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Attacking Penny-Ante Cleantech Waste While Ignoring Dirty Energy’s $10-Billion-Plus Gravy Train

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 14, 2013

This article bashes a battery company that got stimulus money:

A company that received $150 million in government stimulus funds to build a facility to manufacture battery cells for electric cars has yet to begin mass-market production and misused some of the funds in questionable labor costs, according to the Energy Department’s Inspector General.

In a report released Wednesday, the IG found that LG Chem Michigan Inc. (formerly Compact Power Inc.) had yet to produce a single battery cell and was likely to miss the grant’s May 2013 deadline for completion. What’s more, the project created fewer than half of the projected 440 new jobs anticipated by proponents.

Compare this to the subsidies and protections the dirty-energy companies get every year:

In the United States, credible estimates of annual fossil fuel subsidies range from $10 billion to $52 billion annually, while even efforts to remove small portions of those subsidies have been defeated in Congress, as shown in the graphic below.

But when the dirty-energy crowd exerts such influence over our media and our political processes, it’s not surprising to see the obsession with motes in cleantech companies’ eyes while the I-beams sticking out of Big Oil’s and Big Coal’s and Big Gas’ eyes get ignored.

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Arizona Anti-Immigrant Sheriff Accused By His Male Lover Of Threatening Lover’s Deportation

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 18, 2012

This is just dripping with irony, not to mention hypocrisy:

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu — who became the face of Arizona border security nationally after he started stridently opposing illegal immigration — threatened his Mexican ex-lover with deportation when the man refused to promise never to disclose their years-long relationship, the former boyfriend and his lawyer tell New Times.

The latest of the alleged threats were made through Babeu’s personal attorney, who’s also running the sheriff’s campaign for Congress in District 4, the ex-lover says.

He says lawyer Chris DeRose demanded he sign an agreement that he would never breathe a word about the affair. But Jose (New Times is withholding his last name because Babeu and his attorney have challenged his legal status) refused.


Babeu’s pulled out of being an Arizona co-chair for Mitt Romney’s campaign
, but he vowed to continue his congressional campaign and stay in office as Sheriff. Which he no doubt will, until the polling comes back showing that his racist and anti-gay Republican base has deserted him, at which point he’ll be pushed out by his own party. (What’s hilarious about this is his attempts — apparently at the advice of party higher-ups, because now all the state and national Cons rushing to his defense are mouthing variations of it — to paint himself as a victim of liberal homophobia directed against an “openly gay man”. Of course, this “openly gay man” only came out of the closet forty-eight hours ago, when he was dragged out of it by his former lover — and many of Babeu’s associates in the political world had no idea he was gay until they were told about it this week.)

I give him about four months, tops. They’ll want him out of the congressional race at the very least, and have his replacement as congressional candidate in place by July at the latest. He might limp through another term as sheriff thanks to the power of incumbency, but even that’s in doubt.

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Birth Control: What the GOP’s Pet Bishops Don’t Want You To Know

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 12, 2012

Here’s some of what the GOP-allied US branch of the world’s largest organized group of pedophile enablers doesn’t want you to know:

There’s this: Catholic health group says it backs Obama compromise on birth control policy (That would be the Catholic Health Organization, which is headed by a nun, Sister Carol Keehan. Nuns seem to have a track record of being more sensible and compassionate in this regard than the (male) bishops whose pronouncements are given press coverage; of course, this compassion and good sense can get them in trouble with their misogynist bishop bosses.)

And this: How the Vatican Almost Embraced Birth Control (Of course, the Vatican has embraced what it calls “the rhythm method” and the mucus-testing method, except that neither of those actually works anywhere as well as real contraceptives such as condoms or birth-control pills — for one thing, both, especially the mucus method, require a level of familiarity and comfort with both one’s own body and that of one’s partner that is hard to achieve for Catholic couples reared to think of their bodies as icky and dirty. As the old joke goes, “What do you call a man and woman who practice the rhythm method? Parents.”)

And of course this: Catholic institutions here cover birth control (“Here” being New York state, the apparent model for Obama’s original proposal.)

Pass it on!

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