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Thursday, September 01, 2011

Don't Ya Hate It When This Happens

You're out in the yard, trying to clear the weeds, mow the grass, spruce things up, and ...
New River aircraft drops training missile in Hubert yard
By Hope Hodge, Jacksonville Daily News

While readying his yard in advance of Hurricane Irene, a Hubert man discovered another unwelcome deposit from the sky: a six-foot military training missile.

Parker Radcliffe, a Camp Lejeune Marine sergeant, discovered the ordnance near his home on Errol Drive on Thursday. After registering shock, Radcliffe realized he and his wife had heard it drop to the ground the night before.

“I heard a boom and I thought it was artillery or something,” he said.

A combat engineer by trade, Radcliffe said he immediately realized the device was not armed, but that the knowledge did little to alleviate his dismay.

“My initial thought is that this was 50 feet from my house; it could have ended up in my living room,” he said. “If people are negligently discharging missiles off aircraft, that’s just ridiculous.”

A spokesman for the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Maj. William Klumpp, confirmed to The Daily News that the ordnance had fallen off an AH-1 Cobra helicopter with New River’s HMLA-167 Squadron around 1 a.m. on Aug. 24. [link]
Obviously someone doesn't like Sergeant Radcliffe.

Liberal Worlds Collide

Crony Capitalism. Where success in business is dependent upon how tight the relationship is between select business people and government officials. That's as close as Barack Obama is going to get to an understanding of what the free market system in America is all about. He takes money from the less fortunate and gives it to those with whom he has a ... close relationship. And thinks of it as being - somehow - free enterprise.

Then there's the "green jobs" initiative that his kind like to orgasm over. Want the government's green? Go green.

Which brings us to Solyndra. Where both these worlds - crony capitalism and "green" madness - collide.

And where America's taxpayers are out half a billion dollars as a result.

Obama: Oh, well. We tried. Next!  How 'bout you, Guido, mi amigo, ya want some of this action?

The story behind the story:
Republicans: Solyndra investment 'dubious' from the start
By Darren Goode, Politico

House Republicans vow to continue their probe of the Energy Department’s $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra, saying the solar equipment manufacturer’s announcement Wednesday that it will file for bankruptcy underscores that the federal aid was a “dubious” investment.

“We smelled a rat from the onset,” said a joint statement from House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and the panel’s oversight subcommittee chairman, Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.).

DOE initially made the loan guarantee in 2009, shortly before the company closed one of its factories and laid off workers. Solyndra executives have more recently insisted the company was healthy, but on Wednesday it announced that it has suspended manufacturing, is laying off 1,100 workers and will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Besides questioning whether the company was a poor risk, critics have seized on news reports that one of Solyndra's prime financial backers was an Obama campaign bundler in 2008. [link]
The American taxpayer - when this sad saga plays out - may very well be out half a billion dollars.  Any bets on how much Obama's friend and political financier has lost?

This story is indicative of everything that is wrong with Obama and his mindset.  Like the alchemists of old who thought they could turn lead into gold, modern day alchemists think they can turn solar energy into a practical, viable energy source.  It ain't gonna happen.

Couple that with the fact that Obama has trillions of other people's money he's prepared to fling into the gutter - and has lots of friends prepared to be there and suck it up - and you end up with ... Solyndra.

Meanwhile, business - real business - in this country is suffering and dying.  See weblog entries below for sad examples.

It wasn't supposed to be like this.

It can't be like this.

Things have to change or we're doomed.

Compare & Contrast

Obama in uniform in his younger days:

Rick Perry in uniform when he was younger:

Ya, I go with the dude in the dress too.

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Oh, did I mention the fact that the guy who doesn't look like Osama bin Ladin is coming to Virginia?

Oh. My. God.

We've talked here before about the fact that college campuses today are so far removed from reality that they have become completely mystifying to the average American.  And we're not just talking about stuck-in-the-60's radical professors who spout inane nonsense that no one in the real world can understand.  We're also talking about environmentalism gone insane.

Welcome to Kansas State University's latest effort to get the enviro word out and win converts to the cause of green stuff:

She calls herself EcoKat. “Kansas State University's crusader of conservation and fanatic of fluorescent lightbulbs."

Worse than the goofy outfit, worse than the hooker chic look, worse than the ... is that hair or a Swiffer Duster*?, the environmentalists there are completely serious.

May God have mercy.

Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Star.

Good Grief

A carnival.

Step right up, step right up! You won't believe your eyes. Step right up and see the amazing half woman, half alligator. She walks. She talks. She crawls on her belly like a reptile.

Network television has come to this.

Words For The Ages

Shelby Steele, writing in today's Wall Street Journal:
America seems to be facing a pivotal moment: Do we move ahead by advancing or by receding—by reaffirming the values that made us exceptional or by letting go of those values, so that a creeping mediocrity begins to spare us the burdens of greatness?

As a president, Barack Obama has been a force for mediocrity. He has banked more on the hopeless interventions of government than on the exceptionalism of the people. His greatest weakness as a president is a limp confidence in his countrymen. He is afraid to ask difficult things of them.

Like me, he is black, and it was the government that in part saved us from the ignorances of the people. So the concept of the exceptionalism—the genius for freedom—of the American people may still be a stretch for him. But in fact he was elected to make that stretch. It should be held against him that he has failed to do so.
"Obama and the Burden of Exceptionalism." September 1, 2011

Put Andre Carson On a Pedestal

For all the world to see.

He is the face of the Democratic Party.

And we want everyone to know it.

The quote of the day, from Congressman Andre Carson, Indiana:
And this is beyond symbolic change. This is the effort that we're seeing of Jim Crow. Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see us as second-class citizens. (audience members reply, "Yes!") Some of them in Congress right now of this Tea Party would love to see you and me - I'm sorry, Tamron (Hall) - hanging on a tree. (audience members reply, "Yes!") Some of them right now in Congress are comfortable with where we were 50 and 60 years ago. [source]
Tea Partiers would like to see the likes of Andre Carson hanging from a tree?  On the contrary, we want him on every channel of the national news.  Repeatedly.

Andre Carson makes us stronger.  He grows our ranks.  His kind - stupid Democrats - win us elections.

Hang him?  Not even.  We want to give his sorry ass a medal.