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Last Thursday’s hearing of the Senate’s Health and Human Services committees elicited important testimony, although it’s impossible to picture it having been pleasing. Michelle Benson is taking a trust-but-verify attitude towards Health and Human Services:

“For the most part, Commissioner Harpstead said all the right things in yesterday’s hearing,” said Sen. Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake), chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee. “Acknowledging they made errors and need to clean up their processes is an important step. One issue on which I will continue to demand a straightforward answer, however, is what will happen when the federal government asks Minnesota to return the $29 million in overpayments. Will DHS attempt to bury it in a forecast adjustment? Or will they be open and upfront? If it’s the former, I will have serious problems. I will be watching carefully to make sure they follow through on their promises and their accounting for these illegal payments is transparent.”

Sen. Benson didn’t pull punches:

Yesterday, Benson indicated major cultural changes need to happen at DHS. “If you want to know how much bureaucracy and unaccountability costs state government, look no further than DHS,” she said. “Several levels of management were either too incompetent or too indifferent to check for and identify obviously erroneous payments.” The OLA report yesterday indicated that no one in DHS has taken responsibility for the overpayments, and there is no documentation to determine who made the decision for the higher payment structure to the tribes. “There are six managers between the Opioid Treatment Authority Representative and the Commissioner,” Benson continued. “All of them failed—miserably. If none of them are going to take responsibility, none of them should keep their jobs.”

This is what happens when the people don’t care because it isn’t their money. It’s either corruption or incompetence or both. How do 6 managers not catch this simple mistake? This isn’t just about restructuring of DHS. It’s about getting rid of these potentially incompetent, corrupt employees. You’ll be shocked at Jim Nobles’ statement 4:20 into this video:

The standard payment for these opioid addiction programs is $455 when the patient visits the clinic and receives a dose of whatever medication they’re taking. According to Mr. Nobles’ testimony, there isn’t supposed to be a payment if the medication is self-administered at home. Mr. Nobles said that $455 was paid to the White Earth and Leech Lake tribes when patients self-administered their medication.

When the patient visits the clinic, then gets a dose of medication, that’s called the “encounter rate.” DHS kept paying the White Earth and Leech Lake tribes the encounter rate even when the patient self-administered. It isn’t surprising that these tribes refused to answer Mr. Nobles’ auditors’ questions when they did their audit. Further, DHS employees wouldn’t cooperate either.

The tribes have issued a statement saying that they won’t pay back any of the money because it wasn’t their fault. Knowingly accepting money that isn’t due to the tribes is certainly their fault. That being said, there’s no doubt that DHS is at fault, too. They’re the ones who made the allegedly unjustified payments. Nobles testified that “In fact, the tribes were told by officials at the Department of Human Services that they could receive those payments. That was direction and guidance that the Department gave.”

There’s no question that the tribes received a ton of money from this federal program. What isn’t known is who authorized the improper payments. If nobody at DHS admits who authorized the improper payments, that entire group of managers should get terminated. They didn’t have the statutory authority to approve those payments. If there wasn’t a clinic visit, there shouldn’t have been a payment. That isn’t difficult to figure out.

Articles like this spin-piece shouldn’t be published. They’re one-sided propaganda. They aren’t informative. When I want legitimate information that helps me make decisions, I often turn to Harold Hamilton’s weekly commentaries. First, let’s examine the spin from the Times’ spin-piece.

It says “As the Minnesota Legislature wrapped up its special session last May, one state lawmaker spoke out about the increases in Local Government Aid and County Program Aid in the 2019 tax bill. Cities, he said, ‘should be fat and happy for a long time’ thanks to the $30 million boost in LGA. Now that cities are in the midst of important budget discussions, I keep thinking back to that comment and how it trivializes the challenges cities face in prioritizing the needs of our residents and communities.”

Later in the spin-piece, we learn this:

My city, Willmar, is poised to get a $272,000 boost in LGA in 2020. However, the cost of health insurance for city employees is going up 30%, nearly $500,000. This added expense alone far exceeds any additional LGA that Willmar will receive.

First, we know that Willmar gets a total of over $9,200,000 in FY2019-2020 in LGA. By comparison, St. Paul and Minneapolis receive a combined $289,500,000 in LGA in 2019-2020. I mention that because of this information that I got from Harold Hamilton’s report from this past Friday:

HAD ENOUGH SCANDAL?

