Conspiracy brews 7.25.15


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Benjamin Franklin

Not your average political discussion group!

July 25, 2015
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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 ***

“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”

Beverly Sills

Suggested Topics

— Should the historical markers be removed from old town?

— Another Domestic Terrorism attack…or was it inspired by international terrorism. Do you have an answer?

A Documentary will be shown on MTV (Jul 22) called “White People.” What do you think of the concept?

TBD NOTE: The following topic has been presented by one of our members as deserving a panel discussion of the sort we’ve had recently. Who would be good to be invited?

TBD I believe we are caught up in a well-orchestrated economy vortex and I think we need to spend time to discuss it at length. I think it is getting more and more difficult to see current events in black and white terms. There are several knowledgeable people that have better insights than I and I would appreciate a full discussion on this topic as soon as possible.

*** Light Quotes of the Week ***

“I only know two pieces; one is ‘Clair de Lune; and the other on isn’t.”

Victor Borge

“Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead.”


“I strive to be as good a person as my dog thinks I am.”



Door-To-Door For Obamacare

Matt Labash of the Weekly Standard tells an amazing tongue-in-check story of his tagging along with ObamaCare non-partisan shills as they go door-to-door in Florida.

Hard Sell

Going door-to-door for Obamacare

Dec 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 13 • By MATT LABASH

Hollywood, Fla.
Standing here on the streets of Hollywood with two comely Obamacare cheerleaders by my side, I’m feeling fired up and ready to go. I’m feeling like the change I’ve been waiting for. I’m feeling like whatever Obama cliché you can think of. And all I want to say, like the late Todd Beamer before me, is, “Let’s roll.” Or more like, “Let’s enroll.” Because much as Beamer, God rest his soul, took on the terrorists who tried to take down America, we are now in a similar cataclysmic fight: the fight to guarantee that every American has the right to buy overpriced health insurance on a glitchy website, under threat of punitive tax penalties.

Gary Locke

Gary Locke

I’ve come to Florida to go door-to-door with the foot soldiers of Get Covered America, the boots-on-the-ground division of Enroll America, which bills itself as a “nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to maximize the number of uninsured Americans who enroll in health coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act.” These Obamacare evangelists are very serious about the “nonpartisan” nature of their business. Nearly every Enroll America staffer I speak to emphasizes it, often repeatedly. And while it might strain credulity that an organization is nonpartisan which seeks to make sure people are Obamacared for by setting $100 million fundraising goals for itself, and conducting $5 million ad campaigns, and targeting 10 different states, 9 of which are coincidentally run by Republican governors, I choose to take them at their word.

Click on the following link to get to the complete story (three pages):

Non-Partisan Workers For ObamaCare (NOT)


You May Have Met The Son … Now Meet The Father

Americans for Prosperity

Americans for Prosperity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am in Orlando, Florida, where after two days of attendance at an event conducted by Americans For Prosperity,  I was fortunate to hear and see Texas State Senator, Ted Cruz.  If you follow politics at all, you know Senator Cruz is a powerful and compelling speaker about conservative ideals.  His message today was a simple and straight forward message on how to get out of our heads the deep, throbbing sense of malaise  and foreboding we have come to feel under this Obama administration.  It seems, rather it actually feels, as though there is a leviathan roiling the waters of our life as it splashes about in the oceans surrounding the people of this planet.

His message to this administration and this congress was, “Listen to the people.”  As I said before, hearing and seeing him was fortunate.  Right after I returned to my lodging, I found an email from a friend which contained a URL.  My friend asked me to follow the URL, and further wrote the father of Ted Cruz was the speaker in the video accessed with the URL.  I did as my friend requested, and I was pleased to find in the case of Ted Cruz, the acorn certainly didn’t fall far from the tree, and it was plain the oratory skills of the father has passed to the son.

Here is the video, please access it and see if you come to my conclusion:

Now follow the related articles below to learn more about where Senator Rubio gets his “stuff.”

