VIDEOS: OBAMA’S NUMEROUS LIES AND RHETORIC IN HIS OWN WORDS – THEN AND NOW

IN OBAMA’S OWN WORDS – watch four years of his lies and rhetoric and then tell me you want another four years of the same.  Every American should watch this to see just what kind of an incompetent leader and  liar he is.

Via The Waking Giant:

 

Via Letting Freedom Ring: Another classic video of lies and rhetoric then and now:

 

 

Any questions? Vote November 6th!

“We’ve Heard It All Before” 2008 and Now – Side By Side Video – Same Old Bull!

Watch and compare Obama’s 2008 campaign speeches and the same old worn out platitudes he is spouting now.  The rhetoric, lies and unfulfilled promises are all the same – and so is the man and his ideology.  This year it is time for real change, real progress, real hope and real leadership!

 

 

Just think how nice it will be to turn on the TV without hearing that whiny childlike voice!

Bureaucrats Bully Family Farms in D.C. Exurbs (Fauquier County attempting to fine county resident for holding Boy Scout jamborees on his property)

I live outside Fauquier County in Rappahanock wine country.  Since moving out here ten years ago, we have seen several farms disappear in Rappahanock, Culpeper and Fauquier counties.  The ridiculous regulations and fines being imposed on the local farms and wineries are nothing short of Big Brother tactics.  Fauquier County Zoning Administrator Kimberley Johnson has shut down, or attempted to shut down, political fundraisers on  residential farms for lack of a permit.  The farm owners could have sued  her and the county under 42 U.S.C. 1983 for violating constitutional rights  under the color of state law.  Some of our ancestors died on these very grounds defending our liberty, property and freedom.  Why aren’t WE fighting for the same rights?

 

Bureaucrats Bully Family Farms in D.C. Exurbs

By Mark J. Fitzgibbons via The American Thinker

Fauquier  (/fɔːˈkɪər/)  County, Virginia has become a new battleground against the sprawl of  Washington-style government bullying.  Under the guise of business zoning  authority, Fauquier is now depriving an agricultural community of its liberty to  live the farm life when a little commerce is, and even is not,  involved.

The  county, you see, wants to regulate and fine farm residents on grounds of holding  pumpkin carvings, birthday parties for little girls, and Boy Scout  jamborees.

Fauquier  County is an agricultural community in the beautiful Piedmont mountain region  about an hour west of Washington.  Its motto is “life as it should  be.”  To some county bureaucrats and officials, that means “life as we tell  you how it should be.”

The  growth of the federal government, along with its bureaucratic mentality, has  sprawled into Northern Virginia, and mostly up to now, just shy of  Fauquier.  In once-bucolic Loudon County to the north of Washington, where  family farms stood just 15 years ago, now stand high-rise offices of businesses  with government contracts, lobbyists, and others feeding at the government  trough.  Loudon, the fastest-growing county in America, is not the free  market at work.  It’s a concrete and steel metropolis built directly and  indirectly on taxpayer money flowing into and out of  Washington.

Virginia  is divided now — in many ways — between the Washington suburbs of Northern  Virginia and the rest of the state.  With the sprawl of big government  comes the bureaucratic mentality that what’s yours is theirs to regulate,  control, and dictate.

Virginia,  of course, was the home of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison,  Patrick Henry, and George Mason.  The spirit of liberty still runs deep in  parts of Virginia.  Sadly, however, the sense of freedom has been dampened  if not eviscerated among those tied to and benefiting from government power and  money.

Virginia  has long been supportive of agriculture, and the state has a Right to Farm  law.  While family farms are struggling, Virginia has discovered that its  soil and climate are splendid for grapes.  Hence, wineries are popping up  to the joy of a good number of Virginians now employed by them, tourists, and  many tax revenue collectors.

Fauquier  this past week, though, passed a new county ordinance requiring wineries to  close their doors at 6 p.m. and requiring them to pay the county for special  permits for such things as extended hours and catered food.  Because of one  or two wineries where bacchanalia has caused grief for some neighbors, the  county decided to punish all wineries…oh, and to make more money off its theft  of liberty, too.

