The Obama administration, still smarting from controversial investments in solar power firms like the now bankrupt Solyndra, has sparked fears of a trade war between the U.S. and China, as the Commerce Department signals it will likely slap a 31 percent tariff on all solar panel imports from China.
While some, frustrated by the high U.S. unemployment, want punishment doled out to China, others say protectionism only hurts the consumers who are forced to pay more.
Such a tariff has been pushed by companies that manufacture solar panels in the U.S., including Solar World, which has a plant in Hillsboro, Ore.
“It’ll basically allow us to compete on technology,” Solar World president Gordon Brinser said, “just like everybody else in any other industry.”
Solar World and others have seen their market share plummet as sales of inexpensive Chinese panels have skyrocketed. The Commerce Department found Chinese companies are guilty of dumping panels on average 31 percent below fair market value.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — There is a sense of impending doom on Wall Street, and investors are hoping central bankers will brighten the mood with some stimulus next week.
May 16, 2012 Reuters
U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers kept the door open to a fresh round of monetary stimulus, citing downside risks to a moderately expanding economy, according to minutes for the central bank’s April meeting.
Several members of the Fed’s policy-setting committee “indicated that additional monetary policy accommodation could be necessary if the economic recovery lost momentum or the downside risks to the forecast became great enough,” minutes from the April 24-25 meeting said.
Minutes from the Fed’s March meeting had said “a couple” members thought more stimulus might be needed.
Barack Hussein Obama has signed Executive Orders giving him the power to declare MARTIAL LAW in America!
“Tonight… we shine the spotlight on an executive order that the White House was hoping that you would never learn about. Now, the President signed the National Defense Resources Preparedness [NDRP] executive order late Friday afternoon. And since that time, now the measure has been virtually ignored by the mainstream media. Now, the order essentially gives the president of the United States absolute power over any and all American resources during both times of peace and national crisis. Now, this includes, but it’s not limited to food and livestock, water, plants, energy, health resources, transportation and construction materials and gives the government the ability to, quote, ‘control the general distribution of any material, including applicable services in this civilian market.'”
Hannity then went on to discuss how “this would give the President of the United States the authority to declare basically Martial Law during times of peace. And to be sure, this is simply the latest string of actions taken by the administration that ignore the basic principles of our constitution.”
On May 30th, the following was posted on “Jihad Watch”:
Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international Islamic organization that openly calls for restoration of the caliphate — that is, the political union of Muslims worldwide in a single Sharia state ruled by the caliph. This means that the group is dedicated to subverting and destroying all governments not ruled by Islamic law, and as such it is banned in many countries. But not in the U.S., which has never shown any awareness on an official level of non-violent efforts to impose Sharia. They’re once again coming to the Chicago area to hold their Caliphate Conference: it will be held on June 17 in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
It is dubbed The rise of Mystery, Babylon the Great, together with the … Illinois: Khilafah Conference of America 2012 – The Revolution is ComingThe Iron Burka
In 1942, Imperial Japan invaded Singapore and took around 25,000 prisoners. Next was the Philippines.
With Imperial Japan’s relentless bombardment by planes and heavy siege guns, President Franklin D. Roosevelt did not want General Douglas MacArthur captured, so he ordered him to leave Corregidor, Philippines, and evacuate to Australia.
General Douglas MacArthur obeyed, March 11, 1942, but not without promising, “I shall return.”
On October 20, 1944, General Douglas MacArthur fulfilled his promise to return to the Philippines by setting foot to the shore of Palo, Leyte with his naval, marine and airborne forces that ended the cruelty of the Second World War. Today, his monument is now a famous landmark not only in the Philippines but to the entire Asia. The history that he made, now remains in the heart and mind of every Leyteño.
The outnumbered U.S. Pacific Fleet attempted a desperate ambush of the Imperial Japanese armada, but was losing badly.
When the Imperial Japanese fleet suddenly changed its course, the American torpedo dive-bombers searched for it in vain, with many of their escort fighters running out of fuel and ditching in the ocean.
Lieutenant-Commander John Waldron, who led the torpedo dive-bomber squadron from the U.S. carrier Hornet, told his men the night before:
“My greatest hope is that we encounter a favorable tactical situation, but if we don’t, I want each of us to do our utmost to destroy the enemies. If there is only one plane to make a final run in, I want that man to go in and get a hit. May God be with us.”
Waldron’s squadron was the first to spot the Imperial Japanese fleet. Flying in at low altitude, they suffered the full focus of the Imperial Japanese defenses. Out of 30 of Waldron’s men who took off that morning, only one survived.
This is a small tribute to the three ill-fated US Navy torpedo squadrons at the Battle of Midway, June 4th of 1942. VT-8, VT-6 & VT-3. In all they totaled 41 obsolete TDB Devastator torpedo planes (of which only 6 survived) and six new Grumman Avenger torpedo planes (sent from Midway island but part of VT-8). The first two squadrons were seperated from their fighter escort yet pressed on the attacks regardless.
