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The Last Part of A Three-Part Play Title “Ripping Off the American People the Old-Fashioned Way” Is Now Complete With the $500 Million Dollar American Taxpayer Built Solyndra Factory Being Put Up For Sale – No, You Could Not Make Up This Kind of Bullshit If You Tried! – Yes, It Was Only 950 Days From the Groundbreaking for the “Green Jobs” Solyndra Plant In 2009 To That Very Damn Same Solyndra “Green Jobs” Solyndra Plant Being Sold In A Fire Sale With the Company In Bankruptcy – Of Course, What Is Another $500 Million Dollars Plus of the American People’s Money Because After All….It’s Not THEIR Money….It’s OUR Money Though….It’s OUR Damn Money!

From the…

“You would never believe it in a Million Years but then you realize it is the US Government so it all makes Perfect Damn Sense” File

…we have the following Bullshit and watch closely and you will see $500 Million Dollars Plus of YOUR hard-earned money being pissed into the ocean.


We have the Solyndra Corporation back in 2009 which had a Crapola Product that only Very Stupid People would have put their hard-earned money into so of course the US Government was willing to put $500 Million Plus Dollars of OUR hard-earned money into Solyndra since the US Government is filled with Very Stupid People that don’t know Up from Down forget about how to do Venture Capital involving Massive Amounts of Taxpayer money!


On September 4, 2012 the Solyndra Corporation which made a Crapola Product that only Complete Morons would invest somehow got their hands on $500 Million Dollars Plus of the American People’s money (Well, the got the money the old-fashioned way…The BOUGHT OFF OUR “Elected Leaders” with campaign contributions which works Every Damn Time it seems!) sent out this press release and YES…this is Very Damn Funny!

Press Release

Solyndra Breaks Ground on New 500 Megawatt Solar Plant

Fri Sep 4, 2009 1:23pm EDT

Thousands of Green Jobs to Be Created

FREMONT, Calif.–(Business Wire)–
Solyndra, Inc. today commenced construction of its second solar panel manufacturing plant (Fab 2). Located near its current manufacturing facility in Fremont, California, Fab 2 is designed to produce 500 megawatts per year. The new facility will enable Solyndra to fulfill its announced contractual backlog of over $2 billion and create additional jobs. Solyndra’s two Fabs will produce enough solar panels over their lifetime to cut over 350 million metric tons of CO2 emissions or 850 million barrels of oil.

“The economy needs clean tech alternatives to help it recover, but our planet requires clean tech solutions in order to survive,” said Solyndra CEO and founder, Dr. Chris Gronet. “Fab 2 will allow us to meet customer demand while making a positive impact on the world`s energy and environmental needs. We are grateful for the vision and support of President Barack Obama, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Congress, and our investors.”

The first phase of Fab 2 is being financed by public and private sources. Solyndra is the first company to receive a loan guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Energy under Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The $535 million loan from the U.S. Treasury, combined with $198 million from an equity financing round led by Argonaut Private Equity, provide the capital required for the project. Goldman, Sachs & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Solyndra in connection with the DOE loan guarantee.

Solyndra estimates that the construction of Fab 2 will employ over 3,000 people, the ongoing operation of the facility will create over 1,000 jobs, and that installation of Solyndra PV systems will generate hundreds of additional jobs.

About Solyndra

Solyndra designs and manufactures photovoltaic systems, comprised of panels and mounting hardware, for the commercial rooftop market. Solyndra employs high-volume manufacturing based on proven technologies and processes to meet the needs of the global solar market. Using proprietary cylindrical modules and thin-film technology, Solyndra systems are designed to provide the lowest installed cost per system and the highest solar electrical energy output for typical low slope commercial rooftops. Headquartered in Fremont, CA, Solyndra operates a state-of-the-art 300,000-square-foot fully automated manufacturing complex. Learn more at www.solyndra.com.

Solyndra, Inc.
Christine Morana, +1-510-440-3337

Yes, there is so much WRONG and BOGUS with the above Solyndra press release that it would take days to go into everything….BUT….we can only say What the Hell to the following:

“Thousands of Green Jobs to Be Created”

What the Hell? Ooops!

“We are grateful for the vision and support of President Barack Obama, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Congress, and our investors.”

