Impeach, Remove, Imprison Barack Obama? – Part II

Obama knew. Criminally negligent Obama knew. Instead of organizing an armada of small fishing ships equipped with oil skim equipment to protect the bayous and the estuaries; instead of organizing an armada of larger vessels in an outer ring to scoop up escaped oil; instead of organizing an armada of large tankers surrounding the gushing oil rig itself, Obama chose to deceive and distract.

Obama knew. Instead of organizing an armada of ships to intercept the oil, like the Israelis blockade terrorist Hamas in Gaza, Obama chose to deceive and distract. Instead of scooping up the oil the order was to drop toxic “dispersants” which would hide the oil, drive the oil into the deep, away from human eyes. Instead of telling the truth to the American people and organizing an armada of ships to protect the mainland Obama held glamorous events and met with celebrities – deceive an distract.

For his criminal negligence Obama the answer is Impeach, Remove, Imprison Barack Obama.

Americans need an investigation to prove with legal finality that Obama knew. The public record is clear that Obama knew.



Eric Bates of Rolling Stone magazine, a magazine which endlessly shills for Barack Obama makes the strong case that the white board seen in a government video proves that at the outset, “within hours”, it was clear that 100,000 barrels of oil a day were gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Obama negligently allowed dispersants to hide the problem instead of performing his duty and ordering a blockade of the slime.

Obama enabler at Newsweek, Richard Wolffe, was the first to declare (as a truly stupid defense) that Obama knew. Obama knew.

Obama knew. It will take a while, as usual, for what we write to be accepted by Big Media. Impeach, Remove, Imprison, is a large step to take for the Hopium pickled. But what we write today, will be news in Big Media months from now. Some already understand that Obama knew and the implications of those two words. Rolling Stone magazine might not publish on Pink paper, but they know, Obama knew:

“Like the attacks by Al Qaeda, the disaster in the Gulf was preceded by ample warnings – yet the administration had ignored them. Instead of cracking down on MMS, as he had vowed to do even before taking office, Obama left in place many of the top officials who oversaw the agency’s culture of corruption. He permitted it to rubber-stamp dangerous drilling operations by BP – a firm with the worst safety record of any oil company – with virtually no environmental safeguards, using industry-friendly regulations drafted during the Bush years. He calibrated his response to the Gulf spill based on flawed and misleading estimates from BP – and then deployed his top aides to lowball the flow rate at a laughable 5,000 barrels a day, long after the best science made clear this catastrophe would eclipse the Exxon Valdez.

Even after the president’s press conference, Rolling Stone has learned, the administration knew the spill could be far worse than its “best estimate” acknowledged. That same day, the president’s Flow Rate Technical Group – a team of scientists charged with establishing the gusher’s output – announced a new estimate of 12,000 to 25,000 barrels, based on calculations from video of the plume. In fact, according to interviews with team members and scientists familiar with its work, that figure represents the plume group’s minimum estimate. The upper range was not included in their report because scientists analyzing the flow were unable to reach a consensus on how bad it could be. “The upper bound from the plume group, if it had come out, is very high,” says Timothy Crone, a marine geophysicist at Columbia University who has consulted with the government’s team. “That’s why they had resistance internally. We’re talking 100,000 barrels a day.”

The median figure for Crone’s independent calculations is 55,000 barrels a day – the equivalent of an Exxon Valdez every five days. “That’s what the plume team’s numbers show too,” Crone says. A source privy to internal discussions at one of the world’s top oil companies confirms that the industry privately agrees with such estimates. “The industry definitely believes the higher-end values,” the source says. “That’s accurate – if not more than that.” The reason, he adds, is that BP appears to have unleashed one of the 10 most productive wells in the Gulf. “BP screwed up a really big, big find,” the source says. “And if they can’t cap this, it’s not going to blow itself out anytime soon.”

The Obama apologists want to absolve Obama, but they cannot:

“It’s tempting to believe that the Gulf spill, like so many disasters inherited by Obama, was the fault of the Texas oilman who preceded him in office. But, though George W. Bush paved the way for the catastrophe, it was Obama who gave BP the green light to drill. “Bush owns eight years of the mess,” says Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California. “But after more than a year on the job, Salazar owns it too.”

The proof that Obama knew comes from government video which attempts to exculpate Obama but instead entombs Obama:

“From the start of its operation in the Gulf, BP had found itself struggling against powerful “kicks” from gas buildup, just as MMS had warned. Now, on April 20th, the pent-up methane exploded in a fireball that incinerated 11 workers. Like a scene out of a real-life Jerry Bruckheimer film, the half-billion-dollar rig – 32,000 tons and 30 stories tall – listed over and sank to the bottom two days later, taking a mile of pipe down with it.

Within hours, the government assembled a response team at the “war room” of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration in Seattle. The scene, captured by a NOAA cameraman and briefly posted on the agency’s website, provides remarkable insight into the government’s engagement during the earliest hours of the catastrophe, and, more troubling, the role of top administration figures in downplaying its horrific scope. [snip]

“So far we’ve created a trajectory [of the slick] that was passed up the chain of command to the Coast Guard and eventually to the president showing where the oil might go,” he tells the assembled team.[snip]

An NOAA expert on oil disasters jumps in: “I think we need to be prepared for it to be the spill of the decade.”

Written on a whiteboard at the front of the room is the government’s initial, worst-case estimate of the size of the spill. While the figure is dramatically higher than any official estimate issued by BP or the government, it is in line with the high-end calculations by scientists who have monitored the spill.

“Estm: 64k – 110k bbls/Day.” The equivalent of up to three Exxon Valdez spills gushing into the Gulf of Mexico every week.

Damningly, the whiteboard also documents the disconnect between what the government suspected to be the magnitude of the disaster and the far lower estimates it was feeding to the public. Written below the federal estimate are the words, “300,000 gal/day reported on CNN.” Appearing on the network that same day on a video feed from the Gulf, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry insisted that the government had no figure. “We do not have an estimate of the amount of crude emanating from the wellhead,” she said.

There are pictures of the white board which condemns Obama at the Rolling Stone site. There are the warnings about “underwater plumes of oil”. And of course there is the Obama vacation/work schedule even as privately Obama knew the disaster to come – while in public the distractions began:

“The following day, the Coast Guard – relying on assurances from BP – declared that the spill appeared to be limited to oil that was stored aboard the sunken rig. With a worst-case crisis seemingly averted, Obama checked out, heading off for a long weekend in Asheville, North Carolina, where he and the first lady would stop for ribs at a barbecue joint called 12 Bones Smokehouse before checking into the Grove Park Inn, a golf resort and spa. Asked whether the spill would hamper the president’s offshore drilling agenda, spokesman Gibbs made light of the disaster. “I don’t honestly think it opens up a whole new series of questions,” he said. “I doubt this is the first accident that has happened, and I doubt it will be the last.“[snip]

The president himself was occupied elsewhere. After returning from his vacation, Obama spent Monday, April 26th palling around with Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees, congratulating them on their World Series victory. He later took time to chat with the president of Honduras. When he put in a call to Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi, it was to talk about tornadoes that had caused damage in that state, with only a brief mention of the oil spill. On Tuesday the 27th, Obama visited a wind-turbine plant in Iowa. Wednesday the 28th, he toured a biofuels refinery in Missouri and talked up financial reform in Quincy, Illinois. He didn’t mention the oil spill or the Gulf.

It was a willful policy of lie and distract. The Obama publicity stunts with athletes and movie stars were all distractions to keep attention away from the dispersed oil growing in strength beneath the waves. Obama knew and he must be held criminally liable:

“From the start, the administration has seemed intent on allowing BP to operate in near-total secrecy. Much of what the public knows about the crisis it owes to Rep. Ed Markey, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. Under pressure from Markey, BP was forced to release footage of the gusher, admit that its early estimates put the leak as high as 14,000 barrels a day and post a live feed of its undersea operations on the Internet – video that administration officials had possessed from the earliest days of the disaster. “We cannot trust BP,” Markey said. “It’s clear they have been hiding the actual consequences of this spill.”

But rather than applying such skepticism to BP’s math, the Obama administration has instead attacked scientists who released independent estimates of the spill. When one scientist funded by NOAA released a figure much higher than the government’s estimate, he found himself being pressured to retract it by officials at the agency. “Are you sure you want to keep saying this?” they badgered him. Lubchenco, the head of NOAA, even denounced as “misleading” and “premature” reports that scientists aboard the research vessel Pelican had discovered a massive subsea oil plume. Speaking to PBS, she offered a bizarre denial of the obvious. “It’s clear that there is something at depth,” she said, “but we don’t even know that it’s oil yet.”

Scientists were stunned that NOAA, an agency widely respected for its scientific integrity, appeared to have been co-opted by the White House spin machine. “NOAA has actively pushed back on every fact that has ever come out,” says one ocean scientist who works with the agency. “They’re denying until the facts are so overwhelming, they finally come out and issue an admittance.” Others are furious at the agency for criticizing the work of scientists studying the oil plumes rather than leading them. “Why they didn’t have vessels there right then and start to gather the scientific data on oil and what the impacts are to different organisms is inexcusable,” says a former government marine biologist. “They should have been right on top of that.” Only six weeks into the disaster did the agency finally deploy its own research vessel to investigate the plumes.”

Criminal negligence by Barack Obama must be criminally prosecuted.

Obama tried to cover-up what his pals at BP had done. Obama tried to cover-up crimes.

“On May 14th, two days after the first video of the gusher was released, the government allowed BP to apply a toxic dispersant that is banned in England at the source of the leak – an unprecedented practice in the deep ocean. “The effort should be in recovering the oil, not making it more difficult to recover by dispersing it,” says Sylvia Earle, a famed oceanographer and former NOAA chief scientist who helped the agency confront the world’s worst-ever oil spill in the Persian Gulf after the first Iraq War. The chemical assault appeared geared, she says, “to improving the appearance of the problem rather than solving the problem.”

Dimocrats and even Republicans and even some conservatives, like Bill O’Reilly, want to apply dispersants to the problem which is Barack Obama. These behind the curve dolts “blame the staff” or whatever the excuse of the day is. But the problem is Barack Obama. There is only one solution: Impeach, Remove, Imprison.

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166 thoughts on “Impeach, Remove, Imprison Barack Obama? – Part II

  1. I vote to Tar and Feather this president using the numerous tar balls washing up on the gulf coastline. Lest he ever forgets, he is dealing with American people who expect more from their president than a cloned facsimile.

  2. Barry must be livid to see some of his biggest attacks come from the Left. The freakin’ honeymoon is over for de Fraud.

    Hold on to your hats folks, when the left starts to pile on, they get rabid.

    I hope the environmentalists start foaming soon.

    Great post again – Admin.

  3. Yes, as usual, admin- your hardhitting post rife with abundant proofs and citations drives the stake further and further home to it’s final destination.

  4. I hope the environmentalists start foaming soon.

    When will they pin the tail on the donkey???????

  5. TC is covering it too:

    Oil Spill Coverup: What the President Knew and When He Knew It

    Bostonboomer: Right away I found an article that shook me to my core. I still feel as if someone punched me in the gut. I don’t know why it affected me so strongly–I kind of knew everything in it already. But to see it spelled out in plain English, and by this author just shocked me:

    Obama Knew the Spill Was Hopeless, by Richard Wolffe.

    As the president visits the Gulf anew, Richard Wolffe reports that he was first briefed in April on how bad the spill would be. Plus: the real reason the White House is so mad at Carville—and why Obama would rather talk about the economy.

    Critics have bashed President Obama for being slow to seize the political initiative in combating the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast, now widely believed to be the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. The White House has battled back, releasing a timeline of events showing that Obama was briefed—and deploying the Coast Guard—within 24 hours of the Deepwater Horizon blowout.

    What has not been previously disclosed: The president was not only briefed on the real-time events of the spill, but also on just how bad it would be—and how hard it would be to plug the hole.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-06-04/obama-briefed-in-april-by-carol-browner-on-how-bad-bp-spill-was-/

    and TC’s link http://riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2010/06/05/oilspill-coverup-what-the-president-knew-and-when-he-knew-it/

  6. “Americans need an investigation to prove with legal finality that Obama knew. The public record is clear that Obama knew.”
    _________________

    Obama needs to hear a new song dedicated solely to him on the radio; entitled “OBAMA KNEW”… Obama is such a peacock if the song went viral he would be found hiding under a rock unable to face anyone publicly.

    so many rhyming words: you, bayou, blue, with a repeating chorus: “Obama Knew!”

    This would be a Great fundraiser vehicle helping the poor animals covered in oil suffering in the gulf to get all the money they need for remediation and to pay as many volunteers as they need to help them survive.

    I have a feeling, the one time cleaning with “Dawn”, removing the gooey oil from their feathers is only the beginning.

  7. Even the Kooks are ever so slowly becoming aware that something stinks in their Hopium dens:

    http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2010/06/daily_kos_dismi.php

    The liberal website DailyKos.com has chosen to terminate its relationship with MD-based pollster Research 2000, according to DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas.[snip]

    Moulitsas’ decision comes in the wake of last night’s AR SEN Dem primary runoff, in which Sen. Blanche Lincoln held off LG Bill Halter, Daily Kos’ preferred candidate. The website promoted Halter as a replacement on the Dem ticket months before he announced his candidacy, and the site’s readers were encouraged to contribute to his insurgent campaign.[snip]

    AR SEN wasn’t Research 2000’s only high-profile “miss” of the primary season. In a poll conducted May 17-19, Research 2000 showed Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL) leading his state’s GOV primary over Ag. Commis. Ron Sparks (D), 41-33%. But Sparks trounced Davis, 62-38%, in the June 2 primary.[snip]

    AL isn’t the only state in which Research 2000 has fared poorly in pre-primary polling. In their final CA SEN GOP poll, which was conducted back in mid-May, ex-Rep. Tom Campbell led ex-Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina by 15 points. Fiorina downed Campbell by 34 points last night, less than three weeks after the poll.

    In his final KY SEN primary poll, conducted a week before the election, Research 2000 had opthamologist Rand Paul (R) leading Sec/State Trey Grayson by 10 points, but Paul won by 23.

