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For those longing for the days of Solyndra, DOE spending $4 billion to make it happen again

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:35

**Written by Doug Powers

It was inevitable — like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, except in this story the swallows use government loans to turn the Mission into a solar company that goes bankrupt, fly back to Goya in first-class and leave taxpayers on the hook for the loss.

From Reuters:

The U.S. Energy Department on Wednesday unveiled a plan for up to $4 billion in loan aid for renewable energy companies to help rejuvenate a program that faced harsh political attacks over past failures of federally subsidized projects.

The Obama administration’s draft plan would provide loan guarantees for innovative projects that limit or avoid greenhouse gas emissions.

It will specifically focus on advanced electric grid technology and storage, biofuels for conventional vehicles, energy from waste products and energy efficiency.

“We’re back in business,” Peter Davidson, executive director of the department’s loan programs office, told Reuters.

We’re back in business”? Great. Here’s how that’s going to sound from the taxpayers’ perspective:



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But don’t worry, because they’re totally going to pay attention this time:

And in the wake of the Solyndra scandal, the department also made changes to its due diligence practices and loan oversight.

Apparently some of the billions of dollars from the last round of “green” loans ended up in the hands of non-Dem cronies, and DOE will make sure that doesn’t happen again.

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Jay Carney reveals President Obama’s most challenging interviewer of the 2012 campaign

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:35

**Written by Doug Powers

When you hear “left-leaning satirical news program” your mind might automatically think “network newscast,” and you’d be correct. However, Jay Carney revealed in a recent interview that no “mainstream” outlet was as tough on President Obama during the 2012 as The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart:

I think if you look back at 2012 and the series of interviews the President of the United States gave, probably the toughest interview he had was with Jon Stewart. Probably the most substantive, challenging interview Barack Obama had in the election year was with the anchor of “The Daily Show.”

Video at Twitchy here.

I was in a state of shock after reading that. Jay Carney said something totally believable! At least he seems to be admitting that the majority of the MSM has looked like this the last several years:

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As far as the mainstream press goes, for my money, this was one of Obama’s toughest grillings in recent memory:

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Another Nobel Prize on the way? Paul Krugman to study income inequality from perspective of 1 percent

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Keynesian economist Paul Krugman should win another Nobel Prize for this. He’s going to be studying income inequality for the next few months, but instead of choosing to study it from the low end, he’s going to be paid some $24,000 a month to get the view from the top:

New York Times author and liberal economist Paul Krugman has been offered a position as a distinguished scholar for a nine-month stint at the City University of New York’s Luxembourg Income Study Center, which researches income inequality.

Krugman has also been nominated to become a distinguished professor for LIS, which would bring with it a hefty $225,000 salary. (Krugman’s nomination was first reported by Gawker.)

That means that Krugman, while working to research income inequality, will earn nearly five times the median household income of residents of New York City — for nine month’s work.

That’s why he’s a brilliant economist! Sure, anybody could have studied income inequality from the low end, but these days everybody does that. Krugman, taking one for the team, knows that there are more than enough people the 99 percent (the sample size is more than adequate), so he’ll gather data from the perspective of the one percent. Krugman will also apparently study workload inequality while he’s at it.

Hopefully Krugman will kick off the new gig by asking what a woman would have been paid for the same job.

In case you were wondering, Krugman isn’t a hypocrite, because somebody at Slate said so:

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Flashback: Snortalicious: Former Enron adviser Paul Krugman joins progs’ war on “plutocrats”

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It’s official! Philanthro-nanny Michael Bloomberg announces he’s bought his way into heaven

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:35

**Written by Doug Powers

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Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is dumping $50 million into an organization he hopes will rival the NRA. The group, which should be named “Mayors Against Illegal Guns Went Nowhere So Now We’re Going to Try This Now,” is instead called “Everytown for Gun Safety.” Bloomberg of course isn’t promoting gun safety — the NRA promotes gun safety — but rather it’s Super Nanny’s goal to get rid of as many guns as he can (not including those carried by his private security guards).

