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  • Mary Sue 3:09 PM on 07/25/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Obama administration’s half-hearted opposition to release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi 

    H/T: Drudge
    The Australian.com reports The Sunday Times is in possession of correspondence suggesting the Obama administration opposition to compassionate release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was at best “half-hearted”:

    Correspondence obtained by The Sunday Times reveals the Obama administration considered compassionate release more palatable than locking up Abdel Baset al-Megrahi in a Libyan prison.

    The intervention, which has angered US relatives of those who died in the attack, was made by Richard LeBaron, deputy head of the US embassy in London, a week before Megrahi was freed in August last year on grounds that he had terminal cancer.

    The document, acquired by a well-placed US source, threatens to undermine US President Barack Obama’s claim last week that all Americans were “surprised, disappointed and angry” to learn of Megrahi’s release.

    Scottish ministers viewed the level of US resistance to compassionate release as “half-hearted” and a sign it would be accepted.

    The US has tried to keep the letter secret, refusing to give permission to the Scottish authorities to publish it on the grounds it would prevent future “frank and open communications” with other governments.

    In the letter, sent on August 12 last year to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and justice officials, Mr LeBaron wrote that the US wanted Megrahi to remain imprisoned in view of the nature of the crime.

    The note added: “Nevertheless, if Scottish authorities come to the conclusion that Megrahi must be released from Scottish custody, the US position is that conditional release on compassionate grounds would be a far preferable alternative to prisoner transfer, which we strongly oppose.”

    Notice the threat implicit in the refusal to permit Scottish authorities to publish LeBaron’s letter. I will bet they are much more emphatic in their opposition to publication of the letter than they were in opposing release of Megrahi.

    Related:
    BP Chief Exec Tony Hayward steps down

    UPDATE:  Jammie Wearing Fool has more:

    This comes after the fiction being peddled earlier this week that Obama was going to “grill” David Cameron, who had nothing to do with the deal, over the release.

    Considering Obama’s anemic approval ratings, how well will this go over with the American public? Oh, never mind, the media here will simply ignore the story.

    Meanwhile, certain senators now preening for the cameras and bashing BP are having it thrown back at them.

     
  • Jill 1:35 PM on 07/02/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Can we call this criminal negligence yet? 

    God help us if we are ever attacked. The government’s ability, and desire, to respond to a crisis is pathetically lacking. Read all of Doug Power’s post. He quotes CNS News:

    Billy Nungesser, president of New Orleans’ Plaquemines Parish, sensed that a chart showing 140 oil skimmers at work — a chart given to him by BP and the Coast Guard — was “somewhat inaccurate.” So, Nungesser asked to fly over the spill to verify the number.

    The flyover was cancelled three times before those officials admitted that just 31 of the 140 skimmers were actually deployed.

    Insert your own outrage here.

    A bit more from Doug:

    Nungesser, you may recall, was one of the parish presidents who waited three hours to meet with Joe Biden and ended up seeing him for 30 seconds. Prior to that, Nungesser said that President Obama “chewed him out” during one visit to the Gulf.

    Unreal.

    Cross-posted at P&P.

     
  • Mary Sue 1:56 PM on 06/22/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BP oil disaster, drilling moratorium, ,   

    Judge Rules Against Obama’s Offshore Drilling Moratorium 

    Thus Obama’s “annus horribilis maximus” got just a tad worse while giving an unexpected break in favor of an ailing economy in the Gulf:

    A federal judge in New Orleans has blocked a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects that was imposed in response to the massive Gulf oil spill.  Several companies that ferry people and supplies and provide other services to offshore drilling rigs had asked U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman in New Orleans to overturn the moratorium.

    President Barack Obama’s administration has halted the approval of any new permits for deepwater drilling and suspended drilling at 33 exploratory wells in the Gulf.

    Feldman says in his ruling that the Interior Department failed to provide adequate reasoning for the moratorium. He says it seems to assume that because one rig failed, all companies and rigs doing deepwater drilling pose an imminent danger.

