October
18
2014

Are You Prepared for a Self-Quarantine?

October 18, 2014

 

 With a mortality rate of 70%, Ebola is an epidemic for which one cannot over-prepare. Should there be widespread outbreaks in the United States, the last resort to personal survival may be self-quarantine. The economic and political consequences of millions of citizens staying home for extended periods of time, eliminating unnecessary contact with others, would be devastating. But in the case of an Ebola outbreak in your community, to do otherwise may be deadly.

If Ebola should pass into history as a big scare that was properly contained, that’s great. The following preparations are beneficial in any form of emergency, from the loss of a job, to economic crash, to regional shortages.

Take an inventory of what you have, and supplement it so that you can be prepared to keep yourselves and your loved-ones safe should all external safeguards against an Ebola pandemic fail.

OBTAIN A 3-MONTH SUPPLY OF FOOD, FIRST AID SUPPLIES, MEDICINE, DRY GOODS, AND OTHER DAILY ESSENTIALS:

Medicine and Personal Hygiene: Obtain a 90-day supply of the following and store it securely away from moisture and heat.

  • OTC Pain killers and anti-inflammatories (Tylenol, Advil, Aspirin)
  •  90 days worth of prescription medications (many pharmacies offer discounts on a 90-day supply)
  • Dietary supplements, especially essentials like calcium, vitamin C, etc.
  • Feminine supplies, diapers, wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues
  • OTC Allergy medications, topical anti-allergy cremes, Epi-pen (with a prescription) if needed
  • OTC Cold and flu medications
  • Topical antibiotic ointment
  • Epsom salts, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, witch hazel, mineral oil, aloe vera gel
  • Tooth paste, dental floss, soap, deodorant, razors, shampoo, lotion, etc.
  • Liquid bleach
  • Laundry and dish detergent, cleaning supplies, rags
  • Garbage bags
  • Other dry goods or pharmacy items that you expect to use a few times per year

Pantry supplies:  Buy what you eat and involve your family in making your long-term storage choices.  Obtain a 90-day supply of basic food and supplies for your pets.  All of the following items have a shelf life of much longer than 90 days.  Be sure to store them in a cool place with a stable temperature (garages are not good) away from light.

  •  Canned Meats
  •  Dried meats such as jerky, chipped beef, summer sausage, salami, pepperoni
  •  Velveeta or a similar shelf-stable cheese product
  •  Powdered cheese
  •  Wet canned vegetables, tomatoes, beans, condiments, and fruit
  •  Easy to prepare dry boxed meals and side dishes ( Macaroni and Cheese is great because it is comfort food.)
  •  Canned soups and stews
  •  Dried pasta and a variety of bottled or canned pasta sauces
  •  Instant potatoes
  •  Rice
  •  Dried beans
  •  Dried fruit, raisins
  •  Boxed Jello and pudding desserts
  •  Boxed cake, muffin, dessert, and cookie mixes  (treats and comfort foods have a lot of psychological value during times of stress)
  •  Boxed cereal, oatmeal, cream-of-wheat, cracked wheat, etc.
  •  Complete pancake mix, biscuit mix
  •  Flour, cornmeal, cornstarch, arrowroot
  •  Sugars, honey, molasses, corn syrup
  •  Powdered drinks, hot cocoa, fruit drinks, powdered milk, other preferences such as coffee or tea
  •  Evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk
  •  Baby food and formula
  •  Peanut butter, Nutella, salted nuts
  •  Condiments, salt, pepper, herbs, spices, vegetable oil, olive oil, shortening, peanut butter, jams, jellies, syrups, ketchup, mustard, soy sauce,  pickles, olives, capers, picante sauce, hot sauces, and other condiments that you use on a regular basis
  •  Packaged gravy mixes and bouillons

For your freezer: Properly wrapped meats and other foods will last in a freezer well over 90 days.  The key to making your freezer an effective tool for home storage is to Store what you Eat, and Eat what you Store.  If there is empty space in your freezer, fill the spaces with 3/4 full water bottles.  Your freezer will be more efficient when it is filled with frozen items and, if your lose power for a time, the food will stay frozen longer, up to 72 hours if you leave the freezer door closed.

  • Cured meats such as ham, sausages, bacon, etc.
  • Frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Prepared foods such as pizzas
  • Butter, margarine, cream cheese, block cheese, shredded cheese
  • Sealed packages of pork, beef or poultry
  • Nuts
  • Breads, bagels
  • Candy bars
  • Ice cream (don’t underestimate the value of comforting treats, especially if you have children)
  • Bags of flour, biscuit or pancake mix (placing these items in the freezer greatly extends their shelf life and will fill up the empty space that may make your freezer less efficient)

Emergency supplies:

  • A basic first aid kit
  • Several flashlights with batteries, tactical flashlights, emergency candles or lamps, fuel, matches or lighters
  • If you have an outdoor grill, keep it well maintained and the fuel tank full
  • Sternos, a hibachi or other simple cooking devices
  • A battery powered or crank up radio S
  • Short wave “HAM” radio and trained operator within your circle of friends or church group
GROW A GARDEN, OR POTTED VEGETABLES IF YOU LIVE IN AN APARTMENT:
  • Obtain and store seeds properly
  • Obtain basic gardening implements
  • Become educated about gardening basics
  • Teach your children how to work in a garden and enjoy the process of growing food

HAVE THE MEANS TO DEFEND YOUR HOME AND FOOD STORAGE:

Obtain firearms and learn how to use them. Know how to care for them, store them, and receive proper training so that you will be psychologically prepared to use them!  Social chaos is often a life and death struggle and frightened, hungry people will try to get rid of you and take your stuff.

The only government we can depend upon are those layers of government closest to the individual: ourselves, family, church, neighborhood, community, and county. There will be great peace and safety in acting now to make your home a refuge from the storm.

