Author Archives: TJ Thompson

Hurricane Sandy – How To Help

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As Hurricane Sandy begins to weaken and pass, cleanup efforts and relief are needed.  Here is how you can help through the American Red Cross.

NOTE – Only use reputable charities and organizations in order to avoid scams.

FINANCIAL HELP

Financial donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy. To donate, people can visit www.redcross.org , call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to someone’s local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

The Salvation Army is also accepting donations for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.  You can donate online by clicking on the following link: https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/disaster

Also with the Salvation Army, you can contact your local branch HERE to find out if items are needed such as food, clothing, children’s toys, or other goods.

NON-MONETARY HELP

You can also help in non-financial ways.  To donate blood or platelets, please go to the American Red Cross Blood website:  http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation now to find a location near you where you can help.

RED CROSS APPS

More than 235,000 people have downloaded the free Red Cross Hurricane App Friday when Sandy began approaching, making it one of the most popular free apps. The app gives up-to-date weather alerts, information on open Red Cross shelters, a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm and a one-touch “I’m Safe” button that lets someone use social media outlets to let family and friends know they are okay.

People have been using the app to find shelters, to set up locations for the app to monitor, to make a disaster plan, and learn what steps they can take to stay safe. The app is available in Spanish just by changing the smart phone setting to Spanish before downloading.

The First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in a person’s hand. Both can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

 

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Political Speak Got You Confused? Don’t Worry, Here’s Your Translation Guide

Looking Confused: Mitt Romney (top left), President Obama (top right), former President Clinton (bottom left), and former President G.W. Bush (bottom right)

The Associated Press has compiled a dictionary, of sorts, to help you understand all the words, phrases, and other jargon that is used during the election season.

With such extreme focus on so many races this election cycle – from the White House down to state-level races – readers can use this, not only as a dictionary, but as a reference to better understand the lingo that has become second nature to so many journalists.

 

  • Democratic nominees – President Barack Obama, or Obama or the president. Obama will accept the nomination for a second term at the Sept. 4-6 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.  Vice President Joe Biden, or Biden or the vice president, will be the Democratic nominee for the same office as Obama’s running mate.
  • Republican nominee – Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, will become the Republican Party nominee when his delegates’ votes are tallied at the Republican National Convention Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman, is Romney’s vice presidential running mate.
  • presidency, presidential – The terms are lowercase, except in a title: Commission on Presidential Debates.
  • House and Senate – At stake are all 435 House seats from all 50 states, currently with a 240-191 Republican majority. In the 100-seat Senate, 33 seats are being contested. Democrats currently hold a 51-47 majority, plus two independents. In the House, seats held by nonvoting delegates from the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories are also at stake.
  • Congress, congressional – Capitalize when referring the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives together. The adjective is lowercase unless part of a formal name.
  • congressman, congresswoman – Not formal titles, spelled lowercase. Rep. is the preferred title before the name of a U.S. House member: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
  • majority leader, minority leader – Capitalize as formal legislative title before a name: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, otherwise lowercase.