Don’t leave. We have one more for you. This one comes from the City of Minneapolis (surprised?) Having plenty of money and having solved the big problems, the city embarked on the building of new public services building to properly house the many bureaucrats who administer city ordinances, like the one mandating the sale of fruits and vegetables at city convenience stores.

The crowning jewel of this new building is a massive ceiling-mounted sculpture at the building’s entrance. Want to guess the cost? If you said $772,000, you would be correct. $772,000 for a sculpture.

When called out, do you suppose the city was contrite and embarrassed? A person from the city with the title of “city arts administrator” said the following:

“We wanted a piece that would capture people’s attention when they came into the building. We wanted a piece that would be interesting and exciting. We also wanted a piece that would be interesting to people who came into the building over and over again.”

The state sends about $80 million each year in aid payments to Minneapolis. If they have money like this for sculptures and the salary of an “arts administrator” they certainly don’t need these state aid payments.

This isn’t surprising. A few years ago, Minneapolis bought 10 “artistic” drinking fountains that cost the city $50,000 each. Had they purchased standard drinking fountain, that would’ve cost taxpayers a total of less than $60,000.

The point of this comparison is to highlight the fact that Minneapolis wastes more money per year than Willmar sees in terms of LGA increases. There are legitimate expenses that LGA helps defray the cost of. Unfortunately, big cities, especially Minneapolis, waste money on things like artistic drinking fountains, sculptures and bike trail administrators. When I went through the St. Paul city budget in 2008, I reported to my client that 30-40% of St. Paul’s operating budget was wasteful spending that could be eliminated without a single person noticing outside of the lobbyists who lobbied for the extra money.

Think of how much money could be either redirected or eliminated if we didn’t have cities like the Twin Cities wasting $500,000 on artistic drinking fountains or $772,000 for a sculpture inside a building. These are just the things we know about. There isn’t any doubt that they’re just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

On Friday, Liz Cheney dropped a put-up-or-shut-up bombshell right into Speaker Pelosi’s lap that puts Pelosi in an impossible situation. Ms. Cheney made the following demands:

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., on Friday called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to release the full transcripts of all depositions in the Trump impeachment inquiry, and demanded the end to what she called “selective leaking” of documents to the media.

“Despite the vote in the House on October 31, House Democrats continue to conduct the partisan effort to impeach the President in secret,” Cheney wrote in a letter to Pelosi.

“Your duty to the Constitution and the American people, as well as fundamental fairness, requires that you immediately release the full transcripts of all depositions taken since you pronounced the beginning of an impeachment inquiry on September 24, 2019,” the letter says.

During Thursday’s impeachment debate, Pelosi indicated that she wants more transparency and accountability:

Ms. Pelosi needs to prove that “transparency and accountability” are more than just pleasing-sounding words. If she wants to give vulnerable freshmen Democrats a shot at re-election, she needs to be sincere. Thus far, she’s been the opposite of sincere. That won’t convince people that you’re fair-minded. It’ll convince people that you’re playing a game.

Playing a game during something serious like impeachment is the best way to tell people that Democrats aren’t serious about making Americans’ lives better. That’s the fastest ticket to the minority. This gamesmanship won’t help Democrats retain their majority, either:

“I get it, my friends across the aisle want to talk about process, process, process,” Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said. “But it’s interesting that not one of them wants to talk about the president’s conduct — and that speaks volumes.”

Let’s be clear about this. With the transcripts hidden in Schiff’s SCIF and the witnesses’ testimony, aka the witnesses answers to questions, off-limits to the public, how much substance is available to talk about? Further, with Schiff’s interrupting of witnesses and acting like Lt. Col. Vindman’s defense attorney, it’s impossible to get beyond process.

Mack McLarty nailed it with this:

McLarty said he believes that Trump is trying to do a version of what “President Clinton was able to do pretty successfully with the benefit of history,” which is to say he is still “engaged in [fighting] and working for the American people.”

“President Clinton was able to compartmentalize that if you will, and he chose to have separate tracks. To date, President Trump has not chosen to have separate tracks,” said McLarty. “But, I think it’s important that the American people feel that their president is still engaged in working with them and has his eye on the ball of the myriad of issues, challenges and problems.”

