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While Obama fantasizes about windmills and little cars that go buzzzzzzzzzz

Follow-up to The Devil Went Down to Georgia

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Sweden and Finland just approved the Nord Stream pipeline, a $15 billion project that will pump Russia’s natural gas to Germany via the Black Sea, bypassing Ukraine entirely. 80% of Russia’s natural gas is currently pumped through Ukraine, and a series of price disputes over the years has led to Russia cutting the gas off till its demands were met. Twice.

Between Swedish environmental regulations and some fussing by officials over details of the construction permit, the deal took 23 months to go through. Russia and Germany are expected to sign off on it, with construction set to begin next year. Two parallel pipelines will be constructed, with one scheduled to open in 2011 and the second a year later.  The pipes will be 758 miles long, running from the St. Petersburg area to northern Germany, with the capacity to deliver 55 billion cubic meters of gas a year.

This deal follows on the heels of a $3.5 billion deal with China..

Gazprom Chief Executive Alexei Miller told reporters the deal could open the way to Russia, the world’s biggest natural gas producer, supplying 70 billion cubic meters per year to China from Siberia and the Russian Far East, including Sakhalin.

This could make China the biggest buyer of Russia’s natural gas, overtaking Germany, which imported around 37 bcm last year.

Which followed on the heels of another deal

BAKU — Russia and Azerbaijan have agreed to two major natural-gas deals during a visit to Baku by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service reports.

One agreement, signed by Russian gas giant Gazprom’s Aleksei Miller and State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) President Rovnag Abdullayev, defines the basic terms of gas deliveries from Azerbaijan to Russia under a memorandum signed on March 29.

Which, yes, you guessed it, followed on the heels of another deal..

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his visiting Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov discussed on March 25 in Moscow energy cooperation between their two countries, including the Caspian pipeline. Medvedev said that Moscow and Ashgabat will soon sign new agreements on natural gas production and transportation, RIA Novosti reported. “We studied in detail cooperation in the fuel and energy sector, including progress in the implementation of very important accords, such as the intergovernmental agreement on the Caspian pipeline, and other projects,” Medvedev said after talks in Moscow with Berdymukhammedov.

While Russia has been working to ensure its future prosperity by following Reaganomics, to wit, developing its abundant energy resources, cutting taxes, annnnd reducing government spending, our country will soon be swirling the drain thanks to a few things like..

All of which will massively increase our energy costs. The dollar will plummet at about the time energy rates skyrocket and the US government will collapse under the weight of its own debt, taking the American people down with it.

For a little fun, the next time a liberal brags to you about his electric car, ask him what will happen when the world’s supply of lithium runs out.

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On September 3 2008, Sarah Palin stood on a stage in Minneapolis and delivered one of the single greatest speeches in American history. Okay, perhaps it was not in the stratosphere of “give me liberty or give me death” but The Palin Speech was an electric experience that conservatives will never forget.

manAside from Palin’s charm, ease, and wit, she packed the speech with education that Americans needed to be aware of. She taught a clinic on rooting out corruption and returning more wealth to the taxpayers. She proved that a lady in pearls could be as sharp as a woman in a pantsuit. She also explained a big reason why America should be thankful that Alaska is on our side:

When that deal was struck, we began a nearly $40 billion natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence. That pipeline, when the last section is laid and its valves are opened, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interest at heart. The stakes for our nation could not be higher…with Russia wanting to control a vital pipeline in the Caucusus, and to divide and intimidate our European allies by using energy as a weapon. We cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers.

At the time these words were spoken, Democrats scoffed. They promised us cars that ran on water and houses powered by nothing but air, which would eliminate the need for oil and get rid of the Russia problem. Trust us, they pleaded. In time the rush for oil will be old news.

This promise didn’t even get to the other big concern over Russia controlling oil. Right now the only thing keeping the American dollar afloat is its tie to trading oil. Forget about putting gas in the car or paying high light bills in the winter. When Russia succeeds in taking oil away from us, paying a utility bill will be the least of our concerns. Conservatives are still waiting for the genius plan that Democrats surely have to make dollars valuable in a post-oil world.

