WHO PRODUCED “THE GIVER” !?!

A month or so ago I started to see trailers for “The Giver” on television. I thought it was a television movie or series, and I didn’t pay much attention to it. I didn’t see any trailers for it in the theaters until I noticed that Fathom Events was having a screening for it. That reinforced my belief that it was a television movie, since they were going to have a special screening for people to see on the big screen.

A couple of weeks ago I started reading on conservative sites that this movie had a great conservative message, and we should all see it. I started to take more notice, and realized it was a feature film. But I was perplexed. I had worked in the entertainment industry for 30 years, and never saw a movie released or promoted this way. When I told my daughter I was taking my grandsons to see “The Giver”, she said she had never heard of it. Neither had my grandsons, nor their friends. This movie is based on a book by the same name. It’s basically the same genre, and for the same audience as “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent”. It was written for a teen audience, but it isn’t being marketed to them.

I was further confused to learn that “The Giver” was produced by Harvey Weinstein. Harvey Weinstein, personal friend of the Clintons and Obamas, who said he was going to produce a movie with Meryl Streep that would shame the NRA and end gun ownership! Big donor and active supporter of everything liberal! Yes, THAT Harvey Weinstein!

I was, then, even more shocked to see Harvey personally promote the movie. I’ve never seen Harvey personally promote any of his movies, but he promoted “The Giver” ~ and on the O”Reilly Factor, no less! He said he had a screening at his house for the stars, friends, and family, and everyone loved it. Kids, adults, everyone. What??

I took my grandsons to see it yesterday. Like “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent”, it was about One-World Government, with the “Elites” deciding how the citizens live. The “Elites” have access to everything, while the population has access to very little. Meryl Streep’s character in “The Giver” says “When people have the freedom to chose, they chose wrong”. As in “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent”, citizens are discouraged from having family ties after childhood, and they are dictated by the “Elites” what jobs they will have for life. In “The Giver”, if you fail at your job, or are deemed unnecessary, you are “released” (which means killed). The climate is the same every day, because of government “climate control”. The people all live in the same dwellings on streets surrounding the city, they all dress alike, and ride bicycles. They get an injection of drugs as they leave their dwellings every morning (in the name of good health), and are not allowed out after dark. Children are assigned family units, and when they reach a certain age, they are assigned a job.

The citizens in “The Giver” have no memory of history or what the world was like before the war, but there is one man who does possess all the memories of history. He uses his knowledge and wisdom to advise the “Elites” and, therefore, as he ages, that knowledge must be passed on to a younger man. The young hero of the movie, Joshua, is chosen to receive the knowledge. He learns about love, and joy, and death; heroism and fear; accomplishment, discovery, and faith. He also learns about animals (there are none in this Utopian world).
Joshua stops taking his morning drug injections, and starts feeling things. He recognizes the value of freedom, despite the risks. He learns that if he can escape and cross the border beyond the mist, it will release all the citizens’ memories and free them.
As I watched the movie, I kept wondering if Harvey had a different vision. Harvey liked this movie enough to promote it himself, and on the FOX network, yet! What does Harvey think this movie’s message is?

This is the Utopia all the Liberal policies he supports are pushing us into against our will. “The Giver” is closer to Agenda 21 than any movie I’ve seen yet. A reduced population, controlled by “Elites”. Everything for the people is planned ~ from what they eat, where they can go, what they wear, to what work they do. The movie says this is evil, and our hero must free everyone from it.

I’m dumbfounded. Does Harvey think it’s the Right not the Left that wants this Utopia? The Right is for LESS government, not more! We’re for personal liberty. We’re for choosing our own destiny. Is Harvey aware that it’s leftist policy to force people out of their cars and onto bikes? It’s leftist policy to medicate people to get them to conform. Just look at how our children, especially our foster children, are being over-medicated to control their behavior! Did Harvey hear Melissa Harris-Perry tell us our kids didn’t belong to us, they belong to the collective? Is he aware our schools are telling our children they can’t have “best friends”? Does he understand that Common Core is government propaganda, dressed up as a curriculum? Common Core History leaves out our Founding Fathers, Lincoln, Hitler, and Martin Luther King! It talks about what various “groups” did, but not what individuals did to shape and influence events in history. We can’t have kids know that one person can change the course of history, can we?

Does Harvey know it’s the left that wants to reduce world population and control the citizens? Agenda 21 was denounced by the Republican party, but the Democrats are all-in. It’s the left that pushes “Climate Change” to force us into “sustainable communities”, and off our private property. It’s the left that’s giving the EPA power to seize our property if rainwater collects in a puddle. It’s the left that’s shutting down our affordable energy production.

At the end, Joshua approaches a house where a happy family is gathered around a Christmas tree, singing Christmas carols. Does Harvey know it’s the left that’s removing religion from the public square and not allowing Christmas carols in schools? And, Harvey, it’s your pals, the Clintons and the Obamas, who don’t support Israel. Aren’t you Jewish?

