This was in the
Waco Tribune Herald, Waco , TX Nov 18, 2010
Put me in charge . . .
Put me in charge of food stamps. I'd get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash
for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho's, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans,
blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak
and frozen pizza, then get a job.
Put me in charge of Medicaid. The
first thing I'd do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal
ligations. Then, we'll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine and
document all tattoos and piercings. If you want to reproduce or use drugs,
alcohol, smoke or get tats and piercings, then get a job.
Put me in
charge of government housing. Ever live in a military
You will maintain our
property in a clean and good state of repair. Your "home" will be subject to
inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV
or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.
In addition, you will
either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a
"government" job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and
repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch
rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that
money toward the “common good..”
Before you write that I've violated
someone's rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our
money, accept our rules.. Before you say that this would be "demeaning" and ruin
their "self esteem," consider that it wasn't that long ago that taking someone
else's money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem.
If we are expected to pay for other
people's mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad
choices. The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.
AND While you are on Gov’t subsistence, you no longer can VOTE! Yes that
is correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of interest. You will
voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Gov’t welfare
check. If you want to vote, then get a
Second Energy Department-backed company goes bankrupt
Geman - 10/31/11 08:04 AM ET
A Massachusetts company that received a $43
million Energy Department loan guarantee last year filed for bankruptcy Sunday,
a step certain to fuel criticism of federal green energy financing in the wake
of the solar company Solyndra’s collapse.
Beacon Power Corp., which develops energy storage systems, filed for bankruptcy
protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.
Beacon Power had received federal loan guarantee to help
build an energy storage plant in Stephentown, New
York that began operating in January. The Treasury
Department’s Federal Financing Bank provided the loan.
The review, conducted by a former Treasury Department official, will include
examination of how Beacon’s project is performing going forward, and whether
there are additional steps that can be taken to protect taxpayers, according to
the Obama administration.
The Beacon bankruptcy comes roughly two months after the California
solar panel maker Solyndra, which had received a $535 million Energy Department
(DOE) loan guarantee in 2009, went belly up and laid off 1,100 workers.
Solyndra’s collapse unleashed a torrent of GOP-led attacks on the Energy
Department’s loan guarantee program.
Solyndra and the broader loan guarantee program are under investigation in the
House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Oversight and Government
“This latest failure is a sharp reminder that DOE has fallen well short of
delivering the stimulus jobs that were promised, and now taxpayers find
themselves millions of more dollars in the hole,” said Rep. Cliff Stearns
(R-Fla.), the GOP’s point man on the Solyndra investigation and a senior member
of the Energy and Commerce Committee, in a statement to The Hill and other
“Unfortunately for the American taxpayers, I am deeply concerned that other DOE
programs could follow which goes to the heart of the President's flawed
economic program,” he said.
Energy Department spokesman Damien LaVera said there are “many protections for
the taxpayer” in the agreement with Beacon Power.
“The Department’s loan guarantee is for the project Stephentown Regulation
Services, LLC, not the parent company, and the loan was set up in a way that
ensures the Department is not directly exposed to the liabilities of the parent
company,” he said in an email Monday.
The department also sought to contrast the Beacon Power project and
Solyndra, noting that Solyndra stopped manufacturing operations when it went
bankrupt, while Beacon Power intends to continue operating the New
York energy storage plant.
“It is important to note that this plant itself, which is operational and
generating revenue, is a valuable collateral asset. In addition, under the
terms of our loan guarantee agreement, Stephentown Regulation Services, LLC
currently has cash reserves and proceeds from the plant that it was required to
hold as collateral on the loan,” LaVera said.
The Energy Department also noted that the federal government retains its
“senior status” for repayment in the loan agreement with Beacon Power.
In contrast, the Solyndra loan guarantee was restructured in early 2011 to put
private investors – who had agreed to provide another $75 million to the
struggling company – first in line for repayment if the company liquidated.
Beacon drew $39 million of the guaranteed loan to help finance the plant.
“The current economic and political climate, the financing terms mandated by
DOE, and Beacon’s recent delisting notice from Nasdaq have together severely
restricted Beacon’s access to additional investments through the equity
markets,” CEO F. William Capp said in the bankruptcy filing, according to the
financial news service.
The Energy Department has lauded Beacon’s flywheel energy storage technology as
a way to improve power grid stability and help bring renewable power sources
into the system.
“We will continue to support the development and deployment of innovative
energy systems like this energy storage project that support our goal of
expanding renewable energy generation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,”
Energy Secretary Steven Chu said when announcing the finalization of the
agreement in August of 2010.
The loan guarantee program was first authorized in a 2005 energy bill crafted
under GOP control of Congress and signed into law by then-President Bush, and
expanded under President Obama’s stimulus law.
