Was Superstorm Sandy A Democrat?

Superstorm Sandy, as it is being used by pundits on the left, just may be conservative Americans’ biggest political foe at the moment.

Following President Barack Obama’s Tuesday victory, left-wing pundit Chris Matthews had an interesting view of what was one of the biggest aides to the President’s success.

“I’m so glad we had that storm last week because I think the storm was one of those things — no, politically I should say. Not in terms of hurting people. The storm brought in possibilities for good politics,” Matthews said after a loving Obama tribute monologue.

The President and his green-energy acolytes are likely happy about the storm as he moves into his second term because of the refocusing of attention on climate change that follows unusual weather patterns.

According to Bloomberg News, climate change discussions in the aftermath of Sandy could give the President the forum he needs to talk up a proposed carbon tax that he claims will reduce the deficit and help the environment.

According to the article:

A tax starting at $20 a metric ton of carbon dioxide equivalent and rising at about 6 percent a year could raise $154 billion by 2021, Nick Robins, an analyst at the bank in London, said today in an e-mailed research note, citing Congressional Research Service estimates. “Applied to the Congressional Budget Office’s 2012 baseline, this would halve the fiscal deficit by 2022,” Robins said.

Is U.N. Internet Takeover Coming?

Internet censorship via a United Nations initiative could be a very real possibility for citizens in the United States, depending on the outcome of talks scheduled to take place next month at a conference in Dubai.

At the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications, U.N. members could potentially advocate controls that would censor free speech, levy tariffs on e-commerce, and even force companies to clean up their “e-waste” and make gadgets that are better for the environment.

U.S. officials say that the Nation is against the U.N. proposals because management of the Internet by one central organization goes against free speech.

“[Doing nothing] would not be a terrible outcome at all,” Terry Kramer, the chief U.S. envoy to the conference, said in an interview with FOX. “We need to avoid suffocating the Internet space through well-meaning but overly prescriptive proposals that would seek to control content.”

An event is planned for Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. at the W Hotel in Washington, D.C., by a group of Internet freedom advocates who will preview what the U.N. agenda will likely be next month in Dubai.

Cop Cites Toddler For Trying To Pee

Boys will be boys, and cops will be cops.

A 3-year-old in Piedmont, Okla., earned his mom a $2,500 fine for unzipping his pants and attempting to urinate in his own front yard. Before the reportedly still potty-training tyke got down to business, a police officer stopped him and informed his mother that the child’s impromptu bathroom break would cost her.

“Dillan pulled down his pants to pee outside, I guess and the cop pulled up and asked for my license and told me he was going to give me a ticket for public urination,” the boy’s mother, Ashley Warden told Oklahoma’s News9.

“I said really, he is three years old, and he said it doesn’t matter. It is public urination. I said we are on our property and he said it’s in public view,” the boy’s grandmother Jennifer Warden added.

The Wardens reportedly filed a complaint with the department that was rejected by the law enforcement agency. The family claims that they live on two acres near a public street, but are actually located in a quite rural area. They allege that the citation-writing officer parks on their street daily.

“I am disappointed that the officer thinks this is what he needs to do with my tax dollars is sitting and harassing our family,” Jennifer Warden said.

Netanyahu ‘Ready To Press The Button’ On Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “ready to press the button” on Iran to stop its nuclear program if current sanctions to not end it soon.

The leader told an Israeli television station that he is prepared to act unilaterally in a strike against the Iranians, as the United States has failed to show outright support for an Israeli strike on the nation.

“When David Ben-Gurion declared the foundation of the state of Israel, was it done with American approval?” Netanyahu asked in an interview on Israel’s Channel 2 on Monday. “When Levi Eshkol was forced to act in order to loosen the siege before 1967, was it done with the Americans’ support?

“If someone sits here as the prime minister of Israel and he can’t take action on matters that are cardinal to the existence of this country, its future and its security, and he is totally dependent on receiving approval from others, then he is not worthy of leading,” Netanyahu added. “I can make these decisions.”

Netanyahu’s remarks, on the eve of the Presidential election, reminded some pundits of the coziness between him and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The Prime Minister may have been banking on a Romney victory in order to ensure that the United States would back his nation following a pre-emptive strike on Iran.

Liberal Celebs Make Childish Campaign Videos

Many of you probably do not need a reason to not cast a vote for President Barack Obama in today’s election. But if you do, or know someone who does, the barrage of celebrity-filled campaign videos that hit the Internet in the days just before the election should be enough to turn off any potential Obama voters.

The President and his A-list friends, it seems, believe that the ordinary Obama voter is uninformed and wildly immature.

“This is Cher, bitches. Do what she says … and God bless America,” Kathy Griffin says in a new Web ad focused on women’s rights. So, if you don’t take political direction from washed-up pop singers and unfunny comediennes, Obama probably isn’t your man.

If you prefer a more racist campaign argument, Chris Rock over the weekend informed white Americans that they should vote Obama because he is essentially the “whitest” candidate.

