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Making Obama the greeeeeenest president ever, or something.Obama-Solar-Panels-3-2012

The Obama administration had some solar panels installed (again – Jimmy Carter did it back in the ’70s) on the White House roof, presumably to demonstrate his commitment to wasting money pushing a green agenda green energy initiatives. Various media outlets and administration officials swooned over this huge leap forward:

 (Washington Post) Back in 2010, Chu said, “This project reflects President Obama’s strong commitment to U.S. leadership in solar energy and the jobs it will create here at home. Deploying solar energy technologies across the country will help America lead the global economy for years to come.”

…help America lead the global economy for years to come – is that some kind of joke? Not to the inside-the-liberal-bubble folks in DeeCee. Here’s the scoop on how much energy efficiency they’ll be getting out of those solar panels:

A solar panel array now adorns the roof of the White House and will produce an elephantine amount of solar power when the sun is actually shining: about 44 kilowatt hours of electricity a day.Updated May 12 with corrections: If 44 kilowatts hours sounds like a lot of energy, it isn’t. The average home consumes about 30 kilowatt hours kWh of power each day. The average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 10,837 kWh according to the EIA for 2012 or 30 kWh per day average.Slightly less than the 44 kilowatt hours per day that will be produced by the new solar panels adorning the White House. According to data from TradeWind Energy, one 100-watt light bulb running for 20 hours will use two kilowatt-hours of electricity 100 watts x 20 hours = 2,000 watt-hours = 2 kWh.In other words, the White House installed enough solar panels to power twenty-two 100-watt light bulbs for 20 hours each day. And if you’ve ever been inside the White House, or seen it from a distance, you’ll notice it’s lit up like a klieg light.

I’m guessing, based on the research that I’ve done about the cost of solar panels (we actually -for about 30 seconds- considered putting some on our house, but the break-even was about 30 years) that it will be many, many years before those 22 light bulbs save enough money to pay for the cost of installing the panels. If they ever do – some future re-roofing project will probably relegate them to the scrap heap, like Jimmy Carter’s.

Don’t we have anything better to waste taxpayer money on? Oh yeah – what are they doing running 100-watt bulbs? I thought those were banned or something. Maybe that was just for the little people.

via They’re Back! Solar Panels now atop the White House | Climate Change Dispatch.

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Petitions require 25,000 signatures to get the White House to respond. This one has gone way past that. Send the blowhard back to England, where they’ve confiscated all the guns, and the crime rate is soaring. The White House’s response will be something like” this is part of the ‘conversation’ on gun control” or something similarly vapid, but it’s nice to know a lot of people would like to see him sent packing.

James Taranto informs Morgan that his speech is protected under the First Amendment, but his presence in the U.S. is not:

The petition has already netted more than 13,000 signatures one day after its launch, putting it well on pace to reach its goal of 25,000. That’s the threshold at which the Obama administration has promised to respond to online petitions submitted on the White House website, provided they reach that number in 30 days.

“Ironic U.S. gun rights campaign to deport me for ‘attacking 2nd Amendment rights’ – is my opinion not protected under 1st Amendment rights?,” Morgan tweeted.

“Your opinion is protected, your presence in the U.S. is not. See Kleindienst v. Mandel (1972),” Taranto replied to Morgan.

Taranto linked to transcripts from a 1972 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the U.S. Attorney General’s refusal to allow a foreign journalist into the United States did not violate the First Amendment. The case resulted from Nixon administration attorney general Richard Kleindienst’s refusal to grant a temporary nonimmigrant visa to Marxist Belgian journalist Ernest Mandel.

Taranto’s tweet was praised by Twitter users who would like to send Morgan back to his native land

“I knew there was a reason I’ve liked you for years,” tweeter Lee Dodson said to Taranto. “Excellent shot across this silly Brit’s bow. Well done.”

Read more at Daily Caller

 

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The Free Beacon does some salary analysis, and finds that the Democrats might want to shut up about the “War on Women.”

Female employees of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) earn significantly less than their male counterparts, a Washington Free Beacon analysis has found.

A review of salary data filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) revealed that the DNC paid female staff members $501 less on average than male staffers in July 2012, a difference of 15 percent.

The DNC’s 119 female employees earned $3,342 on average in the month of July, compared to $3,843 for its 113 male employees. On an annualized basis, the average female DNC employee would earn roughly $6,000 less than her male coworkers.

The median female salary ($2,926) for July was also about 15 percent less than the median male salary ($3,370).

