President Obama's Distain for Fossil Fuels is Irrational and Dangerous to National Security
One can certainly call the president a lot of things , but straight-shooter isn’t one of them—here's why.
Excerpted from The U.S.' Untapped Oil Bounty(The Kiplinger Letter)
“... Untapped reserves are estimated at about 2.3 trillion barrels, nearly three times more than the reserves held by Organization of Petroleum Exporting Counties (OPEC) and sufficient to meet 300 years of demand-at today's levels-for auto, aircraft, heating and industrial fuel, without importing a single barrel of oil.
We believe we have given our readers enough evidence to at least persuade you to do some additional research on this subject to draw your own conclusion.
Try to envision a generation of wounded warriors well-adjusted in mind, receiving support to overcome the challenges in readjustment to civilian life.
Wounded Warrior Project’s (WWP’s) Combat Stress Recovery Program addresses the mental health and cognitive needs of service members returning home from war.
Through interactive programs, outdoor rehabilitative retreats, peer support, and professional services, warriors are provided the tools to maintain healthy, meaningful relationships with family and friends, and pursue life goals without the barriers or stigmas associated with mental health issues.
The Mission of Wounded Warrior Project simple and straight forward:
TO HONOR AND EMPOWER WOUNDED WARRIORS
If we do not help support this honorable mission, accomplishing it will be that more difficult.
THE GREATEST TRAGETY IS BEING FORGOTTEN.
Wounded Warrior Project is the Official Charity of THE FRANKLININDEPENDENT JOURNAL. We hope you will join us in our support
Don’t look for Oprah on the Obama’s 2012 Christmas card. For that matter, don’t look for Oprah on the campaign trail for the president in 2012, either.
According to the recently released book “THE AMATEUR, Barack Obama in the White House,” Michelle Obama and Oprah are engaged in a subtle “Mean Girls” style battle of wills, with the first lady even criticizing Oprah’s “girth.”
The New York Post, has released excerpts of the book, explaing:
When [Oprah] phoned, [Obama] dropped everything and took her call. They huddled over strategy. Of all of Obama’s unofficial White House advisers, Oprah had unparalleled access, input, influence, and power.
But according to the book's author, Oparah’s “prestige” within the White house inter-circle was short-lived. Soon after Obama won the election, “It soon became apparent that something had gone wrong between Oprah and the new administration — or, more precisely, between Oprah and Michelle Obama.”
Come to think of it, we haven’t seen Lil' Steve Wonder stumping for the president in 2012, either. Maybe he’s still smarting from this 2008 Los Angeles appearance with “My Michelle.”
Are Democrats and President Obama exploiting victims of domestic violence for political purposes?
In a recent telephone interview with Stephanie Miller of Al Gore’s Current TV, Rep. Gwen Moore (D) Wisconsin said she wishes the abuse she suffered "was something rare, but it's not" and calls the revised version of the Violence Against Women Act fake.
Confused by all the hub-bub over private equity firms? Here is a crash course on how private equity firms work.
If you are skeptical of this explanation because of its source, we invite you to educate yourself on the subject and become an informed voter.
And here we thought the “Hollywood Left” and the Left in general was tolerant and open to diversity?
Well, it would appear actor Will Smith didn't get the memo or didn't bother to read his Russia travel guide.
As you will see, Mr. Smith wasn't exactly "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” or “Mr. Nice Guy" at last Friday's “Men in Black 3” movie premiere in Moscow. When a male Ukrainian journalist attempted to kiss the actor, during a friendly exchange, Smith lashed out--shoving the man and then slapping him in the face, becoming the pejorative "Ugly American". Here’s the evidence of Mr. Smith’s cultural faux pas. Détente is overated.
As it turns out, Smith is actually the one with the problem—his problem is that he is either culturally retarded, homophobic or allergic to nuts (peanuts or pistachios).
Our research found that Russia’s kissing culture has always been one of the most beloved things in Russia and historically people always have liked to kiss. The article noted, too that:
However for some people kissing may be dangerous. Recently, an American medical research report was published on people who are allergic to nuts. The report found that people with such allergies could have a terrible reaction if they kissed a partner who had just eaten peanuts or pistachios. This is terrible. So, be careful if you have allergies to nuts. And we truly feel sorry for you.
Maybe Smith should have slapped his body guards for not doing their job instead of some young journalist just trying to do his in a country that does not embrace a free press.