A Most Dangerous Man

He has been called a race pimp, a racist, a charlatan and a money grubber.  Sad for the people following him all the appellations are deserved.  His persona when he used to wear his too tight or overstuffed running suits reminded us of Boss Hogg.  Now he has shed pounds like a stripper sheds lingerie and he looks like a burlesque of his former self.

It is said he lied about Tawana Brawley.  It is said he lied about Yankel Rosenbaum and the connective Crown Heights tragedy  and now in these times and in between Crown Heights and today, he has set out to work his alchemy in the most vile way.  See the beginning of the new story by Katy Pavlich   below,  then follow the story to its conclusion.

It’s becoming clearer every year that the only thing keeping Al Sharpton relevant is Al Sharpton making up bogus claims of racism. Despite George Zimmerman being acquitted on murder and manslaughter charges by a jury of his peers and despite zero evidence in his trial showing racial bias, Sharpton is planning protests in 100 cities this weekend.

The Rev. Al Sharpton is calling for a “Justice for Trayvon National Day of Action” on Saturday and say demonstrations are planned in more than 100 cities nationwide.

Saying there would not have been a trial in Florida without pressure from activists, Sharpton was confident that continued pressure would result in a federal civil rights case.

“When they’re telling you today, ‘I don’t know if they’re going to get a civil rights trial:’ We will. And we will get a civil trial,” Sharpton said on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” on Monday morning. “What we’ve watched the last several weeks was not the system correcting itself, it was the people correcting the system. Now we’ve got to finish the job.”

National Action Network is organizing the protests at federal court buildings to press the Justice Department to bring a civil rights case against George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin by a Florida jury on Saturday.

Sharpton said his National Action Network intends to keep the pressure on until a civil rights case is brought, insisting the protests will show the national anger over the verdict is not a “two- or three-day” thing.

Now follow the link just below for the rest of Ms. Pavlich’s story:

A Most Dangerous Man

Here’s more from Planned Parenthood (PP), er Eugenics and one or more of their planned death events.  Watch while their representatives stammer and stumble while never really providing correct information to the potential abortion parent and in another instance testimony from a PP representative fails to provide answers before Florida legislators.

Stumbling Over Planned Eugenics

The Latest From The Libre Initiative

Here’s the latest from The Libre Initiative, the Conservative Hispanic Organization making a splash across the nation.

The Latest From The Libre Initiative

English: President George W. Bush signs Execut...

English: President George W. Bush signs Executive Order 13230, creating his Presidential Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and directing the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans to provide staffing and support. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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More Agenda 21

Another Agenda 21 piece sent to us by Jim Crawford along with his comment:

For all you A21 groupies here is one that came in today from the Blaze.  It is kind of an intro to Glen Beck’s program on A21 scheduled for 3PM Monday.  We think it will be on Blaze TV as well as Glen’s program on Dish Network Satellite.  This covers a lot of the same ground we have seen a number of times but with the added discussion of national security implications that we have not heard about before.

International Land Grab

Imagine waking up in a country where a high-ranking government official stands in front of citizens and rails against personal property rights:

The American system of justice must be changed to conform to that of the rest of the world, and there must be a shift in attitudes. Individual wants, needs and desires are to be conformed to the views and dictates of government planners. In the process of implementing Sustainable Development, individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.”

The shocking line that individual rights should be relegated to the rear has actually been attributed to an American high-ranking, public official: Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin.

The powerful Mr. Ruvin reportedly delivered that statement in 2002 at the 10th Anniversary of Agenda 21’s roll out (UNCED Rio+10 Summit-Johannesburg).

Curiously, Ruvin’s profile on the Miami-Dade website says nothing about his association with Agenda 21 or the controversial International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), a collective of local governments and national and regional local government organizations committed to radical environmental policies to eliminate private property rights. However, ICLEI is quite proud of Mr. Ruvin. From the ICLEI website:

Harvey Ruvin, distinguished member of ICLEI’s Advisory Group, has been named to the Florida Energy Commission. After serving 20 years on the Miami-Dade County Commission, chairing its Environment and Energy Committees, Mr. Ruvin now serves as Miami-Dade County’s Clerk of Courts, where he has implemented technologies that both save money and are good for the environment. Mr. Ruvin helped found ICLEI in 1990, and now chairs the County’s efforts on Climate Change.”

