Conspiracy Brews 11.22.14

If you like your coffee and your politics flavorful, served with a heaping dose of civility by a diverse group of interesting people from all parts of the political spectrum then you should be joining us every Saturday. Started in 2007 over coffee and lively conversation by a group of concerned friends and neighbors, ‘Conspiracy Brews’ is committed to finding solutions to some of our State’s toughest problems. Our zest for constructive political discourse is only equaled by our belief that the only way forward is to exchange our views in a relaxed and friendly setting. For additional information or to be added to our e-mail list contact: ConspiracyBrews@aol.com.

Conspiracy Brews

“Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.”

Benjamin Franklin

Not your average political discussion group!

November 22, 2014

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
at
Southwest Secondary Learning Center
10301 Candelaria Rd NE
(northwest corner of Candelaria and Morris)

We think that government should be open and honest at all times.
People from all political parties are welcome.

*** Quotes of the Week ***

“Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.”

Thomas H. Huxley

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”

Thomas Jefferson

Suggested Topics

– The US keeps dropping in freedom ratings…why?

– So what is the latest good news for our area?

– Government lies no longer matter to most. Integrity is irrelevant. Ex. Bernco Treasurer Ortiz and APD where a Lt provides information in his official email for classes at a company where his wife works with military lessons on how to effect a good kill. Where are we heading?

(Light Quotes of the week)

“When I was kidnapped, my parents snapped into action. They rented out my room.”

Woody Allen

“Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore.”

Ogden Nash

“Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that happen to a man.”

Leon Trotsky

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Sig Silber: What Would NM Look Like As A Nation

I hope everyone will read the article found below and take seriously what may happen to this great state.  There are serious issues with which to deal. If people of this state continue to lollygag around, we could find ourselves without a viable economy.  There is already a serious rumor Intel will leave in 18 months, there is always a danger Los Alamos and Sandia could shutdown with little warning and some of our military installations could be candidates for the dustbin.

I’m sure there are other options which will not bode well for this large state with the small economy.  We thank Mr. Silber for allowing us to use his work and unless he pulls permission for our use you can expect much more from him on this blog, and others maintained by us and other conservative organizations.

Mr. Silber’s article was originally published in The Global Economic Intersection or http://econintersect.com/b2evolution/blog2.php/2014/01/21/the-nation-of-new-mexico-1

English: Seal of New Mexico

English: Seal of New Mexico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Nation of New Mexico

January 21st, 2014
in Op Ed, syndication

Random Thoughts from the High Desert: What if New Mexico became an Independent Nation with its own Central Bank?

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The land area which today we call New Mexico was part of the new nation of Mexico until it was basically seized In 1848 and became the United State Territory of New Mexico in 1850 and a State in 1912. It is the fifth largest state by land area in the U.S and has abundant natural resources. I am not advocating secession but simply wondering what the implications of nationhood would be for the people of New Mexico. Also this is an exercise in understanding how states within the U.S. are in many ways similar to nations within the Eurozone i.e. those Members of the European Union which do not have their own currency but instead use the Euro.

When considering the impact of being a separate nation one way to begin is to ask what the pros and cons are of so doing. The table below is one way of looking at it.

Pros

Cons

1. More flexibility in deciding on the legal framework under which one is governed.

2. Separate currency facilitating adjustment of competitiveness without waiting for wage rates to adjust

3. Ability to increase or decrease the money supply

4. Perhaps increased borrowing power since debts become sovereign debt

1. Relinquish or need to renegotiate aid from existing Federal sponsor

2. Need to assume certain functions currently performed by the existing Federal sponsor.

3. Increased vulnerability to foreign attacks.

4. Increased vulnerability to anything that impacts the economy of part of a smaller nation.

How does New Mexico fit within the above framework?

First of all let us look at the data on the transfers of taxes to the Federal Government and the receipt of funds from the Federal Government. For New Mexico, it looks like this:

Federal Taxes 1990-2009, $bn

Federal Spending 1990-2009, $bn

Taxes minus spending, $bn

GDP

2009, $bn

Federal taxes minus spending. 1990-2009, as % of 2009 GDP

New Mexico

115.7

316.6

(201.0)

76.9

(261)

The fact that New Mexico is substantially supported by the rest of the U.S. is very apparent. Thus New Mexico can not afford to lose its Federal sponsor. This sponsor provides essentially $5B a year to New Mexico over and above tax receipts received from New Mexico taxpayers which is equivalent to our State General Fund.

