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A few Fix Monday must-reads

We're taking it slow this afternoon after a VERY long weekend at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

But, we never want to leave loyal Fixistas in a lurch so here are a few stories, items and various other miscellany worth reading:

* The Post's Paul Kane on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.); "a towering figure, perhaps even a historic one."

* Ruth Marcus reviews former First Lady Laura Bush's memoir.

* Sign up to get Ezra Klein's "Wonkbook" in your email inbox. All the policy you need for the day delivered by 8 am.

*Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher looks to be a sure-fire winner in tomorrow's Ohio Senate Democratic primary, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

* Fix friend Lenny Bernstein's piece in the Post magazine on how an average marathoner (him) tried to make himself above-average.

What did we miss out there in the great swirl of news? Links are appreciated in the comments section below.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
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Yeah. That's pretty much the liberal view of it drivl.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 4, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Because the federal government needs to be everywhere at once, and omniscient, you know, like God, so they can protect us from every little thing.

Posted by: drindl | May 4, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Once Again the federal government does absolutely nothing to keep us safe. It is up to individual citizens to stop bombers. What is all the money being spent on?

Looks like all that bowing and scraping has backfired.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 4, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Earlier today - I posted about the LEFT WING VIOLENCE AT THE IMMIGRATION RALLIES - INCLUDING HATE CRIMES AGAINST WHITES IN CALIFORNIA


A rally in California:


They said a large group of immigrants' rights supporters followed them to the BART station on Market Street and started punching and kicking them, and calling them names.

"They said we were racists, and we were against them, and against their town, and against San Francisco," said Parker Wilson with the Bay Area National Anarchists. "What they were saying, they said we need to get out and called us racists, and that we need to go home. And then they just attacked my friends and me."

Those arrested will likely be charged with felony assault and robbery.


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Don't you feel the hypocrisy dripping

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

"Movie called "The Happening," a suicide plague, arboreal pheromones"

Haven't seen that one.

Posted by: Brigade | May 3, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Movie called "The Happening," a suicide plague, arboreal pheromones

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

"ARBOREAL PHEREMONES?!?"

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 9:35 PM

I had to look up that one. Pheromones maybe? You'll have to get the details from scrivener. It's way over my head.

Posted by: Brigade | May 3, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

If you'd stop skipping over scrivener50's posts, you wouldn't have to ask such a question.

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ARBOREAL PHEREMONES?!?

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler wrote,
"I wonder how they're supposed to have done it? As observed as the whole thing was .. submarine? Torpedo? Psychokinesis?"

If you'd stop skipping over scrivener50's posts, you wouldn't have to ask such a question.

Posted by: Brigade | May 3, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

noa: the sad thing is between the two coasts many folks sit with Goober and Gomer every afternoon listening to 3 hours of Rush on their cracked bake-lite AM only radios. Rush is the only "news" they get.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 3, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

My opinion, 37th, is that interacting with a burned out druggy like you is a waste of time. I'm more than halfway through my lifespan so I husband my time too carefully to waste in a fool like you.

Go to hell.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe and Noacoler


Do you believe that enforcing the immigration laws as passed by Congress is racist ???


What is your opinion on this topic???

And do you support left-wing mobs beating people up?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse


Earlier today - I posted about the LEFT WING VIOLENCE AT THE IMMIGRATION RALLIES - INCLUDING HATE CRIMES AGAINST WHITES IN CALIFORNIA


A rally in California:


They said a large group of immigrants' rights supporters followed them to the BART station on Market Street and started punching and kicking them, and calling them names.

"They said we were racists, and we were against them, and against their town, and against San Francisco," said Parker Wilson with the Bay Area National Anarchists. "What they were saying, they said we need to get out and called us racists, and that we need to go home. And then they just attacked my friends and me."

Those arrested will likely be charged with felony assault and robbery.

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This puts EGG ON THE FACE of everyone on this blog who tried to say that the Tea Party Movement is about to become violent.

Where is the outrage ?


If you are against violence - you should be against this incident - I see NOTHING FROM YOU.

