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Obama hammers BP in Oval Office speech

1. President Barack Obama sought to seize control of the political storm caused by the Gulf Coast oil spill with an Oval Office speech Tuesday night, an aggressive address that was greeted with mixed reactions from the chattering class.

Obama's overall message was simple: BP will pay -- and pay dearly. "We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused," Obama said at one point. Later, Obama said that he would tell BP chief executive Tony Hayward in their planned meeting Wednesday that the company must "set aside whatever resources are required to compensate the workers and business owners who have been harmed as a result of his company's recklessness."

Polling suggests that turning BP into the enemy, which the White House spent most of last week doing, is a sound strategy. In Gallup polling released late Tuesday, 75 percent of respondents put a "great deal" of blame for the spill on BP, while 44 percent said the same of the federal agencies tasked with overseeing offshore drilling.

Gallup data also showed that most Americans wanted more tough talk out of the president. More than seven in 10 (71 percent) of those queried said Obama had not been tough enough in dealing with BP, while just 3 percent said he had been too tough.

It remains to be seen whether Obama's speech, which was the culmination of a two-day trip to the Gulf region, will fundamentally alter public opinion about his administration's handling of the oil spill, which--to date--has been decidedly negative.

But, in bashing BP while also pushing hard for a comprehensive energy package to be passed through Congress, Obama and his senior advisers are hoping to show the public that they are back on offense on the issue.

2. Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman (R) is plunking another $20 million into her California gubernatorial bid against state Attorney General Jerry Brown (D).

Whitman's latest donation brings her total spending in the primary, which she won on June 8, and the early days of the general to more than $91 million--putting her on track to spend as much as $150 million of her own cash in the race.

California, of course, is known for its big-spending candidates. But Whitman's spending has dwarfed even the most expensive campaigns previously held in the Golden State.

In the 1998 Democratic gubernatorial primary, former Northwest Airlines co-chairman Al Checchi (D) spent $39 million, but placed a distant second behind then-Lt. Gov. Gray Davis (D), with 12 percent of the vote. Rep. Jane Harman (D) spent $16 million in the same race, only to come in third.

Four years earlier, former Rep. Michael Huffington (R) spent $30 million in his unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D); Huffington lost 47 percent to 45 percent.

National Republicans claim they are standing at the ready should Whitman need even more resources: Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele told California reporters Tuesday that the national party is preparing to spend "a lot" in the state this cycle. (It's hard to imagine, however, that the RNC or any other Republican campaign committee will spend significant resources in a state where their nominee is a billionaire.)

But Whitman's spending doesn't come without risk. She has already been targeted by Democratic-affiliated groups for her spending, and one labor-backed organization has launched a bus tour featuring an actress dressed as "Queen Meg," a parody of the candidate and her free-spending campaign.

Brown, who faced only token primary opposition, has a sizable war chest of his own - he has raised $29 million to date.

3. Days after a Quinnipiac poll showed former health care executive Rick Scott leaping to a 44 percent to 31 percent lead over Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum in the Republican gubernatorial primary, McCollum's campaign is fighting back with an internal poll that shows the race tied at 40.

McCollum's poll, which was conducted by McLaughlin and Associates, shows the state's top cop with higher favorability numbers than Scott. It also shows that voters think McCollum is both more likely to win the primary and has a better chance of beating state chief financial officer Alex Sink in the general election.

Scott's rise has been fueled by heavy personal spending -- to the tune of more than $11 million -- which has paid for a slew of ads introducing himself to Florida voters as an outsider to the political game.

(The same phenomenon is taking hold in the Florida Democratic Senate primary, where billionaire investor Jeff Greene has soared into a statistical tie with Rep. Kendrick Meek, thanks to millions devoted to ads.)

In hopes of leveling the financial playing field, a group called Florida Families First launched ads hitting Scott for his tenure as the head of hospital giant Columbia/HCA. The new group, which is organized as a 527, is staffed by several people with ties to McCollum, according to Hotline's On Call blog. It's the second outside group to hit Scott on his stint at Columbia/HCA.

Despite the spending from outside groups, it's a certainty that Scott will outspend McCollum in the runup to the Aug. 24 primary. Given the current trajectory of the race, McCollum is rightly worried.

4. North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall received the endorsement of national liberal powerhouse MoveOn.org Tuesday, a boost to her candidacy against former state Sen. Cal Cunningham in the June 22 Democratic Senate runoff.

More than 70 percent of the organization's North Carolina members voted to back Marshall, who finished first in the May 4 primary with 36 percent to Cunningham's 27 percent.

The Moveon.org endorsement further exacerbates the disconnect between the activist base of the party and its establishment in the runoff.

The national party, which was quietly supporting Cunningham in the primary, has been more overt in supporting his runoff campaign; the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee gave nearly $80,000 in coordinated cash to the cause.

The Moveon.org endorsement also shows that Marshall's lackluster performance at a debate last week -- in which she paused for a full eight seconds when asked whether she would back an increase in the federal income tax -- has apparently not hurt her standing among the party's liberal base.

The group is asking its members to contribute to Marshall's campaign -- and with $171,000 in the bank compared to incumbent Sen. Richard Burr's (R-N.C.) nearly $5 million, Marshall will need every penny even if she winds up as the nominee.

5. Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is up with his first TV ad of his 2010 race, a 30-second spot geared entirely against national Republicans and tending -- not unlike Grayson -- toward a flair for the dramatic.

The ad opens with a series of close-up shots of national Republicans interspersed with shots of conservative commentators, followed by text that tells voters: "When they lie, stand with Grayson."

The ad then segues into a rapid-fire montage sure to raise eyebrows with shots of riot police and and images of hands clasping rosary beads and Muslim bowing in prayer.

Notably, the ad makes no mention of local issues, or of any of the seven Republicans seeking to challenge Grayson this fall -- a race that national GOPers see as a top target due to the incumbent's history of controversial comments.

Grayson spent $2.65 million on his 2008 campaign and raised $803,000 in the first quarter of this year -- more than all of his GOP opponents combined.

Republicans will pick their nominee against Grayson on Aug. 24.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 16, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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[$27?] BILLION dollars in leftist's hands! Can't wait to see how much of it ends up in Chicago / Detroit / and the ghetto's of DC [not to mention muslim countries]. And, then, back to BP to refill [the pigs] trough.

