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April 18, 2014
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WAR IS COMING! … J. D. Longstreet

WAR IS COMING!
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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An old admonition continues to tug at my consciousness. Its cautionary advice about something imminently dangerous approaching — just over the horizon — is more than a little compelling. You know — the admonishment that warns: “Eat, drink, and make merry, for tomorrow we die!” (You may recall several different versions found in the Bible.)

We are headed as straight to a third world war as a Martin flies to its gourd.
That fact, and I do believe it is a fact, is an unwelcome one.  Nevertheless, tis true.

Look, dear reader, our President is a humiliation to, not just the US, but to the free world!  He has proven to be a weakling, a pushover, a wimp, an international embarrassment.  And he is going to start a world war.

The folks in Eastern Europe know it.  The folks in Western Europe know it, the folks in Israel know it, heck, the entire Middle East knows it!

The Ukraine is gone — at least the eastern region and, most likely, the entire country.  Just as the Crimea fell to Russian might, so will the Ukraine. It has already begun.  Next up — the Baltic States Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Look.  A complete blithering idiot can deduce that Czar Putin is recreating the old Soviet Union — right before our eyes — while our boy/man “fearless leader” sits in the Oval Office sucking his thumb.

I must tell you, it has been an extremely long time since I have been as humiliated by a president as I am today with Obama.  Honestly, I didn’t think it could ever get as bad as it did with Jimmy Carter,  but, gentle reader, Obama makes Carter look like a LION!

History teaches that every time a president cowers in the White House, we end up at war somewhere, with someone.  Remember how the White House declared we would not get involved in what turned out to be World War One?  Remember how the White House promised we would not become involved in World War Two?  Uh-huh.  Get the picture?

So here we are, staring down the barrel of World War Three, and the White House is doing everything it can to avoid involvement.

Every have a boil on your body?  Remember the continual pain from that boil?  What to do?  Lance it.  The instant the blade touches the boil the pain is excruciating. The next instant, there is copious relief as the pressure is relieved and the corruption is drained.

Putin is that boil on the derriere of the free world today.  He needs to be lanced.  But the man who holds the scalpel is no where to be found.   It is shameful.

To our friends in Europe we’d like to remind you that THIS is why so many of us conservatives in the US voted against Obama.  We warned of his empty suit, of his inexperience, of his Marxist agenda.  We would have warned of his cowardice had we known at the time.

But, as I recall, much of Europe supported Obama for the US Presidency.

Some of you learned of your folly early on as evidenced by the following:
“So Europe got the American president it wanted – the one who would present no threat to its own delusions. The United States is now officially one of us: an Old World country complete with class hatred, ethnic Balkanization, bourgeois guilt and a paternalist ruling elite. And it is locked into the same death spiral of high public spending and self-defeating wealth redistribution as we are. Welcome to the future, and the beginning of what may turn out to be the terminal decline of the West.” … Janet Daley, The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-election/9668774/America-has-become-an-Old-World-country.html

Ms. Daley figured it out.

I say ALL this to say simply this:  Europe, you’re on your own!  The hungry Russian bear is at your door — and there is no one, no big brother across the Atlantic, to come to your rescue — again!

Oh.  Don’t misunderstand, Europe.  We’re here, its just that have no leader — and we won’t have for at least ten more years!

You have to understand Mr. Obama.  See, he’s a bully — in the classic sense.  If you allow him, he will run roughshod right over the top of you.  However, if you stand up to him, he wilts much like a shrinking violet.  THAT is what Czar Putin has discovered about Obama — and that’s what the Russians are exploiting.  And it’s working brilliantly.

The US needs to put that missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic — for starters. Put some American boots on the ground in the Baltic States.  I don’t mean troops to act as a speed bump, I mean combat tested, hardened, veterans along with the artillery and tank killing munitions and whatever else it will take to make a heck of a lot of noise  and do a tremendous amount of damage should the Russkies let slip the dogs of war in the Baltic States.

Heck, the Brits are already bolstering their forces there now.  Other NATO countries will follow suit, but, let’s face it, the backbone of NATO is the US.   Unfortunately, Precious Flower, Obama, is leading from behind (as far behind as he can manage) once again.

It is depressing as heck to watch the people of that region cast beneath the shadow of the Russian bear.

“Fifteen independent countries, including Russia, emerged from the Soviet Union’s disintegration. Six of them—Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania—are in Europe, and all of them have a complicated relationship with modern Russia. Seven other countries once belonged to the Warsaw Pact, the Soviet Union’s military alliance in Eastern Europe. With the Cold War’s end, none of them had faced the threat of military intervention by the communist superpower’s successor state—until now.– SOURCE:  http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/03/russias-seizure-of-crimea-is-making-former-soviet-states-nervous/284156/

Can there be any question that Putin will make a grab for all those former members of the Warsaw Pact?

Putin must be stopped.  Words won’t do it.  It is obvious he doesn’t respect the US.  I propose we make him FEAR the US.  STOP TALKING TO HIM … PERIOD!   Put our SOG troops to use.  Turn them loose on Putin’s forces within Ukraine and where ever else they may have stepped over their border.  Aggravate the living daylights out of them.   Get their attention.  Put them on the defensive.   But DON’T TALK TO THEM. Keep ‘em guessing. 

The experts at all this are less than an hour from where I sit as I write.  They’re the best in the world.  If ANYONE can put fear into the hearts of the Russkies, these guys can do it.

We have all those drones with missiles aboard.  Surely they are not ALL occupied with searching out and killing terrorists.  Why not begin knocking out bridges all the way from Estonia south at least to the Moldavia/Romania border.

