Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Time 2 Escape WIFLI Briefing for Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012

Welcome to this edition of Time 2 Escape WIFLI Briefing!

What is WIFLI?
You may be wondering what the acronym "WIFLI" means. I started out by calling these issues the Time 2 Escape Daily, but that didn't work out very well. I quickly learned that putting these issues together on a daily basis was a task I was unable to accomplish. To replace "Daily" in the title, I coined the acronym WIFLI, which literally means "When I Feel Like It." Putting together a post on this blog WIFLI works much better for my schedule, and for the higher quality of each issue that is eventually published!
Today's introductory commentary won't seem very robust compared to past briefings. There's a reason for that.

No, it isn't because Rick Santorum didn't end up winning in Michigan. There are no sour grapes here. In fact, Santorum may actually end up with more delegates from Michigan than Mitt Romney. I'm okay with that!

Actually, it is a day in this briefing where I believe that the stories and commentaries I've included will speak for themselves. There isn't a lot that I could add or expound on. And I'm okay with that, too!

This might just be a good time for me to give you the reading assignment for the day(s) and allow you to see the things that I believe that you need to know for now, and in the future. I'm not enough of a control freak, or even arrogant enough, to assume that without my "guidance" in this part of the briefing that you need your hand held to get through another issue. In other words, I am not going to try being Rush Limbaugh with half my brain tied behind my back. I'm not going to try that at home! That's dangerous, because it may be time for my readers to figure out what may be on my mind on their own... for once.

Besides, it's time for me to eat dinner and get to bed. It may be time for you to learn on your own. I'm just sayin'...


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NEWS

Santorum Assails Obama, not Romney in Concession Speech
From THEBLAZE ~ By Tiffany Gabbay ~ Posted on Feb 28, 2012 at 11:45pm

We came into the backyard of one of my opponents, in a race that everyone said, just ignore, you really don’t have much chance here,” Santorum said. “All I have to say is, ‘I love you back.’”

Below are some of the highlights from Santorum’s speech, courtesy of TPM:

Santorum's Speech To Supporters In Michigan

Video provided by tpmtv on Feb 28, 2012

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Inhofe: Cap and trade is 'dead, gone, forever'
Says climate-change skeptics have won debate over global warming
Via WND ~ From The Daily Caller ~ By Will Rahn ~ Published: Feb 27, 2012, 7:12 PM

Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, the ranking Republican member of the Environment and Public Works committee, told The Daily Caller on Monday that climate change skeptics have won the debate over global warming on Capitol Hill.

We’ve won the fight because there’s no way in the world they could pass through legislation a cap and trade bill,” Inhofe said, referring to proposed laws that would limit carbon emissions. “It’s dead, gone, forever.”

Inhofe, the author of “The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future,” says that he initially believed claims that humans were responsible for climate change. But after reviewing the science behind the claim, Inhofe now says he believes that the theory is a lie, and that the United Nations is largely responsible for promoting it.

The history goes back to 1972 when this whole thing started,” Inhofe said. “And who was it? It wasn’t Al Gore. It wasn’t MoveOn.org. It was the United Nations.

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Congressman Allen West blasts Obama apologies over Afghanistan Koran burning
From Examiner.com ~ By Adam Taxin ~ Published Monday, Feb 27, 2012, 2:42 PM

U.S. Congressman Lt. Col. Allen West (R-FL)
The latest round of perpetual Muslim outrage and ingratitude involves the seizure and dispoal of Korans [apparently paid for by U.S. taxpayers] at an Afghanistan jail, following a situation in which, according to Andrew McCarthy, "jihadists imprisoned there were using them not for prayer but to communicate incendiary messages."

As McCarthy wrote: "The soldiers dispatched to burn refuse from the jail were not the officials who had seized the books, had no idea they were burning Korans, and tried desperately to retrieve the books when the situation was brought to their attention."

Numerous riots, corpses and casualty-causing attacks on U.S. troops (there of course to protect and help build Afghanistan) later, Barack Obama has issued an apology (not necessarily on behalf of the American people): "I wish to express my deep regret for the reported incident. . . . I extend to you and the Afghani people my sincere apologies."

... See the message the South Florida Congressman put on his Facebook page ...

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Defense minister warns about Iran's 'secret weapons'
'We have not yet revealed all of our capabilities'
From WND ~ By Reza Kahlili ~ Published Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012

In an interview with the Fars News Agency today, Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi claimed that Iran is in possession of secret weapons along with top secret capabilities that could be used to confront the United States.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has many hidden capabilities, which are kept for rainy days,” Vahidi said in the interview. “We have not yet revealed all our capabilities.

Referring to the U.S. assets positioned in the Persian Gulf, Vahidi stated: “These days Americans badly fear that an incident happens in the region and they can’t stand against the Islamic Republic’s firm positions vis-à-vis that given event.

Vahidi then, in an ominous warning to America, said, “Undoubtedly, since our defense is an independent and defensive one based on our own defensive policies, special defense doctrines and internal capabilities, the U.S. will face a completely new environment when [it] gets involved with the new issues that Iran is pursuing and it will be obliged to think of this new environment.

The Iranian defense minister went on to say that the American armed forces’ passivity in a possible confrontation with the Islamic regime’s forces will be due to the fact that Iran has not shown all weapons in its arsenal.

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COMMENTARY

Why Santorum’s Michigan Loss Could Be Worse Than It Seems
From Talking Points Memo ~ By Evan McMorris-Santoro ~ Posted Feb 28, 2012, 11:37 PM

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Sure, Rick Santorum gave Mitt Romney a run for his money in his home state. And he should be proud of that. But by not pulling it off, signs point to Santorum making things much harder on himself moving forward than the results indicate.

His primaries party took place in a downtown hotel ballroom at the opulent Amway Grand, where Team Santorum hosted a low-key party to a not-huge crowd. Indicative of his pared-down campaign there were few staff and some strange failed sound cues. The crowd milled around, mostly keeping silent until Santorum entered the room when they gave him some full-throated cheers.

Santorum’s spin is simple: he got close in a state he never should have, the state where Romney was born and raised. That’s a win.

It’s a feeling his team here tonight were keen to push. But there were also concerns about clouds on the horizon thanks to the way Santorum went about getting as close as he did.

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Stimulus is killing us
Government's deficit spending is 'like your brain on drugs'
From WND Commentary ~ By Herman Cain ~ Published Feb 27, 2012

HERMAN CAIN
The so-called stimulus package passed by the Democrat Congress and signed by President Obama in 2009 was not the first such attempt by Washington to stimulate economic growth by spending money the government did not have. It was merely the most obscene and the clearest evidence yet that such “stimuli” is akin to the kind people often put into their bodies.