Posted by: IQ168 | June 16, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

How can 42% of Americans still approve of President Kickass McDimbulb's job performance?
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You're not cherrypicking polls again, are you?

You do know that RCP has his average approval at 48%. You often cite RCP' average--even yesterday, if I recall.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 16, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

"have made major missteps in their response. "

Really? Since you are clearly an expert, please detail these.


Posted by: drivl | June 16, 2010 12:42 PM


Poor dingbat drivl, incapable of seeing reality from her perch up Obunglers butt:

Federal regulatory red tape has gotten in the way of the cleanup, including: 1) missed opportunities to burn off more of the oil because of overblown air pollution concerns; 2) holdups in the use of dispersants; 3) permit delays in allowing the state of Louisiana to create artificial barriers against the encroaching oil slick; 4) failure to waive reg­ulatory prohibitions against foreign assistance; and 5) failure to approve barges and booms in time to block oil from reaching Alabama’s Magnolia River.

Instead of providing leadership and properly coordinating the response, the Obama administration has chosen to shift blame and politicize the disaster, including: 1) “not-at-all veiled shot[s] at the Bush Administration” for the state of the Minerals and Management Service; 2) vague threats of criminal prosecution from Attorney General Eric Holder; 3) a moratorium on offshore oil drilling which could kill 120,000 jobs in the Gulf alone; and 4) pushing caps on carbon dioxide emissions which have no hope of cleaning up a single drop of oil spilled.

The President spoke of “political courage and candor” last night, yet both were missing from his speech. The President asserted: “Time and again, the path forward has been blocked … by oil industry lobbyists.” But the reality is that BP lobbyists have been pushing for the President’s energy agenda from the beginning. The President claimed: “Countries like China are investing in clean energy jobs and industries that should be right here in America.” But the reality is that China will account for nearly 45% of oil demand growth in the next five years, receives 70% of its energy from coal already, and is projected to nearly triple coal capacity by 2030.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

drindl,

"have made major missteps in their response. "

Really? Since you are clearly an expert, please detail these.

I would say turning away initial requests by the Dutch government and others for help a major misstep. There were other containment ideas that they were not taken into consideration since they trusted BP approach. Granted if their was a R president in office, he would be doing the exact same thing that Obama is doing now along with initial reaction, but in that case the left and you would be hammering that President for his disaster.

My bigger point to 12B was that Obama as candidate showed little grace in the previous administration of mishandling of events such as Katrina. Let Obama be his own judge by his previous talk. It is a lot harder to govern and its rather easy to criticize and promise when on the campaign trail since you don’t have to show results.

Posted by: sliowa1 | June 16, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives like Rand Paul, Sharon Angel, Michelle Bachman,Lisa Murkowski and Sarah Palin have become predictable apologists for BP.
Perhaps they should have a starring role in
BP's next commercial with the catch phrase
that it is Un American to criticize BP.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 1:07 PM
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I hope they do.

Then, they can all get in another commercial, chanting that they want to phase out Social Security and Medicare.

I can't wait.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 16, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

How can 42% of Americans still approve of President Kickass McDimbulb's job performance? Are there really that many unionized public sector employees and trial lawyers in the country?

Another take on Obama's Terrible Speech: "There's a pipe spewing a gazillion gobs of oil into the gulf, so let's build more windmills"

Also, the AP has fact-checked Bammy's speech and found it wanting.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I know, Keith Olbermann is your intellectual summit.

Yet even kookoo keith is now off the Obungler drug that seems to still paralyze all thought from most of the moonbats on this blog.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

"Conservatives, who clearly are the minority on this issue, want BP to go to court and fight the escrow"

you are referring to the conservative tort reformers who believe corporations should never have any accountability. Conservatives like Rand Paul, Sharon Angel, Michelle Bachman,Lisa Murkowski and Sarah Palin have become predictable apologists for BP.
Perhaps they should have a starring role in
BP's next commercial with the catch phrase
that it is Un American to criticize BP.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

bumblingbarry this not Fox News - no one here thinks The Heritage Foundation is an intellectual center of learning and honest analysis. It is a right wing "Think" tank that puts out the pablum like what you quoted.

Thanks for reminding us of their intellectual rigor mortis.

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 16, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Didn't you know, Obama should have called in -- the Dutch.

"I tend to think of making fun of Sarah Palin as pretty old hat. I mean, she has to say something pretty silly at this point to make me take notice. But last night she went on O'Reilly to rail on the president for not getting the oil leak at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico stopped.

And when pressed on just how he was supposed to do that by all of people Bill O'Reilly, Palin said Obama had really blown it by not reaching out to the Dutch since they proved themselves so good at building dikes and sluices and dams to reclaim land from the sea. Which when you think about it is pretty much the same thing as capping an oil gusher a mile underwater."

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

blimpy back cutting and pasting from every
right wing screech he can find. we are truly impressed.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

ar you just don't get it.

The righties here demand that Obama
Nationalize a British Company, so
they can then yell at him that he
is a socialist.
They don't have any idea what they
want other than they hate that black
D in the Whitehouse, end of story.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 12:49 PM
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I get one thing:

Most Americans blame BP and want the govt to do more. Obama gives a speech last night pledging more. This morning, he delivers on the $20b escrow.

Conservatives, who clearly are the minority on this issue, want BP to go to court and fight the escrow.

Which side would you rather be on?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 16, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama's Address: An Intellectual Black Hole

The Heritage Foundation put out a concise, spot-on analysis of Chairman Zero's absolute nothing of an Oval Office address. It's a short and highly recommended read; here's their closing paragraph:

In his 1979 "malaise" speech, President Carter told the American people: "I want to talk to you right now about a fundamental threat to American democracy. ... The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways. It is a crisis of confidence." Carter was wrong. America was not suffering from a crisis of confidence. As the election of President Ronald Reagan would show the next year, it was the Carter administration that was suffering ... from a crisis of leadership. Today, our country is in crisis again. The Obama administration's constant blame shifting, politicization, and lack of organization demonstrate a crisis of competence. To restore America's faith, the White House should drop irrelevant policy priorities, refrain from making the economic damage worse, end unnecessary bureaucratic delays, and restructure the response and recovery efforts. As MSNBC's Keith Olbermann said following the address: "It was a great speech if you've been on another planet for the last 57 days."
As Daniel Foster at NRO noted: "Oval addresses are best reserved for wars and resignations." No brilliance, no useful information, not even a decisive statement of a new policy direction ushered forth out of Dear Leader's pie hole. Just tired class-warfare politics, a pitch for an economically destructive energy policy, lawless threats against BP, and more lies. It was as if his presence on my TV screen sucked the light right out of the room. It exemplified, even for even the progressive cheerleaders at MSDNC, the utter lack of creative and intellectual brilliance that now resides in the (erstwhile) most powerful elected office in the world

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

sorry for the typo:

12bar you just don't get it.

