Jared Blumenfeld is the EPA Pacific Southwest Region 9 director heading up response efforts in New Mexico following the disastrous Gold King Mine blowout. This immense environmental catastrophe on southwestern Colorado’s Animas River, was caused last week by an EPA mine safety crew, and has impacted 3 states, thousands of people, and countless numbers of wildlife and livestock, and plants along the river and its watersheds. Blumenfeld is an Obama appointee with a resume full of radicalism.
Posted by Marjorie Haun 8/13/15
Gov. John Hickenlooper has pledged that Colorado will comply with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, but this effort to cut so-called “CO2 pollution” could come at a dear price to the state’s coal industry.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave states some latitude in creating their own rules to meet the goal of decreasing carbon dioxide production by 30 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030. Despite the timeline, such severe rules threaten the ongoing operation of Colorado’s coal-powered electricity plants.
According to the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) website, Colorado is among the top states in coal production and consumption. In the year 2013, 64 percent of energy produced in Colorado came from coal, 20 percent from natural gas, and around 15 percent from various renewables including hydroelectric, biomass, solar and wind.
The history of Colorado’s coal mining industry stretches over the past two centuries. Not to mention, coal jobs have a multiplier effect of about 1:4–for every coal job created, four other jobs are created to support it. In a 2012 report by the National Mining Association, it was indicated that over 17,000 actual coal jobs in Colorado have resulted in an overall contribution of around 74,000 total jobs.
Colorado, like other states complying with the EPA clean power plan, has formulated government mandates for renewable power, which is a less direct but equally deadly assault on coal.
In 2004 Colorado became the first state to create its own “Renewable Portfolio,” with the goal of 10 percent of all electricity sales being produced from renewable resources by the year 2020. In 2013 Governor Hickenlooper signed a bill doubling that mandate to 20 percent. To date Colorado’s renewable mandates have withstood both legal andlegislative challenges.
A report produced by the Institute for Energy Research (IER) indicates that coal-fired power plants are casualties in the EPA’s war on CO2. Coal-generated electricity is relatively cheap—much less expensive than that produced by renewable resources— nevertheless, the IER report states:
“To put 72 GW [gigawatt] in perspective, that is enough electrical generation capacity to reliably power 44.7 million homes—or every home in every state west of the Mississippi River, excluding Texas. In other words, EPA is shutting down enough generating capacity to power every home in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana…
While some of the effected units will be converted to use new fuels, American families and businesses will pay the price with higher utility bills and less reliability for their electricity.”
In 2010 the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) vowed that by 2017 there would be no coal-generated power plans in the Denver area, and as of 2015, 6 plants have been closed across the state.
The Denver Post reported, in February, of this year that Colorado coal production had slipped to a “20 year low.”
Without an expansion of coal exports to other nations, Colorado’s long-standing mines also face a bleak future. A 2014 USA Today article reported that U.S. exports of coal are plunging while imports from countries, such as Indonesia and Columbia, are rising dramatically. This trend seems to go against the grain of EPA clean power goals since the domestic coal industry has invested billions of dollars into the production and marketing of clean coal and clean coal technologies.
The Colowyo mine saga in Northwestern Colorado may be the best example of the government’s two-pronged assault on both coal production and coal-generated electricity. In May adistrict judge sided with the environmentalist organization, WildEarth Guardians, saying that the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) had erred in its review process for the Colowyo coal mine near Craig in Moffat County.
The judgement gave the mine, in conjunction with agencies such as OSM and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, a very small 120-day deadline to complete a new review process. This precedent-setting ruling will not be appealed by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and so the Colowyo mine, and nearby Trapper mine, may face imminent closure. Closing those mines could result in the loss of thousands of jobs.
But the mines are not the only potential victims of the actions of the EPA and the Governor. The Colowyo and Trapper mines provide coal for the Tri-state generating plant near Craig. The cost of coal imported from other states could result in a significant increase in electricity prices for Tri-state’s customers.
