Monday, 04 February 2013

THE IMPRACTICALITY OF ELECTIC CARS: THE CREATOR SPEAKS

Ken Berwitz

There is a fascinating little song from "Fiddler on the Roof" in which, after 25 years of marriage, Tevya asks his arranged-marriage wife Golde a simple question, which also happens to be the song's title:  "Do you love me?"

And, after the two of them discuss it (in song, of course), the final lyrics are:

(Tevye): Then you love me?

(Golde): I suppose I do

(Tevye): And I suppose I love you too

(Both); It doesn't change a thing, but even so, after 25 years it's nice to know.

Those lyrics came back to me as I read an article by Wynton Hall at breitbart.com.  Take a look at the excerpts below and see if you understand why:

Hybrid car pioneer and "father of the Prius" Takeshi Uchiyamada says the billions poured into developing battery electric vehicles have ultimately been in vain. "Because of its shortcomings--driving range, cost and recharging time--the electric vehicle is not a viable replacement for most conventional cars," said Uchiyamada. "We need something entirely new."

President Obama made promotion of electric vehicles a key component of his green initiative. Last September, the Congressional Budget Office reported that federal policies to prop up and promote electric cars will cost taxpayers $7.5 billion through 2019. 

Several of the electric car companies Obama has funneled taxpayer funds to have floundered. U.S. electric battery maker A123 Systems, which received a $249 million taxpayer-funded government loan, announced last year its decision to sell a controlling stake to Wanxiang, a Chinese company, for $450 millionSimilarly, lithium-ion battery manufacturer Ener1, Inc., which received a $118.5 million taxpayer-funded grant, filed for bankruptcy. And another company, Aptera Motors, has already folded.

See the parallel?  Takeshi Uchiyamada is telling us about a fait accompli - not of marriage, but of the marketplace:  i.e. other than corporations which are probably being coerced into doing so,  just about no one is buying these overpriced, underperforming dogs.

It doesn't change a thing, but even so, after all these years it's nice to know....that even a pioneer of electric car technology realizes electric cars, at least so far, are not anywhere near happening.  

Now, when does President Obama stop pissing our taxpayer money down the drain and come to the same conclusion?  Or are there too many big Democrat backers invested in these companies for him to do the right thing?

free` Zeke, How about solar and a windmill? That way when the vehicle moves forward it turns the windmill, which recharges the battery. ;) (02/04/13)

Zeke ... .... Battery Technology has not really advanced much, despite billions in R & D. .... .... Hydrogen fuel cells are not suited for the roads either -- hydrogen is explosive in 40% concentration with air; hydrogen burns with an extremely pale blue flame, almost invisible. ..... However, maybe they can scale up those wind up toy cars. ..... (02/04/13)


THE "MENENDACIOUS" ON'E'S FOURTH TRIP

Ken Berwitz

Just days ago Robert "Menendacious" Menendez suddenly paid something like $58,000 out of his own pocket for three trips he took on sugar daddy Salomon Melgen's private plane...trips he somehow forgot to tell us about until the Daily Caller started writing about them.

Was his reason for not remembering related to the fact if no one knew, he didn't have to pay for the trips?  Because he was patronizing young Dominican prostitutes, maybe even underage girls?  Both?

Well, it turns out there may have been at least one more trip - also unpaid for - that he has not told us about.

Excerpted from Matthew Boyle's piece at breitbart.com:

Flight records obtained by Breitbart News show Democratic Party donor Dr. Salomon Melgen's private jet was in New Jersey near Sen. Bob Menendez's home on April 8, 2012--Easter Sunday last year. From there, it flew straight to the Dominican Republic. 

Menendez and his staff have not answered when asked repeatedly whether the Senator was on that flight. They also have not provided any accounting as to where Menendez was on Easter Sunday, either.

...on the morning of April 8, 2012--Easter Sunday--at 8:56 a.m., the plane left Palm Beach International airport. At 11:30 a.m., it landed at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.

Teterboro is an airport meant for private jets and chartered flights, and is a 20-minute cab ride from Menendez's New Jersey home. After landing at Teterboro at 11:30 a.m. EDT, the plane sat for about an hour and ten minutes--just enough time to wait for someone to reach the airport from about 20 minutes away. At 12:50 p.m., Melgen's plane took off for Las Americas International Airport in the Dominican Republic.

Menendez's public schedule--available on his Senate website--puts him in New Jersey the night before that flight, at an Easter Musical entitled God's Masterpiece at Roselle Park Middle School in Roselle Park, New Jersey.

Menendez does not appear to have had any public events until several days later. The Senate was not in session from March 31 until April 15.

It is during this timeframe that two Dominican Republic prostitutes alleged, in interviews with this reporter who broke the story for The Daily Caller before joining Breitbart News after the election, that they were under-paid to have sex with Menendez. The activity allegedly took place at Casa de Campo, a luxurious resort in the Dominican Republic around Easter-time in 2012. Casa de Campo is about an hour's drive from Las Americas airport.

