Quick Gloat

As the rest of the media is noticing Obama’s appalling bad taste in golfing while an American loses his head, we’ll just take a moment to remind you where you heard it first. Now that the story has taken flight, we dab a tear from our eye and wish our little fledgling godspeed.

Fly, baby-bama, fly

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“I Live. Send Help”

“Palestinian Jews”? Isn’t that an oxymoron?

It all began with a cablegram in 1914. “Palestinian Jews facing terrible crisis belligerent countries stopping their assistance serious destruction threatens thriving colonies,” wrote Henry Morgenthau. The U.S.ambassador to the Ottoman Empire was reaching out to New York philanthropist Jacob Schiff asking for $50,000 to help the Jews in Palestine. Within the month, Schiff secured the funds and sent them over.

This was the beginning of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a coming together of three different organizations united to help save Jews worldwide in distress.

Palestinian Jews? Ottoman Empire? Colonies? Does he mean settlements? What is this strange tale he’s telling?

Called “I Live. Send Help” after another important cablegram, the exhibit walks through the century of JDC existence, giving a glimpse into the many ways the organizations has helped Jews and non-Jews around the world. (The titular cable was sent in June of 1945 from a survivor in Warsaw named Luba Mizne, who simply wrote, “I live require help.”)

Good thing Jews have all the money and run the world now. Twasn’t always thus:


(NB: That’s the First World War)

“It highlights the lengths to which the Joint went to save Jews, to bring relief in times of need, and to rebuild and renew Jewish life,” she said.

Since those early cablegrams, the JDC has helped people in difficult situations all over the world, ranging from sending goods to Holocaust survivors in Displaced Persons camps and helping Jews who immigrate to Israel, to relocating refugees from Sarajevo and educating Jews in the Soviet Union.

Don’t forget Haiti! (The Jews didn’t.)

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Fascinating. “Palestinians” once referred to Jews. Their “colonies” in the “Ottoman Empire” have existed for over a century. They were poor and starving, beset by “belligerent countries”. Today, they spread the charity they so desperately required a century ago. Who knew?

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Golfing.

No, not the President, me. I’ll be out of commission for a couple of weeks. Golfing, fishing, rock climbing, that kind of thing.

So be good.

- Aggie

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Out, the 99%; In, the 35.4%

Nice lack of work, if you can get it:

109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded “means-tested programs” — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau has not yet reported how many were on welfare in 2013 or the first two quarters of 2014.

But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time.

Oh, and by way of comparison:

In 2012, according to the Census Bureau, there were 103,087,000 full-time year-round workers in the United States (including 16,606,000 full-time year-round government workers). Thus, the welfare-takers outnumbered full-time year-round workers by 6,544,000.

Another point of comparison:

In the fourth quarter of 2008, when President Obama was elected, there were 96,197,000 people living in households taking benefits from one or more federal welfare programs. After four years, by the fourth quarter of 2012, that had grown by 13,434,000.

Let’s do a little cipherin’ as Jethro used to say on the Beverly Hillbillies. Obama took office during the worst recession in recent memory, but not an overly long one: the economy started growing again in early-to-mid 2009. Even so, the welfare rolls swelled by more than the population of Illinois (or the nation of Chad). Meanwhile, more people receive welfare than pay for it—by six-and-a-half million.

And if one includes all social spending (SocSec, Medicare), but excludes veteran benefits, nearly half the country (48.5%) receives a check from the gummint every month. Hard to win elections on the motto of limited government against that demographic.

PS: The economy has continued to grow—if you can call it that—since the end of 2012. How many of you think people have left welfare and gone back to work over the last year and a half? Me neither.

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Is Michael Brown Trayvon Martin?

By which I mean, did he initiate the violence and leave his victim with no choice but to shoot to save his life? Because that was Trayvon Martin.

And it’s beginning to emerge that that was Michael Brown:

Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department’s top brass told FoxNews.com.

“The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.”

According to the well-placed source, Wilson was coming off another case in the neighborhood on Aug. 9 when he ordered Michael Brown and his friend Dorain Johnson to stop walking in the middle of the road because they were obstructing traffic. However, the confrontation quickly escalated into physical violence, the source said.

“They ignored him and the officer started to get out of the car to tell them to move,” the source said. “They shoved him right back in, that’s when Michael Brown leans in and starts beating Officer Wilson in the head and the face.

The source claims that there is “solid proof” that there was a struggle between Brown and Wilson for the policeman’s firearm, resulting in the gun going off – although it still remains unclear at this stage who pulled the trigger. Brown started to walk away according to the account, prompting Wilson to draw his gun and order him to freeze. Brown, the source said, raised his hands in the air, and turned around saying, “What, you’re going to shoot me?”

