EPA Crucifixion Chief Al Armendariz- RESIGNS update

UPDATE: RESIGNS! One down, back to academia

In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson sent Sunday, Al Armendariz says he regrets his words and stresses that they do not reflect his work as administrator of the five-state region including Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Armendariz, who holds a doctorate in environmental engineering, apologized for his remarks last week. A senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, told The Associated Press that he has since received death threats. His resignation was effective Monday, when he informed his senior staff. Boston

I had little doubt than Al Armendariz was simply an appointee of Obama that held similar credentials as he, and I am not disappointed apparently. One can only imagine the thousands of these drones he has inserted into our government. The best part is Al’s “Community Service” references that can be found at PJ Media, from which I picked up this post. Of course one would  have to have “Community Service” references to hold any position in this Government. Here we go with the story:

Al Armendariz appears to be a typical Obama appointee — a rigidly ideological academician tied to activist radicals, with little private sector experience and next to zero managerial experience.

President Obama appointed SMU professor Al Armendariz to head up the EPA’s Region VI, to fanfare from the left, in November 2009. Prof. Armendariz’s SMU web site is…spare. From his resume linked there, we learn that at the time of his appointment he was officially a research associate professor in SMU’s Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering. His last private sector experience was in 1998, when he was a chemical engineer at Radian Corp for about three years. He appears to have no serious managerial experience prior to his EPA appointment to head Region VI. From associate professor to managing a bureaucracy that spans five states, including major oil producers Texas and Louisiana, is quite a leap.

Armendariz’s list of references on his resume is a who’s who of the loony left in Texas environmental politics. Full story over at PJ Media

(Politico) — EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said Friday she’s spoken to Region 6 chief Al Armendariz about his “crucify” comments that have some GOP congressmen calling for his resignation but doesn’t at the moment see a need for that step. Thanks Lisa, makes sense.

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Arizona Immigration Supreme Court case audio, transcript

 
It is a Sunday, and lots of sport teams are having their playoffs. But if you have can find a bit of time, you will not be disappointed in hearing the arguments of Arizona v United States in the Immigration case. It just got posted so here the links are below.

Supreme Court Audio

 
Supreme Court Transcripts

 

Gov. Jan Brewer speaks on Arizona’s Immigration law in front of the Supreme Court in Washington
Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) speaks to the media in front of the Supreme Court following oral arguments on Arizona’s controversial immigration law, 1070, the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, in Washington, D.C. on April 25, 2012.

Read more: UPI

Ken Salazar channels Harry Potter re: energy policy

With savants such as Salazar, how can we go wrong? I think this sums up the week quite nicely.

“Not even Harry Potter” can bring down rising gas prices and nobody knows when they will stop rising, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday.

“No one has the ability – not even Harry Potter – to simply wave a magic wand and say that we’re going to have gas prices at $2 or $2.50 or $3. It just doesn’t work that way,” said Salazar, whose department controls oil and gas drilling on federal lands.

“Where it will all end, no-one knows,” he said, then reiterated the view that Obama’s “all-of-the-above” policy would protect Americans from the volatilities of the global market.

Yes indeed. Just a victim of circimstances. More at CNS News

Michelle Obama’s secret fantasy: walk out the door and just keep walking

We should be so blessed. Do us a favor. Take your husband with you Michelle. Sneaking around? That is all the two of you have been doing since you started squatting in our house on Pennsylvania ave. Am I being a bit too harsh? Here we go-

What is Michelle Obama’s secret fantasy? Apparently, to “walk right out the front door and just keep walking.”

The first lady’s confession came Thursday during a “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” discussion at the White House when a child asked there was anything she’d change about life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

“It’s hard to sneak around and do what you want,” Obama said. “I have done it a couple of times. But you know one fantasy I have, and the Secret Service they keep looking at me because they think I might actually do it, is to walk right out the front door and just keep walking.”

So what would she do if given the chance? She’d “go to some shops and stop and have some ice cream, go shopping.”

“I can’t do that, I can’t just up and decide I think I am going to go for a walk,” Obama conceded. “If I could change something I’d be able to sneak around a little bit more but it causes people a lot of stress when I do that so I try not to.”  First she starts in about how hard a job hubby has, then, about 50 seconds in, you get to hear the real Michelle. So much the lady.

