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Jane

It was ridiculous - war metaphors, a few lies, and a push for cap and tax. Exactly what you would expect.

Donald

Barak went to the gulf and got sand in his vagina. It has made him very irritable, and he's looking for some ass to kick.

All I got to say to that is that I, who talks big but am no bad ass, would absolutely bitch slap that skinny piece of shit around wherever I wanted. I say this, because there are about 175,000,000 Americans looking at this girl and saying "Really?", "You're gonna kick MY ass?".

The guy's gonna be flicking cigarette butts at citizens behind phalanxes of secret service agents after the November elections. Then when he returns home to his purported home of Chicago, he will find that it's his turn to be the girl at the "Men's Club". For the rest of his miserable life.

Jane

Hey - what's with the woman bashing? We are a lot tougher than Obama.

daddy

We are the ones we have been waiting for Godot for.

narciso

Yes, he couldn't explain how we got here, (the BP favoritism, the climate change chimera, the failure to revoke the Jones Act)
and he doesn't explain how we're getting out)
yeah we're in good hands, putting Mabus and
Nagin in charge,

Melinda Romanoff

At least this time, Nagin might remember where the busses are parked.

And is precisely the expertise invoked.

(They're hoping the well dries out, still. Which means this find is HUGE!)

DebinNC

Obama's schedule today only allots 20 min. for his meeting with BP execs. Apparently, pics of the quasi-prep walks in and out are the main objective...followed by footage of Obama looking and sounding fierce in the Rose Garden.

Meanwhile, FL politicos are finding that publicly threatening to defy the feds/state and act alone to protect their coasts fast tracks their permit requests. A flood of similar rogue actions can't be far behind.

narciso

That it seems to be, Spindletop huge, in it's capacity, which makes more the waste, of not handling it properly.

Melinda Romanoff

I think they'll be forced to use a low yield nuke to fuse the tube into glass.

The only thing these people can plan for is Congressional votes.

fdcol63

Given Obama's lousy response to this oil crisis, I'm really dreading that 3 AM phone call about a serious NATIONAL SECURITY crisis.

fdcol63

Hillary is truly the only member of Obama's cabinet who has the BALLS to handle a 3 AM call.

hit and run

Honestly,I thought Obama gave a speech of biblical proportions.

Wait. What?

Well,how else would you describe the speech other than:

Ecc 1:14b

Behold it is all vanity,a chasing after the wind

Ecc 10:12b-14a:

the lips of a fool consume him;

13the beginning of his talking is folly and the end of it is wicked madness.

14Yet the fool multiplies words

Pofarmer

followed by footage of Obama looking and sounding fierce in the Rose Garden.


mew.

Melinda Romanoff

Oooh, a dental hygenist shows up.

daddy

Bear Panty,

Your links don't work.

centralcal

From Drudge just now:

RASMUSSEN Reports at 9:30AM ET:

Obama Approval Falls to New Low: 42%
Obama Approval Index: -20
Strongly Approve 24%
Strongly Disapprove 44%
Total Approval 42%

Developing...

narciso

"Ve are not amused" what planet does he think he is on,

daddy

CentralCal,

I think you must be off on interpretation of those polling numbers. I am in China, and they seem to be very approving of Obama's current Approval Ratings falling to 42%. In fact I believe they would like it if they collapsed to much lower numbers..

S'pose it's part of weakening American---the more weakening, the better. Hopefully Obama will be able to disappoint them, but I've seen no evidence for it so far.

fdcol63

Drop, baby, drop!

(Obama's approval ratings)

Bob

He hasn't moved past "BP is bad, BP is going to pay." BP should pay and will pay. However, this policy doesn't prevent one drop of oil from hitting the coasts. Spill containment is job 1. Stopping the leak is job 2. I'd reverse that but stopping the leak is turning out to be very difficult. Obama has no plan other than to punish BP and create a political slush fund. Does he think lawyers absorb oil? Let's hope we survive this idiot.