Comedian and actor Will Ferrell says in a last-minute campaign video that he will “do anything” if you go to vote for Obama.

Of course, Ferrell is used to pushing products that nobody really likes.

Business Owner: 100 New Jobs If Romney Wins

An Atlanta-area businessman says he will create 100 new jobs if Mitt Romney wins today’s Presidential election.

According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Frank Duffy of Duffy Realty says he is prepared to invest in 100 new real estate agents if Romney becomes the next President of the United States.

“It’s about a $50,000 investment that we’re willing to make on these new agents,” Duffy told WGCL-TV. “It’ll only happen if there’s a Republican in the White House after Wednesday. If there’s a President-Elect Romney, we’re willing to make that investment.”

He said that he will still add some jobs if Romney loses, but will not be comfortable making the full investment if Barack Obama remains America’s Commander in Chief.

“I’m not willing to take that $50,000 out of my cash to make that investment,” Duffy added to the station. “I will hire agents piecemeal, five, six, seven, eight at a time, but I’m not going to make the investment going out on a limb to help the unemployed … start their life over.”

Unprepared New Yorkers Battle Price Gouging

Being prepared for disaster is a way of life for many American preppers, but there are also many people throughout the Nation completely unprepared for the unthinkable.

Those who are unprepared become easy targets for victimization. Since Superstorm Sandy struck New York, there have been hundreds of reports of price gouging in the area as frantic city-dwellers rush about in search of basic supplies.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday that he was in the process of investigating more than 400 possible cases of price gouging as prices on things like gasoline, food, bottled water, generators, batteries and flashlights have skyrocketed at some retailers. He said he was investigating supermarkets, hardware stores, bodegas, delis, hotels and taxis throughout the New York City region.

“We are actively investigating hundreds of complaints we’ve received from consumers of businesses preying on victims of Hurricane Sandy,” Schneiderman said. “Our office has zero tolerance for price gouging.”

One customer was shocked to be charged $10 for a box of matches at a neighborhood store. There were also reports of potatoes at one grocer going up from $3 to $7 and a loaf of bread costing $7.

The Election That Spawned A Revolution

Tomorrow, you will vote and hopefully Americans will know very quickly — without too many hanging chads, faulty machines or fraud accusations — whether President Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama will hold the Nation’s highest office for the next four years.

After the election, some Americans will feel victorious and others worried. Some will likely take to the streets in celebration while others prepare for four years of political hardship for their party. And still more, those damned third-party-voting electorate-splitters (as many of you refer to them), will shrug and expect little change.

For whom you are planning on voting in this “landmark” election matters very little in the grand scheme of America’s inevitable creeping slide into turmoil and tyranny. It’s a bait and switch enabled by political theater in its grandest form.

Some of you began this long, painful election season wishing for a truly conservative candidate but are beaten down by political grandstanding to the point that you now believe “anyone but Obama” is the answer to America’s many problems. At this point, you have effectively been beaten into submission by the cowardly and unconservative Republican Party so much that you believe moderate Romney, with his crony capitalist background, is the answer to reversing impending economic mayhem. One can only hope you are right that Romney will be elected, reverse Obamacare on his first day, single-handedly turn around an economy that is heading for Grecian territory, create jobs for the millions of unemployed and keep the Nation’s geopolitical foes at bay.

Others believe truly that the current President was using his first term as a practice swing and that the promises he made in 2008 will be fulfilled in a second term. You think that if your man is re-elected, in the next four years senseless wars will finally end, stimulus will miraculously begin to work, the government will become transparent, green energy will make the Nation new again and the impoverished in the country will become educated and receive good jobs through government benevolence. One can only hope that you are right, as well.

Both groups believe that if the wrong man reigns victorious, America is doomed. But in that respect, it can be safely said that you are all wrong. America is doomed either way, as are its people.

  • Corporate cronyism, international bankers and corrupt politicians will maintain and, in fact, grow control over the United States.
  • The National Defense Authorization Act, the police state and warrantless surveillance will exist unabated.
  • Government will grow, as will its debts.

The purpose of this article is not, however, simple divisiveness. It is not a final plea from a contrarian who believes that American citizens should send a big message to government by not voting or by voting for a third party candidate en masse. Vote for whomever you want.

But after the election, let’s be Americans again. Not Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, Homosexuals, rich white guys, modern women, Christians, Muslims, young voters, etc. Let’s be citizens of the Nation not first, but only after we are members of families, neighborhoods, communities, cities, counties, States and regions, respectively. Look around you; these are the people that matter. No amount of bloviating by the likes of government bureaucrats and media pundits seeking to divide the Nation as a whole neatly into categorical political armies can change the simple fact that it truly is a battle of us versus them. It’s those inside the Beltway and the marbled halls of statehouses with their hands deep in the pockets of lobbyists and even deeper in Federal coffers versus those who make communities work — and who would have a much better quality of life, built by their own hard work, if the Federal government worked only in its Constitutional capacity.