Figuring that a $100 billion stimulus package like the kind that saw the Bush administration send taxpayers $1,000 checks in 2008 was for small-timers, Obama convinced an all-too-willing Congress to go even bigger and balloon the deficit by $862 billion to supposedly spur economic growth.

The economy was in big trouble, so we needed to think big! Translation: spend big! If we didn’t, the president warned, unemployment would exceed 8 percent.

As we all know, the unemployment rate exceeded 10 percent after the impotent stimulus. Even now, it has not been below 8 percent since it first exceeded that level, and it is currently hovering around 8.5 percent.

In 2011, unable to pretend the economy was getting better, Obama asked the new Congress, which now included a Republican House, to give him another $400 billion stimulus. This time, he was told Congress had cut up his stimulus credit card.

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End taxes on manufacturing to help restore U.S. economy
From The Detroit News Opinion ~ By Rick Santorum ~ February 20, 2012 at 1:00 am

Michigan has lost 143,000 jobs since President Obama took office. Over a quarter of a million workers have left the labor force. Michigan's official unemployment is more than 9 percent. In Michigan, as in the rest of the country, if you ask people whether they are better off than they were four years ago, the answer is no.

Michigan is not naturally the land of unemployment. We're a nation that meets challenges and overcomes them. We'll meet the challenges of today, we'll persevere, and we'll succeed. We'll do that not by placing our faith in government to solve our problems, but by trusting in the goodness of the American people and its institutions.

When my grandfather first came to America, before he set out for the coal mines of southwest Pennsylvania, he actually came to Detroit and worked in the auto factories for two years. Now his grandson is running for president of the United States. That's what makes America great.

Some in America don't understand what makes America great. Last Monday President Obama sent to Congress a budget. It has massive tax and spending increases and continues our unsustainable budget deficits.

America has tried three years of higher spending and increased government intervention. It has never worked. It cannot work.

America can do better. Much better.

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OUTSIDE of the BOX 

Now is the time
From The Daily Motivator ~ By Ralph Marston ~ Friday, September 19, 2008

It’s time to get busy. It’s time to make a difference, and just think of how great that will feel.

This day is a golden opportunity to bring your dreams to life. You’re in a position to have a positive impact on your world.

Instead of complaining about what’s wrong, build upon what is right. Instead of arguing over who is to blame, figure out what you can do to make things better.

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Now, put what you just read above with the following video featuring Ronald Reagan. I think you'll get the point.

[OBAMA SMACKDOWN by] Pres. Ronald Reagan ON A SOUND ECONOMY

Video provided by WeNeedTheGipperAgain on Oct 1, 2009


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Monday, February 27, 2012

Time 2 Escape WIFLI Briefing for Monday, Feb 27, 2012

Welcome to this edition of Time 2 Escape WIFLI Briefing!

What is WIFLI?
You may be wondering what the acronym "WIFLI" means. I started out by calling these issues the Time 2 Escape Daily, but that didn't work out very well. I quickly learned that putting these issues together on a daily basis was a task I was unable to accomplish. To replace "Daily" in the title, I coined the acronym WIFLI, which literally means "When I Feel Like It." Putting together a post on this blog WIFLI works much better for my schedule, and for the higher quality of each issue that is eventually published!
From John Kubicek
Editor In Chief of johnny2k's Blogging In Our Time 2 Escape:

What if we could free ourselves from the yoke of big government through a campaign of education and information and personal courage that leads to a revolutionary return to first principles? What if the establishment doesn’t want this?

~ Judge Andrew Napolitano, in "What if democracy is bunk?"
Yes, folks, there are some questions that we should assume need to be answered before November 6, 2012.

And BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I have been striving to tell you about the questions that we should be aware of, and that there should be an attempt to find answers. I don't have the answers, but I DO know the solutions to our problems can not be solved if the general population of this country is totally oblivious to what faces us in our (near?) future!

But... I have found a troubling situation that needs to be addressed in today's WIFLI Briefing.


The troubling situation is that I sometimes get frustrated and distraught when I find that there is very little traffic for a few days on this blog. That's a pretty silly emotion on my part. All  I have to do is to go back and see the progress I've made over the years, and remember things that I've learned, like the following:
The more experience you have with what doesn’t work, the more you’ll move in the direction of what does work. With persistence and a clear sense of purpose, failure can lead you steadily toward success.

~~ Ralph Marston, Friday, Feb 24, 2012, in "Everything can move you forward"
Rather than giving up when we have setbacks, it should be a greater motivation to keep on truckin'!! Exactly ditto of what Ralph Marston is saying!

Things - like FREEDOM - in America are getting further and further from what I enjoyed while growing up. I happen to now believe in the fact that if I don't do anything about it, I would not only be proving that I am complacent, but I would also be guilty in being complicit in allowing our freedom to be thrown into the dustbin of history. I think that John Stossel hit the nail on the head:

The politicians are spending us into oblivion. But I can’t blame only them. The American people are complacent. We like the goodies. We think we’re getting something for nothing. We are like alcoholics who know we have a problem but just can’t resist one last fix. One more infrastructure bill or jobs plan will jump-start the economy. Then we’ll kick our spending addiction once and for all.

~ John Stossel, in "My plan to balance the budget"
Should freedom in America pass away, so will America, just like the many empires before us. Like I said in a facebook status not long ago, "Let me be perfectly clear: They will have to pry my grasp of Freedom from my cold, dead hands."

And to make no mistake; don't even imagine for even a minute, that this is about any type of monetary reward should the Time 2 Escape blog go viral.  I just want to make sure that as many freedom loving patriots as possible have the information that is available to us, and make sure that the complacency doesn't persist. Though, I guess going viral would be kind of fun! I'm just sayin'...

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NEWS

US Bolsters Defenses in Strait of Hormuz
From NEWSMAX ~ Saturday, 25 Feb 2012 12:22 PM

The Pentagon has notified US lawmakers of plans to bolster US defenses in and around the Strait of Hormuz to be prepared for a military response against Iran, a report said Friday.

New mine-detection and clearing equipment as well as improved surveillance capabilities are part of the planned build-up, said the Wall Street Journal, citing defense officials briefed on the requests.

The Pentagon also wants to modify ship weapons systems to best deal with Iranian attack boats in the Strait, said the report.

The moves highlight efforts to boost US military capabilities amid heightened tension with Iran and rising speculation of a strike from Israel over Iran's nuclear program.

