Historic SpaceX Landing – Dec 2015

SpaceX – ORBCOMM – 2  MISSION Historic Rocket Launch & Precision Terrestrial Landing – Era of Reusable Orbital Rockets Begins

– SpaceX

– SpaceX is based in Hawthorne, California

A huge win for the post-Boomer generation in the United States, they should justifiably be proud. They should enjoy this history making achievement, proving our best days may lie ahead and beyond.

 

SpaceX’s Triumphant Rocket Landing Could Revolutionize Spaceflight

– Scientific American – Dec 22

– An early test video from SpaceX of a SpaceX Grasshopper rocket launch and landing in June 14, 2013. Incredible perspective and angle off the launch.

More here @ SpaceX Videos

The winter solstice made last night the longest and darkest of the year, but the skies over Florida were filled with light, not once, but twice. First when a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX launched a payload of satellites into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and again nine minutes later when the 15-story-tall first stage of the rocket returned to Earth, riding its fiery jet to a gentle landing.

Though dreamed of for decades by aerospace engineers, such a landing was long considered the stuff of science fiction. “It’s a revolutionary moment,” SpaceX founder CEO Elon Musk said in a press conference shortly after the landing. “No one has ever brought a booster, an orbital-class booster, back intact.” By reusing rockets, Musk said, the total cost of sending cargo and crews to orbit could eventually be reduced by more than a factor of a hundred—cheap enough to open the heavens to all manner of new activities, including Musk’s dream of retiring on Mars.

Read the whole article by Lee Billings @  Scientific American

Questioning Asylum – Dec 2015

MSNBC Exclusive: Homeland Security passed on plan to vet visa applicants’ social media

– MSNBC  – Dec 17

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“Top officials at the Department of Homeland Security considered a specific policy to strengthen security screenings for foreign visa applicants’ social media accounts, but the proposal was ultimately not adopted, according to an internal department memo obtained by MSNBC.

While the U.S. visa screening process does not include formal vetting of social media accounts, the memo proposed the Obama administration “authorize” customs officials to “access social networking sites” to vet applicants. Such vetting could help catch applicants bent on fraud, crime or “national security” risks, the memo stated.

Story here by Ari Melber and Safia Samee Ali @ MSNBC

 

 

Discovered: Rubio Pushed To Give Non-Citizen Aliens Access To Fiancé Visas

– Breitbart – Dec 18

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Observers will now have time to do what lawmakers couldn’t: Read the omnibus funding bill which Congress waved through.

For one thing, it fully-funded the President’s refugee resettlement operation. The inclusion of this provision is a policy win for Sen. Marco Rubio, who told Sean Hannity last month that he’d “hate to use” Congress’ power of the purse to block Obama’s refugee resettlement program.

And now another provision has come to light in the Gang of Eight bill that could help to further define the policy contours of a Rubio administration.

Within the sprawling 1,200 page legislation, Rubio’s bill contained a provision—Section 2310 “Fiancée and Fiance Child Status Protection”— which would have dramatically expanded the controversial K-1 visa by allowing non-citizens living in the country to bring in not only their foreign fiancés, but also the children of their foreign fiancés.

The “Fiancé” visa has come under national scrutiny in recent weeks following reports that Tashfeen Malik, the Pakistani-born wife of Syed Farook, had entered the country on a K-1 visa. Together Farook and his Jihadi bride carried out the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. Farook’s presence in the United States— like his wife’s—was entirely the result of our nation’s federal policy of visa issuances:  Farook’s parents were Paksitani immigrants.”

Read more @ Breitbart

 

Foreign Travelers and National Security

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In California some of us have questioned immigration and its relation to safety and security for some time. The recent radical Islamic terror in San Bernardino, now highlights the critical need for a top to bottom re-evaluation of our approach to fighting terrorism here at home, beginning with border security and the visa processes are completely secure. 

