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Gov Brewer to Obama: No one in AZ is laughing

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has a message for President Obama, a video message you can watch below.

At the recent White House correspondents’ dinner, the President drew laughter and applause with a joke about Arizona’s new law to crack down on illegal immigration in the state. Governor Brewer’s message to the President: “No one in Arizona is laughing. Do your job and secure the border.”

Tags: Immigration, Illegal Immigration, Arizona, Tucson Sector, Phoenix, Kidnapping, Drug Gangs, Border, Jan Brewer

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May 8, 2010 Posted by | Immigration | 2 Comments

GOP Seeks to Maintain Social Media Edge

PBS: As part of a look at how both political parties are connecting with constituents on the Web, Ray Suarez reports on how Republicans and their allies are looking to harness new media in advance of this year’s elections.

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Conservative Media | Leave a comment

They had a plan, but that’s all they had…

by John Allison III, editor

Oh the bloated bureaucracy better known as the federal government never ceases to amaze us with its ability to disappoint.

The myriad of federal agencies spend thousands of billions (that’s TRILLIONS) of our tax dollars to generate plans for how best to step in and respond when disaster strikes, how best to protect us from the evils of big business and our wicked wealthy brethren. Uncle Sam confiscates our hard earned money while he’s telling us how his handling it will somehow make our lives better, make us feel safer, more protected.

Good ole Uncle Sam promises to be there when the chips are down. When disaster strikes, Uncle Sam has a plan for how to deal with it.

Like the plan the US Government had for dealing with a disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Developed in 1994 and signed off on by US Coast Guard Captain J. W. Calhoun, it appears the “In Situ” Burn plan was designed for spills such as resulted from the Deepwater Horizon rig catastrophe.

If it is impractical or unsafe to contain an accidental or deliberate burn of spilled oil, it may still be possible to eliminate a major portion of the spill at or very close to the spill source. Sudden “batch” releases of oil (e.g., tanker accidents) or ongoing high-volume flow rates (e.g., oil well blowouts or pipeline ruptures) may result in the temporary accumulation of relatively thick oil layers. Particularly when winds and currents are low and/or when oil can be burned in the lee of a large object (e.g., vessel, island, etc.), it may be possible to sustain effective combustion.

*emphasis mine

The plan involves the towing of a special, patented fire retardant boom by two vessels that gather the oil to be burned. Once gathered and, if necessary, towed to a safe location away from the spill source or other hazards, the oil inside the boom is ignited and permitted to burn.

According to the plan, this method could potentially remove the 5000 barrels of oil spewing from the damaged well, and more…

It is evident that a 500-footlong fire boom (with backup replacement sections as needed) could be used in a U configuration to intercept oil and eliminate it at approximately 400 to 500 gallons/minute or about 15,000 barrels/day.

By now, you must be wondering why this plan hasn’t already been implemented. Why aren’t we seeing billowing black clouds of smoke pour into the sky to save the coastal environment in the Gulf? The plan is right there, in black and white, all laid out 16 years ago. Why the inaction in response to what promises to become an environmental disaster of epic proportion?

Simple really. It’s the government silly.

That’s right. The same government that spent who-knows-how-much to come up with this plan has failed to implement it because…are you ready for this…

The US government didn’t have the necessary equipment in the Gulf when the accident occurred. It didn’t have 10 fire booms, not 5 fire booms, not even one fire boom that might have harnessed the destruction about to be visited on the shores of our southern states.

Not one.

The plan has been in place for 16 years and the geniuses in our government tasked with enacting it had to contact the company in Illinois that makes the booms to purchase one. (“Uh…could you overnight that please?”)

Fortunately, Elastec/American Marine had one boom in stock and shipped it when the government bureaucrats called. (Thank God for capitalism and private companies! If the government was in charge of manufacturing the booms, it likely would have just now been firing up the assembly line.) But this isn’t something the UPS driver can deliver. It’s 500 feet long and it will take a few days to deliver and put into use.

Jeff Bohleber, Elastec’s chief financial officer says, “If they had six or seven of these systems in place when this happened and got out there and started burning, it would have significantly lessened the amount of oil that got loose.”

Since Elastec can’t just throw one of these booms together in a day, the mighty US has now been reduced to asking the company’s foreign customers if we can borrow booms they purchased to be prepared for events like this in their own country. Bohleber says there are six more being shipped in. “Hopefully, they will be here by Wednesday to be available for use on Thursday. Bear in mind, two days ago, we thought they would be here today,” he said.

The US government had a plan, it was just too incompetent to put the equipment in place to implement it.

