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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Concealed handgun instructor runs ad refusing to train liberals, Obama supporters and Muslims

The following is an audio of the full ad:

Friday, October 28, 2011
65-year-old Crockett Keller says he will give up his license to teach before training a liberal, Obama supported or Muslim. Keller says Obama supporters have proven they cannot make a knowledgeable and prudent decision.

It was a message intended to bring in some extra business, a radio ad for a concealed handgun class at Keller’s Riverside Store in Mason, located in the heart of the Texas hill country.

"We will attempt to teach you all the necessary information you need to obtain your C.H.L.," the ad stated.  Forty-five seconds in, the advertisement added a disclaimer.

"If you are a socialist liberal and or voted for the current campaigner in chief, please do not take this class. You have already proven that you cannot make a knowledgeable and prudent decision as under the law."

The ad continues, going on to say,"If you are a non-Christian Arab or Muslim, I will not teach you the class with no shame; I am Crockett Keller, thank you and God bless America."

Behind his store off Highway 87 two hours northwest of Austin, 65-year-old Crockett Keller teaches concealed carry courses to earn a few extra dollars. Courses that, he wants to make clear, are not for everyone.

"I call it exercising my right to choose who I instruct in how to use a dangerous weapon," said Keller.

Source: Bluegrass Pundit

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wake Up America - Jon McNaughton

The following is the latest artwork from Jon McNaughton. It's titled, "Wake Up America."  As usual, it is another amazing painting with a powerful message~

"We are enslaved to our debt. Wake up, America! Before it is too late...

Every man, woman and child in America is enslaved to the national debt. As an artist, I have painted my vision of the dire circumstances that surround us. Now, more than ever, each American must make a choice: we must unlock the shackles that enslave us, or will we lose our freedom. It is my hope and prayer that America will "wake up" before it is too late."

Those who are familiar with my work know that I like to use symbolism and metaphor to engage the viewer. See if you can find and decipher the many symbols in this image by visiting

In the painting I have intentionally hidden six keys that represent solutions that will release us from the chains of economic and political bondage. Find these keys and share them with as many Americans as you can. If we don't "wake up" future generations may not know what it means to be free.

-Jon McNaughton, political artist

To see an interactive map of this painting, or to find the six keys, please go to

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Napolitano Grilled Over ‘Fast and Furious,’ Likens Hearing to Cross Examination

UPDATE: 10/27/11
Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) questions Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on the Constitutionality of the WH and the DOJ devising the prosecutorial discretion memo in June that restricts prosecution of illegal aliens in the country. 

Janet Napolitan defends White House role in deporation reprieves
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is defending the involvement of President Barack Obama's White House in crafting priorities for deportation of illegal aliens and for laying out criteria for which illegal immigrants may win a reprieve from deportation in an upcoming review of pending cases.

"Because immigration involves two major agencies: DHS and DOJ, it is entirely appropriate and, yes, there was coordination with the White House," Napolitano told Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) during a House Judicary Committee oversight hearing Wednesday.

It's unusual for the White House to play a role in setting priorities for law enforcement. White House officials have indicated in other contexts that it wouldn't be appropriate for officials there to urge the Justice Department to harmonize criminal law enforcement with broader administration goals, like export promotion.

The immigration enforcement priorities laid out in a June memo and advanced in an August announcement of a review of all pending deportation cases don't affect criminal prosecutions, but pertain to civil enforcement of immigration law. The so-called "prosecutorial discretion" memo and policy has been closely watched by Latino and immigrants' rights groups, whom Obama and his aides have been trying to court politically in advance of the 2012 election.

The involvement of the White House in devising the prosecutorial discretion memo was discussed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Kumar Kibble at a House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing on Oct. 4 and by ICE Director John Morton at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Oct. 14.

"If your question is — was the White House ... involved in the formulation of this memorandum, the answer is yes," Morton told Poe at that session.
Morton said the White House's role in the discussion was coordinated by Cecilia Munoz, who heads up the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.
Source: Politico

Oversight Watchdog Trey Gowdy (R-SC) presses Obama Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on her agency's involvement - and her role in - Operation Fast and Furious.

Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) presses Obama Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on her agency's involvement - and her role in - Operation Fast and Furious.

Oversight Watchdog Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) presses Obama Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on her agency's involvement - and her role in - Operation Fast and Furious.