Some of the Federal spending is for two National Labs and multiple military installations which we could do without but currently provide income for many New Mexico residents. I have not gone through the exercise of netting out those Federal Expenditures which are in some ways intended to benefit the entire U.S. not just New Mexico so perhaps they can be subtracted from the receipt of funds to New Mexico.

But we have many other funding requirements including the management of forests and other Federal Land, management of many of our reservoirs, assistance to Native Americans, social security payments, Medicaid funding, etc. In many ways, New Mexico is not really a State but a very expensive Territory for the U.S. to maintain.

So New Mexico can not afford to be an independent nation. When you are too small to survive, one solution is to get larger. So what about what the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) calls the “Southwest” which is Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona.

The send/receive ratios for the Southwest and other states are shown in the following map:

http://media.economist.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/original-size/20110806_WOM959_0.gif
Source: Census Bureau; International Revenue Service;The Economist estimates

Because the map is difficult to read if printed in black or white, I have also included a table of the data in that map for the states of the Southwest.

Federal taxes 1990-2009,$bn

Federal spending 1990-2009, $bn

Taxes minus spending,$bn

GDP 2009,$bn

Federal taxes minus spending, 1990-2009 as % of 2009 gdp

New Mexico

115.5

316.6

(201.0)

76.9

(261)

Texas

2,738.6

2,348.8.

389.8

1,146.6

34

Oklahoma

385.0

434.3

(49.3)

142.4

(35)

Arizona

424.9

631.7

(206.8)

249.7

(83)

Total

3,664.0

3,731.4

(67.3)

1,615.6

(4)

Uneven Economic Performance

But even if the sends and receives from the former Central Government would be essentially balanced out in the new Nation of The Southwest, the relative performance of the four economies have recently diverged as shown on this map.

http://agorafinancial.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/5min_WhatDiff_123113Big.png
source: Census Bureau

You can clearly see here the recent poor performance of New Mexico and Arizona as compared to Oklahoma and Texas. Thus we could easily see a difficulty emerging between a prosperous East Southwest and a deflationary/depressed West Southwest. In some ways the Southwest might resemble Europe.

Of course we know why Oklahoma and Texas are doing well. It is called fracking and horizontal drilling. These are concepts which are culturally anathema to many in New Mexico and Arizona so that could be an obstacle to confederation. But a good public relations campaign might overcome this and there exists some uniform culinary preferences of the residents of the Southwest and similar attitudes towards oppressive Central Government.

There may even be some reason for thinking that part of the northern tier of Mexico might fit in nicely with this new possible nation. There already exists pretty much free movement of people back and forth across the border between Mexico and three of the states in the Southwest. There is also considerable integration of the river and reservoir systems between the Southwest and Mexico. There is also to some extent for a substantial part of the population of the Southwest a shared language, religion, and cultural values. But I will leave the expansion of the discussion on the potential merger of the Southwest with part of Northern Mexico for a subsequent article.

We may want to look at some other characteristics of this potentially new nation.

State

Land Area Square Mile

Popu-lation 2010 Census in 1000s

Annual Precip-itation in inches

Proved Oil Reserves 2011

Millions of Barrels

Government

owned

land

%

Personal Income tax rate single person moderate income %

Sales tax state plus local

%

New Mexico

121,589

2,059

14.24

866

34.7

4.9

7.26

Texas

268,581

25,145

35.0

7,014

1.8

0

8.14

Oklahoma

69,898

3,751

37.62

879

1.6

5.25

8.67

Arizona

113,998

6,392

11.5

Small

42.3

4.24

9.16

Total

574,066

37,348

About the same as Mexico.

16.9

Did not calculate

Did not calculate

Total U.S.

3,794

308,745

Conti-nental U.S. 30

Perhaps 20 – 25 Billion

Overall the New Southwest would have generally lower personal income tax rates but higher sales tax rates than the residual U.S. This would tend to create income inequality. As sales taxes are regressive and low income tax rates often are associated with higher property taxes. To be complete I should have considered corporation tax rates.

Access to Federal lands would provide Southwest with a substantial amount of land currently owned by the U.S. Federal Government. This includes over 61 million acres or approximately twice the size of New York State. This might but would not necessarily spur development and increases in property tax receipts. U.S. control over subsurface oil and gas extends in some case beyond the amount of surface land owned by the U.S. and many minerals such as gold and silver are controlled by the U.S. Federal Government with the ability of citizens to stake and patent claims.