Colorado’s attempt to comply with the EPA’s clean power plan has already resulted insteep increases in electricity costs to consumers. According to a report by the Heartland Institute, consumer electricity prices will continue to rise as the percentage of renewable-generated electricity increases to meet government mandates.
Although other states’ coal industries are in decline due to the EPA clean power efforts, Colorado’s rugged Western Slope faces particularly difficult challenges if the trend continues. With entire local economies based on coal production and coal-powered plant operations, the EPA’s clean power plan may result in the loss of thousands of jobs, and put an end to Colorado’s legacy as a coal-producing state.
This article was written by a contributor of Watchdog Arena, Franklin Center’s network of writers, bloggers, and citizen journalists.
Reposted with permission of the author–Marjorie Haun | Watchdog Arena 8/12/15
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#PPSellsBabyParts “INTACT FETAL CADAVERS” AT 20-WEEKS “JUST A MATTER OF LINE ITEMS” AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD TX MEGA-CENTER: ABORTION DOCS CAN “MAKE IT HAPPEN”
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Director of Research Says Department Contributes Significantly to Bottom Line, Has History of Selling Aborted Fetal Tissue, Suggests “Splitting the Specimens into Different Shipments” to Hide Profit in 5th Undercover Video
Contact: David Daleiden, email@example.com, 949.734.0859
HOUSTON, Aug. 4–The fifth undercover video in the controversy over Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby parts shows the Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, advertising the Texas Planned Parenthood branch’s track record of fetal tissue sales, including its ability to deliver fully intact fetuses.
In the video, actors posing as representatives from a human biologics company meet with Farrell at the abortion-clinic headquarters of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston to discuss a potential partnership to harvest fetal organs.
“Where we probably have an edge over other organizations, our organization has been doing research for many many years,” explains Farrell. When researchers need a specific part from the aborted fetus, Farrell says, “We bake that into our contract, and our protocol, that we follow this, so we deviate from our standard in order to do that.”
Asked specifically if this means Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast can change abortion procedures to supply intact fetal specimens, Farrell affirms, “Some of our doctors in the past have projects and they’re collecting the specimens, so they do it in a way that they get the best specimens, so I know it can happen.”
The investigators ask Farrell how she will frame a contract in which they pay a higher price for higher quality fetal body parts, and she replies, “We can work it out in the context of–obviously, the procedure itself is more complicated,” suggesting that “without having you cover the procedural cost” and paying for the abortion, the higher specimen price could be framed as “additional time, cost, administrative burden.”
Farrell finally summarizes her affiliate’s approach to fetal tissue payments: “If we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, we can make it part of the budget that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this. It’s all just a matter of line items.”
The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2). Federal law also requires that no alteration in the timing or method of abortion be done for the purposes of fetal tissue collection (42 U.S.C. 289g-1).
Farrell also indicates to the investigators over lunch that the specimen sales from her department contribute significantly to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast’s overall finances: “I think everyone realizes, especially because my department contributes so much to the bottom line of our organization here, you know we’re one of the largest affiliates, our Research Department is the largest in the United States. Larger than any the other affiliates’ combined.” In a Texas Senate hearing on July 29, former Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast clinic director Abby Johnson estimated that the affiliate had previously made up to $120,000 per month off of aborted fetal tissue.
The video is the fifth by The Center for Medical Progress documenting Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted fetal parts. Project Lead David Daleiden notes: “This is now the fifth member of Planned Parenthood leadership discussing payments for aborted baby parts without any connection to actual costs of so-called tissue ‘donation.’ Planned Parenthood’s system-wide conspiracy to evade the law and make money off of aborted fetal tissue is now undeniable.” Daleiden continues, “Anyone who watches these videos knows that Planned Parenthood is engaged in barbaric practices and human rights abuses that must end. There is no reason for an organization that uses illegal abortion methods to sell baby parts and commit such atrocities against humanity to still receive over $500 million each year from taxpayers.”
