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Drip, Drip, Drip: Yet Another Green Energy Stimulus Recipient Hits the Skids (the third this week!)
Earlier this week, Stimulus beneficiary Evergreen Energy bit the dust. Then, Ener1, a manufacturer of batteries for electric vehicles and recipient of Stimulus largesse, filed for bankruptcy. And today, the Las Vegas Sun reports that Amonix, Inc., a manufacturer of solar panels that received $5.9 million from the Porkulus, will cut two-thirds of its workforce, about 200 employees, only seven months after opening a factory in Nevada.
West Virginia county sheriff, clerk to plead guilty in voter fraud case
Lincoln County Sheriff Jerry Bowman and Clerk Donald Whitten will plead guilty to charges that they attempted to flood the 2010 Democratic primary with fraudulent absentee ballots, becoming the latest southern West Virginia officeholders ensnared by an investigation into election fraud, federal and state officials announced Monday.
Holder informed of Fast & Furious five months before testimony?
Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice dumped documents related to Operation Fast and Furious on congressional officials late Friday night. Central to this document dump is a series of emails showing Holder was informed of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s murder on the day it happened – December 15, 2010 – and that he was informed the weapons used to kill Terry were from Fast and Furious on the same day.
Occupy Oakland turns violent. Again.
While police have cleaned the squatters out of most of the occupy camps in cities around the country, the protesters in Oakland, California are still at it. This time, the same brain trust who thought it would be a good idea to shut down the ports decided that rather than camping outside in the cold, they would take over the downtown convention center and use that as their HQ without paying anyone to use it. The police were not amused.
Romney supporters behind Allen West redistricting
The GOP Establishment is seeking to cripple Tea Party Conservatives. Their latest target is Allen West. Florida’s GOP elites have added more Democratic precincts to West’s district. The mastermind is Romney’s Florida Spokesman Florida Representative Will Weatherford. The GOP elites keep screwing over Conservatives. It really is time for Conservatives to rethink their allegiance to the GOP.
The Conversation With a Florida Tea Partier That Should Scare Every Republican
"I almost feel as though there needs to be a new party, a truly conservative party, that really represents us. Sometimes I feel like the GOP is more interested in protecting their jobs than in promoting conservative ideals. At least, that's what Boehner and McConnell make me think," Rebecca said. "Why can't we have a party full of Rubios - candidates who believe in American exceptionalism and limited government, and do so unapologetically? Why do we have to have so many squishes?"
SEIU Confirms Democrat-Socialist Marxist Connection
Our goal as socialists is to abolish private ownership of the means of production. Our immediate task is to limit the capitalist class’s prerogatives in the workplace…In the short run we must at least minimize the degree of exploitation of workers by capitalists. We can accomplish this by promoting full employment policies, passing local living wage laws, but most of all by increasing the union movement’s power…
Emboldened GOP wants to abolish state income taxes
A year after Republicans swept into office across the country, many have trained their sights on what has long been a fiscal conservative's dream: the steep reduction or even outright elimination of state income taxes.
Justice Dept. turns over docs in Fast and Furious
Newly released Justice Department emails sent to Capitol Hill for a congressional inquiry into a gun-smuggling operation indicate that the head of the department's criminal division suggested letting some illicit "straw" weapons buyers in the U.S. transport their guns across the border into Mexico where they could be arrested.
Cannibals in GOP Establishment Employ Tactics of the Left
We have witnessed something very disturbing this week. The Republican establishment which fought Ronald Reagan in the 1970s and which continues to fight the grassroots Tea Party movement today has adopted the tactics of the left in using the media and the politics of personal destruction to attack an opponent.
No Need to Panic About Global Warming
The oft-repeated claim that nearly all scientists demand that something dramatic be done to stop global warming is not true. In fact, a large and growing number of distinguished scientists and engineers do not agree that drastic actions on global warming are needed.
Ted Cruz on Agenda 21
Agenda 21 is one of those creepy intrusive government programs that sort of seep across America little by little until one day we all wake up knee deep in Agenda 21 slime. Glenn talks with Congressman (and Agenda 21 opponent) Ted Cruz about the latest and what’s being done to thwart it, check it out in the clip above from radio.
GETTING OUT: 1,000+ Americans ditched their citizenship over taxes...
