Doug Ross @ Journal: THE REAL REASON FOR THE BUNDY RANCH TAKEOVER ATTEMPT: Solyndra on a Massive Scale

Guest post by James Simpson

Speaking to a local TV news program Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada declared: “This isn’t over.” And he is certainly correct. The showdown between BLM and Cliven Bundy – the last rancher in Clark County, Nev. – was but the latest battle in a long-running conflict.

Supposedly at issue was the desert tortoise, a reptile on the endangered species list that purportedly could not coexist on the land with Bundy’s cattle. But why, many asked, would the turtle suddenly be threatened by animals it had cohabited with for the 100-plus years the Bundy ranch has been in operation?

A BLM document unearthed last week discusses mitigation strategies for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone, just southwest of the Bundy ranch. The “mitigation strategy” proposed to use the grazing lands near the Bundy ranch as a kind of sanctuary for the desert tortoise, because the entire region is slated for a large number of solar, wind and geothermal energy generation facilities.

The solar projects will obliterate most of the turtle’s natural habitat.

Bloggers quickly made a connection between the effort to remove Bundy’s cattle and a solar energy project in Southern Nevada financed by the communist Chinese energy firm ENN. It was to be the largest solar farm in the U.S.

Reid had lobbied heavily for the company’s business, even traveling to China. Reid’s son, Rory Reid, formerly a Clark County commissioner, became a lobbyist for ENN, and the Senate majority leader’s former senior adviser, Neil Kornze, now leads the BLM.

But the solar energy complex financed by the communist Chinese was not at the heart of the Bundy Ranch fiasco after all. The project died last year.

However, the BLM’s library of renewable energy projects revealed it was only one of more than 50 solar, wind and geothermal projects planned for Nevada, California, Arizona and other Western states. Reid was focused on at least one, and maybe more, of the projects, much closer to the Bundy ranch.

He was at the work site on March 21 to help break ground on the Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project. A close inspection of the project reveals why there is so much interest in the area and why the BLM, presumably at Reid’s urging through his former aide, Kornze, is so intent on getting Bundy off the land.

The leaseholder for the project is K Road Power, LLC, a New York City-based energy company. An examination of its website finds the business development manager to be none other than Jonathan Magaziner.

Magaziner was formerly an associate at the Clinton Climate Initiative of the William J. Clinton Foundation. He is also the son of Ira Magaziner, former senior policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. The elder Magaziner now works for the Clinton Foundation on health and environment issues. There are likely other connections to Democratic insiders.

But that is not all. A company called First Solar is listed on a BLM renewable energy project map of southern Nevada, one of 11 sited in Clark County. Additionally, the map shows six wind projects in Clark County and also lists the K Road Moapa project under “transmission projects.” In other words, there is a lot more going on than media have reported.

First Solar investors comprise a who’s who of Democratic insiders, including major Obama campaign bundlers, billionaire investor Paul Tudor Jones, Al Gore, Ted Turner and Goldman Sachs. First Solar’s CEO is Michael Ahearn, former fundraiser for both Obama and Harry Reid.

First Solar has at least three other solar projects in California. So it becomes apparent why the BLM, Reid and many other interested parties have such an intense interest in the desert tortoise.

The lucrative business opportunities explain both why Cliven Bundy has been facing such intense intimidation and why all the other ranchers have been chased out. Bundy represents a financial threat not merely to Reid, but a whole gamut of Democrats tied to Obama, Clinton and Gore.

This is what has been discovered by examining only a few of the 50-plus projects. Doubtless there are similar stories behind some, if not all, of the others.

If Democrat-linked entrepreneurs plan to turn the West into a massive arena for green projects, the implications are disturbing. The projects will eventually go as all others have gone before: failing as the unsustainable costs, maintenance problems and unseen environmental catastrophes they create become intolerable. The true goal of “green” energy, say cynics, is to make these people wealthier, not to save the environment.

Whether that turns out to be the case or not, the Bundy story needs far greater and deeper media scrutiny.


Dozens of Widows Dropped from Health Care Due to Obamacare in Alabama

He Was Tased Four Times With No Effect, and as Soon as You Hit Play You’ll See Why That Was Only the Beginning

An Arizona man is dead following a violent altercation with Phoenix law enforcement officials Sunday night.