Ruvin was honored to comment about his association with ICLEI—but apparently only on their website: “I am honored by this opportunity to serve. The Florida Energy Commission can be a key player in shaping a climate and energy policy that would put Florida in the forefront as our state, nation and world face up to these critical challenges.”


While Ruvin seems to believe that America and Americans must change to follow the will of the rest of the world, the opinions of the Founding Fathers were very clear on the topic of private property rights.

George Washington stressed the importance of private property when he said, “Private property and freedom are inseparable.”

And John Adams was also adamant on this issue, having affirmed, “Property must be secured, or liberty cannot exist.”

Considering the creeping threat to property rights, Americans should ask themselves some practical questions about real-life situations:

Can the government shut off your air conditioning or cut back your heat?

Can you be forced to move from a sprawling property with your own water and enough land to grow what you need into a high-density urban setting where everyone lives and works inside a small area?

Can the government tell you what kind of car to drive and where you can travel on your vacation?

Some would argue that the answer to all three of those questions is already leaning towards a resounding “yes.”

So-called “smart meters” are being installed at a blinding pace around the country with the potential to curtail energy use based on the decision of someone other than the customer. The possibility exists for appointed government officials to impose their standards of power use over individuals based on their perceived view of what is best for the collective.

Restrictions are worming into regulations all around the country via non-elected officials intending to change the way Americans own and use property.

Government-imposed fuel-economy standards and other regulations are forcing car manufacturers to alter the kinds of cars they can build, eliminating the free market and giving the government control over what kind of cars consumer can buy.

And all of this can be tied back to something called Agenda 21.


The seeds for Agenda 21 were planted back in 1987 when the writings of Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, first vice president of the Socialist International, caught the eye of the United Nations.

Brundtland wrote an environmental extremist U.N. report titled, “Our Common Future,” which the global body used as a springboard for using environmentalism as a tool to control the world’s people and establish a global government.

The resulting U.N. program, Agenda 21, is a grand plan for global “sustainable development,” which President George H.W. Bush (and 177 other world leaders) agreed to in 1992. In July 1993, President Bill Clinton brought the global scheme directly into the U.S. government when he signed an executive order creating the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, which avoided any review or discussion by Congress or the American people.

Sustainable development” sounds like a nice idea—that is, until you scratch the surface and find that Agenda 21 and sustainable development are actually cloaked plans to impose the tenets of social justice and socialism on the world.

The Agenda 21 plan openly targets private property—which should surprise no one. For more than 35 years, the United Nations has made their stance very clear on the issue of individuals owning land. A report from a 1976 U.N. conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, on human settlements contains lays out the position:

Land … cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market.

Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes.

The provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interest of society as a whole.”

As if the United Nations’ role in creating Agenda 21 weren’t enough, consider also that the major international organization pushing for this radical program, ICLEI, has received millions of dollars from George Soros’ Open Society Institute, including a $2.1 million grant in 1997.

This relatively unknown but massive network has managed to embed itself into cities and counties all across the country, likely because many cities do not understand exactly what ICLEI is and how it operates.

Headquartered in Bonn, Germany, ICLEI is an international organization that offers training and support to municipalities that want to enact Agenda 21’s programs.

A global plan the size of Agenda 21 could not be implemented without the large, well-funded ICLEI. And ICLEI is already quite deeply entrenched in America. They proudly announce their history and plans on websites tied to member cities:

ICLEI USA was launched in 1995 and has grown from a handful of local governments participating in a pilot project to a solid network of more than 600 cities, towns and counties actively striving to achieve tangible reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and create more sustainable communities. ICLEI USA is the domestic leader on climate protection and adaptation, and sustainable development at the local government level.”

Austin, Texas, is one of the hundreds of local governments that seems to have fallen for the ICLEI arguments for Agenda 21 and has been heavily consuming the “Communitarianism” Kool-Aid. An Austin political action committee called Texans for Accountable Government (TAG) saw what was happening and attempted to stop the Austin City Council from adopting some Agenda 21-friendly initiatives.