According to the bible Michael Bloomberg uses, which was written by Michael Bloomberg and contains a chapter where Lot’s wife is banned after turning into a pillar of salt, the Super Nanny and hypocrite extraordinaire has reached the necessary spending level for entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven (now with no trans fat):

His financial commitment to reducing gun violence could grow. When asked how much he was willing to spend, he tossed out the $50 million figure out as if he were describing the tip he left on a restaurant check.

“I put $50 million this year, last year into coal, $53 million into oceans,” he said with a shrug, describing his clean energy and sustainable fishing initiatives. “Certainly a number like that, $50 million. Let’s see what happens.”
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Mr. Bloomberg was introspective as he spoke, and seemed both restless and wistful. When he sat down for the interview, it was a few days before his 50th college reunion. His mortality has started dawning on him, at 72. And he admitted he was a bit taken aback by how many of his former classmates had been appearing in the “in memoriam” pages of his school newsletter.

But if he senses that he may not have as much time left as he would like, he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

Oh really? And if anybody quotes Matthew 19:24 to Bloomberg he’ll just go drop a few million to have the eye of the needle greatly enlarged and put the camel on a diet.

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Big shock: Changes to Census Bureau survey will make it difficult to measure effects of Obamacare

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:35

**Written by Doug Powers

To be filed under “If you like your old health care questionnaire, you can keep your old health care questionnaire.”

From the New York Times:

The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.

The changes are intended to improve the accuracy of the survey, being conducted this month in interviews with tens of thousands of households around the country. But the new questions are so different that the findings will not be comparable, the officials said.

An internal Census Bureau document said that the new questionnaire included a “total revision to health insurance questions” and, in a test last year, produced lower estimates of the uninsured. Thus, officials said, it will be difficult to say how much of any change is attributable to the Affordable Care Act and how much to the use of a new survey instrument.
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With the new questions, “it is likely that the Census Bureau will decide that there is a break in series for the health insurance estimates,” says another agency document describing the changes. This “break in trend” will complicate efforts to trace the impact of the Affordable Care Act, it said.

Naturally, the White House fought tooth and nail against changes to the existing survey so an “apples to apples” comparison with previous data would provide the public with an accurate analysis of Obamacare’s success or failure. Wait, never mind:

The Department of Health and Human Services and the White House Council of Economic Advisers requested several of the new questions, and the White House Office of Management and Budget approved the new questionnaire.

I’m imagining new survey questions like this:

1) Has the Affordable Care Act saved you hundreds of dollars a year?

A) Yes, it has

B) No, it’s saved me even more than that

Flashback headline from 2009 by way of Allahpundit at Hot Air:

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Amnesty supporter Harry Reid on Cliven Bundy: People can’t violate the law and then walk away from it

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:35

**Written by Doug Powers

The Koch brothers have obviously robbed Harry Reid of his sense of self-awareness and shame:

Reid tells News4′s Samantha Boatman his take on the so-called cattle battle in southern Las Vegas. “Well, it’s not over. We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over,” Reid said.

Now, if you’re not an American and are in violation of a U.S. law, then Reid would want to reward you with citizenship and the ability to vote — not necessarily in that order.

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Debunking the Blame Righty propagandists…again

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 23:23

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Here we go again. Liberal media outlets CNN and MSNBC have joined forces with the biased, numbers-cooking Southern Poverty Law Center and New America Foundation to foment renewed fear and hatred of conservative Americans.

Their latest talking point: “Right-wing” terrorists have caused more American deaths than Islamic jihadists since 9/11.

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CNN ran with the “story” first. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow hopped on the bandwagon tonight and the Blame Righty echo chamber is whipping up another witch-hunt frenzy.

According to these divisive and demagogic fear-mongers, “right-wingers” have killed 34 people since 9/11 for “political reasons,” including the three innocent victims of last week’s Kansas City Jewish community center shootings, while jihadists have killed 21. MSNBC and CNN viewers are eating it all up with ghoulish enthusiasm. It’s the Obama DHS right-wing terrorism report all over again.

A closer look at the rigging of this latest phony factoid simply confirms the malevolent intention of so-called objective journalists to marginalize conservative political speech and dissent. And it confirms once again the corruption of purportedly objective “hate watch” groups, which are staffed and supported by progressives bent on criminalizing their opponents out of the public square.