According to National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson, approximately 4,000 people gave up their citizenship from fiscal year 2005 to FY 2010. Renunciations increased sharply within the past three years, from 146 in FY 2008 to 1,534 in FY 2010. And during the first two quarters of FY 2011 alone, 1,024 Americans ditched their citizenship.
Eleven ways Warren Buffett is lying about Warren Buffett
The president is basing a new law off of Warren Buffett. This means that we are basing US tax policy on what is happening to the top 0.0000006% of people. Does that seem sensible? Regardless, Warren has been trotting out this point about his secretary for years. Unfortunately, when Warren talks about Warren’s secretary, Warren lies about Warren’s secretary. Here is his definitive statement about the situation from as far back as I can find it:
Obama Signs Global Internet Treaty Worse Than SOPA
White House bypasses Senate to ink agreement that could allow Chinese companies to demand ISPs remove web content in US with no legal oversight. Under the provisions of ACTA, copyright holders will be granted sweeping direct powers to demand ISPs remove material from the Internet on a whim. Whereas ISPs normally are only forced to remove content after a court order, all legal oversight will be abolished, a precedent that will apply globally, rendering the treaty worse in its potential scope for abuse than SOPA or PIPA.
President’s natural gas proposal would benefit billionaire investor George Soros
If Westport reaps the predicted windfall, one of the chief beneficiaries will be George Soros, a major Obama donor and supporter. Soros’s hedge fund holds 3,160,063 company shares (as of its last SEC filing).
TARP Fraud Grows, Feds Admit Taxpayers ‘Will Never Get Back’ Billions of Dollars
U.S. taxpayers are still owed nearly $133 billion that companies haven’t repaid from the financial bailout, according to a quarterly Special Inspector General Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) report. The report also states that as of December 31, 2011, the Treasury has “written off $4.2 billion and realized losses of $7.8 billion that the taxpayer will never get back,“ and that it ”predicts losses on other TARP investments.”
U.S. Ends Chevy Volt Battery Fire Probe
U.S. regulators ended an investigation into why Chevrolet Volt electric cars caught fire, and said electric vehicles do not pose a greater risk of fire. “Based on the available data, NHTSA does not believe that Chevy Volts or other electric vehicles pose a greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles,” the agency said in an e- mailed statement today.
Giffords' resignation sets up Arizona special election
Gov. Jan Brewer will call a special primary election for some time in April and then a general election in June to fill Gifford's seat in the 8th Congressional District in southeast Arizona. That will be followed by a regular primary in August and the November general election for the renumbered 2nd District that covers most of her current territory.
Meet the ‘Preppers’ — The Americans Stockpiling Food & Water for a Possible Collapse
The world’s a scary place. Wars, famines, corrupt politicians, terrorism, imploding economies — the list goes on. There are plenty of issues worth fearing, which is why a subset of the nation is preparing for what they see as impending calamity.
Supreme Court Rules GPS Tracking Requires a Warrant
In a unanimous and precedent-setting ruling, the Supreme Court said Monday that police must get a search warrant before using GPS technology to track criminal suspects.
LA Military Exercises
Joint military training exercises will be held evenings in downtown Los Angeles through Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPD will be providing support for the exercises, which will also be held in other portions of the greater Los Angeles area, police said.
Buffett’s Burlington Northern Among Winners From Keystone Denial
Burlington Northern carries about 25 percent of the oil from the Bakken, said Krista York-Wooley, the railroad spokeswoman. The company can carry higher volumes from North Dakota or Alberta, she said.
Under Obama, Price of Gas Has Jumped 83 Percent, Ground Beef 24 Percent, Bacon 22 Percent
When Obama entered the White House in January 2009, the city average price for one gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $1.79, according to the BLS. (The figures are in nominal dollars: not adjusted for inflation.) Five months later in June, unleaded gasoline was $2.26 per gallon, an increase of 26 percent. By December 2011, the price of regular unleaded gas per gallon was $3.28, an 83 percent increase from January 2009.
President Obama reveals who he really is -- and this picture isn't pretty
By rejecting the Keystone XL oil pipeline, Obama did more than just pander to environmentalists. He shredded attempts by his handlers to cast him as a pragmatic and reasonable man who can appeal to independent voters. Instead, he stands naked as an ideologue willing to sacrifice workers on the altar of special-interest politics. Thousands of jobs were cast aside with no more thought than yesterday’s socks. Demolished, too, is the promised commitment to energy independence.