Yes, we bet you were! Again….Only VERY STUPID PEOPLE would have put Dollar One into Solyndra because it has a Crapola Product that cost 4 to 5 times what solar panels cost in the marketplace so of course Solyndra was going to FAIL!

“Goldman, Sachs & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Solyndra in connection with the DOE loan guarantee.”

Yes, that Goldman Sachs was involved with Solyndra and this Bogus idea of giving $500 Million Dollars of the American People’s hard-earned money to the Idiots at Solyndra also makes Perfect Damn Sense! Now if it came down to trusting the Morons that were running Solynra or the folks at Goldman Sachs with managing our money we would trust the Morons at Solyndra by a long shot because we wouldn’t trust the people at Goldman Sachs with a No. 2 pencil.

“Solyndra estimates that the construction of Fab 2 will employ over 3,000 people, the ongoing operation of the facility will create over 1,000 jobs, and that installation of Solyndra PV systems will generate hundreds of additional jobs.”

Do we really need to comment on that…..didn’t think so!

Of course, there were the obligatory photos of the Morons shoveling but Dirt and Lots of Bullshit!

Flash Forward to April 19, 2012 and we have the Third Part of this Three-Act Play which would be properly titled….

“Ripping off the American People the Old-Fashioned Way with US Government Employees Pissing the American People’s Hard-Earned Money into the Ocean and Not Giving A Damn Since Of Course….It’s Not THEIR Money!”

Solyndra Building for Sale!, Daniel Halper, Weekly Standard

“The 411,618 square foot Solyndra building in Fremont, California has been put on the market:

The office area of the grand compound is certified “LEED Gold Standards,” according to a website set up to sell the building. It’s “Expandable to 739,232 square feet.”

Solyndra, the green energy firm that received $528 million in a Department of Energy loan, filed for bankruptcy in September. As Bloomberg reported, “Solyndra, heralded by President Barack Obama as proof that ‘the promise of clean energy isn’t just an article of faith,’ filed for bankruptcy in September, days before the FBI raided its headquarters in Fremont, California. The company received a $535 million loan guarantee under the Energy Department’s Loan Guarantee Program in September 2009 that was funded by the Treasury’s Federal Financing Bank, a government corporation created by Congress in 1973.”

The price of the Fremont Solyndra building is not listed on the website set up to help sell the property. Calls this evening to the realtor were not answered.”

How many days is that from the Groundbreaking at Solyndra on September 4, 2009 to the factory of a Bankrupt Solyndra that was built with $500 Million Dollars of YOUR Tax Money on April 19, 2012?

About 950 Days from Groundbreaking to the Fire Sale of a American Taxpayer Built Factory in Bankruptcy!

NO, it would Damn Impossible for anyone to make this kind of Bullshit up but yet…

It goes on EVERY DAY of the Week with OUR Government wasting the American People’s Hard-Earned Money and the TRUTH is….

These Bastards Could Care Less.

Yes, only…Very Stupid People would have put Dollar One into Solyndra and yet….

$500 Million Dollars of the American People’s money was put into this Crapola company that was in our opinion run by Very Stupid and Incompetent People that did do one thing in their lives very well….

They BOUGHT OFF our “Elected Leaders” which is the surest way to become rich in America today because right now in Washington DC and around the United States OUR “Elected Leaders” and their votes….and OUR Money….is up For Sale and the TRUTH is OUR “Elected Leaders” could Care Less about anything but…

Getting their Precious Asses Re-Elected

Oh, here’s a nice Bonus story for you to read and watch after you have quit throwing-up because any REAL American just threw up after reading the above Bullshit…

Bankrupt Solyndra Caught Destroying Brand New Parts, CBS 5 San Francisco

The Idiocy of the California High-Speed Choo-Choo Train Continues and the Liberal Wacko Nuts in the Broken State REALLY Do Believe They Are Going to Get “Two-Third” of the Tens of Billions of Dollars That It Will Cost To Build Their Choo-Choo Train From….WAIT….The American People! – Oh, Now That Is Funny…..And THERE IS NO CHANCE IN HELL THAT WILL HAPPEN! – Here Comes Another BIG Tax Increase on the People of California Called Cap & Trade So Watch Your Wallet If You Live in the Broken State!