Prior to a council vote on some of the initiatives, one of TAG’s members, John Bush, delivered a succinct presentation on ICLEI and Agenda 21 that was virtually ignored by the city officials. Bush’s appeal to the council attempted to sway the opinions of the voting members by appealing to a traditional Texas value—land ownership—and showing how that would be threatened by Agenda 21:

Among the stated objectives of Agenda 21 is the ‘re-wilding of America’ under the Wildlands Project. This project would remove human beings from over half of the land in America and deem these areas core wilderness zones. Regardless of where you’re family farm once was, human beings will not be allowed to set foot in these areas. There would also be highly controlled and monitored buffer zones around these areas where travel would be severely limited.”

Bush’s short argument against the proposed local law was immediately followed by a lopsided 7-0 vote adopting the United Nations-backed plans.

In California, proponents of Agenda 21 are working to implement plans to create schemes for sustainable management of “open spaces.” The definition of what will be considered an “open space” has sparked heated exchanges between those directing the planning meetings and citizens who want private property rights to be respected and protected.


Agenda 21 also appears to have received a significant endorsement from the Obama administration in early June of 2011.

On June 9, 2011, President Obama signed Executive Order 13575, establishing the White House Rural Council (WHRC) and taking control over almost all aspects of the lives of 16 percent of the American people. The media and the public missed it thanks to the focus on the Anthony Weiner scandal.

Section 1 of E.O. 13575 states:

Sixteen percent of the American population lives in rural counties. Strong, sustainable rural communities are essential to winning the future and ensuring American competitiveness in the years ahead. These communities supply our food, fiber, and energy, safeguard our natural resources, and are essential in the development of science and innovation. Though rural communities face numerous challenges, they also present enormous economic potential. The Federal Government has an important role to play in order to expand access to the capital necessary for economic growth, promote innovation, improve access to health care and education, and expand outdoor recreational activities on public lands.”

Warning bells should have been sounding all across rural America with the use of the phrase “sustainable rural communities”—code words for the true fundamental transformation of America. And the third sentence also makes it quite clear that the government intends to take greater control over “food, fiber, and energy.” The last sentence in Section 1 further clarifies the intent of the order by tying together “access to the capital necessary for economic growth, health care and education.”

One might expect that the WHRC would be populated by experts in the various fields that might prove helpful to the folks who live and work outside of large urban areas. Well, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will chair the group, but the 25 members appointed to serve on this very influential body are the heads of the executive branch departments, offices, agencies and councils, not leaders in rural development.

Not only was nary a single department in the federal government excluded from the WHRC, but also the administration inserted a wild-card option, leaving a membership spot open to anyone the president and the Agriculture secretary might want to designate to serve on this powerful council.

Within the 25 designated members of the council are some curious ties to Agenda 21 and the structure being built to implement it:

VALERIE JARRETT: From the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, Jarrett served on the board of an organization called Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). LISC uses the language of Agenda 21 and ICLEI as their website details their work to build “sustainable communities.”

MELODY BARNES: The head of the Domestic Policy Council, Barnes is a former vice president at the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress.

HILDA SOLIS: Labor Secretary Solis received an award in 2000 for her work on “environmental justice.”

NANCY SUTLEY: White House Council on Environmental Quality chief Sutley served on the board of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District and was one of the biggest supporters of low-flow toilets that are now credited with costing more money than expected while causing some nasty problems.

Is it possible that concerns about E.O. 13575 are just typical anti-big-government paranoia? Consider the “mission and function” of WHRC as laid out by the president:

The Council shall work across executive departments, agencies, and offices to coordinate development of policy recommendations to promote economic prosperity and quality of life in rural America, and shall coordinate my Administration’s engagement with rural communities.”

Economic prosperity” and a better “quality of life,” that all sounds fairly innocent and well-intentioned. But continuing deeper into the order, one finds the council is charged with four directives, the first two of which pose the greatest threat of growing federal influence over private property in rural areas.