The message I got from “The Giver” was that Utopia and One-World Government is evil and wrong, and that individuals need to be free. Individuals can change the course of events. What message did Harvey have intend?

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SOCIALISM HAS NEVER WORKED AND CAN’T

We often hear that “the only reason socialism has never worked” is that the “wrong people” were “in charge”. I always wonder what angels the leftists think don’t have donors or special interest groups they are beholden to. Donors and special interest groups tend to want laws bent to their desires. Where would those Angels come from? 

Socialism doesn’t, and cannot, work, not because the wrong people have been in charge, but because it goes against human nature. Human nature doesn’t ever change. There have always been good people and evil people, generous people and greedy people, industrious people and lazy-asses….. And there always will be.

Man was not designed for mediocrity. Man was designed to compete, to question, to explore, to innovate, and to bond with others. Man was designed to form close ties with family, friends, community, and country. Our bodies produce chemicals that reward us for those things ~ and socialism goes against every last one of them. 

When we win, we produce dopamine, which is an immediate and short-lasting high. The lack of dopamine leads people to substance abuse, as they attempt to artificially reproduce the feeling of winning and accomplishment. 

Serotonin is a long-lasting chemical that creates feelings of well-being. It is produced by accomplishment, charity, and faith. Oxytocin is another long-lasting feel-good chemical, produced during social contact, such as bonding with friends and family, and having trust in people we respect. Charitable acts reward the giver as much as the receiver. These two chemicals are necessary for our emotional well-being and social stability.

Endorphins are another feel-good chemical. Most of us know that exercise releases endorphins, but did you know that so does laughter, music, and sex? This chemical, like dopamine, has only a brief effect.

These chemicals are the reason social justice programs like “everybody gets a trophy” and not keeping scores in sports are so wrong-headed. Self-esteem comes from accomplishment and our chemical reaction to it, not from a trophy we didn’t earn. Kids know they didn’t earn that trophy.  They don’t get a shot of dopamine for “participating”, they get it from winning. They know who can run faster, throw a ball better, or jump higher. Childhood is when we learn to be good losers and gracious winners. It’s when we learn to not give up. If you lose, you figure out why you lost, and then you work to overcome those shortcomings. It’s an exercise in character-building. When all that work finally pays off, your body rewards you with happy feelings. 

Our schools, obsessed with “diversity” and “fairness training”, are also trying to break the bonds necessary to the human condition. My grandsons’ school told the kids they weren’t allowed to have best friends or to play with the same kids every recess. I can’t even fathom the rationale behind such insanity. Bonding with family and friends is probably the single most important factor to a sense of well-being!
We all need to feel we “belong”. Gang members will tell you they joined the gang because it gave them a feeling of belonging.

A perfect example of socialism not working are public sector unions. Public employees cannot be fired, and their pay is determined by seniority rather than merit. They quickly realize that, since they won’t be rewarded for working harder, they need hardly work at all. When you can’t get fired, and you get paid no matter how terrible your work, there is no motivation for performance standards. Your co-workers will only resent you if you demonstrate that the job can be done faster or more efficiently.  And, since you aren’t being rewarded for winning, you don’t create anything new or accomplish any goals, and your body never gets the chance to produce those all-important chemicals that give you a sense of satisfaction. We only value what we earn. Whatever is given to us that we didn’t earn, has no value. That’s why most people who win the lottery spend the money before the ink is dry on the check.

All people are unique. We like different things, have different talents, pursue different goals and dreams. We should celebrate these differences. Socialism assumes we all want the same thing. We don’t. The goal of socialism is for us all to have the same standard of living: a job, a place to live, a college education, food. The only way that is possible is if that standard of living is abject poverty. See Cuba, China, North Korea, and the former Soviet Union for real-life examples.

If man merely exists, if he does not push his limits, challenge himself, explore, or grow, his body doesn’t ever get to produce the chemicals that give him a sense of joy. And if those chemicals aren’t produced from accomplishments, acts of charity, and bonds of family, friends and community, people seek them from other sources. That’s why alcoholism and substance abuse are so common in socialist and communist countries like Russia and Sweden. 

Socialism can never work, because humans are designed for higher expectations, not lower. 

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NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO GIVE UP!

This morning, as I was driving to Los Angeles City Hall for a protest against Mayor Garcetti’s welcoming of illegal alien children to the city, I heard about our President’s meeting with the presidents of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Supposedly, they were to discuss a solution to stop the illegal flood of those countries’ citizens into the US. Apparently, our President thinks the best way to stop this invasion is to grant all these illegals refugee status, and to send our planes to bring them here from Central America. Really? Can someone, please, explain to me how that will stop the invasion? If they don’t have to pay “coyotes” and travel across Mexico, it’ll be easier, not harder, for them to invade America… And on OUR dime!

