Sunday, October 28, 2012

There's still time to impeach him...

Thankfully this election cycle is almost over, and I hope beyond all hopes that the current denizen of the White House is finally overthrown and sent packing. 

I know that back during the early days of his reign I tried to be open-minded and hopeful and said that I would try to give him a fair shake, but that quickly faded as I realized that he was going to be an even bigger, more colossal failure than Jimmy Carter.

My opinion of the man has hit new lows. I find him a contemptible creature, and if that opinion hadn’t been solidified yet, then his arrogance and condescension at the final presidential debate and the blatant criminal bungling of the situation in Benghazi were the final coffin nails.

First, the debate. Personally, I prefer my Commander In Chief to have actual military experience. In my opinion it is crucial, in that if you are going to send troops in harm’s way that you should have once been one yourself. At least Mitt Romney has a modicum of leadership experience in having been the head of the Massachusetts National Guard while he was Governor. Not quite the same thing as being the Commander In Chief, but closer than the Marxist in Charge has with his bounty of experience in community organizing and agitating.

So in trying to demean Mitt and make himself look cool, Barry snarkily tries to negate the need for a larger Navy by saying we have these things called aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines, and went on to blather about how we also don’t have as many horses and bayonets as we used to, implying that it was yesterday’s technology and using the same tone one would use to scold a naughty child. 

How ironic, since he relishes yesterday’s technology of trains and windmills….

I carried an M-7 bayonet during my enlistment and then we switched to the M-9. I had a tab on my Expert qualification badge for the bayonet. Our troops still carry bayonets, especially Marines. Rain or shine, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in searing heat and bitter cold, the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery is guarded by sentinels who have a bayonet fixed on their rifle. The US Army Drill Team and the USMC Silent Drill Platoon both perform in front of thousands of people every year with bayonets affixed to their rifles. 

US Army Drill Team

USMC Silent Drill Platoon

The first Special Forces soldiers in Afghanistan rode in on horseback. There are still special operations troops using horses in the back country and mountain passes where heavy armored vehicles cannot operate. Horses are utilized in funerals at Arlington. You know, where real American heroes are laid to rest...

Special Forces trooper on a......HORSE.

An Arlington Tomb Sentinel on duty last year in the middle of a hurricane. Oh, look; a bayonet...

No, you arrogant and condescending bastard, we don’t have as many bayonets and horses as we used to, but we still have them and they are used every day by men you aren’t fit to lead.

And about the Navy and their lack of ships…I remember very well the 600-ship Navy under President Reagan. And now, under YOU, we have the smallest Navy since World War One. Yes, we have aircraft carriers. Yes, we have nuclear submarines. We also have fewer of both than we did in the past. In fact we have 20 fewer Los Angeles class attack submarines than we did in 1996, and another one so badly damaged by a fire this past spring she may be scrapped. By 2004, all 37 of the Sturgeon class submarines were retired. Also gone are 21 ballistic missile subs of the Lafayette and Benjamin Franklin classes that were in service previously. How many aircraft carriers have we lost in the past twenty or so years? More than we gained. From 1993 to 2009 we retired all of our conventional-powered carriers, eight ships in total. That leaves us with eleven carriers, including the aging USS Enterprise, scheduled to be decommissioned at the start of next year. So, in essence, we have 10 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.

That all sounds awesome on paper, especially if you know nothing about the military, like Barry Obama.
You see, the fewer ships you have the less area you can cover, or more rather you have to cover more area with less, making the ships & crews work harder and serve longer and longer deployments. By the end of a six to nine month deployment, a carrier is in need of a several-months-long refit period of maintenance in the yards. Equipment is worn out, crews are worn out, and that’s from every day operations….wartime missions aggravate this tenfold. On paper we have 54 attack subs, 14 ballistic missile subs, and 4 guided missile subs, but how many are available at any given time? How many are drydocked getting overhauled or repaired or refueled? Same with the carriers. And the carriers have the added complication of having a flotilla of other ships to accompany them, like, say, the fleet oilers to refuel the destroyers and cruisers. When you only have but so many to go around, they get worn out. 

A carrier in drydock

And what if there’s a war and (God forbid) we lose a ship in combat? You can’t build one over night. A carrier takes about 6 or 7 years to build these days. A submarine takes about three.

Okay, now on to Libya.

The latest word I’m getting is that our people in Libya begged for weeks to get more & better security on the ground in Tripoli and at the mission in Benghazi, and were REFUSED. When the mission came under attack, the White House knew for hours. They watched in the Situation Room via a feed from an overhead drone as militants stormed the compound & murdered four Americans.

