Obama’s “Reptile Dysfunction” Energy Policy

By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

As part of a recent swing through several states, President Obama “flew to southeastern New Mexico to examine federal lands where 70 rigs are pumping oil,” The New York Times noted, as if this was proof of the President’s commitment to energy independence and security. A photograph during the brief stopover showed Obama giving a ten-minute speech against the backdrop of drilling rigs.

The Times reported that Obama had declared, “Under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years.”

It was a classic case of White House media manipulation and deception.

The rest of the story, as noted by New Mexico Rep. Steve Pearce, is that “While oil production on private lands has increased, according to the Institute of Energy Research, oil production on federal land was down 11% in 2011.”

What the Times and other media also neglected to mention was the threat to oil drilling in New Mexico and West Texas by the proposed federal listing of the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard as an endangered species.

Hence, the administration’s record of increases in gas prices, delays in energy production, and federal loans to failed green energy businesses, could get worse.

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says the federal government is suffering from “reptile dysfunction.”

As the local paper, The Gonzales Cannon, noted, Patterson has declared that Texas will sue the federal government if it lists the lizard and other previously-unheard-of species on the Endangered Species List, thereby limiting development of West Texas land for oil, gas and heavy-metals exploitation and production.

Speaking at Faye Hardin’s “Insight USA” conference in Lubbock, Texas, on March 29, Texas Senate Republican candidate Ted Cruz seized on the issue as well, saying that in Texas, “we talk more about that lizard than the Geico lizard.” He said, “That’s our lizard,” quickly adding, “They make darn fine boots.”

Cruz, who brought participants in the Faye Hardin conference to their feet, is running in the Senate Republican primary on May 29 with the support of Tea Party groups. He also has the support of prominent conservatives, including former Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, and Senator Jim DeMint, chairman of the Senate Conservatives Fund.

His support in the conservative media includes National Review, talk-radio host Mark Levin and columnist George Will.

Item number five in the Cruz “Jobs and Growth Agenda” emphasizes the problem of “reptile dysfunction.” It says Cruz will “restrain abusive environmental enforcement,” explaining, “To protect a lizard, the Obama administration is trying to stop oil and gas exploration in West Texas. Even more ominously, if the Obama administration succeeds in banning hydraulic fracturing—which has opened vast new reserves of oil and gas—tens of thousands of jobs will be lost and America will be left even more dependent on foreign dictators for our energy needs.”

Rep. Pearce of New Mexico says, “New Mexicans are faced with the threat of losing their jobs in the oil fields as a direct result of this administration’s determination to list the dunes sagebrush lizard as endangered.”

He adds that “The President claims that he is increasing production, but the reality is that his policies are killing oil and gas jobs and have resulted in the decline of oil production on federal land.”

As one who has visited West Texas twice in the last year, the untold story on the national level is that citizens of the region, including southern New Mexico, are up in arms over what the federal government is doing—and threatening to do—to their livelihoods. Protests against the federal government have drawn thousands of people.

The local media are doing a far better job of reporting the facts than the national media. Channel 4 in Albuquerque ran a story about the anti-lizard protest that greeted Obama. “Not everyone at the airport in Roswell was there to give President Barack Obama a warm welcome,” the station noted in a story complete with video. “A group of protesters were speaking out against federal protection for the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard. The protesters said putting the lizard on the endangered species list would make drilling in southeastern New Mexico more difficult.”

Citizens in New Mexico are distributing a flyer that says a final decision to list the lizard will be at the sole discretion of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, and that he may make a ruling in June.

They say the impact will be the following:

  • Slowing in oil & gas production that could cost jobs in southeast New Mexico.
  • Increased costs to utility companies to meet regulations, therefore higher costs to consumers.
  • Restriction in sheep and cattle production, limitations on control of noxious weeds, and a threat to their agricultural way of life.
  • Restrictions in recreational uses of federal lands.
  • A ripple effect from all of the above on retailers, service industry and other businesses.
  • Negative impact on the state budget that funds our schools and other services.
  • Overall negative impact on the economy and our way of life.

They have a Facebook page “Protest the Listing: Lizard 2012.”

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected].


Marco Rubio, Romney Endorser, Proposes DREAM Act GOP Version

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound

From cnsnews.com

Rubio Working on GOP Version of DREAM Act to Let Younger Illegal Aliens Stay Legally In U.S.

April 3, 2012


(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says he is working to craft an alternative version of the DREAM Act that would allow younger illegal aliens who came to the United States “through no fault of their own” to stay here legally and, if they wished, get in line to become a citizen.

