Alice in Solyndraland

By this time most everyone knows about the Solar Company Solyndra & the hundreds of millions of our dollars that were flushed down the toilet.

Let’s take a leap down the rabbit hole. But first a pop quiz.

Who said this?

“The true engine of economic growth will always be companies like Solyndra . . . The future is here. We’re poised to transform the ways we power our homes and our cars and our businesses. And we’re poised to lead our competitors in the development of new technologies and products and businesses. And we are poised to generate countless new jobs, good-paying middle-class jobs, right here in the United States of America.”

You guessed it. It was King Barack in May of 2010. Too bad that wasn’t the Daily Double.

Oops. I forgot Alice is still falling. Let’s see what she has uncovered.

The Washington Post wrote, “Solyndra company executives ramped up their Washington lobbying efforts, hiring a former Senate aide to work with the White House and the Energy Department. . . .
[P]ublic records show that since 2008, Solyndra has spent more than $1 million on lobbying inside the Beltway.
Lobbying expenditures of $160,000 a year in 2008 and 2009 accelerated as Solyndra’s financial and political troubles mounted. By 2010, such spending had grown to $550,000. So far this year, Solyndra has reported spending $220,000, but that number will grow as more reports filter in.”

Senate Aide, eh. Who might that be? His name is Steve McBee. McBee, a former top staffer for Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and powerful House Appropriations Committee member Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., reportedly wrote key provisions in the stimulus bill to open the spigot of green corporate welfare.

Want a couple more lobbyists? How about former John Kerry aide Andy Quinn and Gregg Rothschild, a former chief of staff for top Democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland.

Finally we have the White Rabbit, George Kaiser. Kaiser, Solyndra’s chief investor, was a top 2008 fundraiser for Obama and met with White House officials in 2009 as the loan was in the approval process. He was also a bundler for Obama’s 2008 campaign, gathering over $50,000 in campaign contributions. Kaiser, together with Solyndra executives and board members, donated $87,050 to Obama’s campaign.

By sheer coincidence, A $10,000 donation to the Urban Health Initiative at the University of Chicago Medical Center appears on the Kaiser group’s 2009 tax forms. Who created The Urban Initiative? Oh gee, Michelle Obama. Weird, huh.

The Washington Post also reported in 2008 that Valerie Jarrett was the medical center’s chairwoman, and David Axelrod provided community support-building services.

Like Alice, my head is now spinning. I can’t go any deeper.

Crime & Punishment, NOT!

Raj Rajaratnam

Insider trading is a crime & should be. Those who do it should be caught & suffer the consequences. It’s not fair to the rest of us individual investors or “Home Gamers”, as Cramer would call us. There have been many a high-profile insider trading case in the news. Rajaratnam (pictured here), poor Martha Stewart, Levine, Siegel, Boesky and Milken.

More recently, (pictured below) James Fleishman of Primary Global Research, Zvi Goffer, a former hedge fund trader at the Galleon Group, and Craig Drimal, a former hedge fund trader and cohort of Mr. Goffer, all indicted for insider trading.

What do all these scumbags have in common? Well, they’re all scumbags of course. What else? Yes, you got it. None of them are members of Congress or the Senate. Unfortunately for them, they are also not Congressional or Senatorial staffers. If they had been, they’d still be scumbags, but they would not be ex-cons, current cons, or soon to be cons.

You see, members of Congress and their staffers are exempt from insider trading laws. How convenient. Just another example of “Do as I say, not as I do”.

Congressional members have many opportunities to obtain nonpublic information that could affect a stock’s price. They may, for example be aware of impending tax legislation that will pass and which will affect a company’s stock positively or negatively. Similarly, they may be aware of imminent approval of a new drug or the award of a new government contract.

A 2004 Georgia State University study revealed that Senators received annual investment returns 25% higher than that of average households. No doubt they are just better investors.

An analysis of financial-disclosure forms for 2008 and 2009 compiled by the website LegiStorm shows that several hundred congressional aides bought or sold stocks. At least 72 traded the stocks of companies their bosses write laws for.