The United States is not prepared or ready for an influx of people who mean to do us harm,  and this Administration has clearly let the nation’s guard down in a serious way as the following articles show.

If you wish to see the whole House Oversight & Government Reform Committee here @ C-SPAN Congressional Video – Foreign Travelers and National Security

Today the Washington Examiner, which is not one of my favorite DC papers, none of them are, but today they hit on all cylinders:

 

Gowdy: Explanation of visa failure ‘doesn’t make me feel any better’

– Washington Examiner

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“I just listened to Ben Rhodes give a series of words like ‘extensive,’ ‘thorough,’ ‘careful,'” Gowdy said, referring to a top White House security adviser. “And I just sat here and thought, ‘Well, if all of that was true, how did we miss the lady in San Bernardino?'”

Gowdy argued that the administration needs to do a better job pushing back for information when it receives visa applications, and said it can’t pretend foreign nationals have a right to enter the country.

“There is no legal right to emigrate to the United States,” Gowdy said. “It’s a privilege that we confer on people.”

Read the brief story by Sarah Westwood here: Washington Times

 

Report: DHS rejected social media screening policy as early as 2011

– Washington Times

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The 2011 memo, parts of which are redacted, suggested that the Obama administration “authorize” customs officials to “access social networking sites” in order to vet applicants. The memo reportedly went through a year of revisions among the agency’s lawyers and staff, and was close to becoming policy before it was blocked by senior officials.

“I thought it was a done deal,” said one senior official, speaking to MSNBC on the condition of anonymity. “It’s unusual [for a policy] to go through the circulation process and revisions,” he said, and “not happen.”

As a result, personnel were limited to “agency-authorized hardware and other computing resources when accessing social networking sites for official government business.” Because social networking sites are blocked on the agency’s network, the policy effectively precluded employees from accessing applicants’ social media accounts.

Employees were also barred from going above and beyond in efforts to screen applicants: “Personnel may not use their personal computers, cellular telephones or other mobile devices” for vetting applicants, the policy states.

It was reported on Monday that some at DHS had pushed for the policy to change, but the memo is another datapoint indicating just how long the issue has been in contention at the agency.”

Read the whole article by Sarah Westbrook here: Washington Examiner

 

Finally, the best for last:

DHS can’t say how many people leave U.S. each year

– Washington Times

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Read the whole article by Sarah Westbrook here @ Washington Examiner

If you wish to see the whole House Oversight & Government Reform Committee here @ C-SPAN Congressional Video

 

REP. LIEU CALLS ON DHS TO REVERSE POLICY OF NOT REVIEWING SOCIAL MEDIA OF FOREIGNERS

– lieu.house.gov

As a Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, I find it outrageous that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rejected a secret policy to review social media of foreigners seeking entry to the US through the visa program.  Based on an USCIS memo recently released by MSNBCand reporting by multiple media organizations, I am deeply troubled that US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Leon Rodriguez apparently misled the Committee today during his testimony when he repeatedly denied any such secret policy.

I am proud to be an American because being a citizen of the greatest country in the world comes with it many benefits, including the critical fact that the US Constitution applies to US citizens.  But the US Constitution does not apply to a foreign national seeking entry to the US.

Yet DHS apparently believes foreign nationals seeking entry to the United States have more rights than US citizens when it comes to social media.  In America, if a US citizen applies for a job in the private or public sector, their social media postings can certainly be reviewed.  The federal government also apparently reviews social media as a factor in determining whether persons, including US citizens, should be placed on the Terrorist Watch List. ”

From:  Ted Lieu – California’s 33rd Congressional District

 

Questioning Media – Dec 2015

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The Media have gone from objective reportage on the world to the presenters of a message, a narrative of reality, not reality itself.

They tend to focus on the inconsequential, avoid the essential and strive to provoke rather than enlighten.  Question their message. Everyone has a message. 