That’s not to say that every individual that works in government does so with malicious intentions. And regardless of who is elected President, there’s still a chance for Americans to make this the election of a lifetime. This could be the one that after which the populace was awakened from a century and a half of political stupor.

People like Ron Paul have already set the machinations in place that could help the American people take back the Nation, starting in their very own communities, by illustrating the point that it is time for a political revolution wherein everyday people immerse themselves in government. Sitting at home and staying informed about what decisions are being made for you by the Federal government will no longer do; it’s time to change the way government works from the ground up.

Many people might say that this is an impossible and idealistic undertaking. But imagine the difference that could be made by such small steps as every county in the Nation working to ensure that its sheriff would uphold the U.S. Constitution to the hilt and defend it against Federal assaults at all costs. That would equate to more than 3,000 American lawmen in charge of departments dedicated to defending the Constitution. The same could be done with councilmembers, mayors, prosecutors, judges and commissioners. It’s a daunting task, but organizing in communities is much easier than attempting to sway the result of corporate- and media-controlled national elections.

There is an anecdotal story that often makes rounds in liberty circles: Two thousand years ago, a Roman Senator suggested that all slaves wear white armbands to better identify them. “No,” said a wiser Senator, “If they see how many of them there are, they may revolt.”

After the election, no matter the outcome, lay aside the partisan squabble and put on your proverbial white armband. Encourage your family, friends and neighbors to do the same regardless of political differences. If the criminal class in Washington D.C. sees how many people there are willing to work in communities across the Nation to put America back on the path to righteousness in the big, Constitutional ways first (focusing on the political campaign rhetoric fodder only after the real work is done), they just may clean up their acts. Or at least they may fear the populace enough to cede power back to the people.

If not, things are going to get much worse before they ever get better.

A Camp Stove And A Generator

Whether you’re a prepper or an outdoor enthusiast who likes to get away from the modern world for days at a time, you know that there are still a pesky few electronic devices that you would like to keep charged even when a power source is miles away.

There are several options like solar panels and hand cranks for providing off-grid power; but often — for preppers and backpackers alike — space is a major concern when already packing a heft of gear.

A new camp stove design by a company called BioLite, however, can help you keep your pack light and still let you charge your cellphones and other small electronics by converting the cooking heat to electricity.

The $130 unit uses a small fan to keep a wood fire going in the compact 8.25-by-5-inch wide camp stove. The stove then steals energy away from the burning wood and converts it to power compatible with a USB plug with the help of a tiny thermoelectric generator. Though some reviews of the product complain that the small size of the stove requires constant addition of biomass to fuel the fire, the company claims the powerful unit can boil a pot of water in just less than five minutes.


Which Presidents Were Good For The Economy?

Tomorrow’s election is an election about the economy, and it isn’t the first Presidential election in which economics have played a key role.

With all of the rhetoric and promises spouted about the economy during Presidential campaigns of the past, it is hard to say definitively which Presidents did the best job of delivering a good economy during their tenure in the White House. But a new study from researchers at Georgia Tech seeks to grade past Presidents on an economic performance report card.

The study by the Georgia Institute of Technology analyzed 220 years of data to estimate an economic “grade point average” for Presidents who served from 1789 to 2009. The research appears in the October edition of PS Political Science & Politics.

According to the researchers, Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Warren G. Harding and Rutherford B. Hayes preformed the best in an economic sense, all receiving an A+. Chester Arthur, Herbert Hoover and Martin Van Buren receive failing grades for their economic undertakings.

Rounding out the study’s top five high economic achievers were William McKinley and Millard Filmore with grades of A-. Founding father George Washington trailed behind the top five in the study, but still achieved a grad of A- economically speaking. John Adams, Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy rank slightly lower in the A-/B+ range. And the most recent Presidents to receive high marks were Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan with a satisfactory B.

Presidential ranking systems tend to be clouded by partisan bias, subjective judgments and other aspects of Presidential performance, but the Georgia Tech researchers claim to have modeled their economic ranking system on objective, statistical data to gauge Presidential economic performance without partisan bias.

The methodology also produced some — and some that free market advocates would say not so –surprising results, such as:

  • Abraham Lincoln, James Madison, John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson — often considered hero Presidents — each receive a D for poor economic performance.
  • Presidents with below average economic performance often belong to parties that are relatively pro-farmer, pro-laborer or pro-consumer.
  • Presidential economic performance did not correlate with the pre-political career, birth order, historical “greatness” or whether the President was a “dark horse” versus a well-vetted President.
  • Presidents who performed well tend to belong to pro-business political parties, have a Congress in which only one house is dominated by their party, serve during wartime and were raised in middle-class environments.

Citation: Mark Zachary Taylor, An Economic Ranking of the US Presidents, 1789-2009: A Data-Based Approach, PS: Political Science & Politics (October 2012)