Tags: Deepwater Horizon, Environment, In Situ, EPA, Elastec/American Marine, Elastec, Oil Spill, Oil Slick, BP, Transocean

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May 3, 2010 Posted by | Environment | 4 Comments

CNN’s Jack Cafferty blasts Obama response to AZ law

Even CNN is blasting Obama’s response to Arizona’s new law to combat the wave of illegal aliens crossing its border, bringing with them the drugs and violence that plague our neighbor to the South.

Tags: CNN, Immigration, Arizona, Illegal Immigration, Border, Cafferty, Obama

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May 3, 2010 Posted by | Immigration | Leave a comment

Was the Deepwater Horizon rig attacked by North Korea?

by John Allison III, editor

I have to say, the thought crossed my mind that left-wing, enviro-wack jobs sabotaged the oil rig that blew up in the gulf the other day. We’ve had deep water oil rigs off the coast as long as I can remember and I’ve never heard of a catastrophe like this one. But even my right-wing, national security conscious mind never drifted to the possibility of sabotage by a foreign power.

Enviro-nut greens with the eco-terror group Environmental Liberation Front have previously set fire to Hummers on dealer lots, to a ski resort in Colorado, and to mansions under construction in Southern California. The millions of dollars in damage and harmful effects on the environment (I’m sure quite a bit of CO2 was released into the atmosphere) were inflicted to stop humans from negatively impacting nature?

It doesn’t make sense (but then what does any lefty do that makes any sense?) but it shows these liberal far-left loons are perfectly willing to destroy the environment in order to save it. So it was natural for my suspicions to track straight to the tree huggers when I first learned of the “accident.”

But today, this from the EU Times Online…

A grim report circulating in the Kremlin today written by Russia’s Northern Fleet is reporting that the United States has ordered a complete media blackout over North Korea’s torpedoing of the giant Deepwater Horizon oil platform owned by the World’s largest offshore drilling contractor Transocean that was built and financed by South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., that has caused great loss of life, untold billions in economic damage to the South Korean economy, and an environmental catastrophe to the United States.

The article goes on to describe exactly how the Kremlin claims the communist North Koreans perpetrated this alleged act of war, with special forces suicide squads deployed from a cargo vessel that deviated from its planned route from Cuba to Venezuela.

Who would ever believe that a North Korean ship leaving a Cuban port on its way to Venezuela would attack us?

I mean, wasn’t Obama’s foreign policy going to destroy all the hatred in the hearts of our enemies? He practically ignored the North Korean belligerence last spring to entice crazy Kim Jong Il to be diplomatic. He took an anti-US book from Venezuelan American-hater President Hugo Chavez hoping to turn the hate filled heart of that dictator. And he lifted our 50-year-long travel ban to the island paradise and most desired vacation destination of Fidel Castro’s Cuba as evidence of our willingness to befriend our closest communist neighbor.

Yet, after all these olive branches to our bitter enemies, could it be that a North Korean vessel traveled from a Cuban port to attack us and then retreat to the refuge of Venezuela?

According to the EU Times article, the Russian report also describes a motive for the alleged attack.

Apparently, Russian Navy experts believe the most viable option for controlling the spill is to detonate a low-yield nuclear bomb. These experts believe the impending ecologic disaster could be averted or mitigated if President Obama will simply use “the nuclear option.”

Russian Navy atomic experts in these reports state that should Obama choose the “nuclear option” the most viable weapon at his disposal is the United States B83 (Mk-83) strategic thermonuclear bomb having a variable yield (Low Kiloton Range to 1,200 Kilotons) which with its 12 foot length and 18 inch diameter, and weighing just over 2,400 pounds, is readily able to be deployed and detonated by a remote controlled mini-sub.

This week opens the UN’s Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, held every five years to evaluate international compliance with the treaty and to improve upon it. The article speculates this disaster and the upcoming conference place President Obama between a rock and a hard place.

If the Russians are right, and a nuclear bomb is the best way to control the spill, the President has a choice to make. Save the environment or save the Non-Proliferation Agreement.

If the Russian scientists are correct and a nuclear detonation could resolve the environmental crisis unfolding, thousands of miles of US coastland could be saved by an underwater nuclear detonation. But Obama recently stood before the world and said the US was pretty much never going to use nuclear weapons for pretty much any reason. His decision to denounce nuclear weapons in practically any instance but a direct nuclear attack on our country was designed to give the US the upper hand at the negotiations in the upcoming conference. But detonation of a nuclear device, even to control an environmental disaster, will basically undercut all his liberal idealistic offering of the proverbial olive branch might have achieved.

