Biden breeches from the basement with bizarre comments

 

Gramps was on a special ride this week. It’s Friday so let’s pick out some of the high lights and memorable moments that aren’t getting the attention they so richly deserve as well as some observations.  We hadn’t seen much of him since he returned from Europe but he managed to come out of the basement for a few special moments. Enjoy.

 

Is he saying the stimulus check is a bargaining chip for workers to ask for more money? So he wants to continue to pay people to stay home with money the government doesn’t have?

 

When you break into Pelosi’s office and try to steal her vodka, that’s crossing the line!

Let’s not forget Hunter

Let’s end with an oopsie and some good news. Thank goodness it is being taken care of with an upgrade.

Magnetic north just changed. Here’s what that means.

Magnetic north has never sat still. In the last hundred years or so, the direction in which our compasses steadfastly point has lumbered ever northward, driven by Earth‘s churning liquid outer core some 1,800 miles beneath the surface. Yet in recent years, scientists noticed something unusual: Magnetic north’s routine plod has shifted into high gear, sending it galloping across the Northern Hemisphere—and no one can entirely explain why.

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That’s all folks. Have a wonderful weekend.

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Porkulus extravaganza – Pet projects in $900 billion stimulus bill

We already know about the $600 checks for each adult and dependent. If you make less than $75K. This time, however, ‘mixed-status’ households where eligible citizens live with illegal immigrants, will not only receive payments – they can retroactively claim benefits after being left out of the last round.

Pork that is unimaginable. Wander over to Zero Hedge for the obscenity. Yet how about us poor working stiffs? Not much… but a special package for illegals.

Pork City:The Most Ridiculous Pet Projects In $900 Billion Stimulus Package

And now, on to the pork… which includes billions to foreign countries, US military weapons purchases which go above and beyond their budgets, $40 million for the Kennedy Center, and nearly $200 million so that federal HIV/AIDS workers overseas can buy cars and car insurance, among other things. Lots of foreign aid. Also included is $453 million to Ukraine, on top of the $400 million Trump eventually released. No word on how much of that goes to the ‘big guy.

Check it out at Zero Hedge

But our gal Nancy has something special for us-

Other than that all is well in the swamp.

Obama’s 39 Taxpayer-Backed Green Energy Failures

Thankfully, we at Bunkerville are well, and appear to have survived Sandy in good shape after a harrowing couple of days. My wishes are that my fellow bloggers fared as well, and prayers go out to all who now have to endure the result of Sandy’s wrath.

Hot Air has a good selection of the pertinent facts of the released documents:

In reference to the bankruptcy of taxpayer-supported Abound Solar last week, President Obama’s proclaimed that “these are decisions, by the way, that are made by the Department of Energy, they have nothing to do with politics,” but evidence abounds (heh, see what I did there?) to the contrary, which was picked up by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and released as part of their official investigation today.

Of course, our Commander-in-Chief has found his way to the “Situation Room” for a photo-op, and portray his cred as a fearless leader ready to take on Sandy, not so much anything else. With that, blogging must continue. We hear much about Solyndra, but that is just the tip of his crony capitalism. So lets lay out all that has gone wrong with this misadventure of going “Green”. Here we go:

The 2009 stimulus set aside $80 billion to subsidize politically preferred energy projects. Since that time, 1,900 investigations have been opened to look into stimulus waste, fraud, and abuse (although not all are linked to the green-energy funds), and nearly 600 convictions have been made. Of that $80 billion in clean energy loans, grants, and tax credits, at least 10 percent has gone to companies that have since either gone bankrupt or are circling the drain.

It is no secret that President Obama’s and green-energy supporters’ (from both parties) foray into venture capitalism has not gone well. But the extent of its failure has been largely ignored by the press. Sure, single instances garner attention as they happen, but they ignore past failures in order to make it seem like a rare case.

The truth is that the problem is widespread. The government’s picking winners and losers in the energy market has cost taxpayers billions of dollars, and the rate of failure, cronyism, and corruption at the companies receiving the subsidies is substantial. The fact that some companies are not under financial duress does not make the policy a success. It simply means that our taxpayer dollars subsidized companies that would’ve found the financial support in the private market.

The amount of money indicated does not reflect how much was actually received or spent but how much was offered. The amount also does not include other state, local, and federal tax credits and subsidies, which push the amount of money these companies have received from taxpayers even higher.