Of course, aircraft don’t use bridges, but tanks do — and the Russkies love their tanks.

The point is the US should at the very least, set Putin’s forces back on their heels a bit.  As it is, they have an open field and nothing stands between them and the end zone.

That’s wrong — on so many levels.

Look, I don’t want war, either.  But the nub of it is — we’re going to have a war whether we want it or not.  Plus — the plain truth is that when Americans and Russians begin exchanging gunfire it will instantly become a world war. 

As we said above, the Ukraine is effectively gone.  The moment Russian forces set foot in the Baltic States they will face resistance from NATO troops.  The US will be committed — as an attack on ANY NATO member is considered an attack upon all NATO members.

THIS is what timidity in a US leader will bring.  War.

J. D. Longstreet

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April 17, 2014
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Republicans Wimping-Out On Repeal Of Obamacare? … J. D. Longstreet

Republicans Wimping-Out On Repeal Of Obamacare?
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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Allow me to be as clear as possible right here at the beginning of this commentary.  I don’t like Obamacare at all, not in the slightest, in any way — shape or form.  Period!  Got it?

Obamacare is a Marxist/socialist/statist policy and I hate it. 

Vladimir Lenin, himself, said:  “Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.”

Ole Vlad knew exactly what he was talking about. Obamacare warms the cockles of the hearts of all the Marxists in the Democratic Party and believe me, there are a host of them!

There is NOTHING good about Obamacare.  It is a cancerous assault on the freedom of Americans and it needs to be gone and, frankly, all those who supported it and voted it through the Congress need to be gone along with it.

Here in North Carolina, we’re doing our dead level best to rid ourselves of every Democrat who supported Obamacare and/or Obama.  At the moment, our chances for success look very promising.

” ObamaCare is a curse! Take your lives and your homes back. Do it now, before it is to late. Take action now. Save yourselves, and your loved ones. Get unstuck, be informed, get peace of mind, stop the depression and anxiety, take charge of your lives for once. Do it now! – SOURCE:  http://www.eminentculture.com/obamacare-blessing-curse/  
Look.  Obamacare has not even begun to affect your life yet.  The law is so large, so intrusive in your private life that you are just not going to believe the depth of government meddling that attends Obamacare.  It has yet begun — but it’s coming, I assure you.

And now the GOP is backing away from a total repeal of Obamacare.  Especially the establishment Republicans.  Now their battle cry is “Repeal and Replace!” 

WHAT?  Repeal and Replace?  Are they completely nuts!?

Recently, Rush Limbaugh said:  “The Republican establishment obviously has a campaign game plan involving Obamacare, and it does not include repealing it, folks.  The Republican establishment apparently doesn’t want to campaign on repealing it.  They want to campaign on fixing it.” SOURCE:  http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2014/03/14/the_gop_establishment_wants_to_run_on_fixing_not_repealing_obamacare

The establishment Republicans are trying their dead level best to turn the November election over to the Democrats.   I have concluded that is what all the “fix” Obamacare Bovine Scatology coming from the GOP is all about.  I have come to believe the establishment Republicans do not want to win in November.  

Two things:  If the GOP wins in November that will mean they’ll have to get off their collective derrieres and actually DO something.  I think they are loathe to do that.

And two:  The democrats are just waiting for a chance to replace Obamacare with another of their Marxocratic socialized medicine schemes.  It’s called a single payer plan.

To see just how bad a single payer type of healthcare system really is,  just check out the British system.  It’s bad, folks, REALLY bad.   There were published report a few months ago of British citizens having to resort to extracting their own teeth with pliers due to such long waits for dental care.

Look.  The Democrats are counting on Republicans wimping out.   By offering to “fix” Obamacare, or repeal and replace Obamacare, the GOP is playing right into the Democrat’s hands.

See, the Democrats believe that they will not be beaten so severely about the head and shoulders over their support of Obamacare IF they offer to “fix” it.   That’s what they are doing.  That’s the ongoing campaign.   And the Republicans are giving them aid and comfort every time they mention their desire to fix Obamacare, too.   The GOP’s actions here are what I like to call: DUMB!

I cannot see that there is any argument  against my prognostication that the Republican Party is headed for extinction.   Just observe their senseless machinations — not just on Obamacare but on so much else.  Is the GOP leadership brain dead?

Maybe after another defeat at the polls in November the real conservative republicans will screw up enough courage to leave the GOP and begin another completely separate conservative party that will have as its goal saving America and returning her to the constitutional representative republic the Founding Fathers designed.

I am quickly coming to believe it is the only chance America has of survival.

J. D. Longstreet

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April 16, 2014
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Starting Holy Week with Murders … Alan Caruba

Starting Holy Week with Murders

By Alan Caruba

There’s something very sad about the murders in Kansas City that began the holy week for Jews—Passover—and the forthcoming Easter for Christians. The two events are closely linked biblically and historically. The murders are a rebuke to both faiths.

There is irony and tragedy in the murder of William Lewis Corporon and his grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood. Both were Christian as was the third victim, a woman, who was Catholic. The first two were visiting a Jewish community center to participate in a music contest. The other victim was killed at a Jewish retirement community.

The alleged perpetrator is Frazier Glenn Cross who was identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as having been involved in the white supremacist movement for most of his life. Fox News reported that he “founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and was its “grand dragon” in the 1980s before the Center sued him for operating an illegal paramilitary organization and using intimidation tactics against blacks.”

I cannot even imagine what it must be like to devote one’s entire life to hating blacks and Jews. Hatred is a corrosive emotion and the complete opposite of the values that both Judaism and Christianity embrace.