ELECTION TERMINOLOGY, ISSUES 

  • battleground states – Hotly contested states where one or both campaigns are spending money and polls show the electorate is split.
  • swing states – States where voters have vacillated between Republican and Democrat candidates in the last three or four presidential elections.
  • close race – Don’t describe a political race as close unless polls show it is and you reference polls.
  • conservative – Lowercase for a political philosophy, capitalize in a formal name: the Conservative Party.
  • convention – Lowercase except in formal name: the Democratic convention, the Democratic National Convention.
  • Democrat, Democratic Party – Both are capitalized. Don’t use Democrat Party.
  • the economy – Weak U.S. growth, the U.S. unemployment rate topping 8 percent and tax policies are the key issues.
  • Election Day, election night – The first is capitalized, the second is lowercase. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
  • “fair shot,” “fair share” – Obama’s belief that the government has a role in creating conditions for prosperity, that the income gap is hazardous to the nation. His belief is that a stable middle class gives everyone a fair chance to succeed. The terms are in quotes on first reference.
  • first lady – Not an official title, spelled lowercase (except when starting a sentence: First lady … )
  • fundraiser, fundraising – Single words in all uses.
  • front-runner – Candidate who leads a political race; the term is hyphenated.
  • leftist, ultra-leftist – Avoid these terms in favor of more precise descriptions of political leanings.
  • liberal, liberalism – Lowercase for a political philosophy. Capitalize in a formal name: the Liberal Party.
  • majority, plurality – A majority is more than half the votes cast; a plurality is the largest number of votes, but less than a majority.
  • middle class (n.), middle-class (adj.) – Key voting group encompassing about 42 percent of U.S. households with incomes ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 annually, according to White House Council of Economic Advisers.
  • money bomb – A rush of small political contributions collected via the Internet. In quotes on first reference.
  • “Obamacare” – Informal term for the Affordable Care Act. Often used derisively by Republicans, so avoid it unless quoting someone. If the term is essential, say something like “also known as ‘Obamacare,’ ” with quotes around the word.
  • “opportunity society” – Used by Romney to describe a society in which people and businesses succeed based on merit and free enterprise, not government doling out benefits. Reducing the size of federal government is essential, he says. In quotes on first reference.
  • PAC, super PAC – Political action committee raises money for candidates or parties from donations by individuals, but not businesses or labor unions. A super PAC may raise and spend unlimited amounts of money, including from corporations and unions, to support candidates for federal office but must operate independently.
  • political affiliation – The party of a candidate or officeholder is essential in any election or issue story.
  • policymaker, policymaking – Both are compounds.
  • polls and surveys – Consult the detailed entry in the AP Stylebook — print and online — on how to use results of public opinion surveys and avoid exaggerating the meaning.
  • populist – Supports the rights and power of the common people; advocates unorthodox solutions; often critical of establishment politicians and political parties.
  • presidential debates – Three national TV debates between Obama and Romney are scheduled Oct.  3, 16 and 22.
  • press secretary – Seldom a formal title and thus lowercase.
  • re-elect, re-election – Both are hyphenated.
  • Republican, Republican Party – Both terms are capitalized. GOP (Grand Old Party) may be used on second reference.
  • rightist, ultra-rightist – Avoid these terms in favor of more precise descriptions of political leanings.
  • small parties – Groups that often form around an issue, such as taxation, or support outsider candidates.  Also known as third parties, splinter parties.
  • tea party – Lowercase the populist movement that opposes the Washington political establishment. Adherents are tea partyers. Formally named groups in the movement are capitalized: Tea Party Express.

CLICHES AND ALTERNATIVES

  • ahead of – before
  • rainbow colors –  avoid  red, blue or purple for the political leanings of states. Use Democratic-leaning, Republican-tilting or swing-voting, etc.
  • barnstormed –  traveled across a state campaigning or campaigned across XYZ.
  • hand-to-hand campaigning – seeking support in face-to-face meetings with voters.
  • hat in the ring – a candidate decided to run for an office.
  • horse race – closely contested political contest.
  • laundry list – the candidate has ideas, proposals, etc.
  • messaging – the candidate’s pitch to voters.
  • pressing the flesh – shaking hands is preferred.
  • rope line – the physical barrier that separates a candidate from the audience. Instead, the candidate shook hands and posed for photographs with the audience.
  • state nicknames – avoid them in favor of the state name.
  • stump speech – campaign speech at a routine appearance (or standard or regular campaign speech)
  • testing the waters – considered entering the race or considered running for XYZ.
  • took his/her campaign to – specify what the candidate did.
  • veepstakes – the competition to be a candidate’s running mate.
  • war lingo - use criticized instead of attacked, or choose a better verb to describe what the candidate is doing, i.e., challenging, doubting, etc. Also avoidable: launch an assault, take aim, open fire, bombard.
  • war chest – use campaign bank account or stockpile of money.
  • white paper – a document of policy positions distributed by a campaign.

ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS

  • National context to show the significance.
  • Sense of place. Atmosphere illustrates why people in any locale vote as they do.
  • Quotes from voters. Comments from named individuals help gauge voter sentiment.
  • Rely on polls sparingly. Determine whether an opinion survey is reliable before including it.

