Day: June 20, 2010

BP Thought Spill Could Be 100-Times Larger Than It Told Congress, According To Internal Document

There is nothing I like about BP at all.  They seem to think that no one, including our Legislative branch of government is as smart as they perceive themselves to be.  I personally see them as a bunch of bumbling idiots with too much time and money and no motivation to help “the small people”.

Huffington Post

NEW ORLEANS – Newly released internal documents show BP PLC estimated 4.2 million gallons of oil a day could gush from a damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico if all equipment restricting the flow was removed and company models were wrong.

Democratic Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey released the documents Sunday showing BP said in a worst-case scenario the leak could gush between 2.3 million and 4.2 million gallons of oil per day.

The current worst-case estimate of what’s leaking is 2.5 million gallons a day.

The documents anticipate a scenario where the blowout preventer and other equipment on the sea floor were removed, which was never done.

BP provided the documents to federal officials in May, and company officials say they have no plans to remove the blowout preventer.

In a press release from the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, which Markey chairs, the BP estimate is described as up to 100-times larger than their initial claim:

In the document, BP stated: If BOP and wellhead are removed and if we have incorrectly modeled the restrictions – the rate could be as high as ~ 100,000 barrels per day up the casing or 55,000 barrels per day up the annulus (low probability worst cases) …This number is in sharp contrast to BP’s initial claim that the leak was just 1,000 barrels a day. At the time this document was made available to Congress, BP claimed the leak was 5,000 barrels a day, and told Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that the worst case scenario was be 60,000 barrels a day. This document tells a different story.   Click here for a PDF of the internal document.

Israel Eases Gaza Blockade, Will Allow In All Goods Except For Weapons

Huffington Post

JERUSALEM — Israel’s government decided Sunday to draw up a list of items banned from Gaza limited to weapons and materials deemed to have military uses and said the easing of the three-year-old blockade of the Palestinian territory would be implemented immediately.

The list of banned goods replaces an old list of allowed items that permitted only basic humanitarian supplies for the 1.5 million Gazans. Under the new system, the government said practically all non-military items can enter Gaza freely.

“From now on, there is a green light of approval for all goods to enter Gaza except for military items and materials that can strengthen Hamas’ military machine,” Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said.

Israel decided on Thursday to ease the blockade under intense international pressure after its raid on a blockade-busting international flotilla bound for Gaza killed nine pro-Palestinian activists.

In a critical shift, Israel said it would allow construction materials into Gaza for projects approved by the Palestinian Authority, such as housing and schools, as long as the projects are under international supervision. Up to now, Israel has banned most construction materials, including cement.

Construction materials are a critical need in Gaza. Thousands of buildings were destroyed or damaged in Israel’s military operation in Gaza a year and a half ago, aimed at stopping years of daily rocket attacks by Gaza militants. Because of the blockade, little repair or rebuilding has been done since the war ended.

The list of banned items was not released Sunday, but the government said it will be published.    Continue reading…

Hannity’s Pal Levin Attacks O’Reilly For Defending Obama

News Hounds

Sean Hannity’s talk show buddy, Mark Levin went on a rant against Hannity’s Fox News colleague, Bill O’Reilly, for being too supportive of President Obama’s BP victims’ fund. Specifically, Levin sided with Rep. Joe Barton with everything except the apology to BP and slammed O’Reilly for “pandering and pretending” to “stand with the little people against” BP. However, I can’t help but suspect that at least some of Levin’s vitriol was due to the fact that O’Reilly has recently challenged two conservative icons, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, with on-air results that were unflattering to each. With his high-pitched, effeminate voice, chickenhawk Levin said about O’Reilly, “I am so sick and tired of the cowardice and the ignorance.” I wonder if Levin will be brave enough to face O’Reilly on the air.

 

Audio via The Right Scoop

 

BuzzFlash: Limbaugh Represents a Deep and Serious Pathology in our Society

This article is spot on about Rush Limbaugh.