The program was slow to get off the ground, and first loan guarantees were not
issued until the Obama administration took power. This story was updated at 8:36 a.m.and 9:48 a.m.
Okay…I’ve HAD it….REALLY had it with Michelle
By Craig Andresen on September 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm
Her pronouncement years ago of being proud for
the first time in her adult life of her country PALES in comparison to what she
said during a 9-11 commemoration over the weekend.
This anti American socialist blathering FOOL has
gone WAY too far.
There she sat on Barack’s right side as
bagpipers played and an honor guard folded an American Flag. You know how it’s
done… with reverence and respect, folded precisely and crisply… honored. It was
during that moment that our nations “First Lady” leaned to her husband’s ears
and asked the question that should set your TEETH on fire!“All
of this for a damned flag?”
When Barack nodded, she sat back and gave a look
of disgust. There is no audio but you can clearly read her lips(An expert lipreader
verified this).HE doesn’t show the
least bit of surprise at her question!!
This woman is beneath contempt and in NO WAY
worthy of the title she currently holds!!
“All of this for a damned flag?”
Michelle Obama has NO IDEA what that “DAMNED
FLAG” is or what it stands for…NOT A CLUE!!!
That flag… the stars and stripes to her must be
nothing more than an old rag… just a pieces of cloth sewn together and not
worth the consideration of a dust cloth.
That flag IS the representation of the GREATEST
NATION ON EARTH. That flag flies in honor of those who protect this nation with
their lives. It stands as a symbol of freedom and justice in this world. It
protects our liberty and our rights. Each star represents an individual state
and each stripe one of the 13 original colonies.
What irks me
most is thathe nods in agreementto her statement - we need
to remember this on election day.
Center spokesman David Reaboi said the Islamic strictures are being carried
out mostly in cases in which foreigners are the principals.
"Shariah enters U.S.
courts through the practice of comity to foreign law," Reaboi explained.
"This happens, for example, when a judge decides to allow the use of say,
Pakistani or Saudi family law (Shariah) in a dispute between Pakistanis or
He said the study only scratches the surface of Shariah's presence in the
"For every case in this sample drawn from published appellate legal
cases, there are innumerable cases at the trial level that remain unnoticed
except by the participants," the study said. "Thus, this report is a
only a sample of possible cases – a 'tip of the iceberg' – of legal cases
involving Shariah in local, state and federal courts."
Among the cases cited was one from New Jersey
in which a wife sought a restraining order against her husband because of
"S.D. (wife) and M.J.R. (husband) were both Muslims and citizens of Morocco
and both resided in New Jersey.
After only three months of marriage, husband began physically abusing wife. The
physical abuse administered by husband injured wife's entire body including her
breasts and pubic area," the report said. "Additionally, husband
forced himself on wife and had non-consensual sex with her on multiple
occasions. Husband stated to wife that Islam allowed him to have sex with her
at any time he wished. Wife asked the trial court to grant a restraining order
against husband shortly after he verbally divorced her in front of their
imam," the report said.
"The trial court refused to issue a final restraining order against
husband finding that, although husband had harassed and assaulted wife, husband
believed it was his religious right to have non-consensual sex with his wife
and that belief precluded any criminal intent on the part of husband,"
according to the report.
"The New Jersey appellate
court reversed the trial court and ordered that the trial court enter a final
restraining order against husband. The New Jersey
appellate court stated that the trial court erroneously allowed the husband's
religious beliefs to excuse him from New Jersey’s
criminal code and that husband knowingly engaged in non-consensual sex with
wife," the report said.
The report also presents details of 19 more "top cases" and a
summary of 50 cases from 23 states that have used Shariah as the basis for
"In the case of 'S.D. v.
M.J.R,' the New Jersey
appellate court rightly refused to accommodate the sincerely held religious
beliefs of a Muslim man who physically, verbally, and sexually abused his wife
in accordance with Shariah," the ACLJ book says.
The study emphasizes that family law is only part of the complete Shariah
picture. It concludes that since Islamic religious law moves further than
American constitutional law on a range of subjects, Shariah is incompatible
"Institutionalized, authoritative Shariah is comprehensive and by
definition without limit in its ambitions and scope, and it also includes
legally mandated, recommended, permitted, discouraged and prohibited practices
that are strongly biased and discriminatory against women, homosexuals and
non-Muslims," the study said.
"Shariah law provides a legal framework for violence up to and
including legalized murder against apostates (people who have left Islam),
homosexuals, blasphemers and especially women accused of various crimes,"
the study said.
"Just this year in 2011, in Pakistan's
Shariah legal system, both apostates and blasphemers have been imprisoned and
faced execution. Shariah criminal punishments are extreme, including
amputations and lashings for numerous crimes," the study reported.
"What they're trying to do is fake cases for Islam and these cases are
done purposefully. We take an imam, there are two of them. They were fighting
against each other and the fight was over a mosque," Saleem said.
