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By John Ruberry

President Obama may soon find out what how it feels to be un-upped by Canada in a hockey-style shootout.

Since his inauguration nearly six years ago, Obama has been dragging his feet in regards to approving the Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed pipeline will bring much-needed petroleum from our friends in Alberta in Canada to the United States, which will lessen our need to import oil from hostile regimes such as Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. I can’t imagine America buying oil from the Islamic State, but more oil on the market means cheaper prices, which will of course harm ISIS and bolster our national security.

The northern segment of Keystone will pass through the Dakotas and Nebraska. There is a smattering of local opposition in the Cornhusker State and some legal obstacles, but let’s be clear: Obama, the man who bragged earlier this year that he doesn’t need Congress to make things happen because, “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” would have found a way to break ground for Keystone XL by now if that’s what he wanted.

But Obama is of course more concerned about the needs of his wealthy environmentalist donors, who either believe that the era of fossil fuels is over or that the use of this Canadian oil will contribute to global warming. Obama, who once promised to heal the planet, is on the verge of being outmaneuvered.

TransCanada Corp., the mover behind Keystone, is strongly considering an-all Canada pipeline for the Alberta petroleum, Energy East, the terminus of which will be at St. John, New Brunswick on the Atlantic Ocean. The oil can be shipped from there to America or to western Europe, which will be welcomed with open spigots by countries fed up with buying petroleum from Vladimir Putin’s Russia.Canada

Bloomberg News is reporting that the supporters of Energy East are very confident that it will be built. A proposed western Canadian pipeline could still be constructed, although that route faces opposition from some Canadian First Nations people.

But if Keystone is built, it will mean up to 40,000, good paying–and are you reading this Obama?–union jobs. If the new pipeline from Alberta never crosses American soil, those jobs will taken by Canadians. Meanwhile, we have to go back to the sad Jimmy Carter years to find a time where the American labor participation rate has been lower than it is now.

I can imagine Obama looking north soon, as Jay Gatsby did from West Egg at the green light at the end of Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s pier, at those thousands of new jobs north of the border.

The last words are for the environmentalists: Despite your numerous protests and your arm-twisting of Obama, that oil is going to be pumped from the sands of Alberta whether you like it or not. Your Canadian War is over.

You lost.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

CanadaBy John Ruberry

For over five years President Obama has been dithering in regards to building the Keystone XL pipeline, which if constructed, will bring petroleum from the oil sands in western Canada to America’s heartland.

Over in Iraq, Obama is utilizing token measures in an attempt to slow the terror group ISIS and to give some relief to the religious minorities being attacked by the Islamo-fascists.

For the time being, ISIS seems content in selling oil, earning $3 million per day. But the jiadists appear to crazed enough to destroy oil fields, which would–duh!–drive up the price of oil.

Which is why America needs to lessen its dependence on oil from the Middle East.

There is much at home Obama can do. Rather than bow to his environmentalist donors, the president can expedite the approval of drilling and fracking on federally-owned land and open up more of our continental shelf to oil exploration. Obama can also alter the tone of his administration, which is decidedly anti-fossil fuel.

We don’t know if the president took an economics course at Occidental or Columbia because he hasn’t released his college transcripts, but the macroeconomic equation is simple. More petroleum in the marketplace means cheaper oil.

John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

More drilling and fracking in American means more jobs. Building the Keystone XL pipeline also means more good-paying jobs.

The Obama recovery is dominated by low-paying, low-skilled, and part-time positions.

Obama has to ask himself if  he will be burdened by leftist ideology for the remaining two-and-a-half years of his presidency–or will he be a leader?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Eureka Berlin Wall
Berlin wall segment, Eureka College

By John Ruberry

When President Obama give a public speech before a large crowd, his operatives pack the house with loyalists and sycophants. Such was the case in Kansas City with an Obama address last week that was in all effects a political rally, as are most of the president’s speeches.

But one woman who didn’t fit the Obama-lover profile somehow made it into the crowd at the KC event and she shouted, possibly in relation to his administration’s veiled hostility to the Jewish state, “Jesus is the Lord of Israel.”

Obama replied that he believed in God. Meanwhile, the Obama-bots that made up the rest of the audience chanted, “We love you, we love you!”

I don’t believe they where speaking of Jesus.

Hecklers at a  political speech are usually rude jerks, but once in a while they are spot-on right, as East Berlin factory worker Kurt Wismach was in 1961, days before East Germany began construction of the Berlin Wall.