A small percentage but still significant amount of Federal Land is used as military installations and if these military installations and their equipment were included with Southwest, it would be among the World’s major nuclear powers which is not surprising since the atom bomb was developed and tested in New Mexico.

How this land became Federal Land is interesting as to some extent it is land stolen from the Mexican settlers who became U.S. Citizens as a result of conquest by the U.S. of Northern Mexico. In the case of New Mexico the ownership of land was by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildalgo intended to remain with those living in the conquered land but key entrepreneurs and other scoundrels enticed the Federal Government to essentially steal the land from the Hispanic citizens. This is a process that continues to this day.

The Central Bank of the Southwest.

There are many reasons to have a Central Bank. Many nations in Europe have learned the hard way what it is like to not have a Central Bank, not be able to issue currency, and to depend on a Central Bank over which you have very little control.

Although one could argue that the major benefit of having a Central Bank is the ability to generate money out of thin air which can often be convenient, perhaps the major benefit of having a Central Bank is to have ones own currency. For the Southwest I have decided that our currency will be called the Desert Tortoise or Tortoise for short. For some short time there would be interchangeability of one Tortoise per U.S. dollar. After that transition period, the Tortoise would float against all currencies.

The advantage of having ones own currency is that it is a lot easier to adjust in a world market by having ones currency appreciate or decline in value relative to other currencies than it is to have price levels adjust to allow one to achieve a balance of trade.

It does not matter whether this is trade with another nation or trade with another state. Well it would not matter except if one was receiving subsidies or paying subsidies or other transfer payments to allow ones trading partners to be able to afford or tolerate their relationship with you.

The U.S. provides foreign aid to Egypt and Israel among others and we have examined earlier in this article the very different ratios of money sent to D.C. versus what is returned.

One way or another, everything that enters a state within a nation or a nation must be paid for. That payment can be by money, borrowing, or seizure. To the extent it is money, workers must be willing to work for sufficiently low wages to make their products attractive to ones trading partners and wages must be sufficiently attractive to entice workers into the labor force. The U.S. is doing a poor job of handling this balancing act. Perhaps a smaller unit such as the Southwest would be able to achieve better performance.

There are many reasons to manipulate ones currency but a major reason is to impact your trade surplus or deficit. Some explanation of this is provided below:

Economic Variable Impacted by Current Account

Current Account Deficit

Current Account Surplus

Savings Rate as Compared to Investment Rate

Decrease

Increase

Employment

Decrease

Increase

Household Income

Higher

Lower

Inflation

Lower

Higher

Interest Rates

Lower

Higher

GDP Growth

Lower

Higher

Thus the devaluation or currency appreciation is the use of currency adjustments in lieu of other mechanisms to manage the trade balance. This occurs both naturally in the marketplace and by policy i.e. the Central Bank of the Southwest which I would structure to be a full service bank i.e. it would deal with both the state chartered banks and individual citizens. Thus if there was a need to stimulate the economy of the Southwest, there would be the usual option of stuffing money into the banks but also the option of bailouts directly of residents.

  • Too much foreign debt denominated in Tortoises, devalue the Tortoise.
  • If wages are too high, devalue the Tortoise.
  • If too much hot money is entering the Southwest, cause the Tortoise to appreciate.

It is not clear what the trade balance of the Southwest would be. In terms of manufactured goods and food it would be a net importer. On the other hand, it would be a significant net exporter of energy for now hydrocarbon based but long term to include solar and wind energy.

Presumably part of the motivation would be to improve the economy of the Southwest and create job opportunities and a better qualified work force than exists currently. This means enlightened fiscal and monetary policy. In general monetary policy is more effective than fiscal policy so having a Central Bank and ones own currency is critical.

This of course only will work relative to the Residual U.S. and the rest of the World. It would not address imbalances within the Southwest.

Without the ability to have a currency that adjusts relative to the relative competitiveness of the Southwest relative to the residual U.S. and the rest of the World, adjustments would have to be made by prices rising or falling to avoid non-competitiveness.

But there remains the issue of legacy debt. Some residents of the Nation of the Southwest would owe money to others denominated in U.S. Dollars and some would own loans denominated in U.S. Dollars. So devaluing or appreciation the “Tortoise”,the new currency of the Southwest, would have certain implications. In general it is likely that the Remaining U.S. will be in a debtor position relative to the citizens of the Southwest who own U.S. Treasury obligations and will be exempt from any obligations with respect to the U.S. National Debt which clearly would not be very popular in D.C.

