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SEPTEMBER 16-17,  2023

AGAIN, THE REAL WORLD RUINS OUR WEEKEND:  The Iranians, having observed American weakness, are demonstrating exactly how weakness is rewarded.  This will be a growing story, and a dangerous one.  From Times of Israel and news agencies: 

Iran has barred around a third of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s most experienced inspectors from overseeing nuclear sites in the country, the UN watchdog group said Saturday. The IAEA’s chief slammed the move as unprecedented and said it would complicate inspection of Iran’s nuclear program.

Rafael Grossi, director-general of the IAEA, said in a statement that he was informed by Iran of the move earlier Saturday. The lack of cooperation will damage the organization’s ability to “provide credible assurances that nuclear material and activities in Iran are for peaceful purposes,” said Grossi, urging Iran to reconsider the move.

Why should Iran reconsider?  Who'll stop them, Field Marshal Biden or Grand Admiral Harris?

“I strongly condemn this disproportionate and unprecedented unilateral measure which affects the normal planning and conduct of agency verification activities in Iran and openly contradicts the cooperation that should exist between the agency and Iran,” Grossi stated.

“This profoundly regrettable decision by Iran is another step in the wrong direction and constitutes an unnecessary blow to an already strained relationship between the IAEA and Iran in the implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement,” he added.

Grossi said the inspectors in question “have conducted essential verification work at the enrichment facilities in Iran which are under Agency safeguards.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also denounced the Iranian step, issuing a statement a day before he travels to the United States late Sunday for a visit that will include an address to the UN General Assembly. The premier has previously used his speeches to the annual forum to warn against advances in Iran’s nuclear program.

COMMENT:  What Iran is really saying is that it doesn't care what anyone thinks about its nuclear program.  It will do what it pleases.  And we are about to release some six billion dollars to the Iranians in exchange for a small group of American hostages. 

Our nation is run by fools, and the young people in our armed forces will pay the price.

September 17, 2023       Permalink

 

A TRUE BIDEN SINKER:  This administration's future may well lie with the price of gasoline at the pump.  From Bloomberg: 

Gasoline prices have surged to a record high for this time of year in the US, jeopardizing the fight against inflation that’s dogged President Joe Biden.

Average regular gasoline now costs $3.866 a gallon, a seasonal record on a trailing-12-months basis, according to data from the American Automobile Association. Prices have risen by 7.8% in just eight weeks in a rare late-summer rally.

The gains have been driven by increases in the price of oil, which jumped about 20% in the past two months. Top analysts from International Energy Agency and Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries have warned of a crude-market deficit through end-2023, underpinned by the extension of production curbs by Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Gasoline costs already accounted for over half of the increase in the August consumer price index. The continued escalation will likely stoke inflation further while eroding consumer confidence.

Biden last year released a record amount of emergency oil supply in order to tame gasoline’s record summertime surge. This time, the administration is trying to refill the reserves as the vast caverns sit empty, while Biden’s political rivals have seized on high pump prices as a means of criticizing his climate policies.

It’s also unusual to see gasoline climbing at this time of year, after the end of the summer-driving season that boosts US demand.

COMMENT:  Under Biden, the U.S. is once again dependent on foreign oil.  Under Trump, the U.S. became energy independent.   It is hard to see anything beneficial in Biden's oil policy.  It simply snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

It is not surprising to see Biden's energy policy hurting the American people.  It was designed by global-warming fanatics and left-wing Democrats who always put ideology ahead of actual human needs. 

September 16, 2023       Permalink   

 

 

SEPTEMBER 14-15,  2023

ANOTHER SHARP WARNING!  No, we are not safe.  We are also not awake.  From Newsmax: 

An increasing number of people on the U.S. terror watchlist are being encountered at the southern border, the Department of Homeland Security warned this week.

“Although encounters with migrants have declined from record highs in December, migrants seeking entry to the United States are still arriving at a rate that is on pace to nearly match 2022 total encounters,” the agency said in its 2024 Homeland Threat Assessment report released this week.

"As part of this increase, we have encountered growing numbers of individuals in the Terrorist Screening Data Set (TSDS), also known as the ‘watchlist,’" the report said.

As of July, around 160 illegal immigrants on that watchlist have "attempted to enter the United States via the southern border this year, most of whom were encountered attempting to illegally enter between ports of entry," according to the DHS.

