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Fox News Erases Applause for Obama from West Point Cadets (0:46-56), May 22, 2010

Gotcha Faux News!  What are  you so afraid of Fox news?  Why do you  insist on keeping your  audience in “brain-dead” mode?

Now compare the above to this version at the 10:28 mark:



H/t neobeetle


Sarah Palin

“Blame Baby, Blame” – Palin accuses Obama of being in bed with Big Oil

Caribou Barbie speaks out again.   If Obama was in bed with “big oil” wouldn’t that be something Palin and Rand Paul would approve of?  Hmmmm…

Talking Points Memo

Right-wing darling Sarah Palin accused US President Barack Obama on Sunday of being lax in his response to the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster and suggested this was because he is too close to Big Oil.

The former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, who champions off-shore drilling, criticized the media for not drawing the link between Obama and Big Oil and said if this spill had happened under former Republican president George W. Bush the scrutiny would have been far tougher.

“I don’t know why the question isn’t asked by the mainstream media and by others if there’s any connection with the contributions made to president Obama and his administration and the support by the oil companies to the administration,” she told Fox News Sunday.

More than 3.5 million dollars has been given to candidates by BP over the last 20 years, with the largest single donation, 77,051 dollars, going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers, and sank two days later. Ever since, hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil, perhaps even millions, have been spewing each day into the sea.

The resulting slick, now the size of a small country, threatens to leave Louisiana’s fishing and coastal tourism industries in tatters, ruin pristine nature reserves, and cause decades of harm to the ecology of fragile marshes that are a haven for rare wildlife and migratory birds.

The Obama administration has been forced to defend its response to the disaster as some Republicans have sought to portray it as its Katrina, an allusion to president Bush’s mishandling of the response to the hurricane that devastated Louisiana in 2005.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs mocked Palin’s suggestions that Obama was somehow in bed with the big oil companies because of 2008 presidential campaign contributions.

“Sarah Palin was involved in that election, but I don’t think, apparently, was paying a whole lot of attention,” Gibbs said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program.

“I’m almost sure that the oil companies don’t consider the Obama administration a huge ally. We proposed a windfall profits tax when they jacked their oil prices up to charge for gasoline.

“My suggestion to Sarah Palin would be to get slightly more informed as to what’s going on in and around oil drilling in this country.”

Palin suggested this close relationship explained why Obama was, “taking so doggone long to get in there, to dive in there, and grasp the complexity and the potential tragedy that we are seeing here in the Gulf of Mexico.”   More>>>

Kevin Costner's OTS Machines

Kevin Costner’s ‘Ocean Therapy’ machines tackle Gulf spill

I’ve always admired Kevin Costner for his acting and his environmental concerns.  Mr. Costner has now allowed me to take that admiration to a whole new level!

World Fishing & AquaCulture

Machines designed to clean oceans after oil spills are to be tried out by BP in the Gulf of Mexico this week.

The Ocean Therapy machines suck up oil and water from the ocean, separate them by centrifugal force, and then return the clean water to the ocean.

They were designed and financed by movie star Kevin Costner’s partners in Louisiana-based Ocean Therapy Solutions (OTS).

Ever since the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Costner has been concerned with keeping oceans clean.

Costner and OTS are reported to have more than 300 Ocean Therapy machines of various sizes. The largest can clean up to 200 gallons per minute.

Around 30 units have been readied for the Deepwater Horizon clean-up.

Costner is also believed to have teamed up with John Houghtaling, a New Orleans trial lawyer and chief executive of OTS, to finance a documentary about the clean-up operation and to ensure oil companies such as BP are fully held to account for the disaster

U.S. Politics

“There is an appalling lack of knowledge about the BP disaster…” – DU Board

MineralMan – Democratic Underground

I posted this in another thread, but several people have asked that I make it an OP. Let me start by saying something:

This operation should never have been allowed to begin, since there is no effective means for handling a blowout, as we have seen.

That said, the incident occurred, and the proof of my previous statement is in evidence.

