U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) issued a statement today after the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was released. Congress voted in June to fast-track TPP before a page of the agreement had been made public. Sessions statement follows:
“The text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership runs 5,554 pages. This is, by definition, anti-democratic. No individual American has the resources to ensure his or her economic and political interests are safeguarded within this vast global regulatory structure. The predictable and surely desired result of the TPP is to put greater distance between the governed and those who govern. It puts those who make the rules out of reach of those who live under them, empowering unelected regulators who cannot be recalled or voted out of office. In turn, it diminishes the power of the people’s bulwark: their constitutionally-formed Congress.
Among the TPP’s endless pages are rules for labor, environment, immigration and every aspect of global commerce – and a new international regulatory structure to promulgate, implement, and enforce these rules. This new structure is known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission – a Pacific Union – which meets, appoints unelected bureaucrats, adopts rules, and changes the agreement after adoption.
The text of the TPP confirms our fears, plainly asserting: ‘The Parties hereby establish a Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission which shall meet at the level of Ministers or senior officials, as mutually determined by the Parties,’ and that ‘the Commission shall’:
‘ consider any matter relating to the implementation or operation of this Agreement’;
‘ consider any proposal to amend or modify this Agreement’;
‘ supervise the work of all committees and working groups established under this Agreement’;
‘ merge or dissolve any subsidiary bodies established under this Agreement in order to improve the functioning of this Agreement’;
‘ seek the advice of non-governmental persons or groups on any matter falling within the Commission’s functions’; and
‘ take such other action as the Parties may agree’.
Further, the text explains that ‘the Commission shall take into account’:
‘ the work of all committees, working groups and any other subsidiary bodies established under this Agreement’;
‘ relevant developments in international fora’; and
‘ input from non-governmental persons or groups of the Parties’.
Yet, because Fast-Track – or so-called Trade Promotion Authority – was adopted (without a single vote to spare), we cannot amend this deal, we cannot filibuster this deal, and we cannot subject it to the two-thirds treaty vote.
That is why I am calling today on our leaders to take the TPP off of the Fast-Track. The vote should be held under regular Senate and Constitutional order, and it should be held when voters can hold their lawmakers accountable – not during an unaccountable lame duck session.”
Sen. Ted Cruz brazenly tore into his own party’s leaders (TrumpedIt)Friday, saying Republican rule in the Senate is hardly different than it was under Democrats, as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to appease both parties with a compromise on the highway bill.
The leader lied to him when he said there wasn’t pact in the works to revive the federal Export-Import Bank, an agency that finances the sale of U.S. goods overseas and lapsed June 30.
“The majority leader looked at me and said there is no deal there is no deal, there is no deal, there is no deal. Like St. Peter, he said it three times,” Mr. Cruz said, referring to an episode at a party luncheon after lawmakers debated President Obama’s trade agenda.
Then-Senator Barack Obama described Ex-Im as an example of corporate welfare. Now that he’s President, corporate welfare sounds pretty good.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) criticizes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for filing an amendment to the highway funding bill to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank and preventing senators from offering additional amendments by filling the amendment tree. He calls Senator McConnell’s actions “procedural abuse” and compares his tactics to those of now-Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) when he was majority leader.
The #WashingtonCartel hard at work. #EndExIm
Senator Harry Reid @SenatorReid
I commend @SenateMajLdr for setting up a vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. This bill is critically important for U.S. businesses.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is involved in a government effort to disarm America’s veterans and seniors who may lack the capacity to manage their finances.
And it’s not just veterans facing this scrutiny: now it’s anybody who gets Social Security.
New documents obtained by The Daily Caller reveal that ATF, a division of the Department of Justice, is working with the FBI and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to enter veterans who get VA benefits into the government’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Years ago, the Fort Trumbull neighborhood was the type where a kid would run out of his or her back door, through the backyard, and into the home of a neighbor, Cristofaro recalled.
“That’s the kind of neighborhood that you had,” he said. “You didn’t need to worry about your kids. The neighbors looked after your kids.”
The neighborhood was filled with “working class” families, and the property owners took great pride in their homes. The lawns were well-manicured, and many of the homeowners showed off their green thumbs. Cristofaro’s dad, Pasquale, grew rhododendrons and grapes in their yard on Goshen Street.
“That’s one of the things I don’t think people realize about eminent domain,” Cristofaro said. “A lot of people say, ‘Well, it’s just a house. It’s just four walls. Move on. Go find another home and go live.’”
