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Thursday, December 08, 2011

When Gov't Decides To Create Innovation ...

... all the money in the world ain't gonna make it happen:
For Obama’s green-car revolution, fits and starts
By Carol D. Leonnig and Joe Stephens, Washington Post

The Obama administration has poured roughly $5 billion in taxpayer funds into the electric-car industry, offering incentives to manufacturers, their suppliers and even car buyers who might want to go green.

But analysts say the risk is rising that taxpayers in many cases will not see a return on their money soon, if ever. Instead, they warn that some federally subsidized companies could be forced to shut down in coming months.

For President Obama, who has made clean-technology investment a hallmark of his job creation efforts, troubles in the electric-car sector pose a potential new political problem after the collapse of solar-panel maker Solyndra, which recently defaulted on a half-billion-dollar federal loan after filing for bankruptcy. The administration has channeled an estimated $80 billion of the stimulus recovery effort into grants and loans to clean energy and energy efficiency programs, companies and research.

Obama predicted in 2008 that green cars would create thousands of new U.S. jobs as demand soared. But in recent months, production lines and sales expectations have been dramatically scaled back.

A123 Systems, a battery maker that received $380 million in government support, announced recently that declining orders had forced layoffs. Instead of up to 3,000 new Michigan jobs as Obama and the company had predicted, it now has 690 employees.

Battery maker EnerDel, recipient of a a $118 million federal grant, took a hit when its key customer, electric-car maker Think, declared bankruptcy this year. Johnson Controls, which received a $299 million stimulus grant, opted to build one factory instead of two because of lower-than-projected demand, a company official said, and that one is now operating at half capacity.

California electric-car maker Aptera announced it was shutting its doors because of problems raising capital. And General Motors — whose moderately priced Volt was supposed to drive Obama’s push for 1 million alternative vehicles by 2015 — revealed last week that it would fall roughly 38 percent shy of its goal of selling 10,000 Volts this year.

“Many in this industry have jumped the gun on how aggressive the growth of electric vehicles will be,” said Kevin C. See, an analyst at Lux Research. [link]
So you know, alchemy was once all the rage.  The world's greatest minds thought they could turn lead into gold.  Sweet!

Today scientists - descendents of those alchemists all - laugh at those who were duped by such a notion.

Today they work to perfect a vehicle that few human beings want, fewer can afford, and one whose technology is laughably inadequate.


Or not.

Yet on Obama's warriors for "green" go.  Unaffected.  Oblivious.  Righteous.

Just a few more billions and we can turn it to gold.  Just a few more billions ...


"Confirmed: 'The Walking Dead' is one of conservatives’ least favorite shows"

What's "The Walking Dead"?

When Will Colleges Reenter The Real World?

"The culture of burlesque"?   Puppetry?  "Surfing and American Culture"?

How about a graduate-level course called The College Campus, A Cloistered Anachronism In An Age Of Upheavel and Uncertainty?

The worst part of this?  There are "students" out there who somehow feel compelled to take such worthless courses of study.

For the love of God.

Jousting With The Mentally Challenged

Moonbat Barbara Boxer to those of us who have become increasingly skeptical that "global warming," as it's been laid out by the "scientific" community, is the scourge that they've been telling us it is:

The message I have for climate deniers is this: you are endangering humankind."

Well, the message we have for this moron is:

Climate deniers? There's someone out there who denies that climate (i.e., the weather in some location averaged over some long period of time) exists?

Your abject stupidity is endangering humankind.

With spokespersons like Barbara Boxer, the ... climate affirmers ... haven't a chance in this debate.

Why 'Fast & Furious'?

The Obama administration scheme that brought about the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent and countless Mexican nationals had one goal from the beginning.  To give life to the gun ban movement in this country.  We knew it then.  We obtain evidence now:
Documents: ATF used "Fast and Furious" to make the case for gun regulations
By Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News

Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.