The righties here demand that Obama
Nationalize a British Company, so
they can then yell at him that he
is a socialist.
They don't have any idea what they
want other than they hate that black
D in THEIR Whitehouse, end of story.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

drivl brings to mind something said by John Kerry.

Something about the last moonbat to voice support for a flailing and inept policy.

Try this one on "I'm in charge, except BP is at fault for not doing anything more. If anything ever ends up going right, it was me all along."

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

12bar you just don't get it.

The righties here demand that Obama
Nationalize a British Company, so
they can then yell at him that he
is a socialist.
They don't have any idea what they
want other than they hate that black
D in the Whitehouse, end of story.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Other Nobel prize winners, further proof that this distinction lost all merit some time ago:

Al Gore
Barack Obama
Arafat
Kruggman

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

We have right wing posters here who have DEMANDED all of the following:

1. Seize all BP's assets, put them into receivorship, and pay out claims.

2. Put BP fully in charge of the spill, and get the government out of it because the gov. is worthless.

3. Put the govt fully in charge of the spill, and get BP out of it because BP is worthless.

4. Put foreigners fully in charge of the spill, and get BOTH BP/govt out of it because they are both worthless.

5. And, now the latest, from rphillips, that "Hopefully the BP people will decline, and take their case to court" because Obama is making a "power grab".
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So, does the right have a unified position? Or are they just watchers and snipers, who are demanding anything and everything.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 16, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

'Powerless. Impotent. Weak. Sniveling... '

pretty much sums up bumblingzouk.


"have made major missteps in their response. "

Really? Since you are clearly an expert, please detail these.

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

We have right wing posters here who have DEMANDED all of the following:

1. Seize all BP's assets, put them into receivorship, and pay out claims.

2. Put BP fully in charge of the spill, and get the government out of it because the gov. is worthless.

3. Put the govt fully in charge of the spill, and get the government out of it because BP is worthless.

4. Put foreigners fully in charge of the spill, and get BOTH BP/govt out of it because they are both worthless.

5. And, now the latest, from rphillips, that "Hopefully the BP people will decline, and take their case to court" because Obama is making a "power grab".
-------------------------------------
So, does the right have a unified position? Or are they just watchers and snipers, who are demanding anything and everything.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 16, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

In case you haven’t noticed, Obama’s approval ratings in the polls are in the low 40s and heading south. There is a hard core of about 30% who support Obama no matter what he does or doesn’t do.

In an article by the Editor-in-Chief of CNSnews, Terence P. Jeffrey, he noted that “The middle class is abandoning President Barack Obama, according to data released by the Gallup Poll. The only income bracket among which a majority still says they approve of the job he is doing as president are those earning $2,000 per month or less.”

Anyone still making a living comparable to achieving the American Dream has long since abandoned the great Community Organizer with the exception of union members. When you lose the middle class, you have lost the great engine of the American economy.

With the exception of the growing legion of government workers, the unions had been losing members for years. They were held in generally low esteem and their destruction of General Motors and Chrysler bears out their parasitic relationship with business and industry. Obama’s and the Democrat Party’s support from teacher’s unions suggests why our educational system has been in the toilet for decades.

Every time Obama opens his mouth, his approval falls. It began with his great Apology Tour to the Middle East at the beginning of his presidency, continued with his acceptance of a Nobel Peace Prize for having done nothing notable, and plunged with his advocacy of the much-hated Obamacare shoved down the throats of all Americans.

In addition to advocating a Cap-and-Trade bill that is a huge tax on energy use, he is now babbling about a “clean energy future” that apparently involves paving over America with millions of acres of solar farms and coast-to-coast wind turbines.

Obama doesn’t like coal that provides fifty percent of all the electricity we use every day and, of course, oil that fuels our cars, trucks, tractors, et cetera.

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

Barack Hussein Obama is living proof of that.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

12B,

The next time you want to snipe at the President, remember that you are on the sidelines, watching. Powerless. Impotent. Weak. Sniveling...

And exactly what is the President doing other than talking about Nobel prize winners, who I would add have no expertise in oil exploration. He is rather impenitent in his own right and his administration have total underestimated the magnitude of this disaster and have made major missteps in their response. Granted they are learning and much new knowledge will come from this event, but their response has been inept at times much like Bush and Katrina. Obama’s regularly blasted Bush on the topic let his own words be his judge.

Posted by: sliowa1 | June 16, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

ABC News is reporting that BP has agreed to a 20 billion escrow account.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 16, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

This was a political speech, and vilification of BP and Oil generally was a given. So I expected Obama to go after BP and push Cap and Trade and "Green" initiatives. He blacmed everything on BP.

Obama ignored the facts. BP certainly did not want this oil spill, and they have worked frantically to plug the leak, spending millions and losing billions of dollars in the process. Virtually everything which has been done to contain this disaster has been done by BP, and BP is paying for it or intending to pay for it. Had Obama been wise and honest, he would have given BP credit where credit is due. But you can't give credit to the same company you are demonizing for policy and political purposes--and that is what Obama is all about--his agenda.


He even proposed to set up an entity and make the oil company pay unspecified billions of dollars into it, which will distribute the money to all those the Obama commission wants it distributed to. The BP executives, surrounded in the white house today like by Pizarro, BP might be mau maued into accepting what is almost certanly an unconsitutional power grab by our President. Certainly the Obama Media wants to make that happen.

Hopefully the BP people will decline, and take their case to court if Obama goes through with his takeover bid.

Posted by: rphillips1 | June 16, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

If an Oil company or workers Job is to Destroy our Land and Water then you should NOT have your Uninsured butt Drilling in our Waters.

