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Undue Influence

by Nancy Matthis and Max Rugemer at American Daughter

The Arab lobby has taken over from the long time powerhouse Brit lobby for giving us BAD advice. The Saudi-led Arab lobby has been funding our universities, shmoozing the Washington elite, and suckering the gullible New York Times with money they reap from our dependence on their oil. And they have achieved surprising success, considering that 15 of the 19 terrorists who attacked the Twin Towers were Saudis.

Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal donated $20 million each to Harvard and Georgetown Universities “to promote interfaith understanding.” For Georgetown, the gift was the second-largest ever received. Cornell University, Stanford University, and Texas A&M University are partnering with a Saudi university, lured by one of the world’s largest supercomputers (guess where the money for that came from).

Charming (as a snake is charming) Saudi ambassador to the US Adel al Jubeir (appointed 2007) has been shaping the American dialog since 9-11. As the Saudi foreign policy advisor he was Time‘s Person of the Week in December 2002 after visiting Charlie Rose, PBS Neshour, ABC Nightline, and Fox News in one day, was again a guest on Charlie Rose in 2003, charmed CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in 2004 and captivated Blitzer again in 2005, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of North Texas in 2006, hosted a glittering reception at the Saudi’s American embassy in 2007, mesmerized Christian and Jewish leaders with an interfaith conference in 2008, and continues to entrain decision-makers in Washington, DC.

King Abdullah pulled out all the stops for Hillary Clinton’s February visit:

RAWDAT KHURAYIM, Saudi Arabia — The king of Saudi Arabia had Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton over for a friendly lunch Monday here at his desert camp, northeast of Riyadh. In a gesture of informality, King Abdullah reached for his remote control and switched on a giant flat-screen TV as soon as they sat down to eat at the vast horseshoe-shaped table.

With sports scores and highlights from a soccer match blaring from the screen, the king and Mrs. Clinton chatted over a buffet of lamb, rice, hummus and other dishes. At times, they lapsed into silence and stared at the TV, which, as if on cue, covered Mrs. Clinton’s visit to Saudi Arabia….

He sent his ultraluxurious tour bus to pick up Mrs. Clinton at the airport for the hourlong drive to his camp. The foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, regaled her with jokes and stories about camels on the way….

And so it goes. Not everyone is taken in. The New York Post carries this article today — The Arab lobby, Racking up the victories:

The legend of the Jewish lobby’s influence over US policies continues to grow — even as the Arab lobby, led by the Saudis, keeps racking up successes.

With petrodollars and tender loving care spent lavishly on universities, ex-diplomats, PR firms and gullible journalists, the Arab Lobby constantly pushes two contradictory story lines:

* Arabs seek peace with Israel.

* There’s no place for a Jewish state in the Middle East.

This week, Saudi-led Arab countries have convinced Western reporters that they’re advancing the peace process with Israel. Meanwhile, universities in America, Canada, Europe and the Arab world are marking “Israeli Apartheid Week” — a vile campaign meant to return the “Zionism is racism” equation to the top of the world’s agenda….

And then there’s our good old Rudy Giuliani, who rejected a $10 million Saudi donation because it came with a revisionist storyline attached:

Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday the city would not accept a $10 million donation for disaster relief from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal after the prince suggested U.S. policies in the Middle East contributed to the September 11 attacks.

“I entirely reject that statement,” Giuliani said. “There is no moral equivalent for this [terrorist] act. There is no justification for it. The people who did it lost any right to ask for justification for it when they slaughtered 4,000 or 5,000 innocent people.”

As citizens, we need to be extremely alert to both the overt and the subtle influences that shape our thinking and form the world-views of our children in the nation’s schools. In this, the mainstream media and our school systems have largely failed us. Until we can reform these moribund institutions, we must keep informed ourselves and make an intense effort to educate our own children against undue influence.

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“Greg Walcher explains why light bulb regulation is no joke. … Do read it. It’ll make your mercury rise.”—Quin Hillyer 

“Every single American will have to change ALL the light bulbs in their homes because by 2014 the incandescent bulbs we use today will no longer be sold.  The breakthrough invention of Thomas Edison that brought civilization out of the whale oil age – the light bulb that itself became our iconic image to illustrate a good idea – has been banned by federal law. …

“[T]he Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulbs … must be recycled carefully, because they contain mercury. … [H]ere is the government’s official advice about what to do if one accidentally breaks:  everyone must immediately leave the house by some other route, turn off all heating and air conditioning, air out the house for at least 15 minutes, then clean up the glass and put it in a sealed contained (they [the government] suggest a mason jar).  Next you must throw away any clothing or bedding that may have touched any of the broken glass.  Finally, the ‘next several times you vacuum,’ you still have to open windows and shut off all ventilation.”—Greg Walcher


 

How many government officials does it take to replace ALL your light bulbs?

By Greg Walcher

Light bulb jokes have been popular for many years as a way to poke fun of stereotypes.  I remember several old ones about how many Republicans it takes

to change a light bulb, especially popular during the early Reagan years.  It took one to screw in the bulb, one to steady the chandelier, one to claim the bulb wasn’t truly needed, and one to reminisce about the old bulb.  When I went into state government, there was a joke about how many bureaucrats it takes to change a light bulb, and the answer was, “Who said anything about change?”

But this newest joke is no joke at all.  Every single American will have to change ALL the light bulbs in their homes because by 2014 the incandescent bulbs we use today will no longer be sold.  The breakthrough invention of Thomas Edison that brought civilization out of the whale oil age – the light bulb that itself became our iconic image to illustrate a good idea – has been banned by federal law.

