Whores amid the Cornfields: Crony Capitalists

Fooled you, you thought I was writing about the Secret Service, didn’t you? Well, I did hear the other day that if they are going to be called the Secret Service they should be smart enough to let the servicing be secret. Other than that it’s pretty obviously a leadership matter and obviously also the Secret Service’s leadership needs to be better.

I know a lot of you have reservations with Glenn Beck. How do I know this? Because I do, too. But, he does some pretty good investigating too. Just ask Van Jones.

Here we have a bit of information about why Keystone XL was stopped (mostly by in Nebraska). There are quite a few of us telling you that Nebraska is basically a one party state, and this is how it works.

How do Warren Buffett and Sen. Ben Nelson benefit from the White House killing the Keystone pipeline?

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 5:55 PM CDT

Glenn spent a good portion of his show Tuesday night on GBTV to address Warren Buffett’s connections to TransCanada’s Keystone XL oil pipeline. Does the Oracle from Omaha have an interest in seeing the project killed? Glenn’s research team compiled quite a bit of evidence that could certainly lead one to reach that conclusion.

Back in January, the State Department advised the President to reject the proposal to extend the Keystone XL pipeline because it was not in the “national interest” of the country at this time. But why would Obama choose to not support this project when he has backed so many green energy projects, even ones that have failed like Solyndra?

According to Forbes, the pipeline would have been a huge job creator:

According to TransCanada, the company planning to build the pipeline, Keystone XL would alleviate transportation bottlenecks and improve capacity in a market where oil imports total 10 to 11 million daily barrels. The company claims it would put 13,000 people to work building the pipeline and 118,000 spin-off jobs “through increased business for local goods and service providers.”

Building the Keystone extension would provide additional transportation capacity at the crucially important city of Cushing, Oklahoma. The pricing point for NYMEX spot and future WTI contracts, which determine the price of crude oil, Cushing has faced severe bottlenecks as its capacity to transport crude oil to the refinery-rich Gulf Coast has been limited.

As Glenn pointed out, the oil that would have come in the pipeline would still be coming to the United States regardless, only now it would be through trains. And who owns the trains? Warren Buffett.

“The question is not about the environment or government studies,” Glenn said.

According to research done by GBTV and The Blaze, “Warren Buffett’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC railroad — a unit of Buffett’s Omaha, Nebraska based Berkshire Hathaway — would be among those poised to reap sizable gains by the administration’s decision to reject TransCanada’s oil pipeline permit. Berkshire Hathaway purchased a 22% (or, $34 billion share) of the 32,000 mile line in 2009, shortly after Obama was elected.”

“Whatever people bring to us, we’re ready to haul,” said Burlington Northern spokesperson Krista York-Wooley.

Glenn said that Warren Buffet has vehemently denied ever speaking to The President about the Keystone Pipeline project despite the fact that he owned a company that would benefit from it’s cancellation.

“This pipeline should have passed. Because it’s safe, it’s a job creator, helps America get cheap oil and gets you lower gas prices,” Glenn said.

“He’s got to be the luckiest guy ever because he benefits from this.”

How did Buffett get so lucky? It had something to do with Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson.

WATCH Glenn explain below:

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Actually, Berkshire Hathaway stock ownership isn’t that rare out here, I know a few people in my neighborhood who have some. Usually less than five shares, it’s a bloody expensive stock and has been for a long time. Whatever else you say about Buffet he is a damned good investor. (Most of what else I say about him isn’t very kind.)

For your viewing pleasure, here is another Berkshire Hathaway stockholder.

Of course that couldn’t be why Governor Dave was against the pipeline before he was for it. Could it?

Sorry I couldn’t get the videos to embed today, follow the links.

Keystone Fallout

Laborers' International Union of North America

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Well we knew this would happen when the Ditherer-in Chief decide his greenie friend were more important than jobs. It’s already happening. Labor Union Report has the story:

The fallout over Barack Obama’s decision to kill 20,000 (mostly) union jobs on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project continues as the Laborers International Union of North America left the BlueGreen Alliance Friday afternoon.