"That is so devious and it is part of the culture of Islamic invasion.
These two imams are fighting over a mosque in Florida.
Each imam says it belongs to me.
"One says I built it and I raised the funds. The other one says the
Wahhabi government put me over here and they're the ones who sent the money.
Both of them are right," Saleem continued.
"They went to the Supreme Court in Florida.
What happened is that they said this was a Muslim matter and you need to judge
us by Islamic Shariah law or you will not understand how these things
work," he said.
Gill said there are other recent cases that demonstrate the level to which
Shariah has infiltrated the court system.
"There are different types of cases in which you see that Shariah or
Islamic law is applied or is required to be applied, or looked at," Gill
"For example, indirectly, there are cases in which foreign judgments
are brought into the United States
and enforced here," he said.
One such case according to the ACLJ's booklet is the case of 'Farah v.
Farah,' heard in Virginia.
In that case, a Virginia trial
judge recognized the validity of a Muslim marriage that was conducted through a
proxy in England."
"The trial judge ruled that the marriage, which was solemnized in
England (though no certificate of marriage was issued by any English authority)
and its ceremony completed in Pakistan, must be honored in Virginia because
'the law of the state of Pakistan sanctions marriages performed under the
personal law of the parties which in this case was Moslem law,'" the ACLJ
The book pointed out that the Virginia
court, "correctly recognized, however, that Pakistan's
recognition of Shariah 'does not control the issue of the validity of the
marriage under Virginia law.'
Instead, the court applied Virginia
law, which only granted comity according to the principles of the location
celebrating the marriage, which was England."
"The court determined, however, that the Lebanese order was enforceable
because even though the Lebanese court had not explicitly applied the 'best
interests of the child' standard, its decision aligned with California's
'best interests of the child' standard," the ACLJ book said.
"It is setting a very dangerous precedent. Shariah law and U.S.
law conflict in numerous ways, including on issues of freedom of speech,
freedom of conscience, and equality of rights for women. Allowing Shariah to be
a determining factor in U.S.
courtrooms threatens those rights for all of us," Geller said.
Jobs -- Funded By Taxpayers -- Are Being Sent OVERSEAS! More Crony
Capitalism Exposed, Hurting YOU And Helping Obama's Friends!
YOU READ THAT RIGHT
-- ABC News is reporting
that the Fisker car company, "an electric car company that received a $529 million federal government loan guarantee,
is assembling its first line of cars in Finland, saying it could not find a
facility in the United States capable of doing the work."
WHAT??? They couldn't
find ANYWHERE in America where they could build their "green jobs"
taxpayer-funded probably-doomed-anyway electric car???
They sent what should be AMERICAN jobs... to FINLAND???
And just HOW did Fisker Automotive GET this sweet half-billion dollar taxpayer loan in
the first place? Well, it sure didn't hurt them that they're backed by a
"powerhouse venture capital firm" whose partners include... wait for
it... former Vice President Al Gore!
WAIT -- it gets WORSE -- it's looking like Fisker, just like Solyndra, could be on track
for a HUGE FAILURE... which means YOU AND I will have to cough up that
half-billion dollars to cover their losses!!! ABC reports:
"An investigation by
ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity's iWatch News that will air on
"Good Morning America" found that the DOE's bet carries risks for
taxpayers, has raised concern among industry observers and government auditors,
and adds to questions about the way billions of dollars in loans for smart cars
and green energy companies have been awarded. Fisker is more than a year behind
rolling out its $97,000 luxury vehicle bankrolled in part with DOE money. While
more are promised soon, just 40 of its Karma cars (below) have been
manufactured and only two delivered to customers' driveways, including one to
movie star Leonardo DiCaprio."
And another "green" car company -- Tesla Motors, whose prime
backers include PayPal mogul Elon Musk and Google co-founders Larry Page and
Sergey Brin -- just released SEC filings revealing that the start-up has lost
money every quarter. And while its federal funding -- to the tune of another half-billion dollars -- is intended
to help it mass produce a new $57,400 Model S sedan, the company has absolutely no experience in a
project so vast.
But who cares, right? They're friends
It just keeps getting bigger.
The Washington Post has dropped a bombshell in their latest exposé
on the ever-growing Solyndra "Eco-Scam" -- "An investor in
Solyndra who was also an Obama administration adviser pushed the White
House in 2009 to support the solar panel maker. His push came as the company
was seeking a half-billion-dollar Energy Department loan, documents show."
"David Prend, a
co-founder of the Boston venture capital firm Rockport Capital, met with
Obama's then climate czar, Carol M. Browner, in late February to discuss
clean-energy policies of the administration - and Solyndra's innovative solar
panels were mentioned. He then e-mailed a White House aide to "help get
the word out" about the company's pending partnership with the Obama
administration. Prend's Boston-based venture capital firm held 7.5 percent of
the company's equity."
the time he requested White House support, Prend was co-founder of Rockport
Capital, an early investor in Solyndra, starting in 2007. He also chaired a
renewable energy panel that advised Obama's Energy Department on solar
technologies and investments!