LOOK at the false charges of racism

WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE AGAINST GROUP ???


Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

If I can slip a word in edgewise between all the hysterical 37th posts ...

... looks like Rush Limbaugh is saying that environmentalists somehow destroyed the oil rig in the Gulf. He's not speculating, he's stating it as fact. Many millions will take it as fact, too.

I wonder how they're supposed to have done it? As observed as the whole thing was .. submarine? Torpedo? Psychokinesis?

We live in a really nutty country

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Was Obama actually BLOCKING the burning off of the oil spill in the early days of the spill ???

There is a federal response plan that was PRE-APPROVED - READY TO GO

However, it was NOT put into effect.

Obama should have known all about this - because he just completed a review of offshore drilling and came out in favor of EXPANDED OFFSHORE DRILLING.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

William Bennett-style "thought experiment":

The Corner and infamous Harvard Law School student Stephanie Grace. Picture them reading to each other favorite passages of the Turner Diaries or debating which is the better film, "Driving Miss Daisy" or "Birth Of A Nation."

Corner, it could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 3, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler


You should work on being Post-Racial as well -


And work on your respect for the First Amendment too.

Throw in some respect for the Tenth Amendment too, just for fun, will ya ?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

"broadwayjoe


Your posting at 7:45...

[Text in middle deleted by foolishness filter]

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 8:30 PM"

Sorry about that, Corner.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 3, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe at 8:29


What do you do - collect all these stories ???


This is not being POST RACIAL -

YOU should work on being Post Racial - support the end of affirmative action - work toward a colorblind society

And stop criticizing the small things.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

37th, just shut up, would you?

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


My comment at 8:04 was in support of Dred Scott

Again - you PROVE that you are looking for racism in every little comment - under every rock - and in every innocent comment.

This has to stop - IT IS DIVISIVE.

We have to work towards A POSTRACIAL SOCIETY.

Martin Luther King would be ASHAMED of you - using charges as racism as INTIMIDATION POLTICS.


Martin Luther King supported a colorblind society - one in which people were judged by the content of their character - AND MARTIN LUTHER KING WAS A REPUBLICANS.


Game, Set Match - Thank you Goodbye.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

If Crist does indeed win as and Independent and caucus as a Democrat, y'think this blog will find him quite so exciting?

Somehow, I think not.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 8:34 PM
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LOL.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 3, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

If Crist does indeed win as and Independent and caucus as a Democrat, y'think this blog will find him quite so exciting?

Somehow, I think not.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse


Earlier today - I posted about the LEFT WING VIOLENCE AT THE IMMIGRATION RALLIES - INCLUDING HATE CRIMES AGAINST WHITES IN CALIFORNIA

A rally in California:


They said a large group of immigrants' rights supporters followed them to the BART station on Market Street and started punching and kicking them, and calling them names.

"They said we were racists, and we were against them, and against their town, and against San Francisco," said Parker Wilson with the Bay Area National Anarchists. "What they were saying, they said we need to get out and called us racists, and that we need to go home. And then they just attacked my friends and me."

Those arrested will likely be charged with felony assault and robbery.


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Broadwayjoe


You have no conception of what the Dred Scott decision was all about.

Why don't you go read it


Taney.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


Your posting at 7:45 is a complete disgrace to the idea of A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY.

All you are doing is seeking to tear everyone apart - in a divisive way.

These charges of racism - about every little thing have to stop - IMMEDIATELY.


Over the weekend - an angry mob started to beat whites - claiming racism.

This INTIMIDATION POLITICS HAS TO STOP. It is a violation of civil rights.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, 37. IF anyone at this late date needed conclusive proof of your unrepentant racism and idiocy, your shout-out to the 1857 Dred Scott case (holding blacks weren't citizens) provided it.
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37, you're in luck, we have a perfect hook up for you. Up Boston way, there's a female member of the Harvard Law Review who's soon graduating and is slated to work as a law clerk for a prominent federal judge, that has some peeeculeear views about black folks. Better get her digits when you can, Corner.