Napolitano Grilled Over ‘Fast and Furious,’ Likens Hearing to Cross Examination

House Republicans on Wednesday turned their sharp questioning over "Operation Fast and Furious" toward Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who acknowledged her agents were twice told to "stand down" in deference to what she called a "very troublesome" operation.

Napolitano, at one point likening the questioning to a cross-examination, said repeatedly she only learned of "Fast and Furious" after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in December. She emphasized the operation, conceived and run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, "was an ATF operation," under the auspices of the Justice Department, not her department.

Still, during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, outspoken Republicans wanted to know why she didn't press for more answers in the wake of Terry's death, and they called on her to meet more regularly with her Justice Department counterparts, suggesting more frequent discussions could help prevent incidents like Terry's murder.

Napolitano said she has never spoken with Attorney General Eric Holder about "Fast and Furious," a revelation Republicans strongly criticized.

"There needs to be better communication, so somebody can say, 'Whoa! This is a crazy idea, you're giving guns to drug smugglers that are going to come back and be used?" said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.

Holder, however, has said he was not aware of "Fast and Furious" -- or at least its controversial details -- until after concerns were raised publicly. And, in a letter to lawmakers three weeks ago, he said that while "some senior officials" within the department knew of an operation called "Fast and Furious," they "were not advised of the unacceptable operational tactics being used in it."

Nevertheless, on Wednesday, Napolitano said one reason she hasn't spoken to Holder directly about "Fast and Furious" is that the Justice Department's inspector general is currently engaged in an investigation into the matter, and she said she wouldn't know details about "Fast and Furious" because it "was an ATF operation."

Napolitano warned lawmakers not to "rush to judgment here," but she said there "will be lessons learned from this, and there very well may be changes in the field as a result of this."

Launched in late 2009, "Fast and Furious" hoped to target major gun-runners in Arizona by following gun purchasers to senior-level officials within Mexican cartels. But high-powered weapons tied to the investigation ended up at crime scenes in Mexico and the United States, including that of Terry's murder.

On Wednesday, Republicans tried to use their questioning of Napolitano, a former U.S attorney in Arizona, to bolster allegations that Justice Department officials knew details of "Fast and Furious" early on. Republicans have noted that, starting in at least March 2010, officials within the Justice Department's criminal division approved wiretaps as part of the investigation.

During a lengthy back-and-forth, Napolitano acknowledged that wiretap applications are approved by the Justice Department and include a "summary" or "narrative" of the case. But when Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., tried to suggest it was "disingenuous" for the Justice Department to say officials didn't know about "Fast and Furious," Napolitano balked.

"Someone at the Department of Justice had to know about 'Fast and Furious' for the [wiretaps] to ever have been approved, correct?" Gowdy asked Napolitano. "If there were [wiretaps] approved in 'Fast and Furious' -- and there were -- the Department of Justice would had to have known about it, correct?"

Napolitano wouldn't comment, telling lawmakers she would "leave that for your own investigation."

Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is leading a congressional investigation into "Fast and Furious." Republicans and Democrats have increasingly become divided over the direction of the probe.


Friday, October 21, 2011

National Call for United Action – Declaration To Restore The Constitutional Republic

“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” 
from the U.S. Declaration of Independence

The event calls upon all freedom loving citizens fed up with the corruption and tyranny in D.C. to take a stand with their veterans at the Washington Monument on November 11, 2011.