An employee watches as police fought a 38-year-old Arizona man who had acted erratically and barricaded himself in the bathroom (Image source: YouTube)

An employee watches as police fought a 38-year-old Arizona man who had acted erratically and barricaded himself in the bathroom (Image source: YouTube)

Edward Michael Caruth, 38, reportedly barricaded himself in a bathroom at a Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in West Valley, Ariz., clogging the sinks, turning on the faucets and flooding restroom.

One of the restaurant’s employees called 911 and reported Caruth’s frightening and erratic behavior.

“He indicated to 911 that this suspect had been in the business for quite a while, was scaring the employees,” Officer James Holmes with the Phoenix Police Dept. said, according to KTVK-TV. “He had gone into a restroom, barricaded himself in the restroom and then turned on the water faucets causing the restrooms to flood.”

Caruth eventually emerged from the flooded bathroom and proceeded to harass and scare the restaurant’s eight employees.

“At one point he attempted to get back behind the counter and into the kitchen area of the restaurant but an employee that had been behind the counter actually grabbed a kitchen knife and threatened him with it and told him to stay back and the suspect did,” said Officer Holmes.

Two officers were dispatched to the scene and tried to coax Caruth out of the restaurant.

“The only thing that the suspect would comply with was to get down on his knees. He wouldn’t put his hands behind his back,” Holmes said.

When they tried to take Caruth into custody, things turned violent.


What Triggers a Protest of the NRA?

“Only a law enforcement officer should be allowed to use weapons,” she said. The same woman also told Joseph that he shouldn’t be able to carry a gun in a bad neighborhood, because he shouldn’t be walking around in a bad neighborhood in the first place.

Brain Surgery Patient’s Obamacare Plan Denies Meds, Drops Doctors

***Funny the ONE forgot to mention this one in his speech he just gave on TV about the Ukraine which ended up being a GOP bashfest. Love it when he doesn’t have to look up to pick a reporter to ask him questions. He just reads them off a list.

A New York woman suffering from a neurological disease that has required four brain surgeries has been dropped by all of her doctors and denied medications due to her Obamacare plan.

"I’ve been vomiting. I lost 22 pounds. The pain is unbearable," said Margaret Figueroa, 49, on Wednesday.  “My medication helps me function during the day.”

Figueroa suffers from a disease known as Arnold Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia. Even though the Obamacare plan she purchased assured her that she was covered, her insurance card was denied when she went to fill her prescriptions. Then she learned that none of her doctors accept her Obamacare plan. Figueroa says she cannot find a doctor who accepts her Obamacare plan; indeed, there are only six doctors in all of Staten Island who take her plan, none of whom she’s been able to get appointments with.

Figueroa’s congressman, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), intervened to help her obtain some of her vital prescriptions. Grimm says he’s already received calls from at least a dozen Staten Island residents facing the same problem with Obamacare’s “narrow networks” – extreme restrictions to doctor and hospital access imposed by Obamacare.

"Even though the insurance company cashed your check, it doesn’t mean it (the policy) has been implemented," said Grimm at a Wednesday press conference with Figueroa. "That’s the problem – that the back end of Obamacare hasn’t been fully built. You can go on the front end of an application and look at a list of plans, but what they don’t tell you is that many of those plans don’t have doctors yet."

Figueroa is not alone.

As Breitbart News reported in January, the Washington Post warned that “Obamacare’s narrow networks are going to make people furious – but they might control costs.” Breitbart News contributor Scot Vorse learned the hard way about Obamacare’s narrow networks when the nearest dentist who accepted the mandatory dental plan he was required to purchase for his children was over 100 miles away.

Obamacare’s narrow networks have also shut out access to top cancer centers. The Associated Press says just 4 of 19 nationally recognized comprehensive cancer centers offer Obamacare access through all insurance plans in their state Obamacare exchanges, and a McKinsey and Co. study revealed 38% of all Obamacare plans only allow patients to pick from just 30% of the largest 20 hospitals in their areas.

Experts say the narrow network horror stories will only grow as more and more Obamacare customers attempt to use their Obamacare insurance only to realize its harsh realities.

Obamacare remains deeply unpopular nationally. The latest USA Today/Pew Research poll finds that just 37% of Americans now support Obamacare.

Photo of Margaret Figueroa courtesy of the Figueroa family.