I hear word that there was a quick reaction force an hour away that was never sent. I hear word that at one point a rapid deployment force comprising Army Rangers and two Special Forces A-Teams along with an AC-130U Spectre gunship were en route to rescue them, and were turned back. I hear word that one of the two former Navy SEALs who were among the four killed was at one point on the roof and could see the mortar team shelling them and begged for air support so he could spot for them. DENIED. The general who tried to help them is being canned

Christopher Stevens. Glen Doherty. Tyrone Woods. Sean Smith. A United States Ambassador, two former Navy SEALs, and a civilian information management officer, all killed by Islamic terrorists. I hope their names and faces haunt you nightly, Barry.

You lied to your lapdogs in the media and blamed the attack on a bullshit video on YouTube that most of those illiterate sand fleas had never even heard of until you used it and the shady turd who made it as a scapegoat for your own incompetence. And you made sure all of Islam knew the shady turd was a Coptic Christian, as if the Copts in Egypt aren’t having enough trouble from your butt-buddies in the Islamic Brotherhood. You threw him, and all the Copts, under the bus you scumbag. 

You and your entire staff should be tried for treason. You couldn’t lead a pack of Cub Scouts to the dumpster and back without screwing it up and yet you have the audacity to think you should continue to lead this nation?

Eight more days, Barry. Eight days and then we vote your ass out. Start packing.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Green Energy Fails

You may recall a couple years ago that I showed you, dear readers, how to become filthy rich off of scamming people who believe in the Global Warming/Climate Change crapfest. As is the case with many of my schemes & plots, this was done tongue in cheek and drenched in snarky sarcasm. 

Sadly, though, there really was an awful lot of filthy luchre to be had by scamming the Obama Crowd and gobbling up money from the Succubus Package in phony “green” energy voodoo. They were handing out money….TAXPAYER money, pell-mell to all & sundry who claimed to be green. Billions were wasted, and I do mean literally wasted and pissed away, on companies, some of them not even American companies, who in many cases ended up BANKRUPT.

Financial woes and failures have been widespread, with vast amounts of cronyism and corruption and graft. The fact that some green energy companies are not under financial duress does not make the Feral Gubmint’s forays into venture capitalism a success. It simply means that our taxpayer dollars subsidized companies that should’ve found the financial support in the private market. However, few in the private market were willing to piss away billions for trains and windmills.

So far, at least 34 companies that were offered federal support from taxpayers are faltering — either having already gone bankrupt or heading for it and. laying off workers to stave off the inevitable. The following list includes only those companies that received federal money from the Obama Administration’s Department of Energy and other agencies. The amount of money indicated does not reflect how much was actually received or spent but rather 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.

Prepare to choke back your own bile.

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

*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy. 

The National Renewable Energy Lab also received $200 million in stimulus funding, but it is a government laboratory, not a private firm.

This used to be a $100,000 Fisker electric speedster. It caught fire like a Chevy Volt. When you're a rich liberal, you burn cars to stay warm...

The 2009 Succubus Package 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.

Bear in mind, the Obama Administration has virtually shut down offshore oil drilling in US waters, while applauding Brazil doing it and telling them we’d be their biggest customers. In fact, we paid for them to do it, lending the Brazilians over 2 BILLION dollars to go drill their oil and then sell it to us. Some of that loan money paid for US drilling rigs to leave the Gulf of Mexico for Brazil rather than sit idle.

The same Administration said no to the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada, costing us a readily available oil supply and thousands of jobs. Canada will instead sell their oil to…who else? CHINA.

The same administration said it intended to bankrupt the coal industry and that your electricity costs would necessarily skyrocket. Gasoline costs twice what it did when Obama took office.

The same administration used billions in taxpayer funds to prop up Chrysler so that it could be sold to a foreign company, Fiat, after another foreign company, Daimler, bailed out and ran. Billions and billions more were used to prop up General Motors as they tout the miserable sales of the Chevy Volt, a car so expensive that the average median income of a Volt buyer is $170,000 per year, according to General Motors CEO Dan Akerson. That high income puts the Volt’s buyers in the top 7 percent of households, according to census data, and slightly above the rankings held by households with BMWs, Lexuses or Cadillacs.The average income of BMW buyers is nearly $170,000, according to a May 2010 article in Bloomberg Business Week. Cadillac buyers earn almost $130,000, and Lexus buyers take home an average of $141,000. Only Mercedes-Benz drivers earn more than Volt drivers, an average of $174,000 per year.

Ironic that rich liberals are the only buyers…but it’s okay to be rich if you’re a Leftist.

And to add insult to injury, the Feds already give you a $7500 tax rebate to buy a Volt, and are trying to increase it to $10,000. That mammoth subsidy would cost taxpayers $100 million each year if it is approved by Congress, presuming only 10,000 new-technology autos like the Volt or the Nissan Leaf are sold each year. But the administration wants to get 1 million new-tech autos on the road by 2015. The subsidy cost of that goal could reach $10 billion.

Where the hell is that money going to come from? Oh yeah…you & me.

Hope…Change….Fail… have two weeks to make up your minds, America. Recovery, or Hell in a Handbasket.