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GOP Effort To Rescind Obama Regulation Fails After 3 Republican Senators Join Ranks With Democrats


URL of the original posting site: http://www.westernjournalism.com/gop-effort-rescind-obama-regulation-fails-3-republican-senators-join-ranks-democrats/

Three Senate Republicans joined ranks with Democrats on Wednesday to reject overturning an Obama-era regulation limiting methane emission from oil and gas drilling. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., John McCain, R-Ariz., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, joined ranks with Senate Democrats, leaving only 49 votes in support of revoking the Bureau of Land Management rule, two votes shy of the 51 votes needed.

While Graham and Collins had previously made public their intention to vote against the measure, McCain’s came as a surprise.

Vice President Mike Pence had traveled to the Capitol in the event his vote was needed to break a tie vote in the Senate.

The Obama administration’s Methane and Waste Prevention Rule is primarily intended to reduce the waste of methane gasses released during oil and gas production.

“Between 2009 and 2015, oil and gas producers on public and Indian lands vented, flared and leaked about 462 billion cubic feet of natural gas. That’s enough gas to supply about 6.2 million households for a year,” states a fact sheet on the regulation.

Wasted natural gas amounts to $23 million annually in royalty revenue for the Federal government and States that share it, according to a 2010 Government Accountability Office report. In addition to cost saving, the regulation was also intended to help the environment. Methane, the primary component in natural gas, is about 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide and accounts for nine percent of U.S. gas emissions.

Supporters of the regulation say the benefits of lowering waste during the natural gas production process is a win-win for both sides of the political aisle.

“This rule unites people who care about a traditional set of issues related to air quality, but also people who don’t want to see the American government waste resources and tax dollars,” said Chris Saeger of the Western Values Project.

However, opponents of the rule, such as the Independent Petroleum Association of America, say the regulation is outside the authority of the Bureau of Land Management and imposes “costly and duplicative” regulations on the producers of natural gas.

The IPAA says the best way to reduce waste during natural gas production is to increase pipeline capacities, not more government mandates.

“IPAA continues to educate Senate offices on the costly and duplicative burden that the [Bureau of Land Management] rule, which is essentially an air quality rule and is outside the congressionally given authority of the BLM, places on U.S. independent producers’ businesses,” said Neal Kirby, the spokesperson for IPAA.

Senate Republicans had hoped to revoke the methane rule under the Congressional Review Act, which prevents the government from making a similar rule in the future that is “substantially the same” as the one it overturned.

“I think we can replace it with a better reg, rather than a CRA,” Graham said in March of the resolution.

Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Uta, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said Graham’s reasoning for voting against the methane rule change was ignorant.

“Sen. Graham doesn’t live in the West, and doesn’t understand these issues, clearly,” Bishop said.

Following the failure of the legislative branch to repeal the Obama regulation, President Trump’s Interior Department still has the option to repeal the methane rule through an exhaustive rulemaking process.

ANTIFA and the Looney Left


Authored by Jim Shempert | Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 12:23 PM

ANTIFA and the Looney Left

Here is a look at ANTIFA, how they represent the new face of the Democratic Party, and what it all means for America.

Maybe we have reached a point in America’s history where bi-partisanship is dead. I certainly hope not; that is never what the founders intended. You win some, and you lose some. That has been a standard of life for many years. – Jim Shempert

Have you ever heard of ANTIFA? Admittedly, I live in the heartland, so when I saw the riots in Berkeley, I had to do some research on who/what ANTIFA is. To me, it looked like a bunch of spoiled Millennials dressed in black screaming, shouting, and threatening anyone who doesn’t agree with them. Sort of sounds like one party in Washington, but I digress. 

ANTIFA supposedly stands against fascism; it is an abbreviation for “anti-fascist.” Interesting, because I would say 99.9% of Americans would agree on standing against fascism. (As I recall, we dealt a destructive blow to fascism in the ‘40s, and it has made no significant comeback since.) 

ANTIFA is actually a radical communist group. Their funding comes mainly from George Soros, and thus, they get paid to be a “fly in the ointment.” They claim lofty ideals, but all they really stand for is radical communism. In doing some research for this blog, I watched several videos on ANTIFA, the Berkeley riots, and other ANTIFA related groups around the world. ANTIFA’s main tactic is chaos, shouting down anyone with whom they disagree with calls of fascist, racist, bigot, etc. 

ANTIFA is not the problem. Again, they are largely made up of a tiny group of Millennials dressed in black hoodies and bandannas who always got a trophy for what they did, were never told “no,” and have no coping ability in the world around them. 

