What We Will Learn From Obama’s Publicity Stunt Speech Tomorrow

Barack Obama’s publicity stunt speech from the Oval Office tomorrow will clue us in on the answer to two questions. The answers to the questions will only be useful for comparative purposes.

When Obama bores the nation with yet another speech tomorrow, it is supposed to be a big deal because it will be the first Obama publicity stunt televised directly from the Oval Office. This Oval Office address is designed to show Obama in command and not a helpless buoy bobbing up and down on the oily waves of Fortune.

Tomorrow’s publicity stunt is yet another “news management” affair. Recall the picture of Obama hunched over like a long-legged Sandpiper on the beaches of the Gulf, digging into the sand and examining the despoiled terrain? This was a too clever, too thought out, attempt to juxtapose the iconic photograph of George Bush flying over Katrina ravaged New Orleans with a concocted picture of Obama’s hands-on empathy. Get it? Bush flies overhead but Obama digs into the very earth with his hands as his eyes carefully and closely examine the situation.

The attempted iconography of Obama caressing the sand lovingly did not work because Obama could not muster the acting skills to make it appear that he really, in any way, actually cares. What spoke more than the picture itself was the fact that Obama only spent 3 hours talking to the same bumbling officials who work for him and with whom he has conversed on the phone.

So today and tomorrow Obama will drag his sorry ass to the Gulf once again. Obama will force himself to stay overnight with those working class white people he so despises, and that, more than two golf games long visit, will be the set-up to tomorrow’s nationwide televised publicity stunt.

But before heading out to emote to the despised white working class people in the Gulf, Obama managed to get in another round of Golf. The people of Arkansas were flooded out, like their Tennessee cousins, but Obama golfed. When Bush W. golfed, he was attacked. Anyone who mentions Obama and golf, gets attacked by Big Media apologists for Obama. Golf before Gulf – it’s OK if you’re Obama.

So we know that Obama will attempt to bamboozle tomorrow and do the ol’ okie dokie razzle dazzle ’em. What can we possibly learn from this tiresome publicity stunt? The only thing we will learn from tomorrow’s publicity stunt is who and how far these whos have moved from Barack Obama.

When Obama attempted his greatest bamboozlement publicity stunt (not the fairy tale opposition to the Iraq war) he succeeded. Obama’s greatest bamboozlement publicity stunt was the Jeremiah Wright “speech” which did not address any of the issues raised by his attendance at Wright’s church for 20 years. Big Media loved that publicity stunt and immediately declared all Wright questions were answered. For some that toxic belch was a great civil rights speech and in retrospect the stupidity of those that praised that bamboozlement still astonish.

The great Jeremiah Wright bamboozlement race speech distraction was a triumph for Obama and his Big Media, Blog Boy boobs.

As we noted previously, the boys who basted Obama’s turkey, are doing their utmost to ignore the catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. They find it difficult to dig up excuses for Barack Obama and although many try to blame Bush or Bill Clinton for the incompetence in the response to the gushing oil, they know that is a risible defense. So the Big Blog boys ignore the story. Like the iconic George W. Bush flying over New Orleans picture, the Big Blog boys are barely taking note of the destruction of the Gulf coast and economy.

Big Media, unlike the Big Blog Boys, is conflicted. The profits to be derived from coverage of Gulf Coast events has driven “news” anchors like Anderson Cooper to the scene of the crime. Reporters want to spend the summer in beach resorts. Network accountants are happy to book long term and cheap hotel rooms in devastated tourist areas. The endless oil gushing forth is good and free television for networks and cable outlets. So Big Media is conflicted. The profits from the story conflict with the desire to protect Barack Obama.

So tomorrow, when Obama bamboozles, the only item of interest will be if there is informative, and therefore critical coverage of whatever nonsense Obama delivers. Or will the networks absolve Obama, like they did during the great Jeremiah Wright “God Damn America” episode?

Obama’s weak “Claims adjuster in Chief” act won’t matter. The New York Times editorializing on Sunday about Obama’s questionable competence and leadership won’t matter unless it is repeated after Obama speaks.

The only answers we will get tomorrow will be a reference point to see how far Obama’s star has fallen. As we have repeatedly advised, only an electoral 16 tons falling on their heads will wake Dimocrats up to the mess they are in by following Obama. But tomorrow if there is less praise and more critical analysis – what Obama knew and when Obama knew it – what Obama did and when Obama did it – then perhaps there is cause for hope and change.

If tomorrow the Obama publicity stunt gets Jeremiah Wright absolution from Big Media and their affiliate Big Blog Boys continue their silence, then not much has changed at all and Obama is free to continue to bamboozle until November. We’ll discuss the implications of these answers later this week.

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97 thoughts on “What We Will Learn From Obama’s Publicity Stunt Speech Tomorrow

  1. Yeeeeehaw, great post Admin!!!

    Love this image:

    Recall the picture of Obama hunched over like a long-legged Sandpiper on the beaches of the Gulf, digging into the sand and examining the despoiled terrain?

    — He has the right legs for it, and looked like he was wishing he had brought some rubber gloves.

  2. (From the bottom of the last thread)

    Just over at the cheetos site, wondering how the Obots are doing with the gusher and sounds like some have run out of kool-aid:

    Here’s the original post, and below are some choice comments…

    After prodding, BP delivers more aggressive oil capture plan

    After the Obama administration pushed BP to develop a more aggressive plan to capture oil, BP has responded with a plan that would capture up to 60 percent more oil than its previous proposal.

    BP’s initial plan was to develop capacity to capture 38,000 barrels per day by the end of June and up to 50,000 by mid-July. According to Reuters, the new plan would create capacity for up to 53,000 barrels per day by month’s end and up to 80,000 barrels per day by mid-July.

    Nothing will actually stop the well from leaking until a relief well is completed. That won’t happen until August at the earliest and could take longer.

    —-
    comments:

    – seemed to come from Morgan Freeman’s speech in Deep Impact…
    “This is bad. Things will be bad. Nothing will ever be the same. But we will recover. We are Americans.”
    That is nice…really. They were the right words. But not even he seemed to believe what he was saying.
    I still can’t get over the comment about eating seafood from the Gulf. Good God.

    – There is a fu@king gusher of oil spilling into the ocean non-stop for more than month.
    You don’t fu@king tell people that it’s ok to eat fish from the Gulf and then laugh about just getting done eating a tasty fish dinner.

    – You don’t shut down entire fisheries and then tell people that the “fish is safe to eat.”
    Duplicitous at best…and dangerous at worst.

    – utterly ridiculous.
    I actually like the guy. I want him to succeed.
    But, I ain’t gonna defend that kind of stupid.

    ————-
    You get the jest of the anger over there…

  3. As Sappho observed, “if you’re squeamish, don’t prod the beach rubble.”

    I don’t know what that has to do with this, but it’s such a great quote that I thought I’d throw it out there anyway.

  4. Here we go…………

    President Barack Obama likened the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to the September 11 attacks in an interview published on the eve of his fourth visit Monday to the stricken region.

    “In the same way that our view of our vulnerabilities and our foreign policy was shaped profoundly by 9/11, I think this disaster is going to shape how we think about the environment and energy for many years to come,” he told Politico.com.

    Obama said he would be making a fresh bid to get Congress to pass a major energy and climate bill.

    He was quoted as vowing to “move forward in a bold way in a direction that finally gives us the kind of future-oriented … visionary energy policy that we so vitally need and has been absent for so long.”

    “One of the biggest leadership challenges for me going forward is going to be to make sure that we draw the right lessons from this disaster,” he said.

    Obama said he could not predict whether the nation would transition completely from an oil-based economy within his lifetime but that “now is the time for us to start making that transition and investing in a new way of doing business when it comes to energy.”

    Obama travels Monday to Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida on a two day visit to a region reeling from the effects of the worst oil spill in US history.

    On Tuesday, he will address the crisis in a rare primetime speech to the nation from the Oval Office.

  5. NEW ORLEANS (AP) – BP made a series of money-saving shortcuts and blunders that dramatically increased the danger of a destructive oil spill in a well that an engineer ominously described as a “nightmare” just six days before the blowout, according to documents released Monday that provide new insight into the causes of the disaster.

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee released dozens of internal documents that outline several problems on the deepsea rig in the days and weeks before the April 20 explosion that set in motion the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. The committee has been investigating the explosion and its aftermath.

    “Time after time, it appears that BP made decisions that increased the risk of a blowout to save the company time or expense. If this is what happened, BP’s carelessness and complacency have inflicted a heavy toll on the Gulf, its inhabitants, and the workers on the rig,” said Democratic Reps. Henry A. Waxman and Bart Stupak.

    The missteps emerged on the same day that President Barack Obama made his fourth visit to the Gulf, where he sought to assure beleaguered residents that the government will “leave the Gulf Coast in better shape than it was before.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9GBAODO0&show_article=1

  6. Shadowfax.

    ..that is a large part of the problem with O…he thinks he can charm, cajole and laugh his way out of anything…all he has to do is put his hand on your shoulder and you will stop thinking for yourself and be in his trance…like the time he looked like a fool when Steve Kraft interviewed him on 60 minutes about the horrible economy, etc…and O keeps laughing and grinning away…

    …this is O’s MO…he likes to deflect, distract and try to charm his way out of anything – but, I think the tide is turning…many of his defenders are even getting sick of the same old, same old…he is getting tagged as a whiner…and the transparency that is coming into sight…is more and more people realizing that O is more concerned with his ‘brand’, that is more important than anyone or anything else, including the Democratic party…

    …when we start to hear rumblings from the koolaid drinkers, like Joan Walsh, say things like:

    Instead he’s carping about “folks up there” in Washington and complaining that if he’d tried to regulate the oil industry before the spill, people would have said bad things about him. Grow up, Mr. President.

    …then you know people, even the ones that cheerlead for him, are getting restless and fed up…

    …like he didn’t not want to speak to BP CEO because he would only try to spin him…huh??? what??? sounds like he is either afraid to confront him…or too busy…time to hit the gulf…scratch that…golf course…

    ******************

    i still say, watch for the slight of hand…they are going to try to ram an energy bill through…another mess no one will read and rush into…

  7. i still say, watch for the slight of hand…they are going to try to ram an energy bill through…another mess no one will read and rush into…
    ——-
    yup, I agree and they know they won’t have the ‘majority’ after November, so they will use the excuse of the Gulf disaster to try and push this last piece of crap though while they still can.

    Hopefully, some Dems that realize they have no hope of being re-elected in Nov. if they continue to follow Barry, may make a last ditch effort to say ‘NO’ to this piece of Crap and Tax legislation….I HOPE they do this but I won’t hold my breath.

  8. admin,

    I would rather watch paint dry than waste my time listening to that blowhard tomorrow night.