BuzzFlash – Media Putz

Basically, the entire Limbaugh “Satan is Insinuating Your Basest Thoughts in Your Ears” demagoguery is one big self-pitying “woe is me” fest, with a large dollop of hate and spite on top. Limbaugh is always making himself and white males, in particular, perceive themselves as victims of imaginary swarthy and Stalinist era entities.  But, in reality, he has created a radio space that is one prolonged bait and switch.

Limbaugh is paid to divert the frustration, anger and confusion of whites – who have been shafted by the Reagan Revolution’s elevation of America’s relative tiny super wealthy population and predatory global corporations – toward scapegoats, usually of the swarthy, female, or gay side, not to mention the all-encompassing target of “liberals.” To whites who are economically dispossessed by the Reagan redistribution of income to the wealthy, “liberals” are to blame for taking their now reduced income – if they are lucky enough to have a job – and, according to Rush, redistributing it to the poor (of course, his bilious innuendo is pointed squarely at minorities, even though most people on welfare and unemployment are white, but we’re dealing with propaganda fiction here.)

So, it was no surprise that Rush has jumped upon the GOP “Protect the Super Rich and Global Corporation/Government Combine” bandwagon by blaming the poor for being poor. As an example, according to Media Matters, “Limbaugh stated that ‘a summer off from government eating might be just the ticket’ to curbing childhood obesity. He later characterized children ‘starving to death out there because there’s no school meal being provided’ as ‘one of the benefits of school being out.'”

As Media Matters notes, this is just one in a continuing line of attacks on the poor as being responsible for their poverty and being mollycoddled, according to the porcine Limbaugh who just spent $1 million to have Elton John sing for his 4th marriage (or 4th beard for his likely real sexual preferences) – presided over by Clarence Thomas who true to his firm belief in the sanctity of marriage also presided over Limbaugh’s third “marriage.”

No doubt the excess food thrown away from Limbaugh’s latest wedding could have fed half the poor in Baltimore, but Limbaugh feels entitled as he tells hungry kids to go dumpster diving: “Limbaugh to children: Can’t find food? ‘There’s always the neighborhood dumpster.'”

There is a deep and serious pathology in our society when the economically oppressed white working class can be manipulated to hate those below them on the financial letter, instead of uniting in solidarity to demand of the super wealthy their fair share in taxes and of American-based global corporations a code of civilized behavior that looks out for the interests of their workers and their nation.

But the hissing snake – Limbaugh– in the Garden of Eden, continues to whisper the words of demagoguery as he fattens himself at the trough of corporate sponsorship that is only too happy to have a master deceiver on their payroll, leading the exploited and shrinking middle class off the cliff of misplaced fear and hatred – a Pied Piper for the Tony Haywards of the world.

Limbaugh is the BuzzFlash Media Putz of the Week – and long ago entered the Demagoguery Hall of Gluttonous Shame

Rahm Emanuel: Joe Barton’s BP Apology Represents Difference Between Democrats And Republicans (VIDEO)

 

 

Huffington Post 

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s chief of staff is warning about what might happen if Republicans — who have defended BP over the Gulf oil spill — were to run Congress after the fall election. 

Rahm Emanuel says the GOP philosophy is to paint BP as the victim, pointing to Rep. Joe Barton’s apology to BP for what the congressman called a White House “shakedown.” 

“That’s not a political gaffe, those are prepared remarks. That is a philosophy. That is an approach to what they see. They see the aggrieved party here as BP, not the fishermen,” Emanuel said on ABC’s “This Week.” 

Barton and Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul, who recently called Obama’s criticism of BP “un-American,” are a reflection of the Republican party’s governing philosophy, Emanuel said. “They think that the government’s the problem.” 

It would be “dangerous” if the GOP held power in Washington, Emanuel said. 

“I think what Joe Barton did was remind the American people, in case they forgot, how the Republicans would govern.” 

Emanuel says Obama will make clear to voters the fundamental differences in how each party would govern, focusing on energy policy, Wall Street reform and economic recovery.

Sunday Morning Round Up

FOX accuses Obama of giving land back to Mexico
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MMS still approving Gulf drilling without safety standards
Demonstrating that a culture of corruption and incompetence is hard to break, the Mi..