At that point, the source told FoxNews.com, the 6 foot, 4 inch, 292-pound Brown charged Wilson, prompting the officer to fire at least six shots at him, including the fatal bullet that penetrated the top of Brown’s skull, according to an independent autopsy conducted at the request of Brown’s family.

Wilson suffered a fractured eye socket in the fracas, and was left dazed by the initial confrontation, the source said. He is now “traumatized, scared for his life and his family, injured and terrified” that a grand jury, which began hearing evidence on Wednesday, will “make some kind of example out of him,” the source said.

Darren Wilson sure sounds like George Zimmerman:

One difference between Trayvon and Michael is that Trayvon wasn’t doing anything wrong when he encountered Zimmerman (until he attacked Zimmerman, that is).

Michael Brown, on the other hand, may well have been doing something wrong:

Michael Brown was identified as a suspect in a strong-arm robbery of a box of cigars moments before he was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson, police said Friday.

In an afternoon press conference, Ferguson, Mo. Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Wilson did not initially make a connection between the robbery and Brown,whose death spurred violent protests and unrest in the St. Louis suburb over the past week.

Wilson stopped Brown and a friend because “they were in the middle of the street, blocking traffic,” Jackson said.

Hours later, however, Jackson told a slightly different story to CNN and NBC, saying that Wilson noticed Brown was carrying a box of cigars that had been reported stolen. Wilson, he said, initially stopped Brown for blocking traffic, but as he began driving past Brown, he noticed Brown was holding cigars.

At that point, Wilson “made the connection” that Brown might have been involved in a theft that had just been broadcast on police radio, Jackson said.

The discrepancy over the cigars may be an issue, or it may mean nothing: we haven’t heard Wilson’s story from his own mouth yet. Indeed, the large man strong-arming the store owner may not be Michael Brown (though the outfit of the robber appears to match that of Brown from post-mortem news photos).

What matters is that there is an alternate telling of the events of that day, with plenty of witnesses (and accompanying evidence) to attest to it, that depicts Michael Brown as anything but the innocent victim of racist police brutality. Which raises the question of what have the last several nights of rioting been all about?

Have Revs. Sharpton and Jackson helped or hurt? Has the presence of the New Black Panthers helped or hurt? Who are the alleged “provocateurs”, and where do they come from?

Out-of-town criminals are inciting violence and hijacking peaceful protests in Ferguson, police said early Tuesday, with officers coming under “heavy gunfire” in the Missouri town.

At least two people were shot in the violent overnight melee and 31 people were arrested – with some of those detained coming from New York and California, Johnson said.

When even the Black Panthers are blaming outside provocateurs, it suggests the violence and outrage is staged, manufactured. All the town leaders want it to stop, the clergy want it to stop, Michael’s parents want it to stop. Yet it continues.

I wasn’t there, so I don’t know—but Ferguson, MO resembles a Broadway production more than it does a modern lynching.

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Foley Murdered By Brit With London Accent

Because British culture produces the best butchers.

British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond says that the government is “urgently investigating” the identity of the apparently British executioner of US reporter James Foley, whose death was shown in a video released by members of the self-declared Islamic State in Syria. The IS member’s apparent ties to Britain highlight increasing concern in the West about the radicalization of European and American nationals by jihadi groups and the threat they pose if they return home.

The video published overnight on YouTube shows the hooded, black-clad IS member speaking extensively in both English and Arabic before killing an orange-jumpsuited man described as “James Wright Foley, an American citizen.” In what the Daily Telegraph describes as a London accent, the executioner says that the US has “been at the forefront of the aggression towards the Islamic State,” before killing Foley.

But at least David Cameron takes this seriously:

Over there: “U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer vacation to return to London and chair urgent meetings on the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, calling the video ‘shocking and depraved.’”

Over here:

President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place.

Obama’s two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning, and joining Vice President Biden to huddle with members of his economic team in the afternoon.

Administration officials have insisted for weeks that the president just wanted to return to the White House for a series of meetings, but the explanation was met with a healthy dose of skepticism, since Obama rarely interrupts his vacations.

Oh, Obama did make a statement about the beheading, before heading off to play a round of golf:

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the entire world is “appalled” by the brutal death of American journalist James Foley, who was shown in a video released by the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq being beheaded.
“No faith teaches people to massacre innocents,” Obama said in his statement. “No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day.”

“People like this ultimately fail because the future is won by those who build and not destroy,” Obama said.
Obama also called Foley’s parents to offer his condolences and told them that a nation was heartbroken for their loss.
According to a pool report obtained by Politico, Obama went to the Vineyard Golf Club following his statement.