    ———-
    democrat1
    June 14th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    —————–

    Now that made me smile. 🙂

  9. THis South Carolina is going to wind up biting the democrats in the arsh….he got more votes in one county than the total amount of votes cast in that county…talking about cheating…the dems are good at it…the only campaign he did was one pic with a piece of paper on it saying what he believed in…no campaign ads…nothing. They voted for the color of his skin and voted more than once. LOL!! They are going to get a formal investigation into this, its going to be funny!

  10. Shadowfax, I wonder that too, he could have been safe back in his senate seat in CHi-town raking in the doe and visiting the Man’s Club at his leisure. LOL! He needs to kick his own arsh again, LOL!

  11. ….he got more votes in one county than the total amount of votes cast in that county…talking about cheating
    ________________________________

    Kinda like Al Franken?

  12. I’m confident the MSM will consider his speech tomorrow the greatest oratory exercise since Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation…tingles should have a kitty litter box under both legs. I am also confident some “journalists” will have already have prepared a column on why this has become a racial issue by angry whites, and Olberman on why this is still Bush’s “leak” on day 57.

  13. #
    jbstonesfan
    June 14th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    I’m confident the MSM will consider his speech tomorrow the greatest oratory exercise since Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation…tingles should have a kitty litter box under both legs. I am also confident some “journalists” will have already have prepared a column on why this has become a racial issue by angry whites, and Olberman on why this is still Bush’s “leak” on day 57.
    —————-

    Now that’s funny, and true. 😉

  14. Here we go again…another kodak moment…

    Iranian flotilla leaving for Gaza
    By JPOST.COM STAFF AND ASSOCIATED PRESS
    14/06/2010

    Half will be sent through Istanbul; Iranian MPs will fly to Gaza.

    Two Iranian cargoes of humanitarian aid for Gaza will leave next week and one of them will be shipped through Istanbul, the official Iranian news agency, IRNA reported Monday.

    The announcement quoted Mohammad Ali Nouraee, an aid official, who said one cargo will be sent to Turkey, and then shipped to Gaza from Istanbul while the other will leave from the port of Khorramshahr.

    Nuraee said that the ships would sail without protective security because the Iranians “do not want to fight”, however he emphasized that “we are willing to become martyred in this way.”

    According to IRNA, a senior official of the the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, Deputy Commander Hossein Salami, has said that escorting the two cargo ships “was not on the guards agenda.”

    In addition three Iranian parliamentarians are planning to visit Gaza through Egypt, Iranian news agencies reported Monday.

    Lawmaker Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash was quoted as saying that he and two other members of the Majlis, the Iranian parliament, would travel to Gaza by way of Egypt later this week.

    Bighash said that some 200 out of the 290 Iranian MPs had wanted to make the visit but the three-man team will go instead. He said that the
    Egyptians had expressed willingness to allow the Iranians to enter Gaza through the Rafah crossing.

    Iranian MP Mahmoud Ahmadi-Biqash said on Sunday that the Egyptian government has agreed to issue visas to 70 Iranian parliamentarians who have registered to travel to the Gaza Strip.

    The Iranian efforts to aid Gaza are inspired by the recent Gaza-bound flotilla, during which an Israeli effort to take control of the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara resulted in the death of nine Turkish activists.

    http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=178395

  15. MP, the NYTimes article is long and ugly. Is there any wonder why Big Media outlets like the NYTimes are in trouble. Only now do they report the obvious. Inexperience and unqualified.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/15/science/earth/15cleanup.html?hp

    It was late May. Oil had been creeping into the passes around Grand Isle. Two fleets of fishing boats were supposed to be laying out boom, the long floating barriers to corral oil and protect the fragile marshes of Barataria Bay.

    But the boats were gathered on the inland side of the bay — the wrong side — anchored idly as the oil oozed in from the Gulf of Mexico. BP officials said they had no way of contacting the workers on the boats, Mr. Bonano recalled. [snip]

    From the beginning, the effort has been bedeviled by a lack of preparation, organization, urgency and clear lines of authority among federal, state and local officials, as well as BP. As a result, officials and experts say, the damage to the coastline and wildlife has been worse than it might have been if the response had been faster and orchestrated more effectively.

    “The present system is not working,” Senator Bill Nelson of Florida said Thursday at a hearing in Washington devoted to assessing the spill and the response. Oil had just entered Florida waters, Senator Nelson said, adding that no one was notified at either the state or local level, a failure of communication that echoed Mr. Bonano’s story and countless others along the Gulf Coast.

    “The information is not flowing,” Senator Nelson said. “The decisions are not timely. The resources are not produced. And as a result, you have a big mess, with no command and control.”

    Impeach, Remove, Imprison.

  16. GESTAPO-LIKE CONTROL OF GOVERNMENT, OBAMA OUTDOES BUSH

    So much for transparency.

    Guys, this is under the radar, probably not getting ANY air time on major media. But it was from Saturday’s NY Times on the front page.

    nytimes.com/2010/06/12/us/politics/12leak.html

    Obama Takes a Hard Line Against Leaks to Press
    By SCOTT SHANE
    Published: June 11, 2010

    WASHINGTON — Hired in 2001 by the National Security Agency to help it catch up with the e-mail and cellphone revolution, Thomas A. Drake became convinced that the government’s eavesdroppers were squandering hundreds of millions of dollars on failed programs while ignoring a promising alternative.

    He took his concerns everywhere inside the secret world: to his bosses, to the agency’s inspector general, to the Defense Department’s inspector general and to the Congressional intelligence committees. But he felt his message was not getting through.

    So he contacted a reporter for The Baltimore Sun.

    Today, because of that decision, Mr. Drake, 53, a veteran intelligence bureaucrat who collected early computers, faces years in prison on 10 felony charges involving the mishandling of classified information and obstruction of justice.

    The indictment of Mr. Drake was the latest evidence that the Obama administration is proving more aggressive than the Bush administration in seeking to punish unauthorized leaks.

    In 17 months in office, President Obama has already outdone every previous president in pursuing leak prosecutions. His administration has taken actions that might have provoked sharp political criticism for his predecessor, George W. Bush, who was often in public fights with the press.

    Mr. Drake was charged in April; in May, an F.B.I. translator was sentenced to 20 months in prison for providing classified documents to a blogger; this week, the Pentagon confirmed the arrest of a 22-year-old Army intelligence analyst suspected of passing a classified video of an American military helicopter shooting Baghdad civilians to the Web site Wikileaks.org.

    Meanwhile, the Justice Department has renewed a subpoena in a case involving an alleged leak of classified information on a bungled attempt to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program that was described in “State of War,” a 2006 book by James Risen. The author is a reporter for The New York Times. And several press disclosures since Mr. Obama took office have been referred to the Justice Department for investigation, officials said, though it is uncertain whether they will result in criminal cases.

    As secret programs proliferated after the 2001 terrorist attacks, Bush administration officials, led by Vice President Dick Cheney, were outspoken in denouncing press disclosures about the C.I.A.’s secret prisons and brutal interrogation techniques, and the security agency’s eavesdropping inside the United States without warrants.

    In fact, Mr. Drake initially drew the attention of investigators because the government believed he might have been a source for the December 2005 article in The Times that revealed the wiretapping program.

    Describing for the first time the scale of the Bush administration’s hunt for the sources of The Times article, former officials say 5 prosecutors and 25 F.B.I. agents were assigned to the case. The homes of three other security agency employees and a Congressional aide were searched before investigators raided Mr. Drake’s suburban house in November 2007. By then, a series of articles by Siobhan Gorman in The Baltimore Sun had quoted N.S.A. insiders about the agency’s billion-dollar struggles to remake its lagging technology, and panicky intelligence bosses spoke of a “culture of leaking.”

    Though the inquiries began under President Bush, it has fallen to Mr. Obama and his attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., to decide whether to prosecute. They have shown no hesitation, even though Mr. Drake is not accused of disclosing the N.S.A.’s most contentious program, that of eavesdropping without warrants.

    The Drake case epitomizes the politically charged debate over secrecy and democracy in a capital where the watchdog press is an institution even older than the spy bureaucracy, and where every White House makes its own calculated disclosures of classified information to reporters.

    Steven Aftergood, head of the project on government secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists, who has long tracked the uneasy commerce in secrets between government officials and the press, said Mr. Drake might have fallen afoul of a bipartisan sense in recent years that leaks have gotten out of hand and need to be deterred. By several accounts, Mr. Obama has been outraged by some leaks, too.

    “I think this administration, like every other administration, is driven to distraction by leaking,” Mr. Aftergood said. “And Congress wants a few scalps, too. On a bipartisan basis, they want these prosecutions to proceed.”

    Though he is charged under the Espionage Act, Mr. Drake appears to be a classic whistle-blower whose goal was to strengthen the N.S.A.’s ability to catch terrorists, not undermine it. His alleged revelations to Ms. Gorman focused not on the highly secret intelligence the security agency gathers but on what he viewed as its mistaken decisions on costly technology programs called Trailblazer, Turbulence and ThinThread.

    “The Baltimore Sun stories simply confirmed that the agency was ineptly managed in some respects,” said Matthew M. Aid, an intelligence historian and author of “The Secret Sentry,” a history of the N.S.A. Such revelations hardly damaged national security, Mr. Aid said.

    Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project, a nonprofit group that defends whistle-blowers, said the Espionage Act, written in 1917 for the pursuit of spies, should not be used to punish those who expose government missteps. “What gets lost in the calculus is that there’s a huge public interest in the disclosure of waste, fraud and abuse,” Ms. Radack said. “Hiding it behind alleged classification is not acceptable.”

    Yet the government asserts that Mr. Drake was brazen in mishandling and sharing the classified information he had sworn to protect. He is accused of taking secret N.S.A. reports home, setting up an encrypted e-mail account to send tips to Ms. Gorman, collecting more data for her from unwitting agency colleagues, and then obstructing justice by deleting and shredding documents.

    Gabriel Schoenfeld, author of “Necessary Secrets,” a book proposing criminal penalties not just for leakers but for journalists who print classified material, said that whatever his intentions, Mr. Drake must be punished.

    “The system is plagued by leaks,” said Mr. Schoenfeld, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, a conservative research organization. “When you catch someone, you should make an example of them.”

    A spokesman for the Justice Department, Matthew A. Miller, said the Drake case was not intended to deter government employees from reporting problems. “Whistle-blowers are the key to many, many department investigations — we don’t retaliate against them, we encourage them,” Mr. Miller said. “This indictment was brought on the merits, and nothing else.”

    Though Mr. Obama began his presidency with a pledge of transparency, his aides have warned of a crackdown on leakers. In a November speech, the top lawyer for the intelligence agencies, Robert S. Litt, decried “leaks of classified information that have caused specific and identifiable losses of intelligence capabilities.” He promised action “in the coming months.”

