June 28, 2010
Only one vowel changed and the problem is solved. It's elegant, really.
June 18, 2010
Apparently President Obama has had his head on straight the entire time regarding management of the oil spill. The Wall Street Journal reports that the nation's GDP could actually grow a smidge thanks to the fact that the spill has gotten to the point where the damage control and cleanup will generate more economic activity than the number of jobs destroyed.
The six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling may cut U.S. oil production by around 3% in 2011 and cost more than 3,000 jobs, according to J.P. Morgan’s energy analysts.
Commercial fishing in the Gulf is also likely to suffer, but that’s only about 0.005% of U.S. GDP. The impact on tourism is the hardest to measure, although it’s fair to expect that many hotel workers who lose their jobs will find it hard to get new ones.
Still, cleaning up the spill will likely be enough to slightly offset the negative impact of all this on GDP, J.P. Morgan said. The bank cites estimates of 4,000 unemployed people hired for the cleanup efforts, which some reports have said could be worth between $3 and $6 billion.
Up next in Obama's plan to end the recesssion:
- Burn down the national parks to create more firefighting jobs
- Increase the actual dollars that gas stations receive for every gallon of gas, because everyone knows that it's all about the income and not the profit margin
- Teach our children to be Obama scholars, because knowing how to organize a community generates more revenue than doing something that actually, ya know, produces something
- And a bonus from beyond-RINO Joseph Cao (see, Obama's so wise he's got bipartisan support!): encourage the suicide of company executives to make room for the unemployed in the payroll
June 17, 2010
June 16, 2010
I'll admit, I didn't listen to the entire speech Sir Golfs-A-Lot gave regarding the oil spill, because I just can't drink that much and still have a liver. But I've skimmed enough articles about it now to pretend to sorta have an idea of what was said. So with that in mind, I have a few thoughts...
I'm not surprised we have an oil spill czar. What I find surprising, given Obama's previous track record of choosing czars, is that it's not Joseph Hazelwood. What I don't find surprising is that the oil spill czar is in charge of dishing out other people's money instead of actually working on finding a solution.
I'm not surprised that Obama thinks that "what every American wants and expects is accountability", by which he means a payday. I wish that Obama realized that what every person wants at the end of the day is the mess cleaned up, and for the feds to do something other than threaten to kick ass and pass out money to the victims of this disaster. I'd be willing to bet at least a bottle of Val-U-Rite that most of the people out of work due to the oil spill would rather have a living than a payout.
(Updated with an illustration! Stolen once again from MCS.)
About 3,500 acres of southern Arizona have been closed off to U.S. citizens due to increased violence at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.Can someone explain to me how this is not turning rapidly into an 'us or them' situation?
The closed off area includes part of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge that stretches along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu told Fox News that violence against law enforcement officers and U.S. citizens has increased in the past four months, forcing officers on an 80 mile stretch of Arizona land north of the Mexico border off-limits to Americans.
The refuge had been adversely affected by the increase in drug smugglers, illegal activity and surveillance, which made it dangerous for Americans to visit.
"The situation in this zone has reached a point where continued public use of the area is not prudent," said refuge manager Mitch Ellis.
June 15, 2010
“I heard the CIO talking to various technology vendors, saying … like, ‘You should give this to us for free because we’re the White House.’ And he actually said that to people,” one source said. A second source said Colangelo continued the practice even after having been confronted about its appropriateness.And how the heck did I miss that the White House CTO's email list was exposed through Google Buzz?
I really want to hate Google, I don't think they're a good company...but I heart my Droid, and I really heart that they pantsed Andrew McLaughlin.
Commission chairman Wayne Harris said he and his fellow commissioners made their unanimous decision knowing full well they could be prosecuted for it.h/t PoliticalMath's twitter feed
“We made the decision legislatively to break the laws if necessary. We will do whatever it takes to protect our county’s waterways and we’re prepared to go to jail to do it,” he said.
That freed Villani to take several actions deemed important to further armor the Destin pass without waiting for authorization from the state Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee and the unified spill command in Mobile
June 10, 2010
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