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Selected News For The Week Feb 12 – Feb 18

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This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, February 12th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

35 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Feb 12 – Feb 18”

  1. River0 says:

    Leon Panetta, CIA Director and avid TV watcher. From The American Thinker:

    Panetta predicts Mubarak exit – via TV reports

    America’s budget for intelligence isn’t known but probably exceeds $70 billion annually. Our CIA agents have all the state-of-the-art technology anyone could dream of, and James Bond would be green with envy if he actually existed.

    But CIA Director Panetta has a TV that tells him what he really needs to know. He told congressmen yesterday that there was a “strong likelihood” President Mubarak would be resigning later in the day. He says he saw it on TV.

    I thought I was looking at Mr. McGoo when he showed up on the news.

    Instantly, aides to Panetta tried to soft-pedal the whole thing. But the comments quickly bounced around the net.

    Minutes later, James Clapper claimed the Muslim Brotherhood is “largely secular.”

    Don’t you just want to scream?

  2. tranquil.night says:

    Col. Allen West, fearless on every issue, from Life to Liberty to national security and standing with those who really share our fundamental values.

    A great choice for CPAC’s keynote, which he delivered with such characteristic class, dignity, and – erhm – moral urgency, that it made everyone who’d previously been trying to stir up drama with the social cons look like petulant queens.

    Dare I say he’s becoming quite a champion of History and the more uncharacteristic wisdom of our founders, as well. It’s been truly inspiring to watch the evolution of a true American warrior into a true American statesman.


    It’s going to take more than fiscal discipline to get the country through these squalls, though it certainly is politically safe to talk -only- about cutting the deficit in abstract ways. Red ink isn’t the enemy; Red Commies are, although technically they’ve gone green. I fear the true intent behind the Left’s agenda is something that’s oddly become secondary now in the “Yay Conservatism is hip again/Race to 2012” squallor. But it’s something the CPAC class of 2009 still understands very well!

    Ah, CPAC 2009, I remember ye fondly. Our darkest hours and our finest moments. How far we’ve come, and yet how little certain stubborn things (like chump politicians trying to charm their way to relevance with poll-tested platitudes) ever change!

    • wardmama4 says:

      Your last statement is what I thought when I heard the results of the straw poll – First I am so tired of Romney, Paul & Newt – same ole, same ole and secondly – how is the GOP going to ever win, ever make a difference if it is the same old politics as usual with the same players. Didn’t 2008 of running the biggest RINO going – prove to the GOP the stupidity of that line of thought? Obviously not.

      The only thing going for us is that by the time of the conventions – The Big O will be so unpopular that even McAmnesty could win this time – most especially if he ran with Palin again.

      But I doubt it – the GOP will believe that Palin was their mistake and chose one of their ‘enlightened’ ones – and run the risk of losing yet again.

  3. canary says:

    AP: Iraq refugees in US scrutinized for al-Qaida links

    by Eileen Sullivan And Matt Apuzzo Feb 11, 2011

    WASHINGTON – Hundreds of refugees who sought shelter in the United States during the early years of the Iraq war are coming under fresh scrutiny from U.S. government security officials for possible links to al-Qaida’s affiliate in Iraq.

    …, he said the FBI was closely monitoring al-Qaida’s Iraq-based offshoot. The group has killed thousands in Iraq but had not been viewed as a threat inside the United States.

    Mueller said the possible threat rested with “individuals who may have been resettled here in the United States that have had some association with al-Qaida in Iraq.”

    … The pace rose sharply beginning in 2007, and more than 58,000 Iraqi refugees have arrived in the U.S. since the start of the war.

    The U.S. definition of al-Qaida in Iraq has always been somewhat loose, especially early in the war, when it wasn’t clear if there was a link between AQI leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi…


    That’s an average of 1000 per state. Illinois, California, Michigan, Arizona, & Texas were pointed out as getting more than their share.

  4. canary says:

    MSNBC: Playboy Mansion visitors come down with mystery illness

    Feb 12, 2011
    LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County health officials are investigating dozens of reports of respiratory illnesses by people who attended a fund-raising event at Hugh Hefner’s famed Playboy Mansion earlier this month, according to media reports.

    The Feb. 3 event at the mansion was part of the annual DOMAINfest Global conference, attended by hundreds of Internet professionals from 30 countries.

    The weeklong conference was held at a hotel in Santa Monica but the wrap party took place at Hefner’s 21,987-square-foot Gothic-Tudor-style mansion in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles.

    Within 24 hours after leaving the mansion, scores of attendees reported coming down with symptoms that included fever, respiratory problems and violent headaches, KTLA-TV reported…

    A representative for DOMAINfest told the New York Post it was working with the LA County Health Department to investigate. “We have no idea what this is or where it came from. The mansion being to blame is, at the moment, pure speculation,” the Post quoted the official as saying.