Founded in 2006, the BlueGreen Alliance is a political pairing of left-wing unions and environmental groups whose mission (so to speak) is to ensure that America’s conversion to a green economy results in union jobs as jobs in industries like coal are destroyed.

Included among its stated goals are passage of cap and trade legislation, as well as the Employee Free Choice Act (aka card-check unionization).

According to the Laborers’ union press release announcing the union’s departure from the BlueGreen Alliance on Friday afternoon, at least Laborers’ president Terry O’Sullivan seems to be understanding the Devil’s pact union bosses have made by sacrificing their members’ jobs in exchange for an economically-unrealistic “green” economy:

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka recently said there was a divide in the labor movement over this project,” LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan said. “That is an understatement. That divide is as deep and wide as the Grand Canyon. We’re repulsed by some of our supposed brothers and sisters lining up with job killers like the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council to destroy the lives of working men and women.” [Emphasis added.]

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Maybe the Laborers have figured out that they get more dues when their member have jobs.

In related news:

There is a story up at RedState, again by labor Union Report that Sodexo has slapped a suit on the SEIU under the RICO Act. Link here.

Keystone XL Finale

I want to talk a bit this morning about union workers. In full disclosure, I’m a scab and now management. But you know, my brothers in the unions are every bit as competent, trustworthy, and caring as any of us. They are damned good people many of whom I have worked with and been proud to know. The unions have over history done many good things for us, especially in the trades with regards to safety rules, work hours, benefits, and many other things. BUT, their leadership has gotten out of their control, and is no longer looking out for their membership but only for themselves. The really strange thing is, many are personally conservative. I hope the brotherhoods will recognize this soon and fix it but, that’s well beyond my control.

That said, I hope if you are a  union Welder, Pipefitter, Steelworker, Teamster, Operating Engineer, Communication Worker, Laborer, Electrician, or any of the other trades in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, or Louisiana, and neighboring states, I hope you are really happy with Obama as President as you try to live on unemployment because he has decided not to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. That’s somewhere (depending on who you believe) between 20,000 and 200,000 union jobs gone. And they were without government subsidy, too. What I hear is the union leadership sold out their members for those illegal interim appointment to the National Labor Relation Board (NLRB).

You say that Keystone can reapply, yes they can, but why would they? They’ll simply build their pipeline to the west coast (with Canadian Labor) and ship their oil to China, with all the greatly increased environmental hazards associated with shipping oil (in northern waters) compared to a pipeline.

The other thing is, I don’t want to hear a single Obama supporter whining when gas goes to $5 a gallon gasoline this summer, which it will, it’s nobody’s fault but Obama’s.

One more thing, the tar sand crude that Keystone was to carry can be refined in only 2 refineries (if memory serves). Where are they getting comparable crude now? Venezuela, that’s where. And by the way, my information is that it is about the consistency (at room temperature) of paste shoe wax, the Ogallala Aquifer doesn’t recharge from rainwater, how is shoe polish going to contaminate it. That’s Obama, enemy of American Labor, friend to the world dictators. I hope Chavez is grateful.

So there you have, tens to hundreds of thousands of good American jobs gone, China gets more reliable oil, higher environmental risk, America gets higher gas prices, and Chavez gets to keep more revenue. Anybody think that’s a win for anybody in the US?

And the worst part, the Presidential Poltroon couldn’t make the decision, he had to hide behind Hillary Clinton’s skirt (pantsuit?) instead.

What a great leader!!!

Keystone in Nebraska, Revisited.

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I’m beginning to benefit greatly from reading Grassroots in Nebraska (Thanks, Guys!) While I haven’t changed my position on the Keystone XL pipeline, yet anyway. I am thinking about it.

Grassroots raises troubling issues here, not for the first time but, for the first time I’ve seen them.