Newsflash: Struggle brings maturity. Eating ramen noodles in a tiny apartment while scraping together just enough pennies to pay the rent actually builds character. 

I voted for Donald Trump, but he undoubtedly has his warts. I have no great devotion to the man, other than the fact that I dread what the other candidate would have furthered in America. That sets me apart from liberals from the last eight years. Trump is not divine; he was the better of the two options from my perspective. He has hit a home run with Neil Gorsuch but has failed on the Obamacare repeal. Let’s be honest, the Obama years were catastrophic for anyone with common sense. Barack Obama did more to attack Christians than any president in our history. That’s not to mention the economy, national security, immigration, etc. So, when I weighed the options of continuing that path or averting it, I chose to avert it. 

The problem with ANTIFA is, by and large, they are representing the new face of the Democratic Party. There is no longer disagreement on issues. You are allowed to agree with the left, or you are immediately shouted down as a racist, bigot, or the like. There is no middle ground. They are totalitarian in their efforts. It’s victory or death with them. As I watched the videos from Berkeley, I saw unhinged children who didn’t win the game, so they cried, threatened others, and ultimately took their ball and went home. That only happened after they attempted to attack a pro-Trump crowd and were promptly handed their behinds. 

The question I have for my more liberal friends is this: How many losses do you have to take before you realize that you are the problem? Daily I see articles about why Hillary Clinton did not win, yet never once have I seen one from the left that says that Hillary was to blame. Again, giving a child a trophy when he loses is a bad idea. As I type this, of 50 states, the GOP controls 33 statehouses. Thirty-three to seventeen is lopsided any way you look at it. 

Luckily for these ANTIFA tadpoles, this was in California. In most of the heartland, if you throw a rock or a bottle and hit someone in the head, whoever is president is going to be your last worry. 

Maybe we have reached a point in America’s history where bi-partisanship is dead. I certainly hope not; that is never what the founders intended. You win some, and you lose some. That has been a standard of life for many years. 

ANTIFA, and to a growing extent, the left, in general, may have to look itself in the mirror and have a hard conversation. Maybe America is not racist, sexist, or homophobic, among other things.  

Maybe, America doesn’t like what you are selling. Maybe America just doesn’t like your policies. Maybe America is tired of identity politics and being called something she is not just because it justifies your argument. Maybe that’s why since Barrack Obama was elected president, Democrats have lost 900 state legislature seats, 12 governorships, 69 House seats, and 13 Senate seats. 

Maybe it’s you.

 

Jim Shempert One Million Dads

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Liberal Politicians Push Bill to Outlaw Non-Approved Speech on the Internet


Authored By Onan Coca March 17, 2017

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Today’s Democrat Party really is full of liberal fascists who would like nothing more than to control every aspect of the lives of the people. I know this because I’ve read the most recent draft of a bill being pushed through the New York state House and Senate.

The bill is being called the right to be forgotten act but would be more aptly named “you can only write things on the internet that the government give you permission to write.” The bill “requires search engines, indexers, publishers and any other persons or entities which make available, on or through the internet or other widely used computer-based network, program or service, information about an individual to remove such information, upon the request of the individual, within thirty days of such request.”

From New York Assembly Bill 5323, introduced by Assemblyman David I. Weprin and (as Senate Bill 4561 by State Sen. Tony Avella), a bill aimed at securing a “right to be forgotten”:

  • Within 30 days of a ”request from an individual,”
  • “all search engines and online speakers] shall remove … content about such individual, and links or indexes to any of the same, that is ‘inaccurate’, ‘irrelevant’, ‘inadequate’ or ‘excessive,’ ”
  • “and without replacing such removed … content with any disclaimer [or] takedown notice.”
  • “ ‘[I]naccurate’, ‘irrelevant’, ‘inadequate’, or ‘excessive’ shall mean content,”
  • “which after a significant lapse in time from its first publication,”
  • “is no longer material to current public debate or discourse,”
  • “especially when considered in light of the financial, reputational and/or demonstrable other harm that the information … is causing to the requester’s professional, financial, reputational or other interest,”
  • “with the exception of content related to convicted felonies, legal matters relating to violence, or a matter that is of significant current public interest, and as to which the requester’s role with regard to the matter is central and substantial.”

Failure to comply with the courts decision would leave the author of the work or the search engine that hadn’t pulled the material liable to pay a fine of $250 a day.

The Washington Post’s Eugene Volokh (also of the Volokh Conspiracy) writes that newspapers, online books, and even online encyclopedia’s would have to be censored whenever a judge and jury found (or the author expected them to find) that the speech was “no longer material to current public debate or discourse.”’