    Feb 2nd 12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch Under the Fig Tree – Sponsored by InterNetX

    Feb 3rd 11:00am – 12:15pm Fireside Chat: Ben Mezrich, Author of “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal”

    12:15pm – 1:30pm Lunch Under The Fig Tree

    8:00 pm – 1:00 am – Jennifer Walcott co-hosts DomainSponsor’s Fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion Suzanne Stokes co-hosts

    DomainSponsor’s Lingerie Lounge Party

    .. will feature gourmet food, beautiful lingerie models, great dance music, gogo dancers, tours of the grounds including the famous grotto,…

    Shuttle buses depart from the Fairmont hotel beginning at 7:00pm.

    Please bring photo ID to receive security wristband. Playboy does not allow anyone to drive or take taxis to the Mansion.

    Hotel Parking: Valet service will not be available. Inexpensive public parking is available in lots…
    Bring a jacket.
    The Mansion has a coat check.

    Maybe DHS should check into this. People from 30 countries with domains.

  5. canary says:

    FOXNews: Pregnant Colorado Woman Reportedly Given Abortion Drug in Error

    Feb 8, 2011

    A pregnant Colorado woman says she’s outraged that a pharmacist accidentally gave her an abortion drug that could cause miscarriage and birth defects, Fox 31 reports.

    Mareena Silver of Fort Lupton, Colo., said she was six weeks pregnant when a Safeway pharmacist gave her a prescription for methotrexate, a drug used to treat cancers, instead of an antibiotic. The drug is also used to end troubled pregnancies.

    “I’m angry. But there’s not much I can do about it. I just wish I caught it sooner,” Silva said in an interview with Fox 31.

    Silva said the mix-up occurred when the pharmacist handed her a prescription under a similar name — Maria Silva.

    Click to read more on the pregnant woman given abortion pill in error at Fox 31
    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/02/08/pregnant-colorado-woman-accidentally-given-abortion-drug/#ixzz1DpiogUtc

  6. canary says:

    The Washington Times: 16 illegals sue Arizona rancher

    By Jerry Seper Feb 9 2009

    An Arizona man who has waged a 10-year campaign to stop a flood of illegal immigrants from crossing his property is being sued by 16 Mexican nationals who accuse him of conspiring to violate their civil rights when he stopped them at gunpoint on his ranch on the U.S.-Mexico border.

    His Cross Rail Ranch near Douglas, Ariz., is known by federal and county law enforcement authorities as “the avenue of choice” for immigrants seeking to enter the United States illegally.

    Trial continues Monday in the federal lawsuit, which seeks $32 million…

    The immigrants are represented at trial by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF),…

    Mr. Barnett told The Washington Times in a 2002 interview…the immigrants tore up water pumps, killed calves, destroyed fences and gates, stole trucks and broke into his home.

    Some of his cattle died from ingesting the plastic bottles left behind by the immigrants, he said, adding that he installed a faucet on an 8,000-gallon water tank so the immigrants would stop damaging the tank to get water.

    …the ranch´s established immigrant trails were littered with trash 10 inches deep, including human waste, used toilet paper, soiled diapers, cigarette packs, clothes, backpacks, empty 1-gallon water bottles, chewing-gum wrappers and aluminum foil – which supposedly is used to pack the drugs the immigrant smugglers give their “clients” to keep them running.

    Mr. Barnett spent $30,000 on electronic sensors,…


    the 9th circuit court ruled in favor of the illegal criminals. Mr. Barnett lost to the tune of 83,000 dollars. One of the illegal Mexicans
    even had criminal record. A Mexican woman said he kicked her. The Sheriff immediately took pictures of the Mexican woman who claimed Barnett kicked her and there were no signs or marks she had been kicked. The Sheriff said Mr. Barnett had his gun safely in his holster. But, the Mexicans considered his dog a danger that scared them. . The FBI has told Mr. Barnett on 2 occasions he is in danger. The illegals have been singling Mr. Barnett out to harass him. A neighbor of Barnett’s was murdered by an illegal Mexican. The ranch is approx 5-6 miles from the border.

    FOX News Sunday showed footage of illegal Mexicans walking like an ongoing ant trail across his ranch. There is nothing he can do. And he is in danger.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I suggest that the rancher send his tax bill for the ranch to Mexico for payment.
      Better yet, he should put up a toll gate and charge admission to enter his
      property. Hire some ‘Pipe Hitters’ for enforcement to his rules.
      This man has RIGHTS also!!

    • preparing4theworst says:

      “the mexicans considered his dog a danger that scared them”…..get more dogs?? I also hear that there is a mid-size cat breed that considers anything under the size of a large cow as prey….get more cats, they probably won’t bark, growl or otherwise give you time to be scared.

    • canary says:

      The problem is the ruling says illegal immigrants have civil rights to sue. Now I know why a friend is afraid she will get sued if her stray dog she took in bites an illegal. They’ve killed 3 of her dogs (cut 1 in pieces, poisoned 2), because she threatened to call the Sheriff. Which is a joke in itself. She said she was going to put on a sign on the fence beware of dog. Seriously, I told her to put the sign in Spanish too because it seems they have more rights than Americans. Someone is teaching them these things.
      I’d fire a shotgun in the air a few times. I imagine it’s legal on his own property being in the boonies. It is here.

