AZ “Toughest Sheriff” Joe Arpio Threatens Militia

April 24, 2014 by  
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PHOENIX (AP) — Tough-talking Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is warning civilians who embark on armed patrols in remote desert terrain that they could end up with “30 rounds fired into” them by one of his deputies.

His unapologetically terse comments came Tuesday after a member of an Arizona Minuteman border-watch movement was arrested over the weekend for pointing a rifle at a Maricopa County sheriff’s deputy he apparently mistook for a drug smuggler. (OR caught him red handed smuggling drugs?)

“If they continue this there could be some dead militia out there,” Arpaio said.

Richard Malley, 49, was heavily armed with two others dressed in camouflage Saturday night along Interstate 8 near Gila Bend, a known drug-trafficking corridor in the desert about 70 miles southwest of Phoenix, when he confronted the deputy who was on patrol conducting surveillance, authorities said.

According to court records, the deputy and his partner stopped their vehicle, then flashed their headlights and honked their horn, a common practice (Allegedly) used by law enforcement to trick drug smugglers into thinking the car is there to transfer their narcotics load and lure them out of hiding.

The deputies then got out, also dressed in camouflage but clearly marked with sheriff’s patches on their clothing, and began to track what appeared to be fresh footprints, authorities said.

That’s when Malley emerged from the darkness with his rifle raised “yelling commands,” according to the probable cause statement.

The deputy, illuminated by Malley’s flashlight at this point, identified himself as law enforcement, pointing out the “word sheriff across his chest,” and ordered Malley to drop his weapon.

“You aren’t taking my weapons,” replied Malley, who was armed with a semi-automatic rifle, a .45 caliber handgun and a knife, according to court records.

Another deputy eventually arrived and arrested Malley for aggravated assault. He was released on $10,000 bail and is set for a court appearance on Aug. 26. It wasn’t clear if Malley had an attorney, and telephone numbers listed for him were disconnected.

Malley claimed “he had the right to point his rifle at the individual because he had reasonable suspicion to believe a crime was occurring,” according to the probable cause statement. He identified himself as a “militia Minuteman.”

Such Minuteman-type militias of armed civilians patrolling the deserts for illegal border crossers and smugglers grew to prominence in the early 2000s, but the organizations’ numbers have since dwindled as they fractured into multiple splinter groups, such as crews like Malley’s who were on patrol with just three armed men.

Arpaio, whose county doesn’t run along the border but has seen an increase in drug and human trafficking, warned there will be “chaos if you’re going to have private citizens dressed just like our deputies taking the law into their own hands.”

“I have to commend my deputy for not killing this person, which easily could have happened,” Arpaio said. “He’s lucky he didn’t see 30 rounds fired into him.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Andy Adame also expressed concern for the safety of both the militia members and Border Patrol agents.

Adame said the civilian groups could easily trigger remote sensors operated by Border Patrol to detect illegal crossers.

“And we respond to them in a manner where we expect to encounter illegal immigrants or drug traffickers,” he said. “We can encounter them (militia members) out in the middle of the desert, which may result in disastrous personal and public safety consequences.”

In short, he noted, someone could get shot and killed, either an agent or a civilian.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management too warned agents of the potential dangers of these militias.

“Basically, the overall point is they’re a major safety issue for federal rangers, for the public and for themselves,” BLM spokeswoman Pamela Mathis told the Arizona Republic.

Glenn Spencer, president of American Border Patrol, a civilian group which operates from a ranch along the Mexican border in southern Arizona, won’t condemn the actions of private armed militia organizations, but he also doesn’t recommend it.

“It’s a free country. They’re not violating any law. They’re not trespassing,” said Spencer, whose group uses technology, including sensors and unmanned aircraft rather than boots on the ground to monitor the border.

“But I wouldn’t do it, and I wouldn’t encourage anyone to do it,” Spencer added. “Going out there is dangerous.”

Even if they might not technically be breaking a law, the Arizona Republic reported vigilantes being cited for driving off road over protected wildlife and without headlights at night.

