Saturday, June 12, 2010

Fashion Break

Take a break and ponder--

Will Last Century’s Styles Open Today’s Wallets?

What do you want to see return? Okay, not return?

Who Hired this Salazar Guy Anyway?

President Obama gave us Ken Salazar. He's an Obama hack. Ken, in turn, has given the nation more of the Bush years. Do you remember when the Shrub's political hacks re-wrote findings of scientists to conform to the GOP's preconceived findings? It's a great way to get an official document that says exactly what you want it to say. Of course, once you're caught at the game, official documents wind up being of less value than a bucket of warm spit.

Engineers say Interior changed oil report after they signed it

It's weird how Obama keeps on emulating his predecessor.

Medicore Management

Did you find it odd that just after Obama climbed in bed with offshore drilling BP began spilling crude into the Gulf? Didn't the first expert assure everyone that drills don't spill? Well, how could he have opted for more offshore drilling in the first place? Easy, he and his team are mediocre managers. They missed lots of big and little details. Top delegator just went with the flow which his aides created. Damn, he gets more like President Shrub all the time, and it's his decision that matters. What will he recommend next?

Obama overlooked key points in giving OK to offshore drilling

Love Your Enemies?

I think that's what Christians are taught, isn't it? Okay, but what if the enemy is Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli? Well, let's praise the Lord, do as He suggests and give Ken a big kiss. Spread the love.

Cuccinelli to attend D.C. gay pride festival -- sort of

Nevada and Elections

Nevada has a "None of the Above" box on state wide ballots. The ever dynamic Harry Reid came in first, but Mr. None came in second. Every ballot needs to include this option, including the presidential race. If we cannot have it on all ballots then we can write in NOTA!

For Nevada voters, `none' is 2nd to Harry Reid

Government Mediocrity

Unfortunately it's good old number one's military and their care of injured soldiers. When a general, with lots of medals, has to go on NPR and say

"We are taking this extremely seriously," Chiarelli said Wednesday in response to an investigation by National Public Radio and ProPublica [2] which found the military is failing to identify and treat soldiers with so-called mild traumatic brain injuries. "There's no reason for us not to try to diagnose it."

Isn't this like the Minerals and Mining crowd assuring us they really do regulate deep well drilling in the Gulf? You see, long term care costs money and it all comes out of the same DoD money pot. What do they value more than care of those they have mangled?

Media Matters

From Media Matters weekly wrap up--

Glenn Beck continues his public embarrassment tour

If a week goes by without Media Matters documenting something embarrassing or pathetic from Glenn Beck, it's probably because he's on vacation.

Case in point, the self-described "rodeo clown," last seen making fun of an 11-year-old girl, refused to apologize for promoting the work of pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic, racist Elizabeth Dilling. As Beck tells it, he sat down with the book The Red Network one night and found it so inspiring that he had to share it the very next day. Yet The Red Network contains passages rife with racism ("colored men" are dancing with white women!), anti-Semitism (let's be fair to Nazi Germany's anti-Jewish activities), and religious bigotry (Hinduism and Islam are "debasing and degrading"; Judaism and Hinduism spread "propaganda").

On the topic of books, Beck will soon release his brand new "thriller" The Overton Window, which he promises will "drive the left insane." Beck's right: Media Matters obtained a copy of the book before its Tuesday release, and as Media Matters' Simon Maloy and Ben Dimiero note, the "awful" novel contains "plot holes, ridiculous narrative devices, and long-winded limited-government sermonizing passed off as dialogue." Beck's Overton Window includes the phrase soon to engulf college campuses and future Gossip Girl episodes: "Don't tease the panther."

Beck also began touting his 8-28 rally -- the same day as Martin Luther King's 1963 March on Washington -- as one that will "reclaim the civil rights movement" and "be remembered as the moment America turned the corner." Beck, who informed readers may know is not a civil rights hero, has compared himself to civil rights heroes Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Gandhi, and African-Americans who had "dogs and fire hoses" released on them. Beck's even gone so far as to claim that he's advancing "the plan that [God] would have me articulate, I think" against "darkness."