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RELATED STORY:
Israeli Attack on Iran Might Pull US Into New War


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Iran prepares for kamikaze attacks
Tehran military on high alert with planes, speedboats in Persian Gulf
From WND ~ By Reza Kahlili ~ Published Feb 26, 2012

Even as it continued to talk with the U.N. nuclear watchdog, Iran continued to prepare for war over its nuclear weapons program, training for kamikaze attacks in the Persian Gulf with both planes and speedboats, sources within the Iranian armed forces report.

Tuesday the International Atomic Energy Agency called its recent talks with Iran a failure. And just days before, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ordered the Revolutionary Guards, along with the army, on high alert, ready with conventional and unconventional means to respond to any aggression by the U.S. or Israel over its nuclear weapons program, the sources say.

The Guards’ missile commanders, in their preparation for a fierce counterattack, have mapped out all U.S. bases in the region to strike with their missiles in order to disrupt America’s air sorties, believing they will be the main thrust of any attack by America.

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Wyoming Advances ‘Doomsday Bill’ to Help Residents During Possible Collapse
From THEBLAZE ~ by Billy Hallowell ~ Posted on February 27, 2012 at 8:45am

Over the past few years, economic woes have led to both fear and uncertainty. The Blaze already told you about what “preppers” are doing to ready themselves should disaster become reality. GBTV, too, has brought you “Independence USA,” a reality show featuring a family trying to live off the grid. But now it seems even some politicians are getting in on the preparatory spirit, with officials in the State of Wyoming advancing what many are calling a “Doomsday Bill.”

In the event that America’s political system or economic stability collapses, some Wyoming lawmakers contend that a viable plan must be in place. Enter Bill 85, which passed its first vote in the state’s House on Friday. If advanced, the “Doomsday Bill” would create a state-run government task force that would explore and handle energy supplies, food shortages and other needs related to a potential nationwide governmental collapse.



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COMMENTARY

Bullish on Santorum
Star Parker: Conservative support for senator will only grow in days ahead
From WND Commentary ~ By Star Parker ~ Published Friday, Feb 24, 2012

STAR PARKER
New Gallup polling shows the clearest picture yet of the great divide in the Republican Party that has been pushing Rick Santorum to the head of the class.

Behind Santorum’s 8-point national lead over Romney is a yawing gap in ideological support for the two candidates.

Conservative support for Santorum stands at 42 percent, compared to 24 percent for Romney. Among those who attend church frequently, support for Santorum is at 44 percent and for Romney 22 percent.

In the nation’s heartland in the Midwest and South, Santorum leads by 19 and 8 points, respectively. It is only on the more liberal East and West coasts where the two are running neck and neck.

Was Ronald Reagan
"a perfect conservative"?
The poll also challenges conventional wisdom that Santorum is too conservative for the tastes of independent voters. He is leading Romney among Republican leaning independents by 8 points.

With Santorum establishing himself as the candidate of choice among conservative and churchgoing Republicans, Romney’s tactic, manifest in the debate in Arizona, is to try and discredit Santorum’s credentials that are drawing conservative voters to him.

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Yes, Santorum can beat Obama
Exclusive: Tom Tancredo knocks down fence between 'social' issues, 'economic' issues
From WND Commentary ~ By Tom Tancredo ~ Published Friday, Feb 24, 2012

TOM TANCREDO
One of the most reliable truisms in politics is full of irony: When it comes to predicting presidential elections, conventional wisdom is nearly always wrong.

Washington pundits talk and write mostly for themselves, and certainly not for the history books. If they were paid according to their track records as political prognosticators, they would all be on food stamps.

The conventional wisdom in 1960 was that John Kennedy could not win a debate against the experienced Richard Nixon. In 1966, the conventional wisdom said a lightweight movie actor named Ronald Reagan had no chance to unseat the popular incumbent Democratic governor of California. Conventional wisdom in 2008 said Barack Obama has no chance to beat the popular wife of a popular ex-president.

The conventional wisdom a year ago said Mitt Romney would run away with the Republican nomination.

Is there a pattern here? Politics is full of surprises, and 2012 is no different.

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The lust for power
Exclusive: Patrice Lewis spotlights government officials' ability to coerce the rest of us
From WND Commentary ~ By Patrice Lewis ~ Published Friday, Feb 24, 2012

Power attracts the corruptible. Suspect all who seek it.

– Frank Herbert, “Dune
PATRICE LEWIS
It was nothing more than a random headline my husband read out loud off the Internet this week, something about how Hillary Clinton wants to be the new president of the World Bank.

“You know,” I commented as I stirred a pot on the stove, “I simply do not understand why people don’t long for a quiet simple life, with a job they can leave behind at the end of the day and a warm and loving family life they can come home to.”

That’s the way most of us are wired, after all. Naturally we have plans and ambitions, but for most people, the family they come home to at the end of the day is the thing that really counts.

But not everyone feels this way. Some people long to be the president of the World Bank for apparently no other reason than a lust for power. It’s like a fever in the blood and a condition literally unfathomable to those who don’t share it. My husband calls it The Centurion Complex (Matthew 8:8-9): I tell them to come and they come; I tell them to go and they go.

Lust is defined as an overwhelming craving. Power is the ability to dominate or rule others. People with a lust for power over others don’t think like you and me. They gauge things on a different scale. Those afflicted with this condition naturally gravitate toward positions in life where obedience is compulsory – and what better arena than government, where their craving can be enforced at the point of a gun?

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Supply, Demand, Currency and Futures – The Truth About Gas Prices
From A Voice of Sanity ~ By Robert Ringer ~ Published Monday, Feb 27, 2012

ROBERT RINGER
Our old friend, “pain at the pump,” is with us once again, and this time it promises to be far more painful than the last time around. “Pain at the pump” is a nice little catchphrase, but I’ve never been able to figure out why people pick on gas. After all, isn’t it just as painful to pay $250,000 for a house that used to cost $8,000? Or $30,000 for a car that once cost $2,000? And what about the skyrocketing prices of such basic foods as milk, bread, and eggs?

The fact is that the price of gasoline is relative. Relative to what Americans have been used to paying, $4.00-$5.00 a gallon sounds like a lot. And $6.00-$7.00 a gallon — which is almost certain to come — is going to sound like a lot more. But relative to what countries such as the UK, France, and the Netherlands have been paying for years, these prices are no big deal.

But what, exactly, drives up gas prices? Some of the major factors include:

Supply. So long as “environmentalists” have their way, our lack of accessible domestic supply assures that gas prices will continue to rise. The far left, intent on bringing about a green-energy society, cheers on Richard Nixon’s creation, the Environmental Protection Agency, as it continues to stifle oil production at every turn. Obama’s refusal to build the Keystone Pipeline is just the latest example of how committed the green crowd is to bringing oil production to a standstill.