    The 22-page ruling is online though I haven’t had the chance to read through the whole thing yet.  I can tell you that you don’t have to go further than page 3, however, to find the Court calling out the “misrepresentations” in the Executive Summary issued by Secretary Salazar’s office:

    In the Executive Summary to the Report,the Secretary recommends “a six-month moratorium on permits for new wells being drilled using floating rigs.” He also recommends “an immediate halt to drilling operations on the 33 permitted wells, not including relief wells currently being drilled by BP, that are currently being drilled using floating rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.” Much to the government’s discomfort and this Court’s uneasiness, the Summary also states that “the recommendations contained in this report have been peer-reviewed by seven experts identified by the National Academy of Engineering.” As the plaintiffs, and the experts themselves, pointedly observe, this statement was misleading. The experts charge it was a “misrepresentation.” It was factually incorrect. Although the experts agreed with the safety recommendations contained in the body of the main Report, five of the National Academy experts and three of the other experts have publicly stated that they “do not agree with the six month blanket moratorium” on floating drilling. They envisioned a more limited kind of moratorium, but a blanket moratorium was added after their final review, they complain, and was never agreed to by them. A factor that might cause some apprehension about the probity of the process that led to the Report.

    In other words the fact the executive summary played fast and loose with the facts there was little proof the recommendations of the report had any merit.  Michelle Malkin also notes the Court’s attention to the obvious duplicity in the report and adds:

    Takeaway from decision: “After reviewing the Secretary’s Report, the Moratorium Memorandum, and the Notice to Lessees, the Court is unable to divine or fathom a relationship between the findings and the immense scope of the moratorium.

    More to come I am sure.  Administration vows to appeal, what a surprise.
    H/T: Memeorandum

    Cross posted at Ruby Slippers

     
    • Quite Rightly 2:53 PM on 06/22/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Fantastic. A judge that still believes in “probity.” Whew.

      I wonder what administration strong-arm tactics are to follow.

      • rubyslipperblog 3:01 PM on 06/22/2010 Permalink | Reply

        “Probity” is a lovely word. I am sure the administration will pull a few strong-arm tactics from their bag of tricks.

    • Obi's Sister 5:48 PM on 06/22/2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is music to my ears – like the ice cream truck going down the street.

      • Jill 6:45 AM on 06/23/2010 Permalink | Reply

        One of my kids commented, “I guess Obama can’t do anything he wants.”
        But they haven’t given up. They’re coming up with a new moratorium order.

        • rubyslipperblog 12:29 PM on 06/23/2010 Permalink | Reply

          They didn’t even take the time to read the ruling – but why break a streak of ignorance.

    • Janelle 1:05 PM on 06/23/2010 Permalink | Reply

      It appears that the only answer to any problem that this administration and congress have is to throw lawyers and money at it. Time to throw them out.

    • nicedeb 3:01 PM on 06/23/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Prediction: They’ll produce some new “experts”, and convince the judge that the moratorium is needed.

    • Obi's Sister 7:00 PM on 06/24/2010 Permalink | Reply

      According to Jim Hoft, Judge Feltman is now getting death threats.

  • Quite Rightly 10:33 AM on 06/19/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Obama’s View: Gulf Spill Recovery Only a Part-Time Job 

    I might think I was hallucinating, but I have witnesses: commenters on Potluck’s Oval Office live open thread, plus the dozens of millions of people who watched, listened to, or read Barack Obama’s Oval Office speech of only four days ago, Tuesday, June 15. In that speech, according to The New York Times, Obama said:

    Already, this oil spill is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced. And unlike an earthquake or a hurricane, it’s not a single event that does its damage in a matter of minutes or days. The millions of gallons of oil that have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico are more like an epidemic, one that we will be fighting for months and even years.

    But make no mistake: We will fight this spill with everything we’ve got for as long as it takes. We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused. And we will do whatever’s necessary to help the Gulf Coast and its people recover from this tragedy.

    So Obama appoints a guy to lead the Gulf recovery: a part-time guy. That’s what Obama considers “everything we’ve got for as long as it takes.” If only he had hired a part-time guy to push through his socialized health-insurance fiasco. But no, for that he had to tie up the 111th Congress for an entire year and whip them into voting on Christmas Eve.

    From ABC News:

    President Barack Obama’s point man charting a new future for the oil-poisoned Gulf Coast will do the job part-time. Some environmentalists said the job demands someone’s full attention.

    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who oversees 900,000 Navy and Marine personnel, is inheriting an amorphous second job as the Obama administration’s leader of long-term environmental and economic planning. His task is no less than rebuilding a region still suffering after Hurricane Katrina and beset by decades of environmental problems.

