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Shuck, Baby, Shuck: Obama’s Jive Energy Policy

In Bowling for Dollars, Harvard Math, Obamarama on 14/03/2011 at 07:52

The big question in conservative circles these days is whether or not Barack Obama is an ideological genius determined to destroy the economy, or a naïve narcissist who couldn’t tie his shoelaces without instructions. The President’s theory on energy is a case in point.

The seriousness of the situation in the Middle East cannot be exaggerated; the potential that Yemen, Kuwait, Qatar or even Saudi Arabia may eventually fall pray to radical Islam is very real. But the more pressing matter, at least for the moment, is that prolonged unrest in the region may continue to adversely impact oil prices here at home.

Yet in the face of all evidence to the contrary the President remains loyal to a “green” energy policy that continues to hamper job growth and threatens to put the U.S. in a potentially catastrophic position, should even one OPEC nation fall to an Iranian-style theocracy.

On the one hand it is ludicrous to believe that Obama doesn’t know that green energy is a myth; the technology has not yet been developed that comes close to seriously competing with fossil fuel as a staple energy source. Even the most liberal expert on energy development knows that biofuel is decades away from reaching that goal. And beyond the feasibility is the possibility that biofuel does more harm than good; that its greatest effect may be a negative impact on world hunger.

So it would seem clear that something else is going on, i.e. that the President is deliberately trying to collapse the economy by, among other things, creating an oil dearth. This is a theory that both Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck have floated.

The argument is still not convincing. Just when Barack Obama starts to look like an evil genius, the likes of which exits only in fiction, he comes off with a shuck-n-jive theory that defies credulity.

“[R]ight now, the industry holds leases on tens of millions of acres –- both offshore and on land –- where they aren’t producing a thing,” The President informed us in his weekly address. “So I’ve directed the Interior Department to determine just how many of these leases are going undeveloped … People deserve to know that the energy they depend on is being developed in a timely manner.”

There goes the Dr. Strangelove theory right out the window. Even Bill Clinton, no friend to Hummer driving capitalists, recognizes that restrictions on offshore drilling must be relaxed immediately, if the nation’s economy is to be set on course for recovery.

The tracts that the petroleum industry have left undeveloped remain so largely because they have either proved geographically to be low-yield or financially prohibitive for immediate recovery. Technology improves annually, and oil companies often lease sites based on the prospects of future technological gains. In other words, Shell wants to lock up as many as prospective tracts as it can before Texaco grabs them. But even with advances in technology, land and offshore petroleum exploration is at best a crapshoot. In is not rational to assume that large recoverable reserves lie under every square foot of land permitted, or even under most of it.

Hundreds of years of fossil fuel exist within the boundaries of the continental United States and Alaska. Much more exits off our shores being sucked up by nations unfriendly to America.

Whether Barack Obama is an entrenched ideologue or a political neophyte is irrelevant at this point. By failing to release restrictions on domestic drilling, both offshore and on land, he is placing the United States in the precarious position of have to rely on the unreliable.

Is NPR Liberal? Duh, Winning!

In Bowling for Dollars, Can You Hear Me Now?, Civil Lefts, Disappearing Ink on 10/03/2011 at 08:47

Vivian Schiller

James O’Keefe has done it this time. Dude, the hornets are out of the nest! Today’s news that NPR has canned CEO Vivian Schiller comes less than 24 hours after the conservative activist filmmaker released his scathing undercover report of liberal and racial bias within public radio. But how will Schiller’s departure affect the political leanings of NPR? Not in the slightest.

In the first place, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, who was no doubt behind Schiller’s firing today, has very little to do with the day-to-day programming of PBS or NPR. Oh, theoretically they rule the roost over NPR and PBS, but in actuality they spend most of their time being, well, bureaucratic.

Ask George W. Bush’s former CPB appointee Kenneth Tomlinson, who was ousted from the board in 2005, after he tried to balance NPR/PBS programming. Hey, here’s a cushy little government appointment—don’t rock the boat.

The simple reason why a mere reshuffling of board and staff members in the upper echelons of public broadcasting will not improve it, is because the member stations select the boards of these two networks. That’s right. While the CPB board is a six-year presidential appointment (the current CEO is a Bush appointee), both NPR and PBS appoint their board members internally.

That is not to say that the CPB cannot demand and receive the head of a NPR or PBS executive on a platter, as we have witnessed over the past two days. Obviously they can and will whenever a James O’Keefe jumps out of the bushes. But they normally do not impact network programming to any significant degree.