Federal official in Arizona to plead the fifth and not answer questions on 'furious'
This schism is the first big break in what has been a unified front in the government’s defense of itself in the gun-running scandal. Cunningham claims he is a victim of a conflict between two branches of government and will not be compelled to be a witnesses against himself, and make a statement that could be later used by a grand jury or special prosecutor to indict him on criminal charges.
Supreme Court rejects judge-drawn Texas election maps
The Supreme Court on Friday ruled in a Texas political dispute, rejecting judge-drawn election maps favoring minority candidates and Democrats in the 2012 congressional and state legislature elections.
Dems propose 'Reasonable Profits Board' to regulate oil company profits
The Gas Price Spike Act, H.R. 3784, would apply a windfall tax on the sale of oil and gas that ranges from 50 percent to 100 percent on all surplus earnings exceeding "a reasonable profit." It would set up a Reasonable Profits Board made up of three presidential nominees that will serve three-year terms. Unlike other bills setting up advisory boards, the Reasonable Profits Board would not be made up of any nominees from Congress. Can you say, "Venezuela"? Hugo Chavez? Or how about good old fashioned "Communism"?
Canada Pledges to Sell Oil to Asia After Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in a telephone call yesterday, told Obama “Canada will continue to work to diversify its energy exports,” according to details provided by Harper’s office. Canadian Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver said relying less on the U.S. would help strengthen the country’s “financial security.”
China gets jump on U.S. for Brazil’s oil
Less than a month after President Obama visited Brazil in March to make a pitch for oil, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was off to Beijing to sign oil contracts with two huge state-owned Chinese companies. Let's not forget that Obumnuts gave Petrobras $2 billion of taxpayers money to drill for oil. Of course, Soros was invested in Petrobras at the time.
Obama Outsources Defense Jobs to Brazil
U.S. Air Force Gives Big Contract to Brazil: Why did they go outside the U.S.? Brazil's product is 38% more expensive than a comprable US made product.
Allen West Blasts Harry Reid: 'He Stands for Fiscal Insanity'
What Harry Reid does not understand simply, the constitutional conservative grassroots movement called the Tea Party stands for this, they stand for fiscal responsibility, they stand for fiscal sanity. And the American people have to balance budgets in their homes. Our small business owners have to balance budgets to run their businesses. So obviously what Harry Reid calls obstructionism. I look at it, he stands for fiscal irresponsibilty. He stands for fiscal insanity!"
Holder, Breuer connected to players in foreclosure fraud?
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who’s Who of big banks and other companies at the center of alleged foreclosure fraud, a Reuters inquiry shows.
Online activists triumphant as Congress buries anti-piracy bills
The sudden retreat is a resounding victory for online activists, who mobilized intense opposition to the legislation with a protest Wednesday that featured blackouts across the Web. Both bills seemed poised to sail through Congress just a few weeks ago and now appear dead.
Republicans will try to reverse Keystone decision in next payroll tax cut deal
“We’re going to be looking at every option to keep this issue at the forefront,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) told reporters Friday at the House Republican retreat in Charm City.
Obama to Borrow More in One Term Than All Presidents Through Clinton Combined
Barack Obama has been increasing the national debt during his presidency by an average of $4.24 billion per day ($4,240,506,004.34) putting him on a pace to increase the national debt by $6.2 trillion ($6,195,379,272,340.74) by the end of his term on Jan. 20, 2013, according to the debt figures published by the U.S. Treasury. That $6.2 trillion is more debt than was accumulated by all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Bill Clinton combined.
11 More Solyndras In Obama Energy Program
CBS News counted 12 clean energy companies that are having trouble after collectively being approved for more than $6.5 billion in federal assistance. Five have filed for bankruptcy: The junk bond-rated Beacon, Evergreen Solar, SpectraWatt, AES' subsidiary Eastern Energy and Solyndra. According to CBS News, Beacon Power, a "green energy storage company," recieved $43 million from the government. Standard and Poor's had given the project a rating of "CCC-plus."