Gov. Scott Walker has earned the NRA-PVF endorsement for his unwavering pro-gun record throughout his political career,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF. “His commitment to preserving our Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage makes Scott Walker the clear choice for Wisconsin gun owners.”
Walker strongly supports the right-to-carry in Wisconsin and has vowed to sign a “shall issue” bill into law. He supported an amendment to the Wisconsin state constitution that would guarantee the individual right to keep and bear arms and efforts to ensure uniformity in state gun laws and prevent a patchwork of confusing local ordinances and regulations across the state. Walker also voted for a state constitutional amendment to protect the right to hunt and fish. Because of his consistent support for individual gun ownership rights, Scott Walker has earned an “A” rating from the NRA-PVF.
By contrast, Walker's opponent, Tom Barrett, has earned an “F” rating from the NRA-PVF for his long history of anti-gun activism and his lengthy anti-gun record as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Barrett has worked closely with anti-gun New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg as a member of the anti-gun front group “Mayors Against Illegal Guns.” He opposes right-to-carry in Wisconsin and supports gun bans and state gun registration. Barrett also supports legislation that would regulate gun shows out of business.
VOTE JUNE 5
We bring you this important message from the First Lady from October, 2010, just before the mid-term elections.
Obama 2012—Are You In?
- Health Reform In Supreme Court: End Of Affordable Care Act? (Huffington post)
- Obama touts Wall Street reform bill, slams Boehner (CNN)
- Number of the Week: Student Loan Bubble (WSJ)
Nick Gillespie of Reason.tv and Reason.com refutes three lies about Governor Scott Walker’s record after one year in office.
This is part two of our six part Memorial Day week series entitled: “The Old Guard, a day in the life.” From practicing rifle maneuvers to guarding the tomb of the unknown soldier, to working burial details at Arlington National Cemetery the 3rd US infantry is the oldest active Infantry Regiment in United States Army and was created in 1784. This is a must watch especially this week for anyone who wants to see what professionalism and dedication and honor really mean.
We hope you’ll join us for the entire series and come away with a greater respect for the men and women in the United Stated Military today and those who we remember honor and celebrate every Memorial Day. Please watch.
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As Memorial Day approaches FIJ wishes to honor the Fathers of two long-time readers for their service to our Country in WWII. One Father fought in the horrendous Pacific Battle of Tarawa.
We also wish to honor another long-time reader's Father who served aboard the USS Pope and participated in the capture of German U-505.
From the video’s description:
On June 4, 1944, an American anti-submarine squadron accomplished an incredible feat, capturing the German U-boat U-505 and all hands. This film celebrates the achievement and explains how it happened. It certainly wasn't a fluke. Commander Daniel Gallery, of the USS Guadalcanal, was convinced he could surface and capture an enemy submarine, and he drilled his crews in the art of boarding. When the aircraft carrier USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60) and its destroyer escorts, USS Pillsbury (DE-133), USS Pope (DE-134), USS Flaherty (DE-135), USS Chatelain (DE-149) and USS Jenks (DE-665), got a contact, they worked in close concert to achieve the capture. German submarine commander Herald Lange and his crew were neatly captured, and their boat towed to Bermuda. Today this Type IXC U-boat rests in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, a nice war prize delivered in style by the U.S. Navy.
North Carolina Teacher Tells Student He Could Be Arrested for Talking Badly About Obama
Coming on the heels of the announcement of Franklin Public Schools’ Teachers of the Year, THE BLAZE reported today:
Last Monday, a high school student in North Carolina engaged his social studies teacher in a heated debate about politics and the two leading presidential candidates. During the exchange, the teacher (an obvious Obama supporter) got very angry with the student and accused him of disrespecting the president. She even went so far as to tell the boy that he could be jailed for speaking ill of Obama. Read full story. You will also find a link to the classrom audio. The students are smarter and better informed than this"social studies teacher." Parents should demand she be fired.
“…It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
—President Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, November 19, 1863.
Today we begin a six part Memorial Day week series entitled: “The Old Guard, a day in the life.” From practicing rifle maneuvers to guarding the tomb of the unknown soldier, to working burial details at Arlington National Cemetery the 3rd US infantry is the oldest active Infantry Regiment in United States Army and was created in 1784. This is a must watch especially this week for anyone who wants to see what professionalism and dedication and honor really mean.
We hope you’ll join us for the entire series and come away with a greater respect for the men and women in the United Stated Military today and those who we remember, honor and celebrate every Memorial Day. Please watch.
President Obama continues to stoke the flames of class warfare.