There’s a Latin term “Ad hominem” to describe the logic fallacy of attacking the person to distract from the issue. I see that in these personal attacks on Obama, Waxman and others seeking Reparations from BP. Don't waste your time attacking Politicians who are working in America's best interest and trying to Belittle and Demean their Efforts for Dubious Gain.

On the other hand, these Politicians deserve Punishment (& TAR and FEATHERING is too good for them):

Lindsey O. Graham, (R-SC)
Richard Shelby, (R-(R-ALA)
Mitch McConnell, (R-KY)
Saxby Chambliss, (R-GA)
John Boehner, (R-OHIO) Congress
Tom Coburn, (R-OKLA)
James Inhofe, (R-OKLA)
Lisa Murkowski, (R-AK)

; are Stalling and Blocking Oil Company Reparations as the Gulf Coast Citizens are losing their livelihoods in slow motion horror.

You all should Suck UP the OIL they way you've sucked up the Oil Money in selling out our Country, Making Taxpayers pay for Oil Pollution while Oil Companies make Billions in Profits, and Fighting against Oil Company Reparations for Gulf Coast People. Stop fighting for Increased Offshore Drilling without 3RD Party INSURANCE and Stalling and Blocking Oil Company Reparations for the People of the Gulf Coast!

This is Why Obama is taking more Drastic Action to have BP Pay into a Reparations Escrow Account, and in turn Protect the People of the Gulf Coast and Hundreds of Billions of USA Resources.

If BP doesn't set aside $25~$100 Billion for Initial Clean-Up, Recovery, Reparations and Penalties to the USA: Place BP's American Operations in "Temporary Receivership".

Posted by: liveride | June 16, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

The next time you want to snipe at the President, remember that you are on the sidelines, watching. Powerless. Impotent. Weak. Sniveling...

Posted by: 12BarBlues


I think the issue is that most people would describe Obungler in this way.

Powerless. Impotent. Weak. Sniveling...

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD - "Got it, GOP?? People think Obama has been TOO LENIENT ON BP!"

No, at the moment, in a void of WH leadership, the media has temporarily made BP the scapegoat.
Already, though, people are wary of the impact on the US economy of stopping all drilling. Nervous about the creation of a 20 billion dollar slush fund controlled by an Obama appointee that will award the payouts to "our sort of victims". And the clear sign the Obamites seek not to "waste a good crisis" but use it as an opportunity to socialize the energy industry and carbon-tax the consumer to pay for the Green schemes that have helped make Spain destitute with 30% unemployment when they tried "the alternate energy solution".

As time goes by, the public will learn the leak was NOT as big as the media and selected Green scientists claimed. That the leak was not stopped by Obama's Harvard-trained government lawyers but by engineers and "hands-on" men of some 20 different firms. And that what leaked will be of no real impact on the Gulf in two years time because of evaporation, bioremediation, and oil skimming ops the Obamites blocked 2 months because they vessels were "non-union".

Then the situation will be seen as a bad spill, but one hardly as dire as the Greens and Obamites claimed as an excuse to "radically transform America" - another "the Ice Caps will melt, polar bears die, cities inudated in 30 years!!" sort of lie.
Investigation will show Transamerica and Fed regulators who forced deep water drilling were to blame as well as BP. And Obama's new regs and anti-carbon laws made us even more reliant on the Saudis, less on domestically produced energy. And caused economic and job destruction in the Gulf Region greater than the spill itself.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | June 16, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"Write it on his political tombstone"

and this from the man who told us on Nov 1, 2008 I fully expect John McCain to pull this
out and win an overwhelming victory.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Imagine this scene: there are the doers and there are the watchers.

The doers are out there trying this, trying that. Not perfect, but at least doing.

The watchers are standing back, complaining and bit'ching. (You aren't doing this, you aren't doing that. snipe, snipe)

But EVERYONE knows the difference between the doers and the watchers.

The next time you want to snipe at the President, remember that you are on the sidelines, watching. Powerless. Impotent. Weak. Sniveling...

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 16, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Oil Companies Must Get Insurance to prove their Drilling Safety preparation. Let private Insurance Companies bring the power of Private Industry to help insure safe operations.

Here’s a link for Zurich Insurance and Risk Management in the USA:

http://www.zurichna.com/zna/home/welcome.htm

http://zurichhpdelivered.com/internet/zna/SiteCollectionDocuments/en/Products/energy/ZurichOilandGasSolutions

The Gulf Oil Disaster will cost the USA Hundreds of Billions which Far Exceeds any 1~5% in profits Oil companies would pay to get insurance and Invest in Disaster Preparation and Prevention.

Homeowners and Car owners get Insurance and so should Oil Drillers. Dangerous Activity that Risks Lives and Hundreds of Billions worth of USA Resources should be Insured.

Get Insurance and Invest in Safety Preparation and Prevention Jobs. Jobs in Maintenance and Inspection, in Safety Equipment and Oil Cleanup Technologies, in USA made Oil Platforms and USA Carbon Fiber Drilling Pipelines.

Support Clean Energy Jobs in Exchange for allowing Safe and Insured Offshore Drilling that also creates Jobs in Maintenance, Inspection, and Disaster Preparation and Prevention.

Posted by: liveride | June 16, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter what Obama says or does

drivl


Or as the case may be, says a lot and does nothing. as usual.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Dear bumblinbarry or is it berry,

You love to use Barry (that is so funny and cute to call the President that!!!) so I will call you bumblingbarry. OK?

"The speech was two months late and empty.

Write it on his political tombstone."

Yes he should have made that speech as soon as the rig went on fire before we knew anything. Yup! Then you could have had your tight undies in a snit for attacking a fine private company with over reaching government socialist Nazi commie power.

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 16, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter what Obama says or does - he will still be based by braindead rightwingers like the ones on the blog.

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

BP’s Criminal Negligence and Total Disdain for USA Water, Sea-life, Animals and People will not be Excused by Traitor Apologists and Oil lobbyists.

