Energy Secretary Chu Admits Administration OK with High Gas Prices – Yahoo! News

COMMENTARY | President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu uttered the kind of Washington gaffe that consists of telling the truth when inconvenient. According to Politico, Chu admitted to a House committee that the administration is not interested in lowering gas prices.

Chu, along with the Obama administration, regards the spike in gas prices as a feature rather than a bug. High gas prices provide an incentive for alternate energy technology, a priority for the White House, and a decrease in reliance on oil for energy.

The Heritage Foundation points out that hammering the American consumer with high gas prices to make electric and hybrid cars more appealing is consistent with Obama administration policy and Chu’s philosophy. That explains the refusal to allow the building of the Keystone XL pipeline and to allow drilling in wide areas of the U.S. and offshore areas.

The consequences of the policy are not likely to be of benefit to the Obama administration. The Republican National Committee has already issued a video highlighting the spike in gas prices and the failure of the administration to address the issue.

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has issued a half-hour video touting an energy plan he claims would result in $2.50 a gallon gasoline. The plan is based on unfettered drilling for oil and gas instead of a reliance on green energy. Gingrich has also savaged Obama’s touting of algae based biofuel as “weird.”

Chu has likely highlighted an issue Republicans are going to pick up and run with. Americans are not going to be appreciative of schemes to hit them in the wallet so the American economy can shift to green energy. Besides American traditional adherence to the free market, the idea of being fleeced by a deliberate government policy is likely to be greeted with anger.

Add into the mix green energy fiascos like Solyndra, and Chu might well have kindled a full blown scandal.

How the Obama administration reacts to the expected firestorm is open to question. Green energy is as part of its fundamental religion as is universal health care, another unpopular Obama policy. If it tries to bull ahead, the electorate will likely punish Obama and the Democrats. If it tries to backtrack, Obama looks weak and facilitating, and likely will still not appease gas strapped Americans experiencing price shock at the gas pump.

via Energy Secretary Chu Admits Administration OK with High Gas Prices – Yahoo! News.

Doctors call for HPV shots for boys – Washington Times

Does anyone actually believe the drug companies are really out to fix illnesses?  This vaccine has been shown to be deadly and now we want to vaccinate boys too?

 

Despite lackluster acceptance among girls for a vaccine to prevent cancer-causing sexually transmitted viruses, the American Academy of Pediatrics is fully recommending that boys get the shots as well.

Boys 11 and 12 should be immunized routinely, with three doses of a vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), the AAP said Monday in its online issue of Pediatrics. This formally updates the academy’s previous policy of “permissive recommendation” for vaccination of males.

The AAP has recommended since 2007 that girls ages 11 and 12 receive the HPV vaccine.

The new policy should end any resistance among health insurers to covering HPV vaccines for boys. Each HPV shot cost about $130 in July; three shots are needed for the vaccine to be fully effective.

Merck & Co.’s Gardasil is the only approved HPV vaccine for males; both Gardasil and Cervarix, made by GlaxoSmithKline, are approved for females.

via Doctors call for HPV shots for boys – Washington Times.

Gazette.Net: Court: Frederick schools not liable in peanut allergy case

this is the very reason i advocate to my daughter that if the school tells you to do something that is dangerous to you or others..do not participate…and i’ll deal with the school over it.  me and my wife are looking to get our eldest out of the public schools and we hope we can also not have to put our youngest into the prison camps called the public schools system.

 

Maryland’s highest court has ruled that state agencies are not required to ensure children aren’t served food to which they are allergic.

The Maryland Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by a former Frederick resident who sued after her 5-year-old daughter was served a peanut butter sandwich despite being allergic to peanuts. The decision was released Wednesday.

In 2005, Liana Pace, a kindergarten student at Frederick’s Hillcrest Elementary School, did not have a lunch or enough money to buy one. She was given a peanut butter sandwich, but told a cafeteria worker she wasn’t allowed to eat peanut butter.

According to the decision, “The worker mistook her protests as misbehavior and ordered her to eat the sandwich.” The girl went into anaphylactic shock and was given a dose of epinephrine to relieve the symptoms.

Her mother, Nicole Pace, sued the state of Maryland, the state Department of Education and others. The case was dismissed in Frederick County Circuit Court and appealed until it reached the Court of Appeals. Pace and her daughter no longer live in Maryland, according to the decision.

A spokesperson for Frederick County Public Schools could not be reached Friday.

The decision involved the National School Lunch Act, passed in 1946, which requires that free or low-cost meals be provided to schoolchildren.

