Jane

Proud patriot and determined to take my country back! Family has been here since 1624. Grandfather settled Salem, MA and 4 generations later, another grandfather was in the American Revolution. We've been involved in all wars since then defending freedom.

Georgia Launches Online, Mobile Voter Registration

georgia-state-sealGeorgians are now being offered paperless voter registration options that Secretary of State Brian Kemp expects to save time and money.

Kemp was at a meeting with state election and voter registration officials in Augusta on Monday when he announced the launch of the Web-based registration programs. Georgia lawmakers drafted regulations allowing online voter registration in 2012.

“We did this because Georgians deserve to be able to register to vote or change their information with as much ease as possible,” Kemp said in a statement. “This not only will provide benefits to the voter, but also for all 159 Georgia counties.”

More than a dozen states now offer online registration and a handful have passed legislation allowing Web-based programs but have yet to launch them, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

It’s unclear how much money the Web-based systems might help Georgia county election boards save, but NCSL program manager Wendy Underhill said a study of Arizona’s online system showed that processing online registrations cost about 3 cents each while paper applications cost about 83 cents apiece.

Keystone XL and Your Backyard BBQ

WE NEED THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE!

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The Keystone XL Pipeline will deliver 830,000 barrels of oil per day.  What does that mean for the everyday energy consumer?  If the 830,000 barrels of oil per day were refined into gasoline, the yield would be 15 million gallons of gasoline per day according to the Energy Information Administration.

The Environmental Protection Agency indicates the typical passenger car uses an average 498 gallons of gasoline per year, while a light-duty truck will use 694 gallons. Apply a little math and this means the Keystone XL Pipeline could fuel approximately 11.6 million passenger cars or 8.3 light-duty trucks per day.

Taking the argument a bit further, the oil delivered by the Keystone XL Pipeline, if converted to diesel fuel or fuel oil at 10 gallons per barrel would yield 8.3 million gallons; enough to power 262,000 combination tractor-trailers per year at 5.9 miles per gallon. Using it to heat homes, this fuel would be enough, at an average of 550 gallons per household, to heat 5.5 million homes.

Remember, crude oil is used in a variety of everyday products, not just automobile fuel.

These various uses of the crude oil the Keystone Pipeline will deliver are not mutually exclusive. The 830,000 barrels of oil that will be transported by the Keystone XL Pipeline, in fact, have the potential, on a daily basis, to simultaneously:

Power 11.6 million cars,
Heat 5.5 million homes,
Fly 110,000 people across the United States in a 747 jet,
Fill 636,000 BBQ propane tanks,

We’re not done yet.  A barrel of oil supplies numerous other products ranging from motor oil to plastics.

via Keystone XL and Your Backyard BBQ.

Despite IPCC Doom Report, This Dataset of Datasets Shows NO Warming This Millennium

Within a few days, the RSS satellite record for March will be available. I shall report again then. So far, that record shows no global warming for 17 years 6 months.

HadCRUT4, the last of the five monthly global datasets to report its February value, shows the same sharp drop in global temperature over the month as the other datasets.

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Our dataset-of-datasets graph averages the monthly anomalies for the three terrestrial and two satellite temperature records. It shows there has still been no global warming this millennium. Over 13 years 2 months, the trend is zero.

Start any further back and the trend becomes one of warming – but not of rapid warming. The Archdruids of Thermageddon, therefore, can get away with declaring that there is no such thing as a Pause – but only just. Pause denial is now endemic among the acutely embarrassed governing class.

This month Railroad Engineer Pachauri denied the Pause: yet it was he who had proclaimed its existence only a year ago in Australia.

However, it is no longer plausible to suggest, as the preposterous Sir David King did in front of the House of Commons Environment Committee earlier this month, that there will be as much as 4.5 Cº global warming this century unless CO2 emissions are drastically reduced.

More than an eighth of the century has passed with no global warming at all. Therefore, from now to 2100 warming would have to occur at a rate equivalent to 5.2 Cº/century to bring global temperature up by 4.5 Cº in 2100.

Forty-Three Nations Now Have TEA Parties

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Contrary to popular belief, the Tea Party is not dead. Nor is it going anywhere, despite remarks by Senator Mitch McConnell in November 2013 that it was nothing but a bunch of bullies whom he planned to punch in the nose. Then earlier this month, McConnell announced he was going to crush the Tea Party (i.e. establishment Republicans would defeat their Tea Party Republican challengers in the primary elections).

Well, guess what, Mitch? The Tea Party is not going to be crushed. In fact, it will have an impact in this year’s elections, just as it did back in 2010.

And in case Mitch McConnell (and others out there) weren’t aware, not only has the Tea Party been a force to be reckoned with nationwide, it has also gone global (as I have mentioned in previous articles).