This is not a Democrat or Republican problem. There are crooks on both sides.

One example in 2009: Senate Banking Committee member Mike Crapo, a Republican from Idaho, was involved in discussing “stress tests” on banks such as Bank of America. His aide Karen Brown traded the company’s stock on several occasions in the weeks before May 7, 2009. When BofA surged thanks to a press release on its stress-test result, Ms. Brown made a nifty profit.

In May a study of some 16,000 stock transactions carried out by House members was published in the journal Business and Politics. This detailed analysis showed that the investment portfolios of House members beat the market by about six points a year. (Democrats did especially well, outperforming by some nine points a year, while Republicans topped the average investor by only two percent annually.) Senators apparently do even better: “their portfolios show some of the highest excess returns ever recorded over a long period of time, significantly outperforming even hedge fund managers,” noted the journal, citing a previously published study.

Every so often a group of lawmakers typically numbering in the single digits proposes that Congress be subjected to the same insider-trading laws as you or me. The proposals are always ignored. Not once has any such bill ever made it to the floor of either house.

Yes We Cain!

Herman Cain stunned everyone over the weekend handily winning the Florida Straw Poll. What does this mean? I wish it meant we have a new front-runner, but of course, it does not. The major media & the pundits on both sides won’t allow it. Maybe they’re just all racists? Why not, it works for some, but not for an Uncle Tom like Cain. That’s the left’s view, I’m sure.

The winner of the Iowa Straw Poll (Bachmann) was the same candidate that came in dead last this weekend. Does that tell us anything? Probably not.

Could these polls be telling us that, just maybe, we’re getting tired of having our candidates picked for us & having to hold our collective noses at the ballot box? I sure hope so.

It could be that the tide is changing if these real common sense conservatives keep coming through like this. If it starts to shape up like that, we will have a Battle Royal on our hands. Forget about the left. The get-along, smarter than us riff-raff, talking heads of the republican establishment will stop at nothing to buoy support for a middle of the road candidate. He can, of course, be a fiscal hawk but he must stay away from the real sticky issues. Issues like Global Warming, Illegal Immigration, Abortion, homosexual marriage, etc. They’ll tell us it is just about the economy. That’s all people really care about, don’t ya know.

Well I like Herman Cain. He hasn’t been jaded by politics. He speaks plain english, so we know where he stands. He’s not perfect & doesn’t try to be (Mitt). He’s a real business man. He is charismatic & funny. He doesn’t take any crap. He appears not to have a thousand handlers wrongly advising him. Check out his campaign site & see for yourself. http://www.hermancain.com/h

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says the GOP has a great field of presidential candidates but that there’s still time for someone else to get in, hint, hint. That sounds like a non-conservative hoping someone (Chris Christie) will ride in & save us from ourselves. Christie is tough & doesn’t take any crap from the left, but he’s not a conservative.

Conservative columnist Bobby Eberle writes, “So… was a vote for Cain a vote for “none of the above”? Yes, it was, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Ok… before you freak out, keep reading. If “none of the above” can win a poll, it means that people like Perry and Romney need to do a better job on the issues. It also means that “none of the above” represents a sizable bloc of voters who want someone who represents them. But most importantly, “none of the above” gives people an opportunity to hear more about a no-nonsense, conservative. “None of the above” now has a name, and his name is Herman Cain.”

Maybe I just misunderstood Mr. Eberle, but why couldn’t those votes have gone to Herman Cain as Herman Cain? The others don’t need to do a better job on the issues. We understand their stances just fine sir & I believe a lot of us reject them.

Is Herman Cain my man? I don’t know yet but he looks good so far & no one looks any better. And by the way, he could wipe the floor with brother Barack. That I know.

Why don’t the Bill Kristols, Karl Roves, David Brooks, Fred Barnes, George Wills et al, let us real conservatives decide for ourselves. We are the Tea Party movement & don’t need a leader, nor want one. We desire a candidate, not to lead us, but that most closely reflects all of our views & values, not just the fiscal. He doesn’t need to be perfect. Ronald Reagan wasn’t.