Economic Potential of the Southwest

Between the arid settings, mountain air, and saltwater locations, the potential for providing medical services, and tourism as well as being a retirement destination all of which is facilitated by having abundant low-cost land, the economic growth potential of the Southwest would appear to be significant.

As just one example, it might be able to become a healthcare center especially if the U.S. were to accept Medicare claims filed with the Southwest or under current rules (http://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/11037.pdf) there may be opportunities to develop medical centers close to the borders of the Southwest with the Residual U.S. Providing free or highly discounted medical services to U.S. Legislators might lead to the proper rules being put into place.

And the nation of Southwest might easily become an onshore/offshore sanctuary for those concerned about the safety of their U.S. Dollars.

As an aside, secession is not the only way to create economic subregions within the U.S.. States can cooperate and negotiate Interstate Compacts that supersede State Laws and are enforced by the U.S. Supreme Court. It is not out of the question to create regional currencies and there may be other ways to achieve the same benefits without having separate currencies i.e. indexing of compensation of government employees to the trade balance of the region to make adjustments less difficult than the current process of using Detroit-style financial collapse to force a decline in labor rates.

With respect to governance, the concept of dividing Texas into a larger number of smaller states might have some appeal. Texas at one time might have had that right as part of their Treaty with the U.S. when they joined the Union but apparently they have over time surrendered that right and it is prohibited by the U.S. Constitution. But of course that would no longer be a constraint within a new nation of Southwest.

Border security is an issue partly related to the large amount of U.S. owned land and sparsely settled Native American land near the border with Mexico in New Mexico and Arizona.

This New Nation of the Southwest would have many miles of shoreline along the Gulf of New Mexico including deep water ports. But border security would be a problem. Here is what the situation looks like today.


Source: U.S. Geological Survey Jacquieline v. Notan, Cartographer 21 September 2011

The large amount of Federally Controlled land complicates achieving border security in Arizona and New Mexico. Decisions on the former Federally held government land would have to be reviewed to determine the best use of this land. I have to assume that the citizens of the Southwest would prefer to have those decisions made locally rather than in Washington D.C.

We may want to look at some of the other chacteristics of this potential new nation.

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Marita Noon: North America: An Oil And Gas Powerhouse

The lady seems to be on a roll, although telling it like it is has always been a straight trait of hers.  Below she places truth before nonsense from on operating on pure bull butter.  Have a look at the slashing and dicing from Ms. Noon:

Greetings!

Last week I was sent a link to a USA Today op-ed written by Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council titled: More oil and gas ups our addiction. I read it and was appalled at the lies it contained. I knew I couldn’t let it go unanswered. This week’s column (attached and pasted-in-below) is my examination of her statements. I had a lot of fun writing North America: an oil and gas powerhouse—and it is getting a very positive response.

I am sending you North America: an oil and gas powerhouse early because I am speaking in Ruidoso, NM, tomorrow at lunch and am doing two in-studio radio interviews there in the morning. I am driving (3 hours) there this afternoon. You are welcome to post, pass on and/or personally enjoy North America: an oil and gas powerhouse today—if that fits your schedule—or tomorrow as usual.

Thanks for helping me spread the “Energy makes America great!” message.

Marita Noon, Executive Director

EnergyMakesAmericaGreat Inc.

PO Box 52103, Albuquerque, NM 87181

505.239.8998

For immediate release: August 25, 2013

Commentary by Marita Noon

Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great Inc.

Contact: 505.239.8998, marita@responsiblenergy.org

North America: an oil and gas powerhouse

Perhaps you read the USA Today editorial on August 19 that concludes with: “the most important gains could come from radical shifts that are as unanticipated as was North America’s emergence as an oil and gas powerhouse.” It points out “that free enterprise has a way of solving problems that is beyond the capabilities of government.” And continues: “The surge in domestic oil and gas production—spurred on by such new techniques as hydraulic fracturing (or ‘fracking’) did not come about as the result of government energy polices, but largely in spite of them.”

 Other oil producing countries are taking note.

Mexico has huge oil-and-gas reserves— estimated at 115bn barrels of oil equivalent, comparable to Kuwait’s—but lacks the technology to develop non-conventionals, such as shale gas and deep-sea crude. President Pena Nieto is looking to make reforms that would allow foreign companies to partner with the state-owned oil company, Pemex, to bring the wealth to the surface.