While Menendez denies soliciting prostitutes in the Dominican Republic--including during that alleged Easter Sunday incident--he and his staff have not yet offered any alternate explanation as to where the Senator was on Easter.

Paul Brubaker, a Menendez spokesman based in New Jersey, told a local news reporter that the reason why the Senator paid for these trips "out of his own pocket" and not through his official office or campaign accounts was so they did not have to be reported to official authorities.

This stinks.  And it is stinking even worse by the second.

At what point will even a conscienceless lout like Robert Menendez conclude he has to take a hike and resign from the Senate? 

I doubt we'll have a lot longer to find out.


A QUICK OBSERVATION ABOUT JOB CREATION AND FOOD STAMPS

Ken Berwitz

Just a quick observation:  If, during Barack Obama's first term in office, as many jobs had been created as food stamp recipients, our economy would be booming.

Too bad it is the exact opposite.


THE STUPIDITY (AND DISHONESTY) OF JOE SCARBOROUGH

Ken Berwitz

Here, from today's Morning Joe show, is Joe Scarborough - after condemning the NRA ad which suggested that our children deserve protection as much as President Obama's children - attacking NRA head Wayne LaPierre, over what he supposedly said during Chris Wallace's show yesterday morning:

"And this argument, and Chris Wallace really drilled down hard here, the argument. Seriously? That all of our children deserve the same amount of protection as the President of the United States's children? That's the problem with Wayne LaPierre and the extremist wing of the NRA's arguments. They're stupid arguments. They've got to say oh, and while a mother's clutching her Bushmaster with crying children-they're stupid arguments."

The truth?  Wayne LaPierre said no such thing.  Not even on the clip that Scarborough played.  What LaPierre did say was that school children should have police, or armed guards, to protect them at schools. Nothing more.

Here, verbatim, are LaPierre's words, straight from the show's transcript:

"If you want to stop violence in this country, here's what you do, OK? First, if you want to protect or kids, you put armed security in schools. I'm not talking about arming teachers, I'm talking about police officers, and I'm talking about certified professional security people.    There is not a parent that sends off their kid to school that wants those kids to be unprotected."

And then there is this exchange:

WALLACE: Do you really think the president's children are the same kind of target as every school child in America? That's ridiculous and you know it, sir.

LAPIERRE: You know, unfortunately, I think there are parents all over the school that think -- all over the country that think their kids are entitled to the same amount of protection when they go to school, and they want --

WALLACE: So, they should have Secret Service?

LAPIERRE: No, but what they should have is police officers or certified armed security in those schools to keep people safe. If something happens, the police -- despite all the good intentions, is 15 to 20 minutes. It's too long. It's not going to help those kids.

Certified armed security in schools, just like --

WALLACE: But that's not going to protect them in the shopping mall, in the movie theater, on the streets.

LAPIERRE: Which is why we need to do everything else I'm talking about. Let's enforce the federal gun laws which we did not do now against gangs with guns, felons with guns -- my gosh, in the shadow of where we are sitting now, gangs are out there in Washington, D.C. You can buy drugs. You can buy guns. They are trafficking in 13-year-old girls --

As you can see, no matter how Wallace tried to contort what LaPierre was saying, La Pierre would not let him do it.

Do yourself a favor:  erase all ingoing feelings/prejudices/etc.  Just read the exchange.  And tell me, honestly, who made more sense.

No, Mr. Scarborough; the stupidity was not Wayne LaPierre's.  The stupidity was yours.  And it jibes perfectly with your dishonesty in lying about what LaPierre actually said..

Incidentally, for readers who do not know, I have never been a member of the NRA, I disagree with a lot of its positions, and I am a strong advocate for stricter gun controls.  But that does not mean I disagree with every position the organization takes.  Sometimes the NRA is correct, and this is one of those times. 

To quote from a blog I wrote just two days ago....

...events (in Newtown, Connecticut) have shown, all too devastatingly, that there is a difference between enacting laws - which can only influence people who obey laws - and the presence of someone who can do something about a deranged lunatic intent on killing innocent people, with a special taste for killing children.

I stand by that 100%.  If you disagree, fine.  Please tell me why. 

But do not answer with stupidity and dishonesty.  Leave that to the remnant of his former self that Joe Scarborough has become.


THE ZTIs (ZERO TOLERANCE IMBECILES). AGAIN

Ken Berwitz

No need to elaborate on this one.  The ZTI (Zero Tolerance Imbeciles) have done it for me.

Excerpted from an article at eagleforum.com:

Parents of a deaf child named Hunter were told by his Nebraska public preschool that they must change his name because he was in violation of the school district's weapons policy. To sign his name, the three-year-old crosses his index and middle fingers then wags his hands. This sign apparently appeared to school officials to represent a gun.

Grand Island Public Schools' policy section 8470 - Weapons in Schools states: "Students are forbidden to knowingly and voluntarily possess, handle, transmit or use any instrument in school, on school grounds or at school functions that is a firearm, weapon, or looks like a weapon. . ."

 The ZTI's think this keeps schoolchildren safe?  That it makes sense of any kind? 