“I think as Americans we’re all concerned about our government, about our country and about the people in our country and how we can make our country better. So, in that regard, no one welcomes this kind of controversy, further division within the country, and an impeachment process,” he said.

Each time Schiff, the Democrats’ Impeachment Committee Chairman, acts like the Democrats’ key witnesses, it’s proof that Democrats aren’t fair. Then there’s this:

Chairman Schiff has likewise refused to allow any inquiry by Republicans into these material facts which may bear on the credibility and motivation of the whistleblower and perhaps Chairman Schiff,” Ratcliffe said. “Republicans have been and continue to be deprived of the ability to investigate these material facts which can only be ascertained from the sworn testimony of Chairman Schiff, his staff and the whistleblower.”

If Schiff and Pelosi don’t release the transcripts of the witnesses’ testimony, the American people will know that Democrats aren’t serious about anything other than shoving impeachment down the American peoples’ throats.

Friday night, Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles was interviewed by TPT’s David Gillette and Cathy Wurzer. During the interview, Nobles explained what his team had found. After that, he was asked if the department needed to be broken up. What Nobles said next should catch everyone’s attention. He said that “there’s this picture of me holding this organization chart of this one slice of DHS down to where the decisions seem to be made about this and yet there’s layer after layer after layer after layer of supervision and management that let this go on year after year after year until it’s been disclosed and we have a huge problem to unravel and resolve.”

It appears as though the problem was caused by DHS. Further, it’s clear that clearly-written rules weren’t followed. Nobles explained that “what we’re talking about is paying a very high rate of $455 for somebody to take a pill at home. It’s called an encounter rate and it’s called an encounter rate — and this is the DHS policy — because there’s supposed to be an interaction between a health professional and a patient. That doesn’t happen when you open your medicine cabinet, pull out the bottle of medicine and take the tablet and yet, they on paying $455 every time a client was doing that. That should have been obvious to many people in that chain of command that that was not a proper payment but it went on for years.”

Though you will get upset, it’s important for you to watch the entire interview:

It shouldn’t require a rocket scientist to figure out whether a patient is taking the medication at home or whether that patient saw a physician. More than anything else, this sounds like a racket. How can a team of supervisors and managers not spot something that noticeable? What’s most disturbing is the fact that this isn’t the first time that we’ve detected DHS mismanagement:

Over a decade ago, and without authority, DHS officials decided that it would pay opioid treatment providers when their clients took medication at home. A few years later, and again without authority, DHS officials decided it would pay tribal opioid treatment providers the Indian Health Service (IHS) encounter rate when their clients took medication at home.

The fact that people did the same thing a decade earlier indicates that the problem is more personnel-centric than anything. This sort of thing shouldn’t happen. Everyone in that chain of command should be terminated immediately. The definition of supervise is “to oversee (a process, work, workers, etc.) during execution or performance; superintend; have the oversight and direction of.” There’s no sense in sugarcoating what happened. This group of supervisors and managers didn’t do their jobs:

Who made the decisions, why and when is not clear because DHS officials never documented their decisions. Even during the interviews we conducted, DHS officials could not recall who was responsible. In addition, none of the DHS officials we interviewed could offer a credible rationale for paying health care providers for their clients taking medications at home.

This isn’t a matter of breaking up DHS. It’s a matter of insisting the people doing their jobs. If the employees, at whatever level, won’t do their jobs, they need to get terminated.

Splitting up DHS might be needed. It might not. To me, that’s a separate issue. If employees don’t do their jobs, then it won’t matter if DHS is split up. Firing employees who don’t do their jobs is essential. If government employees won’t do their jobs, then it’ll require privatizing the employees.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is setting up a test for Democrats. In this letter, Sen. McConnell wrote “Washington Democrats have been insisting their three-year-old impeachment journey will not keep them from attending to the people’s business. Well, we may just find out later this week, when the Senate votes on advancing funding for our armed forces. Recall that last month, our Democratic colleagues made the stunning decision to filibuster legislation to fund our national defense. They blocked resources for our men and women in uniform. They blocked the funding our commanders need to keep us safe in this dangerous time. They blocked a pay raise for men and women in uniform. Democrats filibustered all this for the sake of picking a fight with the White House.”