The results are consistent with those of other Free Beacon reviews of salary data for the White House, Democratic members of Congress, and President Obama’s re-election campaign.

In 2011, female White House employees made about 18 percent less than their male counterparts, the Free Beacon found.

More than a dozen Democratic Senators paid their female staff members at least 20 percent less than male staffers during that same period.

via DNC War on Women Intensifies | Washington Free Beacon.

If the regulations on businesses being promulgated from all areas of government are anything like the “competitive government process” that’s holding up the White House solar panels, then you get an idea about why the economy is not so hot right now. Government red tape aside, couldn’t the Petulant Boy-King have used his magic sword to cut through the red tape if this was such an important project? Would solar-heated hot water have been hot enough for Michelle? She seems to have pretty high standards

In October, Energy Secretary Steven Chu pledged that solar panels and a solar hot water heater would be installed on the White House roof before the start of summer.

Now, summer is almost over, the 2012 election campaign is well under way, and there are still no solar panels on the White House roof.

Why? That’s a mystery.

The Energy Department will say only that the project is mired in the “competitive procurement process.” Spokeswoman Joelle Terry declined to go into details of the holdup. Questions about when that process might be completed also were rebuffed. So were queries about the projected cost of adding the panels and where the panels would be located.

via Summer’s almost over, and still no solar panels on White House roof | McClatchy.

Update: scroll to the bottom for a supposedly authentic picture of the dead Bin Laden

They have them, and they’re supposedly gruesome. So what goes into the decision of whether to release them to the public? Paul Farhi at the Washington Post has some insight from administration officials:

The potential release of photographs documenting the U.S. raid on bin Laden’s Pakistani hideout presents the news media — at least the so-called mainstream media — with a historic dilemma. The images are the very definition of news, but they’re also likely to be horrifyingly graphic, the sort of thing that American newspapers and television networks avoid showing their readers and viewers.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that administration officials are still debating whether to make public any of the photos and video taken by U.S. military forces during and after the raid early Sunday. The image cache includes grisly shots of bin Laden, who reportedly suffered massive facial and skull wounds above his left eye from gunshots fired by American commandos.

Carney said officials are concerned about the “sensitivity” of releasing such photos because of their disturbing nature and because they could inflame anti-American sentiment around the world. But officials are also eager to rebut skepticism among bin Laden’s supporters and sympathizers that reports of his death are part of an American disinformation campaign and that he is still alive.

Additionally, if the White House does release the pictures, editors at news outlets everywhere will have to make the same decision. All it will take is one organization to make that decision, then the rest will follow suit.

Hell, people have seen more gruesome images in movies and video games. Release ’em, and remove all doubt for the rest of the world. We did it with Uday and Qusay, Saddam’s sons. Why not Bin Laden?

Read the rest of Farhi’s piece at The Washington Post

 

Update: This, supposedly, is a photo of the dead Osama Bin Laden, from a Pakistani news service. Its authenticity has purportedly been verified by the AP, but later retracted

 

Iowahawk has another great parody – this time, the Prez is offering to make a liquor store run for any school that submits an application before the deadline:

WASHINGTON – After a White House-sponsored contest offering him as a high school commencement speaker drew only 14 applications, President Obama announced today that he would also personally provide a free liquor store run for students of schools who submit entries before the extended deadline of March 11.

“Let me be clear, I know that sometimes you lose your ID,” said the President at a lightly attended afternoon press conference for high school reporters. “This is why I have proposed this bold new initiative to create a federal-local school partnership to target investments to get the nation’s students the extracurricular party resources they desperately need.”

The surprise announcement prompted a barrage of questions from the high school journalists in attendance, including a testy exchange between the President and Sarah Buford, Washington correspondent for the Valley High Tiger Tales of West Des Moines, IA.

“So, like, what’s the catch?” asked Buford skeptically.

“Let me be clear, the only thing you need to do is apply for me to speak at your school’s commencement,” said Mr. Obama. “There are, uh, a stack of applications at the back of the room. Really. Just put your school’s name on it. Seriously. I mean come on, it’ll take like 2 minutes. My staff has filled out the rest.”

“So, like, if we win, do we have to come to it?” responded Buford.

“Well, I mean, if I speak at your commencement, it clearly wouldn’t be very good optics if there were empty seats,” said Mr. Obama. “So yes, I guess I would prefer that, well, that you attend.”

To calm the audible moans in the press gallery, the President quickly backed off the condition.

“Okay, you don’t have to attend,” he said. “But please send me any unused tickets so we can get some people to fill the spots.”

Read the whole thing at iowahawk.