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IBD Editorial By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY 11-29-11

THE NEW TOTALITARIANISM = “collaborative consensus building”

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, opening on Nov. 28, called COP-17, is one of a series of U.N. meetings working toward a specific goal. Advertising for this meeting features a long list of celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, U2’s Bono, Ted Turner, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Al Gore and Michael Bloomberg. The U.N. goal is to move the United States into a global government by environmental regulations and a vast network of taxes. These newly imposed taxes will give the U.N. a tremendous stream of money in addition to U.S. dues and congressional appropriations. The plan for taxes was launched at the 1992 U.N. meeting in Rio de Janeiro, known as the Earth Summit, where Conference Secretary-General Maurice Strong produced a 300-page document with 40 proposals called Agenda 21. The tax-seeking route then proceeded through U.N. meetings in Cancun in 2010, in Durban this November and will be finalized next year at what is called Rio+20 (i.e., Rio de Janeiro after 20 years). Agenda 21 is a comprehensive master plan to reshape and control the U.S. while locking us into the clutches of the U.N. under the innocuous phrase “sustainable development.” Along with 178 countries, President George H.W. Bush accepted Agenda 21 as “soft law.” It was adopted by a new tactic called collaborative consensus building, instead of by treaty. Bush popularized the term “new world order,” but left it for others to define. Mikhail Gorbachev said the threat of an environmental crisis will be the international key to unlocking the new world order, and former President Bill Clinton issued an executive order in 1993 creating the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. Advocates of Agenda 21 talk about the three E’s of sustainable development: economy, equity and environment. Equity means replacing our American constitutional system with central planning and social justice, which is a code word for redistribution of wealth, abolition of private property rights and giving favored corporations tax breaks, grants, and use of eminent domain. Economy means shifting from a private enterprise system to government, private-corporation partnerships. That would be a giant step toward total government and U.N. control of our economy, with the ability to redistribute our goods and services to foreign countries. Environment means giving animals and plants more rights or equal rights with humans. It also promotes worship of nature and mother Earth. To talk about Agenda 21, you will have to get used to a new vocabulary: green jobs, green building codes, going green, regional planning, smart growth, biodiversity, sustainable farming, growth management, resilient cities, sustainable communities, redistribution, urban growth boundaries, redevelopment districts and consensus. Agenda 21 wants to herd people into crowded communities with limited housing space and limited parking spaces. This will promote the green goal of reducing our use of automobiles, allowing only electric cars that can’t go very fast or very far, so people will have to walk, use bicycles and mass transit. Agenda 21 supports the Wildlands Project, which seeks to re-wild 50% of our nation and turn it into a pre-Columbian wilderness where animals roam freely and humans are crowded into limited spaces. Already, we find that rural roads are not being repaired or maintained. Agenda 21 has started its attacks on rural and small-town property rights. Six hundred U.S. cities and counties have signed on to the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives putting themselves indirectly under supervision of U.N. regulations and restrictions. Advocates of Agenda 21 believe the earth is overcrowded. They demand an 85% reduction in human population. It’s a major goal of Agenda 21 to lower the U.S. standard of living by cutting our use of energy. Agenda 21 plans to use smart meters, smart grids and smart growth so that our nation’s use of electricity can be controlled, limited and redistributed. Schools and universities are important to Agenda 21’s goals. The plan is make them indoctrination institutions, where kids are taught “green” propaganda, as well as global education to make them citizens of the world. When you get down to the nitty-gritty, what these U.N. climate conferences are all about is getting the U.N. to impose taxes that will give it an immense flow of money, so it doesn’t have to worry about Congress cutting off appropriations. This means imposing U.N. taxes on currency transfers, fossil energy production including oil, natural gas and coal, the commercial use of oceans, international airplane tickets and all foreign exchange transactions. Taxes of this magnitude would give the U.N. so much power that it would become a de facto world government. Tell your members of Congress to pledge that the day the U.N. adopts this nonsense will be the day we say goodbye to the U.N.

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 KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) – The weekend shooting of three teenagers at a large late-night “flash mob” gathering prompted local authorities to pass an ordinance on Thursday that sets curfews as early as 9 p.m. for people under age 18.

At the urging of Mayor Sly James, the Kansas City Council passed the ordinance 13-0, allowing police to issue citations to parents whose children violate the curfew. Parents can be fined up to $500 per violation.

