Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

General McChrystal Relieved Of Command

Today President Barack Obama accepted Afghanistan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation and chosen Gen. David Petraeus as his replacement. Petraeus is best-known as the military man who rose to prominence as the commander who turned around the war in Iraq.

When asked about Gen. Stanley McChrystal's remarks about his administration officials Obama said that it represented conduct that "undermines the civilian control of the military that is at the core of our democratic system."

Obama added that he did not make the decision over any disagreement in policy or "out of any sense of personal insult." and that the "War is bigger than any one man or woman, whether a private, a general, or a president."

Obama urged the Senate to confirm Petraeus swiftly and emphasized the Afghanistan strategy he announced in December was not shifting with McChrystal's departure saying "This is a change in personnel but it is not a change in policy,"

Obama finished by saying "I welcome debate among my team, but I won't tolerate division."

Gen. Stanley McChrystal Is In BIG Trouble!

Gen. Stanley McChrystal is in big trouble over a magazine article in which he and his assistants criticize senior President Obama as well as White House aides overseeing the war.

In the Rolling Stone article "The Runaway General," McChrystal comes across as frustrated and "disappointed" with the White House and most top civilian leaders.

Here are a few excerpts from the artice...

• One of McChrystal's aides calls White House National Security Adviser Jim Jones -- a retired four-star general -- a "clown" who's "stuck in 1985."

In on a session McChrystal and his staff joked about "dismissing the vice president with a good one-liner."

"Are you asking about Vice President Biden?" McChrystal is quoted as saying. "Who's that?" Then an aide quips: "Biden? Did you say: Bite me?"

"Their first one-on-one meeting took place in the Oval Office four months later, after McChrystal got the Afghanistan job, and it didn't go much better. 'It was a 10-minute photo op,' says an adviser to McChrystal. 'Obama clearly didn't know anything about him, who he was. Here's the guy who's going to run his [expletive] war, but he didn't seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed.'"

In another excerpt posted by Yon, Hastings writes: "By midnight at Kitty O'Shea's, much of Team America is completely [drunk]. Two officers do an Irish jig mixed with steps from a traditional Afghan wedding dance, while McChrystal's top advisers lock arms and sing a slurred song of their own invention. 'Afghanistan!' they bellow. 'Afghanistan!' They call it their Afghanistan song.

"McChrystal steps away from the circle, observing his team. 'All these men,' he tells me. 'I'd die for them. And they'd die for me."

Despite an apology from McChrystal Defense Secretary Robert Gates ordered the general home to explain himself at the monthly White House meeting.

Obama later in the day told reporters that McChrystal showed "poor judgment." When Obama was asked if he would fire the general, he would talk speak to McChrystal in person before making any decision.

President Obama and Gen. McChrystal have butted heads before this recent dustup. Just last fall the president reprimanded him for speaking openly about his desire for more troops in Afghanistan.

Fallout from the Rolling Stone profile has already claimed its first casualty when Duncan Boothby resigned as McChrystal's civilian press aide for arranging Rolling Stones magazines access to the general and his staff.

McChrystal said he has "enormous respect and admiration for President Obama and his national security team, and for the civilian leaders and troops fighting this war, and I remain committed to ensuring its successful outcome."

Oily Judge Overturns Drilling Moratorium

Federal judge Martin Feldman of New Orleans has overturned President Barack Obama's six-month moratorium on any new deep-water drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hornbeck Offshore Services, an oil services company based in Louisiana, filed a lawsuit challenging the moratorium. Arguing that there's no evidence that continued drilling poses any threat of future oil spills. The lawsuit was backed by oil companies, Louisiana's governor and other state officials.

The ban on new drilling was imposed after an April 20 explosion on British Petroleum's Transocean Ltd.'s Deepwater Horizon rig which set off the country's worst oil spill in history.

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama believes strongly that drilling at such depths does not make sense and puts the safety of workers "at a danger that the president does not believe we can afford," according to The Associated Press.