The city used its power of eminent domain.
Seven families who owned 15 properties in Fort Trumbull, fought back.
“When I first started this battle, it was about me and this little pink house,” Kelo told The Daily Signal. “But it grew into something much bigger than that. It turned into a nationwide battle to save the Fort Trumbull neighborhood.”
As you know, Operation Jade Helm 15 is still a few weeks away, but video of an ongoing 7-week “assault support tactics” exercise in Yuma, Arizona shows what residents of the eight southwestern states subject to Jade Helm might be in for:
There is a bid request out from the federal government for FEMA buses to transport Americans to these camps– hundreds of them. Then came Jade Helm 15. This is the final piece in his plan. He is teaching Americans to subdue Americans. Not just the military, Jade Helm relies on civilians turning on other civilians. It’s an outrageous assault on our liberty.
This footage is probably the most shocking documentation of FEMA CAMP Roundup training to date.
Children used alongside actors in a bloody confrontation on American soil.
He warned us back in July of 2008, and he was Still elected!
“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”
JUST yesterday May 10, 2015, I saw that Tippecanoe County , Indiana Sheriff’s Office got an MRAP vehicle. The trend across our nation is disturbing If you JUST put MRAP in a search, you will see how many local sheriff’s are getting them. We saw them in Ferguson. We saw them in Baltimore. I’ve seen them going down our local highway in small town Alabama.
Used to protect our military, it is now being used in oh so many places in the United States of AMERICA! One runs almost a half of million dollars for Cry I!.
Sheriff Barry Richard said the new military-grade vehicle is strictly for safety and protection.
The Special Response Teams will utilize the vehicle in dangerous situations. Richard said they hope to never have a scenario in which they have to use it.
“I think any law enforcement agency that is always able to think ahead and provide the resources for their officers or deputies, it’s the right thing, it’s the responsible action to take,” Richard said.
Dec. 19, 2007 was tapped to Top Year-End Goal and Deliver 3,126 of the heavily armored, V-hulled vehicles by July 31. The latest MRAP contract, announced yesterday, will bring to 11,900 the number of vehicles under contract. “Our objective is to build at least 15,374.” THAT was EGIHT years ago.
That law enforcement agencies across the US are swiftly converting themselves into military outfits is hardly a surprise at this point. The problem is that nothing seems to be slowing them down, not even the dismayed reactions of citizens supposedly under their care.
“The United States of America has become a war zone,” he said. “There’s violence in the workplace, there’s violence in schools and there’s violence in the streets. You are seeing police departments going to a semi-military format because of the threats we have to counteract. If driving a military vehicle is going to protect officers, then that’s what I’m going to do.”
obama hires Sharpton as his ‘Race War Czar’, who according to NRO visited the WH 61 times! Since 2009 illustrates the extraordinary access Sharpton has had to the president and his top advisers.
“We need the Justice Department to step in and takeover policing in this country,” Sharpton said.
Do you see how the Race War created by paid activists, led by Sharpton, commisioned by obama and BOTH AG’s now, the killings of our officers in the US. and the ‘Police State’ are being created?
I feel it is to keep ‘us’ in line, being this admin has designated US as the homegrown threat:
According to a piece in The Blaze May 7th, the writer of this piece agrees::
The administration, I believe, will use the recent events in Baltimore to convince the American public that corruption in the police department and lack of experience at the local level in handling the police, have led to the current situation which will require the “expertise” of the federal government to fix.
The next key player recently arrived in Baltimore to broaden the reach of the federal government and was almost immediately assisted by the mayor. Upon arrival, Lynch easily found an opening to further the administration’s goal
( Holder’s successor carrying on the race war.)
She ends her piece with:
I believe we are seeing the slow and methodical takeover of Baltimore’s police department aided by the naïve compliance of those in local leadership which will lead to the eventual assertion by the federal government that it is better equipped at tackling police department violations.
What better city for the DOJ and the administration to make their play for control and federalization than a city that is run and has been run for years by an inept, majority-controlled Democratic leadership?