The Saudi Prince Alwaleed recently warned: “the kingdom’s oil-dependent economy is increasingly vulnerable to rising U.S. energy production.” Alwaleed’s comments were penned before Mexico announced its intended energy reforms. The thought of Mexico’s resources flowing on to the global market has got to make the prince increasingly nervous.

The reality of North America becoming an “oil-and-gas powerhouse” threatens more than just OPEC nations. In response to the USA Today editorial, Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), wrote an “opposing view” proclaiming: “Increasing domestic oil and gas production is no panacea for our nation’s energy needs or economy.”

Energy and the Economy

Apparently, she is not aware that regions with oil-and-gas development have some of the lowest unemployment in the country—states with resource extraction such as Texas, Montana, Oklahoma, and Wyoming all have unemployment rates below the national average and North Dakota has the lowest in the country at 3.9%. My home state of New Mexico shares the rich Permian Basin with Texas. There, they tell me: “Anyone who can pass a drug test can get a job.”

Due to the increasing domestic resource development, President Obama’s stated 2010 goal of doubling exports by 2015 has already been met—though not through his initiatives, and in fact, in spite of them. Alan Tonelson, an economist at the US Business and Industry Council, says: “When the president talks about trade, when he talks about creating middle class jobs, when he talks about turning the US economy into an economy that lasts, he usually talks about manufacturing, those are the classic American living wage jobs. There’s no chance that he’s been thinking mainly about petroleum.”

Rayola Dougher, a senior economic adviser at the American Petroleum Institute, sums up the economic impact of oil and gas on the economy: “We have been a real engine of growth at a time when other industries have been languishing.”

Gas Prices

Next, Beinecke states: “U.S. oil production may be up 44% since 2008, but so are prices. The costs of crude oil have risen 6% in that time.” While this claim appears to be accurate on the surface, it ignores the fact that the Federal Reserve has driven the value of the dollar down. In his Forbes article, “The rising price of the falling dollar,” contributor Charles Kadlec, explains: “The real price of the on-going debauchery of the dollar is measured by the loss of our prosperity and the debasement of our liberty.” Similarly, Paul Streitz, in American Thinker, draws the connection between our national debt and the price of oil: “excessive spending means monetizing our debt, which means printing money, which means foreign oil producers want more of it for the same barrel of oil.”

Fracking

Of course, Beinecke resorts to the environmentalists’ standard claim: “The fracking that is driving our oil and gas surge has grown at breakneck speed.” She continues: “states have responded with weak rules and limited enforcement.” Environmental groups, like Beinecke’s NRDC, want federal government to add regulation on fracking—which will increase the cost and slow the growth of drilling.

Friday, August 23, was the deadline for public comment on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) draft rule to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. Oklahoma Attorney General Pruitt and attorneys general from four other states sent a letter to the BLM, objecting to the agency’s intent to duplicate the state’s long-standing regulation of hydraulic fracturing. “States have been regulating hydraulic fracturing for more than 40 years with great success. This proposed rule is just another layer of unnecessary regulation that will cause significant delays and hinder natural gas production,” General Pruitt said. “The Supreme Court has made it clear that regulation of water and land use is a state and local power, and no law gives an agency such as the BLM the authority to pre-empt state regulations.”

Environmentalists’ hyperbole about the use of hydraulic fracturing would lead the general public to believe that the practice is new. In fact it has been successfully used to extract oil and gas for more than 60 years—and, over the decades, it has been refined and made giant technological leaps. Attempts to link fracking to water contamination have repeatedly been disproven.

Climate Change

Then her “opposing view” takes the climate change tack: “more oil and gas production will only exacerbate climate change … Last year alone, Americans suffered $140 billion in crop losses, wildfires, storm damage and other impacts of extreme weather made worse by climate change.” Once again, baseless charges.

The $140 billion in crop losses pertains to the 2012 drought, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Drought Task Force, put together to examine whether or not “human-caused CO2-fueled global warming” was the cause, said, in a report, dated March 20, 2013: “natural variations in weather patterns caused this sudden ‘flash drought,’” and “The report rules out global ocean conditions as well as human-induced climate change, as major culprits.” 