  7. proreason says:

    A rare moment of truth. Bill Maher claims that Obamy is an athiest.


    The clip is important for more than the fact that the usually dead-wrong Maher agrees with proreason about something.

    In the clip, Maher also admits two other obvious lies: 1) the Moron is not a centrist, and 2) little lenin is not undecided about gay marriage (i.e., he is for it, of course, since he is, duh, gay).

    These admissions are pretty significant for an otherwise faithful foot soldeir of marxism. Note how the excretable Cornel West flies to the Moron’s defence (Cornel is a respected intellectual, which doesn’t seem influenced by his inability to but two words together in a coherant fashion). Although dumb as a post, even Cornel knows that marxists can’t afford to speak the truth like this very often.

    I would love to be able to hear Maher off-camera. He knows that little lenin lies about every single detail of his life and plans.

    Marxists like Maher aren’t bothered by lies one bit. They know they would never be able to enforce their wills without a tsunami of lies about every single detail of their plans. They know their entire lives are lies.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Even a busted clock is right twice a day. But what Maher says is unimportant and I do not hear his words.

    • wardmama4 says:

      Ah but Rusty – you miss the biggest point of this – which is what I’ve thought all along would be the downfall of The Big O – someone, somewhere knows the truth – and it can’t be kept hidden forever. The Big O was expecting everyone out there – you know the stupid masses, dumbed down, numbed down by American Idol (isn’t that how you vote for everything?!?) to not care and then after 2012 – he’d be free to overturn the 22nd Amendment (I always thought Her Royal Clinton would do this, now I think that the Clintons are pikers next to this guy) – and declare himself mullah for life. Oops, my bad President for Life.

      But alas, even the most beloved Camelot has it’s detractors – and believe me The Big O is no JFK, no Reagan, not even no Slick Willie – he does not care about anyone but himself and that breeds hostility and possible defections – most especially since I sense most liberals would sell out their own mothers for a promotion/pay raise – he’s on borrowed time. They can’t help themselves – they will ‘Freudian’ slip, ‘mispeak’ the truth at some point – it is who they are.

      The problem is – keeping the spineless, gutless GOP in line until someone ‘takes him down’ (not implying assassination, but rather a legal take down) or The Big O himself implodes. Both of which are becoming more likely.

      He is not the cool, hip, confident, intellectual he made himself out to be – he is a self-loathing, hate-filled, political hack and that is all he will ever be. This is not 1900, 1930, or even 1969 (the summer of peace. love and mass murder) – what has occurred and is occurring can not be turned back or ignored anymore. And while the GOP fails to harness the new media to any extent – the DNC continues to belittle it and attempts to silence it – how does that make them any different than a petty dictator?

      And that will be their undoing.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Yes, yes…all things the “average” conservative is well aware of. But as you imply, it needs to permeate the socialist-minded drones. Fortunately, they are easily attracted to shiny things.

      The “news” media has been uber-complicit in selling the boy since his unearthing in a peat bog some time ago but they must continue the chant that he is great or they will “lose all credibility” (for lack of a better way to put it) and so instead, the Maher-tian will have to be silenced or ridiculed (or both and more) to dismiss the notion that D’oh-bama is anything other than a political football that has lost half its air and the stitching is coming loose.

      If they can do it to _________(insert republican’s name here), they can do it to anybody and they all jump in and do the same dance. (witness Rush’s montage’s of the “meme of the day”). So they have a ready-made mechanism to dispel any dissent in the ranks, even from career funnymen. And oddly, the drooling mouth-breathers lap it up like starving dogs. So we know that critical thinking is absent in 99.9999% of the socialistas. They want (and apparently need) to be told what to think by the proletariat. They have no problem from going from rabidly agreeing with BM to dismissing him as a kook in 0.000000037 seconds, if told to do so by Brian, the ex-nazi, Williams or Katie, “Ain’t I Cute” Couric. http://www.fortliberty.org/clue-phone-for-katie-couric.html

      I wish I had your confidence that it will either be “found out” or “implode” but I am constantly in jaw-dropping awe that even his ignoring the LAW on several occasions has resulted in only a few feathers flapping by the “conservative” republicans in office. I secretly hope it’s because they are quietly and carefully assembling a legal argument that will be so ironclad that even a whiz of a constitutional scholar like barry won’t be able to penetrate it. (sarc) Occasionally in the political front, I find some comfort in a small development but then the “mad-ia” (media) spins it so much it looks like my electric meter on a 5 degree day. Or, it is so unreported that virtually no one knows anything about it.

