Category Archives: Government Intellegence

Quick Quip… The Press Condemns Obama Over Paris Snub.

 Why ?

TOPSHOTS French President Francois Holla

          World leaders join in Paris march to show solidarity in the War Against Muslim terrorism

It is very refreshing to see and hear the unprecedented criticism in and by the press of Obama’s decision to boycott the memorial march in Paris last weekend. Quite frankly, he is not classy enough to be in the presence of the 40 courageous, world leaders of every faith who did attend.

daily news 1.12.15However refreshing the almost universal commendation by the liberal press for his unexcused absence in Paris might be, a cynic like the Crusty Conservative has to question the motives behind this press criticism. Could it simply be that most of the victims of the muslim attacks were journalists and that the attack on Charlie was an attack on Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Expression and the Freedom of Press. As one reporter said shortly after the attack on the French magazine – “Today We Are All French”. Maybe he should have paraphrased and said – “Today We Are All Journalists” and like NATO an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.

Would the press’ condemnation of Obama be as severe or universal if the victims of the Paris muslim attack were French Croissant Bakers?

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I rather doubt it.


 

 

 The Crusty Conservative

1/14/15

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

Another Example of Govt. Intelligence – Save the Citrus – Door to Door!

Another Example of Govt. Intelligence  (i.e. Waste) 

Save the Citrus –

Door to Door ?

Ca dept agriculture badgeOne morning last week, the doorbell at our house rang and I went to our front gate to see who our visitors were. There stood a very attractive twentyish young lady dressed in a forest green uniform on which a gold badge of some kind was embroidered.

She very quickly and politely introduced herself as a California Department of Agriculture agent and inquired if we had any citrus trees. When I responded that we did not, she informed me that California citrus crops were threatened by a small worm like bug that had been recently discovered in the state. If the bug was not found and eradicated, the state’s multi-million dollar citrus industry could be decimated. She then thanked me for my time, gave me a flyer with a picture and descriptions of a miniscule bug and asked me to call the Agriculture Department if I saw a bug that looked like the one in the picture.

When she left, I couldn’t help but think that there had to be a better, more efficient and more cost-effective way to handle this threat rather than sending uniformed agents door to door looking for a tiny bug. This is especially true since I live at least 10 or 15 miles from the nearest agriculture area. While I realize that citrus is a big money crop in Southern California and the state Agriculture Department should be concerned with treats to the citrus orchards, this had to be a high magnitude “make work project”. How many agents would it take to visit a majority or even a significant number of the households in Southern California (or for that matter just our county) in a reasonable time – 100s, 1000s?  And at what cost?  Or is it one of the most flagrant cases of “government intelligence”  wasting taxpayers money yet – Huh?

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

 

The Keystone XL Pipeline from an Oilfield Perspective

Guest Commentary –

Mike Lee Guest Author Young Patriot

Mike Lee
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Young Patriot

 

Note: The following commentary was written by The Crusty Conservative’s grandson – Mike Lee. Mike is a Production Supervisor for a major oil exploration company in Ventura County, California. He wrote the following commentary out of frustration over Obama’s current energy policies.

The Keystone XL Pipeline from an Oilfield Perspective

It takes a lot to get me to write my opinions down but listening to the political rhetoric involving the Keystone XL pipeline and following the writings of my grandfather (aka The Crusty Conservative) I have finally gotten to that point.

Over the last few days I have read a handful of articles where President Obama has tipped his hand to show us how he really feels about my industry and how little he actually knows about economics.  As a twenty-eight year old oilfield worker, I have become frustrated with the fact that not only must I support the previous generation through Social Security which I am unlikely to see, and through high taxes which pay pensions to groups that are living more comfortably than I should expect to in retirement. And now I must also protect the future generations by not tapping into natural resources that are readily available.

When I entered the industry in 2005 oil prices were just below forty dollars a barrel and to say the least oil was not a very lucrative business.  Sometime shortly after that prices spiked to as high as $150 a barrel and American oil was reborn.  It was now profitable to invest in enhanced recovery methods to get crude out of the ground.  Along the way American dependence on foreign oil declined, however we continue to import from foreign countries.

Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Qatar, Libya, the U.A.E, Algeria, Nigeria, Ecuador, and Angola are the current members of the “Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries” (OPEC) and still have control over the global supply of oil which dictates price.  The amount of money we, as Americans, have given to these mostly hostile countries (through oil purchases and/or foreign aid) is tremendous.  The attention that it makes us pay to that region of the world is utterly absurd, all to protect our interests… in oil.

I read an article today that told of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia warning in a letter to the Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi and others that the U.S. boom of shale oil and gas will reduce our country’s thirst for Saudi crude oil.  It continued to state that 92% of their budget is dependent on oil exports.  During the fall of the Qaddafi regime in Libya, that country suffered massive economic setbacks largely due to the loss of oil output.  Isn’t that a nice change?  To see these countries worried that we won’t send one of our top resources (the American dollar) their way puts a smile on my face.

Meanwhile back in the states, as a result of horizontal drilling, water/steam/CO2 flooding, and implementation of newer technologies, California, Texas, Colorado, and especially North Dakota are seeing record breaking production numbers in fields long thought to be exhausted.  To the north, our friendly neighbors in Canada have also been able to capitalize on a higher barrel price.  What was long locked up in sand and too costly to process is now so profitable that  they have an excess.  Thus the Keystone XL pipeline was born to transport their excess oil from Canada to Texas for refining and ultimately our use.  Unfortunately, around that same time that Keystone was proposed, we saw one of the worst oil spills in history right off of our Gulf Coast which to the general public was very discouraging.  BP’s spill was a worst case scenario – exploratory drilling in a deep zone had never been done before.  Their following failures to control and cap, with the potential cover ups and blame game caused  the general public to lose a lot of faith in the wisdom of running a pipeline across one of the richest aquifers in our country, the Ogallala.  After rerouting, multiple studies, and building in redundancy after redundancy designed to protect it, the Keystone was once again ready for the White House.

But no, Obama refuses.  During a time when a war is being raged on coal, Fukushima fear is shutting down nuclear power, and solar energy is being proven an inefficient use of  taxpayer dollars over and over, our leadership is blocking what can be referred to quite literally, as a blessing from above.  To tell the American public that this pipeline will only create fifty jobs is either a flat out lie or Obama really is the most inept and uninformed president since Jimmy Carter.  The number is not simply how many people will manage the pipeline when it is completed, or even how many people will build the pipeline, but rather how many people will benefit from the pipeline –  all of us.  All of us use gasoline, plastic, or electricity in some shape or form, most specifically gasoline.  Groceries today are more expensive because of freight costs.  Many people have been forced to switch jobs because commuting has become uneconomical.  Others have seen their companies fail or cut back to accommodate fuel costs.  To alleviate the new normal at the pump through the Keystone XL pipeline would have exponential positive effects on our economy.

And what about global warming?  First, prove it.  This beautiful blue planet has been through many heating and cooling cycles since long before the industrial revolution.  If you cannot measure and correlate global warming, then you should not set broad laws to restrict progress in the name of preserving the environment.

Finally, if we don’t use the Canadian oil you can rest assured that someone else will.  Let’s give China one more advantage over us – right?  Wrong.  Barak Hussein Obama needs to stop courting special interests and provide for the American interest; and work towards our freedom from oppressive overseas countries while restoring our  liberty to provide for our families.

Mike P. Lee

Read more:

(Top Saudi investor says US energy boom could doom kingdom’s economy)

(Obama’s claims re Keystone XL pipeline)

Postscript:

About the time that Mike was writing the above commentary, The Crusty Conservative and his wife Pat attended a talk at by Stephen Moore at “The Young Americans For Freedom’s” Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara. Mr. Moore who is an Editorial Board Member and Senior Economics Writer at  The Wall Street Journal unknowingly endorsed Mike Lee’s

Stephen Moore The Wall Street Journal

Stephen Moore
The Wall Street Journal

premises as outlined above and further predicted that the U.S. could be a net energy exporter in 10 years if the government allowed modern oil and gas extraction methods to be used and allowed the infrastructure (including the Keystone XL pipeline) necessary to extract, transport and refine these products to be built. To illustrate his point, he discussed  the amount of natural gas being wasted simply for the lack of a means to transport it to market, Moore described flying over the Bakken area of North Dakota at night and seeing what from the air looked like a major population center. However, the lights that he saw were not from communities or buildings. Instead, they were oil drilling sites where natural gas (a by-product of the process by which oil is being extracted in North Dakota) was being flared into the atmosphere and burned instead of being utilized or placed in a pipeline and transported to customers because of the lack of pipelines. Moore stated that in this area alone millions of cubic feet of valuable natural gas were being burnt off daily because there are no pipelines to get it to market. Below is a picture of  gas flaring and two pictures from a space satellite showing what Moore described.