We absolutely Know what caused this Oil Gusher/Flood/Eruption Disaster

BP repeatedly ignored safety, environmental rules:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/07/AR2010060704826.html?hpid%3Dtopnews&sub=AR

Article Keywords:

neglected key equipment, intimidating workers, corroded pipelines, falsified inspections, storage tanks with leaks and damage, warning system failed, pencil whipping, or falsifying inspections data, skip key diagnostics including pressure testing, pipeline cleaning and corrosion checks, harassment continued, disturbing state of disrepair, extensive tears, pervasive leaks, thousands of violations, falsified safety and inspections reports, lack of detection sensors and emergency shutoff valves, sensors and shutoff systems not operational.

The result is the killing of workers, and Hundreds of Billions in USA resources.

BP must Pay Wrath of God Money ($100~400 Billion). You Reap What You Sow.

In 2006 then Congressman Bobby Jindal sponsored the Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act (H.R. 4761) a bill to eliminate the moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling over the U.S. outer continental shelf and allow unsafe oil drilling offshore without requiring Drillers to carry 3rd party disaster insurance.

The first few days of this spill the Oil companies, Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and GOP allies said it was nothing, don't worry about it, and waited a Week before taking it serious and Declaring it a Disaster. Oil companies and State representatives are the first ones on the ground and in the water to try and determine damages, and they Always Underestimate Spill flow Rates so they don't anger their Oil Masters. They are always proven wrong. Jindal is the one who waited 8 days before deciding the people of the Gulf Coast needed help.

We all knew different so don't Whine and Cry now. Man up to BP, their lack of Safety Practices, and GOP lack of support for safety regulations that caused this. You REAP WHAT YOU SOW. Suck it UP.

Posted by: liveride | June 16, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

The speech was two months late and empty.

Write it on his political tombstone.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Oil Drillers Must Get Insurance to Drill in USA Waters!!!

The USA has 5% of World Population, uses 25% of the world’s Oil, and has only 2~3% of it. 70% of our Oil use is in the Transportation sector. No amount of Domestic Drilling (Onshore and Offshore) will Adjust that number Even a Single Percentage Point or have any effect on the price of Oil on World Markets.

What will have the greatest effect on Reducing USA Dependence on Oil, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Venezuela and OPEC is “Using a Lot Less”.

We can Use less and Create Jobs making Products we can sell by;

• Taxing All Imported Oil
• Enacting a strong Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard of 25% by 2025,
• Pricing Carbon from Large Scale Polluters
• Decoupling Energy Utility earnings from increased Sales
• Developing Freight Rail (such as along the I-81 corridor);
• Ending Wall Street Energy Derivative speculation that drives up the Price of Oil;

These actions provide the greatest Bang-for-the-Buck for Energy Jobs and Investment without sacrificing other Multi-Billion dollar industries and White Sand beaches.

Remember when JOBS was our biggest issue? Well it still is for Millions of Americans.

Clean Energy Technologies creates Jobs, Private Investment and Tax Revenue while Producing Products we can sell to the world.

Tax all Imported Oil and Invest in Freight Rail (such as the I81 corridor) to use less of it.

Posted by: liveride | June 16, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Well, press folks can say the chattering class response to Obama's speech was 'mixed' all they want. But when Obama loses Olbermann, Matthews, and Robinson (Obama's version of Peter, James, and John) on the same night, it's time to investigate whether hell has officially frozen over.

Obama said very little that was new, and nothing that changed the landscape even a little. It's almost as if Obama and his people were hoping that the Oval Office setting would somehow magically make the speech itself 'important', rather than delivering a speech that was so obviously important that it justified the setting. The speech itself was not important at all. It was a glorified college seminar. And that's been the problem with Obama's response to the spill since day one.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | June 16, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

incidentally BP was self insurred. its
unlikely that small insurance caps would have
made any difference for BP.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

It is true that liberalism is cruel, corrupt, wasteful, and unjust. But one should never forget its delusion. The delusion is a simple one. It is a belief that government can be made rational and efficient. This delusion leads our liberal friends into disaster after disaster.


Liberals were shocked that President Bush failed to get everyone tucked up in bed in a couple of days after Hurricane Katrina. They knew that a rational and efficient government, run by people like them who believed in government, could do better.

Now President Obama is busy proving them wrong.

Unfortunately, conservatives aren't helping. In pointing out the serious lapses in the president's leadership qualities, we conservatives are missing the point. We are encouraging liberals in their delusion. Instead, we should remind everyone that of course a bunch of corporate bureaucrats, combined with a bunch of government bureaucrats, are going to be a bit off the mark.

A bit of presidential leadership might have made a difference, we could have said, but not much. The president brings the talents and experience of twenty years in left-wing organizing to the presidency. In that school, the attitude, the gesture, is all-important. So obviously he's not going to be much help in a crisis.

But leader or no leader, it takes time to plug a hole -- especially a hole under five thousand feet of water.

The big problem for the president is that the Gulf oil spill is his fourth major presidential mistake. The first big mistake was the $787-billion stimulus package. The second was the appeasement of thug dictators, Islamist and leftist. The third mistake was ObamaCare. The fourth is the Gulf.

(The bailouts of the auto industry I count as merely a crime, an assault and battery on the principle of private property and senior creditors, the very foundation of our freedom and prosperity.)

The horrifying thing is that we Americans can't afford all these mistakes. We can't afford a president stuck on stupid.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

incidentally(tort) damages are larger under
the Jones Act for families who have lost loved ones. So while waiving the Jones Act might help
minimally with the clean up, it would also
have the unintended consequence of protecting
BP from larger tort claims by the families. Not sure if the Jones Act could be waived for the cleanup without effecting Jones Act tort claims, perhaps mark knows that answer.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is emerging as a fierce critic of the Obama administration's proposed escrow fund to handle damage claims against BP.

The Minnesota Independent reports that Bachmann spoke Tuesday to the Heritage Foundation, and badmouthed the idea. "The president just called for creating a fund that would be administered by outsiders, which would be more of a redistribution-of-wealth fund," said Bachmann. "And now it appears like we'll be looking at one more gateway for more government control, more money to government."

Also, David Weigel reports that Bachmann also said: "They have to lift the liability cap. But if I was the head of BP, I would let the signal get out there -- 'We're not going to be chumps, and we're not going to be fleeced.' And they shouldn't be. They shouldn't have to be fleeced and make chumps to have to pay for perpetual unemployment and all the rest -- they've got to be legitimate claims."

