Aug 022012
 

UPDATE: Y-12 Plant Suspends Nuclear Arms Activities Over Feared Vulnerabilities

The Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee has suspended all atomic activities, locked away stores of refined uranium and mandated personnel retraining in response to mounting fears over defensive shortcomings after three antiwar advocates infiltrated the Tennessee nuclear arms site on Saturday, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported on Thursday

The National Nuclear Security Administration voiced complete backing for the “security stand-down” instituted by B&W Y-12, which operates the site. The action is “necessary to ensure continued confidence in safe and secure operations at Y-12,” the semiautonomous Energy Department agency said in a statement.

The halt’s duration was still undecided, according to government personnel. It could remain in effect for around seven days, the News Sentinel reported.

GSN Full report…

(Reuters) – The U.S. government’s only facility for handling, processing and storing weapons-grade uranium was temporarily shut this week after anti-nuclear activists, including an 82-year-old nun, breached security fences, government officials said on Thursday.

WSI Oak Ridge, the contractor responsible for protecting the facility at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is owned by the international security firm G4S, which was at the center of a dispute over security at the London Olympic Games.

Officials said the facility was shut down on Wednesday at least until next week after three activists cut through perimeter fences to reach the outer wall of a building where highly enriched uranium, a key nuclear bomb component, is stored.

NUCLEAR MATERIALS ‘NOT COMPROMISED’

Officials said that the storage building itself, which was built after the September 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington, was designed with modern security features and that its contents were not compromised.

WSI Oak Ridge, the private firm employed by the U.S. Department of Energy to provide security at Y-12, is a subsidiary of the giant international security firm G4S.

INCIDENT REVEALED NUCLEAR RISKS

Although the security breach occurred overnight last Friday, officials confirmed that the shutdown – which applies to “all nuclear operations” at the Y-12 site – did not begin until Wednesday. Officials said it was expected to continue into next week.

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featured image: The East Tennessee Technology Park, a site within the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is seen in an undated handout photo from the U.S. Department of Energy. REUTERS/U.S. Department of Energy/Handout

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Aug 022012
 

Republican House Speaker John Boehner ripped into President Barack Obama during an interview Thursday with Fox News Radio’s Kilmeade & Friends, accusing him of never having “a real job.”

From the interview transcript:

Boehner: “Sometimes I have to catch my breath and slow down because the rhetoric in this campaign is just so over the top. And that’s because the President’s policies have failed. Listen — 93% of Americans believe they’re a part of the middle class. That’s why you hear the President talk about the middle class every day, because he’s talking to 93% of the American people. But the President has never created a job. He’s never even had a real job for Christ’s sake. And I can tell you from my dealings with him, he has no idea how the real world, that we actually live in, works.”

The Ohio Republican was responding to a question about Obama’s comments about building the economy “from the middle class” and not “from the top down.”

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Here is Brian Kilmeade’s full interview with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

h/t Todd Scnitt

Also Here: Obama Has ‘Never Had A Real Job, For God’s Sake’

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Aug 022012
 

Todd Schnitt’s Parody of “We Built This City” by Starship. For listener use only.

“When I heard what he said, I said ‘I’m going to give him an answer in Chicago language–something he’s used to.’”

- Ray Gaster

From Georgia lumberyard owner hammers Obama on ‘You didn’t build that’

“I built this business without gov’t help. Obama can Kiss my ass,” reads the sign outside Gaster Lumber & Hardware in Savannah, Ga. Owner Ray Gaster posted that and two similar ones at all three of his company’s locations in response to Obama’s comments during a speech to supporters in Virignia, which struck a nerve with small business owners around the nation.

Gaster, a Vietnam veteran, told FoxNews.com he built his now 28-year-old business from the ground up.

“I started on my own,” Gaster said. “The government wasn’t there. We work long, hard hours and what he said is an insult to any businessman.”

The sign has been criticized for its harsh language, but Gaster said that the rough words were necessary.

“When I heard what he said, I said ‘I’m going to give him an answer in Chicago language–something he’s used to,’” he told FoxNews.com. “If I would have said ‘Dear Mr. President…’ there wouldn’t have been as strong of a response.”

