If you’re not familar with the Cape Wind project it’s a plan to place a massive wind farm off the coast of Nantucket Sound.

Two of the area’s residents the late Sen. Kennedy (D-Chavis) and current Sen. “I’m reporting for duty” Kerry (D-Loonyville) have long opposed the project despite their congressional efforts on behalf of “climate change” and alternitive energy.

The windmills will spoil a lot of oceanfront views is their Cup of Whine.

Now the opposition to the project has taken on the fine patina of NAMBYHood in the form of the “Save Our Sound” organization.

Save our Sound objects that the windmills aren’t economically viable and it decries the “special privileges” being granted to the wind industry by state and federal government.

Well we all do, so where’s the problem?

Under the heading of “Alternatives to Cape Wind” the organization promotes solar, geothermal, Tidal and even windmills.

Well, windmills that are located in “deep water,” and land based windmills.

NAMBY’s. assholes one amd all.

Sen, Reid (D-Loonyville) today declared the much talked about, much delayed climate change bill dead in the Senate.

What’s notable is why the bill has been killed. Reid blams it on the Republicans saying not one would vote for it. Why true that’s only part of the story.

What he doesn’t say is since the death of Sen. Byrd and the appointment of a successor, who vowed to vote no on any climate bill, he’s short one Dem. vote regardless of Republican opposition.

Even if Dingy Harry could convince Sen. Brown (R-Mass.) to crossover as he has (Financial Reform is one) several times since assuming office West Virgina Sen. Carte Goodwin would vote no and the Nevada Asshat is still one vote short.

Following Reid’s proclamation that the bill is “dead,” (didn’t they say that about health care after the Brown election?) up steps Sen. Kerry.

“I have to tell you, this [climate bill] is not dead. We are going to continue to work. It may well be that after the election — if that is what happens — I mean, we will continue to try over the next weeks, but if it is after the election, it may well be that some members are free and liberated and feeling that they can take a risk or do something. Or, you know, the whole political landscape may have changed in some way,” Kerry said Thursday in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital With Al Hunt” that will be broadcast this weekend.

Kerry told the Bloomberg news service that he would continue seeking votes (I think he means paying for votes), and said the climate bill’s prospects could improve after the midterm elections.

Meaning after the Dems take an ass-whooping in November Kerry and his ilk will push hard to pass a full-blown tax hiking, job killing climate bill before the new Congress is seated in January.

Meanwhile as part of Reid’s announcement the bill is “dead,” he will move forward next week on a bipartisan energy-only bill that responds to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and contains other more popular energy items.

Meaning… look-out BP the asshats in Congress are coming to git’ya!

As for popular energy items, what’s Dingy Harry going to offer?

Drop gas prices to 1971 levels?

Stop eating so his flatulance level is zero?

P.S. While on the subject of Mr. “I’m reporting for duty,” it seems Kerry docks his large and expensive yacht in Rhode Island as opposed to anywhere close to his home state of Mass.

Funny that, he’s saving one half millions dollars in taxes by doing so.

The senator wasn’t available for comment his spokesmodel a spokesmen made the claim due to maintence on the vessel it was cheaper to dock it in R.I. vice Mass.

Wonder how much carbon his vessel spews into the atmosphere?

Well its been 96 hours since a bungled video was released by BigGovernment.com that in the swiftest fashion possible led to her firing by the Dept of Ag Secretary Vilsack.

Not to mention swift condemnation by the NAACP. And odd happenstance given Sherrod’s speech was at an NAACP function. One would think the “brain-trust” would have fired off a query to Sherrod or those that arranged the meeting to get the entire story.

Just as swifty was the organization’s backtracking as the full video was… ahem found, or something.

First let me say Sherrod was unduly fired, period.

But what’s happened since is nothing short of raising Sherrod to the level of Sainthood by the media.

Thursday morning she was on no less than 5 different TV networks, and one had two interviews of her within a couple hours. Again nothing wrong with that, she’s “the story” of the moment.

My complaint is the unquestioning adoration she has recieved.

What should she have been questioned on you ask… glad you did.

How about asking to provide evidence that Fox News, and or the Tea Parties, propagate a racist agenda?

She’s in so many words accused both or doing so. And do I really need to note how loony she sounds with her tripe about Breitbart saying he would “like to get us stuck in the time of slavery.”

The lies contuine to mount as the story has progressed.

Here’s one from some nitwit at what used to be my home town newspaper, the Detriot Free Press.

Rochelle Riley claims “Sherrod was fired after Fox Entertainment (it’s not news) posted an edited video clip of Sherrod from a conservative activist.”

Nice job covering for a “Sister,” as Riley is black, but it’s a lie no one at Fox airred anything on the story until the 8 o’clock (PM) hour on the Bill O’Reilly show. Sherod was fired, at the WH’s request hours earlier.

Would you be surprised to learn the editorial board of the NY Times are also pushing similar BS?

By the time the conservative commentator took up the issue, the full transcript of the speech was out and Mr. Beck was citing Ms. Sherrod — but as a victim of administration recklessness. This time, he was right.