See the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egGUE…
Arturo Armando Hernandez Garcia attained a folk hero status among those in Denver who believe illegal immigrants have the same rights as American citizens.
According to an October 2014Denver Post article, Garcia was arrested for an “altercation at a job site” and given the opportunity to leave the country under his own power. Failing to do so, the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) issued a deportation order for Garcia.
Subsequently the Unitarian Universalist Society of Denver opened their doors as a sanctuary to him, where he continued to evade authorities. But the case of Arturo Armando Hernandez Garcia is remarkable only because a church provided him a physical sanctuary to avoid deportation.
Denver and surrounding counties may harbor thousands of additional criminal illegal aliens who do little or nothing to thwart immigration laws because there is little or no enforcement to be found.
Denver’s history as a “sanctuary city” is long and storied. In 1998 Denver’s former mayor, Wellington Webb, issued “Executive Order 116” preventing law enforcement officers from questioning suspected illegal immigrants about their status without prior approval from a commander.
On Mother’s Day 2005, an illegal alien named Raul Gomez-Garcia ambushed two Denver police detectives. He shot Detective Donald Young in the back of the head and killed him. Gomez-Garcia then shot Young’s partner, John Bishop, in the back. Bishop was fortunately saved from a fatal hit by his bullet-proof vest.
According to reports, Gomez-Garcia had been stopped for a number of traffic violations in the Denver-metro area, but had not been turned over to ICE. In an ironic twist, Mayor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who was elected in 2003, owned the restaurant where Raul Gomez-Garcia had been hired using a false ID.
Of the incident, Hickenlooper remarked, “I don’t know about you, I don’t carry my birth certificate with me. The question of whether a driver’s license is real or forged or a Social Security card, these are complicated issues.”
A backlash against Webb’s sanctuary city order arose almost immediately following the assassination of Detective young. And in 2006, Republicans in the Colorado State Legislature passed Senate Bill 90, which was signed by the Republican Governor Bill Owens, declaring it illegal for cities and towns to harbor or otherwise shield illegal aliens from federal prosecution and deportation.
Sanctuary cities are made possible through the omission of certain procedures; typically officers are ordered not to question suspected illegal immigrants when they are stopped or detained for non-criminal acts such as parking or traffic violations.
Senate Bill 90 was designed to remedy that by proclaiming local governments must not create policies that bar law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal agencies concerning the immigration status of people in Colorado. It also said that police must alert the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) if a criminal suspect is also an illegal immigrant.
Since that time, depending upon seesawing Colorado politics, the debate has raged about whether Denver is deemed a “sanctuary” for illegal aliens seeking a safe haven from federal action. But since 2006, Senate Bill 90 has been largely ignored by Denver politicians.
Martin Kudlis, a 3-year-old boy born to an immigrant family from Estonia, and two unrelated women were killed in 2008 by an illegal alien with an extensive criminal history. The Denver Channel reported that Francis Hernandez of Guatemala was speeding on an Aurora street when he hit an SUV which then crashed into a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop where the toddler was having a treat with his family.
The two women in the SUV were killed, along with the little boy. Hernandez was a confirmed illegal alien with 2 birth dates and 12 aliases. He managed to evade capture by ICE despite 16 arrests in the 5 years prior to the homicides.
For seemingly obvious reasons, former Mayor Hickenlooper, who is currently the Governor of Colorado, has been accused of granting Denver an unofficial sanctuarycity designation. Michael Hancock, who replaced Hickenlooper as Denver’s Mayor in 2011, recently stated that Denver is among many other cities supporting President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Sidestepping an actual declaration of sanctuary city status, Hancock nevertheless seems to oppose deportation of those in the country illegally.
In April 2015, the Denver Post quoted Mayor Hancock: “I add my voice to the chorus of mayors in cities large and small who say the safety, health and well-being of our economies and our neighborhoods require that hundreds of thousands of families be allowed to emerge from the shadows and help us build stronger communities.”
