The administration has progressed greatly (or come full circle) on unpaid internships. First they were interested in banning them. Then it was ok if they were “summer” only opportunities (when it was revealed they had unpaid interns). To now, having regular, run-of-the-mill positions within the State Department, according to USAJOBS.com recent posting. Normally this shouldn’t garner any attention, but it was President Obama himself who targeted unpaid internships in the private sector. Holding the predictable leftist philosophy that an unpaid internship is just another tool of greedy businesses to obtain free labor, the President’s intentions, and rhetoric, were absolutely clear. MSN Money called his initiative an “all-out war on unpaid internships”. Fox News covered the “crackdown” stating that the administration’s claims were that an unpaid internship is technically illegal unless it met certain educationally structured guidelines.
That was way back in 2010. Obviously, things change. We all know that. And that is precisely why the administration wasn’t sweating in 2012 when it was revealed that they too were now benefiting from the unpaid labor of internships. Undoubtedly, those programs reported by Townhall must’ve been properly structured to give the intern an educationally beneficial experience. But just to be safe, in case it really wasn’t properly structured according to the outlines they set in 2010, they justified the practice by calling them just “summer jobs”.
So then, what are these unpaid internships at the State Department in the middle of winter? Furthermore, the intern will have “Secret” clearance. What if this employee becomes disgruntled? After all, if this is not educationally structured the risk is multiplied that this intern could divulge state secrets.
The Department of Health and Human Services has released a new and urgent message regarding children and batteries. Much to my surprise it appears that it is unwise to feed them to children. This leaves only one obvious question: Where do children get all their energy from? Just watching them makes me tired.
I did some quick work on Google and found that HHS is correct. Batteries only need to be changed in children. And since Google is so close with the Federal government now it seems that we are all on our way to becoming a much better, but slightly more shallow and gullible, collective.
End Note: The Pelvic Revolution is in full swing. It seems that only those need to be reminded that batteries are bad for children are reproducing faster than those that do not need to be told the obvious. The dull and slightly dim are winning the race of procreation. And maybe thats ok. I was of the belief that in order to return to a free society the current system must fail. But that will be impossible as long as there remains a small percent of rational people left in the country. I am now of the belief that idiocy must be a super-majority leaving only a handful of reasonable people left. Only then can we convince the masses to swallow all the batteries left in the country and have them march into Mexico. And then we start over.
I guess a small congrats is in order to the Obama administration. The first regulatory shakedown on marine equipment was a success. Fairbanks Morse Engines has been slapped with a $280,000 fine and has willingly “agreed” to spend upwards of half a million dollars “on an environmental project to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA’s marine diesel engine air rules”, according to the EPA’s report.
Now, this actually gets interesting. Part of their violation comes from installing “32 uncertified FME engines as the main diesel generators on board eight new U.S. Navy’s auxiliary cargo and ammunition ship (T-AKE) class vessels.” Just so we all understand, they were working on government ships. Couldn’t there have been someone overseeing the installation just to make sure the proper engines were installed rather than letting the project proceed and fining them later?
And this all stemmed from about 40 mislabeled or non-labeled engines…ones that the government allowed to be installed. But yet they have no responsibility in any of this. Rather they swoop in as environmental superheroes and smack down the business. And this is the first action taken under the new rules within the Clean Air Act that now include all aspects of marine engines and ship building. Lets hope health care gets completely shot down from the Supreme Court. Can you imagine the regulatory nightmare that will come if that is ever fully implemented?
As part of the Obama Administration’s blueprint for an American economy built to last, Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced $3 million available this year to support research to significantly lower the cost of solar energy.
How many Department of Energy solar programs have gone belly up in just the past year? Even those who follow the news in alternative energy have probably lost track. How many hundreds of billions of dollars have been lost between loans and grants that can never be returned to the taxpayer? Never fear though, the Obama administration has decided to fix the problems that plague the solar industry. The specifics are too numerous to name so the entire sector needs to reevaluated and overhauled. Surprisingly enough this is going to be tackled successfully with a mere $3 million.
The first question that comes to mind is that if the industry itself could’ve been successfully tweaked with such a small amount of funding then why wasn’t that done before the collapse of the many companies awarded contracts, funding, and loans? The challenges that solar energy has faced to become economical and equitable were no secret, and those problems have plagued that industry and technology for well over a hundred years.
What’s more, since advancing America’s “competitiveness” by “the end of this decade”, is named as one of the objectives how are we defining said term? Solar has been a losing proposition for every country that has bet on it. But there is an obnoxiously backwards philosophy in the clean energy industry. Countries that have been actively “competing” are finding themselves in a rush to the bottom. Whomever gets there first is the winner. So is our goal to manipulate the results of solar just enough to become acceptable in the public sphere so we can actively compete in this rush to the bottom? The recent results and the philosophy that guides the venture seems to answer that for us.
With the recent disastrous results one would think the administration’s solar policy would be put on hold. Or better yet demand that solar companies make the adjustments first to prove the resource is viable and traditionally competitive before awarding any further funding. But that is logical and sensible; something alien to bureaucrats and government types whom believe success can be achieved simply because one wills it.