 

My Response To Obama’s #ForAll Photos

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The Obama campaign has had ‘prominent’ Democrats tweet photos of themselves with words written on the back of their hands, such as “Obama Care”, “Medical Research”, and “For Our Kids”.

My problem is that the important issues are not being addressed by the Obama Administration, as well as the Obama campaign.

So here is my response:

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What else needs to be said?

 

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CDN’s Michelle Ray Recognized For Influence And Outreach

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Kred, a company who specializes in social media analytics, has published their list of the Top 50 Political Bloggers, which is comprised of two separate lists: Top Influencers and Top Outreachers.

CDN’s own Michelle Ray tops the list for the Top Outreacher in America.  This is a wonderful feat for Michelle, as she beat out Jake Tapper of ABC News, Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, and many others.

Ms. Ray also landed as the #16 Influencer, as well.  The Top Influencer was awarded to another Michelle, however – with Michelle Malkin taking the top slot.

 

 

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3 Strikes: Why Paul Ryan Is A Bad Choice For Veep

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”
~Albert Einstein~

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The buzz is deafening.

Social Media, the Mainstream Media, and seemingly everyone in-between is buzzing with excitement at Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan being named as Mitt Romney’s possible selection for the Vice Presidential nominee on the GOP ballot this November.

Sure, Paul Ryan is young, handsome, and intelligent.  However, his voting record is not as appealing.

Ryan’s voting record is pock-marked with questionable votes, but there are three major “YES” votes that should concern every voter.  Moreover, the selection of Paul Ryan should further call into question the decision-making abilities of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
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STRIKE 1
The USA Patriot Act of 2001 – http://t-j.cc/TqrWJb

– Eleven years after The Patriot Act was passed, the controversy and stigma has not diminished.  The Patriot Act was a gross attack on the 1st and 4th Amendment protections of all Americans.  A number of the provisions included the original bill signed by President Bush were overturned by the US Supreme Court as unconstitutional, while most of the remaining statutes have been extended multiple times by Congress.

 

STRIKE 2
Medicare Part D (Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement & Modernization Act of 2003) –  http://t-j.cc/Tqscry

– Medicare Part D – which has existed for less than a decade – is already one of the greatest unfunded liabilities on the government’s ledger, as it will surpass $21,000,000,000,000 ($21 Trillion) within a matter of weeks from the date of this article.  This means that Medicare Part D is currently $5 Trillion more than our National Debt ($15.9 Trillion), and $5.1 Trillion larger than the liability of the 77 year-old Social Security program – which stands at $15.8 Trillion.

 

STRIKE 3
Iraq War (Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002) – http://t-j.cc/TqsA9C

– Nearly 4,500 American soldiers dead in a “war” that was initiated on lies and/or faulty intelligence.  Enough said.

 

Three strikes and you’re out, right?

Apparently, that rule only applies in baseball.

 

“I hope they don’t look at my voting record”

Only in the toxic, sulfuric political atmosphere that currently resides in America, can these votes be rewarded with an appointment as the Vice Presidential candidate.

We aren’t even taking into account the abysmal “Ryan Plan” that was released to be a “blueprint for American renewal”, which had the US Government racking up large annual deficits until the year 2040.

The “Ryan Plan” wasn’t only about the budget, but it also included plans to reform the Medicare program.  Due to this, many people believe that as VP Candidate, Paul Ryan would bring entitlement reform to the table.

Wait.  Do people actually expect the same man who voted for the $21 Trillion Medicare Part D catastrophe to discuss or propose reforms that will improve Medicare itself, as well as cut costs?

Is that not akin to entrusting a known burglar to install your home security system?

With the track record that Paul Ryan brings with him, how can this be viewed as positive for America – much less the GOP and the Romney campaign?  The record shows that Paul Ryan is unable to be trusted to make proper decisions on important issues that affect the lives of the American public, and the forthcoming generations.

 

 

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This post is the opinion of the author and does not necessarily represent the views of CDN, Anomalous Media, its staff or other contributors.