UPDATE: Add one more: Another DOE-Backed Solar Company Goes Bankrupt

Heritage: Satcon Technology Corp. announced the decision in a Wednesday news release. “This has been a difficult time for Satcon,” president and CEO Steve Rhoades said. “After careful consideration of available alternatives. Satcon received a $3 million DOE grant

The complete list of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies:faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies:

  1. Evergreen Solar ($25 million)*
  2. SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
  3. Solyndra ($535 million)*
  4. Beacon Power ($43 million)*
  5. Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
  6. SunPower ($1.2 billion)
  7. First Solar ($1.46 billion)
  8. Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
  9. EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
  10. Amonix ($5.9 million)
  11. Fisker Automotive ($529 million)
  12. Abound Solar ($400 million)*
  13. A123 Systems ($279 million)*
  14. Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($700,981)*
  15. Johnson Controls ($299 million)
  16. Schneider Electric ($86 million)
  17. Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
  18. ECOtality ($126.2 million)
  19. Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
  20. Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
  21. Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
  22. Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
  23. Range Fuels ($80 million)*
  24. Thompson River Power ($6.5 million)*
  25. Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
  26. Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million)*
  27. GreenVolts ($500,000)
  28. Vestas ($50 million)
  29. LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million)
  30. Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
  31. Navistar ($39 million)
  32. Satcon ($3 million)*
  33. Konarka Technologies Inc. ($20 million)*
  34. Mascoma Corp. ($100 million)

*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy. Full story: Heritage

H/T: Wixom Web

American Indians Get Another $1 Billion of Obama Stimulus Bonds

This comes on the heels of the reparations to be given to Hawaii and the American Indians in the amount of $3.4 billion.(Not this Stimulus bit)Now another $3 billion. Right, the MSM didn’t cover this proposed “settlement” Nice we re so flush with cash. Wouldn’t it be cheaper just to give each of them a million or so? See our earlier  post  Reparations:  https://bunkerville.wordpress.com/2009/12/16/hawaiian-and-native-americans-on-the-road-to-victory/

The bonds are the second authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that President Barack Obama signed a year ago, which enabled tribes to sell as much as $2 billion of municipal securities, according to an announcement today from the Treasury. The government in September authorized 58 tribes to sell the first $1 billion of the bonds.

The sales will provide tribes from Florida to Oregon with funds for tourism, energy, water and health facilities, according to a list released by the Treasury. The tribes can sell traditional tax-exempt bonds or so-called Build America Bonds, whose taxable interest costs are 35 percent subsidized by the federal government.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-02-11/american-indians-get-another-1-billion-of-obama-stimulus-bonds.html

China Goes On U.S. Buying Spree- 6.7 Billion in Morgan Stanley

This ought to be a wake-up call, but it won’t. One can only wonder about the backroom deal with Morgan Stanley. What happens when they dump their shares? And our treasuries?

BEIJING (AP) — China’s giant sovereign wealth fund revealed it has accumulated stakes totaling $9.6 billion in major U.S. companies including Coca-Cola, Apple and Goodyear following a buying spree last year.

Most of the stakes are small, reflecting China Investment Corp.’s strategy of avoiding politically sensitive acquisitions. But they highlight its growing presence in global markets as it invests a portion of Beijing’s $2.4 trillion in foreign reserves.

That strategy is reflected in its disclosure, which includes small holdings in dozens of companies, including $353.8 million in Visa Inc., $6.3 million in Apple Inc., $9 million in Coca-Cola Co. and $1.4 million in Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

It also listed a $1.7 billion stake in Morgan Stanley, which CIC bought in June when the investment bank raised money to repay U.S. government bailout funds. CIC also agreed in 2007 to pay $5 billion for a nontradable 9.9 percent share of Morgan Stanley, but that did not appear in the latest disclosure.