That’s Obama’s solution? That’s the best he can do to stop illegal aliens from flooding our country? I’m not a world leader, but even I can come up with a better idea than that! I’d tell those presidents they need to go on television and tell their citizens they are being lied to, that America has not changed its laws, and they shouldn’t spend their money traveling across Mexico, because they’ll be sent right back! I’d tell them that until they stop their citizens from violating our sovereignty, they will receive no foreign aid, and all trade with them will be stopped. You and I know that if Obama really wanted this to stop, he could stop it NOW.

When I got to the City Hall, I was more than disappointed. There were no more thantwenty protestors. Not one from the numerous groups we sent notices to. Except for a Latina anti-amnesty woman and me, the rest were all from the black community. It’s very disheartening. This is such an important issue. Los Angeles is broke, California is broke, the United States is broke. We have our own homeless children to take care of, we have homeless Veterans who are not getting medical care… It’s as if Mayor Garcetti knocked on your door and said, here are ten children, they’re yours to raise now.

I made a sign that said “No Border, No country”. All the reporters wanted to take pictures of it. There were more reporters and camera crews than protestors. I’m sure they will point out how few of us cared enough about this issue to come out today. They interviewed most of us. After the camera was off, one of the reporters from Channel 62 wanted to talk off the record. During the interview I had said the people most hurt by illegal immigration were blacks. They didn’t come here illegally, they didn’t come of their own free will, they were brought here as property. I said if we owed anyone jobs, it was them. The reporter asked how many blacks I’ve seen working in the fields. I asked him why we would want to see them working in fields? I told him Americans were educated and skilled, and didn’t need to do manual labor. We don’t need illegal immigration to get farm workers. We used to have the bracero program that bussed workers from Mexico to work in the fields, and then bussed them back. That worked just fine. I pointed out that illegal immigration costs California $25 billion a year, but illegals only pay $2 billion in taxes. California contains one-twelfth of the country’s population, but it pays ONE-THIRD of all welfare, because of illegals. I also reminded him that America has the most generous immigration policies in the world. We allow twice as many legal immigrants as all the other countries in the world combined. I asked why people whose first act is to break our laws are more deserving of largesse than the millions who have already applied to immigrate and are waiting in war-torn countries?

The reporter said that if you told someone there was a job available, the first thing they’d ask is how much it paid, and then they’d tell you they’d rather get unemployment. After my head exploded, I told him that if we didn’t pay people 99 weeks of unemployment, or give them never-ending welfare, people would take jobs. I told him that if not for the endless flood of illegal aliens driving wages down, there would be a labor shortage, and businesses would have to offer better pay. I told him I wasn’t willing to sacrifice my country just so businesses could get cheaper labor.

We had circulated fliers about this event for several weeks, and I know most of us understand the grave threat this illegal alien invasion poses to the sovereignty of our nation, but people are becoming less and less likely to show up for protests. I understand people are overwhelmed by how fast this country is changing, they are burned-out and discouraged. Many are disillusioned, because it doesn’t seem as if anyone is listening. Many are just plain afraid, and have given up. I get it. It’s exhausting. But now is not the time to give up!

We have an election in November. Don’t get complacent just because the media and both parties keep telling us Republicans will take back the Senate. I’m not convinced that is true, unless we all get out and help elect Republicans. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Republicans have the answers, too many of them don’t, but the only people who do have answers just happen to have an (R) behind their names. Once we have the majority in the Senate and the House, we can worry about influencing the RINOs to vote the way we want. But in the meantime, we HAVE to stay involved. It’s only four more months. You can do it!!

If we don’t elect a conservative president in 2016, then I won’t blame you for giving up, but for now, just hang in there. History has shown that when it looks like we can’t win, that’s when we do. The odds were against General Washington and his army. They were shoeless, freezing, hungry… And yet they won. Remember the old adage, it’s always darkest before dawn. I beg all of you, stay engaged ~ we can still stop this!

New Zealander Trevor Loudon was on a speaking tour here a few weeks ago. I heard him speak several times, and he kept telling us that we didn’t understand our own power. We seem to have forgotten that we elected more Republicans in 2010 than ever before. We gave the House to the Republicans. We elected scores of Republican governors and legislatures, and those states are flourishing! Mr. Loudon said the left never saw that coming. We scared them to death. He told us he went to a progressive event in DC not long ago, and all they talked about was the Tea Party and conservatives. Their demonization of us is high praise. The more we scare them, the more they demonize us. We have to let it roll off our backs. Trevor said he cares about America, because if it falls, so will the rest of the West. He asked us to work harder than we ever have before. We have to walk precincts, do phone banking, and observe the polls. We have to talk to people whenever we get the chance. Ask people questions. Ask them why they think there are so many closed businesses along every Main Street. Ask them how illegal immigration help them. Ask them if they couldn’t use the $2,000 a year it costs their family to support illegal aliens. Ask them why our public schools are doing so badly. How is the country doing? How is the world doing with a weakened America? Just ask them if they are better off now than they were six years ago.

You just can’t give up! Not now. Not yet.

