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By Dave Boyer – The Washington Times – Friday, March 13, 2015
Taxpayers paid for President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama to fly separately Thursday to Los Angeles, where they appeared on separate TV talk shows on the same day.

Mr. Obama flew on Air Force One, which costs about $228,000 per hour of flight time, to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Obama flew on a different plane Thursday across country to Burbank, California, to tape an appearance on Ellen Degeneres‘ show. That show will be broadcast on Monday.

White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz told reporters Friday that the president and first lady’s “schedules were not in sync in order to travel together.”

“I’m not even sure they overlapped,” he said when asked if the president and first lady saw each other in southern California Thursday.

In this photo released by Warner Bros., talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, second right, dances with first lady Michelle Obama's as she takes part in Obama's #GimmeFive Challenge in honor of the 5th Anniversary of "Let's Move!" Initiative, during a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, Calif. This episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" will air on Monday, March 16. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Mike Rozman)
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Mr. Obama flew Friday morning from Los Angeles to Phoenix, where he was visiting the veterans’ hospital that sparked a scandal in health care services last year. He was scheduled to return to Washington late Friday.

It was Mrs. Obama’s fourth appearance on the “Ellen” show. She is promoting the fifth anniversary of her initiative to combat childhood obesity.

The show’s producers released video Friday of the segment, which includes Mrs. Obama and Ms. DeGeneres performing a high-energy dance with a troupe of backup dancers.

“There is some hip thrusting,” the first lady said after the microphone battery pack clipped to her waist came undone as they began the routine. “There’s a lot of it.”

Mrs. Obama’s office had not previously announced that she would be in California on Thursday.

Barry’s Jimmy Kimmel visit cost you $2,300,000.00 – I hope that was really important to you. Moochelle’s dance on the Ellen show cost 2,100,00.00 – I hope that was really important to you.

Thanks to George Soros, John Podesta and Barak Obama



BARBARA LEEA resolution put forward by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and a dozen other House Democrats claims that global warming could drive women to prostitution, The Hill reported Monday.

According to Democrats, climate change will affect women worse than men and could force poor women into the sex trade.

“[F]ood insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health,” the resolution says.

Democrats also claim that changes in the climate will put added stress on female farmers and will hurt “marginalized” women like refugees, sexual minorities, adolescent girls, and women and girls with HIV.
“My resolution will affirm the commitment to include and empower women in economic development planning and international climate change policies and practices,” Lee told The Hill. “This will help communities adapt to climate impacts, and embark on a path towards clean and sustainable development.”

The resolution says the ability of women to adapt to climate change is “constrained by a lack of economic freedoms, property and inheritance rights, as well as access to financial resources, education, family planning and reproductive health, and new tools, equipment, and technology.”

It calls on Congress to use “gender-specific frameworks in developing policies to address climate change” and encourages President Obama to “integrate a gender approach in all policies and programs” related to climate change.

A post at BizPacReview says the resolution “comes at a time when climatologists are beginning to come to grips with the fact that the planet is not warming — global temperatures have remained essentially steady for well over a decade.”

“While some climate scientists continue to resist the obvious that the climate system is more complex than they assumed, others are starting to accept that the multi-decadal climate projections provide very incomplete simulations has to how the real climate system works,” Roger Pielke, Jr., environmental studies professor at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder, told the Daily Caller.

BizPacReview said that just as scientists have not been able to provide a direct link between human activity and global warming, Rep. Lee has not been able to prove that climate change will lead to prostitution.

Lawmaker challenges Mabus on biofuel goals

By Joshua Stewart – Staff Writer – Navy times

The Navy’s efforts to use alternative fuel to power its ships, aircraft and installations are coming under increasing scrutiny in Congress from a representative who’s doubtful about the $1 billion being spent on initiatives over the next year and questioning whether greening the fleet is something the Navy can actually accomplish, let alone actually use to become a mightier service.

However, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who has compared his work and the skepticism he’s facing with the resistance other secretaries faced when switching from wind to coal, from coal to oil and from oil to nuclear power, is confident the Navy’s investment in the burgeoning green fuel industry will develop the alternative fuel market and drive down costs. Beyond that, he says, it will make the service stronger.

“If we made all of our decisions on the cost of a new technology, we wouldn’t have nuclear submarines today. We wouldn’t have nuclear carriers today. We wouldn’t have computers today because they’re a lot more expensive than typewriters,” he said in an interview.

But Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., doubts Mabus’ goals, particularly the plan for 50 percent of the Navy’s energy to come from alternative sources.

“We don’t know where he came up with 50 percent — if he did it on his way to work one day, if he did it talking around the water fountain, or if there’s a study,” Forbes said during a March 29 House Armed Services subcommittee hearing. “Secondly, he says this is a goal, but it may not be a realistic goal, it may be a stretch goal, whatever that goal would be. And the thing is we, the committee, have no idea what that would cost.”