More than one year later, Sarah Palin’s warning still sounds as relevant as ever. No magic cars yet, no windmills dotting the landscape, nothing we were promised from the left has appeared, and as the price of a gallon of gas hovers around uncomfortable levels, the fear of foreign suppliers has only grown.

Whatever came of Russia creeping into the Caucusus? The example they made of Georgia was enough to convince others in the region to cooperate with Russian demands for oil production. Now their control in that area is a major problem.

As Palin’s predictions began to come true, no one on the left saw a need to admit that domestic oil might be a good idea after all. Instead, the American people were offered a Cash for Clunkers welfare program designed to save families a few gallons of gas at a time in exchange for an expensive brand new car.

Having successfully gained control of major sources of oil, Russia is now canestepping up demands for all of Europe to tithe for their energy. January of 2009, the president of Ukraine refused to settle a debt for oil deliveries because he felt that Russia was charging too much. Russia retaliated by witholding oil from several other countries nearby and Ukraine was eventually pressured into paying.

As the end of another fiscal year comes around, Ukraine is back with the same problem. Russia is demanding $12 billion for oil supplies and the Ukrainian government says they don’t have that kind of money. Russia has responded, again, by ordering the European Union to come up with the funds or lose energy for millions of citizens in eastern Europe.

Meanwhile, America will have those windmills set up in Nantucket any day now.

This is the part where some might wonder why Russia would withold oil if it means they can’t make any money. That’s why they just negotiated a similar deal with China, who certainly has enough cash to pay the bill and has no qualms about making Faustian agreement.

Moreover, as The Messenger recently reported, our supposed ally of India has taken their own cue to get in bed with Russia. Oh, and there is also a whole other problem with Russia doing a favor for Iran by stalling sanctions over nuclear technology.

And while we are at it, let’s mention Russia signing energy deals with countries like Equador and becoming BFF with Hugo Chavez.

So, to sum up this situation: Sarah Palin predicted exactly what would happen, half the world is either afraid of Russia or sucking up to stay in favor, and America is still debating what color to paint the windmills.

If this is the best that the American people can do, we didn’t deserve to hear The Palin Speech at all.

Enjoy the feeling of pride that owning a Prius will save the world.

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Reserve Bank of India, the central bank of the Indian government, sold off $6.7 billion in US dollar reserves to buy 200 tons of gold on November 3. The move came as a surprise to investors and shot up the price of gold to $1086 per ounce.

breadIndia’s Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the move was a strategic decision to build more wealth inside of India and move away from Western influence, because, as he put it, “Europe collapsed and North America collapsed.”

Americans need to worry about this for three reasons:

1) central banks tend to be more conservative since they unofficially signal the mood of their government. But if other countries see that major central banks are now openly dumping dollars, they’ve no reason to hold off themselves. 

2) India’s central bank has a heavy hand in regulating the currency exchange. The rupee has been tied to the dollar for several years, but lately there has been growing pressure from the Indian people to change that. Since much IT and customer service work is outsourced to India, a strong rupee would destroy profit margins for American companies.

3) Russia has been courting India as a possible ally for some time. If India truly believes the West has collapsed, they will gravitate to Russia and China where the future is percieved to lay.

With more investment firms like CIT continuing to fail, it’s getting harder for the US government to convince investors that America isn’t in the midst of a slow-motion collapse. Unless our economy makes a miraculous recovery, and soon, India’s warning will become a self-fulfilling prophesy as more central banks join the exodus.

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Pravda Nails It

The Russians have been down this road before, and they know where it leads.

To the gates of hell.

The American Self Immolation, Truly a Sight to See

As my readers know, I am a fan of economics and of history, as well as politics, a combination that forms some very interesting cycles to research, discuss and argue on. None is so interesting than the death of great nations, for here there is always the self destruction that comes before the final breakups and invasions. As they say: Rome did not fall to the barbarians, all they did was kick in the rotting gates.