In an interview with The New York Times last year, multimillionaire rodeo clown Beck said that if people take what he says "as gospel, you're an idiot" -- food for thought for the Beck followers buying 8-28 rally plane tickets or Overton Window books.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Transitions

How do you go from putz, to schmuck, to a USDA certified 100% Grade A asshole? Oh that's easy, all you have to is be a member of the U.S. Congress and do the same thing over and over again. What is that thing? It's their failure to deal with jobless benefits in a timely manner. Instead of being sure to keep the cash flowing to new and old unemployed folks, Congress takes vacations. And we mocked President Shrub for all his vacations, so why did we elect him and why do we elect them?

Congress takes long weekend, lets jobless benefits hang

Our Fanstastic Government in Action

And in what area have our elected twerps made life worse? It's education this time! Yes, when we allow public officials to obsess on test scores and link teacher pay to scores, then even the village idiot winds up with a 4.0 GPA. What kind of lessons do little Billy and Alice learn when it is the teacher who gives them the answers to the test?

Under Pressure, Teachers Tamper With Test Scores

Theological Potato Chips

Potato chips are so tasty. The salt, the potato flavor, the right amount of fat, the crisp crunch and oh, yeah, the salt. Can you taste them right now. Potato chips and now in so many flavors. Hmm, the ones with a hint of vinegar are super. Okay, do you have your mouth ready to eat your favorite chips? Okay, eat just one. Yeah, it's from a Lay's commercial, but it's damned hard to eat just one chip.

What's harder than eating just one potato chip? In god land, it's opening a Mosque in New York (or anywhere else for that matter). In this case lots of folks are saying "just one is one too many." Religion is the original vast wasteland.

Heated Opposition to a Proposed Mosque

Papal Horseshit

Pope Ratzy is really sorry his employees messed around with your kids. Of course, he's not going to make any real changes in his organization. Hell, if he brings the Church into the 21st century, that will make his trek back to the 13th century damned hard and perhaps impossible. He just wants forgiveness--

Pope [Ratzy] begged forgiveness Friday from clerical abuse victims for the sins of priests and promised to "do everything possible" to ensure that prelates don't rape or molest children ever again.

We know it's hard to figure out what the meaning of is, is. So, what does "everything possible" mean? After two millennia of warping minds and bodies, does anyone expect much change?

Spin the wheel

How much glop has BP sent into the Gulf? The only ones who probably know aren't talking and that would be BP. BP wants the number to be kept as small as possible. Remember 1,000 barrels a day? BP's fine will be based on the estimated number of barrels. So what is the flow? Lot's of guesses, from 1,000 to 100,000 barrels of oil everyday. 50,000 barrels seems to be a reasonable starting point. I think it will finally wind up being larger.

Scientists offer varied estimates, all high, on size of BP oil leak

Our Always Effective Government

We know that our ace elected officials gave us a global financial collapse that is not over yet. Today, we can also see the effects of elected ineptitude in the Gulf. Oh, don't forget two wars are still being waged.

The bozos we elect make the laws, change the laws, and decide how the laws will be enforced. When regulation fails, the trail leads back to Congress and the White House. It's not a pretty picture, but we like it since we keep electing the same people from the same parties.

So what's next? What screwup will pols deliver as one more SNAFU for us to ponder? Oh, the august body of elected schmucks can't even keep track of corpses. Yep, maybe we need to ask for real, who is buried in Grant's tomb?

Chaos at Arlington Cemetery: Mismarked graves, dumping of urns

And in South Carolina...

Who is Alvin Greene? Uh, he's the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. All he did, or someone else did for him, is file a $10,400 filing fee. He won. Now about that obscenity charge that's outstanding.

In South Carolina, Greene is mystery man despite winning Democratic Senate nod

Thursday, June 10, 2010

By the way...

It taint't just BP filling the Gulf with crude--

Rise in Offshore Spills Raises Wider Questions on Drilling

Incumbents Win

There were about 85 incumbents running in primaries on Tuesday. Given the attention paid to teabaggers, voter anger and teabagger Sarah Palin, how many incumbents lost? Make that one, the crook who was running for reelection to the Gov's office in Colo.

