- For publishing a photo of Whitney Houston in her casket
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Yet another Barack Obama green energy stimulus failure …
A123 Systems, an electric car battery company once touted as a stimulus “success story” … now not so much. Just like Solyndra, , Beacon, Amonix, EnerDel, Evergreen Solar, SpectraWatt, SunPower, and so many others. Barack Obama provided tax payer money to in the form of stimulus money that went up in smoke. The latest failure comes courtesy of A123 Sysstems. Since receiving $390 million, they have laid off 125 employees while still managing to hand out big pay raises to company executives.
A123 Systems, an electric car battery company once touted as a stimulus “success story” by former Gov. Jennifer Granhom, D-Mich., has laid off 125 employees since receiving $390 million in government subsidies — but is still handing out big pay raises to company executives.
“[T]he company has laid off 125 employees and had a net loss of $172 million through the first three quarters of 2011,” the Mackinac Center for Public Policy reports, observing that the company’s primary customer, Fisker Automotive, is also struggling financially. “Yet, this month A123’s Compensation Committee approved a $30,000 raise for [Chief Financial Officer David] Prystash just days after Fisker Automotive announced the U.S. Energy Department had cut off what was left of its $528.7 million loan it had previously received.”
Just how much tax payer money must be wasted by President Obama to fulfill his liberal, green agenda?
This morning on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Arizona Governor Jan Brewer endorsed Mitt Romney ahead on next week’s Arizona primary. Currently, Romney leads in the RCP average polling in Arizona by 10.7%. Arizona hosts its primary, along with Michigan, this coming Tuesday.
Brewer said she viewed Romney as the most electable candidate to challenge President Obama this fall, and that she made her conclusion after meeting with the candidates and after a debate this week in Arizona.
“I have decided that I am going to publicly endorse Mitt Romney. I think he’s the man that can carry the day,” Brewer said. “I think Mitt is by far the person who can go in and win.”
South Carolina Lobbyist Tom Sponseller Missing Since February 18, 2012 … Last Seen in Columbia, SC, Money Missing As Well
South Carolina lobbyist Tom Sponseller, 61, has been missing since Saturday, February 18, 2012. He was the president and CEO of the South Carolina Hospitality Association, who was last seen at work in downtown Columbia around noon Saturday. Authorities are also saying that there is as much as $900K missing from the South Carolina Hospitality Association. A forensic audit has begun to look into the disappearance of the funds. The information will be shared with the Columbia Police Department as police investigate the disappearance of Tom Sponselle.
Tom Sponseller: pic credit, South Carolina Hospitality Association
Authorities say as much as $900,000 may be missing from an organization headed by a prominent South Carolina lobbyist Tom Sponseller, who disappeared last weekend, The State newspaper reports.
Sponseller, the president and CEO of the South Carolina Hospitality Association, was reported missing on Saturday, February 18 after relatives and friends were unable to contact him, reports CBS affiliate WLTX.
Sponseller reportedly was last seen at work in downtown Columbia around noon Saturday. According to WLTX, police found Sponseller’s car parked outside of his workplace.
Law enforcement officials told The State that the organization’s accounting director, Rachel Duncan, is a person of interest in the missing money investigation. Officials told the newspaper that more than $100,000 and possibly up to $900,000 was missing.
FACEBOOK: Help Find Tom Sponseller – Missing from Columbia, South Carolina
Statement regarding Tom Sponseller from the South Carolina Hospitality Association:
The SC Hospitality Association members and staff are deeply concerned for Tom Sponseller’s whereabouts. He was last seen in the association office at noon on Saturday February 18, 2012. The Columbia Police Department has launched a full investigation and we are working with them.
Tom has served as President and CEO of the South Carolina Hospitality Association for nearly 22 years. He is a prominent hospitality industry leader here in our state as well as nationally. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom’s family and friends.
If anyone has any information regarding Sponseller’s whereabouts, please call S.C. Crimestoppers at 1-888-274-6372.
Equal Rights Under the Law … Three Lesbians Charged With Hate Crime for Assaulting a Gay Man in Boston, MA
If it is good for the goose, it should be good for the gay as well … They gay community wanted equal rights under the law, looks like they got it. However, when hate crimes on pinned on gays, they cry foul.
Three woman who have been described as lesbians were charged with assault and a hate crime for beating a gay man at the Forest Hill T in Boston, MA. Now the question will arise as to whether a gay on gay attack can be considered a hate crime. This does show just how foolish hate crime laws are. An assault is an assault. Now we have to make some assaults more important than others because of a perceived hate?
