Thursday, February 28, 2013

Eric Cantor desperate for the left to love him, warns GOP they'll cause 'civil war' if they don't follow his pathetic orders

The GOP House was happy in the minority, didn't want all the people we gave them in Nov. 2010. They hate that we have even a small voice and will be happy when they're back in the minority.

2/27/13, "In Closed-Door Meeting, Cantor Warned of ‘Civil War’," National Review online, Katrina Trinko

"House majority leader Eric Cantor is increasingly frustrated with a group of House Republicans who are working against the leadership, and he’s not afraid of voicing his dismay.

In a closed-door conference meeting on Wednesday, Cantor told one GOP member that if they blocked the Senate-passed Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) from coming to the floor, they’d cause “civil war” in the ranks.

Cantor’s comment irked some Republican aides, who told National Review Online that such strong language is inappropriate. In recent days, some conservatives have been upset about the Senate’s version of VAWA, saying that parts of the bill are unconstitutional.

Nevertheless, Cantor’s warning may have had an effect. When the bill came to the floor on Wednesday, only nine Republicans voted against the rule to take up the bill.

Tensions between backbenchers and the leadership, however, are evident. Behind the scenes, House Republicans voiced their concerns about VAWA throughout the day. Eventually, though, the rule passed, 414–9, and the House plans a final vote on the Senate’s version of VAWA on Thursday.

The nine who voted against the rule include Georgia Senate candidate Paul Broun and potential Iowa Senate candidate Steve King." via Drudge


Obama DOJ and FBI predict violence and death just as their sneering, multi-millionaire boss Obama has done

2/27/13, "Eric Holder Sounds the Sequester Alarm," ABC News, by Good, Cloherty et al.

"The looming budget sequestration will make Americans less safe, Eric Holder says—and anyone who says otherwise isn't telling the truth. 

"This is something that is going to have an impact on the safety of this country," the U.S. attorney general told ABC's Pierre Thomas on Wednesday in a wide-ranging, exclusive interview. 

"And anybody that says otherwise is either lying or saying something that runs contrary to the facts," Holder said. 

In his interview with ABC News, Holder reiterated warnings that if automatic spending cuts are triggered on Friday, the Justice Department will be handicapped in some of its most vital missions to prevent terrorist attacks and crime. 

"The Justice Department is going >to lose nine percent of its budget between now and September 30th. We're going to lose $1.6 billion. There are not going to be as many FBI agents, ATF agents, DEA agents, prosecutors who are going to be able to do their jobs," Holder said.

"They're going to be furloughed. They're going to spend time out of their offices, not doing their jobs."  

President Obama's Cabinet members have been warning for weeks that budget sequestration, which will begin Friday unless Obama and Republicans reach a deficit-reduction deal to avoid it, will leave their agencies shorthanded and could bring about disastrous consequences. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood have both appeared at the White House press briefing room to warn that furloughs for border-patrol agents, TSA agents and air-traffic controllers will mean weakened border and port security, longer waits in airport security lines, and logjammed air travel. 

Holder, for his part, warned in a Feb. 1 letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee that cuts to the FBI, the ATF, the U.S. Marshals Service, and U.S. Attorneys would limit the department's capacity to investigate crimes. Cuts at the Bureau of Prisons, Holder wrote, would mean lockdowns and potential violence, with fewer staff members on hand. 

In a separate letter, FBI Director Robert Mueller warned that counterterrorism operations would be affected, with the possible elimination of some joint terrorism task forces with state and local police. Limited surveillance and slower response times would mean unwatched targets and the possibility that individuals on terrorism watch lists could gain entry to the U.S. 

"FBI's ability to proactively penetrate and disrupt terrorist plans and groups prior to an attack would be impacted," Mueller wrote. 

To Holder, the problem is simple. "If you don't have prosecutors and agents doing what we expect them to do, and we won't if this thing actually takes place, we are going to be a nation that is going to be less safe. And that is simple fact," Holder said....