    Moulitsas said his decision was also based, in part, on new “pollster rankings” published earlier this week by Nate Silver, the baseball statistician whose politics website, fivethirtyeight.com, was recently licensed by the New York Times. Silver’s site ranked Research 2000 among the worst three independent, live-caller polling firms that had conducted more that 10 public polls in WH, SEN, GOV or House races since ’98.[snip]

    In general, Research 2000 polls have tended to favor Dems this cycle in general election matchups, due in part to the pollster’s undersampling of older voters compared to other polls and past exit poll data. When those sampling and weighting differences were reported in this space in early Apr., Moulitsas defended Research 2000.

    “Del certainly isn’t one to base existing demographic guesses on historical ones, and in 2008, he was pretty spot on,” Moulitsas said at the time.

    That faith, however, seems to have been eroded over the past few months.

    Moulitsas wrote on his site today, “I believe in accountability, in accuracy, and in making sure we provide the absolute best information not just to this wonderful community, but also to the outside world.”

    The polling banner atop the DailyKos homepage was quickly removed, but, as of press time, the results of past Research 2000 surveys are still available on the web server.

    Research 2000 is among the most prolific public, live-caller state pollsters thus far this cycle, conducting roughly two or three state polls per week for Daily Kos in recent months, in addition to polls for other media outlets or outside groups. Ali told Pollster.com’s Mark Blumenthal, in a column for NationalJournal.com earlier this year, that roughly 80% of the polling by his firm that was made publicly available was done for Daily Kos or other progressive groups.

  8. Odd. Is divorce contagious?

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/06/09/first-on-the-ticker-gore-daughter-separates-from-husband/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+rss/cnn_politicalticker+%28Blog:+Political+Ticker%29&fbid=Utr8UYGVY6V

    Karenna Gore Schiff, the oldest daughter of former Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore, has separated from her husband, Dr. Andrew Schiff, after 13 years of marriage, two sources close to the former vice president tell CNN.

    This news comes just a week after the former vice president and Mrs. Gore announced their own separation after 40 years of marriage.

    Gore Schiff is 36 years old, a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School. She married Andrew Schiff in 1997. They have three children.

  9. Admin,

    This has to be one of the 5 greatest posts ON THE INTERNET!! Please accept a heart filled thank you from all of us that knew FROM THE START that as a leader, this president isn’t worth the the lint in my pockets. THANK YOU!!!

    Now let’s impeach this asshat. Idiot.

  10. Admin: Please post this video.

    There is a media blackout in La with law enforcement threatening arrests if you have cameras or recording equipt and something about troops keeping people out. It’s not about the oil plumes; it’s about the secrecy and BP (law enforcement?) taking over La like nazis ordering citizens to jail if they dare record their actions.

    You hear this beginning at 4.45 min-

    Media Blackout on Oil Spill (Chilling IF true) Part 1

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nryW5vEWLM

  11. Admin: You will absolutely Love this video hereby dubbed the Inevitable Circular Firing squad between Liz Cheney defending Dad and Arianna Huffington condemning Obama.

    Of course nothing good ever come to us without caveats. You will be asked to reach for your sophisticated ears and hold your head up high while ignoring the voice of one Keith Olberman doing the play by play proving Liz Cheney is a LIAR with a smattering opine of David Corn for old time sake.

    What this video demonstrates and reinforces is admin’s proof of two (2) presidencies, i e. the accountability of Obama’s negligence, defrauding the public and irresponsibility to a nation he took an oath he swore to protect; with the additional proof of the Bush/Cheney culpability in one neat little package.

    Hence, let the circular firing squad begin…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwsrPsJ1y_4

  12. So isn’t this the moment when bambi and rahm point the finger at someone else in their harem for keeping information from their master. Granted the idiot probably wouldn’t have understood the issue in any way, shape, or form. I mean he is a newbie…give him a break…lol…

  13. Bill and Hillary reunite in Bogota

    By MATTHEW LEE (AP) – 1 hour ago

    BOGOTA, Colombia — Bill and Hillary Clinton spend a lot of time traveling separately, he for his foundation and she in her job as U.S. secretary of state.

    But in Bogota, husband and wife crossed paths and managed to enjoy a dinner out together.

    The Clintons met with a group of Colombian and American friends for a meal at a Bogota steakhouse across from their hotel, something that would have been too dangerous just a few years ago because of the threat of kidnapping or violence.

    Colombian President Alvaro Uribe said the dinner Tuesday night was great publicity for the transformation of his country.

    “The best PR for confidence in Colombia is that last night Madame Secretary of State of the United States and President Bill Clinton were in a restaurant enjoying complete piece of mind, enjoying this beautiful city,” Uribe told reporters at a joint news conference with Mrs. Clinton.

    “Some years ago because of terrorism, this would have been unthinkable,” he said.

    The secretary of state called the meal “wonderful” and said some of the conversation touched on how such a simple pleasure, a night out in the Colombian capital, would have been impossible not long ago.

    “We talked about how remarkable it was that such a common event could take place,” she said.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hZm6mHu-EIXkZtleAzNa1k8Jcf9QD9G820V80

  14. Of course nothing good ever come to us without caveats. You will be asked to reach for your sophisticated ears and hold your head up high while ignoring the voice of one Keith Olberman doing the play by play proving Liz Cheney is a LIAR with a smattering opine of David Corn for old time sake.

    _____________________________________________

    I must have missed the part where any blame was directed towards Obama’s admin beyond 2 – 5 second admissions by Olberdolt – the rest was a “It’s Cheney’s Fault” rant a thon. Maybe you had another video in mind?

  15. http://www.lvrj.com/news/poll–nevadans-back-arizona-law-on-illegal-immigration-95841189.html

    A majority of Nevadans would welcome an Arizona-style law to crack down on illegal immigrants, according to a new poll commissioned by the Review-Journal.

    The survey showed 57 percent of Nevadans would support giving local law enforcement the power to ask people already stopped for possible violations of the law to show proof they are in the country legally, then arrest those who couldn’t provide that proof.

  16. As distasteful as it is for Bill to campaign for Harry Reid, it’s a win-win. He earns another IOU that he (or Hillary) can call in later, and if Reid loses, Bill won’t be blamed because Reid was unpopular to begin with.

  17. Mrs. Smith
    June 9th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Admin: Please post this video.

    There is a media blackout in La with law enforcement threatening arrests if you have cameras or recording equipt and something about troops keeping people out. It’s not about the oil plumes; it’s about the secrecy and BP (law enforcement?) taking over La like nazis ordering citizens to jail if they dare record their actions.

    You hear this beginning at 4.45 min-

    Media Blackout on Oil Spill (Chilling IF true) Part 1

    ————–
    I can’t get past this post…….

    New this rang a bell on something I have seen before, and this was what I saw:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHdwpFdpjVg&NR=1

    I am going to scamper around the internets and see what else pops up. To a certain degree, it is true, and depending on what is going on, this could unravel the Fraud’s administration even further…

  18. Here’s a site with 45 photos of oil covering Grand Isle………some of these photos have been released, but looking at some of them, it seems an impossible task to clean up.

    One photo caption says it all…

    Residents look on with disgust as they sit in on an discussion with parish officials and a BP representative on May 25, 2010 in Chalmette, Louisiana. Officials now say that it may be impossible to clean the hundreds of miles of coastal wetlands affected by the massive oil spill which continues gushing in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

    Here’s a link to the photos……….good quality and heartbreaking.

    http://blogs.tampabay.com/photo/2010/05/gulf-oil-spill-coastal-impact.html

  19. Reported on HuffPuff………..

    Oil Spill Media Access: Government Wants Press Freedom, Pushes BP To Not Restrict Access

    Comments 6,197

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government generally is not restricting news media access to oil spill disaster areas in the Gulf of Mexico and wants oil giant BP to do likewise, unless there are good security or safety reasons, a Coast Guard admiral said Monday.

    Thad Allen, who is overseeing the federal response to the Gulf oil spill, said that “general guidance” had been issued that there were only two reasons why the media should be prohibited from an area: “If it’s a security reason or a safety reason because of personal protective equipment.”

    “Other than that, we are putting no restrictions on access,” Allen told a White House news briefing.

    He was asked about complaints about instances in which journalists were being denied access to disaster sites.

    “Now, we can’t tell somebody to talk to somebody they don’t want to. But my policy is, unless it’s a security or safety reason, there is no restriction on access,” Allen said.

    Asked what he would do if a journalist wanted to take a picture of an oil-coated bird and was barred from doing so, Allen said that was “hypothetical.”

    “I guess somebody would have to give me the specifics of an incident and we’ll go take a look at it,” he said.
    Story continues below

    But in general, he said, “we’ll follow up…I’ll have a call with Tony Hayward,” the London-based oil company’s CEO.

    Over six thousand comments, people are hopping mad.

    Here is one:

    What concerns me is that this looks like a foreign national country restricting the press, with the culpability of our own military and law enforcement. This is what the constitution meant when it referred to the freedom of speech.

    It’s obvious the BP wanted to minimize the truth about this disaster and they attempted to do this by limiting access to the press. Why is there no more uproar about this?

    another: Four instances I heard of in which the media were shut out and/or restricted:

    Katie Couric and CBS I believe— a few weeks ago as oil began to hit marsh—were denied entry into an area in Louisiana waters— by Coast Guard saying they took their orders from BP.

    Various media were repeatedly denied access to state-owned Elmer’s Island where oil was reported to be ashore about two weeks ago, because of problems with the access road. However, numerous heavy BP / Coast Guard trucks were observed using it.

    Garland Robinette of WWL in New Orleans attempted to book a helicopter to fly over the Gulf, to photograph the spill, but for some mysterious reason the chopper could not get permission to descend below 3000 feet. He reports he was able to see next to nothing.

    Robinette also followed up reports that some of the recovered oil was being dumped into a waste pit in interior marsh around Venice, LA. He found that to be true, but was unable to gain access to photograph the site because it was private property owned/contracted by BP. He also was flabbergasted to find out dumping toxic oilfield waste into sensitive wetlands can be legal, because of federal legal loopholes.

    Is anyone really surprised that a criminal perpetrator in charge of a crime scene DOESN’T attempt to use his power and access to cover up evidence of his crime?

    One more: Nothing that a little reading won’t cure ->

    http://www.newsweek.com/2010/05/26/the-missing-oil-spill-photos.html

    http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/05/limits_on_access_to_oiled_wate.html

    http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=23004

    Oh there’s much more, but this should clear up any doubts you have.

    Here’s a link to the original article on HuffPuff:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/07/oil-spill-media-access-go_n_603373.html#comments

  20. Ms. Smith ……it’s true.

    Here’s a taste:

    Photographers say BP and government officials are preventing them from documenting the impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
    Gerald Herbert / AP

    Jean-Michel Cousteau (center) was turned away from a wildlife sanctuary by the U.S. Coast Guard after they discovered that an AP photographer was on board.

    As BP makes its latest attempt to plug its gushing oil well, news photographers are complaining that their efforts to document the slow-motion disaster in the Gulf of Mexico are being thwarted by local and federal officials—working with BP—who are blocking access to the sites where the effects of the spill are most visible. More than a month into the disaster, a host of anecdotal evidence is emerging from reporters, photographers, and TV crews in which BP and Coast Guard officials explicitly target members of the media, restricting and denying them access to oil-covered beaches, staging areas for clean-up efforts, and even flyovers.

    [more]

    http://www.newsweek.com/2010/05/26/the-missing-oil-spill-photos.html

  21. Mr. Obama appears to be misgoverning us into a state of chaos and now he is using police state tactics to suppress relevant information about the harmful effects of his policies. What legitimate reason could he have for denying cameras access to the mega disaster created by his willful blindness and refusal to act? No, national security–the last bastion of scoundrels has nothing to do with it. He will have to do better than that.

  22. I listened to that tape and the only saving grace is that Louisiana has a Republican governor. If it was a Democratic governor he would follow Obamas directives to the hilt, and everything would be covered up. It would be no different than what we saw with Obama care. Whether Jindal will be forthcoming or not however remains to be seen. If Obama was as diligent in arresting illegals crossing our border as he is intimidating US citizens in Louisiana then we would have secure borders. If Obama declares marshal law the civil authority could be suspended. This could lead to a constitutional crisis as well as an economic one for the country, thanks to messiah obama. It would allow him to accelerate his agenda, on his oft stated premise never let a good crisis go to waste.

  23. Gingrich said one time if we have a real disaster in this country you will find out very quickly how authoritarian things become. That is not fanciful speculation. As far as I know, the oil companies have no right to arrest people who are on public land. The sheriff does, and so do the feds, if certain laws are being broken or public safety is implicated. This threat emanates from the government, most likely the federal government–some faceless, nameless, Kafkaseque bureaucracy managed by some competent patriotic brilliant civil servant–like Janet Reno.

  24. Thank you admin; for articulating so well what the triple armada layer of boats, ships, tankers should have been doing at least since week 3…..I was thinking this should have been done under the command of the navy/coast guards if there were any security concerns.

    Also I heard on CNBC yesterday (in SQUAK box early morning) that in the 1990’s, Clinton admin had put out an emergency plan should ever a 100,000 barrels/day spilll occurred…anybody know about this?….

    And today I also heard on CNBC that one country offerred to send 2 special vessels with trained team on spill handling but the state dept said that their vessels were not “environmentally” fit for the gulf waters….not that this would have made any difference if defence/coast guard and CIC did not issue any higher order to get the spill capture by other than BP staff promised.

    And while the oil industry and BP is probably still thinking of profits only and their image, I am so concerned that the BO administration is also just thinking of dollars and BP foot the bill first without getting into action the containment capture. Yes BP and its partners needs to pay but while the administration and congress are so focused on what to charge BP it seems to have forgotten that getting the spill capture program is so beyond any single business or state or country…..an accident of this size and magnitude (whether deliberate or pure accident) is beyond one team. It will be easy to finish off BP as a company!!!!!!

    And why won’t the new commission under Bob Graham not report until after Nov??? There is NO urgency in getting the things fixed and meanwhile other companies will have to lay off people in that area.

    Small things: I am glad to see that 4,000 unemployed people in the 4 states are getting paid jobs to help with the clean up….

    I am a minority in the world at this moment but I think the CEO of BP has taken more PERSONAL ownership of this problem than the administration and yes he has said very stupid things as well….I wish its chairman would do the same….
    I remember CEOs and chairmen of companies like ENRON, DOW chemical (BHOPAL) when they had to face company disasters….

