"The area of climate change has a dramatic impact on national security," Panetta told the Environmental Defense Fund last night. "Rising sea levels, severe droughts, the melting of the polar caps, the more frequent and devastating natural disasters all raise demand for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief."
Ah, the Environmental Defense Fund...
I mean, what's he gonna say? You people are full of shit? It's an election year. And they probably paid for dinner...
A GWCC Defense Fund requires some kind of Global Tax or Global Minimum Tax, hence ...
* YOUTUBE > WHITE HOUSE ADVISOR: WE NEED A GLOBAL MINIMUM TAX.
Lest we fergit, as per the SIRIUS EVENT, such was the level of international Govt-Pert disageement on the meaning of the event that the US desired to change the the last two letters "-US" in the SIRIUS acronym from "U-tra S-trong" to over the US".
Panetta is an absolute TOOL! If he wants to talk about a "national security threat" let him tell us what he was told by the Chief of Station (COS) in Mexico City about Operation Fast and Furious during his time at the CIA.
BP, I have heard this stuff since the early sixties. I don't say I believe it. The media is of little help. I have known very educated people research this stuff attending world seminars and they have no doubts. So I go my way and ponder at most.
I wouldn't mess with gerbils -- they're tough little creatures, prone to dying in places where even their very skeletons will one day cause problems. Mr. Wife once went through a factory start-up in Egypt...
SENIOR Eurocrats are secretly plotting to create a super-powerful EU president to realise their dream of abolishing Britain and other nation states, the Daily Express can reveal.
Secret? It's been an established fact this past generation. The EUniks absolutely want a single nation-state (plus both UN seats) with the old national borders abolished. The current nations won't even have the power of a US county...
A covert group of EU foreign ministers has drawn up plans for merging the jobs currently done by Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, and Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission.
The new bureaucrat, who would not be directly elected by voters,
That wouldn't do, how on earth would they ever manage to control the new nation if they have to be accountable to the little people?
is set to get sweeping control over the entire EU and force member countries into ever-greater political and economic union. Tellingly, the UK has been excluded from the confidential discussions within the shady "Berlin Group" of Europhile politicians, spearheaded by German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle.
Not to be confused with a new Frederick the Great, Napoleon or Hitler...
Opponents fear the plan could create a modern-day equivalent of the European emperor envisaged by Napoleon Bonaparte or a return to the Holy Roman Empire of Charlemagne that dominated Europe in the Dark Ages. They are concerned that David Cameron's coalition Government is doing nothing to prevent the sinister plot.
The secret talks were uncovered by Independent Labour peer Lord Stoddart of Swindon. "This is a plot by people who want to abolish nation states and create a United States of Europe," he said. "The whole thing is barmy. These people are determined to achieve their final objective.
"The only hope for Britain is to leave the EU and become an independent nation."
The move will give further momentum to the Daily Express's hugely popular crusade for Britain's withdrawal from the EU.
Tory backbench MP Douglas Carswell said: "It doesn't matter how you arrange the offices of these technocrats, they are useless at arranging our lives for us and they are not elected so they have no legitimacy. My worry is that the president will end up having the charisma of Van Rompuy and the economic management skills of Barroso."
You should be so lucky. We have Obama, Biden and Pelosi...
Euro-MP Paul Nuttall, of the UK Independence Party, said: "This is a truly ridiculous idea that must never be allowed to happen. It sounds as if they are trying to go back to the days of the Holy Roman Emperor."
At present, the two senior EU bureaucrats, Mr Barroso and Mr Van Rompuy, are locked in a bitter power struggle to determine who is the true big cheese or "grand fromage" in Europe. Former Portuguese premier Mr Barroso, who heads the EU's executive arm and was elected to his post by members of the European Union, is understood to resent the rival fiefdom of Belgian Mr Van Rompuy, who was chosen by the heads of government of EU member states to represent them.
Under the plan, a single figure would be elected by Euro-MPs to perform both roles.
Supporters of the move believe that the rival presidencies are undermining the EU's ability to speak with a single voice. They argue that merging the two jobs will create a powerful European leader who is capable of pursuing the federalist dream of a united Europe which has been severely shaken by the eurozone crisis.
Lord Stoddart confirmed the existence of the plot thanks to a parliamentary written answer in the House of Lords. He asked Foreign Office ministers to reveal what they knew about the merger talks.
In response to his inquiry, Tory Foreign Office minister Lord Howell of Guildford said: "We are aware of one group of EU foreign ministers meeting on an informal basis to discuss a variety of issues related to the future governance of the EU.
'Informal' is not 'secret'...
"While the UK is not part of that group, we understand that one idea under discussion is a merger of the positions of president of the European Council and president of the European Commission."
Lord Howell added: "A merger of the two presidencies would create a potential conflict of interest, undermine the quality of the EU's decision-making processes and upset the institutional balance within the EU." Lord Stoddart said: "These sorts of informal discussions within the EU have a habit of rapidly being transferred into formal proposals.