Perhaps the board should review Tuesday’s Glenn Beck show they would learn, 1, he called the firing of Sherood uncalled for and 2. also requested the full transcript be released because it wasn’t available when his show arried at 5 pm Tuesday.

Oh… and they note, “this time he was right.”

Yeah well if the editoril board and many other under the paper’s emply paid more attention to his show, rather than Obama’s coattails, they might learn he’s right FAR more often than the so-call “paper of record.”

“Isn’t it a good thing today in America that we have an automobile manufacturing sector? If it had been up to them [Republicans], General Motors would be gone. If it were up to them, Ford Motor Company would probably be gone. Chrysler definitely would be gone”Harry Reid (Dummycrat from Nevada.)

First the obvious, Ford recieved no bailout cash.

Secondly lets say for the sake of arguement GM and Chrysler folded like a house of cards, wouldn’t that have aided Ford as it’s only U.S. competition would be gone?

The biggest problem with Reid’s statement is the Big Lie.

That lie being not many, if any were against saving GM or Chrysler what many were opposed to was Big Gov coming to the rescue.

What many wanted, including this writer, was for both companies to go thru the normal and long established backrupcy process.

To put it another way.. FOLLOW LEGAL PRECIDENT.

What we got was usurping decades of established law and the Obama Admin rewarding their union alllies with billions of dollars as they were placed ahead of the line over secured bond holders and others that would have owned a piece of both companies.

As it is the UAW owns about one third of both GM and Chrysler, talk about the wolf guarding the henhouse.

Interestingly enough TARP special inspector general released a report (45 pages available here) Sunday that not only makes Dingy Harry look the fool – not that it’s a hard thing to do – but lays to waste any thoughts the auto bailouts were a good thing.

I fact the report suggests many jobs were lost because of how the program was structured.

The report raised questions about whether the Obama administration’s auto task force considered the job losses from the closings of dealerships while pressuring the companies to reduce costs.

“Treasury made a series of decisions that may have substantially contributed to the accelerated shuttering of thousands of small businesses,” investigators said.

Those decisions resulted in “potentially adding tens of thousands of workers to the already lengthy unemployment rolls – all based on a theory and without sufficient consideration of the decisions’ broader economic impact,” the report goes on to say.

Read that again, these nitwits made their decision not on common ecnomic practice but some hair-brained theory.

Additionally they relied on a single consulting firm’s internal report recommending that the U.S. companies adopt foreign auto industry models to increase profits.

The IG also noted that “it is clear that tens of thousands of dealership jobs were immediately put in jeopardy as a result of the terminations by GM and Chrysler.” After extensive investigation, the watchdog concluded that “the acceleration of dealership closings was not done with any explicit cost savings to the manufacturers in mind.”

On page 33 of its report, Barofsky writes that “no one from Treasury, the manufacturers or from anywhere else indicated that implementing a smaller or more gradual dealership termination plan would have resulted in the cataclysmic scenario spelled out in Treasury’s response; indeed, when asked explicitly whether the Auto Team could have left the dealerships out of the restructurings, Mr. Bloom, the current head of the Auto Team, confirmed that the Auto Team ‘could have left any one component (of the restructuring plan) alone,’ but that doing so would have been inconsistent with the President’s mandate for ‘shared sacrifice.’”

And there you have it, social justice, at it “finest!”

In summation the inspector general found: “(A)t a time when the country was experiencing the worst economic downturn in generations and the government was asking its taxpayers to support a $787 billion stimulus package designed primarily to preserve jobs, Treasury made a series of decisions that may have substantially contributed to the accelerated shuttering of thousands of small businesses and thereby potentially adding tens of thousands of workers to the already lengthy unemployment rolls — all based on a theory and without sufficient consideration of the decisions’ broader economic impact.”

Update: William Tate notes the IG’s mention of the race factor (as well as gender) in protecting some dealerships.

At the time of the government takeover of GM and Chrysler much, if not all of the criticism was centered on the debate over jobs.

Everyone in support on injecting billions into the two companies were doing their best Chicken Little impressions saying without taxpayer money the entire auto industry would fail at the cost of millions of home-grown jobs.

That was then, this is now and an inspector general report

Treasury Department’s Special Inspector General for the Toxic Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) contends that President Obama’s push for General Motors and Chrysler to close thousands of dealerships across the country as part of their government bailouts “may have substantially contributed to the shuttering of thousands of small businesses and thereby potentially adding tens of thousands of workers to the already lengthy unemployment rolls, all based on a theory and without sufficient consideration of the decisions’ broader economic impacts.”

The SIGTARP report will further contend, according to Rep. Darrell Issa, the ranking minority member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that it is questionable whether the closings were “either necessary for the sake of the companies’ economic survival or prudent for the nation’s economic recovery.”

Issa, who has been a vocal critic of the Obama administration’s handling of the GM and Chrysler government takeovers, said the SIGTARP report should “serve as a wake-up call as to the implications of politically-orchestrated bailouts and how putting decisions about private enterprise in the hands of political appointees and bureaucrats can lead to costly and unintended consequences.”

