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  • A lose-lose choice for Hillary Clinton

    05/04/2015 2:30:40 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 8 replies
    The big threat to Hillary Clinton’s campaign isn’t coming from a competitor. It’s coming from an issue. And it’s coming now, long before the first primary. Will she be for or against giving President Barack Obama fast-track authority to negotiate trade deals? Fast track gives a president the power to make trade deals that cannot be amended by Congress. All Congress can do is accept or reject the agreement. Other countries, say fast-track supporters, won’t negotiate with Washington if they know that Congress can amend any deal they agree to. Obama’s problem is with Democrats. They are horrified by the...
  • Schweizer: I’m Skeptical of Wealth Accumulation of All Elected Officials

    05/03/2015 12:44:53 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 May 2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday on Fox News Channel’s “MediaBuzz,” “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer said he is motivated by making sure the “wealth accumulation by elected officials” is legitimate. When asked if he felt the mainstream media was giving him a harder time because he is going after the Clintons? Schweizer said, “I think there’s a certain element of that, yes. I think part of it is because there have been a lot of scandal books, so-called scandal books in the past. But I also think there’s this sense that they’re looking for political motivation in what I’m doing. And, you know, I...
  • ‘Clinton Cash’ a blistering indictment (how they got rich off liberal "tolerance and compassion")

    05/03/2015 5:33:42 AM PDT · by Liz · 28 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 5/3/15 | KYLE SMITH
    Schweizer’s book painstakingly follows the money to such characters as Canadian mining tycoon Frank Giustra, a $31.3M donor to the Clinton Foundation, who chauffeured Bill on his private jet. The details of the sordid Clinton operation vary, but the M.O. is fairly consistent: One: Dodgy rich businessman, often a foreigner with a mega-deal in some corrupt country, possibly run by a dictator, writes a check that buys him the status of friend of Bill Clinton (FOB). The check is payable to the Clinton Foundation, or to Bill himself, as an honorarium for a meaningless idealistic speech that is essentially Bill...
  • Musician Moby Attacks ‘Racist, Xenophobic, Ignorant, Armed’ Republicans

    05/03/2015 12:32:11 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 129 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2015-05-03 | Daniel Nussbaum
    Electronic music pioneer Moby (real name Richard Melville Hall) went on quite the Twitter tirade on Saturday, railing against “racist, xenophobic, ignorant” Republicans who “support war” and “hate immigrants.” The musician, who has campaigned for and written open letters to President Obama, began his rant in standard fashion, calling Republicans “loathsome” and linking to a Los Angeles Times article about NASA funding:
  • Doubts About Hillary Clinton’s Honesty After Emails: Poll

    05/02/2015 3:28:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 1, 2015 | AP
    Americans appear to be suspicious of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s honesty, and even many Democrats are only lukewarm about her presidential candidacy, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. Is she strong and decisive? Yes, say a majority of people. But inspiring and likable? Only a minority think so. Clinton’s struggles to explain her email practices while in government, along with questions about the Clinton Foundation and Republican criticism of her openness, wealth and trustworthiness seem to have struck a nerve in the public’s perception of the dominant Democratic figure in the 2016 campaign. In the survey, 61 percent said “honest”...
  • Why Bernie Sanders is the Democratic Ron Paul — and why he isn’t

    05/02/2015 7:51:05 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5-1-2015 | Hunter Schwarz
    Similarities: Devoted online followings. Popularity. Both were opposed to TARP. Both want to legalize marijuana. Both have expressed views on foreign policy of less involvement. Both cautious of the country's surveillance apparatus. Both say police officers should scale back. Both okay with same-sex marriage. Differences: Basic beliefs about the role of government Sanders doesn't necessarily have a problem with the government getting involved in things — hence "socialist" — and Paul generally does — hence "libertarian." Conspiracy theories Paul has floated several conspiracy theories, including that 9/11 was an inside job and that the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was connected to Russia. Sanders isn't known for such...
  • Washington - On Hillary Clinton's Age, Republican Rivals Imply -- But Never Say -- She's Old