How To Help Millenials: An Interview With Former Labor Department Official

The July 2012 jobs report was released on August 3rd 2012, and major news outlets have been reporting that the US economy added 163,000 jobs.  While the debate  rages on about the accuracy of the real number of jobs created or lost, the economic impact on young Americans has been lost in the fervor.

Paul Conway -former US Labor Department chief of staff & current president of Generation Opportunity

The jobs report revealed some startling and terrifying numbers about how the 18-29 demographic is struggling in the American economy.  To get a firm grasp on exactly how dismal the economy is for young Americans – and what can be done to reverse this trend – Conservative Daily News spoke with Paul Conway, the former US Labor Department chief of staff and current president of Generation Opportunity.

Generation Opportunity – or simply, “GO” – is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that is “committed to addressing and working toward solutions on immediate challenges, such as the lack of job opportunities, as well as the broader underlying issues, such as debt and federal spending, that impact our economic future and sustainability.”

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QFirst of all, I wan to thank you for talking with us today, Mr. Conway.  Why do you believe that the media is not including the figures from the household survey in their reporting?

A – “Well, you hope the ideal would be accurate reporting, but let me put my hat on as a former Labor Department chief of staff.  Here’s the thing about the household survey, I don’t think it is inaccurate.  I do think that some of the media want whatever the best picture is.”

 

Q - I have reviewed the full jobs report, and it is rather comprehensive.  Are there other pertinent aspects about the report that the media, and other outlets, are ignoring, or simply not reporting?

A -“I think sometimes the media will look at that monthly number, and that is the one thing that they will fixate on.  What they miss is the story behind the number and the people involved.  And on the larger terrain, what are the other significant factors that policymakers usually pay attention to before coming to conclusions and making decisions?

“There are some things out there that you can not ignore.  One of them is the household survey.  Also, another one is, out of the number of jobs created last month, how many of those were not full-time jobs?

“Yet another thing that can not be ignored is, of the jobs being created, how many of those jobs are going to older workers versus younger workers – which the majority of them were last month [June], and again this month [July].

“Also, the rate of new job creation.  In order to significantly take down high unemployment numbers, it takes between 250,000 and 400,000 jobs per month; depending on who you talk to, and there’s a great economic research team at the University of Maryland.”

 

Paul Conway at CPAC

QDo you think the media and policymakers fixate on that positive monthly number in order to further their own agenda, or to keep the public calm and prevent panic?

A – “That’s a very interesting question.  I think there are some that will look at the number and see if it fits a particular narrative, and I don’t think that is a good thing.  Whether there is a sincere effort by some to do that, I would say absolutely.  People will look at that [jobs report] and say ‘wow, look at that, let’s celebrate 160,ooo jobs!’.

“I saw one report where the uptick in job creaton number basically turns in to 35 new jobs per major city across the U.S. last month.  So if you created 35 jobs in Manhattan, is that a success?  No, it’s not.  What you need is a sustained period of job creation at the multi-hundred thousand level, just to start moving the unemployment number down.”

 

- Since it will take a significant number of jobs to begin a recovery, of sorts, what sector of the workforce in the July jobs report is the most affected, or which demographic will require the most jobs?

- “If you look at the unemployment number for young adults – we had 8.3% come out [overall] – let’s take a look at the hardest hit demographic.  No one really wants to talk about it, and those are young Americans.  That [unemployment] number is 12.7%.”

What people don’t like to talk about is that there are an additional 1.7 million young adults who are no longer counted by the federal government.  If you take those 1.7 million young adults, and add it to the 12.7% that were counted, and we have 16.7% unemployment among young Americans.  What do you think the public would do if they knew that among adults aged 18-29, almost 17% of them were unemployed?

“This is a national issue, but people only want to talk about 8.3 percent, and somehow that’s normal.”

 

Q – Being in the 18-29 demographic myself, do you believe that having more than one-sixth of us out of work will be a hindrance to young Americans becoming entrepreneurs?

A – “Absolutely.  When you look at some of the best innovation that has come out of our country, they actually come from the folks who are young and took a risk.  This question is great because of how you are looking at it, and that is long-term.

