Climate Change Finally in Reach of its True Goal


SUMMARY OF THE BANGKOK CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS

According to the National Committee Against the U.N. Takeover & Citizens United for American Sovereignty & Freedom Alliance:

In the One-World Government the following will occur:

1. Our military will be under the UN control. Our military will be brought before UN judges and court system.
ICC...International Criminal Court. ICC consists of U.S. hating judges who meet in European courtrooms.
2. UN will tax our pension, travel, use of oil & electricity, phone calls overseas, and imported consumer goods or other words a World IRS
3. UN will control the ocean's resources. Through the Law of the Sea Treaty, UN will start taxing Americans for oil drilling and mineral extraction and even start telling the U.S Navy where it can & can't go.
4. UN will abolish the death penalty in America
5. UN will open up America's borders to illegal aliens & potential terrorists.
6. UN wants the terrorists at Guantanamo Bay freed and allowed to live in the USA.
7. The Global New Deal....as the UN international welfare program. It is modeled after the New Deal of Franklin Roosevelt. The Global New Deal would provide the equivalent of food stamps & welfare checks to every Third World country. It would also establish a socialist health care plan for every person on the face of the earth.
8. An Environmental Regulation Agency....UN will "negotiate" a Climate Change Treaty in Copenhagen. China, India, Brazil and Pakistan will be exempted from the treaty, American industry will be at a huge disadvantage and will cost American workers their jobs.

I've also received information from a trusted source that:

On 12/6/08 CGS Obama transition team Meetings:

Eric Schwarts is in charge of the US/UN transition team & also handles multilateral issues for the National Security Policy team.

1st meeting was with a delegation from the Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping (PEP) and the next was with members of the Washington Working Group on the International Criminal Court (WICC is a coordination group of the Washington base organizations committed to ICC) Citizens for Global Solutions play a lead role in both of these coalitions.

Our objective was to give the incoming administration pragmatic objectives that could be accomplished during a 4 yr. term on our issues.

For the PEP briefing 7 priorities were discussed:
1. Pay down nearly $1.6 billion in U.S. arrears to the UN & request Congress permanently lift the cap on U.S. dues to U.N. peacekeeping

2. Balance the inequity between UN Security Council mandates & the resources provided to support those mandates

3. Work with DPKO. Increase US peacekeeping participation & leadership by putting more blue helmets on US troops.

4. Include conflict prevention & civilian protection as fundamental pillars of the U.S. foreign policy

5. Voluntarily restrict the use of the U.S veto in the Security Council in situations involving genocide, major war crimes & major crimes against humanity.

6. Support the expansion of the UN Dept. of Political Affairs to enable it to more effectively respond to emerging crises.

7 Stand up the Civilian Response Corps with dedicated staffing & request funding for a Conflict Response Fund

For the WICC meeting we shared 3 priorities:

1. Reinstating the US signature to the ICC treaty (which was unsigned by Pres. Bush & John Bolton)

2. Constructive U.S. participation in the ICC's governing body, the Assembly of State Parties in preparation for the ICC's 2010 Review Conference.

3. Expanding, deeping & further formalizing the official channel of US cooperation with the Court so that we can help bring to justice the those responsible for atrocities in Darfur, the Congo, Uganda & other cases the ICC is involved in.

Texas elections, Nov. 3rd 2009

It's an off year for elections this November, meaning going out to vote may not seem significant to most; especially those who are already greatly focused on the 2010 candidates. However, there are a number of very interesting and heated elections happening in Collin County and Texas at large; coming up in just a couple of weeks.  These elections will have an especially large impact on property taxes.
In particular, Farmersville City voters will decide whether or not the sale of beer and wine for off-premises consumption will be allowed within the city, and Wylie ISD is once again pushing for a Bond election to pay for upgrades, improvements, additions, and renovations.  The biggest challenge bond elections may face are already high property taxes; especially during a time when people are concerned about cutting budgets during week economic times.
More relevant to Texan's at large, are the 11 purposed constitutional amendments being placed on the ballot. There have been rumors going around that some of these amendments would create a state wide property tax; something that is currently unconstitutional in Texas.  Others are saying the wording that will be placed on the ballots is unclear about this, including Texas State Representative Jodie Laubenberg.
As a constituent of Representative Laubenberg's, I received an e-mail from her stating that, "Proposition 2 will eliminate a type of appraisal called "highest and best use."" Basically changing the way appraisals are done to prevent properties being appraised for the highest possible value based on their potential, rather then based on the properties current use and real value. Jodie goes on to say, "Proposition 3 will allow the Comptroller to set uniform standards for how your home is appraised, no matter what county you live in." This is in contrast to today's methodologies that can vary greatly from one county to the next. Jodie claims that "This should result in a fairer appraisal process for everyone."