Reportedly Feldman disagreed with the moratorium after hearing testimony from both sides characterizing the suspension as "generic, indeed punitive." .

Now here is the curious aspect of the story. It has been reported that Judge Feldman's holdings contain 17 different energy stocks including Transocean, Halliburton plus 2 of the us largest shareholders of British Petroleum, Blackrock and J. P. Morgan/Chase.

Josh Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group, told the AP that the ruling should be revoked if the judge still has investments in companies that could benefit from the decision.

"If Judge Feldman has any investments in oil and gas operators in the gulf, it represents a flagrant conflict of interest," Reichert said.

It has now been rumored that Ken Salazer will override the judge and reinstate the moratorium on deep water oil drilling.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

BP is Burning Sea Turtles Alive

BP is blocking access to rescuing turtles and is incinerating turtles in the oil. Interview by Catherine Craig

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Republican Reveal Their True Allegiance...

After watching the House Energy and Commerce Committee grill British Petroleum's head honchos and witnessing them evade and sidestep all the questions posed to them I think we can all agree that BP's top execs are a slimy bunch! After causing the worst man made ecological disaster the world has seen one would think that they deserve every bit of venom and vitriol hurled at them by the Gulf Coast community as well as our government... Well you would be WRONG!

You see there are a few people out there who believe British Petroleum is getting a raw deal. These people believe BP executives need a hug and total forgiveness for the crime they have perpetrated on the Gulf Coast and it's wetlands.

These people are called Republicans.

Don't believe me? Well just sit back in amazement and drink this insanity in!

On Thursday Texas Republican "Smokin'" Joe Barton said this...

"I'm ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday,...I think it is a tragedy in the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown -- in this case a $20 billion shakedown". "I'm only speaking for myself. I'm not speaking for anyone else, but I apologize,"

Watch it all here:

That is correct... Your eyes and ears do not deceive you. "Smokin'" Joe (He must be smoking something) feels worse for the multinational corporation British Petroleum than he does for the people who died on their oil rig and the people who's livelihoods were destroyed by BP's oil spill!!!!

But wait the clown parade doesn't end there...

Michele Bachmann said of the 20 billion dollars President Obama secured for the residence of the decimated Gulf Coast..."The president just called for creating a fund that would be administered by outsiders, which would be more of a redistribution-of-wealth fund. And now it appears like we’ll be looking at one more gateway for more government control, more money to government."

In other words Bachmann believes that the money set up in a trust fund and run by independent third party, Kenneth Feinberg, to pay back the people of the gulf Coast for all the wages, jobs and tourists they will lose because of the oil spill is a redistribution of wealth. In other words a Communist plot... Wow! In reality the fund will keep us tax payers from having to foot the bill for BP's disaster. I guess Michelle Bachman would rather you and I pay for it.

Bachmann has also said in defense of British Petroleum...
"...if I was the head of BP, I would let the signal get out there -- 'We're not going to be chumps, and we're not going to be fleeced.' And they shouldn't be. They shouldn't have to be fleeced and make chumps to have to pay for perpetual unemployment and all the rest".

Another example of a Republican making absurd and idiotic statement is Rush Limbaugh saying...
"Look, the government's in charge of this. I want to know who's going to get it. Who's going to get this money? Union activists? ACORN people? Who's going to get this money? Let's keep a sharp eye on who Feinberg gives this money to, because I'm telling you, this is another bailout fund called something else, and we'll see who gets it. If Obama's past is prologue -- and it is -- then this is going to be used as a little miniature slush fund."

One final idiotic interjection come care of U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell)...

BP’s reported willingness to go along with the White House’s new fund suggests that the Obama Administration is hard at work exerting its brand of Chicago-style shakedown politics."

Let's see, the 20 billion dollars President Obama has acquired for the families of the dead BP oil rig employees, the devastated economy of the people who live on the Gulf Coast and for the cleanup of the toxic sludge killing all the marine and mammal wildlife is in fact... For Acorn... No, it's a shakedown... No, it's for the Obama administration... No, it's to be redistributed amongst the comrades... No, it's a slush fund... ect, ect, ect!