As we’ve noted here, more than once, our primary interest in the Keystone XL pipeline project was the conduct of Nebraska’s elected officials at both the state and federal levels, and serious concerns about property rights. We did not have an overall position on the project and we did not recommend any particular action. Our simple purpose was to expose, as widely as possible, the truth according to all of the information that we had available so that Nebraskans would learn who is representing them (or not) in office.

It was our analysis that Nebraskans’ primary concern is the property rights issue; people are particularly repulsed that a private foreign company has the power under our state laws to invoke eminent domain.

We did not call for a special session of the State Legislature because:

  • Too many legislators who had previous opportunity to act chose not to; they were either deliberately obtuse, at best, or actively worked to bury information about the State of Nebraska’s ability to exert its sovereignty.
  • The eminent domain problems within Nebraska’s statutes have not been mentioned by any legislators expressing concern, or by the Governor, so it was unlikely to be dealt with by them during the special session.
  • We were concerned that legislators would create or expand a state commission with appointed or hired members not accountable to the people of Nebraska, which would result in yet another morass of bureaucracy. In addition to poor stewardship of taxpayers’ money, elected officials would be provided “political cover”. Ultimately, we feared, it would prove ineffective now and in future.

Nebraska’s officials have already placed the State in an intractable position…

  • No action meant no fix for the property rights problem, no exertion of state sovereignty, inadequate reimbursement to counties for expenses caused by project, etc., and continued concerns about the pipeline’s placement through Holt County, which arguably, is a point of vulnerability along the route.
  • Action as proposed still meant no protection for property owners, high potential for running afoul of the Constitution (ex post facto1.  and “special legislation”2), and delays resulting in a costly lawsuit filed by TransCanada (bad faith3) and now, reportedly, potential lawsuits filed by other states in the line of the project.

Prior to this past weekend, at most, we would’ve recommended concerned Nebraskans focus on a “Hail Mary” effort to impact the eminent domain problem during the special session of the Unicameral. But, in researching some questions associated with this, we discovered some very disturbing information. It’s been difficult to absorb.

You really do need to read the entire article and follow the references.

A lot of what troubles me here is that the smell of crony capitalism is very strong.

Keystone Update

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As we have noted before the Keystone XL pipeline which will run from Canada to Texas has overwhelming support. It will provide lower cost oil (from the Canadian Oils Sands) and increase our security.

I suppose we should note in passing that in Montana they are also building a rail car loading facility to handle part of the Bakken field that has North Dakota booming. (more here)

Anyway the Watermelons (you know: Green on the outside and red on the inside) are filing another frivolous lawsuit to try to stop the pipeline. This time they’re excited because investigations are being done to make sure find and relocate the American burrowing beetle (don’t ask me, I’ve never seen one either) from under the pipeline route.

As part of this they are mowing the grass; the group, which includes; The Center for Biological Diversity, Western Nebraska Resources Council and Friends of the Earth, has filed suit to stop them.

Ben Howe at RedState has the story:

Environmentalists are up in arms and going to court to try to prevent the mowing of grass taking place around the future site of the Keystone XL Pipeline, an oil pipeline connecting Alberta, Canada with Gulf Coast refineries.

The Center for Biological Diversity, Western Nebraska Resources Council and Friends of the Earth have filed a lawsuit making the charge that the mowing of grass along the proposed route is really the beginning of construction.

“It’s outrageous that TransCanada is already clearing the way for the Keystone XL pipeline before the public has had a chance to have its say and, indeed, before federal agencies have even said it can be built,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species program director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “It looks like the fix is in on this dangerous project, and the sham public process is nothing more than an afterthought.”

In actuality, the mowing is an effort to find and relocate the American burying beetle from burrowing below where the pipeline is proposed to be built.  Something you’d think the environmentalist whackos would be happy was being done.

But it’s not really about the beetle or the grass.  This is simply a stalling technique, and one that the Center for Biological Diversity is well accustomed to.

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Isn’t that special?