    Prosecutions like those of Mr. Drake; the F.B.I. translator, Shamai Leibowitz; and potentially Specialist Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst, who has not yet been charged, have only a handful of precedents in American history. Among them are the cases of Daniel Ellsberg, a Defense Department consultant who gave the Pentagon Papers to The Times in 1971, and Samuel L. Morison, a Navy analyst who passed satellite photographs to Jane’s Defense Weekly in 1984.

    Under President Bush, no one was convicted for disclosing secrets directly to the press. But Lawrence A. Franklin, a Defense Department official, served 10 months of home detention for sharing classified information with officials of a pro-Israel lobbying group, and I. Lewis Libby Jr., a top aide to Mr. Cheney, was convicted of perjury for lying about his statements to journalists about an undercover C.I.A. officer, Valerie Plame Wilson.

    The F.B.I. has opened about a dozen investigations a year in recent years of unauthorized disclosures of classified information, according to a bureau accounting to Congress in 2007.

    But most such inquiries are swiftly dropped, usually because hundreds of government employees had access to the leaked information and identifying the source seems impossible. Often even a determined hunt fails to find the source, and agencies sometimes oppose prosecution for fear that even more secrets will be disclosed at a trial.

    By Justice Department rules, investigators may seek to question a journalist about his sources only after exhausting other options and with the approval of the attorney general. Subpoenas have been issued for reporters roughly once a year over the last two decades, according to Justice Department statistics, but such actions are invariably fought by news organizations and spark political debate over the First Amendment.

    The reporter in the Drake case, Ms. Gorman, who now works at The Wall Street Journal, was never contacted by the Justice Department, according to two people briefed on the investigation. With Mr. Drake’s own statements to the F.B.I. in five initial months of cooperation, along with his confiscated computers and documents, investigators believed they could prove their case without her. Prosecutors further simplified their task by choosing to charge Mr. Drake not with transferring classified material to Ms. Gorman but with a different part of the espionage statute: illegal “retention” of classified information.

    An Air Force veteran who drove an electric car, Mr. Drake has long worked on the boundary between technology and management. After years as an N.S.A. contractor, he was hired as an employee and turned up for his first day of work on Sept. 11, 2001. His title at the time hints at the baffling layers of N.S.A. bureaucracy, with more than 30,000 employees at the Fort Meade, Md., headquarters alone: “Senior Change Leader/Chief, Change Leadership & Communications Office, Signals Intelligence Directorate.”

    Chris Frappier, a close friend since high school in Vermont, described Mr. Drake then as fascinated by technology and international affairs, socially awkward, with “an incredible sense of duty and honor.”

    When he read the indictment, said Mr. Frappier, now a legal investigator in Vermont, he recognized his old friend.

    “It’s just so Tom,” Mr. Frappier said. “He saw something he thought was wrong, and he thought it had to be stopped.”

    According to two former intelligence officials, Mr. Drake became a champion of ThinThread, a pilot technology program designed to filter the flood of telephone, e-mail and Web traffic that the N.S.A. collects. He believed it offered effective privacy protections for Americans, too.

    But agency leaders rejected ThinThread and chose instead a rival program called Trailblazer, which was later judged an expensive failure and abandoned. Mr. Drake and some allies kept pressing the case for ThinThread but were rebuffed, according to former agency officials.

    “It was a pretty sharp battle within the agency,” said a former senior intelligence official. “The ThinThread guys were a very vocal minority.”

    One former N.S.A. consultant recalled “alarmist memos and e-mails” from Mr. Drake, including one that declared of the agency: “The place is almost completely corrupted.”

    Mr. Drake, whom friends describe as a dogged, sometimes obsessive man, took his complaints about ThinThread and other matters to a series of internal watchdogs. He developed a close relationship with intelligence committee staff members, including Diane S. Roark, who tracked the security agency for the House Intelligence Committee. She discussed with Mr. Drake the possibility of contacting Ms. Gorman, according to people who know Ms. Roark.

    The subsequent investigation, which included a search of Ms. Roark’s house, devastated Mr. Drake, his wife — herself an N.S.A. contractor — and their teenage son.

    “For Tom Drake, a man who loves his country and has devoted most of his life to serving it, this is particularly painful,” said his lawyer, James Wyda, the federal public defender for Maryland. “We feel that the government is wrong on both the facts alleged and the principles at stake in such a prosecution.”

    Forced in 2008 out of his job at the National Defense University, where the security agency had assigned him, Mr. Drake took a teaching job at Strayer University. He lost that job after the indictment and now works at an Apple computer store. He spends his evenings, friends say, preparing his defense and pondering the problems of N.S.A., which still preoccupy him.

  17. Washington Sketch: Clinton finally ahead of Obama in popularity

    By Dana Milbank
    Tuesday, June 15, 2010

    It’s about two years too late, but Hillary Clinton has finally pulled ahead of Barack Obama.

    By any measure — favorability ratings or job approval — Americans by a sizable margin have warmer views of the secretary of state than they do of the president. This is of little use to Clinton beyond bragging rights, but among Hillary ’08 fans there is some satisfaction that the woman Obama once cut down as “likable enough” is now more liked than he is. Depending on the measure and the poll, she leads him by roughly 10 to 25 percentage points.

    To understand why, look no further than their calendars for Monday. The president was in Alabama and Mississippi, trying again to change the public perception that his administration has been weak in its response to the oil spill. The secretary of state was in Washington receiving plaudits for being a “passionate leader” and for taking a “resolute and genuine” stand against human trafficking and slavery.

    In the ceremonial Ben Franklin Room of the State Department, the passionate and resolute Clinton vowed her commitment “to abolishing this horrible crime” against human dignity. “Traffickers must be brought to justice,” she said.

    For a public figure, few issues are as politically safe; the slavery and exploitation lobby, after all, was unlikely to issue a rebuttal. Clinton finished her day Monday with a speech on the need for help in sub-Saharan Africa; no criticism from the keep-Africa- poor movement was heard.

    Contrast that with Obama, who had only grim tidings for Gulf Coast residents about the BP oil spill. He spoke to them of a “fear that it could have a long-term impact on a way of life that has been passed on for generations.”

    Give Obama points for honesty, but that’s not going to boost his poll numbers.

    Previous secretaries of state Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice were both more popular than their boss, President George W. Bush. But such a trend is not universal: Warren Christopher didn’t have ratings as high as his boss, President Bill Clinton.

    Hillary Clinton helped her situation by sticking to relatively low-profile issues. While the White House drove the divisive policies such as Afghanistan, she has busied herself in quieter corners of the world, enhancing the perception that she’s above the political fray.

    Now the former first lady and Democratic senator from New York is asserting herself in a few domestic areas. Releasing the 10th annual Trafficking in Persons report Monday, she noted that, “for the first time ever, we are also reporting on the United States of America,” an effort “to ensure that our policies live up to our ideals.” (The State Department gave the United States its top grade.)

    Before that, Clinton offered some commentary on the domestic economy, declaring: “You’ve got countries who are explicitly saying to me in private, ‘Well, look, you know, we always look to you because you had this great economy. And now, look, you’re in the ditch, and you’ve dragged other people into the ditch.’ ”

    That statement was enough to send the likes of Bill O’Reilly, the conservative Fox News commentator, to outline a potential Clinton primary challenge to Obama in 2012. There’s no sign of such a challenge, but there’s no disputing that Obama has fallen below Clinton.

    This month’s Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll found that 51 percent view Obama favorably, down from 77 percent at the time of his inauguration last year. Clinton, who had a favorability rating in the 40s during her first-lady days in 1996, has stayed in the 60s since she started the job at the State Department. The infrequently asked “job approval” question has produced an even larger Clinton edge.

    Of course, Obama bested Clinton in the only poll that mattered, in 2008. But these days, Clinton is entitled to enjoy a measure of revenge. As Obama endured more complaints and sniping in the Gulf Coast on Monday, Clinton was being applauded in Foggy Bottom. Her staff started the applause as soon as she entered from the back, and an audience of human-rights types filmed her with their smartphones. The session had been billed as a “news conference,” but no questions were allowed; this was more of an adoration conference.

    Undersecretary Maria Otero gushed about “our top diplomat, my boss, our passionate leader and a skilled policymaker” without whom “this issue would not be to where it has gotten.” An anti-trafficking activist invoked Clinton’s trademark slogan: “It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a whole community to fight slavery.”

    Clinton was in her policy-expert element. She spoke of something known as “the paradigm of the three ‘P’s” and proposed a fourth “P” as well. She also reminded the crowd of her early work on trafficking 10 years ago, “in a prior life some time back.”

    Few could have imagined back in that prior life that the controversial and polarizing first lady would someday win the favor of two-thirds of her countrymen.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/14/AR2010061404756.html?hpid=topnews

  18. JanH
    June 15th, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Hillary Clinton helped her situation by sticking to relatively low-profile issues. While the White House drove the divisive policies such as Afghanistan, she has busied herself in quieter corners of the world, enhancing the perception that she’s above the political fray.

    Political genius of the highest order. When was the last time we heard of a politician doing alot of work on many small issues in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of government? Didn’t that politician have a reputation of working long hours in fact outworking aides and adivsors? Didn’t that politician also have a knack for communicating with regular people? Didn’t that politicain use that tactic to regain the goodwill and the confidence of the people after a seismic policy loss? I wonder what that politician’s name is? I’m SURE it starts with a C……

    I know its not Obumbles. His name starts with an ‘A,’ as in asshat…..

  19. And we should take a moment of silence in remembrance of all those poor innocent sleeves that are going to be ripped out tomorrow at the WH when Mrs. Obama reads Dana’s article.

  20. If they’ve gotta send Dana Milbank out to explain popularity, all the Clinton talk must be getting under the skin of the regime.

  21. The money is there. Bobby Jindal has to send the Coast Guard a Bill!
    __________________________

    The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (OSLTF)United States Coast Guard

    June 14, 2010

    History of the Fund

    In August 1990, when President George H. W. Bush signed the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) into law and authorized use of the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (OSLTF), the Fund was already four years old. Congress created the Fund in 1986, but did not pass legislation to authorize the use of the money or the collection of revenue necessary for its maintenance. It was only after the Exxon Valdez grounding and the passage of OPA that authorization was granted.

    Oil Pollution Act (OPA)

    In addition to authorizing use of the OSLTF, OPA consolidated the liability and compensation requirement of certain prior federal oil pollution laws and their supporting funds, including the:

    * Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA),

    * Deepwater Port Act,

    * Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) Authorization Act, and

    * Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.