Cap-and-Trade not as affective as eating less meat

Based on an Article by Senator
 John Cornyn, "the oil-and-gas industry . . . [employs] More than 300,000 Texans . . . [generating] nearly 7 percent of the wages . . .".

He goes on to describe how new tax proposals would impose more then $30 billion in new taxes over the next 10 years, and claims that Texans would pay the biggest share of these new taxes.
The bill Senator Cornyn is most likely referring to is H.R.2454 - American Clean Energy And Security Act of 2009. More commonly known as "Cap-and-Trade".  It passed the House by a narrow margin in June, and today is still waiting to be voted on by the Senate.
The bill is expected to reduce so called "Green-house" gasses by 17 percent, but in reality it only addresses carbon emissions, which is actually only a small percentage of the total global gasses believed to cause the earth become warmer.  Water vapor is by far the biggest contributor, but more recently the attention has been given to cows, thanks to their emissions of Methane Gasses.
Fao Newsroom reported: "According to a new report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent – 18 percent – than transport".
What does this mean?
We would produce significantly less "Green House Gases", and possibly improve our health, simply passing on the meat, and saving some money at the grocery store, then we would by significantly increasing taxes on energy; possibly crippling our already fragile economy.

Religious Freedom Being Threatened


Elder Dallin H. Oaks, an apostle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said religious freedom is being threatened by societal forces intimidating those with religious points of view from having a voice in the public square.

Elder Oaks made the comments while addressing to Brigham Young University-Idaho students on the importance of preserving the religious freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

He said we should not be deterred or coerced into silence by threats. “We must insist on our constitutional right and duty to exercise our religion, to vote our consciences on public issues, and to participate in elections and debates in the public square and the halls of justice.” He also offered five suggestions:
  • Speak with love and show patience, understanding and compassion to those with differing viewpoints.
  • Do not be deterred or coerced into silence by intimidation from opponents, insisting that churches and their members be able to speak out on issues without retaliation.
  • Insist on the freedom to preach the doctrines of their faith.
  • Be wise in political participation, remaining respectful of those who do not share their religious beliefs and contributing to reasonable discussion.
  • Be careful to never support or act on the idea that a person must subscribe to a specific set of religious beliefs in order to qualify for public office.
“Religious values and political realities are so interlinked in the origin and perpetuation of this nation that we cannot lose the influence of Christianity in the public square without seriously jeopardizing our freedoms,” Elder Oaks concluded. “I maintain that this is a political fact, well qualified for argument in the public square by religious people whose freedom to believe and act must always be protected by what is properly called our ‘First Freedom,’ the free exercise of religion.”

This message is particularly important today as 2009 elections are right around the corner, and many are already in full campaign mode for the 2010 elections.

Conservative vs. Liberal Mentality.

If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn`t buy one, but recognizes the constitutional right of others to own them.
If a liberal doesn't like guns, he wants all guns outlawed; followed by knives.

If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn`t eat meat.
If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a conservative sees a foreign threat, he thinks about how best to defend against his enemies.
A liberal tries to talk their way out of it, or wonders how to surrender gracefully and still look good.

If a conservative practices homosexuality, he quietly leads his personal life.
If a liberal flaunts it in front of everyone while demanding legislated respect.

A conservative understands that sex is a private adult matter.
A liberal thinks young kids need to explore their sexuality.

If a person of color is conservative, they see themselves as independently successful.
Their liberal counterparts see themselves as victims in need of government protection.

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation; turning to his friends and local community for temporary support.
A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him, and thinks he deserves a bailout from the Federal government.

If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.
Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.
A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced. (Unless it’s a foreign religion, of course!)

If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his and all the other poor people who can't or won't pay for it.

If a conservative slips and falls in a store, he gets up, laughs and is embarrassed.
If a liberal slips and falls, he grabs his neck, moans like he's in labor and then sues.

If a conservative reads this, he'll send the link to his friends so they can have a good laugh.
A liberal will delete it because he's "offended".

TacoMaria - 2000 Tacoma v6 4x4


After selling the 2007 FJC (Negro) I bought a 2000 Tacoma v6, SR5, 4x4, manual hubs, automatic, and in great need of some TLC. The plan is to use it as my daily driver (a lot cheaper then the FJC was, or so I though it would be at first got it for about half of the listed NADA value at the time), but I also plan to take it off-road a few times a year on some moderate trails.