Demand. The emergence of China and India as economic superpowers, not to mention smaller emerging economic powers such as Chile and Brazil, assures continued upward pressure on energy prices, even if the growth of these economies slows in the coming years.

Middle East tensions. Summed up in one word: Iran.

Currency devaluation. Above all, the Federal Reserve continues to quietly increase the money supply, which puts unrelenting downward pressure on the U.S. dollar. What makes the continual devaluation of the dollar a unique factor is that it creates the illusion that gas prices are rising.

Futures market. Speculators take all of the above factors, and more, into consideration and bet on the future price of oil — the usual result of which is to drive prices still higher.

Of course, there are other factors that play into the equation as well, such as the 18.4¢ per gallon federal excise tax, but the biggest drivers of high gas prices are the five that I’ve listed above.

Even so, there is an even bigger reason why gas prices are sure to rise dramatically in the future: the coming “excess-profits tax.” In less gentle terms, I’m talking about increased government confiscation of oil-company profits. This theft will cause oil companies to pull in their horns and put the brakes not only on oil drilling, but on research for alternative sources of energy as well.

The class-warfare folks in the nation’s capital have a slam dunk when it comes to demonizing the major oil companies. They conveniently ignore the fact that the five largest oil companies — Chevron, Shell, BP, ExxonMobil, and ConocoPhillips — make a bit over 6 percent profit on sales, or about one-fourth the profit margin that Google enjoys. That being the case, one wonders why the kleptomaniacs in Washington don’t slap Google with an excess-profits tax.

Of course, some would argue that people don’t need Google, but they do need gas. Need, however, is a subjective term. It is simply a euphemism for want. Everyone claims to need gas, which simply means they want it. They also want to pay less for gas and less for cars, food, housing, medical care, and baseball, football, and basketball tickets. Worse, pandering politicians have convinced them that not only are their desires needs, but their needs are “rights.” Presto: Just like that, inexpensive gas becomes a right.

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Copyright © 2012 Robert Ringer
ROBERT RINGER is a New York Times #1 bestselling author and host of the highly acclaimed Liberty Education Interview Series, which features interviews with top political, economic, and social leaders. He has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business, The Tonight Show, Today, The Dennis Miller Show, Good Morning America, The Lars Larson Show, ABC Nightline, and The Charlie Rose Show, and has been the subject of feature articles in such major publications as Time, People, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Barron's, and The New York Times.

To sign up for his one-of-a-kind, pro-liberty e-letter, A Voice of Sanity, Click Here.

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The High Priests of Eco-Destruction
From A Voice of Sanity ~ By Michelle Malkin - Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012

MICHELLE MALKIN
Rick Santorum is right. Pushing back against Democrats’ attempts to frame him as a religious menace, the GOP presidential candidate forcefully turned the tables on the White House: “When it comes to the management of the Earth, they are the anti-science ones.

Scrutiny of the White House anti-science brigade couldn’t come at a better time (which is why Santorum’s detractors prefer to froth at the mouth about comments he made four years ago on the existence of Satan). It’s not just big-ticket scandals like the stimulus-subsidized Solyndra bankruptcy or the Keystone pipeline debacle bedeviling America. In every corner of the Obama administration, the radical green machinery is hard at work — destroying jobs, shredding truth and sacrificing our economic well-being at the altar of environmentalism.

—Take Obama’s head of the National Park Service, please. While serving as the Pacific West regional director of the NPS, Jon Jarvis was accused of at least 21 instances of scientific misconduct by Dr. Corey Goodman, a high-ranking member of the National Academy of Sciences. Extensive information about Jarvis’ alleged role in cooking data about a California oyster farm’s impact on harbor seals at Point Reyes was withheld during the 2009 nomination process. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has ignored complaints and follow-up from both Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Republican Sens. James Inhofe and David Vitter.

The National Research Council determined that the NPS had “selectively” slanted its report on the oyster farm. The federal Marine Mammal Commission found that “the data and analyses are not sufficient to demonstrate a causal relationship” between the farm’s operations and harbor seal health. In a letter blasting the NPS for bullying the small oyster farm, Feinstein — normally a reliable eco-ally — concluded earlier this month that the “crux of the problem is that the Park Service manipulated science while building a case that the business should be shuttered.”

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COPYRIGHT 2011 MICHELLE MALKIN/CREATORS.COM

Michelle Malkin is a conservative blogger, columnist, regular Fox News contributor, and author of many New York Times bestselling books.

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OUTSIDE of the BOX

U.S Armed Forces - We Must Fight - President Reagan (HD)

Video provided by canadianmatt3 on Feb 19, 2012

And, finally, there is this:
You don’t ever have to settle for less than the very best from life. Because you can envision what you desire and you can work diligently to make it so.

Some would assume that the necessity of effort is a burdensome curse. Yet in reality it is one of life’s greatest blessings.

For it is the necessity of effort that enables you to dream your most treasured dreams, and then to make them real. You have the power to do it, and right here, right now, is when you can.

Ralph Marston, Monday, February 27, 2012, in "The power to do it"

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Time 2 Escape WIFLI Briefing for Friday, Feb 24, 2012

Welcome to this edition of Time 2 Escape WIFLI Briefing!

What is WIFLI?
You may be wondering what the acronym "WIFLI" means. I started out by calling these issues the Time 2 Escape Daily, but that didn't work out very well. I quickly learned that putting these issues together on a daily basis was a task I was unable to accomplish. To replace "Daily" in the title, I coined the acronym WIFLI, which literally means "When I Feel Like It." Putting together a post on this blog WIFLI works much better for my schedule, and for the higher quality of each issue that is eventually published!
Sometime earlier yesterday, on Thursday morning, I knew I had a story to tell you.

I had found a link to a column where a British columnist/blogger had mentioned a weird thing that he noticed about Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. They seemed to gang up on Rick Santorum, but they never attacked each other. And then, I heard Rush Limbaugh put it all together. The story kept getting better and better. Like Rush said, there may have been more to it than the story that was broken by that British commentator, Toby Harnden.

You'll have to read further down this Briefing to find out what Rush Limbaugh said to make sense of it all.

In the meantime, I found so much material in my "show prep" notes, I ended up having to discard much of the potential material I had at my fingertips. Yes, it was good stuff, and it tugged at me to get into today's briefing, but it couldn't be done. The lineup was full, I could only put so many starters on the floor (a little basketball analogy there). I would still be working on this edition, and when done, you would still be reading when the polls open on November 6, 2012.

Sure, there is always more that I'd love to tell you about. The problem is that you are just like me and our time is limited. We can only soak up so much information at a time, and I am limited by time in gathering and including it. That, I believe, is the WIFLI experience. We can be quickly astonished by the amount of time it takes to be a sponge. But, hey, isn't that what keeps me working on this blog, and keeps you coming back for more? I'm just sayin'...