This picture does not match the world of TV pundits does it? It's all about who has the cash for ads. Incumbency is a powerful green magnet. Will we see incumbents fall like flies this Fall? At what rate? Instead of 98% being returned to office will it be only 97% be reelected? If you wager, bet on the incumbent, even at a lower 95%, it's better than odds on anything in Vegas.

Question

Have you heard teabaggers yammer away saying things like "take my country back" or "take our country back?" The very pale crowd of mostly males doesn't provide a lot of specificity about what they mean. Well, what do they mean? Here's a clue it's from the Census--

The nation's minority population is steadily rising and now makes up 35 percent of the United States, advancing an unmistakable trend that could make minorities the new American majority by midcentury.

Helen Thomas what do you think they mean?

Obama's Bungled War

How's old Operation Moshtarak doing these days? Well, Gen. McCrystalball sent the folks in Marja a "government in a box." They opened the box. It was empty. Damn back to the drawing board and wait, hold it, is that the Taliban creeping back into town? Yep, they're back and we're trying to figure out how to achieve a stalemate.

Oh, Obama's timetable may be shot to shit. Does anyone think the war protesters, those folks who rabble roused against Bush will rabble against Obama? War is war, it does not matter who is in charge. I guess the protest crowd just didn't like Bush, but the wars must have actually been okay.

Get ready for it to get much worse in Afghanistan.

'Still a long way to go' for U.S. operation in Marja, Afghanistan

Peas in a pod

Tony Hayword and Admiral Thad Allen must agree, censorship is good. Who needs reporters and all those cameras anyway. Despite all the bullshit about open access, the record reveals censorship. It does not seem right. Why are the teabaggers not in a fine fettle and getting seriously steeped over this vile behavior managed and orchestrated by our Coast Guard and BP? Does our President Transparency know about this? Hey, BP sucks and it's looking more and more like it, the Coast Guard does too.

Efforts to Limit the Flow of Spill News

South Carolina May be Repalced

Yep, SC may not be the only gift that keeps on giving. From the lovin' guv to the don't let them breed Lt. Gov. and now to "Prove I got laid and I'll resign (if I am elected)" Gov. aspirant, SC, move over, your replacement is here, it's BP. Every time one of their bozos says anything, it's a joke.

For example, the cleanup crews are safe, BP has made sure of that. Even Adm Thad's folks approved the plan. Must be a solid plan, right? Oops, it's BP's. Now Admiral must have finally read the plan, he's concerned. The only thing BP execs are concerned with is maximizing profits at any cost. Who cares about sick cleanup riff-raff. I Wonder how many wrongful death suits to oil profit made analyses they've made so far?

BP's plan to protect workers fighting the massive oil spill in the Gulf, which the Coast Guard approved on May 25, exposes them to higher levels of toxic chemicals than generally accepted practices permit.

Keeping the Cash in the Campaingn

The Dems will not shut down the new pipeline of cash that will pour into political coffers courtesy of our always ace Supremes. Affected organizations are flipping the bird to Congress and the First Fund Raiser over proposed law. It's an odd mix of like minded folks who are a bit pissed. How often does big labor hop in bed with the NRA? That gives me the willies.

Opposition may derail campaign disclosure bill

We need a change. Can we have a national variation on California's Prop 14? All candidates for every office go on a primary ballot, the top two vote getters will then slug it out in a runoff election.

Nothing starts until Labor Day, then pols can raise money and make speeches without limit. On the first Saturday in Oct. we hold the primaries. The top two jackasses will then face each other in the general runoff election on the first Saturday in Nov. We don't need more that a couple of months do we?

Feeling Less Than Safe

In an earlier post I wondered if the feds (that's us folks, it's our government) can actually manage anything well, hell, even half-baked will do. Now I'm sure they couldn't even dig a proper hole to take a dump in--

GAO again slams U.S. national security agencies

How much do we pay for all that faux safety?

Bungled War Front

Obama's big Op in Kandahar is on hold. The locals still still don't like getting their rubble blown to shit. Until we can con them into believing that we're there "to help them," McCrystalball will have to dawdle his troops. In the home of the Taliban, the locals seem to prefer the locals to us. What a war, when will we achieve a lasting stalemate in our time?

General: Kandahar operation will take longer

End the damn thing, cut the DoD budget by 50% and make war no more forever.