    Uses of the Fund

    With the consolidation of these funds and the collection of a tax on the petroleum industry, the Fund increased to $1 billion. Fund uses were delineated by OPA to include:

    * Removal costs incurred by the Coast Guard and EPA

    * State access for removal activities;

    http://www.uscg.mil/npfc/About_NPFC/osltf.asp

    * Payments to federal, state, and Indian tribe trustees to conduct natural resource damage assessments and restorations;

    * Payment of claims for uncompensated removal costs and damages;

    * Research and development; and

    * Other specific appropriations.

  22. “Of course, Obama bested Clinton in the only poll that mattered, in 2008.”

    The usual narrative from the media. But, of course, we all know that he didn’t “best” her enough to win the nomination on June 3, 2008, the day he declared himself the winner. Neither had won enough pledged delegates to win before the convention; the RBC had to fraudulently steal delegates from Clinton and give them to the fraud. Even then, he didn’t have enough pledged delegates on June 3; he needed to count the superdelegates, even though the DNC rules state that the super’s votes only count at the convention.

    I’m sure this is not news to anyone who reads this site, but I believe it’s something that can’t be re-stated enough, as history starts to be rewritten.

  23. This may be a repost but “The Oil Drum” has some of the best tech. info on the Gulf disaster. The latest conclusion is that the structural integrity of the well bore is being destroyed and it is only a matter of time before an unrestricted blow out occurs. Think in terms of all of the oil so far “spilled” occuring every week until the deposit is exhausted. There is also a post on the probability of the relief wells being able to kill the well by Aug-Sept. (not good) and if there is a failure of the bore structure, the rate of succes is zero.

  24. Gov. Bobby Jindal Orders National Guard to Build Barrier Wall Off Louisiana Shore

    Louisiana Gov. Takes Matters Into Own Hands, But Will BP Foot the Bill?

    Eight weeks into the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of the Mexico, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has told the National Guard that there’s no time left to wait for BP, so they’re taking matters into their own hands.

    In Fort Jackson, La., Jindal has ordered the Guard to start building barrier walls right in the middle of the ocean. The barriers, built nine miles off shore, are intended to keep the oil from reaching the coast by filling the gaps between barrier islands.

    Today, huge Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters lined up in the air, dropping sandbags one by one into the sea.

    “They are lifting up about 7,000 pounds of sandbags,” said 1st Lt. James Tyson Gabler
    ______________

    Looks like someone whispered in Jindal’s ear- I wish him well. If he pulls this off, he may become a La institution.

    Several videos at this link:

    http://abcnews.go.com/WN/article/bp-oil-spill-gov-bobby-jindal-orders-national/story?id=10914348

  25. Give Obama points for honesty………….

    ——
    Huh, da what?
    I almost busted outta my sleeves on that one.

  26. SHV

    “There is also a post on the probability of the relief wells being able to kill the well by Aug-Sept. (not good) and if there is a failure of the bore structure, the rate of succes is zero.”
    _____________________________

    I read last week if the severing of the under seabed pipe wasn’t perfectly exact, the relief well is not a plausible solution.

    Why can’t they blow the damn thing up and let it suffocate and entomb the oil flow itself.

  27. “Even though I am President of the United States my powers are not limitless,” Obama said last Friday at Camardelle’s Live Bait and Boiled Seafood, “So I can’t dive down there and plug the hole. I can’t suck it up with a straw.
    ————————————–
    Disclaimer: I am not a psychiatrist. But that deranged statement speaks for itself. Let’s parse it out and see:

    1. “EVEN THOUGH . . . I AM . . . PRESIDENT . . . MY POWERS . . . ARE NOT. . . . LIMITLESS!!!”

    Comment: if we had asked Mr. Obama to perform a miracle then that might be an appropriate statement. But all we asked for from him was basic competence. All we expected was when 13 nations offered to assist in mitigating the oil spill he would say what any reasonable person would say in response to such offers: “Yes. Thank you. We have a hell of a problem on our hands. And we can use all the help we can get!” Instead he said no. Why? Because he is a sick MF. He fully believes he is a Messiah and he knows that it is unseemly for a Messiah to beg for help from mere mortals. But wait. It gets better. . .

    2. “I CANNOT DIVE DOWN . . AND PLUG THE HOLE . . . I CANNOT SUCK IT UP . . . WITH A STRAW”

    (Comment: that is tin foil hat stuff. He was on the five yard line of delusional before he made that statement. With that little burst of bravado he plunged over the goal line through the end zone and into the concrete stadium wall head first. And the hell of it is he thinks he is being cute. He is saying I do not mind standing in front of a superman statue for a photo-op now and then, and I do not mind it if people assume I am superman based on what my big media cronies tell them, but when it comes to behaving like superman or even a competent mortal I do not want anyone to get the wrong idea about me. I man a visionary. The only time I get my hands dirty is when I pick up a tar ball for a camera, and threaten legal action. The rest of the time, I am a fashion plate and throw fabulous parties for the homeboys at taxpayer expense. Life is good.

  28. Southern Born, fear not for the sleeves. Apparently Michelle will soon sell her former sleeves, stuffed with old stockings, as oil booms. She’s sure to get a good price for them because she has an “in” with the buyers.

  29. hwc
    June 15th, 2010 at 12:33 am
    If they’ve gotta send Dana Milbank out to explain popularity, all the Clinton talk must be getting under the skin of the regime.

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

    Needling Obama, perhaps.

  30. Ironic. Questionable. Those emails which which were made public just yesterday.
    Ironic that Halliburton (the no bid king of the Bush/Cheney war in Iraq) is the responsible, reasonable party in this.
    The wording of the emails appears to me to be contrived.

    …BP apparently rejected advice of a subcontractor, Halliburton Inc., in preparing for a cementing job to close up the well. BP rejected Halliburton’s recommendation to use 21 “centralizers” to make sure the casing ran down the center of the well bore. Instead, BP used six centralizers. In an e-mail on April 16, a BP official involved in the decision explained: “It will take 10 hours to install them. I do not like this.” Later that day, another official recognized the risks of proceeding with insufficient centralizers but commented: “who cares, it’s done, end of story, will probably be fine.” A spokesman for BP could not immediately reached for comment.
    www dot foxnews.com/us/2010/06/14/bp-engineer-called-doomed-rig-nightmare/

    And lastly, laughable. BO told yesterday’s audience that he was collecting their stories to tell BP on Wednesday what they were going through. Did he need a two-day stay (and that stay is nowhere near 48 hours in length) to figure out what closing the gulf and oil-coated beaches was going to do for the folks there?

  31. Enamored with wind, Obama ignored drilling risks
    Byron York

    snip Birnbaum, who is so far the only Obama administration official to lose a job over the Gulf oil spill, spent an enormous amount of time working on the controversial Cape Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts. After years of regulatory wrangling, it was approved April 29 — nine days after the oil-rig explosion that set off the Gulf spill. Birnbaum came in for heavy criticism of MMS’ handling of the Deepwater Horizon/BP Gulf oil project. The general tone of the critique was that MMS had not paid enough attention to regulating such environmentally sensitive undertakings. What received less attention was why that attention wasn’t paid, and that was because Interior and MMS were busy pushing offshore renewable energy projects. Shortly after Birnbaum was fired, her defenders told the trade publication Environment and Energy Daily that “she had not been ordered to clean house at the scandal-stained agency, but to promote renewable energy.” When Salazar paid half-hearted tribute to Birnbaum the day she left, all he could come up with was that she had helped Interior deal with “the very difficult issues on standing up offshore wind in the Atlantic.” Wind, not oil, was the MMS offshore energy priority. Even when MMS addressed oil industry problems, it seemed only half interested. For example, on June 17, 2009, MMS began a procedure for coming up with new rules that would “require operators to develop and implement a safety and environmental management system for their oil and gas operations on the Outer Continental Shelf.” Nothing came of it. Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, lawmakers were fighting the last war. After the sex, drugs and influence scandal that rocked MMS in September 2008, senators and representatives came up with plans to reform the agency. They proposed to turn the director of MMS — currently appointed by the secretary of the interior with no input from Congress — into a position nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Other proposals involved cleaning up the way MMS handles the enormous amounts of revenue it collects from oil companies. All were good ideas and would have improved MMS had they been enacted. But they would not have addressed the problems that led to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. And they would not have awakened an administration that, dazzled by the dream of renewable energy, neglected the dull but crucial work of keeping watch over the nation’s offshore oil industry.
    www dot washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Enamored-with-wind_-Obama-ignored-drilling-risks-96334959.html

  32. Just read my email; a friend has advised me of this YouTube which puts Halliburton in an extremely dim light:
    YouTube – OIL RIG DISASTER – HALIBURTON SABOTAGED THE RIG !
    May 12, 2010 — Was the disaster on the BP rig off the coast of mexico actually an act of terrorism?
    Listen to this report from TruthFrequencyRadio.com to learn more
    Is there a split in the Bilderberg Group members…. Was this the work fo Dick Cheyney, with the help of Xe, previously known as Blackwater, in an attempt to prevent The Dutch Royals from tapping into this huge oil field?
    www dot youtube.com/watch?v=NbyEeMS10cs&feature=related

    So. Where does any resemblance of truth lie? I’ve not a clue, but have laid what I see out in the spirit of Judge Judy who frequently says “If something doesn’t make sense, it probably is not true.” If anyone can make sense of this, it is the pool of great minds here.

  33. Mike Marks
    June 15th, 2010 at 12:58 am
    “Of course, Obama bested Clinton in the only poll that mattered, in 2008.”

    The usual narrative from the media. But, of course, we all know that he didn’t “best” her enough to win the nomination on June 3, 2008, the day he declared himself the winner.
    &&&&&&&

    MikeMarks, you got that right.

    Obama didn’t “win” the nomination, it was stolen.

    And Obama was such a weak general election candidate that in an anti-Republican year (2008), he was headed straight down hill despite media adoration, and that it took the late September financial crisis (the Lehman meltdown) to drag his ass over the finish line.

    And then he continued his wimping streak by bearly being able to recite the oath, and taking his talentless ass into office and proving to the world why it is important not to hire incompetent people.

  34. Great comment from the Milbank piece;

    “As a libertarian conservative, I probably disagree with Hillary Clinton on 90 percent of the issues. But I know three things.

    A. Hillary Clinton, like her husband, believes in American exceptionalism, that this country is a force for good. Something the current occupant of the White House does not.

    B. Hillary Clinton would defend this country like a momma bear defending her cubs. She would make George W. Bush’s foreign policy look like George McGovern’s.

    C. And she would NEVER embark on a “World Apology Tour!”

    (And she also knows to place your hand on your heart when the National Anthem is played, unlike our current resident. That photo alone of Obama, hands clasped by his crotch, as Bill Richardson and Hillary placed their hands over their hearts should have shown Americans that Obama was NOT an American at heart.”

