice for them,” Nunnelee added. “I have to tell you that $8 a gallon gasoline makes them afraid. It’s a cruel tax on the people of north Mississippi as they try to go back and forth to work. It’s a cloud hanging over economic development and job creation.”
Chu expressed sympathy but said his department is working to lower energy prices in the long term.
Go HERE to read it all and to view and listen to the video.
(can’t wait to see the algae powered vehicles and the planes that will run on electricity)
Sharing a car back from the BBC Big Question debate in Cardiff on Sunday I had a tremendous bust-up with one of my fellow panellists which I think many of you would have enjoyed hugely. (Our driver could barely keep a straight face.)
It was prompted when I very vocally expressed my disgust at one of the standard phrases trotted out by Warmists and other eco-loons in these debates (as, of course, inevitably, they did again on Sunday): the one about “preserving the planet for future generations”.
The reason this cant phrase makes me want to throw up every time I hear it is that it’s such a grotesque inversion of reality. It’s not people on my side of the debate who want to ravage the countryside with wind farms (with no provision for decommissioning them), rein in economic growth, introduce wartime-style rationing, raise taxes, destroy farmland and rainforests to create biofuels, and base heinously expensive public policy on hysteria and junk science. It’s not people on my side of the debate who are condemning those “future generations” to a lower standard of living and an uglier environment in order to deal with a problem that doesn’t exist. So how dare they have the gall to try to take the moral high ground?
President Obama came to Washington with adoring fans and rave reviews, but he’s since turned into the biggest box office flop of all time. He promised to cut the deficit in half and bring jobs back to America. He conned us. America can’t afford a sequel.
“To lean forward is to think bigger, listen closer, fight smarter, and act faster.” – MSNBC.com
The first two installments of the Lean Forward Files touched on several topics, including government job creation. Just as a reminder, the “Lean Forward” advertising campaign is an attempt by MSNBC to brand itself as the network “for progressives.” While many of the individual commercials in the campaign are harmless or silly enough to dismiss with only a few words, a few of the commercials require a more thorough examination.
In this volume of the Lean Forward Files, we will examine some of the “Occupy” rhetoric that appears in one of the commercials.
Ed Schultz, the host of MSNBC’s The Ed Show, appears in a commercial set in a classic American small-town diner, insisting that Wall Street is “going through the roof” while Main Street is “paying all the bills.” He adds that “all the money’s flowing to the top, all the control is flowing to the top, all the tax breaks are flowing to the top, and they wanna know why America is upset!” It’s not a surprise to hear this rhetoric from Schultz, who is well-known for stoking populist anger over the plight of the working class.
This is largely the same story as the one told by the “Occupy” movement. Wall Street is succeeding while the rest of America suffers, and the rich have all of the money and power. This commercial predates the start of “Occupy Wall Street”, but the similarities are striking. The question is, is there anything to this? Do they have a point?
Actually, yes. After all, Wall Street did get bailed out with taxpayer dollars under the Bush and Obama administrations. Could the Troubled Asset Relief Program, better known as TARP, be considered anything other than corporate welfare? Who could forget the “golden parachutes” for Goldman Sachs executives? With the exception of Ford Motor Company, the domestic automotive industry also received a taxpayer-funded bailout. FreedomWorks has consistently fought against corporate welfare, regardless of the party in power.
So, if both sides are against corporate welfare, where is the divide between Ed Schultz, “Occupy”, and FreedomWorks?
Find out HERE
Which begs the obvious question, will Muslim troops be allowed to obtain a Bible?
. . . Unless your military dog tags identify you as of the Muslim faith, you cannot obtain a copy of the Quran from the military chaplain. The exception is if your commander stops fighting the war long enough to write up a memo requesting one for you including the reason why you want a Quran.
And, if you are a Muslim and obtain a Quran, it will be accounted for like any other sensitive item.
Apparently Obama’s decision to bail out the auto unions saved us from certain doom.
Speaking to the United Auto Workers union in Michigan, President Obama proclaimed that the private sector didn’t save GM and Chrysler but in fact it was the “tax dollars” he had allocated to the failing car companies.
