MEMORIAL DAY FLAG WAVE ON FRIDAY MAY 29th – THE PUBLIC, VETERANS, LAW ENFORCEMENT & FIRST RESPONDERS ARE INVITED TO JOIN US.
PLEASE NOTICE THIS EVENT IS TO BE HELD
FRIDAY MAY 29th, 2015
NOT ON THE FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED MEMORIAL DAY.
WE ASK THAT YOU ATTEND LOCAL EVENTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
ON MEMORIAL DAY MAY 25th, 2015
Our country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.
The Highlands Tea Party will hold a Memorial Day flag wave Friday May 29th at Boom Booms Guns and Ammo starting at 10:00AM till Noon. Donuts will be available in the morning, Hot dogs and beverages for all after the Flag wave.
We chose this date as so many other events were taking place on Memorial Day locally, we did not want to interfere with those activities. We will be recognizing our Military Men and Women who gave their all, along with Law Enforcement and First Responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty to the Public.
It give us the opportunity to recognize them twice.
“Every year, Memorial Day is an opportunity for
all Americans to come together to honor
the heroic men and women who courageously
made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our
great nation and to express the profound
gratitude, respect and admiration
that we have for them each and every day,”
We also recognize those of our
Law Enforcement and First Responders
who have sacrificed their lives
in the protection of the public
We are non-Partisan, this event is not a political statement, it is a show of Honor, Respect, and Remembrance of our Fallen Hero’s. We ask the public join us in this recognition.
MEETS EVERY TUESDAY 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
1000 Sebring Square
May 26, 2015
CHARLIE COX – SPEAKING ON FLORIDA GUN RIGHTS.
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation by Chaplin Jenkin Davis or Dale Pflug
Acknowledgement of First Time Visitors.
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May 26th – Dale Pflug – Will give a Power Point Presentation on We The People Education Group on Common Law
June 2nd, – Terry Trussell – The establishment is attacking Terry for doing his job as Grand Jury Foreman by reporting the True Bills and putting them into the public record Come and hear Terry’s Story about the Injustice of our Justice System.
June 9th – Frank DeVarona – The Muslim Threat to America
June 16th – Art Ally – Faith and Liberty
June 30th – TONY MUNNINGS – CANDIDATE FOR STATE REP DISTRICT #55.
July 14th – Amapola & James Hansberger – Legal Immigrants for America
July 21st – Pastor Tom Lahte – Autopsy of a Deceased Church
August 4th – Caitlin Butler -Turning point USA and Life in a liberal Campus
September 1 – Dr. Duke Pesta – The Perils of Common COre – Dr, Pesta is one of the nations most recognized experts on the Perils of Common Core. Dr. Duke Pesta, FreedomProject Education’s Academic Director and Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, If you are a Parent, Educator, Politician, have nephews, neices are a therapist or Religious leader, you do not want to miss this presentation!
September 15 – Tom Trento – Tom just now returned from Israel & will update us on the current state of affairs with the Israel & the Muslim world
October 20 – Brian Mast – Motivational Speaker – Double Amputee from Afghanistan.
Florida lawmakers have tentatively agreed to return in a June 1-20 special session to pass a new state budget.
Opposing Medicaid Expansion will be the main issue in the special session
In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court gave states the option to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. I agree with the Speaker’s belief that expanding Medicaid is not in the best interest of our state. I believe there are principled reasons for declining to grow a government entitlement program that currently costs $23.5 billion per year in state and federal funding, amounting to about one-third of Florida’s budget. Many in the house, oppose expanding Medicaid because we believe it is a broken system with poor health outcomes, high inflation, and unseverable federal strings. Trips to the ER for routine medical care are the most expensive way to treat people. Medicaid promised to decrease the number of people going to the ER for this very reason, but instead ER visits have increased by people on Medicaid for non emergency issues. For example, a study in 2014 out of Oregon showed that over an 18 month period they saw a 40% increase in Medicaid patient visits to the ER, and it was determined that many of these patients did not need emergency care. Under current law, Florida already provides for some of our most vulnerable citizens: low-income children, low-income pregnant women, low-income elderly, and low-income disabled people.
Federal Legislative votes
The House Majority Leader indicated the bill would be considered in the week ahead on May 13, 2015. Status: This bill has been passed in the House and the Senate, but the Senate made changes and sent it back to the House on May 7, 2015.