On Wednesday, Holder acknowledged that the Justice Department will do what it can to avoid compromised security, while maintaining that furloughs can't be avoided."...via Drudge


2/26/13, Criminal terrorist Obama channels Fidel Castro dumping hordes of criminals onto innocent Americans, hundreds of scheduled to be deported illegal aliens released into communities. Drooling GOP is as bad as Obama, does nothing to protect innocent Americans 

Even before he crapped on innocent Americans by dumping homeless, penniless aliens into their neighborhoods (and media sycophants said it wasn't his fault) Obama threatened cancer and death. He warned the entire world he'd personally increase chances your plane will crash and will personally cause more people to die of cancer. These acts of terror are courtesy of a non-existent GOP:

2/23/13, "Obama: If Republicans don’t give me what I want I will make planes fall from the sky," Flopping Aces

"Barack Obama is warning America of the devastation that the sequester will visit upon the country,including ...that planes will fall from the sky:

Air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks, which means more delays at airports across the country,” Obama continued. “Thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off. Tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids. Hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer screenings.”"...


2/19/13, "Obama, Republicans clash on forced spending cuts," CNN

""Surely the president won't cut funds to first responders when just last year Washington handed out an estimated $115 billion in payments to individuals who weren't even eligible to receive them, or at a time when 11 different government agencies are funding 90 different green energy programs," (Senator Mitch) McConnell said in a statement. "That would be a terrible and entirely unnecessary choice by a President who claims to want bipartisan reform.""... 


Ed. note: This most certainly is George Bush's fault. He and his crowd destroyed the country, the GOP, lifetimes of work and sacrifice, put the radical left in charge, and aren't the slightest bit sorry about it.



'Why totalitarians release prisoners,' Rush Limbaugh show caller is immigrant from Romania, sees US turning into country he escaped from

Listeners to talk radio have heard callers in recent years who came to the US from repressive regimes, are stunned that America is turning into the kind of place they escaped from and that no one cares. I heard this caller from Romania to Rush's show:

2/27/13, "Why Totalitarians Release Prisoners," Rush Limbaugh transcript

"RUSH: Here's Sarine in Hollywood. Sarine, it's great to have you on the program. Hello, sir....

CALLER: Rush, dittos, to start with. Mega, mega dittos. All the best to you, my friend. This regime that is elected by the clueless and the uninformed has come very, very close to -- and, in fact, crossed the line of -- breaking the law by releasing these people out of prison illegally like that. Something like this happened in the seventies in Europe, and this is the reason why I'm so impressed with you that you're so astute that you can understand details that people who have lived here all their lives would have no access to.

They're being pounded with false information all this time. The details are that nobody in their right mind ever tried to enter/cross illegally and run into a communist country, but everybody try to escape. What Ceausescu did in the early seventies is he gave the common thieves and pickpockets and basic criminals that were in prison a choice. They could take a passport to go to Western Europe or stay in prison. So, of course, they chose to leave. That was everybody's dream, thieves or not.

RUSH: This would Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania we're talking about, right?...

CALLER: Thank you...Yeah, so the real purpose was to create absolute havoc in the Western world, in Western Europe, for those who tried to escape -- risking life and limb; crossing at night under the hail of bullets; leaving family, possessions, memories, childhood behind -- just escape and be free. They would ask for political asylum in places like West Germany or France or Italy.
The impression given by these criminals that were allowed emigrate freely was bad.

Of course, once they hit the streets and saw the naivete of the rich world, which is what everybody looked at it as being, they started pillaging there. The setup was such that the governments over there, being faced with this kind of crime, would refuse the acceptance of the people who risked their lives just to escape the moral crime that communism is. So the fact that you mentioned the Marielitos [Castro's Mariel boat lift] and the intent of creating havoc by releasing these people, it is so close in reality and to the truth.

RUSH: I tell you, I'm finding myself in a difficult situation here, because I know that certain words and phrases happen to turn people off in this country. For example -- it's been this way a long time -- in this country and in the media today, if you say to somebody, "That person over there's a communist," you lose 'em. That doesn't work. So you say, "Okay, socialist." Well, okay, that may make more impact. Call 'em a totalitarian or a statist, they still don't want to hear it.