Three women identified by their lawyers as lesbians were arraigned yesterday on a hate crime charge for allegedly beating a gay man at the Forest Hills T station in an unusual case that experts say exposes the law’s flawed logic.
“My guess is that no sane jury would convict them under those circumstances, but what this really demonstrates is the idiocy of the hate-crime legislation,” said civil liberties lawyer Harvey Silverglate. “If you beat someone up, you’re guilty of assault and battery of a human being. Period. The idea of trying to break down human beings into categories is doomed to failure.”
Prosecutors and the ACLU of Massachusetts said no matter the defendants’ sexual orientation, they can still face the crime of assault and battery with intent to intimidate, which carries up to a 10-year prison sentence, by using hateful language.
Former Souther African President Nelson Mandela Hospitalized with Stomach Ailment (Update: Released from Hospital)
The former South African President Nelson Mandela has been hospitalized with a stomach ailment. The 93 year old former leader who took on Apartheid and won has suffered from chronic abdominal complaints. According to reports, it was a planned admission, not an emergency even though Mandela has suffered from long-standing abdominal complaints.
“I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.”
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.“
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been hospitalized with a stomach ailment, according to a government statement issued Saturday about the 93-year-old anti-apartheid icon.
Mandela “has had a long-standing abdominal complaint and doctors feel it needs proper specialist medical attention,” President Jacob Zuma said, asking that Mandela’s privacy be respected.
The statement did not say at which hospital Mandela was being treated.
Update on Mandela’s hospitalization that he had an , undisclosed “diagnostic procedure” and that he is not in any danger. Mandela is expected to be released from the hospital on Monday. One would presume that Mendela has either an endoscopy, colonoscopy or both.
In a follow-up statement later, Zuma added that Mandela had undergone a planned, undisclosed “diagnostic procedure.”
Mandela “is fine and fully conscious and the doctors are satisfied with his condition, which they say is consistent with his age,” Zuma said. “We are happy that he is not in any danger.”
Zuma said Mandela was expected to be discharged from the hospital Sunday or Monday.
UPDATE I: Mandela released from hospital.
Out of Control Government … California Town Considers Banning Residents From Smoking Outside Their Own Homes
So much for Liberty in Rocklin, CA …
A California town is actually considering banning their residents from smoking outside of their own homes. So much for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. In California, it is already against the law for smokers to light up near businesses, parks and playgrounds. Now your own home, seriously? Banning individuals from smoking on their own property, is as insane as it gets. When did we allow government to take over such liberties? One family is complaining and a law will be made based on one troubling making family. This is just unacceptable.
A Placer County town is considering a ban on smoking that some say goes way too far.
The Rocklin City Council is considering making it against the law for smokers to smoke anywhere outside on their property.
The city council is considering the ban after one home owner complained about smoke coming from their neighbors’ backyards saying it caused health problems for their kids.
From The Blaze. Maybe these folks should close their windows. So let’s understand this, the PITA neighbors complain about this but have never mitigated their damages and left? If they think smoke is such an issue, why didn’t they do something sooner? And if you have such an issue … MOVE!!!
We’re just saying, ‘please don’t poison us,’” James Baker told the newspaper in the Sacramento-area city. “Can you smoke inside your home? The reason they don’t want to do that is because they don’t want their family breathing it in. But it’s okay for your neighbor?”
Kelly Baker said her two sons, ages 11 and 16, both have asthma and that after 10 years of breathing in their neighbors’ secondhand smoke, the kids have become sicker.
“Kids like to play in the backyard,” she said. “It’s scary when you can’t breathe.”
She told the Herald the smoke from her neighbors’ porch cigarette breaks seeps in everywhere in her house, including the bathroom and laundry room.
“I’ll stand by my pantry and smell smoke,” she said. “Even during the winter with every window shut and every door shut (the smoke) comes in. It comes in through the vents, I think.”
What’s next, no barbecuing outside either?
Maybe everyone will remember the source the next time Bill Maher spews his hate filled venom …
Bil Maher donated a whopping 1$ million check to Priorities USA, the Super PAC that is backing President Barack Obama. Everybody might want to remember this when Maher goes on his hateful, divisive, agenda driven rants on his HBO talk show ‘Real Time”. Kind of comical that the comedian manages to make comments about the 1%’ers when he donates $1 million to Obama. Is it comical or hypocritical … you make the call.