  35. wbboei
    June 15th, 2010 at 1:43 am
    “Even though I am President of the United States my powers are not limitless,” Obama said last Friday at Camardelle’s Live Bait and Boiled Seafood, “So I can’t dive down there and plug the hole. I can’t suck it up with a straw.
    ————————————–
    Disclaimer: I am not a psychiatrist. But that deranged statement speaks for itself. Let’s parse it out and see:

    1. “EVEN THOUGH . . . I AM . . . PRESIDENT . . . MY POWERS . . . ARE NOT. . . . LIMITLESS!!!”

    Comment: if we had asked Mr. Obama to perform a miracle then that might be an appropriate statement. But all we asked for from him was basic competence. All we expected was when 13 nations offered to assist in mitigating the oil spill he would say what any reasonable person would say in response to such offers: “Yes. Thank you. We have a hell of a problem on our hands. And we can use all the help we can get!” Instead he said no. Why? Because he is a sick MF. He fully believes he is a Messiah and he knows that it is unseemly for a Messiah to beg for help from mere mortals.
    ______________________________________________

    THE CRUX OF THE ENTIRE PROBLEM. All other foci are deflection.

  36. June 14, 2010

    Real Estate Website Accidentally Lists the White House for Sale

    Just days after President Obama’s apartment from his college days at Columbia University was put up for rent on Craigslist, the website UrbanTurf reported that the real estate website Redfin recently posted a sales listing on Mr. Obama’s current residence – the White House.

    The story was later reprinted by the website for NBC’s Washington station before circling the web.

    According to UrbanTurf, a site about real estate in Washington, Redfin had the 55,000 square foot presidential estate listed at $10 million and as being “For Sale by Owner.”

    But to the disappointment of prospective homebuyers, the ad was in fact a mistake, and the property is not actually up for sale. After the mistake was revealed, Redfin updated their site to note that the listing was an “Off-Market Property.” (

    Redfin released a statement today with their explanation as to how the error occurred.

    “At Redfin we want to show all the homes for sale. So in addition to showing you homes for sale from MRIS, the MLS in DC, we also get for sale by owner homes for sale from Zillow, ForSaleByOwner.com and Oodle,” the statement said. “Oodle in turn pulls for sale by owner homes from a number of different sources. Turns out one of those sources, Owners.com, shows the White House listed for sale.”

    Adding a bit of humor, Redfin added that the White House would be a “steal” at $10 million.

    UrbanTurf also offered an explanation as to how this might have happened.

    “It looks like Redfin software pulled an example listing from the website Owners.com by mistake,” Mark Wellborn wrote. “That example listing was the White House.”

    A closer examination of the Owners.com listing shows that the post was intended to be used solely as an example.

    The site prefaces their hokey description of the property with, “Want an example of a great listing? Here is a house everyone knows with a full description, lots of photos with captions and all the details filled in – It’s not really for sale!”

    And its description adds this: “Not for sale in a strict sense but available for the right person every 4 years with the proper combination of credit, charisma and drive. Special consideration given to applicants with an Electoral College rating of 270 or better.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20007645-503544.html

  37. Petreus collapsed about 10 minutes ago, although he was able to get up and walk out of a SEnate hearing….all these politics is probably making this excellent military man sick…I hope he isn’t having a heartattack.

  38. I heard that Hillary is meeting Biden today at his residence…let’s hope she is going to turn in her resignation.

  39. Notyoursweetie0
    June 15th, 2010 at 9:49 am
    You missed the part where Obama promised to make the Gulf better than it was
    &&&&&&&&&

    Again, Obama is promising the impossible, and to what end? To sound confident? Or cute?

    After any major environmental disaster, it would take weeks, months, years, or decades for Mother Nature to cleanse that area.

    But to make it better??? The man lives in hyperbole. He is an idiot.

    And to tell people “It’s safe to eat the food here…”, C’mon, don’t pee on me and tell me it’s raining, as Judge Judy might say.

    The man exaggerates, dissembles, evades, and lies so often, that he has NO credibility left. Even the Left are slowing starting to walk away from the stinking garbage heap known as “The Obama Administration”.

  40. THOMAS SOWELL BACKS UP BIG PINK: OBAMA’S CAMPAIGN SUCCESS WOULD NOT TRANSLATE TO GOVERNING SUCCESS

    Sowell has lots of good examples in Obama’s talking the talk but not walking the walk.

    And the result is not just that Obama isn’t “getting it done”, it’s that he makes things worse than even if he did nothing.

    realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/06/15/oil_vs_snake_oil_105964.html

    June 15, 2010
    Oil vs. Snake Oil
    ================

    By Thomas Sowell

    The big oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is bad enough in itself. But politics can make anything worse.

    Let’s stop and think. Either the government knows how to stop the oil spill or they don’t. If they know how to stop it, then why have they let thousands of barrels of oil per day keep gushing out, for weeks on end? All they have to do is tell BP to step aside, while the government comes in to do it right.

    If they don’t know, then what is all this political grandstanding about keeping their boot on the neck of BP, the attorney general of the United States going down to the Gulf to threaten lawsuits – on what charges was unspecified – and President Obama showing up in his shirt sleeves?

    Just what is Obama going to do in his shirt sleeves, except impress the gullible? He might as well have shown up in a tuxedo with white tie, for all the difference it makes.

    This government is not about governing. It is about creating an impression. That worked on the campaign trail in 2008, but it is a disaster in the White House, where rhetoric is no substitute for reality.

    If the Obama administration was for real, and trying to help get the oil spill contained as soon as possible, the last thing its attorney general would be doing is threatening a lawsuit. A lawsuit is not going to stop the oil, and creating a distraction can only make people at BP start directing their attention toward covering themselves, instead of covering the oil well.

    If and when the attorney general finds that BP did something illegal, that will be time enough to start a lawsuit. But making a public announcement at this time accomplishes absolutely nothing substantive. It is just more political grandstanding.

    This is not about oil. This is about snake oil.

    Nothing will keep a man or an institution determined to continue on a failing policy course like past success with that policy. Obama’s political success in the 2008 election campaign was a spectacular triumph of creating images and impressions.

    But creating political impressions and images is not the same thing as governing. Yet Obama in the White House keeps on saying and doing things to impress people, instead of governing.

    Once the elections were over and the time for governing began, there was now a new audience to consider – a much more savvy audience, the leaders of other countries around the world.

    However impressed the media and the Obama cult might be with the president’s image, rhetoric and style, leaders of other countries – allies and enemies alike – are interested in results.

    Even our domestic policies can affect foreign leaders, as Ronald Reagan’s breaking of the air traffic controllers’ strike impressed the Russians with what kind of man they were going to have to deal with, as former Soviet officials said publicly many years later.

    By the same token, domestic bungling by Barack Obama sends a dangerous signal to countries hostile to us, in addition to the signal sent by his displays of amateurism on the world stage.

    President Obama had barely settled into the White House before he began demonstrating his willingness to sell out this country’s friends to appease our enemies.

    His trip to Moscow to try to make a deal with the Russians, based on reneging on the pre-existing American commitment to put a missile shield in Eastern Europe, was the kind of shortsighted betrayal whose consequences can come back to haunt a nation for years.

    Obama spoke grandly about “pressing the reset button” on international relations, as if all the international commitments of the past were his to disregard.

    But if no American commitment can be depended upon beyond a current administration, then any nation that allies itself with us is jeopardizing its own national security, because dangers in the international jungle last longer than four years or even eight years.

    We are already seeing the consequences. Even Turkey – formally a NATO ally – is cozying up to Iran, now that it is painfully clear that Obama is not going to do anything that has any realistic chance of stopping Iran from going nuclear.

    If leaders of other nations can’t depend on the United States, then they need to make the best deal they can with our enemies. They understand that preserving their nation’s security is a leader’s top priority, even if Barack Obama doesn’t.

  41. The sightseeing boats off the coasts of the oil spill are using their boats to try and guide the dolphins away from the oil slicks….The dolphins don’t seem to be moving away from by themselves. There was a lady on Fox just crying over how to get the dolphins out of the way of the slick…its just so sad. It’s there home and don’t know how to get out of the way of the huge oil slick.

  42. This has to be categorized as earth shaking. Grover Norquist of the Wednesday Group and center of all Republican/Conservative evil for years joined a pro-Gay group today.

    The British conservatives long ago dumped anti-Gay rhetoric and policies. With the Norquist announcement, the United States might be graced with an end to the homophobia wars as sponsored by the Republican/Conservative leadership.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/06/grover_norquist_joins_goproud.html

    Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, has joined the advisory council of GOProud, the gay Republican group that recently — and unfortunately — drew attention when it was alternately derided and defended from the stage of CPAC. (The most notable critic, California activist Ryan Sorba, has unsuccessfully challenged GOP advisory board leader Tammy Bruce to a debate.)

    In a statement going out later Tuesday, Norquist calls the group “an important part of the conservative movement.” No surprise there. Norquist has always made common cause with almost anyone on the right who’s fiscally conservative; his Wednesday meetings of the movement include representatives of social conservative groups who are at loggerheads with GOProud. Here you’ve got the fledgling gay group winning another seat at the table, and a leader of the conservative movement pulling the chair out for them.

    Also joining the board: Margaret Hoover, a pundit and veteran of the George W. Bush administration, and the great-granddaughter of President Herbert Hoover. The statement:

    Today, GOProud, the only national organization of gay conservatives and their allies, announced that conservative leader Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, and Fox News contributor Margaret Hoover are joining the GOProud Advisory Council. “Grover Norquist and Margaret Hoover are two of the most respected names in the conservative movement,” said Christopher Barron, Chairman of GOProud’s Board. “We are honored to have them as part of the GOProud team.”

    GOProud is an important part of the conservative movement,” said Norquist. “I am proud to join GOProud’s Board of Advisors and to help in advancing their common-sense conservative agenda of limited government, lower taxes and individual liberty.”

    Grover Norquist is one of the most important conservative leaders in the country. He is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR is a coalition of taxpayer groups, individuals and businesses opposed to higher taxes at the federal, state and local levels. ATR organizes the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to oppose all tax increases.

    Norquist chairs the Washington, DC – based “Wednesday Meeting,” a weekly gathering of more than 150 elected officials, political activists, and movement leaders. The meeting started in 1993 and takes place in ATR’s conference room. There are now 61 similar “center-right” meetings in 46 states.

    He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Samah and his daughters, Grace and Giselle.

    Grover’s complete bio can be found here http://www.atr.org/grover-norquist-a3016#ixzz0qrYejsEC

    “I share GOProud’s commitment to core conservative values. GOProud has proven itself to be a powerful voice for gay conservatives and their straight allies,” said Hoover. “I am pleased to be joining their Board of Advisors and look forward to working to advance their critical mission.”

