More Obama Pet Projects Going Under

April 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm (CH2M Hill, First Solar, Fisker, Jeff Garland, Jobs, Layoffs, Stimulus)

We covered CH2M Hill earlier today, as they have announced more layoffs in the wake of $2 billion in stimulus funding for a specific environmental cleanup project.  While their layoffs are site specific and not widespread, a couple other companies aren’t so fortunate.

From Thurber’s Thoughts:

Following bad news over the weekend, another solar firm announces major restructuring moves, including layoffs, today.

First Solar (FSLR) was kicked off the Nasdaq-100 Monday and replaced by Texas Instruments.  First Solar is based in Tempe, AZ, but was founded in Toledo under the name of Solar Cells, Inc.  Their only U.S. manufacturing facility is in Perrysburg Township.

In October, they fired their CEO.  In December, they announced 100 layoffs and a delay at their Mesa plant.  

Today, they announced further changes, including closing operations and laying off 2,000 – roughly 30% of their workforce.

Also, Weasel Zippers has this…

More Layoffs At Obama-Funded Electric Carmaker Fisker Automotive, Delaware Plant Is “Absolutely Empty”…

I’m pretty sure we can kiss our $529 million goodbye.
Via AOL Auto Blog:

Last we heard, Fisker Automotive was still “committed” to building the recently revealed Atlantic sedan at the former General Motors plant in Delaware. A few years ago, Fisker announced that site would be the company’s new domestic production home (the Fisker Karma extended-range plug-in hybrid is made by Valmet in Finland). Still, Fisker did say that any definitive statement on the Atlantic’s production location would not come until the end of the summer.

So we were interested to read new reports from local media that show more signs that the Atlantic might not ever be built in Delaware. On Friday, Delaware Online reports, 12 more workers — including engineers and maintenance technicians — were laid off at the plant, leaving “only a small maintenance team” left there. One of those let go was Jeff Garland, who had been working on community affairs and business development efforts in Delaware. He said the plant is currently “absolutely empty.” This is because Fisker has taken out the old GM equipment but has not yet installed the machines it would need to build the Atlantic. As Garland told Delaware Online, “I think what happened was the budget numbers are so tight right now and they’re working so hard to preserve as much cash as they can that something had to give. We’re not making a car in Wilmington right now, so given that situation it was an obvious place to make a cut.

We must be heading for another one of those ‘Summer of Recovery’ things…

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Confirmed: Company That Received $2 Billion in Stimulus to Drop Another 400 Employees

April 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm (CH2M Hill, Hanford, Jobs, John Lehew, Layoffs, President Obama, Stimulus, Unemployment)

This now makes a net loss of about 700 jobs.

CH2M Hill was granted roughly $2 billion in stimulus funds to clean up the Hanford nuclear waste site.  The company used that money to setup a job fair and hire nearly 1,300 new employees.  When the stimulus money ran out, so did the ability to employ those same workers – and then some.  An announcement in January of last year predicted 1,600 people would be unemployed by September.

At the beginning of April, CH2M Hill received more government funding, this time in the form of a $1.3 million grant to assist those who were laid off.

To make matters worse, the President of the company, John Lehew, had to address rumors of even more layoffs last week.  Those rumors have become reality…

Via the Tri-City Herald:

The Department of Energy’s central Hanford contractor plans to cut up to 400 positions between now and late September, CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. told workers Thursday afternoon.
The layoffs will come in two phases with the first reduction in late June and the second in late September, said CH2M Hill President John Lehew in a memo to employees. Now CH2M Hill and its main subcontractors employ 1,807 people.
Layoffs will include union and nonunion employees. They also will include workers who are employed directly by CH2M Hill and those employed by the 11 subcontractors who have been with CH2M Hill since it took over the central Hanford environmental cleanup contract.
Workers had been waiting for information since last week when Lehew addressed rumors of coming layoffs, saying he would tell workers more as more information became available.
The staff reductions are needed in part because some work with federal economic stimulus money that carried over into the current fiscal year that began Oct. 1 now is finished, Lehew told employees.

$2 billion to lose 700 jobs.  Now that’s truly leading us out of the dark and into the light.