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NEWSMAX – ISIS Suggests It Can Smuggle a Nuke Into US Through Mexico – 05/24
The Islamic State is using the latest issue of its propaganda magazine Dabiq to pose the “far-fetched” hypothetical of purchasing its first nuclear weapon from Pakistan within a year and getting it into the United States through the porous Southern border. The terrorists raise the issue in an op-ed piece entitled “The Perfect Storm” that it attributes to John Cantlie, the British photojournalist whom ISIS took hostage in November 2012, The Independent reports. Cantlie has since appeared in many of the group’s propaganda videos. Here are the key sections of the piece, according to the Independent Journal Review:
“Let me throw a hypothetical operation onto the table. The Islamic State has billions of dollars in the bank, so they call on their wilayah (Province) in Pakistan to purchase a nuclear device through weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials in the region. The weapon is then transported overland until it makes it to Libya, where the mujahidin move it south to Nigeria.
THEHILL – The GOP’s Benghazi summer – 05/24
Welcome to the GOP’s Benghazi summer. After being hammered for months by Democrats for moving at a “glacial” pace, the GOP-controlled House Select Committee on Benghazi is picking up the pace. “We are pedal to the metal because we are ready to get this thing done,” said Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (Ga.), one of the panel’s seven Republicans. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said the uptick was result of mounting frustration among Republicans over what they view as foot-dragging on the part of the Obama administration to the panel’s various document and information requests related the 2012 attacks that killed a U.S. ambassador there and three other Americans, and their aftermath. “Let’s get going because there’s only so much frustration until finally you got to say, ‘Well, we’re going to do whatever now to try to get that information now,’” he said.This week the panel subpoenaed Sidney Blumenthal, an informal adviser to Hillary Clinton when she helmed the State Department, and who has since agreed to appear before the select committee by the requested June 3 deadline.
WND – ‘Climate change’ worries Obama, pope more than ISIS – 05/24
NEW YORK – President Obama and the Vatican under the leadership of Pope Francis are equally committed to elevating climate change to a top public policy priority, ahead of issues such as the continued surge of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and its massacre of Christians. But they are ignoring a growing body of scientific evidence challenging the assumptions on which the theory of human-caused “climate change” is based, critics contend. Marc Morano, editor of the website ClimateDepot.com, called President Obama’s speech on the subject Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy commencement “politically contrived nonsense,” arguing “scientific studies, data and history refute Obama’s climate/national security claims.” “The president’s speech was so farcical in its claims that it hardly merits a response,” Morano said in a statement posted on ClimateDepot.com. “Contrary to the president’s claims, it seems ISIS may in fact trump ICE as a bigger concern.” Morano said that “believing Obama’s climate claims undermines our nation’s ability to distinguish real threats from politically contrived nonsense.”
NEWSMAX -David Koch: Brothers Plan to Back ‘Several’ Republicans for 2016 – 05/23
David Koch said Saturday that he and his brother Charles plan to support more than one Republican’s presidential campaign this year, but they are not ready to announce who they are backing. “We are thinking of supporting several Republicans,” the billionaire Republican supporter said on The Larry Kudlow Show. Koch said the support will likely come in “the primary season, winter and next spring” and will be determined based on the policies the hopefuls back. “If we’re happy with the policies that these individuals are supporting, we will finance their campaigns,” Koch told Kudlow. The brothers are reportedly planning a massive $900 million strategy to put a Republican in the White House in 2016, including a $125 million budget next year for its flagship Americans for Prosperity, in an effort described as “beyond the biggest, boldest, broadest effort AFP has ever undertaken.
WASHINGTON POST – Obama wins trade victory in the Senate -05/23
President Obama won a big victory for his trade agenda Friday with the Senate’s approval of fast-track legislation that could make it easier for him to complete a wide-ranging trade deal that would include 11 Pacific Rim nations. A coalition of 48 Senate Republicans and 14 Democrats voted for Trade Promotion Authority late Friday, sending the legislation to a difficult fight in the House, where it faces more entrenched opposition from Democrats. The Senate coalition fought off several attempts by opponents to undermine the legislation, defeating amendments that were politically popular but potentially poisonous to Obama’s bid to secure the trade deal.
