Iceland Observations | Newt Gingrich


Callista and I had a wonderful opportunity to spend Memorial Day weekend in Iceland. It was an interesting, exciting, and fun trip.iceland-10

We spent four days in Iceland and enjoyed many beautiful sites, including a drive around the Golden Circle (featuring waterfalls and geysers) and a drive along the South Coast. Iceland could easily absorb more than a week just to see the high points.

Of course having made Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny as a documentary film we were delighted to visit the Hofdi House. This was the site of the Reykjavík Summit between Reagan and Gorbachev in October 1986. Callista immediately recognized the house. It’s the exact spot where Reagan stood angrily telling Gorbachev that it was his fault the summit had failed. Six months later Reagan got everything he wanted and the Cold War was nearing the end.

We also visited the extraordinarily modern and beautiful Harpa concert hall which has won awards for its architectural beauty. We had a chance to listen to a concert pianist practice and the sound was perfect throughout the hall.

The most amazing moment was a film we watched at the farm just below the volcano Eyjafjallajokull. You will remember this volcano because its eruptions in the spring of 2010 caused a disruption of iceland-1European airline travel.

The dairy farm just below the volcano had been occupied by the same family since 1906. They used geothermal heat to generate electricity and a hot water site for heat. Their farm was virtually self-sufficient. When the volcano erupted they had to cope with 400 tons of volcanic ash falling on their farm. The sheep and horses had to be evacuated. The cows had to survive inside the barn. The family worked every day for months to recover.

They now have a terrific small museum and theater which plays a 20-minute documentary about the volcano and their survival. You can see the shop at http://www.icelanderupts.is.iceland-2

Callista commented after visiting with the owner about her family’s survival that it was a triumph of the human spirit. “We had no choice,” the woman said. “It was work every day or lose the farm.” She also noted that she was 60 years old and there had been 25 volcanic eruptions in Iceland in her lifetime.

Of course the very geologic conditions which make Iceland a hot spot also make it a center for renewable resources. Iceland is the leading user of geothermal resources in the world. We visited Hellisheidi, a major geothermal power plant. On one side it produces electricity. On the other side it produces hot water for heating Reykjavik. Virtually all of Iceland (about 90%) gets its heat from centrally piped geothermal sources. Between geothermal power and hydropower, Iceland is self-sufficient in electricity. In fact they are considering exporting electricity to Great Britain. However, European Union rules would iceland-3require them to raise Icelandic electricity rates to European levels to be compliant. Since they currently have a prosperous aluminum processing industry they are happy to ignore the European rules and keep their electricity inexpensive (it may be the cheapest in the world).

Iceland’s expertise with geothermal power has led its energy industry to do work in El Salvador, Hungary, and Kenya.

Because geothermal heat is so abundant, Iceland is beginning to develop a greenhouse industry for food production and flowers. In fact Iceland may presently become an exporter to Europe of exotic fruits. We saw several greenhouses commercially growing tomatoes with the iceland-6geothermal heat making them usable all year long in the city of Hveragerdi.

Politically, Iceland is interesting because it is the site of the oldest continuous parliament in the world. The “Althing” (in effect “the everything” meaning the gathering of the people in parliament) is now a national park. You can see both where the people gathered beginning in 930 AD and where the Lawspeaker stood on the hill reciting the law for a pre-printing world in which virtually no one read.

We stayed in the Borg hotel across the square from the current Althing or Parliament which is a relatively small building but which represents more than 1000 years of self-government. Iceland retained its own parliament even under the Danish king.

Not far from the national park which has the Althing is Geysir, which as you might guess is the source of the English word “geyser”. Geysir rarely erupts anymore. A few feet away, however, is Strokkur, which erupts every four to eight minutes. There is a nice restaurant nearby with a giant troll (much bigger than our favorite troll at Drugan’s in Holmen, Wisconsin).

One of the more surprising sites was a World War II DC-3 laying on the beach. It was the Navy version called R4D and in 1973 ran out of fuel and crash landed on the beach. Everyone survived and after they stripped the iceland-4engines and avionics they just left the body of the plane and its wings there. I had always enjoyed Michael Douglas getting into a crashed DC-3 in the movie “Romancing the Stone” so it was fun to have Callista take my picture standing in the door of the abandoned plane.

We also went out on a small boat to see puffins. As a sign of the modern world we had a bachelorette party on the boat. They had come from Chicago, Cleveland, Toronto, and Dubai to celebrate the wedding of one of the women.

Another sign of the modern world was the range of restaurants in Reykjavik. You can find Nepalese, Chinese, Thai, Italian, French, and other international cuisines throughout the city. You can also visit a famous iceland-5hot dog stand, Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur, and get a lamb hot dog. We did and it was quite good!

We hope to go back to Iceland and recommend it to anyone who wants to see a beautiful island and a fascinating people.