But it's challenging because that's exactly what's happening. Barack Obama is employing tactics that have been used by people like Nicolae Ceausescu, Saddam Hussein, and Fidel Castro. Fidel Castro released hundreds of thousands of just the most horrible characters from his prisons and they infested south Florida in the Mariel Boatlift -- and the same thing with Ceausescu and releasing his prisoners. Not all of them are political. Some of them were hardened criminals.

I mean, Ceausescu was trying to pollute Western Europe. He wasn't sending a bunch of freedom fighters to Western Europe. He was polluting it. Castro was trying to pollute south Florida. He was trying to corrupt it, and the United States in general. Saddam Hussein was trying to corrupt Iraq and Baghdad by letting his most hardened criminals go. It was a punishment, a punishment to the citizens of Iraq for not supporting him, for being complicit in the forthcoming US invasion....

What happened in this country was the Mariel Boatlift -- and, of course, the nice, compassionate people of America welcomed them in at first. "They're escaping the dungeons of Fidel Castro! These are people seeking freedom, and we are people of freedom." The same with Ceausescu's release, and the same thing with Castro's and Saddam's. They end up corrupting the places that they go, and that's the purpose of it.

Now, when you say that Obama is imitating the behavior of people like that, my guess is that any low-information voters in the audience who hear me say this are gonna pooh-pooh it and they're gonna start calling me names: "Reactionary, controversial statements," whatever, "extremist racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe," what have you. Because the low-information voter looks at Obama as a prisoner himself of the Republican Party. "Obama's doing everything he can to make life better! He's trying to create jobs. He's trying to prevent the deficit from growing. He said that no policy of his was gonna grow the deficit by a dime and if it did, he wouldn't do it."...
The media is only part of it.  It's a big part of it, but it's not the entire explanation.  We've reached a point in our cultural evolution where the clueless dominate, where low-information, uneducated, who think they know everything, by the way, dominate.  I appreciate the call."


Ed. note: This is happening because the GOP doesn't exist. Obama can do or say whatever he wants because no one will stop him. The Democrat party took control of schools, media, and culture through Hollywood and television, then sat back and waited. Over time you can convince people of anything. 82% of Muslims in Egypt believe you should be stoned to death for adultery:

"The population of Egypt is approximately 80.5 million,
  • 90% of which is Muslim (mostly Sunni)."...
Of the 90% of the Egyptian population that is Islamic: 

"82% endorse the stoning of people who commit adultery 

 77% support whippings and cutting off of hands for crimes like theft and robbery 

 84% support the death penalty for those who leave the Muslim religion 20% support suicide bombing in defense of Islam"...


11/11/11, "Afghanistan mother and daughter stoned and shot dead," BBC

"A group of armed men have stoned and shot dead a woman and her daughter in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, security officials have told the BBC. 

The officials blamed the Taliban, who they said had accused the women of "moral deviation and adultery"....

The attack was only 300m from the governor's office in Ghazni city, which is on a list of places to be transferred to Afghan security control.

The incident happened on Thursday in the Khawaja Hakim area of Ghazni city, where the family lived.

The BBC's Bilal Sarwary in Kabul says it is close to the governor's office, the police chief's office and a Western-backed Provincial Reconstruction Team.

Security officials said armed men entered the house where the young widow lived with her daughter and took them out to the yard, where
  • they were initially stoned and then shot dead.
"Neighbours did not help or inform the authorities on time," an official said.

Officials said a number of religious leaders in the city had been issuing fatwas (Islamic religious edicts) asking people to report any one who was "involved in adultery".


12/6/10, "Majority of Muslims want Islam in politics, poll says," LA Times, Meris Lutz


10/11/11, "Afghanistan Obstructs Graft Probes," AP, via Time Magazine, Goldman and Vogt

"A major investigation into an influential Afghan governor accused of taking bribes has been shut down and its top prosecutor transferred to a unit that doesn't handle corruption cases, Afghan and U.S. officials said. The closing of the investigation into the former governor of Kapisa province, Ghulam Qawis Abu Bakr, comes on the heels of a grim, unpublicized assessment by U.S. officials that no substantive corruption prosecutions were taking place in Afghanistan."...