"Third-year Harvard Law student Stephanie Grace sent a mass email about whether black people are categorically less intelligent than white people. Now her campus, legal blogs, and the Black Law Students Association are up in arms, and Stephanie is hiding."

http://gawker.com/5527355/meet-stephanie-grace-the-harvard-law-student-who-started-a-racist-email-war

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 3, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


The tenth amendment has nothing to do with Obama or racism


HOWEVER THE TENTH AMENDMENT IS THE LAW OF THE LAND.

If you don't like the Tenth Amendment - try to get another amendment to overturn it - otherwise it is A PART OF THE CONSTITUTION and you should respect it.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Crist will probably have the last laugh (as his musical counterpart Kenny Chesney already has); Crist apparently has done some reasonable things for Floridians, including minorities, that he couldn't talk about while running to win the bagger-dominated GOP primary. As an indie, Crist can now publicize his real record in FL.

Don't think Drudge/Fix World saw this coming...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 3, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


We are supposed to be living in a POSTRACIAL COUNTRY NOW

So all charges of RACISM should be cast aside -

It is that simple - we have to stop the divisive nature of all this - and SEEK TO UNITE EVERYONE

I would like to remind you that there was a great deal of LEFT WING VIOLENCE THIS WEEKEND SURROUNDING THE IMMIGRATION RALLIES.


EVERYONE should be asked for their papers - it should not be based on race or anything - but the DEPORTATIONS SHOULD CONTINUE.

Dred Scott Rules !


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Guess the Florida GOP thinks they're funny.

Joke'll be on them if Crist wins as an independent and caucuses with the Democrats. He'd have to be some sort of masochist to do anything for the Republicans, who're too busy worrying about ideological purity to have any time left over to worry about winning elections.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DDAWD | May 3, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

d: what Emmer's part of the the "tenther" movement, one of the many tiresome racist proxy agendas. Another bogus pseudo-legal justification for refusing to recognzing BHO as President. Sad.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 3, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

"What did we miss out there in the great swirl of news?"
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Well, you asked so...

...There's this business of the Arizona racial profiling law, you know, criminalizing "living while brown." The law has exposed the pure racism of the teabaggers and the GOP base and ensures the largest growing demographic in the country will not vote GOP, well, ever. The teabaggers have attacked everyone who doesn't agree with its extremist, supremacist madness, see, e.g., Lindsey Graham and William Gheen.

...The Arizona legislature withdrew the anti-Obama "birther" bill they thought was such a winner weeks ago. Under the bill, BHO would have had to produce his "long form" birth certificate (you know, the one that doesn't exist outside Drudge World and the Twilight Zone) before the State would put him on the ballot in 2012.

...And they say veteran Utah Senator Bob Bennett has no chance of winning the GOP priomary, thanks to the baggers' opposition. Most folks think this is a big deal.

...And indications are Crist will NOT be caucusing with the GOP. His recent aggressive outreach to the minority and progressive communities in recent days in Florida make it unlikely the GOP caucus will be his home after he wins in November.

...And the legendary Frank Rich wrote this in his NYT column about how the GOP's allegiance to the baggers' racism is ripping the party apart:

"The angry right and its apologists also keep insisting that race has nothing to do with their political passions. Thus Sarah Palin explained that it’s Obama and the “lamestream media” that are responsible for “perpetuating this myth that racial profiling is a part” of Arizona’s law. So how does that profiling work without race or ethnicity, exactly? Brian Bilbray, a Republican Congressman from California and another supporter of the law, rode to the rescue by suggesting “they will look at the kind of dress you wear.” Wise Latinas better start shopping at Talbots!

In this Alice in Wonderland inversion of reality, it’s politically incorrect to entertain a reasonable suspicion that race may be at least a factor in what drives an action like the Arizona immigration law. Any racism in America, it turns out, is directed at whites."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/02/opinion/02rich.html

You did ask.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 3, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues


There is a new plan for the oil spill - they want to place a cone on the well - but NOT to cap the well

Capping the well is not going to work because the pressure is too great now.