On October 5, 2011, the following national call was released to the public –
“An undisclosed number of American Veterans and former service members have come together to prepare and present this Call-to-Action on behalf of the U.S. Constitution, the Republic, the Rule of Law and equal justice for all freedom loving citizens of the United States of America. Acting together as one, via The Veteran Defenders of America, co-sponsored by civilian patriot group The Unites States Patriots Union, LLC – we issue the following CALL for peaceful disobedience.
We CALL upon every member of federal, state and local government, legislative, judicial, law enforcement and military, who have taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitutional Republic from all enemies, foreign and domestic, to act upon those oaths for the stated purpose of restoring the Constitutional Republic.
We CALL upon ALL veterans and veteran organizations in America, who still believe in their oath to protect and defend, to unite with us at once – in this Declaration to Restore the Constitutional Republic.
We CALL for ALL citizens who still desire freedom and liberty, to stand with us in peaceful protest, and carry our demands to right the wrongs against our nation in the preservation of freedom, liberty, justice and the rule of law.”
(The full Call-to-Action is available here.)
This National Call-to-Action for Veterans Day, November 11, 2011 in Washington D.C. is scheduled for 0600 EST at the Washington Monument.
The call is led by MG Paul Vallely, Col. James Harding and Col. Harry Riley of Veteran Defenders of America (VDA), a service member division of The United States Patriots Union. Both are member-only organizations formed and funded by an undisclosed number of members.
The Veterans organization focuses on matters of national security and defense of the US Constitution, freedom and liberty. Patriots Union is an advanced patriot group focused on tangible strategies for reclaiming the republic, ending corruption and tyranny in government and returning the power to the American people.
Together, they prepared and launched a nation-wide Call-to-Action to ALL freedom loving Americans willing to fight for their right to live free from government tyranny. But they also issued a Code of Conduct for their event in D.C. scheduled on 11.11.11…
The Call-to-Action has gone viral on the internet, thanks to vital coverage by conservative news outlets like World Net Daily, Canada Free Press and Post & Email. Veterans, patriots and groups have been joining the Call-to-Action since and it’s beginning to look like patriots across the country are finally ready to join forces for real solutions.
In any movement, there are two types of participants, active and passive. Over the last hundred years, as our constitution and nation was being systematically destroyed, only a relative few were active participants in the destruction.
But most Americans were indeed passive participants in that destruction, sitting silent as the destruction took place, thereby passively participating by default, via their inaction.
Today, a Call-to-Action has been issued that requires active participation from people who are passive by nature. The average American may be angry about what is happening in their country, but how many are truly ready to do whatever it might take to end the madness?
When asked who is supporting this Call-to-Action, VDA’s Col. Harding responded as follows – “Every red blooded American we reach is on board, except those who will never be on board.”
Harding went on to explain – “it is much easier to list who is not on board at this point.” “leftists who have a very anti-American vision for America, people who have not yet accepted that there is no political solution now and those who have a seat at the table of corruption, are not on board.” – “Everyone else we reach is on board…”
The Code of Conduct clearly indicates that the group’s call is for peaceful resistance on 11.11.11. The likelihood that Obama & Co. will resign on request is zero. The odds that members of congress will do the right thing and impeach are also slim. So, what is the real goal of the 11.11.11 event?
Co-Founder of Patriots Union Timothy Harrington explains – “We have to start somewhere. We are hoping to show D.C. insiders that the people have had enough. That the time for talking has passed and the time for serious action to save this nation has arrived.”
“Every member of every branch of government has taken an oath to uphold and protect the constitution and the people of the United States and it’s high time we see which of them is ready to live up to that oath.” – said Harrington.
The event calls upon all freedom loving citizens fed up with the corruption and tyranny in D.C. to take a stand with their veterans at the Washington Monument on November 11, 2011. Additional information is being released at the organizations web sites as available.
Declaration Restore the Constitutional Republic 11.11.11

Code of Conduct for Call to Action 11.11.11

Source: Intellectual Conservative

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

National Right To Work is helping teachers in Ohio sue to stop forced unionization

National Right To Work is helping teachers in Ohio sue to separate from the Ohio Education Association. Mark Mix the head of National Right To Work explains the details of the case and the impact Senate Bill 5 could have on unions in Ohio.

NRTW Helps Teachers Sue OHEA

NRTW Helps Teachers Sue OHEA Part 2

Source: EAG TV

Phil Hayes and Jim Murray are both teachers in Ohio.  One is in support of SB5, Issue 2, the other opposes it.   The following video gives you a chance to see both sides of this issue.
The Columbus Dispatch-Senate Bill 5 Debate

This is the video from Building A Better Ohio  in favor of passing this legislation.


AAE Supports Right To Teach Efforts

The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national nonunion professional teachers association, advancing the profession through teacher advocacy and professional development, as well as promoting excellence in education, so that our members receive the respect, recognition and reward they deserve.


Source:  EAG TV

Sunday, October 9, 2011

GOP Solyndra probe wants Obama's BlackBerry messages

The President uses his Blackberry outside the White House. AP Photo               
The GOP's demand for all White House communications on Solyndra covers President Barack Obama's personal BlackBerry messages too, Rep. Cliff Stearns said Thursday.

The Florida Republican said he made the precedent-setting request to White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler on Wednesday after newly released emails showed that warning flags about the California solar company’s shaky finances had reached into the president’s inner circle, including senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.