    Mabus won’t resign from his Navy job. When President George W. Bushpicked Donald Powell to lead the recovery after Hurricane Katrina, Powell resigned as head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

    Mabus was Clinton’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia for two years, after serving as governor of Mississippi.

    “The president talked to the governor about this, and they both agreed that he had the ability to do both,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday after Mabus met with Obama at the White House.

    That prompted quick criticism from the Defenders of Wildlife, which is working to save animals from the oil that has gushed from an offshore BP oil well for nearly two months. “The idea that he is only going to work on this part-time is disturbing,” said Robert Irvin, the group’s vice president for conservation programs. “If this is the equivalent of war, as the president has been saying, it needs a full-time general.”

    True, the recovery will benefit from focused, strong coordination of help from the federal government. But something tells me that’s not what this president has in mind for the Gulf states.

    Cross posted at Bread upon the Waters.

     
    • Obi's Sister 11:57 AM on 06/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

      My brother, the infamous Obi of whom I am the Sister, called yesterday. They were on day 5 of a 7day stay in a beach house just west of Destin. Every day, they see clean-up crews cruising the beaches, with nothing to do. There has only been one tar ball discovered since they’ve been there. No slick, no sheen, no globs, no greased up pelicans, no media angst of “what lies just offshore.” The usual beautiful beaches, just not as crowded.

      Hmmm, he says. He is more opinionated than I am and has several theories, none of which are complementary of our current regime.

      And he likes that Bobby is channeling his inner Rudy.

      • Obi's Sister 9:04 PM on 06/24/2010 Permalink | Reply

        The oil rolled in on their last day. He said it looked like the surf was filled with corn flakes.

  • nosheepleshere 12:03 PM on 06/18/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Snakebitten? 

    Peggy Noonan is at it again.  Fiercely defending the gelding who occupies the Oval Office she writes, “It isn’t Mr. Obama’s fault that an oil rig blew in the Gulf and a gusher resulted. He already had two wars and the great recession.” 

    My dear Ms. Noonan, everybody and his brother is aware that he cannot be blamed for the explosion that killed eleven rig workers, but we do find it repugnantly disrespectful that he attended a fundraiser for Barbara Boxer (D-CA) instead of attending a memorial service for those who perished in the ensuing fire. 

    This errand boy sent by grocery clerks is not interested in saving the Gulf; he’s interested in saving his own bungling butt—nothing more, nothing less.

    Joining a chorus of critics, Noonan posits that, “The Administration’s failure to take impressive action after the spill dinged its reputation for competence. The president’s failure to turn things around Tuesday night with a speech damaged his reputation as a man whose rhetorical powers are such that he can turn things around with a speech. He lessened his own mystique.”

    “The president is starting to look snakebit,” she keenly suggests.

    How delusional of you, Peggy.  The mystique to which you refer exists only in the minds of a regimented, criminally incompetent, corporate-controlled media of which you are a card-carrying member.  The rest of us knuckle-draggers knew from Day One that this president-in-training was a snake charmer.  Ninety-five percent of snake charmers get bitten.

    I also became indignant when she wrote,” Americans want leaders on whom the sun shines.”  Pardon my coarseness here, but I call the “bullshit” flag on that line. 

    If anything, we want the leader of the greatest nation on Earth to bring sunshine to its people when times are disheartening. For example, when Ronald Reagan urged Mikhail Gorbechev to “tear down this wall” or when the Challenger exploded he addressed a grieving nation saying, “The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.’”

    Or when George W. Bush, standing atop the ruins of the World Trade Center and using a bullhorn said, “I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”

    We need a man in the Oval Office who stirs the American spirit—who binds a nation together in pride and allegiance.

    Read more at No Sheeples Here.

     
    • nicedeb 11:46 AM on 06/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

      There’s a term that I came up with for people like Peggy (who I used to so admire!) It’s the polar opposite of “the back handed compliment” – “The fawning criticism”. You can tell it’s killing them to to say anything critical of their Messiah, so it’s couched in complimentary language – His “competence”, “his great rhetorical powers”, etc.
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  • nosheepleshere 9:03 AM on 06/17/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Oval Office Speeches Are Best Reserved For Wars And Resignations 

    The gelding who occupies the Oval Office must be disappointed to learn that his first address from the Oily Office was his second least-watched primetime event.