NFL Update

Wild week in the NFL. The Pack are still the top dogs in the league. Philly loses to the G-Men whose defense came up big. Do the Eagles have any Quarterbacks left? Houston shows it just can’t hang with the big boys as they lose to the Saints. Detroit fans have to be going nuts after their latest win of the pitiful Vikings. Minnesota just can’t finish a game. What the heck is going on with the Falcons? The Bucs aren’t a bad team but Atlanta should be better than that. Tampa Bay’s defense looked tough. The Jets lose to the Raiders. YEA!! McFadden’s the man, at least this week. Hopefully not next week. Parody in league anyone?

Finally, the Patriots. My Patriots. What the ……? Ok, the Bills look pretty good this year, but come on. Brady throws 4 INT’s & we still almost win. I don’t want to seem like a whiner, but the officiating was horrible & Chad Ocho-Stinko sucks. If Welker goes down, we’re toast.

Now I’m going to vent about the ever-evolving safety rules. Let’s just put a red shirt on the Quarterbacks so no one can touch them. Better yet, the league needs a new name. I propose the NFFL, the National Flag Football League. That way nobody gets hurt. Football is a violent game. Everyone that has ever played the game knows this. Heck, just watching some of the hits make me cringe. It seems to me the more safety procedures are instituted, the more the injuries mount. Limiting hits so the players don’t even know how to tackle anymore. Limiting the full pad practices. All the little ticky tac penalties. Anyone wondering why the offenses are putting up the insane yardages they are? The defenses are afraid to do anything to prevent it for fear of a penalty. If the league won’t let defensemen play the game without thinking about every hit, as well as limiting full contact practices, the injuries will continue to mount.

Give a Little, Take a Little

Gov. Rick Scott


I received an email recently entitled, “Hooray for Florida”. I like Florida so I read it. It was about a law Governor Rick Scott signed regarding welfare reform. That sounded great so I read on. The email says that welfare recipients must have a drug test to receive benefits. Well, this just keeps getting better. Hooray indeed. Let’s just say I’m a skeptic. I decided to look further into the story. Much to my surprise, NOT, it’s not what it appears. With politicians, it never is. Here’s the real story.

Various articles explain basically the same thing such as, “The controversial new law has sparked national debate and is already the subject of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.” What a shocker, eh? “The group deems the tests unconstitutional for violating the random search and seizure clause. Supporters, including Gov. Rick Scott, say the tests prevent taxpayer money from funding drug habits, but critics say the law unfairly stereotypes the poor.” Howard Simon, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, said in a statement, “The wasteful program created by this law subjects Floridians who are impacted by the economic downturn, as well as their families, to a humiliating search of their urine and body fluids without cause or even suspicion of drug abuse.”

So far, this is pretty decent. The ACLU is upset. That’s a plus. Let’s take a crack at the ACLU & other libs’ claims. First off, the tests aren’t random. Everyone who wants welfare gets tested. It’s also completely optional. If you don’t wish to be tested, don’t apply for welfare. Second, no, it stereotypes the poor quite fairly. As Ben Franklin said, “I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.” As for the ACLU statement, really, humiliating search of bodily fluids? That’s the best they can do? I think they take the fluids out first.

The articles go on to explain, “Those who test positive for drugs are ineligible for one year (or six months if they pass a drug course) for the temporary cash assistance. If they fail a second time, they are ineligible for three years. Ok, wait. Temporary cash assistance? I knew this was too good to be true. This isn’t welfare as a whole. This is just a small slice of the overall welfare program. It gets better, or worse, depending on your point of view. “A third-party designated by the family can then sign up for the funds so the money is still passed onto the children. But that person also must be drug tested and fill out lengthy paperwork, which can delay a family from getting money for 30-60 days,” So, it’s a crock. It sounds good, but as usual, isn’t. It’s like an alcoholic with a designated driver. He’s still an alcoholic. Designated by the family? You mean the family whose members just failed the drug test? Who makes sure the money gets to the children?