With the Mid east blowing up and all the other problems we have they still want to stop anything that might have to do with safe domestic power if it is derived from fossil fuels instead of their precious, completely inadequate, so-called renewables.

Personally, I don’t think we can afford the watermelons, any more. Western Civilization was built on using mechanical energy instead of animal (including human) energy, and they are trying their best to undo the Industrial revolution. But, of course, only for us peons, not for them.

Energy Update: 1 SEP Edition; Updated

Update time, again.

First, it looks like the State Department and Obama are on track to approve the Keystone Pipeline. Even Steven Chu at least appears to support it.

Which makes it very bizarre that Gov Heineman as well as Senator Mike Johanns and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, all Nebraska Republicans and usually fairly reasonable have decided to oppose it. Heineman is citing a concern about effects to the Ogalalla Aquifer. I can see where he is coming from BUT, it is not very rational.

Ogallala Aquifier

The aquifer underlies all or part of 10 states at a depth of from 50 feet to about 300 feet and about 2/3rds of the water is under Nebraska.

That all well and good, and we do need to protect it, but apparently Heineman thinks pipelines are like the Exxon Valdez; when they spring a leak, they just keep pumping forever.

I assume Keystone has a method of telling when they have leak and have a way to isolate the leaking section and maybe even shut off the pumps. In fact, I know they do. And it’s just not very profitable to pump Canadian oil sand out forever on the Nebraska countryside, it’s lots more profitable delivered to an oil refinery. Not to mention that the Aquifier is several times larger in volume than Lake Erie. Heineman and Johanns are usually pretty reasonable men. Maybe Heineman wants a date with Daryl Hannah. Read more here and here.

Second, EPA Regulation of farm dust. H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, co-authored by Congressman Robert Hurt, (R-VA) was included as one of the pieces of legislation that will be acted on by the House.

Congressman Hurt co-authored the bill along with Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD), and H.R. 1633 has been endorsed by the American Farm Bureau, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and Public Lands Council.

Good for them. Support it. Link.

In Department of Injustice DOJ announces that the Department of Justice will oppose the ATT acquisition of T-Mobile. ATT, if you haven’t heard, needs the bandwidth to compete with Verizon. Neil Stevens at RedState has the story. link

Omaha Public Power District has issued:

Flood Update, August 31, 2011

  • Fort Calhoun Station exited its Notification of Unusual Event status on August 29, as the Missouri River level dropped below 1003.5 feet above mean sea level (MSL).
  • The river level is now heading below 1003 feet MSL.
  • The aqua berms are no longer necessary and have been deflated and are headed to storage.

Aerial photo of Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station; Courtesy: OPPD

This, of course, was caused by the Corps of Engineers caused flood which has plagued Montana, both Dakotas and Nebraska an Iowa all year. Because the COE wanted to have plenty of water to do whatever it is they do with wetlands they failed to release water this spring to prepare for snowmelt and the Missouri river has been in flood all summer.

The photo shows areas of the plant protected by berms, AquaDams and sandbags. You have noted all the coverage on the alphabet networks, right. Yeah, me too.

And finally the NLRB, not content to stop Boeing from expanding aircraft production in South Carolina has decided that every company with two or more employees will have to post a notice, telling all about their rights to organize unions. The Federalist society’s blog has the story. Link here.

Just another week in the Obama wonderland, where productivity is always punished.

Update:  SC Governor Nikki Haley calls for the elimination of the NRLB:

After all she has learned about the National Labor Relations Board through her fight on behalf of The Boeing Company, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has come to one conclusion: The agency should be disbanded.

“What you have is a rogue agency that is doing the most un-American thing imaginable to our businesses,” the governor said this morning on a conference call. “And as we are looking at President Obama to give his speech on jobs, the only thing I want to hear from him, the only thing the people of this country want to hear from him is that he’s going to disband the NLRB or get them to step down from a great American company that chose to do business in South Carolina as opposed to going overseas.”

read the rest at Hot Air. This is one Gutsy Lady.

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