published Monday, May 19th, 2014

Eye On The Left: Solar panels, ACA at work and the bad ol' Bible

Here Comes The Sun

The Obama administration trumpeted its installation of solar panels on parts of the White House roof last week just before the president announced his plan to use executive orders to direct the use of more solar panels and other energy efficiencies. The administration, according to the Daily Caller, said the panels would provide -- if the sun was shining and if it was at the right angle -- 6.3 kilowatts of power for six or seven hours a day, totaling around 44 kilowatt hours per day. Based on the most recent estimate (2009) of White House electricity use of 852,500 kilowatt hours per year and the average 2,528 hours of sunshine per year Washington, D.C., gets, the maximum 16,272 kilowatt hours of power per year the solar panels would produce would not quite equal 2 percent of the mansion's needs. ''Solar panels at the White House are a really important message that solar is here, we are doing it, we can do a lot more,'' Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a release to promote the panels. White House officials did not mention the cost of the solar array, which experts said would be considerable. "If the average American knew how much this cost the taxpayer, they'd realize this is not cost-effective at all," the blog Climate Change Dispatch noted. "Which is specifically why the White House refuses to release the numbers."

Taxpayers Dollars (Not) At Work

Employees at an Obamacare processing center in Wentzville, Mo., have weeks pass without data entry workers receiving even a single application to process, a whistleblower recently told KMOV-TV in St. Louis. The facility is operated by Serco, a company owned by a British firm that was awarded $1.2 billion in part to hire 1,500 workers to handle paper applications for coverage under the law, according to the Washington Post. "Their goals are set to process two applications per month," the whistleblower said, "and some people are not even able to do that. They're told to sit at their computers and hit the refresh button every 10 minutes, no more than every 10 minutes. They're monitored, to hopefully look for an application." Even with the lack of work, Serco continues to hire employees for processing centers in Missouri, Kentucky and Oklahoma, the employee said. Serco, the employee said, is compensated for each worker it hires. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare services told KMOV-TV in a characteristically bland statement that "Serco is committed to making sure federal funds are spent appropriately, and the number of Serco staff is reviewed on a regular basis."

A Dangerous Book

What is it about the Bible that Broward County Public Schools doesn't want a curious fifth-grader to know? Giovanni Rubeo chose to read his Bible during free reading time recently at Park Lakes (Fla.) Elementary School, but his teacher told him to put the Bible on her desk because he was not allowed to read a religious book in the classroom. When Liberty Institute attorneys investigated on behalf of the Rubeo family, school officials changed the facts to say it wasn't free reading time but Accelerated Reader Program time and that religious books couldn't be read during that time. When the Liberty Institute investigated further, it found the Bible is an approved book within the Accelerated Reader Program. The boy's lawyers are demanding the school lift the ban by today or face a federal lawsuit for violating the First Amendment.

Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is ...

Pot, meet kettle. The left-wing organization People for the American Way -- in a fundraising email obtained by The Daily Caller -- criticized conservatives for raising money off the recently ramped-up Benghazi investigation while simultaneously asking supporters to contribute their dollars. The solicitation, a letter from organization President Michael Keegan, says, "The House GOP's latest Benghazi investigation is nothing more than the exploitation of the death of four Americans for political gain. They're wasting taxpayer money to turn a tragedy into a phony scandal -- all to rally their base and raise election funds." He then goes on to ask donors to renew their "membership with a gift today to help us expose the Right's lies, and mobilize progressives to win at the ballot box. Only by mobilizing and turning out enough progressive votes will we be able to prevent these extremists from winning control of the U.S. Senate and taking even more power on Election Day. That means we need your renewal contribution right now."

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una61 said...

The Climate Change Dispatch is a right wing climate change denier with zero credibility in the scientific community. If the TFP ever wants real facts about climate change I suggest accessing the NOAA or NASA web sites. If Broward County Public School kids want to read works of fiction that should be o.k.

May 19, 2014 at 8:25 a.m.

The boy should be allowed to read the Bible, but I hope his laughter doesn't disrupt the laugh.

Is the Bible in the fiction or ancient comedy section?

Wouldn't want the young boy to confuse it with history or science.

Everyone should try to read the Bible at least once. It's slooooooooooooooooow reading for most of it, but a few parts are like Harry Potter, but without the excitement.

May 19, 2014 at 8:31 a.m.
Plato said...