9/25/11, "Government by crime syndicate," LA Times, Sarah Chayes

"...the latest manifestation of a worldwide explosion of outrage at what historians may someday come to deem humanity's latest form of tyranny: the capture of states by criminal syndicates. Otherwise known as rampant public corruption."...

Oleg ran to America from stagnant, depraved, Soviet Union but now finds America has turned into the old USSR complete with 1-party rule

11/9/12, “Old Soviet jokes become the new American reality,“ The People’s Cube, by Oleg Atbashian

At first the move to America from the former USSR made me feel as though I had made a jump in time, from the stagnant depraved past into a distant dynamic future....Today I’m feeling like a time traveler again.

Only this time the productive, honest and self-reliant America is vanishing in the past….
Deprived of free political speech, Soviets had developed a culture of underground political jokes. I used to remember thousands of them….
Americans had no first-hand knowledge of a totalitarian government, ideological uniformity, and shameless propaganda.
But that is changing. The more America “progresses” back to the Soviet model, the more translatable the old Soviet jokes become….
The six contradictions of socialism in the United States of America
America is capitalist and greedyyet half of the population is subsidized.  Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.  They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.    Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.
-The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.    They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

There’s more where it came from – or where we’re going, whichever the case may be.”


A BBC article below from June 2012 describes a Russian enclave in NY City that equates Obama with what they left in the USSR, big government and anti-business:

6/2/12, "New York's Republican enclave," BBC, Reggie Nadelson

"While most of the city is pro-Obama, there is a corner of New York that traditionally votes Republican - the city's holiday destination, Brighton Beach....

This is a little bastion of Republicans in an overwhelmingly Democratic city.

These are people who remember the Soviet Union all too well and resist what they see 

as big government and anti-business programmes....  

"You hear more English in Odessa in the summer than here in Brighton Beach," says Ramon, a waiter at Restaurant Tatiana....

Perhaps the recent memory of too little choice - and sometimes too little food - is still palpable on Brighton Beach....

"But why is that slightly scary fellow staring at me? Then I realise it is the "Re-elect Obama" button on my jacket."...




BBC promotes Islam to children, BBC Children website urges girls to "try wearing hijab for a day" on World Hijab Day

2/1/13, "Non-Muslims are being asked to try a hijab for a day,", CBBC, BBC Children Channel

"Non-Muslims are being asked to try wearing a hijab, a type of headscarf, for a day to find out more about why women wear them.

World Hijab Day calls on non-Muslim women to try out life under the traditional head scarf. 

Some people think women should not have to cover their hair or face and think it is unfair because men don't have to wear them. 
But for many women around the world, it is an important show of their faith."...via Atlas Shrugs, photo from CBBC newsaround


Club for Growth posts 9 House GOP names needing primary challenges in 2014 including Ellmers and Kinzinger

2/27/13, "Club for Growth targets Republicans," Politico, Haberman

"Tethered to the group’s congressional scorecard that was released this week, was set to go live Wednesday. It names people in districts where Mitt Romney notched more than 60 percent in the 2012 presidential race, but got a lifetime rating of below 70 percent from the Club.
For now, the members featured on the website are 
Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), 
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), 
Rep. Rick Crawford (R- Ark.), 
Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), 
Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), 
Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.), 
Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.), 
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) and 
Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.). 
The Club plans to rotate in different members in the future."...via Breitbart


MSNBC host says sure we deceptively edited the video, so what?

2/27/13, "Rachel Maddow: Sure, this video is deceptively edited, but so what?" Daily Caller, Jim Treacher


'Republicans are always better for India, they have much better strategic sense than Democrats,' says Indian professor and strategist

2/27/13, "Chuck Hagel stirs up India-US storm over Afghanistan," BBC

"New US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has stirred up a sudden storm in a chai glass here, with past suggestions that India has been using Afghanistan as a "second front" against its old rival Pakistan.

"India has over the years financed problems for Pakistan" in Afghanistan, said Mr Hagel in a 2011 speech at the previously little-known foreign policy seed-bed of Oklahoma University.

If nothing else, it showed what a liability the internet can be for politicians who would wish for their past thoughts to be forgotten.