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THE GREATEST FRAUD IN HISTORY

The first time I heard the claim that man was causing global warming, I thought it was a joke. When I realized that not only weren’t they joking, they were deadly serious, I had to know why. They claimed CO2 was responsible for all kinds of evils, but I knew that CO2 was a nutrient necessary for life on our planet. I also knew that CO2 is emitted by every living creature in nearly everything we do. Reducing CO2 would require de-industralizing our country, destroying our economy, and reducing crop output. It would lead to deaths of living creatures. I determined to learn as much as I could about “global warming”, and find out what was behind it. For the last ten years or so, I have been reading, researching, and listening to actual scientists who study these disciplines.

This July I spent three days with hundreds of scientists at the 9th International Conference on Climate Change. These are experts in their fields, and they showed us a myriad reasons why Anthropogenic Global Warming is the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on man. You can watch videos of the Conference here: http://heartland.org. I recommend it highly.

One of the first things I discovered when I started researching global warming was a petition signed by more than 31,000 scientists in response to the Kyoto Accord. This petition said that warming and cooling cycles were normal for the planet, and that man’s activities have very little, if any, effect on climate. This demonstrated to me that there is no “consensus” of scientists on the matter. The petition was circulated only in the United States, so I would imagine the number of signatories would be even greater in the worldwide science community. You can see the petition for yourself: http://www.petitionproject.org.

I printed out the 31 pages of California scientists who signed the petition. I like to show it to people who try to tell me that “97% of scientists agree man is causing global warming”. They never fail to be shocked.

I was excited to meet the scientists who created and circulated the petition when they received awards at the conference. One of them, Dr. Willie Soon, has PhD’s in astrophysics and geoscience. He sat at my table at the conference. The group explained that when they circulated the petition, many leftist forces tried to sabotage it by sending in petitions signed by bogus people. That way, they could point out these fake signatures, and cast doubt on the petition’s validity. Too bad for the spoilers – the authors of the petition are no dummies! They caught every fraud, and vetted every signer!

Shortly before the conference the news broke that NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) had been manipulating temperature data. Here is one of the articles that I read about it: http://nypost.com/2014/06/24/global-warming- skeptic-says-government-manipulated-temperature-data/.

We tend to trust information from agencies such as these, but, remember, they are hired and funded by our government. If our government has an agenda, they would certainly not allow NOAA to deviate from it. NOAA seems to forget that other scientists across the country have been keeping data logs of their own. Several of the speakers showed us the data released by NOAA before and after 2000. It shows NOAA lowered the temperatures from the 1930s (the hottest period in US history) and raised the temperatures from the 1990s, just so they could claim 1998 as the peak hottest year. 1998 was not at all the hottest year, but since there weren’t any SUV’s to blame in the 1930s, that decade’s true data didn’t fit their narrative.

The Conference started with a reception where we met and mingled with the speakers. Lord Christopher Monckton is the rock star of climate change “skeptics”, and he was surrounded by admirers and reporters at every turn. The reception was followed by dinner with speakers such as Patrick Moore, PhD, founder and ex-member of Greenpeace, and John Coleman, former weatherman for “Good Morning, America” and former CEO of the Weather Channel.

Patrick Moore spoke about founding Greenpeace and protesting against nuclear power, whaling, and the killing of baby seals. He is still an environmentalist, as are all of us who want clean air and water (which we currently have). Dr. Moore now agrees that nuclear power is the cleanest, safest form of energy. He pointed out the tactic of scaring the public to serve a political agenda. The movie “Clear and Present Danger” scared America away from nuclear power. Dr. Moore showed us pictures of his early years in the movement. He resigned from Greenpeace when they started pushing the Global Warming meme, which he knew wasn’t true.

John Coleman spoke about starting the Weather Channel, and then resigning from it when the rest of the board voted to change data to support the Global Warming agenda. This was a theme that ran all through the Conference, and was emphasized over and over. The data we are being given has been manipulated to fit a political agenda. For us to make intelligent decisions, we have to have factual information.

Another scientist at my table was William M. Gray, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Science, and expert in tropical meteorology. His specialty is hurricanes. In his talk on “Climate Change and the Hydrosphere”, he showed us evidence that there are actually fewer hurricanes now than in the last 30 years. Here is a great video on the topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZVE8JHxRAc.

The claims Al Gore made in his “Inconvenient Truth” film about there being more hurricanes were never true. In fact, an English court ruled that the “factual inaccuracies” (aka: blatant lies!) in the Al Gore documentary must be pointed out to the audience whenever the film is shown.
Many of the speakers brought up the fact that CO2 is only a little over 3% of the “greenhouse gases”, and that man contributes about 2% of that 3%. It is beyond statistically insignificant. No one is saying man isn’t contributing any CO2, but his contribution isn’t significant enough to change either temperature or climate.

