Obama Told Some Whoppers During His Press Conference, Friday (No, That’s Not News)

What more – No one in the press corpse  challenged the lies (also not news). I’m not even going to post the video because it was painful and boring the first time around.

“We’re adapting. We’re producing more oil, and we’re importing less”.

“Now, the hard truth is, is that as long as our economy depends on foreign oil, we’ll always be subject to price spikes.”

Our oil production reached its highest level in seven years. Oil production from federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico reached an all-time high,” adding that “for the first time in more than a decade, imports accounted for less than half of what we consumed.”

I turned to my husband and said, OMG, he’s lying, AGAIN.

Then I heard Rush say:

So they’re out there lying through their teeth telling us that oil production is up despite their moratoriums.  It isn’t.  Oil production is down.  It’s from the US House Committee on Natural Resources.  That’s the source.

Then I checked in on Ace, who said:

Fact Check: Virtually Everything Obama Just Said About Oil and Gas Production in the US is a Lie, Except for His Insight That “Gas Prices Are Important”,

Ace linked to Jazz Shaw in The Greenroom, who said:

That’s an interesting claim, particularly given Hot Air’s coverage of the subject just prior to the press event. But record setting production would certainly be good news, wouldn’t it? Sadly, it seems that the President was basing his claims on some recent comments by Ken Salazar. While they sound great on paper, Ken was talking about the total number of oil rigs in the gulf, not the total amount of oil being produced. Jack Gerard of the American Petroleum Institute attempts to straighten out the math for the Oil Analyst in Chief.

Salazar’s numbers distort the true number of working rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. According to Baker Hughes:

  • Four days before the Deepwater Horizon accident there were 55 rotary rigs actually drilling offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • On May 28, 2010, when the administration announced the six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling, there were 46 rotary rigs operating in the Gulf.
  • Last week, 25 rotary rigs were operating in the Gulf of Mexico.

So the fact that there is an “all-time high” number of rigs in the Gulf ignores the fact that most of those rigs are not working. Claiming an increase in idle rigs in the Gulf as a success story is like claiming the job market is great because a lot of people are unemployed and available to work.

Steve Everley over at American Solutions, debunks a few more claims from Obama.

President Obama held a press conference today to discuss rising gasoline and oil prices. Gasoline at the pump now costs an average of $3.50 per gallon nationwide, and experts project prices to eclipse $4 per gallon this year, possibly by the beginning of the summer driving season.

But instead of providing a solution that most of America wants — more domestic drilling — President Obama used his presser to recite misleading talking points to justify his anti-energy policies, arguments that have all been thoroughly debunked.

See also:

The American Spectator: Conservative Leaders: Obama’s Energy Non-Policy Is Hurting America

RE: With the Administration showing little indication it will allow drilling to resume in the Gulf of Mexico at any point in the near future, its lack of political will to drill is undermining our efforts for energy independence, which compromises our national security and jeopardizes our economic recovery.

Issue-in-Brief: Continued instability in the Middle East, combined with unprecedented foreign demand for oil and an uncertain economic recovery at home, has left the United States at the mercy of foreign dictators and markets – issues that would be alleviated if the Administration lifted its self-imposed energy freeze and let domestic producers get back to work, particularly in the Gulf. There is an obvious lack of leadership from the Obama Administration.

Demand for Oil is Skyrocketing

· Since President Obama assumed office gas prices have risen 87%!

(From $1.83 to $3.43 and even higher in some states!)

· Global demand for oil is rising, and the competition for foreign resources has intensified. By 2035, the United States, Japan, OECD Europe, China, and India are projected to need 25 percent more imported oil than in 2005, with China and India accounting for the major portion of that increase.

· Instead of reaping the economic and social benefits of developing our domestic resources, the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), even despite the recent permit granted by the Department of Interior (DOI), remains closed for business. According to the Energy Information Agency, domestic offshore oil production will fall 13 percent in 2011, a loss of about 220,000 barrels/day, mainly due to the continued lack of permits for the GOM.

Energy Security and Economic Security are Related

· Oil at a hundred dollars a barrel and rising could throw the U.S. economy into reverse at a time when it has just started moving forward. Any gains made by business or working families will soon be reversed.

· Petroleum is used in virtually every sector of our economy, from computers to crayons and heart valves to hand lotion. Rising fuel prices hit Americans right in the wallet at a time when incomes are stretched and unemployment remains agonizingly high.

Read the whole thing at The Spectator.

In summation, Obama is a liar, and he’s destroying the economy.

Have a nice weekend.

Hat tip: Charles B for some the links.

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Your Feel Good Story Of The Day: CA Boy Wrongfully Expelled “To Make An Example Of Him”, Is Re-admitted To High School

The NRA and the CRPA Foundation joined forces to provide legal assistance for high school student Gary Tudesko in his fight to be readmitted to Willows High School in Glenn County, California. Here is his story:

That Principal should definitely lose his job over this.

Hat tip: Retired Geezer

Wis. Unions Bully Local Businesses With Ultimatum

The Wisconsin Professional Police Association is sending out a letter to businesses that threaten boycotts unless they support the unions and oppose the Governor. How is this not extortion?

Having lost the battle over collective bargaining rights in the capital, the Wisconsin unionistas are now taking their fight to local businesses.

Seven union heads have sent the below letter to Marshall & Ilsley Corporation, a financial services firm. In the letter, the union members give the president of the company an ultimatum: publicly denounce Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-collective bargaining law, or face union boycott.