Schnitt List via radio show

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Aug 022012
 

Chicago Cardinal Francis George has stepped in the ring on Chick-fil-A’s gay marriage controversy in a blog post, criticizing Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s statement that the fast food chain’s values “are not Chicago values.”

“Recent comments by those who administer our city seem to assume that the city government can decide for everyone what are the ‘values’ that must be held by citizens of Chicago,” George (Read full blog here), wrote on the Archdiocese of Chicago’s blog Sunday. “I was born and raised here, and my understanding of being a Chicagoan never included submitting my value system to the government for approval. Must those whose personal values do not conform to those of the government of the day move from the city?”

~ My favorite quote from his blog:

Was Jesus a bigot? Could Jesus be accepted as a Chicagoan? Would Jesus be more “enlightened” if he had the privilege of living in our society? One is welcome to believe that, of course; but it should not become the official state religion, at least not in a land that still fancies itself free. Surely there must be a way to properly respect people who are gay or lesbian without using civil law to undermine the nature of marriage.

Archdiocese of Chicago spokeswoman Colleen Dolan said George stands by his blog post on what she called “religious freedom” and said this isn’t the first time the cardinal has sounded off on the issue of gay marriage.

“He’s given many talks and has a lot to say on the freedom of religion and the freedom to be Catholic,” Dolan said. “He doesn’t say things frivolously.”

Cardinal Francis George talks about threats to religious freedom in the United States. This is an excerpt of Cardinal George and program host Todd Williamson from the June/July 2012 cable TV program, The Church, the Cardinal and You:

An Emanuel spokeswoman on Wednesday declined to comment on George’s remarks.

Moreno, who touched off the debate last week, fired back at George.

“It’s unfortunate that the cardinal, as often happens, picks parts of the Bible and not other parts,” said Moreno, who added that he was raised Catholic in western Illinois, attended a Catholic grade school and was an altar boy. Moreno said he now occasionally attends church.

“The Bible says many things,” Moreno said. “For the cardinal to say that Jesus believes in this, and therefore we all must believe in this, I think is just disingenuous and irresponsible. The God I believe in is one about equal rights, and to not give equal rights to those that want to marry, is in my opinion un-Christian.”

Moreno, who has called gay marriage the civil rights issue of our time, also said the mayor and he are not trying to force their values on anyone, but rather to ensure equal rights.

Tribune reporters Hal Dardick and Kristen Mack contributed

See Video Chicago alderman Nick Sposato of the (36th Ward) shows his support for Chick-Fil-A by standing in a long line at the restaurant’s Water Tower location near downtown

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Aug 022012
 

While testifying to the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez refused to say that the U.S. would never advance a proposal that criminalizes the right to free speech in regards to criticizing religion.

When asked over and over again the question by Rep. Trent Frank (R-AZ): “Will you tell us here today that this Administration’s Department of Justice will never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion?” Perez balked at answering any such question.

July 26th, 2012: In a Constitution Subcommittee hearing yesterday, Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02) questioned Assistant Attorney General, Thomas Perez, over the Administration’s commitment to 1st Amendment rights. Franks’ questions were prompted by a Daily Caller article from late last year in which Perez was quoted as warmly embracing the proposals of Islamist advocates in a meeting at George Washington University, among them a request for “a legal declaration that U.S. citizens’ criticism of Islam constitutes racial discrimination.”

Perez reportedly ended the meeting with an enthusiastic closing speech and was quoted as saying, “I sat here the entire time, taking notes…I have some very concrete thoughts … in the aftermath of this.”

In yesterday’s hearing, Chairman Franks asked Perez to affirm that the Administration would “never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion?” Perez refused.

Here’s the background

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Aug 022012
 

Report Focuses on Role of ATF and Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office

WASHINGTON, DC – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Senator Chuck Grassley today released the first part of the final report on the joint congressional investigation of conduct in Operation Fast and Furious. The report presents evidence detailing numerous errors and decisions by ATF officials and the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office that led to serious problems – including inter-agency communication failures between ATF, DEA, and FBI. The failed operation might have contributed to the deaths of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and an unknown number of Mexican citizens. It also created an ongoing public safety hazard on both sides of the border. The failures happened because of conscious decisions not to interdict weapons and not to stop suspects in the hope that they would lead to cartel connections and a larger case.