THE HILL – Administration moves to end bulk data collection – 05/23
The Senate is preparing for a last-minute attempt to save expiring portions of the Patriot Act, but it may already be too late. The Obama administration is already starting to end the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, after legislative inaction forced the upper chamber to kick the can until next Sunday — mere hours before the laws expire. Without congressional approval, the White House failed to ask the secretive Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court to renew the program by a Friday deadline. The administration also began taking its own steps to end the NSA’s controversial phone records collection program. “We’ve said for the past several days that the wind-down process would need to begin yesterday if there was no legislative agreement,” one administration official told The Hill early on Saturday morning. “That process has begun.”
THE HILL – Senate takes key step toward passing fast-track for Obama – 05/21
The Senate voted Thursday to end debate on fast-track trade legislation, handing a significant victory to President Obama and moving the bill a step closer to passage. A final vote could come as soon as Thursday if senators agree to limit the final 30 hours of debate allowed under Senate rules. Senators voted 62-38 on the bill, which will allow the president to send a sweeping Asia-Pacific trade deal to Congress for an up-or-down vote, and prevent the deal from being amended by Congress. Sens. Patty Murray (Wash.), Maria Cantwell (Wash.) and Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.) were among the final Democratic yes votes. They appeared to vote after Cantwell secured an agreement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to allow a vote in June on renewing the Export-Import Bank’s charter. The bank, which has come under criticism from conservative Republicans, helps finance U.S. investments meant to increase trade, and has been supported in the past by Boeing. The very final vote was cast by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a former U.S. trade representative for the Bush administration who is in a tough reelection cycle. He voted yes.
NEWSMaX – Insider Report from NEWSMAX.COMHeadlines (Click here for stories listed below): – 05/17
1. Job Growth Twice as High in Red States
2. Survey: ‘Criminal Behavior’ Behind Unrest in Baltimore
3. FBI: Killing of Police Up 89 Percent in 2014
4. Saudis Seek Presidency of U.N. Human Rights Council
5. Planned Parenthood Sends Mother’s Day Cards
6. Student Debt Rises 325 Percent in 10 Years
BOSTON HERALD – Carr: Dishonest mistake – 05/17
Of course he’s from Massachusetts. How could George “Steffi” Stephanopoulos possibly be from anywhere else — he’s insufferably smug, duplicitous, politically correct, corrupt and obscenely overpaid. And most significantly, in the tradition of every Bay State sleaze from Ted Kennedy to Barney Frank to Jonathan Gruber, Steffi is going to get away with it. Being a moonbat means never having to say you’re sorry. Somewhere, disgraced NBC “News” anchor Brian Williams must be thinking: “I can’t believe my career is over, and Steffi’s isn’t.” Last week Steffi was outed as a world-class hypocrite and fraud, attacking author Peter Schweizer on ABC “News” as a paid shill for the GOP while covering up his own payoffs to his former (and future?) employers, the Clinton Crime Family. Steffi said not revealing his $50,000 kiss to the Clintons was “an honest mistake.” That’s what he said. Honest. Two hours later, Steffi issued a new statement. Actually, it wasn’t 50 grand, it was 75 grand. Another honest mistake, I guess.
THEHILL – GOP lawmakers flabbergasted by Bush stumbles on Iraq – 05/16
Jeb Bush stumbled over questions about the Iraq War this week, unnerving some congressional Republicans who wonder if he has what it takes to win the White House. Steadfast allies to the former Florida governor say Bush is just a bit rusty and insist the gaffes won’t be debilitating ahead of his expected campaign for the 2016 GOP nomination. But others on Capitol Hill were scratching their heads as Bush struggled during four consecutive news cycles to articulate his position on the unpopular war that defined the presidency of his older brother, George W. Bush. “[I’m] flabbergasted at the degree of back and forth that’s ensued this week on the Middle East answer, correction, non-answer, correction, etc.,” said one GOP lawmaker from a early primary state who has yet to endorse anyone in the race.