According to the decision, “The NSLA was not designed to protect a particular subset of students, such as those with food allergies, but rather, to serve the needs of all eligible school-aged children.”

via Gazette.Net: Court: Frederick schools not liable in peanut allergy case.

TheTentacle.com – How “The Left” Intimidates

This is an excerpt.  Hit the link at the bottom for the full article.  Very well written.

Currently in the Maryland Senate there is debate over the same-sex marriage bill that was recently passed by the Maryland House of Delegates. It is likely to pass and then be signed into law by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D).

 

The issue of legalizing same-sex marriage has gained tremendous momentum in the United States over the last 10 years. The acceptance of more open discussion of homosexuality has – in large part – been due to the rapid change in an ever-evolving media culture that allows for freer expression and celebrating life outside the norms of society.

 

Those who don’t embrace the homosexual lifestyle, but accept or tolerate it, are a majority of our society. The societal norm for couples is and will always be defined as a woman and a man. For those who won’t – or don’t want to – accept the gay lifestyle as the norm do so because they believe homosexuality to be unnatural or abhorrent.

 

The left, which flexes its might through bullying tactics, treats those with traditional values as “out of step” with society. They deride these same people as “homophobic” – a term, if defined properly, would mean fear of the same – or afraid of homosexuality. Those who don’t tolerate homosexuality are not afraid of anything; they either have religious convictions or personal belief that it is an immoral act. Because they hold these beliefs does not make them bigots.

 

In the United States there are estimated to be well over 11 million illegal immigrants – this number would be much higher if it weren’t for a faltering economy. Attempts at curbing the tide of immigration and even deporting those here illegally comes at a price for those supporting deportation. The left, which benefits by the presence of illegal immigrants, will frequently and unhesitatingly intimidate those who disagree with them.

 

They attempt to intimidate opponents by claiming racism. But aren’t all men and women from the same race – the human race?

via TheTentacle.com.

It’s Cord Cutting Time

We’ve grown weary of Comcast’s fare hikes and transfer limits.  We are definitely cutting residential cable and internet and going business class.  We slow down form 16/2 to 12/2 but the upshot is we have no transfer caps and we get a higher priority on our node.  We’ll take those odds plus a 3 year price freeze via a contract.

The Vow Disappoints in It’s Theater Debut

Unfortunately they took their story to Sony…I have to say i’m not surprised at the twists and omissions and additions that were made…:(

 

Based on the love story of two devout Christians, the movie version of “The Vow,” starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, strips the tale of its overt religious themes, which has some Christian reviewers concerned.The film is based on the true life story and book, “The Vow” by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, which draws heavily on that couple’s Christian beliefs and the power of God to heal and shepherd a marriage through difficult times.The book tells the story of  Kim and Krickitt, who met and fell in love over a long distance phone call in 1992, bonded over their Christian faith, and were married a very short time later. Just 10 weeks into their marriage, the couple survived a terrible car wreck that left Krickitt in a coma with severe head trauma. Upon waking, Krickitt experienced amnesia and was essentially married to a stranger, forgetting the last 18 months of her life.Throughout the book, it is the couple’s religious belief in the unbreakable vow of marriage that keeps them together.“You make a promise before God with your wedding vows,” Krickitt Carpenter told Fox411.com. “You have to take that seriously.”The studio version of the Carpenter’s marriage, however, strips the couple of their Christianity.“The movie doesn’t talk about faith significantly. It would have been nice to see more of it,” Kim Carpenter told Fox411.com. “The first book we wrote was extremely embedded in our faith, but I think the movie does depict the inspiration of the battle to hang in there. I think the audience realizes we are a people of faith.”

via Real-life Couple From The Vow Says It would Have Been Nice To See Christian References In Film | Fox News.

The Battle of Chernobyl

THE BATTLE OF CHERNOBYL dramatically chronicles the series of harrowing efforts to stop the nuclear chain reaction and prevent a second explosion, to “liquidate” the radioactivity, and to seal off the ruined reactor under a mammoth “sarcophagus.” These nerve-racking events are recounted through newly available films, videos and photos taken in and around the plant, computer animation, and interviews with participants and eyewitnesses, many of whom were exposed to radiation, including government and military leaders, scientists, workers, journalists, doctors, and Pripyat refugees.

via Best Chernobyl Documentary 2006 The Battle of Chernobyl (HQ) 1hr 32min 1 clip – YouTube.