Three youths aged 13 to 16 were injured by apparently random gunshots at about 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night in an upscale shopping and restaurant district called Country Club Plaza.

James was nearby when the shots rang out and says his bodyguards shoved him down into a flower bed to keep him safe.

There have been other so-called “flash mob” gatherings of youngsters in Kansas City in recent years, but the weekend shootings pushed the issue to the top of the council’s agenda.

No arrests have been made in Saturday’s incident and the shooting victims are recovering.

While the proposed curfew may not be popular, James said his message to youths is clear.

“I care enough about you that I want you to be safe,” he said.

James noted that local police were present in the area both on foot and horseback on Saturday when shots were fired. James also said he had been present in the area that night specifically to observe the gatherings.

Local community leaders have been critical of parents who allow children as young as 10 years old to roam around late at night. James said he spoke Saturday night with one 13-year-old girl he described as well-spoken and bright.

“She had no idea when her mother was going to pick her up,” James said.

Passage of an ordinance so quickly is unusual, but council members said they had feared a repeat of potentially dangerous gatherings this weekend.

“It’s important we send a swift and bold message to parents that your kids should be home,” said City Councilwoman Cindy Circo.

A curfew of 9 p.m. will apply from late May through September in five Kansas City entertainment areas. Elsewhere in the city, the curfew will be 10 p.m. for children 15 and under and 11 p.m. for those 16 and 17.

At other times of the year, the curfew will be 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends for everyone under age 18.

(Editing by Peter Bohan)

http://news.yahoo.com/kansas-city-sets-youth-curfew-weekend-shooting-025521638.html

 

Oh, How America Has Changed

by Phyllis Schlafly 8-19-11

USA TODAY published one of its colorful front pages last week detailing how America has not only grown dramatically in population over the last two decades, but has radically changed ethnically, geographically, and culturally. The most costly of the many changes is the fact that having children has become increasingly detached from marriage.

Illegitimate births for all Americans have risen from 26 percent in 1990 to 41 percent today “and could be headed higher.” Among Hispanics, illegitimacy is 53 percent, among blacks it’s 73 percent, and among whites it has risen to a shocking 29 percent.

This extraordinary change is the primary reason that government budgets, both federal and state, are so bloated. Without fathers to provide for these millions of children, their mothers turn to Big Brother Government.

The economist Robert J. Samuelson recently concluded that “the welfare state is winning the budget war.” The bipartisan budget deal, which slashed our military budget but kept welfare-state handouts mostly off limits, turned out to be “a triumph of the welfare state over the Pentagon.”

The Heritage Foundation reports that 77 types of federal means-tested handouts already cost $522 billion per year before Obama took office. He increased this giant amount to $697 billion per year in the first half of his term, and now half of Americans depend for their living expenses in whole or in part on government handouts paid by the other half who pay income taxes.

That was exactly what Obama planned to do when he told Joe the Plumber he wanted to redistribute the wealth and told Chicago’s WBEZ-FM that his favorite Supreme Court Chief Justice, Earl Warren, wasn’t radical enough because the Warren Court “never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth.”

Estimates are that, over the next decade, the federal government will spend $7.5 trillion on means-tested welfare. That’s in addition to the nearly $200 billion a year doled out by the states.

In Ronald Reagan’s famous caveat, when you subsidize something you get more of it. So the subsidies to women who have no husbands in the house have promoted more and more children growing up without fathers.

The American public has been alerted to the effects of family breakup ever since Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s 1965 report called “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action.” We can now see clearly that giving cash and benefits to single moms, beginning with Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, destroyed families by making fathers unnecessary and even a barrier to the women receiving free money.

This common-sense analysis was confirmed by British commentator Melanie Phillips, who described the current London riots as the result of “the promotion of lone parenthood” and “the willed removal” of fathers from the family unit by the Welfare State and the “ultra-feminist wreckers” of the traditional family with its male breadwinner. She calls for removing “the incentives to girls and women to have babies outside marriage” and for dismantling “the concept of entitlement” from the Welfare State.

The religious Left has injected itself into the U.S. budget debate by corralling a list of leftwingers to sign a statement called “Circle of Protection” opposing any cuts to welfare-state spending. This group made a political splash running newspaper ads featuring the provocative question, “What would Jesus cut?”