The report noted that the 2024 election cycle could be a key event for domestic and foreign extremists, and that China, Iran, and Russia were likely to attempt to steer the election toward a candidate who may be more favorable for their nations.

"During the next year, we assess that the threat of violence from individuals radicalized in the United States will remain high, but largely unchanged, marked by lone offenders or small group attacks that occur with little warning," the DHS said. "Foreign terrorist groups like al-Qaida and ISIS are seeking to rebuild overseas, and they maintain worldwide networks of supporters that could seek to target the Homeland. … Domestic and foreign adversaries will likely continue to target our critical infrastructure over the next year, in part because they perceive targeting these sectors would be detrimental to U.S. industries and the American way of life."

COMMENT:  Happy report, isn't it?  What DHS is saying is that the chances of our being hit again by a terror attack are increasing.  What it's not saying is that this increased vulnerability is a direct result of our own reckless border policies.  National security is of little interest to the people who are pushing these policies.

We saw the tragic events surrounding our incompetent withdrawal from Afghanistan.  Our enemies are getting stronger again, and they may well be coming over our southern border.

September 15,  2023     Permalink

 

PUSHING BACK ON CRAZINESS:  Whatever happened to common sense?  Whatever happened to reason?  Each day brings us the latest wisdom of the blue states, and we start to wonder if America can survive. 

No state has gone off the rails to the extent that California has.  And to think, Ronald Reagan was once its governor.  California attempts to influence the rest of the country, but I'm happy to report that there is pushback.   There is simply a limit to what mature adults are willing to take.  From Fox: 

The House voted Thursday afternoon in favor of legislation striking down environmental regulations in California mandating electric vehicle (EV) purchases.

In a 222-190 vote, the House approved the Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act with 214 Republicans and eight Democrats voting in favor. A group several Republican lawmakers led by Rep. John Joyce, R-Pa., first introduced the bill, which has been endorsed by the energy industry, in March, arguing EV mandates would hurt the economy and violate consumer choice.

"The simple fact is that electric vehicles cannot meet the demands of my constituents," Joyce told Fox News Digital in an interview earlier this week. "Coupling the mountains with the harsh winters and the intense heat of summers makes driving an electric vehicle both unreliable and ultimately unrealistic for many of my constituents."

"This legislation, H.R. 1435, is an option. It is not an anti-electric vehicle legislation," he added. "For those who would like an electric vehicle, they should have the option of buying one. But it doesn't help my constituents — it doesn't help in any district to require an individual to buy an EV regardless of what they want and regardless of the demands of the market."

The Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act, if enacted, would block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from issuing waivers to states seeking to ban or limit internal combustion engine vehicles. Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA is currently empowered to grant California a waiver to implement stricter emissions standards than the federal government.

In March 2022, the EPA reinstated California’s authority under the Clean Air Act to implement its own emission standards and EV sales mandates, and allowed other states to adopt California's rules. The move came after the Trump administration revoked the state's authority to pursue standards that run counter to federal rules.

Months later, on Aug. 25, 2022, the California Air Resources Board, a state environmental agency, announced new regulations banning gas-powered cars, and mandating electric cars, by 2035. California Gov. Gavin Newsom celebrated the regulations, saying the state would continue to "lead the revolution towards our zero-emission transportation future."

In addition, another 17 states have laws in place that tether their vehicle emissions standards to those set in California, meaning the electric vehicle mandate would impact tens of millions of Americans nationwide. Overall, it is estimated that the states adopting California's 2035 rule represent more than 40% of total U.S. car purchases.

COMMENT:  What a racket.  Electric vehicles are unproved, and vastly expensive.  Those people who have legitimate questions about them never seem to get answers.  We are expected to believe and to go along.  And anyone who doesn't go along is a polluter.  No, a racist polluter.  No, a racist, capitalist, child-killing polluter. 

Electric cars are vastly expensive, What happens to the millions of Americans who can't afford them?  Will lifestyles change?  Will people have to go without other necessities, like medical care?  Will they be forced to have fewer children?  The leftists will love that.

What guarantee is there that EV's will reduce emissions?  Manufacturing the toxic batteries will produce substantial emissions.  So will building new electric plants to charge the cars.  And where will we dump all those toxic batteries when they're worn out?  I hear silence.

Also, why don't we get complete journalistic reports on alternatives to electric vehicles that are under development – in other words, alternative fuels that can use current engines?  Huh?

I'd like to know who's making the money.

September 15, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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