Anthony Watts, a meteorologist, is the founder of the most-viewed climate website, “Watts Up With That” (http://wattsupwiththat.com). He is also a three-time winner of the Best Science Blog award. I found his website years ago. When he founded it, he posted a list of all the temperature stations across the country, and asked people living near them to go photograph them, and see if they comply with the regulations for their locations and upkeep. What he learned is that a majority of the stations are located in areas that affect the readings. They are in the middle of parking lots, near air- conditioning or heating units, over waste treatment plants, etc. Mr. Watts even tested the type of paint used on the stations, and found that it affected the temperature readings. His point is that if we can’t trust the temperature readings to be accurate, why would we destroy our economy, and completely reorder our lives?

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This graph was shown by several speakers. It shows all the climate change projections. None of them take into consideration the effects of sun or cloud cover. They all predict warming, but the actual data (in blue and green at the bottom of the graph), shows just how far off they are. They don’t even match the actual data from previous years!

There were so many interesting speakers! Astronaut Walt Cunningham and Dr. Habibullo Abdussamatov, expert in solar physics and solar terrestrial physics and head of space research at the Pulkovo Observatory in Russia, as well as head of the Selenometria Project on the International Space Station, spoke about how solar activity has the greatest influence of all on temperature and climate. Oddly enough, it isn’t included in any of the climate models.
Larry Bell is an endowed professor at the University of Houston, where he directs the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture. He has written nearly 300 articles for Forbes magazine, and the book “Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power behind the Global Warming Hoax”.

There were dozens of experts in the fields of atmosphere, climate, and related sciences. The entire list of speakers is on the Heartland website, for those who want to learn more.

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California gave a very entertaining talk on all the scary government claims of the last 30-some years, which have all been wrong. Yes, every last one. The government loves to scare us and spend billions of our tax dollars
to combat some phantom threat. However, when said threat is inevitably proven false, we never get an apology or an explanation. So many people are left thinking the government actually solved something. I’ll bet some of you once believed hair spray caused holes in the ozone layer, didn’t you?

One of the highlights of the Conference was Lord Monckton, Lady Margaret Thatcher’s science advisor. He is always entertaining. He goes to all the UN Earth Summit conferences, where he is one of the few voices of reason. The press never tells the public the contents of the agreements the UN always wants all the countries to sign. Lord Monckton does his best to inform us. He travels the world, trying to educate people about the consequences of these agreements. Several videos of his speeches have gone viral, and were in great measure responsible for our Congress not signing
UN agreements that would compromise our sovereignty. He showed us a recent video that had almost three million hits in two days, but the views mysteriously dropped off the day after that. He learned that someone paid over $250,000 to have searches for his name redirected to fake websites! The global warming alarmists can’t prove him wrong, so they keep trying to silence him.

Lord Monckton was kicked out of the Durban Summit, but he is not one to be deterred – he and Craig Rucker (http://www.cfact.org) parachuted in! Last year’s climate summit proposed reducing CO2 by 100%. Yes, 100%! This would require all living things to stop exhaling. What a perfect example of how insane the alarmists are! It’s worth noting that most regulations and penalties are levied against America, and not any other country. One of the agreements strove to invalidate all American patents. These things would be laughable, if they weren’t so deadly serious, and if our own representatives didn’t keep trying to sign these moronic agreements. Like Agenda 21, which Congress signed with nary a peep.

This is what Lord Monckton had to say about the conference: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/07/11/the-climate-consensus-is-not-97-its-100/

Many of the scientists and experts explained that temperatures haven’t risen in 17 years and 10 months. Even the IPCC, Phil Jones, and other climate alarmists have had to concede that fact. CO2 has been rising, but that is a good thing – it has made the earth more lush and green and created greater crop yields. One of the panels showed greenhouse plants injected with CO2 as compared to plants that didn’t receive injections. The CO2 plants were about five times bigger, with bigger root systems and more leaves. CO2 is the life’s blood of plants, just as oxygen is for man. CO2 is not, and never has been, a pollutant. It is a nutrient necessary for life. Reducing CO2 will lead to lower crop yields, and, eventually, widespread famine. The Jurassic period had 17 times more CO2 than we do now, and there was abundant plant life. More CO2 is better!

Not one prediction the climate alarmists have made has come true. Al Gore said we’d be flooded by the year 2000. That didn’t happen. He said polar bears were dying. There are more polar bears now than 30 years ago. They can swim for 60 miles, and live half their lives in the water. They are in no danger whatsoever. He said there would be more hurricanes and tornadoes, but there are fewer. He said the glaciers were melting, but they aren’t. He said CO2 increases cause temperature increases. Current data proves that false beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Temperature and climate are affected by solar activity, ocean currents, cloud cover, and several other factors (some of which I wasn’t previously aware of). Climate has been changing since the beginning of time, and will continue changing. Man may contribute CO2 to the atmosphere – all living things do – but that’s a good and healthy thing!