I was going to do a brief list and explanation of the solar companies that have failed under the administration but why bother? Everyone has a Google.
Most issues can easily be politicized without much of a writer’s reputation being put in jeopardy. After all, if they are a political pundit of sorts most of their audience expects them to bend at just the right time to defend their ideals. These flexible boundaries for characters who operate in the spirit of expediency are rarely criticized; mostly because it serves their means and hopefully properly aligns them towards their ends. Unfortunately the hazy and undefined standards of expediency sometimes leave enough room to violate issues which should remain sacrosanct.
The politicization of fallen heroes is an area in which both political parties have been allowed to exploit. Criticism comes only from opponents while people who share the ideology of those politicizing the situation always remain silent. When power changes hand, the cause of soldier casualties are firmly affixed to either the new and/or current Commander in Chief, the majority party in Congress, or both. When this happens the honor and memory of these Heroes is cheapened; their sacrifice is desecrated all in the interest of placing blame on political opponents. They become nothing more than statistics or political props and names on a list; when in fact they were real human beings who were loved. Such is the case with the crass and extraordinarily inarticulate updates from Pamella Geller’s “Today’s War Dead” where she prefaces the list with “Obama’s disaster…the daily toll is devastating.”
While there has been considerable criticism of the changes in the rules of engagement adopted by the Obama administration, that is not addressed in Geller’s tally. But maybe I am asking for too much here, or maybe I am spot on. Thomas Hobbes wrote in Leviathan that “The source of every crime, is some defect of the understanding; or some error in reasoning; or some sudden force of the passions.” That was in 1651 and we can see clearly that it rings true even to this day. Geller’s force of her passions to prove her point, and strengthen her stance against the current commander in chief, are done at the expense of the honor of the fallen heroes. Their memory, their honor, and their sacrifice belong not to a President; their glory belongs only to their own legacy extending to family, friends, and the grateful nation.
After all, the returning soldiers whom have not given their lives are not greeted and told “Thank you for being one of [insert President’s name here] great victory.” They are simply thanked for their service. So why is it when their service leads to the ultimate sacrifice do the rules change? As if losing their life isnt enough of a toll on families, those operating from the sidelines as pundits now feel emboldened to reset the discussion’s parameters in order to tailor it to shift public opinion. Sure the family can still be proud of their child’s service and sacrifice; but this rather shallow caveat must be added for a political edge. A technique which I can guarantee was not run by, nor approved, by the families of any of the servicemen listed.
It is always easy to hold your ideological opponents accountable. They tend to pop up on your radar frequently and you are already well aware of everything you disagree with them on. What is much harder is holding those accountable that you agree with and tend to look up to. Pamela Geller is someone that shares my political philosophy and is someone that I look up to. However, the cheap attempt to use casualties to foment dissent harms all parties involved. First the families of fallen soldiers have to be submitted to the political tug of war, by using them (soldiers) as post-mortem pawns. Secondly the reputation of the opinion writer is put into question. Albeit the least important aspect of this issue; I would think it should trigger pause on the writer’s end. After all, announcing the dead, and fixing blame to a President is sophomoric at best. A reader of Geller’s post should be asking why this is necessary especially since their is no further commentary supporting her claim of these soldiers deaths being solely President Obama’s fault. The entire country knows we are fighting a radical theology that seeks to gain strength through terrorist acts. They also know that Obama’s Afghan surge, while using far below the requested number of troops, is in full affect. So what is Geller’s opinion of this? Are troop levels too low? Are the rules of engagement responsible? Is it both and more? The reader isn’t told.
Her quick post does the exact same thing that Liberals did during the Bush administration. It screams foul, offers no explanation to how or what could be causing such a tragedy, and then continues a politically advantageous hit by listing the names of these heroes in blood. A hit and run in the same fashion that we on the right have spent the past 8 years fighting back against. Since the strategy has now been adopted by Geller, and others, I will expect them to be silent when power shifts to a Republican administration. After all, the tactic of smearing the honor of our soldiers has now been justified and embraced by both sides. We are even now. Except for the families; they have to bear the brunt of their loss and the continued politicization of the ultimate sacrifice. In effect, Ms. Geller and those who use these tactics which they once denounced, have become what they once despised. And it is this double-standard, we on the right have been standing against. To retreat from that victory now for the cheap satisfaction of lambasting a president seems hardly worth it. I hope Geller and others, will retreat from their immoral stance before it is carried out to its logical extreme. Soldiers in full dress returning home have been spat upon in airports in the name of a president’s strategy. We worked so hard to prevent that. Yet some are now using the same strategies that produced that very same result in the past.
By the way, below is a picture of Joshua Sparling. He is a military vet and amputee spat on by leftists at an Anti-War Rally. I am not fit to lick the wheels on that chair even after he pushed it through a cow pasture. Back story hereand transcript from Fox News Hannity & ColmesHERE