WND – ‘TREASONOUS’ EDUCATORS ‘DUMBING DOWN’ U.S. KIDS – 05/16
Educators are committing an “act of war” against America’s school children and intentionally dumbing down the nation, charges international journalist and educator Alex Newman. Education bureaucrats – not ordinary teachers – are the criminals guilty of “treason,” he says. “I hope this isn’t taken as an attack on teachers,” Newman said during a May 9 appearance on the radio program, “A Call to Rights.” “The teachers are just as much victims as the students here.”Newman has co-authored a new book with Samuel Blumenfeld that’s taking Amazon by storm, “Crimes of the Educators,” which has surged to No. 379 on Amazon’s list of bestselling books overall. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan created the National Commission on Excellence in Education to investigate poor educational outcomes in America. The commission proclaimed in its report, “If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.” Newman and Blumenfeld accused the late American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer John Dewey, of perpetrating the “act of war” on America’s kids.
DAILY SIGNAL – LAWNEWS Supreme Court Justice Scalia: Constitution, Not Bill of Rights, Makes Us Free – 05/16
To hear Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia tell it, America’s freedoms don’t come from freedom of speech or freedom of the press. It’s not the right to bear arms that keeps us free, nor is it the right to “be secure … against unreasonable search and seizure” or to a “speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury.” The reason America’s basic freedom has endured for more than 200 years, Scalia said Friday in a speech to the Federalist Society in Morristown, N.J., is not the amendments to the Constitution but the Constitution itself. “Every tin horn dictator in the world today, every president for life, has a Bill of Rights,” said Scalia, author of the 2012 book “Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts.” “That’s not what makes us free; if it did, you would rather live in Zimbabwe. But you wouldn’t want to live in most countries in the world that have a Bill of Rights. What has made us free is our Constitution. Think of the word ‘constitution;’ it means structure.”
Where do people like me go now?
Around the turn of the 20th century, a young Christian man with an entrepreneurial spirit by the name of Joseph Farah left Lebanon with dreams of what he could do and how he could live in the New World of America.
About the same time, a young girl by the name of Alexandra Kurdock, with a similar background, left her home in Damascus, Syria, with her three brothers, Joseph, Robert and George, with similar ideas.
Joseph Farah and Alexandra Kurdock met in Paterson, New Jersey, after passing through Ellis Island for their new home. They got married, started a variety of businesses, worshipped freely in their new land with its strong Christian heritage and commitment to freedom of religion and human rights. They had a son they named John, who became my father. Meanwhile, Alexandra’s brothers started electrical contracting, plumbing and engineering businesses and prospered. They lived the American dream.
America has changed dramatically in the last 100 years. Back then, immigrants from the Middle East were nearly all Christians, most of whom were looking for a country in which they wouldn’t be dominated and oppressed by a population of largely Muslims who often treated non-Muslims like second-class citizens. They didn’t come to America to “fundamentally transform” it. Rather, they came to assimilate, learn the language, adapt to the culture, obey the laws, raise families, build businesses, pay taxes and live in freedom.
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As the grandson of Joseph Farah and Alexandra Kurdoch, I wonder where I can go to live out that dream out – or where my children and grandchildren might be able to go.
I thought about this as I read the latest story in WND about plans to flood America with tens of thousands “refugees” from my family’s old homeland – nearly all of them Sunni Muslims.
Keep in mind, throughout the Arab world Sunni Muslims are not in the minority. They are the majority. Even in Syria they are in the majority. To generalize further, they are not religiously oppressed victims. More often than not, they are doing the oppressing. In Syria, for instance, a government that generally protects religious minorities is under siege by Sunni Muslims led by the bloodthirsty ISIS, which has actually succeeded in making the Sunni al-Qaida terrorists look moderate by comparison.
Those attempting to conquer Syria and turn it into a jihadist, Shariah-compliant hellhole are all Sunni. So, first I have to ask myself why 93 percent of the “refugees” Democratic politicians in America are recruiting to the U.S. are Sunnis. It would be like recruiting Nazi “refugees” from Germany during World War II instead of Jews. The numbers of these so-called “refugees” from Syria are disproportionately Sunnis, even when considering the heavy percentage of the Sunni population there.
What’s behind this madness?
If we want to be a land of compassion to real refugees, I’m all for it. But that’s not the case here. We’re opening up American not to the victims, but to the oppressors. It’s not Sunnis who are being beheaded by ISIS. They represent the only group not being beheaded. ISIS is conducting a scorched-earth policy against Shiites, against Christians and against other religious minorities.
So one must ask, who are these Sunni “refugees”? And why are the U.S. and the U.N. clamoring to save them and from whom? And why is no one doing anything for the real refugees of Syria – the Christians and other minority groups who are facing extinction?