"We asked for all communications between the president, the White House and Solyndra,” Stearns said. “So if there's nothing on his BlackBerry, that's fine. But if there's something on his BlackBerry, I would assume that would include that.

"I don't know how that technically works," Stearns added of his unusual request. "But we've asked for them, so we're hopeful we'll get some response."

Obama fought his lawyers early in his term to become the first president to use a BlackBerry. He's said he uses it to keep in touch with a small circle of people — and so far, there has been no successful attempt to make any of the messages public

Stearns’s request is the latest move in an escalating and increasingly personal battle with the White House over Solyndra.

During his news conference Thursday, Obama singled out Stearns’s statement earlier this week to NPR that “we can't compete with China to make solar panels and wind turbines.”

“I don’t buy that,” Obama said. “I’m not going to surrender to other countries technical leads that could determine whether or not we’re going to have a strong middle class in this country.”
"I was a little puzzled to see the president single me out," Stearns replied Thursday when asked about his moment in the presidential spotlight.

Stearns’s office also released a statement pushing back at Obama.

“If President Obama believes that we should borrow billions of dollars from China to subsidize American businesses trying to compete with China then he doesn’t understand this country’s economic system," Stearns said.

Read more: Politico

Issa Announces Fast and Furious Subpoenas of Holder and the DOJ

10/9/2011 Congressman Darrell Issa appeared with Chris Wallace today to discuss where he is with the investigation into Fast and Furious.  Congressman Issa indicated that the next phase of the investigation will include subpoenas of Eric Holder and others in the DOJ.

Congressman Issa also indicated there's more they are investigating in the DOE Loan Program as well.  This is after the DOE loaned $537M to a solar energy company, Solyndra and it declared bankruptcy August 2011. Solyndra received federal help in 2009 and never turned a profit. In March 2010, PriceWaterhouseCoopers raised questions about the company's solvency. The next month, a White House Office of Management and Budget staffer worried that the Department of Energy "has one loan to monitor and they seem completely oblivious." Another said it was "terrifying" to consider that some of DOE's next projects would make Solyndra look "better."

Read More: Wall Street Journal

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Herman Cain Brings Down The House At The 2011 Value Voters Summit

Here is video of Herman Cain speaking at the Value Voters Summit today where he brought the house down! Cain was on fire, hammering President Obama and laying out what he would do as President of the United States.
Cain struck many of the familiar themes he has shared during his campaign, but wove it together flawlessly and with some new material. He told the crowd that he would build up the missile defense capability of the United States, outfitting U.S. Warships with improved missile interception capability as one way of dealing with Iran. Cain said he would do so and then say to Iran, “Make my day!” (6:44 mark of the video)

Related posts:

Herman Cain invokes Ronald Reagan, wins big ovations at Values Voters Summit

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain on Friday delivered a rousing defense of his campaign and candidacy, winning several standing ovations from conservative activists gathered in Washington for the Values Voters Summit.

Rising suddenly to become a top-tier contender means "you get this bull-eye's on your back," Cain said. But Cain insisted that his growing momentum was no fluke.
Read More: CBS News 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Keeping "The Flame" Burning speech by Congressman Allen West

Center for Security Policy | Oct 06, 2011 
Rep. Allen West (R-FL) salutes Rep. Buck McKeon, the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, at the Center for Security Policy's 2011 Keeper of the Flame. Rep. West spoke about the "flame" that is America's national spirit in a moving benediction to close the evening. Below is video and a transcript of the Congressman's remarks.

The Center for Security Policy’s Keeper of the Flame Award Dinner
October 4, 2011, Union Station, Washington, DC

Senator Kyl and to my boss, Chairman McKeon, congratulations. To the commandant of the United States Marine Corps, General and Mrs. Amos, to all the soldiers, the sailors, the airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen, to each and every one of you that’s sitting out there. It’s very tough for me to try to follow that up, but let me see if I can do the best that I can.

When I was sitting there tonight, Mrs. Amos asked me one simple question. She said, what possessed you to want to run for Congress? Well, probably it was too many jumps out of airplanes and hit my head. But I thought about something. Why we’re here tonight.