They are going to try to attach a pipe to the cone - and then draw all the oil through the pipe onto a ship.

The pressure is just too great.

This solution would probably end up with the NEW construction of an oil platform at the site - and it will be pumping oil for a long time.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

"Chris, you are aware, are you not, that Caomrade_Zero also posts as Moonbat, as drivl, as zouk_is_king, as Hembo, and several others?"

This is true, Chris...if you follow the threads you will see.

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Would someone please tell Obama that going from "being able to destroy the world 15 times over" - to "being able to destroy the world 10 times over" - IS NOT A FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT POLICY.

It is the SAME policy.

Man, Obama really goes to such lengths to CLAIM that he is doing something different.


Where I come from there is an old saying - which is translated from the old country -


"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, I guess, Chris. 37th is the one who really is annoying, though. No one else really regards zook at that level.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 3, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I hate to go back to a post from the prior evening, but I was absent from the blog when this post, a response to me, was posted. It's perplexing:

Noacoler wrote
"some connection .. I have a sister acquainted with sone of them. Yeah, peering through the Venetian blinds o/~ waiting for the van to come o/~.

I think my investments in a Communist country and plans to expat there are a lot likelier to land me under the bright lights.

Anyway, I feel as you do about trumpeting a belief in God. I don't care how fashionable it is, it's still nutty.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 2, 2010 11:25 PM

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Occasionally someone will challenge me for something I never said, but it's unusual for someone to agree with me for something I never said.

Is there some explanation, other than demon-possession, for your last two sentences? How do they relate to our exchange about code pink and Karl Rove?

Posted by: Brigade | May 3, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm still not placing a great deal of credibility in the reports of North Korean sabotage in the Gulf Oil rig explosion - however the blog says this:


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Most important to understand about this latest attack by North Korea against its South Korean enemy is that under the existing “laws of war” it was a permissible action as they remain in a state of war against each other due to South Korea’s refusal to sign the 1953 Armistice ending the Korean War.


___________________________________


Also, the blog is stating that there were two explosions - one on April 20th when the rig first exploded - then they went back two days later to actually sink the rig - which got the oil spill going.


We have not been given a great deal of information about what caused the leak - and they say now there are actually three leaks.


The CONDITION OF THE EQUIPMENT under the sea is what is key - they keep on thinking that somehow they can get the safety equipment to work - but the damage to the equipment is causing it not to work - perhaps indicating that there is more to the story.


http://texasfred.net/archives/6589

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Here is another must-read

I don't know about this story - however it is worth consideration - BECAUSE we have had little in terms of what caused the explosion on the oil rig in the Gulf


This blogger is talking about the North Koreans attacking the oil rig


I don't know about this - it seems an unlikely target for North Korea and one certain to invite retaliation - so I tend NOT to see this report as credible.

However it is worth taking a look at


http://texasfred.net/archives/6589


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Serves that maggot right.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 3, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Chris, you are aware, are you not, that Caomrade_Zero also posts as Moonbat, as drivl, as zouk_is_king, as Hembo, and several others? He takes no pains to conceal his multiple identities, this is not a speculation.

And can we please get rid of 37th so others can have discussions here?

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

All,

Comrade Zero has been banned for attacking other commenters.

Thanks.

Chris

Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | May 3, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

WHY DIDN'T OBAMA FOLLOW THE FEDERAL OIL SPILL PLAN ????


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If U.S. officials had followed up on a 1994 response plan for a major Gulf oil spill, it is possible that the spill could have been kept under control and far from land.

The problem: The federal government did not have a single fire boom on hand.

View full size(AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Sawyer)This The "In-Situ Burn" plan produced by federal agencies in 1994 calls for responding to a major oil spill in the Gulf with the immediate use of fire booms.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Snarl all you want, leapin, this law stinks on ice and it's hurting Arizona business.

Of course, if AZ was serious about stopping illegal immigration they would attack hiring, removing any incentive to illegally immigrate. People don't risk their lives to come here so they can starve, you know.