    05/03/2015 4:23:00 AM PDT · by lbryce · 39 replies
    REuters ^ | may 1, 2015 | Staff
    Her campaign barely three weeks old, Hillary Clinton already has been attacked by Republicans on everything from donations to her family’s charitable foundation, to her tenure as secretary of state and her ties to Wall Street. But her rivals, and the political action committees that support them, are treading more carefully on one incendiary subject: her age . If elected in November 2016, Clinton would be, at 69, the second-oldest person to take the presidential oath for the first time, behind only Ronald Reagan, who turned 70 weeks after being sworn into office in 1981. Questions of health and fitness...
  • Oops: Bill Clinton 'Mistakenly' Misreports Taxable Income as Tax-Free Donations

    05/02/2015 6:37:35 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 1, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Once again, mistakes -- passive voice -- were made: Clinton Foundation mistakenly listed payments to Bill from Chinese developer & US-Islamic Conference as donations. http://t.co/UNAP89ipu9 — Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) April 30, 2015 The foundation has also come under scrutiny for failing to clear all foreign government donations through an agreed-upon State Department vetting process when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, and for failing to identify foreign government donations on tax returns. Fact-checkers this week challenged the foundation’s claims that it’s barred by Canadian privacy laws from revealing the names of more than 1,000 mostly foreign donors to a...
  • Flood of Bad News for Hillary Dampens Campaign

    05/02/2015 3:03:09 PM PDT · by lbryce · 51 replies
    WND ^ | May 1, 2015 | Staff
    It’s been a tough week for Hillary Clinton, with a flurry of bad news that is casting further doubt on her prospects for winning the Democratic Party nomination, let alone the White House. She did receive a celebrity endorsement, but, alas, it came from pornographer Larry Flynt, and as Bloomberg’s John Heilemann observes, it “beggars belief that she and her team will be issuing any press releases touting the latest bold-faced name to clamber aboard her bandwagon.” A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds Americans suspicious of Clinton’s honesty, and even many Democrats are only lukewarm about her presidential candidacy. Her...
  • Canadian Homeland Security Adviser Suspended for Islamist Associations

    05/01/2015 5:18:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    An adviser for Public Safety Canada was suspended following a French-language TVA report that outlines his controversial views and relationship with organizations associated with terrorist financing, Point de Bascule reports.According to the report, Hussein Hamdani encouraged student activists to "Islamize campus politics" in a 1996 document published by the Muslim Students Association. He called for Muslim students to influence decisions concerning issues such as same-sex marriage."It is the duty of the MSA to bring morality back into the campus. For example, the Student Union should not have to debate over endorsing legislation in favor of same-sex benefits, this issue should...
  • BRAZEN BILL and daughter inspect Foundation projects (elite entourage unmasks wretched excess)

    05/01/2015 10:54:24 AM PDT · by Liz · 20 replies
    dailymail.com/uk ^ | 4/29/15 | David Martosko, Us Political Editor For Dailymail.com
    The Clinton Family Foundation is in Africa, as candidate Hillary "champions" the working-class. The nine-day tour includes 20 wealthy individuals, foundation and campaign donors. After Tanzania, Kenya and Liberia, Moroccan King Mohammed VI hosts an opulent conference paid for by donors including a phosphate company – owned by the government – which donated $1 million, according to Politico. ....many of the high-flying multimillionaires and billionaires along for the ride are Clinton partisans who helped fund 2008 Hillary and will do so in 2016. GAZILLIONAIRE: British socialite Lynn De Rothschild is on trip; a longtime Hillary friend LOBBYIST: Liz Robbins climbed...
  • Canadian Charity’s Revenue Dropped Substantially the Year Hillary Clinton Resigned as SOS

    05/01/2015 8:23:26 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4-29-15 | John Sexton
    A review of financial documents for the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (Canada) shows the charity’s revenue dropped substantially in 2013, the year Hillary Clinton resigned as Secretary of State. For the first time since it was registered to accept donations in 2007, CGEP spent more on salaries and office supplies in 2013 than it did on charitable giving. The NY Times revealed Wednesday that the Canadian charity collected about $33 million between 2008 and 2013 of which $25 million was passed across the border to the U.S. based Clinton Foundation. However there was a sharp drop in giving in 2013,...
  • Clinton Proposal Could Allow Feds to Ban Book Critical of Clinton Foundation

