Obama speech open thread: The healing begins

posted at 7:44 pm on June 15, 2010 by Allahpundit

8 p.m. ET all around the dial. To put you in the mood for this one, let me quote Tapper:

Initially, you may recall, the US Coast Guard and BP told the public that they weren’t certain any oil was flowing from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Then it was updated to an estimated 1,000 barrels a day.

Then 5,000 barrels a day – which is when everyone sat up and started paying attention.

Last week federal scientists updated the estimated flow rate to anywhere from 25,000 to 40,000 barrels a day.

Today, based on updated information and scientific assessments, the new rate is estimated is between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels per day.

60,000 barrels means roughly 2.6 million gallons per day, almost one-quarter of the total amount spilled by the Exxon Valdez.

On the agenda for tonight: Ripping on BP, which they richly deserve for their catastrophic negligence, and of course seizing the crisis as an opportunity to push a new global-warming bill in Congress. Apparently the words “cap and trade” won’t be mentioned but there’ll be plenty of rhetoric about clean energy, “ending our addiction to oil,” etc. Byron Dorgan says the votes aren’t there right now, but who knows whether tonight’s plea will stir Lindsey Graham’s heart?

While we wait, via the ‘Busters, Ed Schultz indulges in some fantasy.


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Hickory, dickory, dock
Obama’s speech was nothing but another crock
The oily wheels have come undone
Now he’s naked out in the sun
Obama’s mask has fallen down
Reveling him to be nothing but an evil clown
Hickory, dickory, dock

Cheshire Cat on June 15, 2010 at 11:18 PM

Mr. Oil Slick never hangs around
When he hears this mighty sound……..
“Here I come to save the day!!!”
That means that Mighty Captain Kickass is on his way
Yessir if there is a Tar Ball anywhere in sight
Mighty Captain Kickass will command it away by golfing by day and partying at night!

Cheshire Cat on June 15, 2010 at 11:21 PM

Once again, Obama trotted out the lie that it’s getting harder and harder to find oil. But that’s not at all true. ANWR has plenty of oil. There are shale oil deposits in the West. There’s plenty of oil closer offshore that’s safer to drill.

It was like some random liberal in a bar – they trot out a bunch of conventional wisdom that isn’t true and that doesn’t form a cohesive view of the situation, and use that to propose some crazy plan that won’t work and will take away freedoms.

hawksruleva on June 15, 2010 at 11:22 PM

An insufferable ass is an insufferable ass, of course, of course
And no one can talk sense to an insufferable ass of course
And especially, of course, if the insufferable ass is the famous Barack Obama

Go right to the source and ask the insufferable ass
He’ll give you the answer that deceivers will endorse
He’s always on a dissemblers course
Talk to Barack Obama

Barack Obama just yakkity yaks a streak and wastes your time of day
Does any sane person even believe anymore a thing he has to say?

An insufferable ass is an insufferable ass, of course, of course
And this one’ll talk in circles til his voice is hoarse
You never heard of a talking insufferable ass?

Cheshire Cat on June 15, 2010 at 11:24 PM

At least there are some positives we can take from tonight’s removal of the Emperor’s clothes…the MSM and the whole country finally see what we saw in Spring of ’08.

The game has moved to a new level – whoever is pulling the strings will move to the next step in the strategic plan, since the smokescreen has now blown away and Zero is exposed and can no longer perform the lead role – Zero is now relegated to the supporting cast.

What is the next step, and how will it be “sold”? I wish I was that smart…but the game has changed, the endgame will be played between November and January, Zero is no longer the main “useful idiot”, the lame-duck Congress is front-and center.

Be on the lookout for new “prominence” by the huge cast of second-stringers…that will be our clue as to the next step in the strategy. A.K.A. “evil plan”….

Who is John Galt on June 15, 2010 at 11:25 PM

The only time he got excited was blaming Bush and raising taxes.

He campaigned on cleaning up Minerals Management. He hired a new chief, but then made her focus on wind power until she had to take the fall for him and Salazar. Now he’s hired another new chief. Blaming Bush at this point only proves he doesn’t get it.

Nor will new taxes plug the hole. He’s even using the same rationale he used for HealthControl: “Inaction is not an option! The status quo is unacceptable!”

While Florida Drowns.

Noel on June 15, 2010 at 11:31 PM

Obama is certifiably crazy.

Schadenfreude on June 15, 2010 at 11:31 PM

Crazier, yet, is our land, for having him there. It’s down right clinically unsustainable.

Schadenfreude on June 15, 2010 at 11:32 PM

I think the President’s 747s, helicopters and limousines should be retired immediately and he should only travel on alternative fueled vehicles. It doesn’t matter if they don’t exist, we should retire the current ones immediately and he can just stay home until the new ones are invented.

The next time he goes overseas, it should be by sailboat.

zmdavid on June 15, 2010 at 11:34 PM

I think the President’s 747s, helicopters and limousines should be retired immediately and he should only travel on alternative fueled vehicles. It doesn’t matter if they don’t exist, we should retire the current ones immediately and he can just stay home until the new ones are invented.

The next time he goes overseas, it should be by sailboat.

zmdavid on June 15, 2010 at 11:34 PM

EXCELLENT!

Flyboy on June 15, 2010 at 11:39 PM

Daaammn.

Obozo tanked over MSLSD.

The question now is: are the Wonder Twins permanently disaffected?

Personally, I think not.