Michael Siegal, chairman of the Jewish Federations of North America, said “no community should have to face a moment such as this one. Today, on the eve of Pesach, we are left to contemplate how we must continue our work building a world in which all people are free to live their lives without the threat of terror.”

The key element in his statement is “all people.”

Around the world today terror is the primary weapon of those who would impose Islam on everyone while killing thousands of their own believers and, in the case of Israel, threatening death to an entire nation of Jews. It must be noted that thousands of Arabs are Israeli citizens as well.

It reminds one that the Nazi death camps and deliberate killing of others in the last century not only killed Jews, but millions of Christians as well. According to Wikipedia:

“In addition to Jews, the targeted groups included Poles (of whom 2.5 million gentile Poles were killed) and some other Slavic peoples; Soviets (particularly prisoners of war); Romanies (also known as Gypsies) and others who did not belong to the AryanHerrenvolk “Aryan master race”; the mentally ill, the deaf, the physically disabled and mentally retarded; homosexual and transsexual people; political opponents such as communists, social democrats and socialists; and religious dissidents, i.e. members of Jehovah’s Witnesses.[2][3] Taking into account all of the victims of Nazi persecution, they systematically killed an estimated six million Jews and mass murdered an additional eleven million people during the war. Donald Niewyk suggests that the broadest definition, including Soviet civilian deaths would produce a death toll of 17 million.

One can only conclude that humans are a very dangerous specie, inclined to kill its own for reasons that focus on religion, politics, and other factors.

By contrast, Passover and Easter focus on survival and sacrifice in the face of evil. Both acknowledge and celebrate the role of our Creator. Holy week for both Jews and Christians is a good one to concentrate on the values that they both teach and uphold. It is also a week (among all the others) to dedicate ourselves to opposing those for whom hate is their only reason to exist.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

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April 15, 2014
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“Once Upon A Time …” … J. D. Longstreet

Once Upon A Time …
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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How is it possible for a great American political party to be so out of touch with its constituents, so completely tone deaf to their wants and desires,  so separated from the reality of the world around them?

With citizens looped together into one vast globe encircling network of information and communication, how is it possible for the GOP to be so ill informed?

The Republicans are, today, set to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory — again.

From where I sit, I can feel victory slipping away in the election scheduled for this coming November.   A loss of the 2016 presidential election is already a given.  We WILL have another democrat for President beginning January 20th, 2017.   

How is this possible?   Americans, at least those who are politically aware, understand that America wants to be  –  YEARNS to be — rescued from the Marxist agenda being so forcefully pushed through Congress by our Marxist President and a Democratic Party that is indistinguishable from the Communist Party.

The Communist Party has announced publicly that they will be throwing their considerable assistance to the Democratic Party over the next several months to aid the Democrats  in maintaining their hold on the US Senate in November.  Does that not tell you where the sympathies of the Democratic Party lies?  Of course it does! 

Democrats are, in fact, Communists.  If you are a registered Democrat and you don’t hold with the Communist agenda, the Communist Manifesto, then you’d better get thee hence, because you are consorting with communists!

The sickening thing is this:  The GOP has attempted, with great success so far, to adopt the old Democratic Party platform.  In doing so, they have managed to set themselves on the same course toward communism as the Democrats did, and they have managed to drive a wedge — deeply — between the moderate, liberal, and conservative branches of the GOP.  The wounds from this gouging seem to be fatal.

Let’s face it , dear reader.  The Republican Party is as dead as a door-nail.  Those twinges of life we detect from time to time are coming from the conservatives in the Tea Party Movement who refuse to lie down and die.  In point of fact, THEY are the ONLY reason the Republican Party still draws a little breath today.

America desperately needs a conservative political party, and we need it yesterday.

When I say “Conservative” Party, I don’t mean a conservative in the mold of Jeb Bush or George, or even George H.W. Bush.  They are are fine people, a lovely family, but they a are liberals to moderates on their best days.  THEY ARE NOT CONSERVATIVES, no matter what the hierarchy of the GOP would have you believe.

The GOP is unsalvageable.  It cannot be saved.  The establishment Republicans will not allow the party to be saved.  They don’t want it saved because they either don’t see a problem — or — they like what they see.

In any event, the GOP is no place for conservative Americans.  Conservatives need their own political party, a viable political entity.  Conservatives will never get it from the GOP.  Even now, conservatives within the GOP must do battle with the Democrats AND the Republicans.  As a result, conservative initiatives are smothered to death in both the US House and the US Senate and nothing of real value to the country gets done.

GK Chesterton once said that only dead bodies go with the current.  It takes live ones to swim against it. Many conservatives, like this scribe, have withdrawn from the GOP and are now enjoying status as Independent voters.  Many of us would gladly align ourselves with a new and viable conservative party that would take the battle to the Democrats — and the Republicans — while asking, and giving, no quarter.

NO wonder the story of the current GOP reads like a fairy tale.

For once upon a time in a kingdom far, far, away, there really was a political party that was different from the Democratic Party.   But in order to curry favor with the Mainstream Media,  and in order to be on the “A” list, invited to the best cocktail and dinner parties in Washington, they felt they had to lower their standards, compromise their beliefs — and — for all intents and purposes, sell-out their constituents.

They did all of that.

It turned out to be a Faustian Deal.

Like Faust, the Devil won’t let the GOP out of its contract with him (not that they’re making any real effort at  breaching that contract) — and the immediate consequence is — the death of the Republican Party.