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Oil Companies Must Get Insurance to prove their Drilling Safety preparation. Let private Insurance Companies bring the power of Private Industry to help insure safe operations.

Here’s a link for Zurich Insurance and Risk Management in the USA:

http://www.zurichna.com/zna/home/welcome.htm

http://zurichhpdelivered.com/internet/zna/SiteCollectionDocuments/en/Products/energy/ZurichOilandGasSolutions

The Gulf Oil Disaster will cost the USA Hundreds of Billions which Far Exceeds any 1~5% in profits Oil companies would pay to get Insurance and Invest in Disaster preparation and prevention.

Homeowners and Car owners get Insurance and so should Oil Drillers.

Get Insurance and Invest in Safety Preparation and Prevention Jobs. Jobs in Maintenance and Inspection, in Safety Equipment and Oil Cleanup Technologies, in USA made Oil Platforms and USA Carbon Fiber Drilling Pipelines.

Posted by: liveride | June 16, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

The Unbearable Lightness of Zero
James Lewis

To show he "cares" about the oil blowout in the Gulf, Obama flies Air Force One to Louisiana to get photographed eating seafood on the beach. PR done, back to golf. Meanwhile Governor Jindal gets the Louisiana National Guard to build sea berms eight miles out from the beaches. It may not work, but he's trying.


To show his machismo in the face of the UN's announcement that Iran has enough uranium for two nuclear bombs, Obama gets a fatuous UN resolution for the softest sanctions, with the help of the most corrupt and genocidal regimes in the world -- Sudan and Libya among them -- who were duly elected to the Human Rights Commission.


But just for balance, Obama also gets the UN to condemn Israel for stopping a boat full of Turkish suiciders.


Got oil trouble? Yell real loud against British Petroleum, so millions of British retirees will get scared. Their small retirement incomes depend on BP. Or pick "six of the best minds in science" to solve the oil spill -- like Dr. House, Kildare, and Spock. It doesn't matter. They are the smartest in the world, straight from Harvard. What more could you want?


The Current Occupant overreacts so badly to the spill, that just for a week's headlines he shuts off all deep water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, except by Cuba, China and Vietnam. Now watch the oil prices go up. He has again struck out against the wrong malefactors, doing more harm than good. But since the people must be idiots it doesn't matter what he does. If he's not getting rock star adulation somebody else must be wrong.


Unemployment is flat, or artificially inflated with temporary Census hires. So when the lickspittle media get on his nerves, no more press conferences. Just golf.


And when the mad radicals in this administration shoot themselves in the tender parts again, blame whatzisname, the last guy before the Messianic Age of O. There's an aloof isolated snob hunkering down in the people's house and nobody's in charge. All the messianic fantasies have gone poof! Even liberals are starting to get it.

What we are left with is a president so lightweight, so empty headed, so stuck in his fantasy world, that he is no longer in hailing distance of reality. The United States has lost the will to shape events. Even the media are grokking it, because they are shut out. At the NYT Mo Do is finally yelling. Obama couldn't care less. Come back next year.


And the Democrat Law of Omerta -- the great wall of Mafia silence -- is breaking down. Nobody's afraid of O any more.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

"What we didn't hear, therefore, was his announcement that he is asking congress for funding to build a massive state of the art spill cleanup contingency infrastructure...

a warranted large federal expenditure and expansion by the federal government that certainly the GOP would have gotten behind. Not.

So now the party that whines every day about
EVIL BIG GUBERNET and federal spending wants more.
Sounds a lot like the hypocrisy of Jindal,
Barbour and Riley demanding more money from the federal government. Obama almost could not
control his laughter when he heard that from
R Governors.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

It is obvious after this speech that this is all about these radicals and their agenda. Obama has much at stake with this cap and trade to shore up the Shore Bank and its little energy scheme for Al Gore, Van Horn, Rogers and Hillary's former roommate in college who sit on the board. This is all about taxing all of us to fund their energy packaging for communities plan. They already took money from the Stimulus bill but with out the tax from Cap and Trade, the little scheme may on work or the countless others they have lined up.
This all about agenda. They could give a fig about that oil, the wildlife, the sea life, the coast, the marshes or those people who are just trying to make a living. You see, it really does not matter to Obama. What matters to them is how they are going to milk us for all the money they can before we all go under. Which may be sooner than we think, if we cannot get these radicals out of office.

Posted by: greatgran1 | June 16, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Mr President you are lying. A report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) dated October 2009 proves Obama is lying. The report shows the amount of recoverable oil in the U.S. to be 167 billion barrels of oil, not the 21 billion figure pushed by the Democrats. If exploited that 167 billion barrels could replace America’s imports from OPEC countries for more than 75 years.

That same report shows that America’s combined recoverable natural gas, oil, and coal supply is the largest on Earth. America’s recoverable resources are far larger than those of Saudi Arabia (3rd), China (4th), and Canada (6th) combined. Those estimates don’t include America’s immense oil shale deposits.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

What we didn't hear was his announcement of his decision to wave the 1920 Jones Act in order to allow other nation's state of the art oil cleanup ships to bring their forces to bear. Until now, he has prevented their help because these ships are not manned by union workers as required by the Jones Act.

What we didn't hear is his lifting all restrictions on red tape to allow all private enterprises now chomping at the bit to go in and clean up the damn oil.

What we didn't hear is a repeat of his resent statement of how only government can and should do certain things. He said it was not in the economic interest of private enterprise, for example, to build a road. So government had to step in and build it - for the public good.

What we didn't hear, therefore, was his announcement that he is asking congress for funding to build a massive state of the art spill cleanup contingency infrastructure. He didn't say that the Exxon Valdez spill was a shot across the bow and that in the intervening years since, the Department of Energy dithered and that therefore government has failed us.

We didn't hear him admit that while American taxpayers have expended billions of dollars over the years since our last energy illiterate president established the DOE, bureaucracies are not there to solve problems, they are their to maintain them - to insure full employment of the bureaucrats.

We didn't hear him tell us that since the Chinese, Vietnamese and others have joined Cuba in drilling off the coast of Florida, that he is reversing his six month moratorium on deep water gulf drilling. He didn't admit that this foolish moratorium would cost many thousands of jobs - not just of the oil rig workers but of the supply ships, caterers, helicopter ferries, drilling equipment suppliers and many others. Nor that these multimillion dollar rigs would pull up and go elsewhere and never return.