Huff Post has reported that President Barack Obama's reelection campaign on Monday morning opened a new front in its election faceoff with presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, releasing documentary-style videos and a full website portraying Romney as a job-destroying corporate takeover artist. Read the full story...
Of course, the Obama campaign left out a few FACTS.
FACT: Bain Capital LLC shut down in 2001. Romney left Bain in 1999, long before the plant closing, to run the XIX Olympic Winter Games in February 2002 in Salt Lake City.
FACT: A political power-player serving as a director of Bain at the time of the steel company's bankruptcy and layoffs--Jonathan Lavine. Lavine joined Bain in 1993. He is currently a Managing Director, and since its inception, managing partner and the Chief Investment Officer of Sankaty Advisors.
Blaming Romney for decisions made two years after he left the company is deceitful at best, but blaming predecessors is what Obama does better than anything else--it his trademark tactic. Lavine joined Bain Capital in 1993.
Lavine is also a major bundler for President Obama, raising between $100-200k for his reelection.
SUGGESTION: Maybe the president should use some of Lavine's donations to help the steelworkers featured in his ad.
We see from Franklin School Board President, Janet Evan’s blog "Board's Eye View" that the 2012 FPS Teachers of the year have been announced.THE FRANKLIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL also extends our congratulations to this year's finest.
Nominations for Teacher of the Year are submitted each year by parents, staff and community members to recognize exemplary teachers in the Franklin Public School District. Nominees are chosen by a vote of their peers. Here are the 2012 Franklin public Schools Teachers of the Year.
Elementary School Teacher of the Year
Karen Ruid, Robinwood Elementary
Middle School Teacher of the Year
Michelle Koenig, Math Teacher
High School Teacher of the Year
Ann Nienhaus, Math Teacher
Interested readers may read each teacher’s nomination and acceptance on the FPS website.
Franklin’s BEST will be recognized during the Franklin school Board Meeting on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM at the Education and Community Center 8255 West Forest Hill Avenue.
What personifies a great teacher? We think we have found the answers in this video. Please watch.
In its story covering last Tuesday’s Common Council Meeting FranklinNOW reported:
The limestone quarries on Rawson Avenue were at the center of debate at the city's Common Council meeting Tuesday, as alderman sought to create a citizen advisory board that would oversee monitoring of the sites.
To meet concerns of residents living near the quarries, the city has issued a request for proposals for a private contractor that would monitor blasting and air quality at the quarries. A draft ordinance tentatively defined a citizens [sic] panel that, together with the Plan Commission, would "check what they (the monitors) are doing," in the words of Common Council President Steve Taylor... Read more.
In October of last year THE FRANKLIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL (FIJ) ran a story asking Who's Monitoring the Quarry? At that time we wrote that the City admitted quarry operations had gone unmonitored for the past six years. Were it not for concerned Franklin citizens living across the street from the quarry and upset with the Payne & Dolan quarry "enhancement” (expansion), who knows how long the quarry's emissions would have gone unmonitored.
Residents Call for Neighborhood Meeting
In attendance and representing the City of Franklin at this neihborhood meeting was Mark Luberda, Director of Administration. Mr. Luberda told those in attendance that it appeared Franklin has been lax about monitoring quarry issues. Those in attendance were particularly interested in discussing the limestone quarry’s operations and why the quarries were not being monitored. Mr. Luberda said the contract that Franklin had in place to monitor the quarry lapsed in 2005 and the City never took up the issue again. When one of the Franklin residents asked him "why," Luberda answered, “Maybe there were no complaints.” Another Franklin resident pointed out that “perhaps there were no complaints because the quarries were not being monitored.”
In the end, the citizens group agreed that the blasting, dust and berms are getting much worse and the whole situation is out of hand. If that is the case, we ask why would Franklin city leaders allow the quarries to expand without any independent monitoring?
As reported by FranklinNOW, here are some of the aldermen’s comments pertaining to the draft that was presented and debated during the Council meeting.
Alderwoman Kristen Wilhelm proposed that committee members be appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the council, and that city staff support the committee. But a dense paragraph in the draft outlining the duties of the panel drew criticism.
Alderman Tim Solomon asked whether the committee would be "micromanaging the consultant." Alderman Doug Schmidt said he was "overwhelmed by the amount of verbiage" in the draft.
Finally, Aldermen Wilhelm and Olson said they would work together to produce a new draft, along with the city attorney and administrators.
In the end the Council decided not to take any action on the matter and the draft ordinance was set aside for more work.
FIJ coverage of this story