Stay vigilant. Stay prayerful.

by Marjorie Haun  10/18/14

October
17
2014

Who’s Trampling Fragile Wilderness Areas? Illegal Aliens

October 17, 2014

Illegal aliens have been destroying wildlife habitats and delicate environmental areas along the southern border for years.  Although not a new problem, it has reached devastating proportions as the surge, beginning last year, of illegals pouring into the Southwest has exploded. The Left, invested in this tsunami of new Democrat voters, has remained largely silent on the environmental impact of their new constituents. Below is a collection of stories and images chronicling the pollution, damage, and species depletion caused by the unchecked, human-caused disaster known as the “border crisis.”

Trampled Wilderness: Illegal Immigrants, Drug Traffickers  Destroying Border Parks (Brownsville Herald, June 2002)

By JULIE WATSON

The Associated Press

EL PINACATE BIOSPHERE RESERVE, Mexico Drug traffickers scar volcanic desert with illicit runways, while law enforcement officials chase them through once-tranquil parks. Thousands of migrants traipse across delicate backcountry areas sending campers fleeing to ranger stations, fearful of crowds trekking by their tents in the night.

Wilderness areas on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are taking a beating from an onslaught of migrants, drug traffickers and law enforcement officials, a new study says. Some national treasures in both countries have been lost forever.

Few parks have taken a greater toll than the U.N.-designated biosphere reserve El Pinacate and Arizonas adjoining Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Last year, officials caught 200,000 migrants and 700,000 pounds of drugs in Organ Pipe alone.

Read more here: 

Trash left in an arroyo in Organ Pipe National Monument by illegals and drug traffickers

Trash left in an arroyo in Organ Pipe National Monument used by illegals and drug traffickers

Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, situated along its border with Mexico, has suffered irreparable harm from more than a decade of illegal aliens streaming through on their way north. Its slow-growing and fragile cacti, some hundreds of years old, are often pushed over or gouged by illegals and the coyotes and drug traffickers guiding them. Its paths are worn, strewn with filth, and the habitats of its native animal and plant species are being degraded at an alarming rate.

Read more here:

 

 

 

Public Lands Being Destroyed by Illegal Immigration 

A position statement released by the Public Lands foundation on July 18, 2014 concluded:

Drug smugglers from Mexico

Smuggling of controlled substances and people into the United States from Mexico has caused significant impacts to lands and resources managed by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Tribal and State governments and private citizens along the southwest border of the United States.  The impacts imperil designated Wilderness Areas, National Conservation Areas, National Monuments and other public lands.  These impacts are so severe that immediate action by the Administration and Congress is required, including enactment and enforcement of a new immigration policy and allocation of sufficient resources to mitigate impacts resulting on lands within the National System of Public Lands administered by BLM. 

Read more here:  

No Safe Refuge by Roger Di Silvestro

In 2006 the National Wildlife Federation released this article detailing the destruction of habitat of endangered and species by illegal aliens and drug smugglers. It reads, in part:

Cabeza Prieta–the size of Rhode Island and 90 percent officially designated as wilderness–is one of three federally protected wildlife areas under assault along southwest Arizona’s border with Mexico. The 330,000-acre Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, which is 95 percent designated wilderness, abuts 30 miles of border, and Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, a former ranch covering 118,000 acres of native grassland, lies along 5.5 miles of border. All of these lands were set aside to protect desert wildlife and wilderness habitat. Cabeza and Organ Pipe are home to the Sonoran pronghorn, an endangered subspecies, and Buenos Aires was established in part to protect the endangered masked bobwhite quail.

Read more here: 

The Sonoran Pronghorn is further endangered by the vehicular and foot traffic of smugglers and illegal aliens traveling through it’s habitat.

 

Jaguars, Ocelots, Sonoran Pronghorns and other threatened species are now the brink of disappearing from southwestern border states due to decreased immigration enforcement and increased illegal movements northward from Mexico.

In 2006 Defenders of Wildlife released a publication titled, On the Line: The Impacts of Immigration Policy on Wildlife and Habitat in the Arizona Borderlands. In the Executive Summary of the document, it reads:

Beginning in the early 1990’s, the U.S. Border Patrol dramatically increased its immigration enforcement efforts in heavily populated border areas such as San Diego, California, and El Paso, Texas, essentially shifting undocumented immigration, drug trafficking, and other illegal activities from urban areas to more remote and less populated areas–especially the borderlands of Arizona. This has resulted in significant environmental degradation in some of the most pristine and valuable wildlife habitats in the nation.

Read more here: 

Numerous wildfires started by illegal aliens

Each year wildfires are started intentionally as a diversion by coyotes and drug smugglers, and unintentionally by illegals camping in the deserts along the southwestern border. Senator John McCain (R) Arizona, in 2011 brought this to the attention of the country much to the displeasure of those who advocate open borders and illegal immigration. But a report from the Government Accountability Office documents the truth of Senator McCain’s assertions. It says:

Wildland fires can result from both natural and human causes. Human-caused wildland fires are of particular concern in Arizona–especially within 100 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border because this is a primary area of entry for illegal border crossers and GAO has previously reported that illegal border crossers have been suspected of igniting wildland fires. Over half of the land in the Arizona border region is managed by the federal government–primarily by the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and four agencies within the Department of the Interior. These agencies collaborate with state, tribal, and local entities to respond to wildland fires. GAO was asked to examine, for the region, the (1) number, cause, size, and location of wildland fires from 2006 through 2010; (2) economic and environmental effects of human-caused wildland fires burning 10 or more acres; (3) extent to which illegal border crossers were the ignition source of wildland fires on federal lands; and (4) ways in which the presence of illegal border crossers has affected fire suppression activities. GAO reviewed interagency policies and procedures; analyzed wildland fire data; and interviewed federal, tribal, state, and local officials, as well as private citizens..

From 2006 through 2010, at least 2,467 wildland fires occurred in the Arizona border region. Of this number, 2,126, or about 86 percent, were caused by human activity. 

