Look like the soul of discretion -- 'Hey Tony, why are so many of the fisherman you hired to operate in oiled and chemically treated water getting sick?'
It certainly can't be the oil or dispersant?
Tony Hayward, the chief executive officer of BP, offered another explanation for the fishermen's illness: spoiled food.
"Food poisoning is clearly a big issue," Hayward said Sunday. "It's something we've got to be very mindful of. It's one of the big issues of keeping the Army operating. You know, the Army marches on their stomachs."
An expert on foodborne illness cast doubt on Hayward's theory.
The death toll keeps climbing in the wake of a stupid and unconscionable (and latest) bit of overreaction from the Israelis upon a Turkish ship carrying aid to the embargoed Palestinians. The attack occurred in international waters.
Watch the right rally around whatever spin is necessary to make this anyone but Israel's fault. They'll blame Obama before they blame Netenyahu, patriots that they are.
Named the Freedom Flotilla and led by the Free Gaza Movement and a Turkish organization, Insani Yardim Vakfi, the convoy was the most ambitious attempt yet to break Israel’s three-year blockade of Gaza.
About 600 passengers were said to be aboard the vessels, including the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Mairead Corrigan-Maguire of Northern Ireland, and a Holocaust survivor, Hedy Epstein, 85.
“What we have seen this morning is a war crime,” said Saeb Erakat, the chief Palestinian negotiator for the government in the West Bank. “These were civilian ships carrying civilians and civilian goods — medicine, wheelchairs, food, construction materials.”
As yet another effort to stop the worst oil disaster in history failed, one couldn't help but notice how tragically fitting it continued over the weekend of Memorial Day.
For what are the symbols of our Memorial Day Weekend but two large auto races where hundreds of thousands travel great distances in gas-guzzlers to watch other vast quantities of oil propel a series of never ending left-turns (the only left-turns tolerated in America, apparently)?
Before each race, we are told to pause to remember those American kids who are sent abroad to "protect our way of life" (via James Dobson at one, who personally thanked Jesus for NASCAR) meaning we stay out of car pools, buses, and other forms of mass transit.
Memorial Day is purportedly about remembering the sacrifice of others -- what have we often sacrificed those others for? The history of the last 100 years could accurately be described as too often meaning red blood being spent for black oil. Two world wars; the exploitation of and resulting resentment by a culture leading to global terrorism; innumerable environmental catastrophes all have oil being a major cause.
Oil may have helped make modern America, but it didn't exactly make America "free".
One has a feeling if there's a Forest Gump 2 (please, no!), Tony Hayward is going to be in the background while Forest catches oiled dead shrimp.
Internal documents from BP show that there were serious problems and safety concerns with the Deepwater Horizon rig far earlier than those the company described to Congress last week. The problems involved the well casing and the blowout preventer, which are considered critical pieces in the chain of events that led to the disaster on the rig.
The documents show that in March, after several weeks of problems on the rig, BP was struggling with a loss of "well control." And as far back as 11 months ago, it was concerned about the well casing and the blowout preventer.
The Republican candidate for President Obama's old Senate seat has admitted to inaccurately claiming he received the U.S. Navy's Intelligence Officer of the Year award for his service during NATO's conflict with Serbia in the late 1990s.
Rep. Mark Kirk, a Navy reservist who was elected to Congress in 2001, acknowledged the error in his official biography after The Washington Post began looking into whether he had received the prestigious award, which is given by top Navy officials to a single individual annually.
WASHINGTON - Hours before adjourning for the year, the U.S. Congress on Saturday sent President George W. Bush legislation that would open 8.3 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to oil and natural gas drilling and redistribute billions of dollars in royalties to four Gulf states...
Rep. Bobby Jindal, a Louisiana Republican and one of the drilling measure's main supporters, said Bush will sign the bill into law.
To be fair, the Deepwater Horizon wasn't birthed from that bill, but it is of a part. The legacy of this spill has Republican prints all over it, including the lax regulation and inspection (and lax is being king, criminal is being accurate). Obama inherits the clean up and is responsible for it. In a way, truly a metaphor for our times -- Republicans criticizing Democrats for cleaning up their messes.
Apparently the world's best known non-wrestler/non-Canadian with a mullet has gotten rid of it because his fiance asked him to (O:20 to 0:45 is very funny, Packer fans will naturally have to disagree, even if the joke isn't about the Packers (wooo!)).