Let’s start with the terror toll count date. Carving out the 2,997-person death toll from the 9/11 jihadist attacks is a rather convenient way to rig the scales, isn’t it? Only if we close our eyes and pretend away the bloodiest terrorist attack on American soil perpetrated by Islamic murderers is it possible to promote the Left’s moral equivalency on who are real enemies are.

Once you whitewash 9/11 out of your calculations, the rest of the smear job is easy-peasy. As usual, it involves dishonest inflating of “right-wing” incidents and dishonest deflating of left-wing and jihadist incidents.

The conservatives-are-worse-than-jihadists casualty data, for example, counts Holocaust Museum shooter James Von Brunn, who killed a heroic security guard, as a “right-winger.” As I’ve pointed out before, Von Brunn was neither “left” nor “right.” He was a rage-filled maniac and 9/11 truther who hated Fox News and Rupert Murdoch.

Also counted as “right-wing” in the CNN/MSNBC/SPLC data: Andrew Joseph Stack. He’s the lunatic who flew a small plane into an Austin, Texas, office complex that contained an Internal Revenue Service office in 2010. He injured several people and killed himself. Within minutes of the story breaking, a furious left-wing blogger at the popular Daily Kos website — where countless Democratic leaders have guest-posted — fumed: “Teabagger terrorist attack on IRS building.” The article immediately cast blame on the anti-tax Tea Party movement: “After months of threats on the United States government, and government institutions, the Anti-Government forces known as the teabaggers have struck with their first 911 (sic) inspired terrorist attack.” But as I reported at the time, Stack’s ranting suicide manifesto:

…targeted “puppet” George W. Bush, murderous health care insurers and the pharmaceutical industry.

The “manifesto” ended:

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

The CNN/MSNBC/SPLC conjurers also listed Robert Andrew Poplawski as “right-wing.” He was the disgruntled, unemployed loser who shot and killed three Pittsburgh police officers in a horrifying bloodbath in 2009. Left-wing publications asserted that the “heated, apocalyptic rhetoric of the anti-Obama forces,” along with Fox News and Glenn Beck, motivated Poplawski to slay the officers. But as I reported at the time, Poplawski was a dropout from the Marines who threw a food tray at a drill instructor, had beaten his girlfriend, and demonstrated violent, racist tendencies that had nothing to do with politics. What precipitated the shootout? No, not conservative cable TV or radio. It was a family argument. Poplawski was outraged that his mother wanted to kick his unemployed ass out of the house.

Another serial woman abuser, Joshua Cartwright, also murdered 2 police officers in the aftermath of a domestic violence call. Left-wing operatives focused on a single remark from Cartwright’s victim about his views on Obama to paint him as a “right wing radical,” whitewashing his long history of violence against his partner and senseless paranoia.

And the same Blame Righty mob so quick to seize on any mention of any conservative pundit, politician, or news outlet that might possibly hint at any possible culpability for a violent attack remained stone-silent about the Kansas City Jewish community center shooter’s promotion and celebration of the writings of left-wing, anti-Israel sleazeball Max Blumenthal, son of Clintonite operative Sidney Blumenthal.

On the other side of the ledger, the CNN/MSNBC/SPLC activists omit several significant jihadist-linked terrorist events, most significantly as John Sexton at Breitbart.com points out, the blood-stained Beltway snipers:

The most striking omission from the NAF list of jihadist attacks is John Allen Muhammad, the Muslim sniper who killed 10 strangers in the DC metro area back in 2002. While no definite motive for the killing spree was ever determined, Muhammad’s accomplice Lee Malvo made numerous references to Osama bin Laden and jihad in writings he made in prison after the killings. According to the NY Times, Muhammad was eligible for the death penalty in Virginia because the jury agreed he had committed an “act of terrorism.”

In 2002, one commentator connected Muhammad to a series of attacks inspired by al Qaeda. He wrote “John Allen Muhammad, the Washington DC sniper, who has reportedly expressed admiration for the al Qaeda hijackers, also seems to fit this worrisome new pattern.” The author of that piece on “Al Qaeda 2.0″ was Peter Bergen.