DIRECTIVE NO. 1: “make recommendations to the President, through the Director of the Domestic Policy Council and the Director of the National Economic Council, on streamlining and leveraging Federal investments in rural areas, where appropriate, to increase the impact of Federal dollars and create economic opportunities to improve the quality of life in rural America.”

The vague language here also sounds non-threatening. There is a hint of a “rural stimulus plan” in the making. Will the federal government start pumping money into farmlands under the guise of “creat[ing] economic opportunities to improve the quality of life in rural America”?

DIRECTIVE NO. 2: “coordinate and increase the effectiveness of Federal engagement with rural stakeholders, including agricultural organizations, small businesses, education and training institutions, health-care providers, telecommunications services providers, research and land grant institutions, law enforcement, State, local, and tribal governments, and nongovernmental organizations regarding the needs of rural America.”

Virtually every aspect of rural life seems to now be part of the government’s mission. And while all of the items in the second directive sound like typical government speak, Americans should be alarmed when they read the words “nongovernmental organizations” (NGOs). NGOs are unelected, but typically government-funded groups that act like embedded community organizers. And NGOs are key to Agenda 21’s plans.

In the world of business, Agenda 21 is not a free-market friend, preferring private-public partnerships where the government decides which companies will receive tax breaks and are allowed to stay in business. In light of this, the cozy relationship between the current administration and GE (a company that earned billions of dollars and paid no tax in 2010) should raise eyebrows. Additionally, White House efforts to tell Boeing in which state they can operate bolsters the image that Agenda 21 ideals are already making serious headway in America.


In addition to the potential for restricting personal property rights and removing basic freedoms to choose how and where one lives, Agenda 21 and ICLEI may also present a significant security risk to America.

Charles Winkler, a retired Defense Department analyst who worked as a specialist in Russia and the Middle East, has studied ICLEI and Agenda 21. In November 2011, Winkler publicly discussed the potential national security problems with ICLEI’s presence in America.

At one meeting in Virginia, Winkler offered some surprising information about one high-ranking ICLEI representative, regional officer Jie “Megan” Wu:

  • Wu, who as recently as last summer was leading seminars for ICLEI, has a history as an official for the People’s Republic of China, an official member of the Chinese delegation dealing with foreigners in multi-lateral negotiations;
  • she studied in a university that was subordinate to the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and where, according to Winkler, linguists are trained for government service;
  • she appeared to still be a citizen of China and trained in dealing with foreigners by a state school; and
  • at one point, Wu, an apparent Chinese national, was charged with overseeing a territory for ICLEI from Georgia up to Maine and inland.

Winkler explained at the meeting that a retired officer for the Russian GRU (Moscow’s large foreign military intelligence operation) told him that any Chinese national trained in “dealing with foreigners” has a counter-intelligence association or an official link back to the government.

Winkler says that his immediate concern with Wu is related to national security—specifically: Why does ICLEI have a representative for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region that is a citizen of China and one that may be trained in counter-intelligence?

Some claim Winkler is paranoid. But his worries about a Chinese national acting as the main representative for ICLEI and having access to potentially sensitive information about hundreds of Defense locations do not seem far-fetched when one considers:

  • The Defense Department operates at least 200 facilities within the territory once covered by Ms. Wu (and still covered by ICLEI);
  • ICLEI gathers data on utilities, ports, rail and airport operations, as well as planning for additional development of these areas; and
  • the information is compiled locally and sent to ICLEI’s foreign headquarters.

Winkler also reports that within the past two months, Russia arrested a Chinese national trying to get secret government documents on missile systems while posing as an interpreter—just as Wu was doing.

combine this and the reality that all of ICLEI’s data is sent to the group’s world headquarters with the fact that nobody in our government seems to know who has access to all of the potentially sensitive intelligence being gathered, and security officials in America have legitimate serious concerns about ICLEI.

Curiously, in June 2011, Wu was replaced by a new regional director named Eli Yewdall. Yewdall’s Internet-accessible history shows ties to far-Left groups such as Climate Justice and various other “direct action” climate movement organizations. He has also worked as a local organizer in New York and was arrested in a protest at the IRS. As a student in 2002 he declared that the United Nations is the “only democratic body in existence.”