Imbeciles on parade.  And these are the people we entrust our children with?

God help us.

free` Ken, When I first saw this story a few months back I asked my sister, she is a special ed teacher, what she thought and she couldn't believe it either. (02/04/13)


A QUICK OBSERVATION ABOUT JOB CREATION AND FOOD STAMPS

Ken Berwitz

Just a quick observation:  If, during Barack Obama's first term in office, as many jobs had been created as food stamp recipients, our economy would be booming.

Too bad it is the exact opposite.


THE ZTIs (ZERO TOLERANCE IMBECILES). AGAIN

Ken Berwitz

No need to elaborate on this one.  The ZTI (Zero Tolerance Imbeciles) have done it for me.

Excerpted from an article at eagleforum.com:

Parents of a deaf child named Hunter were told by his Nebraska public preschool that they must change his name because he was in violation of the school district's weapons policy. To sign his name, the three-year-old crosses his index and middle fingers then wags his hands. This sign apparently appeared to school officials to represent a gun.

Grand Island Public Schools' policy section 8470 - Weapons in Schools states: "Students are forbidden to knowingly and voluntarily possess, handle, transmit or use any instrument in school, on school grounds or at school functions that is a firearm, weapon, or looks like a weapon. . ."

 The ZTI's think this keeps schoolchildren safe?  That it makes sense of any kind? 

Imbeciles on parade.  And these are the people we entrust our children with?

God help us.

free` Ken, When I first saw this story a few months back I asked my sister, she is a special ed teacher, what she thought and she couldn't believe it either. (02/04/13)


WHY WE MUST FIGHT RADICAL ISLAM

Ken Berwitz

Read the excerpts from these two stories, trying as best you can not to throw up.

First, from Daniel Greenfield's article at frontpagemag.com:

Sheikh Fayhan al-Ghamdi, an Islamic television preacher in Saudi Arabia, beat Lama, his 5-year-old daughter to death during a custodial visit. Saudi police had found the 5-year-old wandering the streets, she was taken to the hospital and placed in intensive care.

The side of her head had been mashed in, her back was broken, she had a skull fracture, bleeding in the head, a broken left hand, bruises all over her body, and burns that apparently came from an iron. One of her fingernails had been pulled out. There were signs that she had been sexually assaulted in various ways that are too horrific to describe, but that are in serial killer territory. (NOTE:  Other accounts specified the 5 year old had been anally raped, and that part of her body was "torn apart").

Sheikh Fayhan al-Ghamdi told the judge that his daughter had been "behaving strangely" and questioned her virginity. He took her to a medical professional to have her virginity checked.

The court found that under Islamic Hadith from several sources that states that a father cannot be executed for killing a child, that he should not be treated as a murderer.

Apparently that also applies to jail time for torturing your 5-year-old daughter to death. Instead the court sentenced Sheikh Fayhan al-Ghamdi to 4 months in prison and to pay $50,000 in blood money to the mother of his child.

This is what the Islamic justice system and its values are like. This is the Sharia law that the left insists on importing to America and to Europe.

Now from an article at alarabiya.com:

A Saudi cleric has called for all female babies to be fully covered by wearing the face veil, commonly known as the burka, citing reports of little girls being sexually molested.

In a TV interview on the Islamic al-Majd TV, which seems to date back to mid-last year, Sheikh Abdullah Daoud, stressed that wearing the veil will protect baby girls. The Sheikh tried to back his assertion with claims of sexual molestation against babies in the kingdom, quoting unnamed medical and security sources.

Try, as a civilized human being, to fathom the sickness you have just read about.

A 5 year old girl horribly tortured, horribly raped, and left to die by her own father because "she may not have been a virgin"?  At 5?  (How would she have lost her virginity?  Did she pick up a sailor at a bar?) and the sentence, based on Islamic law, is a few months in jail and a fine?

A "cleric" calling for female babies to wear full covering to "protect them" - i.e. Muslim men, seeing a baby female's face, will not be able to control the urge to molest that baby?

And where are the great defenders of womanhood in the USA about this?  Why aren't members of NOW picketing the Saudi embassy?  Why isn't Code Pink picketing mosques which primarily service Saudis (and any others which adhere to this impossibly sick belief system), demanding that females be treated as human beings?

I guess it's a lot more fun - and a lot safer - to scream for free contraceptives, advocate for late term abortions and run around in vagina outfits at political conventions, while an adoring press extols their courage and bravery.

And these fraudulent opportunistic publicity hounds call themselves women's groups?  

If we fight radical islam, we may win and we may lose.  But if we don't, we most assuredly will lose, because radical islam will fight regardless.

And for what?  To turn us into a society in which a "man" who rapes, tortures, and effectively kill his 5 year old daughter is given almost no punishment, because it is ok for men to kill their daughters?  A society where baby girls have to be completely covered or Muslim men will not be able to contain their sexual urges?

There may be some people who are perfectly happy to live this way.  But I'm not one of them, and I suspect you are not one of them either.

That is why we must fight radical islam.


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