This is Sen. McConnell telling Democrats to lace up their shoes and pull out their gum. It’s time to walk and chew gum simultaneously. If Democrats want to filibuster again in the immediate aftermath of the successful al-Baghdadi mission, that’s their option. It’s a foolish option but it’s an option.

This isn’t setting up well for Democrats. If they filibuster the NDAA, Democrats will get painted as being weak on defense. Further, Republicans will be able to paint Democrats as wanting the military to live on food stamps while the Democrats’ presidential candidates offer free health care to illegal immigrants:

It’s unfathomable to think that any politicians would paint themselves into that corner. That’s a heads-you-win-tails-I-lose proposition. Actually, it’s more difficult than that. This is shoving the proverbial knife in and giving it a sharp twist:

This appropriations bill would fund $250 million in military assistance for Ukraine under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. If that sounds familiar, that would be the exact same program that Democrats are currently trying to impeach the president for allegedly slow-walking.

So welcome to Washington D.C., where Democrats try to impeach President Trump for supposedly slow-walking aid for Ukraine and simultaneously filibuster the funding for the exact same Ukraine program here in the Senate. I think it’s safe to say that would elevate irony to a whole new art form.

For Senate Democrats, Sen. McConnell is presenting them with a new put-up-or-shut-up opportunity. Here’s hoping that Democrats won’t fail our military and our allies.

Apparently, the DFL isn’t serious about protecting whistleblowers. If the DFL was serious about eliminating corruption, this wouldn’t still be happening:

A state whistleblower says she is still being retaliated against months after she reported wrongdoing. Faye Bernstein, a compliance officer at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, said she has been excluded from the work she did before speaking out, told by superiors that her opinion “is no longer needed,” and encouraged to take time off or seek therapy when she objected to the retaliation she continues to face. And Bernstein said some employees have even started “wild and hurtful rumors” to discredit her.

Bernstein, a 14-year veteran of the department, raised concerns in July about “substandard and noncompliant” state contracts that were being approved by leaders in the agency’s behavioral health division, which pays out millions of dollars in contracts and grants for programs that include battling addiction and the opioid epidemic.

This started before the Walz administration but it’s obvious that the Walz administration isn’t taking their responsibilities seriously. When she was appointed, I said that new Commissioner Jodi Harpstead was a terrible pick. That was mid-August. It’s now late October. Changing the culture takes time but it isn’t unreasonable to think that Ms. Harpstead should get 1-2 of her top priorities fixed in that time. According to this testimony from Ms. Harpstead, changing the culture wasn’t a high priority:

That’s depressing. What’s depressing, too, is that, after naming Harpstead the new commissioner 2 months ago, Democrat Gov. Tim Walz essentially disappeared. I just did multiple searches for Gov. Walz but found only a handful of articles, most of which dealt the insulin issue. The insulin issue is important but the DHS whistleblower/bullying scandal is important, too. Walz and the DFL have disappeared on the issue of eliminating fraud within DHS.

The DFL hasn’t provided meaningful oversight on DHS. Tim Walz has disappeared. Walz’s new leader for DHS, Jodi Harpstead, hasn’t prioritized changing the culture in her new department, meaning that DHS’s culture remains toxic. Big government that thinks it doesn’t answer to anybody is a nightmare. Why doesn’t the DFL think that stopping corruption and bullying is a big thing? The DFL has treated these scandals like they aren’t interested.

I won’t dispute that President Trump has made mistakes. Pulling the troops out of Syria by itself wasn’t a mistake. Pulling out without consultations with the Kurds was a mistake.

Mick Mulvaney’s Friday afternoon press conference wasn’t a mistake. Mick Mulvaney’s Friday afternoon press conference was an in-your-face-things-have-changed masterpiece. That’s the gospel of Kevin McCullough:

I know that the mouth breathers mixed amongst the White House press corps acted as though acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney committed some set of cardinal sins on Friday. Excuse me if I disagree. It was a stroke of pure genius on the administration’s part. And for the record they would do themselves a huge favor by continuing this practice for the duration of Pelosi’s faux impeachment.