March 10, 2011

Mr. Tom Ellis, President

Marshall & Ilsley Corporation

770 N. Water Street

Milwaukee, WI 53202

SENT VIA FASCIMILE AND REGULAR MAIL

Dear Mr. Ellis:

As you undoubtedly know, Governor Walker recently proposed a “budget adjustment bill” to eviscerate public employees’ right to collectively bargain in Wisconsin…

As you also know, Scott Walker did not campaign on this issue when he ran for office. If he had, we are confident that you would not be listed among his largest contributors. As such, we are contacting you now to request your support.

The undersigned groups would like your company to publicly oppose Governor Walker’s efforts to virtually eliminate collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin. While we appreciate that you may need some time to consider this request, we ask for your response by March 17. In the event that you do not respond to this request by that date, we will assume that you stand with Governor Walker and against the teachers, nurses, police officers, fire fighters and other dedicated public employees who serve our communities.

In the event that you cannot support this effort to save collective bargaining, please be advised that the undersigned will publicly and formally boycott the goods and services provided by your company. However, if you join us, we will do everything in our power to publicly celebrate your partnership in the fight to preserve the right of public employees to be heard at the bargaining table.

Wisconsin’s public employee unions serve to protect and promote equality and fairness in the workplace. We hope you will stand with us and publicly share that ideal.

In the event you would like to discuss this matter further, please contact the

Director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, Jim Palmer, at 608.273.3840.

Thank you in advance for your consideration. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

See The Blaze for the complete list of participating unions.

Jim Palmer, the primary signatory, and Director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, made this statement in an interview with Amy Goodman of  the Socialist site Democracy Now:

Wisconsin police officers have participated in the Madison labor protests, not only on the job as public security, but also as demonstrators. “Law enforcement officers from all across the state are proud to stand with their fellow devoted public employees,” says Jim Palmer, executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association. “We have been very impressed by how peaceful everyone has been.”

Peaceful?! Amazing how they keep missing all the episodes of union thuggery, isn’t it?

See also:

Mike at Cold Fury says: Wisconsin shakedown: more union goon threats:

I suppose we can all be grateful he didn’t promise Madison business owners and employees some beatings from the boys in blue if they don’t take heed here — overtly, at any rate. I suppose by now everybody knows they’ll be forthcoming.

When cops take sides like this, they’re no longer cops. Just better-organized goon squads — with guns.

Great. Just great.

Legal Insurrection: The Other Loser In Wisconsin – Law Enforcement Credibility

Publius at Big Government asks: Finally, what does it mean to have police and firefighters ‘boycott’ your business?

Linked by Doug Ross, and adeliemanchot, thanks!

Video: Another WI Recall Effort Thwarted – Venue Changed Due To Threats/Union Thug Destroys Recall Petitions

/ Xai Kha/Wausau Daily Herald

The Wausau Daily Herald reported:

The Republican Party of Lincoln County organized the rally aimed at collecting signatures to recall Sen. Jim Holperin of Conover, one of the 14 Democrats who fled the state three weeks ago to delay a vote on the bill that strips state workers of most collective bargaining rights.

Group organizers set up a table on the corner of Main and Court streets with recall forms and a sign that read “Recall Jimmy Holperin.”

But union supporters, who outnumbered the group, clustered around the recall table chanting “Flip the Senate,” and “Whose house? Our house.”

***

Originally, the rally was to take place at Kathy and Cal’s Club 64 in Merrill. But Rajek said the group hastily moved the rally after owners received threats.“They got about 50 to 100 harassment calls,” Rajek said.

Restaurant owners declined Thursday to confirm whether they had received threats.

Think they were scared into silence?…

This video was taken moments after a union advocate destroyed several petitions at the Recall Jim Holperin Rally in Merill, WI:

The YouTube poster explained what happened:

The event was moved to the court house grounds because the private location originally slated to host the event was threatened with arson. It should be noted that police were present when the protestor destroyed these recall petitions, but stated to us that there was nothing they could do about it. The female protestor, who had a young child with her, approached the recall table pretending to be interested in signing the petition, then proceeded to write F— You! She then ripped up other completed petitions before being stopped. Her actions were met with great approval from the rest of the crowd, who took up the chant heard in the video.

 

Previously:

Union Thugs Thwart “Recall Wirch” Petition Drive

Cross-posted at Left-Wing Institute For Civil Discourse

Earthquake/Tsunami Hits Japan – Tsunami Warnings Across The Pacific

Photo via National Post

I’ve never in my life felt an earthquake, so I can only imagine what one measuring 8.8on the Richter scale feels like. Judging from footage coming out of Japan, this morning, it was devastating – dozens are reported dead, already, and the death toll is almost certain to rise.

Via Breitbart TV, here’s a horrific video of a tsunami slamming Japan:

This incredible footage shows the flood waters sweeping away dozens of cars and boats:

CNN is providing live-streaming tsunami coverage, here.

See The National Post for more pictures of the devastation.

I’ll be updating this post throughout the day.

Bloomberg reports:

Tokyo’s subway system, the world’s busiest with about 8 million riders a day, shut down after today’s 8.9-magnitude quake and tsunami struck the city, leaving commuters to wait hours for taxis or search for somewhere to spend the night. Retail store shelves were also left empty as victims struggled to buy supplies and food amid the disaster. Police say 60 people were killed and 56 are missing, according to the Associated Press.

WTF?

Atheists on Twitter use earthquake and tsunami  to prove there’s no God:

SpreadHDGFX Matthew Brady
@CruzanChoklate what’d u say RT @godhatesu: Where is your god that loves all now? Is mother nature more powerful than he is? #tsunami OBEY!
Uh-OH:




More astounding photos at The Atlantic: Earthquake in Japan