As I reported at the time, John Lee Muhammad’s Islamist, anti-white, anti-American hate-mongering drove the deadly fall 2002 plot:

Malvo testified that Muhammad, driven by hatred of America because of its “slavery, hypocrisy and foreign policy” and his belief that “the white man is the devil”, planned to kill six whites a day for 30 days.
Malvo alleged that Muhammad had said: “We are going to go to the Washington DC area and we are going to terrorise these people.”

They then intended to move to Baltimore for stage two of their campaign, to shoot a policeman and then blow up explosives at his funeral.

More explosives would target the ambulances that would then rush to the funeral. Another plan to kill three busloads of schoolchildren was thwarted because the pair were arrested when Malvo fell asleep while keeping watch at a Maryland petrol station.

Muhammad’s ultimate plan, Malvo testified, was to indoctrinate 140 young homeless men at a Canada compound who would “shut things down” in cities across America, unless they received £5 million.

And conspirator Lee Malvo’s “Allah Akbar…jihad…servant of Allah/bin Laden” jailhouse drawings spoke for themselves:

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An honest accounting of “right wing” vs. jihadist violence would have left out the 10 people mentioned above who were murdered by erratic loons whose mental problems and rage blurred or transcended political ideology — and then added the 10 innocents who died in the Beltway sniper shootings in October 2002 at the hands of the self-proclaimed servants of Allah in the proper column.

That would flip the “right-wingers”-vs.-jihadists casualty count from 34-21 to 24-31.

Which, of course, understates the real figure when you account for the 2,997 who died at the hands of Islamic jihadists on 9/11:

24 to 3,028.

The dishonesty of violence-politicizing leftists — once again forcing Americans of good will to defend themselves against conniving “hate watch” haters — is beyond sickening. It’s evil.

‘Phony scandal’ update: 3 out of 4 Sunday shows ignore latest IRS revelations

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:58

**Written by Doug Powers

The lack of focus on the IRS “phony scandal” shouldn’t be surprising anymore, and yet, it never ceases to amaze:

Over the last seven days, three major revelations have emerged surrounding the IRS’ targeting of Tea Party groups. Despite the new stories, on Sunday April 13, three of the four Sunday interview shows on the broadcast networks — NBC’s Meet the Press, CBS’s Face the Nation and ABC’s This Week — all ignored them, whereas Fox News Sunday was the only broadcast network program to mention the IRS at all.

Proof-positive of Fox News’ anti-liberal bias!

Apparently ABC, NBC and CBS didn’t think their viewers would have an interest in any of this:

On Wednesday April 9, The Washington Times revealed that a Dallas IRS office was covered with Vote for Obama stickers and engaging in campaign cheerleading. On the same day, The Hill broke a story revealing that Lois Lerner fed tax information to Elijah Cummings (D-MD) who sits on the committee in charge of overseeing the IRS investigation. And finally, the House Ways and Means Committee voted last week to refer Lois Lerner for criminal charges, yet the big three didn’t mention any of these stories on Sunday.

Yawn!

To repeat one of the most egregious examples of bias-by-omission yesterday, Bob Schieffer’s guest was Elijah Cummings, the ranking Dem on the House Oversight Committee who emails suggest was fed information by Lois Lerner about a conservative organization seeking tax-exempt status. Number of questions from Schieffer to Cummings in regards to that? Zero.

Part of Fox News’ Sunday morning coverage of the IRS story included asking why other media outlets aren’t covering the story. Wallace asked an AP reporter about the lack of IRS coverage:

When questioned on Fox News Sunday by Chris Wallace, the Associated Press’ Julie Pace defended the lack of IRS coverage, explaining that “We don’t have a lot to work with.“ Fox News contributor Brit Hume shot her down and argued that “The same set of facts…would have touched off in previous days a media firestorm. What we had was kind of a campfire in most of the media, which was doused before very long, and the story has been basically dormant.”

“We don’t have a lot to work with.” What’s that mean? The White House lost their email address?