The  wineries have numbers and money to fight this punitive over-regulation.  By  using narrowly tailored exemptions, though, the county bought off opposition  from some, including one that defeated the county at the Virginia Supreme Court  not long ago.  When government believes that it owns our liberty, it  selectively dishes out some as bribery.

But  Fauquier isn’t just stealing liberty from wineries.  Using Orwellian  oversight and threats of fines, Fauquier is also bullying a tiny farm in Paris,  Virginia that takes in rescued animals and sells organic tea but is not a  winery.  Reading the order against the farm issued by Fauquier County  Zoning Administrator Kimberley Johnson, one may confuse Fauquier for an  anti-family banana republic.

In  deciding to seek fines against the farm, Ms. Johnson’s April 30 order includes  the following specious, frivolous, and ridiculous  items:

1.  The farm has rescued animals;

2.  The farm advertised an “organic tea café” and films its on-site small-farm  events;

3.  As a means to unscrupulously load up her case, Ms. Johnson includes in her list  of allegations certain “events” at the farm she found in an internet search that  even her own order later acknowledges were never held on the  property;

4.  Using her questionable internet investigative “techniques” (the county hasn’t  yet used drones), Ms. Johnson alleges two other events in support of her claims:  a “wine testing” in September 2011, and “a seasonal pumpkin patch and carving  event” in October.  Maybe Ms. Johnson should notify Homeland Security,  too.  Those kids carving pumpkins have knives!

5.  Perhaps the single most offensive allegation by Ms. Johnson is that the farm’s  Facebook page “includes photographs of a child’s birthday party that was held”  on January 22.  Ms. Johnson believes that a party of eight 10-year-old  girls on a family farm is subject to her regulatory purview and is cause to  threaten county citizens with fines up to $5,000.

Ms.  Johnson has shut down, or attempted to shut down, political fundraisers on  residential farms for lack of a permit.  The farm owners could have sued  her and the county under 42 U.S.C. 1983 for violating constitutional rights  under the color of state law.

Ms.  Johnson, the menace, wasn’t fired or sued for her imperious view of her power  versus her limited view of people’s rights on private property.  That’s a  shame.  Now, she’s attempting to fine a county resident for holding Boy  Scout jamborees on his property.

Not  all victims of Ms. Johnson’s lawbreaking are wealthy enough to assert their  rights through civil actions.  And that’s how bureaucrats build on their  arrogant lawbreaking.  They bully citizens who are good, mind-their-own  business types, or who lack the resources to file suit.

Other  Fauquier County officials, of course, should be ashamed of what’s  happened.  In the meantime, county citizens are forming a new organization  to protect family farms.  They’ve seen what happens when they wait for  politicians or judges to actually stop government lawbreaking.  They’ve  learned that to protect rights, citizens need to do it on their own — and in  numbers.

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Obama’s Energy Department Sneaks 30-year Offshore Moratorium Past Public

By Thomas J. Pyle via The Washington Times

While the Obama administration was taking a victory lap last week after the 5-4 Supreme Court decision to uphold the president’s signature legislative accomplishment, Obamacare, the Interior Department was using the media black hole to release a much-awaited five-year plan for offshore drilling. That plan reinstitutes a 30-year moratorium on offshore energy exploration that will keep our most promising resources locked away until long after President Obama begins plans for his presidential library. Given the timing, it is clear that the self-described “all of the above” energy president didn’t want the American people to discover that he was denying access to nearly 98 percent of America’s vast energy potential on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) of 1953 provided the interior secretary with the authority to administer mineral exploration and development off our nation’s coastlines. At its most basic level, the act empowers the interior secretary – in this case, former U.S. Sen. Kenneth L. Salazar of Colorado – to provide oil and gas leases to the highest-qualified bidder while establishing guidelines for implementing an oil and gas exploration-and-development program for the Outer Continental Shelf. In 1978, in the wake of the oil crisis and spiking gasoline prices, Congress amended the act to require a series of five-year plans that provide a schedule for the sale of oil and gas leases to meet America’s national energy needs.

