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Sunday, January 29, 2012

California Taxes Rank Worst in US: Tim Cavanaugh Discusses on Good Day LA

CNN Projects Gas Prices Rising to $4.25 to $5 a Gallon

CNN Projects Gas Prices Rising to $4.25 to $5 a Gallon

President Obama Mentions An Energy Company In His Big Speech And It Goes Bankrupt Instantly

President Obama Mentions An Energy Company In His Big Speech And It Goes Bankrupt Instantly

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Andrew Restuccia of The Hill is reporting that Ener1, a battery company that President Obama referenced in his State of The Union Speech on Tuesday as an example of successful energy investments, has just filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. 
That's just two days after the speech.
“In three years, our partnership with the private sector has already positioned America to be the world’s leading manufacturer of high-tech batteries,” Obama said in his speech. 
According to Phil Milford and Dawn McCarty at Businessweek, Ener1 had received a $118 million U.S. Energy Department grant to make electric-car batteries. And the grant received bi-partisan support, so it is not entirely on Obama's shoulders. From Businessweek:
Under President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package, the Energy Department awarded grants in an attempt to create a U.S. electric-car industry. Ener1 subsidiary EnerDel was the grant recipient and has received about $55 million of its grant so far. A spokesman for the Energy Department, Jen Stutsman, said the department would provide comment soon.
In the 2010 State of the Union address, Obama mentioned Solyndra as another successful investment by the government in private-sector green-energy companies:
"You can see the results of last year's investments in clean energy. A North Carolina company that will create 1,200 jobs nationwide helping to make advanced batteries. Or in the California business, that will put a thousand people to work making solar panels,"
Solyndra, that California business, received a $535 million loan guarantee from the government  before going bankrupt last September. Its top executives were enthusiastic Obama campaign donors. Solyndra had also spent nearly $1.8 million lobbying the government prior to receiving the loan guarantee. 
It's obviously hugely embarrassing for the president to give another green-energy company a shout-out in his prime-time speech only to have it declare bankruptcy two days later. 
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Sunday Round Up of Chattering Monkeys (1/29)

If you missed any of the "news" you can hear it all replayed on C-Span radio beginning at noon at 90.1 FM in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, or streaming on the internet at

Many shows are also rebroadcast on their own networks (or sister networks like FOX News) later this afternoon and evening.  An extremely boring week all round, though Austan Goolsbee did demonstrate that he truly is a whorish liar hoping to be the next James Carville for whomever is in power.  NBC continued its superior record of having all white panelists and hosts, from snow monkey David Gregory on down. (ABC and FOX each scored one chatterer of color.)

A synopsis of who was on today:


FOX News Sunday with Newt Gingrich and Paul Ryan as guests and Brit Hume, AB Stoddard, Paul Gigot, and Juan Williams as panelists. (9 am)

Spittles MatthewsTime's Mike Duffy, BBCAmerica's Katy Kay, Kathleen Parker and Newsweek's Andrew Sullivan have daily dish.  Dufy predicts Obama cannot win Florida; Sullivan predicts that Obama will be re-elected as long as his negatives keep going down (he has a 30% "right track" rating) and the Republican's negatives keep going up.  Spittles managed to beat sister NBC show Meet the Flaks by having not only an all white panel, but scoring two blonds and a British homosexual -- you can't get whiter than that!(NBC at 10)

ABC's This Week with Clinton Administration Chipmunk George Stephanopoulus with the ever restful John Boehner as guest. Jake Tapper, the closest thing the DC news hive has to a male model (and in a way the ultimate insider, since he dated Monica Lewinsky before Clinton did).  The Clintonian chipmunk was "on vacation," perhaps because last week he made do with interviewing third place finisher Rick Santorum, after the previous week's show where he evaded covering any actual news and analysis for as long as possible, by interviewing comedian Steven Colbert for 15 minutes about his announcement of an exploratory committee to see if he should run for the GOP nomination (Colbert "ran" in 2008 as a Democrat).  With a diverse panel of Laura Ingraham, George Will, Austan Goolsbee (as a depilated, non-ENRON employed Paul Krugman), and Donna Brazile.  Austan Goolsbee, very fetching in cone bra, garters, lipstick, and high heels, claimed that the size of the federal government had shrunk in the past 3 years.  (10 am)