Hat Tip- Lucianne

http://www.manufacturing.net/article.aspx?id=240522

Stimulus Funds Went to Nonexistent Zip Code Areas

First it was phantom Congressional districts. Now it’s phantom zip codes. Can you bear to imagine what it would be when our healthcare is turned over to more of these incompetents? 60 minutes did a story on the Veterans administration last night. Years of back ups in claims..and we want to go down this road? You want to trust these buffoons with your health and your life? http://newmexico.watchdog.org/2010/01/03/federal-stimulus-funds-reportedly-spent-in-nonexistent-zip-codes/

Closer examination of the latest recovery.gov report for New Mexico shows hundreds of thousands of dollars sent to and credited with creating jobs in zip codes that do not exist in New Mexico or anywhere else. Moreover, funds reported as being spent in New Mexico were given zip codes corresponding to areas in Washington and Oregon.

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/01/04/27-million-in-porkulus-money-spent-in-nonexistent-zip-codes/

The recovery.gov site reports that $373,874 was spent in zip code 97052. Unfortunately, this expenditure created zip jobs. But $36,218 was credited with creating 5 jobs in zip code 87258. A cool hundred grand went into zip code 86705, but didn’t result in even one person finding work.

None of these zip codes exist in New Mexico, or anywhere else, for that matter.

Obama lies about stimulus jobs

Wow is the Whitehouse angry. Now they are going after AP. First it was Fox, now AP- who is next??

Read the AP’s specifics on how the numbers went askew.  My personal

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Liar Liar tell the truth!

favorite?  A Florida day-care center claimed to have saved 129 jobs, but the stimulus money went instead to raises for all of its employees.  Do many day-care centers employ 129 people?  How difficult would it have been to double-check the payroll figures?  After all, the company has to report income to the IRS, doesn’t it?

However, the Recovery.gov site still uses the 30,083 figure.  More numbers will come tomorrow, when states file their reports and more jobs “saved or created” get calculated.  Will White House math improve?

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/10/29/ap-administration-overstated-stimulus-jobs/

Michelle Obama’s Stimulus Program

The Canada Free Press informs us that Michelle Obama is a one-woman job creation machine right inside the White House. In less than a year, she has managed to hire at least 200% more personal servants than any other First Lady in the entire history of the American Republic. Currently, the number stands at 26, “including a hair dresser and make-up artist.” [as noted by http://www.americanthinker.com ]

Hillary Clinton had 19 staffers – Laura Bush 18.  How times have changed. For comparison, let’s remember that poor Bess Truman and Mamie Eisenhower had to shell out the salaries for 5 of their personal secretaries from their own pocketbooks.

The collective salary of Michele’s personal “staff” apparently costs the American taxpayer $1,750,000.00 per year, plus benefit packages. And lets not forget her Mom is living there too… ‘to help with the kids’ was it?

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/13827

 

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“In my own life, in my own small way, I have tried to give back to this country that has given me so much,” she said. “See, that’s why I left a job at a big law firm for a career in public service,”

— Michelle Obama.

Matrix believes she’s created more jobs than her husband this year.

Obama’s 200 days of Political Hell

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 The first 200 days of Barack Obama’s presidency…?” And the short list of political atrocities begins.
 
    Who would have believed that within the first seven months of the new administration, 90% of all mortgages in the United States would be backed by the federal government (placing the taxpayer at risk for over $5 trillion dollars, I might add).  The U.S. government, would also become a major shareholder in one of the world’s largest banks, Citigroup-who would have believed it?   The feds hostile takeover of General Motors and Chrysler, the sacking of their respective CEO’s, replacing them with political appointees, and then heartlessly closing hundreds of profitable dealerships across the country, many of whose owners were known to have contributed to Republican politicians and conservative causes. 

   If America had known this would happen upon electing Barack Obama as president, would the country have listened?

“If I told you that if elected, the budget deficit for Barack Obama’s first fiscal year would total $1.6 trillion dollars, and in ten years the predicted national debt would surge to $16 trillion, would you have believed me?  And we conservatives thought George Bush had a spending problem,” I declared. 

 “If I would have told you that the Obama White House would drop the lukewarm phrase ‘War on Terror’ and replace it an even wimpier one: ‘Overseas Contingency Operation,’ would you have believed me?  And if I told you we’d soon be reciting Miranda rights to terrorists captured on the battlefield-AK-47 toting thugs attempting to kill Americans soldiers in Afghanistan-would you have listened?”

 Oh, and I noted his first egregious action that nobody would have anticipated: on the night of his inauguration our new Commander in Chief became the only President to blow off the Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball, sponsored by the American Legion.  Close to 50 Medal of Honor recipients and esteemed guests were assembled.  Mr. Obama traded the presence of our nation’s greatest patriots for fools like Kanye West and Leonardo DiCaprio. Would anyone have believed me if I had said this would occur?