Read more here: 

The United States of America, once the world’s beneficent super power, fostered through its public lands policies and animal welfare statutes, a respect for the natural world, its inhabitants and their homes. Third world nations sometimes pay homage to wildlife and natures wonders, but the ethos of respect for nature is, for the most part, lost on impoverished, uneducated masses from socialist nations to whom survival supersedes all other considerations. It’s no wonder that illegal aliens, human traffickers and drug smugglers traversing our southern border leave in their wake environmental destruction, filth, and death.

As three decades of failed immigration enforcement culminates in the current wave of illegals from nearly eighty countries splashing into our states, the likelihood that this environmental horror can be stemmed is nil. The contemptible hypocrisy of the American Left who, on one hand uses environmental issues as a bludgeon against progress and Capitalism, will, on the other hand, turn a blind eye to the very real and irreversible loss of species, habitat, and natural features where illegal aliens, drug cartels, international terrorists, and future Democrat voters blaze super highways into the heartland of our once-sovereign nation.

For more information about the environmental impact of illegal aliens please check out the following:

Desert Invasion U.S.A.

Defenders of Wildlife

Immigration News and Views

Bureau of Land Management Southern Arizona Project

by Marjorie Haun  10/17/14

 

October
16
2014

Who Can Americans Trust on Ebola?

October 16, 2014

HEALTH CARE COMMENTARY

As originally seen on the Daily Signal 10/15/14

A Second Health Care Worker has Ebola. It’s Time for the Government to Prove It Can Handle This.

A team of volunteers help train airport workers how to avoid contamination from possible exposure of the Ebola virus in a hotel basement near LaGuardia Airport Thursday afternoon. (Photo: Robert Stolarik/Newscom)

It’s critical for reassuring the American people public officials have the ways and means necessary to prevent an outbreak of the deadly disease in the United States. So it’s understandable why Americans are concerned that someone who was supposed to be protected from contagion while providing treatment wasn’t, in fact, protected.

Ebola is a deadly disease and requires a serious, effective response. Americans must have confidence in the response that local, state and federal direct in a public health emergency. The same instruments employed during a public health emergency are used for disaster response and terrorist incidents as well as other public safety emergencies and disease outbreak, epidemic and pandemic response.

As Americans grapple with the news from Dallas of the second healthcare worker infected, there are some vital issues that must be addressed. Understanding how the health workers became infected and preventing disease transmission to health workers is essential to an effective response. Clearly, something went wrong. After all, Ebola patients have been successfully treated in the U.S. before without any of the individuals caring for them becoming infected.

On the other hand, medical professionals operating in West Africa, trained in dealing with the disease, have contracted Ebola. Clearly, if effective procedures are not implemented and scrupulously followed, medical personnel treating a symptomatic victim will be at risk. The top priority must be ensuring that the right treatment protocols are put in place and that those delivering treatment are scrupulously following appropriate procedures.

Further, there must be clear procedures to contact, monitor and test individuals who may have been exposed to an infected individual, as well as decontaminate potentially affected areas with appropriate speed, efficiency and effectiveness. These steps are vital to preventing a disease outbreak.

Finally, as long as the potential of the disease to be transmitted outside the outbreak areas in West Africa remains, pubic health and emergency response officials across the nation must know how to effectively respond to potential cases. The administration–and state and local officials–have a long to-do list to reassure Americans that the rights step to prevent an outbreak are being taken.

This is not just a task for responding to Ebola. In all matters of public safety, disaster response and responding to terrorist threats,the competency of government officials is an important part of the response. That trust must be earned.

COMMENTARY BY

Portrait of James Carafano

James Jay Carafano, a leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges, is The Heritage Foundation’s Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, E. W. Richardson Fellow, and Director of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies.Read his research.

October
14
2014

Scrambled or Over Easy: Marijuana and the Teen Brain

October 14, 2014

One neuropsychological effect of regular marijuana use is a significant loss in IQ points between the ages of 13 and 38, whereas non-users have no significant drop in IQ over their lifetime.

2marijuana The abundant evidence showing marijuana causes permanent harm to its users won’t stop Libertarians, hippies, and burnouts from defending the wacky weed with every ounce of passion they can muster. Frankly, I’m bored with people who tout pot as a medicine or a harmless social “lubricant” on a par with alcohol. As far as I’m concerned, such incorrigible fools can defend marijuana use all the way to the dispensary, but the rest of us have a moral obligation to warn our young people about the personal catastrophes that await them if they become users. The following list of facts are derived from several scholarly, peer-reviewed studies on the various ways marijuana will fry your brain.

HOW DOES THC FRY THE BRAIN?

  • Delta-9 tetrahydrocannibanol (THC), the active chemical in marijuana, chemically resembles the endocannabinoids produced naturally in the human brain, especially the chemical, Anandamide. THC “fools” or interrupts the natural process of Anandamide receptors in the brain, causing disturbances to the functions that natural cannabinoids “modulate” such as mood, appetite, sensation, memory, pain and pleasure.
  • Natural endocannabinoids shape brain development by guiding neuron growth where  it is needed, supporting neuron function, and helping the myelination process in the growing brain. Myelination of the brain cells is not complete until the mid to late 20s in humans. THC interferes with all of these critical development processes, and is most damaging to the brains of adolescent marijuana uses because their brains will fail to myelinate properly, causing irreversible structural and psychological changes.

ADDICTION

  • THC mimics Anandimide but has a much STRONGER and LONGER-LASTING effect on neuron activity. The brain will adapt to THC exposure causing the user to become addicted.
  • One way scientists prove the addictive power of substances is through animal research in which rats will ‘self administer’ a substance to which they become addicted. Laboratory experiments with THC revealed that rats continually administered the drug in the same way they would cocaine, heroin and nicotine.
  • THC has been found to increase dopamine release in the reward center of the brain, causing a sense of pleasure or euphoria, much like other addictive drugs.
  • The withdrawal symptoms of THC include; restlessness, anxiety, irritability, anger, aggression, sleep disturbances, decreased appetite, and weight loss.
  • Marijuana addiction accounts for more admissions into teen substance abuse treatment programs than all other intoxicants combined, including alcohol.
  • Marijuana addiction is related to the age at which a user begins using; the younger the individual when he begins to use marijuana, the more likely he will become dependent and suffer long-term negative cognitive and behavioral effects.

NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL CHANGES

  • THC affects areas of the brain which dictate memory, movement, coordination, vision, judgment and pleasure.
  • The hippocampus, which is the center of memory formation and retrieval, sleep regulation, and stress responses, is especially sensitive to THC exposure. Brain imaging studies have proven that regular marijuana users have, on average, smaller hippocampuses and worse memory performance than non-users.
  • One neuropsychological effect of regular marijuana use is a significant loss in IQ points between the ages of 13 and 38, whereas non-users have no significant drop in IQ over their lifetime.  Those users who started before age 18 had greater drops in IQ than those who started using after age 18.

MENTAL ILLNESS

  • Those who use marijuana regularly during adolescence are 2 to 4 times more likely to develop psychosis, schizophrenia, anxiety, and/or depression in adulthood.
  • Brain scans of of adolescent marijuana users (who had little or no alcohol intake) indicated that the corpus callosum–the bundle of nerve fibers connecting the two hemispheres of the brain–were structurally much thinner than those of non-users. Similar structural differences in corpus callosum are found in people with schizophrenia.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF THC

  • THC intoxication impairs memory, motor coordination, reaction time and visual perception.
  • National studies of intoxicant induced fatal car crashes have shown that by 2009 33% of the drivers had THC in the systems. This is a three-fold increase from prior years, and is on the rise in states where medical and recreational marijuana is now legal.
  • Since THC stays in the body for protracted periods of time, an individual does not to be acutely intoxicated to be under the influence while driving.

GROWTH AND FERTILITY

  • THC affects glands, hormones and certain organs. Studies have shown that adolescents who begin to use marijuana regularly before age 16 are shorter in height than their peer controls.
  • Daily use of marijuana may increase the risk of testicular cancer.

NOT YOUR HIPPIE UNCLE’S POT

  • Marijuana is bred and cultivated to increase THC levels in the plant. Marijuana now is 5 to 10 times more powerful than when it first became popular among young people.
  • As the amount of THC in pot increases the adverse effects, such as paranoia, anxiety and panic, hallucinations, erratic mood swings, and aggressive behavior are magnified.
  • There has been a dramatic increase in recent years of emergency room admissions by people who have ingested pot in some form.
  • Synthetic forms of THC, which can be up to 10 times more powerful than even today’s cultivated pot are accountable for all of the typical adverse effects of marijuana, as well as seizure and heart attacks.
  • Poison control centers are reporting a significant increase in calls related to synthetic THC.

MARKETING TO YOUNG PEOPLE

  • After decades of decline, teen use of marijuana is on a dramatic upswing. This is explained by the promotion of marijuana as a “medicine,” legalization in some states, and positive portrayals of its use in popular culture, which all lead to a decreased negative perception of marijuana.
  • Medical marijuana and recreational pot operations market to young people through “sexy” and colorful advertisements.
  • THC in soda pop, candy, lollipops, butter, and other “edible” forms is designed to appeal to adolescents with the use of bright colors, funny brand names, and cartoon-style logos. These products taste like what they look like and it is not readily apparent that they contain natural or synthetic THC.

“MEDICAL” MARIJUANA

  • Adults possessing medical marijuana licenses or cards account for nearly half of the pot obtained by teen users.
  • Most adults using “medical” marijuana do so because they have a vague diagnosis such as “severe pain.”
  • The THC in “medical” marijuana is stronger than street marijuana, often up to 12 times as strong.

IMPACT ON EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

  • When medical marijuana became legal in Colorado, expulsions related to possession of pot or intoxication rose about 75% between 2009 and 2011. The number of marijuana-related expulsions has increased even further since recreational pot was legalized by the voters via Amendment 64 in 2012.

RESPIRATORY HEALTH

  •  Marijuana smoke contains most of the cancer-causing chemicals, including tar, contained in tobacco smoke.
  • Marijuana smoke is usually unfiltered and held in the lungs longer than tobacco smoke.
  • Regular marijuana smokers report bronchitis, wheezing, shortness of breath and more sick days in comparison to non-smokers (regardless of tobacco use).

Most who defend marijuana do so because they have a personal preference for it. There are some Libertarian purists who actually oppose any laws prohibiting  free expressions of human behavior. Our realities, however, are not so simple. Decades of sound research proves that marijuana is a social evil to be socially discouraged and legally prohibited. The emerging generations of young people have a monstrous economic, social, and political obstacles before them. It’s time for adults to clean up their own lives so they may pave a better path for their children’s future.

by Marjorie Haun  10/14/14

Resources: A Comparison of Mainstream and Sidestream Marijuana and Tobacco Cigarette Smoke Produced Under Two Machine Smoking Conditions ~David Moir et al, July, 2007

Persistent Cannabis Users show Neuropsychological  Decline from Childhood to Mid-life                                                                                ~Madeline Meier et al, April, 2012

The Teen Brain on Marijuana [PDF] Sion Kim Harris, PhD, Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, Boston Childrens Hospital, Harvard Medical School

October
12
2014

The Best of Mark Uterus

October 12, 2014

The great German inventor, Wilhelm Homunculus Knut, devised the “Cephalic Responsive Analog Probe (CRAP)” in 1936. The CRAP device has finally found its home in reading the subtextual narratives of disingenuous Democrats during election years. An ingenious and anonymous twitterer seeking answers to the bizarre, frankly pornographic, “Lady-Parts” campaign of Senator Mark Udall, used the CRAP device in his quest. What was discovered has shaken the political landscape of Colorado. Mark Udall doesn’t have a brain to probe, but he does have a uterus between his hairy, old man ears. Meet Mark Udall’s subtextual scion, Mark Uterus.