Exhibit A, B, C & D: 

Tom Brady Ends Presser When Questioned About Trump (VIDEO)

– Newsbusters

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– The MSM tries to embroil another American hero in gotcha politics. Celebrities instead of experts are the last people you want commenting on actual crises.

Thanks Tom. Read the rest here @ by Dylan Guinn at NewsBusters

 

FBN’s Lou Dobbs Spotlights MRCTV’s Joseph Being Snapped at by Chris Matthews – Ouch

– Newbusters

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– Or not.

“Near the end of his Fox Business Network (FBN) show on Wednesday night, host Lou Dobbs played and discussed with his panel video released on Tuesday that featured MRCTV’s Dan Joseph asking MSNBC’s Chris Matthews if he still has “the thrill” up his leg all these years later about President Barack Obama. Of course, as many readers now know, Matthews fired back by ignoring Joseph’s question and repeatedly telling him to “go to hell” and “leave me alone.”

– What a grinch, must see video, too funny for words.

See more here @ NewsBusters

 

CNN to Carson: You ‘Tough’ Enough to Kill Thousands of Children? – Seriously?

– Newsbusters

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“In a bizarre exchange, co-debate moderator Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday night pressed Ben Carson as to whether he was “tough” enough to kill thousands of children. Hewitt lectured, “We’re talking about ruthless things tonight. Carpet bombing, toughness, war. And people wonder, could you do that?”

– Would Hugh Hewitt have asked that question of Bobby Kennedy or Jimmy Carter?

Why doesn’t Hillary Clinton or Obama get these kinds of questions? This is ridiculous.

Talk about ruthless, what a ruthless thing to do. Carson handled it well. Hugh Hewitt wasn’t much when he was in California, I can see he hasn’t improved.

Read more here @ NewsBusters

Finally, for those interested the entire Donald Trump speech in Las Vegas the night before the debate: Here

Speech starts at: 19:56 in.

 

Herb Schiller on Media, Corporations and Society

– Youtube

 

 

Questioning Immigration – Dec 2015

Mark Zuckerberg-Backed Immigration Bill Would Allow Unlimited Muslim Immigration

– Breitbart

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“In January of 2015, a handful of Senators quietly introduced new legislation in Congress that would allow for virtually unlimited Muslim immigration into the United States – lifting caps entirely on several categories of visas favored by immigrants from Muslim countries.

The Mark Zuckerberg-backed legislation, S.153, is called the Immigration Innovation Act(or I-Squared), and it has taken on new significance following the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino. Those attacks were only possible due to Muslim immigration: Syed Farook is reportedly the child of Pakistani immigrants, and his jihadi bride, Tashfeen Malik, was reportedly born in Pakistan.

The I-Squared bill is significant for a second reason. One of the Senators who introduced the bill is also running for President: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)

And several of Rubio’s most prominent financial backers are among the bill’s boosters.

I-Squared would expand five major visa categories used by Muslim migrants: the F-1 foreign student visa, green cards for foreign students, green cards for their family members, the H-1B foreign worker visa, and the H-4 spousal visa.

Immigration scholars have expressed concern that the I-Squared bill expands a dangerous visa program and combines it with a citizenship program—posing significant challenges for national security. When Breitbart News asked immigration attorney Ian Smith specifically about the process of denaturalization (stripping citizenship from an alien), Smith explained that under current law it’s “near impossible” for someone who radicalizes after gaining citizenship to be denaturalized.”

Excellent and detailed article. Read more here @ Breitbart by Julia Hahn.

 

DHS Monitors Americans’ Social Media Accounts, But Not Visa Applicants’

– Daily Caller

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“The Department of Homeland Security has operated a program to monitor ordinary Americans’ social media discussions about the agency’s policy directives, even though it had in place another policy prohibiting agents from checking visa applicants’ social media accounts for possible signs of terrorist leanings.

The agency’s policy against vetting visa applicants was revealed on Monday by John Cohen, a former DHS under-secretary for intelligence and analysis.