This is done by the member board, i.e. the stations. Of course they are subject to oversight by the public members of the board, like Schiller and Schiller, but for the most part they manage their own programming.

The truth of the federal government—the government most Americans rarely see—the nuts and bolts, day-to-day players who make up the inner workings of government, are overwhelmingly liberal. These are the middle management of every department and bureau in government today; liberalism is endemic within federal government.

And why wouldn’t it be? What we have seen occurring in Wisconsin and Ohio over the last month should be proof enough that anyone on the government dole is beholden to liberalism. Their entire professional existence is owed to government handouts.

This year, the CPB received $422 million from the government. Don’t trust those numbers, we got them from the government. But whatever the amount, the money allocated by Congress is granted irrespective of the programming we receive week after week, year in and year out.

So it is perfectly understandable that not only the boards of NPR and PBS are liberal, but that every employee working for them and all of their member stations are as well; they feed at the boundless and bottomless Public Through.

None of this is to say that James O’Keefe’s investigation was for naught. But the American people have been slow on the uptake before.

In the 1990s, Hillary Rodham Clinton launched the “Don’t Kill Big Bird” campaign after then speaker Newt Gingrich announced plans to cut funding for PBS and NPR. Virtually every mother with pre-school-age kids in the country was outraged.

And you know the rest.

James O’Keefe has done his part. Now it’s up to you.

Thank You James.

NPR Exec Meeting with ‘Muslims’: We Don’t Need Government Funding

In Bowling for Dollars, Civil Lefts, The Haters on 08/03/2011 at 19:32

James O'Keefe

It is time to end NPR and PBS government funding. The 50-year assault on conservatives and conservative values has reached a point that no fair-minded taxpayer can support in good conscience. NPR and PBS have become little more than propaganda arms for the Left.

For decades National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting System have provided some good albeit unnecessary programming, salted with attacks on conservative thought in America, and most of us have let it go on unchallenged. But we can no longer turn our heads to the blatant assaults by this archaic leftover of Lyndon Johnson’s failed Great Society.

NPR’s outrageous firing of Juan Williams last October, when he expressed his legitimate concerns about American Muslims on the O’Reilly Factor, should have been the last straw; the Left has long thought of this wasteland of taxpayer dollars as its private ideological entitlement, and it has to stop.

In a token act to fend off mounting criticism over the Williams firing, NPR axed its news head Ellen Weiss while CEO Vivian Schiller and her organization escaped further scrutiny.

Or so she thought.

Now the other shoe has dropped. Filmmaker and conservative activist James O’Keefe has crafted another scam against the corrupt and often felonious government-funded left. O’Keefe came to national attention when he and Hannah Giles posed as child prostitute and pimp in an exposé that brought down ACORN.

In a similarly staged con, Senior VP of Development of the NPR Foundation, Ron Schiller, apparently no relation to Vivian Schiller, while believing he was speaking to representatives of a front group for the Muslim Brotherhood, claimed that most Jewish organization are not looking “for a fair point of view,” and that NPR would be better off without government funding.

This from The Daily Caller:

Later in the lunch, Schiller explains that NPR would be better positioned free of federal funding. “Well frankly, it is clear that we would be better off in the long-run without federal funding,” he says. “The challenge right now is that if we lost it all together we would have a lot of stations go dark.”
When one of O’Keefe’s associates asked, “How confident are you, with all the donors that are available, if they should pull the funding right now that you would survive?,” Schiller answered this way: “Yes, NPR would definitely survive and most of the stations would survive.”

In what has become a classic O’Keefe orchestrated sting, the activist filmmaker taped Schiller and NPR director of institutional giving, Betsy Liley, lunching with men they believed were members of the Muslim terrorist front group, Muslim Education Action Center (MEAC) Trust. MEAC is a fake nonprofit O’Keefe set up for the sting, in order to offer a $5 million donation to NPR by the Muslim Brotherhood front group.

During the secretly taped luncheon, the NPR execs do not rebut O’Keefe’s “Muslims” when they claim that Jews control American media, and appear to be decidedly pro-Muslim, even knowing they were speaking to representatives of a terrorist front organization. The Executives also “savage” Christian conservatives and the Tea Party movement as racists.

If Republicans in Congress don’t move for a complete defunding of government-subsidized public broadcasting and other liberal groups such as Planned Parenthood, there is no justice.

End the liberal propaganda now.

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