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RIP James Foley, Rot in Hell ISLAMIC State

We offer our condolences to the family of James Foley, New Hampshire’s own:

When war reporter James Foley wasn’t writing for GlobalPost or recording video for AFP or appearing on the PBS “NewsHour,” he occasionally shared stories on his own blog, aptly titled “A World of Troubles.”

For a subtitle, he chose the famous Carl von Clausewitz sentence “War is fought by human beings.”

And that is exactly what Foley sought to show with his reporting: humanity amid the horror of war.

Foley was abducted while on a reporting trip in northern Syria in November 2012. He was never heard from again.

A video published Tuesday by the extremist group ISIS showed Foley being beheaded. It is not known when or where the video was recorded.

For Foley’s family and friends, the recording was the answer they hoped they’d never hear to their questions about his disappearance.

“We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people,” his mother, Diane, said Tuesday night,

She called him “an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person.”

Foley was the oldest child of Diane and John Foley of Rochester, New Hampshire. He had four siblings.

Someone doing what he did would have known that something like what happened to him was a real possibility. But I still salute him for trying. I wouldn’t do it, but if he saw himself as a reporter, and he didn’t put a wife or children through the agony of what happened, I won’t take anything away from his sacrifice.

What I did not need was his death to tell me how subhuman the ISLAMIC State is. They have made it abundantly clear. They make fellow Islamic savages, Boko Haram, look like the Marylebone Cricket Club. In fact, Foley’s death isn’t even the most grisly death of a reporter (though it’s a close second). Daniel Pearl’s live-from-Kabul decapitation will never be, uh, topped, by the mere fact that Khalid Sheik Muhammad (or whoever) acted just after Pearl proudly and fearlessly admitted to being a Jew.

ISIS may be the baddest mofos on the planet right now (they think they are), but they are hardly unique:

As Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria butcher thousands of “infidels” and carry off their women and children into slavery, many in the West are inclined to see this as an unique outcrop of Islamic fundamentalism. Yet after overrunning a Bosnian town on 11th July 1995, Bosnian Serb – ostensibly Christian – forces, cold-bloodedly massacred 8,000 Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica. Hutu genocide of Tutsi in Rwanda, Khmer Rouge mass-murder of Cambodian city-dwellers, Nazi genocide of Jews, Gypsies and the disabled…. the list of savagery is as long as it is profoundly depressing.

The Serbs may have been “ostensibly Christian”, and their victims were certainly Muslim, but was the massacre religiously motivated? Better put, was the primacy of one religion over the other the reason for the slaughter? It is so overwhelmingly among the ISLAMIC Staters and their ilk, but I don’t think Bosnia was a religious war. I am aware of no Serbs shouting “God is great!” as they committed their unspeakable atrocities.

Finally, people will do savage things if their leaders tell them it is acceptable to do so, particularly if they have given their selves to the group self. The Rwandan genocide was switched on by a series of radio broadcasts by a small group of leaders to a population who, by that instruction, were turned into savage murderers of former friends and neighbours who were in the out-group. The soldiers of the Soviet army committed mass rape as they invaded Germany in 1945 because senior commanders had advocated it. Islamic State fighters are slaughtering unarmed Christians and Yazidis because their leaders have told them that this is the right thing to do.

True, but only to a point. I believe that in all these cases the beasts would have behaved bestially or without exhortation.

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Silver Lining Watch

Good news out of Ferguson, MO!

MSNBC anchors Chris Hayes and Craig Melvin were pelted with rocks during the network’s live coverage of the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

“The scene here, just honestly 15 minutes ago, was calm, but it is the case now here and has been the last eight nights that as soon that things can go from just quiet and calm to incredibly tense and contested. And as you can tell people are angry,” Hayes observed

Gosh, Chris, how do you suppose that happened?

HOWARD KURTZ: Some are doing a good job. Some grandstanding in my view. I was surprised to CNN’s Jake Tapper say the police shouldn’t be out there in riot gear because there was no threat. And part of the polarization and this does get into a racially divisive case that reminds us all too much of the Trayvon tragedy. You have MSNBC kind of acting as the Michael Brown Defense Network led by Al Sharpton who speaks with families, speaks at rallies, comments on his show.

Anything else?

TRYMAINE LEE, MSNBC: I think it’s one thing to say there is no racial undertone here but then in practice, it’s almost like an apartheid state. When you look at the school board not a single African-American on the school board yet the community is 70% African-American. You have three black police officers on a force of 53. You talk about ladders of opportunity, young people feel there are none. The schools, many are failing. The state is embroiled in controversy about a transfer program. And so while he says it, he’s probably listening to his constituents.

