Archive for December, 2010

Kerry


By John Rossomando – The Daily Caller 3:25 AM 12/15/2010
Cap and trade may be dead, but Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry recently told an audience he intends to push legislation in the 112th Congress that will have a similar effect on the nation’s carbon emissions.

Kerry made his comments before a Chinese delegation, led by former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa, while speaking at the liberal Center for American Progress earlier this month.

“In this next Congress, we will have a major debate over energy policy in the United States,” Kerry said. “We will, even though we may not have a cap and trade mechanism,…have very significant measures introduced that will move us toward energy efficiency.”

The senator hopes to press for the conversion of the nation’s trucks to natural gas, the inclusion of green building standards in construction codes, and a nationwide renewable energy standard, among other ideas.

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Inhofe


By John Rossomando – The Daily Caller 3:05 AM 12/15/2010
The revelation that the Obama administration used a covert CIA program to dig up dirt on countries opposed to the Copenhagen climate treaty shows a White House desperate to enforce its orthodoxy on global warming, Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe told The Daily Caller.

Earlier this month, The Guardian newspaper reported that State Department administration officials, acting at the request of the CIA, sent a secret cable on July 31, 2009, asking U.S. diplomats to gather intelligence on other countries’ preparations for the then-pending Copenhagen climate conference. The request also asked diplomats to be on the lookout for indications that countries were not fostering environmental cooperation and for evidence of countries circumventing U.N.-sponsored environmental treaties.

The cables do not make clear whether CIA Director Leon Panetta was directly involved in the request. Panetta has a long, documented history of environmental activism, particularly on climate change, going back several decades.

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Bolton


By John Rossomando
BigPeace.com
The massive WikiLeaks breaches should prompt Congress to re-examine how the nation guards its secrets and bring its anti-espionage statutes into the Internet age.
The First Amendment’s protections for the freedom of the press exist to protect the people’s right to know; they do not exist to protect foreigners bent on waging a cyberwar against the United States.

WikiLeaks is not a journalistic organization and should not be treated as such.

“Saying [an organization like] WikiLeaks is protected by the First Amendment is as ridiculous … than them saying, ‘Actually, we’re a religion and you can’t inquire into what we’re doing,’” former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton told me in an exclusive interview. “We may need to take even more steps and review the statutes as we review them.”

The current laws were written when the nation’s biggest threats came from other nations, not rogue villains like Julian Assange who have a vendetta against the U.S.

WikiLeaks has done al-Qaida, China, North Korea, and Russia a huge favor by giving them free access to classified documents. And conspirators like Pfc. Bradley Manning have provided the same sort of service to our enemies that Cold War turncoats like Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Aldrich Ames, and Robert Hansen provided to the Soviets.

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The unions have Delta squarely in their sights as they push to unionize the airline, which has remained the largest to stay nonunion.

By John Rossomando – The Daily Caller 1:23 AM 12/13/2010
A rule change made by the Obama administration last May aimed at making it easier to unionize has put Delta Airlines squarely in union sights.

The new rule approved by the National Mediation Board — the body responsible for ruling on labor issues in the transportation industry — makes it easier to organize by allowing a simple majority of those voting in a union election to decide its outcome. The board approved the new rule following a Sept. 2009 letter from the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department asking the board to make it easier for transportation unions to win elections.

The old rule that had been in place prior to the change, dating back to the 1930s, required a union to win the backing of a majority of an entire class of workers, such as flight attendants. The Supreme Court upheld the former rule as constitutional twice.

Under the old rule, 10,001 of Delta’s approximately 20,000 flight attendants would have needed to vote for union representation for an election to be successful. Those who chose not to vote in the union election were counted as “no” votes under the old rule.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has named the Family Research Council and 12 other socially conservative groups as "hate groups" due to their stances against homosexuality.

By John Rossomando – The Daily Caller 1:50 AM 12/06/2010

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) says it will not back down from its decision to label the Family Research Council and other socially conservative groups as hate groups, on par with the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan Nations, for their views about homosexuality.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins recently asked SPLC to retract the hate group designation, but SPLC Intelligence Project Director Mark Potok told The Daily Caller that will never happen.

SPLC’s Winter 2010 edition of its “Intelligence Report” magazine lists the Family Research Council as a hate group alongside the American Family Association, the Traditional Values Coalition, and 11 other social conservative groups. The report, titled “18 Anti-Gay Groups and Their Propaganda,” also lists five other organizations as being anti-gay – such as Concerned Women for America and the National Organization for Marriage — but refrains from classifying them as hate groups.

According to SPLC, the Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America and the other similar groups spread “known falsehoods — claims about LGBT people that have been thoroughly discredited by scientific authorities — and repeated, groundless name-calling.”

“Labeling people and groups as hate groups is laying the groundwork to then charge them with hate crimes using the full force of government to oppress people for their beliefs,” said Concerned Women America President Wendy Wright.

Potok told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews SPLC chose to add the FRC to its list of hate groups due to its claims that gay men molest children at higher rates than straight men, its insistence gay activists want to eliminate age of consent laws, and due to comments FRC Senior Research Fellow Peter Sprigg made suggesting homosexual behavior should be recriminalized.

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