  25. Small things: I am glad to see that 4,000 unemployed people in the 4 states are getting paid jobs to help with the clean up….

    ————
    Until they come back with toxic illnesses.

  26. If Sunstein has any part in this then he needs to go back and read his own book The Law of Fear. Having underreacted or failig to act before they are now overreacting. I am no friend of big media, but this is one time they need to get in there.

  27. blowme0bama
    June 9th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    I may have editorialized the post taking it to conclusion without enough explanation.

    1.) Admin has the goods on Obama, 2.) Huffpo rants on Cheney Halliburton, 3.) Olberman boils it down to the facts T/F to conclusion.

  28. Small things: I am glad to see that 4,000 unemployed people in the 4 states are getting paid jobs to help with the clean up
    ————————————–
    Yes, it certainly helps Obama fulfill one campaign promise. Jobs. But it is a little like putting steak in the oven and then burning down the house to make sure the steak is fully cooked.

  29. Shadowfax:

    I am trying to look at this as with a realistic, pragmatic approach. As I am currently aware of (from what I have read), the job is open to manybody who wants it and here will training of the right way to pick oiled items from the spill, including handling etc..

    Before this disaster happened, last year – just out of sheer curiosity I read a book on deep underwater drilling set in Scotland, North Sea…..At that time I assessed that this drilling and anybody who freely elects to WORK ON THE RIGs have the most difficult, challenging job the world. There is too much reliance on robots, machines. computers and inclement weather is also an enemy.

    So much so that I personally believe in drilling for oil on land but deep water drilling is not the way to do it.

    BTW: I do not know much about shallow water drilling either but this has certainly peeked my interest and will be doing my own research.

  30. Here is Larry . . .

    No Obama It Is Really Not That Complicated

    The folks at Hot Air have christened Barky as CAPTAIN KICK ASS. An appropriate image for a man rapidly transforming himself into a cartoon figure. Well, it is not only folks on the right teeing off on the Golden Child. Please check out another brilliant gem from Jon Stewart. Avoid drinking because you will blow coffee thru your nose if you’re trying to sip a latte.

    The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
    Ass Quest 2010
    http://www.thedailyshow.com

    Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party
    Let me state for the record that I proposed Barack kicking his own ass before Jon Stewart and his writers came up with the idea. That said, the list of Obama missteps is piling up.

    For starters his panel of experts DID NOT recommend an immediate moratorium on drilling:

    Members of a panel of experts brought in to advise the Obama administration on how to address offshore drilling safety after the Deepwater Horizon disaster now say Interior Secretary Ken Salazar falsely implied they supported a six-month drilling moratorium they actually oppose.

    Salazar’s May 27 report to President Barack Obama said a panel of seven experts “peer reviewed” his recommendations, which included a six-month moratorium on all ongoing drilling in waters deeper than 500 feet. That prohibition took effect a few days later, but the angry panel members and some others who contributed to the Salazar report said they had reviewed only an earlier version of the secretary’s report that suggested a six-month moratorium only on new drilling, and then only in waters deeper than 1,000 feet.

    “We broadly agree with the detailed recommendations in the report and compliment the Department of Interior for its efforts,” a joint letter from the panelists to various politicians says. “However, we do not agree with the six month blanket moratorium on floating drilling. A moratorium was added after the final review and was never agreed to by the contributors.” …

    “A blanket moratorium is not the answer. It will not measurably reduce risk further and it will have a lasting impact on the nation’s economy which may be greater than that of the oil spill,” the letter says. “We do not believe punishing the innocent is the right thing to do.”

    Then it turns out the Obama team rebuffed the Dutch, who offered to send ships immediately after the blast that were equipped to clean up the oil:

    Three days after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch government offered to help.
    It was willing to provide ships outfitted with oil-skimming booms, and it proposed a plan for building sand barriers to protect sensitive marshlands.

    The response from the Obama administration and BP, which are coordinating the cleanup: “The embassy got a nice letter from the administration that said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’” said Geert Visser, consul general for the Netherlands in Houston.

    Now, almost seven weeks later, as the oil spewing from the battered well spreads across the Gulf and soils pristine beaches and coastline, BP and our government have reconsidered.

    So Obots, tell me again how this ignorant ass from Hawaii was on top of things from day one?

  31. Shadowfax
    June 9th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I can’t get past this post…….
    New this rang a bell on something I have seen before, and this was what I saw:
    _________________________

    Thanks, Shadowfax for posting many posts and pictures of critical information depicting the slow deaths the animals indigenous to the Gulf are being subjected to by the BP oil executives.

    Can Bobby Jindal call a state of emergency and claim authority? Someone has to stand up for these helpless animals. PETA or as may animal activists as possible need to get in their faces and on the front page of every publication in creation! This is just ridiculous watching this tragedy unfold in front of our eyes while we stand on the sidelines with our hands in our pockets!

  32. shadawfax:

    I am looking at this disaster in a realistic, pragmatic way….the jobs are for those who want it and it comes with training on how to handle oil stained/spill items safely…

    Like most people in the world, I also did not want this disaster to happen but it is here…..

  33. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/06/09/is_obama_at_a_tipping_point_british_petroleum_oil_crisis_105897.html

    Hurricane Katrina. Hostage crisis. Tet Offensive.

    Is Barack Obama’s presidency at a similar tipping point?

    The relevance of the question exemplifies the gravity of Obama’s crisis. Obama is learning the lesson of presidents before him. ”Poor Ike,” Harry Truman said of the incoming president, “it won’t be a bit like the Army. He’ll sit here and he’ll say, ‘Do this, do that,’ and nothing will happen.”

    Presidents are hostage to events, goes the old political axiom. But that’s a half-truth. Presidencies rise and fall far more by their response to great events than to the event itself.

    Presidents are ultimately judged by how they handle the unexpected,” presidential historian Richard Norton Smith wrote in an email exchange. “JFK may have blown the Bay of Pigs but more than recovered a year later in Cuba. … Just as he moved away from his cautious approach to civil rights as newspaper pictures and TV reports from Birmingham — the equivalent of today’s unstopped pipe at the bottom of the Gulf — made him realize that the presidency is, indeed, ultimately a place of moral leadership.”

    This issue comes down to presidential leadership. The British Petroleum crisis clearly placed Obama’s presidency in crisis a couple weeks back. Yet the status quo endured. The media pile on ensued. Impressions solidified. This is what happens when the president does not meet the moment.

    History tells us how it happens. Perceptions contrast with promises. The measure of the president appears smaller than the problems before him. Presidencies, subtly and at similar junctures, turn south for a long winter.

    “The good presidents are able to basically survive these kinds of events, rarely are they able control of them. They find strong political and strategic responses,” said Princeton political historian Julian Zelizer. “The bad presidents make the crisis seem greater than the presidency.”

    This turning point is often gradual. Not made by one event. And like all crossroads, clearest in the rear view mirror. But when the perception goes from good to bad on great events, the entire presidency goes bad.

    Obama’s leadership problem did not begin with BP. There was the coolness to Wall Street malfeasance. The sure victory of financial reform sidelined. The new New Deal that never was. The healthcare bill that came instead and in time, took hold of his presidency. The president seemingly aligned with all the big boogiemen of the day — big business and big government.

    The change agent personified the establishment. The post-partisan went to the mat for a hyper-partisan issue. The candidate who won his majority with the recession, focused his mandate elsewhere. The man who promised new politics partook in the ugly politics of old, from healthcare’s Cornhusker kickback to the Joe Sestak incident. And now, the competent candidate haunted by perceptions of incompetent presidential leadership.[snip]

    The hostage crisis cemented what began with Lance. But it’s also how the hostage crisis bled on. Like George H.W. Bush’s recession. And like too many of Obama’s crises. Healthcare bleeds for a year. The jobs crisis still bleeds. Now this oil crisis, bleeding past day 50.

    And like the Lance affair, critical weeks have indeed passed. Political triage might be too late. The time with the victims too little. The president’s emotive distance from the tragedy too great. The aloofness too constant. The expressions of anger and empathy too contrived. The crisis too far along.[snip]

    Obama’s effort to highlight his command has only underlined his failures. This week he told NBC that he talks to his experts “so I know whose ass to kick.” It was like hearing Spock swear.[snip]

    Obama is flailing. The feckless image haunts him. Meanwhile, from the Korean peninsula to Iran to fragile world markets, myriad potential crises loom.[snip]

    And as Zelizer warned, “The public watches a president like they watch a TV-show character. Those perceptions set in and they are incredibly hard to change. That’s why the oil spill is significant and the longer it goes on, the more feelings harden.”

    At some point, the bad show also goes on too long. Negative perceptions of the character are formed. That’s the tipping point. And it’s possible, but not necessarily probable, that Obama’s point has already come to pass.

  34. admin
    June 9th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    “Obama’s effort to highlight his command has only underlined his failures. This week he told NBC that he talks to his experts “so I know whose ass to kick.” It was like hearing Spock swear.”
    ______________________________

    After listening to the interview with Lauer, his response as noted in the youtube, “so I know whose as to kick” was more like the response a father would give talking to his kids at the dinner table. In this case Malia and Sasha pestering him for an answer- The tough talking Dad talking all swagger tries pinning the problem on some anonymous face at BP when he’s just ducking his responsibility trying to save face in front of his kids.

    Obama has to have an agreement (we are not aware of) with the oil companies contained in these new Oil leases written up by Salazar. And apparently, if Obama squawks about the agreement the leases will become public knowledge and reveal something he doesn’t want the world to see-

  35. Mrs. Smith
    June 9th, 2010 at 10:31 pm
    blowme0bama
    June 9th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    I may have editorialized the post taking it to conclusion without enough explanation.

    1.) Admin has the goods on Obama, 2.) Huffpo rants on Cheney Halliburton, 3.) Olberman boils it down to the facts T/F to conclusion.
    ___________________________________

    Thanks MRs. Smith. Not your fault as I should have used my judgment to realize anything with Olberdolt on it would be themed with “its not Obama’s fault, but Bush’s”.

  36. Congress is preparing to vote on a measure that would weaken regulations
    for the fossil fuel industry and other big polluters?

    * Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (D-Alaska) amendment to take away
    the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to regulate
    pollution that contributes to global warming is scheduled for a vote tomorrow.*

    Tell your senators to vote “No!” to the Murkowski amendment (officially
    “S.J. Res. 26”). [ http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=2967 ]

  37. He is supposedly coming to the Mississippi Coast sometime early next week. I’m desparately looking for a protest group with the TEA party people but can’t find one.

  38. ngress is preparing to vote on a measure that would weaken regulations
    for the fossil fuel industry and other big polluters?

    *Believe it. Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (D-Alaska) amendment to take away
    the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to regulate
    pollution that contributes to global warming is scheduled for a vote
    tomorrow.*

    Tell your senators to vote “No!” to the Murkowski amendment (officially
    “S.J. Res. 26”). [ http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=2967 ]

  39. #
    mp
    June 9th, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    shadawfax:

    I am looking at this disaster in a realistic, pragmatic way….the jobs are for those who want it and it comes with training on how to handle oil stained/spill items safely…

    Like most people in the world, I also did not want this disaster to happen but it is here…..
    ———-
    I understand what you were saying and giving jobs is always a good thing, I just remember a video that was posted about a women coming forward on the people cleaning up the oil being very sick. Her husband was a fisherman and grateful for the job, until he got really sick. The woman talked about how others did not want to talk to the media because they thought BP would fire them from speaking out.
    That’s all I intended to refer to.

  40. ‘new’ should have been ‘knew’……..up there somewhere.

    A blanket “sorry” for my current and future typos…or at least the ones I don’t see. 😉

  41. turndownobama
    June 9th, 2010 at 11:33 pm
    ngress is preparing to vote on a measure that would weaken regulations
    for the fossil fuel industry and other big polluters?

    *Believe it. Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (D-Alaska) amendment to take away
    the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to regulate
    pollution that contributes to global warming is scheduled for a vote
    tomorrow.*

    Tell your senators to vote “No!” to the Murkowski amendment (officially
    “S.J. Res. 26″). [ http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=2967 ]
    _____________________________________
    Cap & Trade is a farce that will achieve nothing other than making every one of us much poorer and enriching the pockets of George Soros, BHO and Al Gore. I’m writing my Senators to vote yes on SJ 26.

  42. Mrs. Smith
    June 9th, 2010 at 11:52 pm
    bmo-

    I found this info if you are interested you can give them a call and see if they can help you organize a protest.

    Animal Rights Activists Protest Oil Giant BP

    ______________________________

    Thanks.

  43. GREAT ARTICLE(S)ADMIN! I do have one exception however. Bill O’Reilly is no conservative, he is an opportunist.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    “Dimocrats and even Republicans and even some conservatives, like Bill O’Reilly, want to apply dispersants to the problem which is Barack Obama. These behind the curve dolts “blame the staff” or whatever the excuse of the day is. But the problem is Barack Obama. There is only one solution: Impeach, Remove, Imprison”.

  44. The splashes of oil hitting his face appear to be waking up Joe Conosen:

    http://www.salon.com/news/louisiana_oil_spill/index.html?story=/opinion/conason/2010/06/09/spillvideo

    Among the most troubling themes in Tim Dickinson’s important new Rolling Stone investigation of the Gulf oil spill is how British Petroleum successfully compromised the federal government, from the obscure Minerals Management Service all the way up to the White House. The failure to respond aggressively and immediately will haunt the Obama presidency for years to come. And early promises of transparency seem to have been broken in this crisis because the administration allowed BP to take control of the narrative — and especially the video:[snip]

    That’s clearly correct: The “unified command” in New Orleans, including Coast Guard and other federal officials along with BP executives and engineers, has had streaming real-time video of the Deepwater Horizon site available from the earliest hours following the disaster. Adm. Thad Allen, the incident commander, and other members of the unified command team have testified to that fact on several occasions. Testifying before the Senate on May 18, Allen told Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., that “we have had full access to the video footage in our command center since the event started.”

    [snip]

    That testimony raises additional questions concerning BP’s steadfast refusal to release any video footage until more than three weeks after the explosion (and to withhold the vide0 stream from the public for an additional nine days). If U.S. government officials could see that streaming video from the beginning, then why did BP get away with keeping video from the public domain for so long? Or to put it another way: Why didn’t the government force BP to release the footage that media outlets and scientists had been requesting for weeks? Only after Sen. Nelson — with Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. — used Allen’s testimony to publicly demand release of BP’s video footage did the company finally accede a few days later on May 21.