So. We’ll watch as conservatives fight like crazy to hold onto to whatever gains have been made between now and November and pray, pray hard, that the establishment “knot heads” at the helm of the GOP don’t blow the whole deal by November — as they are wont to do.

J. D. Longstreet

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April 14, 2014
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Happy Passover!!! … J. D. Longstreet

Happy Passover!!!

Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go and select lambs for yourselves according to your clans, and kill the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. None of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning. For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians, and when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you. You shall observe this rite as a statute for you and for your sons forever. And when you come to the land that the Lord will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this service.  
EXODUS 12:21-28

April 14, 2014
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A Christian Zionist? … J. D. Longstreet

A Christian Zionist?
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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I didn’t set out to become a Christian Zionist, but apparently, I wound up as one.

Christian Zionism is the belief that Israel has a right to return and establish a nation exactly where she has,  and further, she has the right to continue to exist there.

There are multitudes of Christian Zionist round the world and a throng of them exist in America, especially within the evangelical churches.

I’m not an evangelical, though raised as a youth within the evangelical community.  Like so many other things in my life I decided that particular practice of my faith did not suit me.  I found that I preferred the liturgical type worship services and in my mid-twenties became an active member of a liturgical church, one of the mainline denominations in America, indeed, the world.
However, within the last quarter century that church has been sucked into the leftist “social justice” (Marxist, Communist) philosophy and its reliance on the scriptures alone for guidance and instruction on all things has been supplanted by Marxist, statist theology.

I left the church.

I am a “sola scriptura” type of fellow.  I was not then, and am not now, about to compromise and substitute my faith for the intellect of a group of egg-headed elitists at the hierarchy of the church.

As such, I believe that when God told Abraham,   “I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3) He meant it!

If you have any doubt of the veracity of that statement, from God Himself, then I advise you to look at America today.  We’re in a rapid decline, in a mess in every way that matters.

It is my unwavering belief that as long as the Obama Regime is in power in America, America will continue to decline. 

The US President, B. Hussein Obama  has proven time and again that he is no friend to Israel … at all.  The US is paying a price for his blasphemy.

Now here’s the thing (as they say).  When America suffers — the whole of the planet suffers.  Just consider the wars and rumors of war all around the globe today.  Our long-time enemy, Russia, is all but thumbing its nose in Obama’s face, making a complete fool of our President and our, oh, so dignified diplomats.

Eastern Europe is aflame.  Africa is in a perpetual state of war. The Middle East has brother fighting brother in numerous countries, and South America is tearing itself apart over socialism/communism as civil war looms in several countries to our south.

Here in America, as I write this piece, armed American citizens are gathering and facing off with armed government agents in a dispute that has all the makings of a tipping point for all out rebellion in our own country.
The very earth, itself, is revolting with earthquakes in diverse place.  The Americans who live along America’s “left” (west) coast, the most liberal part of America, must feel much as the citizen’s of ancient Pompeii felt as they awaited their death and destruction dealt out by “natural” forces.  Its not even a question of “if” but of “when.”

Do I consider this pay back?  Not really.  This is just, in my assessment,  merely the beginning of curses we must endure as a result of our own hard-headed, stubborn belief that we know better how to run things on this little mud ball floating in space.  We’ve decided we can ignore history including the scriptures, and do things our way, because all that old history stuff doesn’t mean squat any more.

Here, in America, we’ve decided we can simply ignore that old constitution which was, after all, written by old, rich, white guys.  Somehow, we neglect to remember that those old, rich, white guys knew exactly what they were doing — and — had the common sense to ask for God’s guidance in formulating that document.  They even left the building of meeting , walked down the street to a church, en mass, and there pled for guidance from the Almighty.

Honestly, can you see the American leadership doing that today?

Scripture, itself sums up today’s American leadership nicely:  “Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man …”  Romans 1:23-24.

The point of my rambling here is to point out just how far removed we, as a people, are from our ancestors who began this grand experiment called America.

Look. Distancing ourselves from the Holy Scriptures has certainly NOT served this nation well.

As evidence, all one has to do, really, to understand the reason there will be no lasting peace deal between Israel and the so-called Palestinians is read the scriptures.  If you are unused to the Bible allow me to assure you that there is invaluable history within its pages that is often the key to understanding contemporary problems between nations today.

Just a quick example:  The land given Israel by God stretches from the banks of the Nile River in Egypt to the Euphrates River in Iraq. (Someday we’ll write about Israel’s real northern and southern boundaries.  But not today.)

So.  What if Israel told everyone in Jordan, the western part of Iraq, the Sinai, and the eastern part of Egypt to get out, to get off Israel’s land?   Of course, there’d be war!   Everyone currently living in those areas (I just mentioned) are there at the sufferance of the people of Israel.  They’re squatters, interlopers.  And yet,  Israel puts up with them.

Along come US diplomats and UN diplomats demanding that Israel give up more land to the squatters. 

Do you begin to understand why Israel believes it is slowly being pushed into the Mediterranean Sea?

And so, some have labeled me as a Christian Zionist.  I will happily accept that — and wear its badge with pride.

J. D. Longstreet

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April 13, 2014
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The Obama Car … Eric Peters

The Obama Car 

Eric Peters

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Now Obama’s decided to ban cars outright.

Not in so many words, perhaps – but the end result of his just-announced “proposal” that new cars be required by law to average 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025 will be pretty much exactly that.

Not one car sold in the United States currently gets 56 MPG – not even on the highway, let alone averages 56 MPG. Not even hybrids like the Toyota Prius, the best of the lot – which maxes out at 51 on the highway and 48 in city driving. The maximum highway mileage achieved by a current non-hybrid car (the 2012 Honda Civic HF) is 41 MPG. Its average mileage is 33 MPG.