Additionally, as I addressed last month, Dr. Roger Pielke, Jr., from the University of Colorado, at the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee hearing on climate, testified to the effect that Weather Related Disaster losses globally as a percentage of GDP had actually decreased by about 25% since 1990, while droughts have “for the most part, become shorter, less frequent, and cover a smaller portion of the U S over the last century.”  Other figures of merit, hurricane frequency, intensity, damages, landfalls, and ‘accumulated tropical cyclone energy’ have shown no trends over long periods of record. Floods have not increased, flood losses have gone down significantly, while tornadoes have not increased in frequency, intensity, or normalized damage since 1950, and there is some evidence to suggest they have actually declined. Beinecke is either ignorant of the facts, or guilty of deliberately misstating information. 

The wildfires Beinecke mentions are connected to the drought and add drama to her comments as we are currently fighting wildfires in 11 western states. However, the true blame falls squarely on the forest management plans as enacted by the US Forest Service, which has allowed the forests to be overgrown and unhealthy. Keeping the forest healthy through thinning costs about $600 per acre, but fighting a forest fire can cost nearly four times more.

CAFE Standards

One of her last assertions is: “Our new 54.5 mpg fuel standards will cut oil imports by one-third and save consumers $1.7 trillion at the pump.” The 54.5-mpg figure is a standard that Obama announced in 2009 and it applies to the fleet average a company must have. Because Americans continue to purchase more trucks and SUVs with much lower mpg, a company must produce cars like the Volt or the Leaf that are measured at 93 and 99 mpg equivalent. Overall the average might come out in the mandated range. BMW recently announced the introduction of its first electric car, the i3. They are moving into electric cars, not because of customer demand, but “to meet regulatory requirements.” The Wall Street Journal reports: “The car will earn emissions credits for BMW in markets such as California, reducing the likelihood that BMW will have to pay fines for failing to comply with carbon dioxide restrictions and giving BMW headroom under those rules to keep selling its more profitable internal combustion models.” While electric cars may slightly reduce gasoline use, they really still run on fossil fuels—namely coal.

I close my examination of Beinecke’s “view” with this: “True energy independence means reducing our reliance on oil and gas by investing in America’s abundant clean energy resources that can power our country and boost our economy without endangering our health and climate.” I believe that we all want to end US dependence on oil imports from countries that wish to destroy us. But nebulous “clean energy resources” will not do that. When environmentalists refer to “clean energy,” they are most often referring to wind and solar—which produce electricity, albeit ineffectively, inefficiently and uneconomically. Only a tiny fraction of electricity in the US is produced from oil. The oil we import goes toward the transportation fleet. Until there are quantum leaps in technology, there will never be a massive shift from petroleum-based vehicles to electric. So Beinecke’s dream of “clean energy resources” will not reduce our “reliance on oil and gas.”

The title of Beinecke’s USA Today post is: “More oil and gas ups our addiction.” In reality, the true addiction is the clean energy she touts. Alternative energies such as wind, solar and biofuels are addicted to government money and the junkies’ dealers are those with close ties to President Obama and other high ranking Democrats engaged in crony corruption.

 Let’s give the Saudi prince something to really worry about. Let free enterprise solve problems that are beyond the capabilities of government. Let’s build the Keystone pipeline and work with Mexico to use techniques, perfected in America’s oil fields, to bring its wealth to the surface. North America can be an oil-and-gas powerhouse—but government energy polies have to change. Then prosperity and liberty can be restored.

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). Together they work to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and, the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.

Daniel Garza: My American Experience

Mr. Garza is the executive director of The Libre Initiative which is a Conservative Hispanic  advocacy group.  He served on President George W. Bush’s cabinet.

The following short video tells of some of Mr. Garza’s and his family’s experience as immigrants from Mexico.

My American Experience

The Libre Initiative

Obama & Holder Rush To Lessen Restrictions On Guns For Immigrants

English: Official portrait of United States At...

English: Official portrait of United States Attorney General Eric Holder Español: Retrato oficial de Fiscal General de los Estados Unidos Eric Holder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Coming to a neighborhood near you … guns for legal aliens.  Your President and your Attorney General seem hell-bent on finding ways to arm everyone but citizens of this country.  First, Eric Holder and his DOJ saw to it that weapons were smuggled from this country into the Republic of Mexico, where at least one of the weapons was later used to murder a US Border Patrol Agent — not to mention the other weapons used to murder innocent Mexican citizens.

Now Obama’s administration want to ease the restrictions on purchases of weapons in this nation by legal aliens.