"Since the Government is not party to these discussions, its reservations are academic.
"Such a merger would represent a massive shift of power into the hands of a single, unelected bureaucrat. The Government should be taking this far more seriously and voicing its objections very strongly."
He added: "The holder of this new office would be both Europe's political and administrative leader, giving them far more powers than those given to the US president. It really is a great disappointment that we have a Conservative-led Government that is supposed to be Eurosceptic yet ministers just go along with this."
Yeah, but some of those other nation states need eliminating. Chechnya comes to mind. Dagestan, Ingushetia, Ossetia...WTF? And do we really need Belarus? I sure don't.
Sorry if that sounds harsh. What I really mean is that, in the cases of Napoleon and Hitler, Russia and Britain were essentially allies whether they liked it or not. That's what it took to maintain their independence. Expect the Brits to overlook some of Russia's warts if the rest of Europe gets out of control again.
[An Nahar] Former House speaker Newt Gingrich ...former Speaker of the House, author of the Contract with America. Gingrich gave the country welfare reform and a balanced budget and the Publicans a landslide House victory in 1994. On the downside, he has a roving eye and a loose fly, he's opinionated, and he's abrasive despite his ability to work with the other side of the political aisle... dropped his erratic campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination Wednesday, but pledged to remain in the public eye as an "active citizen."
"Today, I am suspending the campaign. Suspending the campaign does not mean suspending citizenship," Gingrich said in the Washington suburb of Arlington, Virginia, with his wife Callista at his side.
His exit leaves only Ron Paul, an anti-tax and anti-war veteran Texas congressman, officially in the race against presumptive nominee Willard Mitt Romney. ...former governor of Massachussetts, currently the presumptive Publican nominee for president. He is the son of the former governor of Michigan, George Romney, who himself ran for president after saving American Motors from failure, though not permanently. Romney's charisma is best defined as soporific, which is probably why he is leading the Publican field. On the plus side, he isn't President B.O... The 68-year-old Gingrich, best known for his polarizing term as leader of the House of Representatives in the 1990s, enjoyed brief spurts of success after a chaotic start to his presidential campaign.
But ultimately, Gingrich won just two nominating contests since the start of the state-by-state race in January -- in his home state of Georgia and in South Carolina -- and was a distant third in the fight to take on U.S. President Barack Obama The Cambridge police acted stupidly... in November.
Former U.S. senator Rick Santorum ...former candidate for president and former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. He was a lawyer before becoming the Representative for suburban Pittsburgh in 1991. He lost his Senate seat in 2006 to Bob Casey, a Democrat machine politician and political dynast. Santorum is a social conservative whose primary attraction is seemingly that he is neither Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich... , who overtook Gingrich as the Republicans' favorite alternative to Romney, quit the race last month.
Paul remains a fringe candidate, consistently placing fourth in the primary season and with no chance of catching Romney, who has effectively embarked on a general election campaign against the Democratic incumbent.
Gingrich, deeply critical of Romney during the nomination race, said his old rival was better than Obama, who is seeking a second term -- but stopped short of offering his full endorsement.
"As to the presidency, I am asked sometimes -- is Mitt Romney conservative enough? My answer is simple -- compared to Barack Obama?" Gingrich said.
"This is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan. This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical, leftist president in American history."
His front man R.C. Hammond told Agence La Belle France Presse a formal endorsement of Romney would come later, noting the date would depend on Romney's campaign.
Gingrich touted himself as the Republican Party's philosopher king, an intellectual with conservative roots going back to the Reagan years and a debater who could make mincemeat of Obama.
However, a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package... his multiple marriages and erratic record on policy positions made the Republican right mistrust him, while his love of public speaking tended to translate into lecturing, rather than inspiring speeches.
He provided one of the most memorable moments of the campaign in January when asked during a Republican debate in South Carolina about the bombshell allegation from his ex-wife that he had once requested an open marriage.
With his presidential hopes hanging in the balance, Gingrich struck out at the "destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media," saying it was "as close to despicable as anything I can imagine."
The stunning counter-attack, which played brilliantly to the innate conservative distrust of the liberal media, transformed the former House speaker from villain to hero and -- for a time -- recast the campaign.
Romney was generous toward his one-time rival, declaring that the departed Gingrich "demonstrated both eloquence and fearlessness in advancing conservative ideas."
Gingrich "long ago created an enduring place for himself in American history," Romney stated.
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus lauded Gingrich as a "tireless leader in our party for decades."
Gingrich said he would work to advance Romney's battle against Obama and his party's bid to defeat Democrats in Congress.
"A Republican sweep this fall would revitalize America just as the Reagan sweep of 1980 revitalized America. We have done it before. We can do it again," Gingrich said.
"I always tell people that economic recovery will begin late on election night when people realize that Obama is gone. By the next morning, people will make new decisions about investing, hiring."