It can be safely said, that the last time a great nation destroyed itself through its own hubris and economic folly was the early Soviet Union (though in the end the late Soviet Union still died by the economic hand). Now we get the opportunity to watch the Americans do the exact same thing to themselves. The most amazing thing of course, is that they are just repeating the failed mistakes of the past. One would expect their fellow travelers in suicide, the British, to have spoken up by now, but unfortunately for the British, their education system is now even more of a joke than that of the Americans.

While taking a small breather from mouthing the never ending propaganda of recovery, never mind that every real indicator is pointing to death and destruction, the American Marxists have noticed that the French and Germans are out of recession and that Russia and Italy are heading out at a good clip themselves. Of course these facts have been wrapped up into their mind boggling non stop chant of “recovery” and hope-change-zombification. What is ignored, of course, is that we and the other three great nations all cut our taxes, cut our spending, made life easy for small business…in other words: the exact opposite of the Anglo-Sphere.

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Russia violating treaty, developing missile

Russian Embassy press spokesman Yegeni Khorishko said: “The Russian Federation is acting in full conformity with the provisions of the START treaty.”–Did he pinky swear?

“Clearly, neither we nor Russia would undertake any activities to increase our strategic forces or undermine strategic stability during any short gap there might be in transparency provisions,” he said. –Of course not, don’t be silly !

Russia has been demanding that the United States include missile defenses and conventional prompt-global-strike systems in the new agreement, something the administration so far has refused. –So far? They’ve caved on everything else!

Paula A. DeSutter, the former assistant secretary of state for verification and compliance, who stepped down in January, told Inside the Ring that Russian noncompliance with START continued after 2005.

“The more recent compliance report, when it does go to the Senate and House, will be disturbing in a lot of ways because Russia continues to be in violation of the START treaty,” said Ms. DeSutter, who helped write post-2005 reports.

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Okay, I admit it. The first installment was just a set up for this post. So we’ve established that Russia and China hung us out to dry with the Iran sanctions. They are also collaborating with each other militarily and monetarily against US interests..see my earlier posts here and here.
That’s all pretty bad news, and then you combine it with this…  and get the really bad news.

Iran, China Lead the World in Stealing U.S. Military Technology According to Documents Uncovered by Judicial Watch
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Washington, DC — October 21, 2009

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Iran and China lead the world in stealing sensitive U.S. military equipment and technology according to documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) from the Justice Department’s National Security Division. The documents include a report entitled, “Significant Export Control Cases Since September 2001,” which was prepared by the Counter Espionage Section (CES), and includes the charges, investigative agency, defendants and disposition of each case.

According to a Justice Department news release included in the documents released to Judicial Watch: “The illegal exports bound for Iran have involved such items as missile guidance systems, Improvised Explosive Device (IED) components, military aircraft parts, night vision systems and other materials. The illegal exports to China have involved rocket launch data, Space Shuttle technology, missile technology, naval warship data, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or ‘drone’ technology, thermal imaging systems, military night vision systems and other materials.”
These documents show that Iran and China have concerted efforts to obtain U.S. military technology in violation of our laws,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The Obama administration needs to maintain vigilance against the illegal efforts of enemies such as Iran to obtain our sensitive technologies.

Yeah, that’ll happen. They better watch out, he’ll sanction them. Or something.

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Hahahahahahaha! Had ya there for a second?
Don’t worry, the Cubs didn’t win a pennant, the Panthers didn’t win a Super Bowl, and Obama is still a wimp. Hell has not frozen over.

So earlier this month, the story started out like this:  

Dems frustrated with President Obama’s hesitation over new Iran sanctions
By Kevin Bogardus – 10/06/09 02:27 PM ET
Lawmakers grew increasingly frustrated with the Obama administration on Tuesday as a State Department official refused to endorse a new package of sanctions on Iran that is expected to speed through Congress this year.
Steinberg said the administration is pursuing a dual-track strategy of engaging with the Iranians while threatening isolation if Iran does not grant concessions.
Pressed by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), he acknowledged the administration has not asked Congress to pass new sanctions. He also said sanctions would be more effective if they were multilateral.
“Sanctions are not only more effective if they are broad-based, but it also takes away the political argument that Iran could make that it is just U.S. hostility,” Steinberg said.
But that could be difficult. Imposing multilateral sanctions through the United Nations would depend on the support of Russia and China, which have been reluctant in the past to take that step.