The most compelling argument that Denver and surrounding towns and counties are sanctuaries for criminal aliens however, can be found in stories of recent years:
Despite numerous violent offenses committed by criminal aliens, in 2014 Colorado became the first state in which county jails officially halted the practice of detaining illegal immigrants while their cases undergo federal review.
The official designation of Denver as a sanctuary city, and Colorado as a sanctuary state, may be in dispute, but the impact of repeat criminal aliens on the people in its towns and cities is not. As has been illustrated by the recent murder of Kate Steinle by a criminal alien in San Francisco, thwarting immigration law in the name of “building stronger communities” has a very high human cost.
This article was written by a contributor of Watchdog Arena, Franklin Center’s network of writers, bloggers, and citizen journalists.
Reposted with permission of the author 8/3/15
Think of the ability to survive a national economic or societal collapse in the context of a series of concentric rings of vulnerability. They might look like this:
Once you understand the power you have to withstand fiscal crisis and potential national implosion, you can begin to prepare in a reasoned and effective process that will ensure that you and your loved ones will have access to the essentials until the national calamities pass.
Water: Store at least 3 days worth of drinkable water in a cool dark location in your home. A minimum of 1 gallon per day per person. A family of 4 would need a minimum of 12 gallons of emergency water storage. But store an entire week’s worth if possible. Obtain water purification tablets, and water filtration devices as well. Click here for detailed instructions on how to store water. Food: Begin with a 3-month supply of food storage. Some rules of thumb are:
Click here for information of health and wellness during times of crisis. Advance Preparations:
The innermost ring of vulnerability becomes the inner circle of strength when you choose to be prepared. The window of opportunity is still open, but it is quickly closing upon this nation and its citizens. Do not wait to become prepared. But you can survive. If the nation fails, you don’t have to. You are in control of the basic aspects of your life and liberty.
by Marjorie Haun 7/28/2015
Matthew 15: 5
11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
Reality check: If you’re spending your time freaking about Congress’ unwillingness to force states to require GMO labeling, let’s first get some things straight:
So, my dear friends, you may think I’m not paying attention, but I’m not alarmed the least bit about GMOs. There are, however things that cause me great alarm:
Need I continue?
Focus your priorities people. GMOs are not what ails us. Butchery, personal wickedness, sexual perversion, and godless big government are our enemies.
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Planned Parenthood, engulfed in a scandal following the release of two undercover videos, is the largest abortion provider in the United States.
On its website, the organization compliments Margaret Sanger as one of the pro-choice movement’s “great heroes.” Sanger started the American Birth Control League in 1921; it became part of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1942.
Planned Parenthood praises Sanger for “providing contraception and other health services” and “advancing access to family planning in the United States and around the world.”
In addition to Planned Parenthood, Sanger also founded the Birth Control Review, a journal about contraception and population control.
Here are 13 things Sanger said during her lifetime.
1) She proposed allowing Congress to solve “population problems” by appointing a “Parliament of Population.”
“Directors representing the various branches of science [in the Parliament would] … direct and control the population through birth rates and immigration, and direct its distribution over the country according to national needs consistent with taste, fitness and interest of the individuals.” —“A Plan for Peace,” Birth Control Review, April 1932, pages 107-108
2) Sanger called the various methods of population control, including abortion, “defending the unborn against their own disabilities.” —“A Plan for Peace,” Birth Control Review, April 1932, pages 107-108
3) Sanger believed that the United States should “keep the doors of immigration closed to the entrance of certain aliens whose condition is known to be detrimental to the stamina of the race, such as feebleminded, idiots, morons, Insane, syphilitic, epileptic, criminal, professional prostitutes, and others in this class barred by the immigration laws of 1924.” —“A Plan for Peace,” Birth Control Review, April 1932, pages 107-108
4) Sanger advocated “a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.” —“A Plan for Peace,” Birth Control Review, April 1932, pages 107-108
5) People whom Sanger considered unfit, she wrote, should be sent to “farm lands and homesteads” where “they would be taught to work under competent instructors for the period of their entire lives.” —“A Plan for Peace,” Birth Control Review, April 1932, pages 107-108
6) She was an advocate of a proposal called the “American Baby Code.”