SLIDESHOW: Another Week, Another 17 Million Gallons of Oil
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Newstalgia World Week – June 14-18, 2010
A busy week for floods, riots, apologies and team sports. Aside from our own goings ..

More reaction to Limbaugh’s child hunger joke
As if Limbaugh would have any idea about poverty or hunger. Of course he’s saying the..

G.O.P. Stalwart Says Come, the Gulf’s Fine
Gov. Haley Barbour’s performance could help shift his image from that of an in..

Obama Girls Go Hollywood, With Mom
Michelle Obama and her daughters visit Warner Brothers studio and the California Adve..

Mayor of Mexican town shot dead
A Mexican mayor is gunned down in Ciudad Juarez near the US border, where he had fled..

Greene is S.C. Democratic Party’s nominee in name only
Alvin Greene is the South Carolina Democratic Party’s nominee for the U.S. Senate, bu..

Top 10 candidate gaffes of 2010

From NBC’s Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Sarah Blackwill
In the past few days, we’ve seen how the BP chairman’s “small people” gaffe turned into a media frenzy and forced the chairman to issue an apology. For our weekly Friday Top 10 list, we take a look at what we consider the Top 10 candidate gaffes of 2010 — and by gaffes, we mean the unscripted moments that turn into giant headaches for the candidate, sometimes even end up costing them the election.

1. Gordon Brown’s “bigoted woman”: This gaffe took place across the Atlantic Ocean, but it impacted Britain’s election this year and ensured that Gordon Brown and the Labour Party would be voted out of power.

2. Martha Coakley’s Schilling-is-a-Yankee fan: This statement in a radio interview showed that she was out of touch with Massachusetts voters. No Boston Red Sox fan would mistakenly say that Curt Schilling is a Yankee fan. This gaffe turned out to be the final nail in Coakley’s coffin.

3. Sue Lowden and Barter-gate/Chicken-gate: This gaffe by Lowden — touting that bartering for health care, like paying doctors with chickens, could benefit the health system — contributed to her June 8 defeat in the Nevada Senate GOP primary, a contest in which she was once the front-runner. It also inspired videos like the one linked here.

4. Vaughn Ward’s Puerto Rico is a country: Ward once was a front-runner, too — in an Idaho GOP congressional primary. But after a few gaffes — like calling Puerto Rico a country when it’s a territory — he ended up losing this primary.

5. Arlen Specter and the College Republicans: Specter mistakenly saying that he was endorsed by the College Republicans, instead of the College Democrats, highlighted his biggest weakness in the Democratic Senate primary he lost: He was a long-time Republican before switching parties.

6. Carly Fiorina’s hairy situation: California’s GOP Senate nominee became the latest victim of the open mic, when she was caught dissing the hairstyle of fall opponent, Barbara Boxer. (“God, what is that hair? Soooo yesterday.”)

7. J.D. Hayworth’s ‘history’ lesson: At a town hall, Hayworth served up this whopper: “As I recall, in MY history, Germany declared war on the United States not vice versa.” In fact, as was pointed out to him by a questioner (who Hayworth didn’t believe), the U.S. DID declare war on Germany on Dec. 11, 1941.

8. Jim Gibbons — the mistress and the airplane: ‘What’s it to you? … You’re full of s—‘: It was painful to watch as Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons tried to deny, deny, deny that there was a woman with him on a plane back from DC that was actually his mistress. Gibbons apologized but lost his reelection bid badly in the primary. In fairness, though this gaffe was hardly the only thing that did him in.

9. Jerry Brown and Nazi propaganda: We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, the first to bring up Nazis in politics, loses the argument. In a conversation with a reporter while out for a morning jog, longtime pol Jerry Brown, running as the Democratic nominee for governor in California, likened his fall opponent Meg Whitman and her big spending habits to Nazi propagandists.

10. Bob Etheridge gets too close for comfort: It’s never a good idea to grab, slap, pull, manhandle, or “hug, as in wrestling,” another person — no matter how annoying they are — and especially if it’s on camera (!!!). This might not have any effect on his re-election bid, but it provided a lesson politicians should already know: When the camera is on, it can be uploaded and sent around the world in minutes.