Obama also claimed that Ford, the company that did not take a government bailout, would have gone down without his intervention and the entire nation would have spiraled into a great depression.
19 Signs That America Has Become A Crazy Control Freak Nation Where Almost Everything Is Illegal…
Do you think that you are free? Most Americans would still probably answer “yes” to that question, but is that really the case? In the film Edge of Darkness, Mel Gibson stated that “everything is illegal in Massachusetts”. Well, the same could pretty much be said for the United States as a whole. Our lives are governed by millions of laws, rules and regulations and more are being piled on all the time. In fact, 40,000 new lawsjust went into effect in January. Every single new law restricts your freedom just a little bit more. The truth is that America has become a crazy control freak nation where virtually everything that we do is highly regulated. You have probably broken multiple laws today that you don’t even know exist. We have all become criminals and lawbreakers because almost everything is illegal at this point. Our politicians are convinced that they are “making life better” by piling gigantic mountains of laws on to our backs, and law enforcement authorities are convinced that they are helping society by “cracking down on crime”, but the reality is that our liberties and our freedoms are being strangled by all of this government oppression. This is not the way that America is supposed to work.
Yes, every society needs laws. But the laws should be short enough and simple enough that everybody can read them and understand them.
In America today, there is no possible way that any of us could ever read all of the laws that apply to us. Most of us just live our daily lives and try to do the “right” thing. But there is no guarantee that men with guns will not show up at your door one evening because of some obscure regulation that you have broken.
GET THE REST HERE.
Watching Rise of the Third Reich on the History Channel.
Eery as heck! How Hitler really got to power and how he made Germany his. Almost like what Obama is doing now!
All we need? Is for say the senate house or house of representatives to catch fire and have Obama blame the republicans (conservatives, the right).
Via Washington Examiner:
President Obama has many names, but this week, as he reaches 100 donor events since announcing for reelection last April, he’s the “fundraiser-in-chief.”
According to several counts, the Big 100 will come Thursday when he does four fundraisers enroute to collecting and spending $750 million to $1 billion for his reelection. So far since April 2011, he has raised an estimated $82 million to $100 million at those events.
Former President George W. Bush, who in May 2003 announced his reelection campaign a month later than Obama at this stage of his presidency, had attended 56 fundraisers at this time, according to CBS White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, the unofficial keeper of White House statistics. In a tweet Tuesday, he added: “Pres Obama will do four reelection fundraisers in NYC Thursday, bringing fundraising total to 100 since filing for reelection last April.”
(does not count the queen and the joker’s (okay, queen=bigass michelle and joker=biden) many fundraisers!)
CBN has produced a great video exposing the Islamic war on Christians by the Islamic group Boko Haram. We just posted on this a few days ago, but this new video better conveys the reality of what’s going on in Nigeria’s North and how the Christians who were born in the North live in fear of even going to church. They are being told they must leave or the bombing will continue.
If Islam was so tolerant and peaceful, wouldn’t the Nigerian government and community rise up and squash Boko Haram and create a safe environment for the Christians to worship, especially considering that Boko Haram has taken credit for the attacks and has made public this war?
(CNSNews.com) - The Justice Department will defend against any legal challenge to the new Obama administration mandate to force employers to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception, even if it goes against their conscience, Attorney General Eric Holder told a House subcommittee Tuesday.
The Department of Health and Human Services rule, part of Obamacare, violates the freedom of conscience for Catholics and other religious groups that expressed their objections to the mandate, opponents say. Already there is litigation asserting that the rule violates the First Amendment’s guarantee to free exercise of religion.
“I think I would respectfully disagree in the sense that I don’t think the rule that HHS promulgated was one that ran counter to the religious prohibitions that are contained in the First Amendment,” Holder said.
(This First Amendment? – Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”)
(the entire DOJ, from Holder down, needs to be replaced with people who are not liberal, not islamic, and must be pro-American)
(CNS News) – As Iran’s foreign minister asked the U.N. Human Rights Council to condemn the burning of Qur’ans at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, his Qatari counterpart breathed new life into the Islamic bloc’s supposedly suspended “religious defamation” drive, calling for “bold steps aimed a banning religious hatred.”