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NEWS

Audience Boos Contraception Question — Gingrich Then Slams Media Over Obama and ‘Legalized Infanticide’
From THEBLAZE ~ by Mytheos Holt ~ Posted on February 22, 2012 at 10:07pm

CNN Moderator John King got more than he’d bargained for Wednesday night when he asked the Republican candidates a question on contraception. The audience responded immediately with audible, angry booing, before Former Speaker Newt Gingrich seized the microphone and delivered another sharp rejoinder to King.

“I want to make two quick points, John. The first is there is a legitimate question about the power of the government to impose on religion activities which any religion opposes. That’s legitimate. But I just want to point out, you did not once in the 2008 campaign, not once did anybody in the elite media ask why Barack Obama voted in favor of legalizing infanticide,” Gingrich said, to raucous applause.



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Michael Savage: Santorum is right about Satan
'Someone who actually believes what he's talking about' can win White House
Exclusive ~ From WND ~ Published Feb 21, 2012
Rick Santorum
Comments unearthed from a 2008 speech about Satan’s influence on America made Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum the target of derision and mockery today, but talk-radio host Michael Savage contends the former Pennsylvania senator is right, and his beliefs should only help his chances for the White House this fall.

“I think Santorum is right, and I think that anyone who attacks him is not seeing this for what it is,” Savage told his radio audience.

Savage said he agrees that America is primarily a Christian nation, and its churches and synagogues are “filled with parishioners who are screaming for preachers and pastors and rabbis to speak the truth, and they’re not getting it.”

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Forceful Santorum Fends Off Romney Attacks
From NEWSMAX ~ By Paul Scicchitano ~ Wednesday, 22 Feb 2012 10:00 PM

The final four GOP presidential candidates came out swinging Wednesday night on earmarks, the economy, healthcare and the automotive bailout in the 20th and final debate before the decisive Super Tuesday contests.

Much of the jabs were directed at the unlikely new front-runner — former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who is fresh off a triple-play of victories in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri.

Asked by CNN moderator John King why he ran an ad accusing Santorum of being a “fake,” feisty Texas Rep. Ron Paul retorted, “Because he’s a fake.”

Paul went on to attack Santorum’s support for the No Child Left Behind legislation, which he now plans to repeal if elected president.

“I find it really fascinating that when people are running for office they’re really fiscally conservative,” charged Paul. “When they’re in office they do something different. Then, when they explain themselves, they say ‘oh I want to repeal that.’ ”

"Look, politics is a team sport, folks," Santorum said of the measure backed by Republican President George W. Bush and other GOP lawmakers. "I voted for that; it was against the principles I believe in, but I did that to help the team. Sometimes you have to take one for the team."

Santorum, Paul Battle Iran, Each Other

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Santorum campaign suggests Mitt Romney may have done deal to make Ron Paul his running mate
Via WND ~ From MailOnline ~ Toby Harnden's Blog ~ 23 February 2012 4:56 AM

After tonight's debate, in which Ron Paul and Mitt Romney repeatedly attacked Rick Santorum over his 16-year record in Congress, the former US Senator for Pennsylvania hinted that something nefarious was going on.

"You have to ask Congressman Paul and Governor Romney what they've got going together," Santorum told reporters in the spin room in Mesa, Arizona. "Their commercials look a lot alike and so do their attacks."

Santorum's top strategist John Brabender went even further, charging that the two men had "joined forces" and were coordinating attacks against his man

"Clearly there's a tag team strategy between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. For all I know, Mitt Romney might be considering Ron Paul as his running mate. Clearly there is now an alliance between those two and you saw that certainly in the debate."


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GOPUSA asks, "How about a Romney/Paul ticket?"
No, not current presidential candidate Ron but Kentucky's junior Senator Rand Paul. Could it happen? Who knows? At least one party is willing.

Rand Paul Says ‘It Would Be An Honor’ if Romney Asked Him to Be VP
Via GOPUSA ~ From WFPL News ~ By Kenny Colston ~ February 22, 2012

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
Kentucky’s junior senator says it would be an honor to be considered as a possible running mate for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Senator Rand Paul first discussed his higher aspirations at the beginning of this year. He said he wouldn’t close the door on being a Vice Presidential candidate. After a speech in Louisville today, Paul held that door firmly open, saying he wants to be part of the national debate.

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Rush: I Predicted a Romney-Paul Tag Team
From NEWSMAX ~ By Michelle Lopata ~ Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 01:54 PM

RUSH LIMBAUGH
Rush Limbaugh predicted a “meeting of the minds” between Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Ron Paul back in January but kept it to himself. Now that there is considerable speculation it might be a reality, he says he regrets his silence.

Limbaugh noted during his radio show on Thursday that he wrote his friends an email last month speculating that Romney and Paul may have struck an alliance to set up either the Texas congressman or his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, for the vice-presidential slot if the former Massachusetts governor became the GOP presidential nominee.

Limbaugh said that, in debate after debate, it was clear that the two candidates never “rip into each other.” Paul attacks everyone who happens to be the front-runner but never seems to go after Romney — and Romney never goes after Paul.

Following the Debate Wednesday night, The Daily Mail British newspaper ran a story about former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum suggesting a possible tag-team effort between his two rivals, and now Limbaugh is claiming he knew it all along.

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COMMENTARY


How to win Republican nomination
Exclusive: Joseph Farah explains simple 'break out' strategy based on Ron Paul plan
From WND Commentary ~ By Joseph Farah ~ Published Feb 22, 2012

JOSEPH FARAH
I know how Rick Santorum can win the Republican nomination.

I’m not sharing any secrets with you I haven’t already shared with the former senator from Pennsylvania.

It’s really just a question of whether he will recognize the value of my advice and embrace it with the enthusiasm necessary to sell it to the American people.

By the way, if he doesn’t, the same idea can be used by either Mitt Romney or possibly even Newt Gingrich to secure the nomination – so time is short.

Everyone can see that grass-roots Republican voters are not yet excited about any single candidate for president. As of today, Santorum is polling nationally ahead of Romney. Gingrich and Ron Paul follow. No one has a commanding lead, and primary and caucus victories have been split.

So what’s the secret of breaking out?

It’s coming up with the bold domestic economic plan virtually all Republicans, most independents and even a strong plurality of Democrats will embrace.

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And hey, how about a little discussion on WINNING THE CULTURE WAR? Again, Rick Santorum is the main player in this piece.