Even after the Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown appointed his Toady Dan Richard to be chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority and suddenly the “cost” of High-Speed Rail in the Broken State suddenly dropped to $68 BILLION DOLLARS from around $100 BILLION DOLLARS what the Idiots running this High-Speed Train boondoggle cannot explain to anyone is just….

Where in the Hell are you going to get the money to build the rest of the High-Speed Choo-Choo Train after the first $12 Billion Dollars ($3 Billion Dollars from the US Government and we remind everyone that the US Government just ran two consecutive months of $200 Billion Dollar Deficits and about $9 Billion Dollars from the Idiot Voters of California that would vote for anything…except a Tax Increase which Jerry Brown and the Wacko Liberal Nuts in California are going to find out in spades this Fall!) is spent which leaves even with the “lower cost” High-Speed Train with a….


Where do the Wacko Liberal Nuts who are destroying the state of California believe they are going to get that $56 Billion Dollars?

Oh, this is a good one that will make you LAUGH OUT LOUD as reported by Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee in his latest…

Hearings on California’s high-speed rail project are a study in contrasts, Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee

“A few hours later, the Senate budget subcommittee chaired by Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, took up the same request. The contrast was stark.

“Our job is oversight, not cheerleading,” Simitian declared. And he meant it.

Simitian and Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, grilled officials of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, particularly Chairman Dan Richard, about the project’s finances, especially the federal government’s insistence that construction begin in the San Joaquin Valley and the lack of firm funding for any expansion beyond that initial segment.

The authority’s latest plan assumes that the federal government will put up nearly two-thirds of the cost of building the system from San Francisco to Los Angeles. But there’s no guarantee, or even any reasonable assumption, that the feds will put up the money.”

Oh, now that is FUNNY!

The United States Government will put up “two-thirds of the cost of building the high-speed rail system from San Francisco to Los Angeles?”


Upwards to an additional $40 Billion Dollars in addition to the $3 Billion Dollars the Obama Administration is about to Piss into the ocean to begin construction of California high-speed rail which will be the Biggest Boondoggle in the history of the United States of America?

Memo to the Wacko Liberal Nuts in California that are expecting Tens of Billions of Dollars more to build your stupid high-speed rail system:


The American People are NOW AWAKE and they are slowly in the process of taking back THEIR Government from the professional politicians that have run-up this disaster….

…and that means the decade plus long party where the “Elected Leaders” have spent the American Republic into a Massive Black Hole are coming to and end and that not only means…


….that California will get even ONE MORE DIME to build their High Speed Choo-Choo Train….


….of the Broken State of California either which will need a Massive Bailout in the future….BUT….


On top of the High Speed Rail Boondoggle….there is something else going on and if you live in California right now you should leave…..and quick…..because there is another


…and it is called Cap and Trade and it will


…after the People of California have seen their energy bills DOUBLE in just the last 6 years!

Oh, and the money from DOUBLING the energy bills of Californians for the SECOND TIME in the past decade will flow to the…

Liberal Wacko Nuts in Sacramento

…and as detailed in Dan Walters column the Wacko Liberal Nuts want to use that Cap and Trade Tax money on the People of California to pay for….WAIT….

The High-Speed California Choo-Choo Train!

No, you CANNOT make up this Idiocy!

Oh, how much will the Big New Tax Increase on the People of California generate from the Liberal Wacko Nuts Cap & Trade scheme…

The Liberal Wacko Nuts claim their Cap & Trade Tax Increase will generate….

$1 Billion Dollars

….from the People of California (after businesses pass on the higher cost of doing business which is what business does not that the Liberal Wacko Nuts understand that FACT about the REAL World) which only leaves the California High-Speed Choo-Choo Train….


Yes, if you live in California expect the Liberal Wacko Nuts to try and STICK-YOU with the cost of this Bogus High-Speed Choo-Choo Train so…WATCH YOUR WALLET…BECAUSE THEY WILL BE COMING FOR YOUR HARD-EARNED MONEY!