Earlier this month, Arpaio made headlines for arming officers with AR-15 rifles for safety after an employee of the detention center was shot and killed in his driveway.

Arpaio is well-known for his efforts to combat illegal immigration in the border state, but a couple months ago temporarily suspended his efforts after a judge ruled he had racially profiled Latinos.

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6 Ways We Should Change the US Constitution, According to Former Supreme Ct. Justice (NOT GOOD)

April 23, 2014 by  
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HANDS OFF!

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens spoke at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston about how it is essential and appropriate for Supreme Court Justices to consider politics when deciding on Constitutional questions.

Stevens has written a book entitled, “Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution” and calls for severe restrictions on gun rights; as well as curbing free speech.

In this book, Stevens proposes these changes to the US Constitution:

• Measure to redraw district lines for political advantage
• Abolish the death penalty
• Limit money political candidates and supporters of campaigns
• Stricter gun control
• Abolish states’ sovereign immunity

Stevens said: “The first four would nullify judge-made rules, the fifth would expedite the demise of the death penalty, and the sixth would confine the coverage of the Second Amendment to the area intended by its authors.”

In his book, Stevens details “six specific ways in which the Constitution should be amended in order to protect our democracy and the safety and wellbeing of American citizens.”

In 1997, Stevens dissented in the case Printz v. United States and still insists that Congress needs to alter current federal gun law enforcement.

Two years ago, Stevens said that America should do ““whatever we could to prevent [another Sandy Hook shooting] from happening again.”

Read THE REST HERE: Occupy Corporatism

Georgia governor to sign ‘unprecedented’ bill expanding gun rights

April 23, 2014 by  
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Nathan Deal stresses ‘positive changes’ in gun bill he’ll sign today

2013-2014 Regular Session - HB 60
Firearms; certain laws regarding carrying and possession by retired judges; provide exemption

The bill, described by the  National Rifle Association’s lobbying arm as “the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent state history,” expands the scope of public places where licensed owners are allowed to carry firearms.

FOX

The bill makes several changes to state law. It allows those with a license to carry to bring a gun into a bar without restriction and into some government buildings that don’t have certain security measures. It also allows religious leaders to decide whether it’s OK for a person with a carry license to bring a gun into their place of worship.

Democrats resisted the proposal, although they conceded it would pass in the GOP-dominated House of Representatives. They argued that allowing guns in more places will not make society safer and may lead to more deaths.

Under the bill, school districts would now be able, if they wanted, to allow some employees to carry a firearm under certain conditions. The bill also eliminates the fingerprinting requirement for renewing weapons carry licenses.

According to the Marietta Daily Journal, the legislation prohibits the state from creating and maintaining a database of licensed weapons carriers and repeals the state-required license for firearms dealers.

Colin Goddard, who survived the 2007 campus shooting at Virginia Tech, told Georgia Public Broadcasting he’s alarmed by a provision that waives criminal prosecution of felons who use illegal firearms in the act of self-defense.

“The stand your ground expansion is truly a new type of stand your ground as we know it,” Goddard said. “To expand it in such a way to remove all carrying or possession offenses is really unprecedented.”

Jerry Henry of GeorgiaCarry.org told GPB News he doesn’t expect to see a surge in gun sales or an increase in gun-related businesses in the state. He noted that other states have far less restrictive gun laws than Georgia.

“I don’t think people are going to look at it and say, ‘Oh Georgia just passed a new law and I’m going to move over there because it’s so much easier.’ I don’t think we’re going to see that,” he said. “Arizona, Wyoming, Alaska, Vermont – they all have Constitutional Carry.”

Filipinos Protest Obama Visit – Get Clubbed, Hosed!

April 23, 2014 by  
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Police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose clashed with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Wednesday to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and an expected security pact that would increase the American military presence in the Philippines.

Some of the protesters carried paper U.S. flags with the message: “Obama not welcome.”

 Obama, who landed in Japan on Wednesday, is due to visit South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines over the next five days as part of a wider attempt to “rebalance” and “pivot” toward Asia. (And Pimp the TPP!)