      Naturally, it follows that they, the media, have to continue to control the lie. But like mercury spilling out, I do have hope that they lose complete track of it. But I am sick of being only left with hope. I’m not seeing any aggressive action by new congress-critters, only rumblings from Jim DeMint in my daily e-mail…asking for more money to give to “conservative republicans”. And he’s my senator. *sigh*

      Indeed, we live in Rome in 64AD. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nero

    • proreason says:

      I’m at a mid-point between Rusty and wm. I posted the article because it seems significant that a dedicated elitist like Maher would actually confess to 3 lies by the Moron….and you know he is smart enough to know that the wizard is a total lie; he just doesn’t care, since he recognizes that the entire facade is in place to forward an agenda that Maher supports.

      The confession is definitely a significant crack in the armor. Whether it is indicative of a phenomenon that goes beyond Maher is anybody’s guess.

      I think one of the Republican’s main themes should be this: “let’s just be honest about what the president and democrats are doing. We favor small government, the original constiturion, and individual responsibility. Obama favors massive government which restricts freedoms. He is dedicated to circumventing the constitution. We see that as a pathway to tyranny. But maybe that is what the American people really want. What nobody should want is wall-to-wall deception. Let the REAL debate begin. Here are the top 3 deceptions of the obama regime…blah blah…..go to aaa.bbb.com for 50 more deceptions.”

    • canary says:

      It’s obvious as much as Obama lied during the campaign about his religious beliefs that the only church he could stomach was Rev. Wrights Trinity. One reason he gave is that they took care of the sex offenders and the other churches wouldn’t do this. He realized that he’d better have a church as this would be a an issue by the voters. But, how did the Obama explain to those little ears & eyes that took in such radical profanity and bizarreness. Were there some last minute warnings to the little ears & eyes, “now don’t say anything bad about the whites or jews, or you could hurt daddy’s chances to save the world.

  8. Rusty Shackleford says:

    McConnell: Obama Agenda Is ‘Over’

    From an angry AP via FOX: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/02/12/mcconnell-obama-agenda/

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Saturday that President Obama’s legislative agenda is “over,” but said GOP lawmakers are willing to work with the White House to do what they “think is right for America.”

    In a speech Saturday night to a GOP crowd in his hometown, the Kentucky Republican derided Obama for performing “Clintonian back flips” to portray himself as a moderate, but said it’s yet to be seen whether the new tone is “rhetoric or reality.”

    McConnell, who in the past has touted his ability to bring federal spending to Kentucky, took a hard line on cutting federal spending. He said the Democratic president’s credentials on spending and debt “are horrible, and he earned it.”

    But McConnell said that congressional Republicans — who took control of the House and increased their numbers in the Senate following last year’s election — are “prepared to do business” with Obama.

    “And to the extent that the president wants to do what we think is right for America, we won’t say ‘no’ simply because there’s an election coming along,” said McConnell.

    After the fall elections, McConnell was criticized for saying his No. 1 goal was to make Obama a one-term president. But he later worked with the president to push through an extension of Bush administration tax cuts, including for top-earners.

    The AP fails to realize the two concepts can be mutually exclusive. He can still hold true to the goal of making Obama a one-term president while exploring ways to ease the burdens of American taxpayers.

    But, clearly from this article, one must conclude that McConnell is a racist.

  9. proreason says:

    $700 billion in unspent, unallocated money sitting in federal accounts.


    easy come, easy go.

    move along, nothing to see here.

    your tax dollars are in good hands…that is, those of you who actually pay taxes.

  10. BillK says:

    More news from the “peaceful” events in Egypt, from the New York Post:

    CBS News reporter Lara Logan endured ‘brutal and sustained sex assault’ in Egypt

    By Clemente Lisi

    CBS News war correspondent Lara Logan endured a “brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating” while covering the jubilation in Egypt last week following the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, the network said today.

    In a statement, CBS said Logan was on assignment for “60 Minutes” while covering the festive atmosphere last Friday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square when “her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.”

    During the chaos, Logan, 39, became “separated from her crew” and “suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers.”

    The network said Logan returned to the US on the first flight the following day.

    “She is currently in the hospital recovering,” CBS said, without elaborating. “There will be no further comment from CBS News and Correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time.” …


    Where is the outrage from NOW? Other feminist groups? Nothing?

    • canary says:

      I just heard this. Made me think of the youth gang mentality.

      Greta had some before the victory saying this was the youth’s revolution. One was hostile. Then I saw on the news a youth group called the “Angry Youth” already telling the others what to do. The rampant spread of different sect names the “muslim youth” are using reminds me of the thousands of different gang names.

      So, much for youth as I remember it. Where children started clubs and made up names, and mostly put signs no boys or no girls allowed on makeshift club houses.

      I saw a picture of young boys in Indonesia dressed modern American style clothes standing with spears
      over a dead naked body.

    • canary says:

      After Obama gives Indonesia U.S. money, Indonesia increases financial ties with Iran

      Indonesia’s trade with Iran up by more than 20%

      15 Feb 2011
      Source:Tehran times

      JAKARTA (Bernama) — Bilateral trade between Indonesia and Iran in 2010 reached more than US$1 billion, an increase of more than 20 percent, Indonesia’s Antara news agency reported.