 

 

 

October
11
2014

Feds Go Cuckoo over Western Land Grab

October 10, 2014

Utah congressmen oppose federal land grab for yellow-billed cuckoo

By Deseret News (UT) October 10, 2014 6:35 am

yellow_billed_cuckooSALT LAKE CITY - Two Utah congressmen say the public needs more time to weigh in on a “sweeping” proposal to designate more than a half-million acres as critical habitat for the Western yellow- billed cuckoo.

Republican Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart are among 17 members of Congress who urged U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe to extend the comment period on the designation beyond Oct. 14.

“While we oppose this listing proposal, we find it completely unacceptable that the (agency) has proposed only 60 days of public comment with no public hearings, effectively shutting out meaningful comment on a sweeping critical habitat designation proposal for the yellow-billed cuckoo,” a Monday letter to Ashe states.

In Utah, the designation of critical habitat is confined to the eastern part of the state in nine separate units, including the corridor of the Green River, along the Pigeon Water Creek and Lake Fork River in Duchesne County, and the Dolores Area of Grand County.

Both Chaffetz and Stewart said the costs carving out the habitat for the bird are vastly underestimated at $3.2 million in new federal permitting requirements for landowners and state and local governments.

“This proposal would impact 546,335 acres, including over 242,000 acres of private and locally owned property surrounding 80 river and stream stretches located in more than 65 counties in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming,” the letter said.

“It is hard to believe that this would not cost much more in direct and indirect costs, regulatory delays and other impediments to vital economic activities.”

Earlier this month, the federal agency announced the bird will receive protections in 12 U.S. states under the Endangered Species Act.

The insect-eating bird winters in South America and breeds in western North America. While once abundant, populations have been declining for several decades due to a number of threats – chief among them the degradation of riparian habitat.

Russell Norvell, the aviation conservation coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, said the bird is extremely rare in Utah.

“We have been looking for it statewide for about three years now, and we find it a half-dozen, maybe a dozen times a year in single locations,” Norvell said.

The survey by the agency has been an attempt to determine the “average occupancy rate” for the bird, which has a protracted breeding season and is a nomadic feeder that follows insects such as cicadas, beetles and caterpillars.

In Utah, the proposed designations of habitat encompass riparian areas that are already degraded, Norvell said.

“What the service has seen and we have seen is that these areas are already not in good condition,” he said. “They’re already invaded by Russian olives and tamarisk.”

Norvell added that the increased attention and conservation work on poor-quality riparian areas would benefit not only the bird but other species as well.

“What it may bring is some additional attention and conservation action to riparian areas, which would not be a bad thing altogether,” he said.

As found in the Deseret News (Salt Lake City) 10/7/14

October
10
2014

Go Ahead, Boycott Oil and Gas, You Hippie Moron

October 10, 2014

Before you move into your mud hut by the river, burn wood and dried cow pies for cooking and warmth, eat grasshoppers and deer mice, poop in a hole in the ground, and live a short life and die a brutal death at the age of 23, please consider how interconnected affordable and abundant fossil fuels are with human history and the steady increases in longevity and life-span.

I had the privilege this summer of interacting with all sorts of people as I worked in behalf of pro-fossil fuel ballot initiatives. When approaching a potential supporter I would say:

Do you like hot showers and cold soda pop?

Most would answer in the affirmative, or at least stop walking long enough to see what I was up to. Next I would ask:

Do you believe in American energy independence?

Amazingly, some would say “NO!” and walk on. I attribute this to a couple of things, first, I look like a Conservative. I’m well groomed, fit, attractive, relaxed, clean and happy, plus I usually wear a tight t-shirt displaying Old Glory when I do this kind of work. The fact that I’m an unequivocal Right-winger might explain why some people actually took the stance that America should be dependent on foreign sources, (or no sources at all) for our literal life blood. But others would wait for what came next:

Do you support Colorado’s clean energy industry, and do you think those jobs which come mostly from the exploration and extraction of clean Natural Gas should benefit our own people?

This was the deal maker or breaker. Despite the fact that I live in the fracking paradise of Western Colorado,  there were a few hostile, incoherent, environmentalist progressives who would freak at the mere mention of oil and gas. Some of the best responses to my question, “Do you support Colorado’s clean oil and gas industry,” were:

  • “NO!” (This is funny because obviously these people drove a car to get where they were and charged their cell phone before they got there)
  • “I hate you f***ing people. I wish you f***ers would die!” (This was the response of a 70-something desiccated hippie puke who was in the presence of his little grand children. Yeah, classy.) And last but not least–
  • “Hell no! Fracking destroys the environment! It’s killing the planet! Fracking causes earthquakes and learning disabilities!”

Secretly, within the confines of my my mind, I would say:

Okay you nasty hippie liberal maggot, you drove here in a car; you grow your weed using electricity-guzzling halogen lamps; you process your meth on a stove that burns Natural Gas; you spend your days watching PBS on an electricity-powered flat-screen TV; and you fill your gut with beer which goes through a process using every fossil fuel imaginable. Obviously you don’t take hot showers because you stink like roadkill in July, but you need fossil fuels for every frigging thing you do. If you don’t support the industry you stinking hypocrite, why don’t just go ahead and BOYCOTT oil, gas and coal you pathetic hippie moron.