Now an intelligence analyst at ABC News, Cohen says that last year, DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson resisted changing the agency’s policy against viewing visa applicants’ social media accounts as part of the screening process to let them into the U.S.

Having such a policy in place may have prevented San Bernardino terrorist Tashfeen Malik from entering the country on a fiancee visa last year, Cohen asserted.

Malik, a Pakistani citizen, reportedly posted pro-jihad messages on her Facebook account while living overseas. But the posts were not discovered even though Malik underwent three separate screening procedures before being granted her green card.”

Read more here @ DailyCaller by Chuck Ross.

 

Common Sense from the Common Man – Dec 2015

Heartfelt and Down to Earth Message

– Youtube

– The man speaks for himself. You be the judge.  This is not an endorsement for any candidate, but a forum for this man’s view, which doesn’t get heard often enough.

It’s called Common Sense.

Questioning Govt – Dec 2015

Congress Rolls Out Massive Government Funding Bill, Tax Break Extensions In The Dead Of Night

– Daily Caller

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– New Congressional Leadership is neither open nor transparent. Backroom deals instead of open debate.  Anything ‘comprehensive’ coming of Washington DC only spells trouble these days.

All across the USA people feel we’re in crisis while Wash DC spends and borrows like a drunken sailor, all behind closed doors. Our govt, our security and our future are all for sale in the DC global bizarre bazaar.

One small bright spot the article by Juliegrace Brufke @ Daily Caller, is the fact that the govt is funded until September 2016, without the inclusion of additional controversial issues.  Future spending decisions will should be a major issue in the presidential and congressional races. If we want the status quo to continue, voting for the incumbent establishment will assure it.

“Late Tuesday evening, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced negotiators had come to an agreement on the “omnibus” government funding bill and tax breaks extension package.

Just before midnight, legislation was posted that would make 22 tax breaks permanent and extend dozens of other tax incentives.”

Read more here @ Daily Caller

 

 

Boston Globe: If People On No-Fly List Are So Dangerous, Why Aren’t They Under Arrest?

– Breitbart / Boston Globe

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“On December 8, the Boston Globe asked why the individuals on the no-fly list are anything other than under arrest if they pose such a danger to public safety?

In so doing the Globe joined a growing chorus of voices criticizing the no-fly list. Those voices include The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and CNN.

According to the Globe, the most troublesome aspect about the no-fly list is the fact that the people believed to be so dangerous are actually being allowed to remain free to move about in society on a daily basis. If these people were simply arrested–or deported, when applicable–it would both increase the safety of Americans and remove the need for more laws/regulations to keep no-fly listees in check.”

Read the rest here @ Breitbart

 

 

Gov. Brown Says Only ‘The Coercive Power Of Government’ Can Stop Global Warming –

– DailyCaller – Dec 08

– Unbelievable, so for Gov Moonbeam are the Bill of Rights in play?  So let’s unpack the notion of governmental coercive power where the only official definition of Fascism comes from Benito Mussolini, the founder of fascism, in which he outlines three principles of a fascist philosophy:

1. “Everything in the state”. The Government is supreme and the country is all-encompasing, and all within it must conform to the ruling body, often a dictator.
2. “Nothing outside the state”. The country must grow and the implied goal of any fascist nation is to rule the world, and have every human submit to the government.
3. “Nothing against the state”.  Any type of questioning the government is not to be tolerated. If you do not see things our way, you are wrong. If you do not agree with the government, you cannot be allowed to live and taint the minds of the rest of the good citizens.

link here: Urbandictionary – Fascism

“Tom you used the phrase ‘policy — good policy,’ but I want to unpack that term a little bit,” Brown said Monday. “Inside the policy, you need a law, you need a rule, you need the coercive power of government to say ‘do this.’”

“Now you have to be wise and don’t say something stupid or try to order something stupid, but the fact is the regulations supported by the laws drive innovation,” Brown said.