The life’s blood of our economy is energy. Cheap, abundant energy is what made this country the richest, most successful country in the world, one with the highest standard of living, and the cleanest environment. Rich countries are always the cleanest. Shipping our industries to places with fewer environmental regulations doesn’t affect the environment one iota, but it does destroy our economy by redistributing our jobs and wealth to other countries. Why are so many countries so poor? Because they don’t have access to cheap, abundant energy. This isn’t because they lack resources, it’s because they signed Earth Summit agreements that don’t allow them to use fossil fuels, and they can’t afford wind or solar power, which is ten times more expensive. The agreements force Western countries to pay for poor countries’ outrageously expensive wind and solar energy.

The good news is that we are winning the debate. Five years ago, Global Warming was one of the top concerns of American citizens. Today, it isn’t even in the top 15! As the years pass, and all the dire predictions fall flat, people stop believing the lies. When the alarmists keep claiming if it’s hot, it’s global warming, If it’s snowing, it’s global warming, rain?, global warming, drought?, global warming, impotence, car accidents, post-nasal drip, and a thousand other things, it’s laughable. It’s Chicken Little on steroids.

Do you wonder, if the actual data shows no significant warming, and human activity has little to no effect, and more CO2 is a good thing, why, then, do our president and the progressives keep pushing laws that restrict our consumption of energy? Why are they trying to force us our of our cars, and into smaller homes? If they got their way, what would our country be like? Would we still be free?

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KAREN BASS, AT IT AGAIN

Karen Bass just loves us. She is always so-o-o-o happy to see us show up. She makes sure to point us out to the rest of her constituents. There is a group of us that tries to go to all her townhalls. Yes, we are aware that she doesn’t give a rat’s ass what we think. While we do get perverse pleasure out of being a thorn in her side, we aren’t there for her, we are there for her constituents. If we can influence even one person ~ which we have done ~ it’s worth the effort.

Before the Karen Bass townhall, the LA-Santa Monica Tea Party had Trevor Loudon, author of “The Enemies Within”, speak at their meeting. He is from New Zealand, and has previously written a book on Obama’s radical associations. His new book names many of the radicals in our government. He said we may wonder why a New Zealander would care so much about the fate of America, but if America falls, so will the rest of the Western countries. America has been the peacekeeper of the world. Who better? What other country has been as generous as America?

Mr. Loudon pointed out all the ways progressives are undermining America, but, just as we were all ready to slit our wrists, he rallied us with a call that we, the Tea Party, didn’t know our own power. We are so much more powerful than we believe. The leftists are scared to death of us. The fact that they spend so much time demonizing us indicates how frightened they are. In 2010, we gave the Republican party record numbers of Congressmen; we got them the House. Plus, we gave America more Republican governors and state legislatures. And, just weeks ago, we did something that had never been done before ~ we voted a majority leader out of office. Mr. Loudon said we have to work very hard to take back the Senate this year, and the White House in 2016. And we can’t allow the GOP to force Jeb Bush on us, or we’ll certainly lose.

Trevor went with us to Karen Bass’ townhall. I don’t remember much of what she said, since it was all propaganda, but she did say she sponsored a bill that would forgive college loans if the student spends ten years working in “public service”. Oh, great, who is going to leave “public service” after ten years to try and establish themselves in an actual career? What a soul-sucking proposition that is!

The Congresswoman changed her Q&A routine. She now has four people ask questions before she answers them. This way, she really doesn’t have to answer direct questions. I reminded her that I had previously asked her whose jobs the illegal aliens would be taking, and that she had replied that they were already working (which I believe is against the law). I told her she had been correct, since a recent Labor Board report said all the job gains since 2000 had gone to legal and illegal immigrants. Then I asked her to explain to her constituents how illegal immigration helped them, and why she refused to protect the sovereignty of this country and the Rule of Law, something she had sworn on the Bible to do. Keith followed me, and asked her about the 14th Amendment. He was followed by Trevor Loudon, who asked her about her numerous trips to Cuba (which is not legally allowed). Her answers to all of us were evasive, yet telling. She said everyone knew her position on illegal immigration, that she is completely for it (yes, she fully admitted she was for illegal immigration!) She said she did follow the Constitution (in complete contradiction to her previous answer!) and that she thought there were plenty of jobs to go around (which begs the question, why are almost a hundred million Americans out of work?) She said we have infrastructure that is crumbling (weren’t “shovel-ready jobs” funded by one of the Stimulus Bills?) She then addressed Trevor’s question about Cuba, by saying she had traveled there several times, both before and since being in Congress, and was for “normalizing relations with Cuba”.

After the townhalls, we like to stay around and talk to people. I did a short interview for a Breitbart reporter, and overheard a woman asking Keith why he would join a racist group like the Tea Party (Keith always wears his Tea Party T-shirts to these events). I joined the conversation, and the woman glared at me, and called me a racist. I asked her why she thought that, and she said it was because I had used the term “illegal alien”. I told her that was the legal term. Keith continued to try to engage her in a calm, respectful way, but she just got more and more angry. You win some, you lose some.
Several people came up to us, and thanked us for saying the things we had said. And several asked where they could find some of the information we mentioned. I consider that a victory!