    04/30/2015 9:08:18 PM PDT · by lbryce · 33 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | April 29, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    Hillary Clinton’s proposal to get money out of politics could allow the federal government to restrict or ban the publication of a book that has embroiled her presidential campaign in controversy, experts say. Clinton called for a constitutional amendment to “get unaccountable money out of” politics in an op-ed for the Des Moines Register published Monday. Her campaign did not respond to requests for additional details, but legal experts say similar efforts over the past two years would have profound effects on Americans’ free speech rights.
  • HILLARY'S CORPORATIST POLITICS OFFERS 'FREE MARKETS' FOR SUPER BIG BUSINESS AND 'FREE SEX' FOR ALL

    05/01/2015 5:18:50 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    5/1/2015 | Self
    "...we'd be so much better if we governed ourselves, controlled our borders and gave ordinary workers a chance against the corporate companies who've now basically taken over our political parties..." Nigel Farage of the United Kingdom Independence Party "Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed." Hillary Rodham Clinton "I don't want Alabama portrayed in a negative light because when it's portrayed in a negative light, it doesn't help me to recruit jobs in Alabama.....So I'm hurting families when I can't help people get...
  • Clinton health charity never provided foreign donor data(Jarrett refuses comment)

    05/01/2015 5:18:08 AM PDT · by Liz · 14 replies
    bostonglobe.com ^ | 4/30/15 | Annie Linskey Globe Staff
    An unprecedented ethics promise that played a pivotal role in confirming Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, amid senators’ concerns about conflicts of interests, was uniformly bypassed by the biggest of the Clinton Foundation philanthropy. The Clinton Health Access Initiative never submitted information on any foreign donations to State Department lawyers during Clinton’s tenure 2009-2013, Maura Daley, the organization’s spokeswoman deemed it unnecessary, except one case she described as an “oversight."....grants from foreign governments increased by tens of millions of dollars to the Boston-based organization. The Clinton health initiative has acknowledged failing only to disclose the identity of its contributors,...
  • Leftists throw Female-Led Group out of Expo for Saying "Feminism Victimizes Women"

    04/21/2015 10:17:31 AM PDT · by struggle · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 04/19/2015 | Allum Bokhari
    A group of female webcomic artists and online radio hosts have been ejected from the Calgary Expo, a Canadian pop culture convention, after publicly disagreeing with members of a feminist panel discussion. Staff at the expo informed them that they had received reports of ‘harassment’ at the panel, but footage of the discussion shows that no such behaviour took place. Consumers accused the Calgary Expo of engaging in political intolerance, and have begun a boycott of the convention’s sponsors.
  • Hillary Clinton campaign blasts GOP abortion bill

    05/01/2015 4:43:08 AM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | May 1, 2015 | Alexander Jaffee
    The House voted, as expected, to block a D.C. law banning discrimination by employers against employees who have had abortions. on Thursday night — but the measure is unlikely to have any effect before the law takes effect this weekend. All but 13 Republicans voted for the resolution of disapproval, which passed on a largely party-line, 228-192 vote, while just three Democrats voted in favor of it. The measure got a high-level Democratic opponent on Thursday with Hillary Clinton's campaign weighing in, calling it a move to "overrule the Democratic process" in a statement to CNN. The bill would roll...
  • Dem 2016 Hopeful Blasts Hillary Clinton for Foundation Scandals, No Accomplishments at State Dept

    05/01/2015 4:30:11 AM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | April 30, 2015 | Staff
    Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee said he is not convinced Hillary Clinton will be the presidential nominee for the Democratic Party. Clinton faces a primary challenge from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and potentially Chafee himself. When asked about Clinton being pushed further to the left, Chafee brought up the scandals surrounding the Clinton Foundation and lack of accomplishments. “I would argue that between what’s happening internationally in her tenure as Secretary of State, no real accomplishments, and now these new allegations coming out about the Clinton foundation and the book coming out next week. These are real,” Chafee said.
  • Couple Rents Out Home Using Popular Website – and Returns to Something Almost Unimaginable