    Finally, the Rolling Stone story raises the critical question of what the president saw and when he saw it. At his press conference on May 27, Obama suggested that early estimates of the spill’s potential damage were inaccurate because the oil company was not providing all the information it had:

    [snip]

    “This is an area, by the way, where I do think our efforts fell short. And I’m not contradicting my prior point that people were working as hard as they could and doing the best that they could on this front. But I do believe that when the initial estimates came that there were — it was 5,000 barrels spilling into the ocean per day, that was based on satellite imagery and satellite data that would give a rough calculation. At that point, BP already had a camera down there, but wasn’t fully forthcoming in terms of what did those pictures look like” [emphasis added].

    Yet according to Obama’s own crisis commander, those pictures in fact were available to the Coast Guard, the MMS and other agencies in the unified command center “since the event started.” Did someone neglect to tell the president? 

    Stop making excuses Joe – you know the answers as well as we do.

  45. blowme0bama
    June 9th, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Just to be clear- I understand the org I gave you is based in FL. If anyone would know about an animal protest in your area or help you organize something; it would be them.
    _______________________

    I also agree with you on the Murkowski/Rockefeller Bill. I like neither of those two crooks, but the original Bill as it stands, will further indenture the general population to another perennial round of trumped up Taxes exactly as you said, to enrich the pockets of Soros, Obama and Gore.

    Wonder why Tipper dumped Al? I’ll bet, she found out he sold his soul to the Dark side (as he said when counting the electoral votes-) “To Let the Glory Out” and she’s not having any of it and apparently neither is their daughter.

  46. Meant to post the origin of the link in Conason’s article in case anyone is interested:

    “Finally, the Rolling Stone story raises the critical question of what the president saw and when he saw it. At his press conference on May 27, Obama suggested that early estimates of the spill’s potential damage were inaccurate because the oil company was not providing all the information it had:”

  47. #
    mp
    June 9th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Shadowfax:

    I think i am the bad queen of typos and grammer here!!!!…..:)
    ———–
    Whoooooah, I will let you keep your crown but I have a real problem keeping my fingers under control, the more excited I get, the more the typos fly. 🙂

  48. The comedy of the Onion is probably what Obama wants to do:

    http://www.theonion.com/articles/obama-to-make-reassuring-eye-contact-with-every-la,17574/

    In an attempt to convince an anxious populace that his legislative agenda is working and that everything is going to be all right, President Barack Obama embarked on a 50-state, 30,000-town tour Monday during which he plans to gaze assuredly into the eyes of each American citizen, one at a time.

    “I know a lot of people out there are nervous. They’re worried about unemployment, the oil spill in the Gulf, and whether or not I am making the right choices in Washington,” Obama said during a rally at Rockland District High School. “To those Americans, I offer you this inspiring, confident gaze.”

  49. Just like Donald Rumsfeld deliberately ignored the actionable intellegence that was screaming to US that The Mohammedens were planning some kind of attack against US, BP and the Obama Soros team ignored the warnings from the now dead workings on that oil rig, that there were serious problems that needed to be addressed. Although am sure that Rumsfeld never could have imagined that the Trogs in involved in 9-11 could have pulled of such a devestating attack and BP -Obama-Soros most likely imagined a much smaller disaster in the Gulf, both parties were thinking how they could benefit from a future crisis-Rumsfeld with an excuse to take out Sadam and Obama-BP_Soros with an issue to exploit in order to pass Crap and Trade which BP invented along with Enron. There is nothing that the Obama global cartel wouldn’t do to move us in the direction of Soro’s “open society” and Gores world governance. Two natural gas explotions, one in Pennsylvania and another in Texas make it all that more suspicious at a time when it looks more likely the the women who held big oil accountable and by the balls back in Alaska may be our next president. If that becomes a reality the last thing big oil would want is for us to drill baby drill HERE. They will take their drills elsewhere where they don’t have to share the wealth, as Palin would insure. George Sosors already has controlling shares of Petrolio Brazileiro and Obama has gaurenteed his pupet master loans from the American tax paying chump to finance his new baby’s drilling off the coast of Rio.

  50. An interesting analysis of Mr. Obama by one of my favorite writers, Dorothy Rabinowitz at The Wall Street Journal:

    The Alien in the White House: the distance between the president and the people is beginning to be revealed.

    By DOROTHY RABINOWITZ

    The deepening notes of disenchantment with Barack Obama now issuing from commentators across the political spectrum were predictable. So, too, were the charges from some of the president’s earliest enthusiasts about his failure to reflect a powerful sense of urgency about the oil spill.

    There should have been nothing puzzling about his response to anyone who has paid even modest critical attention to Mr. Obama’s pronouncements. For it was clear from the first that this president—single-minded, ever-visible, confident in his program for a reformed America saved from darkness by his arrival—was wanting in certain qualities citizens have until now taken for granted in their presidents. Namely, a tone and presence that said: This is the Americans’ leader, a man of them, for them, the nation’s voice and champion. Mr. Obama wasn’t lacking in concern about the oil spill. What he lacked was that voice—and for good reason.

    Those qualities to be expected in a president were never about rhetoric; Mr. Obama had proved himself a dab hand at that on the campaign trail. They were a matter of identification with the nation and to all that binds its people together in pride and allegiance. These are feelings held deep in American hearts, unvoiced mostly, but unmistakably there and not only on the Fourth of July.

    A great part of America now understands that this president’s sense of identification lies elsewhere, and is in profound ways unlike theirs. He is hard put to sound convincingly like the leader of the nation, because he is, at heart and by instinct, the voice mainly of his ideological class. He is the alien in the White House, a matter having nothing to do with delusions about his birthplace cherished by the demented fringe.

    One of his first reforms was to rid the White House of the bust of Winston Churchill—a gift from Tony Blair—by packing it back off to 10 Downing Street. A cloudlet of mystery has surrounded the subject ever since, but the central fact stands clear. The new administration had apparently found no place in our national house of many rooms for the British leader who lives on so vividly in the American mind. Churchill, face of our shared wartime struggle, dauntless rallier of his nation who continues, so remarkably, to speak to ours. For a president to whom such associations are alien, ridding the White House of Churchill would, of course, have raised no second thoughts.

    Far greater strangeness has since flowed steadily from Washington. The president’s appointees, transmitters of policy, go forth with singular passion week after week, delivering the latest inversion of reality. Their work is not easy, focused as it is on a current prime preoccupation of this White House—that is, finding ways to avoid any public mention of the indisputable Islamist identity of the enemy at war with us. No small trick that, but their efforts go forward in public spectacles matchless in their absurdity—unnerving in what they confirm about our current guardians of law and national security.

    Consider the hapless Eric Holder, America’s attorney general, confronting the question put to him by Rep. Lamar Smith (R., Texas) of the House Judicary Committee on May 13.

    Did Mr. Holder think that in the last three terrorist attempts on this soil, one of them successful (Maj. Nidal Hasan’s murder of 13 soldiers at Fort Hood, preceded by his shout of “Allahu Akbar!”), that radical Islam might have played any role at all? Mr. Holder seemed puzzled by the question. “People have different reasons” he finally answered—a response he repeated three times. He didn’t want “to say anything negative about any religion.”

    And who can forget the exhortations on jihad by John Brennan, Mr. Obama’s chief adviser on counterterrorism? Mr. Brennan has in the past charged that Americans lack sensitivity to the Muslim world, and that we have particularly failed to credit its peace-loving disposition. In a May 26 speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Mr. Brennan held forth fervently, if not quite comprehensibly, on who our enemy was not: “Our enemy is not terrorism because terrorism is just a tactic. Our enemy is not terror because terror is a state of mind, and as Americans we refuse to live in fear.”

    He went on to announce, sternly, that we do not refer to our enemies as Islamists or jihadists because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam. How then might we be permitted to describe our enemies? One hint comes from another of Mr. Brennan’s pronouncements in that speech: That “violent extremists are victims of political, economic and social forces.”

    Yes, that would work. Consider the news bulletins we could have read: “Police have arrested Faisal Shahzad, victim of political, economic and social forces living in Connecticut, for efforts to set off a car bomb explosion in Times Square.” Plotters in Afghanistan and Yemen, preparing for their next attempt at mass murder in America, could only have listened in wonderment. They must have marvelled in particular on learning that this was the chief counterterrorism adviser to the president of the United States.

    Long after Mr. Obama leaves office, it will be this parade of explicators, laboring mightily to sell each new piece of official reality revisionism—Janet Napolitano and her immortal “man-caused disasters” among them—that will stand most memorably as the face of this administration.

    It is a White House that has focused consistently on the sensitivities of the world community—as it is euphemistically known—a body of which the president of the United States frequently appears to view himself as a representative at large.

    It is what has caused this president and his counterterrorist brain trust to deem it acceptable to insult Americans with nonsensical evasions concerning the enemy we face. It is this focus that caused Mr. Holder to insist on holding the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in lower Manhattan, despite the rage this decision induced in New Yorkers, and later to insist if not there, then elsewhere in New York. This was all to be a dazzling exhibition for that world community—proof of Mr. Obama’s moral reclamation program and that America had been delivered from the darkness of the Bush years.

    It was why this administration tapped officials like Michael Posner, assistant secretary of state for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Among his better known contributions to political discourse was a 2005 address in which he compared the treatment of Muslim-Americans in the United States after 9/11 with the plight of the Japanese-Americans interned in camps after Pearl Harbor. During a human-rights conference held in China this May, Mr. Posner cited the new Arizona immigration law by way of assuring the Chinese, those exemplary guardians of freedom, that the United States too had its problems with discrimination.

    So there we were: America and China, in the same boat on human rights, two buddies struggling for reform. For this view of reality, which brought withering criticism in Congress and calls for his resignation, Mr. Posner has been roundly embraced in the State Department as a superbly effective representative.

    It is no surprise that Mr. Posner—like numerous of his kind—has found a natural home in this administration. His is a sensibility and political disposition with which Mr. Obama is at home. The beliefs and attitudes that this president has internalized are to be found everywhere—in the salons of the left the world over—and, above all, in the academic establishment, stuffed with tenured radicals and their political progeny. The places where it is held as revealed truth that the United States is now, and has been throughout its history, the chief engine of injustice and oppression in the world.

    They are attitudes to be found everywhere, but never before in a president of the United States. Mr. Obama may not hold all, or the more extreme, of these views. But there can be no doubt by now of the influences that have shaped him. They account for his grand apology tour through the capitals of Europe and to the Muslim world, during which he decried America’s moral failures—her arrogance, insensitivity. They were the words of a man to whom reasons for American guilt came naturally. Americans were shocked by this behavior in their newly elected president. But he was telling them something from those lecterns in foreign lands—something about his distant relation to the country he was about to lead.

    The truth about that distance is now sinking in, which is all to the good. A country governed by leaders too principled to speak the name of its mortal enemy needs every infusion of reality it can get.

  51. Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (D-Alaska)
    ———————
    Actually she is a republican. And like her father frank who preceded her in that office, Lisa is in the hip pocket of big oil.

  52. Amendment Requires Reports on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Debt

    By COREY BOLES and GREG HITT

    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to require the Obama administration to examine the risks associated with foreign holdings of U.S. debt, a new sign of political concern about the nation’s fiscal state and China’s economic influence.

    The Senate approved an amendment to a broader economic-recovery bill that would mandate the administration produce quarterly reports to Congress about the associated economic and national-security dangers.

    The amendment would require reports on all foreign holdings of U.S. debt, both government and private, but it was targeted largely at China. The amendment warned the country’s sizable holdings of U.S. debt “could give China a tool with which China can try to manipulate domestic and foreign policymaking of the United States, including the United States relationship with Taiwan.”

    China is currently the U.S.’s largest creditor, holding 10% of the $8.577 trillion in publicly held debt, according to the Treasury Department.

    “It’s the worst kept secret in the world that our deficit spending is being financed by foreign investors who may not always have our nation’s best interests at heart,” said Sen. John Cornyn, the Texas Republican who sponsored the amendment.

    The amendment was approved by voice vote.

    Republicans and a growing number of Democrats in Congress have been raising alarms about the nation’s spending binge. Just last month, several fiscally conservative Democrats in the House forced party leaders to pare back a major economic bill, amid concern about the impact of the legislation on the budget deficit.

    The national debt passed $13 trillion last week, while the deficit for the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, is on track to reach $1.5 trillion.

    Among other things, the amendment would require the administration report quarterly to Congress on foreign holdings of U.S. debt, and to make assessments of the risks posed by those holdings. The Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, would also be directed to report annually on those risks.

    If the administration deemed the economic risks had reached an “unacceptable level,” the president would be required to lay out for Congress a plan to bring the debt under control, including a timetable.

    After China, Japan is the next biggest U.S. creditor.

    Write to Corey Boles at corey.boles@dowjones.com and Greg Hitt at greg.hitt@wsj.com

  53. Obama Meets Toto
    With the Gulf oil spill, faith in the omnipotence of government has put us in the land of Oz.
    By DANIEL HENNINGER

    Two historic events happened in the Gulf of Mexico this spring: Unimaginable amounts of accidental oil rose from a hole one mile below the water’s surface. Bigger than that, the federal government was exposed as the Wizard of Oz, unable to do anything about it.

    In the movie, Dorothy and her friends in Oz admit the Wizard’s limits. Not here. After a century of faith in the government’s omnipotence, the discipleship can’t believe this is happening.

    As the oil gushed—with the perpetrator a flailing private corporation—the American left popped a gasket. James Carville thundered for presidential “control.” Spike Lee demanded that Mr. Obama “go off.” The left instead went off on Mr. Obama for not ordering his bureaucracies to make the oil recede. Then this week, like Will Ferrell in a “Saturday Night Live” sketch, the president himself said he was looking for “ass to kick.” Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

    This may well be Obama’s Katrina, but presidencies come and go. The more lasting lesson of the Gulf fiasco is to discover how belief in the omnipotence of government had risen to the level of mysticism for so many, and not just on the left. Some conservatives joined the do-something chorus to “stop” oil gushing with hellish force from deep inside the earth’s core. (Set aside for now the interesting matter of just how vast the reserves of oil actually are down there.)