~ Snippet:

This new report, “Fast and Furious: The Anatomy of a Failed Operation, Part I of III,” is based on transcribed interviews with 24 individuals, some covering multiple days; informal interviews with more than 50 individuals; and the review of more than 10,000 pages of documents. While the Justice Department has withheld tens of thousands of pages of documents and denied access to numerous witnesses, the investigation did find sufficient evidence to draw conclusions concerning the origins of Operation Fast and Furious, the detrimental effect of inter-agency miscommunications and turf issues, flawed strategies, delays, and an overall failure to effectively supervise subordinate offices.

The complete report consists of 2,359 pages, including 211 pages of text with 692 footnotes, 266 exhibits, and three appendices.

the report’s conclusion (starting on p. 210)

Also See February 2012: Democrats Blame Phoenix ATF for Operation Fast and Furious Scandals

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Aug 022012
 

Sessions Opening Remarks At Hearing On Global Warming Regulation: full version…

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Aug 022012
 

~ If you follow my tweets or on Facebook you see at least once a week I post/tweet Obaa’s Chicago. It is the weekly statistics for all the murders in Chicago. Here is a report from respected liberal journalist Carol Marin who thankfully wrote this piece for liberal Chicago Sun Times.

President Barack Obama is turning 51 and coming home next week for celebrations and fund-raisers.

Fine.

But he needs to add something to his schedule.

He needs to travel to the killing fields of the South and West sides, where children at play risk not making it to their teens, much less to their 51st birthday.

The murder rate is killing parts of this city.

And shootings are happening in places that Obama, the former community organizer, knows well, including his own Kenwood neighborhood.

In the blocks surrounding the president’s exquisite home, a stone’s throw from 51st and Kenwood, bullets fly.

Just three blocks away on June 27, a 21-year-old man was shot in the chest. Just streets away on April 14, there was an aggravated battery with a gun.

Six blocks to the west on May 28 there was a fatal shooting. (Check the Sun-Times’ Chicago Under Fire map at www.suntimes.com/news/violence).

Further south where Michelle Obama grew up, near 75th and Euclid, there was more of the same.

At 78th and Constance on July 15, a 21-year-old was shot in the head and died. Earlier this year there was a shooting homicide at 74th and Merrill, another at 78th and Yates and multiple shootings on East 71st.

This is where the first lady once could play on a summer afternoon. Sasha and Malia could not do so now.

According to the Chicago Police Department, through July 22 of this year there have been 293 homicides in the city, compared with 224 in the same period last year, an increase of 31 percent.

While it was important that the president went to Aurora, Colo., to comfort the victims of the massacre at a movie theater there, it is every bit as important that he do it here.

In his adopted home.

In the city that gave birth to his presidency.

The headquarters of his campaign.

I’m not the first to say so.

NOTE that of course this piece turns into 2nd Amendment rights:

It’s time for the president, as Gov. Pat Quinn has done, to speak more plainly and directly about banning assault weapons and to stop tiptoeing around the gun lobby.

Despite the fact this July was not as bloody, Chicago’s Murders for 2012 Likely to Exceed 2011

Some weekends in the City With the Big Shoulders are violent to the extreme, with as many as 10 murders and dozens of shootings.

Chicago is on track to reach 504 murders, or about 42 murders per month if the trend continues through 2012. By June of this year, the New York Times reported last month, the city’s number of murders had jumped 39 percent over what they were last year at the same time.

The following Graphics compares the homicide rate in Chicago from Jan. to July, 2011-2012:


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So it amounts to The Deadliest Global City IS Chicago, handily beating out the Third World metropolises of Mexico City and Sao Paolo. MSM NBC Chicago is insulting us, yet once again, saying:

Gun lovers are gleeful about Chicago’s deadly summer. They see it as a rebuke not just to gun control, but to the policies of Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel.