“With almost 20% of young adults sitting on the sidelines of the American economy, all of that creativity, drive, and initiative; what does it do for American competitiveness in the face of China and India in 2 years, 5 years, and 10 years from now?  It’s a much different story when you look at it in the context of the bigger picture of the world stage and the U.S.”

 

Q - As president of Generation Opportunity, your organization focuses on helping my age bracket.  With Generation Opportunity’s “Call The White House Initiative”, do you think that making our voices heard in the White House would be more effective than calling the policy-makers who can draft and pass legislation that benefits established businesses and would-be entrepreneurs?  Or would calling both be best?

A - “What you are looking at is actually a series of tactics and initiatives that we are rolling out, and you are in the midst of watching it come out in full force.  What you will be seeing more of in the next several weeks is an aggressive campaign for young adults to make their voice heard in Congress, as well.  You can sign up on our website and it will allow you to find out who your legislators are, what the current issues and bills are, can also contact their representative and senator, as well as various committee chairs.

“So you are actually watching the emergence of several different tactics and initiatives, and ‘Call The White House’ is just one of those.  This is just the opening round.”

 

Q - I ran for US Congress in 2010 – starting my campaign at age 25.  Does Generation Opportunity have any plans on supporting actions to get young adults into public office in order to get that creativity, energy, and personal initiative – which you mentioned previously – into policy-making positions?

A - “When we put together our plan, we looked at what our long-term objective was, and what we wanted to do.  The long term objective for us is to serve as an education platform for young Americans, and to provide a tremendous about of resources for them.

“As far as candidate endorsement, we decided that we would not do that because it is better for us to serve as a vehicle for long-term education.  As an organization, we feel that in the long term is is better to identify with principle rather than a personality.”

 

Q - What principles does Generation Opportunity identify with, or espouse, as an organization?

A - “We organized on three principles.  Those three principles are, number one: Greater economic opportunity for all Americans.  The second is, advancement and defense – and I emphasize defense – of individual freedom: especially in the face of the federal government whose policy tries to dictate what the size and scale of liberty is.  The third is the size and scope of government

“Those principles have given us access to a very broad spectrum of people who are frustrated and want to make changes.  Our principles have attracted conservatives, libertarians, disaffected Obama supporters, and many more.  We have provided a large number of materials and resources on our website already, such as training guides and links to policy, so that people can become more engaged in the process.”

 

Q - Mr. Conway, unfortunately, it seems that we are out of time for today.  I want to again thank you for joining us, and I hope to speak with you again in the future.

A - Certainly.  It was a pleasure.  Thank You.

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To learn more, please visit http://www.GenerationOpportunity.org

 

 

 

 

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Putin Wins, Unrest On Russian Horizon?

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Vladimir Putin will once again serve in the Kremlin as President of Russia, raking in an estimated 62% of the vote one day ago.  The closest competitor in the race was communist Gennady Zyuganov, bringing home around 17% of the votes.

Mr. Putin will enter his 3rd term (6 year term) .  He is returning after a 4 year gap where he served as prime minister under Dmitry Medvedev: who will now become Prime Minister.

However all is not well in the Russian Federation as opposition leaders have said that the result was marred by ballot-rigging and bribery.

The U.K. Daily Mail is reporting that Mikhail Kasyanov, Mr Putin’s former prime minister and now an opposition activist, said: ‘These elections are not free, that’s why we will have protests tomorrow. We will not recognise the president as legitimate.’

Even the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, has unkind words about Putin, saying, “These are not going to be honest elections, but we must not relent.  Honest elections should be our constant motto for years to come.”

 

US Energy Policy: Why It Failed & How To Fix It

THE FACTS ABOUT UNITED STATES ENERGY 

One of the biggest drains on the American economy is, undoubtedly the importation of energy.  In the early 1970’s the United States was the world’s largest producer of Oil and Natural Gas.  If we still remain near the top of the world’s list of producers – #3 according to the CIA Fact Book – how is this a problem?  The problem is that we are the world’s #1 Importer of oil at 10.27 Million BBL/Day – which is 4.541 Million barrels per day higher than China, who stands as the #2 importer.