Not that I expect a screeching bigot such as yourself to be able to deal with the issue rationally.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

David frum, conservative:

'The notion of cutting taxes has been elevated to a sacrosanct ideology by the Tea Party movement. According to this ideology, Americans are taxed beyond their means, tax receipts from the government are higher than they have been in decades and the answer to the Federal deficit is to cut taxes “like Reagan” and watch the economy take off like a rocket.

Taxes are actually lower as a percentage of the Federal GNP, then it has been in years (31.5%). When polled by FrumForum several months ago during a Tea Party protest in Washington DC, the majority of Tea Partiers polled said the percentage was on average 42.06%. When asked what a median American family pays in taxes (with a $50,000 income), those same Tea Partiers said on average it was $12,710 when it fact, the typical $50,000 family in America pays $7,500 in federal taxes.

And an overwhelming number all told the pollster that taxes were much higher since President Obama had taken office in January 2009. This despite the fact that almost 50% of the stimulus package passed in 2009 was made up of tax cuts and according to the Tax Foundation, the number of income tax returns with zero liability is growing every year due to child tax credits and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Tax cut ideology indeed lives on mythology. Much like the return of the good ole days when the American Right had people like Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater looking out for your tax rates. Of course, the fact that neither men believed in the tax cut ideology and would be considered RINO (Republican in Name Only) by the Tea Party today makes this nostalgia quite funny.

Reagan’s tax increase of 1982 TERFA (Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act) is still adjusted for inflation, the largest tax increase in peacetime American history. Barry Goldwater voted against the Kennedy tax cuts of 1963 for fear of having an inflationary pressure on the economy."

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Is gonzalez boycotting Mexico or the US? when he says "us and them", I think he might have it backwards. It is always hard to tell with liberals.

warming is cooling
legal is illegal
choice is murder
spending is saving
surrender is diplomacy
we are them
golf is work
waiting is decisive
deciding is.... well some day we may find out.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Ever notice how the angry stooges spend all day talking about how they are ignoring me?

the rest of the time, they call for banning others.

then what would they do all day?

"Oh Mo, you're so smart in a bald, ugly kind of way"

"you too curly, and your ranting is simply enchanting"

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Now, that boycott effort has gained an influential endorsement: San Diego Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. A dual citizen of Mexico and the U.S., Gonzalez is one of the game’s best hitters. He has been on the National League’s All-Star team for the past two seasons.

Gonzalez told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the Arizona law is “immoral” and a violation of human rights. “In a way, it goes against what this country was built on. This is discrimination. Are they going to pass out a picture saying ‘You should look like this and you’re fine, but if you don’t, do people have the right to question you?’ That’s profiling.” He went further in an interview with MLB Fanhouse, stating that he would go so far as to refuse playing in the All-Star Game next year if the law is in effect"

Posted by: drindl
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As a dual citizen of Mexico and the US then what is Gonzalez going to do to protest the immigration laws of Mexico?

Posted by: leapin | May 3, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Read this and weep enviro leftist loons. your guy is a bumbling fool, makes Bush look like Einstein:
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If U.S. officials had followed up on a 1994 response plan for a major Gulf oil spill, it is possible that the spill could have been kept under control and far from land.

The problem: The federal government did not have a single fire boom on hand.

The "In-Situ Burn" plan produced by federal agencies in 1994 calls for responding to a major oil spill in the Gulf with the immediate use of fire booms.

But in order to conduct a successful test burn eight days after the Deepwater Horizon well began releasing massive amounts of oil into the Gulf, officials had to purchase one from a company in Illinois.

When federal officials called, Elastec/American Marine, shipped the only boom it had in stock, Jeff Bohleber, chief financial officer for Elastec, said today.

At federal officials' behest, the company began calling customers in other countries and asking if the U.S. government could borrow their fire booms for a few days, he said.

A single fire boom being towed by two boats can burn up to 1,800 barrels of oil an hour, Bohleber said. That translates to 75,000 gallons an hour, raising the possibility that the spill could have been contained at the accident scene 100 miles from shore.