    05/01/2015 5:24:47 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 67 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | may 1, 2015 | jon street
    The Kings rented out their Calgary, Alberta, home in Canada using the popular renting service Airbnb. They thought it would be an easy way to help offset the cost of their travel with their two kids, CTV reported. They were wrong. The Airbnb renters told the King family that only four people would be staying at the home while they attended a wedding. So on Saturday, they handed over the keys and were off on their trip. But it wasn’t long before they their neighbors called and sent them text messages, explaining that they were concerned about what was going on. Later,...
  • 'Three Pumpkins' Wine Ready to Hit the Shelves

    04/30/2015 10:31:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Boreal Winery in Warren, east of Sudbury, is trying something new: pumpkin wine. They've used some giant pumpkins grown in Sudbury, and fermented the wine right inside the pumpkins. It was bottled just a few weeks ago, and the winery will start selling it this weekend. Owner of Boreal Winery Greg Meilien said the wine is fantastic. "[We were] quite surprised. We weren't sure what was going to happen but it turned out very, very nice," he said. Meilien said as for the taste, it's something you need to try for yourself, but added it does have a melon mid-palette...
  • Hillary Clinton: Congenital Rule-Breaker.

    04/30/2015 1:23:10 PM PDT · by lbryce · 25 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 30, 2015 | Ron Founier
    Hillary Clinton doesn't play by the rules. That's not a partisan attack. It's not a talking point. It's not a fantasy. It's a fact—an agonizing truth to people like me who admire Clinton and her husband, who remember how Bill Clinton rose from a backwater governorship to the presidency on a simple promise: He would fight for people who "work hard and play by the rules." The evidence is overwhelming and metastasizing: To co-opt a William Safire line, Hillary Clinton is a congenital rule-breaker. "More than 180 Clinton Foundation donors lobbied her State Department." "That's not illegal," writes Vox reporter...
  • Ted Cruz to Hillary Clinton: Give the foreign government donations back

    04/30/2015 1:01:25 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 23 replies
    Foxnews - Latino ^ | April 24, 2015/
    GOP presidential hopeful and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has called on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to return all donations made by foreign governments to the Clinton Foundation amid the growing scandal engulfing the Democratic candidate’s campaign following allegations made in a recent book. "The Clinton Foundation collected tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments including donors who had business interests with the State Department while Clinton was Secretary,” Cruz said in a statement released to the press on Friday. “She made decisions in that capacity that likely benefited the same people who were giving large donations to...
  • Hillary Clinton's Charity Empire Hid Way More Foreign Donations Than Anyone Realized

    04/30/2015 12:13:11 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 30, 2015 | Colin Campell
    The Clinton Foundation's finance controversies deepened on Thursday, when The Boston Globe reported that a huge affiliate of the charity failed to report its foreign-government contributions to the State Department. When Hillary Clinton, now the leading Democratic presidential candidate, became secretary of state in 2009, she agreed to have her family's foundation submit new donations from foreign countries for State Department review. This was designed to avoid potential conflicts of interest with her new government role.
  • Video: Alan Grayson: No to ‘Fast Track,’ No to Trade Treachery

    04/30/2015 11:46:11 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | Apri. 29, 2015
    I'm sure this will go over like a fart in church, but what the heck, video at link: No to Fast Track, No to Trade Treachery,
  • BREAKING: Freddy Gray Had Spine Surgery Just One Week Before Arrest

    04/28/2015 3:24:35 PM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 248 replies
    FourthEstate ^ | Apr28, 2015 | FourthEstate
    CONFIRMED: Court records show Freddie Gray was receiving a structured settlement from Allstate Insurance and attempted to convert it into one lump sum in early March ———————————————————————————————————————————– EXCLUSIVE: The Fourth Estate has learned that Freddy Gray’s life-ending injuries to his spine may have possibly been the result of spinal and neck surgery that he allegedly received a week before he was arrested, not from rough excessively rough treatment or abuse from police. The Fourth Estate has contacted sources who allege that Freddy Gray received spinal and neck surgery a week before we was arrested, and was allegedly receiving a large...
  • Is The Clinton Foundation Just An International Money Laundering Scheme?