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An oil well flare during the day.

An oil well flare during the day.

NASA satellite image of night-time illumination over the Bakken Formation of western North Dakota where waste natural gas at oil drilling sites is being flared into the atmosphere because it can not be utilized. Image by NASA

NASA satellite image of night-time illumination over the Bakken Formation of western North Dakota where waste natural gas at oil drilling sites is being flared into the atmosphere because it can not be utilized

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

 

 

U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels Humiliated by Obama !

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U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels Humiliated by Obama !

 

Grounding forces precision flying team to walk in parade rather than demonstrate U.S.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels

U.S. Navy Blue Angels

military might.

Last weekend the U.S. Navy Blue Angels precision flying team was scheduled to give two performances in Ocean City, Maryland. But unfortunately these demonstrations, along with the Blue Angels entire flying season, were cancelled because of the “sequester”. This is the direct result of the Obama administration’s policy of making the “sequester” cuts only where they hurt and only where they are highly visible.  This is evidenced by Pentagon worker Russell Van Diepen’s post this week on the Blue Angel’s Facebook page – “My office funds the Blue Angels. It was sad no matter how much we fought; it was a top down decision to cut. We’ll get them flying someday again!” Unfortunately, last weekend while Obama met with Communist China’s # 1 man in California the Blue Angels were not demonstrating U.S. air power over Ocean City. Instead they were walking (not even marching)

in the Fiesta Day parade in Pensacola, Florida. So much for “Peace Through Strength”

Members of th grounded U.S. Navy Blue Angels precision flying team walk in Pensacola parade.

Members of the grounded  U.S Navy Blue Angels precision flying team walk in Pensacola parade.

How Humiliating  Mr. Obama,

Thank You!

The Crusty Conservative

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It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

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Obama Administration Outed Seals who killed Osama bin Laden !

Obama Administration Outed seals who killed Osama bin Laden  !

Did Joe Biden’s comments lead to the death of 15 members of the Seal Team that took out bin Laden?

seal team 6 logoWas the ambush of a helicopter in Afghanistan killing 15 members of the Seal Team that killed Osama bin Laden a direct result of the Obama administration spiking the ball for their own political benefit and outing Seal Team Six?

Syndicated columnist Jeff Kuhner makes a strong case in the Washington Times that this was indeed the case.

Kuhner states in a recent Washington Times article that “…Navy SEAL Team 6 became a household name for their role in killing Osama bin Laden. On May 1, 2011, the country rightly celebrated the death of bin Laden. The Obama administration, however, wanted to do more. It sought to claim full credit for the assassination, deciding to spike the football. On May 3, at an event in Washington, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. did the unthinkable: He publicly revealed the identity of the special-operations unit responsible for bin Laden’s killing. His reckless action put at risk the lives of every member of SEAL Team 6. The Taliban and other jihadists eager to avenge bin Laden now knew which unit to target .“

Mr. Biden essentially placed a bull’s-eye on the back of all the SEALs who took down bin laden . “He leaked classified information. SEAL Team 6 is a covert unit, which is supposed to operate in the shadows. This is how they are able to conduct deadly raids on terrorist groups. Their reward, however, for killing the world’s foremost terrorist mastermind was to be outed by their own government.”

On Aug. 6, 2011, a Chinook helicopter carrying 30 U.S. service members — including 15 SEAL Team 6 members — was shot down in Afghanistan. Everyone on board was killed. The rescue team was sent to aid an Army Ranger unit battling the Taliban and desperately in need of backup. The Chinook was shot down by a Taliban rocket-propelled grenade in Wardak province. Taliban fighters were waiting on three sides for the aircraft as it approached. The Chinook was a sitting duck as it hovered in the sky. The evidence is overwhelming and disturbing: SEAL Team 6 members were ambushed.