    Despite being carried over eleven broadcast networks and cable outfits, the overexposed teleprompter reader was largely tuned out by Americans who are sick of this errand boy sent by grocery clerks.

    White House Press lapdog Robert Gibbs decided to defend his boss to a congregation of reporters saying, “I appreciate the hand on the pulse of America by those who live on cable TV,” he said. “I don’t actually think that is where all of real America lives.”

    Gibbsy is full of bat guano because data by SNL Kagan indicates that cable penetration of homes peaked at 65.5% in 1998. As of yearend 2006, cable subscriptions stood at 65.4 million, or 58.4% of 111.9 million homes. 

    Daniel Foster, writing at The Corner/National Review has the money quote:  “I have to admit I was somewhat surprised to see President Obama use his first Oval Office address to repeat populist platitudes about ‘making BP pay’ and hit the bullet points, for the umpteenth time, of the Democrats’ ill-advised cap-and-trade scheme. Oval [Office] addresses are best reserved for wars and resignations.” [Emphasis mine.]

    May I have another serving of schadenfreude, please?

    Read more at No Sheeples Here.

     
  • nosheepleshere 9:53 PM on 06/16/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    On Being The Nothing He Never Ceases To Be 

    When I was a young woman, my father would rant about the government wanting to make all of us ride bicycles instead of driving cars.  It was thirty-three years ago, on April 18, 1977, that Jimmah Carter AKA “President Peanut” took to the Oval Office to pronounce that, “I am sure each of you will find something you don’t like about the specifics of our proposal. It will demand that we make sacrifices and changes in our lives. To some degree, the sacrifices will be painful—but so is any meaningful sacrifice. It will lead to some higher costs and to some greater inconveniences for everyone.”

    CAFE fuel economy mandates passed in 1978 forced Detroit’s “Big Three” automakers to start marketing down-sized automobiles.  We’re not to the point yet of being forced to ride bicycles but the push is on for us to switch to battery-operated crap boxes. 

    From the Oval Office our gelding said, “When I was a candidate for this office, I laid out a set of principles that would move our country towards energy independence. Last year, the House of Representatives acted on these principles by passing a strong and comprehensive energy and climate bill—a bill that finally makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy for America’s businesses.”

    “Now, there are costs associated with this transition. And some believe we can’t afford those costs right now. I say we can’t afford not to change how we produce and use energy—because the long-term costs to our economy, our national security, and our environment are far greater.” 

    The names Carter and Obama are now interchangeable.  Both all sound and fury signifying nothing.

    Like wind-up toy dentures clacking noisily, “Bathtub Boy” Olbermann, “Tweety” Matthews and Howie Fineman are apoplectic over GOTUS’s (Gelding of the United States) disastrous oil spill speech.  Mo Do (Maureen Dowd) opined, “You know the president is drowning—in oil this time—when he uses the Oval Office. And do words really matter when the picture of oil gushing out of the well continues to fill the screen?”

    Disappointment is deepening from talking heads from across the political spectrum.  What bewilders me is how long it’s taken them to see the truth.  It brings to mind part of the lyrics from one of the most beloved hymns of all times, Amazing Grace:  “I once was lost, but now am found.  Was blind, but now I see.”

    Their defection is almost as embarrassing to this regime as the historic defection of Russian ballet star Rudolph Nureyev forty-eight years ago.  Suddenly the soaring rhetoric is lame, the boundless promises have been broken and the stagecraft is like erectile dysfunction.

    As Drew M. wrote over at Ace of Spades, “It’s almost enough for me to feel bad for Obama…but not quite enough.  So yes, yes I will have another serving of schadenfreude.”

    Read more at No Sheeples Here.

     
  • Jill 2:49 PM on 06/15/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Pleading with the president to drop the moratorium 

    It’s sickening to watch Obama compound this disaster.

    Click here to write a letter to the president letting him know what you think about the drilling moratorium.

    Updated to add links:

    P&P:

    In Oval Office speech, O will try to capitalize on crisis

    Moratorium will cripple Gulf economy, jobs

    John Pohoretz: Obama’s 9/11 Envy

    Pat Austin:

    Blogging the Oil Spill … Still

    That Oil Spill Thing? No Worries! The Gulf Will be A-Okay!