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    Martin Kozlowski
    Coming as it did on the heels of various other government fiascoes and embarrassments—the subsidized-mortgage crisis, ethanol, California issuing IOUs, Bernie Madoff, ultra-deep public debt, infrastructure turning to dust everywhere—the Gulf mess is the moment for the American people to reconsider just what they think government can do, or should do.

    When not gripped by hysteria, many have a more rational view of government’s limits, even on the left. Some in the Gulf do-something chorus are the same people who doubted that the U.S. military could succeed in Iraq or Afghanistan. But the U.S. military is surely the most competent instrument of government.

    Any senior officer, from David Petraeus on down, will tell you that bringing the U.S. military to this level of competence in the years after Vietnam was a heavy lift. To get the rest of government to the military’s disciplined competence won’t happen—unless government’s responsibilities become smaller and more manageable. Instead, it all keeps getting bigger and more error-prone. Exhibit A: Chris Dodd’s massive and complex financial re-regulation bill.

    Daniel Henninger says that with the Gulf oil spill, faith in the omnipotence of government has put us in the land of Oz.

    Podcast: Listen to the audio of Wonder Land.

    People sometimes say if only a Jack Welch, the legendary GE chairman, were put in charge, he’d get government to hum. That’s a fantasy. Jack Welch, Warren Buffett, Steve Jobs: They’d all fail. After James Carville went off on the president, David Axelrod bemusedly replied, “What I haven’t heard is exactly what he thinks we should do.” Professional politicians must be amazed, and thankful, at this credulousness.

    A Democratic woman, a party fund-raiser who worked on Wall Street, once offered me the most honest liberal defense for government’s limited skills I’ve heard. She said that with things like health care for the poor or protecting the environment, the private sector would never step up. She was willing to pay high taxes to let government do it, no matter how stupid, corrupt and inefficient the government might be, because that was better than the alternative, which was nothing.

    Whatever the validity, for most of the postwar period, many people bought into this Faustian bargain. Throw money, accept the inefficiencies, and hope the government does more good than harm.

    Arguably, achieving certain public goods this way could have endured for the Democrats—but only if programs like Medicaid remained as modest as their originators promised. Or if government’s advocates had made choices. We can do this (Medicare for the elderly), but not that (Medicare for all, now called ObamaCare). But any liberal suggesting judgment or restraint—a Sen. Pat Moynihan— was tossed off the magic bus.

    Now government’s inefficiency has become indefensible and its fantastic costs, its oceanic spending, a clear and present danger.

    Re-read Barack Obama’s nomination-acceptance speech in Denver, an amazing compendium of promises ending with: “America, we cannot turn back (applause) not with so much work to be done; not with so many children to educate, and so many veterans to care for; not with an economy to fix, and cities to rebuild, and farms to save; not with so many families to protect and so many lives to mend.”

    The speaker of those words can’t stop the oil, but his language shows how indiscriminate faith in government omnipotence has become, and how incapable the believers are of targeting discrete goals, rather than vapor-filled clouds such as “saving the planet” or “mending lives.”

    This truly is the land of Oz.

    But Toto has pulled the curtain back, and it looks like this year’s clear-eyed electorate is ready to go home to Kansas.

    Write to henninger@wsj.com

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  54. Administration Moves To Allow Reopening of Oil And Gas Exploration In Shallow Waters

    ASHINGTON—The Obama administration, facing rising anger on the Gulf Coast over the loss of jobs and income from a drilling moratorium, said Monday that it would move quickly to release new safety requirements that would allow the reopening of offshore oil and gas exploration in shallow waters.

    Gulf Coast residents, political leaders and industry officials said delays in releasing the new rules, along with the administration’s six-month halt on deepwater drilling—both issued amid public pressure—threatened thousands of jobs.

    Well-owner BP PLC, meanwhile, faces penalties “in the many billions of dollars,” for the Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster that has been spewing an estimated minimum 12,000 to 19,000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf, said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. The costs of the spill will “greatly exceed” the amount BP could recoup by selling any of the captured oil on the market, he said Monday.

    Retired U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, who heads the federal response, said BP’s latest emergency containment system is on track to capture as much as 15,000 barrels of oil per day, which is the maximum amount of oil the drill ship on the surface can process. BP’s latest update on the rate of recovery late Monday implies that the containment procedure is approaching that limit. Any leakage beyond 15,000 barrels per day will continue to go into the sea until a second ship arrives, likely in mid-June.

    The oil industry is awaiting new safety regulations from the Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service, which canceled some offshore drilling permits last week and has had others on hold since early May. Administration officials say new rules for shallow water oil and gas drilling could be released as soon as Tuesday.

  55. wbb article 2:47 am: It was clear from the first that this president … was wanting in certain qualities citizens have until now taken for granted in their presidents. Namely, a tone and presence that said: This is the Americans’ leader, a man of them, for them, the nation’s voice and champion.
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    I believe Obama has realized the obvious and is going to fix that problem next. TV crawls are currently more likely to contain somewhat detailed information about American troops killed in a war zone. The information used to be limited to the number killed, the date killed, and the location of the deaths. More recently, names, ages and hometowns are mentioned as well. And one of these unfortunates is going to have a post office named after him. He’s young and was killed in January 2010.

    I heard this am that Obama is going to meet with the families of those on the Deep Water rig who were killed. Seven weeks after the tragedy. He’s going to seek their advice on what went wrong. (Don’t misunderstand me; I’m sure they have knowledge which could be direct investigators toward solutions. But he’s doing a lot of a&&-wiping along with his a&& kicking, don’t you think?) See? This week he is going to be people-oriented.

    He’s also on a cost-cutting mission. Each gov’t dept is to cut around 5 %. The debt is getting to be too big. No one figures, though, that that LOVE ObamaCare campaign is going to be cut.

    BTW, admin: Magnificent, hard-hitting post. Bravo. Bravo!!!

  56. I watched a little of the Congressional hearings yesterday. Kevin Costner said had they put in his equipment at the beginning of the spill, they could of had whole lot less oil in the water. They have bungled this bad. Obama helped BP hide the seriousness of the blowout is just criminal. I also think the whole world should be able to see the animals dying out there and nothing is being done. WHERE THE HELL IS PETA??? WHERE ARE ALL THE HOLLYWOOD STARS?

    Mrs.Smith, I can’t stand to look at the pics of the animals, I’ll have to take your word for it that its horrible.

    Admin: Great article, I just hope its true that this is impeachable…with each side blaming the other…it may just come out.

  57. Him meeting those folks is just more PR and nothing good will come out of this. It may make the families feel better, but the rest of the crap that is going on, he will do nothing about.

    Why are they blocking filming of the Gulf and some areas on the beach??? WHy is Obama allowing this to happen.

  58. More on the media blackout:

    Last week, Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat of Florida, tried to bring a small group of journalists with him on a trip he was taking through the gulf on a Coast Guard vessel. Mr. Nelson’s office said the Coast Guard agreed to accommodate the reporters and camera operators. But at about 10 p.m. on the evening before the trip, someone from the Department of Homeland Security’s legislative affairs office called the senator’s office to tell them that no journalists would be allowed.
    http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2010/06/the-coverup-is-worse-than-the-slick.html

    “They said it was the Department of Homeland Security’s response-wide policy not to allow elected officials and media on the same ‘federal asset,’ ” said Bryan Gulley, a spokesman for the senator. “No further elaboration” was given, Mr. Gulley added.

  59. Admin: please post this video when you can, thanks.

    Costner demonstrates his separating oil from water machine.

    They say BP is going to start using it tomorrow… uh,huh!

  60. blowme, Why is homeland security involved…there is definitely something they are not telling us.

  61. I believe Obama has realized the obvious and is going to fix that problem next.
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    The problem which Dorothy refers to is obvious alright and because he is a campaigner as opposed to a problem solver meeting with the families and expressing his deep and profound condolences for their loss is right up his alley. It reminds me of some of the obsequious people who run funeral homes who tell you what a wonderful human being your loved one was even though they never knew him or her in life and they will do anything they can to assuage your grief for a fee. Yea, that is Obama for you. And yet, as garish as some funeral home directors can get at times in their outpourings of faux sympathy the chances are that unlike Obama they were not personally responsible for the demise of your loved one. And so when he takes on the role of Billie Burke the good witch in the Wizard of Oz, not everyone will be convinced of his sincerity. And some young child in the audience is likely to say something which blows the whole charade for him. like mommy is that the man who killed all the sea turtles, the seals, the ducks etc? Why isn’t he sorry for that too? And why isn’t he kicking his own ass, since he promised to kick the ass of those who were responsible? Mommy is that man a liar? Finally, lest we forget, meeting with survivors did very little to save Bush, and he did not diss the country like Obama does. Everyone is starting to see everything Obama says as a lie, and everything he does as a publicity stunt. In short he is neither a credible leader nor a competent one. It is not a question of inexperience so much as it is a question of character.

  62. confloyd says,

    “Mrs.Smith, I can’t stand to look at the pics of the animals, I’ll have to take your word for it that its horrible.”
    ___________________________

    162 dead sea turtles, 6 dolphins- seems like a conservative estimate. I skimmed them confloyd. Like you it makes my blood boil when Big Oil can over-run mankind and poison at will the animals inhabiting the planet. And our response is to bow to them (like Obama bowing to the Saudi King) allowing them carte blanc to continue plundering resources we do not need unimpeded.

  63. They have got to be hiding more…like way more oil. I think they are beginning to question the idea that the casing on the sea bed may be leaking also. They just said on CNN they could not stop that kind of a leak.

    Why don’t they just tell the truth…this lying makes it worse! We, the people deserve to know!

  64. Costner demonstrates his separating oil from water machine.

    They say BP is going to start using it tomorrow… uh,huh!
    ——————————————————
    Obama will give him a Rose Garden ceremony and thank him on behalf of the American People. Let us hope he does not piss all over himself like Paul McCartney did. Let us also hope this machine of his works–even if it proves to be too little too late. One thing this should prove above all else is you cannot let big business run the show on a clean up or on the economy. The first question for any politician going forward has to be what how will you regulate big businesses to ensure that their actions do not harm the American People–be very specific, with concrete examples like if you had been in Obama’s shoes when the oil crisis hit, what would you have done differently to get ahead of the power curve?

  65. Obama is a sick bastard to have put crass politics ahead of saving the environment. Everyone wanted to help save the situation and he turned them down, and look at all the poor animals that have suffered grievously while he dithered. And people lost their livihood while he partied, partied and partied til he dropped.

  66. wbboei, Its all politics for him…he doesn’t even like his own dog!

    I understand if they had employed those machines at the beginning it would have helped immensely. I think this leak is bigger and is leaking in several places….its a huge coverup and I pray there will be someone who will risk getting arrested to get the whole story. Then maybe we could get rid of this imposter Potus.

  67. Erickson report is below. It is a good article except for one thing/

    The Shipping Act of 1920 is no defense to Obama’s failure to accept timely assistance from the Netherlands. That restriction could have been waived in one evening by an emergency act of congress. So if that is Obama’s excuse it is an insult to our intelligence and is hardly in keeping with his exalted status as Messiah. As you know, Messiahs are not constrained by bonds when justice demands action. After all, Messiahs delight to do justice and that not by halves.
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    The Houston Chronicle is reporting the Netherlands, a experienced oil producing nation, offered the United States help in dealing with the British Petroleum spill very quickly after it started, but the Obama Administration turned them down, opting instead to coordinate with BP to stop the spill and contain the damage.

    Made worse, with the Obama administration threatening criminal and civil prosecution of British Petroleum as well as Obama refusing to keep open communication with British Petroleum’s CEO, the coordinated efforts of the company and government could go nowhere with no one talking to each other.

    Compounding all of this is a U.S. law “that requires all goods be carried in U.S. waters by U.S.-flagged ships, … prevent[ing[ Dutch ships with spill-fighting equipment from entering U.S. coastal areas.”

    Barack Obama wanted so hard to run from this disaster lest he be forced to accept responsibility for it has led to untold ecological and economic destruction.

  68. There was a huge oil spill off the coast of Australia that bears alot of similarities to this one, yet Odumbo isn’t consulting the Australian’s…..WHY??

    Australian oil companies seem to believe it better to set it afire and let it burn.

  69. Well, think about it- Why haven’t we seen the world’s most recognized environmentalist Al Gore, out there standing on the beach with a Bull horn whipping up a crowd demanding the government and all interested volunteers begin triaging the gulf oil mess?

    How long would it take if Al Gore appealed to the people to speak out and demand government action? I think, probably no more than a day. Ask yourself, why isn’t he out there? Same reason Obama continues to placate the masses. They are owned by Big Oil and aren’t allowed to speak ill of their master.
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    confloyd
    June 10th, 2010 at 8:55 am

    I read something to that effect this week confloyd. If the pipe is broken/damaged under the sea bed, not even drilling a parallel auxiliary well will help solve the problem as they once thought. ( grrr… biting knuckle hard )

  70. I’m wondering if there has been a bigger oil flood (spill is just not dire enough) anywhere in the world.

  71. I understand if they had employed those machines at the beginning it would have helped immensely. I think this leak is bigger and is leaking in several places….its a huge coverup and I pray there will be someone who will risk getting arrested to get the whole story. Then maybe we could get rid of this imposter Potus.
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    Mrs. Vanderbilts prescious baby boy nerd Anderson Coopers career was launched by reporting on Katrina. By the same token there is a gravitational pull between this crisis and the personal ambitions of media types that is irresistible. They can take on the role of the celebrated newsman Emile Zola in the Dreyfus Affair and become celebrities in their own right. The secrecy surrounding this is manna from heaven to these people. Administration apologists like Matthews who mouth the party line that Obama is in there kicking ass will get hit in the face with tomatoes as others dig to get the truth.

  72. There was a huge oil spill off the coast of Australia that bears alot of similarities to this one, yet Odumbo isn’t consulting the Australian’s…..WHY??
    ———————
    Because he is lazy, inept and every day is Miller Time.

  73. confloyd
    June 10th, 2010 at 8:49 am
    blowme, Why is homeland security involved…there is definitely something they are not telling us.
    ______________________________________________

    I do not have a link for this but I distinctly remember that when FEMA got involved (was that when there was a declaration of “a spill of national significance”?), it shut down access to certain locations and instituted a no fly area below certain altitude. Based on a few reports here and there, I’m thinking that altitude is 3000 ft. Maybe it was Homeland Security that made the declaration – don’t know who declares what. This was a good while back.