(George Stephanopoulos)

Meet the Flaks. With Fannie Mae lobbyist Beth Wilkerson's hubbie David Gregory. Guests include Rick Santorum and David Axelrod (chairs will be covered in protective vinyl), John McCain (representing Romney) and Fred Thompson (representing Gingrich).  Chuck Todd presents stats for the "3" GOP candidates, leaving off Ron Paul; McCain brings up the Libertarian Party.  This is McCain's 63rd appearance on Meet the Flaks. which ties him with Bob Dole for the most appearances and tells us a lot about John McCain. Plagiarist Doris Kearns Goodwin will discuss theft and copying in campaign speeches and advertisements on a typical all-white NBC panel with Joe Scarborough and Chuck Todd. (NBC, 10:30 am)

Independent journalist David Gregory
and Fannie Mae lobbyist wife,
dining at the White House

Deface the Nation. Debbie Wasserman Schultz gives hair tips for medusas and lamias. Reince Preibus gives correct pronunciation of his name. Michele Bachmann gives hair tips for women with normal to good hair. Donald Trump tries to decide whether Bachmann's or Wasserman Schultz's hair tips apply to his case. Panelist Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald and Scott Conroy of RealClearPolitics. (CBS at 10:30)

McLaughlin Group appears to not be on at its regular morning time.  TVGuide reports it will not be on for the next two weeks, which seems odd.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Under Obama, Price of Gas Has Jumped 83 Percent, Ground Beef 24 Percent, Bacon 22 Percent |

Under Obama, Price of Gas Has Jumped 83 Percent, Ground Beef 24 Percent, Bacon 22 Percent |

5 things you can do right now to help stop the economic plundering of our world

5 things you can do right now to help stop the economic plundering of our world

Breaking: CA Voters, including Presidential Candidate, Challenge Obama on California Ballot

Breaking: CA Voters, including Presidential Candidate, Challenge Obama on California Ballot

MILLER: Tax cheats on the federal rolls - Washington Times

MILLER: Tax cheats on the federal rolls - Washington Times

Bombshell: Barack Obama outed as CIA creation

Bombshell: Barack Obama outed as CIA creation

Obama to Use Pension Funds of Ordinary Americans to Pay for Bank Mortgage “Settlement”

Obama to Use Pension Funds of Ordinary Americans to Pay for Bank Mortgage “Settlement”

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

PAUL: TSA's intrusions undermine security - Washington Times

PAUL: TSA's intrusions undermine security - Washington Times

The Secret Stimulus in the President's New Refinance Program

The Secret Stimulus in the President's New Refinance Program

Senator Rand Paul and the TSA's little green men

People inside the Beltway have been discussing what happened and what it means that the Nashville airport TSA staff detained Senator Rand Paul, making him miss a speech in DC and campaigning with his father, because he refused the invasive "pat down" groping procedure that he and other people have been protesting for months.

I think the most likely explanation is Sen. Paul's own.  TSA is a bureaucracy and its management is incompetent. They probably actually try NOT to grope famous or connected people, but every once in a while they slip up.

What's funny about this incident is that it recalls a pre-TSA comedy about government groping, Christopher Buckley's novel Little Green Men.  Many people are familiar with Buckley's novel about lobbyists, Thank You For Not Smoking, having seen the movie based on it.  Little Green Men is a comic explanation of what is going on with all the people who think they see, and especially those who think they are abducted by, UFOs or aliens aboard them.  The plot is that a government agency actually sedates and strips and probes unsuspecting unknown people, Iowa farmers and South Carolina soccer moms, and then releases them, so that they will believe in aliens.  Because as long as a certain percentage of American voters believe in aliens they will vote to keep NASA funded and various top secret military projects can be hidden in the NASA budget.

A problem occurs when the government agents involved accidentally abduct a famous person, a mainstream Sunday political talk show journalist (rather obviously based on John McLaughlin of McLaughlin Group fame).  He becomes a zealot, organizing a million march on Washington demanding the release of all classified documents about UFOs.