    This Oil Spill, It’s Kind of Like 9/11, Ya Know

    Gateway Pundit:

    Will White House Make BP Pay For Obama’s Moratorium Disaster?

    Devastating: Video Shows Feds Knew Immediately of Massive Oil Flow Potential in Gulf Spill

    Gov. Bobby Jindal Defies Obama Administration – Begins Building Barrier Walls Off Louisiana Coast & Calls for End to Obama Moratorium

    Obama: Gulf Oil Spill Echoes 9-11

     
  • nosheepleshere 10:57 AM on 06/11/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , BP oil disaster, Carol Browner   

    BREAKING: WH Energy Czar Browner Unaware Adm. Allen Willing to Waive Jones Act That Is Slowing Oil Spill Disaster Clean-Up 

    From a transcript released by the White House of the daily press briefing with Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, we learn that some of the best dredgers and skimmers from countries like Belgium, The Netherlands and Norway are being kept away from clean-up efforts in the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico because of the Jones Act—a protectionist law that requires vessels working in US waters be built in the US and be crewed by US workers.

    Waivers to the Jones Act were granted by the administration of George W. Bush in the days following hurricane Katrina. And today, the Obama White House said waivers might again be considered. “If there is the need for any type of waiver, that would obviously be granted,” said White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs. “But, we’ve not had that problem thus far.”

    Oh, really?

    Democratic Senator Bill Nelson is not so sure about that. He’s hearing from the folks back home in Florida, where they want all the skimmer ships they can get. He sent a letter to Admiral Allen which, in part, reads:  “Admiral, I believe the orange mousse of oil that is now in Florida’s waters is more than enough evidence that we need to take advantage of every appropriate global resource. Please advise as to whether we are taking full advantage of the offers of assistance from other countries.”

    When asked about this by Fox News, Admiral Allen said, “If it gets to the point where a Jones Act waiver is required, we’re willing to do that too. Nobody has come to me with a request for a Jones Act waiver.”

    After fifty-plus days of oil flowing freely into the gulf, the question could be asked: Why do effective and proven foreign clean up ships remain on the sidelines? Joseph Carafano, of the Heritage Foundation, believes it may have something to do with the Obama administration’s close relationship with labor unions.

    On June 11, 2010 Carol Browner, director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, was caught off-guard when challenged about a Jones Act waiver.  At vidmark 5:03 , we learn that she was unaware of Admiral Allen’s willingness to waive the Jones Act.

    How damning is it to hear Browner say the White House “speaks to Admiral Allen every day, several times a day” and yet she didn’t know about this?  This is shameful.

    Again, let me pound this message home:  Admiral Allen said, “Nobody’s come to me with a request for a Jones Act waiver, but any skimming capability we can bring in, we’re looking for.”

    That’s one crackerjack czar ya got there, Barry.

    Read more at No Sheeples Here.

     
    • Quite Rightly 11:57 AM on 06/11/2010 Permalink | Reply

      The Houston Chronicle has reported that the Netherlands offered to help with ships with oil-skimming booms, “and it proposed a plan for building sand barriers to protect sensitive marshlands. . . . The embassy got a nice letter from the administration that said, ‘Thanks but no thanks,’ said Geert Visser, counsul general for the Netherlands in Houston.” It is being reported that Norway and 11 other nations have offered to help. It’s interesting that Bush could figure out how to waive the Jones Act, but maybe he wasn’t as interested in keeping his distance from CEOs and kicking rear ends (metaphorically).

      Sickening.

      • fuzislippers 3:56 PM on 06/11/2010 Permalink | Reply

        AND a Maine factory cranked out tons of booms . . . and was ignored by the government. [tinfoil hat alert] This is all a bit too . . . too incompetent. They could have stopped the oil from hitting the shores, but they didn’t. They had more than enough help offered, and they rejected it all. It’s hard to believe anyone is that freaking stupid.

        • Yukio Ngaby 8:24 PM on 06/11/2010 Permalink | Reply

          You should never underestimate the depths of political incompetence.

          Before you put on your tin-foil hat Fuzzy, ask what the Obama Admin. had to gain by ignoring booms and such. And now compare that with how much they have lost as a result of their ditherings, flounderings, and their idiotic “ass-kicking” rhetoric.