      “It was only foreign commodity trade, if energy is included it will be much more,” Kadin (Indonesian chamber of commerce and industry)’s deputy chairman of the permanent committee for the Middle East and OKI Rudi Radjab said on the sidelines of an RI-Iran business forum here on Friday.

      Rudi said that with strong emotional relations Indonesia and Iran can benefit from their mutually favorable economic cooperation potentials.

      …because the U.S. OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) will impose an embargo on a country for trade transaction of certain commodities with Iran,” he said….

      …Indonesia-Iran trade in 2009 reached US$863.2 million and in the Jan-Nov 2010 period US$1.05 billion.
      entire article

      This was also reported in Indonesia’s Jakarta Post also, and is not just Iran as Iran is busy arresting and sentencing it’s people to execution. .

      And more business for Iran with Turkey as protests increase.

      Iran, Turkey to Signe[sic] Preferential Tariffs Agreement
      Written by public relations Dept./Gh 10 Feb 2011
      Thursday, 10 February 2011 08:44
      Source:Moj News

      At a meeting held between Iranian Minster of Commerce, Mahdi Ghazanfari, and Turkey’s State Minister Cevdet Yilmaz, the two sides voiced hope for signing preferential tariffs agreement during Turkish President Abdullah Gul’s visit to Tehran on February 14th.

      “Signing joint agreements including preferential tariffs agreement could help the two countries to boost bilateral trade to $30 billion,” Ghazanfari said….

      Iran tends to boost trade with Turkey, he said adding that the Islamic Republic tends to remove exporting and importing bans on the way of trade with Turkey….

      …Iran-Turkey annual trade is valued at $11 billion currently which is predicted to rise to 425 billion by 2015.


      So, Obama is giving money to Indonesia aside the fortune he’s spent on the unprecedented deep water drilling partnership with Indonesia, and Indonesia is giving money to Iran.

      In case you forgot after Obama bragged that Indonesia hated Bush, and he would change that, Obama
      had the Indonesia military to protect him, as the people there protested as they hate him, and his little childhood stint, means nothing.

      The United States of America gave their country and lives to free Indonesia from the Dutch and Japan’s take over in WWII.,
      This turned Indonesia into a prosperous, modern, more civilized country, but they like living in their s*** more.
      Not even all the money we donated when they had their big huge flood, made them grateful. modernization, & civilization, which only angered Obama’s mother as it put her basket making business away, and she had to get a good paying job in Indonesia.

  11. Melly says:

    Here’s the outrage.
    What a horror!!!!!
    Can’t blame it on the Pro Mubarak protesters.
    Yea, I support their kind of freedom. Be careful for what you wish for.
    And were Ms. Logan a Muslim – what would be her fate now under Sharia law?

  12. canary says:

    The Texas Tribune – Feb 16, 2011 – … Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano minced few words when she took stock of the killing of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Mexico today…

    “The full resources of our Department are at the disposal of our Mexican partners in this investigation.

    We remain committed in our broader support for Mexico’s efforts to combat violence within its borders,” she continued…

    Napolitano has also been under fire by some Republican lawmakers, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who charge regularly that the federal government is not securing the country’s border with Mexico.

    Napolitano and her colleagues, including Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin,

    hold their ground against the accusations and say the border is more secure then ever.

    Napolitano’s comments today come just two weeks after making a similar statement directed toward Mexico’s drug gangs,…

    “I say to the cartels: Don’t even think about bringing your violence and tactics across this border. You will be met by an overwhelming response,” she said during a speech at the University of Texas at El Paso. …


    “I say to the cartels: Don’t even think about bringing your violence and tactics across this border. You will be met by an overwhelming response,” she said…”

    She’s been speaking with the cartels? She’ll treat them like poor refugees, ACLU, medical, food, shelter. and no pink underwear.

  13. JohnMG says:

    …..“I say to the cartels: Don’t even think about bringing your violence and tactics across this border. You will be met by an overwhelming response,” she said…”

    What a repulsive bitch. Next thing you know, she’ll threaten to slap their face and take their birthday away. can’t you see them just quaking in their boots at this latest invective?

    Of course, it’s not her sorry carcass that’ll get shot up as a result of her feckless “leadership(?)”,is it?

    It’s time for this carpet-munching porker to go……..right along with the rest of BO’s cabinet (and czars).

  14. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Electric Car Boondoggle Grows

    From Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/02/15/federal-government-charges-electric-car-market/

    Federal Government Charges Up Electric Car Market

    By Judson Berger

    The federal government is hitting the gas on incentive programs meant to prop up the electric car market, raising questions about whether it’s appropriate for Washington to continue subsidizing an industry it’s already invested in heavily.

    And is bleeding (taxpayer) money.

    As part of that interplay, nine cities across the country are set to receive thousands of free charging stations this year as part of a special program. In Austin, one of the lucky cities, the City Council could vote as early as this week to set the rates for those stations.

    Yes, the City Council should do this, not the free market system. I’m sure they will know best how high to set the rate.