H/T:  The Blaze

Some great comments at that comments thread at Real Clear Politics.

Vote Tally Count Cyber CISPA Security Bill

UPDATE: 2013 Bill

You can read about the recent changes to CISPA—including why EFF continues to oppose the bill—in their recent analysis. We urge individuals who are concerned to speak out by calling their Congressional Representatives and then following up with an email.

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House Vote #117
Apr 18, 2013 12:59 p.m.
Passed 288/127

For individual votes click on the gov track record HERE

The threat of a White House veto and denunciation of dozens of civil liberties groups wasn’t enough.

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, a dangerously broad effort to fortify the nation’s cyber defenses by allowing private and public entities to share data. Because of the way the bill is written that can include the private communications of consumers. The threat of a White House veto and denunciation of dozens of civil liberties groups wasn’t enough.SF Gate

2012 Bill:

H.R. 3523: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (On Passage of the Bill)

Individual Vote Breakdown HERE  from GOV Track.  (May take a couple of seconds to load- then scroll down)

Number:
House Vote #192 [primary source: house.gov]
Date:
Apr 26, 2012 (112th Congress)
Result:
Passed
Related Bill:
H.R. 3523: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Introduced by Rep. Michael “Mike” Rogers [R-MI8] on November 30, 2011
Current Status: Reported by Committee

This was a vote to approve or reject a bill or resolution

As controversial cyber security legislation , civil liberties groups and some politicians are lining up against the bill.

Critics of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) have likened it to previous bills, such as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that was defeated in Congress earlier this year.

(You can read the full pdf text of CISPA here.)

Now, opposition to CISPA is growing more widespread with each passing day as more and more internet groups join forces to push back against what is seen as a serious threat to domestic privacy laws.

The Daily Kos has set up its own action against CISPA, and numerous groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) have been at the forefront of the effort to halt what they see as a serious threat to American civil liberties.

The ACLU has described the bill as an even more pernicious SOPA, noting that the legislation “would give the government, including military spy agencies, unprecedented powers to snoop through people’s personal information — medical records, private emails, financial information — all without a warrant, proper oversight or limits.

Bloomberg:

The bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, passed the House today by a vote of 248 to 168.

EPA Official Compares Agency Enforcement to Roman Crucifixions

By now most of know about the Gibson Guitar confiscation of their imported wood. Now, with this video, it is making more sense. Recall Obama’s war on Gibson Guitar still on- why? Anyone at the end of the EPA’s tentacles I am sure feels the threat. Examples made, control achieved. Here we go:

A video surfaced on Wednesday showing a regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency comparing his agency’s philosophy with respect to regulation of oil and gas companies to brutal tactics employed by the ancient Roman army to intimidate its foes into submission.

EPA’s “philosophy of enforcement,” said EPA’s Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz, is “kind of like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean: they’d go into little Turkish towns somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they’d run into, and they’d crucify them.”

“That town was really easy to manage for the next few years,” Armendariz added.

His comments are indicative of the “EPA’s war on fossil fuels,” claimed Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) in a news release on Wednesday. Go to the Heritage link below this video for his comments. It is in the first few minutes of Inhofe’s video.

 

H/T: Blog Heritage

As commented by Hot Air

Probably the most offensive thing about this clip, aside from the crucifixion analogy, is the implication that the EPA singles out potential offenders to make an example of on a random basis. To be sure, fostering fear through arbitrary, and unduly punitive enforcement actions can be an effective means of ensuring broad compliance. But it’s not exactly in line with the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.

Romney’s victory speech April 24, 2012

Romney’s victory speech last night. Optimistic, hopeful, and starting to get it together. Look, am I happy he is our candidate? Either way, I am glad the blood bath of each of the GOP candidates going after each other is over. Let the party begin and the attack ads against Obama begin as well. If you have not had a chance of hearing his remarks, here they are and worth the time if you want to feel a bit better about our situation. We might just get to pack up Obama and his family and send them back to Chicago or wherever they want to call home.