Read the whole story by Michael Bastasch @ DailyCaller

– Jerry Brown is not wise, constantly says something stupid, and issues stupid orders. One can only imagine how he would have developed the Internet with all his laws and regulations ‘driving’ it.

– If Jerry Brown wants to apply some coercive govt power, why doesn’t he get the uranium out of the Central Valley water tables? It’s poisoning kids there. Read more here @ SFGate

– Poor deluded Brown who has never been in business. The internet while encouraged in its development had never felt the ‘coercive power of government.’  Nobody was ever told to ‘do’ something by the federal or state government. Which is why it developed as it did only to flourish later. People like Brown never understood it enough to issue commands on what to do. Thank goodnesss.

Brown has never invented anything, has never developed anything productive in his life, never created a singular massive achievement. Therefore he could never understand how California’s singular greatest achievement, the Internet, could be created without his coercive powers.

He knows the coercive power of govt in regulations and taxes. But for great work that is not enough.

It takes new ideas and hard work. Jerry has neither.

 

 

How the Web Was Won

– Vanity Fair

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Read this great story from Vanity Fair by Keenan Mayo and Peter Newcomb here: Who Won the Web

Here’s an excerpt:

“Leonard Kleinrock, a professor of computer science at U.C.L.A., was instrumental in creating the earliest computer networks, in the 1960s. J. C. R. Licklider, one of the fathers of computer science and information technology, was the first director of arpa’s computer-science division.

Leonard Kleinrock: Licklider was a strong, driving visionary, and he set the stage. He foresaw two aspects of what we now have. His early work—he was a psychologist by training—was in what he called man-computer symbiosis. When you put a computer in the hands of a human, the interaction between them becomes much greater than the individual parts. And he also foresaw a great change in the way activity would take place: education, creativity, commerce, just general information access. He foresaw a connected world of information.

The culture was one of: You find a good scientist. Fund him. Leave him alone. Don’t over-manage. Don’t tell him how to do something. You may tell him what you’re interested in: I want artificial intelligence. I want a network. I want time-sharing. Don’t tell him how to do it.”

 

 

FULL | Stacey Dash: Obama Doesn’t ‘Give a Sh*t’ About Terrorism | VIDEO

– Youtube / Foxnews – Dec 07

– Stacey kicks in after Kennedy’s strange but interesting remark at 5:00 mark.

Stacey make a serious plea for presidential gravitas at this moment in time. Stunning and passionate.

Stacey has since been suspended from Fox News apparently as a result of the remark.

Youtube link: Here

 

 

Here’s How Trump Could Legally Justify A Temporary Muslim Ban

– DailyCaller

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“Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to temporarily bar alien Muslims from entering the country is legal under the Immigration and Nationality Act, which gives the president authority to suspend the entry of any and all aliens deemed “detrimental” to U.S. interests.

His plan sparked an immediate bipartisan backlash from critics. Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham called Trump a “xenophobic, religious bigot,” and House Speaker Paul Ryan called it un-American. Several news outlets characterize the plan as unprecedented, unconstitutional and probably illegal.

The proposal may violate international agreements, but its hard to see how it could be unconstitutional, since it refers to non-U.S. citizens.”

See the whole article here @  DailyCaller

From the United States Code, Title 8:

(f) Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

USC Title 8, here: @ Cornell EDU

 

 

The Trump Speech Tonight in North Carolina

– Youtube / MSNBC / Diamond & Silk

Two Takes on the Same Event in North Carolina Tonight – One completely dishonest

– MSNBC

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First Rachel Maddow takes tremendous humor over this Donald Trump rally tonight in NC.  Her headline read:

“Donald Trump ends speech after 10 protest interruptions”

– I had the impression from Maddow that the protests ended the speech as a result, in fact she stated it categorically.

See her take here:

Rachel Maddow – Donald Trump ends speech after 10 protest interruption

– Well, that’s not what really happened. The speech went on for almost an hour with questions.