He didn't admit that it was hypocritical to have his administration provide billions of dollars to Brazil to drill in deep water to develop their own offshore reserves while stifling our own. Nor admit that this was because George Soros had a vested interest in the Brazil drilling.

Lastly, we didn't hear him propose tax credits to develop our nations 400 year supply of natural gas or at least take the government boot off the neck of the domestic oil and gas industry.

But then that would solve a problem and we now know this progressive government has no intention of solving problems - they only exacerbating them to accrete power under the pretense solving them. This is something we will not hear.

Wansley

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

actually the remaining Concordes were grounded after their tire exploded as was the shuttle when it exploded.
Don't recall hearing that whining when
Reagan grounded the shuttle after the Challenger disaster. incidentally its only the
deep water drilling that was stopped for 6 months and hopefully that time period will
be shorter. Curious what the right would be
saying if Obama had not issued a short
moratorium and another BP platform exploded
while they were out there cleaning Deep Water
Horizon up?
Any righty willing to answer that simple question?

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

actually the remaining Concordes were grounded after their tire exploded as was the shuttle when it exploded.
Don't recall hearing that whining when
Reagan grounded the shuttle after the Challenger disaster. incidentally its only the
deep water drilling that was stopped for 6 months and hopefully that time period will
be shorter. Curious what the right would be
saying if Obama had not issued a short
moratorium and another BP platform exploded
while they were out there cleaning Deep Water
Horizon up?
Any righty willing to answer that simple question?

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

So the incompetent, who has no accomplishments, called those who have worked in the field for years reckless?
Nothing new for Odumbo. All he can do is play to the class envy nitwits.
This guy is a total embarrassment and joke.
What a clown.

Posted by: LarryG62 | June 16, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Is there one Democrat out there who sees my logic in suggesting that the BP forms should be rewritten by the federal government in order to allow a simpler process of applying for assistance from BP, so that the National Guard is no longer required to help people fill out forms and can be instead put to better use cleaning up the oil?

Posted by: thecannula | June 16, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Once again Obama isn't listening to the people who are closest to the problem. Why? Politics. Drilling is a huge part of the region. One platform out of how many, and he stops drilling. Okay, about that plane crash...stop all planes from flying? A bus accident, stop 'em. Cars? Stop 'em. Bad food...CLOSE all restaurants. The guy is not a thinking man, despite what the left and media beleive.

Posted by: jobro2 | June 16, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

blimpy has nothing better to do with his life then post more c***. And you were in on the
scheduling of that meeting? oh please tell
us more.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

how many tens of millions did Huffington
throw at his Senate race?
Apparently Ms. Whittman believes she can buy the Ca.Governor's office. In Texas we had a banker named Tony Sanchez who put up $80 million in his run for Governor (and was a horrible candidate)and did very poorly, so just a lesson Ms. Whitman, money can't buy you love no matter how much you spend.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Obammy only has 20 minutes in his schedule today to meet with the BP execs.

11 am tee time?

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

The oil spill is not just bad news for the Gulf States, Gulf businesses, wildlife and BP. It’s bad news for BP stockholders. That would include most people who have a variety of mutual funds in their IRAs, 401Ks or company/government pension plans, thus hitting taxpayers. It certainly includes old folks in the UK, where one out of six pension dollars is paid by BP, due to the size of the company. It includes a lot of small investors as well. So when they President said, “BP will pay,” he meant “you will pay.” But most people can’t take the second step in their thinking, so they are happy BP will pay.

Posted by: MarineBob | June 16, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

The oil spill is not just bad news for the Gulf States, Gulf businesses, wildlife and BP. It’s bad news for BP stockholders. That would include most people who have a variety of mutual funds in their IRAs, 401Ks or company/government pension plans, thus hitting taxpayers. It certainly includes old folks in the UK, where one out of six pension dollars is paid by BP, due to the size of the company. It includes a lot of small investors as well. So when they President said, “BP will pay,” he meant “you will pay.” But most people can’t take the second step in their thinking, so they are happy BP will pay.

Posted by: MarineBob | June 16, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

The oil spill is not just bad news for the Gulf States, Gulf businesses, wildlife and BP. It’s bad news for BP stockholders. That would include most people who have a variety of mutual funds in their IRAs, 401Ks or company/government pension plans, thus hitting taxpayers. It certainly includes old folks in the UK, where one out of six pension dollars is paid by BP, due to the size of the company. It includes a lot of small investors as well. So when they President said, “BP will pay,” he meant “you will pay.” But most people can’t take the second step in their thinking, so they are happy BP will pay.

Posted by: MarineBob | June 16, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

It was so bad, not even Tingles and Obie liked it.


Olbermann: "It was a great speech if you were on another planet for the last 57 days."
Matthews compared Obama to Carter.
Olbermann: "Nothing specific at all was said."
Matthews: "No direction."
Howard Fineman: "He wasn't specific enough."
Olbermann: "I don't think he aimed low, I don't think he aimed at all. It's startling."
Howard Fineman: Obama should be acting like a "commander-in-chief."
Matthews: Ludicrous that he keeps saying [Secretary of Energy] Chu has a Nobel prize. "I'll barf if he does it one more time."
Not to worry. This is just so when they are back on their knees at the altar of the bronze Marxist Messiah in 2012, they can say "Remember when we criticized him in 2010? See how objective we were?"

Posted by: Moonbat | June 16, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

The era of competent government is over.

Posted by: Moonbat | June 16, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Hmm...I wonder if Dems are getting their nerve on health care.

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

"It happened Tuesday, and hardly anyone noticed. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) introduced an amendment that, if passed, would have scrapped the individual mandate passed as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It failed, 230-187 --a considerably larger margin than the one by which the original act passed. And Republicans lost the vote of Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.), who represents a heavily Democratic district and only voted against the final bill back in March after becoming convinced that it would, in some fashion, fund abortions.

You start to wonder about these margins. If Democrats lose 30-odd seats and hold the House, will there be a rump of conservatives in their party who join with the GOP to support a repeal bill? The answer to that question will largely depend on which Democrats lose, won't it?