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Feds back off after ‘First Amendment area’ near Bundy ranch got too big

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 11:43

**Written by Doug Powers

The tense situation at the Bundy Ranch area in Nevada has been defused for now and the feds have decided that going full Janet Reno would be incredibly unwise:

A Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters.

Cliven Bundy went head to head with the Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the government said they were grazing illegally.

Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870 and threatened a “range war” against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after one of his sons was arrested while protesting the removal of the cattle.

“I have no contract with the United States government,” Bundy said. “I was paying grazing fees for management and that’s what BLM was supposed to be, land managers and they were managing my ranch out of business, so I refused to pay.”

The federal government had countered that Bundy “owes the American people in excess of $1 million ” in unpaid grazing fees and “refuses to abide by the law of land, despite many opportunities over the last 20 years to do so.”

However, today the BLM said it would not enforce a court order to remove the cattle and was pulling out of the area.

The BLM used the term “cattle gather,” which makes it sound like some sort of bovine dating service:

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Here’s more from John Hinderaker at Powerline with possible reasons the feds might have ended this thing almost as quickly as it started (via Instapundit):

“The new head of the BLM, Neil Kornze, worked for Harry Reid as a policy adviser from 2003 to 2011. It is reasonable to assume that Reid got him the BLM job, and I would hazard a guess that Reid saw the situation turning into a public relations disaster–-Nevada’s Governor and Senator Dean Heller, both Republicans, were more or less siding with Bundy–-and told Kornze to give it up. It still isn’t clear what the crisis was all about. Rumor has it that Reid wants the land for a giant solar farm that would be supplied by a Chinese company and, presumably, subsidized by the federal government. Reid’s son is apparently a participant in the deal. Whether that is true, I haven’t yet tried to figure out. One thing I will say with some certainty, however, is that tortoises had little or nothing to do with it.”

Watch for Harry Reid to make his way to the Senate floor tomorrow as fast as possible so as to blame the Koch brothers for the 135th, 136th, 137th and 138th time.

To sum up the current state of affairs:

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**Written by Doug Powers

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Magazine Photoshop of Jay Carney’s bookcase still more reality-based than his press conference responses

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 10:27

**Written by Doug Powers

Via Twitchy and @RBPundit, the backdrop of a staged picture in a syrupy puff piece in Washingtonian MOM magazine (from the publisher of DC DAD and Beltway Cousin-in-Law) about Jay Carney & family has a few discrepancies:

Updated with more duplicated books. pic.twitter.com/riXC3SsSSx

— RB (@RBPundit) April 11, 2014

The full picture:

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Who doesn’t have severed fingers on their bookshelves?

In an effort to help revitalize the publishing industry, Jay Carney and Claire Shipman pick up three copies of every book they purchase — or that’s the worst magazine Photoshop in recent memory.

Judging from the lead photo in the magazine profile, if it weren’t for the Soviet propaganda posters in the kitchen, you might think that the Carneys live in the dairy & produce section of the P Street Whole Foods Market.

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Fitting to the occasion: Even Kathleen Sebelius’ farewell speech had a 404 error

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:56

**Written by Doug Powers

Outgoing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was feted at a White House sendoff this morning that turned out to be perfection as metaphors go:

“So the personal reward for me at the end of the day are the folks who approach me, the strangers who approach me at a meeting or pass me a note on a plane, or hand me a phone with someone on the other end saying thank you. Their stories are so heartening about finally feeling secure and knowing they can take care of themselves and their families,” Sebelius said before pausing.

“Unfortunately, a page is missing,” she said, drawing laughs from assembled crowd.

Something about that sounds so familier…

If I had a nickel for the number of times the Obamacare website has said "PAGE NOT FOUND" #SebeliusMissingPage

— John Patrick (@johntwarog) April 11, 2014

Everybody flip over your cancellation notices and see if the end of Sebelius’ speech is printed on the other side. Or maybe somebody had to quickly grab a page and use it to plug a leak at the site.

At the end of today’s White House farewell to Sebelius, they showed a short video summing up Sebelius’ tenure at HHS and work on the Obamacare launch:

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