I knew from my initial inspection that the suspension need to be replaced, the tires were cheap but appeared usable, the windshield had to be replaced, the engine needed a tune up, and the exhaust was a bit rusty (and missing the cat).

I didn't take long before realizing that the engine was bad; it kept consuming coolant and over heating after about 30 minutes of driving. It turned out that one of the cylinder walls was cracked, so about $3k latter for fix up, and another $3k for suspension, wheels and tires, I was finally ready to start building up the truck during the 2009 Thanksgiving holiday.

Things I've done:
  • Suspension - Toytec coilovers, Blistin rear shocks, Wheelers Off-road Leaf Springs and accessories, Downey Shackles, new break lines, and some other miscellaneous accessories.
  • Electrical - Aftermarket Taillights, Stereo, HAM & CB radios, and wiring for an extra fuse box to run all the extra electrical add-ons.
  • Wheels & tires - Wheelers off-road black steal wheels, and some slightly used Goodyear MTR's 285/75/16.
  • Got an alignment, finished Hooking up the CB and HAM radios, Hooked up the GPS mount, and re-attached the factory skid plate. All just before heading out to the 2010 Lonestar Toyota Jamboree.
  • Got it another tune-up and a bunch of maintenance done on the replacement engine.
  • Trimmed the front Bumper.
  • Flattened the Pinch Weld
  • Installed a Carsound/Magnaflow Cat I purchased from 4wheel Parts, thanks to their Blue Ribbon Coalition membership gift card I got. Then replaced the missing "Check Engine" light. The Cat only lasted about 4 months.
  • Spend a bunch more money getting things fixed so I could pass inspection after owning it 1 year (don't ask me how it passed when I first bought it - I'm sure the guys who sold it to me didn't get it done legally).  Turned out the fuel system was rather dirty - almost as if someone had put dirt in the gas tank.
  • Replaced one of the inner tie-rod-ends.
  • The drive shaft fell out of the truck, and had to be "re-threaded", what ever that means.
  • Replaced Front Brakes with 2002 Sequoia Brakes.
What it needs soon:
  • Fix the Heater.  I think it's leaking, and the temperature selection knob wont turn.
  • New Catalytic converter to get the Check Engine light to turn off.
  • The seats are torn up and hard on the back, so I've been keeping my eyes open for options - probably end up pulling something out of a sporty luxury type car to give myself some nice comfortable seats.  Of course I'll probably need to get some assistance with customizing the mounting brackets.
  • The steering and front end might still need a little more fixing up, but it seems to be working well enough for now. It could probably use a full set of new bushings, and a proper alignment.  I'll get around to some day.
  • The HAM radio still isn't functioning properly. I may need to relocate the antenna and make sure it's grounded properly.
  • Finish the install on the cheap Alarm system I bought with Keyless entry (I'm not used to having manual locks) just need to purchase and install the power lock modules.
Here's my current wish list:
  • Replace the rear bumper and tow hitch as they are really quite worthless as they are right now anyway.
  • Secondary battery so i don't run down the primary with all the extras lights and stuff I want to put on it (and maybe a winch some day).
  • Rock-rails, tube bumpers, and in-bed (or tail gate replacement) tire carrier (maybe a tool box in the bed as well).
  • Off-road Lights
  • Re-gear & re-build the axles (4.56s, limited slip in the rear, selectable locker in front, wheel bearings, armor, etc).
  • Someday I'd like to supercharge it if I ever find myself with a bunch of extra money to wast. Or just drop in a newer bigger and more efficient engine and tranny in it.
  • Hopefully the transmission will hold up for a while, though it was way way over due for a fluid change when I first got it. It seems to occupational have problems downshifting when I come to a complete stop. It probably needs a power flush.  We'll see.
  • Maybe a gear reduction box some day.
  • More stuff as I think of it....