For Mr Hagel's Republican opponents, it was just a few clicks' work to ferret out the speech, get it online via a sympathetic outlet, then picked up 10.5 time zones away....

There's another reason, though, why this little episode may be more significant - because it highlights a bigger question over where relations between Delhi and Washington are going.

The high hopes for a new era of relations after a nuclear deal have "simply not panned out", says Professor Bharat Karnad at the Centre for Policy Research....

It was former President George W Bush who got things going, ending decades of often frosty relations between the world's two largest democracies. And many see the end of his time in the White House as the high water mark.

"Republicans are always better for India," says Mr Karnad. "They have a much better strategic sense than the Democrats."

In fact, Mr Obama seemed interested in moving things on in his first term, but he seems to have other priorities in his second. And India fears it has lost its best supporters, with Hillary Clinton leaving the state department and Leon Panetta the Pentagon.

An Indian official admits "the jury is still out on Kerry and Hagel"."


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Top 100 talk shows listened to on the internet in 2012, Rush, Savage, 1, 2


"TSL Rank

1 Rush Limbaugh
2 Michael Savage
3 Glenn Beck
4 Laura Ingraham
5 Mark Levin
6 Sean Hannity
7 Tammy Bruce
8 Dennis Miller
9 Bill Bennett
10 George Noory
11 Michael Medved
12 John Batchelor
13 Neal Boortz
14 Hugh Hewitt
15 Alex Jones
16 Red Eye Radio
17 Dennis Prager
18 Monica Crowley
20 Quinn and Rose"... via Free Republic


Global Warming lobbyist parasite Tom Ridge among has-been Rockefeller Republicans vainly attempting 'to reassert GOP establishment over the Tea Party revolution,' not to win elections, just to keep control of the GOP

2/25/13, "Tom Ridge: 'Climate change is a national security threat'," ...GOP clubhouse hack Tom Ridge has been a paid board member of Exelon nuclear power company since 2005

As a guest on MSNBC in 2010 Ridge advocated a green agenda starting with nuclear power.

He received over $200,000 from Exelon in 2011 alone.

Has-been George Schultz is part of the Tom Ridge nuclear power/green/CO2 terror group noted above and very busy standing guard at the GOP clubhouse door:

7/13/12, "George Shultz Endorses Carbon Tax – You Were Surprised?", Marlo Lewis

"This pattern is becoming boringly familiar....

There has always been a wing of the GOP — the “establishment,” “Country Club,” or “Rockefeller” Republicanswho care more about controlling the party than about advancing liberty or even about winning elections. AEI’s Ken Green (a colleague of Hassett’s) hits the nail on the head. In a story on Shultz’s endorsement of carbon taxes, Green told Climatewire: (subscrip):

There seems to be an eruption of conservatives — very moderate-seeming conservatives, non-tea party, old country club-style conservatives — who are suddenly enamored of carbon tax,” said Kenneth Green, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

“I think this is mostly vanity and egotism on the part of these people who are coming forward, to try and reassert the Republican establishment over the tea party revolution, he added. 

I wouldn’t be surprised if we have more of these guys weigh in.”(begin parag. 11)...

As noted here, earlier this week, former Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) launched a new institute with Rockefeller Family Fund backing
[oil money] to promote carbon taxes as a ‘Republican idea.’...  

"Yes, that George Shultz, President Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of State. But not everyone who served with Reagan was a Reaganite. Reagan’s VP, G.H.W. Bush, famously campaigned on a platform of “Read my lips: No New Taxes.” Not two years later he raised taxes in a 1990 budget deal that torpedoed the economy and sank his presidency.

Yesterday, in an interview puff piece penned by two associates, Shultz, a distinguished fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, called for a ‘revenue-neutral’ carbon tax. This is unsurprising. As the article reminds us, in 2010, Shultz, partnering with Tom Steyer, a Democrat, “led the successful campaign to defeat Proposition 23, a California ballot initiative to suspend the state’s ambitious law to curb greenhouse gases.”"...


