Helena’s News Roundup: Castro’s Torture, ISIS on Texas Border, Obama Weakens America, EPA Dominates Lives.

Thanks to Helena Nunn of North Pinellas Republican Club for the Weekly News Roundup!

Thanks to Helena Nunn of North Pinellas Republican Club for the Weekly News Roundup!

Castro’s Torture, ISIS on Texas Border, Obama Weakens America, EPA Dominates Lives.

Story of the Week – Public Employee Unions continue to view taxpayers as their personal ATM machine (St. Pete’s Story here). All the politicians agree.  Pensions that are unaffordable and bloated will continue to cause bankruptcies and loss of vital government services: like police protection (see Detroit).

Public Employee Pensions: Taxpayers Can’t Get a Break | Sunshine State News Public Pensions and A Road to Disaster!! “Arguably, public employees should not even be allowed to engage in collective bargaining because they don’t bargain with the people paying them. Instead, they bargain with politicians and bureaucrats who tremble at the voting bloc power of public employees…At the heart of the problem is the fact that public employees.. are guaranteed a certain amount upon retirement whether their investment produces that amount or not…Public employees generally get guaranteed health benefits, and that cost is soaring also. Local plans in Florida are $6.5 billion short in health benefits, not counting their $2 billion share of the state government’s plan, according to the Collins Institute.So, the problem compounds, the politicians talk and taxpayers wait for the inevitable bath.”

How the White House lost control on Iran “It’s not often that a White House gets clobbered on a major foreign policy initiative, unanimously, in Congress. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s 19-0 vote on the Corker-Cardin measure after virulent administration opposition up until this morning was the end result of a series of events that have rendered a thumbs-down verdict on the president’s credibility in preventing a nuclear capable Iran.”

Articles: Obama as Nuclear Arsonist “Obama is not avoiding war. Everything he has done in the last six years increases the chance of war, which is already going on everywhere Obama tried to fix things. The latest U.S. defeat is in Yemen, but we’ve knocked down the pillars of stability in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Iraq. In Eastern Europe we’ve endangered the Ukraine (now being torn apart by Putin), but Putin has threatened everybody in sight.The only regime we’ve respected is Iran’s openly genocidal cult. Obama tried to overthrow Israel’s elected government more than once, and Israel is stable today in spite of Obama – no thanks to his repeated attempts at sabotage.”

ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm Heck if kids can cross our border, why not ISIS? “During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss….According to these same sources, “coyotes” engaged in human smuggling – and working for Juárez Cartel – help move ISIS terrorists through the desert and across the border between Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico. To the east of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, cartel-backed “coyotes” are also smuggling ISIS terrorists through the porous border between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas. ISIS is conducting reconnaissance of regional universities; the White Sands Missile Range; government facilities in Alamogordo, NM; Ft. Bliss; and the electrical power facilities near Anapra and Chaparral, NM.”

The State Electricity Revolt The EPA power grab! “The Environmental Protection Agency is finishing a rule that requires the states to meet carbon-reduction targets by reorganizing their “production, distribution and use of electricity,” as the EPA puts it. This is an unprecedented federal usurpation of what has been a state responsibility since the invention of the modern steam turbine in the 1880s…Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging Governors to wait before cooperating, and the irony is that the White House is assailing him for “interfering” with state deliberations. The truth is that the EPA is attempting to steal state sovereignty in order to dominate everything from power plants to ceiling fans. The EPA’s imperiousness is creating the case for noncooperation. States can only protect their energy futures by declining to do the EPA’s dirty work.”

STEPHEN MOORE: Residents fleeing high-tax states Must Read The Redistribution Racket! “The blue states that try to lift up the poor with high taxes, high welfare benefits, high minimum wages and other Robin Hood policies tend to be the places where the rich end up the richest and the poor the poorest.California is the prototypical example. It has the highest tax rates of any state. It has very generous welfare benefits. Many of its cities have a high minimum wage. But day after day, the middle class keeps leaving. The wealthy areas such as San Francisco and the Silicon Valley boom. Yet the state has nearly the highest poverty rate in the nation. The Golden State, alas, has become the inequality state.”

Obama’s deceptions on Iran and Cuba  Americans’ support for Obama’s policies drop significantly when they know the details! ” A new poll finds that Americans do support Obama’s plan by a margin of 51 to 38 percent . .until they learn some basic facts about Cuba. When Americans are told that Cuba is hosting Russian ships in its harbors, opposition jumps to 58 percent while support sinks to 30 percent. When Americans are told of Cuba’s attempts to smuggle 240 tons of weaponry to North Korea, opposition jumps to 63 percent and support drops to 26 percent. When Americans are told that Cuba is harboring a cop-killer and terrorists, opposition jumps to 63 percent, and support plummets to 23 percent… And when asked whether Cuba’s designation as a supporter of terrorism should be maintained because it harbors terrorists, respondents agreed 68 percent to 16 percent.”