    04/29/2015 10:28:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/29/2015 | Sean Davis
    BloombergPolitics reported this morning that the Clinton Foundation refused to disclose the identities of at least 1,100 donors, most of whom are not U.S. citizens, to a Clinton Foundation affiliate. The donations were routed through the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (Canada), or CGEPartnership, a Canadian charitable organization. That organization then effectively bundled the foreign donations and sent them along to the Clinton Foundation itself, and it did all of this without ever disclosing the individual foreign sources of the income.If that sounds to you like more of a laundering operation than a charitable organization, that’s because it certainly looks...
  • Stop The Presses! Hillary's Getting Battered By Her Liberal Friends In The News Media

    04/29/2015 11:10:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2015 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - There's an old, common sense saying about never putting your eggs in one basket. Yet that's what Democrats have done by overwhelmingly bowing to Hillary Clinton's vaunted ambition to be the next president of the United States. But the polls of the last few weeks suggest that Clinton's coronation campaign, with all of the trappings of pomp and power that preceded it, is coming apart at the seams. The former secretary of State's precipitous decline was first noticed in March in a national CNN poll that found her unfavorable numbers were rising, and perceptions of her as honest...
  • Parallel Universe: Hillary's Campaign, Media's Nonstop Scandal Coverage

    04/29/2015 10:15:01 AM PDT · by lbryce · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 28, 2015 | Howard Kurz
    The sentence jumps out of Hillary Clinton’s op-ed piece on how she’s been listening to “everyday Iowans.” “We can fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all, even if that takes a constitutional amendment,” she writes in the Des Moines Register. Um, is this the right time for Hillary to be talking about “unaccountable money”? The optics of her fledgling campaign are mighty strange, almost like it exists in one universe and the media coverage occupies a parallel universe.
  • Clinton Foundation Donor Boeing Won’t Turn Over Hillary Emails

    04/28/2015 3:23:30 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | april 28, 2015 | lachlan markay
    Airline giant Boeing said this week that it will not release correspondence pertaining to the State Department’s work in securing a Russian contract for the company, a donor to the foundation of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Boeing recently rejected a shareholder resolution proposed by David Almasi, a Boeing shareholder and the executive director of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research, asking the company to disclose more information about its charitable giving. At the company’s Monday shareholder meeting, Almasi asked chief executive James McNerney “to set the record straight that every communication between Boeing and the State Department was...
  • Joe Scarborough Rips Liberal Media 'Bowing Down' on Clinton Cash

    04/28/2015 2:06:38 PM PDT · by yuffy · 7 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | April 28, 2015 | 10:30 AM EDT | By Scott Whitlock
    A fiery Joe Scarborough on Tuesday denounced the media's double standard when it comes to investigating the scandal engulfing the Clinton Foundation's financial dealings. An angry Scarborough erupted "The Clintons have made $150 million over the past decade because of contacts they made during public service!" He described the typical journalist reaction as "Let's bow down before Bill and Hillary, because if we ask the same questions of them that we ask of every other politician, then oh, my God! We have crossed a line!" Scarborough's outburst was a result of Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski's skeptical questioning of Clinton...
  • Have You Received a Piracy Notice from an American Company Demanding You Pay Up?

    04/27/2015 7:05:22 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 5 replies
    A Journal of Musical Things ^ | April 27, 2015 | Alan Cross
    Earlier this year, a new law went into effect in Canada that required ISPs to report instances of suspected piracy among their customers, the so-called “notice and notice” system. The result is that a bunch of foreign companies–third parties not affiliated with the actual rights holders of the material that may (or may not) being pirated–have been sending emails to Canadians demanding that they pay up now or face massive legal consequences. It’s been reported that hundreds of thousands of these warnings have been sent to Canadians. First things first: Canadians are NOT obligated to pay. Demanding a cash settlement...
  • What Evangelicals Are Saying About Hillary: At Iowa mega-church, voters skeptical of Dem frontrunner