See the full speech below and decide for yourself. Meanwhile………

 

‘Stump For Trump’ Women Take the Stage During Donald Trump Raleigh Speech, North Carolina – Dec 4

– Youtube

– Diamond & Silk tear it up.

See the full speech, which ran for almost an hour with a Q&A at the end, here @ Youtube – Full Trump Speech in NC

– My question is how is suppressing free speech in the middle of a US Presidential campaign a good thing?

I write in response to see many, almost all posts regarding Maddow’s ‘news’ on the Democratic Underground Forum, calling for more disruptions of Trump’s rallies, as if this is progress,

Whether on our college campuses or political rallies, suppression of thought and speech is a very menacing and troubling development, more suited to dictatorships than democracies.

The rally concluding sucessfully was the best response to rude and intolerable behavior. If you don’t wish to hear the candidate, don’t go to the rally, but don’t deprive other citizens of the right to hear the speech.

Not sure there is any inducement that could get me to attend a Hillary rally, but I would never attend and try to disrupt it or prevent others from hearing her speak.

That is her right, and when we infringe on that, it infringes on all of us.

That behavior is incompatible with a free society.

The contrast between how Maddow framed and ‘resolved’ the coverage of the rally in NC for her viewers and Diamond & Silks’ appearance at the rally, could not show the bias of Establishment Media more clearly. But it is Maddow’s dishonesty that is truly breath taking.

How the media covers events and turns them into peoples’ truth and reality can be as smooth and comforting as advertising, which is what it has become.

We still have a right to expect truth from the press, even if we so rarely get it these days.

California Environment – Nov 2015

Global Warming –

– Frontline / PBS

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Very interesting documentary from Frontline on the Global Warming/Climate Change/Extreme weather debate.

Frontline – Climate of Doubt

“At the beginning of Chapter 21 of George Eliot’s novel, Daniel Deronda, the author tells us:

It is a common sentence that Knowledge is power; but who hath duly considered or set forth the power of Ignorance? Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down. Knowledge, through patient and frugal centuries, enlarges discovery and makes record of it; Ignorance, wanting its day’s dinner, lights a fire with the record, and gives a flavor to its one roast with the burnt souls of many generations.”

…and there are those who say that the humanities are no longer necessary for today’s students.”

NASA Study: Antartica is Not Shrinking – Nov 2015

– Breitbart- Nov 3, 2015:

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Antarctica is growing not shrinking, according to the latest study from NASA. Furthermore, instead of contributing to rising sea levels, the still-very-much-frozen southern continent is actually reducing them by 0.23 mm per year.

What accounts for the difference in this study from others?

“But the satellite measurements used in the latest NASA report tell a different story. Unlike previous studies – many largely based on guesswork because the continent is so vast and inhospitable, meaning that data is extremely limited – they use satellite altimeters to calculate changes in the surface height of the ice. What they show is that the amount of ice lost by glaciers collapsing into the sea has been exceeded by the gain in ice mass from accumulated snow.”

Read the story here:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/02/nasa-shock-study-antarctica-growing-not-shrinking/

 

 

Obama To Turkey: Seal Off The Border To Syria, Turkey To Obama: Handle Mexico First

–  DailyCaller / Jonah Bennett

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“President Barack Obama wants Turkey to close its 60-mile-long border with Syria to end the influx of new Islamic State fighters pouring into Syria and Iraq.

If Turkey acquiesces to Obama’s demands, no entry points will remain between the two countries. The entire border is 550 miles long, The Wall Street Journal reports.

But a Turkish official quickly pointed out to The Wall Street Journal the irony in Washington’s call to close off the border, given the U.S. is completely unable to stop flows in and out of Mexico.

In response, a U.S. official said, “If we were at war with Mexico, we’d close that border.”

– No they wouldn’t. Any administration that can provide arms to known enemy terrorists could hardly be counted on to realistically defend a border.