In recent months, citizen groups across the country have organized and become involved in the removal of towns and cities from membership in ICLEI. There are several Facebook groups working to illuminate the real purpose of Agenda 21 and ICLEI, including “Wake Up Call to Agenda 21,” “Resist UN Agenda 21” and “Stopping UN Agenda 21”; plus, many city and county Facebook groups have dedicated themselves to dismantling ICLEI’s substantial network.

While the awareness of Agenda 21 seems to have increased significantly in the past year, there is still much work to be done by those interested in blocking the redistributive social-and environmental-justice intentions embedded in both Agenda 21 and ICLEI.

The fight for property rights will continue this summer when advocates for Agenda 21, ICLEI and various global governance schemes will gather to mark the 20th anniversary of the initial announcement of this plan to create a global government through the subterfuge of environmentalism. The event is seeking “to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges.”

Without the continued vigilance of freedom-loving Americans, this movement threatens to overwhelm private property rights that our Founders knew are central to our liberty.

Marita Noon Warns Below …

articleStruggling cities (financially strapped households) beware: renewable energy mandates could double electricity costs

Marita Noon

My hometown of San Bernardino is just the latest in a potentially growing list of cities to file for bankruptcy protection. There are numerous reasons why cities, counties, and states are facing such drastic measures. Some cite a drop in tax revenues due to the decline in housing values. Others, as in the case of Stockton, CA, legacy costs–meaning pensions. California’s Mammoth Lakes blames a debilitating court judgment. In San Bernardino’s case misconduct in the city council is alleged, and a criminal investigation is underway.

Having graduated from high school and attended college in San Bernardino, CA, my interest was piqued when I heard that it had become the third California city to file for bankruptcy. The mix of declining revenues and increasing costs are pinching government budgets nationwide, and many more bankruptcies are expected.

Obviously, as individual households and businesses have done, spending needs to be cut back in all possible areas. Cut a little here, cut a little there, and hopefully it will be enough to add up to real savings.

Faced with the dire consequences of bankruptcy, why are cities and states voluntarily, under legislative mandate, paying more than they have to for energy? Couldn’t they declare a “state of emergency” and simply waive the mandates for more expensive wind and solar power?

I don’t know if that is really something they can do or not, but it is something voters can do. We can elect people who want to return to common sense energy policy.

Last month, I participated in an insightful conference call on Renewable Portfolio Standards, featuring James Taylor, Senior fellow at the Heartland Institute. During the call he pointed out the impact of higher electricity costs to a state’s economy. For example, he addressed the different per-kilowatt-hour prices in several southeastern states. While rates vary, he used average numbers of $.11 per Khw for Florida, and $.07-.09 in the other states. He claimed that if Florida had the same rates as Georgia–whose rates are the closest to Florida in the Southeastern states–the state would save $6 billion dollars each year, or $850 per household. If the rates were the same as Louisiana–which has the lowest rates in the region, the state would save $10 billion dollars annually, or $1,400 per household.

That got me thinking, if a few cents, between $.07-.11, can make a $10 billion impact on a state’s economy, what difference will the higher costs of renewable energy do to these struggling cities?

Taylor referenced a study done by Tufts University economics professor Gilbert E. Metcalf, which provides the levelized costs of the various sources of electricity–meaning with the subsidies, preferences, and differential tax treatment removed. The “Federal Tax Policy Towards Energy” study was done in 2006 and reported on in 2007, so the numbers quoted here would not be the most recent, but they do provide real numbers for comparison. Metcalf found that coal was the least-cost method of electricity generation. Natural gas was next, the second least-cost, but was still 48% more than coal. Nuclear is 57% more than coal; wind, 75%; solar thermal, 570%; and solar photovoltaic, 887% more than coal. Of course, the price of natural gas is greatly reduced due to its newfound abundance and, yes, the costs of wind and solar have come down–but they’d have to come way down even to be close to competitive to coal or natural gas.