Mich. Utility Cancels ‘Duck Dynasty’ Contest After Single Complaint

A&E’s Duck Dynasty remains a ratings powerhouse, and co-star Willie Robertson’s film God’s Not Dead is one of 2014’s biggest sleeper hits.

That wasn’t enough to prevent a Michigan utility company from scrapping a Duck Dynasty look-a-like contest after a single complaint, according to Fox News.

The decision was made in light of controversial remarks by a Duck Dynasty cast member against the LGBT community,” the public utility said in a statement. “The BWL is committed to diversity and respect community differences, and we regret if the contest offended anyone.

The utility announced the contest on Monday. One local citizen complained about it later that day, connecting the event to star Phil Robertson’s comments about homosexuality in GQ magazine.

It was the only complaint the utility received, but it was more than enough. Utility spokesman Steve Serkaian told Fox News “it took a minute” to decide to cancel the contest.

We did not want anything to detract from this longstanding family-friendly festival … this company has a commitment to inclusiveness and diversity,” Serkaian said. “We have our own diversity department. We take quite seriously our commitment to that.

Doug Ross @ Journal: STRAIGHT OUT OF THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO: The Obama Tax Code, Destroying Jobs and Opportunity

If I’m late with my taxes, will a claim of being an illegal alien undocumented Democrat get me off the hook? Just wondering.

As Americans navigated the labyrinthine tax code ahead of tax day, many felt the sting of the President’s myriad tax increases.

Despite calls for more taxes on the rich, the Heritage chart shown above reveals that the recent tax increases disproportionately affect the working wealthy. The top 10 percent of all income earners paid 71 percent of federal income taxes in 2010, yet they earned 45 percent of all federal income. Compare that to the bottom 50 percent of earners, who earn 12 percent of income yet pay only 2 percent of federal income taxes.

So when Obama and advocates of higher federal taxes opine that the rich do not pay their “fair share,” they are correct—affluent income-earners pay a whole lot more than they would pay if we had a proportional tax code instead of the highly progressive one we have today.

While taxes have increased for most taxpayers, the wealthy are—relative to the rest of the population—increasingly shouldering the federal tax burden. The Wall Street Journal’s John McKinnon notes that this burden has shifted largely as a result of the tax changes passed at the start of 2013 during the fiscal cliff debates. These changes include a “bump in the top ordinary income rate to 39.6% from 35%, a limit on itemized deductions and an increase in the top rate on investment income.”

But the tax misery is not limited only to the well-to-do. All taxpayers faced an average tax increase of 1.8 percent in 2013. Indeed, Heritage tax expert Curtis Dubay uncovered no less than 13 tax increases that kicked in at the beginning of the year, six of which came on the coattails of Obamacare. Taxpayers also face state and local tax burdens that remain high in much of the country, as well as the prospect of rising payroll taxes in the future.


Paris Apartment unlocked After 70 Years!!

A Paris Apartment that was left untouched for more than 70 years…has been finally unlocked and it’s treasures revealed….come and take a peek.

Police Meet Georgia Parents Outside School for Opting Children Out of State Test

On Wednesday Tracy and Mary Finney of Marietta, Georgia were met by a police officer outside their children’s public school and informed they were trespassing on school property because they opposed the school’s process of testing all children.

The Finneys, whose children attend West Side Elementary School, had decided to opt their children out of Georgia’s state test, the CRCT.

According to Georgia State Department of Education Rules:


(a) Promotion of a student shall be determined as follows.

1. No third grade student shall be promoted to the fourth grade if the student does not achieve grade level on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test in reading and meet promotion standards and criteria established by the local board of education for the school that the student attends.

2. No fifth grade student shall be promoted to the sixth grade if the student does not achieve grade level on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test in reading and the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test in mathematics and meet promotion standards and criteria established by the local board of education for the school that the student attends.

3. No eighth grade student shall be promoted to the ninth grade if the student does not achieve grade level on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test in reading and the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test in mathematics and meet promotion standards and criteria established by the local board of education for the school that the student attends.

“We made the decision to opt our kids out of the CRCT,” Tracy Finney told Breitbart News, “because it has nothing to do with education.”

“The CRCT really boils down to money,” Finney continued. “They use the test scores to ensure Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for government funding. The CRCT is really for government funding.”

Finney said he and his wife oppose the notion of using five days of testing as a “single snapshot of the entire year.”