The nation’s dictator Walter Ulbricht was giving a speech at a cable factory where he criticized the flow of refugees from his country into free West Berlin as well as calls for free elections.

Berlin Wall replica  segment, Dixon, IL
Berlin Wall replica
segment, Dixon, IL

Sitting on a row of cable above the man the head of the Soviet secret police called “the greatest idiot” he ever encountered was Wismach, who belted out, “Even if I am the only one to say it: Free elections!”  Ulbricht, as all demagogues do, expanded the issue to a ludicrous level, mentioning that prior the rise of Hitler, Germany had free elections; while on the other hand, the personality cult leader failed to add that West Germany successfully rose out of rubble of World War II because it was a democratic and capitalist nation.

Undaunted, Wismach shouted back at Ulbricht, “Have you the slightest idea what the people really think?”

Of course Ulbricht didn’t.

Wismach was of course interrogated by communist officials and forced to recant his statements, but he and his family quickly escaped to West Berlin.

John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

Does, as Wismach asked of Ulbricht, President Obama have the slightest idea what the people really think?

A majority of Americans oppose ObamaCare, they oppose what Obama calls “comprehensive immigration reform” but in effect is really amnesty for illegal immigrants, and they oppose Obama’s hostility to fossil fuels, which is best exemplified by his refusal to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

Does Obama know what Americans think?

Does he even care?

Kurt Wismach where are you?

 John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

If you do everything, you’ll win

Lyndon Johnson

Yesterday on the Keystone pipeline Barack Obama administration decided once again to vote present

Once again, the Obama administration has pushed back a final decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The delay could push the final determination until after the November midterm elections.

Politico opined on the excuse:

The State Department declined to specify how long the delay will last, saying only that it needs to extend its review because of an ongoing dispute in front of the Nebraska Supreme Court that could affect the project’s route inside the state. “We are moving ahead very diligently with all the other aspects that are necessary for the national interest determination,” a senior State Department official told reporters on a conference call.

As you might guess this decision has produced some outrage

Republicans, as well as red-state Democrats who want the proposed Canada-to-Texas pipeline approved, slammed the administration for the delay. Democrats even threatened to find ways to go around the president to get the project approved.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous that this well over five year long process is continuing for an undetermined amount of time,” Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said in a statement.

Some Humor


And no shortage of irony considering the “all Koch all the time” tactics from the left

But all the outrage,  jokes and anger not withstanding this doesn’t change a basic fact. If Barack Obama wanted to help Democrats secure his base he couldn’t have made a better move:

1. Look at the map via IJR Keystone map This delay will anger a lot of people but most of those people are in Red States and the angriest are already energized conservative, who will not be much more energized. Meanwhile it will inspire the most fanatical democrats in those states who are discouraged, it even allows Democrat candidates in those Red States to speak out against the delay if they think it will help his electoral prospects. 2. The right is up in arms about the $100 million dollar man celebrating this decision


Normally a rich guy sinking $100 mil into a race as a seeming quid pro quo would be a huge news story that the media would eat up, but in the age of Obama if those kicking in big money are giving it to help Democrats or their causes the media either celebrates, or ignores them. This will be ignored.

As long as the media think Steyner is not news then low information voters and activists it simply never happened.

3. Finally and most importantly, the far left, activists and the most discouraged Democrats like the Sierra Club are absolutely delighted with this move

“President Obama said he would take his time to make a considered decision whether or not to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and that appears to be exactly what he’s doing. Any day without the Keystone XL pipeline is a good day because it means more dirty tar sands crude stays in the ground where it belongs. The president said that he would not approve Keystone XL if it contributed significantly to climate disruption, and it is certain that it will. The longer we wait the more clear it becomes: the pipeline is not in the nation’s best interest.”

This will inspire them and give them a reason to keep fighting.

All of this adds up to something the president and his advisors have figured out, 2014 is going to be a base election and any move that help secure this base brings him one step closer to saving the Senate for him.

If only the GOP could figure this out as well.


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One of the first rules of politics is you don’t have to fight back against ineffective attacks. Well it looks like the Huffpo has decided that Mark Oxner’s attack in Florida 27 needs to be countered (all emphasis mine):

Mark Oxner, GOP Congressional Candidate, Releases Bizarre Ad /em>

We’ve seen a lot of weird ads this season, but nothing quite like this.