Nuclear power co. Exelon favored and stood to gain from cap and trade. Ridge is a paid director of Exelon, holds a lot of their stock.
Unfortunately for Ridge, the global warming party is over in the US. US CO2 emissions have plunged while other countries' haven't. Coal use will only increase for billions in China, India, for the Zetas in Northern Mexico and others. The contiguous US is only 1.5% of the planet. Even if our CO2 went to zero it wouldn't help the planet.

Tom Ridge functioned as a lobbyist for the Albanian government but failed to register as such until two years after he won a big contract from them and was contacted by the US Dept. of Justice:

June 24, 2008, "Ridge lobbies for Albania, but doesn't report it,", Brett Lieberman

"Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge registered with the Department of Justice as a lobbyist for the government of Albania nearly two years after winning an almost half-million dollar lobbying contract, Roll Call reports this morning.
(Hat tip GrassrootsPa)

"I didn't think it was [necessary] to register," the Capitol Hill newspaper quotes the former Pennsylvania governor and national co-chair of John McCain's presidential campaign as saying.
"It was brought to my attention after the contract expired and my lawyer said under the circumstances I probably should have filed," Ridge said. Ridge registered after he was contacted by the Justice Department."


Tom Ridge is a member along with Jeb Bush of the GOP establishment group "American Action Forum." Its 'sister' group American Action Network spent $590,000 running ads for Richard Lugar against Tea Party supported Richard Mourdock. Following are 3 citations about the group:

2/9/13, "Mitch McConnell Had Previously Floated Karl Rove Idea To Target Weak Tea Party Candidates," Huffington Post, Peter H. Stone 

"The (American Action) Network has focused mainly on helping the GOP win House races, but Malek pointed out that his group had also run ads in some Senate primaries: The group ran ads to help Kelly Ayotte, who won in New Hampshire, and Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, who lost his primary battle to conservative darling Richard Mourdock, who went on to lose in November.

I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again in the future if we saw the need,” Malek said." 


4/19/12, "Senate Races 2012: Republican Establishment Tries To Tamp Down Tea Party Insurgency," Huffington Post, Paul Blumenthal

"Last week, the American Action Network, a conservative group with ties to the Republican Party in Washington, D.C., launched a campaign of negative ads against Mourdock, costing $590,000. Major donors, including former fundraisers for President George W. Bush and McCain, are putting money into pro-Lugar super PACs."...

"The American Action Network,"

"The American Action Network was formed in February 2010 by Norm Coleman, a former Republican senator from Minnesota, and Rob Collins, a former chief of staff to House Minority Whip Eric Cantor....Prominent board members of the network also include Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Ed Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee."...


Tom Ridge and his friends represent K Street.

4/19/12, "K Street and Tea Party again fight for soul of GOP," Washington Examiner, Timothy P. Carney


Tom Ridge on MSNBC in 2010 said Obama should go all out with his green agenda by first going big into nuclear power. Viewers were not told Ridge was a paid member of Exelon's executive board, Exelon being the largest nuclear co. in the US:

The Media-Lobbying Complex
 2/11/10, "The Media-Lobbying Complex," The Nation, Sebastian Jones
The Media-Lobbying Complex
The Media-Lobbying Complex

"President Obama spent most of December 4 touring Allentown, Pennsylvania, meeting with local workers and discussing the economic crisis. A few hours later, the state's former governor, Tom Ridge, was on MSNBC's Hardball With Chris Matthews, offering up his own recovery plan. There were "modest things" the White House might try, like cutting taxes or opening up credit for small businesses, but the real answer was for the president to "take his green agenda and blow it out of the box." The first step, Ridge explained, was to "create nuclear power plants." Combined with some waste coal and natural gas extraction, you would have an "innovation setter" that would "create jobs, create exports."