Your Friend,

Newt

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Immokalee, Florida, CRA – A Ruse Draw | James Pat Guerréro


Immokalee, Florida, Plaza
Immokalee, Florida, Plaza

Collier County budget and state and federal drawdowns paid for the niceties of Immokalee, Florida, evading private support – penalizing sole and potential private support.  The CRA, a government entity, institutionalized on subsisting Immokalee through state and federal funding.  Thanks to economic development, Immokalee is up to its neck with alligators, literally amidst the Everglades – the alligators of government control and the boa constrictors of public-private partnerships.  Meanwhile, the economic development is a ruse.  Still, neither the population of families has increased, nor the schools have increased or gotten better in Immokalee.  Thanks to economic development, Immokalee even boasts a plaza, supposedly for something cultural, but necessarily and sufficiently for re-educationing people on government systems as well as for praising politicians.  Tim Nance did not get it either.  The idea should have been to change the laws that govern Immokalee from the top down; not change Immokalee to accommodate the laws of Florida and Collier County.  Let the families who live there decide for themselves.  Let them vote Collier County Commissioner Tim Nance, (District 5), and the CRA out.  Let them vote the U. S. House of Representatives, District 25, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, (R-FL25), out. Let them vote the Florida Senate, District 39, Sen. Dwight Bullard, (D-Cutler Bay), out.  Let them vote the Florida House, District 80, Rep. Matt Hudson, (R-Naples), out.

Government people have the impenetrable financial bubble that provides work, though, for themselves.

[CRA – Community Redevelopment Agency]

Immokalee Today eNews for 05/31/2014.

Snowden: ‘I Was Trained as a Spy’ | Breitbart TV


 

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Snowden: ‘I Was Trained as a Spy’.

According to Edward Snowden, he is not a low-level 29-year old hacker, he’s a “technical specialist,” and he’s trained as a traditional spy.  That is, he does not gather human intelligence in a paraphrase, but he “puts systems to work for the United States.”

Then, he rattled off a list of organizations with which he represented, manifesting disappointment that he was not declared a “traditional spy.”

The Reason, and the Passion, of the Tea Party | James Pat Guerréro


American Eagle with Ensign
American Eagle with Ensign

American Eagle Tea Party PAC[1]

These are the principles of the new conservative PAC, as referenced.[2].[3]

 

 

 

  1. A return to a more limited, more constitutional form of government.

  2. A return to the right to “turn back the clock” in reference to progressive liberalism which does not allow turning back the liberal order.

  3. A return to working out the meaning of a constitutional government by strategy and tactics.

  4. A return to freedom from government control and needless, harmful regulations.

  5. A return to enact free-market health care reforms that would lower the cost of coverage and to repeal Obamacare.

  6. A return to a free market system based on the rule of law versus a corporate welfare system.

  7. A return to a foreign policy protecting Israel from terrorism and terroristic organizations.

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[1] Conservative PAC by James Pat Guerréro, Chairman/CEO.

[2] Kesler, Charles R., (2014). The Tea Party, Conservatism, and the Constitution. Imprimis, 43, 1.

[3] http://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/file/2014_01_Imprimis.pdf

Congressman Joe Garcia For ? | James Pat Guerréro


All right.  Well, considering Congressman Joe Garcia’s (D-FL26) incomprehensible video recording, the non-communist system does work.  Furthermore, some fear that the non-communist system works best.  The communist party is 20,000-members in the United States.  At the last Florida registered parties check in Miami-Dade county, there are two parties and the Democratic Party, thus far, has not renamed itself.  It grossly appears that Joe Garcia is either the sole member of the communist faction of the Democratic Party of Miami-Dade, or, at least, the first member.

How does he know so much about Texas immigration and what does it have to do with working communism?  ¡No se relaciona!  [It is not related!]  While immigrants are seeping like water into South Florida by cruise ship, small boat, commercial airline, small aircraft, automobile, and bus and van transport, Rep. Garcia has an iron-grip grasp on border control in South Texas.  It must be helped by the good communist system, right.  Alas, stupid Texan public policy has been ineffective or inefficient, but Congressman Garcia has got it covered with political hoplites, running the 1,254 mile Texas-Mexico border with small firearms and collapsible RPG’s and dangling meals ready to eat.  Automatic weapons sold by “Fast and Furious” operatives; thanks to working communism, could shoot these hoplites.

After all, it is okay to be a member of the communist party.  Nevertheless, pleasing Rep. Garcia, there must be evidence existing that communism works.  Nobody is going to send him to a “thirty day” reeducation center with the 99% probability that he never will return.  In fact, precisely like oblivion, communism works.  Meanwhile, Congressman Garcia has no eyes:  for he has no need to see.  He has no ears:  for he has no need to hear.

The public will try out swimming conditioning practice tomorrow morning at 0600.  The most nautical will swim from the Gulf of Mexico through the Ten Thousand Islands chain, up and down the Florida Keys until flipping over at Miami Beach for continual laps controlling the coastline.  From a secret provisional location, Congressman Garcia shall designate the Olympic swimmers the initial cadre of political marines.

[RPG = rocket propelled grenades]

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