The aircrew footage shown here is of the men of VT-8. Of the healthy, happy and brave young men seen, all but one would be dead shortly after this footage was taken. VT-8 was the first to attack and lost all 15 planes. The only man to survive was rescued from the ocean the next day. The take off footage is the actual VT-8 mission departure. None of the planes would return.
Their sacrifice was not in vain, as it benefited the other American torpedo dive-bomber squadrons from the U.S. carriers Enterprise and Yorktown, who arrived about an hour later, flying at a much higher altitude.
Navigating by guess and by God, they sighted far below, through a break in the clouds, the four Japanese aircraft carriers: Akagi, Kaga, Soryu, and Hiryu.
Providentially, this was at the precise moment when most of the Imperial Japanese “Zero” fighter planes were busy being refueled and rearmed after fighting Waldron’s squadron, or had just taken off to attack the U.S. carrier Yorktown.
In just five minutes, the screeching American torpedo dive-bombers sank three Imperial Japanese carriers, and a fourth shortly after.
In just moments, Imperial Japan’s naval force had been cut in half, resulting in them being forced to go on the defensive.
Lieutenant-Commander John Waldron received the Navy Cross posthumously.
After the Battle of Midway, plans were begun to free the Philippines.
During Imperial Japan’s occupation of the Philippines, they forced Filipino and American prisoners on the horrible Bataan Death March, where over 10,000 died.
When he heard of this, General Douglas MacArthur stated, April 9, 1942:
“To the weeping mothers of its dead, I can only say that the sacrifice and halo of Jesus of Nazareth has descended upon their sons, and that God will take them unto Himself.”
President Roosevelt said, August 12, 1943:
“Three weeks after the armies of the Japanese launched their attack on Philippine soil, I sent a proclamation…to the people of the Philippines…that their freedom will be redeemed…The great day of your liberation will come, as surely as there is a God in Heaven.”
On October 20, 1944, General Douglas MacArthur returned to the Philippines with U.S. troops, stating:
“People of the Philippines: I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God our forces stand again on Philippine soil – soil consecrated in the blood of our two peoples. We have come, dedicated and committed to the task of destroying every vestige of enemy control…The hour of your redemption is here…
Let the indomitable spirit of Bataan and Corregidor lead on…Let no heart be faint. Let every arm be steeled. The guidance of Divine God points the way. Follow in His name to the Holy Grail of righteous victory!”
The same day, President Roosevelt sent a message to General MacArthur:
“The whole American Nation today exults at the news that the gallant men under your command have landed on Philippine soil. I know well what this means to you. I know what it cost you to obey my order that you leave Corregidor in February, 1942, and proceed to Australia…
That day has come. You have the Nation’s gratitude and the Nation’s prayers for success as you and your men fight your way back to Bataan.”
President Roosevelt sent the message to Philippine President Osmena, October 20, 1944:
“On this occasion of the return of General MacArthur to Philippine soil with our airmen, our soldiers, and our sailors, we renew our pledge.
We and our Philippine brothers in arms-with the help of Almighty God-will drive out the invader; we will destroy his power to wage war again, and we will restore a world of dignity and freedom.”
The FOX News analyst David Asman says 70% in the video but actually 80% of DOE dollars went to Obama backers. 19 of these green energy companies went bust.
And, it’s expensive. Solar power is 35¢ per kilowatt compared to coal, gas and oil that costs 5¢ per kilowatt.
The government is spending $14 million on some of the green jobs. Solar power is 35 cents per kilowatt compared to coal, gas and oil that costs 5 cents per kilowatt.
Here’s a list of the green companies that have gone belly-up since receiving Obama dollars. Heritage reported:
For those who only hear about these failing companies one by one, the following is a list of all the clean energy companies supported by President Obama’s stimulus that are now failing or have filed for bankruptcy. The liberal media hopes you’ve forgotten about all of them except Solyndra, but we haven’t.
Solyndra (received $535 million)
Beacon Power (received $43 million)
AES’ subsidiary Eastern Energy
Nevada Geothermal (received $98.5 million)
SunPower (received $1.5 billion)
First Solar (received $1.46 billion)
Babcock & Brown (an Australian company which received $178 million)
Ener1 (subsidiary EnerDel received $118.5 million)
Amonix (received 5.9 million)
The National Renewable Energy Lab
Abound Solar (received $400 million)
Chevy Volt (taxpayers basically own GM)
Solar Trust of America
A123 Systems (received $279 million)
Willard & Kelsey Solar Group (received $6 million)
Johnson Controls (received $299 million)
Schneider Electric (received $86 million)
That’s 19 (that we know of so far). We also know that loans went to foreign clean energy companies (Fisker sent money to their overseas plant to develop an electric car), and that 80% of these loans went to President Obama’s campaign donors.