Battlefield America coming soon to your town…
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Last week I went to the U S. Space and Rocket Center, at One Tranquility Base, in Huntsville. I was most excited to see the Miltary exhibit. That was until these stories broke a few days later. These two pics I took are eerily simliar to both Star Wars and the local PD’s in the news:
Eeerily simliar to one writer I consider prophetic, Tom Clancy:
They say we are paranoid, conspiracy nuts. Well they ARE conspiring or do you belive it is all but coincidental? ~ JP
What a stark reminder obama and his alphabets are coming for YOUR internet under the guise of ISIS, social media, “For our own good,” in a Patriot Act way of stripping of our rights as usual…JUST listen between the lines Patriots:
‘Terrorism has gone viral': US officials, lawmakers warn of growing jihad-inspired attacks
This new declaration was made by Many on VE Day, dishonoring, as they are want to do, on our millitary that served with honor. They match it with their takeover DIShonor! ~ JP
How much of a ‘true’ threat is ISIS?!
Top U.S. officials and lawmakers on Sunday intensified concerns about the growing threat of jihad-inspired terror attacks against the United States, after last week’s attempt in Texas and the dire FBI warning that followed.
“I think there’s been an uptick in the stream of threats out there,” Texas GOP Rep. Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, told “Fox News Sunday.” “We’re seeing these directives on almost a daily basis. It’s very concerning. Terrorism has gone viral.”
On Thursday, FBI Director James Comey said the attack, in which a security officer was shot in the leg, highlights the difficulties the FBI faces — as social media facilitates communication between terror groups and potential homegrown extremists.
He also said the Islamic State terror group has thousands of English-language followers on Twitter, including many in the U.S.
“The siren song sits in the pockets, on the mobile phones, of the people who are followers on Twitter,” Comey said. “It’s almost as if there’s a devil sitting on the shoulder, saying ‘Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill,’ all day long.”
Here is a GOP chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, agreeing with Comey. We are not safe from either party friends.
McCaul said Comey was “exactly right” and that trying to find ISIS’ calling for terror attacks across the broad spectrum of social media is “like trying to find a needle in a haystack.”
He also said the terror threat now is “one of the highest that I’ve ever seen” and warned of similar incidents in the future.
Also on Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the U.S. is facing a new phase of terrorism in which a so-called lone-wolf terrorist, inspired by Islamic State propaganda on social media, could “strike at any moment.”
ISIS Pushing US into ‘New Environment’ in Threats Against Homeland, Homeland Security Secretary Says:
“It’s going to get worse, not better,” he said. “This is very difficult to stop.”
“We’re very definitely in a new environment, because of ISIL’s effective use of social media, the Internet, which has the ability to reach into the homeland and possibly inspire others,” Johnson said on ABC’s “This Week.”
Johnson said the Internet can make it more difficult to predict and intercept a planned attack. But he disagreed with Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., who called the government’s response to terrorist activity online “laughable” at a committee hearing earlier this week.
U.S. Military bases are on high alert this morning. Terror threat level highest in 4 years
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Sunday also agreed with Comey.
“I think [the Islamic State’s message] is ‘kill, kill, kill,’ ” she said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “It’s a force that we really haven’t seen before, and we have to begin to cope more seriously with it, and that includes social media.”
They gave us the Patriot Act for ‘ Our own good.
The Internet control began the minute obama got in office and you know the fight we have had. IMHO, This is exactly HOW they will implement it. You can see where this is going. ~ JP
Alabama’s state climatologist, Dr. John Christy, is no stranger to drawing criticism from his peers for his stance on the prevalent theory of climate change. Now Christy and other “deniers” are being investigated by Democrats in Washington, but he says he is “past the point of being intimidated.”
A similar letter was sent to other members of the climatology community who have testified before Congress that the science is far from settled when it comes to the pace and danger of climate change.
“[The letter is] not going to work as intimidation, which is what it’s designed to do,” Christy told AL.com. “But it does have a backfire aspect to it. It emboldens you when you’ve gotten under somebody’s skin because you know this is what the real world is doing.”
Here is a graph Dr. Christy submitted to the EPA comparing global warming alarmist predictions to what actually happened:
“These models can’t even predict what happened in the past,” Christy said. “Doesn’t that ring alarm bells in your mind about trusting this as a policy tool?”
Dr. Christy’s administration at UAH is standing behind the scientist, with the university President’s chief of staff saying in a statement, Christy “has always approached his work with the utmost of integrity, and the quality of his research is nothing short of exemplary.”
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announced Wednesday that Alabama has joined with 13 other states in opposing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new, stricter ozone regulations.
The states sent a letter to EPA chief Gina McCarthy expressing concern that the regulations are “unlawful and unachievable,” arguing that the necessity of the low limits are not supported by scientific evidence, and would be prohibitively expensive.