Since Pelosi and Schiff aren’t conducting a lawful impeachment nor observing the long held practices of past impeachments, there is absolutely zero rationale in participating in their charade. They want to interrogate everyone in secret and not make the exculpatory testimony (of nearly everyone they speak with) available to the people. They want to undo lawful elections and remove the overwhelming winner of those contests via illegitimate and fraudulent means. Hence the president should reserve the right of using his press briefings to more or less call his own witnesses and let them blister the media with testimony exactly the way Mulvaney did on Friday.

The first rule of dealing with schoolyard bullies is to punch them hard so they know that there’s a price to pay for being a bully. If there isn’t a price for bullying, the bullying will continue. Democrats in the media aren’t used to having the person from the podium punch back. Based on their reactions, those Democrats aren’t handling it that well.

I’m not sure what bothered the press more: that Mulvaney made it clear that he wouldn’t play their semantic word games or that he unloaded facts to the public with such force. He also irritated them to no end in blatantly explaining that the aid America gives to any group of people that are not American will be on a basis that is assessed on a primary consideration of how they cooperate with the interests of America!

In other words, President Trump is insisting that money is spent wisely. The Democrats’ media accomplices acted like Mulvaney committed multiple mortal sins. The vast majority of the White House press corps are a bunch of sniveling ninnies. It’s time for them to grow up.

Likewise, it’s time for Republicans to start standing up to the Democrats’ enablers.

George Mesires, Hunter Biden’s attorney, issued this statement regarding Hunter’s work for Burisma:

Despite extensive scrutiny, at no time has any law enforcement agency, either domestic or foreign, alleged that Hunter engaged in wrongdoing at any point during his five-year term.

That’s classic Swampspeak. Hunter’s dad was a Democrat senator before becoming a Democrat vice president. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he would’ve had significant influence into ethics and conflict-of-influence laws. It wouldn’t have been difficult for anyone in that position to put in place provisions that would’ve made it difficult to do something illegal.

That’s like asking an arsonist to write laws regarding criminal arson. The principle is the same. Asking corrupt people to write laws that govern themselves is stupid. The chances of corrupt people writing legislation that’s friendly to corrupt people is 100%.

Hunter Biden and Joe Biden are birds of corrupt feathering. That they didn’t do anything illegal is just proof that the Swamp protects its own. It isn’t proof that Swamp people are honest. Hunter isn’t too stable, either:

It’s one thing for a corrupt Ukrainian business to shovel $200,000 a month into Hunter’s bank account. It’s another when the Chinese government pays Hunter $450,000 a year for a high-profile person who’s been in-and-out of substance abuse rehabilitation centers more times than I’ve been to a grocery store in the last year. Why should I think that the Chinese would pay him $450,000 a year if not for influence-peddling?

Remember this oldie-but-goodie?

Biden insists that China is a nothing compared to the US. Right. Then we find out that his son is getting rich working for the Chinese. But, hey, everything’s on the up-and-up, Creepy Joe insists. R-I-I-I-G-H-T! What could possibly go wrong?

“Do It for the Kids”
By Ramblin’ Rose

That statement alone triggers such emotional reactions that sensible people often lose all sense of reason, especially in the current panic and mania of youth worldwide. This world is full of conservationists (or “good stewards” in Biblical terms), but their statements are not heard because they do not label themselves environmentalists.

Hundreds of thousands of youth around the world left classes to protest “climate change” on September 20, 2019, and activists, including their acclaimed leader Greta Thunberg from Sweden. Thunberg and some 700 youth activists continued the protest at the United Nations on Saturday, complete with demands for financial commitments and threats against the leaders if their agenda is not met. Komal Karishma Kumar from Fuji told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, “we will hold you accountable, and if you do not, remember we will mobilize to vote you out.” (Intimidation strategy from indoctrination—learned from adults or inherent in human DNA?)

Let’s try to follow this historically and logically.

First, what is the difference between weather and climate? According to the NASA:
“The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere “behaves” over relatively long periods of time.
“Weather is basically the way the atmosphere is behaving, mainly with respect to its effects upon life and human activities. The difference between weather and climate is that weather consists of the short-term (minutes to months) changes in the atmosphere. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure, as in high and low pressure.
“In short, climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a particular area.” [Editorial question: If climate relates to a long-term pattern of weather in a particular area, how can the environmentalists call it global?]
“Some scientists define climate as the average weather for a particular region and time period, usually taken over 30-years. It’s really an average pattern of weather for a particular region.” [Another question: Did the study of climate change only begin in 1989?]

