June 28, 2010

A simple solution

I'm not sure why this hasn't occurred to anyone yet, but it just popped into my head. We could get President Present focused like a laser on the problem at hand if Congress would just approve a resolution changing the name of the region to the "Golf" of Mexico.

Only one vowel changed and the problem is solved. It's elegant, really.

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June 18, 2010

See? He really *does* have a plan!


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:

What else can Obama do to end the recession?  I'm sure you morons have recognized some of his other efforts, please share them with us!

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June 17, 2010

Are they really that stupid?

Jindal could make a run for president in 2012 and win just with ads based on this single incident.  The ad copy writes itself.

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June 16, 2010

I probably should have started drinking before I wrote this

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.)

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Apparently we've seceded part of Arizona to Mexico

But I thought it was the Hispanics who were complaining that those pesky Americans were making Arizona a hostile place for them to be...

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.

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.
Can someone explain to me how this is not turning rapidly into an 'us or them' situation? 

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June 15, 2010

When Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset... people DIE!

I'm gonna get you British Petroleum!


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Nope, no overblown sense of entitlement here

I've given up trying to reconcile the attempts by Obama to look so hip that he's dragging the Queen of England into the tech world and his statements that he doesn't know how to use an iPod, so let's spend a few minutes ripping on his administration for stealing what the rest of us have to pay for.

“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. 

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Echoes of Arizona

If this keeps up, we'll have 50 independent states rather than a union.  Which isn't a bad thing, necessarily, when the leader of your union is hellbent on destroying it.  Next up, Oklahoma and its floods. 

Commission chairman Wayne Harris said he and his fellow commissioners made their unanimous decision knowing full well they could be prosecuted for it.

“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

h/t PoliticalMath's twitter feed

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June 10, 2010

Stupid question time

Isn't this really a case of "All blacks look alike"?  I can understand the teabagging racist gunblogger thinking that this guy looked like Obama, since he's probably never even seen a person of color up close, but you'd think the hip-hop forum would have a clue.

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