AND, Fox News has revealed,
ANOTHER inside man on the Solyndra loan was Steve Spinner, "a
former NBC executive who became a green energy guru who helped steer energy and
environmental policy for the administration starting in the 2008 transition
team." Spinner pushed for Solyndra to get the loan -- even though his
wife was the lawyer for the now BANKRUPT solar firm!
And had you even heard that the head of the company that started the
political scandal -- where big Democrat donors and buddies of Obama received HALF A BILLION DOLLARS in
taxpayer-funded government loan guarantees, and then declared bankruptcy
so we'd be left holding the bag -- has secretly resigned from his CEO
NO -- you hadn't heard that? NEITHER HAD ANYONE ELSE --
at least, until they were forced to reveal it by the Justice Department!
According to a new report by the Daily Caller, since NO ONE trusted
Solyndra officials "to be forthcoming with accurate information about the
company's finances," a "trustee" had to be brought in "to
oversee its bankruptcy process." So, Solyndra had to file papers on
response to that... and that is when we learned that Solyndra CEO Brian
Harrison had "quietly resigned" LAST FRIDAY!
What we DON'T
know is: HOW MUCH OF OUR
TAXPAYER MONEY DID HE TAKE WITH HIM???
Obama's scandal that started with the failed Solyndra "green jobs"
company is starting to look like a never-ending con game!
Now, it's been revealed that a solar company that's well-connected to Democrat
leaders in Congress received a $1.2
billion loan guarantee from the taxpayers... so it could built
a new manufacturing plant IN MEXICO
to build the solar panels it will install at a photovoltaic ranch that will
create a total of just fifteen
THAT'S $80 MILLION (OF OUR
MONEY) PER PERMANENT JOB -- THIS MUST BE STOPPED!
YOU READ THAT RIGHT: According to a report
by Human Events, SunPower, "a failing California solar company,
buffeted by short sellers and shareholder lawsuits, receive a $1.2 billion
federal loan guarantee for a photovoltaic electricity ranch project -- three weeks after it announced it was building new
manufacturing plant in Mexicali, Mexico, to build the panels for the
How is this possible? How about the fact that SunPower converted an old
Richmond, CA, Ford plant to a panel-manufacturing facility -- in the middle of
the Congressional district of Rep. George R. Miller III (D-CA), the senior
Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee and the co-chairman of
the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee?
How about the fact that his son, George Miller IV, is a lobbyist for
How about the fact that, in the last election, SunPower's Political Action
Committee (PAC) donated $4,000 to Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), $3,000 to Rep.
Gabrielle Gifford (D-AZ), $2,900 Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)... and some $500 in
"walking around money" to Rep. Miller?
OBAMA AND HIS CRONIES ARE RAKING IN THE DOUGH WHILE TOSSING BILLIONS
IN TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO THEIR WELL-CONNECTED FRIENDS!
All of these new revelations are coming out as thousands upon thousands
of your faxes keep pouring into every single office on Capitol Hill, and
Congress is taking notice -- they are widening their investigation
into the Solyndra scandal even more!
According to a report
by CNBC, "On Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee
broadened its investigation into the failed solar company Solyndra, sending a
letter to the White House counsel's office requesting all West Wing
communications regarding the decision to use taxpayer loan guarantees to back
up the clean technology firm."
On Wednesday evening the committee clarified to CNBC that it is specifically
asking for the Obama regime to turn over any emails on the matter that were
sent by the president himself. A White House spokesman said he believes
this is the first request by an investigative body for presidential emails.
THIS IS HUGE: The committee's request calls for ALL West Wing documents,
including emails, dating all the way back to Barack Hussein
Obama's inauguration on January 20, 2009!
This scandal just keeps GROWING. The latest news is that Obama's buddies
at the top were planning to give hundreds of millions MORE taxpayer dollars
to the company that they KNEW was about to fail! The Washington Post is reporting,
"Newly released e-mails show the Obama administration's Energy Department
was poised to give Solyndra a second taxpayer loan of $469 million last year,
even as the company's financial situation grew increasingly dire.The department
was still considering providing the second loan guarantee to the solar-panel
manufacturer in April and May 2010, at a time when Solyndra's auditors were
already warning that the company was in danger of collapsing."
Now, the first heads are beginning to roll. The head of the Energy
Department's embattled loan program, Jonathan Silver, announced
Thursday that he was stepping down amid an expanding probe of the agency's $535
million loan to a now-shuttered solar company.
Silver had been criticized by Republicans during a House subcommittee hearing
three weeks ago, and White House e-mails released this week showed that
officials were anxious about the loan program and whether the agency was
properly monitoring it. Now Silver's boss, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, has
"accepted responsibility" for the Solyndra decisions.