We’re here tonight because of a flame. And when we talk about a benediction, it takes me back to thinking about the first time a flame was introduced into this world. It’s very simple, when you go to Acts, when those men who were scared because the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has been taken away from them, they were told to go to an upper room. And when they were there in that upper room, a comforter came. A comforter came to them in the sense of a flame. That gave them boldness that gave them an incredible spirit to go out and talk about something that had never been heard of, never been preached of before, all across the known world.

But see, that exact same flame somehow made it to these shores. That flame first appeared at a place called Lexington and Concord where men answered the call and went out and stood for something that the world had yet to understand.

That flame made another appearance in the embodiment of a man by the name of Thomas Jefferson when he wrote an incredible document called The Declaration of Independence, which set forth this great nation. That flame made an appearance at Valley Forge in a cold, dark night when our General George Washington knelt down on his knees and prayed and that flame led the way across the Delaware River to a triumph at Trenton. That flame, even though the British came here and burned down this great capitol, even though the British shelled Fort McHenry, that flame still remained.

It was a flame that President Abraham Lincoln talked about not too far away from here in a place called Gettysburg where he paid tribute to those who gave that last full measure of devotion for a country that was the last and greatest hope for this world, so that this government of the people, by the people, and for the people should not perish from this earth.

It was a flame it was a flame that led the way for pioneers as we expanded this great nation out west. It was a flame that somehow found its way into the Belleau Wood and to the trenches of World War One. It was a flame that rose out from the depths of Pearl Harbor, that somehow came out of the deserts of defeat at Kasserine Pass.

It was a flame that crossed the Pacific, landing upon beach upon beach, climbing Iwo Jima, it was a flame that landed at Normandy, it was a flame that shone brightly December 1944 at Bastogne. It was a flame that survived the Pusan Perimeter and landed at Inchon and even during those cold dreaded days and nights at Chosan, it still continued to burn. It was a flame that led the way through the dark triple canopy of Vietnam and it was a flame that continued to shine as these United States stood against the Soviet Union, what we knew was a Cold War, it kept us warm.

It was a flame that spearheaded one of the greatest open desert battles in Desert Shield and Desert Storm and led the way as those rockets and missiles from Apaches and MLRS and our strike forces went across and defeated what was supposed to be the mother of all battles.

It was a flame that in 2003, with men such as Colonel James Hickey, who was the second brigade commander, fourth infantry division, the brigade that captured Saddam Hussein, one of my dear friends and one of my former bosses who is here tonight.

It’s that flame that continues to shine ten thousand feet altitude in Afghanistan and it led the way for those US Navy SEALS to go and take down the world’s greatest known terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

Tonight, what is that flame? It’s the flame that each and every one of us has within us. It is the flame of freedom, it is the flame of liberty, and it is the flame of democracy.

And tonight, we have recognized and we have honored a man that at this important time in the history of this two hundred and thirty-five year, the longest running Constitutional republic that the world has ever known, you have been entrusted to be a keeper of that flame at this time. And I could tell you it’s such a great honor to be on your team on the Armed Services Committee.

Once upon a time I coined a little phrase that said, “I would go through hell with a gasoline can” and, sir, I would go through hell with gasoline cans to help you to be the keeper of that flame. Because for me, it was a flame that my father passed on to me, through a brother who served in Vietnam, from his service in World War Two, to my twenty-two years and now we pass that flame on to my nephew, who has already done two tours of duty in Afghanistan. The flame that is the United States of America, ladies and gentlemen, and shall never be extinguished.

It shall shine brighter, because the greatest days of this republic is ahead. I don’t care what stands before us. Our forefathers who first brought that flame to light at Lexington and Concord are looking down upon us right now. And we shall not let them down.

So as my benediction-I guess Frank since I’m from the south, I know how to preach-I would ask that God bless us, each and every one of us, that God keeps each and every one of us in the hollow of his hand. That God will continue to keep that flame that he first sent down some two thousand years ago to those men in the upper room in Jerusalem, the flame that we carry forth today.

Never forget that flame.

Never forget the men and women who have sacrificed so that we can carry forward.

And for Chairman Buck McKeon of the Armed Services Committee, you have been charged with a great mantle of responsibility, to be one of those few blessed Americans– such as Ronald Reagan, who believed in peace through strength– that you are now keeper of the flame of these blessed United States of America.

May God bless you all and thank you.