"They said this was the tool of last resort. No, this is absolutely the asset of first use. Get in there and start burning oil before the spill gets out of hand," Bohleber said. "If they had six or seven of these systems in place when this happened and got out there and started burning, it would have significantly lessened the amount of oil that got loose."

In the days after the rig sank, U.S Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry said the government had all the assets it needed. She did not discuss why officials waited more than a week to conduct a test burn.

At the time, former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration oil spill response coordinator Ron Gouget -- who helped craft the 1994 plan -- told the Press-Register that officials had pre-approval for burning. "The whole reason the plan was created was so we could pull the trigger right away."

Gouget speculated that burning could have captured 95 percent of the oil as it spilled from the well.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm... wonder which of you blog-spammers will be the first to be "flipped" by Project Geneva?

I KNOW -- the smart ones.

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 3, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Let's be HONEST within 48 everyone was saying Bush wasn't doing enough in Katrina


But now - after 2 WEEKS - the media is giving Obama a free pass.


Obama just came out in favor of EXPANDED OFFSHORE DRILLING A FEW MONTHS AGO.

Obama SHOULD HAVE HAD A PLAN READY THEN - WHEN HE WAS GIVING THE GO-AHEAD TO MORE DRILLING. THIS IS THE BIGGEST JOKE EVER.


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This is ridiculous - Obama had FEDERAL RESOURCES SIT IDLE - Obama IS COMPLETELY BUNGLING THIS OPERATION

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

That he is just soooo angry, just writhing in it all the time, is pretty funny, .... he's so miserable.

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Maybe I'm too empathetic or maybe I've spent too much time reading between the lines of writing styles but I find zouk's stuff literally sickening. No, not the insults directed at us, they're too over-the-top and missing of the mark to get under my skin (the guy really has no clue how to do that), but the viciousness. The guy really is emotionally ill, and while he's not good enough at it to be effective his desire to hurt is so very intense.

Try to imagine what life is like in his head and you will probably bend over and vomit into a trash can within ten minutes. I harbor way too much hostility myself, work on reducing it every day, but zouk is orders of magnitude worse than me at my peak. Ugh.

I bet he's a smoker and a drinker, completely out of shape, too enraged to do anything to take care of himself. Probably a mouthful of brown teeth and halitosis that makes convenience store clerks wrinkle their noses.

And oh, zouk, it's "triumvirate." Learn to use your darn spellchecker, winky winky winky.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

the triumverate of stooges has insidiously taken over the thread. all ye of intelligent keen, flee for your brains.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

oooh, and the April jobs numbers should be coming out soon!

Posted by: DDAWD | May 3, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I don't read his crap, noa, just gt the general gist scrolling past... too bad we have to even do that. That he is just soooo angry, just writhing in it all the time, is pretty funny, .... he's so miserable. what he directs at me makes me laugh, though.

"A new CBS/New York Times poll finds that Americans have become more optimistic about the economy now than at any time during the recession.

The numbers: 41% say the economy is getting better, up from 33% in April. Only 15% say the economy is getting worse. President Obama's approval rating on the economy has also improved in this poll, with 48% approving and 47% disapproving -- Obama's highest rating since this past November. "

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Ezra Klein's Wonkbook. A very good read. And you'll probably finish reading it right in time for the next day's email. Man, that thing is loooong.

Very, very good, though.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 3, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

the hate just pours out of his mouth in an endless stream like that girl in the excorcist and the green vomit.

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... with absolutely certain predicatability. See one of his monikers, you know exactly what will be above it. Infantile name-calling, sick twisted hate, emotional illness.

So why read it? I'm second only to you in his loathing and I don't read his junk, I just ThumbUp past it and get to the next leichtman or ceflynline post. Don't bother reading zouk, it'll just make you feel ill.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

zoukzero manages to drive everyone away again, as usual.

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 3:37 PM


not you, unfortunately. but then, where would you go?