Mark Oxner, a Republican congressional candidate from Florida, released a 39-second spot this week depicting the Obama administration as a slave ship…

…The video also includes shots of children rowing the boat while a man holding a whip watches closely.

“Let’s not enslave our children with debt,” Oxner says, as the boat heads towards the edge of waterfall. “It’s time to turn this ship around.”

This is the ad that I’ve linked to here and here. I’ve already suggested it’s a great example of fighting back, but look the language Alana Horowitz uses to describe it:” Bizarre”, “weird”, “nothing like it”.

That’s no accident. It’s an attempt to suggest that the substance of the ad is other than mainstream. Yet also note that this “weird” ad has already generated 13 pages of comments at Huff-po.

Let’s look at this ad one more time:

Why is this “Bizarre” ad worth the Huff Po’s attention and scorn? Easy. It’s graphically illustrates the idea that Obama’s policies are benefiting his rich friends and leaving future generations to pay for it.

Remember it was just a week ago that this administration nixed the Keystone deal that would have produced a ton of jobs and revenue. A decision that has consequences bad for some:

Now, belatedly, we all begin to remember that his “no” won’t stop the transportation of oil across the country anyway. Keystone XL was designed to transport oil from the Canadian tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico, but it would apparently also have enabled oil producers in the booming oil fields of North Dakota to ship their product to the GOM more cheaply, as well.

Without the pipeline, oil producers will rely on an older method to ship the crude — low-speed rail transportation. That’s right — I’m talking about good old-fashioned trains. Not only is it more expensive to ship crude by rail, but it’s also — get this — more dangerous. Here’s a confirming quote from a Sierra Club spokesperson, via John Hayward of Human Events:

“There is no question that [transporting] oil by rail or truck is much more dangerous than a pipeline.”

So, great: In the environmentalists’ quest to preserve the environment from Keystone XL, they’ve effectively ensured the environment will be exposed to the risks associated with transporting crude by rail. (They also effectively imposed higher shipping prices and, presumably, higher gas prices for us all, but we’re not supposed to talk about that.)

But great for friends of Obama:

As it happens, 75 percent of the oil currently shipped by rail out of North Dakota is handled by Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC… which just happens to be a unit of Warren Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. What a coincidence!

For some reason, nobody from BNSF or Berkshire Hathaway would return the AP’s telephone calls, but oilman Harold Hamm told them he was sure this was just a wonderful “lucky break” for Barack Obama’s favorite billionaire, who is “certainly favored by this decision.”

This memorable ad (gotta love that parrot) plays right into that.

Moreover the weakness of Obama’s coattails that the ad implies is being confirmed as we speak in NC:

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, facing a hard fight for a second term, will not seek re-election, a Democratic official said today.

The first woman elected governor in North Carolina history, Perdue faced a potential rematch against former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, a Republican whom she narrowly defeated in 2008 in the state’s closest gubernatorial contest since 1972. Perdue’s win was partly attributed to Barack Obama’s surprise win in North Carolina.

How’s that? A democratic governor in the state where the Democratic national convention will take place this year has decided not to ride on Obama’s coattails? How can this be:

Democrats chose North Carolina as their host state for the 2012 election after delivering a surprisingly strong showing in 2008. Barack Obama became the first Democrats to win the state since Jimmy Carter, and Bev Purdue won the gubernatorial election in a narrow but significant 3-point victory.

I guess Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) was smart in ducking him and “lucky” the DNC didn’t choose her state for the convention.

And the idea of tying people to Obama and fighting back has benefits even in left leaning districts as Ladd Ehlinger notes:

You can effect change in your district’s election – even if you’re in the worst gerrymandered district in the Union, one that would gladly vote Karl Marx for Congress and Che Guevara for Senate.

You – yes, you! – can still help “pin down” your Congressman or Senator in a fight at home. Otherwise, if they run unchallenged, they are free to help their anti-freedom colleagues in other districts. Your inaction may result in your lousy Congresscritter exporting his or her stupidity to my district.

Make them spend their campaign money and their time in their own districts.

Like republicans in Massachusetts circa 2010 you can be the 300 Spartans who win the day, and you never know, a bad break, a miscue or a twitter photo (Hi Anthony) can change a district from D to R in no-time.

The lesson and the message is clear

Ride right through them, They’re demoralized as hell!

Let’s hope we’re smart enough to follow it.