Joining the Cord Cutters

In May of this year.  It turns out our current pricing is a promotion.  When it ends cable alone is 80/month and that’s jsut basic digital.  Internet is another 65 bucks.  We can get another 1 year promotion on the cable and get it knocked down to 50/month but internet promo is only 6 months and then it stays up at 65 bucks a month.  So we can basically extend things for 6 months then blamo.  Ain’t happenin.  I am going business class.  I take 65/month and have unlimited downloads.  Right now we have been living with Comcast’s 250 gigs downloading limit.  With business class we get 65/month for 3 years locked in and no bandwidth limit.  We’ll keep netflix but instead of limiting ourselves we’ll just light it up.  Once we buy a new tv we’ll use the tons of internet apps they have these days to grab 95% of everything we watch anyway at least whatever apps we can’t find for the wii.  Yes there is a way to watch football without having cable tv..:)

We are joining the cord cutters as we are called..:)

Foreclosure Deal Means Homeowners Get Screwed Again

So the banks first get away with illegal fillings and bogus documents.  they then foreclosed while committing  Perjury  in court.  They have to pay 25 billion TOTAL.  What’s the real cost?  Over 1 TRILLION in bad documents.  Granted some homeowners made their own bed..but there are many many cases that are easily searchable on Google whre the banks were shown to be liars and they WON ANWAY because judges were essentially in the bankster’s pockets.

 

The $25 billion settlement with banks over foreclosure abuses may result in a wave of home seizures, inflicting short-term pain on delinquent U.S. borrowers while making a long-term housing recovery more likely.

Lenders slowed the pace of foreclosures as they negotiated with attorneys general in all 50 states for more than a year over allegations of faulty and fraudulent paperwork used to repossess homes. With yesterday’s agreement, banks are likely to resume property seizures.

“The best thing about the settlement, frankly, is that it will be done,” said Stan Humphries, chief economist for Seattle-based Zillow Inc. (Z), a provider of home-sales data. “The shadow of the settlement hung over the market for a year now.”

The backlog of foreclosures has trapped homeowners in properties they can no longer afford, depressed neighborhood prices by increasing the number of abandoned homes and led banks to tighten mortgage credit standards because of uncertainty about the cost of their potential obligations. Foreclosure starts fell 46 percent in December from October 2010, when the investigation into the so-called robo-signing of mortgage documentation began, according to Irvine, California-based RealtyTrac Inc.

The agreement will direct $17 billion to writing down debt to buffer about 1 million homeowners from foreclosure through mortgage forgiveness, forbearance or loan modification programs, according to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. About 750,000 borrowers may get direct payments of as much as $2,000 to compensate them for servicing errors.

via Foreclosure Deal to Spur New Wave of U.S. Home Seizures, Help Heal Market – Bloomberg.

Soaking the Rich Never Works

Ah yes class warfare at it’s best.  None of these nimrods care about one thing… soaking the rich(of which all of these folks are) ever works.  Why?  They have the ability to move themselves and/or their wealth offshore. These fools know good and dern well that this strategy isn’t going to work because it has already failed many times over.  It is great for getting the rest of the country to vote for them.  That is all this tactic is good for…it is the “rich” who are the job creators in this nation.

 

Democrats and Republicans agree: People with higher incomes must pay more. 

Democrats want upper-income people to pay more in taxes, but don’t want upper-income people to pay more for their Medicare benefits.

Republicans want upper-income people to pay more for their Medicare benefits, but don’t want them to pay more in income taxes.

A House-Senate conference committee is looking to upper-income people as it tries to find the money to offset the cost of a payroll tax cut package, which includes extended unemployment benefits.

A compromise that combines a bit of each (higher income taxes on the rich and higher Medicare premiums) seems unlikely.

For the Democrats, Sen. Bob Casey, D- Pa. has proposed a surtax on the rich to help pay for the payroll tax cut package.

Last year Casey’s proposed 3.25 percent surtax on incomes over $1 million failed to get the 60 votes it needed to advance in the Senate. He has now lowered his threshold, calling for a 1 percent surtax on any income over $1 million, which he said would raise about $76 billion, offsetting almost half the cost of a payroll tax cut package.

via NBC Politics – Getting the affluent to pay for payroll tax cut.

Komen Restores Funding

Komen just couldn’t resist the pressure by abortion groups.