Then they counter with this in the very next sentence:

But Chicago’s murder rate is not proof that gun control doesn’t work. It’s proof that, in a country with one gun per citizen, local gun laws are meaningless.

They close the article with:

The number-one factor in predicting crime is not guns — or lack of guns. It is concentrated urban poverty.

and go on to blame segregation, making it all about race of course.

Because of Chicago’s history as a segregated city, we have a lot of that.

So in this we can draw the conclusion: Liberals will make ANY piece about race, gun control and race.

Not a thing about the stats on these being single family homes. Not one word about five kids can have five different fathers and a mother who lets them run wild. Of course not. THIS is Obama’s Chicago! ~ JP

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Aug 022012
 

Whether there is such a thing as a world plan for socialist domination must be answered by individuals pondering recent, sometimes strange confluences of world events. But if there were such a plan, would it appear in any clearer form that the United Nations Agenda 21 program?

Agenda 21 is a plank of UN policy encouraging the globe to embrace Sustainable Development, which conservatives understand as a code word for global Marxism:

Sustainable development sounds like a nice idea, right? It sounds nice, until you scratch the surface and find that Agenda 21 and sustainable development are really cloaked plans to impose the tenets of social justice/socialism on the world. At risk from Agenda 21; Private property ownership; Single-family homes; Private car ownership and individual travel choices; and Privately owned farms.

Agenda 21 remains to many, classic Marxism which must be rejected—as the Alabama legislature did recently.

~ For Gov. Bentley!

~ For Governor Bentley!!!

Highlights in this piece:

* I. Evolution of Agenda 21: Journey to Sustainable Development

The following is a brief evolution of Agenda 21, the UN program designed to help save the planet.

A. Ramsar Convention (1971)

B. Earth Summit (1972)

C. United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) (1973)

D. United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat I) (1976)

E. World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission) (1983)

F. Earth Summit II (1992)

III. Agenda 21

Agenda 21 is the innocuously named 40-part United Nations plan to help promote global “sustainable development.” The Agenda was later ratified by the US House in the October 2, 1992 session, as HC 353, “a resolution calling for the U.S. to assume a strong leadership role in implementing the sustainable development recommendations of the Rio Earth Summit including Agenda 21.” (video) Agenda 21 encapsulates a truly awe-inspiring list of leftist shibboleths.

IV. Analysis of Agenda 21

There are 27 “Principles,” and 40 chapters which comprise the Agenda 21 manifesto. The tenor of all these are summed up as a call for international government which defers to poorer states at the cost of richer ones, as human populations are reduced to save the environment while private property rights are canceled.

One author describes how 600 US land use bodies already use Agenda 21 standards to make

Governments take control of all land use…

* Decision making NOT in the hands of private property owners

* Individual rights give way to the needs of communities

* Needs of the community determined by the governing body

* People packed into human settlements, islands of human habitation, close to employment centers, and transportation

* Wildlands Project tells how most of the land is to be set aside for non-humans

Conclusion

Socialism is defined as a centrally planned economy in which the government controls all means of production, according to the Library of Economics and Liberty. The whiff of socialism is strong in Agenda 21. First is the doctrinaire, self-righteous tone of the elites scorning the ignorant capitalists who destroy the earth and the poor. Second is the staggering ignorance which claims global lands would be better organized by bureaucrats. Third, the claim that the rich owe the poor their wealth—which is the central idea of Marxism. And fourth, that the earth is unstable because of capitalism and progressives must battle to save our planet or we are all doomed. Because of the failed nature of socialism and Marxism in history, Agenda 21 will be as successful as the passenger pigeon in advancing “sustainable growth.”

Read all the little details…

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Aug 022012
 

Senator Coburn on MSNBC’s Morning Joe correcting the negative, and often times, unfounded depiction of the principles of the Tea Party by the media. Other topics covered include: US Senate candidate Ted Cruz, spending at the Pentagon, the Enumerated Powers Act, and our $16 trillion debt bomb. “”The Tea Party is every person in America who is fed up with Washington and recognizes the way we got there was abandoning the core principles of our country but also abandoning the Constitution” – Senator Coburn

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