Citizenship. What is it good for?

According to Merriam-Webster, a citizen is “ a person who legally belongs to a country and has the rights and protection of that country”.

According to the U.S Government’s Voter Eligibility Website: “To be eligible to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen.”

New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera, who represents the Bronx in New York City, seems to have overlooked the “legal” part of the definition and he wants to change U.S. Law for the Bronx.  Rivera hopes to give voting rights to illegal immigrants and has named his bill: “The New York Is Home Act”

Oh my.

N.Y. lawmaker aims to give voting rights to illegal immigrants

June 16, 2014 (Reuters) – A New York lawmaker wants to grant many of the rights of citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants and non-citizen residents, including the right to vote in local and state elections, under a bill introduced on Monday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/16/us-usa-new-york-votingrights-idUSKBN0ER2KU20140616

Solar Panels Killed our Veterans?

Priorities..?

It does indeed look like climate change is costing people’s lives.

The Veterans Affairs Health Care System was apparently  focusing on building solar panels and wind turbines while letting Veterans wait and die for care.

Eric Shinseki Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs in 2009:

…“in order to continue to provide Veterans with the best health care and benefit services, VA must adapt to climate change.”

While Shinseki was proudly promoting the building of solar panels costing more than $20 million at the Phoenix VA Health Care System – as many as 40 veterans had died while waiting for care there.

From Daniel Greenfield’s FRONTPAGE MAG article:

 The VA Sacrificed Vets for Solar Panels

…”Not only did Global Warming have nothing to do with serving veterans, but it got in the way of the VA’s central mission. While Shinseki was focused on building solar panels so the sky wouldn’t fall, veterans were waiting months to see a doctor.

 
Amarillo Texas Veterans Health Care System:  $10 million for solar panels.
Veterans: The third longest wait times for mental health appointments in the country. Its Thomas E. Creek office complained of a lack of resources
 
Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida: Between $5 and $10 million on a solar panel system
Veterans: A waiting list for over 200 vets. 
 
Hawaii has the longest waiting list for veterans with an average of 145 days for an appointment at the Spark M Matsunaga VA Mediacla Center.
Meanwhile it was spending between $1 and $2 million on a 119 KW Solar PV System
 
All of the above happening while VA hospitals and offices were complaining about a lack of resources.

 

There are many more examples at the FRONTPAGE MAG article .

It gets worse.

.…“Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, who had ignored the abuse of veterans, turned his attention to something truly important. He began seeing to it that all the cemeteries had wind or solar power.

The Massachusetts National Cemetery got a 50 kW wind turbine so the dead veterans would have all the sustainable energy they needed.

A VA press release about the cemetery turbine boasted that “under the leadership of Secretary Eric K. Shinseki… VA is transitioning into a 21st century organization that better serves America’s Veterans.”..

 

Such a sad misdirection of priorities at the expense of our veterans.

Coal Is In Your Stocking

Today, President Obama announced his action plan to reduce CO2 emissions by America’s coal fired power plants in order to keep the climate from changing.

China’s plan:  Build more coal fired plants to fuel their economy.

…“New fossil energy output in China, most of it coal, exceeded new wind energy by six times and solar by 27 times”…

 

Russia’s reaction:  Build the world’s largest coal-fired power plant to supply power to China

…”Russia’s Inter RAO (one of the largest Russian public energy companies)  is studying the possibility of building the world’s largest coal-fired power plant to sell electricity to China in a sign of strengthening economic and political ties between the two countries.”…

 

India’s plan: Build more coal fired power plants than China to keep up with demand

…”India is poised to contend with China as the globe’s top consumer of coal, with 455 power plants preparing to come online, a prominent environmental research group has concluded.”…

 

Germany’s plan: Build more coal fire plants to fuel their economy

…”What’s a beleaguered utility to do when forced by the government to close its profitable nuclear power plants?”…

 

Meanwhile, China’s reaction, in order to secure their energy future and energy demand.. “China approved the construction of more than 100 mtllion tonnes of new coal production capacity in 2013 – six times more than a year earlier and equal to 10 percent of U.S. annual usage – flying in the face of plans to tackle choking air pollution.”…

Hurricane Waning Warning

June 1st  is the official start of hurricane season for the Atlantic region which ends November 30th. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th and also ends November 30th..

As the 2014 Hurricane season starts, it will have been 3,142 days since the last Category 3+ storm last made landfall in the U.S.  These long quiet periods between killer hurricanes presents a real danger to the general public: complacency.

Atlantic hurricane season begins… Will record streak without major hurricane landfall end?

…”The U.S. has been extraordinarily fortunate lately: we have not been witness to the fury of a major hurricane (category 3 or higher) landfall since October 2005..

Such a streak, or “drought”, is unprecedented going back to 1900.  As of the start of this hurricane season, the span will be 3,142 days since the last U.S. major hurricane landfall.  The previous longest span is about 2½ years shorter!  While this is a relief for coastal residents and businesses, it inevitably increases complacency.  The longer you go between events, the less likely you are to fully respect the next one and heed warnings…”

As Steven Goddard points out: “Since the start of records in 1850, the presidency of Barack Obama has had the lowest frequency of US hurricane strikes of any president.”

Major hurricanes will certainly come, and when they do, they will encounter a public who may last remember the impact of relatively tame tropical cyclone Sandy. (Sandy was not technically a hurricane at its NJ landfall, but it did cause widespread damage due to a tidal storm surge).  The wrath of a Major Hurricane striking the U.S. shores this year, will awaken all those who have forgotten the times when major hurricanes were more common.

…and from the UK comes the predication from the infamously inaccurate MET Office that almost guarantees that the U.S. will get hit by many major storms this year:

Met Office predicts below average Atlantic hurricane season

Regardless, my hurricane warning and prediction is this:

After an unprecedented quiet period for hurricane activity, when the next major hurricane strikes the U.S. it will no doubt stir up a media frenzy with live reports, “expert” sound bites, and political posturing,  about how such a storm is evidence of “climate change”.