“Once again, the EPA is engaged in a practice of overreach that appears to be ideologically driven rather than based upon ensuring adequate projection of public health,” Attorney General Strange said. “The new rule will unnecessarily add to the costs of states’ compliance with a standard that cannot be met.”
Alabama joins 13 other states in opposing ‘overreaching, unlawful’ EPA regs. The other states are: Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wisconsin also signed the letter.
This week the U.S. House passed two bills that seek to bring more accountability and transparency to the EPA.
Witnesses Say EPA’s Forthcoming Ozone Standards Impossible to Meet:
Witnesses highlighted recent data that suggests areas in virtually every state would violate the proposed new standards. Furthermore, EPA has estimated that the new standards could cost $90 billion annually.
Witnesses agreed that if EPA tightens the current ozone standard, many parts of the country will be unable to meet the new limit due to naturally-occurring or uncontrollable ozone.
Gary Palmer IS a reagan politician and we’re proud of him:
His statement is not to be missed, he calls it as he sees it and with the experience to back it up…
“The EPA is an agency with serious and systemic problems,” said Alabama Congressman Gary Palmer, who sits on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee that originally approved the bill. “It has abused its power to achieve goals which are not supported by the American people, and too often does so without sufficient transparency or public input. These bills will resolve some of these ongoing problems, and move us in the right direction by ensuring the EPA does not rely on secret, unverifiable science, and by ensuring scientific review does not become politicized.”
John Raymond Christy ,Ph.D, is a climate scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) whose chief interests are satellite remote sensing of global climate and global climate change.
He is best known, jointly with Roy Spencer, who is also a Ph.D climatologist, Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the U.S. Science Team leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer on NASA’s Aqua satellite. He has served as Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. for the first successful development of a satellite temperature record.
John Christy has worked with Congressman Palmer here in Alabama. He has no agenda. He is not paid by special interest.
‘No one is paying me to have my view’ – John Christy
John said Tuesday that he has not accepted any funding from the fossil fuel industry. John is being probed as part of a probe of climate change skeptics. WHO that congressman speaks volumes my friends. None other then AZ Hispanic Caucus Raul Grijalva.
Ol’ Raul is buddies with yet another amnesty radical, Guttierez both radical left wing nuts, who stir up trouble every waking moment to give this country to illegals. He was instrumental in the AZ boycott against Jan Brewer in 2010.
A chart provided to AL.com (AL is our MsM in Birmingham.) by UAH climate expert John Christy that shows the disparity between climate models and research conducted by UAH. The green line is satellite data compiled by UAH while the blue is from weather balloon data compiled by an independent entity, Christy said.
Christy referred to a UAH chart that compared 102 climate models produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change with satellite data collected by UAH that reflects that the models are far out of step with the actual data when it comes to climate change. The chart dates from 1975 to 2014.
“These models can’t even predict what happened in the past,” Christy said. “Doesn’t that ring alarm bells in your mind about trusting this as a policy tool?”
The chart suggests warming is happening at about eight-tenths of a degree in 2014, according to the IPCC data, while the UAH data indicates warming has been about two-tenths of a degree over the same time period.
“My response is that I don’t see anything in this letter that challenges the science we produce,” he said. “So therefore, it should not matter where support came from to produce that science. (The Obama) administration believes that if you don’t agree with them about climate change, you must be being paid to have that opinion.
“In my case, they won’t find anything — 100 percent of my support is state and federal grants. No one is paying me to have my view. I have my view because I’m a climate scientist and that’s what the data shows.” ~ John Christy
So you see where this is going. As John stated if you don’t agree with this admin, you are the target. (My words)
A federal judge sharply scolded a Justice Department attorney at a hearing on President Obama’s immigration executive actions, suggesting the administration misled him and saying he fell for it — “like an idiot.”
The other states seeking to block Obama’s orders are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
This was JUST yesterday in Texas by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen. The judge suggested he could order sanctions against the administration if he finds they indeed misrepresented the facts.
Hanen chided Justice Department attorney Kathleen Hartnett for telling him at a January hearing before the injunction was issued that nothing would be happening with regard to one key part of Obama’s actions, an expansion of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, until Feb. 18.
“Like an idiot I believed that,” Hanen said.
“Can I trust what the president says? That’s a yes or no question,” Hanen asked.
Hanen said he would issue a ruling “promptly” on what action, if any, he will take against the Justice Department.