Joe Biden is beginning to look like the smart, adult, mature part of the team. Scarey thought, isn't it.

Jane

This is very funny!

Thomas Collins

Are the balloons up yet, DOT?

daddy

"Joe Biden is beginning to look like the smart, adult, mature part of the team. Scarey thought, isn't it."

Absolutely Bob.

On a good day these guys are at best mediocre, and that's being generous.

fdcol63

I find it amusing that Marxist-Socialists have a fetish for appointing "czars".

Sue

I have talked to several people this morning and not one of them watched the speech. Obama is probably lucky that everyone is sick of him and missed his speech last night.

narciso

So the new 'argument such as it is in the Sorosphere, is that Sarah's response was incomprehensible, as if direct action is hard to understand

narciso

Technically they are commmisars or zampolit, like Peter Firth's not long for this world
character in "Red October"

DebinNC

At the moment BP is content to let Obama try to save himself at their expense, but what will happen when BP's lawyers take over, and it's Obama's toothless threats and Holder's incompetence vs. the law and David Kendall?

Janet

These same idiots claim they want to control the CLIMATE on the entire planet. They can't control one leaking oil well.
That was his speech...We can't stop this oil leak, but put us in charge of controlling climate.

Everywhere a chipmunk.

What happened when GM bondholder lawyers took over and the rule of law was brought into play?
=================

daddy

You know Sue, that is probably a very true comment.

Honest folks with common sense and common lives would have been switching from that monstrosity within the first few paragraphs.

Seriously, besides the true believers, or the true patriotic antagonists intent on highlighting whatever new scheme he's come up with to economically neuter America, why would any normal citizen pay the slightest bit of attention to our pontificating idiot?

Captain Hate

O/T and maybe this has been linked previously, but this is incredible @ LUN.

PD

Whoa, I can't take the flood of negativity here. I'm going to listen to Rush instead. I'm sure he'll have several nice things to say about the speech.

PD

And, just to be a little positive myself:

Ras -20 today

Janet

From Captain's linked article -

Sheriff Paul Babeu: "... And, it’s shameful that we as the most powerful nation on earth can win wars and liberate countries throughout history yet we can’t even secure our own border."

daddy

Narciso,

Wouldn't you love it if Todd Palin walked next door and administered the same "hug" to creep stalker McGiniss that the Wapo's Weigel considers completely appropriate by that North Carolina Congressman Etheridge.

Heck, I would hope that after such friendly banter, Todd Palin might actually invite Joe over for some friendly "swimming"in the lake behind their Wasilla houses. Kumbaya!

Thomas Collins

Re Captain Hate's LUN at 9:33 AM: We need a President Polk type to deal with the Mexican border, and instead we have a Carter-lite type.

narciso

Weigel is all forms of fail, MacGuiness thought he could corner the Akhanitsa, but
she's evaded him, like those rolling MX trailers

Thomas Collins

And one of the reasons I support Palin for Prez in 2012 is that I think there is a good deal of James Knox Polk fortitude in her.

Danube of Thought

No balloons, TC. We're not gonna let Bill Russell dine out on that story for another forty years.

When the likes of Olbermann and Matthews start bringing up Carter, you know the corner has been turned. This guy has lost the country; no one pays attention to him anymore.

centralcal

Thinking back to that Batchelor piece linked by Dan Riehl yesterday, I have to wonder how much more depressed Obama is today. Where's the love?

But, hey, he is gonna give it his all in a 20 minute meeting with BP. The putz just gets putzier.

Sue

The man is lazy.

Tom R

When Obama loses three progressive homers like Olbermann, Matthews and Fineman, you know it was a bad speech. This was one instance where Olbermann actually made me chuckle.

PD

Joseph Cao distinguishes himself again:

Lawmakers are fuming at BP, but Rep. Joseph Cao took that anger to a new level during a congressional hearing when he suggested a top executive commit ritual suicide.
NK

The man is lazy.