This is regulation?

Given the role money has come to play in our national politics, I think it's fair to ask, in the face of all that cash, could our federal government administer a well regulated outhouse? I think we've reached the point where we have to answer that question with a resounding "No." Stay away from federal crappers, you might fall in.

As I look at the BP spill and our continuing financial mess, I may have to change my mind about building new nuclear power plants. I fear the feds would wind up overseeing a nuclear cleanup. Kind of makes me wonder about all that Homeland stuff. Is there any part of our federal government that does what it was created to do and does it well?

Increase in inspectors hasn't kept pace with boom in offshore U.S. oil rigs and projects

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

How Confident are you in...

BP. Come on, no one has confidence in that pack of thieves

How about your friendly neighborhood federal government? Got confidence. Well if you do, you might want to read this--

A decade ago, U.S. government regulators warned that a major deepwater oil spill could start with a fire on a drilling rig, prove hard to stop and cause extensive damage to fish eggs and wetlands because there were few good ways to capture oil underwater.

I have confidence in government. Yep I am confident our elected folks will screw up anything if it helps them get reelected. What sector will feel the effects of our always number one regulatory system? Can we get an agency to protect us from business and government?

And the No Shit Sherlock Award goes to...

Ben Bernanke. He says the Federal Debt Is ‘Unsustainable’

Okay, we spend more than we take in so, raise taxes and cut spending. Hold it, if we did that them someone's ox would be gored. Damn, we cannot do anything, since all oxen are entitled to live gore free lives. I think it's in the Constitution too. I'm getting to the point where I'm glad I have fewer years to look forward to than to remember. It won't be long before the only thing we're really number one at, is saying we're number one. Fritter on folks, it will get worse.

Duck Test

If it looks like a libertarian, walks like a Libertarian and talks like a Libertarian, then it's a Libertarian, right? Wrong, it's Rand Paul coming home to GOOPERdom.

Paul distances himself from Libertarian Party

Get Ready, Get Set, Bang!

Only in Utah--

Utah prepares firing squad

Will there be parties after the shoot?

Admiral Crisis Point?

Tony Hayword, BP's CEO, is losing friends. Barack let him know he'd fire his butt if he worked for him. Now Admiral Thad is getting testy, maybe he really pinned a medal to his chest. Thad doesn't think Tony has been honest about what's been done and what they are doing. Even Tony's commercials are a joke. Oh, well after 50 days the hotshots in charge are finally realizing that shit can walk and talk, but it's still shit and that describes Tony and BP.

Crisis point man tells BP to say more about claims

Pols Need More Earmark Money

You are an elected tosspot. The U.S. budget is in bad shape. There's not much new cash for new programs. Without those new earmark programs, voters might not reelect you. You use earmarks to bribe voters. However bribes are like salt in food, as you keep piling it on, over time, you have to add more and more salt to obtain the desired taste. Pols, need to add more salt, but the pantry is bare. What can they do? Well, Social Security has lots of cash....

Social Security's defenders wary of deficit reduction commission

Don't forget, every incumbent tosspot's job number one is getting reelected.

Obama's Bungled War

Take note--

1. NATO helicopter shot down in Afghanistan; 4 killed

2. Militants attack NATO convoy in Pakistan; 7 killed

3. NATO allies poised to slash military budgets; Gates urges other cost savings

Hmm, it looks like we're going to spend even more money so more troops can die. Now why are we still there? Oh, making us safe and assuring MIC profits. Okay with you?

Who won, who lost

Two points on the pre-election bullshit. One, all those angry voters must have gotten lost on the way to the polls, incumbents won. Two, tea baggers, well, so what, is their pot cracked? Thankfully there will be a runoff in South Carolina, we will continue to need a few laughs now and again. What will be the issue this Fall? I think it will be jobs and economy as far as voters are concerned. However other issues will dominate cable news, economics bores them silly.

12 states hold primary elections

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Business Cycle

When you use some family money to buy access to pols, you can form a company and get government contracts. Ordinary contract returns $30 for $1 of donations(bribes). However, if your new firm is in the defense biz, you can expect to get back at least $100 for every dollar spent on pols. After you get started, you have to make sure you keep the cash flowing and you cannot be choosy about which party has power. If you get partisan, then you may find life tends to suck when the other guys take charge. That's the story of Blackwater, now Xe Services, and now for sale. When you lie down with Shrubs you get aphids.