What about natural gas?  Surely we recover the losses, right?  Not so fast.  The US is still the world’s #1 producer of Natural gas.  But here’s he problem –  we are also the worlds #1 consumer AND importer of Natural Gas.  Once again, we are in an upside-down scenario in regards to energy.

US Oil Production, by year

How can a country, much less an economy, expect to sustain stability, strength or longevity with such a huge disparity when it comes to such a valuable and important commodity?

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WHERE GOVERNMENT FAILED

It is my firm belief that our current economic tensions with the Middle East and OPEC began with the “oil policy” of President Jimmy Carter when he signed Presidential Directive 63 on January 15th, 1981.  PD63 stated that the US will protect its interests in the Middle East “by any means necessary, including military force.”

Also under the Carter Administration, the US Department Of Energy was created (in 1977).  Since then, Congress has passed a swath of energy-focused legislation that was supposed to make our nation more energy efficient, independent, and strong.  A very small sampling of legislation are as follows:

  • 1978 – Power Plant and Industrial Fuel Use Act – Restricted new power plants using oil or natural gas. Repealed in 1987.
  • 1978 – Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act – Opened electric markets to alternate power producers
  • 1978 – Energy Tax Act – Taxed gas-guzzlers, gave income tax credits for alternate fuel use
  • 1980 – Geothermal Energy Act – Created Synthetic Fuels Corporation to market fossil fuel alternatives
  • 1980 – Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Act – Provided loan guarantees for biomass and alcohol fuels projects
  • 1992 – Energy Policy Act – Required alternative fuel vehicle use in some private/government fleets
  • 2005 – Energy Policy Act – Provided tax incentives for conservation and use of alternative fuels
  • 2007 – America COMPETES Act  – Increased fuel economy requirements, phased out incandescent light bulbs, encouraged biofuel development
  • 2009 – The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 – Renewable energy tax cuts

Furthermore, the federal government has spent Billions of dollars – if not Trillions – over the last three decades fighting wars in the Middle East to “protect our interests” in their oil.  Imagine the infrastructure that could have been built in America for alternative fuels, solar energy, hydroelectric power, bio-fuels, and more.  Perhaps American energy independence wouldn’t be a mere policy and plan – but instead a reality.

As time progresses, it is becoming more and more apparent that Congress continues to extend the present energy crisis (yes, crisis) in this country.  In doing so, they are also expanding our National Debt with the growing protection of and importation of foreign fuel sources.  Let’s not forget how much influence has been bought with money from the oil industry.  Oil & gas companies have donated huge sums of money to politicians to maintain the energy status quo:

oil and gas companies have donated $238.7 million to candidates and parties since the 1990 election cycle

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The question still remains: How Do We Solve This Problem?

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THE SOLUTION – Look South

The answer to many problems is often right under your nose – American Energy is no different.  We must look South to Brazil.  The Brazilian model for energy independence is showing gigantic signs of success.  Brazil is producing more energy than it consumes, and, according to one Brazilian energy mogul, 48% of Brazil’s current energy comes from renewable sources.

The following charts show clear evidence that the Brazilian model is working:

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WHAT SHOULD THE US GOVERNMENT DO?

The first step in reversing our current failed energy policy is to eliminate and remove ALL subsidies for corn-based ethanol production.  The use of corn-based ethanol has an effect on food prices, not just in the US, but globally.  Corn is a valuable commodity as a food product, and should remain a staple in that regard.

One suitable alternative to corn is sugarcane – as Brazil is showing – but there are many more options available including bagasse, miscanthus, sugar beet, sorghum, grain, switchgrass, barley, hemp, kenaf, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cassava, sunflower, fruit, molasses, corn, stover, grain, wheat, straw, cotton, and more.  Surely with the variety of crops from which ethanol can be derived, corn can be replaced, subsidies eliminated or reduced, and the United States can begin to produce vast amounts of Ethanol to ease our dependence on foreign oil.