“If kids score low on the CRCT, potentially they are placed in lower functioning classes,” Finney said.


BREAKING: Up To One Million New Yorkers Seize Opportunity To Not Register Their Firearms Ahead of NY SAFE ACT Deadline

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The April 15 deadline to register firearms deemed “assault weapons” under Governor Cuomo’s NY SAFE Act has been met by hordes of New York Gun owners not rushing to register firearms, and the ceremonial burning of registration forms.

Unofficial estimates suggest that as few as 3,000-5,000 of the estimated 1-2 million firearms that have been redefined as “assault weapons” under New York’s utterly arbitrary and blatantly unconstitutional law
have been registered. Literally dozens of gun owners in the state of 19.57 million (2012) residents will take the opportunity to register today.

New York’s citizen control groups are taking the news as expected, with raging denial:

With the deadline set to take effect, the head of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence — one of the SAFE Act’s biggest proponents — said gun owners should be expected to follow the law.

“They can make all the noise they want, but the law is the law,” said Leah Gunn Barrett, the group’s executive director. “The New York SAFE Act was passed by a bipartisan legislature, signed by Gov. Cuomo well over a year ago. It’s being implemented, and people are expected to comply with the law.”

Aren’t their delusions adorable?

Here in reality, owners of the firearms affected by the ban are choosing open defiance. Non-compliance of the ban is expected to be between 90%-99%, but a provision in the NY SAFE Act prevents registration data from being shared with the public.

Non-compliance in the neighboring state of Connecticut is thought to be in excess of 85%, with an estimated 80,000-100,000 gun owners refusing to register their firearms. Connecticut State Police have made no move to enforce their law four months after their registration deadline, fearing possible armed resistance.

Conservative estimates are that at least 300,000 and as many as one million New Yorkers will likewise practice civil disobedience and refuse to comply with the registration requirement.


'Tax Man' Obama has sought 442 tax increases |

Congress hasn't let President Obama win on his call for 442 new taxes. AP Photo

Congress hasn’t let President Obama win on his call for 442 new taxes. AP Photo

April 15 is a hard day for many, as their annual federal tax bill comes due. But it could have been worse.

According to a new report, President Obama has sought 442 tax increases since taking office, though most have died because of congressional opposition.

Having included 93 new taxes in his fiscal 2015 budget, the anti-tax Americans for Tax Reform reviewed his proposals since his 2009 Inauguration to determine just how tax-friendly the president has been. Their conclusion: He’s very friendly.

"History tells us what Obama was able to do. This list reminds us of what Obama wanted to do," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

The group’s list of 442 tax proposals notes that he did sign 20 tax increases into Obamacare and a tobacco tax approved soon after he entered office. For the Obamacare taxes, the net tax hike over the next decade is at least $1 trillion, said the group.

The ATR calculation of the president’s tax proposals by year:

— 79 tax increases for Fiscal Year 2010.

— 52 tax increases for FY 2011.

— 47 tax increases for FY 2012.

— 34 tax increases for FY 2013.

— 137 tax increases for FY 2014.

— 93 tax increases for FY 2015.

The review was timed for April 15 as ATR’s annual wake up call on taxes facing Americans. But it also made note of how the president has not succeeded in instituting his wishes due to Republican opposition in Congress, partly because of ATR’s successful effort to get candidates to pledge to never raise taxes.

"Presidents are judged by history based on what they did in power. But presidents can only enact laws when the Congress agrees," said Norquist in a statement accompanying ATR’s tax list. "Thus a record forged by such compromise tells you what a president — limited by Congress — did, rather than what he wanted to do."


Last Supper: Centipede Dies Eating Way Out of Snake Belly - NBC

A Serbian herpetologist was out snake-tagging in Macedonia when she came across a bizarre find: A young viper, with a centipede’s head poking out of its abdomen.

It took Ljiljana Tomovic 10 seconds to figure out what it was: The snake had swallowed the centipede, which had then tried to cut a path to freedom … by eating its way out.

Some time during its violent dash, the centipede died. Perhaps the snake’s venom kicked in — that’s Tomovic’s best guess.

Dragan Arovski

Who ate who?

The island of Golem Grad in Macedonia’s Lake Prespa, where the pair were found, is also known as “Snake Island” and for good reason: it’s crawling with snakes, lizards and tortoises. Adult vipers chow down on small rodents, leaving the younger crowd to snack on centipedes.