Posted by: Sue | June 16, 2010 at 10:16 AM

AND INCOMPETENT!

He is a hardcore Alinsky Leftist, we should all be grateful that he is organizationally incompetent and has no leadership ability.

Danube of Thought

The AP fact-checks the speech, and it ain't pretty.

PD

Looks like Fannie and Freddie might delist from the NYSE.

Haven't they been listening to Barney Frank that there are absolutely no problems?

Tollhouse

Favreau's youth and inexperience is really starting to come out. I mean, sure anyone can write a great speech if they just crib it from the greatest 100 speeches of the last 50 years. Much like Web 2.0, of which Obama's campaign probably makes him the first Web 2.0 President, the reality is that there isn't much real WORK being done as TALKING about work.

PDinDetroit

Perfect Speech coming from a true Narcissist:

Narcissistic personality disorder is a condition in which there is an inflated sense of self-importance and an extreme preoccupation with one's self.

A person with narcissistic personality disorder:

* Reacts to criticism with rage, shame, or humiliation
* Takes advantage of other people to achieve his or her own goals
* Has feelings of self-importance
* Exaggerates achievements and talents
* Is preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence, or ideal love
* Has unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment
* Requires constant attention and admiration
* Disregards the feelings of others, lacks empathy
* Has obsessive self-interest
* Pursues mainly selfish goals

Sue

PD,

How lucky for democrats that a republican said something stupid. Forgive me if I am now open to conspiracy theories that would have made laugh 2 years ago.

Rob Crawford

Lawmakers are fuming at BP, but Rep. Joseph Cao took that anger to a new level during a congressional hearing when he suggested a top executive commit ritual suicide.

Ugh.

Why do we get such clowns?

Janet

Exactly Tollhouse. Talking about work. Has there been even one tangible solution to any problem? Libs talk us all to death and drown us in paper/regulation. Leaving a trail of ruin...they march on to the next Utopian dream.

Jane

The man is lazy.

AND INCOMPETENT!

And apparently scared.

Danube of Thought

After considerable searching, I finally found a fawning sycophant who actually thinks (or says he thinks) the speech was great. Apparently The Forehead has been living on Olbermann's alternate planet for the last 58 days.

jimmyk

Cao's the RINO who was the only Republican 'yes' vote on the original House healthcare bill. The only issue he's reliable on is abortion.

Jane

That's funny Dot, I was gonna say "Begala thought it was great" and then I went to your link. I bet he is the only one.

BTW Chris Matthews has a special on the Tea parties tonite - this morning he was comparing tea party members to the Michigan Militia. I blogged about it at You TOO.

narciso

Sorry Dude, but only Lantos has the gravitas to poll that off, and those were different circumstances

DebinNC

Sounds like AL Gov. Riley is ready to follow Jindal's lead and go rogue.

Tidbit from link: OSHA will only let cleanup folks work 20 min. out of each hour. I guess requiring 3 people do the job of 1 is one way to help BO's jobs-created stats.

PD

BTW Chris Matthews has a special on the Tea parties tonite

I've noticed the commercials have an image of the Obama "Joker" poster. I suppose he's going to claim that was created by a Tea Partier?

Ranger

And in related news:

http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/204251/obama-officially-embraces-lame-duck-session-strategy>Obama Officially Embraces the Lame-Duck Session Strategy

The plan is to conference the new Senate [energy] bill with the already-passed House bill IN A LAME-DUCK SESSION AFTER THE ELECTION, so House members don’t have to take another tough vote ahead of midterms.

Danube of Thought
“Tomorrow,” Obama said, “I will meet with the chairman of BP and inform him that he is to set aside whatever resources are required to compensate the workers and business owners who have been harmed as a result of his company’s recklessness. And this fund will not be controlled by BP. In order to ensure that all legitimate claims are paid out in a fair and timely manner, the account must and will be administered by an independent third party.”