I’m a polite person, so I would never say that aloud. But if you extrapolate out the natural consequence of hippie moron logic, in order to be honest they would have to boycott everything that comes from gas, coal, and oil, or just kill themselves. The following list is a fragment of a fraction of what people would give up through a through and honest boycott of fossil fuels and their products:

One 42-gallon barrel of oil creates 19.4 gallons of gasoline. The rest (over half) is used to make things like:

Solvents Diesel fuel Motor Oil Bearing Grease
Ink Floor Wax Ballpoint Pens Football Cleats
Upholstery Sweaters Boats Insecticides
Bicycle Tires Sports Car Bodies Nail Polish Fishing lures
Dresses Tires Golf Bags Perfumes
Cassettes Dishwasher parts Tool Boxes Shoe Polish
Motorcycle Helmet Caulking Petroleum Jelly Transparent Tape
CD Player Faucet Washers Antiseptics Clothesline
Curtains Food Preservatives Basketballs Soap
Vitamin Capsules Antihistamines Purses Shoes
Dashboards Cortisone Deodorant Footballs
Putty Dyes Panty Hose Refrigerant
Percolators Life Jackets Rubbing Alcohol Linings
Skis TV Cabinets Shag Rugs Electrician’s Tape
Tool Racks Car Battery Cases Epoxy Paint
Mops Slacks Insect Repellent Oil Filters
Umbrellas Yarn Fertilizers Hair Coloring
Roofing Toilet Seats Fishing Rods Lipstick
Denture Adhesive Linoleum Ice Cube Trays Synthetic Rubber
Speakers Plastic Wood Electric Blankets Glycerin
Tennis Rackets Rubber Cement Fishing Boots Dice
Nylon Rope Candles Trash Bags House Paint
Water Pipes Hand Lotion Roller Skates Surf Boards
Shampoo Wheels Paint Rollers Shower Curtains
Guitar Strings Luggage Aspirin Safety Glasses
Antifreeze Football Helmets Awnings Eyeglasses
Clothes Toothbrushes Ice Chests Footballs
Combs CD’s & DVD’s Paint Brushes Detergents
Vaporizers Balloons Sun Glasses Tents
Heart Valves Crayons Parachutes Telephones
Enamel Pillows Dishes Cameras
Anesthetics Artificial Turf Artificial limbs Bandages
Dentures Model Cars Folding Doors Hair Curlers
Cold cream Movie film Soft Contact lenses Drinking Cups
Fan Belts Car Enamel Shaving Cream Ammonia
Refrigerators Golf Balls Toothpaste Gasoline

But it’s not just stuff, it’s the quality of life that matters. There are other ways our lives would become unlivable without gas, oil and coal. Before you say “NO!” to fracking, gas, oil and coal, and before you move into your mud hut by the river, burn wood and dried cow pies for cooking and warmth, eat grasshoppers and deer mice, poop in a hole in the ground, and live a short life and die a brutal death at the age of 23, please consider how interconnected affordable and abundant fossil fuels are with human history and the steady increases in longevity and life-span.

  • 49% of U.S. electricity comes from coal, more than twice the contribution of either nuclear power or natural gas.
  • Coal is found in most of the lower 48 states of U.S. and throughout the rest of the world.
  • Oil has been used for more than 5,000-6,000 years. The ancient Sumerians, Assyrians and Babylonians used crude oil and asphalt (“pitch”) collected from large seeps at Tuttul (modern-day Hit) on the Euphrates River.
  • The United States gets 37% of its energy from petroleum, or oil.
  • Sometime between 6,000 to 2,000 years BC, the first discoveries of natural gas seeps were made in Iran. 
  • Natural gas is the cleanest-burning fossil fuel.

Wind and solar power are incredibly inefficient, especially when it comes to large-scale electricity output, requiring subsidies from tax-payers and corporate entities, and both require myriad minerals and compounds that someone, somewhere in the world, has to pull out of the bowels of the earth.

  • US installed wind turbine capacity was 4.4% of US energy generation. On a global basis, wind energy’s contribution is about 3.2%. 
  • Absent economically-viable, utility-scale, energy storage, intermittent,  wind energy cannot exist on the grid, unless balanced by coal, gas and hydro plants. 
  • Solar panels contain lead (neurotoxin), cadmium (known carcinogen), triflourine (potent greenhouse gas).
  • Numerous toxic “rare earth” metals, most of which are mined in China, are used in wind turbine technology.
  • Yearly, wind turbines kill nearly 600,000 birds and 900,000 bats in the United States alone.

Electricity keeps the heart of human progress beating. The loss of electricity on a large scale would have immediate and deadly consequences. Everything from medical devices to basic communications would cease to function, and, in the case of an EMP event or similar cataclysm, within one year, 90% of the population would be dead or dying. So, to all you ninnies who hate the oil and gas industry and think coal is the big, dirty monster that ate the environment, I lay down this challenge. For one week, boycott it all. Have the power to your home cut off. Give up your transportation, your communication devices, and every tangible, and intangible thing in your life that exists because of Natural Gas, oil, or coal. And don’t your dare go to your neighbor’s house for that cold soda pop and hot shower. After a week of living in the stone age, you let me know how it’s working for you.

by Marjorie Haun  10/10/14

October
9
2014

America’s Strategic Superiority Stops with START

October 9, 2014

INTERNATIONASECURITY

Russia Now Has More Deployed Nuclear Warheads than the U.S.

As originally published in The Daily Signal

The minor Russian advantage in strategic nuclear weapons comes despite the incredible asymmetry in both countries’ commitments to global security and despite Russia’s 10-to-one advantage in tactical nuclear weapons systems in the European theatre. The U.S. guarantees nuclear security to about 30 nations around the world. Russia is a threat to many nations but does not extend its security guarantees to anyone else.

President Barack Obama’s 2010 nuclear strategy assumes that Russia is no longer an adversary and that the potential for conflict with Moscow is low. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Moscow’s increasing aggressiveness toward its neighbors and countries in Eastern Europe have proven these assumptions wrong.

The State Department data exchange shows that Russia is deploying its weapons in the most destabilizing manner possible: It is increasing the number of nuclear warheads on each of its delivery systems.

The optics of Russia having more actively deployed nuclear warheads than the U.S. gives Vladimir Putin an important propaganda victory—a victory brought about by the Obama Administration’s ineptitude and wrong assumptions about Russia’s behavior and intentions.