 

$8 Billion to trick – Hide Medicare Advantage issue before election

I caught this story on Mark Levin last night. Without this illegal act, Seniors would find out in October that their Medicare Advantage plans would soon be toast. So of course he cannot risk losing votes in key states with high senior voters, so he does this. Mark states this is illegal, and the GAO has told him to stop it, and let the hearings begin. GOPers? Anyone out there? Read the full story to get your dander going. This man will stop at nothing. Here we go with the story

Obama can temporarily prop up Medicare Advantage long enough to get re-elected by exploiting an obscure bit of federal law. Under a 1967 statute, the HHS secretary can spend money without specific approval by Congress on “experiments” directly aimed at “increasing the efficiency and economy of health services.”

Call it President Obama’s Committee for the Re-Election of the President — a political slush fund at the Health and Human Services Department.

Only this isn’t some little fund from shadowy private sources; this is taxpayer money, redirected to help Obama win another term. A massive amount of it, too — $8.3 billion. Yes, that’s billion, with a B.

A Government Accounting Office report released this morning shows, quite starkly, that there simply is no experiment being conducted, just money being spent. Understandably, the GAO recommends that HHS cancel the project.

Congress should immediately launch an investigation into this unprecedented misuse of taxpayer money and violation of the public trust, which certainly presses the boundaries of legality and very well may breach them.

If he’s not stopped, Obama will spend $8 billion in taxpayer funds for a scheme to mask the debilitating effects on seniors of his signature piece of legislation just long enough to get himself re-elected.

 Here is how it works.

The most oppressive aspects of the ObamaCare law don’t kick in until after the 2012 election, when the president will no longer be answerable to voters. More “flexibility,” he recently explained to the Russians.

The money is to come from funds that Health and Human Services is allowed to use for “demonstration projects.” But to make it legal, HHS has to pretend that it’s doing an “experiment” to study the effect of this money on the insurance market.

That is, to “study” what happens when the government doesn’t change anything but merely continues a program that’s been going on for years.

Read more: NY Post

Female genital mutilation for 100,000 U.K. women

When I saw this on the news yesterday, it harkened back to a post I did last year. I feel compelled to re-post it for those who may have missed it. Unbelievably, the American Academy of Pediatrics supported a form of it as well, and okayed American physicians to participate in support before the outrage. We do not understand these people at all.

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS WITHDRAWS
POLICY STATEMENT ON FEMALE GENITAL CUTTING

For Immediate Release: May 27, 2010

CHICAGO — The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has retired its 2010 policy statement on female genital cutting (FGC). The AAP Board of Directors has approved the following as AAP policy on FGC:”The AAP reaffirms its strong opposition to FGC and counsels its members not to perform such procedures. As typically practiced, FGC can be life-threatening. Little girls who escape death are still vulnerable to sterility, infection, and psychological trauma.

First, the news from Sunday:

As many as 100,000 women in Britain have undergone female genital mutilations (FGM) with medics in the UK offering to carry out the illegal procedure on girls as young as 10, it has been reported.

Investigators from the Sunday Times said they had secretly filmed a doctor, dentist and alternative medicine practitioner who were allegedly willing to perform FGM or arrange for the operation to be carried out. The doctor and dentist deny any wrongdoing.

The practice, which involves the surgical removal of external genitalia and in some cases the stitching of the vaginal opening, is illegal in Britain and carries up to a 14-year prison sentence. It is also against the law to arrange FGM.

The procedure is widespread across parts of Africa. Victims are rarely given anaesthetic and frequently suffer long-term damage and pain. Guardian UK

Here is the repost: Egyptian women and the practice of Female Genital Mutilation:

A 2005 report by UNICEF suggested that 97% of Egyptian women between the ages of 15 and 49 who have never been married have undergone some form of FGM or circumcision. 6

An older meta-study on “female sexual castration” presented in 1989-MAR showed that five surveys conducted between 1977 and 1985 estimated that 80.5% of Egyptian women in Cairo and Alexandria had undergone FGM. 4

I am suggesting we are viewing the problems in Egypt with the lens of a 21st Century Westerner. We have assumed that they “must” want a democracy. Have we not heard that this is a universal desire? Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness for all. Exception though, for women. But we will let that one pass.

I am bringing forth this sensitive topic for the purpose of attempting to illuminate that not everyone holds the same values as ourselves. I see so many similarities between Egypt and Iran. It was the Shah’s wife as well, who pushed for education for women. A more westernized approach to culture. The Clerics were furious. We know the outcome.

