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But when it comes to slaughter, you will do your work on water…

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 17th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

But when it comes to slaughter, you will do your work on water…
BP’s Corporate Officers come straight out of a Kipling Poem.

pic via tsand at Flickr

For those of you who have wondered how a disconnected master of inappropriate statements like BP CEO Tony Hayward became the voice of the company, BP’s Chairman, Carl-Henric Svanberg, clarifies it for you:

He [Obama] is frustrated because he cares about the small people, and we care about the small people…we care about the small people.

Sorry for beating and flailing you small people of the Gulf!

Yes, suddenly BP truly cares for the little people. One can’t help but wonder if this is just angling for some offset of the escrow fund via a reality show on TLC.

Maybe these two should get together with Iowa congressional mascot Steve King and Glenn Beck so they can all get their statements about “the white man’s burden” distilled into their fluoride-free essence?

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Give That Man a Medal

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 17th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Give That Man a Medal

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Bob Franken: BPeat: Fund and Games

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 17th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Bob Franken: BPeat: Fund and Games
The first order of business will be deciding what to call that 20 billion dollar BP compensation fund. How about “A Start”. As in,…

Andrew Reinbach: Welcome to the United States of Dystopia
There’s firewood stacked under the whole idea of America — a place where you’re judged by what you can do, not by who your grandparents were. And the worst part is, this has nothing to do with left/right politics.

Joseph W. Augustyn: The CIA Back on Top? Panetta’s Opportunity for Real Reform
The resignation of Admiral Dennis Blair as the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) was a surprise to no one in the intelligence business. In fact, many wonder how and why Blair lasted as long as he did.

Frank Dwyer: Rallying the Superstitious for the New Angel Plan!
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Fox now blaming Obama for job losses that occurred before he was elected

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 17th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Fox now blaming Obama for job losses that occurred before he was elected

Fox & Friends twice falsely reported that Ohio has lost 400,000 jobs “under the Obama administration,” and advanced the claim that as a result, Obama “has a lot of ‘splaining to do.” In fact, the 400,000 figure includes job losses that occurred for two years before Obama took office in the midst of a deep recession.

Fox claims Ohio has lost 400,000 jobs “under the Obama administration”

From the June 16 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends:

CARLSON: President Obama back to Ohio this week, where nearly 400,000 people have lost their jobs during this administration. John Kasich, he’s running for governor of that state, well he says the president has a lot of ‘splaining to do.

[…]

DOOCY: In your state, where you want to be governor, Ohio under the Obama administration has lost 400,000 jobs. I know he’s heading out there in the next week or so. He’s got — he’s in a hole there.

KASICH: Well, there isn’t any question about it. He’s — It was the first state where he was under 50 percent approval. People, you know, didn’t buy into this early. And look, the tragedy now is that people are wondering about his leadership, you know, is he kind of in over his head?

In fact, that figure includes jobs lost before Obama was elected or took office

Republican Governors Association: “Ohio has lost over 400,000 jobs since” January 2007. The “Ted Failed Ohio” campaign from the Republican Governors Association states that “Ohio has lost over 400,000 jobs since Ted Strickland became governor.” Strickland took office in January 2007. Kasich himself has campaigned on the fact that Ohio has lost nearly 400,000 jobs since January 2007, though he did not correct Doocy’s claim that all of these job losses occurred since January 2009, “under the Obama administration.”

Ohio lost 393,568 jobs from January 2007 to December 2009, the bulk of which came after the recession began in December 2007. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in Ohio fell 393,568 from a peak of 5,661,252 in January 2007 (two years before Obama was inaugurated) to 5,267,594 in December 2009. From seasonally adjusted BLS Ohio employment data:

Ohio employment chart

NBER: Economic activity began to decline in December 2007. The National Bureau of Economic Research announced on December 1, 2008, that based on “economy-wide measures of economic activity,” including domestic production and employment, the recession began in December 2007

Ohio has been gaining jobs in 2010. BLS data indicate that Ohio has added jobs during each month of 2010, through April.


Brother Of Bin Laden Hunter: ‘I Felt He Had A Good Chance’ (VIDEO)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 17th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Brother Of Bin Laden Hunter: ‘I Felt He Had A Good Chance’ (VIDEO)
Scott Faulkner, brother of so-called Bin Laden Hunter Gary Brooks Faulkner, fully approved of his brother’s “plan” to track down the terrorist mastermind in the mountains of northern Pakistan. He even gave his brother a ride to the airport.



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Souder: Regular Prayers And Hymns Failed To Stop Affair
If only Mark Souder had listened to Dan Quayle, everything would have turned out better.


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The GOP Broken Record: Avoiding Blame Republican-Style

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 17th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

The GOP Broken Record: Avoiding Blame Republican-Style


Support for Health Care Law Hits New High

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 17th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Support for Health Care Law Hits New High
A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds public support for President Obama’s new health care law has risen to its highest point with 45% in favor and 42% opposed.