But as I was saying, at least forever there will be a great Canadian eternally sporting a mullet:
Because in the Summer of 1864 to secure his renomination and placate the left-wing of the Republican Party (hard to believe there was such a time) Lincoln dangled the name of his former Treasury Secretary and major nomination challenger Salmon Chase as being a good replacement for dying Chief Justice Roger B. Taney. Shortly after reelection he did so. Quid pro Quo ladies and gentlemen.
So, Mr. Issa, when are you going to move to take down that memorial?
I've heard of five guys (all guys) who belong to the Family Research Council. This douchebag, James Dobson, Ted Haggard, George Rikers Rekers, and Tony Perkins.
40% of those guys solicit gay prostitutes. 20% of those guys take showers with their young sons so they can show them their wangs. The same 20% when not beating their privates, take it out on their dachshund. I'm surprised this compatriot hasn't joined up.
Hitler recruited around him homosexuals to make up his Stormtroopers, they were his enforcers, they were his thugs. And Hitler discovered that he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough to carry out his orders
If this was the last Administration we clearly would have had White House talking points issued to FoxNews (followed by other nets naturally) to ignore this whole Gulf oil situation and focus on how the North Koreans are the greatest threat to humanity ever, this side of Iran.
And, of course, any criticism of the White House handling of ANYTHING was giving "aid and comfort" to the enemy.
Since it's good enough for John Derbyshire, dead people are giving me blurbs too:
"Once I got over the fact I may not have been looking at a creation of the Devil on this thing called the internet, I realized that not only was this the only blog I have ever looked at -- as I have no idea what a blog is - it is the greatest blog I have ever looked at. Hey look at me, understanding English and all.
Now, tell me what a blow job is." - Martin Luther, 1483-1546
"I am pleased that I am still in the hearts of those countrymen who have heard of me, all 3% of you, except for the occasional black person -- my sincerest apologies. Nice job on the foreign entanglements by the way -- that is what you kids call "snark" I am verily informed, like that biography someone made of me (only 1 set of balls btw, I cannot tell a lie -- though I was hung like a goddamned horse!). And this "blog" thing seems to have, for the most part, legible words and phrases -- though this QWERTY thing should die.
Now, tell me what a blow job is." - George Washington, 1732-1799
"Who gives a shit about your blog. They burned me motherfuckers! Suck on that one Lindsay Lohan!" - Joan d'Arc, 1412-1431
"It seems a pretty awesome blog, but then again, I thought it was just a big fucking wooden horse." - King Priam
Meanwhile, in the next victory for bipartisanship (let's see that's no public option, not enough stimulus, more off-shore drilling, more time in Iraq, more time in Afghanistan, and coming soon reforming social security...) comes this.
The compromise on repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell (or as the blogaratti call it DADT) has resulted in a LOSS of votes.
80% of the country wants DADT repealed, you should NOT have to compromise.
Jesus, it's your heart that supposed to have the creamy center, NOT your spine.
You know maybe that shit should get the same kind of inspection and review as say a dam?
Because if the latter were governed like the former, we'd be on our 9th version of Hoover Dam by now.
At the same time, as bad as this is, it's a hell of a lot different than not getting food, water and basic services to people who are suffering. People know how to do that, apparently nobody knows how to fix the DeepWater Horizon, meaning it should NEVER EVER HAVE FUCKING BEEN ALLOWED. That is on whoever the fuck approved it, not whoever is in charge now.
"The US is a big and important market for BP, and BP is also a big and important company for the US, with its contribution to drilling and oil and gas production," Svanberg said. "So the position goes both ways."
Both ways...as long as we're always the "catcher" of course.
The response of the Obama Administration to BP's attempt to turn oil into oilade has been, to say the least, underwhelming (is it too much too ask to be "whelmed" occasionally?).
But one thing is pretty clear about where this all starts, a lot of Republicans hate governing as much as they love loving themselves. In a report that covers the period 2000 to 2008 (who was President most of that time? Oh yeah, Dick Cheney) a pattern develops.
Staff members at an agency that oversees offshore drilling accepted tickets to sports events, lunches and other gifts from oil and gas companies and used government computers to view pornography, according to an Interior Department report alleging a culture of cronyism between regulators and the industry.
...a new government report reveals that some high-level regulators have spent more time looking at porn than policing Wall Street...the report says most of these cases began in 2008, just as the financial system began to collapse.
I now shudder more to think what is actually in the minutes of Dick Cheney's Energy Task Force, in addition to what I have been shuddering over.