Of Course There Is A REAL “Character” Issue In Washington DC Today…As In “THERE IS NO DAMN CHARACTER!” – This Is All Very Simple….Washington DC Is Now Filled With…. COMPLETE MORONS, IDIOTS, BOOBS, FOOLS, DUMBBELLS, ETC…And They Are Selling Out the American People and Wasting Hundreds of Billions of Dollars of OUR Hard-Earned Money and the Kicker Is….These Bastards Could Care Less – The F-35 Jet Program Is Hundreds of BILLIONS OF DOLLARS Over Budget…And These Bastards Could Care Less – Washington Is Much Different Today Than It Was 20 Years Ago….Because 20 Years Ago OUR “Elected Leaders” Actually Gave A Damn About the Country and the People…Today They Could Care Less…And They Will Destroy the American Republic…And….They Could Care Less

With Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan writing very accurately about….

America’s Crisis of Character, Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal

…and ending her column this way…

“Finally, as this column goes to press, the journalistic story of the week, the Los Angeles Times’s decision to publish pictures of U.S. troops in Afghanistan who smilingly posed with the bloody body parts of suicide bombers. The soldier who brought the pictures to the Times told their veteran war correspondent, David Zucchino, that he was, in Zucchino’s words, “very concerned about what he said was a breakdown in . . . discipline and professionalism” among the troops.

In isolation, these stories may sound like the usual sins and scandals, but in the aggregate they seem like something more disturbing, more laden with implication, don’t they? And again, these are only from the past week.

The leveling or deterioration of public behavior has got to be worrying people who have enough years on them to judge with some perspective.

Something seems to be going terribly wrong.

Maybe we have to stop and think about this.”

…we can only say to Peggy that “NO” we do not have to stop and think about this because the TRUTH if there for all of the American People to see…

The American Republic is now being “led” by….


…and most of ALL….

OUR country is being “led” by Sorry Bastards that do not Give A Damn about anything….including not giving a Damn about their own children and grandchildren…BUT…

Getting their Precious Asses Re-Elected.

A few folks here at Mad As Hell And… were recently in Washington DC and the Very Simple TRUTH is that the Capital of the American Republic is no longer functioning as the seat of government for the American People but is now little more than a Den of Thieves (all credit to the Great James B. Stewart for that term. Hey James, what about a book on the Den of Thieves that is Washington DC?) that exists to…

Make a Very Small Group of Americans Very RICH and that Very Small Group of Americans would be the people now buying off OUR “Elected Leaders” Lock, Stock and Barrel


To function as a place where lots of Funny Money is created from thin air by Uncle Ben Bernanke and the Money Printers at the Federal Reserve who are also the ENABLERS of the Massive Amount of Debt that is being piled up onto the backs of OUR children and grandchildren (because without Uncle Ben Bernanke’s Trillions of Dollars of Funny Money the US Government would have to live within its means) and all that Funny Money is then sent out to all of the people that are buying off OUR “Elected Leaders” which makes Washington DC little more than a Money Printing Operation that is running the Biggest Ponzi Scheme in the history of Man and Woman on Planet Earth (The US Government Ponzi Scheme where old debt is replaced with new debt and new debt is bought up by the Fed will be more than $700 Billion Dollars….just in 2012…which makes Bernie Madoff’s $20 Billion Dollar Ponzi Scheme look like chump change!)

If anyone doubts that OUR “Elected and Former Elected Leaders” are little more than WHORES AND PROSTITUTES that will sell themselves out to the highest bidder check out the below Politico.com story from yesterday that details why there are so many Flunkies in politics today that are desperate to get elected and re-elected because of course after a few years working as a “public servant” they of course will be able to move over to K-Street and sell their ability to get “Access” to corporations that will pay out Billions of Dollars to get in front of OUR “Elected Leaders” and they are spending that money for some reason….right?

Ex-members really do get special access, Dave Levinthal, Politico.com

We as American Citizens just love the following paragraphs from the above Politco.com article:

“Many corporations and organizations say that a former member of Congress is an important, if expensive, weapon in a lobbying arsenal.

It’s a person who knows the system inside out and has unmatched personal connections.

“They will at least see you and meet with you, in most cases,” said former Rep. Martin Frost (D-Texas), who served in Congress from 1979 to 2005, and is now a lawyer and lobbyist for Polsinelli Shughart. “If a former member called me when I was in Congress, I would see them. It’s a courtesy.”

Says former Rep. Kenny Hulshof (R-Mo.), who served in Congress from 1997 to 2009 and now also works for Polsinelli Shughart: “If there is an advantage to being a former member, it’s getting those face-to-face meetings with current members.””

Yes, we are thinking the very Damn same thing you are right now….