According to Republicans it doesn't matter, just leave poor old British Petroleum alone and give them their money back... They already said they were sorry and that it'll never happen again. Haven't they been through enough?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

Palin Drops A Brain Turd On The Internets

Sarah Palin has become untethered from reality. This has become quite evident by her recent Twitter and Facebook postings.

Here's Twitter....

"Xtreme Greenies: see now why we push 'drill,baby,drill' of known reserves & promising finds in safe onshore places like ANWR? Now do you get it?.

And here's Facebook...

“Radical environmentalists: you are damaging the planet with your efforts to lock up safer drilling areas. There’s nothing clean and green about your misguided, nonsensical radicalism, and Americans are on to you as we question your true motives.”

That's right, Xtreme Greenies and Radical environmentalists are responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster as well as the resulting catastrophic oil spill that is destroying the Gulf Coast.

You see tree huggers and "greenies" are so powerful and far reaching that lil' old BP were forced to undertake deep water drilling when all they really wanted was to keep drilling in "safe" onshore areas like the Alaska Natural Wildlife Reserve.

Now first of all, does anyone really think environmentalists have the power or pull to make the oil industry do anything? If you need an answer ask yourself this... Did tree huggers and "greenies" stop BP from making trillions of dollars in record profits over the last few years by keeping them from drilling any damn place they felt like?

Don't kid yourself! The reason BP was drilling out there is because that is where the oil is.

Would Palin also have us believe that the failure of the blow-out protection system is the handiwork of environmentalists and not due to British Petroleum's negligence and incompetence. Maybe it was Hippies and granola eaters that stopped BP from employing an acoustic switch as a backup to the blowout preventer’s breakdown.

Was it environmentalists that caused this catastrophe... or just maybe it was due to the lax regulations set up by the Bush and Cheney administration.

In any case it was and is Palin, not the environmentalists, who called for and support offshore drilling before the disaster as well as after it. Remember "drill baby drill" is still the mantra of the whacko right wing of the Republican party.

All sane people have come to the conclusion that the Deepwater Horizon disaster is the fault of the oil industries blatant attempts to maximize profits by minimizing the cost of safety measures. If you need proof just know that since the 1990s, BP has paid out tens of millions in fines, been criminally convicted and put on probation countless times.

So let's wrap this Palin's brain turd up with a neat little bow... Palin's husband Todd worked for British Petroleum (Yes that British Petroleum) for 18 years... It boggles the mind doesn't it?

Friday, June 4, 2010

Bush Admits He's A War Criminal

George W. Bush has finally admitted that he has indeed committed war crimes. His exact words... "Yeah, we waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed," and "I'd do it again to save lives."

Bush spouted this nonchalantly to a group of listeners even though the United States has historically prosecuted waterboarding going back as far as the Spanish-American War.

Waterboarding is considered to be torture by a wide range of authorities, including legal experts, politicians, war veterans, intelligence officials, military judges, and human rights organizations.

Retired Brigadier General David R. Irvine, a former strategic intelligence officer who taught prisoner of war interrogation and military law for 18 years is quoted as saying "We are seen by the rest of the world as having abandoned our commitment to international law".

James P. Cullen, a retired brigadier general has said that Bush's remarks "establish a precedent where it will be permissible to our enemies to use waterboarding on our servicemen in future wars." Cullen continued "Americans not yet born are going to be prisoners of war in those conflicts. And our enemies are going to be able to point back to President Bush and Vice President Cheney saying that waterboarding is OK".

Cullen went on to say "It's just shocking to me how he can be so flip about something that is so serious".

Matthew Alexander, the pseudonymous former Air Force interrogator and author of "How To Break A Terrorist" has said that Bush's statement "is de facto approval of the deaths of hundreds, if not thousands, of American soldiers in Iraq who were killed by foreign fighters that Al Qaida recruited based on the President's policy of torture and abuse of detainees".

At least now we all know who to blame for those soldiers' deaths.