Biofuels are generally several times as expensive as petroleum-based fuels — the Navy, for example, paid about $26 a gallon in December for 450,000 gallons of a blend of used cooking oil and algae — and there’s a concern among Republican lawmakers that their use would never become economical.

Forbes, whose district includes a large portion of the nation’s shipbuilding workforce, questioned why Mabus wasn’t as enthusiastic about making a bigger Navy as he is about his energy programs. He said the Navy should set as challenging a goal for building new ships as it has for expanding the alternative fuel market.

“When I look at shipbuilding, I see the secretary coming over here with a shipbuilding plan, and he won’t take a stretch goal on shipbuilding, you know, but we’re cutting down and we’re cutting down the goal that we had of 313 ships and saying no, 300 is enough,” Forbes said.

The Navy questioned Forbes’ reasoning that less spending would mean that there would be more money to build ships.

“Rep. Forbes is comparing apples to oranges. He is trying to create a false choice between fuel and shipbuilding. It’s not a choice of fuel or ships. We need both,” said Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, at the hearing.

The shipbuilding plan is based on defense needs and fiscal limitations. Meanwhile, increases in fuel costs have resulted in a $939 million shortfall in fiscal 2012. Investing in alternative energy and reducing the dependence on the volatile fuel market is aimed at insulating the Navy from price spikes, Pfannenstiel said.

The Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan, which Congress received in late March, slightly reduces the shipbuilding rate. Through 2042 there will be an average fleet size of 298 ships, seven fewer than last year’s plan. Today’s Navy has 282 ships.

Further, when the Navy set its 50 percent fuel goal, 17 percent of the energy used in operations came from nuclear power. Another 19 percent of power at installations came from alternative sources, Pfannenstiel said.

While Forbes is combing over the Navy’s initiative, other congressional representatives are praising the Navy’s energy program, and the other services are looking at the Navy’s work for guidance on their own initiatives. Rep. Madeleine Bordallo, D-Guam, said the service has the best approach because it considers all the potential benefits of its energy programs.

Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, said the Navy is leading the military’s efforts to monitor energy efficiency at installations. And the Air Force is in the process of testing all of its aircraft types with alternative fuels.

The Navy finished testing every aircraft model last year and has also tested surface ships.


Sign Put Up By Obama to Protect US Citizens

Pipeline Denial

President Barack Obama denied a permit for TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline and will let the company file a revised route that avoids an environmentally sensitive area in Nebraska.

The decision by the State Department today was praised by environmentalists, who said the pipeline would add to U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions, and was decried by the U.S. oil and gas industry and Republican lawmakers, who had pushed President Barack Obama to approve the project as a way create jobs.Obama acted before a Feb. 21 deadline Congress set after Obama in November postponed a decision while a revised Nebraska route is reviewed. TransCanada said the 1,661-mile (2,673- kilometer) project would carry 700,000 barrels of crude a day from Alberta’s oil to refineries on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast, crossing six U.S. states and create 20,000 jobs.

“I’m disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision, but it does not change my administration’s commitment to American-made energy,” Obama said today in a statement. “We will continue to look for new ways to partner with the oil and gas industry to increase our energy security.”

TransCanada fell 47 cents to $41.27 at 3:24 p.m. in New York, and earlier today touched $39.74.

Canada Backs Pipeline

Canada will continue to support TransCanada Corp.’s plans to build the Keystone XL pipeline, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said, adding that it is in the best interests of both Canada and the United States.

“The Department of State recommended to President Obama that the presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline be denied and, that at this time, the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline be determined not to serve the national interest,” according to an e-mailed statement. “The president concurred.”

The denial of the permit application doesn’t preclude any subsequent permit applications for similar projects, according to the State Department’s statement.

Environmentalists said the pipeline will add to greenhouse- gas emissions tied to climate change and endanger drinking water supplies in Nebraska. They have staged demonstrations outside the White House and vowed to withhold financial support to Obama’s presidential campaign if he approves the pipeline.

The entire purpose of the pipeline is to move Canadian oil to the crude refineries in the Gulf so that it can be shipped overseas,” Jeremy Symons, a National Wildlife Federation vice president, said today in a phone interview. “If the pipeline is built, Canada gets the jobs, China gets the oil and American families get the oil spills.”

Protests in Nebraska and at the White House focused on the risks of a spill tainting the Ogallala aquifer in the state’s Sand Hills region. TransCanada has discussed alternate routes with state officials that would pose less risk to drinking-water supplies.

“We’re glad Keystone hasn’t been approved, but we’d like to see the pipeline rejected outright,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species program director for the Center for Biological Diversity, in a phone interview. He said producing petroleum from oil sands releases more greenhouse gases and requires more water than conventional oil production.

Harper to Obama: I’ve got plenty of buyers for our oil

Canada has patiently waited for Americans to help themselves improve our energy policy by installing a pipeline from Canada’s oil sands to our refineries in the Gulf of Mexico, but this week Prime Minister Stephen Harper signaled that their patience has limits.  Speaking to CTV, Harper reminded the US that they have a very thirsty China as a potential customer, too:

Canada could sell its oil to China and other overseas markets with or without approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline in the United States, says Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

In a year-end television interview, Harper indicated he had doubts the $7-billion pipeline would receive political approval from U.S. President Barack Obama, and that Canada should be looking outside the United States for markets.