Former Blackwater pursues sale of the company: report

Does Your Back Hurt?

We must have graduated a lot more back surgeons over the past several years. Why? Oh, back surgeries are up. Let's face it, the number of surgeons available is fair indicator of the number of surgeries that will be performed. Every one has to make a living. But, before you help a back surgeon make his next car payment, you might want to read this--

Overtreated: Time may best treatment for back pain

Don't Forget

Obama is stilling running his bungled war in Afghanistan--

7 U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Balance The Budget

Trogs love to trash Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security. They want to save the nation by deepsixing the entitlements. Okay the programs are expensive and in trouble. So here's my proposal to help the trogs accomplish some of their mission. For every Medicaid dollar cut, every Medicare dollar cut, and every Social Security dollar tampered with, we have to cut three dollars from the Department of Defense (War). Seems like a reasonable approach.

Clueless

BP has used over 1,000,000 gallons of dispersant. How much have they used? Who knows, they are not very forthcoming about anything. So make up your own number and use it. BP found the dispersant a handy tool--it keeps the oil off the surface, it hides it. Can't you hear BP in court, "oil, what oil, show me the oil." The Feds thought it was a nifty way to save the beaches.

"Up to this point, (the) use of dispersants and the effects of dispersing oil into the water column has generally been less environmentally harmful than allowing the oil to migrate on the surface into the sensitive wetlands and near shore coastal habitats," the report done for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


The problem is, we have passed the point where anyone has a clue regarding what happens to all that dispersed oil out in the Gulf. When you are spilling as high as 100,000 barrels a day, we outstrip our experience based knowledge. Then we enter what's more commonly known as a crap shot approach. Folks keep on using the stuff and hope they don't crap out. Oh, what is crapping out in this case? Try a dead Gulf.

How Much Oil?

Can I hear 100,000 barrels day! And the BP/Obama estimate holds steady at the low starting point (12-19,000) as the spill size. I wonder how much BP pays to keep the estimate as low as possible? Do you get the feeling the Gulf's problems have barely begun?

BP well may be spewing 100,000 barrels a day, scientist says

Attention Shoppers

Get ready for some retailing! Walmart is on the move everywhere. The U.S. is broke, shoppers aren't guying as much cheap shit from China as they used to, so it's expand everywhere else. International sales will soon be the biggest piece of Walmart's action. We will still have lots of cheap shit, but the world is on notice, there will be a Walmart within 20 miles of everyone on the planet.

As growth in U.S. slows, Wal-Mart puts more emphasis on foreign stores

BP, the masters of drill and spill

BP is a dangerous company. They are in the oil business and continually ignore safety and environmental rules. One CEO may change the image of BP, but one CEO cannot take the corruption out of the company. BP, if allowed to continue operations will go on drilling and spilling. Here's a good piece on this miserable firm--

Reports at BP over years find history of problems

Oh, do note, BP could not have become the BP we know and hate without the help of a lot of friends. Who are the friends? Why, every damn pol who has his hand our looking for campaign cash. If takes a Congress to make a BP, they could not have done it on their own.

Good News!

Here 'tis--

As voters head to the polls Tuesday for a crucial set of primary elections, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds antipathy toward their elected officials rising and anti-incumbent sentiment at an all-time high.

Incumbents are normal, decent people. That's the problem, they are people with very human characteristics. The elected wind up liking their positions excessively. Thus job number 1 becomes keeping the job at all costs. Hence nothing gets done and well, the rest of us get to enjoy the financial mess and the BP oil spill. So, how do we check and balance such behavior? Easy, do not reelect anyone. The antipathy is nice, now if we could see facts, reason, and logic begin to surface in our politics, imagine what government could then do for all of us.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Send a card to Tony Hayword

Thank the schmuck for killing off the Gulf and adding to unemployment. BP sucks.

Gulf residents fear another impact of spill: lost oil jobs

Arizona, it semi-sucks?