Wait for it.  It’s not far away and you can read about it by following the link posted below:

Guns For Legal Aliens

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For Greater Glory: The Movie

Pastor Max Comments:

Catholic, non-catholic, believer or non-believer should see this movie “Greater Glory” to grasp a glimpse of what we may be faced with if government takes control of our main family value “Faith”. When in the U.S. Navy in service for this country, I was willing to lay my life down in protection of our freedom. As a family man and a Christian I am more so willing to do so for the protection of my family and certainly to practice my faith in obedience to my Father in Heaven…..For I serve God, Family and Country in that order as they stand together.
Pastor Max


Call to Action
http://www.votervoice.net/link/clickthrough/ext/223053.aspx
Opening in Theaters Nationwide on June 1st!

For Greater Glory – starring Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria and Peter O’Toole – is the true story of how the Catholic Church, through a three-year conflict called the Cristero War, won its freedom from the government of Mexico. Pope Benedict XVI, during his recent visit to Mexico, visited the Cristo Rey Monument that honors the Cristero fighters, who took up arms in 1926 when the Mexican government outlawed and forcibly suppressed the Catholic faith – including the public execution of priests and parishioners by hanging and firing squad. Many were martyred for the freedom the Cristero fighters eventually won in 1929.

The film opens June 1st across the country, and we would very much appreciate you helping promote this epic piece of cinema. Cardinal Se
án O’Malley blogged about the film and recently offered this:

“As a nation established on the principal of freedom for all people, For Greater Glory reminds us of the important values that we as Americans and Catholics share and must be willing to protect.  This film helps us to understand the history surrounding the Cristero War and its importance in the Mexican Catholics’ efforts to fight for religious freedom and tolerance.  Those values are as relevant today as they were almost one hundred years ago.”    


Below are just two of the recent stories highlighting For Greater Glory. Click on the links below to read each article.

National Catholic Register

 Hollywood Reporter story


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If You Haven’t Heard …

Then now would probably be an excellent time for you to hear about Hezbollah and the Mexican drug cartels. If you were never concerned about illegal migration and the potential for dirty dealing posed by illegal aliens and infiltration by terrorists, just read on  from ProPublica and Sebastian Rotella:

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U.S. authorities are building a politically explosive case that Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group, finances itself through a vast drug-smuggling network that links a Lebanese bank, a violent Mexican cartel and U.S. cocaine users.

Federal prosecutors Tuesday charged Ayman Joumaa, an accused Lebanese drug kingpin and Hezbollah financier, of smuggling tons of U.S.-bound cocaine and laundering hundreds of millions of dollars with the Zetas cartel of Mexico.

“Ayman Joumaa is one of top guys in the world at what he does: international drug trafficking and money laundering,” a U.S. anti-drug official said. “He has interaction with Hezbollah. There’s no indication that it’s ideological. It’s business.”

To those defending Hezbollah and its sister, Hamas, whether governments or groups like the codepink organization, there seems to be no need to chastise you as you’ve never paid attention to criticism, just as you’ve never paid attention to reason and truth.  But here’s some more in case you care to read:

Now a powerful partner in Lebanon’s government, Hezbollah presents itself as a legitimate political party and rejects allegations of terrorism. But Tuesday’s case reflects increasing concern that Hezbollah and its ally, Iran’s intelligence service, are expanding their presence in Latin America as conflict with the West intensifies over Iran’s nuclear program.

Hezbollah allegedly uses the cocaine trade to develop revenue and build foreign networks, according to U.S., European and Israeli officials. In October, the Justice Department charged an Iranian-American resident of Texas and two Iranian intelligence officers with plotting to hire Mexican cartel gunmen to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington.

Acting in February under the Patriot Act, the U.S. Treasury Department publicly identified the Lebanese Canadian National bank of Beirut, Lebanon’s eighth-largest bank, as a “financial institution of primary money laundering concern” linked to Hezbollah. Authorities alleged that the bank facilitated the financing of Hezbollah by Joumaa, a 47-year-old businessman who speaks excellent Spanish and resided many years in Colombia. About eleven years ago, he shifted his base to Lebanon because of law enforcement pressure, according to U.S. anti-drug officials.