And it seems like every day... another Obama regime "green energy
loan" goes bad.
But these are not just bad "investments" -- they're more political
payoff scandals in "ECO-Scam," involving top Democrats like Senator
Harry Reid and his cronies!
As we told you earlier, the LATEST Solyndra-style taxpayer ripoff scandal,
according to a new report
by the New York Times, involves a "green jobs" company called
"Nevada Geothermal Power," which generates electrical power using
near-surface geothermal heat. After $79 million in loans -- and $66 million
in outright grants -- the company's own auditor has now informed us
that there are "significant doubts" about its ability to continue
That means even MORE of OUR MONEY that's been stolen from us and
given to "FRIENDS OF OBAMA" -- this HAS TO STOP!
Once again, we see "green" companies getting hundreds of millions
of taxpayer dollars when it was OBVIOUS that they couldn't succeed -- and
once again, we see them getting OUR money because they have political
connections to Obama and his cronies in Congress:
"Reid has taken the
nascent geothermal industry under his wing, pressuring
the Department of Interior to move more quickly on applications to build clean
energy projects on federally owned land and urging other member of Congress to
expand federal tax incentives to help build geothermal plants, benefits that
Nevada Geothermal has taken advantage of...
...Reid had a chance to see electric generation equipment installed by a
company called Ormat Technology, which is a Nevada Geothermal partner. Ormat's
lobbyist in Washington, Kai Anderson, and one of the company's top executives,
Paul Thomsen, are former aides to Mr. Reid.
Just last month, again with Mr. Reid's support, Ormat secured its own Energy
Department loan guarantee, worth $350
million, to help support three other Nevada geothermal projects that are expected to produce 113
megawatts of power."
THIS IS AN OUTRAGEOUS SCANDAL -- WHEN WILL THIS MADNESS STOP?
Of course, we already told you the news about who's getting the latest TAXPAYER-FUNDED
PAYOFF in the ever-growing ECO-SCAM of Barack Hussein Obama's Crony
HEADLINE: "$737 Million Green Jobs Loan Given to Nancy Pelosi's
You read that right: according to a brand new report
from The Weekly Standard, "Despite the growing Solyndra scandal,
yesterday the Department of Energy approved $1 billion in new loans to green
energy companies -- including a $737 million loan guarantee to a company known
On SolarReserve's website is a list of 'investment partners," including
the "PCG Clean Energy & Technology Fund (East) LLC." As blogger
American Glob quickly discovered, PCG's number two is none other than
"Ronald Pelosi, a San Francisco political insider and financial industry polymath who happens to be the
brother-in-law of Nancy Pelosi, the Minority Leader of the United States House
THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS! DOES THE OBAMA REGIME KNOW NO SHAME???
BUT WAIT, as they say on those cheesy television commercials: THAT'S
NOT ALL! One of SolarReserve's other investment partners is
"Argonaut Private Equity," which also invested in the failed Solyndra
company. In fact, Argonaut's Managing Director is Steve Mitchell... who also
served on the Solyndra Board of Directors!
AND... YES, THERE'S MORE... a new investigation
by the Daily Caller has found that in addition to the failed company
Solyndra, at least four other solar panel manufacturing companies
receiving in excess of $500 million in loan guarantees from the Obama
administration employ executives or board members who have donated
large sums of money to Democratic campaigns!
AND... HOLD YOUR HORSES... as the end of the federal government's fiscal year
looms on Friday, a NEW series of loans could be finalized amounting to more
than NINE TIMES what taxpayers have already lost on the failed company
Companies like First Solar, SolarReserve, SunPower Corporation and Abengoa SA
have already, collectively, received BILLIONS OF DOLLARS in loans
through Obama administration stimulus programs to build solar power plants in
the southwestern United States.
But except for the privately held SolarReserve, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM
has seen its stock price hammered at the same time it was lobbying the
Obama administration and Congress for billions in loan guarantees!
The American people just lost a half billion dollars -- don't they
deserve a DEEP AND THOROUGH INVESTIGATION INTO OBAMA REGIME CORRUPTION
before more money is wasted???
It was just last week that we told you about the HALF A BILLION DOLLARS in taxpayer
money that Barack Hussein Obama gave to his friends at the now-bankrupt
"solar energy" company called Solyndra.
That's right -- HALF A BILLION
DOLLARS, part of the Obama regime's "stimulus package,"
was wasted on his liberal friends... or, to put it more clearly, it has
now been FLUSHED DOWN THE TOILET.
But it gets WORSE -- it's starting to become obvious
that the Obama White House RUSHED the loan approval through from the Energy
Department because... wait for it... one of the largest private
investors in the deal, Oklahoma billionaire George Kaiser, was also a prominent fundraiser for Obama's 2008
presidential campaign (and a frequent visitor to the White House!),
and Solyndra's board and investors included some major campaign donors to Democrats and Obama!