But since taking office, Mr. Obama and Mr. Salazar have worked to restrict access to our offshore oil and gas resources by canceling lease sales, delaying others and creating an atmosphere of uncertainty about America’s future offshore development that has left job creators looking for other countries’ waters to host their offshore rigs. More than 3 1/2 years into the Obama regime, nearly 86 billion barrels of undiscovered oil on the Outer Continental Shelf remain off-limits to Americans. Alaska alone has about 24 billion barrels of oil in unleased federal waters. The Commonwealth of Virginia – where Mr. Obama has reversed policies that would have allowed offshore development – is home to 130 million barrels of offshore oil and 1.14 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. But thanks to the president, Virginians will have to wait at least another five years before they can begin creating the jobs that will unlock their offshore resources.

Once you add those restrictions to the vast amount of shale oil that is being blocked, the administration has embargoed nearly 200 years of domestic oil supply. No wonder the administration wanted to slip its plan for the OCS under the radar when the whole country was focused on the health care decision.

But facts are stubborn things, and the Obama administration cannot run forever from its abysmal energy record. In the past three years, the government has collected more than 250 times less revenue from offshore lease sales than it did during the last year of the George W. Bush administration – down from $9.48 billion in 2008 to a paltry $36 million last year. Meanwhile, oil production on federal lands dropped 13 percent last year, and the number of annual leases is down more than 50 percent from the Clinton era.

Under the new Obama plan, those numbers will only get worse. The 2012-17 plan leaves out the entire Atlantic and Pacific coasts and the vast majority of OCS areas off Alaska. It cuts in half the average number of lease sales per year, requires higher minimum bids and shorter lease periods and dramatically reduces lease terms. Yet, somehow, we’re supposed to believe that our “all of the above” president is responsible for increased production and reduced oil import.

With oil hovering around $85 a barrel and nationwide gas prices nearly double what they were when Mr. Obama took office, you’d think the administration might implement a sensible plan to promote robust job creation and safe offshore energy development. Instead, what we get is the latest phase in the Obama administration’s war on affordable energy, filed under cover of media darkness while the nation was swallowing its Obamacare medicine.

Thomas J. Pyle is president of the Institute for Energy Research.

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Send In The Drones: Obama Spies On America

Via Investors.com

 

Privacy: News the EPA is conducting surveillance on farmers goes against our grain. Freedom means freedom of movement and the presumption of innocence. How can we have it if every move is monitored by government?

Nebraska’s congressional delegation sent a justifiably angry letter  to Administrator Lisa Jackson last week  complaining that her Environmental Protection Agency had exceeded its legislative and constitutional authority by conducting drone surveillance flights over Nebraska and Iowa farms looking for violations of the Clean Water Act.

“They are just way on the outer limits of any authority they’ve been granted,” said Nebraska GOP Sen. Mike Johanns, an opinion the bureaucrats rejected Friday in responding to the letter. The EPA argues that the courts, including the Supreme Court, have already authorized aerial surveillance, such as taking aerial photographs of a chemical manufacturing facility.

“Farmers and ranchers in Nebraska pride themselves in the stewardship of our state’s natural resources,” says the letter signed by Republican Reps. Adrian Smith, Jeff Fortenberry and Lee Terry, as well as Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson and Johanns.

“As you might imagine, this practice has resulted in privacy concerns among our constituents and raises several questions.”

Smith, co-chairman of the Modern Agriculture Caucus and the Congressional Rural Caucus, said Tuesday the operations in many cases are near homes so “landowners deserve legitimate justification given the sensitivity of the information gathered by the flyovers.”

America is awash in surveillance cameras, from red-light cameras at intersections to cameras in and outside businesses. For the most part, we tolerate their intrusiveness if the pictures are triggered by actual lawbreakers or are in a public place for legitimate security purposes where the expectation of privacy does not exist.

But a drone flying over farmer Jones’ farmhouse seems a stretch that sets a dangerous precedent.

A federal policy promotes the use of drones by local law enforcement, and drone manufacturers are now pushing their products to the nation’s 18,000 police jurisdictions. This raises the question of whether drones will be allowed to capture information normally requiring a search warrant authorized by a judge?

Syndicated columnist and IBD contributor Charles Krauthammer calls drones instruments of war suited for war. They should not be used domestically, he says.

He notes that you can hear a police helicopter but not a drone over your house, and argues that “the first guy who uses a Second Amendment weapon to bring a drone down that’s been hovering over his house is going to be a folk hero in this country.”