To achieve an average of 56 MPG, one or more of the following would be necessary:

* Massive reduction in vehicle weight -

 

It is easier – more efficient – to move a lighter car than a heavier car. A 2,000 lb. car will use less gas, all else being equal, than a 2,800 lb. car because a smaller, more fuel efficient engine can do the equivalent work in terms of accelerating the vehicle and maintaining speed, etc.

The problem is the engineering/economic conflict between weight and safety.

For decades, the federal government has been passing one safety-minded mandate after another, each of which has had the effect of making newer cars heavier than their equivalents of the past. A current-year subcompact like the 2012 Fiat 500 weighs 2,363 lbs. – a porker in comparison to an equivalent subcompact from the ’70s such as an original model VW Super Beetle, which weighed about 1,900 lbs. That 400-plus pound weight difference is main reason why, despite the Fiat’s 40 year advantage in technology – including computer-controlled fuel injection and overdrive transmissions – its gas mileage (30 city, 38 highway – 33 average) is only slightly better than the Beetle’s high 20s, low 30s.

Of course, the old Super Beetle was less “safe” – that is, less crashworthy (if you crashed it). The government decided that gas mileage mattered less than how well a car performs in an accident. But now it wants cars to do both. They must comply with all current and soon-to-promulgated “safey” standards while also doubling or even tripling their gas mileage.

Which brings up the next problem.

* Lowering weight while maintaining crashworthiness will not be cheap or easy –

There are ultra-lightweight race cars that are extremely crashworthy. You can hit a wall in one at 150 MPH and walk away with nothing more than a few bruises. Of course they also cost hundreds of thousands (sometimes millions) of dollars each. High-strength, lightweight materials such as carbon fiber and titanium cost a lot more than steel or aluminum, the materials used to make ordinary passenger cars.

The Obama Car could be made of carbon fiber and average 56 MPG while also being very safe in a crash … only few will ever have to worry about crashing one because no one except perhaps tax-feeding millionaires such as Obama himself will be able to buy one.

* Nix size -

 

Of course, you could always just eliminate all cars larger than say the SmartForTwo car (which incidentally only gets 41 highway and seats – you guessed it – only two people). Maybe with a diesel engine such a car could manage to get close to 56 MPGs, average. There are micro-compacts in other markets, such as Europe, that approach 70 MPG on the highway. But anything larger than a micro-compact is going to be hugely problematic. A current year mid-sized family sedan like the Toyota Camry averages 26 MPG. That’s with the four cylinder engine. Toyota would need to more than double the average MPGs of the Camry (and drop the optional V-6 from the roster) to qualify as an Obama Car, while also somehow retaining the ability to carry 4-5 passengers.

Which brings up the next option:

* Nix capability -

 

Absent some deux ex machina technological miracle, there is no way – period – any vehicle you could describe as a truck or SUV will ever average 56 MPG. If cost is no object and you don’t mind driving something very, very small the Obama Car is at least theoretically possible. But – unless Obama really is in touch with aliens and has acquired their Advanced Technology – 56 MPG and the ability to pull 10,000 pounds (or even 5,000 pounds) and do the other things people expect and yes, need their trucks to be able to do simply ain’t gonna happen. Because you need at least a very big V-6 to do these things and no big V-6 (let alone a big V-8) will ever average 56 MPG or even come close to 56 MPG on the highway – unless it’s being rolled downhill with the engine off.

Not even today’s pint-sized car-based “crossovers” approach the Obama Car standard. For instance, the 2011 Honda CR-V – which has a small 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine – only manages 21 city and 28 highway, an average of 24 MPG. Honda would have to more than double the CR-V’s mileage to make the cut. And the CRV is a lightweight, both in terms of its curb weight and its capabilities. It can barely tow 1,500 lbs.

All current model pick-ups, trucks and crossovers with V-6 engines would have to nearly triple their current average MPGs. Anything with a V-8 would need to do even better. Do you believe in miracles? Apparently, Obama does. More likely, he knows exactly what he is doing.

Wave bye-bye to every make/model pick-up, SUV and crossover on the market.

Mid-sized cars might make it – maybe – if they’re hybridized and downsized. And they’ll be priced so high that by 2025, a car like the Camry will become the equivalent of a Daimler Maybach today. A car for the uber-rich elite only.

The rest of us will be driving tuna can-sized Obama Cars.

If we’re allowed to drive anything at all.

Eric Peters

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Eric Peters is a longtime car/bikes/Libertarian-minded journalist. His book, “Road Hogs,” came out June 2011.

 

Peters has been writing a weekly column about cars for almost 20 years now. He is the author of “Automotive Atrocities” and “Road Hogs” (MBI). He lives in rural SW Virginia with his wife and a polyglot crew of animals.

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April 12, 2014
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The Turtle Rebellion? … J. D. Longstreet

The Turtle Rebellion? … J. D. Longstreet

The Turtle Rebellion?
The Herd Shot ‘Round The World
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
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Militias are reforming and retraining.  Citizens are cleaning their guns and counting rounds of ammunition for them.

Why? The government’s heavy-handed way of dealing with a Nevada rancher whose cattle are being seized by the federal government at the point of a federal gun.  (For more read:  http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/10/us/nevada-rancher-rangers-cattle-showdown/)

Are we looking at another Ruby Ridge or yet another Waco?  I certainly hope not.  But the truth is, America cannot continue as the police state she has become.  Plus,  and this is extremely important, Americans no longer trust their federal court system.