The nation remains divided, but the shift in public sentiment is significant. Opposition to the overhaul increased after Congress passed it in March. And last month, supporters were outnumbered 39 percent to 46 percent. But the latest survey found the strongest backing for the health care plan since the AP-GfK poll began asking in September.

Meanwhile, Fox News notes a Republican-backed effort to repeal part of the law failed.

Can Republicans Take Control of the House?
Alan Abramowitz forecasts a Republican gain of 39 House seats in the midterm elections — precisely the number needed to take control.

“Democrats are in a stronger position to defend their majority in the House of Representatives today than they were in 1994 because a larger proportion of their seats are in strongly Democratic districts and they have fewer open seats to defend. However, if the national GOP tide turns out to be as strong this year as it was in 1994, Republicans would have a reasonable chance of regaining control of the House with a very narrow majority.”

Unhappy in New Jersey
A new Quinnipiac poll finds 44% of New Jersey voters describe Gov. Christopher Christie (R) as a “leader” while 43% call him a “bully.” Voters also say by a 52% to 38% margin that he is “confrontational,” rather than “honest and refreshing.”

Key finding: A total of 75% of New Jersey voters are “somewhat dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied” with life in the Garden State, the worst satisfaction rating ever in New Jersey.

Said pollster Maurice Carroll: “Republicans like Christie a lot, Democrats dislike him a lot and the result is a job-approval split. More voters find Christie confrontational than honest and refreshing. Is that good or bad? New Jersey is a confrontational place.”


Hightower: BP Is a Corporate Criminal

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 17th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Hightower: BP Is a Corporate Criminal
BP has been implicated in bribery, overthrowing governments, plunder and money laundering, plus having established one of the worst safety records in the industry.

BP has been implicated in bribery, overthrowing governments, plunder and money laundering, plus having established one of the worst safety records in the industry.

Should Gonzo Porn Be Regulated By the Feds?
Porn is becoming more and more extreme, and more and more accessible — including to kids. Is it time for the government to step in?

Porn is becoming more and more extreme, and more and more accessible — including to kids. Is it time for the government to step in?

4 Ways BP and Officials Are Working to Suppress the Outrageous Facts About the Gulf Disaster
From intimidating reporters to trying to enforce no-fly zones, there seems to be a concerted effort to block public access to information.

From intimidating reporters to trying to enforce no-fly zones, there seems to be a concerted effort to block public access to information.


Alter Alternative

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 17th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Alter Alternative
I’m intrigued that Jonathan Alter expected Obama to ace communications and struggle in executive leadership. After observing Obama and his team during the 2008 campaign, I would have expected the opposite. Obama can be a gifted orator (though to…



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On Obama and the Oil Spill, Liberals Need to Grow Up
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GOP congressional candidate: The federal government and BP colluded to spill oil in the Gulf.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 17th, 2010 4:37 am by HL

GOP congressional candidate: The federal government and BP colluded to spill oil in the Gulf.
Shortly after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, disgraced FEMA director Michael Brown went on Fox News and claimed that the Obama administration wanted the devastating oil spill as an excuse to backtrack on its offshore drilling plan. Around the same time, Rush Limbaugh unleashed a conspiracy theory suggesting that someone intentionally blew up the […]

Shortly after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, disgraced FEMA director Michael Brown went on Fox News and claimed that the Obama administration wanted the devastating oil spill as an excuse to backtrack on its offshore drilling plan. Around the same time, Rush Limbaugh unleashed a conspiracy theory suggesting that someone intentionally blew up the rig in order to “head off more oil drilling.” After widespread mockery and criticism, these types of oil spill truthers have largely gone quiet. Now, however, Bill Randall, who’s competing to be the GOP nominee in a congressional race in North Carolina and identifies with the Tea Party movement, is going even further by saying that the federal government and BP worked together to spill oil:

“Now, I’m not necessarily a conspiracy person, but I don’t think enough investigation has been done on this,” Randall said at a media conference on Tuesday. “Someone needs to be digging into that situation. Personally, and this is purely speculative on my part and not based on any fact, but personally I feel there is a possibility that there was some sort of collusion. I don’t know how or why, but in that situation, if you have someone from a company violating a safety process and the government signing off on it, excuse me, maybe they wanted it to leak.

But then it got beyond what was anticipated, and we had an explosion and loss of life. And, oh man, then we have panic. Is there a cover up going on? I’m not saying there necessarily is. But I think there’s enough facts on the table for people that (they) really need to do some investigative research and find out what went on with that and get a subpoena of records and everything else.”

The spokesman for Randall’s GOP primary opponent mocked his trutherism, saying, “Does Bill Randall also think we didn’t land on the moon?”