 “if I had told you our nation would have an Attorney General who does not believe the Second Amendment is an individual right; or that a Supreme Court justice who feels race makes for judicial wisdom, would be sworn-in; or that the Tenth Amendment would be obliterated by the new administration in an attempt to pass ‘health insurance reform’?  Would you have believed me?”

If we told you, some said, that the Lockerbie murderer, Abdul Al  Megrahi, a man convicted of killing 270 passengers aboard Pan Am flight 103 in 1989-180 of those Americans-would be freed from prison, and the response from America’s president would simply be, “we thought it was a mistake,” would you have believed us?

 If we told you, they shared, that we would actually have president who declared the United States is “no longer a Christian nation”; or a president who would not publicly participate in the National Day of Prayer; or a president who would travel to Egypt to give a major address directed to the Muslim world, would you think we were crazy?

  President Obama’s first formal televised interview was taped and broadcast on Al-Arabiya (think of it as Al Jazeera-lite), and his first phone call to a world leader was to a former pillar of the Palestinian Liberation [terrorist] Organization, Mahmoud Abbas.  Who would have believed it?

 After 9-11, the British government presented George W. Bush with one their country’s great modern treasures: a bust of Winston Churchill.  President Bush prominently placed the iconic figure of vigilance and courage in the Oval Office.  After Obama’s inauguration the Brit’s offered the prized possession to remain with America’s new commander.  Obama turned down the offer and had Churchill crated and shipped back to England.  If you were warned this would occur, would you have believed it?  Or would you have believed that, upon British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s first visit to the White House, our president would present the leader of our greatest ally with a tacky gift box of DVDs, including Psycho and The Godfather?

  The list includes 10% unemployment, a $787 billion stimulus package, calling the work of a municipal police force stupid, plans to hijack the student loan industry, and appointing a hater of conservative radio to the FCC.

 If we had told you, would you have believed such things were possible in the United States of America?  Well, to a large degree, many of us did, and now many more believe.

Excerpted and modified from:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/10/if_i_told_you_would_you_have_b.html#

 Brian Sussman is a radio host on KSFO, San Francisco and author of the forthcoming book, “Global Whining: confidence to confront the biggest scam in history,” to be published by WND Books.

Al Gore gets a $529 million gov’t loan to build luxury hybrids – IN FINLAND!

Mr. Carbon Footprint’s arrogance only continues.  He continues to get richer off the largesse of the American Taxpayers. His personal worth continues to skyrocket off the backs of the American People. The cost of this little hybrid? About $90,000.00. And where are we doing this? Finland?

WASHINGTON — A tiny car company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has just gotten a $529 million U.S. government loan to help build a hybrid sports car in Finland that will sell for about $89,000.

According to public disclosure information, Gore was worth somewhere between $1 million and $2 million in 2000. Not quite eight years later, Gore is estimated to be worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million. While I ordinarily would applaud such financial gains from such a short period of time, I can’t help but to question just how it happened. When you look out at what Al Gore has done, it’s evident that he figured out on a way to capitalize on the creation of Big Green while becoming the official doomsday prophet that has helped to build Big Green into the monetary powerhouse that it has become.

In any other industry this would be considered a severe conflict of interest. In essence, Al Gore has helped to create a fictitious catastrophe, then told everybody what the solutions have to be, and then put himself in a position to capitalize on the hype. It’s not only seriously dishonest, but many people and industries are going to suffer in the wake of this hype while Gore and Big Green bring in millions (and in some cases, billions) of dollars in green money.

The award this week to California startup Fisker Automotive Inc. follows a $465 million government loan to Tesla Motors Inc., purveyors of a $109,000 British-built electric Roadster. Tesla is a California startup focusing on all-electric vehicles, with a number of celebrity endorsements that is backed by investors that have contributed to Democratic campaigns.

This is not for average Americans,” said Leslie Paige, a spokeswoman for  Citizens Against Government Waste, an anti-tax group in Washington. “This is for people to put something in their driveway that is a conversation piece. It’s status symbol thing.”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125383160812639013.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLTopStories

http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2009/04/it-pays-to-go-green-al-gores-net-worth.html

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