Even if the solar panels on the Whitehouse replaces 2% of power consumption, in all liklihood over time, the cost of the panels would be less than the power it replaced.

Depending on where you live solar panels can reduce your power bills considerable. For instance in Oklahoma so many people are installing solar panels that the utility companies are taking a significant hit on their revenue - so much so that they are now trying to "tax" folks with solar panels. About what you would expect from a Republcian run state - tax on coal BAD, tax on solar GOOD :(

May 19, 2014 at 2:09 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Every invention or newly developed idea is expensive when first introduced on the market. The use of solar panels and other renewable energy forms have been around a long time but we are creeping at a snail's pace in developing them, all because the fossil fuel industry has such a stranglehold on our government and our economy. Renewable energy is clean, infinite, cheap to produce (once the infrastructure is in place) and will make us totally energy independent. What's more, the building of the infrastructure alone would create much needed jobs. What's not to like about it? Fossil fuels are becoming more expensive, more difficult and hazardous to produce, and are doomed to extinction. It's only a matter of time before we transition to renewable energy and its various forms. The longer we wait, the more costly and difficult the transition.

So stop your whining about solar panels on the White House. Renewable energy is here to stay. It's the wave of the future, and we are being fools for not spending more money to harness and develop it. You conservatives with the "drill baby drill" mentality have all the vision and foresight of a fruit fly.

May 19, 2014 at 2:29 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Without knowing all the facts in this case concerning the 5th grader reading his Bible, it sounds like there was indeed some overreach on the teacher's and the school's part. But I find it interesting that the Christians who invariably object to books like "Harry Potter" or "The Catcher in the Rye" even having a place in a school library fail to see the gratuitous violence and lurid sexuality of their Bible, especially the Old Testament. The entire OT is filled with one story after another of a God who is genocidal, maniacal, sadistic, and who condones slavery, misogyny, rape, and incest. None of the books that the Christian fundies target for banning can hold a candle to the Bible for indecency and obscenity. Yet, it is "sacred" in their eyes? Go figure.

May 19, 2014 at 2:57 p.m.

rickaroo said: "None of the books that the Christian fundies target for banning can hold a candle to the Bible for indecency and obscenity. Yet, it is "sacred" in their eyes? Go figure."

That's because most fundies have been blind humping the Bible without seeing the syphilitic sores.

Many fundies finds the large family Bible the safest place to hide their porn as no one ever reads it.

If you eliminate all the phoney miracles, superstitions, meanderings of ancient tribes, and the mass murders by Jehovah, and get to the humanistic morality, you get the Thomas Jefferson Bible of "do unto others, help the poor, and advocate for the downtrodden."

All the rest is simply bullsh!t, and not well-written bullsh!t at that.

May 19, 2014 at 3:41 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Agreed, ayb. The day that religion evolves (if ever it does) to the simplistic maxim of "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" will be the day that I will gladly embrace that religion. Actually, the Ten Commandments and every other so-called moral guide of every other religion could be pared down and embodied in that one precept.

And as for idols to look up to and embrace as heroes or "saviors," we no longer need them as gurus or mentors. We already know right from wrong without relying on what some teacher/preacher/prophet/messiah (real or mythical) said from over 2000 years ago.

May 19, 2014 at 4:15 p.m.

Maybe the kid can read a book report to the class on the Bible and give the other children the sweet story about Lot getting drunk and screwing both of his daughters. Then the daughters have Lot's children.

Why are there no cute Sunday School songs about that?

Or Moses, when he defeats the the Midianites. They kill all the adult males, but take the women and children captive. When Moses learns that they left some live, he angrily says: "Have you saved all the women alive? Kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves."

Ah, all those virgins for Moses and his merry men — stamped with approval by Jehovah.

Please read that story aloud in class from the "Good Book" about God approved child rape.

Here's another good commandment to teach in civics class. "If a betrothed virgin is raped in the city and doesn't cry out loud enough, then "the men of the city shall stone her to death." Deuteronomy 22:23-24

That way all the little girls will know if they can't scream rape loud enough, they'll get put to death, 'cause Jehovah makes the rules and His Holy men enforce them.

So forget all the boring Mary was a virgin (yeah, right), little lambs, and green pastures. Cut to the chase and read the good parts.

Those parents will be so happy.

May 19, 2014 at 6:50 p.m.
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