The California Republican also said the fothcoming report will say “GM did not consistently follow its stated criteria and that there was little or no documentation of the decision-making process to terminate or retain dealerships with similar profiles, or of the appeals process” and that “making termination decisions with little or no transparency and making a review of many of these decisions impossible…”

So, thousands of additional people are collecting unemployment due to ill-advised political meddeling in privates business.

Who’d a thunk it?

Accept those of us that saw it comming.

We all know how it goes, some union is outraged over some percieved, or real slight by the company their due-paying members work for.

Whatever the issue the unions first-line of defense (Offense actually) is the picket line.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters claim non-union workers are being used on a project inside the McPherson Building located in Washington D.C.

So they did what unions do, they hit the bricks outside the McPherson Building.

Unfortunatly those pounding the pavement for the most part aren’t members of the union.

They are what most unions would call scabs.

Unless you’re the union that has hired non-union workers, at minimum wage, to walk the line.

“For a lot of our members, it’s really difficult to have them come out, either because of parking or something else,” explains Vincente Garcia, a union representative who is supervising the picketing.

In other words, they’re too damn lazy, or enthroalled with their Nintendo WII, to get off their collective asses to picket.

The article goes on to say that a lot of protest groups and advocacy groups have hit a bonanza with the unemployed. They can hire them at min. wage and swell their groups and pad their numbers in public.

But keep that in mind the next time numbers are quoted at a protest or rally for something.

On the road leading to Dulles Airport outside Washington, DC there’s a 10′ x 11′ road sign touting a runway improvement project funded by the federal stimulus.

The project cost nearly $15 million and has created 17 jobs, according to recovery.gov.

But wait, it gets worse.

According to ABC News each sign cost $10,000 dollars to produce and erect.

Well, you just knew this was comming.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reissued a moratorium on deepwater offshore drilling Monday, after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the White House’s appeal of a lower court decision to halt the drilling ban.

The reinstated ban will “ protect communities, coasts, and wildlife as oil and gas companies implement adequate safety measures to reduce the risks associated with deepwater drilling operations and to ensure they are prepared for blowouts and oil spills,” wrote the Interior Department in a statement.

The ban won’t apply to shallow water drilling activities, which, the department said, “ do not present the same type or level of risks as deepwater drilling operations can continue to move forward if operators are in compliance with all safety and environmental requirements, including the safety and environmental requirements implemented through recent Notices to Lessees.”

The new ban will be in effect until November 30 or until such time as Salazar deems that drilling can move forward safely, the department said.

It is supported, said a departent statement by an “extensive record” indicating that the operations “would pose a threat of serious, irreparable, or immediate harm or damage to the marine, coastal, and human environment.”

The delay, it said, “would allow time for the implementation of new safety reforms aimed at preventing further drilling accidents.”

Administration allies (read syncophatic nitwits) hailed the reinstatement of the ban Monday and said that it would not harm the Gulf’s economy. “This moratorium will reduce oil spill risk while the Gulf will continue to produce oil,” said Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), who chairs the House Energy panel’s subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. “As new laws and safety measures are put into place on these few dozen rigs, 97 percent of the manned rigs in the Gulf will still be allowed to work,” he said.

Meanwhile, unnoticed by asshat Markey, one drilling rig has already left the Gulf headed for Egypt where there is no moratorium.

The U.S. government announced Saturday afternoon that for the first time ever a fully operational submarine used by drug traffickers has been seized in the waters of South America.

This 100-foot-long operational submarine was discovered in a jungle tributary of Ecuador leading to the Pacific Ocean.

The craft, which could move multi-ton loads of cocaine, was seized in a jungle tributary of Ecuador leading to the Pacific Ocean by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Ecuadoran authorities.

The sub is diesel-powered, has a periscope and air conditioning and measures 100 feet long and 9 feet tall.

At least one person was arrested and an investigation continues, according to a news release from DEA.

Although traffickers have used so-called “narco subs,” low-slung boats that are fully covered and ride low in the water, this is the first full-on submarine ever found in their hands.

A Taiwanese-owned ship billed as the world’s largest skimming vessel was preparing to sail Friday evening to the scene of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The owners of the “A Whale” – the length of 3 1/2 football fields and 10 stories high – said the ship features a new skimming approach that has never been attempted on such a large scale. They are anxious to put it to its first test in the Gulf.

The A Whale skimmer, 3 1/2 football fields long and 10 stories tall, was photographed in Norfolk, Va., on Friday. June 25 2010

“We really have to start showing people what we can do,” said Bob Grantham, project coordinator for TMT Group, a Taiwan-based shipping company.

The company said it also needs a waiver of the 1920 Jones Act, which limits the activities of foreign-flagged ships in coastal U.S. waters. The A Whale is Liberian-flagged vessel.

Ah… the Jones Act.

Much as been written about it but is it really a problem?

Apparently not.

It is what any large government operation does.

It becomes mired in indecision, bungling and flat-out stupidity!