In Hoke County divorce records, his wife said in 1995 that D'Annunzio had claimed to be the Messiah, had traveled to New Jersey to raise his stepfather from the dead, believed God would drop a 1,000-mile high pyramid as the New Jerusalem on Greenland and found the Ark of the Covenant in Arizona. A doctor's evaluation the following month said D'Annunzio used marijuana almost daily, had been living with another woman for several months, had once been in drug treatment for heroin dependence and was jailed a couple times as a teenager.
The doctor concluded that his religious beliefs were not delusional. A judge wrote in a child support ruling a few years later that D'Annunzio was a self-described "religious zealot" who believed the government was the "Antichrist." The judge said he was willfully failing to make child support payments.
And then, the kicker:
D'Annunzio was the leader in a Republican primary earlier this month but didn't get enough votes to avoid a runoff. He faces former television sportscaster Harold Johnson in a runoff vote June 22 for the 8th District, which extends from Charlotte to Fayetteville.
And why support the guy?
Ronnie Long, a Harrisburg businessman who is president of We the People NC and part of the tea party movement, said he was disappointed to see Republican officials resort to personal attacks against D'Annunzio.
Long said his group and others are backing D'Annunzio because he has the integrity and fortitude to make decisions for the people and not the party.
"He's not the kind of person the parties can rule over and manipulate," he said.
Well, he is the messiah -- or perhaps just a very naughty boy.
Massey used codes to warn workers when regulators showed up, said Gary Quarles, whose son Gary Wayne Quarles died in the explosion.
"When an MSHA inspector comes onto a Massey mine property, the code words go out, 'we've got a man on the property,"' Quarles testified. "Those words are radioed from the guard gates and relayed to all working operations in the mine."
After that, workers are expected to do everything possible to quickly correct problems or divert the inspectors' attention from any issues, Quarles said.
L'il Rush so mad at the "swells" he's like the most cloying parody of one.
"Largely decorated by Limbaugh himself, [his Palm Beach house] reflects the things and places he has seen and admired. A massive chandelier in the dining room, for example, is a replica of the one that hung in the lobby of New York's Plaza Hotel. The vast salon is meant to suggest Versailles. The main guest suite, which I didn't visit, is an exact replica of the Presidential Suite at the Hotel George V in Paris. There is a full suit of armor on display, as well as a life-size oil painting of El Rushbo. Fragrant candles burned throughout the house, a daily home-from-the-wars ritual."
It's a stereotype of "The Great Gatsby" for Idiots, and a stereotype of Castro District Gay Chic all in the guise of a "Hotel/Motel Art Fair".
I submit to you it has become clear what must be done to preserve the 'Murican Way' of life for at most the next generation and a half (note: "way of life" not available south of 31 degrees latitude).
Several experts have suggested that the way to end the flow of oil from the sea floor, is not junk shots or fashionable hats, but dropping the BIG ONE on the true evildoer -- the Gulf of Mexico. First, it took out the dinosaurs, now it wants us!
I was in college in the Spring of 1986 when the Chernobyl nuclear power plant had its meltdown. Without Twitter, Blogs or Facebook we actually had to sit around and hyperventilate with each other face-to-face, it was terrible. Sure it sounded bad, but not so clearly bad that it was the imminent end of the world -- so no "rapture sex", and there I was just sitting on all that stock footage of fireworks and rockets launching on betamax tapes.
One thing we did have is Reagan Administration officials on television telling us that non-commie nuclear reactors were perfectly safe and we need to build more-- "why look at France" they said, "the French nuclear reactors are wonderful!" Republicans praising France, it was a different time. But still, no new nuclear plants were getting built.
Move forward a quarter-century and without the Soviets to kick around these ecological disasters just cannot be spun so easily, so things go in reverse.
In the days since President Obama announced a moratorium on permits for drilling new offshore oil wells and a halt to a controversial type of environmental waiver that was given to the Deepwater Horizon rig, at least seven new permits for various types of drilling and five environmental waivers have been granted, according to records.
Non-awesome people behaving non-awesomely, of course:
The National Park Service granted the white supremacist group Aryan Nations a permit to hold a rally next month on the hallowed grounds of Gettysburg National Military Park.
The rally will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. June 19 near the old Cyclorama Center, in sight of the spot where Confederate Gen. George Pickett's division collided with Union forces on the third day of the fateful Civil War battle.
The rally will focus speeches and discussions on issues like immigration and homosexuality.
And nothing bad will ever happen again...oy!