As for me and my offspring – my children and grandchildren – where will we go when America completely loses connection with its Christian roots and heritage? What new world can we dream about as America’s new god of multiculturalism self-immolates in its suicidal embrace of Islam? Where will you go?
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Weekly Address: A Raise For Our Troops
In this week’s Republican address, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) urges President Obama to drop his threat to veto a defense bill that would give our troops a raise and reinforce the mission to defeat ISIL.
Honoring Memorial Day, Thornberry says, “We carry a debt to those who have served, and especially to those who have fallen, to focus just on doing what’s right for the country and what’s right for our troops, and we honor them best by building on their sacrifice to pass along to the next generation a country even stronger, even more prosperous, and even freer than we’ve enjoyed.”
Learn more about how this national defense bill helps our troops, and check out these excerpts from coverage of Chairman Thornberry’s address:
“GOP gears up for fight with Obama over defense spending. On this Memorial Day weekend, the Republican Party is gearing up for a fight on the controversial defense spending bill that recently passed the House, despite White House veto threats and steep Democratic opposition. ‘The House bill authorized exactly the amount the president requested to keep America safe,’ Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said Saturday in a video. ‘But he wants more money for domestic programs and has threatened to veto the defense bill unless he gets it.’ …Thornberry said the bill ‘gives our troops a raise and updates their benefits’ and helps protect the nation against extremist terror threats like ISIS.” (CBS News)
“Armed Services chief to Obama: Don’t ‘play politics’ on defense. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) urged President Obama on Saturday to drop his veto threat against a defense spending bill. Thornberry argued that Obama should reconsider using executive power on the $612 billion 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) given it passed overwhelmingly in the House last week and has majority Senate support going forward. ‘The House bill authorized exactly the amount the president requested to keep America safe,’ Thornberry said in the GOP’s weekly address. ‘But he wants more money for domestic programs and he has threatened to veto the defense bill unless he gets it.’” (The Hill)
ISIS Leader Baghdadi Claims “Islam Was Never a Religion of Peace”
ISIS recently released an audio message claiming it to be that of their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. During the 33-minute message, the speaker assumed to be Baghdadi calls for Muslim emigration to the proclaimed “caliphate” in ISIS-controlled areas of Syria and Iraq and declares ISIS is fighting “the war of all Muslims.”
Linguistic experts have analyzed the recording and while the voice does appear to be that of Baghdadi, that fact could not be verified. If this message is indeed from Baghdadi, it would be his first known communication since last November.
According to BBC.com, the speaker on the audio says:
“There is no excuse for any Muslim not to migrate to the Islamic State… joining [its fight] is a duty on every Muslim. We are calling on you either to join or carry weapons [to fight] wherever you are.”
He adds: “Islam was never a religion of peace. Islam is the religion of fighting. No-one should believe that the war that we are waging is the war of the Islamic State. It is the war of all Muslims, but the Islamic State is spearheading it. It is the war of Muslims against infidels.”
IS declared a “caliphate” over parts of Iraq and Syria in June 2014.
The speaker in the message says: “There is no might nor honour nor safety nor rights for you except in the shade of the caliphate.”
Baghdadi’s whereabouts remain unknown following reports of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes earlier this month, wherein it was reported ISIS deputy leader Abu Alaa al-Afri was killed.
Although a spokesman from the Iraqi interior ministry reported that Baghdadi had been seriously injured in a March coalition-led airstrike, the Pentagon said that it had no intelligence to confirm that.
Prospect of Hillary Clinton-Marco
Rubio Matchup Unnerves Democrats
WASHINGTON — They use words like “historic” and “charismatic,” phrases like “great potential” and “million-dollar smile.” They notice audience members moved to tears by an American-dream-come-true success story. When they look at the cold, hard political math, they get uneasy.
An incipient sense of anxiety is tugging at some Democrats — a feeling tersely captured in four words from a blog post written recently by a seasoned party strategist in Florida: “Marco Rubio scares me.”
What is so unnerving to them at this early phase of the 2016 presidential campaign still seems, at worst, a distant danger: the prospect of a head-to-head general-election contest between Mr. Rubio, the Republican senator from Florida, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Yet the worriers include some on Mrs. Clinton’s team. And even former President Bill Clinton is said to worry that Mr. Rubio could become the Republican nominee, whittle away at Mrs. Clinton’s support from Hispanics and jeopardize her chances of carrying Florida’s vital 29 electoral votes.