    04/27/2015 12:38:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | April 27, 2015 | Melinda Henneberger
    Link only: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-27/hillary-clinton-crashes-the-iowa-s-faith-freedom-coalition-summit-without-actually-showing-up
  • Kerry: Arctic climate change goals more important than containing Russia

    04/26/2015 10:02:55 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 26, 2015 | Rick Moran
    US Secretary of State John Kerry assumed the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, and immediately made it clear that despite worrisome Russian military moves in the Arctic, the US would not challenge them. Washington Examiner: >>>>In assuming the leadership role, Kerry laid out a robust agenda to face the threat of climate change in the Arctic, which he says is being affected by global warming more than anywhere else in the world. But when faced with questions over whether the U.S. will use its new leadership position to address threats posed by Russia, Kerry said no. Kerry said the idea...
  • Clinton Foundation addresses disclosure of $31M Canadian donation, re-filing IRS revenue forms

    04/26/2015 8:19:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 4/26/15 | FOX NEWS
    The Clinton Foundation acknowledged Sunday that the nonprofit group “made mistakes” in IRS filings and defended its disclosure of controversial contributions from a Canadian financier, following days of intense public scrutiny about foundation finances. “We made mistakes, as many organizations of our size do, but we are acting quickly to remedy them,” foundation executive Maura Pally wrote on the foundation website. “And [we] have taken steps to ensure they don´t happen in the future.” The donations were called into question last week by Peter Schweizer, author of the soon-to-be-released book “Clinton Cash.” Schweizer found Canadian financier Frank Giustra gave $31.1
  • Charity watchdog dubs Clinton Foundation a ‘slush fund’ (on watch list of problem n/p))

    04/26/2015 6:22:47 AM PDT · by Liz · 47 replies
    NYPOST.COM ^ | 4/26/15 | Isabel Vincent
    The Clintons took in more than $140M in 2013 but spent just $9M on direct aid.....the bulk spent on travel, salaries and bonuses, with fat payouts going to family and friends. On 2013 tax forms, most recent available, they claim $30 million on payroll/employee benefits; $8.7 million in rent/office expenses; $9.2 million on “conferences, conventions and meetings”; $8 million on fund-raising; and nearly $8.5 million on travel. Significantly, none of the Clintons are listed on the payroll, except for first-class flights paid for by the Foundation. The tax-exempt came under fire following reports that then-Secy of State Hillary Clinton allowed...
  • Canadian town finally admits ‘Land of Rape and Honey’ is not a good slogan

    04/25/2015 11:36:42 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 52 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 22 Apr 2015 | Oliver Wheaton
    Many towns have questionable names, as the people of Twatt, in Scotland can attest, however surely town slogans are easier to change than town names? This may be why the people from Tisdale, in Saskatchewan, Canada, are finally admitting the fact that their town slogan, ‘The Land of Rape and Honey’, needs updating.Rather than sexual assault, the slogan cites the harvesting of rapeseed which was a large part of the town’s economy many years ago.However, after witnessing hundreds of giggling travellers stopping by the town’s signs to take humorous pictures, Tisdale’s Economic Development Office have created an online survey asking residents if...
  • Epic Fail: Seven Big Failed Environmentalist Predictions

    04/25/2015 12:52:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/24/2015 | Robert Tracinski
    I recently discussed what it would take to prove that global warming is actually occurring, that it is caused by humans, and that it will be catastrophic. But that’s not the full picture. To understand why so many of us are so skeptical about global warming, you have to understand the environmentalists’ larger track record: a long series of failed predictions and bogus prognostications of doom. It has been 45 years now since the first Earth Day. You would think that in this time frame, given the urgency with which we were told we had to confront the supposed...
  • 5 years after BP spill: What's changed in offshore drilling

    04/20/2015 12:53:05 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    eaglefordtexas.com ^ | 4-20-2015 | Cain Burdeau | The Associated Press
    NEW ORLEANS — As oil gushed from BP’s ruptured well five years ago and public outrage built by the day, the Obama administration issued a six-month moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. When the well was finally capped after nearly three months, political and industry pressure mounted on the White House to lift the ban, which it did about a month earlier than planned. Since then, oil and gas drilling Gulf has bounced back strongly and the number of deep-water drilling rigs has actually increased from 35 to about 48. Drillers are pushing into even deeper water and...
  • Looking Back: The Doomsayers Were Wrong about the BP Oil Spill; Mother Nature Heals Itself