    If the local utility company has its way, drivers will get a deal — a $25 flat fee for six months of unlimited charging. The idea is to serve electric car owners, while making prospective buyers comfortable with the technology, potentially inspiring them to buy an electric vehicle of their own.

    Which, of course, the hope is that everyone will have an electric car and thus, when the government needs more money, they simply “up” the charge costs. $25 is a ridiculously low number and will help the government in further hemorrhaging cash. Cash needed to “help the poor and the children

    But the experiment is coming at a cost to taxpayers, who whether they realize it or not are subsidizing several initiatives designed to boost the electric vehicle market — raising concerns among free enterprisers.

    THERE IT IS!!!

    If electric cars are the wave of the future, they say, the industry should be able to attract private investment. If it’s not, then the government is throwing away money. And if it’s a viable idea but not quite ready for prime time, they worry the government is pushing it out too early, fating the sector to live off a perpetual federal lifeline the way ethanol, sugar and other commodities have done.

    “I have never seen an industry that receives subsidies for any period of time like this that didn’t fail and then cost taxpayers even more,” said David Littmann, senior economist at the Michigan-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

    The auto industry, government officials and environmentalists are hopeful that electric car technology can take off.

    For they are the omniscient masters of our fate and actually believe that electric cars will save the planet.

    The benefits are apparent — a nationwide electric- or hybrid-car craze would reduce pollution and help wean the United States off foreign oil.

    No it won’t.

    • proreason says:

      The debate about gas vs electric cars was settled 100 years ago. The free market decided overwhelmingly in gasolines favor.

      It wasn’t close then and it isn’t close now.

      But of course, the marxists don’t want a debate about anything. They only want to force stuff down their opponents throats. In a debate, they could lose…or rather, they always lose.

    • untrainable says:

      The idea is to serve electric car owners, while making prospective buyers comfortable with the technology, potentially inspiring them to buy an electric vehicle of their own.

      I’ll be comfortable with the technology when it can replace the proven gas based technology without any government support. When fillin’ up and chargin’ up cost the same amount ( in current dollars). When chargin’ up takes the same 5 minutes that fillin’ the tank does. When I won’t have to be concerned about charging up somewhere half way into my trip because the battery only lasts for 40 miles. And when the price of an electric car is reasonable and cost effective without my tax money ever entering the picture.

      I predict that these things will all happen about 15 minutes after the pigs start flying out of my a$$, just before Satan puts out the news-alert that the ski slopes in hell are open with fresh powder. Too bad electric cars don’t work so well in the cold.

    • canary says:

      These stations will probably be equipped to charge cars in 7-8 hours instead of the 17 hours if you use a regular plug at home. The car maker sales and installs the better charger so you do it in 7-8 hours.
      25 dollars for 6 months is so cheap it could fool the buyer when the real electric bill from their home comes.
      Because, who would want to look for transportation from the electric station back and forth. It would be like having your car in the shop. And they will probably have certain times for the charge, or security to watch over the cars? This is insanity we are paying for.

      I heard Rumsfield wrote in his new book a new type bomb threat.

      Magnetic wave bombs that blow up int the sky over a country or area. They will zap the new electric grids for windmills etc. and zap everything electric. And the idea of if you nuke anyone, we’ll nuke you, as Hillary has described it, isn’t going to work.

  15. tranquil.night says:

    Loony conspiracy theorist Beck vindicated again?

    Der Spiegel exposes Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Limbaugh of the Muslim Brotherhood & Sunni Islam (expect that to become a narrative someday):


    The Al-Jazeera television network has been broadcasting Qaradawi’s program “Shariah and Life” every Sunday for the past 15 years. Some 60 million Muslims watch him as he talks imploringly about the genocide in Gaza or the unique dangers of female masturbation.

    Qaradawi advocates establishing a “United Muslim Nations” as a contemporary form of the caliphate and the only alternative to the hegemony of the West. He hates Israel and would love to take up arms himself. In one of his sermons, he asked God “to kill the Jewish Zionists, every last one of them.”

    In January 2009, he said: “Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by [Adolf] Hitler.”

    In case there were still any doubt about Allah’s nature.

    The imam has also developed a reputation for himself as a moderate. Many see him as a symbol of an enlightened Islam. When speaking to the Western media, in particular, Qaradawi likes to point to Muslims’ tolerance of non-Muslims and condemns the attacks of al-Qaida.

    He also speaks out against the systematic castigation of wives. He calls the practice unwise, saying: “Blows are not effective with every woman, but they are helpful with some.” In other cases, the sheikh insists on equal rights. For example, he says, a woman does not have to ask her husband’s permission to blow herself up in an Israeli café.

    Gotta love the fearless European media. There must be a serious wake-up happening over there. You never see such hypocrisy noted here unless it’s a Republican.

    Critics see Qaradawi’s caution as nothing but a ruse. In the German blog “Die Achse des Guten” (“The Axis of Good”), Christoph Spielberger writes about the “Islamic principle of Taqiyya, or misrepresentation to achieve a higher goal.” According to Islamic tradition, concealing one’s faith is permissible, but only in the face of a massive threat.