Even another alternative to crop-based ethanol is Algae.  It is being shown that Algae can produce ethanol with a greater yield and efficiency over corn and even sugar cane:

Algae produces more Ethanol per acre than Corn or Sugar Cane

Algenol’s process is very different in that the algae are not cultivated. Instead, algae produce ethanol in gas form that is siphoned off from the bioreactor tubes and condensed to a liquid, Woods explained.

He claimed that the system can produce 6,000 gallons of ethanol per acre per year, far more than corn’s rate of 370 gallons per acre per year or sugar cane’s at 890 gallons per acre per year.

The Mexican site is located a few miles away from a power generation station. By pumping carbon dioxide from the station into the algae bioreactors, the saltwater algae farm can boost production to 10,000 gallons of ethanol per acre per year, he said.

Exploring these alternatives are the first step in eliminating our dependence on oil imports.  The second step is domestic Oil Production.  Yes, that old saying “Drill, baby drill!” is coming back.  The United States has 20.68 BILLION barrels of proven oil reserves.  We also have 7.716 Trillion Cubic Meters of Natural Gas reserves under our boots.

With our proven energy reserves, and the massive potential for ethanol, hydroelectric, and other renewable sources – what logical reason is there for the US to NOT be energy independent by 2020?  Diversifying our energy sources is not only good for National Security, it is sound economics and it will create JOBS for Americans.  Couple this energy policy with real, logical tax reform (I personally support The Fair Tax), and the United States would lure back manufacturing and other sectors in massive droves.  This would lead to the USA becoming the economic hub of the world once again.

 

Bottom line:  A sound policy geared towards Energy Independence will affect the entire US Economy.  A strong economy makes a strong country.  So in 2012, let’s elect members of Congress who will seriously approach US Energy Policy.  Vote for prosperity, not party.

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Defending the American Dream Summit – Halftime Report

Well folks, we are at the halfway point for Americans for Prosperity’s Defending the American Dream Conference in our nation’s capitol.  Breakouts and exhibits started early as over 2500 participants descended on the Washington Convention Center.  There were several small sessions on subjects ranging from blogging to health care to how to testify before a committee!  Heavy hitters such as Virginia Attorney General Vince Cuccinelli, former Lt. Governor of New York Betsy McCaughey, Congressmen Mike Pompeo, Andy Harris and Marsha Blackburn.

The first general session kicked off right after lunch, giving none a chance to properly digest before the frenzy began.  The top two GOP candidates for President took to the stage for 30 minutes a piece, with Mitt Romney laying out a three point plan to reduce the deficit and reign in government spending and Herman Cain charging the audience with his straight forward rhetoric, including a memorable line about he and the Koch brothers being “brothers from another mother.”

Sandwiched between the two candidates was Jonah Goldberg from National Review who delivered a few hilarious lines combined with brilliant insight. Ann McElhinney, director of the documentary, “Not Evil, Just Wrong” gave a ringing speech, rife with passion laced with her piercing Irish accent on her love and passion for her adopted country.  John Fund of the American Spectator talked of his new book on voter fraud and gave a stirring call to arms for the common citizen to watch out for dishonesty in our democratic system. Phil Kerpen and Tim Phillips of American for Prosperity also kept the crowd fired up between the other speakers.

The afternoon showcased even more breakouts and some downtime to hob-nob with the other participants before an exquisite dinner tribune to Ronald Reagan featuring Fox News favorite Judge Andrew Napolitano and best-selling author and Reagan expert, Dinesh D’Sousa.

To cap off the evening, the AFP attendees we honored by a visit from the Occupy D.C. protesters.  Participants, with the curious attention one would have at looking at caged animals at the zoo, looked down on the protesters from the 3rd floor of the convention center.  AFP Vice President Tracy Henke, who encouraged people all day to go forth from the convention and help educate the masses on the message said at the close of the night, “don’t try to educate tonight”, and encouraged the folks to avoid any confrontations.

As if this is not enough, tomorrow promises even more fun with the “Cut Spending Now” rally in the morning featuring former CEO of Hewlett Packard Carly Fiorina, biggovernment.com founder Andrew Breitbart and, the great one, radio talk host Mark Levin.