 

Image:
Bullit Marquez / AP
Protesters shout slogans during a rally at the U.S. Embassy in Manila on April 23, 2014 against next week’s visit by President Barack Obama.

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The Scary Truth About the New York City Flu Vaccine Mandate

April 23, 2014 by  
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Making Vaccination Mandatory for All Children

 

This year, 150,000 children will be added to the list of victims of forced vaccination. The leaders of New York City have mandated that all children under the age of six years old who attend day care or preschool must be vaccinated with the flu vaccine.

The official requirement mandates that all children between the ages of six months and five years who will be attending day care or preschool in New York City must be vaccinated between July 1 and December 31 of any given year. One health official claims that the rule won’t officially be enforced until the end of 2014, and a press release from the New York City Board of Health states that they will begin issuing violations on January 1, 2016. [1] [2]

New York City already mandates that children must be vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, chicken pox, and tetanus. The new mandate is expected to affect 150,000 children under the age of six. Daycare and preschool facilities will be required to enforce the mandates or face they will face fines. [3]

 

Reason #1: It Interferes with Parental Choice

Regardless of people’s views about the safety and efficacy of vaccines, many people would agree that it should be an individual’s right to choose – or, in the case of a minor, a parent’s right to choose – which substances are injected into their body.

Well-known groups comprising large numbers of employees in New York are already opposed to vaccine mandates, including the New York State Public Employees Federation and the New York State Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). [4]

In its own statement regarding vaccination, even the American Medical Association (AMA) grants approval for medical personnel to receive exemptions for vaccines  due to a “recognized medical, religious, or philosophic reason,” exemptions which are more lenient than those granted to babies and preschool children affected by the NYC mandate.

Also in question is whether or not the city government has the authority to mandate vaccines. City officials claim that their Health Department has “authority over all matters concerning health in New York City” through the City Charter.

Recently, many Americans were outraged by the decision of officials from United Arab Emirates to mandate forced breastfeeding for the first two years of a child’s life. We knew that forcing someone to breastfeed, regardless of the benefits of breastfeeding, infringed on their personal right to make choices about their own bodies. Yet, some people fail to recognize that vaccination, the injection of foreign substances into one’s body, should also be a choice. [5]

Reason #2: The Flu Vaccine is Ineffective

The most recent statistics, based on scientific studies published by well-known media channels such as USA Today and The Huffington Post, demonstrate the flu vaccine’s inability to prevent the flu. Contrary to what vaccine manufacturers want us to believe, the flu vaccine will not make us healthier.

An article published on the website for USA Today stated, “This season’s flu vaccine was almost completely ineffective in people 65 and older.” One source from Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine stated, “Everyone at CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meeting was scratching their heads over this.” [6] A similar article published by The Huffington Post reported an overall effectiveness rate of only 59 percent. [7]

Older adults are not the only group of people who experience few benefits from the flu vaccine. The CDC itself, when answering the question “How effective is the flu vaccine in children?” on its website, admits that “reduced benefits of flu vaccine are often found in studies of young children,” especially those under two years of age, the very age group targeted by this vaccine mandate. [8]

Influenza and similar illnesses can be caused by over 200 to 300 viruses, and some research indicates that vaccines may be most effective against combating influenza A and B, which comprise a mere ten percent of circulating viruses. Often, people mistake flu-like symptoms for influenza, and they don’t actually have the flu.

Furthermore, if you win the “flu lottery,” by actually contracting one of the three strains of flu that happens to be in this season’s flu vaccine, the vaccine will be worthless if your body hasn’t fully responded to the vaccine (which takes two weeks) or if too much time (more than three months) has passed between vaccination and viral exposure. [9] [10]

Reason #3: The Flu Vaccine is Dangerous

According to the CDC, the flu vaccine contains thimerosal, aluminum, antibiotics, egg protein, aborted human fetal cells, and monosodium glutamate (MSG). Our immune systems may be unable to combat these foreign, toxic substances, especially while under the influence of very common conditions such as high sugar intake, low vitamin D3 levels, and damaged gut lining.