Kuhner then goes on to outline a number of strange events that preceded the ambush and brings into serious question whether the Taliban was actually alerted to Seal Team Six’s mission and lying in waiting to ambush that specific team as retaliation for the team’s role in the death of Osama bin Laden.

If that was the case, then only Biden’s outing of Seal Team Six could have made the Taliban aware of who to target. Kuhner concludes his article by stating – “Mr. Biden is no bumbling fool. Rather, his deliberate, reckless disclosure placed SEAL Team 6 in mortal jeopardy. He and his boss, President Obama, exploited them in order to boost their re-election chances. The SEALs, however, paid the ultimate price.

Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden have American blood on their hands. “

(Click Here To Read The Full Article)

The Crusty Conservative

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

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Thank You American Taxpayers

Quick Quip – Thank You American Taxpayers, but you shouldn’t have done it!

$10 million cost to fight So. Calif. fire shared by all taxpayers.

$10 million cost to fight So. Calif. fire shared by all taxpayers.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all of the taxpayers outside of California for their kind but forced generosity in covering the $10 million costs of fighting a brush fire here in Southern California.

Three weeks ago, there was a major brush fire across town from where I live. At its height, 2,000 + firefighters from as far as 400 miles away were involved in fighting the fire which threatened 4,000+ homes and eventually consumed over 28,000 acres of brush, park land and agriculture property.

The firefight was not without cost. Although no homes were lost to the fire, the cost of fighting it was estimated to be in excess of $10 million. However, fear not for the local jurisdictions within whose borders the fire burnt. Low and behold, it was announced this week that the federal government (meaning taxpayers from as far away as Florida and Maine) will foot the bill.

I sincerely thank all taxpayers for your generosity but I also sincerely question why you should have to pay the costs of a local firefighting effort. Is that the duty of taxpayers who probably never heard of Camarillo, Point Magu or Newbury Park – the areas that their tax dollars paid to defend from the fire? Is that the role of the federal government and if so why?  Spreading the wealth? Is it the shared burden imposed by socialism? Who knows?

Thank you taxpayers but is your gift really necessary or for that matter appropriate?  You shouldn’t have done it!

 

The Crusty Conservative

6/10/13

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Where does the federal government get its authority to decide who lives and who dies?

Where does the Constitution grant the federal government the power to decide who lives and who dies?

TransplantI always thought that God reserved that right to himself, but I guess that I have been wrong for all of these years. Evidently, the Department of Health and Human Services is making life and death decisions as to who gets organ transports and who does not.

Yesterday, I became aware of this, for the first time, when a federal judge ruled that a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl in need of a lung transplant must be added to the list of adults who need organs. The judge ordered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to suspend rules that limit the organs availability to children younger than 10. Congressional Republicans have been pressing Sebelius to intervene in the girl’s case since last week. Sebelius has declined, saying she would review the policies on transplants for children but that making a one-time exception for this girl would deny a transplant to another young child. Yesterday, Judge Michael Baylson ordered Sebelius to make an exception,. The girl is more likely to get a transplant in time to save her life because of the judge’s order.

When I heard of this case and the resulting decision, I was incredulous and immediately questioned who gave the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to decide on the life and death issues of who gets organ transplants. I quickly re-read the Constitution, but could not find a provision that gave the executive branch of the federal government the power to decide whether an individual, law abiding citizen lived or died. Perhaps God visited Ms. Sebelius in the middle of the night and appointed her his proxy on earth in these matters. I rather doubt that.

I fully understand that priorities must be established on a medical basis for determining who gets organ transplants. However, I do question why one partisan, federal bureaucrat has the power and the authority to suspend the rules set by medical community and make arbitrary decisions on who gets organ transplants and who does not.  And I further ask by what or on whose authority does this pseudo-god act.

Although all of the newscasts last night covered and applauded the Judge’s decision in this case, only Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano dared to pose the question – on what or on whose authority was the federal government, and specifically Ms. Sebelius, acting in making these life and death decisions. Clearly it was not as result of authority derived from the U.S. Constitution and I am equally sure that God did not authorize her to act in his stead. If it is neither by the Constitution’s nor on God’s authority, then under what authority is the federal government acting?

The Crusty Conservative

June 6,2013

 

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