A good point was unexpectedly made. “Is there any interest in finding if money by these applicants is being diverted to alcohol abuse, which can be far more destructive and certainly expensive, in terms of money being diverted from their dependents?” asked Rep. Steve Perman, D-Boca Raton. Wow! I agree with a democrat.

I realize this law can be looked at as a step forward or in the right direction, but if they’re going to do this, they have to know the left & the press, no matter what, will hammer them. Knowing that, they must go for everything. Not just a little slice.

Maybe it’s me. Maybe I can’t be satisfied but I am just sick & tired of half measures & loopholes. Today, more than ever, we need to take some dynamite to the granite sentinels of liberalism, not just chips off the edges. A good start is no longer good enough. Time is no longer on our side.

Will the Real Palestinians Please Stand Up?

Ambassador Abdullah Abdullah

So I’m reading an article in the Daily Star of Lebanon. What, did you let your subscription lapse again? It was an update on the Palestinian statehood saga. The article was centered around the Palestine Ambassador to Lebanon, Abdullah Abdullah, describing how their now famous refugees will not be citizens of the proposed state of Palestine.

What a great name; Abdullah Abdullah. I wonder if Madonna’s last name is Madonna & she just dropped it.

Anyway, my first reaction was disbelief. After all this pushing & posturing to achieve the dream state, they wouldn’t allow their own people to become citizens?

The article explains; The ambassador unequivocally says that Palestinian refugees would not become citizens of the sought for U.N.-recognized Palestinian state, an issue that has been much discussed. “They are Palestinians, that’s their identity,” he says. “But … they are not automatically citizens.” This would not only apply to refugees in countries such as Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Jordan or the other 132 countries where Abdullah says Palestinians reside. Abdullah said that “even Palestinian refugees who are living in [refugee camps] inside the [Palestinian] state, they are still refugees. They will not be considered citizens.” Abdullah said that the new Palestinian state would “absolutely not” be issuing Palestinian passports to refugees.

My second thought was, how is this not front page news worldwide? What the heck is going on here? This nonsense has been going on for decades. How many have died in this conflict? Now no one finds this newsworthy?

Citizens in Waiting

So I read on. The light bulb went on when I read; “Neither this definitional status nor U.N. statehood”, Abdullah says, “would affect the eventual return of refugees to Palestine. How the issue of the right of return will be solved I don’t know, it’s too early [to say], but it is a sacred right that has to be dealt with and solved [with] the acceptance of all.” He says statehood “will never affect the right of return for Palestinian refugees.”

There it is. It’s like connect the dots. Maybe Palestinian citizenship would hinder the Right of Return. Abdullah knows or at least suspects if the refugees become Palestinian citizens, they give up their right of return to Israel.

What I and others who have followed this have always known, this is the end game for the radicals running this whole thing. It has been going on since 1948. The Moslems had a chance to save their Palestinian brethren back then but chose to try to wipe out Israel instead. The supposed movements leaders probably find refugees, rather than citizens, a more useful tool in realizing its ultimate goal of destroying Israel, as they can then demand “refugees” be resettled in Israel (as opposed to their own prospective territories), thereby creating a disproportionate and destructive demographic for the Jewish state.

They may have finally figured out they can’t defeat Israel militarily, so they’ll flood the country with refugees & bring it down economically.

All I want is a Jew Free State

This place wouldn’t be so bad if we could just get rid of all them dang Jews!

There seems to be a big flap about comments made recently by Maen Rashid Areikat, the Palestinian envoy to the United States, over whether a new Palestinian State should be Jew-free. I don’t think there is much controversy at all. That is what he said. And not just Jews, but homosexuals. We all know how much the Moslems love both those groups.

This is what the Ambassador said during a breakfast briefing hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “Well, I personally still believe that as a first step we need to be totally separated, and we can contemplate these issues in the future. After the experience of 44 years of military occupation and all the conflict and friction, I think it will be in the best interests of the two peoples to be separated first.”