 

Fierce controversy over a policy that cut — then apparently restored — funding for Planned Parenthood by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity has left some longtime supporters of both groups feeling whipsawed by the fallout.Fans who’ve worn pink ribbons and jogged in Race for the Cure runs and those who’ve supported women’s reproductive health services had mixed reactions following news Friday that Komen had agreed to amend criteria that would have barred Planned Parenthood from future grants.Some Komen supporters said the organization had alienated them forever by cutting funding in the first place based on perceived political pressure from anti-abortion groups.advertisement“It’s difficult for me to want to continue to support Komen now,” said Peg Callaway, 63, a lawyer from Omak, Wash. “It makes me mistrust the organization.”

via Vitals – Supporters grapple with Komen fracas fallout.

Iraqi Massacre Leader Get no Jail Time….Derrick Miller Serves Time for Self-Defense

This guy leads other Marines to a massacre and gets no jail time…while this soldier killed a known insurgent in self-defense and get sentenced to life?!?!?  I’m former military and the military “justice” system is nothing like civil system.  The fact that soldiers are being ramrodded for purely political reasons is disgusting in the extreme.

 

After agreeing to a plea bargain on Monday, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich expected a sentence of 90 days in jail for slaughtering civilians during a 2005 massacre in Iraq. On Tuesday that term was nixed, and now the confessed killer will only be demoted.

A spokesman for the US Marine Corps base near San Diego, California told the media on Monday that “By pleading guilty to this charge, Staff Sergeant Wuterich has accepted responsibility for his actions.” Those actions — a starring role in a brutal massacre that left 24 people dead in Haditha, Iraq back in 2005 — led to eight Marines being faced with a multitude of charges over the last six-plus years. Wuterich was the last of the eight men to be brought to trial, but on Monday he accepted a plea bargain in lieu of continuing with his trial that involved, among other charges, nine counts of manslaughter against him.

The terms of the plea bargain, as reported Monday, were believed to include three months of containment in a military prison, the forfeiture of two-thirds of his pay and a rank demotion. On Tuesday, however, the harshest penalty for the staff sergeant was revoked and now Wuterich will see no jail time for his role in the murders.

On November 19, 2005, Wuterich led a squad of US Marines into two separate homes in Haditha, Iraq outside of Baghdad. The men opened fire on civilians, killing two dozen men, women and children, including an elderly man confined to a wheelchair. He would later admit to instructing his peers to “shoot first and ask questions later” and insisted that, despite no weapons ever being recovered from the Iraqi homes, that the American fighters were under assault.

On Tuesday, Wuterich admitted that his name will always be associated with that of “a cold-blooded baby-killer” and “an out of control monster,” but appeared emotionless when his scanty sentence was finally handed down, reports Reuters. He accepted guilt for leading the fighters through the massacre, but said that “the intent wasn’t that they should shoot civilians. It was that they would not hesitate in the face of the enemy.”

“The truth is, I don’t believe anyone in my squad … behaved in any way that was dishonorable or contrary to the highest ideals that we all live by as Marines,” added Wuterich.

via “Cold-blooded baby-killer” will get no jail time for Iraqi massacre — RT.

Why NOT to Buy Into Facebook’s IPO.

After reading the s-1 myself and upon reading other analysis i ahve to agree with Karl on this one.  This is simply so the insiders can “monetize” their holding…aka line their pockiets with investors money.  They did not go public until AFTER they peaked..which is noted by Facebook in it’s own S-1.  There’s other things to be concerned about which Karl details below.

 

Further, upon reading the S-1:

The company identifies no particular need for the capital; it has cash.  This strongly implies that the only reason to IPO is for the insiders to monetize their position.  Why, if its rapidly growing in value and there is no meaningful risk to that value vaporizing and nobody knows better than top management if this is the case! would the company do this now?

All of the direct payments revenue are for the purchase of “virtual goods” e.g. things on Farmville; there is no actual hard good or service delivered in exchange for money.  Thats not shopping, its pretty close to burning money.  How long will that furnace keep operating?

I dont buy the ad revenue model.  This is not Google and it does not have to very intrusive into your experience before people leave.  If they leave, Facebook is dead. Advertising is 85% of their revenue.  When have you become aware of — or purchased something — based on a Facebook ad?  My answer: Never

.Facebook is a fad.  Myspace anyone?  Sure, theres apps and all this other stuff, but at the end of the day…. its a fad.  Tastes change, often quickly.

The primary means of creating value for advertising and marketing purposes is through mining the data.  But thats in direct conflict with peoples desire to not have their data taken and used for this sort of purpose.  The balance between making money off what people share with their “friends” and stepping over the intrusiveness line to the point that people feel exploited is a fine one, and not necessarily known in advance.  The execution risk here is very high and the company and its image is less open about this fact than it is about what looks like a warmed-over version of the “Hackers ethic.”  Eeeeehhhhhh…..