The Untold, Bad-Science Story of the Everglades Foundation Founders | Sunshine State News Everglades Foundation founders George Barley and Paul Tudor Jones are featured in the story…Barley bought into bad science promulgated by Joseph Zieman, a UVA seagrass biologist, and his colleague, Ron Jones of Miami’s FIU: Jones bankrolled the development of their wrong conclusions. Meanwhile, water quality in Florida Bay and the upper Keys worsened because of it.Bad Science from the Everglades Foundation followed for decades!..Wrote Malloy and Bourne, “What began for us as an investigation of bad science,..evolved into an examination of power, money and big-business environmentalism in South Florida. As environmentalists, it rapidly soured us on the philosophy and tactics that have moved to the forefront of the battle to save our natural treasures. It became a case study in ethical disintegration.”

Russian Missile Sales to Iran Cross White House ‘Red Line’  “Russia’s previous ban on selling Tehran the powerful defense system was hailed as a coup by the Obama administration and promoted by it as an example of President Obama’s ability to rein in Russian intransigence on the military front. However, Monday’s announcement by Russia threatens to complicate an already fractured relationship with Moscow and throw into further jeopardy the ongoing negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program. Experts have warned that the reversal threatens to split the international coalition currently working to halt Iran’s nuclear program—a narrative that the White House is working to downplay.Russia’s decision to arm Tehran with the S-300 system erodes a long-promoted narrative by the Obama administration about its success in preventing Russian proliferation.” What a DISASTER!

The Greatest Setback for Cancer Research Is Obamacare  “At one time, to contract cancer was to receive a death warrant. Not so any more.The answer is that we are a wealthy nation that is filled with problem solvers. We have dedicated tens of billions of dollars dollars to conquer this malady. Economic freedom has not just made us wealthier, it has made us healthier.. Socialism doesn’t stand a chance in finding cures. Capitalism will. Finally, the greatest setback for cancer research and wonder treatments in modern times is Obamacare. That dismal law puts new taxes on the next generation of life-saving drugs, vaccines and medical devices. It may be the dumbest tax in history. . if you want more of something, you don’t raise taxes on it, you cut them. Repealing these taxes is one small step Washington could take to accelerate the race for the cure and save millions of lives each year.”

CUBA CASTRO REGIME TORTURED AMERICAN SERVICEMEN  Lest we forget Castro’s cruelty!! “Cuban imprisonment and torture of American servicemen (in Vietnam) was confirmed by surviving airmen who were repatriated in 1973… perhaps more important was the transport of 17 of these men to Cuba for medical experiments in torture techniques. Some were held in ..a secret Cuban prison run by Castro’s intelligence service—while other Americans were sent to the Mazorra [psychiatric] Hospital, where they functioned as human guinea pigs to develop improved methods of inducing prisoners to cooperate and extract information through torture and drugs. Prisoners who died on Cuban soil were secretly returned to North Vietnam for repatriation.These acts of aggression and violation of all conventions of war and torture were publicly exposed through testimony..” before Congress in 1999.

A brief guide to Clinton scandals from Travelgate to Emailgate Lest we forget all the Clinton scandals, here is a list. It does bring back so many memories-none good!!

Obama Fails Vets: VA Wait Lists As Bad As Ever Read More At Investor’s Business Daily  Time to privatize the VA system and allow the vets to get the care they need. Like most gov’t agencies, there is no accountability as there is in the private sector. “If the Department of Veterans Affairs is serious about cleaning up its own affairs,” the Examiner said in an editorial, “it should not put liars in charge of investigating its own shortcomings..”Of course, anyone who thought that tossing billions more dollars into the VA system would solve anything hadn’t looked at the numbers.As IBD reported last year, health spending at the VA climbed 193% between 2000 and 2013, while the number of veterans served went up just 68%.

Obama Mau-Maued By Tinpots At Latin Summit After Conceding So Much To Cuba  “After bailing out the failed Castro regime, he’s been drawn into a fresh grievances from other Latin states.The specter of the president of US being bullied and pushed around by the likes of Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro, a former bus driver who almost certainly holds office due to election fraud, is one sorry sight.As president of the shambling, oil-ruined regime on the verge of bankruptcy and deeply mired in the drug trade, Maduro managed to flip the entire sentiment of the hemisphere’s other 33 leaders at the annual Summit of the Americas in Panama City his way…Yet there’s little doubt Maduro won and Obama lost, given the groveling retraction Obama made on Tuesday..Obama’s handout to Cuba has opened the door for remittances to Cuba to double from $3 billion to $6 billion a year. “US got nothing in return!

Katie Pavlich: The deception of the Obama Department of Justice  Looks like Lying is a must-have skill to work in Obama’s executive branch including DOJ. “Throughout Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House he’s been accused of leading a lawless presidency and cheapening the rule of law through his Department of Justice. Many say these accusations are simply based in politics, but a closer look at the way the Department of Justice has handled multiple cases in federal court suggest misleading or lying to judges is a habit, not a mistake….Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice has been willing to mislead federal judges, ignore court orders and allegedly defraud the court so long as political goals of the White House are reached. This is the rule, not the exception.”