Obama in Paris: ‘Mass Shootings Don’t Happen in Other Countries’

– PJ Media

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President Selfie: Clueless In Paris

“While giving a press conference in Paris, President Barack Obama told reporters that the mass shootings that plague the United States just never happen in other countries.

“With respect to Planned Parenthood, obviously, my heart goes out to the families of those impacted,” Obama said in response to a reporter’s question. “I mean, I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings; this just doesn’t happen in other countries.”

– Don’t happen in other countries? Like France? Like Norway? Truly an embarrassment on a global scale.

More here: Obama Cluelesss In Paris

 

 

 

 

….Meanwhile Gov Moonbeam is in Paris solving the Universe while dodging Oil Investment Questions in California

– Dan Walters / Laer Pierce Washington Times

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– From several sources all about ‘environmental’ green Jerry Brown has been involved in all sorts of deals which benefited himself, his family and campaign donors.

Jerry Brown, alone among the Brown children, didn’t get a share of the business, but that changed after Alaskan oil came on the scene and threatened the monopoly Indonesian oil had in California’s power plants.

Chevron had just finished building a refinery in El Segundo that was designed to process Alaskan crude to compete against Indonesian oil for the California power-plant market. Before the facility could refine a barrel of North Slope crude, however, Jerry Brown’s Air Resources Board – headed up by his former campaign manager, Tom Quinn – passed a new air-quality standard for sulfur just barely too high for Chevron to meet with Alaskan oil. That cemented the Indonesian monopoly, and the Brown family, as the only oil provider to the California power industry.

Not surprisingly, when Jerry Brown left the governorship, Pat Brown finally gave him his own cut of the family oil business.

“To this day, Jerry’s very sensitive about it,” Mr. Walters told me. “He just hates the idea that people will bring it up because what it is, is the Brown family is in partnership with these corrupt, murderous dictators. It’s not something that a Jerry Brown wants to be associated with.”

The junta generals of Pat Brown’s day have given way to the more transparent, democratic government that rules in Indonesia today. The question here in California is: Will Jerry Brown also become more transparent and share with voters the details of this foreign influence on his personal finances?”

From the article by:  Laer Pierce @ the Washington Times

 

 

 

Porter Ranch gas leak increasing California’s greenhouse gas output by 25 percent

– KPCC

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“Natural gas has been spewing from a ruptured well near Porter Ranch for a month, and the state Air Resources Board estimates the leak is so large that it’s increasing California’s atmospheric load of methane — the primary component of natural gas — by 25 percent.”

by Sharon McNary @  KPCC

– The leak is still spewing at this point, while our state and UC leaders are busy preparing to head off to Paris to discuss how to cut back on greenhouse gases.

Our tax dollars at work: UC brings California’s climate change message to Paris

On topic from Scientific American ClimateWire, this article on the Artic Permafrost on Nov 19, 2015:

““[The boreal] is such a large biome on the planet and, as a consequence, changes in that system have direct impacts on the global climate,” she said one evening, sitting on a dock jutting out into Goose Lake. Flies flitted around, and a loon laughed in the background.

“I’m not doing a very good job explaining this,” she said suddenly, with a sigh.

The boreal covers 5.3 million square miles in Europe, Asia and North America, and is an ancient carbon sink. About 20,000 years ago, ice sheets that had covered all of Canada rolled back into the Arctic. Coniferous forests rapidly expanded northward, their roots firmly planted on permafrost.

As the planet entered the summer-like Holocene Epoch 11,500 years ago, some of the southern reaches of the permafrost thawed and forests there turned to bogs and fens, which are known in Canada as muskeg. In that sense, the boreal has always been a shifting landscape.”

by Gayathri Vaidyanathan and ClimateWire

– My takeaway is that this happened before and the Earth dealt with it. Read it and decide for yourself.

Not sure I’d agree with the tone of the headline.

Right here: Permafrost Meltdown Raises Risk of Runaway Global Warming