According to a search of the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) website, in the past five years,  (during the period from January 2009 until February 2014) there were 55, 578 adverse events reported to VAERS related to the flu vaccine. Of these adverse events, 7,904 affected children under the age of six. [11]

Most disturbing among these numbers are the reported 47 children age five and under who died after receiving the flu vaccine during the past five years alone.

Keep in mind, vaccine injuries and deaths are grossly under-reported. Less than ten percent of vaccine injuries are actually reported, which brings the likely death toll from the flu vaccine to over one hundred children per year. [12]

Are There Exemptions for This Mandate?

Yes, although options for parents who don’t wish to vaccinate their children are limited. New York State allows medical and religious exemptions, although philosophical exemptions against vaccines are not granted. Fortunately, children who attend family day cares in people’s homes are currently exempt from the flu vaccine mandate. [13]

Conclusion

Families should not be forced to inject their child with toxic substances. They should not be forced to receive a vaccine that is ineffective and dangerous. They should not be forced to give up their preferred choice for quality, early childhood education and care programs in order to avoid forced vaccination. Families should be allowed to make the choices for their health and well-being that are best for their family.

If your child attends day care or preschool in New York City, we urge you to contact your elected officials and tell them you are against forced vaccination for your child. In addition, you may exercise your right to choose a religious exemption from the flu vaccine mandate, or enroll your child in a family day care, where they will be exempt from mandatory vaccination against the flu.

Finally, whether or not your child is affected by the latest NYC vaccine mandate, we urge you to learn about vaccine legislation where you live and research vaccine ingredients. You can download a free vaccine research guide right now to protect your child from unwanted, toxic substances contained in vaccines.

 Read MORE at VacTruth

 

References

 

  1. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/12/11/nyc-board-of-health-to-vote-on-flu-shot-mandate-for-young-children/
  2. http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/day-care-flu-faq.pdf
  3. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/nyc-requires-flu-shots-for-all-daycare-preschool-children/
  4. http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/August-2012/labor-unions-oppose-mandatory-flu-shots-as-ama-che.aspx
  5. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/03/23/making-vaccination-mandatory-for-all-children/parents-deserve-to-have-a-choice-about-vaccination
  6. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2013/02/21/flu-vaccine-doesnt-work-over-65/1934651/
  7. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/flu-shot-only-59-percent-effective_n_1032916.html
  8. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/vaccineeffect.htm
  9. http://www.nvic.org/vaccines-and-diseases/Influenza/Why-Influenza-Vaccine-Mandates-Are-Ineffective—U.aspx
  10. http://www.naturalnews.com/037323_flu_vaccines_junk…
  11. http://wonder.cdc.gov/controller/datarequest/D8
  12. http://www.nvic.org/reportreaction.aspx
  13. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/nyc-requires-flu-shots-for-all-daycare-preschool-children/

False flag casting call: Marines looking for a few good actors to play terrorists in Drills

April 23, 2014 by  
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False flag casting call: Marines looking for a few good actors to play terrorists in training exercises
25 actors — all of whom must be U.S. citizens and be able to adapt to multiple scenarios — are being sought for the exercises, which will also feature the use of AK-47s with blank ammunition provided by BKM Enterprises.

21 Apr 2014

The United States Marine Corps is looking for a few good actors to play terrorists in upcoming training exercises, putting out a casting call that could give clues about for what the Pentagon is prepping. A solicitation put out this month by the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command sought an actor to play an “Al Qaeda personality,” a French-speaker with a college degree in chemistry and three men who could play “high value insurgent” roles. The actors are needed for training exercises in South Carolina during the next three months.
[Let's hope the "Drills" don't *go live,* as they did on 9/11, in Boston, London, and elsewhere.]