Here’s another way to look at the numbers. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) produced a report that shows the same basic ideas from a different angle. The 2010 report attempted to project out what future energy costs would be. Like the Metcalf study, the EIA report offers levelized numbers. They assume that natural gas costs will remain low and even give some benefits to the prices of renewable energy. In their projections, natural gas is the least-cost, with coal being 50% more. Nuclear is 81% more expensive than natural gas; onshore wind, 131% more; offshore wind, 470%; solar thermal, 394%; and solar photovoltaic, 234%.

No matter which way you look at the numbers, coal and natural gas are the least-cost ways to generate electricity, with wind and solar, the most expensive.

Yet, most states have passed legislation requiring increasing percentages of the electricity used in the state be generated from renewable sources such as wind and solar–with California’s being the most onerous: 33% by 2020.

Using an average of the renewable (wind and solar) energy cost increases (Metcalf, 505.56% and EIA, 307.25%) we can assume that renewable energy will be 406.45% higher than the least-cost source of electricity. So California, where the three cities, Stockton, Mammoth Lakes, and San Bernardino, are located is mandating a 33% percent increase in electricity that will likely cost more than 400% more–which means the mandates could result in a doubling of electricity costs for every city (and household) in California.

It is true that electricity costs are not the biggest problem facing cities, but with nearly every city in the country (and nearly every household) facing budgetary stress, does it make sense to be increasing costs unnecessarily?

These three cities–including my hometown–serve as a warning sign to all of us. We must cut a little here and cut a little there. And, hopefully, the combined cuts will add up to real savings that can help pull a city back from the abyss of bankruptcy. The money saved by eliminating renewable energy mandates could allow cities to fund services–like police and first responders–that might otherwise have to be cut. Or cities could cut the lights making them less safe and more prone to crime.

These increasing electricity costs are not just a California problem, as more than half of the states have similar mandates–and some senators want to make such mandates national. Unless you are part of Obama’s demonized “1%,” who can afford these higher costs, you’d better beware–a mandate might just be looking for you.

When it comes to energy, President Obama wants us to use less and pay more. But the countries with the best human health and highest material wealth are those with high-energy consumption. If that energy is more expensive, it will hurt our health and wealth.

This November, vote, across the ticket, for candidates, who support common sense energy policy.

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.

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Don’t Test Allen West

English: Official portrait of US Rep Allen West.

Image via Wikipedia

Supposition by at least one online source has it Florida Republicans drew new lines to force west out of his home district.  Actually, the switching and twisting may have ended with placing Representative West in a better situation. From Politico by Alex Isenstadt:

Allen West just got a new lease on life.

After a furious backlash from West’s backers over a redistricting plan that would imperil his 2012 prospects, the tea party favorite got a political gift Tuesday: the opportunity to run for a nearby seat — one much more favorable to his prospects.

Under the state’s proposed redistricting plan, drawn by Republican state lawmakers, West’s current district would become much more hostile territory. The freshman congressman will instead run for a South Florida seat, whose current occupant, GOP Rep. Tom Rooney, announced on Tuesday that he would vacate the district and run nearby.

Perhaps the Florida Republican leaders are blending with their national cohorts.  They  (national Republicans) are perpetually upset with the Tea Party and anyone riding the Tea Party bus.  Hopefully such is not the case, but when walking and quacking leads one to a duck (to rephrase a tad) then it is a dadgum duck.

The switch comes after a wave of conservative outrage at the proposed redistricting plan, with some accusing Republicans in the state Legislature of trying to push West, a bombastic freshman who has clashed with the party’s leadership, out of Congress. The conservative blog RedState complained that, “it appears that the Republican-controlled Florida legislature seems to have somehow managed to make Allen West’s seat much more difficult to defend.” The Broward County Republican Party protested by creating a website, “Save Allen West.”

The Republican powers that protest much (too much?) say that there is no conspiracy and they respect Congressman West and would , in so many words, grieve to see him leave.

On Monday, conservative anger over West’s predicament boiled over into conspiracy-theory territory.