Hmmm, wonder how that strategy worked out…. 

China’s Premier Touts Cooperation With Iran, Signals Opposition to New Sanctions
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Beijing – Premier Wen Jiabao said Thursday that China intends to strengthen its cooperation with Iran, an indication Beijing would oppose growing calls in the West for additional sanctions against the Islamic regime for its nuclear program.

Oops. Oh well, there’s still Russia… 

Russia’s Putin Criticizes Sanctioning Iran
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Beijing – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin criticized talk of sanctions against Iran on Wednesday, undermining U.S. efforts to present a united front against Tehran’s nuclear program at a crucial moment.

I hope M’chelle has lots of burn ointment on hand for hubby. What on earth ever happened to the world loving us again once Obama was in charge? Did someone lose the reset button? Is it broken? Or perhaps..

Is Obama pushing the wrong buttons?

It’s a must read, what are you still doing here?

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Russia’s Leaders See China as Template for Ruling 

United Russia’s leaders even convened a special meeting this month with senior Chinese Communist Party officials to hear firsthand how they wield power.

Russia and China Hold Peace Mission Drills to Show USA Its Place

Russia and China will hold their joint military exercise on July 22-27 on the territories of the two countries. About 3,000 military men, 300 units of military hardware, over 40 planes and helicopters will take part in Peace Mission-2009 drills. –“Peace Mission Drills”. Nice, someone’s been reading their Orwell.

So Russia and China join forces...so as to insure that no rogue superpower ever again will present a danger to lives, to peace and tranquility. With that out of the way, the true enemies of man can be conquered: hunger, disease and poverty. –Yeah, ’cause they’ve been doing such a good job of that for their own people for the last 90 years. Mass murder, forced abortions, grinding poverty, genocide, the gulag…*cough* AKA, “Hope and Change“, baby!

“There is a political motive there too. We want to show it to the USA that Russia has a strategic partner – China – and that Russia will not be following the USA’s directions. Moreover, Russia is ready to demonstrate that it is following a different political course,” the specialist said.

Russia and China are the two superpowers that will maintain balance in a New World Order where the US empire must shrink back within its own borders and withdraw its tentacles that have spread all over the world, much to the righteous anger of the world community.

Karl Marx Predicted Collapse of US Dollar in 1857

The great October fall of the US dollar is turning into an avalanche. On Tuesday, the American currency lost nine kopeks in Russia and reached a new minimum mark this year – 29.5 rubles per dollar. Within six months (April through September) the dollar lost over 10 percent at the world foreign exchange trading, which marked the sharpest decline since 1991. Some experts believe that the American currency is close to collapse, which may lead to a new financial crisis. –See my post “The Perfect Storm” for more details.

Pravda prints the truth…that the US papers won’t. And in other news, Hell has, indeed, frozen over.

The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been a record setting, not just in America’s short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe.
I can’t top that, so I’ll sign off here.

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Last century the two largest Eastern powers, Russia and China, were prevented from uniting forces against the West by three main factors.

1. A deep cultural divide.
2. A schism in their interpretations of Communist ideology.
3. A very well-placed mistrust of each other.

Now, however, the Bear and the Dragon are negotiating terms in an unholy alliance that may produce offspring deadly to the US.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Wednesday wrapped up a three-day visit to the Chinese capital, during which Russia signed dozens of commercial pacts worth $3.5 billion and set the framework for a separate, multibillion-dollar agreement to build two natural gas pipelines to China from gas fields in Russia’s Far East. The agreement highlights the determination of both nations to diversify their economies and seek new customers and vendors. It also reflects a political desire by both to steer a course independent of Western powers and especially the United States.

Sounds innocuous enough, until you take a few other factors into account.

“Russia and China have become genuine and comprehensive strategic and cooperative partners in recent years,” Putin was quoted by Xinhua as saying.

Rumblings from the Bear-

If Russia rises, it means that the USA falls down.- Pravda (check out their link in ‘USA’)

Russia holds military maneuvers with communists in South America.