          I think QR’s right. They have other more important things to worry about rather than beaches that belong to a lot angry, gun-clinging peoples.

          • Quite Rightly 11:44 PM on 06/11/2010 Permalink | Reply

            I don’t know, Yukio. I’m not quite ready to give this administration a pass on sheer incompetence. I’ll grant you that these maroons bounced into power intending to remake everything and had zero regard for the work of the previous administration, so, naturally, they threw out all the babies with the bathwater. Never familiarized themselves with previous administrations’ contingency plans — or even the existence of such plans, neglected to familiarize themselves with relevant laws and procedures, hastily made adversaries of those inclined to help. But that “never let a crisis go to waste” ambition hovers over everything they do, and obviously it’s what they do best.

            • Yukio Ngaby 9:46 AM on 06/12/2010 Permalink | Reply

              But ask yourself QR, what’s gained by these displays of gross incompetence– aside from disdain? While its true this Admin. cynically follows the “never let a crisis go to waste” mantra, what can they hope to gain by ignoring this situation for so long, that they couldn’t have gained by reacting appropiately?

              • Quite Rightly 11:21 AM on 06/12/2010 Permalink | Reply

                I know, I know. I’m not saying that they are competent at dealing with disasters in the usual way, which is to save what you can as fast as you can, rebuild, and restore. I’m saying that their real expertise, lacking what you and I would think of as competence, lies in turning disasters in a direction that serves them. Here’s a couple for you: 1) Cap and Trade, which is a fiat-money scam and, as far as I can tell, is meant to refill the coffers despite the current impossible debt with the “new currency” of carbon credits, while, simultaneously, replacing the disdained current fat-cat capitalists with the future monarchs of the new socialism. Gravy on the plate: 2) exhausting the conservative, Republican led, Gulf-border states and turning their attention away from opposing Cap and Trade, ObamaCare, and other items on Obama’s agenda.

              • fuzislippers 11:23 AM on 06/12/2010 Permalink | Reply

                Well, if the environmental disaster is going to be as bad as we fear, they have a great deal to gain. By stepping aside and letting BP handle it (even tying their hands and making noises about the buck stopping with BO), the disaster will eventually overshadow this. The admin will then have the support of outraged and fearful Americans to grow government in any number of ways that would not now be possible. That’s a huge gain. And gamble. But I wouldn’t put it past them.

                • Quite Rightly 11:28 AM on 06/12/2010 Permalink | Reply

                  By messing with BP, they are also causing considerable disruption in the UK financial markets. Haven’t quite figured that one out yet, but I can think of a coupple of ways a really cynical actor could put that to advantage.

                • Yukio Ngaby 2:39 PM on 06/12/2010 Permalink | Reply

                  Sorry, just don’t buy it.

                  Whose support would Obama et al gain whom they don’t already have? When has Obama been able to demonstrate any particular political savvy, especially something so subtle as to anticipate BP’s troubles and then convincingly pin the lion’s share of the blame on them? I mean he’s still blaming Bush and Palin for his troubles (in between parties, plays, and golf games), and people aren’t buying and they’re not listening. I mean, Pelosi is getting shouted down during Leftist rally speeches…

                  Obama may try to weasel some gain out of this (he’s laughably trying to use this incident to discredit Tea Partiers’ belief in small govt http://michellemalkin.com/2010/06/12/obama-to-tea-partiers/ and nobody other than his choir is buying), but his attempts are pale, pathetic and desperate. Obama and his cronies are not master manipulators,
                  they’re out of their depth.

                  The UK’s been in financial troubles for years, and frankly this isn’t big enough to sink them. It’s getting a lot of press so it has exaggerated the actual effects, but this spill is still a comparative drop in the bucket for the UK’s financial market’s woes.

                • Quite Rightly 4:26 PM on 06/12/2010 Permalink | Reply

                  Yukio, I hope you are right. In fact, I pray that you are right. The Obamatons have a particular kind of savvy, but it is not the subtle kind, it is the “I won’t tolerate this, my gov’t will take over your industry, you are on my list of possible terrorists, my administration will make sure that your advertisers back out of their commitments to support your radio program, my union buddies will show up at your house by the busload and terrorize your children, I am looking for rear-end to kick, your pro-Israel video will be scrubbed from youtube” etc., etc. I don’t think the administration anticipated the Gulf disaster, I just think they are far better at capitalizing on disaster and at bullying than at doing anything productive.