Hey, and speaking of the devils, look what isn't being widely talked about:
One month before an Ohio contingent of Aryan Nations is set to march in Gettysburg Memorial Park, we get this news: a shootout in Arkansas ends with West Memphis Police Officers Brandon Paudert and Bill Evans dead and policelearning that the van in this picture was registered to an Aryan Nations associate.
Fox News Sunday: Rand Paul Sarah Palin. Then, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Tim Kaine, and the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele. Fox News AllStars: Brit Hume, Mara Liasson, Bill Kristol, Kirsten Powers. Power Player of the Week: Ginni Thomas, Founder of Liberty Central /Wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Sarah Palin and Clarence Thomas's TeaBagging wife. Awesome!
As Atrios suggested, I bet Rand Paul's opponent in Kentucky, Jack Conway, (the guy who in spite of a close primary got far more votes than Rand Paul) would be more than happy to appear on your awful Sunday morning program.
Not that you'd ever think to ask him to appear.
But he's a Democrat so why should David Gregory give a shit?
(AP) WASHINGTON – The White House's leading candidate to replace Dennis Blair as national intelligence director is James R. Clapper, the Pentagon's top intelligence official, current and former U.S. officials said Friday.
Which brings us to another point. I'm not at all clear how much or whether any of this stuff is going to hurt Paul in the Kentucky Senate [race].
"This stuff" being all of Paul's crazy Civil Rights Act/NAFTA Superhighway beliefs that have come to light over the last few days.
I don't think Paul's toxic and nutball theories won't amount to anything because Kentucky is necessarily full of equally toxic nutballs, but rather because over the weekend, Paul will get his shit together, shut the fuck up, and hire a real campaign staff. By the middle of next week they'll be running against "outside agitators", the "lamestream media," and the old standby "liberal elite". The voters will eat it up and Joe Biden will be swearing Paul in come January.
Maybe it's the unexpectedly bad jobs numbers. financial reform bill. Maybe it's Europe. But whatever it is, with the jobs data today and news of rising foreclosures, it's possible that we are looking at a double dip recession. And that is very bad news in an environment in which the entire political establishment is fouling its trousers over deficits...The administration has (stupidly) allowed itself to be backed into a corner in which it can't spend now that it's thrown in with Peter Peterson and the deficit scolds.
Not just the Administration, every fucking person in the Village.
And, as noted a few days ago, these same deficit whiners, were surplus whiners at the beginning of the Bush Administration and didn't say fuck all for about half-a-dozen years.
Who says corporations don't care...about themselves? (seriously, who the hell says that kind of stuff other than Sarah Palin?)
Survivors of the catastrophic explosion of the Deepwater Horizon were held incommunicado for 40 hours then forced to sign statements that they did not witness the explosion and were unharmed by the explosion they did not witness.
You know if nothing else, and I mean that literally, he's going to be good for the blogging -- hopefully even better in about six months when he is signed by FoxNews in a desperate effort to boost the ratings of Glenn Beck's sagging Goldline infomercial.
You didn't lose the majority because some fat ugly third-rate abstinence-pimp married congressman from Nowheresville was banging his secretary. You lost the majority because you ran the country into a ditch from which it's still trying to extract itself.
Should be the kiss of death...but God forbid anyone from the media harp on such a repellent point:
INTERVIEWER: But under your philosophy, it would be okay for Dr. King not to be served at the counter at Woolworths?
RAND PAUL: I would not go to that Woolworths, and I would stand up in my community and say that it is abhorrent, um, but, the hard part—and this is the hard part about believing in freedom—is, if you believe in the First Amendment, for example—you have too, for example, most good defenders of the First Amendment will believe in abhorrent groups standing up and saying awful things
Ah yes, but we're not talking saying awful things, we're talking doing awful things that deprive someone of their full rights as American citizens.
Race, Sex, Religious, Age, and Disability discrimination in employment and accommodations in private business are perfectly legal in Rand Paul's world. Because a ban on them would violate the First Amendment. That's the lovely quaint and bullshit argument the supported Jim Crow for generations. We had that little argument a long time ago, it's called the 14th Amendment, and not the Plessy v. Ferguson model you seem to love so much.
And when pressed he does nothing but weasel out on the answer.
In an interview with NPR today, Paul was asked three times about his position on the Civil Rights Act, but each time he dodged giving a declarative answer. “A lot of things that were actually in the bill I’m actually in favor of,” said Paul. Hinting at what he doesn’t “favor,” Paul added that “a lot of things can be handled locally.”