Russia’s Big Military Spending Plans

Russia holds military maneuvers with Iran.

Moscow fiercely opposes US missile shield. (And gets its way..)

Russia signs arms pact with India.

Russia ‘warns’ US on missile defense.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin criticized talk of sanctions against Iran on Wednesday, undermining U.S. efforts to present a united front against Tehran’s nuclear program at a crucial moment.

Russia Officially Declares Right to Nuke Potential Aggressor – Pravda (aka, All the Stuff That the US MSM Won’t Print)

Today, also in Pravda- “Russia and India will start the development of a new supersonic missile nearly invincible to interception.”

As for the Dragon-

National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair told the U.S. Congress the Chinese have become more assertive in staking claims to international waters around economic zones and were “more military, aggressive, forward-looking than we saw a couple years before”

An increasingly acrimonious trade dispute between China and the United States over the past three days is officially about tires, chickens and cars, but is really much broader.

The Chinese government is now spending it’s U.S. dollar-holdings faster than it is accumulating them.

China has fifth largest gold reserves.

Beijing has dismissed Washington’s charges of steel pipe dumping and subsidies as “blind accusations”.

Beijing’s derivative default stance rattles banks.

China will limit easy monetary stance.

And we’re sucking up to them so they won’t destroy us. Sickening. Not to mention, futile. As our largest debt-holder, we subsist on scraps from their table now.

Despite the election of a stark-raving socialist to power in the US, the rest of the socialist/fascist world still hates us. You can’t wipe out three generations worth of loathing in a single Presidential term.

The Left’s insidious subversion of America’s Judeo-Christian culture is swiftly nearing fruition. While the secular socialists running most of the rest of the world couldn’t take us down with brute force, their ideological compatriots have been gnawing away at our framework from the inside. Hence, “We’re All Socialists Now” was blithely printed in Newsweek shortly after Obama’s coronation.

Time is swiftly running out to reverse the tide, does sufficient will to try still exist in the hearts of the people? For a beautiful paean to America, see here.

Candance contributed to this article.

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This'll Teach Me

I didn’t save the story because it was a link to Fox News. I never dreamed they’d scrub it. Here’s what I could salvage. **** Update 10/15-The link was restored this morning. Guess I’m not the only one out here sending angry e-mails!

Russia and the United States have tentatively agreed to a weapons inspection program that would allow Russians to visit nuclear sites in America to count missiles and warheads.

The plan, which Fox News has learned was agreed to in principle during negotiations, would constitute the most intrusive weapons inspection program the U.S. has ever accepted.

Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, who met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said publicly Tuesday that the two nations have made “considerable” progress toward reaching agreement on a new strategic arms treaty.

The 1991 strategic arms reduction treaty, or START, expires in December and negotiators have been racing to reach agreement on a successor.

Clinton said the U.S. would be as transparent as possible.

“We want to ensure that every question that the Russian military or Russian government asks is answered,” she said, calling missile defense “Another area for deep cooperation between our countries.”

On another critical issue, Lavrov declared that it would be counterproductive to threaten Iran with more sanctions over its nuclear program — as he resisted efforts by Clinton to win agreement for tougher measures should Iran fail to prove its program is peaceful.

Clinton visited Moscow on her first trip since becoming America’s top diplomat, in an effort to gauge Moscow’s willingness to join the U.S. in imposing sanctions.

Clinton said the U.S. agreed it was important to pursue diplomacy with Iran.

“At the same time that we are very vigorously pursuing this track, we are aware that we might not be as successful as we need to be, so we have always looked at the potential of sanctions in the event we are not successful and cannot assure ourselves and others that Iran has decided not to pursue nuclear weapons,” she said at a joint news conference.

Iran insists it has the right to a full domestic nuclear enrichment program and maintains it is only for peaceful purposes, such as energy production.

President Obama — who visited Russia in July — has vowed to “reset” U.S.-Russia relations. On Tuesday, Clinton apologized for missing that meeting because of a broken elbow.

“But now both my elbow and our relationships are reset and we’re moving forward, which I greatly welcome,” she said.

She was to meet with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev later Tuesday.

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