I wouldn’t presume to try to read Jesus’s mind or announce His political opinions, but I think it’s hard to make the case that He would approve subsidizing, and thereby encouraging, illegitimate births. That’s exactly what the means-tested welfare handouts have been doing ever since Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty.

Michael Gerson defended the religious Left’s Circle of Protection in the Washington Post. He calls the billions of dollars of government spending on poverty “essentially irrelevant to America’s long-term debt.” I guess we now know why George W. Bush wasn’t more conservative: Michael Gerson was his speech writer.

Gerson is wrong. Welfare-state spending is a major cause of our debt, and it is also morally costly because it chases fathers out of the homes. The Heritage Foundation figures don’t even count the social and fiscal costs of the drugs, sex, suicide, school dropouts, runaways, and crime that come mostly from female-headed households.

Also, welfare spending is a failure; it doesn’t advance us toward any constructive goal, such as helping recipients to get on their feet economically. It merely increases dependence on government handouts and votes for leftwing politicians.

The Obama strategists know their political bread is buttered on the side of creating more and more women dependent on government. Republicans will lose the budget battle unless they face up to the fact that traditional husband-provider marriage is the mainspring of economic solvency, and Republicans will lose elections unless they stop the redistribution of money from taxpayers to dependents on government.

http://www.eagleforum.org/column/2011/aug11/11-08-19.html

 

Hellish Day on Wall Street as S&P 500 Plunges 6.66%: Macke

Analysts say “It’s Not Going to End Until It Gets Very, Very Grim”

Their solution: Bring back the Great Depression and New Deal (Are they on crack or just crazy?!)

VIDEO: http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/breakout/p-500-plunges-6-66-no-bottom-sight-201831572.html

Nuclear: $0.019
Coal: $0.027
Natural Gas: $0.081
Wind:$0.030
Hydroelectric: $0.009
Solar: No estimate found ($0.36 Per KWH http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/environment/largest-solar-thermal-storage-plant-to-start-up )

 

Extrapolation of Results

2008 US Electricity Generation by Source & Weighted Average Cost per kWh

Energy Source % of Total Cost per kWh Weighted Avg Cost
Nuclear 19.7% $0.04 $0.008
Hydro 6.1% $0.03 $0.002
Coal 48.7% $0.04 $0.022
Natural Gas 21.4% $0.10 $0.022
Petroleum 1.1% $0.10 $0.001
Other Renewables 3.0% $0.15 $0.005
  100%   $0.059
Projected US Electricity Generation by Source & Weighted Average Cost per kWh by Doubling Nuclear Energy

Energy Source % of Total Cost per kWh Weighted Avg Cost
Nuclear 39.4% $0.04 $0.015
Hydro 6.1% $0.03 $0.002
Coal 29.0% $0.04 $0.013
Natural Gas 21.4% $0.10 $0.022
Petroleum 1.1% $0.10 $0.001
Other Renewables 3.0% $0.15 $0.005
  100%   $0.058 [change of -1.7%]

When Andasol 1, a solar thermal plant with 7 hours of salt storage was completed in Spain, the head of the team that designed it stated, for publication, that the electricity it produces would cost 27 Euro cents kW, which was 36 US cents kW the day I looked it up, and this was for a plant that cost $19,963 per available kW. http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/environment/largest-solar-thermal-storage-plant-to-start-up

http://nuclearfissionary.com/2010/04/02/comparing-energy-costs-of-nuclear-coal-gas-wind-and-solar/

 

BEIJING (AP) — A little-known Chinese ratings agency has downgraded the rating of the United States from A+ to A. The move is unlikely to affect U.S. borrowing rates but reflects the pessimism Washington’s debt battle has generated worldwide.

President Barack Obama signed emergency legislation to boost the debt ceiling ahead of a deadline to avoid an unprecedented national default.

Still, China’s Dagong Global Credit Rating Co. said Wednesday that the deal doesn’t change the fact that U.S. debt growth has outpaced its economy and fiscal revenue.

Dagong is little-known outside China but hopes to compete with global ratings agencies Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch.

Moody’s has said the U.S. will retain its highest bond rating but with a “negative” outlook.

http://news.yahoo.com/chinese-agency-downgrades-us-credit-rating-014637515.html