Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Biker Thwarts Girl's Suicide

Biker Shows 'Soft Side'

Res Ipsa Loquitur

On January 9th, a group of Pekin, Il bikers were riding west on I-74 when they saw a girl about to jump off a Peoria bridge, so they stopped.
The leader, George, a big burly man of 53, gets off his bike, walks through the gawkers, past the State Trooper, and says, "What are you doing?"
"I'm going to commit suicide," she says.
While he didn’t want to appear "sensitive," he didn't want to miss a be-a-legend opportunity either, so he asked... "Well, before you jump,why don't you give me a kiss?"
So, with no hesitation at all, she leaned back over the railing and did just that.  And it was a long, deep, lingering kiss, followed immediately by another one.
After she's finished, George gets approval from his group, theonlookers, and even the State Trooper. Then he says, "Wow! That was the best kiss I have ever had, Honey! That's a real talent youare wasting, Sugar Shorts. You could be famous if you rode with me. Why are you committing suicide?"
She replied, "My parents don't like me dressing up like a girl"

   Tim W


Win fame


I said HEEL



Is the IRS Attempting to Intimidate Local Tea Parties?

An official with the Internal Revenue Service has admitted that legal opponents of former President Bill Clinton were singled out for tax audits, according to court documents made public this week.

"What do you expect when you sue the president?" senior IRS official Paul Breslan told Judicial Watch, the Washington-based legal watchdog group that had filed 50-plus legal actions against the Clinton administration and subsequently found itself in the IRS's cross hairs. 

Res Ipsa Loquitur

What are local Tea Partiers to think with requests like “Please identify your volunteers” or “are there board members or officers who have run or will run for office (including relatives)”? What possible reason would the IRS have for Tea Parties to “name your donors” when said donations are non-deductible? These are just a few of the questions asked by the IRS in these letters, and one cannot help but suspect an intrinsic threat encompassing all these demands.

The other question is the timing of these IRS letters requesting reams of copies and hundreds of hours of work and potentially thousands of dollars in accounting/legal fees (all due in two weeks). Some of these Tea Party groups have not received anything concerning their nonprofit status since 2010 prior to these letters.

These documents are further undermined by a letter sent to the IRS Commissioner Shulman. Signed by six Senators, it requests that the commissioner investigate 501(c)(4) groups to determine whether they are engaging in substantial campaign activity, including opposition to any candidate. Who signed this letter? Senators Schumer, Franken, Udall, Shaheen, Whitehouse, Merkley and Bennet — all Democrats.

Using the Clinton example, we have good reason to belive that there will never be an official finding agaist Obama, or any Democrat president, for using the IRS to smother critics.  The question then becomes, "Do you think President Obama would use the IRS as a weapon?"  There you have it.  A filter for separating people with brains from the chaff.  Best we can do, I'm afraid.

As an aside

ALTHOUGH NIXON WAS notorious for treating the I.R.S. as though it were his private domain, the records show that Franklin Delano Roosevelt may have set the stage for the use of the tax agency for political purposes by most subsequent Presidents. [MISUSE OF THE I.R.S.: THE ABUSE OF POWER- NYT 1989]

Nixon was "notorious" only because he was singled out for doing what his predecessors did without rebuke. You may want to read the cited article in the event you don't understand the threat the IRS poses to us all.  Even congress is afraid to curb the the agency's power.

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Effercio quod mittere Republicans ad carcerem, sed non Democratae

Res Ipsa Loquitur

"Effercio quod mittere Republicans ad carcerem, sed non Democratae" Homie the Elder

That famous Latin maxim (translation: Stuff that would send Republicans to prison, but not Democrats) says it all.  Now add this lot to what ought to be a bill of indictment (impeachment) against Obama.

As if it were his private stash of fun-money, Barack Obama set aside $80 billion of the Stimulus boondoggle to artificially pump up the green-energy industry through a DOE administered program of grants and loans.  When three of the companies that received funding, Solyndra, Beacon Power, and Ener1, each declared bankruptcy in rapid succession, a rotten stench started to waft from the DOE and the White House.

It quickly became apparent that there were numerous close connections between many of these heavily government funded businesses and Obama campaign supporters and operatives.    While the cronyism and corruption appeared extensive, until recently no one had quantified the total extent of the cronyism and corruption that existed. 

Thanks to some extensive research by the Washington Post, the magnitude of the scandal is now better defined.  Here’s what the WaPo found:

  • $3.9 billion in federal grants and financing flowed to 21 companies backed by firms with connections to five Obama Administration staffers and advisers.
  • Sanjay Wagle, a venture capitalist and Barack Obama fundraiser in 2008, went to work at the DOE in 2009, and guided $2.4 billion to companies in which his former firm, Vantage Point Venture, had invested. 
  • David Danielson, formerly of General Catalyst, joined a DOE mission to fund breakthrough technologies and directed $105 million to three General Catalyst portfolio firms.
  • David Sandalow was a highly compensated consultant in 2008 for Good Energies, a venture capital firm, before becoming an Assistant Secretary at DOE in 2009.  SolarReserve, a Good Energies investment, received a $737 million DOE loan.
  • Steven Spinner, got a job as an “adviser” at DOE after having been a campaign fundraising bundler for Obama.  Spinner’s wife worked for the global law firm, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati  that specializes in clean technology companies.  WSG&R clients garnered $2.75 billion in DOE loans, including the now infamous $535 million for Solyndra. 

  • Steve Westly – an Obama campaign fundraising bundler in 2008 and 2012 – was the founder of the venture capital firm, the Westly Group, and an adviser to DOE Secretary Steven Chu.  Westly Group portfolio companies received $600 million in funding through the green-loan program.
  • David Prend is Managing General Partner at the Boston based venture capital firm, Rockport Capital Partners.   Prend also chaired a solar technologies advisory panel for the DOE, and had close ties with Energy Czar, Carol Browner.  The DOE pumped $550 million into various Rockport Partners supported firms, not including Solyndra in which Rockport Partners was a 7.5% stakeholder.  The DOE also funded electric-car battery company, Ener1 – a partner with Rockport portfolio car company Think - with a $118 million loan.  [Full article]