We’ll paste more from the article just below, but be aware there has been denials from Hezbollah and other of the accused whether institutions or individuals.  We suugest you read the related articles which follow the next portion of the ProPublica article and the link to the rest of the article:

Joumaa allegedly coordinated the smuggling of at least 85 tons of Colombian cocaine through Central America and Mexico in partnership with the Zetas, the brutal Mexican cartel founded by former commandos, according to the indictment. Between 1997 and 2010, Joumaa’s mafia laundered hundreds of millions of dollars for the Zetas and their Colombian and Venezuelan suppliers, regularly picking up southbound bulk cash shipments of $2 million to $4 million in Mexico City, the indictment says.

“Ayman Joumaa is accused of facilitating the shipments of huge amounts of cocaine for the United States while laundering the proceeds all over the globe,” said DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart. “According to information from sources, his alleged drug and money laundering activities facilitated numerous global drug-trafficking organizations, including the criminal activities of the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel.”

The indictment in Virginia results from a continuing investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration targeting Hezbollah, which has a bloody history of terror attacks against the United States and Israel.

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More Fast & Furious Guns Found In Mexico

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The guns were actually “found” by drug cartel and other gang members when they were smuggled into Mexico and turned over to the criminals.  Now they are showing up at serious crime scenes in Mexico.  According to Reuters US Edition in a report by Jeremy Pelofsky:

Mexican authorities found AK-47 assault rifles, powerful .50 caliber rifles and other weapons in late 2009 that were later linked to the U.S. sting operation to trace weapons going across the border to Mexico, the report said.

Guns from the program, dubbed “Operation Fast and Furious,” also were found at the scene of the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in the border state Arizona last December. It is not clear if they were the weapons responsible for his death.

The committee in the US House of Representatives is expected to issue their report on the scheme today:

The House of Representatives Oversight Committee, led by Republican Darrell Issa, and the senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Charles Grassley, have been investigating the sting and will issue the report Tuesday.

Their investigators say at least 122 firearms bought by suspected gun traffickers were found at Mexican crime scenes or caught going to the cartels.

Of the 2,000 weapons sold to the suspected gun traffickers, just over half remain unaccounted for, the report added. The Justice Department said that the ATF was not aware of the majority of those gun sales when they occurred.

According to this report the Justice Department is investigating the program on its own and has stated the following:

The Justice Department said it could only confirm 96 guns recovered in Mexico were tied to suspects being tracked in the operation, but it said that ATF did not have complete information on how many were recovered at crime scenes there.

The agency said another 274 weapons were recovered in the United States and, so far, about a dozen were found at U.S. crime scenes, according to information given to Grassley obtained by Reuters.

The final report by the congressional committee investigating this idiotic program will reveal if AG Holder and POTUS may have lied or if no conclusive evidence of their part has been determined, additional and more in-depth examination may be ordered.

For now you can read the Reuters story by clicking here.  It looks as though the writer and editor of the article has mistakenly given the year 2001, when they should have said 2010 in the next to last paragraph of the story.

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We Provide — You Decide

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Actually, we don’t provide, we just found this information partly based on the Tucson Police Department hacking exploit, interesting and compelling.  If the information and documents provide factual information, we could be in for serious surprises sooner rather than later.  The basic information comes from FrontPageMagazine.com. This online publication is associated with the David Horowitz Freedom Center.  You can see a report on their activities thus far during the current year (2011) if you click here.

Mr. Horowitz make no apology for his unabashed dislike (perhaps hate is a more accurate descriptor) of Jihadists and others advocating the destruction of Israel or the killing of Jewish people. But you can read as much as you like by accessing the last link provided above.

We provide the link to the article titled, Hezbollah Sets Up Shop In Mexico.  We ask  you to access the links provided in the story — particularly the link to the Tucson Police Department hacked report.  By now the information has traveled around the world and is in the hands of radical elements, including Mexican and other drug cartels in countries abutting Mexico.  In case you missed it in the article, here is a link to the hacked and linked memo:

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I just wonder if any of the Project Gunrunner/Fast and Furious weapons have been placed in Hezbollah’s hands.

Fast & Furious Hearings Gain Speed

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On 6/14/2011 and today (6/15/11) joint hearing by the House of Representatives and the United States Senate received direct testimony and other investigative information; some of which will be provided today on this blog.

The information provided comes from C-Span.org and their work is gratefully acknowledged by Gadabout-Blogalot.

The reader/viewer will be provided narrative and video from yesterday’s hearing and today’s hearing current to the time of posting this article. First here is the video from yesterday’s hearing:

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