Breaking News on Wall Street Journal – Terrorist Attack Against PG&E Station in 4/2012

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Feb 052014
 

This had been covered up from the public until recently.

PG&E had said the attack was “vandalism” and they had described the AK-47 wielding attackers as “Vandals”.

The Wall Street Journal – not some conspiracy site broke the story today. You need a subscription to log in.

This picture is from the WSJ article.

Excerpting from the WSJ Article – it shows a chilling tale. The attackers planned this and knew what they were doing.

At 12:58 a.m., AT&T fiber-optic telecommunications cables were cut—in a way that made them hard to repair—in an underground vault near the substation, not far from U.S. Highway 101 just outside south San Jose. It would have taken more than one person to lift the metal vault cover, said people who visited the site.

Nine minutes later, some customers of Level 3 Communications, an Internet service provider, lost service. Cables in its vault near the Metcalf substation were also cut.

At 1:31 a.m., a surveillance camera pointed along a chain-link fence around the substation recorded a streak of light that investigators from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office think was a signal from a waved flashlight. It was followed by the muzzle flash of rifles and sparks from bullets hitting the fence.

The attackers were disciplined with what they did – suggesting that this was terrorism, a term that the obama administration refuses to use for apparent political reasons.

Riddled with bullet holes, the transformers leaked 52,000 gallons of oil, then overheated. The first bank of them crashed at 1:45 a.m., at which time PG&E’s control center about 90 miles north received an equipment-failure alarm.

Five minutes later, another apparent flashlight signal, caught on film, marked the end of the attack. More than 100 shell casings of the sort ejected by AK-47s were later found at the site.

The Terrorists targeted the cooling systems of the transformers, because shooting the transformers themselves would have caused explosions. They took out 17 transformers with slightly more than 100 shots!

In a news release, PG&E said the substation had been hit by vandals. It has since confirmed 17 transformers were knocked out.

^^^ This is the basis of the allegation I am making that PG&E covered up this attack.

Mr. Wellinghoff, then chairman of FERC, said that after he heard about the scope of the attack, he flew to California, bringing with him experts from the U.S. Navy’s Dahlgren Surface Warfare Center in Virginia, which trains Navy SEALs. After walking the site with PG&E officials and FBI agents, Mr. Wellinghoff said, the military experts told him it looked like a professional job.

In addition to fingerprint-free shell casings, they pointed out small piles of rocks, which they said could have been left by an advance scout to tell the attackers where to get the best shots.

They said it was a targeting package just like they would put together for an attack,” Mr. Wellinghoff said

Once again – credit, Wall Street Journal for breaking this story.

#Obama – Tried to Kill Voucher Programs for Poor (mostly Black) Children in DC and Louisiana!

 Barack Obama, Teacher's Union  Comments Off on #Obama – Tried to Kill Voucher Programs for Poor (mostly Black) Children in DC and Louisiana!
Feb 052014
 

This is astounding, and it is the Republican Congress that rescued the funding for this in the budget deal that everyone is hammering.

Obama is so pro-union that he has sued to stop educational opportunities in Louisiana and literally took the money out of the FY 2013 budget for education programs in Washington D.C. (after Republicans re-funded it in 2011)!

In August, Obama’s Justice Department Filed Suit To Block Louisiana From Awarding Vouchers To Students In At Least 22 Districts Without A Court Order. “The Justice Department said Louisiana has given vouchers this school year to students in at least 22 districts remaining under desegregation orders. It’s asking the court, starting with the 2014-15 school year, to permanently block the state from awarding vouchers in districts that are under desegregation orders, unless those districts seek court approval. Louisiana lawmakers approved a voucher program in 2008 for low-income New Orleans students who were in failing schools. The Louisiana Scholarship Program was later expanded statewide. It allows children in school districts graded C, D or F to receive public money to attend private schools.” (“Justice Dept. Tries To Stop La. School Vouchers,” The Associated Press, 8/25/13)