“Two militia members from Montana and one from Utah have arrived at Cliven Bundy’s ranch.  The press was told by a militiaman that militias from New Hampshire, Texas and Florida are likely to join and stand with Bundy and stay at his ranch.
” (From a report at: http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2014/04/10/expect-to-see-a-band-of-soldiers-militia-members-arrive-at-nevada-ranch/

In a later report we learn:  “In the wake of the publicized protests, members of various militia groups have been traveling from Virginia, Texas, Montana, Idaho and Wisconsin and arriving at the protest site and Bundy’s ranch to support the family, said Stephen L. Dean, 45, of Utah, a member of one such group called the Peoples United Mobile Armed Services.” – SOURCE:  http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/10/us/nevada-rancher-rangers-cattle-showdown/

Underlying the whole dispute is the environmental movements efforts to preserve the habitat of a little heard of desert tortoise.

Don’t laugh!  Today it’s a turtle.  Originally, it was tea. All revolutions have a tipping point. The point at which the people say, this far and no farther!  Bundy’s ranch may be the next Lexington.

 (The tortoise is protected under the Endangered Species Act.  The Fish and Wildlife Service lists the species as “threatened.”)

There was a brief mention of US military personnel taking part in the rustling of Mr. Bundy’s cattle.  If true, that would be a direct violation of federal law. The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, still in effect, was passed to prevent U.S. military personnel from acting as law enforcement agents on U.S. soil.

The text of the Posse Comitatus Act, which is still in effect (as 18 U.S.C. Section 1385), reads:

“Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”  –  SOURCE: http://civilliberty.about.com/od/waronterror/a/posse_act.htm

I have yet to see any confirmation of the use of US military personnel in the dust-up at Bundy’s Ranch.

What worries me most about the ongoing wielding of raw federal power in Nevada is this:  I am afraid this is only the beginning.  I am afraid this sort of confrontation will become far more frequent if the situation in Nevada is allowed to continue.  Give the feds an inch and they’ll take a mile … or your cattle — or BOTH!

Oh, and do not deceive yourself, if given the order to fire on the protesters, armed and unarmed, the federal goons WILL indeed open fire — without a moment’s hesitation.  That’s what they are trained to do. That’s what they will do. 

Unfortunately, I believe the same holds true with US military personnel.  Just as when the War Between the States (Better known in the South as the War of Northern Aggression) broke out and southerners serving in the federal services resigned and went home to join their families in defense of their homes, so, too, will SOME current US soldiers.   But, I dare say, most will notDifferent times.  Different people.

People change and peoples change.  It is more than a little difficult to predict how modern  Americans will react to the federal government locking the country into a police state, totally ignoring our constitution, and making and enforcing, or not enforcing, laws at their whim.

It is easy to look back and see — with certainty — that our ancestors would have cleaned that nest of vipers out long ago. 

Today we are different — soft and pliant, willing to enjoy freedom so long as it doesn’t cost us anything, or any effort.  And for crying out loud, do not ask us to defend it by force of arms!

Unfortunately for us all, that may be exactly where we are headed.

The country, the republic, cannot continue on its current course.
 

On April 10th, 2014, “Oath Keepers” issued a statement, which pretty well sums up the feelings of thousands of military veterans, police officers, first responders, and others.  You would do well to follow this link over to Oath Keeper’s site and read their statement in full. You will find it here:
http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2014/04/10/coalition-of-western-state-legislators-sheriffs-and-veterans-stand-vigil-in-support-of-embattled-nevada-rancher-cliven-bundy-%E2%80%98to-prevent-another-ruby-ridge-or-waco%E2%80%9D/ 

I am the product of the only region of the country to be invaded, conquered, and occupied by a foreign power.  I am, as are my fellow southerners, acutely aware of the cost of war with one’s fellow Americans.  We know the cost.  Our ancestors bore that cost and passed the scars down to us.  WE venerate them.  We look back on their sacrifices with feelings of respect and reverence.  We consider those who took up arms as hallowed and exalted.  But believe me when I tell you that we are still paying the price even today.

As evidenced by the confrontation in Nevada, we may be drawing nigh to a moment of decision just as my Confederate ancestors did 149 years ago.
Time will tell if we will be called upon to take up arms in defense of the constitution and in defiance of a tyrannical federal government.  Understand, dear reader, EITHER decision will be terrible in its consequences.

The current brush fire in Nevada may cool. Tempers may cool and some sort of reason prevail.  But before too much time passes it will recur.   Once the federal government gets a taste of raw power enforced at the point of a bayonet, it grows rabid.
And this is why American citizens are armed. It is the foundation of the Second Amendment, the preservation of our country from despots who wish to impose tyranny upon us.

Seems to me the last sentence of the preceding paragraph pretty well sums up America’s situation today.

J. D. Longstreet
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April 11, 2014
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A World Grown Weary

A World Grown Weary
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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As an unarguable “senior citizen” I can tell you that I have long since given up on any hope of finding those so-called “golden years.”  They are, I have come to believe, some ethereal manifestation of a joke played by the fates upon those who dare to take up space on this blue marble and breath its air.

More and more I am hearing from seniors my age, or beyond, who decry any extended lengthening of their days.  I don’t attempt to dissuade them as I, too, and looking forward to whatever is beyond the pale.  Hopefully, a new adventure as I, too, have tired of this one.