    04/23/2015 7:08:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/23/2015 | by STEPHEN MOORE & JOEL GRIFFITH Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417345/doomsay
    Five years ago this week, a blowout of BPÂ’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig 40 miles from the Gulf Coast tragically claimed eleven lives and spilled 3 million barrels of oil from the damaged wellhead into the Gulf. ItÂ’s hard to forget the video images of thick oil gushing, day after day, into the regionÂ’s waters. It was a horrific accident that caused substantial damage to the ecology and commerce of the region. Gulf-area wildlife, portions of the shoreline, tourism, fishers and shrimpers, and energy-sector workers suffered large losses in the aftermath of the spill. BP has paid close to $27...
  • Ex-BP Chief Sees Oil Bull Market Sooner than Many Expect

    04/22/2015 8:17:45 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | April 22, 2015 | Dmitry Zhdannikov and Silvia Antonioli
    Low crude prices will trigger consolidation in the oil industry but a new bull market might arrive much sooner than expected given the huge scale of capital and workforce withdrawal in the sector, a former boss of oil major BP said. "The actions the industry is taking to withdraw capital are laying the seeds for the next bull market," Tony Hayward told the FT Commodities Summit. "The peak of U.S. shale supply has arrived – earlier than anticipated ... The supply chain in the U.S. has been decimated ... It will take several years to take activity back," Hayward said....
  • Big Hit For U.S. Oil Production In January

    04/24/2015 5:51:32 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 23 April 2015 | Arthur Berman
    U.S. crude oil production fell at least 135,000 barrels of oil per day in January 2015 compared to December 2014 according to the EIA (Figure 1). Bakken Shale production fell the most of any play or jurisdiction losing 37,000 barrels per day in North Dakota and 4,000 barrels per day in Montana for a total of 41,000 barrels of oil per day (Figure 2). Production in California, the offshore Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and Wyoming also declined significantly. Figure 3 shows Bakken production based on DrillingInfo data. The 42,000 barrels of oil per day drop in January production is completely...
  • Oil Prices Won’t Recover Anytime Soon Says Exxon CEO

    04/22/2015 2:17:16 PM PDT · by Opintel · 18 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 22-04-2015 | Willem van Oranje
    There is mounting evidence that oil prices are poised to rebound from a historic bust. Rig counts hit new lows each week. For the week ending on April 17, Baker Hughes says the U.S. lost an additional 34 oil and gas rigs, bringing the total down to 954. Domestic crude oil production appears to have plateaued and the EIA expects a contraction in May. Nearly every driller is dramatically scaling back spending, which should increasingly cut into new output. And oil consumption is finally picking up, as drivers far and wide take advantage of cheap fuel. But what if the...
  • CERAWeek: Oil chiefs explain why U.S. shale boom hasn’t gone global

    04/22/2015 4:37:25 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 22, 2015 | Collin Eaton
    Has billionaire oil man Harold Hamm ever been tempted to take the U.S. shale revolution abroad and expand his oil empire from North Dakota to the rest of the world? “I have not,” Hamm told a gathering of energy executives Tuesday. The question had come from Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of IHS. Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources, one of the biggest oil producers in the Bakken Shale, was one of three oil-company chief executives speaking from the stage during a panel at the IHS CERAWeek energy conference at the Hilton Americas-Houston. So why haven’t U.S. shale producers tried to tap...
  • Anti-local fracking control bill advances in Texas

    04/21/2015 5:05:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 44 replies
    Platts ^ | 20 Apr 2015 | Platts
    A bill being debated in the Texas Legislature that would severely limit local municipalities' power to regulate oil and natural gas drilling moved one step closer to becoming law Monday. In a 125-20 vote, the Republican-dominated Texas House of Representatives approved on third reading H.B. 40. The legislation would "expressly pre-empt local ordinances that ban or limit oil and gas operations," including hydraulic fracturing. The bill will now move to the state Senate, which, like the House, is Republican-controlled. If passed by both houses of the legislature it will move to the desk of Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who has...
  • Bill to Standardize Drillings Setbacks Passes Texas House