There is a great article in the New Republic recently where they polled white folks in St. Louis and how people talk about what’s happening in the community. It’s on the people themselves for destroying their community and all the coded language. So there are clear issues here. I don’t know if he’s trying to do a P.R. move or what, clearly black folks in this community feel the long and terrible history here.

Another can of gasoline to throw on the fire?

On MSNBC this afternoon, network contributor Michael Eric Dyson said President Obama’s refusal to wade into the Ferguson situation is a “low point” for his presidency. Dyson said Obama “failed” black people and the nation for trying to come up with an excuse to “not speak about race.”

MICHAEL ERIC DYSON: I think he has far more latitude than he’s exercised so far. He’s got the bully pulpit. Be a bully in the pulpit but don’t bully black people. Yesterday was a low moment in the Obama presidency because he distracted attention away from the facts of the case. A white police officer armed to the teeth with a gun has killed an unarmed black youth. The president turned this into a referendum, if you will, on internal machinations of black criminality and the politics of black respectability as opposed to the facts at hand. He was a poor teacher yesterday and he’s such a brilliant and insightful man, but he failed us not only as black people but he failed the nation.

He failed to deal with the particular instances not only of Michael Brown — he doesn’t have to deal with Michael Brown. The president said, I don’t want to put my thumb on it too much to weigh the scales of justice. Don’t even talk about Michael Brown. Talk about what led to Michael Brown. Tell us as a nation what happens when festering rage in a community then begins to ignite and then begins to consume not only that community but the people around the nation who are empathetic. So I think the president has a lot more latitude. Does he have opposition? Yes. But when he opens his mouth on Iraq, he’s opposed. When he opens his mouth on the environment, he’s opposed. When he opens hi mouth on gay marriage, he’s opposed. He’s oppose every step. Don’t use this as an excuse to not speak about race.

If anyone actually watched the poxy station I’d throw rocks at MSNBC, too, the patronizing bastards. This is about as close to shouting fire in a crowded theater as a “news” station can get.

PS: This can’t help.

Funeral arrangements have been set for Michael Brown, the 18-year-old man killed by police in Ferguson last weekend.

According to his attorney, Benjamin Crump, the funeral has been set for Monday, August 25, 2014 at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church at 10 a.m.

Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy and Rev. Michael Jones will officiate.

Sharpton never knew and never even heard of Michael Brown until his death. Sharpton may prove one wrong, but one would be forgiven for thinking that inviting an MSNBC host and notorious race hustler (Tawana Brawley, Freddie’s Fashion Mart, etc.) to eulogize in this incendiary situation is a political stunt.

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As Others See Us

Say what you will about the North Koreans, they will say what they will about us:

In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a “hideous lantern jaw.”

North Korea has unleashed a slew of crude insults against leaders in Washington and Seoul this year, calling President Barack Obama a monkey and South Korean President Park Geun-hye a prostitute.

I don’t know about the prostitute bit, but I condemn the overt racism in the monkey comment. We don’t like him either, Kim Jong Pork Pie, but we don’t stoop to low-rent, classless hate speech. Go to hell—oh wait, you already are.

As for ol’ “”hideous lantern jaw”, however, you may have a point:

You could hang that hideous lantern jaw in the Old North Church and Paul Revere wouldn’t need to saddle his horse. They could see it all the way from Lexington.

The North Korean spokesman also criticized Kerry’s comments on North Korea’s human rights record and weapons programs.

“His behavior fully revealed once again the U.S. inveterate nature as a hypocrite who has deceived and mocked mankind with all sorts of gimmicks,” the spokesman said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

I wonder if they mean the Benghazi cover-up, the VA scandal, the IRS scandal, the foreign policy blunders and disasters, etc., etc.? Again, they may have a point.

In their own words:

Kerry was so shameless as to appear at a university seminar in Hawaii and claim that the U.S. has a “willingness to ease” the strained DPRK-U.S. relations.

Kerry “congratulated” the Koreans on this seven decade- long history of shame and tragedy. Can there be more unbearable mockery and insult to the Korean nation than this?

All of a sudden, these aggressors are waving olive branches with the veil of “protecting peace” in a bid to conceal their despicable true colors.

The U.S. poor position reminds one of the Roman Empire which fell while seeking prosperity through aggression and war and was buried into oblivion.

The U.S. is running helter-skelter, with its future remaining gloomy.

Again, their rhetoric is a little overheated, but they have a point.