Obama’s Latest Ruse Plays Us For Fools
Obama will ask Congress for greater powers on Friday to shrink the federal government and consolidate several trade and commerce related agencies, which would save the government just $3 billion over 10 years, and eliminate 1,000 jobs. $3 billion over TEN YEARS? The government during the last three years has borrowed on average about $4 billion EACH DAY. In addition, Obama notified Congress on yesterday of his intent to raise the nation’s debt limit by $1.2 trillion to cover increased U.S. spending commitments.
New EPA Rules to Raise Gas Prices?
Senate bipartisan group urges EPA to drop looming regulations on gasoline that could impose billions of dollars on the industry, which lawmakers predict would raise prices at the pump by 25 cents per gallon.
Federal judge upholds reporting requirement for gun stores
U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives properly limited its requirement to purchasers of two or more semi-automatic rifles greater than .22 caliber within five days in the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico or Texas.
First court challenge filed against Obama's recess appointments
“President Barack Obama has already shown time and again that he is willing to abuse his executive authority to force more workers into union-dues-paying ranks,” said Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Foundation, in a statement. “Now Obama’s executive abuse jeopardizes the constitutional balance our country holds very dear, all in the name of paying back his Big Labor benefactors.”
Belafonte on Obama: He Doesn’t Deserve a Second Term, Lacks ‘Moral Compass’
“My question is, what legacy will he leave, having the opportunity to serve under such hugely dramatic circumstances and had such a huge impact on the universal state of things … how could he have had such a splendid opportunity to do more than most presidents would have ever been able to do, and he let that opportunity slip away from him.
Tucson Shooting Survivor: Giffords Makes Me Want To ‘Vomit’
77-year-old George Morris, a survivor of the shooting, blames Mark Kelly for the death of his wife and five others for not taking extra precautions to protect Giffords after she had been receiving death threats.
Obama picks immigration reform advocate to lead domestic policy
While her new post will continue to give Hispanics a "strong voice," administration officials said she wasn't given the position to pander to that community. "She's immensely qualified for this position. She's someone who is very much respected by her colleagues." At the same time, "she's not afraid to make her viewpoints known," the official said.
A Fine for Not Using a Biofuel That Doesn’t Exist
When the companies that supply motor fuel close the books on 2011, they will pay about $6.8 million in penalties to the Treasury because they failed to mix a special type of biofuel into their gasoline and diesel as required by law. But there was none to be had. Outside a handful of laboratories and workshops, the ingredient, cellulosic biofuel, does not exist.
Oliver North: Obama Won’t Strike Iran, US Is Now a 'Hollow Threat'
President Obama’s efforts to deal with the growing Iranian threat have been an “abysmal failure,” and warns that Israel will not “sit idly by and wait to be incinerated” by Iranian nuclear weapons. North's assessment is that Obama's policies show he won't strike Iran, “so it looks like the United States is a hollow threat.”
Group with ties to president engaged in massive 3rd party drive
The group, calling itself Americans Elect, or AE, seems designed to appear like a massive, grassroots effort involving millions of citizens acting to draft a third party candidate. However, the organization’s voting process has been called into question.
‘Resign now’ protest against Sheriff Joe fizzles
Randy Parraz, the activist-attorney who WND reported has publicly targeted Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Apraio in a politically motivated campaign to force him to resign, staged a poorly attended protest Wednesday morning at the sheriff’s downtown Phoenix office.
Supreme Court Justices ‘Blast’ EPA For Telling Couple They Can’t Build on ‘Protected Wetlands’
Several conservative members of the Supreme Court criticized the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday for heavy-handed enforcement of rules affecting homeowners after the government told an Idaho couple they can’t challenge an order declaring their future home site a “protected wetlands.”
New Sex Ed Standards Call for Homosexuality to Be Explained to 5th Graders
Young elementary school students should use the proper names for body parts and, by the end of fifth grade, know that sexual orientation is “the romantic attraction of an individual to someone of the same gender or a different gender,” according to new sexual education guidelines released Monday by a coalition of health and education groups.
Why Black Market Entrepreneurs Matter to the World Economy
Neuwirth points out that small, illegal, off-the-books businesses collectively account for trillions of dollars in commerce and employ fully half the world’s workers. Further, he says, these enterprises are critical sources of entrepreneurialism, innovation, and self-reliance. And the globe’s gray and black markets have grown during the international recession, adding jobs, increasing sales, and improving the lives of hundreds of millions.