The Daily Caller goes on to report
just how deep this rabbit hole is going:
Election Commission records made available by the Center for Responsive
Politics show that SolarReserve board member James McDermott has contributed
$61,500 to various Democratic campaigns since 2008, including $30,800 to
Obama's presidential election campaign.
McDermott's U.S. Renewable Energy Group has a significant financial
stake in SolarReserve, and has drawn scrutiny for its ties with Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid -- and for reportedly driving green jobs to China.
And Lee Bailey, a fellow SolarReserve board member and U.S. Renewables Group
investor, has donated $21,850 since 2008 to Democratic candidates including
President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, California Sen. Barbara
Boxer and then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
that's not the only connection: the Daily Caller is even reporting
that there is a connection between Solyndra and Michelle Obama, too!
Their review of the George Kaiser Family Foundation's income tax returns found
that during the same year billionaire investor George Kaiser successfully
secured $535 million in government loan guarantees for the now-failed solar
panel manufacturer Solyndra, his private philanthropy donated to a political
cause close to the hearts of several high-ranking Obama administration
A $10,000 donation to the
Urban Health Initiative at the University of Chicago Medical Center appears on the group's 2009 tax forms. It was also
in 2009 that Kaiser successfully sought to lock down a loan guarantee for the
green-energy company Solyndra through his two investment vehicles: Argonaut
Ventures and the GKFF Investment Company.
While this donation seems small compared to the far larger numbers involved in
the Solyndra scandal, it adds to the pattern of possible connections between
the Obama administration and the growing Solyndra scandal.
Several of President Barack Obama's senior inner-circle advisers worked with or
for now-first lady Michelle Obama when she held a leadership post at the
University of Chicago Medical Center and helped create the Urban Health
Initiative program. The Washington Post reported in 2008 that Valerie Jarrett was the
medical center's chairwoman, and David Axelrod provided community
"One of Barack's best friends, Eric Whitaker, is executive vice president
at the center and is now in charge of the Urban Health Initiative," the
Post added in the year Obama was elected to the presidency. Whitaker is still
in that role today.
OUTRAGEOUS... and it just KEEPS GROWING!
According to an article
in USA Today, "In March 2010, the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers
issued a standard but stern warning about Solyndra, a California solar panel
manufacturer: The company wasn't making money and never had, which raised
‘substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern.'"
In fact, their business plan was so obviously bad, that less than two weeks
before President George W. Bush left office, on January 9, 2009, the Energy
Department's credit committee made a unanimous decision NOT to offer a
loan commitment to Solyndra.
Peter Lynch, a New York-based solar energy analyst, told
ABC News that it took only "a cursory glance" through Solyndra's
prospectus to see there was a problem
with their numbers. "It's very difficult to perceive a
company with a model that says, well, I can build something for six dollars and
sell it for three dollars," Lynch said. "Those numbers don't
generally work. You don't want to lose
three dollars for every unit you make."
But Solyndra was run by "Friends
Of Obama" and their business was located in Fremont, California (which voted
71 percent for Obama in 2008) -- so the Obama regime made
SURE that they got their stimulus loan after all!
IT'S ALL STARTING TO COME OUT.
The Washington Post is now reporting
that "the Obama White House tried to rush federal reviewers for a decision on a nearly
half-billion-dollar loan to the solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra, so Vice
President Biden could announce the approval at a September 2009 groundbreaking
for the company's factory, newly obtained e-mails show."
The August 2009 e-mails show White House officials repeatedly asking OMB reviewers when
they would be able to decide on the federal loan, and noting a looming press
event at which they planned to announce the deal. In response, OMB officials expressed concern that they were being
rushed to approve the company's project without adequate time
to assess the risk to taxpayers.
In fact, in August 2009, e-mail exchanges between Energy Department staff
members pointed out that a credit-rating agency predicted that the project
would run out of cash
in September 2011. Solyndra shut its
doors on the final day of August.
$535 BILLION OF TAXPAYER MONEY THROWN
AWAY ON A "FRIENDS OF OBAMA" SOLAR COMPANY THAT EVERYONE KNEW WOULD
THAT DEMANDS AN INVESTIGATION -- AND
POLITICAL HEADS NEED TO ROLL!
Thankfully, even before Rep. Issa began his new investigation that was just
announced, there were Members of Congress who had already begun an initial
investigation into this matter -- but now that MORE facts are coming out about
the connections between the Obama regime and their FRIENDS at Solyndra, MORE MUST BE DONE -- QUICKLY.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee has been investigating Solyndra's
dealings with the Energy Department for six months -- even BEFORE they shut
down. In July, subcommittee members subpoenaed White House
documents related to the guarantee.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Cliff
Stearns (R-FL), chairman of that panel's oversight and investigations
subcommittee, said that the FBI raid confirmed their belief that the
"darling" of Obama's green-jobs program -- which we OBVIOSLY a bad idea
-- was a "bad bet" from the beginning. "Solyndra was the
hallmark of the President's green jobs program and widely promoted by the
administration as a stimulus success story, right up until its bankruptcy and
FBI raid," Upton and Stearns said in a statement.