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AMERICA: WHAT WOULD THE WORLD BE WITHOUT HER?

My friend Clarence asked whether I had seen “America” and if I had, did I like it? This is what I told him.
I cried through most of it. Listening to people who are supposed to be Americans trash their own country is hard to take. I’m overwhelmed by the knowledge that we are being brought down from within. I think back to Khrushchev saying that’s what would happen. He said they (progressives, a.k.a. communists) would feed us socialism one little bite at a time.
One of the criticisms of the movie was that it trivializes slavery. I didn’t see anything that trivialized slavery, but what I assume they are talking about is that the movie put slavery in perspective. The left hates that. Slavery, especially, must never be put in perspective. All must universally acknowledge that slavery was the most evil act since the beginning of time, and all white men are to blame for it. Where would the race-baiters be if white men stopped accepting the blame for slavery? Unfortunately for them, the reality is that America didn’t invent slavery, and neither did white men. Slavery has existed since the beginning of time, and in every culture. The movie pointed out that there where more indentured servants than slaves, and those indentured servants were white. They may have eventually been freed, but they were slaves just the same during their indenture. Why don’t we hear from the decedents of indentured servants? The movie also pointed out that, before the Civil War, there were more black slave owners than white ones. I had not known that, & found it interesting.
The leftist talk of America being imperialistic is simply not supported by fact. What countries are colonies of ours? Which are governed by us? Yes, we have troops in various countries, but they are there to keep peace, not to govern… And look what happened when we didn’t leave any troops behind in Iraq! As Colin Powell said, the only land America has ever asked other countries for is to bury our dead (who fought to protect them!) Americans are the kindest, least racist, most generous people on earth. Please tell me, lefties, who is more generous than America? Who is first on the scene of any disaster? What other countries leave war-torn countries in better shape than they found them? What country is less racist? I keep waiting for these people to tell me what country is better… And why it is they aren’t living there.
Every country in the world has been conquered by another at some point. We fought a war with Mexico, and won. We
could have kept ALL of Mexico after that war, but we gave half of it back. We signed a treaty, and paid for the land we kept. That is more than other countries have done with conquered lands. The America haters never talk about what other countries do when they conquer lands.
This week, on Megyn Kelly’s show, Dinesh D’Souza debated Bill Ayers. Dinesh pointed out that most of the Indians weren’t killed by settlers, but died of diseases they had no immunity to. Just the same as thousands of Europeans, when Asians brought diseases into their lands. Dinesh said genocide is the intent to kill a people, and that most Indians died of disease, which is not genocide. Ayers countered that Americans did want to kill them, and steal their land. Dinesh’s movie points out that, just as countries have been conquered by other counties around the world, Indian lands were taken over when stronger tribes conquered weaker ones. Apparently, man’s desire for conquest has existed since time immemorial. As far as I can see, it isn’t going to stop anytime soon.
Dinesh clearly loves this country, as do I. We aren’t perfect, but who is? We’ve made mistakes, but who hasn’t? I may have issues with what our government has been doing, but the people of this country are the kindest, most generous, least racist people on earth.
Yes, Clarence, I loved America… as I wiped away tears.

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FAILING GRADES

I knew our universities had become laboratories of leftist thought, but, as it turns out, things are much, much worse than that.

I still believed the students were getting an education… Even while they were being indoctrinated. But, apparently, except, perhaps, for hard sciences, that isn’t the case anymore. Did you know that most universities are mandating professors to give all their students no less than a B- grade?

The American Freedom Alliance held their June conference last Sunday and Monday. The conference was entitled “Failing Grades: The Crisis In Teaching On Our University Campuses”. University professors from around the world were invited to discuss what has happened to our universities.

The conference started with John Ellis speaking about a study he did on the University of California system, and the corrosive effects of political activism on the campuses. Professor Ellis is President of the California Association of Scholars. He is a German Literature professor at UC Santa Cruz and Dean of UCSC’s Graduate Division. His study found a 40-to-one, or higher, ratio of leftist professors to conservative professors. Required programs, core courses, and general reading lists were all primarily left-leaning. Dr. Ellis explained that, although the public is alarmed by the politicization of our universities, there is little or no examination of how such professors got there. When the public hears some of the leftist anti-conservative and anti-American rants from professors, they want those professors removed, but the root of the problem is never addressed. What is more important than the absence of conservative professors on university campuses is the presence of so many radical leftist professors.

Dr. Ellis pointed out that everything changes when universities have political goals. Ideas protected from examination are likely to be ones that can’t hold up under examination. “Social justice” is a vague, but somehow appealing term. Who doesn’t want justice? Universities are deceiving students. The last person you should look to for “social justice” is the man foolish enough to think he knows what that is.