      • murray 11:56 AM on 06/13/2010 Permalink | Reply

        So you think that just nice people from the Netherlands will come here to skim oil once the Jones Act is suspended? You don’t think some rich Texan will hire Mexican skimmers with Mexican crews or Venezuelan skimmers with Venezuelan crews and get the cheap contract with BP, bypassing the locals (who are probably not the cheapest workers).

        As for the Maine boom company, they never made boom. They are demanding BP buy their product when they went into manufacturing on speculation. You might or might not think that is good business, but bitching at Obama about it is pretty silly. http://www.csnphilly.com/pages/landing_truthrumors_bball?blockID=246621&tagID=73682

        • Quite Rightly 4:11 PM on 06/13/2010 Permalink | Reply

          Okay, I’ll bite. And the problem with rich Texans hiring Mexican skimmers to get the oil out of the Gulf is . . .?

    • Quite Rightly 6:14 PM on 06/11/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I guess they’re busy doing something else besides their jobs. Setting reset buttons or attending SEIU meetings or selling Senate seats or planning golf dates or something.

  • nosheepleshere 7:47 AM on 06/07/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    What A Fool Believes 

    Bryon York, writing for The Washington Examiner, reminds us that ”… in the late summer of 2008, a major hurricane, Gustav, was in the Gulf of Mexico and headed toward New Orleans, threatening a replay of the disastrous Katrina experience.  On September 1, 2008, Barack Obama, fresh from his Roman-colonnade speech on the final night of the Democratic convention in Denver, talked to CNN’s Anderson Cooper about Gustav and the Gulf.  The question: As president, could he handle an emergency like that?  Obama pointed to the size of his campaign and its multi-million dollar budget as evidence of his executive abilities.  ‘Our ability to manage large systems and to execute, I think, has been made clear over the last couple of years,’ Obama said. That executive ability, he added, ‘indicates the degree to which we can provide the kinds of support and good service that the American people expect.’”

    Just for accuracy’s sake: Alaska’s budget in 2008 was $11.2 billion, and the state employed about 15,000 people, so while it was nowhere near the size of the federal government—no state is—it was considerably larger than the Obama campaign.  But the bigger point of the interview was Obama’s argument that his ability to run a good campaign proved he had executive ability, even though he had no executive experience.  Now we are in a situation that cries out for executive experience and leadership—ironically enough, in the Gulf again—and some who accepted Obama’s argument back in 2008 are rethinking things this time around.

    Shepard Fairey, who created US President Barack Obama’s iconic ‘Hope’ poster for presidential campaign, seems to have lost his faith in the leader.  Fairey was quoted as saying, “I had a lot of hope for Obama, but it’s not panning out.”

    This quote from another American icon hits the nail on the head:  “I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let people fool themselves. They didn’t bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn’t argue with them.  They were obviously loving somebody I wasn’t.”Marilyn Monroe

    You can now add Fairey to the growing list of idol worshippers who are turning their backs on the gelding in the Oval Office.

    Read more at No Sheeples Here.

     
    • Sherry 7:53 AM on 06/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

      The thing is, it’s not that the rest of the country who didn’t buy the Koolade wish the President ill. Honestly, we wish they’d been correct that he was this uber capable amazing Solomon+Bill Gates+Lincoln+Martin Luther King+insert hyperbole comparison here rolled into one. He wasn’t. He never was. The rare atmosphere of Harvard and Colombia aside, he’s just another politician who promised the sky and the moon and the stars and all for nothing and amazingly, because it was packaged properly, we bought it. It’s rather like Starbucks coffee. You can pay 6 dollars for a cup but ultimately, what you’re forking over the big bucks for, is the ambiance to drink your cup of joe with, but it’s still, just a cup of joe.

    • Jill 8:16 AM on 06/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

      That sad little claim to competence, based on the ability to run a campaign, was another tip-off to his utter inexperience, and hubris.

    • backyardconservative 8:30 AM on 06/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I remember him in an early interview when he just started running where he cited as his foreign policy experience that he majored in international relations.

      (But who really knows? We haven’t seen the transcripts. Even Michelle wrote a thesis, tho it was not pretty)

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