On Aug. 31, while Obama was vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, Solyndra filed for bankruptcy. When Solyndra
abruptly shuttered its factory and filed for bankruptcy court protection at the
end of August, they left 1,100 people out of work and taxpayers on the hook for
half a billion dollars in loans. On Sept. 8, the day of Obama's "American
Jobs Act" speech to a joint session of Congress, FBI agents conducted
searches of Solyndra's headquarters and the homes of the firm's CEO and
founder, in a raid that appears linked to the loan guarantee.
THIS IS WHAT WE GET
when the government tries to decide what's "good"
economically, instead of letting the free market decide. It's also what
we get when a corrupt administration
is able to push hundreds of billions of
taxpayer dollars out the door to its politically-connected friends, fundraisers, and
As columnist Michael Barone noted,
this thing is HUGE. It's "a scandal -- the scandal of the government
handing out hundreds of millions of dollars to unproven and speculative businesses.
Even the shrewdest venture capitalists lose money on most of their investments.
But when they lose, it's their money,
But even Wall Street loves to "partner" with the government, when it
means they can make BIG BUCKS off of the backs of the taxpayers. After all, who
was the exclusive financial adviser to Solyndra when it was trying to secure
the $535 million loan from Washington? The government-bailed-out investment banking and securities firm, Goldman
Sachs. As Reuters columnist James Pethokoukis notes,
"had the cap-and-trade scheme been enacted, big banks stood ready to reap billions
from the trading of carbon emission credits."
And, as Barone went on to note, "the real scandal is the "green
jobs" loan guarantee program itself." IT'S A SOCIALIST CON GAME, and the scandal is still
going on. The Energy Department has been busy beavers, handing out even MORE
loan guarantees JUST LIKE TO SOLYNDRA
in the past few weeks -- $150 MILLION
in taxpayer money to "1366 Technologies" (of Lexington,
Massachusetts, which voted 73 percent
for Obama in 2008)... $275
MILLION in taxpayer money to "Solar City" (of San
Mateo, California, which voted 72
percent for Obama in 2008)...
Congress Moves Closer to Restoring a Key Second Amendment Freedom
By Chris W. Cox10/24/2011
Thanks to the good work of millions of American gun owners
and NRA members, Congress is moving closer to restoring one of our fundamental
freedoms guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
Ten days ago, the House Judiciary Committee considered amendments to the “National
Right-to-Carry-Reciprocity Act” (H.R. 822), which would allow any person with a
valid, state-issued concealed firearm permit to exercise the right to carry a
firearm in any state that permits concealed carry.
Some members of the Committee tried to weaken the bill with anti-gun
amendments, and I’m happy to report that every one of them failed. The
committee is expected to pass the bill soon, after which it will go before the
full House for a vote.
As of today, 49 states have laws in place that permit their citizens to
carry a concealed firearm in some form or another. Only Illinois
completely denies its residents the right to carry a concealed firearm outside
their homes or businesses for self-defense, an injustice for which President
Obama fought hard when he was an Illinois
In 41 of these 49 states, law-abiding citizens can carry a firearm without
having to navigate an overly restrictive bureaucratic process.
The problem is that some states allow visiting permit holders from other states
to exercise their right to carry, and some states do not. As you can imagine,
this presents a nightmare for interstate travel, as many Americans are forced
to check their Second Amendment rights, and their fundamental right to
self-defense, at the state line.
The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act would solve this problem by
simply requiring states that allow concealed carry to recognize each other’s
permits. Nothing more.
Predictably, gun-ban organizations like the Brady Campaign and New York City
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s deceptively named “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” are
doing everything they can to demonize H.R. 822, as are their allies in the
First, they tried to scare Americans into thinking that H.R. 822 would
unleash a new “wild west” atmosphere in the United
States. This tactic fell flat because nearly
every state in the nation already allows concealed carry and none of these
outlandish predictions have materialized. In fact, quite the opposite has
On average, the 41 states that have the most tolerant right-to-carry laws
have 22 percent lower total violent crime rates, 30 percent lower murder rates,
46 percent lower robbery rates and 12 percent lower aggravated assault rates,
compared to the rest of the country. This is likely due to the fact that, as a
group, citizens with permits to carry a firearm are more law-abiding than the
Having failed at scaring Americans, the gun banners are now falling back on
the Tenth Amendment as their main argument against H.R. 822. It’s a poorly
conceived argument, as you might expect from groups that spend the majority of
their time trying to trample the same “states’ rights” that they now want to
hold up as sacrosanct.