The use of a nuclear weapon to protect the US Gulf Coast from the onslaught of the leaking oil would offer a reason for every country operating offshore oil rigs an excuse for developing, testing, and possessing their own nuclear stockpiles. How could even the Left-wing loons call for a moratorium on the development of nuclear weapons?

After all, the purpose for their proliferation would no longer be for making war. Now everyone would need nukes to protect the environment!

So, if the Russians have it right, the North Koreans have forced the President to choose between two of the main columns that support Obama and the Democrats’ liberal platform, save the environment or save the Non-Proliferation Agreement. Choose one and destroy the other.

President Obama has been playing a high stakes game of chess since the bellicose Kim Jong Il began launching missiles into the Pacific last spring. Before the game even started, Obama virtually told the North Korean tyrant that we don’t really want to win. Thinking this would make Kim less aggressive and more open to dialogue and diplomacy, the President was playing to the inner good that all liberal idealists believe exists in every human being, even evil dictators like Kim.

No retaliation when North Korea launched the first missile. No display of force, no massing of US Navy ships in the Sea of Japan. Nothing.

Then last month, emboldened by the lack of response to its previous belligerence by the Obama administration and its neighbors to the South, North Korea torpedoed and sank a South Korean ship. The response?


Last month’s act of war by North Korea evinces the failure of Obama’s foreign policy. We can’t show Kim Jong Il enough love to entice him to reciprocate. With our every offer of peace, Kim and his country grow bolder and feel less inhibition to challenge us.

Still, an alleged report from the Russian Navy doesn’t prove anything. And I’m certainly not ready to definitively declare the veracity of the allegations. But the response by the administration doesn’t do much to convince anyone to doubt the report.

Obama’s first response was to order SWAT teams to “inspect” all the oil rigs in the Gulf. SWAT teams?

Special Weapons and Tactics teams…

Sounds a lot more like a defensive response, or at the very least, like he is expecting to find other rigs set up to blow. Remember, this is the first event of its type that I can recall in my 42 years on this Earth. SWAT teams don’t really seem like a natural response if this “accident” weren’t the result of foul play.

The EU Times Online article goes further to allege that President Obama has ordered a news blackout on the investigation. If so, suspicion grows.

Browsing mainstream media websites yields no mention of North Korean involvement in the event. Not even a mention of the Russian allegation on traditionally right wing news organizations like Drudge and Breitbart, where we would expect to see such stories posted.

Chairman and President of BP America, the owner of the well, Lamar McKay said on ABC’s This Week they believe the catastrophe was caused “by a failed piece of equipment.” That’s vague to say the least. BP contracted with Transocean, which owned and operated the rig. Transocean’s Safety Director Adrian Rose said shortly after the explosion, “There was undoubtedly some abnormal pressure buildup.” But Rose offered no other information on the possible cause.

But most interesting is not what’s in the news about the incident, but what we don’t see in the news. The following is the statement on the Transocean website regarding the “accident.”

On April 20, a fire and explosion occurred onboard our semisubmersible drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, working approximately 41 miles offshore Louisiana on Mississippi Canyon block 252. Of the 126-member crew, 115 were safely evacuated. Despite exhaustive rescue efforts, eleven crew members lost their lives, nine of which were Transocean employees. Our entire Transocean family has been saddened by this tragic event and our thoughts and prayers remain with all who have been affected by this horrible tragedy.

We’ve been hearing a lot about the 11 who died in the explosion, but nary a peep out of the 115 survivors. Doesn’t that sound odd?

I would expect the press to be beating down the doors of these guys (and gals maybe?) to get their story. Their silence, or lack of reporting of their stories, makes the possibility of an imposed blackout even more plausible.

When asked in a regular press briefing earlier this week, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs at first seemed unwilling to dismiss the idea that sabotage could be involved in the destruction of the rig. But when pressed, he refused to clarify his remarks and went so far as to shut the reporter’s questioning down.

Though I’m still not ready to swear the events unfolded as stated in the EU Times article; the increased belligerence by North Korea, the upcoming UN nuclear non-proliferation conference, the sending of SWAT teams to the remaining oil rigs, and the lack of expected related news stories make quite a string of coincidences to at least make the Russian Navy hypothesis seem plausible.

Tags: Deepwater Horizon, Environment, Nuclear Non-Proliferation, UN, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, Oil Spill, Oil Slick, BP, EU Times Online, News Blackout, Transocean

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May 2, 2010 Posted by | Foreign Policy | 6 Comments