Now I don't think TSA exists to create a budget to hide secret programs in, or even to irradiate Americans routinely for some nefarious purpose.  If that were so it would actually catch a terrorist, or at least a fake terrorist, to show what a good agency it is and how its budget should be increased.   I think it exists in part for security theater, to make it look like the government knows how to do something.  But the real reason for it is to teach Americans to be servile.  To give up dignity and privacy and accept regimentation.  To return to a feudal relationship to government where one hands over one's daughter (as well as one's son, one's spouse and one's self) to the feudal Lord's seignorial right to possess her virgin body before anyone else.

I hope Sen. Paul is able to lead something like a million man march against our current return to a pre-Bill of Rights, pre-Magna Carta, feudal relationship to government.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

2011 Top Story: Navy SEALS Discover Bin Laden Gained 300 Pounds

Tea Party Fashion

Herman Cain to Deliver Tea Party Response to State of the Union

Herman Cain to Deliver Tea Party State of the Union Response

Sacramento, CA – Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest tea party political action committee, is announcing that Herman Cain will be delivering the Tea Party State of the Union response at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on the evening of January 24th, 2012.

Sal Russo, Chief Strategist of the Tea Party Express, said, “We are excited to have Herman Cain deliver the 2nd Tea Party State of the Union response next week. Americans are fed up with the Washington politics that fails to address America’s fiscal woes. The Tea Party Express has called for reducing the size, cost and intrusiveness of the federal government, and we have stood strongly for pro-growth policies to get the economy growing and job creation increased.

“We are enthusiastic that a successful governor like Mitch Daniels of Indiana will be giving the Republican response. I know that both Governor Daniels and Mr. Cain will contribute important ideas for the future of our country.

“Herman Cain has been a steadfast advocate for the values of the Tea Party and the practical solutions needed to solve the problems that face our nation. By following President Obama, Cain will have an opportunity to square off with the failed policies of the Obama Administration. Whether it is a flat tax, a fair tax or a combination of the two, reforming the tax code must be a priority. Americans want straight talk and honest solutions, and Herman Cain will deliver a pro-growth message strongly and clearly,” Russo concluded.

The Tea Party Express hosted the first ever Tea Party State of the Union Response last year with Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

An HONEST State of the Union Address

Michelle Obama: Another incompetent poll from the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation

Moche Leo Attu - Much to be expected, the journ-0-lisps over at the Washington Post report on a Kaiser-WaPo poll on how Michelle Obama is viewed by women (and men) black and white.  One of the most interesting paragraphs in their misunderstanding of their own poll results is:

About four in 10 black women say their overall impression of black women has improved because of Obama, compared with fewer than one in seven white women. Some black women who said Obama had changed their view described her as being an alternative to racial stereotypes that regularly reach American homes through reality TV and other pop-culture programming. In the Post-Kaiser survey, which included interviews with more than 800 black women, more than half of black women without a college education say Obama has changed their overall impression of black women, compared with two out of 10 black women with college degrees.

The key word here is "improved."  If you look at the table of survey results in the hard copy of the Post, which none of the on-line links connect to as far as I can tell, you find out that the actual question was "Has having Michelle Obama as the country's first African American first lady changed your overall impression of black women in America?"  It's easy to imagine that of the 41% of black women who answer that question Yes, at least 1% (and maybe 4 or 5%) think Michelle Obama has changed the country's impression of black women for the worse, and of the 15% of white women who said Yes, 5% or more don't think "improved" when they read change.

Aside from that, the pollsters only gave the respondents three options:  Yes (she changed my opinion), No (she didn't), or No opinion.  Since the poll question doesn't actually ask whether she changed the respondents opinion for better or worse, even if we interpret change to mean improve as the Post does and assume all the Yes respondents think the change was for the better, we don't know how many people who say No she did not change their opinion are actually saying No she didn't improve my opinion because she made it worse (and we don't know if the Kasier pollsters on the phone were as imprecise as the Post is in confusing change and improve when they asked the question.)