A stimulating letter to Senator Cornyn

I got an e-mail from one of my Senators this week asking me to reply to the question, "How do you think the "stimulus" package has fallen short?"
Here was my reply:
Senator Cornyn, Thank you for you're question about the so called "stimulus bill and other failed initiatives that have passed threw congress recently. I hope you will take the time to personally read my thorough response.
It seems to me that you voted for a "stimulus" bill late last year. I urged you not to. Not because I didn't think there was a problem (there obviously was/is), not because I didn't think something needed to be done (I still think something does need to be done that isn't even being considered currently), but because I know it isn't wise to give people billions of dollars who mishandled a great deal of money in the first place. As we have since seen the money has not even gone to the very purpose it was meant to, but instead as gone to fill to coffers of those who came asking for the handout in the first place!
Now that you've sent this request for comments, I can't help but say "I told you so", but you didn't listen. Apparently you are listening now, so let me tell you what should be happening. And I hope you can see it as I do, not as an opinion, but as a matter of constitutional law and authority.
I believe every single member of congress has violated his or her oath of office to uphold and defend The Constitution. I would love to get elected to congress myself so that I could start presenting cases as to why all of you (including President Obama, all of his zars, and at least half of the supreme court justices) should be removed from office, but as it is right now, I'm too busy working hard to do the right thing, and support my family; including my two 10 month old twins. Not to mention that the current election laws just make it too time consuming, expensive, and right down impossible to do so with out an army of bureaucrats and lobbyists assisting you. Perhaps you could pass a new "stimulus" bill to help "stimulate" more direct participation in government from you're constituents that employ you.
I would exhort you to spend some time reading and studying The Constitution as I have and especially pay attention to the 9th and 10th amendments. They used to be a valued part of the constitution, but today they might as well not exist. Also, try to find anything in The Constitution that authorizes federal bailouts or social programs of any kind.
I understand there are a lot of tough battles to be fought in Washington right now, which is all the more reason why we need strong people who will stand up to those who are violating our constitutional and God given rights (see the Declaration of Independence while you're at it, and pay attention to the part about our "Creator" and the rights he gave us). People of the highest integirty who will NOT compromise on doing what is best for their constituents, within the bounds set forth by The Constitution. Keep in mind, we are not a Democracy, and the majority cannot do anything they want just because they have the largest voice, rather they must follow the rules and laws as they are, and the foundation of those laws in this contry is The Constitution.
Please start fighting for a return to our core Constitutional foundations an give the people of this country and opportunity to make us a great nation once again.

WISD Bond - Is the third time the charm?

Coming up in November the Wylie Independent School District is once again asking voters to support a bond proposition to upgrade existing schools and build some additional structures.  This would be the third straight year in a row that they have asked for additional fund in a city already marred with high property taxes.
            In 2000 the tax rate was: 2.4% vs. 1.8% average for Texas.
            Today taxes are slightly more then that thanks to a more recent bond issuance to build a new city hall and library.
            It's expected to be even higher next year.
Most people I've personally talked to about the upcoming bond vote have complained that voters have said no the last two times, even though by a small margin, so why are they asking a third time?  After all it does cost the taxpayers money ever time they put the issue onto the ballot.  Maybe they believe that the "3rd times the charm"?
Actually, I've been told that WISD still has money left over from previous bond issuance to the tune of about $5 million.  Certainly enough to take care of some of the more essential needs.  Most of all I hear people say they are tightening their belts, and most of them want to see our governments at all levels do the same.  My prediction based on this would be that these bond requests will once again fail to pass by the voters.  On the other hand, WISD teachers are rumored to have been told that they will not receive a raise if the bonds fail.
The big difference this time will be that the bond vote will be split into three different propositions. Here's a breakdown of Bond Propositions:

Proposition 1 Total $7,775,000
$3,612,100 Fiber optic ring, security cameras & upgrades all campuses
$3,612,100 Improve Pirate Stadium, track resurface, turf replace (new turf to replace fairly new turf?). $1,481,600 Improve Shaffer Stadium, turf installation (from Pirate Stadium)

Proposition 2 Total $24,940,000
$8,477,700 Burnett renovate, roof, PA system, marker boards.
$2,586,100 Harrison renovate, additions, roof, remodel, marker boards, carpet and gym.
$4,009,300 Birmingham Elementary
Kitchen renovation, gym floor, marker boards, A/C unit.
$1,023,000 Aikin Elementary kitchen renovation.
$4,043,000 Achieve Academy

Proposition 3 Total $44,250,000
$37,683,000 Wylie East new sports complex construction, IMPAC bldg, Fencing, turf installation, finish out "shell", kitchen remodel, greenhouse construction, band hall construction, band hall construction, additional parking.
$4,567,000 Wylie High floor replacement, theater upgrades,
kitchen renovations/additions, science lab upgrades, additional parking and traffic flow improvements, cooling tower replacement, roof, drainage, sports complex upgrades.

The Wylie ISD recently sent out a newsletter explaining their reasons for splitting the bond election into three separate proposals saying, "The Wylie ISD Board of Trustees has listened to the community and responded with a reduced bond proposal that is presented in three propositions.  In this referendum many of the projects included in the two unsuccessful bonds have been modified and/or postponed until a later bond to respond to the Wylie community while still meeting the educational needs to Wylie students."
The description each proposition as follows:
1: "Infrastructure for fiber optics and security upgrades at all campuses; improvements to the Wylie stadiums." - $7.775 Million
2: "Additions and renovations to the Burnett Junior High School, Harrison Intermediate School, Hartman, Birmingham and Akin Elementary Schools; construction of the Achieve Academy." - $24.940 Million
3: "Additions, conversions and athletic improvements to the Wylie High School and Wylie East High School."  - $44.250 Million

Not Commanded to Save the Constitution?