    Margaret Hoover is a television and radio commentator on issues ranging from American politics to pop-culture. A Fox News Contributor, she has guest co-hosted The View on ABC, and has appeared on NBC, CBS, PBS and CNN.

    In on-air appearances and speeches, she has become known as an advocate for reforming the Republican Party through renewed emphasis on the conservative principles of individual freedom, fiscal responsibility and strong national defense.

    Ms. Hoover held a White House appointment in the Bush Administration where she served as the Associate Director in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. A veteran of two Presidential efforts, Ms. Hoover worked on President Bush’s re-election campaign and for Rudy Giuliani’s presidential bid.

    Ms. Hoover recently joined the Advisory Board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the organization leading the fight for marriage equality through the groundbreaking federal court case to overturn California’s Proposition 8.

    She lives in New York City with her husband John Avlon.

    Margaret’s full bio can be found here http://margarethoover.com/wordpress/?page_id=11

    Norquist and Hoover join Fox News analyst and national conservative radio talk show host Tammy Bruce on GOProud’s Advisory Council. Bruce serves as Chair of the Advisory Council.

  43. NPR ADMITS NOVEMBER WILL NOT BE KIND TO DEMS

    npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127845693

    NPR Poll Shows Tough Road Ahead For Democrats
    =========================

    by Mara Liasson
    June 15, 2010

    A new public opinion survey for NPR shows just how difficult it will be for Democrats to avoid big losses in the House this November.

    Democrat Stan Greenberg and Republican Glen Bolger conducted the first public battleground poll of this election cycle. They chose the 70 House districts experts regard as most likely to oust incumbents this fall. What they found was grim news for Democrats.

    For this poll, Bolger and Greenberg chose the districts where incumbents are considered the most vulnerable, and, in the case of open seats, the ones most likely to switch party control in November. Sixty are currently held by Democrats — many of whom won these seats even when voters in the same district preferred Republican John McCain for president in 2008. The other 10 districts are the flip side — held by Republicans in the House, even though their voters went for Barack Obama in 2008.

    These are this year’s swing seats — the political terrain where the battle for control of the House of Representatives will be won or lost. In this battleground, voters are choosing Republicans over Democrats 49 percent to 41 percent.

    Poll Results ‘A Snooze Alarm’
    ————————–

    “In a year where voters want change and in which Democrats are seen to be in power, this is a tough poll — about as tough as you get,” Greenberg said.

    Bolger said the poll results will be a wake-up call for Democrats, who were stunned at the beginning of the year when Republican Scott Brown won the U.S. Senate seat held for years by the late Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts.

    “If Massachusetts was the first wake-up call, this is was the snooze alarm going off,” Bolger said.

    He pointed out that President Obama’s approval ratings are much lower in these competitive districts than they are nationally: 54 percent of the likely battleground voters disapproved of Obama’s performance; 40 percent approved.

    “It’s very problematic for the president to have a 40 percent approval rating in these 60 Democratic districts,” Bolger said. “When you look at history, when the president is below 50 percent nationally, his party tends to lose more than 40 seats.”

    Energized GOP Voters
    —————–

    Bolger says the NPR poll has more evidence of a trend that’s been apparent all year: Republican-leaning voters are energized, while the intensity seems to have leached out of the Democratic ranks.

    “When you look at the generic ballot for Congress in the Democrat-held seats, the Republican is up by 5 [points]. But among those who rate their interest as 8 to 10, you know, the high-interest voters, the Republican leads in those Democratic seats 53 to 39.

    “And what that means is that is in a close election, the Republican enthusiasm will put Republicans over the top, just like in ’06 and ’08, the Democratic enthusiasm put the Democrats over the top.”

    That lack of enthusiasm on the part of Democrats worried one NPR poll respondent, Donna Blanchette, a science teacher and Democrat from Minnesota who would like to see her Republican incumbent voted out of office.

    “Michele Bachmann is in my area, and as I watched the Republicans ramp up behind her, I don’t see a lot of Democrats being as forthcoming as we probably need to unseat Michele Bachmann,” Blanchette said.

    What would fire up Democrats?

    Frank Damico Jr., a lawyer from Louisiana, says he wishes the health care bill had been stronger. He wants to see his party fight harder against special interests and against Republicans.

    “The Democrats have been afraid, and I wish they would realize who put them in office,” Damico said. “I think they are more concerned with placating the right when I don’t think they are going to get the right supporting them no matter what they do.”

    But Brian Woolems, a union painter from southern Indiana, an independent who leans Republican, is typical of the likely voters in the NPR poll: His beef with the Democratic Congress is a long list of particulars.

    “I’m not in favor of the health care bill,” he said. “And they are working on cap and trade, and I’m not in favor of that. And I’m not in favor of all the stimulus spending they have done — pretty much everything.”

    An Uphill Struggle

    Democratic candidates have had success in some of the recent special elections. But despite those wins, the outlook for the midterms is still toxic for Democrats, Bolger said.

    “Democrats will have some good plays by individual campaigns, but it’s getting close. … The concrete is drying — it’s not yet solidly locked in, but it’s getting very difficult for this to change where there’s a picture of Republicans picking up at least 30 seats,” he said.

    And as Greenberg knows all too well, Republicans only need 40 pickups to take control of the House.

    “What I’m hoping that this poll brings about is that the Democrats are running with a much more effective economic message, which talks about who they fought for, and what they are engaged in now,” Greenberg said. “And that may also come out of the president’s speech this week, where I think as well he will be talking about not so much a grade for past performance but what he intends to do on energy and the Gulf.”

    Obama will speak from the Oval Office at 8 p.m. Tuesday about the devastating oil spill and his plans to repair the damage. Greenberg hopes the message lifts Democrats’ fortunes across the board.

  44. #
    confloyd
    June 15th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    The sightseeing boats off the coasts of the oil spill are using their boats to try and guide the dolphins away from the oil slicks….The dolphins don’t seem to be moving away from by themselves. There was a lady on Fox just crying over how to get the dolphins out of the way of the slick…its just so sad. It’s there home and don’t know how to get out of the way of the huge oil slick.
    —–

    I love dolphins and this sickens me to the core.

    I saw some guy on Fox the other day that invented some cloth that filters oil. He was one of the people that stepped up to show they could help with the gusher.

    I kept thinking…why didn’t/doesn’t BP get a load of this fabric, or something similar, sew it together, so it is about 1000 feet deep or more, weigh down the bottom hem, and make it into a huge circle to put around the gusher, capturing the oil in the middle and then sucking it up into tankers?

    Take too long? It will take months to try an drill the relief holes, and it will take awhile to get Kevin Costner’s filters there…

    Meanwhile what is working?

    This is more about BP recovering crude for profit than it is for protecting the Gulf.

  45. Shadowfax, I think so too, no one really cares about the animals…they want to keep this oil off the beaches, but that one way the Gulf cleans itself…inotherwards if they keep it out there the only thing that dies are the fish/dolphins/birds, but the damn people can go to the freaking beach…its just makes me sick.
    This one lady is doing what she can to try and guide the poor dolphins to safety, but I just don’t see how that will help, it seems the dolphins will just follow her back. She was just crying her head off for these dolphins. I have to admit, I was teary eyed watching the dolphins following her boat.
    They need more skimmers all around the lead and try and suck it up as it comes out, then they need to figure out how to get the dolphins out of that area.

  46. #
    confloyd
    June 15th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Shadowfax, Both sides are just thinking of the MONEY, not the lives of the animals!
    ——
    I agree, it’s all about money. Liability, profit and keeping BP afloat.

    To hell with the deaths below the water, just as long as people don’t see it, it never happened.

  47. Drill Baby, drill……. @#$&%!!! A$$wipes

    ——

    2010 oil spill wildlife: Dolphins suffer internal bleeding from contact with oil spill and chemicals (Video)

    Tempers on Florida’s gulf coast are beginning to flare as tar balls and oil covered birds have been showing up on beaches. But the worst horrors of the oil spill disaster cannot be seen from the surface.

    Florida Wildlife Federation President Manley Fuller said the long and short term effects of the spill on wildlife is frightening.

    “Birds will be unable to reproduce” and dolphins who come into contact with the poisonous water are suffering from “internal bleeding.”

    Dolphins are highly intelligent, social mammals that live in pods consisting of multiple generations of family members. Many residents and visitors to the Tampa Bay area have spotted dolphins swimming close to shore. Since their territory spans hundreds of miles throughout Gulf waters, they are more susceptible to injury and death from the oil spill.

    In addition to dolphins, hundreds of oiled birds, turtles and dozens of endangered species are dying faster than they can be rescued.

    Fuller said, “The unseen damage is far worse,” referring to the thousands of dead animals whose bodies will never be found.

    At a press conference today, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said there is little hope of stopping the leak until August at the earliest. That is when 2 relief wells are expected to be completed.

    “The oil is no longer a single spill but a massive spill.” Admiral Allen added, “It’s hundreds of thousands of patches of oil going in all different directions.”

    Now in its second month, the hole in the ocean floor left by the fallen Deepwater Horizon rig continues to gush. Some scientists estimate the rate at more than 24,000 barrels a day.

    In an attempt to battle the tide of black poison, Allen said BP intends to do more “skimming and burning” of surface oil at the leaking well site.

    An unanticipated issue has arisen concerning birds with a strong homing instinct, particularly females looking for their nests. Biologists fear they are flying back into harms way after they’ve been rescued, cleaned and released from a facility in Tampa, Florida.

    Wildlife habitat is not expected to recover from the massive oil spill for many years.

    http://www.examiner.com/x-44251-Tampa-Animal-Welfare-Examiner~y2010m6d7-2010-oil-spillDolphins-suffer-internal-bleeding-rescued-birds-fly-back-to-oil-spill-from-Tampa

  48. Shadowfax, OMG! Those poor animals! I couldn’t look at the pics you posted the other day…it makes me sick…it doesn’t bother me much to see folks in the emergency, but I can’t see the poor animals…I am just an animal person!

  49. Dying, dead marine wildlife paint dark, morbid picture of Gulf Coast following oil spill

    BY Matthew Lysiak In Grand Isle, La.

    Here’s what President Obama didn’t see when he visited the Gulf Coast: a dead dolphin rotting in the shore weeds.

    “When we found this dolphin it was filled with oil. Oil was just pouring out of it. It was the saddest darn thing to look at,” said a BP contract worker who took the Daily News on a surreptitious tour of the wildlife disaster unfolding in Louisiana.

    His motive: simple outrage.

    “There is a lot of coverup for BP. They specifically informed us that they don’t want these pictures of the dead animals. They know the ocean will wipe away most of the evidence. It’s important to me that people know the truth about what’s going on here,” the contractor said.