So what is that we do know about Egyptian Culture? I suggest we understand very little about these people.That we share less in common than we wish for. Could we ever understand what they do to their little girls? It is repulsive to us, and we look at it as one of the worse forms of child abuse.Our ethnocentrism is getting in our way and in the way of Egypt.

First we know that the majority of Egyptians embrace Sharia law. That is not a shared value. See: Majority of Egyptians want Sharia Law

Second, and I think most importantly, we do not share the value of women, and their role in society. Nothing could be more striking than the support of “female sexual castration” or otherwise known as Female Genital Mutilation.

During 2007-JUN, Ahmad ‘Aliwa, a women’s rights activist, described one finding that shows the near universal practice of FGM in Egypt, noting:

“The Center for Social Studies conducted a survey which showed that 85% of the prostitutes in Egypt were circumcised. There is no relation between female circumcision and the girls’ behavior.” 5

Now let us review this evil dictator Mubarak and his wife. Not enemies of Israel and the United States of late. Who managed to keep the radicals at bay with often brute force, similar to the Shah, to stop the radicals who would have their country dissolve back into a 11th century state again. Who, with his wife, attempted to take on the Clerics and as an example, the practice of Female Genital Mutilation.

FGM debate in Egypt:

Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi, head of the al-Azhar Islamic Institute, had stated during the 1990s that the practice is un-Islamic. The Health Minister of Egypt, Ismail Sallam, announced a ban on FGM in 1996-JUL. This was upheld by a junior administrative court in Cairo.

Sheik Youssef Badri, a Muslim fundamentalist, took the health minister to court. In 1997-JUN, an Egyptian court overturned the ban. Eight Muslim scholars and doctors had testified that the ban exceeded the government’s authority and violated the legal rights of the medical profession. Sheik Youssef Badri commented:

[Female] circumcision is Islamic; the court has said that the ban violated religious law. There’s nothing which says circumcision is a crime, but the Egyptians came along and said that Islam is a crime.”

The government appealed the case to Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court. They ruled that the operation is not required by Islam, and that “female circumcision is not a personal right according to the rules of Islamic Sharia (law).” Thus, FGM is subject to Egyptian law. The government prohibited the procedure, even if it is done with the agreement of the child and her parents. However, gynecologists are still allowed to perform the surgery if it is needed for health reasons.

The BBC reported in 2007 that:

“Egypt’s first lady, Susanne Mubarak, has spoken out strongly against female circumcision, saying that it is a flagrant example of continued physical and psychological violence against children which must stop.” 7

Religious Tolerance Org

And in our Country? We have had our own brush with FGM. Only last Spring, the American Academy of Pediatrics supported a form of this in order to mollify the Muslims in our country. The hope was that this would reduce this more virulent form of  this “surgery”. Several months later, they were forced to retract the policy.

EQUALITY NOW CALLS ON AAP TO REVOKE ELEMENTS OF ITS 2010 POLICY STATEMENT THAT ENDORSES PEDIATRICIANS’ “NICKING” OF GIRLS’ GENITALIA

NEW YORK, May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — International human rights organization Equality Now is stunned by a new policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which essentially promotes female genital mutilation (FGM) and advocates for “federal and state laws [to] enable pediatricians to reach out to families by offering a ‘ritual nick’,” such as pricking or minor incisions of girls’ clitorises. The Policy Statement “Ritual Genital Cutting of Female Minors“, issued by the AAP on April 26, 2010, is a significant set-back to the Academy’s own prior statements on the issue of FGM and is antithetical to decades of noteworthy advancement across Africa and around the world in combating this human rights violation against women and girls. PR Newswire and Big Gornment for more information.

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS WITHDRAWS
POLICY STATEMENT ON FEMALE GENITAL CUTTING

For Immediate Release: May 27, 2010

CHICAGO — The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has retired its 2010 policy statement on female genital cutting (FGC). The AAP Board of Directors has approved the following as AAP policy on FGC:”The AAP reaffirms its strong opposition to FGC and counsels its members not to perform such procedures. As typically practiced, FGC can be life-threatening. Little girls who escape death are still vulnerable to sterility, infection, and psychological trauma.

If I wanted America to fail

Says it all doesn’t it? H/T: Adrienne’s Corner

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