Dr. Ellis told us the best place to shed light on how radical our campuses have become is to look through their catalogues of classes. “Queer Gardening”, “Fantasy and Desire in the EU”, etc., etc., ad infinitum. History departments have no courses on America’s founding, but many on feminism, race, and environmentalism.

In his research, Dr. Ellis discovered things even more alarming than the above. Through politicized curricular choices and omissions, the students are receiving an impoverished education. We are graduating students who write poorly, cannot read any reasonably-complex material, have alarming gaps in knowledge of history, and are generally poorly-equipped to join the workforce. Students are graduating with debts upwards of $100,000, but no skills critical to earning a living.

The next speaker, Professor Roberta Seid, who specializes in European Social History and teaches Gender Studies at USC, said the university told her that her purpose was to recruit students to “feminism”. She told us of a student who came to her and said, “I can’t read, what can you do for me?” Professor Seid told her “nothing”. She explained to this student that she wasn’t a remedial reading teacher. The student then asked if she could turn in an art project instead of the required paper. Dr. Seid told her the class required reading, and she would have to learn to read and return then. How was such a young woman accepted as a student?

We learned that the Board of Regents has become virtually impotent in most respects. They have ceded authority to the chancellors. However, the two things they are still adamant about are affirmative action and quotas (both of which have recently been ruled illegal). Sherry Lansing is one of the regents, and she dismissed the entire Ellis study with hostility. Even though his study was based on the university’s own statistics, Miss Lansing said it was anecdotal. Minority and foreign students who don’t qualify for admission are admitted in droves, while qualified American students are rejected. I have to say that my observation of the students on the USC campus where the conference was held bears this out.

There were panels of speakers throughout the day, covering such subjects as “Who is Teaching Our Students?”, “Politicization of the Classroom & Psychological Barriers to Inclusion”, “Where Are the Trustees?”, and “Alternatives to Our Current Models”.

Brian Kennedy, President of the Claremont Institute, explained that universities no longer focus on the search for truth. It is hard to find any university that still believes in the founding principles of this country. There has been a hundred-year war on human understanding, and the enemy is winning. Everything is defined by race, religion, and “class”. The good news is that people seeking the truth can still find it… If they look for it outside the higher education system.

Guy Milliere, Professor at the University of Paris VIII, former President of the Turgot Institute in Paris, and an economist at the Bank of France has authored forty published books on France, Europe, the United States, Israel, and the Middle East. He explained that there are no private universities in France. All universities are owned by the government, and all the professors are nothing more than civil servants waiting to retire. They care little about educating students. He said if a professor gave a bad grade to a student who earned it, he would get a call from the university president telling him he better change it, because it was harming their reputation. He explained that society is being shaped by “intellectuals”, not scholars. Intellectuals want absolute power, and are willing to destroy society and people’s lives in order to achieve it. They cannot allow the public to be truly educated.

Several professors explained that they are now mandated to give no less than a B- grade to all students. Some were told they must have an A- average. One told of a student who turned in a paper that was unreadable. When the student asked what the professor thought of her paper, he told her to write it in English. She brought it back the next day, clearly having paid someone to edit and correct it. This is happening on a regular basis. The speakers said there is a sizable cottage industry of paper-writing services around every campus. The student in the above instance didn’t learn from her mistake, she simply paid someone to correct it.

Victor Davis Hanson was the keynote speaker of the conference. He is a Senior Fellow in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007. He spoke about universities’ general purpose, which, until the 1960s, was to educate, not to “mold” minds. The 60s, 70s, and 80s were affluent decades, but Baby Boomers thought that since America wasn’t perfect, she can’t have been good. It was from that time that things like “Women’s Studies”, “Black Studies”, “Latino Studies”, and so forth all sprouted. For every questionable subject added, another subject was dropped, and those casualties inevitably included American History, the Civil War, American Literature, and so on. I keep asking what, exactly, does a degree in “Women’s Studies” qualify a student for? What job calls for that?

Dr. Davis Hanson went on to describe the leftist technocrats who reduce history to cardboard characters, with no discussion of the human condition during historic periods. They decide what is good and bad. Professors live in comfort, vacation at lavish resorts, and drive SUV’s, all the while damning the very things that provided them with those luxuries. They support any changes that will deny comfort to the rest of us, and strive to render themselves immune from those changes.

Dr. Davis Hanson explained that military history is no longer being taught at all. It has been replaced by “Peace Studies”, but studying “peace” has never prevented wars. We need to know how wars are won. We have created a citizenry that is ignorant of history. There are countries dependent on us for peace. They signed treaties with us, saying they would not build up their own militaries, or produce their own nuclear weapons, because we would protect them. Reducing our nuclear arsenal makes them, and us, less safe.

Dr. Davis Hanson reminded us that we don’t have to be perfect to be good.

The Monday session of the conference consisted of a roundtable of all the speakers discussing what could be done to improve our university systems. We came up with a list of recommended changes. I don’t hold out hope that these can be implemented under the current administration, but we need to shine a light on our universities’ extreme politicization, so that a future administration might implement them.

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