 

We will keep you posted on the fun.  In the meantime you can follow the action on twitter (#dream11) or on the Defending the American Dream website.

 

CDN at the Defending the Dream Conference – Pregame Edition

Hello from Washington D.C. Members of the Conservative Daily News team are making their way up to the nation’s capitol as we speak for the 5th annual “Defending the American Dream” Summit.  This year’s addition promises to be a fantastic assembly of individuals who are ready to take the country back from its march toward socialism.  DAD coordinators, presenters and attendees alike will be sending a clear message to our elected officials to reign in the out of control spending and to reduce the size and scope of government.

 

Among the many notable at the conference will be:

 

Tim Phillips, AFP Foundation, President

Phil Kerpen, AFP Foundation, VP for Policy

Mark Levin, Radio Host

Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst

Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City

Jonah Goldberg, New York Times bestselling author

Dinesh D’Souza, Bestselling author

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, U.S. House of Representatives

Andrew Breitbart Conservative commentator and author

Carly Fiorina, former CEO Hewlett-Packard

Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia Attorney General

Congressman Marsha Blackburn, U.S. House of Representatives

Rep. Andy Harris, U.S. House of Representatives

Rep. Mike Pompeo, U.S. House of Representatives

James O’Keefe, Conservative film maker

John Fund, American Spectator

Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform

 

AND

 

Mitt Romney, Former Massachusetts Governor and GOP presidential hopeful

Herman Cain, Businessman and GOP presidential hopeful

 

There will be many breakout sessions, general sessions, film debuts and other special events including a tribute to Ronald Reagan dinner that is sure to be spectacular.

 

For more information, go to the Defending the Dream Summit webpage.

 

Next report will be at halftime, Friday night!

Atheists ‘Going Public’ Has Some Christians Hot Under the Collar

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., July 19, 2011 — From eye-catching billboards that proclaim, “I can be good without God,” to a critically acclaimed movie at the Sundance Film Festival, atheists are going public with their beliefs like never before. This has some Christians hot under the collar, but the leader of one of America’s leading evangelistic ministries is urging believers to keep their cool.

Public opinion polling shows that the number of Americans who are unaffiliated with any religion is growing rapidly. Alpha USA president Gerard Long, called one of the “stars of the church-saving circuit” by The Washington Post, is encouraging Christians to direct their time and resources toward giving people opportunities to hear and experience the teachings of Jesus Christ.

“One of the main purposes of the church is to serve and love people outside of its membership,” Long notes. “We’ve got to focus on the work God called us to, loving people and giving them a safe environment to hear and investigate the teachings of Jesus. Jesus himself was always asking people questions, and Alpha encourages people to wrestle with the big questions of life such as, ‘What happens when I die?’”

Alpha will also be going public this fall with a national ad campaign in more than 500 cities. Using everything from bumper stickers and yard signs to billboards and buses, the ads will ask people to consider: “If you could ask God one question, what would you ask?”

More than 30,000 individuals are expected to respond to Alpha’s national “Invitation” to consider the teachings of Jesus, including many atheists and agnostics.

Cejaye Bjarnason grew up not believing in God, but in her 20s had a change of heart as a result of Alpha. She recalls, “I thought church people lived in a make-believe world, and they were going to have a rude awakening when the end of their days came.”

But one day, Bjarnason reluctantly agreed to go to church with a friend. There, she learned about the Alpha course, a 10-week exploration of the teachings of Jesus that answers questions about God, the meaning of life and more: “Everyone was friendly and welcoming. The course made me open my ears, and I asked Jesus into my life. Now, I pray every day. I have let go of my anger … I feel like the Grinch at the end of my favorite Christmas movie. My heart is growing bigger every day.”

Since 1997, Alpha USA has seen more than three million people take the Alpha course. The number of U.S. churches using Alpha has more than doubled in the last two years alone, with more than 4,700 churches representing all major denominations now running the course.

To learn more about this year’s national Invitation, visit http://www.alphausa.org/invitation or call 1-800-DO-ALPHA (362-5742). For interviews with Alpha USA president Gerard Long, contact Janine Longoria at [email protected] or 224-588-8526.