This is not the crazy urban legend of black helicopters roaming about. “We’ve seen in some records that were released by the Air Force just recently, that under their rules, they are allowed to fly drones in public areas and record information on domestic situations,” says Jennifer Lynch, an attorney with the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Association, who is looking into various government surveillance techniques.

Under current guidelines, information gathered deliberately or accidentally by military drones over the U.S. can be kept by the military up to three months before being purged.

They can also be turned over to “another Department of Defense or government agency to whose function it pertains.” Presumably that includes Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice.

“Our Founding Fathers had no idea that there would be remote-control drones with television monitors that can feed back live data instantaneously — but if they had, they would have made darn sure that these things were subject to the Fourth Amendment (protecting individual privacy),” Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, told Fox News.

It’s been said that those who sacrifice liberty for the sake of security will likely wind up with neither.

We agree with Mr. Krauthammer on drones surveilling American citizens: “Stop it here. Stop it now.”

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More Corruption? Recordings reveal Obama officials pressured contractors to change job loss figures

By  via Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Dept of Interior, Office of Surface Minin...Obama administration officials may have pressured government contractors to change job loss estimates associated with coal regulations, audio recordings reveal.

 

The tapes show that unnamed officials with the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) asked government contractors to change their calculations of job losses associated with the Stream Protection Rule.

A preliminary draft of an environmental impact statement estimated that up to 7,000 coalminers could lose their jobs under the administration’s “preferred” regulation. After a leaked copy of the report went public, officials asked the contractors to compare job estimates to a model in which another regulation was enforced, rather than the real world numbers.

“It’s not the real world, this is rulemaking,” an OSM official tells a skeptical contractor on the recording.

“If we’re to assume [the 2008 rule] is enforced in the coal-producing states, this is a very small [impact],” the contractor replies. “But that, as you said, is not the real world, that’s pretending … I thought we were looking at what’s going to change in Kentucky, what’s going to change in Pennsylvania, what’s going to change in Ohio, what’s going to change in Wyoming.”

When a second OSM official makes light of the “theoretical discussion,” the contractor shoots back that “his [the OSM official’s proposed criteria] was theoretical, mine was practical.”

The agency fired the contractors studying the rule less than one month later.

The House Natural Resources Committee obtained the tapes from an unidentified third party after OSM provided heavily redacted transcripts—the exchange above, for example, was blacked out—and withheld the audio recordings.

Rep. Bill Johnson (R., Ohio) blasted the administration’s refusal to cooperate with the investigation.

“The tapes validated many of our concerns that the administration went into this with an intent of devastating the coal industry, fully knowing that the provisions in the proposed rule would put 7,000 jobs at risk,” he said. “And they wanted to get away with it by playing pretend.”

The committee has served OSM with two subpoenas since the beginning of the year. Department officials denied any wrongdoing and accused the committee of launching a political witch-hunt.

“The documents reflect the fact that there is a lot of analysis, discussion, and input that’s needed if we’re going to have a balanced rule that continues to support the development of important domestic resources,” Department of the Interior spokesman Adam Fetcher said. “We look forward to the Committee’s input on the substantive issues at any time, including once a rule is proposed, but the Committee’s cherry-picking of the documents to manufacture a false narrative shows again that their investigation is about politics, not good policymaking.”

Contractors and officials acknowledged in the closed-door meetings that rewriting the rule would be “atomic” for small businesses and start-up coal operations and worried aloud that spending $200 million per year to protect only 15 miles of stream in high unemployment regions such as Appalachia would be a hard “sell.”

Since 1983, mining companies have conducted operations while maintaining a 100-foot barrier between their activities and streams.

The rule, known originally as the Stream Buffer Zone Rule, was never codified and has been loosely enforced. George W. Bush signed an official Stream Buffer Zone rule in 2008 that maintained the 100-foot restriction, but also included more exemptions for mining companies to conduct operations within the barrier.

When Obama came into office, he ordered OSM to rewrite the rule to please his environmentalist base. OSM has spent more than $5 million studying the impacts of sediment run off and water protection and hopes to release an official rule proposal later this year.

Former contractors who studied the rule told the Washington Free Beacon that such a calculation would have made job losses seem smaller, but also denied that OSM acted inappropriately.