As Ridge counseled the administration to "put that package together," he sure seemed like an objective commentator. But what viewers weren't told was that since 2005, Ridge has pocketed $530,659 in executive compensation for serving on the board of Exelon, the nation's largest nuclear power company. As of March 2009, he also held an estimated $248,299 in Exelon stock, according to SEC filings."...
seemed like an objective commentator. But what viewers weren't told was that since 2005, Ridge has pocketed $530,659 in executive compensation for serving on the board of Exelon, the nation's largest nuclear power company. As of March 2009, he also held an estimated $248,299 in Exelon stock, according to SEC filings. - See more at:
President Obama spent most of December 4 touring Allentown, Pennsylvania, meeting with local workers and discussing the economic crisis. A few hours later, the state's former governor, Tom Ridge, was on MSNBC's Hardball With Chris Matthews, offering up his own recovery plan. There were "modest things" the White House might try, like cutting taxes or opening up credit for small businesses, but the real answer was for the president to "take his green agenda and blow it out of the box." The first step, Ridge explained, was to "create nuclear power plants." Combined with some waste coal and natural gas extraction, you would have an "innovation setter" that would "create jobs, create exports." - See more at:


(Ed. note: Since the article below was written one or more of Ridge's lobbying assignments may have changed. His own firm "Ridge Global" appears to still be in business.)

6/13/11, ""A Laugher: Tom Ridge Says, "I'm Not a Lobbyist" on Colbert Report,", Steve Horn

"Tom Ridge, on the Thursday, June 9 edition of the Colbert Report, claimed he is "not a lobbyist." A quick glance at his resume shows that nothing could be further from the truth.
Ridge, now 65 years-old, has worn multiple hats throughout his extensive political career.
Among them: first-ever head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the Bush Administration from 2003-2005, former Governor of Pennsylvania from 1995-2001, and former Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from from 1983-1995.

Upon leaving the DHS in 2005, Ridge started his career as a lobbyist, opening a lobby shop known as Ridge Global, located in Washington, D.C, which he still currently heads. Beyond this stint, though, Ridge is also a paid "consultant" (a.k.a. lobbyist) for the Marcellus Shale Coaltion, a "trade association" in disguise that in reality is a methane gas industry-funded lobbying group.

That aside, the Pennsylvania Department of State's lobbyist registry contains the real smoking gun evidence.

The registry shows that the Coalition has 11 lobbyists registered to advocate for fracking in the Marcellus Shale region, and in Pennsylvania in particular, among those listed include Coalition Executive Director Kathryn Klaber and Ridge. The registry also shows that their paychecks come from none other than Ridge Global. Open Secrets, a project of the Center for Responsive Politics, shows that since 2010, the Marcellus Shale Coalition has recieved $90,000 from Ridge Global. Open Secrets also shows that Ridge is currently a paid lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, chairing their National Security Task Force. Furthermore, he is the current recipient of a $900,000/year paycheck from the Marcellus Shale Coalition.

Yet though the evidence against his claim is quite damning, Ridge had the chutzpah to begin his June 9, 2011 interview on Stephen Colbert's Colbert Report by claiming he is "not a lobbyist."
Not a lobbyist? Yeah, right.


1/6/11, "Secretary Tom Ridge to Chair U.S. Chamber’s National Security Task Force,"


10/13/2009, "Exelon chief endorses bill on emissions He said a cap-and-trade system of controls would work best.", A. Maykuth

2/26/13, "Tough Truths from China on CO2 and Climate," Andrew Revkin, NY Times, Dot Earth

Coal mining is "more lucrative for Zetas than selling drugs."

 11/17/12, "Mexican druglords strike gold in coal," AFP via Gloucester City News


6/4/12, Climate change stunner: USA leads world in CO2 cuts since 2006,” Vancouver Observer, Saxifrage

 “Not only that, but as my top chart shows, US CO2 emissions are falling even faster than what President Obama pledged in the global Copenhagen Accord.… Here is the biggest shocker of all: the average American’s CO2 emissions are down to levels not seen since 1964 --over half a century ago. …Coal is the number two source of CO2 for Americans. Today the average American burns an amount similar to what they did in 1955, and even less than they did in the 1940s. …It is exactly America’s historical role of biggest and dirtiest that makes their sharp decline in CO2 pollution so noteworthy

and potentially game changing at the global level.”...
News of US CO2 plunge has been described as: 


     11/19/12, "More than 1,000 New Coal Plants Planned Worldwide," Damian Carrington, UK Guardian

    "India is planning 455 new plants compared to 363 in China."...