    The TV imam’s followers in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood share his intangibility. For some, they are the dyed-in-the-wool Islamists, while others see them as champions of democracy on the Nile.

    “There is no question that true democracy must gain the upper hand,” Mohammed Mursi, a Muslim Brotherhood spokesman, wrote recently. “The Brotherhood adheres to its roots in Islamic thought. It refuses to accept any attempt to impose any ideological line on the Egyptian people.”

    Because Shariah Law isn’t an ideology. Like the name of the Sheikh’s TV show – it’s life!

    Nuance is the best form of deception.

  16. canary says:

    The Washington Post: Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility recovered quickly from Stuxnet cyberattack

    By Joby Warrick Feb 16 2011
    Washington Post Foreign Service

    VIENNA – …
    In a six-month period between late 2009 and last spring, U.N. officials watched in amazement as Iran dismantled more than 10 percent of the Natanz plant’s 9,000 centrifuge machines used to enrich uranium. Then, just as remarkably, hundreds of new machines arrived at the plant to replace the ones that were lost.

    But the IAEA’s files also show a feverish – and apparently successful – effort by Iranian scientists to contain the damage and replace broken parts, even while constrained by international sanctions banning Iran from purchasing nuclear equipment.

    “They have been able to quickly replace broken machines,” said a Western diplomat with access to confidential IAEA reports. Despite the setbacks, “the Iranians appeared to be working hard to maintain a constant, stable output” of low-enriched uranium,…

    While it has delayed the Iranian centrifuge program at the Natanz plant in 2010 and contributed to slowing its expansion, it did not stop it or even delay the continued buildup of low-enriched uranium,” the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) said in the draft, a copy of which was provided to The Washington Post.

    Iran is thought to have finite supplies of certain kinds of high-tech metals needed to make the machines, ISIS concluded….

    …Other intelligence agencies have said Iran could obtain nuclear weapons in less than a year if it kicks out U.N. inspectors and launches a crash program. Iran denies it is seeking to build a nuclear weapon.

    Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility recovered quickly from Stuxnet cyberattack

    The underground plant contains thousands of centrifuges, machines that spin at supersonic speeds to create low-enriched uranium, which is used to make fuel for nuclear power plants. With further processing, the machines can produce the highly enriched uranium used in nuclear bombs.

    Whatever the reason, the plant’s managers worked frantically to replace each piece of equipment they removed, the two European diplomats confirmed.

    “They were determined that the IAEA’s reports would not show any drop in production,”

    While U.S. officials declined to comment on the major equipment failure at Natanz, the speed of Iran’s apparent recovery from its technical setbacks did not go unnoticed.

    “Its discovery likely increased the risk of similar cyberattacks against the United States and its allies.”

    (entire article)

    “Iran is thought to have finite supplies of certain kinds of high-tech metals needed to make the machines”

    is this the type magnetic waved metal Rumsfield just wrote in his new book, about a bomb that expoldes in the air with radioactive metal to stop all electricity. All prophets go to the troops, and apparently, he as put up a sight to show documentation he obtained with the help of 6 aids to support his book. Anyone seen them?

  17. Rusty Shackleford says:

    A truly bizarre position taken by a former 1979 Iran hostage

    From FOX news: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/02/17/iran-happy-endings/

    In Iran, No Happy Endings

    By Barry Rosen

    Published February 17, 2011

    | FoxNews.com

    It would be wonderful to see the savage regime in Iran go the way of Egypt and its democracy movement.

    I have seen nothing to indicate it is a “democracy movement”

    After viewing the street uprisings in Egypt and former President Hosni Mubarak’s quick departure to Sharm el-Sheikh, Americans also watching Iran’s most recent countrywide demonstrations may be thinking: “Now the Iranian people will finally get the upper hand against their autocratic mullahs and street thugs, the Revolutionary Guards.”

    But sadly for the Iranian people, who are enduring human rights violations, torture and brutality at the hands of the “Supreme Leader” Ayatollah Ali Khāmene’i and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, there won’t be a happy ending. Iran, after all, is no Egypt.

    Here is a comparison of apples and oranges. In Egypt the “revolution” they so excitedly describe is just starting, if it is, in fact, a “revolution”. It isn’t finished transpiring yet. Egypt is still far, far from a democracy. While Iran has been an islamic dictatorship since 1979. He is comparing what is with what isn’t. The Iranian revolution started similarly and we all know how it ended up.

    The Egyptian uprising was led by a youthful and cohesive mass of young secularists and others who used social networking to band together against Mubarak’s oppressive police. The Islamic element in Egypt, symbolized by the Muslim Brotherhood, was not even part of this uprising and, in that sense, lagged behind the “people.”