NO!! NASA attributes interest in the topic to Thomas Jefferson in the late 1700s.

In mid-September, Breitbart published a chronology of the sensational predictions about ice ages, global warming, climate change. Please remember the definitions above—a particular area for a period of 30 years:

  1. 1967: Dire Famine Forecast By 1975.
  2. 1969: Everyone Will Disappear in a Cloud of Blue Steam By 1989 (1969)
  3. 1970: Ice Age By 2000
  4. 1970: America Subject to Water Rationing By 1974 and Food Rationing By 1980
  5. 1971: New Ice Age Coming By 2020 or 2030
  6. 1972: New Ice Age By 2070
  7. 1974: Space Satellites Show New Ice Age Coming Fast
  8. 1974: Another Ice Age?
  9. 1974: Ozone Depletion a ‘Great Peril to Life
  10. 1976: Scientific Consensus Planet Cooling, Famines imminent
  11. 1980: Acid Rain Kills Life in Lakes
  12. 1978: No End in Sight to 30-Year Cooling Trend
  13. 1988: Regional Droughts (that never happened) in 1990s
  14. 1988: Temperatures in DC Will Hit Record Highs
  15. 1988: Maldives Islands will Be Underwater by 2018 (they’re not)
  16. 1989: Rising Sea Levels Will Obliterate Nations if Nothing Done by 2000
  17. 1989: New York City’s West Side Highway Underwater by 2019 (it’s not)
  18. 2000: Children Won’t Know What Snow Is
  19. 2002: Famine In 10 Years If We Don’t Give Up Eating Fish, Meat, and Dairy
  20. 2004: Britain will Be Siberia by 2024
  21. 2008: Arctic will Be Ice Free by 2018
  22. 2008: Climate Genius Al Gore Predicts Ice-Free Arctic by 2013
  23. 2009: Climate Genius Prince Charles Says we Have 96 Months to Save World
  24. 2009: UK Prime Minister Says 50 Days to ‘Save The Planet from Catastrophe’
  25. 2009: Climate Genius Al Gore Moves 2013 Prediction of Ice-Free Arctic to 2014
  26. 2013: Arctic Ice-Free by 2015
  27. 2014: Only 500 Days Before ‘Climate Chaos’
  28. 1968: Overpopulation Will Spread Worldwide
  29. 1970: World Will Use Up All its Natural Resources
  30. 1966: Oil Gone in Ten Years
  31. 1972: Oil Depleted in 20 Years
  32. 1977: Department of Energy Says Oil Will Peak in 90s
  33. 1980: Peak Oil In 2000
  34. 1996: Peak Oil in 2020
  35. 2002: Peak Oil in 2010
  36. 2006: Super Hurricanes!
  37. 2005: Manhattan Underwater by 2015
  38. 1970: Urban Citizens Will Require Gas Masks by 1985
  39. 1970: Nitrogen buildup Will Make All Land Unusable
  40. 1970: Decaying Pollution Will Kill all the Fish
  41. 1970s: Killer Bees!”

It appears that the dates listed cover more than 30 years and no particular area is listed in all 41 articles. Hmmm.

This link provides photocopies of many of the predictions when published, all filled with doom and gloom and not a single prediction came to fruition. There is certainly a divide between the environmentalists and the skeptics. Both sides agree that it is probably driven by financial greed and politicians seeking fame, fortune and power at a global level. However, the guilty parties are distinct for each side.

On the “green” side, we read: “Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, or IPBES, which contends nature “is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely.”

While on the other side that notes the lengthy list of failed predictions, we read:

“Scientist Art Robinson’s The Petition Project gathered the signatures of 31,487 scientists who agree that there is ‘no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.'”