Comedian and HBO host Bill Maher made the pledge on Thursday night during his standup comedy special “Crazy Stupid Politics: Live from Silicon Valley” in San Jose, California, which was streamed live on Yahoo. A spokeswoman for Maher confirmed the pledge on Friday.
“I would like to tonight announce a donation to the Obama super PAC, which has the very unfortunate tongue-twister name Priority USA Action. I know it was named by Borat,” he said, referring to a bumbling Kazakhstan reporter movie character.
“I would like to give that PAC $1 million,” said the host of television political talk show “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
One might want to question whether Bill Maher’s HBO show is free political PR for Obama.
GOP Primary: Mitt Romney Back in the Lead Over Santorum in Michigan … What a difference a Debate Makes
What a difference a debate makes as a front runner …
Just a week ago GOP primary Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum had a lead in Michigan and everyone was talking about Romney’s campaign being in jeopardy if he lost his home state of Michigan. Then there was the woeful debate by Santorum as the front runner where he failed to wow anyone.
The result … Mitt Romney is back on top in Michigan and pulling away. According to the most recent Rasmussen poll in Michigan, Romney leads with 40%, followed by Santoum with 34% while Paul and Gingrich bring up the rear. What a difference a week and a bad debate by Santorum makes. The previous Rasmussen poll had Santorum in the lead over Romney 38% to 34%. Santorum’s bad debate was Romney’s gain. As reported at The Hill, Romney turned in a strong performance in a pivotal GOP debate on Wedesday in Arizona as it was the first debate in which Romney and Santorum were the clear central figures, and Santorum was battered by attacks from Paul and Romney over his record as a senator in Pennsylvania.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters in Michigan shows Romney with 40% of the vote and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum with 34%. The poll was conducted on Thursday night, following the last scheduled debate among the GOP candidates. (To see survey question wording, click here)
Nate Silver also projects that Romney will be victorious in Michigan.
The FiveThirtyEight forecast model now projects a win for Mr. Romney by about four points in Michigan, roughly bisecting the Rasmussen Reports and Mitchell Research polls. Although that is inherently a fairly small margin, it is more meaningful given that there are just four full days of campaigning until Michigan votes; the model makes Mr. Romney about a 2:1 favorite in the state.
Mitt Romney also appears to be pulling away in Arizona as well.
Augusta Prep Day School … “Running for Justice” for Natalee Holloway, 5K Run/Walk for the NHRC … Beth Holloway Will be There
KUDOS to the Augusta Prep Day School remembering Natalee Holloway and a run for a cause for missing persons …
Augusta Prep Day School in Martinez, GA is having a 5K run/walk where 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the NHRC, the Natalee Holloway Resource Center to help parents with missing persons. Beth Holloway will be attending the event, taking part in the 5K run/walk and speaking to the student body and parents the day before. Beth Holloway will discuss Internationals Safe Travels. Come one, come all for this 5K run/walk and give to a great cause.
Natalee Holloway went missing in Aruba in May 2005 while on a high school trip. To date, the three primary suspects, Joran Van der Sloot, Deepak Kalpoe and Satish Kalpoe, who were last seen with Natalee Holloway leaving Carlos N’ Charlies have never been tried for her abduction, disappearance and murder. Joran Van der Sloot has since been tried and found guilty and sentenced to 28 years in the death of Stephany Flores in Peru.
Facebook: Running For Justice/Natalee Holloway 5k
Date Start: Saturday, February 25, 2012 @ 10:00 AM
Address: Augusta Preparatory Day School
285 Flowing Wells Road Martinez, GA
We all remember the tragedy when Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba on her high school trip in 2005. Everyone in America shared the pain of Natalee’s family. Her mother, Ms. Beth Holloway, channeled her grief into helping other families looking for their missing children by establishing the Natalee Holloway Resource Center (NHRC) to assist families and to raise awareness among teenagers about the dangers of international travel.
Augusta Prep is hosting a 5K Fun Run/Walk – “Running for Justice – Natalee Holloway 5K” to raise money to contribute to this great cause. We will donate 100% of the proceeds to the NHRC. The 5K is scheduled for Saturday, February 25th, 2012, at 10:00am, on the Augusta Prep cross-country trail. We are combining our passion for running with our desire to help this great cause and to raise awareness in our community about safe international travel.
To register for the event, go HERE.
Learn about the Natalee Holloway Resource Center
Beth Holloway has done a tremendous job in searching for answers and justice for not only her daughter Natalee, but also for the missing loved ones of others. Beth has become a voice and advocate for the missing and a resource for parents for those who plan on their children traveling abroad.