Ah, but you see Rand, if you believe such laws violate the First Amendment the State or City Council can't do shit about it either.
So let us just return to those glorious racist days of yesteryear.
It's always amazing to me that the Teapartiers decry everything else as fascism, while letting a two-bit tyrant like Joe Arpaio do whatever the fuck he wants (just look at the comments in the article linked below):
Sheriff Joe Arpaio has sent letters to current and former attorneys in the Maricopa County Attorney's Office warning them to watch their words if they speak to investigators looking into possible unethical conduct by former County Attorney Andrew Thomas.
The letter threatens the attorneys with criminal charges if they reveal "confidential" information about the sheriff's inquiries into county Supervisors Don Stapley and Mary Rose Wilcox and Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe.
Of course, the review of Thomas' actions are, in fact, an inquiry into the Constitutional violations not just of Thomas but of Arpaio.
But, the bottom line is, what the fuck right does the Sheriff of a County have in telling County Prosecutors who is going to face criminal charges?
Fortunately, Arpaio's lackey, Thomas, is no longer in a position to let Arpaio wag his body when the latter grabs the tail.
Romley fired off a letter to Arpaio citing case law and informing him that the relationship between the two offices is not attorney and client but law enforcement and prosecutor. Citing case law, Romley said that the County Attorney's Office "does not render legal services to the investigators."
As for the threat to file criminal charges against anyone who testifies to the Bar, Romley wrote, "This threat is not only inappropriate but is a clear abuse of your authority as sheriff of Maricopa County. Thereby, I shall be forwarding your letter" to the U.S. District Attorney's Office.
...they watched on television as Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi forced an unusual Sunday session of the House of Representatives to push through an amended version of the Obama administration's health-care bill. "It was a Sunday, which is a very special day for me and my fellow Mormons," Bennett said. "And it was really a display of partisan political muscle."
But Sunday is just another day ending in "y" to the rest of us. Poor Bob Bennett, he was just like Allende to Nancy Pelosi's vicious Chilean military. Anybody see what Kissinger was up to that day?
The giant oarfish, also known as “the king of herrings” (Regalecus glesne), is the world’s largest bony fish (“teleost”), and can grow up to 11 meters (36 feet) long! It’s rarely photographed because it lives in the deep sea, but one just washed up on the coast of Sweden, where it hasn’t been seen for 150 years. They eat plankton.
Here's older video of one that in its death throes washed up in California -- you can now sort of understand where sea serpent stories come from (and maybe the Loch Ness Monster).
Physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory are reporting that they have discovered a new clue that could help unravel one of the biggest mysteries of cosmology: why the universe is composed of matter and not its evil-twin opposite, antimatter. If confirmed, the finding portends fundamental discoveries at the new Large Hadron Collider outside Geneva, as well as a possible explanation for our own existence.
Today, the National Journal reported that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) signed on to the plan, which could represent an enormous tax break for his family. Grassley is worth between $2.1 and $5.2 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, so his entire estate could be exempted under a $5 million exemption.
Far be it from me to avoid being the latest blogger to comment on last night's primaries, but in my defense, I don't have a lot of mistresses or out-of-wedlock children available to help me make abstinence videos (Bristol Palin's likely to soon to be released by Vivid Video).
Democrats held the late John Murtha's seat in Pennsylvania through his long-time aide Mark Critz , for what that's worth which will give Politico one less pre-fab column to publish (oh hell, they'll publish it anyway). Blanche Lincoln is going to have to have a run off against the more progressive Bill Halter in Arkansas, where she'll run as the consummate outsider. Good luck with that.
A Taliban suicide car bomber struck a NATO convoy in Kabul Tuesday, killing six of its service members, five of them American, officials said. Twelve Afghan civilians also died — many of them in a public bus in rush hour traffic.
Connecticut Democratic Senate Candidate Richard Blumenthal did at least as good a job as Dan Quayle or George Bush. Maybe better than Bush since he didn't go AWOL.
When you say you served in Vietnam, it does not mean during that "era", you should say "during Vietnam". I suppose a lot of World War II vets probably did this sort of loose claim of service.
It's laziness -- oh, and douchey. But not on the scale of being a chicken-hawk and starting wars and running them based on some movie or television show you saw after your five deferments like say, Darth Cheney.
Over at the Great Orange Satan, a well-delivered jibe in yesterday's decision in Graham v. Florida at Clarence Thomas. Graham you may recall stated that severe sentences for minors are not always constitutional. Stevens opinion lays bare the abhorrent nature of Thomas' jurisprudence:
While JUSTICE THOMAS would apparently not rule out a death sentence for a $50 theft by a 7-year-old . . ., the Court wisely rejects his static approach to the law. Standards of decency have evolved since 1980. They will never stop doing so.