The fact is the Tenth Amendment is most certainly sacrosanct – that’s why,
in the 1990s, the NRA supported a successful constitutional challenge to
provisions of the Brady Act that violated it. But the National Right-to-Carry
Reciprocity Act doesn’t violate the Tenth Amendment. Rather, the Act recognizes
that the Second Amendment guarantees the fundamental, individual right of every
law-abiding citizen to bear arms for safety when traveling.
This is an inalienable right that neither the federal government, nor any
state government, may infringe upon. In addition, the 14th Amendment gives
Congress the power to protect us from states that infringe on our inalienable,
By the way, these are the same gun-ban groups that don’t give any
consideration to states’ rights when they lobby for sweeping federal gun bans,
ammunition bans, and magazine bans.
NRA has made the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act a top priority
because it restores a fundamental, inalienable right guaranteed to all
law-abiding Americans by the Second Amendment. All Second Amendment advocates,
gun owners and pro-gun groups should be campaigning for the passage of this
Also, as a general rule, no one should ever take seriously any lessons on
constitutional law from groups whose sole mission is to destroy our most basic
civil right guaranteed in the Constitution: The right to bear arms and defend
ourselves and our loved ones…no matter which state we’re in.
During the Cold War, America
faced an implacable enemy, driven by a supremacist ideology that called for,
among other things, the use of an array of covert front groups, stealthy
techniques and subversive activities to achieve our destruction. For many
years, our effort to defeat Soviet Communism featured a concerted
counter-intelligence effort aimed at achieving that defeat.
Déjà vu, America
once again faces an implacable enemy, driven by a supremacist ideology that
calls for, among other things, the use of an array of covert front groups,
stealthy techniques and subversive activities to achieve our destruction.
This time, in the place of the Soviet Union and the
influence operations run by its intelligence service, the KGB, we confront the
Islamic doctrine known as Sharia and the Muslim Brotherhood, which serves as
the principal engine for extending its reach.
Now, it seems to me, that we have no counter-intelligence effort comparable
to that of the Cold War or remotely commensurate with today’s threat.
Indeed, based on the evidence of the successful penetration and influence
operations being run by the Muslim Brotherhood these days, one would be tempted
to conclude that counter-intelligence has effectively ceased to be part of our
toolkit in keeping America
safe and free.
Here are a few examples I find worrisome:
When President Obama engaged in his “outreach to the Muslim world” at the
State Department a few months ago, seated in the front row next to the
Secretary of State was Imam Mohammed Magid. Magid happens to be the
president of the largest Muslim Brotherhood organization in the country, the
Islamic Society of North America.
Also, the White House insisted that the Muslim Brotherhood representatives
be included in the audience during the President’s Cairo 2009 address.The message could not be any clearer:
Far from perceiving the Brotherhood as what it is - an organization determined
to destroy the United States
and the rest of the Free World - the Obama administration sees them as reliable
That message was again reinforced when, senior U.S.
government officials sat down with an assortment of Muslim Brotherhood
operatives and groups under the auspices of the Alwaleed bin Talal
Center for Muslim-Christian
Understanding. Bin Talal - a major benefactor of Brotherhood causes and
enabler of its own and similar Islamist influence operations - endowed his
center at Georgetown University
with a gift of $20 million. The investment is paying handsome dividends
as it affords the Brotherhood a vehicle for using “interfaith dialogue” as a
means of legitimating and promoting its personnel and agendas.
I’m sure you remember Rep. Anthony Weiner, (he’s the one that posted a picture of his wiener on the internet).I think the most astonishing revelation to
come out of Weiner’s public meltdown was the fact that his wife, Huma Abedin, a
member of a prominent Muslim Brotherhood family in Egypt,
happens to be Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff.
I recently discovered that part of the job of performing background checks
security clearances has been contracted out to companies instructed to help
clean up the serious backlog. According to employees, they are given
quotas of cases to process with one company requiring as many as twenty per
day. Does anyone seriously believe that this is a formula for properly
Can we possibly hope to survive our time’s ideologically-driven subversion -
let alone prevail over it - if we systematically disregard the threat its supporters
pose here at home? We need to revive the sort of serious
counter-intelligence capability and practice that we have employed to great
effect in the past. Continuing to do otherwise is to invite, if not
assure, our destruction.
The better our intelligence and counter-intelligence is
today, the fewer “boots on the ground” required in the future.
This post it dedicated to the “wall
is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its
inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” -- Winston Churchill The following five sentences explain
the Churchill quote for those of you who still don’t get it.Unfortunately, far too many voters in this
country and around the world really don’t get it.
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the
wealth out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must
work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government
does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work
because the other half is going to take care of them; and when the other half
gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to
get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.