Additionally, Russia has violated its arms control obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. It is unclear what the implications of these violations are for European security. Russia’s extensive nuclear weapons modernization program stands in pale contrast to the U.S.’s limited efforts to keep its nuclear weapons safe, secure, and reliable. The Administration’s limited modernization efforts are being hampered by sequestration, and the consensus that the U.S. had following New START ratification has broken down.

To reaffirm U.S. commitment to its allies and international security, the U.S.should withdraw from New START and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, modernize its nuclear forces and infrastructure (which have been underfunded for decades), develop and deploy a comprehensive layered missile defense system that would be capable of addressing Russia’s ballistic missile threat, and re-evaluate its strategic posture. U.S. and allied security and stability in the European theatre depend on these steps being taken.

COMMENTARY BY Michaela Dodge, as published in the Daily Signal 10/2/14

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Michaela Dodge specializes in missile defense, nuclear weapons modernization and arms control as policy analyst for defense and strategic policy in The Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies. Read her research.

October
8
2014

How American History Improves Educational Achievement


October 8, 2014

A number of our social problems and political divisions come from the inability of people to formulate and conform to a national identity. Minorities fail to assimilate properly because they’re not taught what it means to be an American. Even non-immigrant students are sometimes confused about what is right with America, what is wrong about our history, and whether or not they should be proud of their country.

2pledge-of-allegiance Cold shoulders from Liberals on the school board and berating from our local press are but a few of the reactions to the excellent idea a friend of mine has for using “The 5000 Year Leap” as a textbook in our local high school Civics classes. The friend, who is a member of the local school board, has introduced a plan to bring the Constitution of the United States back into classrooms by replacing inaccurate and left-leaning text books with those that more fully teach the history and context of our founding.

His enthusiasm has been met with skepticism and resistance from the entrenched lefties on the board, but little do the Liberals realize that until we return the fundamentals of Americanism to the public school system, the viability of that school system, and the children who come through it, are in doubt. I’ll happily fight alongside my friend despite rejection and barrages of berating to bring Constitutional curricula back to our local classrooms.

Proper education in the founding principles provides relatively simple answers to a plethora of questions that beset our nation. A number of our social problems and political divisions come from the inability of people to formulate and conform to a national identity. Minorities fail to assimilate properly because they’re not taught what it means to be an American. Even non-immigrant students are sometimes confused about what is right with America, what is wrong about our history, and whether or not they should be proud of their country. Too often pupils in our public schools lack the background knowledge needed to be active and conscientious citizens. Our young people are struggling with their identities as Americans because they are not educated about what America is, and where it came from. Proper education about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution has the potential to end America’s prolonged identity crisis.  The genius of our Founding Documents lies in the scaffolding they provide for people to understand their relationship to God.

Yes, the Founding Documents serve as the groundwork for a secular government, but they are based upon, and their success is determined by, our ability to identify with our Creator. The archetypal American identity is a godly identity, and carries with it responsibilities that were once considered sacred. The key observance that in the past secured American youngsters’ national identity suffered a disabling blow when, in 1962, religious prayer in public schools was found unconstitutional and no longer allowed. Over the following decades the quality of Western Civilization, American History, and Civics education was eroded by revisionism, Multiculturalism, the commingling of Socialist and Atheist doctrines, and the shocking omission of key political figures and events. America’s public schools are suffering from identity confusion which has resulted in estrangement from the rugged individualism, self-sufficiency, and moral certainty of our pioneer forbears.

A poor, or distorted concept of Americanism has lead learners to view the government as the primary source of wisdom, physical support, and rights, and has given them an identity that is more bound to the collective than it is to God. The first principles of our Founding Documents place the responsibility for the life, liberty, and the property of the citizen squarely upon the shoulders of the citizen.  The idea that man is free–a moral agent to act or be acted upon–responsible for his own success or failure, is the basis of American philosophy. Americanism is the idea that man is given his rights by God, and to maintain those rights he must live a godly and moral life.

The founding of America served as the beginning of the end of monarchical dictates that arbitrated the relationship between God and man. The American identity is intimately associated with the moral traits of honor, accountability, and equality under the law. As God and the Founding Principles of America have been jettisoned from public education, the ties between students and their unique and great nation have been nearly severed. The loss of national pride contributes to much of the social dissipation and depression that vexes our families and culture. Human identity is at the core of hope, happiness, and meaning.  When people lose their connection with God, either by conforming to degraded stereotypes belched into living rooms and movie theaters, or because they have lost the sense that they have power over their lives, achievements, and their futures, there is little left but self-absorption, groveling, and despair.

The loss of  American identity leaves a void that can be easily filled with counterfeits like European-style Socialism and cultural moral relativism (the idea that all cultures are equally good). High-quality Constitutional education will not only enhance the historical knowledge and civics savvy of American public school students, it has enormous potential to benefit the culture. A moral framework is central to the healthy emotional and social development of children, and our founding documents provide such a framework. Though irreligious, they are of the mind of God. Civilization will only be redeemed through the kind of moral revolution that reasserts individual agency, worth, and godly identity. Our economic, mental, and cultural health are doomed without such a revolution. The best weapon in this peaceful revolution is credible education in what it means to be an American, and why to be so is such an expansive and unequaled blessing.

The Constitutional education books currently recommended to the Mesa County School Board for consideration:

The 5000 Year Leap by Cleon Skousen

Our Constitution Rocks by Juliette Turner

What Would the Founding Fathers Think by David Bowman

1776 by David McCullough

Seven Miracles that Saved America by Chris Stewart

The Real George Washington by Jay A. Perry and Andrew M. Allison

by Marjorie Haun  10/8/14



October
7
2014

There is No Right to Marriage…for Anyone


October 7, 2014

“By liberty, I understand the power which every man has over his own actions, and his right to enjoy the fruits of his labor, art and industry, as far as by it he hurts not the society, or any members of it, by taking from any member, or hindering him from enjoying what he himself enjoys.  The fruits of a man’s honest industry are the just rewards of it, ascertained to him by natural and eternal equity, as is his title to use them in the manner which he thinks fit: And thus, with the above limitations, every man is sole lord and arbiter of his own private actions and property…no man living can divest him but by usurpation, or by his own consent.” ~ from Cato’s Letters

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There is no right to marriage. Rights are those broad, enforceable concepts which can defended in word and in fact, by law; life, liberty, property. Heterosexual men and women have no right to be married. If a single man in a country demographically short on eligible women because of decades of sex-selection abortions, such as India, asserts the right to be married, and yet lacks a consenting partner who agrees to enter into the covenant of marriage with him, who will enforce his right? Is it the role of government to initiate force upon an unwilling woman, removing ALL of her rights to self-determination, in order to enforce his right to marriage? No. It’s absurd.