The committee released the tapes on Friday. OSM officials have until May 24 to respond to a second subpoena from the committee. Johnson pledged to continue pushing for transparency at the agency.

“We’re going to keep marching down this path,” he said. “We’re not going to stop until we get a full accounting of why the administration has chosen to rewrite this rule and why they are going about it in a speedy, haphazard way.”

Fetcher said that OSM has fully cooperated with the committee, providing it with more than 13,000 pages of documents detailing the history of the rule.

He did not respond to an email asking if the department would release the recordings before the deadline, however.

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Obama Bogged Down by Scandals

By Phyllis Schlafly via Eagle Forum

Increasing public disapproval of Barack Obama is based not only on his extravagant spending that hangs debt like an albatross around the necks of our children and grandchildren.  He is presiding over the most scandal-ridden administration in decades, from Colombia to Las Vegas, to the Mexican border, to Solyndra, and more.

The Secret Service’s prostitution party in Colombia is an international embarrassment.  It’s not sufficient punishment that a few guilty men have been allowed to resign or retire with benefits because many questions are still crying to be answered.

Who arranged the party at the now-notorious Pley Club Cartagena, which apparently supplied enough girls for eleven Secret Service and ten U.S. military men staying in separate rooms at the historic Hotel Caribe, where prostitution is openly tolerated?

Is there any connection between this moral scandal and our recent trade agreement with Colombia?  Were there any similar parties to con the United States into going along with this free-trade deal favorable to Colombia?

Another embarrassing scandal is the General Services Administration’s $823,000 junket to Las Vegas.  Obama Administration bureaucrats apparently think parties are perks that go along with their jobs.

Living high on the hog, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has been charging the Pentagon $32,000 per flight to jet to California every few weeks.  And don’t forget the half-billion-dollar gift to Solyndra before it took bankruptcy and left U.S. taxpayers on the hook.

“Fast and Furious” turned out to be a bloody scandal after the U.S. Justice Department okayed the sale of guns to Mexican drug cartels, under the ridiculous excuse that this would give us the opportunity to get more information about the drug dealers.  Somebody should be held accountable for the fact that one of these U.S. guns was used to murder U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

Operation Fast and Furious allowed over 2,000 weapons to be smuggled to the violent Mexican drug cartels.  A new book by investigative journalist Katie Pavlich, called “Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-up,” asserts that a third gun was involved whose existence was covered up by the FBI and the Justice Department.

Another scandal is that the Obama Administration is suing several states.  We need more aggressive Tenth Amendment advocates to publicize and overturn these travesties.

Obama is suing Arizona to try to knock out its law to protect its citizens against illegal aliens, a law that polls show Americans support by two-to-one.  The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments this week.

The Arizona law allows local law enforcement to question the legal status of anyone who is stopped on suspicion of a crime, and then detain anyone who cannot prove legal U.S. residency.  Illegal immigration is already a federal crime, and the Arizona law is an attempt to do some enforcement that the feds are failing to do.

The Obama Administration wants the courts to prevent the states from enforcing laws that Obama refuses to enforce.  Similar lawsuits have been filed against Alabama, Georgia, and Utah.

In the Supreme Court case against Arizona, nine states have filed amicusbriefs supporting Arizona, including Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Carolina.  They say they “have a manifest interest in ensuring that their sovereignty is accorded proper respect,” and that each state should be able to decide for itself how to protect its citizens from the crime and costs associated with illegal aliens.

Amicusbriefs from foreign governments opposing the Alabama and Georgia laws were filed by Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El  Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru.  We need federal and state laws to prevent our courts from considering foreign laws, treaties, court decisions, or briefs in interpreting U.S. laws.

It looks like voter fraud is one of the ways that Barack Obama plans to be reelected in November.  He has had his Justice Department block Texas and South Carolina laws that require showing a photo ID in order to vote, even though polls report that 70 percent of Americans support voter ID.

In defending Texas’s law, Governor Rick Perry said it “requires nothing more extensive than the type of photo identification necessary to receive a library card or board an airplane.”  At least eight states have passed similar laws, and even the liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Arizona’s 2004 ballot initiative requiring voters to show photo ID in order to vote.

The Constitution makes it a major duty of the President to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”  Despite the fact the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is the law of the land, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, Obama is instead ordering his Justice Department not to defend this law in court.

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