NY court: US must release targeted killings memo

April 23, 2014 by  
Filed under World

NY court: US must release targeted killings memo 21 Apr 2014 The U.S. government must publicly disclose in redacted form secret papers describing its legal justification for using drones to kill citizens suspected of terrorism overseas, because President Barack Obama and senior government officials have commented on the subject, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled in a Freedom of Information Act case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and two reporters for The New York Times. In 2011, they sought any documents in which Department of Justice lawyers had discussed the highly classified “targeted-killing” program.
Meanwhile…….
US unleashes three days of drone strikes on Yemen, 55 killed

21 Apr 2014 Dozens are reportedly dead in Yemen, including at least three civilians, as the result of a series of drone strikes that started in the southern part of the country on Saturday and is alleged to still be occurring two days later. By noontime in Washington, DC on Monday, the Associated Press reported that 55 Al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] militants were among those that had been killed in an hours-long series of strikes that targeted a training camp operated by the group, according to Yemen’s interior ministry. The United States is alleged to have carried out the strikes using unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, but does not legally have to acknowledge any operations conducted by its Central Intelligence Agency and has not commented.

US drone strikes kill about 50 in south Yemen

21 Apr 2014 The death toll from three days of air strikes carried out by US drones in southern Yemen has reached almost 50, reports say. On Monday, at least three people were killed after a US drone fired a missile at a vehicle carrying three men in the country’s southern province of Shabwa. According to witnesses, the vehicle was completely destroyed and the burnt remains of the bodies could be seen.

Asteroids cause dozens of nuclear-scale blasts in Earth’s atmosphere

April 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Sci-Tech

Many explosions stronger than Hiroshima bomb but most occur too high above ground to cause serious damage

London Guardian

People look at what is believed to be a chunk of the Chelyabinsk meteor in Russia in 2013

People look at what is believed to be a chunk of the Chelyabinsk meteor in Russia in 2013. Photograph: Alexander Firsov/AP

Asteroids caused 26 nuclear-scale explosions in the Earth’s atmosphere between 2000 and 2013, a new report reveals.

Some were more powerful – in one case, dozens of times stronger – than the atom bomb blast that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945 with an energy yield equivalent to 16 kilotons of TNT.

Most occurred too high in the atmosphere to cause any serious damage on the ground. But the evidence was a sobering reminder of how vulnerable the Earth was to the threat from space, scientists said.

The impacts were recorded by the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation, which operates a global network of sensors set up to detect nuclear weapon detonations. None of the asteroids were picked up or tracked in advance by any space- or Earth-based observatory.

The former astronaut Ed Lu, speaking about the data at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, said: “While most large asteroids with the potential to destroy an entire country or continent have been detected, less than 10,000 of the more than a million dangerous asteroids with the potential to destroy an entire major metropolitan area have been found by all existing space or terrestrially operated observatories.”

Lu is co-founder and chief executive of the B612 Foundation, a research body dedicated to finding ways of protecting the Earth from dangerous asteroids.

The most dramatic asteroid impact in recent times occurred when an object exploded over Tunguska, Siberia, in 1908 with an energy yield equivalent to between 5,000 and 15,000 tons of TNT. An area of remote forest covering 770 square miles was flattened by the blast.

In 2013, a 500-kiloton meteor explosion above the Russian town of Chelyabinsk caused extensive damage to property.

 

Asteroid impacts greater than 20 kilotons occurred in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, in 2009, the Southern Ocean in 2004, and the Mediterranean Sea in 2002.

In 2018, the B612 Foundation plans to launch the world’s first privately funded deep space mission, Sentinel, which will use an infrared space telescope to identify threatening objects when they are still millions of miles away. It is expected to detect and track more than 200,000 asteroids in its first year of operation.

 

Kroger Fires Manager for Stopping Knife Wielding Shoplifter

April 22, 2014 by  
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Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

It seems that if I was still working retail today and had to use violence to stop a shoplifter that my job would be in jeopardy as is the case of a store manager for a Kroger grocery store.

Claude Medlock, 51 was observed shoplifting from a Kroger grocery store in Arlington, Texas.  One of the store’s managers followed Medlock out of the store and attempted to stop him for his crime.  According to witnesses, one of which videoed what happened on her cell phone, Medlock tried to stab the manager with his knife.  The manager then shoved Medlock into a parked car, enabling him to disarm the thief.  Medlock continued to resist being detained so the manager slammed him to the ground to subdue him and hold him until police could respond.

