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BP CEO Attends Yacht Race

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 21st, 2010 4:52 am by HL

BP CEO Attends Yacht Race
BP chief executive Tony Hayward took a day off Saturday to see his 52-foot yacht “Bob” compete in a race off England’s shore, further infuriating residents of the Gulf Coast. “Man, that ain’t right. None of us can even go out fishing, and he’s at the yacht races,” said Bobby Pitre of Larose, La. “I wish we could get a day off from the oil, too.”


Another lie another dollar

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 21st, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Another lie another dollar
Let me post the first of what I’m sure will be many more lies this week from BP.

image via Sandy Sanders at Flickr.

As the oil gusher that began in early Spring continues to spew into the start of Summer I suppose I could come up with something creative and novel. But instead I’ll just note yet another lie from BP.

A BP estimate made after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon noted that as much as 100,000 barrels per day could leak into the ocean if the blowout preventer and wellhead were removed, a higher worst-case scenario than previously reported.

Which leads to the question of what were they lying about before?

The figure is the highest yet to surface regarding the leaking oil well. At the disaster’s outset, BP claimed the leak was about 1,000 barrels a day, a number it later revised to 5,000 and then much higher. BP told the House Energy and Commerce Committee that the worst-case scenario was 60,000 barrels (2.5 million gallons) a day, lower than what the document states.

So when do they release the memo in which they admit they were just trying to bring about Joe Barton’s opportunity for being raptured?

Whatever they’re doing, Bill Kristol demands you be nice to them — criticism is only for the small people.

Late Late Night FDL: Look What the Cat Drug In!
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The Rolling StonesSaint of Me.

Goodness gracious, can ya believe it…? I’ve hit the big time! Personally, I think it’s a plot to co-opt me from posting on Af/Pak affairs!

*heh* Fools…!

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads!


Gas Prices

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 21st, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Gas Prices

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Rooting Against Team USA
Harper’s Ken Silverstein explains “why I hate Landon Donovan” in this feel-good post. “Tragically,” Silverstein concludes, “it appears the U.S. soccer team will likely continue to plague the Cup with its God-awful soccer.” Guess not everyone’s on the bandwagon. Ken Silverstein on Harpers.org: Donovan also said, “My guess is there are not many teams in this tournament that could have done what we did and arguably won the game,” Donovan said. “That’s what the American spirit is all about.” Do what? The only thing that matters is the final score, which history will record as a tie. Donovan’s remarks are equivalent to Paul Pierce’s saying in an interview after last night’s Lakers–Celtics game, “My guess is there are not many teams who could have done what we did. We were beating the Lakers by 13 points in the second half.” Second, given that the press has been talking about how the Americans had scored an “upset draw” by tying “mighty England,” shouldn’t today’s result therefore be deemed an “upset draw” for Slovenia, the smallest country that made the Cup? Read more

Harper’s Ken Silverstein explains “why I hate Landon Donovan” in this feel-good post. “Tragically,” Silverstein concludes, “it appears the U.S. soccer team will likely continue to plague the Cup with its God-awful soccer.” Guess not everyone’s on the bandwagon.

Ken Silverstein on Harpers.org:

Donovan also said, “My guess is there are not many teams in this tournament that could have done what we did and arguably won the game,” Donovan said. “That’s what the American spirit is all about.”

Do what? The only thing that matters is the final score, which history will record as a tie. Donovan’s remarks are equivalent to Paul Pierce’s saying in an interview after last night’s Lakers–Celtics game, “My guess is there are not many teams who could have done what we did. We were beating the Lakers by 13 points in the second half.”

Second, given that the press has been talking about how the Americans had scored an “upset draw” by tying “mighty England,” shouldn’t today’s result therefore be deemed an “upset draw” for Slovenia, the smallest country that made the Cup?

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Paul Abrams: What Joe Barton’s Words Show Us About the Republican Party

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 21st, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Paul Abrams: What Joe Barton’s Words Show Us About the Republican Party
Congressman Joe Barton exposed, for all to see, the “DNA” of the Republican Party — not just that they have a cozy relationship with big oil, but that they were really one and the same.

Obama, EPA To Reimpose Superfund Tax On Oil And Chemical Companies
There is no question that the Superfund program, first established 30 years ago, is facing a budget crunch. For 15 years, the federal government imposed…

New Republican Agenda, Or Lack Of One, Divides Party
WASHINGTON — It’s not easy crafting an agenda for the fall elections. Just ask Republicans in Congress. They set up a website to solicit ideas,…

Byron Williams: BP Fund Is a Good Start in Spite of Claims to the Contrary
How can any elected official in America even appear to side with BP and against its own government in what is the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history?