  • The Washington Post, On The Justice Department’s Actions: “A Misguided Suit That Would Block These Disadvantaged Students From Getting The Better Educational Opportunities They Are Due.” “Nine of 10 Louisiana children who receive vouchers to attend private schools are black. All are poor and, if not for the state assistance, would be consigned to low-performing or failing schools with little chance of learning the skills they will need to succeed as adults. So it’s bewildering, if not downright perverse, for the Obama administration to use the banner of civil rights to bring a misguided suit that would block these disadvantaged students from getting the better educational opportunities they are due.” (Editorial, “Justice Department Bids To Trap Poor, Black Children In Ineffective Schools,” The Washington Post, 9/1/13)

The D.C Opportunity Scholarship Program Allows Low-Income District Of Columbia Children To Attend Private Schools.“House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) announced Monday that the Education Department has agreed to fully implement the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which allows children from low-income District families to use federal vouchers of up to $12,000 annually to attend private schools.” (Editorial, “A Deal On School Vouchers That Helps D.C. Families,”The Washington Post, 6/20/12)

  • In 2009, Obama Urged The Democrat Controlled Congress To End The Voucher Program. “At the Obama administration’s urging, Congress agreed in 2009 to phase out the program. But it was revived last year as part of a budget deal with House Republicans.”(“Obama Budget Proposal Includes No New Funding For DC Private-School Vouchers,”The Associated Press, 2/14/12)
  • Obama’s FY 2013 Budget “[Requested] Zero Funding For The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program” Despite “A Majority Of D.C. Residents Favor[ing] It.” “Mr. Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget requests zero funding for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which allows children from low-income D.C. families to attend private schools with federal vouchers of up to $12,000 annually. It has proved popular and successful. More than 10,000 families have sought to participate since the program’s start in 2004, and polls show a majority of D.C. residents favor it.” (Editorial, “Who Will Rescue The D.C. Voucher Program This Time?” The Washington Post, 4/10/12)

 

Government Statistics: Obamacare is 15% Tax / Cost over $2 Trillion / 2 Million Jobs Lost

 Barack Obama, Health Care Reform  Comments Off on Government Statistics: Obamacare is 15% Tax / Cost over $2 Trillion / 2 Million Jobs Lost
Feb 042014
 

Got all that.

First off – we were told that Obamacare would create 4 million jobs. Now the government’s own statistics show that to be added to the list of lies around Obamacare.

The official numbers say: The Affordable Care Act will also reduce the number of fulltime workers by more than 2 million in coming years, congressional budget analysts said in the most detailed analysis of the law’s impact on jobs. The CBO said the law’s impact on jobs would be mostly felt starting after 2016. The agency previously estimated that the economy would have 800,000 fewer jobs as a result of the law. The impact is likely to be most felt, the CBO said, among low-wage workers. The agency said that most of the effect would come from Americans deciding not to seek work as a result of the ACA’s impact on the economy. Some workers may forgo employment, while others may reduce hours, for a equivalent of at least 2 million fulltime workers dropping out of the labor force.

Forbes was first out of the gate covering the CBO Report with a story entitled: Obamacare, a tax on work.

CBO states, in reference to these impacts, that the “exchange subsidies effectively constitute a tax on labor supply for a broad range of workers.” CBO goes on to state that forgoing Obamacare subsidies and returning to full time work with health benefits (for lower wage and middle class workers) amounts to an average, implicit tax of about 15% paid by each worker. CBO does note that these considerations only affect a segment of the workforce – specifically the middle class and working class who earn annual incomes that put them below 400% of the Federal poverty level (about $95,000 for a family of four). But that represents a large portion of the labor market.

Among some of the CBO’s other findings:

The CBO is now estimating that the law will reduce labor force compensationby 1 percent from 2017 to 2024, twice the reduction it previously had projected.

CBO also said the botched ObamaCare rollout will result in 6 million people signing up for coverage through the insurance exchanges this year, 1 million fewer than projected last year. That estimate conflicts with whisper number circulating in Washington, which put the figure between 4 to 5 million enrollments by March 31, 2014.

