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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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