January, 2012 archive
Jay Bookman puts his tongue firmly in his cheek to theorize about why all the Newt-Hate:
I can only think of one explanation: They’re all liberals who are trying to sabotage the former speaker because they’re terrified at what Gingrich would do to President Obama in a debate. And they’re doing everything they can to prevent that calamity.
Not a lid on the spill, natch. A lid on the facts about it (emphasis added).
On the day the Deepwater Horizon sank, BP officials warned in an internal memo that if the well was not protected by the blow-out preventer at the drill site, crude oil could burst into the Gulf of Mexico at a rate of 3.4 million gallons a day, an amount a million gallons higher than what the government later believed spilled daily from the site.
The email conversation, which BP agreed to release Friday as part of federal court proceedings, suggests BP managers recognized the potential of the disaster in its early hours, and company officials sought to make sure that the model-developed information wasn’t shared with outsiders.
“Outsiders” such as the U. S. Coast Guard, for example.
Every time I hear of a new effort by Republicans to keep voters from the polls, I remember hearing my Daddy talk about paying his poll taxes.
Daniel Ruth reports on a Florida debate. A nugget:
Do you ever get the feeling this whole nominating process is about as dignified as Steven Tyler doing his waterboarding version of the national anthem? It’s not that the candidates may advocate positions I may not agree with. That’s part of the political process. What irks me is that these pols think we’re all a bunch of gullible half-wits.
Does anyone honestly believe Freddie Mac paid Newt Gingrich $1.6 million to provide history lessons?
More at the link. It gets better.
So far they insist that the drone will not make lethal decisions on its own, but you know it’s only a matter of time. Am I the only one who thinks that every single Northrop employee should be forced to watch all of the Terminator movies several times over?
The link to the L. A. Times news story is at Thoreau’s place.
The company has insisted that it will not use the gagging system in a blanket fashion, but would apply it on a case-by-case basis, as already happens when governments or organisations complain about individual tweets.
Much more at the link.
Rally at the Bell Tower to preserve the franchise, sponsored by the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.
Dr. Benjamin Chavis, keynote speaker.
When: 9 a. m., January 31.
9th and Franklin Streets
Richmond, Va. (map).
More Info: Call 757-287-0277 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
View the announcement (jpg).
I forgot to tune into the FDIC last night to see the parade of fiscal responsibles being honored for their acumen at destroying jobs, money, and trust(s).
I shall recognize them now for their mastery of the universe.
These banks are now blanks:
Listen to this episode of Radio Times, which explores the complexities of the U. S. Income Tax code, including (and this is the part that pains) the rationales for the favoritism to the rich over the poor and the middle class.
It will make your brain hurt.
See Delaware Liberal for details on Arizona’s latest move in its attempt to become the Alabama of the Southwest.
In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jay Bookman considers Newt the Gingrinch’s performance in the most recent
episode of Survivor: Wingnut Studio Republican media circus debate. A snippet.
At heart, Gingrich is a bully who backs down when confronted. He likes to challenge members of the media in public, safe in the knowledge that their profession does not allow them to return fire. He is well-skilled at creating and then dismantling strawmen. And he is supremely confident when he senses that he has succeeded in intimidating his target.
But when the critical moment comes, he deflates. As speaker, he shrunk from Bill Clinton, to the point that his aides and lieutenants didn’t want to have them in the same room lest a passive Gingrich agree to too much. In these debates, once Romney decided to fight back aggressively, Newt has repeatedly retreated. In the previous debate, he was left speechless and flustered by a pressing Romney, and apparently he still hasn’t recovered his bluster.
“So much money he can’t count it all.” TPM:
Thursday afternoon, the LA Times reported that Romney’s tax returns listed 23 funds and partnerships that did not appear on Mitt Romney’s personal financial statements — the disclosure forms candidates are required by federal law to file with the Federal Elections Commission.
Details at the link.
Buccaneer Petroleum loses a round in its attempt to weasel out of its contracts.
Oil giant BP has lost its attempt to shift over $15 billion of costs related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill onto contractor Transocean, increasing the possibility BP may have to foot the entire $42 billion clean up bill.
A U.S. federal judge on Thursday said BP must uphold a clause in its contract with Transocean Ltd that would shield the Swiss-based driller from compensatory damage claims related to the 2010 disaster.
That means London-based BP may have to shoulder alone compensation claims brought by the likes of fishermen and hoteliers whose livelihoods were affected by largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
However, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier left open the possibility that Transocean might still have to pay all or part of any punitive damages and civil penalties imposed by the U.S. government under the federal Clean Water Act.
I notice that BP is now a Swiss company. Guess they wanted a new hideout.
Fed app with it all.
It says the application should provide information about possible domestic and global threats superimposed onto maps “using mash-up technology”.
Absolutely nothing could go wrong with this.
Also, pigs, wings.
Foreclosures continue to work their magic.
About 302,000 new homes were sold last year. That’s less than the 323,000 sold in 2010, making last year’s sales the worst on records dating back to 1963. And it coincides with a report last week that said 2011 was the weakest year for single-family home construction on record.
A key reason for the dismal 2011 sales is that builders must compete with foreclosures and short sales—when lenders accept less for a house than what is owed on the mortgage.