  74. wbboei
    June 10th, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Good information, wbb. Thanks for bringing it home.

    The world must think the people of the US are dumber than a box of rocks, where they standby and let BP oil rape a natural wonder of the world, the Gulf of Mexico. BP’s toxic poison spewing out of control killing every living breathing thing with the misfortune to come in contact with it and before long we find out… that was minor. The critical moment comes when people begin to recognize the massive threat is inhaling the poisonous vapors permeating 20 to 200 miles inland on a fairly calm day. ER’s over run with people’s lungs permanently contaminated with the poisonous vapors. The domino effect begins- people begin dying, because like the animals that died before them, they are subject to the same dynamic as the canary in the cold mine. It’s only the beginning-

    We are facing hurricane season until September promising perhaps blowing force four winds to all corners of the country and south to Central America. Where will it end? Who will speak for us before it’s too late?

  75. wbboei
    June 10th, 2010 at 9:05 am
    Obama is a sick bastard to have put crass politics ahead of saving the environment. Everyone wanted to help save the situation and he turned them down, and look at all the poor animals that have suffered grievously while he dithered. And people lost their livihood while he partied, partied and partied til he dropped.
    __________________________________
    Criminal. I’m going to write my rep and tell him to initiate an investigation into Obama’s reckless failure to contain the spill.

  76. Mrs. Smith
    The critical moment comes when people begin to recognize the massive threat is inhaling the poisonous vapors permeating 20 to 200 miles inland on a fairly calm day.

    =======================

    Vapors from the dispersant? If you mean vapors from the oil itself, then you shouldn’t want oil emissions in the air either.

  77. Thanks, Juliette. Your insights are dead on-

    #
    Juliette
    June 10th, 2010 at 2:02 am

    “Just like Donald Rumsfeld deliberately ignored the actionable intellegence that was screaming to US that The Mohammedens were planning some kind of attack against US, BP and the Obama Soros team ignored the warnings from the now dead workings on that oil rig, that there were serious problems that needed to be addressed. Although am sure that Rumsfeld never could have imagined that the Trogs in involved in 9-11 could have pulled of such a devestating attack and BP -Obama-Soros most likely imagined a much smaller disaster in the Gulf, both parties were thinking how they could benefit from a future crisis-Rumsfeld with an excuse to take out Sadam and Obama-BP_Soros with an issue to exploit in order to pass Crap and Trade which BP invented along with Enron. ”
    _________________

    Interesting analogy- plausible and definitely a strategy gone wrong- more damage than they ever thought possible.
    _________________

    “There is nothing that the Obama global cartel wouldn’t do to move us in the direction of Soro’s “open society” and Gores world governance. Two natural gas explotions, one in Pennsylvania and another in Texas make it all that more suspicious at a time when it looks more likely the the women who held big oil accountable and by the balls back in Alaska may be our next president. If that becomes a reality the last thing big oil would want is for us to drill baby drill HERE. They will take their drills elsewhere where they don’t have to share the wealth, as Palin would insure.”
    ________________________

    I hear you loud and clear- Sarah did a good thing for the people of Alaska ensuring them as beneficiaries of their state’s natural resource. I’m sure Alaskans appreciate her forethought and just another reason adding to her popularity. She is a natural at relating to ordinary people like us.
    ____________________

    “George Sosors already has controlling shares of Petrolio Brazileiro and Obama has gaurenteed his pupet master loans from the American tax paying chump to finance his new baby’s drilling off the coast of Rio.”
    _______________________

    Absolutely right about that. I seem to remember it was one of the first things he did after the Inauguration- like the very next day?

  78. http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/the-crisis-comes-ashore

    The Crisis Comes Ashore
    Why the oil spill could change everything.
    Al Gore May 21, 2010

    The continuing undersea gusher of oil 50 miles off the shores of Louisiana is not the only source of dangerous uncontrolled pollution spewing into the environment. Worldwide, the amount of man-made CO2 being spilled every three seconds into the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding the planet equals the highest current estimate of the amount of oil spilling from the Macondo well every day. Indeed, the average American coal-fired power generating plant gushes more than three times as much global-warming pollution into the atmosphere each day—and there are over 1,400 of them.

    Just as the oil companies told us that deep-water drilling was safe, they tell us that it’s perfectly all right to dump 90 million tons of CO2 into the air of the world every 24 hours.

  79. From a Wall Street Journal Article entitled Feel The Rage this excerpt:

    How remarkable it is to see a President who has put such exorbitant faith in the power of government being excoriated by his allies for a government failure. It’s almost as astonishing as seeing Carol Browner, the White House green czar and long-time scourge of fossil fuels, being interrogated on NBC for excessive deference to Big Oil. Sometimes life really is fair.

    As for the President, he seems to be taking the liberal advice to rage against the ocean and BP. Yesterday, in addition to his “kick-ass” vulgarity, he told NBC’s Today show that while he hadn’t talked to Tony Hayward during the crisis, he would have fired Mr. Hayward by now if the BP CEO worked for him. The President also hinted that BP should reduce its dividend. BP shares fell 5.7% Tuesday.

    No doubt this will plug the leak.

  80. Criminal. I’m going to write my rep and tell him to initiate an investigation into Obama’s reckless failure to contain the spill.
    ————————————
    Excellent idea BlowmeObama. You might also consider submitting that letter as an editorial to your local newspaper. If you know anybody on the editorial staff that might enhance the chances it will be published. The newspaper where I live is too corrupt to publish something like that and the owner is a trust fund baby wack job. So I never waste my time with them. Blethan is his name, and I used to caddy for his mother who has not so bad. But other newspapers might well publish it and for sure it is timely.

  81. It is funny. The arbitrator I have written about here writes to letters to the editor every week critical of Obama, and never once has Blethan published them. He and his ridiculous newspaper are in the bag for Obama, and feedback from reality is routinely ignored.

  82. turndownobama
    June 10th, 2010 at 10:28 am
    http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/the-crisis-comes-ashore

    The Crisis Comes Ashore
    Why the oil spill could change everything.
    Al Gore May 21, 2010

    The continuing undersea gusher of oil 50 miles off the shores of Louisiana is not the only source of dangerous uncontrolled pollution spewing into the environment. Worldwide, the amount of man-made CO2 being spilled every three seconds into the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding the planet equals the highest current estimate of the amount of oil spilling from the Macondo well every day. Indeed, the average American coal-fired power generating plant gushes more than three times as much global-warming pollution into the atmosphere each day—and there are over 1,400 of them.

    Just as the oil companies told us that deep-water drilling was safe, they tell us that it’s perfectly all right to dump 90 million tons of CO2 into the air of the world every 24 hours.
    ______________________________________________

    I’ll take my chances with the dangerous CO2

  83. Yes, I read Al Gore’s editorial on May 21st “The Crisis Comes Ashore. Why the oil spill could change everything”, several days ago looking for some ray of hope the man has a shred of conscience
    left after his lacklustre performance as the man from Green.

    His editorial, like him, was about as inspiring as a limp dick.

  84. After posting the above I went to the website of the aforesaid newspaper which loves Obama. There I found a picture of the aforesaid owner and his son. . . an obvious example of bad genetics. It reminds me of an early case decided by Justice Holmes when he was sitting on the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts which began thusly: “Three generations of idiots is enough” to which I would add, especially when they are Obama lovers.

  85. OT @ wbboei,
    I gather you’re an attorney too? I’ve been down here in Biloxi since getting out of school in 93. Having a letter published in the local paper might not sit really well with some of my partners. We shun controversey.

  86. I understand BlowmeObama.

    Is the Old French House-Mary Mahoney’s still there? It seems like it was founded around 1707 so it probably still is. The food there was always grand.

    We used to hold arbitrations for the Southern Conference of Teamsters in Biloxi. We stopped after a few years because at that time it was hard to get to. But I have wonderful memories of the place. It is part of my youth.

  87. There are places in this country that are sacred to our national character and psyche. Places like Glacier Park in Montana, parts of Alaska that will take your breath away, the Monterrey Peninsula. Stand in those places and you would swear that you had died and gone to heaven. And as the poet Wordsworth said someplace you carry them with you wherever you go.

    Apart from their arresting natural beauty, and purifying effects they support ecosystems which are vital to our own survival. It therefore follows that one of our first duties to posterity is to pass those divine expressions of nature along to our children in pristine form, and never allow them to be despoiled by the rapacious greed of men.

    Obama, Obama, Obama. You are hell bent on destroying our culture, in turning our society upside down, it appealing to worst instincts, in laying waste to our constitutional framework, in denying our Judeo-Christian heritage, in pursuing the politics of grievance, in shilling for international corporations, in suppressing our right to speak, in denying what is true and proclaiming what is false and now through your mendacity and failure to act, you have allowed those international corporations to destroy our national shrines while you party til you drop because come hell, high water or black water, your dog and pony show must go on until 2016–or so you think. It takes time to destroy a country.

    One of my friends who is an elder in the Chippewa Tribe and the prototypical wise woman of our nomadic past, supported Hillary to the hilt and deplores Obama because she can see into his soul and knows here is no there there. She called me in a state of distress shortly after Denver because she had a bad dream. She told me that she saw Obama grinning and then she saw a black ocean and did not know what it meant. We did not know then, but we sure as hell know now what that omen meant.

    are places which define us as a nation. If we have any obligation to posterity it is to pass these wonderful places which embody the power and beauty of nature, and support vital ecosystems along

  88. Double Dutch

    So much being discussed on the blog at once, I don’t know where to jump in……..

  89. I admire Nelson Mandela, but perhaps he should rethink this:

    From one Nobel winner to another: President Barack Obama is writing a foreword to Nelson Mandela’s new book.

    Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux announced Wednesday that Obama will contribute to Mandela’s “Conversations With Myself.” It is a collection of diaries, journals and other personal materials of the former South African president and apartheid foe.

  90. Do you remember the debate that was occurring late in the campaign between the Hillary forces and the forces of evil embodied by Messiah Obama. The thrust of her argument was he lacks the experience and he cannot win. The thrust of his argument was we do not care whether we win in 2008 because our real goal is to take over the party, and we are in it for the long term.

    Funny how all reality has proven each of those positions wrong. In Hillary’s case, her assessment was correct according to the polls until the stock market crashed. She could not have anticipated the stock market crashing when it did so her position is supported by the facts. In Obama’s case, he did clean out the party of dissenting voices from top to bottom they are all bots now. But far from being in it for the long term, he has doomed the party to irrelevance and mockery. Now, every dim who supports him is in pare delicto. The long term prospects for dimocatic party that defames the country and contributes to its problems is that it will cease to be a national party and devolve into a pressure group. Al Sharpton can start polishing up the handle on the big front door, and he is such a contemptible fool that you just know he will do whatever the elites ask him to do. No county for old men.

    I always voted at big businesses call
    And I never thought of thinking for myself at all
    I thought so little they rewarded me
    By making me the ruler of Washington DC

  91. No shock here:

    [snip]

    Obama, responding to critics of the government’s handling of the spill, has made a point of emphasizing the time he’s devoted to the crisis and has used blunt language to express outrage about it. In an interview with NBC, he said he met with experts “because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.”

    Zakaria told CNN, “I think that what he’s been doing in recent days has been caving in to this media outcry that he show more emotion and anger and energy in dealing with the problem. And I think the result of it is that you’re getting government as theater rather than government that is actually doing something effective.

    “The reality is that this is a terrible tragedy, a very complex, technical problem. The federal government has limited power and limited expertise. But the media — and I hold us all responsible here — has been baying like wolves asking for him to emote. … It has had an effect.”

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/06/10/zakaria.obama.media.frenzy/index.html?hpt=C2

    —-

    He holds the media responsible for showing the voters are angry while he makes excuses for his BarryCakes…again. Oooo, this is too complex for the smartest man EVAH.

    We hold the MSM responsible for not vetting this freak, not reporting the news and writing stories of his fake greatness that doesn’t exist!!!!

  92. Shadowfax, welcome to our world. 🙂

    There is so much damage being done in so many areas that it has become near impossible to stick to one topic and refrain from mentioning others. We have not yet focused on the Blagojevich trial and there are budget irresponsibilities we also have not discussed at all. We haven’t even had the time to poke fun at Michelle’s sleeveless costumes and too small shoes. 🙂

    In the comments we try to at least bring other issues to people’s attention and fortunately there are now many Hillary supporter websites that pick up the slack. Our select group of commenters, even when in deep disagreement, help spotlight issues we cannot focus on at the moment and even the disagreements are productive (not when they get personal however) because they help in locating where the fissures are and where colliding worldviews crash into one another.

    Editorially, it is very difficult to decide what is THE catastrophe of the day. Every day brings new Obama authored miseries and it is increasingly an impossible task to highlight the acorn from which the other disasters grow.

  93. BP caught with their pants down again…
    ——-

    (CNN) — BP denied Wednesday that it has ordered cleanup workers not to talk to reporters.

    “Recent media reports have suggested that individuals involved in the cleanup operation have been prohibited from speaking to the media, and this is simply untrue,” BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said in a letter e-mailed to CNN by a company spokesman.

    “BP fully supports and defends all individuals rights to share their personal thoughts and experiences with journalists if they choose.”

    He added, “BP has not and will not prevent anyone working in the cleanup operation from sharing his or her own experiences or opinions.”

    But Article 22 of a 16-page agreement BP signed with vessel owners working on the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster says that the company once did impose such restrictions. “Vessel owner and employees will not make news releases, marketing, presentation, or any other public statements without charterer’s [BP’s] prior written approval,” it says.

    Acting in response to a lawsuit, BP deleted Article 22 last month from the contracts.

    Suttles’ letter, titled “Clarification of Media Access,” was released the same day that a BP supervisor told a CNN reporter that he was not allowed to talk to cleanup workers on a beach.

    And a volunteer wildlife biologist at a bird triage center in Grand Isle, Louisiana, said he had signed a BP document saying he would not talk to the news media.

    Asked about the disconnect, Suttles told CNN that it might take some time before all 25,000 people working for BP are made aware of the policy.

    But fisherman Acy Cooper told CNN that many of the people hired by BP to clean up the continuing disaster don’t believe the company’s assertions that no one in their employ will be penalized for speaking publicly.

    Fishermen-turned-cleanup workers fear that the oil giant, which assigns their hours on a weekly basis, might simply fail to put onto the schedule those workers who talk to reporters, Acy said.