Arlington police reported that Medlock has a long criminal history of theft and robbery.  When asked about the store manager’s actions in stopping, disarming and subduing Medlock, they said that his actions were justifiable and that he committed no crime.

However, Kroger felt differently and subsequently fired the manager for his actions.  When a local news station contacted Kroger for an explanation, they responded with a statement that said:

 “The incident…is not a reflection of our company’s fraud prevention protocol, procedures or training…He is no longer employed by our company.”

What was the store manager supposed to do when Medlock pulled the knife on him?  Was he supposed to allow the man to stab him or just wish the shoplifter a nice day and let him walk off with his stolen loot?

Store managers and employees are being punished for defending themselves and their stores.  Homeowners are being arrested for defending their property and person from would be criminals.  A student videos others bullying him to try to stop it from happening and he is arrest for a crime and the bullies are not punished.

My oldest daughter worked in a local hospital when she was attacked by a patient.  He held her by the neck and threatened to kill her and everyone else.  It took security to subdue the patient.  When the ordeal was over, hospital officials told her it was a good thing that she didn’t try to defend herself because she would have lost her job.

What is our society coming to when people can no longer stop criminals or protect property and person?  Seems like our society has everything backwards and upside down.  Criminals have more rights and protections than innocent people do. I’m just glad I’m no longer working in retail or in a position dealing with shoplifters as I’d probably lose my job also.
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Obama will burn more than 35,000 gallons of fuel on Earth Day

April 22, 2014 by  
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…. emitting 375 TONS of “carbon dioxide”

  • President took Marine One chopper to Andrews Air Force Base and will fly to Washington state and Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday
  • ‘Earth Day is about taking action,’ the White House declared shortly after takeoff
  • Air Force One consumes 5 gallons of jet fuel for every mile it flies
  • The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that burning the fuel emits 21.1 pounds of CO2 per gallon
  • Total presidential fuel consumption for Earth Day, not including automobile motorcades, is an estimated 35,609 gallons

 

President Barack Obama is marking the 44th Earth Day with a carbon-emitting extravaganza, spending more than 15 hours on Air Force One and 15 minutes aboard the Marine One helicopter.

Not including his motorcades in Oso, Washington, the site of a recent devastating mudslide, his trip will consume an estimated 35,565 gallons of fuel.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the statistics arm of the Department of Energy, burning each gallon emits 21.1 pounds of carbon dioxide, bringing the president’s Earth Day carbon footprint to more than 375.7 tons.

The White House did not respond to a question about any measures it might be taking – planting trees, for instance – to offset those emissions.

 

Boeing’s specifications for its 747 aircraft, which serves as Air Force One, include an estimate for fuel consumption of 5 gallons per mile. Tuesday’s presidential travel will span more than 7,100 miles over two continents.– more than one-quarter of the way around the earth.

Sikorsky, whose HV-3d Sea King helicopter flew Obama from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base, burns an additional 176.7 gallons of fuel per hour, requiring more than 44 gallons – about four times the size of a modern economy car’s fuel tank – for the estimated 15-minute trip.

A White House pool reporter noted that Marine One’ landing on the South Lawn of the White House ’caused a flurry of hundreds of tree flower petals.’

Mid-morning Tuesday, the White House issued a sweeping online essay calling for renewed awareness of threats from global warming.

‘Our health, our economy, our security, and our planet’s future are once again threatened by pollution and environmental degradation,’ the White House’s official blog claimed.

‘Our climate is changing, and that change is being driven by human activity. Every year, the United States pumps millions of tons of carbon dioxide pollution and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.’

‘Earth Day is about taking action,’ the White House declared.

Obama’s trip will have more than an environmental cost, draining $228,288 from the taxpayer-funded U.S. Treasury for every hour it’s in the air.

The Air Force’s estimate brings the president’s airfare to $3.47 million.

The United States ranks 12th in the world among all nations for per capita carbon dioxide emissions.

Obama is visiting the town of Oso, Washington, the site of a deadly March 22 mudslide. He will meet with victims’ families as well as first responders.

His trip to Tokyo will include a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and a visit with the nation’s emperor and empress.
Read more:  Daily Mail

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