Parker: The Left's wins fuel Santorum surge
From GOPUSA Commentary ~ By Star Parker ~ Posted February 20, 2012 6:57 am

STAR PARKER
A succession of high profile left-wing decisions and initiatives of recent weeks drive home the extent to which the Left is changing the face of America.

Notable among these are the decision of a federal appeals court in California to uphold a prior court finding that California's Proposition 8, defining marriage as between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional; the reversal of a decision, because of a tsunami of left-wing pressure, of the Susan G. Komen Foundation to withdraw its funding to Planned Parenthood; and the Obama administration rulemaking refusing to grant a religious exemption from the new health care law employer mandate requiring provision of free contraception and sterilization services as part of health coverage.

These developments are, I think, helping to buoy the newly surging candidacy of Rick Santorum. Why?

Santorum stands out in the current Republican field in the clarity of his image and identity. There is little doubt about who the man is and there are no glaring inconsistencies between who he says he is today and his past behavior and positions.

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So, if you are asking what is "fair," Thomas Sowell has an answer for you.

The 'Fairness' Fraud
From GOPUSA Commentary ~ By Thomas Sowell ~ Feb 22, 2012 6:55am

THOMAS SOWELL
During a recent Fox News Channel debate about the Obama administration's tax policies, Democrat Bob Beckel raised the issue of "fairness."

He pointed out that a child born to a poor woman in the Bronx enters the world with far worse prospects than a child born to an affluent couple in Connecticut.

No one can deny that. The relevant question, however, is: How does allowing politicians to take more money in taxes from successful people, to squander in ways that will improve their own reelection prospects, make anything more "fair" for others?

Even if additional tax revenue all went to poor single mothers -- which it will not -- the multiple problems of children raised by poor single mothers would not be cured by throwing money at them. Indeed, the skyrocketing of unwed motherhood began when government welfare programs began throwing money at teenage girls who got pregnant.

Children born and raised without fathers are a major problem to society and to themselves. There is nothing "fair" about increasing the number of such children.

A more fundamental problem with the "fairness" issue raised by Beckel and many others is the slippery vagueness of the word "fair."

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Initiated force: Liberals' tool of control
Exclusive: Phil Elmore notes the State's 'willingness to use violence to bring you to heel'
From WND Commentary ~ By Phil Elmore ~ Published Feb 22, 2012

PHIL ELMORE
Liberals adore force. While they hate any firearms they do not wield, and they abhor the notion of self-defense and self-preservation (because leftist ideology is fundamentally self-destructive), they exult in making the other fellow toe the line. From cradle to grave, every waking moment of a man’s life must be controlled if that man is to make the “right” choices as dictated by a lib.

Leftists believe that individual freedom is a threat to all and that freedom of action must be curtailed. The means to make you do as they wish is violence, codified in complex laws and regulations and enforced by the jackbooted thugs of an all-powerful state.

What better symbol is there for liberal violence than the “Occupy” movement, endorsed by President Obama and plagued by rape, disease, defecation and vile threats of assault and murder? These marching, mindless, ravening hordes, these entitled thugs, epitomize where and to what lib rule is driving us.

All lib violence has as its common denominator the desire to make you do something against your will. Democrats and left-wingers salivate at the thought of making you do what they say. They will impoverish you, imprison you, ruin you as totally and as thoroughly as they can, if you oppose them. This is the very definition of initiated force, a concept that runs counter to every instinct and consequence of a free society. It is for this reason that political liberalism, accompanied as it always is by the irresistible compulsion to force your fellow men to obey you, is completely antithetical to the United States Constitution.

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OUTSIDE of the BOX

Hollywood Should 'Just Say No' to Drugs
From NEWSMAX ~ By Michael Reagan ~ Posted Wednesday, 22 Feb 2012 04:50 PM

Another tremendously talented American who had riches and fame beyond most people's dreams has killed herself with drugs. Whitney Houston's life was wrecked and cut tragically short at 48 because she became mired in the self-destructive hell of drug use.

In the late 1970s my birth brother was living in L.A. and working as a writer on "Laverne & Shirley," the number one-rated TV show in the country. It was pretty heady stuff for a 21-year-old kid from Ohio.

I remember him telling me how cocaine and other drugs were becoming increasingly popular with the creative crowd in Hollywood at the time.

He had more money than God and he found himself facing a tough choice: Put his money up his nose like everyone else or leave town.

He chose to leave. Many other young people we know never made the right choice with drugs and their lives ended like Houston's.

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Can you imagine what Whitney could have done had she stayed away from drugs?

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Time 2 Escape WIFLI Briefing for Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012

Welcome to this edition of Time 2 Escape WIFLI Briefing!

What is WIFLI?
You may be wondering what the acronym "WIFLI" means. I started out by calling these issues the Time 2 Escape Daily, but that didn't work out very well. I quickly learned that putting these issues together on a daily basis was a task I was unable to accomplish. To replace "Daily" in the title, I coined the acronym WIFLI, which literally means "When I Feel Like It." Putting together a post on this blog WIFLI works much better for my schedule, and for the higher quality of each issue that is eventually published!
Are you ready for a truly mind-blowing experience in the WIFLI Briefing for today? Ready or not, you're going to get it. I hope you do, anyway!
When you are free, you can do anything you desire. Yet to remain free requires intelligent and thoughtful use of that freedom. Those who take their freedom for granted, who waste it on empty frivolity, who abuse it, will eventually lose it. Those who honor, respect and are sincerely grateful for freedom, who use it responsibly, will achieve even more freedom as a result.

It is truly great to be free, and well worth the effort to keep that freedom alive and growing.

— Ralph Marston, in "Freedom," ~ Tuesday, May 6, 2003
The above quote will have a greater meaning to you when you are done reading this entire post. I guarantee it.

Are you asking why the gas prices are going up, up, and away in recent weeks? The highest prices we've ever seen at this this time of year? There are some stories that you'll see below that will help to explain the rising prices at the pump. You may find that there are global forces that would rather not have you enjoy the freedom you have experienced most of your life.

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between the Occupy Wall Street movement and the Tea Party Movement? Ummm, are there any adults in the room? Nobody should remain clueless once they see the Henry Lamb commentary below. In fact, of the two movements, there should be no doubt who wishes to remain free. Here's a clue: The one-percenters are not the people desiring the "fundamental transformation" of our government.

As you will learn from this edition of the WIFLI Briefing, there are two distinct sides who are at war with each other, and one side are the people that desire to remain free, while the other side doesn't want you to be free.  Any question about which side is evil?  Let's get a perspective on which side is which by watching the following video:

Rick Santorum Speaking at Ave Maria University on August 29, 2008


Video provided by RWWBlog on Feb 16, 2012

Let not your hearts be troubled. There is help on the way. All we really need to do is ask the Good Lord to guide us and to forgive us, for we have sinned, and I'm not sure we know what we've done. I think it's time that we get it into our hearts to change the direction this country is going. Don't you? I'm just sayin'...