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/06/09/bp.oil.disaster.media/index.html?hpt=T1

  94. We hold the MSM responsible for not vetting this freak, not reporting the news and writing stories of his fake greatness that doesn’t exist!!!!
    ___________________________________________

    Ya know, for at least the last 20 years, people who watch MSM have had to sit and analyze ever single word broadcast in order to pick up on the bias of the broadcaster. It may have been longer than that and I just took it at face value until around the age of 25.

    But what I want to get at is how f’ing perverse it is that someone has to sit down and go through a grinding mental exercise of discernment in order to filter the BS that comes through MSM.

  95. Zakaria told CNN, “I think that what he’s been doing in recent days has been caving in to this media outcry that he show more emotion and anger and energy in dealing with the problem. And I think the result of it is that you’re getting government as theater rather than government that is actually doing something effective.
    ———————–
    He is giving the media too much credit. Plainly, this is what a sociopath does when he is cornered. The media has created this monster and now they cannot control him. Mary Shelly wrote the book in this one: Frankenstein.

  96. Admin- I hear ya.

    – – Editorially, it is very difficult to decide what is THE catastrophe of the day. Every day brings new Obama authored miseries and it is increasingly an impossible task to highlight the acorn from which the other disasters grow.


    The boy-king is proving to be more incompetent than we ever imagined.
    And yes, the catastrophes are under his watch are hard to keep up with.

    I think you are doing a heck of a job Admin, and I appreciate all your hard work mixed with humor. Rock on.

  97. Ya know, for at least the last 20 years, people who watch MSM have had to sit and analyze ever single word broadcast in order to pick up on the bias of the broadcaster.
    ————————————Yup, whenever they open their mouth it wreaks of pro Obama bias. If they had a casual day at ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and there was any truth in adversising then they would all be wearing I love Obama tee shirts.

  98. We haven’t even had the time to poke fun at Michelle’s sleeveless costumes and too small shoes. 🙂
    ——

    I think the buzz boys seem to have that field pretty well covered for us 🙂

  99. I’m glad this is happening…and BP had better not pull the bankrupt card or get any type of bailout to keep from paying. They are the 4th largest company in the world, per a reporter somewhere the other day.
    (sorry, that’s as close to a fact as I can remember)

    —–
    States are tracking the health consequences of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, including respiratory and skin irritation problems in Louisiana and Alabama, health officials said.

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is aware of 71 cases of oil spill-related illness as of Wednesday, said state health officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry. Of them, 50 involved workers on oil rigs or who participated in cleanup efforts, and 21 reports of illness came from the general public.

    Symptoms reported by workers included throat irritation, cough, chest pain, headaches, and shortness of breath, he said. Eight workers were hospitalized, for an average of one day each, the department said.

    In terms of the general public, odors from the oil spill have been related to most reported illnesses in Louisiana, the department said. Most people who reported oil-related sickness were 18 to 64 years old.

    The state is keeping track of health complaints related to the spill through hospitals, clinics, first aid stations and a toll free number residents can call for Poison Control, Guidry said. People with oil-related symptoms are followed until they feel well again, which is usually fairly quickly, he said.

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/06/09/oil.spill.health.impact/index.html?hpt=T1

  100. Sarah Palin demonstrates her cloutness- 🙂

    Another Winner on Tuesday: The Palin Endorsement

    June 9, 2010

    Sarah Palin had a pretty good Super Tuesday. Three of the four candidates she endorsed won, bringing her record in tightly contested races to 8-3 overall this midterm election year.

    Earlier in the day, TIME asked Palin how she makes her endorsement decisions. “Oftentimes I’m looking at the candidate who shares the circumstances in which I’ve been: underfunded, up against the machine, no big endorsements, running a grassroots campaign with the help of volunteer friends and family,” Palin told TIME. “When I see that, and can feel the momentum they can create with their passion in spite of greater challenges than their more comfortable opponents have, then I empathize, I relate, and I want to help.”

    Palin has done particularly well picking winners in Senate and gubernatorial races, having endorsed Senate candidate Rand Paul in Kentucky, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Susana Martinez for Governor in New Mexico and on Tuesday Nikki Haley for South Carolina Governor (though Haley still faces a run off). Palin doted particularly on Haley, one of her so-called Mama Grizzlies, not only stumping for her — an effort she’s made for only 7 of the 27 candidates she’s backing — but also rising to her defense in robocalls when accusations of infidelity arose.

    “Well, whaddaya know?” Palin wrote on Facebook. “South Carolina’s conservative candidate, Nikki Haley, recently zipped to the front of the line in her state’s race for governor; and lo and behold, now accusations of an affair surface.”

    Except for her former running mate John McCain and a lucky few who get a personal appearance, most of Palin’s picks benefit mainly from some money, a Facebook post and a few tweets. But even that tends to pack a wallop. continue at link:

    http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1995421,00.html

  101. Yup, whenever they open their mouth it wreaks of pro Obama bias. If they had a casual day at ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and there was any truth in adversising then they would all be wearing I love Obama tee shirts.
    ———————————
    The group think we see in big media is Orwellian/

  102. “you’re getting government as theater rather than government”

    ———–

    So what’s changed? bambi the terrible’s reign of terror has been a bollywood b-rated movie since the very beginning.

  103. Next question to be asked?

    Where is Hollywood- the sound of silence is deafening?

    pumasunleashed.wordpress.com/

  104. Thursday | June 10, 2010

    CARICOM to discuss US oil spill with Clinton

    The effect of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is among topics for discussions at an informal meeting between Caribbean Community (CARICOM) foreign ministers and the United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Barbados today.

    A statement from the Guyana-‘based CARICOM Secretariat said that the foreign ministers will talk about the oil spill, which followed an explosion on April 20 on an offshore rig belonging to British Petroleum (BP).

    “All efforts to stem the flow of oil from the underwater well have failed and there are concerns in the Caribbean that the oil slick will reach its shores eventually, given the flow of currents,” said the CARICOM Secretariat.

    The statement said that the discussion on the oil spill will be part of a wider agenda item that will also examine energy and climate-change issues.

    Haiti reconstruction

    “The foreign ministers will also address issues related to the reconstruction of Haiti which suffered a devastating earthquake earlier this year on 12 January,” the statement said, noting the involvement of both parties in the reconstruction of the French-speaking CARICOM country.

    It said that the meeting, which is expected to last for 90 minutes, will also discuss the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, the impact of the global financial and economic crisis, and health and development cooperation.

    Clinton, who is on the last leg of a tour to Latin America and the Caribbean, held talks with CARICOM leaders on security issues during her visit to Barbados yesterday.

    “She will be discussing some of the security issues that the Caribbean faces, as well as other items on the agenda, with the Caribbean countries,” United States Assistant Secretary of State Dr Arturo Valenzuela said.

    http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20100610/business/business2.html

  105. Clinton Saved Blanche Lincoln–Why Didn’t Gore Let Him Do the Same?

    June 10, 2010
    By Jamie Stiehm, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

    Why does an Arkansas Senate primary make me want to cry the beloved country? Because it reminded me that Al Gore would have won the 2000 election if not for his foolish pride. You know what I’m talking about. After yesterday’s election and recent news of Gore’s separation from his wife Tipper, let’s send Gore to the millennial doghouse to stay a while.

    Blanche Lambert Lincoln, the Southern Democratic senator with a little Scarlett O’Hara in her, won her primary race because she gladly accepted help from the political grand master–to wit, William Jefferson Clinton. In the state of Arkansas. Bill Clinton knows the hustings, the precincts, the diners, the parades, the first names and whose granddaddy is whose. Arkansas is his provenance and planet, even to this day. Go to Little Rock if you don’t believe me and strike up a conversation with anyone at the airport–for example, the rich widow from the small town. Whoever you happen to meet, nobody’s a stranger to Bill. Mostly, they love him.

    So what if the former president is a lovable rogue? As the famous Gone With the Wind line goes, frankly, Lincoln didn’t give a damn because she knows Arkansas well enough to know he’d deliver the difference–if he campaigned for her. Just like Scarlett borrowed money from Rhett Butler to start a business in the ruins of Atlanta after the Civil War. It’s just horse sense, people. Nothing you need a Nobel Prize to understand.

    As Lincoln basked in her victory over Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, Clinton bequeathed his old nickname to her, saying to her, “Blanche, you’re the new Comeback Kid.” Good for her for fighting hard to win, contrary to the conventional wisdom that she was soon to be gone.

    Gore displayed no such smarts. I’m simplifying history, but as you recall, Gore dissed the sitting president in 2000 and acted like they were strangers. All because of that tiresome impeachment flogged by the “Dirty Dozen” House Republicans led by former Rep. Henry Hyde, an admitted adulterer. During the 2000 campaign, Gore as the Democratic nominee virtually disowned the Clinton record of peace and prosperity, declaring he wanted to run as his own man. He kissed his wife Tipper as if he was Rhett Butler at the Democratic National Convention–in front of millions watching. This staged kiss struck me as a bit much and ungracious to Bill and Hillary Clinton, then trying to put their marital troubles to bed. It was as though Gore was setting up an invidious comparison between the domestic tranquility of the Clintons and the Gores. Hey, sad to say, but the only person on the scene more sanctimonious than Gore was his running mate, Joe Lieberman (then a Senate Democrat.)

    The unforgettable and unforgivable part: Gore did not let Clinton campaign for him in Arkansas, something he’ll have to explain one day. Clinton was livid, and why not? That’s like keeping Secretariat in his stable on the day of the Derby. As a result, Gore lost Arkansas and ergo, the entire election. If he had won Arkansas, he would have beat George W. Bush then and there, fair and square, without the ordeal of vote recounts in Florida.

    Had Gore been elected a decade ago in a clear outcome, he likely would have governed better than he campaigned. At least, he would not have plunged into a chaotic war of choice against Iraq, which has done so much to hurt the economy and our moral standing among other nations. We might not be watching the poisoned waters of the BP catastrophe right now. The Supreme Court would certainly not be in the clutches of men aggressively at odds with our democratically elected and Democratic president. Gore’s dissing of Clinton was more than a disservice.

    Al Gore’s pride caused a fall for the nation.

    http://www.usnews.com/blogs/Jamie-Stiehm/2010/06/10/Clinton-Saved-Blanche-Lincoln-Why-Didnt-Gore-Let-Him-Do-the-Same.html

  106. Where is Hollywood- the sound of silence is deafening?
    —————————————————–
    Huddling with their producers and debating about whether their newest kiss Obama’s ass movie while he kicks somebody else’s movie would do better in foreign markets right now that here in the United States.

  107. Looks like this oil gusher will have international repercussions and Obama could have got on this earlier and it wouldn’t be so bad now. IMPEACH, IMPRISON!

  108. Pence: Mr President, Whose Side Are You On?

    Good finger pointing at the Fraud.

    He is on HIS side only. Whatever pleases and gratifies Barry.

  109. #
    confloyd
    June 10th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Mrs. Smith,
    Come to think of it where the hell is MICHAEL MOORE???
    ——

    Yea, put Michael Moore in a rowboat, with his camera, bullhorn and push him out in the oil muck to do a new film.

    Maybe Hollywood is still waiting for their boy to pull a gun out of his pants…

  110. … Fifty-seven percent think the administration could have done more and reacted more quickly to the spill in the Gulf of Mexico. That’s 20 percentage points higher than the 37 percent who think the administration did as much as it could as fast as it could. Not unexpectedly, most Republicans (72 percent) think the administration could have done more. A majority of independents (63 percent), as well as a substantial minority of Democrats (43 percent), agree. And while many voters — 36 percent — think the Obama administration is “up to the job” of fixing the problem in the gulf, a 54 percent majority thinks the administration is “in over its head.”
    www dot foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/10/fox-news-poll-white-house-moved-faster-spill/

  111. “Reality stumps Hollywood…..the cannot deal with real life crises…..”

    ——————

    I’m waiting for the t.v. movie to come out.

  112. Is Boehner pushing for a bailout for BP?????

    (From HuffPuff)

    Boehner: Government–i.e. Taxpayers–Should Help Pay For Oil Spill

    Congressional Democrats and the White House are toying with different ways to force BP to cover the costs of damages from the Gulf oil spill. But they face stiff opposition from industry…and it seems leading Republicans. In response to a question from TPMDC, House Minority Leader John Boehner said he believes taxpayers should help pick up the tab for the clean up.

    “I think the people responsible in the oil spill–BP and the federal government–should take full responsibility for what’s happening there,” Boehner said at his weekly press conference this morning.

    Boehner’s statement followed comments last Friday by US Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue who said he opposes efforts to stick BP, a member of the Chamber, with the bill. “It is generally not the practice of this country to change the laws after the game,” he said. “Everybody is going to contribute to this clean up. We are all going to have to do it. We are going to have to get the money from the government and from the companies and we will figure out a way to do that.”

    So today I asked Boehner, “Do you agree with Tom Donohue of the Chamber that the government and taxpayers should pitch in to clean up the oil spill?” The shorter answer is yes.

    The Chamber is extremely influential in Republican politics, so on that level it’s not particularly surprising that Boehner has Donohue’s back on this one. But the politics of asking the federal government (i.e. taxpayers) to help cover the multi-billion dollar cleanup and rescue efforts are deadly. Look for Democrats to jump all over this one.

  113. Gone are the days that we could rely on the New York Times to break the real news to us. Only after the news is put out by the Rolling Stones Magazine, TMZ, The Enquirer or other non-news sites, does the MSM finally report what we already know.

    They only report the news when it is yesterday’s news.

    NYTimes.com
    Efforts to Limit the Flow of Spill News

    [snip]

    Journalists struggling to document the impact of the oil rig explosion have repeatedly found themselves turned away from public areas affected by the spill, and not only by BP and its contractors, but by local law enforcement, the Coast Guard and government officials.

    … more

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/10/us/10access.html?src=twt&twt=nytimes

  114. Okay, I need to post some of the stuff from the article above that is different and important, here is is on the NYT:

    To some critics of the response effort by BP and the government, instances of news media being kept at bay are just another example of a broader problem of officials’ filtering what images of the spill the public sees.

    Scientists, too, have complained about the trickle of information that has emerged from BP and government sources. Three weeks passed, for instance, from the time the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20 and the first images of oil gushing from an underwater pipe were released by BP.