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The Violence Has to Stop

In Ferguson, Crown Heights, wherever:

New York dignitaries from the Jewish and African-American communities held a joint press conference on Monday in Crown Heights, at the exact site where a young Jew was violently assaulted last Wednesday in the depraved “knockout game.”

The “game,” generally “played” by African-American youth and which consists of sucker punching generally visibly Jewish passersby, left 24-year-old student Avrohom Wolosow seriously injured by an out-of-the-blue punch to the face.

Then last Thursday, just a day after Wolosow was assaulted, a nine-year-old Jewish boy in the same neighborhood was likewise punched in the head by a group of three youths.

Speaking about the heinous attack on Monday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind called for an end to the anti-Semitic acts of violence.

“We have an obligation as Brooklynites and as New Yorkers to state: ‘that will not happen in our city,’” declared Adams.

When cities fall prey to violence, their citizens take logical steps:

Detroit police chief James Craig – nicknamed “Hollywood” for his years spent in the LAPD and his seeming love of being in front of the camera – has repeatedly called on “good” and “law-abiding” Detroiters to arm themselves against criminals in the city.

His words have not fallen on deaf ears.

Patricia Champion, a 63-year-old lifelong Detroiter, a grandmother and retired educator, decided to get her concealed pistol license – a CPL – two years ago after her son said he was increasingly worried for her safety. Champion, a resident of northwest Detroit, mostly keeps her gun, a 9mm Glock 19 that set her back $600, in her house.

“That’s why I got it: because I’m going to be in the house. Now, if somebody chooses to come in and I didn’t invite you, between the Glock and the dog, you’re gone. If one doesn’t get you, the other one will.”

The Glock doesn’t need to be walked four times a day. And it obeys orders without getting a cookie in reward.

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Oy. Peaceful Palestinians At It Again.

The Religion of Pieces™ had plans for massive terror attacks in Israel, with the intent to overthrow the PA and start a shiny new terror war.

A large-scale Hamas terrorist formation in the West Bank and Jerusalem planned to destabilize the region through a series of deadly terrorist attacks in Israel and then topple the Fatah-ruled Palestinian Authority, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said Monday.

The plot was orchestrated by overseas Hamas operatives headquartered in Turkey and centered on a string of mass-casualty terrorist attacks on Israeli targets, the Shin Bet added.

The end goal was to destabilize the Palestinian territories and use the instability to carry out a military coup, overthrowing the government of PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Hamas infrastructure relied on support from cells in neighboring Jordan and on couriers who delivered funding that totaled at least NIS 2 million.

This was used to purchase weapons and homes that were used as hideouts, according to the investigation.

There are 93 Hamas members in Israeli custody, of whom 46 have been questioned by the Shin Bet so far. Security forces plan to indict some 70 suspects.

The investigation began in May and is ongoing, security sources said.

Read it all; it’s fascinating. Again, how does anyone deal with these people? All they seem to want to do is to murder. Normal people can’t wrap their heads around it. And Yours Truly can believe that Abbas is terrified of these monsters, but that doesn’t make him the Dali Lama either. He just heads up a different division of creeps.

- Aggie

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Feathered Fricassee

We don’t want to gloat, but we told you about this six months ago:

If you don’t remember (one out of so many scoops):

Environmentalists have hit out at a giant new solar farm in the Mojave Desert as mounting evidence reveals birds flying through the extremely hot ‘thermal flux’ surrounding the towers are being scorched.

After years of regulatory tangles around the impact on desert wildlife, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System opened on Thursday but environmental groups say the nearly 350,000 gigantic mirrors are generating 1000 degree Fahrenheit temperatures which are killing and singing birds.

According to compliance documents released by developer BrightSource Energy last year, dozens of birds were found injured at the site during the building stage.

Poor birds are still flyin’ and dyin’:

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.

Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one “streamer” every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator’s application to build a still-bigger version.

The investigators want the halt until the full extent of the deaths can be assessed. Estimates per year now range from a low of about a thousand by BrightSource to 28,000 by an expert for the Center for Biological Diversity environmental group.

Same solar plant, same bird massacre. Only the month has changed. At one streamer every two minutes, with an average amount of daylight of 14 hours (dawn and dusk being especially active for birds), I estimate conservatively at least 75,000 birds fried by this one “green” solar plant alone—a lot more than mere “dozens”—since we first reported the problem.

Thank goodness we have wind turbines to fall back on.

President Barack Obama has mounted a second-term drive to combat climate change, proposing first-ever limits on carbon pollution from new and existing power plants.

His plan aims to help move the U.S. from a coal-dependent past into a future fired by wind and solar power, nuclear energy and natural gas.

Bird-hatin’ bastard.

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