Aside from the United States, I pointed out that Tea Parties sprung up in the following countries: Canada, Nicaragua, Haiti, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Nigeria, Iceland, Britain, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Austria, Poland, Belarus, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Russia, Georgia, Israel, Nepal, Mongolia, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

Since then, I learned that Tea Parties have emerged in several other countries. They consist of the following: Venezuela, Brazil, Ireland, France, Ukraine, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, Armenia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and China.

So there you have it. Forty-three nations that have Tea Parties. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tea Parties pop up in more countries. In fact, I can picture the following countries having Tea Parties: Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Chile, Uruguay, Sweden, Finland, Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania, Lithuania, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Angola, Madagascar, India, South Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines (just to name a few). At such a rate, every nation could wind up having its own Tea Party, because it’s not just Americans who desire freedom via limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets- it is everyone across the globe.

Now you are probably wondering how I was able to learn that other countries had Tea Parties. I did so via a search on Facebook (I simply typed it in- e.g. Australian Tea Party). Not only do these Tea Parties in other countries have Facebook profiles (yes, people still use Facebook) but some also have websites (e.g. Australian Tea Party, which is also the most active Tea Party outside the United States).

And as I mentioned before, the New Zealand Party has become a political party.

I wouldn’t be surprised if something similar takes place here in America.

via Don’t Doubt It: The Tea Party Still Continues to Go Global.

Night Falls on Civilization

BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN!

Civilization and the moral code exist in the light of awareness, but the darkness is home to unthinking bestial things. To call for a return to the darkness is a profound act of symbolism. A civilization that celebrates a return to the darkness for even a single hour is longing for a return to a deeper state of darkness.

Earth Hour

The World’s Fair to Earth Hour marks the journey of a civilization across the sky from light into darkness. In our new post-civilizational time, we no longer celebrate human accomplishment by seeing a vision of the future, instead we turn off the bright lights of civilization and sit in the dark for an hour to atone for our electrical sins.

Earth Hour stigmatizes human accomplishment as the root of all evils and treats the lack of accomplishment as an accomplishment. For all the pretense of activism, environmentalism celebrates inaction.

Don’t build, don’t create and don’t do– are its mandates. Turn off the lights and feel good about how much you aren’t doing right now.

Humanity is what is wrong with the world. It began with fire, then the wheelbarrow, the lever and the ax, the mason, the carpenter, the scientist, the visionary. It can end with you.

Just turn out the lights.

Common Core Worksheet Asks Fourth-Graders to Describe Adultery

It’s time for another update on outlandishly stupid Common Core nonsense! A fourth-grade worksheet asks kids to describe adultery.

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Some people figured this one had to be a hoax. Sadly, it’s not.

The text of the question:

Ruby sat on the bed she shared with her husband holding a hairclip. There was something mysterious and powerful about the cheaply manufactured neon clip that she was fondling in her newly suspicious palms. She didn’t recognize the hairclip. It was too big to be their daughter’s, and Ruby was sure that it wasn’t hers. She hadn’t had friends over in weeks but here was this hairclip, little and green with a few long black hair strands caught in it. Ruby ran her fingers through her own blonde hair. She had just been vacuuming when she noticed this small, bright green object under the bed. Now their life would never be the same. She would wait here until Mike returned home.

At least it’s heartening that many parents are flat-out refusing to participate in these homework assignments. The parent who exposed this worksheet wrote in the blank, “Inappropriate! I’m not explaining to an 8-year-old!”

via Common Core Worksheet Asks Fourth-Graders to Describe Adultery | Right Wing News.

Congressional Committee Debates Whether Airports Checkpoints Need Armed Officers

During Friday’s hearing, Rep. Maxine Waters recommended that police officers be stationed within 300 feet of TSA passenger screening checkpoints. She said she was pleased with TSA’s recommendations to have police at high-traffic areas such as checkpoints and ticket counters during peak travel times.

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A Congressional committee Friday weighed the question of whether armed police officers should be stationed at all airport checkpoints – a question raised by last fall’s fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.

“There was not a decision made today of how armed law enforcement officers ought to be deployed at checkpoints,” said Rep. Richard Hudson, chair of the subcommittee on Transportation Security.  “We haven’t answered that question.”

Hudson held a hearing at LAX Friday on lessoned learned from the Nov. 1 shooting last year that killed a TSA officer and wounded three other people.

“But there are questions: Do we have a stationary position for a law enforcement officer at every checkpoint? Is that position in front of the security or behind the security screening…” Hudson said.

Hudson said he wants a follow up hearing in Washington D.C. to further discuss the breakdowns in communication among emergency responders and airport perimeter security during and after the shooting.

The widow of fallen TSA officer Gerardo Hernandez attended the congressional hearing, sitting in the front row. She greeted TSA officers with hugs and handshakes. She did not make any statements during the hearing or to the media.

Congressional members noted during the hearing that it took responding police agencies, EMS and fire departments 45 minutes to join together in a “unified command.”