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No middle ground

"Don't Tread On Me"  v. "Tread On Us All."  From Tina Korbe at Hot Air:

...it’s crucial to remember that Tea Party protests and Occupy Wall Street demonstrations are just outward and modern manifestations of a more-than-a-century-old battle between classical liberalism and progressivism. Tea Partiers aren’t just trying to make a case for the Tea Party and Occupiers aren’t just trying to make a case for OWS; they’re trying to make a case for the ideas that formed them into these movements in the first place. Remembering those ideas makes the choice of which side’s narrative to believe even easier. For that, this video based on the work of NYU law professor Richard Epstein is particularly helpful:

Local anesthetic needed...

...but novocaine isn't going to help local property owners with drilling-related pain.  Not everyone looking to sell up and leave the area is fleeing the prospect of flaming water faucets as you might be led to believe...some are just trying to recoup a lifetime's investment. 

Via The Lonely Conservative...Gaslandset to music:

Catchy, isn't it? But

...the creators “emphasize(s) that the video is not meant to be a substitute for ProPublica’s years of in-depth investigations. “While we hope that you enjoy the song….what we really want you to do is read about hydraulic fractured drilling, so you can truly understand ‘what the frack is going on.’

Precisely.  We'll get back to ProPublica shortly (don't you just love groups with noble-sounding Latin names?  Gives them a cachet of legitimacy).  In the meantime, I give you Phelim McAleer v. Josh Fox, director of Gasland (h/t Chrissy the Hyphenated):

Hmmmm.

Back to ProPublica...as the Unlikely Hospitalist writes at The Lonely Conservative

...Pro Publica has very progressive roots. That is in spite of the information that can be taken from their website, which highlights their association to the Wall Street Journal, this investigative group was initially given millions of dollars from the Sandler Foundation. These are liberal progressive billionaires needing to dispense of their hard earned gains by financing their political interests. Pro Publica also received a two year contribution of $125,000 each year from the Open Society Foundations. Not surprisingly, I suppose, this leads you directly to www.soros.org. If you find this a little hard to believe, google it, or just click the link above. The Open Society Foundation by the way, is a network of over 30 International Foundations, mostly funded by Soros, who has contributed more than $8 billion in this effort.

Yesterday, at Switchboard, the Natural Resources Defense Council staff blog (update: the NRDC's co-founder, John Bryson, was nominated yesterday to be Secretary of Commerce, replacing Gary Locke):

...there is recent news from New York State that mortgage lenders are denying applications where the property has a natural gas lease, including major lenders like GMAC, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America, and may even reject an application if a neighbor has a lease. I learned about this from the firm Toxics Targeting, which has a lot of documentation on this issue on its website, including a recent radio interview with NYS Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton.

Assemblywoman Lifton has met with mortgage bankers in her district and discusses their difficulty in selling locally originated mortgages into the secondary mortgage market. They've told her they are each turning down 6-10 mortgage applications per week. According to a presentation by Tompkins Trust Company, a New York State bank, the secondary mortgage market requires that nothing "interfere with the use and enjoyment of any present or proposed improvements or the balance of the mortgaged premises," or the property's marketability or value. The lender goes on to say that a mortgage may be possible if the property is sufficiently large to ensure that any natural gas activity could be 5 acres away from the homesite for conventional financing, or 10 acres for FHA. That leaves out of a lot of homebuyers and sellers, since there is a substantial risk that natural gas production on one's property could interfere with the use, enjoyment, value or marketability of a home....

...[Lifton] also reports that homeowners may lose their title insurance. According to the Tompkins Trust Company presentation, most New York State title insurance policies do not cover properties where there are structures more than 35 feet tall, storage of machinery, equipment or industrial supplies, or any commercial activity. So even if someone has cash to buy a house and doesn't need a mortgage, very few people would likely buy it without title insurance.

The blogger finishes up with

*For an explanation of forced pooling, I recommend a recent ProPublica article on the topic.

All righty then.

Is it just me or do I detect a slight odor of gleefulness about the Switchboard post, a sort of schadenfreude at the situation of property owners unsuccessfully trying to sell and recover their equity and of potential buyers unable to acquire what may be their dream home? I've maintained that all of this concern for the environment—the global warmingclimate change stuff, the fracking stuff, the sustainability stuff—is as much about control as anything else...about telling others how to live their lives, about how to use or dispose of their property and so on, because let's face it—some people just plain know better than the rest of us.

This is nothing less that an all-out attack on the concept of private property. Do many of us put up with it because we're deathly afraid of appearing to be politically incorrect? Yes. And this state of affairs has been a long time in the making; another name for political correctness is cultural Marxism...and it really will be the death of us if we don't snap out of it:

  

And on a related note: Remember this from a couple of weeks ago?

Once again, South of 5 and 20 highlights the utter hypocrisy of holding private industry to a standard that government can only dream of attaining...and all at taxpayer expense.

And I just liked "South's" tag: No Mo Cuomo.

‘Underdogma’: n. “the reflexive belief that those who have less power (Underdogs) are good...

...and that those who have more power (Overdogs) are bad."  From a review at Noisy Room, via New Zeal:

...Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, calls Underdogma the first great Tea Party book. And I would enthusiastically agree. The book manages to take the politically correct insanity that is infecting our world today and explain it in a way that clarifies and gives individuals hope. Hope that we can fight the liberal Progressivism so entrenched in American culture that sometimes it feels like it would be impossible to remove every hooked barb that has lanced itself into America’s psyche. This book is the cure for the disease of Marxist tyranny and an antidote to Progressive collectivism....

Sounds intriguing. Came out February 1st, no sign of it in the Finger Lakes Library System. If anybody's read it, please let us know what you thought of it.

A new word

Love this:

Progluddite (pronounced like troglodyte).  Definition: a misinformed, misguided political ideologue who believes that technological regression will force humanity to build a New Age Utopia.

RTR.

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