    04/20/2015 9:45:18 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | April 17, 2015 | Deon Daugherty|
    Legislation to set standards for cities that wish to regulate the oil and gas drilling within their city limits passed the Texas House Friday with more than two-thirds approval. House Bill 40 heads to the Texas Senate Monday, where, if it can sustain the momentum that’s carried it this far, could soon become law. And that’s got some special interests groups in a tizzy. “If some Austin lawmakers are successful, oil and gas drilling could be coming to a school, playground of daycare center near you,” wrote Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas in an opinion piece published in the...
  • Halliburton Announces 9,000 Layoffs

    04/21/2015 9:46:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    Houston Press ^ | 04/21/2015 | By Dianna Wray
    In a move that once again isn't exactly shocking, Halliburton Co. has been engaging in much more serious layoffs than they initially planned on back in February. Back in the early part of the year -- when energy analysts were confidently predicting oil prices would rebound in no time at all -- Halliburton still battened down the hatches, announcing plans for about 6,500 layoffs. Since then the analysts have for the most part gotten increasingly dour with their predictions, oil prices have stayed around $50 a barrel and Halliburton has actually laid off about 10 percent of its workforce in...
  • Oil and Gas Company Baker Hughes ramps up layoffs to 10,500 worldwide

    04/21/2015 9:43:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    The Times Picayune ^ | 04/21/2015 | By Jennifer Larino
    Baker Hughes Inc., one of the world's largest oil and gas service companies, said it will increase job cuts worldwide to 10,500, or about 17 percent of its total workforce. The Houston-based company said the cuts are necessary in order to weather a crash in North American drilling prompted by low oil prices. Baker Hughes announced the additional cuts Tuesday (April 21) after reporting a $32 million loss for the first quarter this year. The company's first-quarter revenue was down 20 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Earlier this year, Baker Hughes said it planned to cut...
  • CERAWeek: U.S. and Wall Street take over OPEC’s role as global swing producer

    04/21/2015 4:54:13 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 20, 2015 | Collin Eaton
    Financial markets underpinning the U.S. shale boom have emerged as the world’s de facto regulator of global oil production, taking over from the Saudi Arabia-led cartel that effectively abdicated its decades-old role in November, a top IHS researcher said Monday. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries “is not what it used to be; it’s no longer the balancer of the oil market,” said Jim Burkhard, chief researcher of global oil markets for IHS, during a panel on the first day of the week-long IHS Energy CERAWeek conference at the Hilton Americas-Houston. For a generation, Burkhard said, OPEC could influence...
  • NBC's Seth Meyers Defends Hillary From 'Clinton Cash' Allegations

    04/24/2015 1:38:24 PM PDT · by drewh · 28 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | April 24, 2015 | 3:54 PM EDT | By Curtis Houck
    On the Thursday edition of NBC’s Late Night, host Seth Meyers jumped aboard the Clinton campaign’s push to discredit the upcoming book Clinton Cash by Peter Schweizer by mocking Schweizer’s background, previous book titles, and chalking the book up to be nothing more than the latest work from “the cottage industry of anti-Clinton books that come out every year.” Dubbed the topic of the latest “A Closer Look” segment, Meyers introducted the book and that it’s been mentioned in the news before making a Game of Thrones reference to go after the GOP: “Now, when a new anti-Clinton book comes...
  • White House defends Hillary: ‘Conservative authors’ can’t be trusted

    04/24/2015 1:34:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/24/2015 | Noah Rothman
    You might think that the White House would have something of substance to say about the repeated violations of a memorandum of understanding between the administration and the Clinton Foundation that prohibited it from accepting donations from foreign governments while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state. Wrong! When pressed by ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl on Friday about whether the White House was concerned by the Clinton FoundationÂ’s various indiscretions, or even its failure to disclose foreign donations including those from Uranium One, White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest seemed to suggest that they were not (h/t Washington...