Martin Frost and Kenny Hulshof are little more than WHORES and PROSTITUTES that sell their ability to get “Access” to Members of Congress to the highest bidder which is of course what Washington DC is all about in 2012 and since most of OUR “Elected Leaders” in Washington would sell out their own children and grandchildren to get re-elected….

How else does one explain MONTHLY Budget Deficits in February and March of

February 2012 Budget Deficit – $232 BILLION DOLLARS
March 2012 Budget Deficit – $198.2 BILLION DOLLARS

…except that these Sorry Bastards otherwise known as OUR “Elected Leaders” would sell out their own children and grandchildren just to get re-elected?

….everyone fully expect the Sell-Out of the American People to continue until these Bastards blow-up the entire country which will then of course lead to the American People hauling all of these Bastards into court….but that is for a day in the future and since NO ONE in Washington cares about anything beyond November 2012 they are certainly not going to concern themselves about future Grand Juries made up of the American People taking testimony about just how in the Hell the American Republic got into $15 Trillion Dollars Debt and who Hell was responsible.

Of course, those that have worked in Washington DC know that the $1 MILLION DOLLAR Las Vegas parties by US Government workers is only the chump change because the REAL WASTE…the Hundreds of Billions of Dollars of the American People’s money that is Wasted and Pissed into the Ocean EVERY YEAR in OUR country is where the REAL MONEY is being spent which is in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Defense Department which collectively through waste or just downright fraud will squander north of $300 Billion Dollars just in 2012.

Case in point from the Los Angeles Times this week is yet another story that proves OUR “Elected Leaders” in Washington DC are….


F-35 fighter jet’s escalating costs are on Washington’s radar, W. J. Hennings, Los Angeles Times

“The radar-evading F-35 fighter jet, a nearly $400-billion weapons program under development for more than a decade, is facing its worst turbulence since Washington decided to buy it in 2001 — when it was billed as the most affordable, lethal and survivable military aircraft ever built for the U.S. and its allies.

At a time when federal spending is under a microscope, the plan to develop and build 2,443 airplanes is hundreds of billions of dollars over budget. The F-35, known as the Joint Strike Fighter, has been delayed by glitches in its onboard computer systems, cracks in structural components and troubles with its electrical system.”

Did you catch that?

Yes, it did say that F-35 jet program is…


Yes, we are thinking the same thing…..Is it a requirement to be both STUPID AND DUMB to be a Member of Congress?

A Big YES is the answer to that question!

Oh, but hold on, the LA Times story on the F-35 gets worse….

“The Pentagon’s latest estimated lifetime costs of the F-35 program — to develop, buy, and maintain the planes over 55 years — topped $1.5 trillion.

Loren Thompson, military policy analyst for the Lexington Institute in Arlington, Va., said the estimate is “made up” because it forecasts what inflation and fuel costs will be decades from now. He adds that it would cost the military three to four times more to keep today’s fighters flying. “Nobody ever explains that to Congress.”

But supporters and critics alike say the escalating price tag represents an inescapable roadblock that Congress must face. The government’s track record is clear: The more a plane costs, the fewer they buy.

The Pentagon’s aircraft procurement efforts have been fraught with cost overruns, delays and cuts. Two decades ago, officials originally wanted 648 F-22 fighter jets for $139 million per plane. Eventually, the military ended up with only 188 at a price tag of $412 million each.

Before that, the Pentagon wanted 132 new B-2 stealth bombers at about $500 million per plane. It ultimately bought 21 at $2.1 billion each.

The cost per F-35, about $161 million, could keep rising and ultimately push it into a death spiral as well.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), one of the plane’s strongest boosters in Congress, acknowledged problems ahead.

“History repeats itself,” he said in a recent interview. “At some point, some members of Congress are going to demand that we buy less F-35s. It’s inevitable.””

Memo to one of the Biggest Morons in Elective Office in the United States of America today, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon: Do you REALLY think “History repeats itself” Buck?

Uhhhh, Buck, that is HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS of the…

American People’s MONEY

…you are wasting there MORON on a F-35 jet plane that We the American People are being told….after all it is We the American People that pay for EVERYTHING and are THE OWNERS of the American Republic…will cost…

$161 Million Dollars PER PLANE with the $161 Million Dollars PER PLANE actually being a Bogus and Bullshit number that will triple before the MORONS like “Buck” figure out that just pissed away the futures of OUR children and grandchildren by wasting HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS in cost overruns in just one Defense Department program?