Democrats express concerns not only about whether Mr. Rubio, 43, a son of Cuban immigrants, will win over Hispanic voters, a growing and increasingly important slice of the electorate. They also worry that he would offer a sharp generational contrast to Mrs. Clinton, a fixture in American politics for nearly a quarter-century who will turn 69 less than two weeks before the election.
As her supporters recall, Barack Obama beat Mrs. Clinton for the nomination in the 2008 elections after drawing similar contrasts himself.
Oops! Updated NASA Data Reveals No Global Warming Polar Ice Retreat
Talk about poor timing! Just as President Obama is about to give the commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy on the subject of the perils of global warming, a report has come out in Forbes Magazine that updated NASA data reveals that contrary to the many alarmist stories in the mainstream media, the polar ice caps are not receding.
James Taylor, who has written on energy and environment issues, reveals that the polar ice caps have not receded at all since NASA data measurements began in 1979. Taylor also notes that the MSM has remained resolutely silent on these latest NASA data revelations:
The timing of the 1979 NASA satellite instrument launch could not have been better for global warming alarmists. The late 1970s marked the end of a 30-year cooling trend. As a result, the polar ice caps were quite likely more extensive than they had been since at least the 1920s. Nevertheless, this abnormally extensive 1979 polar ice extent would appear to be the “normal” baseline when comparing post-1979 polar ice extent.
Updated NASA satellite data show the polar ice caps remained at approximately their 1979 extent until the middle of the last decade. Beginning in 2005, however, polar ice modestly receded for several years. By 2012, polar sea ice had receded by approximately 10 percent from 1979 measurements. (Total polar ice area – factoring in both sea and land ice – had receded by much less than 10 percent, but alarmists focused on the sea ice loss as “proof” of a global warming crisis.)
Taylor also notes that the usual suspects in the MSM continue to maintain their silence on this NASA data that counters their beloved global warming ideology:
The frequency of polar ice cap stories may have abated, but the tone and content has not changed at all.
Since you can’t get more MSM than the New York Times, your humble correspondent is curious if the Times Dot Earth blogger, Andrew Revkin, will follow up on this. In a recent blog about the tragic deaths of Dutch polar explorers Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo, Revkin mentioned that the two proved important support to polar scientists collecting ground data to verify the accuracy of the NASA satellite data. Revkin quoted one of the scientists, Bruce C. Elder, who worked with the two Dutch polar explorers on this subject:
Satellite data is only valid as long as you have documented that it is accurate — or at least can explain the accuracy and resolved uncertainties with the data set. In the spring of 2014 we were part of a program that performed some ground-truth measurements to validate aircraft sensors and thus moving up the scale to satellite data. For this purpose — combined with a couple other programs — we took ice-based measurements that were then overflown by various aircraft with downward looking sensors, which in turn flew missions beneath the polar-orbiting satellite track.
It is very important to periodically perform these ice-based experiments so that you have confidence in what the sensor-based electronics is actually showing you. If you oversimplify things, the most accurate measurement of snow and ice thickness is done by being there — on the ice — drilling a hole and directly measuring it. There is no calibration or interpretation needed.
Okay, Andrew. So did the ground data prove that the NASA satellite data was accurate? Your homework assignment is to report on this but beware! You could be entering the Planet of the Liberals Forbidden Zone in which the facts counter the prevailing global warming ideology.
Iran’s leader rejects foreign access to military sites, scientists
TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s supreme leader vowed Wednesday he will not allow international inspection of Iran’s military sites or access to Iranian scientists under any nuclear agreement with world powers.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told military commanders Wednesday that Iran will resist “coercion and excessive demands” from America and other world powers.
Negotiators from Iran and a six nation group — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — have launched a new round of talks in Vienna focused on reaching a final deal that curbs Iran’s nuclear program in return for lifting economic sanctions. The two sides reached a framework agreement in March and hope to strike a final deal by June 30.
A fact sheet on the framework accord issued by the U.S. State Department said Iran would be required to grant the U.N. nuclear agency access to any “suspicious sites.” But Khamenei indicated that the Americans are increasing their demands that international inspection of Iran’s military sites and interviews with Iranian scientists be included in the final deal.