“The results desired are obviously selective births,” she wrote.
According to Sanger, the code would “protect society against the propagation and increase of the unfit.” —“America Needs a Code for Babies,” March 27, 1934, Margaret Sanger Papers, Library of Congress, 128:0312B
7) While advocating for the American Baby Code, she argued that marriage licenses should provide couples with the right to only “a common household” but not parenthood. In fact, couples should have to obtain a permit to become parents:
Article 3. A marriage license shall in itself give husband and wife only the right to a common household and not the right to parenthood.
Article 4. No woman shall have the legal right to bear a child, and no man shall have the right to become a father, without a permit for parenthood.
Article 5. Permits for parenthood shall be issued upon application by city, county, or state authorities to married couples, providing they are financially able to support the expected child, have the qualifications needed for proper rearing of the child, have no transmissible diseases, and, on the woman’s part, no medical indication that maternity is likely to result in death or permanent injury to health.
Article 6. No permit for parenthood shall be valid for more than one birth.
“All that sounds highly revolutionary, and it might be impossible to put the scheme into practice,” Sanger wrote.
She added: “What is social planning without a quota?” —“America Needs a Code for Babies,” March 27, 1934, Margaret Sanger Papers, Library of Congress, 128:0312B
UNDER THE CATEGORY “WHAT IF?”
Go back in time a bit with me, to experience an alternate history, how things might have been in a parallel universe.
The year is 2006. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are in full swing. Casualties for Coalition Forces are low, certainly compared to other wars in the past, but there is much concern in America about those casualties, and whether we are making any difference.
Geraldo Rivera is in Baghdad, sitting in a rest center with some American soldiers and Marines, a mixture of very fit, very professional men and women of our armed forces. Geraldo has gravitated to this group because there is a tension in the air about them, and a look of strain and despondency on their faces. The group is made up mostly of young enlisted people and young officers. They have something they want to tell.
Geraldo listens carefully, and as their story unfolds, his look of frightened anticipation turns to one of horror. What he hears from this earnest group literally turns his world upside down.
Geraldo Rivera learns that American members of the coalition forces have been witnesses to the sight of medical specialists harvesting organs from dead Taliban, Al Qaida, and other enemy war dead, and sometimes the organs of civilian dead as a result of collateral damage. These organs are being sold to medical establishments around the world, with profits going to the Department of Defense to help pay for the war effort. Geraldo quietly files the whole story with his parent news agency, tactfully withholding the names of the service members he talked to.
The news strikes the United States with a moral force ten times that of the My Lai Massacre in 1969. Condemnation pours in from around the world, even from such nations as Israel, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Australia. Democrats take up the cause with a vengeance, exploiting the crisis for the elections in 2007, and call for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. The long knives are out for everyone from the Secretaries of State and Defense to the local commanders on the sites of the aforementioned vivisections. Political analysts doubt if the Republican Party can survive the political and moral upheaval. Churches are packed throughout the nation, filled with despairing people asking God for personal forgiveness and forgiveness for America.
Okay, now come back to reality. We know without a doubt that Planned Parenthood is running chop shops for aborted babies, selling their organs and other tissues for a profit, to medical institutions that have yet to produce a single medical breakthrough with these human parts. The mainstream media, with the exception of Fox News, Drudge, the Washington Examiner, and a few others, are mainly silent on the issue. Lefties everywhere, including the press secretary for President Obama, blow the news off as unimportant. Outside of a large minority of Christians and conservatives, there is limited outrage.
Anybody miss the point? I actually have sympathy for those on the left, liberal women, and others who think this is no big deal. Someday they will stand before God and realize that they have been sorely used by the Prince of Darkness. More than 50 million dead babies, and now we know there really IS an abortion-industrial complex.
God forgive us, please! Pray for America, my brothers and sisters!
Reposted with permission of the author by Reagangirl.com 7/23/15