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

The real fun in Ohio is that every incumbent except Latourette has T and Libertarian opponents, and most have several Libertarians running for the libertarian slot on the ballot. Turner has one of the more vocal, and radical, Tea people after his slot, and Boehner is getting attacked for being too much, and for being not enough. Dissatisfaction in the republican Ranks in Ohio is at really neat levels, so that, while it won't happen, it IS POSSIBLE that only one Republican incumbent will make it to the November ballot.

Posted by: ceflynline | May 3, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

CENSORED AGAIN! HERE'S THE WA-PO "THE FIX" BLOG POST THAT SOME POWERFUL ENTITY DOES NOT WANT YOU TO READ.

Well, apparently, government operatives working under the aegis of the MAGLOCLEN mid-Atlantic states fusion center won't let it post here... (it's been nearly an hour since it was submitted.)

...so please go to Vic Livingston's Facebook page -- and help defeat a rogue bureaucracy's brazen but clumsy attempts to censor political speech of extrajudicially "targeted" citizens (including, apparently, journalists).

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 3, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

the hate just pours out of his mouth in an endless stream like that girl in the excorcist and the green vomit.

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Can we deport Ped back to the communist workers utopia she loves so well?
If the authorities knew about his deranged proclivities, he could join the rest of the pervert tourists that flock there for the same reason.

If you love the place so much and revel in its affordability than why not cut the cord with evil capitalism and stop taking advantage of your lessers and profiting from the ignoble advantage you have simply by being bald and white.

Wait, I know why. because you are a typical bill Maher style loud mouthed know-nothing hypocrite.

what was the name of that community college you barely eeked out a degree in womans issues over the seven year stint? the one after the HS where you majored in shower stalking?

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

And this whackjobbery in Minnesota:

"We normally think of secession and nullification coming from dead-enders from the South. But really, why should they get all the fun. With the backing of Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty, the Minnesota Republican party just nominated for Governor Tom Emmer who says no federal laws should apply in Minnesota unless 2/3 of both houses of the state legislature approve the law in advance.

Emmer was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2004. He is a co-author of a proposed state constitutional amendment that would, to borrow the words of Nigel Tufnel, turn the Tenth Amendment all the way up to 11, with Minnesota preemptively nullifying all federal laws unless a state supermajority consents to them."

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

You've got to do something about the Post politics opening page- it mimics the WSJ- black and white, and what's worse, its 6 chubby, balding, middle aged white guys.

what the hey? how far down do you have to scroll to see something other than 1964 IBM..you know, the company that thought personal computers were "unnecessary"!

Posted by: newagent99 | May 3, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Also going to cost them in tourism:

"Last week, the Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement condemning the new anti-immigrant law in Arizona, urging its repeal or prompt modification. After initially remaining silent, many Latino baseball players and coaches are beginning to speak out.

To show support for the protest against Arizona’s legislation, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he would boycott the All-Star Game that is scheduled to take place next year in Phoenix. Now, that boycott effort has gained an influential endorsement: San Diego Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. A dual citizen of Mexico and the U.S., Gonzalez is one of the game’s best hitters. He has been on the National League’s All-Star team for the past two seasons.

Gonzalez told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the Arizona law is “immoral” and a violation of human rights. “In a way, it goes against what this country was built on. This is discrimination. Are they going to pass out a picture saying ‘You should look like this and you’re fine, but if you don’t, do people have the right to question you?’ That’s profiling.” He went further in an interview with MLB Fanhouse, stating that he would go so far as to refuse playing in the All-Star Game next year if the law is in effect"

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

What did we miss?

How about the Arizona immigration law? You know, the one that's going to cost your Party millions of swing votes? You might get around to mentioning that, which you won't, since it can't be spun into cheerleading for those dullards you like so much.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Also in the primaries tomorrow: Krikorian claims a vast conspiracy against his primary race in OH-CD2 http://thinkprogress.org/2010/05/03/krikorian-conspiracy/

And Traficant files for OH-CD17 http://www.vindy.com/news/2010/may/03/traficant-files-run-independent-17th/

Posted by: philgirl | May 3, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

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