H/T Big Peace

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tucson Tea Party Hosts Fast & Furious Event With Congressman Gosar, Sheriff Paul Babeu And ATF Whistleblower Cefalu

On September 26, 2011, the Tucson Tea Party hosted a meeting in an attempt to the get the facts straight about the under cover operation known as Fast and Furious that essentially armed the Mexican cartels. Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, and "whistle blower" ATF Agent Cefalu spoke at the event. 
Tucson Tea Party - Part 2

Tucson Tea Party - Part 3

"Our brave "whistle blower" ATF Agent Cefalu said that if we the people cannot have the Congress we elected hold those who mishandled this operation accountable then there is no point to government. We need to forward this email and make sure that all of those we come into contact with know about this scandal and the deaths and destruction left in it's wake.

Thank you Representative Gosar for attending and speaking last night, but please take our message to the rest of the Oversight Committee in Washington and tell them that this "operation" (scandal) needs to be completely investigated and accountability needs to be dealt out in strong doses to those responsible.

Thank you to Sheriff Paul Babeu and Agent Cefalu for your insight, courage and continued service to our country.

Remember that a government is only as the strong or effective as the people it governs. We hope you remain strong and mobilize in your communities and neighborhoods to lift and work where you are needed." 

Related Links:

Fast and Furious: Using Humans as Collateral Damage

"In his speech, Cefalu made the larger argument that this is a major government corruption problem, not only surrounding Operation Fast and Furious, but about a runaway government that doesn't answer to the people, saying ATF agents and the Department of Justice shouldn’t be able to say no to Congress when asked for documentation surrounding operations within the Bureau. The Obama Justice Department has been stonewalling the House Oversight Committee in its investigation into Operation Fast and Furious since day one." view full article
Tucson Tea Party demands “Fast and Furious” answers
"Tea Party members and Congressman Gosar go as far as to say the lack of information being released by federal agencies constitutes a cover-up. They hope Washington will notice their rally and give them answers."view full article

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Nevada Geothermal Power: Solyndra Lite?

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic majority leader, has promoted several geothermal projects in his state.

The New York Times reports on another Department of Energy green energy loan going bad. This one involves Nevada Geothermal Power, which generates electrical power using near-surface geothermal heat. After $79 million in loans and $66 million in outright grants, the company’s auditor has concluded that there is significant doubts about its ability to continue as a going concern.

In this case, Nevada Geothermal was unable to deliver electricity in the quantities that it had planned and contracted to sell. It has also encountered technical difficulty with well design and surface facilities that may require substantially more investment.

And like Solyndra, there are Democratic fingerprints at the scene.
But the Nevada Geothermal project has benefited from the support of a bipartisan collection of Nevada politicians, most notably Senator Harry Reid, a Democrat and the Senate majority leader, who has called his home state the “Saudi Arabia of geothermal energy.” …
But Mr. Reid has taken the nascent geothermal industry under his wing, pressuring the Department of Interior to move more quickly on applications to build clean energy projects on federally owned land and urging other member of Congress to expand federal tax incentives to help build geothermal plants, benefits that Nevada Geothermal has taken advantage of.
“This project is exactly the type of initiative we need to ensure Nevada creates good-paying jobs,” Mr. Reid said in a statement in April 2010, after he visited the company’s Nevada plant. That was two months before the project even got conditional approval for the Energy Department loan guarantee.
During the tour, Mr. Reid had a chance to see electric generation equipment installed by a company called Ormat Technology, which is a Nevada Geothermal partner. Ormat’s lobbyist in Washington, Kai Anderson, and one of the company’s top executives, Paul Thomsen, are former aides to Mr. Reid.
Nevada Geothermal’s corporate offices are in Vancouver, BC. Many small energy companies incorporate in Canada because its lack of “blue sky” laws facilitate thinly capitalized startup companies. Which raises another question — why in the world is the DOE loaning (and giving) millions of dollars to foreign penny-stock companies?

The Times says there are no allegations of wrongdoing on the part of Nevada Geothermal executives.

How about wrong thinking on the part of our Administration?

Source: Red State

Related Links: Department Of Energy Loan Programs Office 

Maybe it's time we all contact the DOE Loan Programs Office and voice our outrage over the lack of integrity in shelling out our tax dollars to these failed, failing and bound to fail companies.

This truly looks more like a money laundering scheme than anything else and they need to be held to account!  A full investigation into who got what and where all this money has gone must be done by an outside investigator.