Does he actually think he has the power to do that? Is he really going to try? What if the Chairman says "we feel the courts should determine who gets what, in accordance with the ancient traditions of the law in the English-speaking countries?"

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

The campaign slogan "OBAMA.... competent as CARTER" comes to mind.

fdcol63

".. requiring 3 people do the job of 1 .. "

Just like unions.

Rob Crawford

Does he actually think he has the power to do that? Is he really going to try? What if the Chairman says "we feel the courts should determine who gets what, in accordance with the ancient traditions of the law in the English-speaking countries?"

Then the chairman gets a polite reminder of what happened to the GM bondholders.

DebinNC

Patrick Michaels at The Corner on Obama's moon landing comparison:

In his Deepwater Horizon speech, President Obama erroneously compared the effort required to reduce per capita emissions of carbon dioxide to what they were in 1867 — which is the goal of the cap-and-trade legislation passed by the House last summer — to our landing men on the moon. He implied that it’s okay to go this route, even if we don’t know how to do it. In fact, we knew how to send men to the moon: with big rockets and a disposable lunar lander. We have no idea how to reduce the per capita carbon consumption of 400 million Americans to what it was immediately after the Civil War — absolutely no idea.

PDinDetroit

In the IT World, when we have an issue the size and scope of the Gulf Oil Spill, it would be termed a Severity 1 Incident on a Critical System. For this type of system, you generally have 30 minutes to get the system back functional - resolve the incident. For this incident, the following would occur:

1. Both Technical and Business Impact Meet-Me-Lines would be opened and an Incident Manager Assigned.

2. Groups and individuals that can aid in resolving the incident are brought to the Technical Line and all angles/information are checked out. It is an "All Hands On-Deck" scenario.

3. The Business Line is updated 30-60 minutes with up-to-minute status.

4. A Resolution Plan is developed and enacted. The incident is resolved and follow-up plans are created and run to clean-up ancillary problems.

5. Once Incident Management has resolved the issue, Problem Management can take over interaction with vendors and updating processes to ensure that the incident does not occur again.

(very simplistic version above for the sake of reader time)

I see no urgency in the actions of the US Government. I see no reality-based plan to resolve the incident quickly. We The People have been kept in the dark about many aspects of the Gulf Oil Spill. Future Policy work has no business being discussed while the incident is still on-going.

Danube of Thought

Then the chairman gets a polite reminder of what happened to the GM bondholders.

What happened to the GM bondholders was done by a bankruptcy court.

Jane

Where has Clarice been? Is she off gallivanting somewhere?

LouP

"2. Groups and individuals that can aid in resolving the incident are brought to the Technical Line and all angles/information are checked out. It is an "All Hands On-Deck" scenario..."

PD, there's your problem. That process can't possibly work because you don't bring in a Nobel Prize winner to suggest solutions, and you don't appoint a panel of college professors to study the problem for six months with the charge to come up with a consensus opinion in nine months.

You've just told us that you have no experience in dealing with a major crises.

/snark off

macphisto

Obama: the Half-Assed Half-Caste.

jimmyk

What happened to the GM bondholders was done by a bankruptcy court.

I thought the deal with the bondholders was arranged prior to the bankruptcy (as in the LUN). I suppose the court validated it, but my impression was that Treasury persuaded enough of the bondholders to accept the deal despite strong opposition from the rest.

bunkerbuster

The last laugh on the spill will always belong to Obama because no matter how you slice it or spin it or mutilate it -- BP CAUSED THE SPILL. And the longer, stronger and more desperate the hypothesizing gets about what could have been done ex post facto, the clearer it becomes that the answer is: not much.
How hard will it be for to show beyond dispute that the problem was that drilling in the location was simply too dangerous, given the inevitable consequences of the spill and that such warnings were ignored and that BP succeeded in ignoring them because it relied on advocates vociferously opposed to government regulation and who deployed ideological arguments to "defend" that stance? How hard will it be to show that NEXT TIME and NOW in the PRESENT, the question surely isn't whether the government will be capable of seizing control from the private companies that caused the disaster and magically achieving what the private sector cannot, but how in the world future accidents can be prevented. And as soon as the discussion arrives there, and you can be absolutely sure it will, all this hyperventilating about Obama's inability to magically soak up all that spilled out will be about as relevant as the winning North Korean lottery numbers.