Side note: Rep. Artur Davis (D-Al.), who alienated Democrats in his state when he voted against the original bill in order to bolster his general election chances for governor, was one of the Democrats voting against Camp's measure this time"

It's an interesting vote. The mandate is the least popular part of the law. However, the rest of the law falls apart without it. Of course, the law only falls apart down the road when the major provisions of the bill go into effect years from now.

So the immediate political upside seems to outstrip the political downside especially given that Obama vetoes the bill faster than 37th and zook can clutter up this board.

But the Camp bill failed by a larger margin than the original law passed.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 16, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

DID OBAMA TAKE BP BAIT IN OIL SPILL ADDRESS?

So "90 percent" of the gushing oil will be contained in a matter of weeks? On whose word, Mr. President? BP's?

And your vow that BP will be required to set aside funds for restitution to victims of this eco-disaster -- are you prepared to seize by executive fiat the American assets of BP if the company resists turning over a huge chunk of cash to a third-party administrator?

And where is the Obama road map to energy independence? A recitation of platitudes is not a valid proxy for a detailed plan of action. Yes, the cliche repeatedly heard last night from the TV pundits does apply: the devil is in the details. As for "cap and trade," that pay-to-pollute tax scheme is political suicide as well as dubious social policy.

If Obama's vague promises and threats ring hollow, and if his administration does not follow through with a comprehensive and point-specific energy plan, the credibility and authority of his presidency will suffer greatly, it that hasn't happened already.

***

Gulf oil spill diverts attention from domestic atrocities against American citizens...

HOMELAND FUSION CENTERS SILENTLY ASSAULT, IMPAIR 'TARGETED' AMERICANS WITH CELL TOWER MICROWAVE RADIO FREQUENCY RADIATION WEAPON SYSTEM, COMMUNITY VIGILANTISM, FINANCIAL SABOTAGE: VETERAN JOURNALIST

Are political leaders "targets" too?

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
OR NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 16, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I do agree with the presidents White House address regarding the Gulf oil leak. He is apparently a bit uninformed as to who should solve this problem. He keeps stating that our best \"scientists will be involved\". This is wrong. The solution to the problem involves very little science but considerable engineering. Commissioning scientists to fix this problem will not get the leak fixed. Their focus is on esoteric science where engineers seek and apply solutions using that science. He would have been better to have engaged the many engineering societies rather than science types.

Thomas J. Kesolits

Licensed Professional Engineer NJ.

Posted by: thomaskesolits | June 16, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I do agree with the presidents White House address regarding the Gulf oil leak. He is apparently a bit uninformed as to who should solve this problem. He keeps stating that our best \"scientists will be involved\". This is wrong. The solution to the problem involves very little science but considerable engineering. Commissioning scientists to fix this problem will not get the leak fixed. Their focus is on esoteric science where engineers seek and apply solutions using that science. He would have been better to have engaged the many engineering societies rather than science types.

Thomas J. Kesolits

Licensed Professional Engineer NJ.

Posted by: thomaskesolits | June 16, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein Obama, a.k.a. "Teleprompter toughguy"!

Posted by: trippermeow | June 16, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

"Polling suggests that turning BP into the enemy, which the White House spent most of last week doing, is a sound strategy...”.
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Have things gotten so out of hand in D.C. that a poll is needed to see where responsibility lies? Good grief! BP cut corners and screwed up big time. OF COURSE THEY SHOULD PAY FOR THEIR SCREW-UP!! It’s kind of like what parents should be teaching their kid, at least in normal, non-DC families...

Obama inherited a world of mess from the HalliBush, Inc. administration and as each year passes, more land mines left behind (like this one), by those two greedy idiots, are discovered. C’mon Obama, get some balls. You’re smarter that most, that’s why we elected you after dumb & dumber.

Cheney’s secret meetings with oil execs in 2001 paved the way for lax regulation and blame shifting.

Posted by: 4Jaxon | June 16, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

---
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unfortunately, Obama can't promise that all these problems will be solved "within a few days", since
BP hasn't proposed NEW, BETTER AND FASTER SOLUTIONS, as clearly required by U.S. Coast Guard
but ONLY some NEW "PROMISES" to solve the problem more quickly... just another couple of months
---
so, I've developed a new and BETTER "super cap" that can be built and installed in a couple of days
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read a description with the drawing of my new idea in my article latest update: http://bit.ly/c8y9GX
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the only other alternatives to my simple, cheap, fast to build and install proposal to fix the leak are:
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1. the (unknown) new "cap" ready for mid-july after 50,000,000 more gallons of oil spilled in the Gulf
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2. a drilling of the two relief wells finished in mid-august after 100,000,000 more gallons of oil spilled
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Posted by: gaetanomarano | June 16, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

cannula:
"BP is one crooked company, no?"-BabeNeno?

Yes they are worse than average-SO why is your Community Organizer-in-Chief allowing them to flub 4 attempts at closing the leak- He knows what we know, no?

Where is the panel of experts he says he assembled advising him NOT to cut off the twisted riser which was creating resistance to flow- something desirable, no?

Looks like the corrupt leading the blind, no?

You still post Cheney blogs instead of Googling today's NY Times story which exonerated Halliburton- hackneyed and unfair, no?

You failed to adress my common sense suggestion that instead of using the Nat, Guard to fill out BP forms made difficult to avoid proper completion and payment, Obama should have the fed gov write a simple form to replace the BP ones, force BP to distribute them, and FREE UP the Nat. Guard to help in the clean up, no?

You know, with you liberals, if it's not Obama, it's just no, no?

Posted by: thecannula | June 16, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Our President sounded too much like the Chicago politician decrying his corporate sponsor in public with a wink and stuffing the cash in his pockets in the back room.
All Dodd's and Obama's public attacks on Goldman went on while they collected millions for their campaigns and other. This is Emanuel's dream of a crisis that can be milked, and milked and milked for their political and personal fortunes. God help the oil workers, fishers and residents of the Gulf.

Posted by: Donschott | June 16, 2010 6:46 AM | Report abuse

Got it, GOP?? People think Obama has been TOO LENIENT ON BP!

Sheesh.

Except you, Senator Diapers. Keep railing against how we should be nicer to them. Yeah. Do it. Then go buy some more wh*res

Posted by: DDAWD | June 16, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

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