    “The things I’ve seen: They just aren’t right. All the life out here is just full of oil. I’m going to show you what BP never showed the President.”

    The day was 85 degrees, the blue sky almost white with sunshine, the air fresh with salt tang.

    After checking that he was unobserved, he motored out to Queen Bess barrier island, known to the locals as Bird Island.

    The grasses by the shore were littered with tarred marine life, some dead and others struggling under a thick coating of crude.

    “When you see some of the things I’ve seen, it would make you sick,” the contractor said. “No living creature should endure that kind of suffering.”

    Queen Bess Island was the first place where fledglings were born when the beloved, endangered Louisiana brown pelicans were reintroduced in the 1970s. Their population rebounded and was finally declared stabilized in 2002.

    Now their future is once again in doubt. In what had been such an important hatchery, hundreds of pelicans – their white heads stained black – stood sentinel. They seemed slow and lethargic.

    “Those pelicans are supposed to have white heads. The black is from the oil. Most of them won’t survive,” the contractor said.

    “They keep trying to clean themselves. They try and they try, but they can’t do it.”

    The contractor has been attempting to save birds and turtles.

    “I saw a pelican under water with only its wing sticking out,” he said. “I grabbed it and lifted it out of the water. It was just covered in oil. It was struggling so hard to survive. We did what we could for it.

    “Nature is cruel, but what’s happening here is crueler.”

    The uninhabited barrier islands are surrounded by yellow floating booms, also stained black, that are supposed to keep the oil out. It’s not working.

    “That grass was green a few weeks ago,” the contractor said. “Now look. … This whole island is destroyed. How do you write a check for something like this?”

    He said he recently found five turtles drowning in oil.

    “Three turtles were dead. Two were dying and not dead yet. They will be,” he said.

    As the boat headed back amid the choppy waves, a pod of dolphins showed up to swim with the vessel and guide it to land.

    “They know they are in trouble. We are all in trouble,” the contractor said.

    BP’s central role in the disaster cleanup has apparently given the company a lot of latitude in keeping the press away from beaches where the oil is thickest.

    On Monday, a Daily News team was escorted away from a public beach on Elmer’s Island bycops who said they were taking orders from BP.

    BP spokesman Toby Odone denied the company is trying to hide the environmental damage; he noted BP has organized press visits to the spill zone and said BP cannot tell cops what to do.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/

  50. #
    confloyd
    June 15th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Shadowfax, OMG! Those poor animals! I couldn’t look at the pics you posted the other day…it makes me sick…it doesn’t bother me much to see folks in the emergency, but I can’t see the poor animals…I am just an animal person!
    ——-
    I understand…I posted the photos for all those that think that drilling in the water is a good thing and forget the harm that is caused by negligence or greed of Big Oil.

  51. This has to be categorized as earth shaking. Grover Norquist of the Wednesday Group and center of all Republican/Conservative evil for years joined a pro-Gay group today.
    ———————————————
    I am not surprised. Think of the character Reverend Davidson in the movie Sadie Thompson, starring Rita Hayworth and Jose Ferrer–based on the novel Rain by Somerset Maugham. I suspected but I never knew. He is a very rigid individual–no pun intended.

  52. {snip}

    Executives from other major oil companies turned on BP and defended their own drilling practices during a U.S. congressional hearing in Washington on Tuesday. During the hearing, lawmakers criticized oil companies for having insufficient plans to handle a deepwater oil disaster.

    Summoned before the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on energy and environment, executives of the biggest oil companies moved to isolate BP as they sought to stave off new government regulations in the wake of the spill.

    “I believe the independent investigation will show that this tragedy was preventable,” said John Watson, chairman and chief executive of Chevron.

    BP’s U.S. boss Lamar McKay is expected to face tough questions by lawmakers on why the company made repeated choices that appeared to favor cost savings over safety before its rig blew up.

    Two Democratic lawmakers said in a letter to BP’s CEO Tony Hayward on Monday that the company appeared to have chosen faster and cheaper drilling options in the Gulf of Mexico that “increased the danger of a catastrophic well failure.

    BP LOSES AA RATING

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1416392020100615

  53. June 15, 2010

    The Early Word: Live From the Oval Office

    By BERNIE BECKER

    President Obama delivers his first address from the Oval Office tonight, discussing the oil spill after returning from an overnight trip to the Gulf Coast.

    The Times’s Jackie Calmes previews the president’s approach for his talk, finding some parallels between what he might say about the spill and his past rhetoric on the economy.

    “Aides say Mr. Obama will describe the eight-week-old oil spill as a slow-motion crisis, resistant to the best efforts and billions of dollars from government and industry,” Ms. Calmes writes. “Ultimately, he will say, the nation will recover, just not soon.”

    Before returning to Washington today, the president will give a speech to military personnel in Pensacola, Fla.

    In Alabama and Missisippi on Monday, Mr. Obama did his best to talk up tourism in the Gulf Coast region and sought to ease consumers’ fears about Gulf seafood.

    The Times’s Helene Cooper and Henry Fountain report that BP, meanwhile, is planning to increase the amount of oil it is capturing by the end of the month, following requests from the Obama administration. With BP’s chairman scheduled to meet with the president on Wednesday, the company’s board also met to discuss whether to create an account to deal with spill-related claims, an idea being pushed by the White House, which wants the claims process put under independent control.

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/15/the-early-word-live-from-the-oval-office/

  54. rgb44hrc
    And Obama was such a weak general election candidate that in an anti-Republican year (2008), he was headed straight down hill despite media adoration, and that it took the late September financial crisis (the Lehman meltdown) to drag his ass over the finish line.

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

    And Hillary would have done better in the GE, according to exit polls. Obama beat McCain by 7 points, Hillary would have beat McCain by 12.

  55. [snip]

    Of course, NYT is not the only “friendly garden” in which the fruit of AstroTurf can be planted. Which leads me to ponder this June 12, Wall Street Journal column entitled simply, “Hillary for Defense?” by Leslie H. Gelb. (subscription required)

    In the article, Gelb lays out, and makes the no-brainer case for, the Pretendident to marginalize and neutralize his biggest political threat, Hillary Clinton, by naming her Secretary of Defense when Robert Gates inevitably retires in the next year or so, (as Gelb sees it) then drafting her as his running mate in 2012. Gelb sees this as a White House win-win, even going so far as to say it sets Clinton up for her own second grab at the brass ring in 2016. Now, while all this may be a no-brainer win-win for the Big Floundering O, it doesn’t do much of squat in the near term for Hillary, or her largely non-transferable supporters, which causes me to wonder, why argue it now? Is it just right-wing meddling tripe, or yet another sparkle unicorn rainbow trial balloon? Is it merely rank speculation from the “president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations“? Do they even do that?

    All things considered, kinda makes you think, don’t it?

    http://cinie.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/whos-bright-idea-was-this/

  56. Yipes – posted on Hillbuzz:

    Let us prove or disprove this theory, as speculated on this site, The Oil Drum, that the reason the Obama Administration is employing draconian tactics to hamper full reporting and visual images of the Gulf Spill Disaster is that it’s a MUCH, MUCH, MUCH worse problem than the government is letting on.

    So far, the mystery’s involved:

    (1) maintaining a no-fly zone over the spill

    (2) preventing reporters from getting close to the spill

    (3) using military at Grand Isle, Louisiana under tight security lockdown…for SOMETHING

    (4) warehouses full of oil containing boom that aren’t being used

    (5) the refusal to act on any of the plans Governors Jindal, Barbour and others have been trying to get the federal government to focus on

    It feels like the Oil Drum piece might be on to something, in that they speculate the oil’s not leaking from the Deepwater Horizon shaft, but instead it’s leaking up from the sea floor itself…and that the oil’s somehow coming up not from a hole that can be plugged, but from a gash in the seabed that can’t be fixed.

    If this is true, then BP is not to blame for what’s happening, as much as Obama wants to pin everything on this one British company to destroy it (and all the British pensions that are linked to its stock).

    If this is true, then it’s a disaster only a demigod can avert and contain. Thank goodness all that Hope and Change from 2008 installed just such a Lightbringer with the power to lower the oceans and heal broken souls…and, we assume based on his own proclamations of godlike wonder, repair the sea floor.

    Read what they’re saying over at Oil Drum, then come back here and let’s see how deep we can all dig into this…and see if the theory proves true that the reason the Obama White House is not acting in this matter is because they know there is nothing they can do to stop this, and aren’t yet prepared to announce the real scope of the problem at hand.

  57. I hope to God that this guy at oildrum is wrong…

    [snip]

    All of these things lead to only one place, a fully wide open well bore directly to the oil deposit…after that, it goes into the realm of “the worst things you can think of” The well may come completely apart as the inner liners fail. There is still a very long drill string in the well, that could literally come flying out…as I said…all the worst things you can think of are a possibility, but the very least damaging outcome as bad as it is, is that we are stuck with a wide open gusher blowing out 150,000 barrels a day of raw oil or more. There isn’t any “cap dome” or any other suck fixer device on earth that exists or could be built that will stop it from gushing out and doing more and more damage to the gulf. While at the same time also doing more damage to the well, making the chance of halting it with a kill from the bottom up less and less likely to work, which as it stands now?….is the only real chance we have left to stop it all.

    It’s a race now…a race to drill the relief wells and take our last chance at killing this monster before the whole weakened, wore out, blown out, leaking and failing system gives up it’s last gasp in a horrific crescendo.

    We are not even 2 months into it, barely half way by even optimistic estimates. The damage done by the leaked oil now is virtually immeasurable already and it will not get better, it can only get worse. No matter how much they can collect, there will still be thousands and thousands of gallons leaking out every minute, every hour of every day. We have 2 months left before the relief wells are even near in position and set up to take a kill shot and that is being optimistic as I said.

    Over the next 2 months the mechanical situation also cannot improve, it can only get worse, getting better is an impossibility. While they may make some gains on collecting the leaked oil, the structural situation cannot heal itself. It will continue to erode and flow out more oil and eventually the inevitable collapse which cannot be stopped will happen. It is only a simple matter of who can “get there first”…us or the well.

    We can only hope the race against that eventuality is one we can win, but my assessment I am sad to say is that we will not.

    The system will collapse or fail substantially before we reach the finish line ahead of the well and the worst is yet to come.

    Sorry to bring you that news, I know it is grim, but that is the way I see it….I sincerely hope I am wrong.

    We need to prepare for the possibility of this blow out sending more oil into the gulf per week then what we already have now, because that is what a collapse of the system will cause. All the collection efforts that have captured oil will be erased in short order. The magnitude of this disaster will increase exponentially by the time we can do anything to halt it and our odds of actually even being able to halt it will go down.