1. As some have already said, the relief wells are probably going to be the only thing that ends this. Kevin Costner’s device  may help clean up the oil that has been spilled and will continue to be spilled, but, based on the dimensions of it, it would take hundreds, if not thousands of the devices to do the job of cleaning up multiple millions of gallons of contaminated seawater.

2. The US government has no technology capable of dealing with this situation. The only such technology, such as it is, is in the hands of the oil drilling companies. We do have submersibles in the Navy and at NOAA that can reach those depths, but so do the oil drilling companies, and those submersibles are already in place and are designed for the manipulations needed in this situation. The Navy’s and NOAA’s submersibles are not designed to deal with this type of work. Further, the US military has no expertise in offshore oil drilling technology, and can do nothing to fix the problem.

2. President Obama has spoken about this situation every day, despite erroneous claims to the contrary. I’ve heard and seen him do so. Given the inability of the Federal government to actually do anything to ameliorate the problem, there is little else he can do. What he is doing out of the public view is another matter, and is not public.

3. We cannot “nationalize” BP. There is no mechanism available to do so. That is a ridiculous suggestion, since it cannot be done.

4. We cannot penalize BP without due process. In the meantime, they have the responsibility for stopping the leak, cleaning up the mess, and paying for all they caused. Legal action in this regard will go on for years, if not decades.

5. We are not going to “nuke” the site. That would probably cause even more widespread leaking, and such actions have never been tested at these depths. To do so would be incredibly foolish.

6. This blowout is unprecedented, due to its depth and the depth of the actual well.

7. Hand-waving and blame-placing will do nothing to solve the problem. It will only serve to create distractions from the actual job at hand.

8. This blowout will not be fixed today, tomorrow, or next month, in all probability. It is going to take months to be put under control, and there’s not a damn thing we can do about that. We can hope that the top kill operation will have some success, but it’s a long shot. Be prepared to be disappointed with the results.

9. No amount of pontificating from academics who have no deep-sea oil operating experience will have any effect on this disaster. In fact, nobody but those working in this field directly can end the leakage. The best experts in this field work directly in this area and have the grease under their fingernails to prove it. Anyone can say anything he or she wishes but, without direct knowledge of this specific field, they’re just blabbering.

Finally, again: This well should never have been allowed in the first place. It was, and the process was well underway when President Obama took office. We can all agree that it is a bad idea to do deep-water drilling when the technology for fixing things when it goes wrong doesn’t exist. We’re paying for that, and for our inattention for the past 20 or so years. Drill, Baby, Drill is a bad idea if we’re going to drill without the proper precautions or knowledge. Perhaps we’ll do better in the future. Perhaps not.

But, this is not President Obama’s disaster. It is BP’s disaster. President Obama cannot reverse what happened. Despite his powers, he can’t pull a Superman deal and fly around the Earth and turn back time. If you think you are frustrated, imagine how much more frustrated he is. He can actually do nothing to hurry the fix up. The only people capable of doing so are the very people who caused the accident through their own negligence, and there’s not a damn thing we can do about that, since they’re the only ones with the equipment and skills required to fix it.

So, please, BACK THE FUCK OFF OBAMA! Save your scorn for those responsible for this. Blame those who are culpable. Don’t write untruths about the situation. Study it and learn what is being done and what is possible. Take advice only from those who understand deep sea operations, not from academics with manicures. The guys with grease under their fingernails are the ones who are going to fix this, even though they’re the same ones who caused it. There is no other option.

Note from Editor: (Emphasis are mine)


Sunday Talk Show Mashup


Here’s what you may have missed from this week’s Sunday political talk shows:  Sunday Talks show mashup video.

The White House works on its marriage of necessity with BP. 

Steele says Paul’s philosophy is “misplaced,”  and Palwenty calls his civil rights remarks “unfortunate.”

Cornyn points out Paul’s still ahead in the Kentucky polls — and Palin says the press is “looking for that gotcha moment.” 

Gibbs unloads on Palin. 

Sestak says it again: “I was offered a job.” Steele pushes the White House to either says its true or call Sestak a liar. 

Menendez stands by Blumenthal. Steele’s not.