Marriage between one man and one woman as designed by God and exemplified by Adam and Eve, is the crowning privilege of humanity. One must qualify for this privilege by entering into a covenant with a willing and suitable member of the opposite sex, and by making promises enforceable by law (that is until “no-fault” divorce became the norm). One must obtain a license to marry, often presenting evidence they are free of certain communicable diseases. Marriage is an institution designed to perpetuate the human family. The sexual aspect is important in marriage, but sexual attraction by itself is insufficient to qualify as marriage. Like the chemical composition of water, marriage is fixed. You cannot change its composition and still call it marriage. There is no right to marriage, and gay and lesbian sexual arrangements do not constitute marriage.

The failure of the Arizona Religious Freedom Protection bill last week illustrates a fundamental misunderstanding of rights vs. privileges in our time. It is also an example of how the homosexual lobby, which has failed to make its own case to Christians and other religious traditionalists, uses the perversion of law and the force of government to further its ends.

I don’t judge an individual by whose genitalia they prefer. I judge people by their efficacy in the workplace, their decency— the content of their character. I don’t care about what people do in their sex lives. I makes no difference in how I regard a personal acquaintance or colleague. It’s not my business to know and it’s not my job to advocate for a certain sexual proclivity. Nor is it the role of government to carve out favors and exceptions, and create special status to normalize homosexuality, or to attempt to make it equivalent to marriage as designed and sanctioned by God.

“In the latter sense, a man has a property in his opinions and the free communication of them. He has a property of peculiar value in his religious opinions, and in the profession and practice dictated by them. He has a property very dear to him in the safety and liberty of his person. He has an equal property in the free use of his faculties and free choice of the objects on which to employ them. In a word, as a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.” ~Madison, Federalist Papers Chapter 16

In order for government to impose the normalization of homosexuality on those who believe in the supremacy of God’s Word, it must do so with force, infringing upon individual’s rights to the property of their faith and actions; turning those who oppose homosexuality on religious grounds into servants of the very thing they find morally repugnant. By employing the force of government in the courts, administrative agencies, and legislation, to crush the freedom of Christians, Orthodox Jews, and other scriptural traditionalists who wish to think, worship, and act according to the dictates of their own consciences, the homosexual movement has created for itself a human shield of individuals, battered by Political Correctness and false shame, who must comply with its wishes, or risk losing everything.

It is not an attack on anyone when those of use who believe in the unchanging Word of God witness that He ordained marriage to be between one man and one woman as the proper structure for rearing children, and the optimum institution for human progress and increase. The Christian/Traditionalist defense of the Word of God, nuclear Family, God-sanctioned Marriage, and all timeless moral principles, is an attack on no one. But in twisting civil law and perverting the definition of rights, the homosexual lobby and its Leftist masters will punish dissenters as a thought criminals, robbing them of their rights, and making them examples of the fearsome power of the government to destroy those who disagree.

By the same token, it is not discrimination for a business to turn away a customer on the grounds they don’t want to provide a product or service they find morally disagreeable. There is no right to a service or a product from a specified business. In the free market we should be free to choose with whom we do business. Customers cannot lay claim upon the skills and property of an unwilling business without fundamentally offending the rights of the business owner. The Arizona Religious Freedom Protection bill did not pave the way for open discrimination against homosexuals, but sought to discourage discrimination against those business owners who, as a matter of conscience, wish not to participate in a transaction that furthers something they find immoral.

I challenge the LGBTQ community to make its own case outside of the courts, without the force of government, through persuasion, by presenting evidence that homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgender-ism, “questioning or queer,” are in and of themselves virtues that deserve a place in civil society aside the timeless institution of marriage. I challenge those who want to equate homosexual pairings with marriage to bring forth a reality-based, logical argument that will withstand all rhetorical questioning, to show religious Americans why these things are good for the rearing of children and how they will perpetuate happiness.

MAKE YOUR CASE! Make your case the same way Believers do, by persuasion and love unfeigned, one person at a time. God Himself was so offended by theocracy that He inspired a nation to be brought forth where no single religion ruled, but rather a secular law. The First Amendment bars the establishment of a state religion. Has homosexuality effectively become a state religion, where non-believers are punished and coerced by threats, fines, and imprisonment, to convert?

The case for civil rights was made, and eventually a vast and irresistible majority of Americans were persuaded, that all men and women are created equal regardless of skin color, nationality, dialect,  faith, or station. Here is a truth that is self-evident; that each life has intrinsic value, and sovereignty–the right to be free and to access all blessings offered by the condition of being free. The rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are unalienable, and based upon Natural Law.

No matter how much public shaming or name calling, fines or imprisonment is brought to bear on those who live their lives and run their businesses according to the dictates of conscience, no one can conquer the Christian world, and no one one can alter the composition of marriage to suit individual tastes. I urge the LGBTQ community to turn away from group identity and mob think. Be individuals, bring your own cases before the public. IF YOUR LIFESTYLES ARE VIRTUOUS, LET THEM SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES, AS DO THE REST OF US, Christian and non-Christian alike. If the LGBTQ community cannot make its own case, and must force others to conform against their will, the result with be an increasingly militarized government which targets its own citizens as enemies of the state.

by Marjorie Haun 10/7/14



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