It seems this time “the young snake gravely underestimated the size and strength of the centipede,” Tomovic, biology professor at the University of Belgrade, and her colleagues write in a brief report.

After dissolving (or digesting) the snake’s bones and gut the centipede was wearing its skin like a cloak. “We found that only the snake’s body wall remained — the entire volume of its body was occupied by the centipede,” Tomovic and co. write in Ecologica Montenegrina.

Dragan Arsovski

'Two fangs good, but a 100 legs are better,' Tomavic and co. write. This snake managed to swallow a centipede that was wider, and heavier, than its own body.

Together, centipede and viper can face-off like gladiators in Rome.

As this crocodile-wresting snake from Queensland recently demonstrated, many snake species aren’t shy about gulping down prey as large or larger than themselves.


Union Leader to Keystone XL Opponents in Congress: “Enough is Enough!” | U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Terry O'Sullivan, general president of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA). Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg.
Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA). Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg.

A top union leader has had enough of Keystone XL pipeline opposition in Congress and isn’t going to take it anymore.

Terry O’Sullivan, the general president of Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), lashed out at House Members who sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, declaring that they will “feel the power” of the union this November.

O’Sullivan responded to the letter by sending a letter of his own to union members in their Congressional districts:

To all proud, strong, and united LIUNA brothers and sisters, I say, enough is enough! Our members and their families are angry, disappointed, and disillusioned with out-of-touch, job-killing politicians who choose to side with environmental extremists over work for our members. These so-called “friends” of ours are destroying good-paying work opportunities with family-supporting benefits, at a time when LIUNA members are trying to put food on their tables, keep roofs over their heads, and maintain middle-class lifestyles.

For every action, there is a reaction, and our reaction to this frontal assault on our way of life needs to be loud and clear: If you do not stand with us, we sure as hell will not stand with you!

Five Environmental Impact Studies conducted by President Obama’s own State Department have all been clear: building the Keystone XL Pipeline won’t significantly increase the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. It is outrageous that Congressman [x] chooses to ignore the facts in order to fight against the jobs of hard working LIUNA members. Indeed, it seems that Keystone XL Pipeline opponents will never accept any facts that don’t support their opinion.

You know better than anyone that unemployed construction workers desperately need the work that would be generated by the Keystone XL Pipeline. For thousands of LIUNA members, this isn’t just another pipeline, it’s a lifeline!

Yet many pipeline opponents dismiss these jobs—your jobs—as “dirty,” “temporary,” and of little “real” value to our economy. To them, the work you do, and the careers you have chosen, can and should be sacrificed in favor of a radical environmental agenda that will do nothing to reduce the dangers of climate change.

[Y]our member of Congress has chosen to side with hard-core anti-Keystone organizations rather than with hard working LIUNA members and their families.

Both labor unions and the business community want this project approved. Both understand that the Keystone XL pipeline will create thousands of jobs and grow the economy. It shouldn’t be held hostage to in O’Sullivan’s words a “radical environmental agenda.”


North Korean officials ‘threaten’ London hairdresser with Kim Jong-un shop window picture - Home News - UK - The Independent

***For a short guy, he sure has a long reach!

Embassy officials allegedly told the shop owner to take the picture down because it was ‘disrespectful’ to their leader

In recent months it has been reported that Kim Jong-un’s grip over the North Korean people extends to every aspect of day-to-day life – even the way they are allowed to wear their hair.

Though severe, it was presumed that this influence was limited only to his own people. Now, however, it has emerged that officials from North Korea have attempted to intervene on the streets of London after a hairdresser used a picture of Kim to promote a discount offer for those suffering from a bad hair day.

Mo Nabbach, who runs M&M Hair Academy in South Ealing, said police were forced to intervene after two men from the North Korean Embassy appeared at his shop and started taking pictures of the window and making note, the Evening Standard reported.

He said he thought the picture of the leader would help improve business, given the coverage Kim’s distinctive style has received since he came to power.

But he claims he found himself the victim of a covert monitoring operation carried out by officials from the embassy, which is located less then two miles away in an inter-war semi in Gunnersbury.


Poll: Most Americans believe Obama lies on important issues

Poll: Most Americans believe Obama lies on important issues |

Shock!! As he is on TV bashing the GOP and saying how awesome everything is..