To just say that the word has changed would be a humongous understatement.  For those of us who witnessed the world back when it was a decent place in which to live.  Today the stench of the putrefaction of our society is sickening to those with sensibilities left to such things.  And there are not many of us left.  WE have been desensitized, for the most part to the malodorous fumes of the rot, the decay, the decomposition of a world grown mad with the corruption of hedonism.

I sometimes think that maybe this is the primary cause of numerous elder folk slipping away into Alzheimer’s Disease.  Has anyone considered that maybe it is a mental mass migration out of this world by those who just can’t handle any more — or — who simply have had enough and choose to take refuge in a place they create for themselves somewhere in their minds, wherever that might be?  It’s safe there – for no one knows even WHERE the mind is.

Recently, a friend of mind was diagnosed with cancer.   After surgery she was told by her doctor that she’d probably live to be in her nineties.  She retorted immediately, “But I don’t want to!”  The middle aged doctor was stunned, taken aback.  My friend told him: “Look.  With the world in the mess it is today, and very little hope that the future holds anything better, I’d rather not hang around for what I feel sure is coming.  I’ve had enough, thank you.”

There was a time, not so long ago, actually, when the elderly of a society were valued.  Their life experience was a treasure trove of all that had gone before.  They had made their mistakes — and learned from them — and were willing to pass the secret of how the younger generation could avoid making those same mistakes just for the asking.   That is not the case now and it hasn’t been for rather a long time now.

Today, our society  warehouses the elderly, stacking them up in so-called rest homes, nursing homes, and places with equally stupid sounding names made-up to hide what they really are — buildings where the aged are sent to wait on death.  We, as a society, pay huge sums of money to those willing to create such holding areas, with beautiful facades that ease that twinge from our conscience when we hastily drive by.

We have relegated a vast storehouse of wisdom to the sidelines and transformed them into observers who can no longer contribute nor partake.  They’re just, well, there.

They must feel helpless, as if locked in a sterile cage that smells of decontaminates that barely counters the oder of human body fluids and — death.  You think that won’t drive you crazy?  You think that might have something to do with early onset dementia, or Alzheimer’s?  Have we studied it?  Do we give a damn?

C. S. Lewis once said:  How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete.  Well, THAT didn’t take a genius to figure out, now did it.,  And no, I am not a fan of C. S. Lewis. But even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Methinks actress Bette Davis had it right.  She said:  “Old age is no place for sissies.”

In my case, I have sort of taken ole Louis Kronenberger’s thoughts to heart and adopted them.  He said:  “Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week.”  (I’m doing mine for this week by writing this piece!)

I recently had an acquaintance rushed to a univerity hospital for a life saving treatment for a deadly respirtory ailment that was on the verge of taking her life.  Her only hope was to reach that nationally known hospital where her family knew her life would be saved.  I later learned that a family member was asked by a member of the chopper crew how old the patient was and when told she was sixty-something, the crewman replied.  Good.  Had she been seventy, she would not have been allowed to make the flight. 

You may add that to the pile of anecdotal evidence  of how government interference in America’s healthcare has cheapened human life, especially the life of the elderly.  See, the government can’t afford to pay for expensive medical treatment for those well past their prime and nearing the end of their lives.  That’s not good business.  What it IS, however, is another example of man’s inhumanity to man.  You may recall that is one of the reasons God destroyed man with the Great Flood — from which only Noah and his family were chosen to reestablish mankind.

Actually, when one takes the time to think about it, I mean REALLY think about it, the times we are living in today pretty much mirror the times Noah and his family lived in way back then.   The world, much as today, was a wicked place.  In fact “the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil – continually.” (A paraphrase from Genesis chapter 6, verse 5.)

I have concluded that those of my generation and the generation beyond, recognize the current age for what it REALLY is and wish to be through with it.

I daresay that in another century, there will be no old people.  Remember “Logan’s Run,” a movie from back in 1976.  At age thirty, the state killed you.  Don’t think it can happen?  What about the lady mentioned above who barely made it onto the helicopter?  Still believe the state will continue to believe in the sanctity of human life — you know, like they do now?  Dream on, dear reader, dream on.

So.  Is it any wonder that our elderly are ready to move on?

They say hope springs eternal in the human heart.  Of course, that is a lie.  Look around you at the hopeless people.  The world is teeming with them.  Where there is hopelessness life is extremely cheap.

So, what is to be done?  Pretty much nothing. It is what it is.  We cannot run from nor refuse to accept that we live in a world of our own creation.  We have made our bed, now we must lie upon it and, eventually, die upon it.

Just a few pleasant thoughts to ponder over the weekend.

J. D. Longstreet

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April 10, 2014
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Obama To Release Israeli Nuclear Spy? … J. D. Longstreet

Obama To Release Israeli Nuclear Spy?
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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In the world of espionage, friends spy on friends all the time.  And I do mean ALL THE TIME.  So, it should come as no surprise that Israel spies on the US just as the US spies on Israel.  The same goes for all our allies.   It is a necessary evil.

I know the eighties and nineties is considered ancient history in the US but you really ought to remember who, exactly, Jonathan Pollard was/is.

“Jonathan Jay Pollard is the American Jew who spied for Israel out of misguided loyalty, a man who believed that his documents and information would make Israel more secure in its war against international terrorism. When arrested in November 1985, he claimed he had been turning over secret documents-many of which, he maintained, should have been provided to Israel by the United States-for only fourteen months. The Israeli government apologized for its spying and insisted that the recruitment of Pollard was an aberration, an unauthorized “rogue” operation. Pollard is now serving a life sentence for espionage.” — SOURCE:  http://www.american-buddha.com/lit.samsonoptionhersh.21.htm 

Just a few days ago there was a hot rumor, making the journalistic rounds, that US Secretary of State John Kerry was considering offering to release Pollard to Israel as a chit, if you will, in his pitiful pleas for a peace deal between Israel and the so-called Palestinians.  It is just another pathetic demonstration of just how bad US foreign policy under the Obama Regime really is.  It’s bad — and getting worse as the days pass.