Can someone please inform the liberal activists who seem to be inventing new rights at ever increasing speed that this isn’t how “rights” work. “Rights” are a guarantee they cannot be either given nor taken away. “Rights” are granted by God and apply to all people, the problem is that some governments rule wickedly over their people so those people are unable to exercise their rights without risking life and limb.

Ironically though the legislators pushing this bill are seeking to invent one right by undermining another. For there to exist a “right to be forgotten,” then the (actual) “right to free speech” must be destroyed, and this bill does indeed destroy the right to free speech.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He’s also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children. You can find his writing all over the web.

Two New Shocking Polls Prove the Democrats are ALL Wrong


waving flagAuthored By Onan Coca February 8, 2017

Dueling polls released by CBS and UC Berkeley should be all the proof that Americans need to understand just how out-of-touch the Democrat Party is with the rest of America.

First, a new poll from the liberals at University of California Berkeley is sending shockwaves throughout the state of California. The pollster asked if California residents would like to see the state BAN so-called “Sanctuary Cities” and found that roughly 74% of Californians wished that the state would end “Sanctuary” practices! Remember California easily sided with Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the most recent election, but still the vast majority of the state’s voters want to see Sanctuary Cities outlawed. The poll found that 82% of Republicans want the ban, 74% of Democrats, 70% of Independents, and, most surprisingly, 65% of Hispanics!

As if this poll from UC Berkeley weren’t shocking enough, CBS has another poll which is just as shocking but far more disheartening. According to a new poll released from CBS only one out of seven (roughly 15%) Democrats believes that Islam is more “violent” than Christianity. Comparatively about 60% of Republicans believe that Islam is more violent. This poll is shocking in that it unmasks the utter delusion that most Democrats must be living under. Thankfully, the folks at the Daily Wire have offered 7 pieces of evidence to prove that Islam is far more violent than Christianity.

  1. Islamic countries and Muslim-majority countries are far more violent and intolerant than any of the two Christian countries on earth or better yet, any of the Christian-majority countries.
  1. Islamic religious apologists are selectively blind to the macabre history of Islam.
  1. A far larger percentage of Muslims are biblical literalists compared to Christians.
  1. Currently, Islam treats Jews far worse than Christianity does. How a majority religion treats the Jews is a litmus test for its level of civility.
  1. When Jesus is mocked, Christians take to social media. When Muhammad is drawn, even in the gentlest light, Muslims burn down embassies and slaughter cartoonists in cold blood.
  2. The world is being torn apart by Islamic terrorists.
  1.  Islam hasn’t had a reformation. Christianity has.

Some of these arguments are more convincing than others, but for me the ones which carry the most weight point to the difference in history and theology. Throughout Muslim history, the Muslim world has ALWAYS been embroiled in religious warfare. Literally, from day one, some portion of the Muslim world has been fighting to expand its borders. While this may have been an issue at certain points in Christian history, the days when Christianity was spread through war ended more than 500 years ago.

Theologically, the teachings of orthodox Christianity are incompatible with acts of violence not perpetrated in self-defense. Meanwhile, violence is a feature of the Islamic faith. Where Christianity teaches the aggrieved to “turn the other cheek,” Islam demands physical punishment in recompense for offense. While Christianity teaches that forgiveness and grace are beautiful virtues to be practiced liberally, Islam focuses its energy on physical manifestations of justice and retribution. While Christianity leaves justice, vengeance, judgment in the hands of the Almighty (and for a future date), Islam demands these things… NOW.

One of the Daily Wire’s arguments does strike me as compelling though – the one dealing with how we treat Israel. Israeli Jews are banned from entering 16 of the world’s Muslim nations; can you think of one “Christian” nation banning Jews? There is none.

Wake up, America. Christianity is the true “religion of peace,” and while it might be politically correct to equate the two great Universal world religions, any cursory examination proves this comparison to be ridiculous. There is no comparison, Islam is by far the more violent religion.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He’s also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children. You can find his writing all over the web.

Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon


waving flagDrawn by Gary VarvelWednesday, November 23, 2016

URL of the original posting site: http://townhall.com/political-cartoons/garyvarvel

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

BONUS Politically INCORRECT Cartoon – A Blast From the Past


waving flagBack by Popular Demand – The Walking Dead Returns

Sunday October 2, 2016

Election 2017 is here and with it comes a large democrat voting block, “the Walking Dead”.

Dead Voting / 2014 cartoon by A.F. Branco back by popular demand.

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