In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the "big fish." But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called "gunwalking," and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

ATF officials didn't intend to publicly disclose their own role in letting Mexican cartels obtain the weapons, but emails show they discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called "Demand Letter 3". That would require some U.S. gun shops to report the sale of multiple rifles or "long guns." Demand Letter 3 was so named because it would be the third ATF program demanding gun dealers report tracing information.

On July 14, 2010 after ATF headquarters in Washington D.C. received an update on Fast and Furious, ATF Field Ops Assistant Director Mark Chait emailed Bill Newell, ATF's Phoenix Special Agent in Charge of Fast and Furious:

"Bill - can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same (licensed gun dealer) and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks."

Several gun dealers who cooperated with ATF told CBS News and Congressional investigators they only went through with suspicious sales because ATF asked them to.

Sometimes it was against the gun dealer's own best judgment.

In April, 2010 a licensed gun dealer cooperating with ATF was increasingly concerned about selling so many guns. "We just want to make sure we are cooperating with ATF and that we are not viewed as selling to the bad guys," writes the gun dealer to ATF Phoenix officials, "(W)e were hoping to put together something like a letter of understanding to alleviate concerns of some type of recourse against us down the road for selling these items."

ATF's group supervisor on Fast and Furious David Voth assures the gun dealer there's nothing to worry about. "We (ATF) are continually monitoring these suspects using a variety of investigative techniques which I cannot go into detail."

Two months later, the same gun dealer grew more agitated.

"I wanted to make sure that none of the firearms that were sold per our conversation with you and various ATF agents could or would ever end up south of the border or in the hands of the bad guys. I guess I am looking for a bit of reassurance that the guns are not getting south or in the wrong hands...I want to help ATF with its investigation but not at the risk of agents (sic) safety because I have some very close friends that are US Border Patrol agents in southern AZ as well as my concern for all the agents (sic) safety that protect our country."

"It's like ATF created or added to the problem so they could be the solution to it and pat themselves on the back," says one law enforcement source familiar with the facts. "It's a circular way of thinking."

The Justice Department and ATF declined to comment. [link]
What in God's name is going on with our government?  When did we become the enemy?

Hollywood Wins. System of Justice Loses.

Folks, when it comes to defending your home, your hearth, your loved ones, you're on your own.  Expect little help from our putrefied system of justice.

This is shameful:
Justice delayed, justice denied: Death penalty for Mumia dropped
By Michelle Malkin

1980s Death Row cop-killer Mumia abu Jamal, darling of Hollyweird and the progressive Left, will live out the rest of his natural life. Prosecutors announced today that they will no longer pursue the death penalty:

“The decision by District Attorney Seth Williams, made with the support of the officer’s widow and the city police commissioner, comes after nearly 30 years of legal battles over the racially charged case.

Abu-Jamal was convicted of fatally shooting Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner on Dec. 9, 1981. He was sentenced to death after his trial the following year.

Abu-Jamal, who has been incarcerated in a Pennsylvania prison, has garnered worldwide support from those who believe he was the victim of a biased justice system.

This Friday marks the 30th anniversary of the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.

Justice delayed for three decades. Justice denied. Tragedy compounding tragedy. [link]
It might be mentioned that this asshole confessed to the crime the evening it was committed.  A small matter, I know.

In truth, the crime committed hasn't been the issue in this sordid tale for many years.  It's about race.  Hollywood couldn't get past the murderer's skin color and dreadlocks.  In the warped worldview of those in fantasyland, he was an innocent man being persecuted by a biased system because he was black and had that Bob Marley thing going on.  Oh, and he dabbled in Black Pantherism.

How cool is that.

Evidence be damned.  Confession be damned.  The system be damned.

According to District Attorney Seth Williams, Mumia abu Jamal will "remain behind bars for the rest of his life." Don't expect that to happen either. He'll soon be walking the streets again.

And have a Merry Christmas.

Moral of the story?  You're on your own. Act appropriately. No one else in this messed-up land will be there for you when people given immunity from the law come knocking.

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For details - not that they matter - on the cold-blooded murder of Officer Daniel Faulkner, see "30 Years On, Philadelphia Cop Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal Is Still Guilty As Sin."