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NEWS

Santorum Criticizes Obama Agenda as Based on ‘Some Phony Theology…Not a Theology Based on the Bible’
From THEBLAZE ~ by Christopher Santarelli ~ February 18, 2012 at 7:28pm

(AP) — Lashing out on two fronts, Rick Santorum on Saturday questioned President Barack Obama‘s Christian values and attacked GOP rival Mitt Romney’s Olympics leadership as he courted tea party activists and evangelical voters in Ohio, “ground zero” in the 2012 nomination fight.

Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator known for his social conservative views, said Obama’s agenda is based on “some phony theology. Not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology.” He later suggested that the president practices a different kind of Christianity.

WATCH SANTORUM’S COMMENTS HERE:

Video clip provided by MSNBC.com

"In the Christian church there are a lot of different stripes of Christianity,” he said. “If the president says he’s a Christian, he’s a Christian.

The Obama campaign said the comments represent “the latest low in a Republican primary campaign that has been fueled by distortions, ugliness, and searing pessimism and negativity.”

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'Ineligible' Rubio top GOP choice for VP
Will Republicans put possibly unqualified candidate on ballot?
From WND Politics ~ By Joe Kovacs ~ Published Feb 20, 2012

SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R-FL)
JUPITER ISLAND, Fla. – Despite his avowed non-interest and the fact he may not even be constitutionally eligible to hold the office, Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is the top choice of Republicans and independents for the vice-presidential slot on the Republican ticket this year, according to a brand-new poll.

The national survey of 800 registered voters by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind shows Rubio receiving 66 mentions, more than 8 percent of the time, followed by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

“Anytime you place ahead of Sarah Palin, call yourself a winner,” said poll director Peter Woolley, “Her name recognition and presence are formidable.”

The question given to respondents was open-ended, asking: “No matter who is the Republican nominee for president, if you could pick the vice presidential nominee, who would it be?”

After Palin, the top respondents were Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and surprisingly, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

While Rubio himself has expressed numerous times that he is not interested in running for vice president, the public’s interest in him has not waned.

But his presence on the ticket could cause a backlash among some voters who believe he is not a natural-born citizen of the United States, and thus ineligible for president or vice president.

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Now for the really scary stuff...

Statue of Liberty next on hit list?
Ex-CIA chief warns: Get ready for terrorists who make al-Qaida 'look like amateurs'
From WND ~ By Drew Zahn ~ Published February 19, 2012

Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency R. James Woolsey told a radio host today that Americans “have to get ready” for Iran to retaliate against international pressure over its nuclear program with terrorist attacks, including, possibly, a strike on the Statue of Liberty.

Woolsey, who currently serves as chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, was speaking on Aaron Klein Investigative Radio on New York’s WABC Radio.

Klein pointed out that Iran supports the militant Islamist group Hezbollah, which has been designated by the U.S. and several other nations as a terrorist organization, and asked Woolsey if he foresees the group plotting attacks on Jewish targets in the near future.

“Yes,” Woolsey responded. “They [Iran] have Hezbollah, and it is the most professional terrorist organization in the world. It makes al-Qaida look like a real group of amateurs. And they have expanded around the world.”

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US, Britain urge Israel not to attack Iran's nuclear program
From FoxNews.com Politics ~ via WND.com ~ Published February 19, 2012

JERUSALEM – The U.S. and Britain on Sunday urged Israel not to attack Iran's nuclear program as the White House's national security adviser arrived in the region, reflecting growing international jitters that the Israelis are poised to strike.

In their warnings, both the chairman of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, and British Foreign Secretary William Hague said an Israeli attack on Iran would have grave consequences for the entire region and urged Israel to give international sanctions against Tehran more time to work. Dempsey said an Israeli attack is "not prudent," and Hague said it would not be "a wise thing." It was not known whether their messages were coordinated.

Both Israel and the West believe Iran is trying to develop a nuclear bomb -- a charge Tehran denies. But differences have emerged in how to respond to the perceived threat.

The U.S. and the European Union have both imposed harsh new sanctions targeting Iran's oil sector, the lifeline of the Iranian economy. With the sanctions just beginning to bite, they have expressed optimism that Iran can be persuaded to curb its nuclear ambitions.

On Sunday, Iran's Oil Ministry said it has halted oil shipments to Britain and France in an apparent pre-emptive blow against the European Union. The semiofficial Mehr news agency said the National Iranian Oil Company has sent letters to some European refineries with an ultimatum to either sign long-term contracts of two to five years or be cut off. The 27-nation EU accounts for about 18 percent of Iran's oil exports.

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Iran stops oil sales to British and French firms
From Reuters ~ Via WND Money ~ Feb 19, 2012 4:32pm EST

(Reuters) - Iran has stopped selling crude to British and French companies, the oil ministry said on Sunday, in a retaliatory measure against fresh EU sanctions on the Islamic state's lifeblood, oil.

"Exporting crude to British and French companies has been stopped ... we will sell our oil to new customers," spokesman Alireza Nikzad was quoted as saying by the Ministry of Petroleum website.

The European Union in January decided to stop importing crude from Iran from July 1 over its disputed nuclear program, which the West says is aimed at building bombs. Iran denies this.

Iran's oil minister said on February 4 that the Islamic state would cut its oil exports to "some" European countries.

The European Commission said last week that the bloc would not be short of oil if Iran stopped crude exports, as they have enough in stock to meet their needs for around 120 days.

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Saudi Arabia Cuts Oil Output, Export: Industry Report
Production declines by 237,000 barrels per day
From CNBC ~ Via WND Money ~ By: Yousef Gamal El-Din ~ 19 Feb 2012

(CNBC) — The world’s top oil exporter, Saudi Arabia, appears to have cut both its oil production and export in December, according to the latest update by the Joint Organizations Data Initiative (JODI), an official source of oil production, consumption and export data.

The OPEC heavyweight saw production decline by 237,000 barrels per day (bpd) from three-decade highs of 10.047 million bpd in November, the JODI data showed on Sunday.

The draw-down was sharper for the actual amount exported, declining by 440,000 bpd, or 5.6 percent, to come in at 7.364 million bpd, the data also showed. The level would still be similar to exports after a steep ramp-up last June.

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COMMENTARY

Why we are all Catholics now
From Washington Post: Guest Voices ~ By Glenn Beck ~ Posted Feb 19, 2012

I am a proud member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but today, I call myself a Catholic. Why? Because the state is telling the Catholic Church to violate its principles and teachings. So if you are a person of faith, you must call yourself a Catholic.