About half the folks find Arizona's new immigration law (SB1070) pretty good. That also means about half the folks think Arizona's new immigration law really sucks. Arizona is going to lose revenue from the half that thinks the state blows. I doubt the boosters will spend an extra fifty percent to help the state. Has there ever been a reverse boycott? Did it work?

The law has not been enforced yet, I think it goes into effect on July 29th. What will happen to opinion polls if Arizona cops started busting folks who look very Mexican on ground of being suspicious and a couple of the suspicious folks are killed? How many suspicious Norwegians are wandering around the desert?

Arizona lawmakers blew this law out their butts. It's a loser. In the best case, no rights are violated, no profiling occurs, immigration becomes controlled, and crime decreases. Okay, I'll let you assign a probability to that one, but what comes after one nano percent? Given that low probability of 100% success, the other hand is easily realized. All it takes only is one case of police abuse and the world has confirmation that Arizona is full of violent racist scum. I think you get the idea. One wrongful death and then what will happen on July 30th?

This is one of those laws that is impossible to remain respectable. The police have to enforce it right all the time, but is so damned easy for them to violate the law they will try to enforce. One violation and it's gets very, very ugly. Will it then shift the 50% who are cool with the law now, to go over to the other side? Then what?

Arizona leaders lament as state's image takes beating with new immigration law

It must be the heat

And in the South's soulmate center, the three bedroom circus continues--

Haley leads Republican governor's race in South Carolina despite sex allegations

Aw Crap, We Have Another Legacy

Send thanks to President Shrub. His legacy endures, and we all pay for it. I guess that means we all pay for what we did to ourselves. Well, to be a bit more accurate it's what an almost majority of voters and the Supremes did to themselves and everyone else that we all pay for.

Yep, we now know why Guantanamo is called Gitmo. It's called Gitmo because contractors know they are going to gitmo money out of Guantanamo.

At least $500 million has been spent since 9/11 on renovating Guantanamo Bay

Gulf Gourmet

Crayfish and gator instead of shrimp and oysters? Oh, well, that's the price of slipshod regulation and avaricious oil companies. One of these days we'll see fried tarballs and hush puppies served with a crude mousse.

Louisiana finds replacements on menu for seafood favorites affected by oil spill

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Pope Ratzy Dreams

Pope Ratzy I, does not like the way Christians are being treated in the Middle East. He knows those Islamic countries are sticking it to Ratzy's kind. Hell, he's got the goods on the Jews too. Ratzy has decried the Christian's plight! Uh,oh, did he ask for knights on horseback to assemble in Rome? Will Ratzy kick off his march back to the 13th Century with Crusade, 2010? At this point I would not be surprized at all.

Vatican Decries Plight of Mideast Christians

Is anyone doing anything?

I have a feeling both BP, via Tony Hayword and our government via Admiral Thad are more concerned with who is in charge and who will follow what procedures than actually doing anything. With aces like these guys in charge, it will take in incredibly long time to clean up the mess--thank CEO Tony and Admiral Thad.

Local Officials Simmer Over BP Recovery Efforts

Don't forget

BP has started sucking crude from their busted pipe. Admiral Thad has told us BP sucks about 10,000 barrels a day. Oh, let's put this is perspective. BP and the government aces like to use a range of 12,000-19,000 barrels spilling into the ocean every day. Based upon their track record, I think they are low balling the mess.

Others have estimated a bit higher. So lets bump the rate up to 30,000 barrels every. Okay, don't forget, when they cut their pipe, BP increase the amount of oil flowing into the sea by as high as 20% (or more). Okay, 20% of 30,000 is 6,000 barrels. The BP leak is 36,000 barrels. They now suck 10,000 barrels.

We're stuck with 16,000 barrels of glop. All that goo is headed for beaches in the Gulf, all of Florida, up the East Coast, into the Chesapeake, and into the Rappahannock. I wonder when I will have tarballs in my bay?

We already know what an low ball estimate of 16,000 barrels does to the Gulf. The oil will quit flowing when the well is capped. The cap cannot be done until the relief wells are drilled. It's going to be a long, hot, oily hurricane summer in the Gulf. Don't forget, every barrel contains 42 gallons of oil.

Cap Reported to Recover 10,000 Barrels of Oil a Day