    {snip}

    Edward J. Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts who fought BP to release more video from the underwater rovers that have been filming the oil-spewing pipe. “It is a company that was not used to transparency. It was not used to having public scrutiny of what it did.”

    [snip]

    Last week, Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat of Florida, tried to bring a small group of journalists with him on a trip he was taking through the gulf on a Coast Guard vessel. Mr. Nelson’s office said the Coast Guard agreed to accommodate the reporters and camera operators. But at about 10 p.m. on the evening before the trip, someone from the Department of Homeland Security’s legislative affairs office called the senator’s office to tell them that no journalists would be allowed.

    “They said it was the Department of Homeland Security’s response-wide policy not to allow elected officials and media on the same ‘federal asset,’ ” said Bryan Gulley, a spokesman for the senator. “No further elaboration” was given, Mr. Gulley added.

    [snip]

    In the first few weeks after the oil rig explosion, BP kept a tight lid on images of the oil leaking into the gulf. Even when it released the first video of the spewing oil on May 12, it provided only a 30-second clip. The most detailed images did not become public until two weeks ago when BP gave members of Congress access to internal video feeds from its underwater rovers. Without BP’s permission, some members of Congress displayed the video for news networks like CNN, which carried them live.

  115. Shadowfax
    June 10th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    #
    confloyd
    June 10th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Mrs. Smith,
    Come to think of it where the hell is MICHAEL MOORE???
    ——

    Yea, put Michael Moore in a rowboat, with his camera, bullhorn and push him out in the oil muck to do a new film.

    __________________________

    Hell, be generous, give the guy a cup and a straw.

  116. Calif. Voting Change Could Signal Big Political Shift

    That was the message Californians sent when they voted Tuesday to radically rejigger elections in the nation’s most populous state. Under Proposition 14, a measure that easily passed, traditional party primaries will be replaced in 2011 with wide-open elections. The top two vote-getters — whatever their party, or if they have no party at all — will face off in the general election.

    Supporters argue that without parties picking candidates for the general election, moderates and independents will move to the fore, and voters will pay more attention to the electoral process.

    Critics of the measure say it will give a huge advantage to candidates who have the most money or the widest name recognition.

    That no one actually knows what the real effect of Proposition 14 will be seems almost beside the point to frustrated voters. What mattered, supporters said, is that something fundamental about politics — anything fundamental — had been changed.

    As supporters celebrated, they promised to bring the so-called “top two” system to a state near you, with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger leading the charge — though his second term, plagued by budget meltdowns and plunging popularity, was, analysts said, one of the leading motivators for the measure.

    Whether the measure will empower more independent voters — who were already allowed to vote in Democratic or Republican primaries, provided they requested a ballot — remains to be seen. But what did seem certain was that California was again poised to capture the mood of the country, just as it did in 1978 with Proposition 13, which distilled widespread antitax sentiment into a cap on property taxes.

    This time, it is the anger of the electorate that Californians have bottled, experts said, even if they are not totally sure what they are doing.

    “I don’t know that people really knew what they were voting for,” said Bruce Cain, director of the University of California Washington Center, based in the District of Columbia.

    Mr. Cain said the state of the state — high unemployment, record foreclosures and a palpable anger at legislators — had primed the pump.

    “When people get mad,” he said, “they lash out.”

    But just as with Proposition 13 — which required a two-thirds majority for the Legislature to increase revenue through new taxes — Proposition 14 could come with a raft of unintended consequences, opponents say. They cited a potential rise in fringe candidates as well as the marginalization of small parties.

    “Big business and big government won yesterday,” said Christina Tobin, chair of StopTopTwo.org, a leading opponent of the measure, which was heavily outspent by the “Yes” side.

    One probable impact was an increase in litigation; both major parties suggested that they were weighing how to stop the implementation of Proposition 14 before its scheduled start in 2011.

    Proposition 14 is based on a system in place in one other state, Washington, which the Supreme Court upheld in 2008. Louisiana uses a similar open system, but requires state and local candidates to gain a majority in primaries to win election or face a runoff.

    On Wednesday, Mr. Schwarzenegger was being hailed by backers as a political winner and an agent of change, as he trumpeted Proposition 14’s promise of encouraging moderates — who, the argument goes, are shunned by highly partisan primary voters. He also acknowledged the rising role of independents, who now make up one in five voters in the state.

    “We in California have said we’ve got to come to the center, we’ve got to bring everyone together in order to solve problems,” Mr. Schwarzenegger said at a news conference in Los Angeles. “And I think the rest of the nation eventually will find out this is exactly where the action is.”

    What is also certain is that voters liked Proposition 14; it won in 56 of the state’s 58 counties, with the only two detractors coming from opposite ends of the political spectrum: Orange, the conservative bastion in the south, and San Francisco, the liberal paradise in the north.

    Despite that mandate, Ron Nehring, the chairman of the Californian Republican Party, which opposed the proposition alongside the state’s Democrats and four smaller parties, said the measure would actually take power away from the mass of primary voters and hand it instead to a smaller group of party leaders and loyalists who would decide their candidates in conventions and caucuses. A single handpicked candidate would then get support, he said, while challengers would be shunned.

    “Ninety-nine percent of the Republicans that were involved in choosing our candidates are now excluded from choosing our candidates,” Mr. Nehring said. “In the future this decision will be made by no more than a few thousand and, in most cases, a few dozen.”

    California voters may not be finished with their shake-up. The November ballot, after all, will include a measure to tax and regulate marijuana, as well as possibly including proposals to eliminate the two-thirds majority for passing a budget and further limit legislators’ time in office. (California was one of the first states to adopt term limits in 1990.)

    All of those elections will likely pivot on the ability to draw independents, who were ecstatic about Proposition 14’s passage.

    “There is now a new political force in California,” said Royce D’Orazio, a stand-up comic who works as the Los Angeles chapter organizer for the group independentvoice.org, who spoke at the governor’s side on Wednesday. “To all our brothers and sisters in states across this country, help is on the way.”

    For his part, Mr. Schwarzenegger seemed pleased by his victory — “this is, by the way, national news,” he said — but still tried to temper expectations for an electorate hungry for anything new.

    “It will not solve all the problems,” the governor said. “But it will change a lot.”

  117. House Minority Leader John Boehner said he believes taxpayers should help pick up the tab for the clean up.
    **************

    Why not, we have bailed everyone else out. Boehner must have deep pockets that are being filled with yellow oil. This will not go well with the Tea party especially.

  118. 54 percent majority thinks the administration is “in over its head.”
    ************

    How could 46% have any doubt that this is true, is mind blowing in and of it’s self!

  119. The unforgettable and unforgivable part: Gore did not let Clinton campaign for him in Arkansas, something he’ll have to explain one day. Clinton was livid, and why not? That’s like keeping Secretariat in his stable on the day of the Derby. As a result, Gore lost Arkansas and ergo, the entire election. If he had won Arkansas, he would have beat George W. Bush then and there, fair and square, without the ordeal of vote recounts in Florida.
    *************

    Jesus, the FOOL lost his own freaking state of Tennessee. They apparently knew something we didn’t @ the time. Now we know, except for…well, you know who…

  120. Admin, great article.

    Not trying to excuse BP but if Obama knew and wanted to minimize the issue is it possible BP was told what to say to the media to go along with the media narrative? If so, then it might also explain in part why he has not met with the BP CEO. The reports on such a meeting – bound to be tense and with a man whose career is finished (Hayward) – may lead to BP defending itself by cataloging the what they were told to say. Conspiracy theory, anyone?

  121. ACE
    ********

    June 10, 2010
    Dutch Government: Hey, Let Us Bring Over Equipment and Expertise To Help Contain That Spill
    Obama: Nah, No Thanks Son, I’m Good; I’m Just Going To Sit Back and Keep On Bein’ Awesome
    —Ace
    Offered help by a veritable Coalition of the Willing, but Captain Kickass decided it was time to “appear strong.”

    Or something. I am guessing at his motive.

    Three days after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch government offered to help.
    It was willing to provide ships outfitted with oil-skimming booms, and it proposed a plan for building sand barriers to protect sensitive marshlands.

    The response from the Obama administration and BP, which are coordinating the cleanup: “The embassy got a nice letter from the administration that said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’” said Geert Visser, consul general for the Netherlands in Houston.

    Now, almost seven weeks later, as the oil spewing from the battered well spreads across the Gulf and soils pristine beaches and coastline, BP and our government have reconsidered.

    U.S. ships are being outfitted this week with four pairs of the skimming booms airlifted from the Netherlands and should be deployed within days. Each pair can process 5 million gallons of water a day, removing 20,000 tons of oil and sludge.

    At that rate, how much more oil could have been removed from the Gulf during the past month?

    The uncoordinated response to an offer of assistance has become characteristic of this disaster’s response. Too often, BP and the government don’t seem to know what the other is doing, and the response has seemed too slow and too confused.

    Federal law has also hampered the assistance. The Jones Act, the maritime law that requires all goods be carried in U.S. waters by U.S.-flagged ships, has prevented Dutch ships with spill-fighting equipment from entering U.S. coastal areas.

    Ah, well, let’s give Obama a break on that. After all, there was nothing a President could have done about federal red-tape. He’s powerless in that arena.

    To do anything about a law impeding a crisis response, he’d need a pen, and it’s not like there’s a bunch of pens just sitting around waiting to be used.

    Come on. I’m partisan, but don’t get all Star-Wars-y fantastical in your criticisms.

    “What’s wrong with accepting outside help?” Visser asked. “If there’s a country that’s experienced with building dikes and managing water, it’s the Netherlands.”
    Even if, three days after the rig exploded, it seemed as if the Dutch equipment and expertise wasn’t needed, wouldn’t it have been better to accept it, to err on the side of having too many resources available rather than not enough?

    Nah. Obama had already been informed the leak would take weeks and weeks to fix, and it was better, I guess, to let it leak and destroy the coastlines if doing so would keep the story underreported and thus merely environmentally disastrous, but not politically disastrous.

    Better to pretend there’s not a problem, and let the problem destroy the Gulf, than to admit the problem and take action about it, which draws attention to it.

    Carol Browner, director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, told Obama at one of the earliest briefings in late April that the blowout would likely lead to an unprecedented environmental disaster, senior White House aides told The Daily Beast. Browner warned that capping a well at such depths had never been done before, and that they ought to expect an oil spill that would continue until a relief well was drilled in August, the aide said.
    That early briefing on the scope of the spill—and enormous technical challenges involved in fixing it—might help explain the sense of fatalism that has infused Obama’s team from the start.

    Little that has happened since has changed their mind-set. Now six weeks later, the president’s top advisers expect the oil spill—and the negative stories—to continue through August.

    The fact that Team Obama was warned of the extent of the disaster so early on suggests that White House officials were aware of the environmental challenge long before they decided to demonstrate concern via presidential visits to the Gulf.

    Similarly, Costner’s oil-separating centrifuges have only recently been ordered.

    “We’re coming to this fight very late,” said Costner. “I think everybody would recognize that….” “If we want to discuss the ‘what ifs’ looking back, I think you could fill in the blanks of understanding if these machines were already deployed, what we would be looking at,” said Costner. “I could scale this out for you and we would be chasing this oil out at the derrick itself. We couldn’t do anything about the size of the leak but we would be chasing that and we would be keeping that offshore.”

  122. Don’t choke on this one
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    Islamic Spiritual Principles
    —Ace
    Blowin’ shit up? That has been proven to work, hasn’t it?

    As I was reading this, I wondered, “Hey, isn’t the prince somehow officially the head of the Anglican church, or something?” Something like that, yeah.

    Prince Charles yesterday urged the world to follow Islamic ‘spiritual principles’ in order to protect the environment.
    In an hour-long speech, the heir to the throne argued that man’s destruction of the world was contrary to the scriptures of all religions – but particularly those of Islam.

    He said the current ‘division’ between man and nature had been caused not just by industrialisation, but also by our attitude to the environment – which goes against the grain of ‘sacred traditions’.

    He argued that man’s destruction of the world was particularly contrary to Islam
    Charles, who is a practising Christian and will become the head of the Church of England when he succeeds to the throne, spoke in depth about his own study of the Koran which, he said, tells its followers that there is ‘no separation between man and nature’ and says we must always live within our environment’s limits.

    What can you say.

    It has long been known that Charles was, like other effeminate British semi-men, an Arabist, attracted, no doubt, to the Middle East’s intoxicating blend of mysticism and fascism.

    As I wrote a week or two ago: Britain is simply accommodating itself to the irreversible demographic fact that within 50 years or so they’ll be a Muslim-majority country, owing to their own decision to stop having children of their own and instead import them from Pakistan, and they are hoping that if they show what great dhimmis they’ll be permitted a little freedom and won’t be slaughtered. Much.

  123. Does anyone doubt we are in a damned soft cultural war with these people?

    No one has the guts to say or do what has to be done if we are going to survive, so I will. Immigration from those countries must halt any all over here who are not already citizens need to be deported.

  124. Is there any way to get some of these stars and Michael’s Moore email?? Does anyone know?? I think we should wake up Hollywood!

  125. Now the conservative politicians in UK are calling on Obama to quit dragging his feet. WOW! This was just on Fox!

  126. Kay, My question is if the CEO’s career is over now, how did he know to take out his retirement and cash in his BP stock 2 weeks before the blowout??

  127. Confloyd
    Are the two things inconsistent? Your career can be over and you can still act in the interests of the firm that has fed you for x number of years

  128. Kay, What I meant was how did he know his career was over two weeks before the blowout. Maybe he was already having trouble on the job….maybe they knew it was leaking two weeks before the blowout. Maybe he knew bad things were breaking soon???

  129. Just as the oil companies told us that deep-water drilling was safe, they tell us that it’s perfectly all right to dump 90 million tons of CO2 into the air of the world every 24 hours.
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    I’ll take my chances with the dangerous CO2

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    Just as we did with the deep water drilling. It wasn’t in our faces yet, so we took our chances with it. By the time it gets in our face, it may be too late.

    It may already be too late for the Gulf. We’d better catch the C02 early, before it’s too late for a larger area.

  130. [Prince Charles] said the current ‘division’ between man and nature had been caused not just by industrialisation, but also by our attitude to the environment – which goes against the grain of ’sacred traditions’.

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    Oh, good for him! (If he really said it.)

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