The Huffington Post reported it as, “A firestorm over remarks by a senior Palestinian diplomat about the future Palestinian state was the result of misquoting and misinterpretation.” Where are the misquotes & misinterpretation? We need to be totally seperated. How is that a misinterpretation? In the interview with HuffPost, Areikat reiterated that Israeli soldiers and settlers — “persons who are amid an occupation, who are in my land illegally” — would be rejected from the new Palestinian state. Again, I ask, how is there any confusion? Also, his land? What land. There is no Palestinian State.

As far as homosexuals are concerned, Palestinian gays and lesbians frequently seek refuge in Israel because of anti-gay persecution in the disputed West Bank territory and the Gaza Strip. The Hamas-controlled Gaza strip has declared lethal homophobia to be its policy. Hamas cofounder Mahmoud Zahar has said, “You in the West do not live like human beings. You do not even live like animals. You accept homosexuality. And now you criticize us?”

In an April broadcast on Hamas’s Al-Aksa TV, which was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Syrian academic Muhammad Rateb al- Nabulsi said, “Homosexuality involves a filthy place, and does not generate offspring. Homosexuality leads to the destruction of the homosexual. That is why, brothers, homosexuality carries the death penalty.” Holy Crap!

I’m not a big supporter of homosexuality, but I’m not going to wish them all dead.

Now Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is bringing the issue of Palestinian statehood to the U.N. this week. Ah, the United Nations. The most useless organization on the planet. Filled to the brim with despots that hate both the U.S. & especially Israel. That will go well, I predict. No matter what is requested by Abbas, Israel will lose. He will probably go before the U.N. security council first. That way he can see if the U.S. will veto the statehood proposal as promised. Obama has vowed to veto it, as much as he doesn’t want to, I’m sure. I think he hates Israel as much as the Arabs. My guess is that Abbas & the other Arab states want either a veto or an abstention. That way they can blame whatever follows on the great satan. That would be us.

This is not going to be good. I guarantee it. Israel is being set up once again. This time, however, it’s not just the Moslems. The rest of world is beginning to fall in line. For the first time, I really fear that Israel may actually fall.

I’m Filled with…Well Rage!

Typical American

Ah yes, its late summer in the Big Apple. What shall we do today? I know. Let us go protest the capitalist pigs. What shall we call it? How about “The Day of Rage”? We can make nifty signs & stand around, wave our signs & shout neato slogans like, “The rich are making us poor”! But I don’t think the rich are making me poor. So what, it sounds good, right? Yeah, right. Let’s do this. Where should we do this? Well, Wall Street silly, where else. That’s where all the fat cat rich bankers are. But it’s Saturday. They’re not even there. Well I just got a tweet that says be there today.

And so began the first annual “Day of Rage”. It wasn’t at all spontaneous. Starting back in March , ACORN founder Wade Rathke announced what he called “days of rage in 10 cities around JP Morgan Chase.” Rathke was president of an SEIU local in New Orleans. Let’s see; we have SEIU, ACORN & Code Pink. Fine upstanding & pro-American organizations all. The festivities are also being organized by Stephen Lerner of SEIU. Coincidentally, both friends of our President. Oh, that’s right, Obama was an ACORN lawyer. Lerner is a radical leftist. Rathke, the same. Lerner is the one that organized the recent SEIU, “Justice for Janitors” campaign.

We had more people at the Manchester Tea Party Rally

According to the website Adbusters, a group promoting the demonstration, the goal of “#OccupyWallStreet” is to get President Obama to establish a commission to end “the influence money has over our representatives in Washington.” The group advocates camping out in Manhattan for months if needed to get the message across. Yeah, that’ll happen. The “Occupy Wall Street” website did instruct protestors to do so peacefully but as part of his planned protests, Lerner called for “a week of civil disobedience, direct action all over the city.” Lerner outlined his goals: “How do we bring down the stock market? How do we bring down their bonuses? How do we interfere with their ability to, to be rich?”

Is that a Stone Tablet?

I’m sure this will turn out just fine. After all, with these historically peaceful organizations running things, what could go wrong? Apparently nothing. I just got word the crowd was estimated at around 1,000. They were expecting 20,000. Oh well, maybe next time.