I know the country is still enmeshed in what the blogosphere's self-proclaimed cool kids call the most important issue of the week, maybe ever. Whether a beauty contest winning person of muslim background can pose in a bikini and/or work the pole and yet still be accused of being a Islamo-fascist terrorist promised 71 men who don't know what their doing besides Donald Trump?
But today is a big primary day -- perhaps you've heard -- in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Arkansas amongst others. It's a big day for progressive challengers in two of those.
Meanwhile, in Kentucky, Rand Paul, likely to win the GOP primary was being interviewed but this question could not be answered:
Q: Do you think Americans, based on the 2nd Amendment, do you think they have a Constitutional right to violently overthrow the government?
PAUL STAFFER: Alright, we’ll have to stop recording.
Peter Beinart writes something that isn't a call for more war or an apologia. Well, that fills up the quota for another decade for the bastard.
If the leaders of groups like AIPAC and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations do not change course, they will wake up one day to find a younger, Orthodox-dominated, Zionist leadership whose naked hostility to Arabs and Palestinians scares even them, and a mass of secular American Jews who range from apathetic to appalled. Saving liberal Zionism in the United States—so that American Jews can help save liberal Zionism in Israel—is the great American Jewish challenge of our age.
Late credit card payments fell sharply in the first quarter, and at least part of the drop can be attributed to the law that kicked in Feb. 22 curbing interest rate hikes and various fees...Average credit card debt also fell in the first quarter, to $5,165. That's down 10.6 percent from $5,776 at the start of last year.
Yeah, we've got more available on the credit line...spend America, spend! It's just like the History Channel (er, excuse me just "History") has been telling me every Sunday evening, that Bank of America has saved us once again! Take that Greece!
Of course, what our nation's wealthy people have exploited us to build, evildoers threaten to split asunder.
Not that I'm encouraging you to memorialize it by viewing them...but there is no McCain, Lieberman or Graham on a Sunday talk show...which means next weekend they're probably booked on all four networks.
Meanwhile, check out this 'fair and balanced' line up on Fox:
Fox News Sunday: Book Promotions. Laura Bush, Former First Lady. Newt Gingrich,“To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine.” Fox News AllStars: Brit Hume, Nina Easton, Stephen Hayes, Juan Williams.
Although Glenn Greenwald is on ABC's This Week, I thought networks pretended he did not exist?
BP PLC continues to stockpile and deploy oil-dispersing chemicals manufactured by a company with which it shares close ties, even though other U.S. EPA-approved alternatives have been shown to be far less toxic and, in some cases, nearly twice as effective.
Over the past week, top White House officials have been floating a trial balloon for their strategy on the economy. At its core is a decision to put deficit reduction ahead of job creation.
The premise is that the bond markets and allied deficit hawks are demanding action to cut the budget, that Obama lacks the votes in the Senate for a serious jobs initiative, and that polls show voters care more about deficit reduction than about jobs.
So the plan, modeled closely on the work of the Peter G. Peterson foundation and the anticipated report of the president's own fiscal commission, is a deal that includes cuts in Social Security plus a new Value Added Tax (VAT), in order to get deep cuts in the deficit. As a sweetener to get Republicans to back the VAT, White House officials would cut the corporate income tax.
Hey doin' what the really really really rich white guy concern trolls want -- how fucking not awesome.
Could not be a worse idea, ever. You know what would be a good idea? More people working (unemployment is about 10 percent y'know, that's really really fucking high) and paying taxes, that would be fucking AWESOME!
I mean, really, the Times Square unibomber was a lone wolf and all that shit so the authorities were just supposed to torture him to make us all feel better to avoid those socialist interrogationist sympathies(ist):
The Pakistani government has arrested a suspect with connections to a Pakistani militant group who said he acted as an accomplice to the accused Times Square bomber, U.S. officials said.
The suspect, whose arrest has not been previously disclosed, provided an "independent stream" of evidence that the Pakistani Taliban was behind the attack, and has admitted helping Faisal Shahzad, the main suspect, travel into Pakistan’s tribal areas for bomb training.
Transocean Ltd., the owner and operator of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that burned and sank last month, unleashing a massive oil leak into the Gulf of Mexico, will Thursday file in federal court a petition to limit its liability to just under $27 million