The two appeals came as the HRC opened its month-long spring session in Geneva this week.
Deadly violence erupted last Tuesday after news broke that troops at Bagram had burned copies of the Qur’an – unintentionally, according to the Pentagon. Military sources said the texts had been used to carry extremist messages between militant detainees held at the base.
Addressing the HRC on Monday, Iranian foreign minister Ali-Akbar Salehi called the Qur’an-burning a “deplorable act of incitement” and “a gross violation of human rights, hurting sentiments of Muslims worldwide.” The council should take “swift and decisive” action to condemn it, he said.
As was the case in earlier condemnations by both the Iranian and Pakistani governments, Salehi’s statement made no mention of the bloodshed and contained no appeal for restraint.
The Obama Administration is showing its loyalties. And it is not to women. It is to Planned Parenthood.
The Texas Legislature and Governor Rick Perry have authorized the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to continue the Medicaid Women’s Health Program (WHP). The program, which the HHSC points out provides preventative health services to more than 100,000 low-income women annually, is set to expire in March 2012. Those services include contraceptives, STD testing, and screening for hypertension, diabetes, and breast and cervical cancers,
The HHSC has applied to the Obama Administration for an extension of the program through 2013, with the condition that no funding go to organizations that perform or promote elective abortions or are affiliated with such organizations. Of the more than 1,000 certified WHP providers across the state, this rule excludes fewer than 100 Planned Parenthood providers. The State has an interest in not promoting abortion when it promotes birth control. the fact that Planned Parenthood performs many thousands of elective abortions every year in its 14 abortion facilities in Texas was not lost on the Legislature.
Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has threatened to deny renewal of the WHP if Texas does not fund Planned Parenthood as a provider. President Obama seems to care more about Planned Parenthood than about women’s health.
(fight on Texas! Tell Obama to go to hell in a handbasket! Start by telling the idiot, you will not send all that federal income tax money to washington!)
(Fox News) — A group of socially conservative leaders is demanding Huffington Post publisher Arianna Huffington apologize for allowing a column to be published on her website that compares Catholics to pedophiles and attacks communion as a “barbaric ritual.”
In the letter dated Tuesday and obtained first by FoxNews.com, the group — never fans of the online news site — writes that the website, recently purchased by AOL, is “complicit in bigotry” for publishing columnist Larry Doyle’s article about Rick Santorum’s Catholic faith.
“Larry Doyle’s recent anti-Catholic screed in the Huffington Post, ’The Jesus-Eating Cult of Rick Santorum,’ is bigoted and unacceptable, and a perfect example of ‘flame-throwing, name-calling, and simplistic attack dog rhetoric’” that Huffington pledged to avoid when she launched the Huffington Post in 2005.
“His column should be taken off your site, and you should issue an apology for ever publishing such trash,” the group wrote.
In his so-called satire published Friday, Doyle, a novelist and former writer and producer for “The Simpsons,” writes that many readers would be “shocked to learn” about Santorum’s religious beliefs, which stem from the church’s history in the Crusades “and its current role as the tactical arm” of the fringe North American Man-Boy Love Association. [...]
Describing Mass as a “barbaric ritual,” Doyle writes that “a black-robed cleric casts a spell over some bread and wine, transfiguring it into the actual living flesh and blood of their Christ. Followers then line up to eat the Jesus meat and drink his holy blood in a cannibalistic reverie not often seen outside Cinemax.”
Saying he’s a former altar boy, Doyle, claims to have “seen behind the curtain” but escaped. He finishes by writing that he has an “obligation to expose this phony theology” and reminds readers that the last time a Roman Catholic was elected — John F. Kennedy — it ended tragically.
Doyle’s column was roundly criticized and he wrote a follow-up on Tuesday saying he would not apologize and doesn’t care if anyone is offended.
(hey, no one ever said the huffpo was a classy organization. since aol owns that piece of shit site now, maybe a boycott of aol is called for?)