“The impudent and brazen enemy expects that we allow them talk to our scientists and researchers about a fundamental local achievement but no such permission will be allowed,” Khamenei told military commanders in Tehran Wednesday, in remarks broadcast on state TV. “No inspection of any military site or interview with nuclear scientists will be allowed.”
Khamenei said interviewing Iranian nuclear scientists would be an affront to Iran’s dignity.
“I will not allow foreigners to interview — which is tantamount to interrogation — the prominent beloved scientists and sons of this nation,” he said. Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Khamenei, was quoted by Iranian media this week as accusing the Americans of changing their position and toughening their stance as the deadline approaches. “They insist on crossing (our) red lines. This turns into an obstacle,” Velayati was quoted as saying
Tina Siegert the Google Goliath’s David – Goole pushing COnservative sites to the back of the search table.
Google, the world’s largest search engine, is gargantuan in size and clout, but still small enough to fit in Barack Obama’s back pocket
Tina Siegert the Google Goliath’s David
By Judi McLeod — Bio and Archives May 19, 2015
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Conservative websites like Canada Free Press (CFP) owe a debt of gratitude to plucky ‘Citizen Journalist’, news researcher cum laude, Tina Siegert ofNews the Media Won’t Show You.
Though some might not yet realize its full impact, all conservative websites are under Google suppression now that Google has claimed rights as the Grand Central of Internet Truth. Google will no longer drive traffic to Conservative websites. Internet traffic is what gets all websites Internet advertising. Without advertising they will go under.
Google, the world’s largest search engine, is gargantuan in size and clout, but still small enough to fit in Barack Obama’s back pocket.
Tina Siegert is but an infinitesimal grain of sand on the mighty Google beach, but she’s doing what the owners of major conservative websites should be doing for themselves. That is trying to find ways to keep from being drowned in the coming Google tsunami.
Self nick-named ‘TinaSavedbyGrace’, Tina owns the site, News The Media Won’t Show You, which proudly bears the motto: “Safety of Israel and Her People’ and posts 50 to 100 updated news stories daily.
With so much mainstream media and government propaganda traveling the Internet as ‘news’, News the Media Won’t Show You is a reliable source, posting only accurate news stories of the day. CFP is one of many news sites that posts News Headlines from News The Media Won’t Show You.
While the conservative digital world grapples with the current dilemma ‘How to get around Google’ s hypocritical ‘Temple of Truth’ status’, TinaSavedbygrace has come up with a solution that at least allows Google- suppressed conservative websites to be found by readers: by Bookmarking them.
A second secret email address used by Hillary Rodham Clinton while she was secretary of state was revealed Monday.
The email address, published by The New York Times, was used in exchanges between Clinton and longtime adviser Sydney Blumenthal, and is from the same private email server that was uncovered earlier this year. “Fyi. The idea of using private security experts to arm the opposition should be considered,” Clinton wrote Blumenthal from the email address HRod17@clintonemail.com. The two were discussing strategies to help the opposition rebels oust Moammar Khadafy in Libya as that country descended into chaos in 2011.
Clinton’s office insisted just two months ago that the only private email address used by the former secretary of state during her tenure was email@example.com. In a 2015 letter to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Clinton’s lawyer acknowledged that the HRod17 email address existed, but stated explicitly that it was “not an address that existed during Secretary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.” The time stamps and content of the messages make clear that this statement was inaccurate, according to the Times report.
Rand Paul’s aggressive media pitch
The Kentucky Republican is courting the media aggressively, taking a page from Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) Straight Talk Express campaign of 2000 and arranging for vans to shuttle reporters from Washington, D.C., to record his moves in Philadelphia.
His playbook also includes nods to his father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), a perennial presidential candidate whose core group of libertarian supporters passed down to Rand Paul.
The centerpiece of the senator’s trip Monday was a rally in front of Independence Hall, where he promised a filibuster against efforts this week to extend the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. Separately, Paul promised he’d compete with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for black voters in Philadelphia and other urban centers. He told a local radio host that her husband, former President Clinton, contributed to the mass incarceration of black men with his backing of the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act.
“If I were the nominee, we will compete in Philadelphia,” he told radio host Dom Giordano at the National Constitution Center. “I’ll ask Hillary Clinton, ‘What have you done for criminal justice? Your husband passed all the laws that put a generation of black men in prison.’ Her husband was responsible for that.”