    The magnitude and impact of this disaster will eclipse anything we have known in our life times if the worst or even near worst happens…

    We are seeing the puny forces of man vs the awesome forces of nature.
    We are going to need some luck and a lot of effort to win…
    and if nature decides we ought to lose, we will….

    Reference materials: (lots)

    http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6593/648967

  58. I have been reading the Oil Drum and the Hillbuzz “interpretation” is pure sh@t. They either have a severe reading/learning disorder or some wacko agenda. The problems are related to BP taking risks with safety, trying to save a small amount of money

    From recent posts, erosion around the well casing is progressing and now people are reporting a progressive tilt of the BOP. This is very bad….it’s a race between the rate of erosion around the well casing and the relief well drilling. If the lowest portion of the well structure is lost, then killing the well from below by the relief well is impossible.

  59. Shadowfax/SHV, OMG! Its going to get worse…maybe they could have done better with the containment if they would have told the truth…maybe Obama had he been interested enough, we could have gotten ahead of the game a little…lying to the American people isn’t that an impeachable offens?

  60. SHV

    The problems are related to BP taking risks with safety, trying to save a small amount of money

    ———
    It is all over the news:

    Documents: BP cut corners in days before blowout

    Associated Press

    NEW ORLEANS — BP made a series of money-saving shortcuts and blunders that dramatically increased the danger of a destructive oil spill in a well that an engineer ominously described as a “nightmare” just six days before the blowout, according to documents released Monday that provide new insight into the causes of the disaster.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_15297209?source=rss&nclick_check=1

  61. JanH
    June 15th, 2010 at 10:31 am
    June 14, 2010

    Real Estate Website Accidentally Lists the White House for Sale
    &&&&&&

    I believe Obama already sold it.

  62. Lighting struck the pumping ship and caused a fire…Bp now says they aren’t going to fire up the pumps on that ship until its safe…WHAT A CROCK OF CRAP…they now want to be safe!!

    I talked to a medical worker just a minute ago, he thinks we shouldn’t worry about the dolphins, they migrant and we’ll get some news…to hell with these that are dying. He thought they should be shot….I am sick of these folks, he probably has BP stock…he was pist all these shrimpers were going to stick it to BP…

  63. Its pouring out of there now…lots more coming out…Fox just took it off the screen….Cavuto is defending BP.

  64. confloyd

    I am still tying to deal with all this bad news myself.

    Cavuto defending BP…….no surprise there for me.
    Big oil, big bucks. To hell with the Gulf and all that lives there.

  65. Obama lying and ordering the Coast Guard and other Federal Officials to lie makes no sense. Obama was told early on that this was very likely to be an unstoppable disaster and the Coast Guard center was estimating 100000 bpd leak was possible.

    The only thing that makes any “sense”, at least to a sociopath, is that the blow out occured about three weeks after Obama lifted the drilling ban and saying that drilling platforms were safe. If he then went on TV and said that well blow out would likely be the worst man made disaster ever; he would have looked like a cluless fool and a fucking moron. I think that the handlers decided the SIC’s ego was more important than the truth. The plan was to manage the news and the message, lie about the amount of oil, hide as much as possible with dispersants, etc. and continue the coverup until BP could shut off the flow with a top kill. It would have worked and the MSM would have covered up the lying and Obama would again be the neatest ever. Unfortunately, the down bore integrity of the well casing is totally fucked and the 30-50000 barrels of drilling mud was pumped and leaked into the surrounding sea bed.

  66. This stupid PR stunt tonight is just another indication of the depths of his hubris. He really believes his own campaign shtick that the masses will just crumble in worship at his feet.

    Fuck him.

    He’s passed the buck on every decision so far including this one. Why not temporarily suspend the law that keeps the Saudi oil recovery ships from being in US waters? Why not grant the states control? He gets to pass the buck for certain then instead of stymieing whatever they try to do with the whole federal jurisdiction argument.

    Tonight will be seen for what it is: another dog and pony show to shore up his re-election numbers and nothing more. Why have the office if you do zero with it?

    He really is President Zero.

    Fuck him.

  67. SHV

    Unfrickin’ believable, and we are stuck in this disaster with the King of Frauds at the helm.

  68. THose dispersants were supposed to be stopped…they did stop the overhead spraying were the people could see it and then started spraying underneath…I am sure that hasn’t helped the fish.

    I think that casing has blown, if you look at the pic I see, it appears oil is coming out underneath the cap the just put on.

    Its going to crap right before our eyes today. They quit pumping because of lightning struck the pick up barge…touchdown Jesus was hit by lightning tooo…I think things are just bad everywhere.

  69. You mean he still hasn’t lifted the ban on ships from other countries yet???

    OMG, why not? Impeach this sob, NOW!

  70. confloyd
    June 15th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    THose dispersants were supposed to be stopped…they did stop the overhead spraying were the people could see it and then started spraying underneath…

    ——-
    Yes, I just was reading the report to Congress today:

    [snip]

    Captain June Ryan, USCG

    Subsurface: In the last 24 hr period 9,596 gallons of subsurface dispersant has been used. Oil and gas produced, about 15, 000 barrels captured, and 39.2 million cub feet of gas. Barge Cascade will begin helping with the offload, the barge Massachusetts has offloaded in the port of Mobil, AL and will be back tomorrow to help with the capacity issue.

    Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/06/14/1680567/what-congress-was-told-monday.html#ixzz0qxKVvJFi

  71. confloyd
    June 15th, 2010 at 4:30 pm
    You mean he still hasn’t lifted the ban on ships from other countries yet???

    OMG, why not? Impeach this sob, NOW!
    ___________________________________________

    It should be apparent by now that if he was going to do anything, he would have done it.

    Tonight he’ll go on TV and talk about the 20,000 people working on it (and omit the fact that they’re BP paid workers, not federal people), and how bad it is, the really, really promise that his administration is going to make it all better. All the while, he does nothing but hinder containment by allowing interagency barriers to stomp on efforts to clean up the mess.

    Then he’ll segue into pie in the sky “green energy” which has never worked, and “climate change” legislation which will do nothing except impoverish every American.

    Yes, impeach, remove, imprison.

  72. BP has now hired Goldman Sachs for advice…my guess that is why Fox is now sticking up for BP…how do these news announcers sleep at night…they know the truth and report the lies.

  73. I wonder if we should take bets on if Obama will ask Bill to see if he can oversee the Gulf Oil disaster instead of Haiti.

  74. I’m traveling and haven’t seen the live pictures but in the past, oil flow was from vents in the well cap. The vents can’t be closed because that would increase the pressure and the rate of sea bed errosion around the well casing. That was one of the main reasons for cutting the riser pipe; to unrestrict the flow and try and reduce the down bore leak. That’s why the well can’t be shut off by capping or blowing it up, etc. Eventually the whole well structure will fail and oil flow will go up dramatically and can’t be stopped.

  75. Obama speech was nothing but lip service just like the visit to La was nothing more than a photo-op.

    The Speech was nothing more than an announcement he was about to legislate some form of Climate Legislation… better known as Cap and Trade.

    a few quotes, an advance summary from the WSJ Jonathan Weisman:

    “In the case of putting a price on the emission of carbon, a step he has said is necessary to make alternative fuels competitive, he faces bipartisan opposition. Republicans mobilized even before the speech to castigate efforts to use the political crisis in the Gulf to further that controversial aim.”

    “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R, Ky.) warned that if he presses to cap emissions of carbon dioxide, he will “use the justifiable public outrage over an explosion that killed 11 people and the oil spill that followed as a tool for pushing a divisive new climate change policy even as hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil continue to spill into the Gulf each day.”

    “A senior administration official said the president will not explicitly call for a cap on carbon emissions or a carbon tax. In that sense, he may be laying the political groundwork for a less ambitious bill funding clean energy research and development.”

    “The president was to say, “We all need to rally together and act as one nation to create a new clean-energy future,” the official said.”
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704009804575308782107364538.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories

  76. Obama (and) Boss George Soros Ready To Profit From Oil Disaster

    h’s no w’s

    tammybruce com/2010/06/obama-boss-george-soros-ready-to-profit-from-oil-disaster.html

    If you think the Gulf Oil Spil was an accident- THINK AGAIN!

    If you think Obama’s stalling remediation of the damage done by the BP Oil spill is a poor response, playing dumb to what the natural response would be – THINK AGAIN!

    You have to ask yourself who has the motive?

    Who could possibly create a scenario likely to make this happen?

    The players are all in plain view. Remember, Obama and Soros are the key beneficiaries. The next question is: Who’s help did Soros and Obama need to make it happen? The answer is: Tony Hayward. And the reason why he ran to cash in his BP oil stock and pay off the mortgage on his house. (in case BP figured out later on their employee was the saboteur costing them hundreds of billions of dollars.

    What was Obama’s part in this scenario1.) Turning the public against more off shore oil drilling, 2.) Promoting Clean Energy legislation, natural Gas. 3.) Cap and Trade, 4.)Setting the oil rigs free from the Gulf to travel to Brazil, Soros’ new Tax payer funded oil drilling venture. (stalling the remediation of the oil damage to the Gulf.

    Obama’s actions all fall in with the proof we brought to the table the night before last. We smelled Soros lurking around the pumps.

    Soros recently invested himself as a 5% shareholder in a new (natural gas) company- everyone who is anyone dumped their BP oil stock like it was infected with leprosy and soon will be investing in the new clean energy stock natural GAS.

    Oh, and since Obama declared a moratorium on drilling, the oil rigs sitting in the Gulf have been left in idling mode. Soros is now calling for the silent oil rigs to be sent to Brazil to begin his off shore drilling. Remember his oil venture funded by us the Taxpayerm for Soros’ PetroBraz?

    headline and link below:

    “You read that headline correctly. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration is financing oil exploration off Brazil.

    The U.S. is going to lend billions of dollars to Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, to finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil’s Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s planning minister confirmed that White House National Security Adviser James Jones met this month with Brazilian officials to talk about the loan.

    The U.S. Export-Import Bank tells us it has issued a “preliminary commitment” letter to Petrobras in the amount of $2 billion and has discussed with Brazil the possibility of increasing that amount. Ex-Im Bank says it has not decided whether the money will come in the form of a direct loan or loan guarantees. Either way, this corporate foreign aid may strike some readers as odd, given that the U.S. Treasury seems desperate for cash and Petrobras is one of the largest corporations in the Americas.”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203863204574346610120524166.html

  77. Well, I don’t know if an msnbc promo hearing a caller calling the president a “LIAR” is a trick or a treat- I guess, I’ll just have to listen-in to find out.

  78. SHV,

    “That’s why the well can’t be shut off by capping or blowing it up”

    Thanks SHV for the explanation. It makes sense now.

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