    Though I do not dispute the construct of the who, I do dispute the when. “The uprising was led…” He speaks as if it’s all over now and is a fait accompli. A done deal. The masses have spoken….everything is right with the world. I say it’s just beginning. The muslim botherhood is going to be heard and loudly. If they can do a takeover by illicit and subversive means, so much the better for it serves their goal of being able to sell it under “peacefulness”.

    Khomeini and his supporters, unlike the Egyptian revolutionaries, comprised a sectarian Shi’ite Islamic movement and knew exactly what they wanted to do and were willing to be ruthless about it. Khomeini wanted to discard any form of secular democracy and would lead a movement for an Islamic state that would broach no opposition.

    The MB is no different.


    Moreover, while the Egyptian revolution has no overt anti-Americanism, the Iranian Revolution of 1979 was not only about deposing the shah, but united around anti-American policies regarding Iran, policies that had stalwartly supported the shah for more than 25 years.

    You’re kidding, right? Did you not read what happened to Logan? Did you not hear the lame attempts of a journalist to get a soundbite of praise for Obama? Did you not SEE any of the anti-American signs the protesters had? Sheesh….do you live under a rock?

    Barry Rosen is the executive director of public affairs at Borough of Manhattan Community College /CUNY. He was the last press attaché in Iran when he was taken hostage with 52 other American diplomats in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, and held for 444 days, from 1979-1981.

    Which is why I am stunned at his supposition that this “revolution” is both different than Iran, and that he also considered it a done deal.

    But then, re-reading his “credentials” he’s a card-carrying idealist having more utopian wet dreams, apparently. The time spent in hostage status by radical muslims must’ve further damaged his brain.

  18. canary says:

    I think it would take a full fledged war to bring freedom to Iran. Even Ahamdinejad’s opposition aren’t much better than he is.
    Last year in NY when Columbia invited him again, he said that long bizarre prayer about 2012 being the year allah will come to earth and meet. This at a time the 2012ers were running around saying the sky would fall because the calender ends in 2012. Ahamdinejad spining it to the 12th Iman who comes before allah comes to earth to save Islam and turn the globe into Islam only.
    First Ahamdinejad said he would send help to aid the Egyptian protestors (really just wanted the President out to replace with muslim brotherhood) and now sending ships for display to help with his vision of the new world order of Islam, shows a mad man. And Since he is praying for the end to come when allah will save them, Ahamdinejad’s believes anything and everything he’s doing is for allah. and that allah is with him all the way. The sanctions are worthless. Obama gives Indonesia money, whose been in bed with Iran, and the money is now going to Iran. Hillary telling Iran we will strike them if they strike Israel is pathetic. It’s a tiny spot next to Iran, surrounded by regions that hate them.

    And Obama has now just rebuked Israel big time, and it’s not pacifying the Palestine, because Iran is getting involved. These are happy muslim times.

    Obama to busy explaining to reporters it’s my brother-in-laws birthday and I haven’t called him yet. I hear his jamming with his basketball playing to the Rollingstones is virtual hit, so I’ve heard. At least the
    press didn’t laugh. And that after telling our children “you don’t want to be famous” “forget reality tv”. blah blah. Obama is a cold fish.

    • canary says:

      I’ve been brainstorming alot of this muslim propaganda and their beliefs, and noticed all more “before it is too late” in their talk and writings. Makes me think they want a global war.
      Hannity has had a couple of muslim nuts on his show. One he ended up calling a miserable sob. not spelled out.
      Then he had a code pink woman, with her pink veil, and he asked her many ways, and finally, put it like this. Do you think these muslims that should go around doing suicide bombing like 9/11 to get virgins (I’m not quoting him, but that he used the perfect description everyone other than radical muslims would say that is an extremist. Well, she again refused to answer. Well…that depends.

  19. SinCity says:

    Shameless… absolutely shameless…


    More Than 1,000 March To Governor’s Wauwatosa Home

    WAUWATOSA, Wis. — While thousands gathered in Madison on Tuesday to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s budget, more than 1,000 union members and their supporters demonstrated Tuesday evening in front of the governor’s house in Wauwatosa.

    The group met at the AFL-CIO building at Bluemound Road and 63rd Street, where a crowd of several hundred grew rapidly.

    After hearing speeches from a teacher, a healthcare union leader and a minister, the group walked several blocks to the home Walker owns.

    They carried protest signs and chanted “Kill the bill!” Some carried candles.

    “I’m a proud union member. I work at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. And I’m really, really, really upset at Scott Walker’s refusal to negotiate with the union and instead to put a bill forward that would kill our rights,” said demonstrator Ava Hernandez….

    • canary says:

      You reminded me of those Chrysler imported cars from Detroit commercials. Can’t understand what they are calling the Detroit City. Ya know the one with the ice-skater and a veiled muslim walking by. The city of Most? The city of Mosque? The city of Moses? (mahammad claimed to go into the clouds and talk with Moses dozens of times discussing how many times they should do prayers. The city of moe car? The iron fist statue. is in the commercial. Detroit Imports? I know this isn’t relevant but I don’t get it. Nice shots of some black car though.

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