A simple reading of history will tell you, clearly, there will not be a peace deal between the Israelis and the so-called Palestinians.  Not a REAL one, anyway.

Pollard was the “real deal.”  He was caught, tried, convicted, and jailed for life.  But in Obama’s desperation for a peace deal in the Middle East he is willing, once again, to overlook the law.

How long, oh, Lord, must we endure the Obama plague upon America?

Look.  The Palestinians are not nearly so interested in a state of their own as they are in totally destroying the state of Israel.

There is a heck of a lot of history behind this Palestinian and Israeli conflict, which current US leadership chooses to ignore.  Let’s review a bit of that history.

Did you know that the area and the people, erroneously called Palestinians, were offered a state of their own back in the 1930’s?  Bet you didn’t know that.

It seems we have to go over the history of the rejected Palestinian state over and over and I can only surmise the public school system and the university and college systems in the US simply don’t teach it!

Look, the plain truth is… the people, calling themselves Palestinians, have been offered a state of their own at least three times since the 1936 Arab revolt.  They have flatly turned it down every time! Yes!  The first offer made by the Peel Commission in the 1930s offered them a vast piece of real estate much larger than that offered to the Jews…  and … they turned it down!

UN Resolution 181 passed soon after the Second World War gave Israel 55% of the so-called Palestine and the Palestinians 45%.  The Jews accepted and in doing so recognized that Palestine would become a state next door to them.  They, the Israelis, accepted that.  But the Arabs rejected it, flat out, and started another war against the Jews, which they, the Arabs,  promptly lost.

It has been 66 years, or so,  now and the whining and moaning is still coming from the “woe is me” crowd who called themselves Palestinians.

The problems between Israel and the Palestinians are not because Israel has settled some disputed land.  No!  The cause of all the trouble in that “center of the earth” strip of land is due entirely to the Arabs refusal to accept the existence of a Jewish state called Israel, or called anything else, for that matter.  That is the crux of the problem.

The so-called Palestinians continue to demand the “Right of Return” guarantee in the negotiations. “Right of Return” is far more dangerous to the state of Israel than an all out attack by their Arab neighbors.

So what is the Right of Return?  “The idea of the right of return is to demand that Israel allow the descendants of the 750,000 Palestinians who were displaced in 1948 and their families (which now stands at almost 4 million) back into Israel and give them full compensation for their troubles. Even if only half of these Palestinians returned, it would alter Israel’s identity as a Jewish state and effectively create a second Palestinian state. One assumption made under the right of return is that all the Arabs that lived in Israel proper were forcibly expelled from their homes in 1947 and 48. This is a myth. While historians know for a fact that a small number of the 750,000 displaced Arabs were forcibly expelled by Zionist militias (a famous example being Deir Yassin), honest and impartial historians also know that a large number of this 750,000 strong population left on their own, either to avoid an upcoming war between the Zionists and the Arabs, or to join the Arabs in the fighting against the newly established state.”  (From: http://www.themiddleeastnow.com/nopalestinianstate.html)

The Palestinians will obfuscate, and delay, and continue to carry on their war to wipe Israel from the face of the map.  They will use any means to do it.

So why do I continue to insist that a Palestinian state will lead, almost immediately, to war between Israel and the State of Palestine?  The answer is so simple it is appalling to me that the world does not see it.  But, so far as Mr. Obama’s inability to comprehend is concerned, I think Winston Churchill summed him up with these words uttered in the House of Commons way back in 1933:  “We know that he has, more than any other man, the gift of compressing the largest number of words into the smallest amount of thought.”  Uh-Huh!

Look, the moment Palestine occupies a piece of ground that is considered strategic to the survival of Israel a shooting war will begin. When the war begins there will be a re-alignment of nations supporting both the so-called Palestinians and the Israelis.  The nations of the world will be, once again, at each other’s throats.  It is just that simple and just that horrible.

Never forget that the intent of the so-called Palestinians is not so much statehood as it is the total destruction of the state of Israel.

If the nations of the world want the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian to end, then they should get out of the way and allow them to go at each other until one or the other is wiped out.  As a student of history, I have no doubt who will be standing when the dust clears.

But that is not going to happen.  Anti-Semitism is running rampant in Europe today.  Although we have it here in America it is no where near as strong as in the remainder of the world. It is just as virile as it was in the 1500′s, the 1600′s, the 1700′s, the 1800′s, and the 1900′s.  It is just as strong today, if not stronger.  

I think it is caused by fear and envy. 

Whether you choose to believe in God, or not, it does not change the fact that the Jewish people have found favor in His sight.  They are under His protection and many of us who are not Jews despise that fact.   It is, I believe, just that basic and just that simple.  Fear and envy — the same motivations that caused Cain to kill his brother Abel.

It is my unshakable belief that as soon as America installs a leader friendly to Israel, the fortunes of our country will turn around and we will return to our former glory.  It is not going to happen under the Obama Regime.

It seems to me it would be more beneficial to America, and the world, if America’s leadership, no matter the political party, would just abandon their efforts at trying to force Israel into a deal that would most certainly result in a national life or death war for both the Israelis and the so-called Palestinians,  and throw its not inconsiderable resources into efforts to secure Israel from it’s surrounding enemies.
J. D. Longstreet

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