Al Gore still maintains that 99%+ of the scientists agree with him about the urgency of dealing with “an ice age,” and later it was “global warming” that transformed itself into “climate change.” [the power of linguists to transform scientific issues to fit the current set of selected data]

Many of the 2020 presidential candidates on the extreme left have embraced some very radical solutions to addressing this issue: having no children (and the birth rate is drastically lower across the world—and then abortion lowers the numbers even more), cannibalism, elimination of all fossil fuels. How do those politicians expect to travel or transport goods? Or will they have an exemption for personal travel in private jets? How will the environmentalists deal with the toxic/hazardous wastes in solar panels as they fail/break/deteriorate/age? How can the environmentalists justify solar panels that create 300 times more waste per energy unit than nuclear energy?

After the recent hurricane Dorian and the massive devastation that it caused, how did it rank among the deadliest hurricanes in US history?
These are the five deadliest hurricanes in American history:

  1. The Great Galveston Storm (1900) The deadliest storm in American history, the Galveston hurricane killed 8,000 to 12,000 people.
  2. Hurricane Maria (2017)
  3. The Okeechobee Hurricane (1928)
  4. Hurricane Katrina (2005)
  5. The Chenière Caminada Hurricane (1893)

Dorian did not make the list. Notice that only two occurred within the last 30 years. That magic 30-year window for climate change was not met with historical data and the scientific guidelines. However, the media acted as if Dorian was the ultimate proof positive of climate change caused by humans, portending the apocalypse of the world. Hurricanes have ravaged the USA long before fossil fuels were ever used for transportation or industry.

A similar claim could be made to refute the alarms and panic about the eruptions of volcanoes. They are not a novelty after the globalists claims of the last 60 years. What about some of the startling predictions?

In early May of this year, an IPBES from the UN predicted the potential loss of 1 million species since the extinction rate has accelerated in the last 10 million years. This is not the first prediction for the loss of species. In fact, in 1970, S. Dillon Ripley of the Smithsonian Institution predicted a loss of 75%-80% of all animal species before 1995. It did not happen. In 1979, Norman Myers, a biologist at Oxford University, predicted a loss of 25% of all species by 2000. It did not happen.

Some people are holding funerals for the glaciers that are disappearing. Swiss dressed in mourning black held a funeral complete with speeches and a wreath-laying ceremony for The Pizol in the Glarus Alps of northeastern Switzerland. Ironically, according to Matthias Huss, a glaciologist, since 1850, more than 500 glaciers have disappeared in Switzerland. Iceland also held a funeral for a lost glacier in August, 2019.

But, in 2016, a NASA study reported that 90% of the world’s glaciers are growing. The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) reported that since 2010, the sea ice areas of the Arctic have been growing. Despite the evidence of greater ice masses, since 2017, at least six polar research ships have had to abandon their expeditions at both poles due to thick ice impeding their travel. Some call this stupidity—repeating the same practice with different results expected. Others would call it Karma.

Apparently, the data have not been able to provide a definitive answer for scientists and glaciologists. Lunacy does seem to be an apropos term to describe the manifestations of 21st century alarmists. Let’s concern a couple of examples.

In mid-September of this year, an allegedly Christian seminary, the Union Theological Seminary, held a chapel service for Christians to confess their climate sins to plants. The hysteria of paganism and syncretism has entered religious institutions, calling traditional Christian theology “deplorable.” Even Pope Francis instructed the masses to “obey the United Nations.” The UN’s adherence to the climate change agenda is celebrated in late September in New York.

At Creation, God (Genesis 1:28) directed mankind to dominate the world and all that He created. “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Good stewards believe that God created everything for good and as elements for mankind to employ in daily life. That would also include fossil fuels. Recently, the alarmists held a protest in Washington, D.C. While the protestors may consider their event successful, just consider how ridiculous it was to cause gridlock and increased carbon emissions.

Another progressive environmentalist solution is to “Don’t eat cows; Eat the Rich!” Yes, cannibalism is part of the green deal’s remedy for climate change. Yet, at the Iowa Polk County Steak Fry in mid-September, 17 Democrat presidential candidates grilled 10,500 steaks/burgers and 1000 vegan burgers.

At the UN, Greta Thunberg and 15 kids filed a lawsuit against 5 countries (Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, and Turkey) for excessive carbon emissions. They did not include China in the lawsuit even though China is responsible for approximately a third of the carbon emissions in the world. These young people are telling the world leaders that they are more informed than scientists and world leaders and that they will hold the world leaders accountable for their future. It is more likely that they have been indoctrinated more than educated about nature.