“I am very serious about selling our oil off this continent, selling our energy products off to Asia. I think we have to do that,” Harper said in the Monday interview with CTV National News.

Harper’s comments were released a day after the White House sent signals it might kill TransCanada’s oil sands pipeline if it is forced to make a decision on the project in 60 days, saying there wasn’t sufficient time to complete a new environmental review.

Clearly, Harper isn’t enamored with Barack Obama’s stalling on the Keystone XL pipeline.  Kelly McParland got the same impression, and writes at the National Post that Harper kept it friendly but made no mistake about playing political and economic hardball if Obama continues to stall:

Stephen Harper sent a none-too-subtle shot across the bow of  our American friends and allies Monday when he indicated he’s dead keen on selling Canadian oil to buyers in Asia. He didn’t put it in so many words, but  he was telling Washington this: “You don’t want our oil, no problem. We’ve got lots of markets across the Pacific where we don’t have to beg to get a sale.”

It was a timely message and a good one for the Prime Minister to send. There is no need to be rude to the U.S., which is and always will be Canada’s best market. But there’s also no need to sit around and wait for the political circus in Washington to pause long enough to recognize the attractiveness of the opportunity Canada is offering. Given the state of absurdity that has the U.S. capital in its grip, there’s no telling how long that could take.

Of course, the compromise in the Senate over the payroll tax “holiday” would have solved the Keystone XL issue, or at least forced Obama to bite the bullet and make a decision on it.  Unfortunately, the House GOP has thrown that solution into doubt with its rebuke of their GOP colleagues in the Senate this week.  McParland aces the description of the standoff:

The ins and outs are too complex to get into, but it comes down to this: President Barack Obama wants to extend a tax break he introduced to offset the effects of the recession. Despite supporting tax cuts, Republicans don’t want him to get credit for this one. So they’re opposing the extension, even though they support it. In search of a compromise, the Senate voted on the weekend to extend the break for just two months, meaning everyone could go home for Christmas and renew the battle later. But Republicans in the House couldn’t bring themselves to accept the deal approved by Republicans in the Senate, insisting the extension should be for a full year, not just two months. But rather than vote down the deal — which would let Obama blame Republicans for refusing a tax cut, they simply refused to vote at all. The just cancelled a vote scheduled for Monday, and did nothing at all. Nice work, guys. Another vote was held Tuesday, which led to a House demand for negotiations, but the Senate has already left town.

Meanwhile, China is growing thirstier, and Canada grows impatient to sell its bountiful oil to someone who really wants it.  Maybe everyone should concentrate on the real economic benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline instead of the illusory differences between a 2- and 12-month extension of a tax holiday that produced no economic stimulus at all over the past year.


A RED FACED DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Secretary Ray LaHood: Says Buy American then Buys a Japanese Car

Back in December, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the Department of Transportation was launching a “Buy America” website to encourage the purchase of American-made products.

But this past week, LaHood admitted that he had told his daughter to buy a Japanese car — a Toyota Sienna — and that she had done just that, CNS News reported.

On Dec. 16 of last year, LaHood said when announcing the Buy American site, “The Obama administration is making historic investments in America’s infrastructure — investments that lay the foundation for our long-term economic health while creating good-paying jobs right now.”

And a DOT press release stated: “Through Buy America, the Department of Transportation supports an entire supply chain of American companies and their employees.”

On Wednesday, LaHood announced the results of a 10-month DOT study that sought to determine if electronic systems could have been responsible for reports of sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles that compelled the carmaker to recall nearly 8 million vehicles in the United States.

The study determined that electronic systems were not responsible.

In announcing the study results, LaHood said: “I told my daughter that she should buy the Toyota Sienna, which she did. So I think that illustrates that we feel that Toyota vehicles are safe to drive.”

Fox News called his statement a “ridiculous gaffe.”

Democrat Steve Cohen uses all the Dirty Tricks he knows to bring out the hate in the Obamacare debate

The newfound civility didn’t last long.  Political rhetoric in Congress doesn’t get much nastier than the words of one House Democrat during the debate on repealing the health care law.

In an extraordinary outburst on the House floor, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) invoked the Holocaust to attack Republicans on health care and compared rhetoric on the issue to the work of infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

“They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels,” Cohen said. “You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it.  Like blood libel.  That’s the same kind of thing. And Congressman Cohen didn’t stop there.


“The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it–believed it and you have the Holocaust.  We heard on this floor, government takeover of health care.  Politifact said the biggest lie of 2010 was a government takeover of health care because there is no government takeover,” Cohen said.

Cohen made his vile comments late last night, but they have attracted no attention because his speech was made to a virtually empty House chamber with no reporters around to watch.

Obama’s Hawaiian vacation cost taxpayers millions

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