…is not nearly adequate to describe the so-called “Elected Leaders” of the American Republic.

These people are criminals because they are literally bankrupting the American Republic and putting Hundreds of Millions of Americans into deep Black Hole of Debt with their Idiocy, Stupidity and just general lack of any clue to how the REAL World works.

Of course, Senator John McCain who we run hot and cold with here at Mad As Hell And… mainly because McCain ran the Stupidest and Worst campaign in modern American political history in 2008 when he had working for him a group of Idiots that couldn’t run a lemonade stand on the Very Best of Their Lives, told the TRUTH about the F-35 jet program when he said (from the same LA Times story):

“Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) reminded fellow lawmakers of this in December, when he took to the Senate floor to criticize the program.

“The Joint Strike Fighter program has been both a scandal and a tragedy,” McCain said. “We are saddled with a program that has little to show for itself after 10 years and $56 billion in taxpayer investment that has produced less than 20 test and operational aircraft.””

Of course, if the American Republic was being run by people in the Congress and at the Defense Department with an IQ over room temperature….and it’s not (After all many of these Morons really do believe we have an Enemy in Afghanistan which just proves how so Very Damn Stupid these people are!)….they would get the top executives of the maker of the F-35, Lockhead Martin and Northrop Grumman, into a room and say something like:

“Now listen up you Sorry Pieces of Crapola that are doing little more than lining your pockets on this F-35 program because American is represented by Morons and Idiots. Buck McKeon and his Gang of Morons in the Congress and at the Defense Department are no longer in charge of the F-35 program. REAL Americans are now running this program and we want to make one thing Very Damn Clear. Either you build the F-35 for the price you agreed to build it at or we are going to get the US Justice Department in here to see if there is something criminal going on with the bidding process and if you are underbidding just to get the project and then crying like babies to Morons like Buck McKeon….who would be lucky to find the bathroom in the morning…to get Hundreds of Billions of Dollars of the American People’s money when you know that Morons like Buck McKeon doesn’t give a Damn because of course it’s not “Buck’s money” then we are about to drop down on our Candy Asses like Batman! We are REAL Americans and thus we believe this is OUR Damn money and the cost overruns on this F-35 project are OVER. Understand? Good. Now get of your collective wasteful asses and get to work.”

Will any of the “public servants” in Washington DC that are supposed to be working for the American People say anything like the above to these Bastards at Lockhead Martin and Northrop Grumman who know Complete Morons when they see them….Members of Congress….that can be tricked into spending Hundreds of Billions of Dollars of the American People’s hard-earned money on Complete Bullshit?

Not a chance in Hell because we are talking about Washington DC here which is not only filled with….


….it is also jammed full of former Members of Congress that are little more than WHORES AND PROSTITUTES that will sell their “Access” to Members of Congress to the highest bidder…


Washington DC is also now filled with People that….

DO NOT CARE about the American Republic, the American People, the children of OUR country or anything at all…..beyond of course how they can get re-elected to office and if they have to take down the American Republic to get “one more term” these Bastards will do it.

Just a Note here in closing….The above describes Washington DC in 2012.

We can tell the American People from personal experience working both for the Executive and Congressional branches of the United States Government in the 1980s and 1990s that what is described above was not the case 20 plus years ago.

Yes, politics has always been a part of Washington DC and politicians did things for political reasons all the time in the past….BUT….the vast majority of them would not have for a nanosecond done the kinds of things that are done ALL DAY LONG in Washington DC today which when boils it down is that…

OUR “Elected Leaders” are Selling-Out the American People and the future of the American Republic just to remain in or gain office and to hold onto or gain power.

That is what destroyed Rome and if it continues…..it will destroy America.

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Friday, April 20, 2012 – Abraham Lincoln

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Friday, April 20, 2012 – Abraham Lincoln

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”


“All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.”


“Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure.”


“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”


“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”


“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.”


“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.”


“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”


“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.”


“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”


“Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.”


“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”


“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”


“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”


“I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end… I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.”


“I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.”


“I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.”


“I was losing interest in politics, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known.”


“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.”


“If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.”


“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”


“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”


“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”


“Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.”