Question: How many government officials does it take to change ALL the bulbs? Answer: 37,221. Here is the breakdown:

  • 1 former Vice President to jet around the world convincing everyone that our use of light bulbs was helping destroy the planet;
  • 30 of Al Gore’s friends who are members of the UN‘s International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the 2,000 “scientists” who work for them, publish studies and (as we now know) fudge the data to make global warming appear worse than it is;
  • 500 employees of United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) in Nairobi, and 188 Members of the World Meteorological Association, who jointly created the IPCC and publish literature on our impending doom ;
  • 314 Congressmen and 86 Senators who responded by voting for the 2007 “Energy Independence and Security Act,” which requires incandescent light bulbs to be phased out by 2014;
  • 400 legislative staffers who advise those 314 congressmen and 86 senators on energy issues;
  • 257 staffers who work for the 4 House Committees that wrote the bill;
  • 127 staffers who work for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and majority Whip James Clyburn, the leaders who pushed the bill through the House;
  • 245 staffers who work for the 3 Senate Committees that worked on the bill;
  • 60 employees of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Majority Whip Richard Durbin, who led the bill through the upper House;
  • 1 President to sign the bill into law;
  • 12 White House Council on Environmental Quality staffers who advised the President to do so;
  • 18,000 employees of the EPA and 15,000 DOE workers who are now finalizing the regulations for phasing out Edison’s miracle through their joint “Energy Star Program.”

Part of the EPA and DOE work is to help us figure out what to do with the old bulbs (besides reminiscing).  We can simply throw them away when they burn out.  But not the new bulbs, the Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulbs – they must be recycled carefully, because they contain mercury.  In fact, here is the government’s official advice about what to do if one accidentally breaks: everyone must immediately leave the house by some other route, turn off all heating and air conditioning, air out the house for at least 15 minutes, then clean up the glass and put it in a sealed contained (they suggest a mason jar).  Next you must throw away any clothing or bedding that may have touched any of the broken glass.  Finally, the “next several times you vacuum,” you still have to open windows and shut off all ventilation.

There is no question that the new CFL bulbs are more efficient, use less electricity, and last ten times as long.  I like them, and I use them.  But some people don’t, citing the different colors and visual effects of fluorescent lighting.  Personally, I don’t care what kind of bulbs people use in their own homes – I guess that’s why we have government.

After Edison had tried and failed 9,000 times to find the right material for a light bulb filament that would glow but not burn, he finally found the right combination and changed our world.  It took years of hard work by a team of two dozen assistants.  That’s why Edison sometimes said genius is “10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.”  We can only speculate about what he would have thought of today’s government banning his crowning achievement.  In 1879, it took 24 people to invent the incandescent bulb, and in our time about 37,221 to ban it.  So which has advanced further: science or government?

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“[McCain’s] entire senatorial career has been marked by egregious compromise and self serving stunts to earn the plaudits of the leftist media.”—Thurston Howell 


 

STOP Deluding Yourselves Arizona; it’s embarassing

By Thurston Howell

I, Thurston Howell, know that J.D. Hayworth isn’t perfect but anyone who compares his history with the record of John McCain and cannot see that Hayworth is far more of a conservative – cannot be looking any further back than 1 year of McCain’s Senate career.

Just look at what his wife and daughter have been doing lately to promote gay “marriage”. I’m not talking “tolerating; I’m talking PROMOTING by participating in commercials in order to advance the gay agenda. (See Cindy McCain’s pro-gay marriage ad below)

This whole family has been consistently impetuous throughout their history and the actions of his wife and daughter match perfectly with the inconsistent and bizarre actions of the Senator himself. STOP deluding yourselves Arizona. This is embarrassing.

I am with Mr. Kane. We need to get this message viral. Perhaps authentic conservatives around the country can pick up the slack where those posers dropped the ball. We really need to do what Jim DeMint has been doing and “money bomb” Hayworth.

This AZ “Tea Party” is about cowardice. Certain people feel they owe McCain for some deranged reason. McCain has been acting a bit more conservative as he sees what is happening but that doesn’t change the fact that almost his entire senatorial career has been marked by egregious compromise and self serving stunts to earn the plaudits of the leftist media.

John McCain the so-called maverick and Gang of Fourteen member is the defining example of what has led to the collapse of the GOP.

There are enough conservatives in this country who understand the importance of removing key RINOs in order to truly purge this party. John McCain is toward the top of the list of senators who have undermined this party -repeatedly- in order to feed his ego and earn praise from the pseudo-intelligentsia.

Let’s not dupe ourselves into believing that he has ever been an advocate of conservative principles simply because liberals were able to hijack the nomination due to a schism among conservatives that caused the conservative vote to be diluted among too many different candidates. In my opinion, the top Senatorial RINOs that need to be extricated (now that Specter’s gone) are Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, John McCain, Orrin Hatch and Lindsey Graham. (I’m sure there are others who should be on that list.)

It is well past time for this group to go and there is no reason why conservatives nationwide could not donate to primary candidates opposing these offenders (when they have primary challengers as McCain does). Yes, Senators are supposed to be the business of each state but unfortunately, as we have seen from the east and west coastal states, we all have an interest in some these elections because some of these states are poisoning the well for all of us.

It would be a terrible injustice to let this opportunity pass by. We need to circulate this link to Hayworth’s website. If everyone throughout the nation who -can- donate to JD’s campaign will do so – we can do the job that some impostors who are calling themselves “tea partiers” refuse to do.

Follow the link to contribute to J.D. Hayworth for Senate

https://www.jdforsenate.com/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=2.

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