narciso

A spill like this happens every thirty years or so, the last under a nationalized Mexican
company, Pemex, Ixtoc, or oil tankers like
the Cadiz, off the coast of France as I recall. A start would be to dust off the contingency plan that NOAA developed in 1994, and follow the dictates of the Oil Pollution
Act of 1990, I know that isn't as exciting as
unicorn dust, but it reality

glasater

My understanding of the oil spill coming onshore is that the aroma makes people sick. So perhaps that's why OSHA is limiting workers time cleaning up the gunk.

matt

didn't we used to have an agency called the Federal Emergency Management Agency? Or does the president think so little of an agency that could actually manage emergencies, especially after the blowup in the wake of Katrina, that this is now just a GS-5 with a couple of telephones on his desk.

The whole management of this crisis has been criminally negligent from the top downwards. We have been fed a steady diet of lies and bullshit from the outset, and our media hasn't dared to ask the hard questions.

We need to empower people like Jindal and others who will get the job done.

The plans for a neutron bomb are lying in some vault at the DOE, and they should tailor one with the right kilotonnage and directional attributes to close this thing down. There are also Mk 48's with warheads that would work loaded on subs as we speak, but those are dirty.

Conversely, they could jam a few Mk 48's with dummy warheads right down the hole, depending on the flow rate.

I'm sure Dr. Chu's experts are considering all the options. Remain calm, all is well.....

glasater

CDS rates on muni bonds on the gulf states are ticking up.

PD

"President Obama is drawing bipartisan criticism for using the BP oil spill to revive an energy regulation bill that's been on the back burner since last year..."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein: "the climate bill isn't going to stop the oil leak."

Ranger

And as soon as the discussion arrives there, and you can be absolutely sure it will, all this hyperventilating about Obama's inability to magically soak up all that spilled out will be about as relevant as the winning North Korean lottery numbers.

Posted by: bunkerbuster | June 16, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Really? That's all you've got today? Hope that the discourse will change in your favor. Well it worked once I guess.

Oh, and by the way, "How hard will it be..."? Obviously pretty damn hard, since Obama had all the time he wanted to try last night and he clearly failed.

Threadkiller
The last laugh on the spill war will always belong to Obama Bush because no matter how you slice it or spin it or mutilate it -- BP CAUSED THE SPILL CLINTON SAID IRAQ HAD WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.

Are all things equal?

Sue

Rush just called Bill O'Reilly "Ted Baxter". Ouch.

Janet

gallivanting...now there's a good old word I haven't heard in awhile. Mental note - use the word gallivant more often!

Verb 1. gallivant - wander aimlessly in search of pleasure

Dare to be Dull... Dare to Gallivant!

Ignatz

--The last laugh on the spill will always belong to Obama because no matter how you slice it or spin it or mutilate it -- BP CAUSED THE SPILL.--

Yes and the earth's natural processes caused Katrina, but that didn't help Bush any and BP's liability aint helping Barry.
Just as it turned out most of the avoidable harm from Katrina could not be laid at Bush's feet but he ws blamed anyway, the fact is when an entity takes over a problem the head of that entity is held responsible. And Barry has been demonstrably slower off the mark and less active than Bush was and his own administration provided waivers and safety awards to BP.
Barry isn't laughing because he knows, as of early April when Napalitano or whoever it was, declared it a spill of national significance and the EPA and CG took over, Barry's head got placed on the same pike Bush's was. Some in the media may try and shield him but so far that's mot working out too well is it?
Laugh it up.

jimmyk

And let's not forget, Bush caused Katrina.

jimmyk

Oops, Iggy beat me to it, minus the sarc.

