Saturday, June 19, 2010

So what do you people want him to do?

Open a vein?

BP chief executive Tony Hayward took a day off Saturday to see his 52-foot yacht "Bob" compete in a glitzy race off England's shore, a leisure trip that further infuriated residents of the oil-stained Gulf Coast.

While Hayward's pricey ship whipped around the Isle of Wight on a good day for sailing -- breezy and about 68 degrees -- anger simmered on the steamy Gulf Coast, where crude has been washing in from the still-gushing spill.

"Man, that ain't right. None of us can even go out fishing, and he's at the yacht races," said Bobby Pitre, 33, who runs a tattoo shop in the crossroads town of Larose, La. "I wish we could get a day off from the oil, too."

Another genius opines:

"I think everyone has the right to do what they want in their free time, but he doesn't have the right to have free time at all," said Canevari, who scouts the bayous, bays and Gulf for driftwood and other found objects, and turns the debris into nature-themed art. "Not until this crisis is resolved."

You know, it would have a bit more weight if the complainers weren't a taboo guy and a starving artiste. Perhaps some fishermen--or maybe some one in the oil business.

Fox did manage to find one guy who apparently is a shrimper. He managed to get closer to right than tattoo guy or the starving artiste--he's "not pleased that Obama was playing golf and BP's CEO was at a yacht race while his life is on hold." Although, honestly, neither one can really make a big positive impact on this situation, and they may be doing more good by staying the hell out of the way.

Friday, June 18, 2010

It's that "laser-like focus on jobs" thing in action

(Via the Drudge Report)

Some days, it's like shooting fish in a barrel...

President Obama went to the groundbreaking of a road project in Columbus, Ohio, Friday to show that his massive stimulus package is still churning out jobs -- a "good news" story that was anything but for some construction workers who were trying to figure out how to make up for the payday they lost due to the president's visit.

The workers were told not to report to their construction project at a nearby hospital Friday, because the Secret Service was shutting it down for security reasons. They also were told that they would not get paid for the forced day off.

The construction workers were understandably peeved:

"The bosses told us we weren't working because the president is coming, and we are wondering why," construction worker George Harrison told WBNS-10TV. "That's $200 we are missing out on. Everybody needs to eat, right?"

As of yet, there is no confirmation of the rumor that His Awesomness said "Let 'em eat Wagyu Steak" in response to the complaints.

Because it would reduce the pool of likely Democrat voters if they didn't

The Obama administration plans to file suit challenging Arizona's immigration law, officials told Fox News on Friday.

The confirmation comes after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview with a TV station in Ecuador earlier this month that the administration would challenge the law in court, though officials had long said the issue was under review.

And the announcement came on a South American TV station. Nice.

Remember $4-a-gallon gas?

If Obama and his gang have anything to do with it, you're going to remembering it nostalgically.

President Obama has a solution to the Gulf oil spill: $7-a-gallon gas.

That’s a Harvard University study’s estimate of the per-gallon price of the president’s global-warming agenda. And Obama made clear this week that this agenda is a part of his plan for addressing the Gulf mess.

I'm not on with the conspiracy theory that the government and the oil companies teamed up to {insert whacko theory of your choice here}. However, I'm may have to reevaluate that if we just keep having these interesting coincidences.

What a wuss

A Republican U.S. representative reversed himself after apologizing to BP CEO Tony Hayward earlier Thursday by saying BP was victim of a White House "shakedown," a comment that angered both Democrats and Republicans.

And here I thought there was someone in Congress who was toting a pair. Either I was wrong or someone cut 'em off.

Problem solved

A death row inmate who had used a gun to fatally shoot two men suffered the same fate Friday morning as he was executed by a team of marksmen — the first time Utah used the firing squad to carry out a death sentence in 14 years.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I know what it means

(Via Say Uncle)

My Ancestors Were Horse Thieves gives away the gun bloggers' secret code. Great--now everyone will know what we're talking about.

Judge for yourself

(Via the Drudge Report)

The Intertubz is buzzing with the "ZOMG!!! Hit punched her in the face!" story of a Seattle cop who punched a 17 year old girl in the face while he was trying to arrest her friend. Watch the video and judge for yourself.

All things considered, I'd say he showed admirable restraint. I'm relatively sure that most cops would have went up the continuum of force a lot further than this one did. I'm amazed that Miss "Get the F off of me" didn't meet Mr. Tazer or Mr. Mace.

Flake of the day

Republican Congressional candidate William "Bill" Randall is suggesting that the Obama Administration and BP conspired to intentionally spill oil in the Gulf, resulting in 11 deaths and the worst environmental disaster in the nation's history.