I agree. “Instead of frightening young people with alarmist hyperbole that the world is ending, it would be better to offer them something truly constructive, such as an education.” If their interest in the future is genuine, then an informed mentor and classroom teacher could provide the accurate information—even from both extremes—and allow these kids to study and investigate and search for a real answer for becoming good stewards of the world instead of making unfounded claims and outrageous threats for actions that do not fit into their prescription for curing all the ills of the world through taxation and restriction of thought.

If the concerns were really about climate change and pollution, the countries under attack would be China, Mongolia, Botswana, Russia, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, India, Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, Kuwait, and the UAE because they are the nations that are producing the man-made pollution. However, the activists are attacking the USA. The goal is to destroy this civilization and turn all control over to the globalists. The real story is about politics, power, control, social engineering, lies and deceit.

God help us all!

God help the young to learn and to not fall as innocent victims to the lies of those who seek to destroy those who seek to follow God’s commands to care for His Creation and know that they will be accountable to Him alone at the End of Time.

President Trump’s marathon political rally ran the gamut of emotions tonight. The word from the MSM was that it was a vitriolic speech. The MSM rightly noted that President Trump reserved his harshest words for Ilhan Omar, Joe and Hunter Biden.

I can’t dispute that this 102-minute speech was filled with red meat for the partisans, of which I’m one. Of Omar, President Trump asked “How the hell did that happen?” I’m sure lots of people wonder what they did that they deserve that. Of Democrat leadership, President Trump called them “Chuck and Nancy”, sarcastically adding that they’re “2 beauties.” Isn’t that a fact.

At one point, President Trump brought Officer Robert Kroll up onto the stage, to the enthusiastic approval of the audience. Later, Lt. Kroll appeared on Shannon Bream’s Fox News @ Night program:

Let’s be clear about this. The Trump campaign is going all-in with Minnesota. They came close with a shoestring budget. This time, Campaign Manager Brad Parscale announced that Republicans will spend tons of money to flip Minnesota:

The Trump/RNC team already have 20 paid staff in Minnesota. Parscale anticipates a full-time paid staff of almost 100 by the time the parties’ national conventions happen. Based on what I saw at last night’s Trump rally, Minnesota Republicans have never been this excited and motivated. Minnesota Republicans want to flip Minnesota this time. I think that’s definitely possible. President Trump also hit the hot-button issue of the Somali Refugee Resettlement issue:

“For many years, leaders in Washington brought large numbers of refugees to your state from Somalia without considering the impact on schools and communities and taxpayers. I promised you that as president I would give local communities a greater say in refugee policy and put in place enhanced vetting and responsible immigration control. And I’ve done that,” Trump said, touting a reduction of refugee settlement by 85% since taking office and his “travel ban” on certain Muslim-majority countries.

This isn’t just about keeping a campaign promise, which is a significant accomplishment. It’s about imposing accountability on the State Department and organizations that use the program as a cash cow. It also refutes the things that St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis told Councilman Jeff Johnson. This proves that Councilman Johnson is right.

Predictably, the haters, aka anarchists, aka #BlackLivesMatter and Antifa, were out causing trouble:

Despite their antics, the rally was a huge success. All of the estimates I heard last night put the combined crowd at almost 50,000 people. The campaign announced that they got almost 100,000 requests for tickets to last night’s rally.

DFL Chairman Ken Martin put out this dishonest statement after the rally:

“Tonight Donald Trump’s rally was all about Donald Trump , just like his Presidency. No talk about policy, no talk about his vision for America, no talk about what he would do to improve the lives of Americans. Just a bunch of attacks, deflection, and stroking the egos of the blindly-loyal Republican elected officials and candidates who have clearly put their oath to Trump ahead of the oath they took to protect and defend the constitution of the United States of America. To paraphrase the late great Molly Ivins: Trump’s speech tonight was much better in the original German.

Despite Chairman Martin’s dishonesty, President Trump talked about the progress being made building the wall, the improvements already made in the refugee resettlement program, bringing troops home from the Middle East, cutting regulations that have produced the energy boom and providing veterans health care choice. Other than those substantive improvements, Chairman Martin is right.