“The assertion that “all men are created equal” was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use.”


“These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.”


“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”


“You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.”


“Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.”


“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.”


“The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall our selves, and then we shall save our country. Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.”  Second State of the Union Address, December 1, 1862


“At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? — Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! — All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.” Lycecum Address, 1838


“Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man’s nature — opposition to it, in his love of justice. These principles are an eternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely, as slavery extension brings them, shocks, and throes, and convulsions must ceaselessly follow. Repeal the Missouri Compromise — repeal all compromises — repeal the Declaration of Independence — repeal all past history, you still can not repeal human nature. It still will be the abundance of man’s heart, that slavery extension is wrong; and out of the abundance of his heart, his mouth will continue to speak.”


Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow, this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863


Lincoln’s War, The Untold Story of American’s Greatest President as Commander in Chief by Geoffrey Perret

Here is a great excerpt from that book that happened just after the First Battle of Bull Run, August 1861:

“Dozens of regiments had set up impromptu around Fort Corcoran, on Arlington Heights. Every day these canvas congeries trembled like leaves in the wind as fresh rumors of an impending Confederate attack. And every day Lincoln heard fresh stories of demoralized troops, mutinous regiments, poor discipline. Some regiments were entitled to – and clamoring for – an immediate discharge, their ninety-day service complete. The War Department’s officers seemed to busy for the burdensome task of mustering them out. Unchecked, however, mutinous sentiments could spread through camps like a virulent disease.

Lincoln decided to see for himself, and Seward went with him. A few days after Bull Run, they rode across the Potomac in an open carriage on an impromptu visit to the troops. What greeted them was redoubts spreading across the landscape, tents sprouting like mushrooms in nearly every direction, dusty roads, a cross-hatching of cart tracks, men milling or lolling about, few signs of order or purpose. Yet the District, on edge for its safety, has more than enough men to defend it – if the men chose.

As the carriage rattled along towards Fort Corcoran, a red-bearded colonel strode up: William Tecumseh Sherman. He had commanded a brigade at Bull Run, superbly. Sherman asked if the President had come to see the troops. “Yes,” said Lincoln. “We heard that you had got over the big scare and we thought we would come over and see the boys.”

Sherman got into the carriage, giving the driver directions to a camp at the top of a small hill. Sitting next to Lincoln, he asked if the President intended to speak to the men. “I would like to,” said Lincoln.

Sherman said he no objection to that, but he did not want cheering, “No hurrahing, no humbug. We had enough of it before Bull Run to spoil any set of them.” None worse than the 69 th New York, filled with Irishmen angry at not being discharged. Sherman had rebuked one of the officers of lax discipline.

Standing in the carriage, Lincoln gave an impromptu talk to Sherman’s troops: bravery, sacrifice, gratitude, a glorious future. The men began to cheer, but he held up his hand. “Don’t cheer boys, I confess I rather like it myself, but Colonel Sherman says it is not military, and I guess we had better defer to his opinion.”

Closing his impromptu peroration, Lincoln said that as Commander in Chief, he was determined that every man should be treated exactly as the law required: his indirect promise that those entitled to a discharge would soon have one. As the carriage moved on, a young officer ran after it, calling out piteously, “Mr. Lincoln! Mr. Lincoln!”

Lincoln ordered the driver to stop. Here was the officer of the 69 th New York whom Sherman had criticized, panting hard. “Mr. President, I have a cause of grievance. This morning I went to speak to Colonel Sherman, and he threatened to shoot me.”

“I told him Mr. President, that if he refused to obey my order, I would shoot him on the spot,” said Sherman. “And I here repeat it, sir, that if I remain in command here, and he or any other man refuses to obey my orders, I’ll shoot him on the spot.”

Lincoln bent forward. “My lad, if I were you, and he threatened to shoot, I would not trust him, for I believe he would do it!” The troops, until then sympathetic to the officer, howled with laughter.

Both Seward and Lincoln were impressed by the comparative tidiness of the camps of Sherman’s regiments. “This is the first bright moment I’ve experienced since the battle,” Lincoln told Sherman before riding off. From his own military experience, he knew that neatness and cleanliness is an army spelled discipline; neglect was a signal of trouble to come.”

End of excerpt from Lincoln’s War

Wikipedia:  Abraham Lincoln