Randall, who has aligned himself with the Tea Party movement, readily admits that he has no evidence that what he says is true. But that is not stopping him from from making the claim as he campaigns for in the June 22 GOP runoff to face incumbent Democratic Rep. Brad Miller on the November ballot.

"Now, I'm not necessarily a conspiracy person, but I don't think enough investigation has been done on this," Randall said at a media conference on Tuesday. "Someone needs to be digging into that situation. Personally, and this is purely speculative on my part and not based on any fact, but personally I feel there is a possibility that there was some sort of collusion. I don't know how or why, but in that situation, if you have someone from a company proposing to violate the safety process and the government signing off on it, excuse me, maybe they wanted it to leak.

"But then it got beyond what was anticipated, and we had an explosion and loss of life. And, oh man, now we have panic. Is there a cover up going on? I'm not saying there necessarily is. But I think there's enough facts on the table for people that (they) really need to do some investigative research and find out what went on with that and get a subpoena of records and everything else."

Wait, I know! The BP and the government did this just so BP could beggar itself with the clean up costs, the lawsuit settlements and the bad publicity and Obama could look like the amateur he is.

Someone needs to up their dosage, I think.


Sent to me by one of my Internet spies...

I really hate to link to CNN, but when it's a guy handing the talking head her head, I'll make an exception.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Making BP pay

Never one to let a crisis go to waste, The Big O and is O-bots would appear to be plotting how to extract every last dollar from BP that they possibly can.

President Obama, in the first televised Oval Office message of his presidency, sought to quell rising anger over his response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico by saying he will demand that BP's chairman set aside whatever money is needed to compensate those who have been harmed by the company's "recklessness."

Any guesses who will make the determination about how much money is needed?

Obama announced that he had asked former Mississippi Gov. Ray Mabus to develop a long-term Gulf Coast Restoration Plan -- to be funded by BP -- in concert with local states, communities, fishermen, conservationists and residents "as soon as possible."

That's a nice way to provide a sinecure to some of your friends. In the best Chicago tradition, of course.

And if you don't believe that the statist bastards currently in power aren't going to milk this for all it's worth, one of them just dropped trou:

"It's time to take this tragedy and turn it into an opportunity," Sen. Bill Neslon, D-Fla., said in a written statement. "I congratulate the president on saying we are now going to declare that this nation is getting on the road rapidly to breaking our dependence on oil. We are at a point now, through research and development, that we are going to wean ourselves from petroleum addiction."

BP is far from guiltless as far as I can find out, but the current statist bastards are going to do their best to maximize their take from it, rather than dealing equitably. If anyone in the Gulf gets helped, that's probably just an unavoidable side effect.

Prepare for Cap and Trade, rising energy prices, shortages, higher taxes, higher unemployment, more restrictions on your freedom of movement and Lord knows what else.

"Yes I Can"

The smartest guy in the room is apparently getting smarter. Just because the first two months of his administration's response to the Deepwater Horizon drilling accident makes the government's response to Hurricane Katrina look like the model of a well-run government operation...bah! Just wave your hands, Great One, and it will all get better.

Voicing increasing confidence in his ability to confront the nation's worst environmental crisis, Obama was set to outline a comprehensive response and recovery program, while assuring not only the people from the afflicted region, but all across America, that his administration will guide the country to a recovery.

I wonder if he'll do any better with this crisis than he's doing with the economy?

Monday, June 14, 2010

Goodbye, Major

I've just been informed that my next door neighbor, a gentleman of 91, has passed away. He was a heck of a man. Like my Dad, he served in World War II, in Europe. He was a Lieutenant in the 10th Armored at that time. He and my Dad (who was in the 9th Armored) surely crossed paths several times--before he stopped 3 German machine gun bullets while leading an attack.

After convalescing from that, he stayed in the Army after the war, and eventually retired a Major. Then he started another career. During all this, he raised a huge family--you need a scorecard now to keep track of kids, grandkids and great grandkids.

I had the privilege of knowing him for only 4 years. It could have been 40 and I would still have had more to learn from him.

Major, I'm going to miss you. I grieve your passing; I thank God you lived and I got to know you, if just for a brief time. His wife told me that he was a wonderful man, a great husband and father, and a patriot. That seems a fitting epitaph for him.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Refresher course

Pretty much anyone with a survival mindset has been exposed to the concept of "situational awareness". It has to do with the ever-changing balance you must strike between living your life and watching out lest you be deprived of it.

Stratfor has a short, very good piece on the subject. It covers every basic point you need in order to understand the concept. Well worth the few minutes it takes to read it.