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2012/04/13/1901901/ch2m-hill-plans-up-to-400-job.html#storylink=cpy

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Courting the Canine Vote: One Straps Them to the Roof, the Other Eats Them

April 18, 2012 at 11:08 am (2012 Election, Barack Obama, Canine, Dog, Dreams From My Father, Lolo Soetoro, Mitt Romney)

Democrats are really trying to make an issue out of the Romney family dog this campaign.  So, Jim Treacher of the Daily Caller responds rather humorously…

Hey, if we’re going to talk about how presidential candidates treated dogs decades ago, let’s talk about how presidential candidates treated dogs decades ago.
Can you name the author of this quote?
“With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chill peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy). Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share.”
Yep, that’s Barack Obama, writing about his childhood with his stepfather Lolo Soetoro in Indonesia, from Chapter Two of his bestseller Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.
“So what? It was a long time ago,” you say. “He was a lot younger. Customs are different there. He was just doing what his stepfather told him. And hey, you can’t even prove that the dogs were ever left on top of a car, you racist.”
Hey, whatever you have to tell yourself, libs. Say what you want about Romney, but at least he only put a dog on the roof of his car, not the roof of his mouth. And whenever you bring up the one, we’re going to bring up the other.
It’s no fun when we push back, is it? That’s why it’s so much fun.

It’s amazing to watch the President and his people try to manufacture issues because he has nothing to run on.  There is no singular example of success that the President can run on.

Barack Obama – All bark, no bite.

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Michelle Obama: ‘This President Has Brought Us Out of the Dark and Into the Light’

April 18, 2012 at 9:15 am (Bible, Messiah, Michelle Obama, President Obama, Tennessee, Unemployment)

If by ‘the light’ she means over 8% unemployment on a consistent basis, and a record 88 million people not in the work force, then yes, he has led us into the light.

Behold, the chosen one…

Via the Weekly Standard:

Michelle Obama made a remarkable claim when talking up her husband, President Barack Obama, at a campaign event earlier today in Nashville, Tennessee.
The crowd of nearly 450 folks applauded as the first lady likened her husband to a Jesus-like figure.”I am so in,” Michelle Obama said toward the end of her remarks. “I am going to be working so hard. We have an amazing story to tell. This president has brought us out of the dark and into the light.”
In the book of Matthew, we read, “the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.” (Matthew 4:16) The phrase is used to describe the words Jesus preached. 
In Micah, light, however, is a reference to God’s words. “Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me,” it says in Micah 7:8. 
Either way, in religious terms, light is used to denote the true path, presented either by God or a savior. Or by Barack Obama.

Allahpundit believes this may not be the best tactic for Team Messiah… er… Obama.

Is Team Hopenchange seriously going to push a “messiah” message this time around? Even a little bit? Note to Axelrod and Plouffe: When your Senate candidates are suppressing clips of them praising The One and your own base is churning outvideos like this, it might be time to update the 2008 “Obama as savior of mankind” chapter in the ol’ playbook.

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Taliban Commander Turns Himself In, Tries to Collect Reward Money

April 18, 2012 at 7:23 am (Afghanistan, Matthew Baker, Mohammad Ashan, Reward, Taliban)

One U.S. official called him the Taliban equivalent of the Home Alone burglars.  Which is an insult to the Home Alone burglars, but hilarious nonetheless.

Via the Washington Post:

Sometimes, capturing a Taliban commander requires vast resources and complex operations. Last week in eastern Afghanistan, it required neither.
Mohammad Ashan, a mid-level Taliban commander in Paktika province, strolled toward a police checkpoint in the district of Sar Howza with a wanted poster bearing his own face. He demanded the finder’s fee referenced on the poster: $100.
Afghan officials, perplexed by the man’s misguided motives, arrested him on the spot. Ashan is suspected of plotting at least two attacks on Afghan security forces. His misdeeds prompted officials to plaster the district with hundreds of so-called “Be on the Lookout” posters emblazoned with his name and likeness.
When U.S. troops went to confirm that Ashan had in fact come forward to claim the finder’s fee, they were initially incredulous.
“We asked him, ‘Is this you?’ Mohammad Ashan answered with an incredible amount of enthusiasm, ‘Yes, yes, that’s me! Can I get my award now?’” recalled SPC Matthew Baker.

A biometric scan confirmed that the man in Afghan custody was the insurgent they had been looking for.

Read the rest here…

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