Rob Crawford

Why does anyone care what the homoerotic fantasizer says?

PD

Re: Bush and Katrina, if you have access to Karl Rove's new book, I encourage you to grab it and read the chapter about Katrina. Very interesting insider account of just how engaged Bush was, and the obstacles he faced trying to get Nagin and Blanco to understand what they were up against, what their responsibilities were, and to quit trying to blame each other.

Bottom line: Of the three, only Bush had the slightest clue how to deal with the situation. The background detail provided by Rove is fascinating. And Bush's restraint in not ripping Blanco/Nagin is striking.

jimmyk

This just in (from the WJ):

The White House and BP have agreed to establish a $20 billion compensation fund for victims of the Gulf oil spill headed by Kenneth Feinberg.

I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall in that meeting.

jimmyk

WJ=WSJ

PD

Oh, and Rove also has some interesting comments on Mary Landrieu's response to Katrina. Not, shall we say, complimentary.

matt

one of the other issues with the 20 minute rule is the weather. It's very hot, and Tyvek suits don't breathe, so the risks of dehydration and stroke are real.

The problem is that they are cleaning up the beaches, not the seas. The best solution is always closest to the source of the problem. The cat got out on this one 8 weeks ago.

Threadkiller

Captain Hate:

Your link">http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/06/obama-gives-major-strip-of-arizona-back-to-mexico-video/">link if horrific!

The real reason for closing National Parks to us ties into the carbon scam.

Government-owned land must play a greater role in limiting carbon emissions, both through carbon capture and storage and increased renewable energy generation, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said on Thursday in a speech at the global climate change summit in Copenhagen.

And:

Under cap-and-trade legislation being considered by Congress, private carbon offsets could be applied to public forests and other federal lands.

Can you believe they will use any excuse for their "land grab"? Don't answer that.

Ignatz

--Why does anyone care what the homoerotic fantasizer says?--

For the same reason we swat at gnats.

Danube of Thought

Didn't watch or hear the speech, but I read this highlight just now and laughed:

[W]hat has defined us as a nation since our founding is our capacity to shape our destiny our determination to fight for the America we want for our children. Even if we're unsure exactly what that looks like. Even if we don't yet know precisely how to get there. We know we'll get there.

Eh? We're going to shape it even though we don't know what it looks like? We're going to get somewhere (where?) even though we don't know how?

Who is writing this stuff?

PD

DoT, that bit of fluff doesn't fill you with confidence in our President?

Rob Crawford

Who is writing this stuff?

A couple of beer-pong playing frat boys, from what I understand.

rse

Everyone coming up with reasons for the 20 minute rule.

It's in effect when they are not in Tyvek, just long pants, sleeveless white shirts, and black boots.

It's in effect in areas where there is no oil coming in and no smell whatsoever.

It was in effect at 8:00 AM when it was not yet hot.

The BP mini jeeps deliver and erect canopies for the workers to sit under for those 40 minutes before walking for 20.

Yesterday 4 workers were moving the canopy down the beach with the rest of the workers underneath as if it was a pharoah's canopy.

That probably counted as the 20 minute walk too.

At least I didn't see any prison pants today but it's still a rough looking and acting group to be rewarded with BP's munificent hourly wages.

Danube of Thought

The $20B fund looks to me like a pretty successful move for Obama. I'd love to know whether and how BP limited its liability to that sum--they may very well not have been able to.

Rob Crawford

The BP mini jeeps deliver and erect canopies for the workers to sit under for those 40 minutes before walking for 20.

You'd think no one's ever worked out in the sun before.

We have sunscreen, cheap ice, lots of drinking water, and even specially crafted drinks to help you stay hydrated, folks!

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