December 12, 2011

Union Election Requires Photo ID; Politico Fails to Note Irony

On Wednesday, the Politico ran a story about the International Association of Machinists Union at Boeing agreeing to approve a contract extension, the result of which ultimately led to the National Labor Relations Board dropping its controversial decision to prevent the company from beginning to operate a mostly-constructed plant in South Carolina.

Though it deserves separate commentary, that decision is not the subject of this post. What is germane at the moment is the howler of a photo accompanying the Politico’s report which appears after the jump:

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American Energy Alliance Gives Daily ‘Lump of Coal Award’ to Steven Chu and Ken Salazar

Filed under: Economy,Environment,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:15 pm

They each deserved their own separate day and their own individual lumps of coal. The organization’s press release explains why (bolds are mine; links are in original):

December 12, 2011

The American Energy Alliance announced today the latest recipients of the 2011 inaugural “Lump of Coal” Awards, given Dec. 8-23 to policy makers, politicians and other professionals who are most responsible for reduced economic growth and rising energy prices.  Today’s award is shared by 1997 Nobel prize winner and current energy secretary, Steven Chu, and former senator and current interior secretary, Ken Salazar.

“Every time the American people think of Steven Chu, they will be thinking about Solyndra.  If not for his signature on the $535 million loan guarantee, American taxpayers would not have been on the hook for the now-bankrupt company whose backers were political allies of President Obama,” noted AEA President Tom Pyle in the award announcement.

“From the beginning, we have known that Secretary Chu favored higher energy prices, and the policies that would guarantee them.  We didn’t know, however, the degree to which Secretary Chu was playing venture capitalist with taxpayer dollars.  Now, three years into the Obama administration, we know the facts about Secretary Chu’s ideological commitment to conceal the real cost of green energy from consumers while increasing the cost of otherwise affordable domestic energy sources.

“For his ivory tower fantasy of a carbon-less economy even when it means higher costs to American consumers — and for putting his John Hancock on one of the administration’s most objectionable examples of bureaucratic tinkering with energy policy — Secretary Chu is most deserving of this year’s Lump of Coal.”

Sharing today’s award with Secretary Chu is his Obama cabinet counterpart at the Department of Interior, Secretary Ken Salazar.

“Millions of acres of promising energy resources on the outer continental shelf are out of reach, inaccessible, and locked up in regulatory shackles because of Ken Salazar,” Pyle added.

“Tens of thousands of jobs have been lost in the Gulf coast economy because of Secretary Salazar’s moratorium and subsequent permitorium.  Millions of dollars in revenues for local businesses have dried up.  And job creators are actively moving their business to more friendly regulatory environments, all because of Salazar’s radical administrative activism.

“In fact, no administration in history has done more to ensure that energy producers do less. Ken Salazar is one of the premier poster children for joblessness and a sluggish economic recovery over the last three years.  He is particularly worthy of a big, fat chunk of carbon-loaded Christmas coal.”

And in case you missed it, the Labor Department pitched in and added to the taxpayer bill for Solyndra several weeks ago:

The Labor Department today announced that it had approved Trade Adjustment Assistance for the former employees of the bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra.

That means all of the firm’s 1,100 ex-employees are eligible for federal aid packages, including job retraining and income assistance. The department has valued packages at about $13,000 a head.

Taxpayers will have to cough up yet another $14.3 million as a result of Solyndra’s bankruptcy. They are already on the hook for $528 million in federal loan guarantees to the company that are unlikely to ever be paid back.

‘Cincy, Xavier disgrace their sport and their schools’

Filed under: General — Tom @ 1:23 pm

Yep.

Until Saturday, I thought pretty highly of Xavier’s basketball program. Now I could care less. X can thank Tu Holloway’s postgame ‘hood posing (“We got disrespected so our gangsters went out and zipped them up”) for putting the final nail in that coffin.

I used to like UC when Huggins was there. His guys played tough, but they didn’t lose control. I was close to getting over his firing several years ago and giving UC a chance. Now? Forget it.

The suspensions handed out to all involved on both teams are shamefully inadequate.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters is consider prosecutions. Of course he should. The hardwood is not a law-free zone.

“Congrats” to everyone. You’re so “famous” now that the UK Daily Mail is all over the story.

Kasich v. DeWine: Kevin Explains Why He Should Resign. Will He?

Filed under: Ohio Politics — Tom @ 12:31 pm

The latest on the Ohio Republican Party Central Committee situation in Southwest Ohio is here via Bill Sloat.

The quote at the end from Kevin DeWine is the most important part of Bill’s post:

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Matt at Weapons of Mass Discussion asks the logical follow-up question:

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Yours truly explained last week why the answer to Matt’s question is “there’s no good reason why he shouldn’t step down”:

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The logic is inescapable, and irrefutable.

Surprise us, Kevin. Do the honorable thing. YOU are why the problem exists. YOU are the one who has been sewing party disunity and undercutting John Kasich (and yes, there is proof that you have been lying). YOU should go.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (121211)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:00 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder follows. Other topics are also fair game.

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New York Post (HT Sweetness & Light) — “NY Govt Union Bosses Junket In Puerto Rico; Workers outraged at Caribbean junket.”

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Tim Tebow is now 7-1 as the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback. I can’t explain, but I’m lovin’ it.

Interesting factoid: “Tebow’s mother homeschooled all the children (in her family) so she could keep religion in their teaching. But Tim still was able to play football. This was thanks to Brenda Dickinson, a home education lobbyist who fought in 1996 for homeschooled athletes in Florida to participate in sports at local high schools. Tebow was player of the year both his junior and senior seasons.”

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OMG indeed. And yes, ASAP.

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Odd story, at Business Insider: “HP TouchPad fire-sale sells out in minutes, cripples eBay.” I know price is a factor, but the product has to be in the running for the most popular item ever killed.

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A factoid from the New York Times about the postal service (HT Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby) — “Labor represents 80 percent of the agency’s expenses, compared with 53 percent at United Parcel Service and 32 percent at FedEx, its two biggest private competitors.”

Positivity: Devastated by fire, Arizona shrine is being restored

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:25 am

From Tucson, Arizona:

Dec 10, 2011 / 01:03 pm

It was a Tuesday – June 14 – when a raging wildfire ate its way over a ridge in the Huachuca Mountains and took aim at Our Lady of the Sierras Shrine, situated on a hillside overlooking the San Pedro Valley near Hereford, Ariz.

At the same time, a crew of about 80 firefighters was assembling just above the shrine, intending to set a back-burn in hopes of saving the site.

Suddenly, apparently on a signal from a spotter plane, the firefighters “threw their shovels away and ran for their lives” as the wind-whipped flames roared down the hillside and enveloped the site.

The fire was hot enough to “melt metal and melt glass” and quickly consumed several structures and blew through tall oak doors on the stone chapel, gutting it, said Nannette M. Chouinard, the shrine site manager.

Though damaged, the ciboria and Tabernacle were salvaged.

Now all of the debris has been cleared and efforts to restore the shine are under way, with the hope that the work can be finished by Easter.

Last month The New Vision paid a visit to the shrine off state Rte. 92 between Sierra Vista and Bisbee, just four miles north of the border with Mexico.

The 75-foot cross beckoned during the drive up the unpaved Twin Oaks Road toward the shrine and the devastation was still clearly evident in the many oak trees and shrubs that stood blackened by the flames virtually everywhere within sight.

Nannette Chouinard escorted us to the chapel, where electricians Victor N. Silva and Luis A. Silva, brothers, were rewiring the structure.

The plan, Nannette said, is to restore the chapel first, then rebuild the prayer house situated nearby on “Mary’s Knoll.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.