Beck meets the newly elevated Cardinal Timothy Dolan in the Vatican.
Today, the Catholic Church is defending a historic American freedom. We tend to forget that many of America’s earliest European settlers were religious refugees. Europe was not a kind place to the faithful if the state didn’t approve: Jews in Spain, Puritans in England, Protestants in France and so on. You were cast out, or worse.

Our Founding Fathers remembered this. They knew if you can’t serve God as you choose, you are not free. And so they enshrined that right in the First Amendment of the Constitution: The state “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…

This is why Americans are offended by the ruling from the White House that would force church-run institutions to pay for birth control and morning-after pills, which are tantamount to abortion. The so-called compromise is no compromise – under government-approved health insurance plans that the church pays for, abortifacients would be covered. Sin by proxy – that’s the compromise.

This isn’t a fight over abortion or birth control. This is about whether the state can force someone to pay to have their religious beliefs violated.

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Obama's gas attack
Exclusive: Barbara Simpson is steamed over BHO-induced cost to fill up her car
From WND Commentary ~ By Barbara Simpson ~ Published Feb 19, 2012

BARBARA SIMPSON
I just love it when news reports tell us that gas prices are up again and that they’ll soon top $4 a gallon.

Thanks, Barack.

That’s a laugh because in Northern California, depending on where you are, pump prices already are over that $4 level. It was a headline story in my local paper Saturday.

In San Francisco, where the number of gas stations is limited, drivers have been bilked that amount per gallon for weeks.

In the surrounding counties, it’s like a daily lottery.

I have several stations I check regularly, and I try to pick the cheapest when I get the regular, weekly fill-up. To make it a bit easier on the wallet, I pay cash – that’s the cheapest way to go and these days – any days – every penny counts. And, just to be ornery, I keep a record of the weekly prices!

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Occupiers or tea partiers?
From RenewAmerica ~ By Henry Lamb ~ Posted Feb 12, 2012

HENRY LAMB
Imagine how the media would react were the Tea Parties to behave as the Occupiers have. Take a few minutes to view some of this video (2:09), or this video (2:08). Occupiers demand to "occupy" whatever they wish as a First Amendment right, but they will not allow Tea Party people (:52- explicit) to exercise their First Amendment rights.

Take a look at this video (2:08). The difference between the two groups is quite dramatic. Now see what happens when Occupiers are challenged by Tea Party people (4:02). Occupiers seem to believe that someone, perhaps the rich or the government, owes them something.

The Occupier in this video (1:42) says that all Senators, present and past, are a part of the one-percent who own 40-percent of the nation's wealth. He asks how this happened, and says that non-violence is not the answer. He says that ultimately, the rich will not go without a violent revolution.

Occupiers seem to believe that someone owes them a job and a livable income, and a home, at least, and perhaps more. These ideas are consistent with Marx and Engels' 19th century thinking, but have consistently failed every society that has tried to live by them. Nevertheless, a consistent theme at all Occupy sites is "down with capitalism," and "up with socialism."

Tea Partiers, on the other hand, expect nothing from their fellow citizens; and from government, they expect to be protected from all enemies, foreign and domestic, and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution. As the Declaration of Independence declares that all people are:

"...endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

"The Occupier in this video (1:42) says that all Senators, present and past, are a part of the one-percent who own 40-percent of the nation's wealth..."

Video provided by ringospictures on Oct 2, 2011

"The difference between the two groups is quite dramatic..." (Explicit)

Video provided by Accuracy In Media (aimaccuracy) on Oct 10, 2011

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OUTSIDE of the BOX

Are we in the middle of World War 3?
From GlennBeck.com ~ Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 6:40 PM EST

One of the main takeaways that Glenn had from his weekend in Europe was the overwhelming feeling that the world was currently in the middle of World War 3. It is a war that isn’t yet being fought with guns, but with financial weapons. It is a war for power, money and influence. Glenn explains what is going on in the clip above from GBTV, and the role that Middle East and oil will play in the conflict ahead. While Glenn certainly came back with some positives, such as the growth of a global movement of peace and freedom, it is the battle being fought on an international level that frightened him the most.


Video provided by GBTV.com on Feb 20, 2012

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'The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment': U.S. in crosshairs
Messianic rabbi reveals striking parallels between fall of ancient Israel, America
From WND ~ Published Feb 20, 2012

WASHINGTON – A messianic rabbi from New Jersey is stunning audiences nationwide by revealing the striking parallels between the fall of ancient Israel and what he suggests are God’s early judgments of America.

Jonathan Cahn of the Jerusalem Center-Beth Israel Congregation in Wayne, N.J., says an otherwise obscure passage in the Book of Isaiah is since Sept. 11, 2001, being uncannily re-enacted in the U.S. just the way it originally played out in the time of the great prophet of Israel leading to the nation’s captivity and dispersions.

His book on the subject, “The Harbinger,” was the hottest new release of the year, the No. 1 Christian title of 2012 and has been on the New York Times bestsellers list since it was released last month.

Now Cahn’s story of “an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America’s future and the collapse of the global economy” is told in a compelling new two-hour documentary video, “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” produced by WND’s Joseph Farah and directed by award-winning filmmaker George Escobar.

“Before its destruction as a nation, ancient Israel received nine harbingers, prophetic omens of warning,” Cahn says. “The same nine harbingers are now manifesting in America with immediate ramifications for end-time prophecy.”


"...In “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” viewers get to see these remarkable, largely forgotten or overlooked speeches, which directly link the events of 9/11 and the events referred to in Isaiah 9:10..."


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ISAIAH 9:1-10 [NIV]
Provided by BibleGateway.com

1 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—

2 The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.

3 You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder.

4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.

5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire.

6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.

The LORD’s Anger Against Israel

8 The Lord has sent a message against Jacob;
it will fall on Israel.

9 All the people will know it—
Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria—
who say with pride
and arrogance of heart,

10 “The bricks have fallen down,
but we will rebuild with dressed stone;
the fig trees have been felled,
but we will replace them with cedars.”

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Let not your hearts be troubled... John 14:1 [NIV]


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Brilliant reflection
From The Daily Motivator ~ By Ralph Marston ~ Thursday, July 11, 2002

RALPH MARSTON
When you give joy to others, you cannot possibly avoid experiencing that joy yourself. When you teach others, you cannot help but learn in a profound and substantial way.

You cannot force anyone to understand you. Yet when you genuinely seek to understand, you will indeed be understood. The best way to get your point across is not by shouting. It is by listening first that you will know how to most effectively and convincingly speak.

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WE the PEOPLE
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YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
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