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Wallace asks if Dems are “getting religion” on deficits, but GOP created them

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 21st, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Wallace asks if Dems are “getting religion” on deficits, but GOP created them

Chris Wallace asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell whether “some Democrats are getting religion when it comes to the deficit.” Wallace made no mention of Republicans “getting religion” on the deficit, even though “virtually the entire deficit over the next ten years” is due to policies implemented under President Bush or to the recession, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Wallace asks whether Dems are “getting religion when it comes to the deficit”

From the June 20 edition of Fox Broadcasting Co.’s Fox News Sunday:

WALLACE: It’s been a remarkable week in the U.S. Senate, where some Democrats have joined Republicans to block a new spending bill that would extend unemployment benefits for people who are about to lose them and also provide state aid that would allow workers not to be laid off. Are some Democrats getting religion when it comes to the deficit?

McCONNELL: It sure seems so. I mean, we’ve passed the $13 trillion cumulative national debt threshold a few weeks ago, and the issue here with regard to this bill to which you referred is paying for it. Now we did manage to take out a piece of that bill last Friday and pay for it. That was a doctor reimbursement issue, we paid for it for six months. What Republicans have been arguing is that much of this is worthwhile and should be done, but it ought not to add to the deficit. And now, as you indicate, a growing number of Democrats are showing that kind of concern, and that’s why this big Democratic majority in the Senate has not been able to pass this bill.

CBPP: “[V]irtually the entire deficit over the next ten years” due to Bush policies, economic downturn

CBPP: “[T]he tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the economic downturn together explain virtually the entire deficit over the next ten years.” In a December 16, 2009, analysis of federal deficits — which was revised on February 17 — the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) stated:

“Some critics charge that the new policies pursued by President Obama and the 111th Congress caused the huge federal budget deficits that the nation now faces. In fact, the tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the economic downturn together explain virtually the entire deficit over the next ten years.” [emphasis in original]

CBPP included the following chart illustrating various factors’ relative effects on current and projected deficits:

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Indictment: Failed Times Square Bomber Had Help From Pakistan

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 21st, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Indictment: Failed Times Square Bomber Had Help From Pakistan
On Thursday alleged Times Square would-be bomber Faisal Shahzad, who was previously charged with the attempted car bombing, was indicted by a grand jury on ten new charges in New York Thursday. And the indictment alleges that Shahzad had operational help from an unnamed person in Pakistan.


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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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Alabama Professor Charged With Murder In Disputed 1986 Shooting
Amy Bishop, the Alabama biology professor who allegedly shot three colleagues to death in February, was indicted today in Massachusetts for the murder of her brother at their Braintree, Massachusetts, home in 1986.



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17 service members die in June, 17 more families without fathers or sons on Father’s day

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 21st, 2010 4:42 am by HL

17 service members die in June, 17 more families without fathers or sons on Father’s day
Author’s note: With all the things going on with the Gulf, economy, etc., it’s easy to forget there are still two wars going on. But the wars are very real for these 17 families. This one was difficult to write, because I looked into each and every name on the June list of war casualties. Links […]


McInnis Holds Small Lead Over Hickenlooper

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 21st, 2010 4:41 am by HL

McInnis Holds Small Lead Over Hickenlooper
A new Denver Post poll in Colorado finds Scott McInnis (R) edging John Hicklenlooper (D) in the race for governor, 47% to 43%.

GOP Enthusiasm Tops Previous Years
A new Gallup poll finds that 59% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents are more enthusiastic than usual about voting this year compared with past elections — the highest found in a midterm election year for either party since 1994.

Key finding: “Republicans’ net score of +14 more enthusiastic in the latest poll compared with the Democrats’ net score of -21 represents the largest relative party advantage Gallup has measured in a single midterm election-year poll.”

Five Races Key to Republican Success in 2012
“The roots of a Republican political renaissance in 2012 lie in the Rust Belt,” the Washington Post reports. “That swath of manufacturing- based states in the Midwest” — Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — “with tentacles that reach as far east as Pennsylvania, has been the epicenter of the economic difficulties in the country over the past few years.”

“Each state is hosting a competitive gubernatorial race this fall. Republicans argue that a clean sweep (or close to it) would immediately change the electoral calculus heading into the nationwide redistricting in 2011 and President Obama’s reelection race in 2012.”


Are We Going Down Like the Soviets?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 21st, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Are We Going Down Like the Soviets?
The Soviets made a devastating miscalculation: they mistook military power for power on this planet. Sound familiar?

The Soviets made a devastating miscalculation: they mistook military power for power on this planet. Sound familiar?


The BP Shakeup That Isn’t

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 21st, 2010 4:39 am by HL

The BP Shakeup That Isn’t
One day after he was blasted on Capitol Hill, BP CEO Tony Hayward has been removed from day-to-day management of the oil spill. BP’s chairman has turned it over to a BP managing director, Bob Dudley. That makes sense from…



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Why Alan Dershowitz Has Become A Republican
First the good news. Alan Dershowitz is supporting the GOP/Teabagger candidate (a/k/a Sure Loser) against Jan Schawkowsky in the 9th District of Illinois. Dershowitz say that he is the first Republican he has ever supported. Hopefully, he won’t be the…



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