Asking For I.D. Before Voting Is ‘Racist’, But You Need A Govt. I.D. To Buy Drain Cleaner?
It’s not a joke. It‘s the reality in President Obama’s home state. Illinois has a new law that took effect on January 1 requiring all people who purchase drain cleaners or any caustic substances to provide a government issued photo ID. And retailers now must ask for identification from those buying drain cleaners and maintain extensive records of which caustic products have been purchased, in what amounts, and by whom.
GOP: Could Obama make a recess appointment overnight or on weekend?
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is asking the Obama administration whether recess appointments overnight and on the weekend are possible after the president's decision this week to appoint four federal officials despite pro forma sessions by Congress.
Gun makers baffled by ATF criteria
The ATF recommends that manufacturers voluntarily submit weapons for case-by-case determination. But those judgments are private and, it turns out, sometimes contradictory. Critics say nearly identical prototypes can be approved for one manufacturer but denied for another.
OBAMA SPEEDS UP IMMIGRATION VISAS EVEN IF FRAUD IS SUSPECTED...
A 40-page report, drafted by the Office of Inspector General in September but not publicly released, details the immense pressure immigration service officers are under to approve visa applications quickly, sometimes while overlooking concerns about fraud, eligibility or security.
L.A. arson probe: Police examine immigration link to case
The "person of interest" detained for questioning in a string of arson fires is a native of Germany who may have been in dispute with federal immigration officials, sources said. Map shows locations of fires possibly linked to recent arson spree. Credit: Los Angeles TimesThe man appears to have been battling the U.S. government over the immigration status of a relative, but the officials said they don't know if this played any role in the case.
Mass. Library Sends Police To Collect Overdue Books From 5-Year-Old
A Charlton mom says her local library crossed the line when they sent police to collect her daughter’s overdue library books. Her mom says the 5-year-old girl was so afraid that she burst into tears.
Michelle Obama’s warning to gun owners
“We stand at a fundamental crossroads for our country. You’re here because you know that in just 13 months, we’re going to make a choice that will impact our lives for decades to come … let’s not forget what it meant when my husband appointed those two brilliant Supreme Court justices … let’s not forget the impact that their decisions will have on our lives for decades to come.”
Obama’s Signing Statement on NDAA: I have the power to detain Americans
As Americans look upon the treacherous legislation passed under NDAA 2012, it it should first be remembered that the very bill President Obama threatened to veto was controversial due to the language the Obama White House itself pressured Congress to add to the bill, according to Sen. Carl Levin.
Americans buy record numbers of guns for Christmas
According to the FBI, over 1.5 million background checks on customers were requested by gun dealers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in December. Nearly 500,000 of those were in the six days before Christmas. It was the highest number ever in a single month.
The 11 Most Disturbing Charts You’ll Ever See…
As we pop the corks of our proverbial champagne this weekend with an eye to a better year ahead, perhaps it is worth thinking about these 11 incredible trends that have evolved in a rather disturbing manner over the last 11 years. As John Lohman points out, the 21st century has not been pretty for ongoing centrally planned attempts to defer the 30 year overdue mean reversion.
What Is a Caucus and How Does It Work?
The Iowa caucuses do not follow the conventional course of a traditional primary -- where, like in any standard election, residents walk into a polling site to cast their vote and walk out in a matter of minutes, crowd permitting.
Road to the Nomination -- Republican Presidential Primary Guide
Republicans will start picking a presidential nominee with the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses. The final contest is scheduled for June 26 in Utah, and the Republican National Convention is set to begin on Aug. 27 in Tampa. What happens in between is still anyone's guess.
Senate Republicans Seek to Block Unconfirmed Appointments to Labor Board
Obama finds himself in a conundrum. If he avoids the controversy with Republicans, he risks angering his base, including union activists, a key element for his reelection next year. If he stirs up trouble with the GOP, he then risks paying a heavy political cost
Another Obama donor convicted of fraud
Dupree, who attended the elite Wharton School of Business, was a rainmaker in Democratic circles. In 2008, Dupree hosted a $1,000-a-ticket fund-raiser for Barack Obama at his Broad St. apartment that was attended by top aide Valerie Jarrett.