The mobile environment currently has no advertising.  The PC-based environment, since the latest changes Facebook made to the layout, is in my opinion hideously slow and nearly unusable — and I have both a ridiculously fast Internet connection and an 8-way multiprocessor computer.  For people with less how responsive is it if I find the performance annoyingly bad?

There is a disclosure in the S-1 that they are using leasing facilities that are not on the books.  I strongly dislike all off-balance-sheet activity of any sort.

This is not a company that will actually be publicly owned and it will pay no dividend.  Zuckerberg will retain full control of the board and all corporate matters as he will have a majority position even if all the other shareholders vote against him.  Since the company also intends at present to pay no dividend you are buying on one thing and one thing only — the premise that in the future some greater fool will pay more for the shares you buy in the IPO.

via Market-Ticker – MarketTicker Forums.

Final Remarks

At a time of difficult trade offs and decisions.  We are all integral parts in our overall progress.  There are not easy decisions.  We must depend on the truth in our own hearts.  There is something that stirs with each of us.  When we talk to a family who has a job, who has saved their home from foreclosure, it is the same feeling we all saw in the eyes of native children.  These children were native Marylanders and recognized for the first time in 380 years.  There are many who will ask why the long time?

May the choices we make for human dignity, for jobs, for the generations that count on ours for a better future.

Same Sex Marriage

This state was founded on freedom of choice and conscience.  Children of gay couples should have the same rights for marriage as the children for traditional marriage.  Maryland will not force religious organizations to marry couples that are against their beliefs.  It is time to pass civil marriage equal rights under the law.

On the government

We are going to be submitting 700 pages of rules and regulations for reform or removal.  This government has settled with excelon.  They will build a new gas fired power plant.  They will create 6k new jobs.  Maryland is looking at more green projects.  Large scale housing septic developments cause more than 6 times the pollution into the bay than sewage.  The septic task force has presented a plan that will help solve this issue.

On the Budget

This is a jobs budget.  52k jobs for modern schools, infrastructure.  We must bear these costs for our state’s future.  This budget invest in 78k teaching jobs, 11k jobs of building real classrooms, 19k record procurement, 7k jobs from venture capital jobs,   Various jobs related to building various infrastructure projects all over the state.  Areas covered are law enforcement, higher education, utility, healthcare, utilities.  These must be balanced with cuts, revenue, and partnerships.  We have relied almost entirely on cuts.  With 84% dedicated to education and public safety,  cuts are nearing the end.  Revenues must be raised.

 

Pensions should be aligned with other states.  Maryland is proposing a 50/50 split for teacher pensions between state and counties. How much less public safety and education are we willing to accept?  Green upgrades have greatly helped the bay.  The flush tax should be reworked to a fee based system based on usage.

Transportation funding needs to be increased.  Our traffic is some of the worst in the nation.  Gasoline is our primary transporation revenue.  Tax is still 20 cents from 1992.  if we settle for 1992 tax rate we will have to settle for 1992 infrastructure.  Best way to fund current costs is to repeal the sales tax exemption at 2% per year.  Nobody is going to do this for us..we must do it.

 

On education

College is more affordable and healthcare is more affordable. Maryland is number 1 in the nation for the 4th year in a row.  Teachers have been the driving force of this performance.  Colleges are graduation 19% more students than last year.  Failing to invest in out future is not a wise choice.

On Jobs

Nothing more important for family security is a job.  State of state is strong on jobs.  Moving into new era of job creation from Bush era recession.  Maryland in the lead by harnessing education, making higher education more affordable, modernizing infrastructure. More Marylanders are working this year than last.  Small Business are also moving to Maryland with the support of various state gov’t programs.  Home foreclosures are down due the state’s hope hotline.  This hotline saved a daycare form foreclosure as an example.  Investing in one stop centers has helped citizens retrain into new fields that has led to new jobs for citizens.

Unemployment is still to high.  Good enough is not the way.  Shortsighted choices have undercapitilized our busineses.  Last year good choices hae allowed maryland to create more jobs at a faster pace than Virginia.  Maryland has a AAA bond rating form all three bond agencies.

 

College is more affordable and healthcare is more affordable.

Opening remarks

He thanks God for our people and state beauty and for our armed forces and their and their families sacrifices.

Thanks legislative leaders for their work at all levels.  Thanks law enforcement for lowest crime in 30 years.  Thanks foreign visitors and state cabinet for their attendance and in the case of the cabinet for their good work so far.