The rest of the article is shot through with stupidity, assuming most non-black Americans (in their survey there seem to only be black and white people) get their "negative" impressions of blacks or black women from TV and never had a "positive" image of black women before Michelle Obama.  This contradicts other parts of the poll itself, that reveal that lots of blacks and whites have dated the other race, work with them, etc.  Whatever impressions, negative and positive, any of these groups have of black women, there is no reason to think they are based on their TV viewing rather than their daily interactions with people at work, on the street, and in their neighborhoods.

                                 Black women    White women     Black men          White men
How many of your close friends are a different race than you -- all of them, most of them, some of them, hardly any of them, or none of them?5%All of them
19Most of them
56Some of them
14Hardly any of them
5None of them
0One of them
2Don't know/Refuse
Have you ever dated someone of a different race, or not?52%Yes, has
48No, has not
0Don't know/Refuse
Would you be willing to marry someone of another race, or not?75%Yes, willing
21No, not willing
5Don't know/Refuse

You can read the moronicity for yourself at:

African American women see their own challenges mirrored in Michelle Obama’s

As black women watch Michelle Obama on the national stage, they search — sometimes nervously — for nuances often lost on the larger culture. How she handles criticism, how she raises her children, even her style of dress, has the potential to counter negative stereotypes.
“She is mainstreaming to the world what a lot of us already know about ourselves,” says Dacenta Grice, a 37-year-old black woman who works as a physician assistant in Atlanta. “She reinforces the reality that so many of us live. She is a black woman who just seems fantastic in her own right, who just seems like every day people and is relatable.”
Very positive reactions to Michelle Obama as first lady.
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Very positive reactions to Michelle Obama as first lady.
Michelle Obama is seen very favorably among black women, according to a new poll conducted by the Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation. The Washington Post's Krissah Thompson talks about the first lady's uneasy path to popularity, and how it may help her husband's re-election campaign. (Jan. 23)
Michelle Obama is seen very favorably among black women, according to a new poll conducted by the Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation. The Washington Post's Krissah Thompson talks about the first lady's uneasy path to popularity, and how it may help her husband's re-election campaign. (Jan. 23)
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In a nationwide survey conducted by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation, black women described themselves as relating to Michelle Obama and sensing that she understands them. Nearly eight out of 10 black women say they personally identify with the first lady, and when asked to give a one-word description of Obama, among the words most commonly used were “intelligent,” “strong” and “classy.”
In follow-up interviews, black women say the first lady’s racial and gender identity are essential to the deep connection they feel they have to her. They call her a role model, someone familiar to them — like a sister or aunt.
That emotional stake makes watching Obama navigate the world stage both “thrilling and terrifying,” says Melissa Harris-Perry, a professor of political science at Tulane University who has written aboutthe first lady’s impact on black women.
“Every time she flawlessly performs her role as first lady just by being who she is, she shows how extraordinary and exceptional we are,” says Harris-Perry, who is in her late 30s. “It is really fun to watch. It feels like, yes! Oh, this can never be denied.
“But every time she is booed at a NASCAR rally, the terrifying reality emerges that it will take so little for the love and admiration of Michelle Obama to go away. Anything she does that is construed as negative or stereotype-reinforcing will undoubtedly be held against us.”
In fact, the positive views of Michelle Obama cut across racial lines — with three-fourths of white women and two-thirds of white men saying they have a favorable impression of her. Other sharp contrasts do emerge in the Post-Kaiser poll between black and white women’s opinions of the first lady. Nearly nine in 10 black women say that the first lady understands their problems, compared with about half of white women. And nearly nine in 10 black women say she shares their values, compared with about six in 10 white women.
The importance black women place on the first lady’s racial identity is not universally shared, and some whites described her race as irrelevant.
“If I do consider her race — which I don’t do, to be quite honest — it’s really not a factor,” says Tracy Lynch, 42, a white freelance writer who longs to sit in her backyard and have a glass of wine with Obama as their kids frolic on the playground. “If I do consider her race, it’s more that I say, ‘Thank God my kids are a part of this history.’ ”