"Should it be of concern to us when the mouthpiece of the Lord keeps constantly and consistently raising his voice of warning about the loss of our freedom as he has over the years? There are two unrighteous ways to deal with his prophetic words of warning: you can fight them or you can ignore them. Either course will bring you disaster in the long run.

Hear his words: “No greater immediate responsibility rests upon members of the Church, upon all citizens of this Republic and of neighboring Republics than to protect the freedom vouchsafed by the Constitution of the United States.” (Cited in Jerreld L. Newquist, Prophets, Principles and National Survival [SLC: Publishers Press, 1964], p. 157.) As important as are all other principles of the gospel, it was the freedom issue which determined whether you received a body. To have been on the wrong side of the freedom issue during the war in heaven meant eternal damnation. How then can Latter-day Saints expect to be on the wrong side in this life and escape the eternal consequences? The war in heaven is raging on earth today. The issues are the same: “Shall men be compelled to do what others claim is for their best welfare” or will they heed the counsel of the prophet and preserve their freedom?

Satan argued that men given their freedom would not choose correctly therefore he would compel them to do right and save us all. Today Satan argues that men given their freedom do not choose wisely; therefore a so-called brilliant, benevolent few must establish the welfare government and force us into a greater socialistic society. We are assured of being led into the promised land as long as we let them put a golden ring in our nose. In the end we lose our freedom and the promised land also. No matter what you call it—communism, socialism, or the welfare state—our freedom is sacrificed. We believe the gospel is the greatest thing in the world; why then do we not force people to join the Church if they are not smart enough to see it on their own? Because this is Satan's way not the Lord's plan. The Lord uses persuasion and love."

. . .

The devil knows that if the elders of Israel should ever wake up, they could step forth and help preserve freedom and extend the gospel. Therefore the devil has concentrated, and to a large extent successfully, in neutralizing much of the priesthood. He has reduced them to sleeping giants. His arguments are clever.

Here are a few samples:

First: “We really haven't received much instruction about freedom,” the devil says . . .

Second: “You're too involved in other church work,” says the devil . . .

Third: “You want to be loved by everyone,” says the devil, “and this freedom battle is so controversial you might be accused of engaging in politics.” . . .

Fourth: “Wait until it becomes popular to do,” says the devil, “or, at least until everybody in the Church agrees on what should be done.” . . .

Fifth: “It might hurt your business or your family,” says the devil . . .

Sixth: “Don't worry,” says the devil “the Lord will protect you, and besides the world is so corrupt and heading toward destruction at such a pace that you can't stop it, so why try.” . . .

And now as to the last neutralizer that the devil uses most effectively—it is simply this: “Don't do anything in the fight for freedom until the Church sets up its own specific program to save the Constitution.” This brings us right back to the scripture I opened with today—to those slothful servants who will not do anything until they are “compelled in all things.” [D&C 58:26] Maybe the Lord will never set up a specific church program for the purpose of saving the Constitution. Perhaps if he set one up at this time it might split the Church asunder, and perhaps he does not want that to happen yet for not all the wheat and tares are fully ripe.

The Prophet Joseph Smith declared it will be the elders of Israel who will step forward to help save the Constitution, not the Church. And have we elders been warned? Yes, we have. And have we elders been given the guide lines? Yes indeed, we have. And besides, if the Church should ever inaugurate a program, who do you think would be in the forefront to get it moving? It would not be those who were sitting on the sidelines prior to that time or those who were appeasing the enemy. It would be those choice spirits who, not waiting to be “commanded in all things,” [D&C 58:26] used their own free will, the counsel of the prophets and the Spirit of the Lord as guidelines and who entered the battle “in a good cause” [D&C 58:27] and brought to pass much righteousness in freedom's cause.

. . .

Brethren, if we had done our homework and were faithful, we could step forward at this time and help save this country. The fact that most of us are unprepared to do it is an indictment we will have to bear. The longer we wait, the heavier the chains, the deeper the blood, the more the persecution and the less we can carry out our God-given mandate and world-wide mission. The war in heaven is raging on earth today. Are you being neutralized in the battle?"

- Ezra Taft Benson (Not Commanded in All Things; General Conference, Tuesday Afternoon Session, April 1965)


- From Keith