Lastly, the examiner added their .02

President Obama’s health care law will cost slightly more than $2 trillion over the next decade, according to a new report from theCongressional Budget Office.

The CBO report also said the health care law will distort the economic incentives for individuals to work and thus the nation will lose the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time jobs by 2024.

On the employment front, CBO said, “The reduction in CBO’s projections of hours worked represents a decline in the number of full-time-equivalent workers of about 2.0 million in 2017, rising to about 2.5 million in 2024.”

CBO wrote that, “For some people, the availability of exchange subsidies under the ACA will reduce incentives to work.”

And there you have it.



Congressional Fundraising Numbers In California – Mixed

 CA-03 Race, CA-07 Race  Comments Off on Congressional Fundraising Numbers In California – Mixed
Feb 032014
 

Dan Logue Vs John Garamendi – Logue has a net $125k and Garamendi has a net 215K.

The fact it is that close should have the DCCC in a tailspin. At +9 dem, this should be a hold for the dems. Garamendi from what I am told is not as popular as he should be in that district.

Or, maybe he’s lazy.

in CD-07 – the Fraud Doctor is sitting on $800k+. When you’re the number one target, it is easy to get the kool-aid drinkers out there.

Doug Ose’s report is lackluster and is quite a bit lower than I and others had expected. We expected him to be in the 750k range.  Ose did the usual paper $250k thing to inflate his number – but the net $230k on hand tells the whole story.

Igor Birman sits with a net $106k on hand.

The closeness of Birman to Ose is going to draw fire from the heavy-hitting IE groups in my opinon.

A Review of Ose’s reports shows that he has gone to a lot of his low-hanging fruit. A lot of the donors read like a who’s who of beneficiaries from his votes in Congress.

Elizabeth Emken is sitting on -6k net.

Moderate Republicans Jeff Denham and David Valadao look to be doing just fine in their upside down districts.

Tony Strickland is carrying the $400k he raised for CA26 in to CA25. Buck McKeon was hoping to pick his successor.

In CA26, neither Republican has a whole lot of money for a dem seat. Liberal Republican Jeff Gorrell has $100k in the bank.

in CA45 – I am wondering why Greg Raths and John Moorlach are running. Mimi Walters is burying both of them in money on hand, by over 11 to 1 in both cases.

Gary Miller in CA31 has a warchest

Raul Ruiz has a warchest to defend against Moderate Republican challenger Brian Nestande. This is the seat lost by liberal Republican Mary Bono-Mack.

The most bizarre info of all – is CA-09. Tony Amador who announced with much fanfare has $1200.

 

#Obamacare Affecting Light Blue States – Minnesota Trainwreck and Michigan City Budget Explodes

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Feb 022014
 

Cut retirees off? Slash Dependent Coverage? The exact opposite things of what we were promised about #ACA.

ObamaCare’s New Mandates Have Raised Insurance Costs For The City Of Midland, Michigan. “The Affordable Care Act has raised insurance costs for the City of Midland. The act set minimum coverage requirements that have caused adjustments in the city’s plans, such as adding contraceptive coverage, adding coverage for children up to age 26 and limiting annual out-of-pocket expenses for covered plan members.” (Tony Lascari, “Health Care Reform Raises City Of Midland’s Costs,” Midland Daily News, 1/30/14)

  • “Costs Are Up $218,970 For Active Employees” And “Could Go Up An Additional $378,450.” “Costs are up $218,970 for active employee health care because of the ACA changes, Paula Whittington, Midland assistant city manager, recently told the Midland City Council. If traditional plans are eliminated and retiree plans lose their current exemptions, costs could go up an additional $378,450.” (Tony Lascari, “Health Care Reform Raises City Of Midland’s Costs,” Midland Daily News, 1/30/14)

Minnesota’s State-Run Exchange has been a nightmare. The State Of Oregon’s Website does not work and they are having to take applications by hand:

Fourteen People In Charge Of Minnesota’s ObamaCare Exchange Website Collected $26,000 In Bonuses After The Website Went Live. “Fourteen people who managed the troubled MNsure online health insurance exchange were collectively paid bonuses of more than $26,000 just after its launch, state officials said.” (“14 MNsure Managers Paid More Than $26,000 In Bonuses Just After Exchange’s Launch,” The Associated Press, 1/30/14)

The Bonuses Were Approved By Then-MNsure Director April Todd-Malmlov. “The exchange’s former director, April Todd-Malmlov, approved the bonuses, said MNsure spokesman John Schadl, which were made for work done before the launch.” (“14 MNsure Managers Paid More Than $26,000 In Bonuses Just After Exchange’s Launch,” The Associated Press, 1/30/14)

“Software Problems Have Plagued The Website, Which Overwhelmed An Mnsure Call Center In St. Paul After The Exchange Went Online Oct. 1.” (“14 MNsure Managers Paid More Than $26,000 In Bonuses Just After Exchange’s Launch,” The Associated Press, 1/30/14)

  • Upon Launch, The Website Functioned Sporadically And Insurers Received Error-Ridden Enrollment Data. “But in recent weeks, even as many of the problems with the federal exchange seemed to ease, problems with MNsure were multiplying. In addition to a sporadically functioning website and hard-to-reach call center, state insurance companies complained that data on enrollees from MNsure were filled with inconsistencies and errors. About 1,000 people learned they had to re-enroll after being notified that they did not qualify for federal tax subsidies, when they actually did.” (Patrick Condon, “Even In Willing States, Health Law’s Rollout Rocky,” The Associated Press, 12/21/13)
  • 30,000 To 40,000 Applicants To Minnesota’s ObamaCare Exchange “Were Incorrectly Denied Premium Subsidies Or Coverage On Public Programs.” “State and county officials are double-checking 30,000 to 40,000 applications filed this fall on the MNsure health insurance exchange to determine if people were incorrectly denied premium subsidies or coverage on public programs. While most determinations on the exchange were correct, a few of them wrongly denied people access to benefits to which they are entitled next year, MNsure spokeswoman Jenni Bowring-McDonough said. ‘We are working to ensure that everyone who is eligible receives the right assistance in the right program beginning January 1, 2014,’ she said.” (Jeremy Olson, “MNsure Will Get A Discount Double-Check,” Star Tribune, 11/27/13)

MNsure’s Director Resigned Amidst Ongoing Website Problems And An Ill-Timed Exotic Vacation

April Todd-Malmlov Resigned “Amid Mounting Criticism Of Her Leadership And The Troubled Rollout Of The New Health Care Program.” “The embattled director of the state’s fledgling health insurance exchange resigned Tuesday amid mounting criticism of her leadership and the troubled rollout of the new health care program. MNsure executive director April Todd-Malmlov left her $136,000-a-year post during a closed-door meeting with the program’s executive committee. The board named Scott Leitz, the state’s assistant commissioner of health care, to the newly created position of interim CEO while it conducts a national search for a permanent chief executive. ‘MNsure must do better,’ Leitz said. ‘If there are problems or mistakes, we will acknowledge them and fix them.’” (Baird Helgeson And Jackie Crosby, “Embattled Mnsure Director Resigns Amid Increasing Criticism,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, 12/18/13)

  • Democrat Governor Mark Dayton Defended Malmlov’s Work And Her Costa Rican Vacation Despite The Website’s Ongoing Problems. “On Thursday, Gov. Mark Dayton defended Todd-Malmlov’s right to take a pre-scheduled vacation. He made no attempt to defend MNsure’s ongoing problems. ‘I know that the executive director worked extraordinarily hard for months now, probably all of last year and my understanding was this was a long-planned vacation where financial commitments were made,” Dayton said. “I don’t know enough of the details, but it was obviously a critical time for MNsure and it is ultimately her responsibility.’” (Jennifer Brooks, “Dayton Defends MNsure Chief’s Vacation,” Star Tribune, 12/17/13)

 

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