“There is nothing that prohibits them from getting citizenship,” Rubio told the Tampa Bay Times in an April 3 interview in which he explained his plan. “We just don’t create a new pathway. The bottom line is they would have a visa of some sort and like they and any other visa holder in this country can get in line and apply for residency. You have to wait in line but you get to wait in line in the U.S. legally.”

“They would be here living, studying, working, while they’re waiting in line,” Rubio said. “We have a broken legal immigration system. Someone would say, ‘Well it’s going to take them forever to get residency.’ Well, that’s true of anybody. The system has to be modernized but that’s a separate topic. It doesn’t create a pathway to citizenship directly but doesn’t prohibit them from entering the regular pathway.”

As it currently stands, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, commonly known as the DREAM ACT, which was first introduced a decade ago, would grant conditional permanent resident status for a period of six years to those who came into the United States illegally before the age of 16. After the six-year period, those eligible would be able to attain legal permanent status if they obtain an associate-level academic degree or serve in the U.S. military for two years.

The DREAM Act, while first introduced in 2001, has never had the support in Congress to become law.

In an April 1 interview with liberal commentator Juan Williams on Fox News Latino, Rubio said he does not support the DREAM Act as currently drafted. But he said he would sponsor a proposal that incorporates the “idea” of helping young illegal immigrants by providing them with a special visa to allow them to stay in the country legally while waiting in line to get citizenship.

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A constitutional criticism of this proposal, posted as a comment to this article, at cnsnews.com:

by Dixiesuzan

But it was my understanding that the US Constitution covered this matter rather thoroughly as follows—
US Constitution, Article I, section 9 —NO Bill of Attainder or EX POST FACTO Law shall be passed.—
Now what is an ex post facto law which the Congress CANNOT LEGALLY pass???

The words “ex post facto law” are a technical expression. Ex post facto laws relate to penal and criminal proceedings which impose punishments or forfeitures. An ex post facto law is one which rendered an act punishable in a manner in which it was not punishable when it was committed. This definition is distinguished for its comprehensive brevity and precision. Ex post facto laws extend to laws passed AFTER THE ACT, and affecting a person by way of punishment of that act, either in his person or estate.

For example—(1) an act done before the passing of the law, and which was innocent when done, now made criminal; or (2) a law which aggravated a crime, and made the punishment greater than it was when committed; (3) a law which made a criminal act when done, no longer a criminal act, but an innocent one after the fact; or (4) which altered the legal rules of evidence, and received less or different testimony than the law required at the time of the commission of the offence, in order to convict the offender.

Thu,s any DREAM ACT whatsoever is just that, al DREAM of an illegal and Un-Constitutional ex post facto law which is no law at all but a usurpation and corruption of law.

“An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is, in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed.” U.S. Supreme Court, Norton v. Shelby County, 118 US 425 (1886)— http://supreme.justia.com/us/1… —And so Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), why are you wasting your time with seeking to develop clear and plain un-Constitutional laws when there are other Constitutional duties better suited to your office of public trust? For ex post facto laws are not a duty requirement of Federal Senators, Sir


NBC Declares Open Season on Romney, Mormonism

AIMArchives – In last night’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC has clearly begun its campaign to demonize Mitt Romney. Labeling the LDS Church as inherently racist, expect NBC News to continue this tactic continuously.

In 2008 we were not allowed to discuss the doctrine or theology of then candidate Obama’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright. To do so would be racist or (insert your negative label here). But NBC has decided that Mitt Romney and, by extension, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, must be picked apart for political purposes. Lawrence O’Donnell is outraged that the media won’t vet Romney’s faith. But we don’t see him jumping at the opportunity to investigate President Obama.

Transcript –

1:20 – So there is Mitt Romney’s hero, Brigham Young, telling him that if he has sex with a black woman, he will die on the spot…and this will always be so.

2:00 – Racism’s grip on Mormon practice has been so strong during Mitt Romney’s lifetime that it was not until 1978, ten years after Martin Luther King was assassinated 1978, that the Mormon Church decided to allow black men to become priests in the Mormon Church. Mitt Romney was 31 years old at the time. If we had a candidate running for president today or any nominee facing Senate confirmation who belonged to a racially exclusive club until he was 31 years old, that man’s candidacy for the presidency, or for the cabinet, or for the federal court, would be doomed. But in America, the politics of religion has spared Mitt Romney the embarrassment of having to address this issue.


Let’s keep an eye out to see how many times those talking points get repeated. Oh, and Harry Reid is a Mormon too.