On his influential radio talk show, Rush Limbaugh accused Florida House Speaker-designate Will Weatherford of engineering a plot to endanger West. But Limbaugh also went a step further: Weatherford, Limbaugh noted, is a top Florida surrogate for Mitt Romney, whose establishment-backed campaign, the talker insinuated, has it in for West.

“I got emails over weekend from people, I must have had 15 emails, ‘If Romney’s behind this … ’ And he may well be. The Republican establishment could well be. He’s a tea partier, and he got to Washington and he didn’t toe the line and he didn’t shut up and he didn’t go to the end of the line and he didn’t do what he was ordered to do,” Limbaugh railed.

Weatherford defended himself on his Facebook page later in the day, insisting that he and his colleagues never targeted West.

“There are rumors that the Florida Legislature has targeted Congressman Allen West. This is patently false. I personally have supported and endorsed Allen West,” Weatherford wrote. “I will continue to support this extraordinary member of Congress who has brought a much needed conservative voice to Washington, D.C.”

I’m not sure one way or another about Florida’s Republicans, but I can say that I had a former leader of the New Mexico Republicans looked down his nose at me when I dared to mention the words Tea Party in his presence.  I believe there is more of a attitude of superiority now than there was  two years ago by some New Mexico Republican leaders toward the Tea Party movement.  Or maybe, it’s because I’m just a petty pooch in the grand scheme of politics.

I don’t believe there is any question Republicans will need cross-over Democrats, independents and Tea Party members to join Republicans, if they want to keep the House, win the Senate and remove Obama.  My advice and the advice of many of my politically active friends would be, don’t push against those that want to see true conservatives elected … you might end up with a bucket of spit and not ballots enough to elect any of your select few.

There is more to the Politico article.  Please access it here.

Raisin’ “Cain” In Florida

By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 -2011

Quote Freely From The Article – Leave The Pseudonym Alone

Unlike 666; 999 seems an appealing number among conservatives in the Republican party.  That is if the results of a straw poll are valid indicators of the desire of Florida republicans.  The Washington Times has the story reported by Seth McLaughlin:

ORLANDO — Former Godfather Pizza CEO Herman Cain won the Presidency 5 straw poll here Saturday, delivering a blow to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s frontrunner status and a victory for a candidate who has struggled to transform his grassroots popularity into strong showings in national polls.

“Tonight’s winner is Herman Cain,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced. “It shows you something, the road to the White House come through Florida, and it pays to spend time here.”

Cain garnered more votes as a percentage than Perry (15.4%) or Romney (14%.)  In fact, Cain polled over twice (7.6% more) than Perry and Romney combined (29.4%.)  You might say that Cain is “able” when it comes to dusting the britches of the heretofore front running repubs.

Cain has been called a common-sense candidate and in our mind, such as it may be, he certainly seems to possess an appeal for the ordinary conservative.  His 999 plan may be an economic device whose time has arrived, however details during the campaign to this point have been scant.  It would be nice if the plan is evaluated truthfully. In the meantime, here is the part (999 click here) of Mr. Cain’s web site purporting to explain “999.”  You can be sure there are detractors from the right and left and google can help you track them down.

Mr. Cain again vowed to replace the tax code with a 9 percent tax on businesses, personal income and sales. He also said that while the nation faces economic, global and moral crises, the “biggest crisis of all is a severe deficiency of leadership in Washington, D.C., and in the White House.”

Romney did not take part and Bachmann chose not to expend a lot of energy on the Florida process.  Perry used Romney’s non-participation as a chide toward Romney, saying in effect: Florida elects presidents and anyone who misses an appearance in the state does so at their peril.

There is more analysis and other information in the article.  It is found at the link just below:

Further Analysis, etc.

Please access any related article found below.  For those off-site, that seem to visit here only to make false assumptions; a “related article” does not mean it is in agreement; nor, does it necessarily mean it is in disagreement with the post.  EVEN Tea Party members present information which doesn’t always agree with their opinion.

Oh! Almost forgot.  Folks are saying, “Yes we Cain!”

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