CPT. Charles on June 15, 2010 at 11:40 PM

I wonder if this “oil spill” could not be divine intervention. As bad as this “tar baby” is, could it be a blessing in disguise? Could it be a higher power working to unmask “The One” and his unholy agenda? I’m just sayin’ . . .

scullymj on June 15, 2010 at 11:45 PM

Obama is certifiably crazy.

Schadenfreude on June 15, 2010 at 11:31 PM

No! BHO is a certified professional amatuer.

belad on June 15, 2010 at 11:50 PM

No! BHO is a certified professional amateur.

Fixed it, too quick on the submit.

belad on June 15, 2010 at 11:51 PM

-Clean up. Check.
-Soak BP. Check.
-Tax and tax. Check.

Now how’s about getting the leak stopped?

justltl on June 15, 2010 at 11:53 PM

when Obama was talking about a higher power
a hand over the situation

it wasn’t God he was refering to but HE AS GOD

audiotom on June 15, 2010 at 11:55 PM

I thought Sarah was fantastic. She showed some passion in that segment with Bill. She was brutally honest about her dealing with the oil companies when she was governor of Alaska. God, I want her to be our next president. She personifies leadership, not waiting around for someone else to say or do something.

Mirimichi on June 15, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Amen. She’s doing very well. Now she’ll post a version of her comments tonight on FB, and I’ll “like” it, along with several hundred thousand other people, but I’ll have to wrestle with myself for the whole time I’m reading it to NOT push the link that says “poke Sarah.” Can’t they find another freakin’ word for that? Btw, is it my imagination, or has she developed a lisp? I don’t remember those sybilants being quite so noisy before. Maybe I was just more distracted before [she didn't get] those breast implants.

smellthecoffee on June 15, 2010 at 11:59 PM

Obama is stuck on czars, or on stupid, or something similar.

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2010 at 12:11 AM

Obama will best be remembered as marking a millstone in American History.

viking01 on June 16, 2010 at 12:15 AM

smellthecoffee on June 15, 2010 at 11:59 PM

She did well, obviously she is expert and passionate about the situation. But she let Bill O’Really? off the hook from excitement to talk. BOR introduced Sarah’s segment with two or three fast hurry-up-this-is-filler sentences of surrender. In his rush to Palin, BOR conceded Zero’s lies about running out of places to drill, and at least a thousand other nonfactual assertions!

Is he just that thick, or is the writing/producing at FNC so bad, to allow “The President was right, here’s Sarah, I can see my rating skyrocket the second she appears on-screen” before even blasting the top 10 horrible lies that were even obvious to MS-NBC? What intern produced the segue from “Special Report” to the “Factor”?

However based on BOR’s record of late, I could believe he did it, and maybe believes it…which also explains some of Sarah’s undercurrent of anger, fire, resolve, and purpose.

She may have, the moment she was on the air, decided to run. She was mad at all the idiots and wants to fix it!

Who is John Galt on June 16, 2010 at 12:17 AM

viking01 on June 16, 2010 at 12:15 AM

More than that, he didn’t just ‘jump the snark’, he jumped a whole school of snarks.

I can’t wait to see his next set of poll numbers.

It should be epic.

CPT. Charles on June 16, 2010 at 12:27 AM

Lord.

You know? I really can’t take the man. but, overt narcissism and borderline bi-polar disease in a Chief Executive tends to keep my attention.

For Gods sale. what’s the 12′ bumper sticker going to look like?

“My meds were covered by the donut hoeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwiiiiiii!!!

BacaDog on June 16, 2010 at 12:27 AM

Oh, Obama has now said he has quit smoking.

Did that include crack as well?

BacaDog on June 16, 2010 at 12:36 AM

Is he just that thick, or is the writing/producing at FNC so bad, to allow “The President was right, here’s Sarah, I can see my rating skyrocket the second she appears on-screen” before even blasting the top 10 horrible lies that were even obvious to MS-NBC? What intern produced the segue from “Special Report” to the “Factor”?

Sarah Palin set O’Reilly straight about the “nowhere else to drill” lies pretty quickly, yet she did agree with O’Reilly that she, as Governor, DID NOT TRUST OIL COMPANIES.
Sarah Palin, unlike O’Reilly, has enough knowledge of the oil and gas business to know when they’re telling the truth and when they’re lying, and can confront them when necessary and work with them to provide energy and a clean environment.

Whatever people might think about Sarah Palin’s shortcomings on other issues, energy, oil, and gas is her EXPERTISE, and this was abundantly clear from this interview. Every Republican member of Congress should listen to her as long as this oil spill continues!

Steve Z on June 16, 2010 at 12:41 AM

Oh, Obama has now said he has quit smoking.

Did that include crack as well?

BacaDog on June 16, 2010 at 12:36 AM

Made me laugh.

hawkdriver on June 16, 2010 at 12:51 AM

This speach plays well with the liberals, but alianates the right. The arguments he presents are left-wing candy, but rather than try to compromise his tone and argument to at least placate if not win over some on the right, he trys to convince the right-wing of the wisdom of his point of view. He is not only waaaaay far left-wing, he is unswervingly so, like he’s on a kamakazi mission for his agenda. I don’t think he conciders whether he will survive or not, only if he can acomplish his mission and the rest of us who don’t agree or be convinced be d-mned.

James Moriarty on June 16, 2010 at 1:37 AM

We went out for dinner tonight as it was hot and muggy at home here in San Diego. We arrived at the restaurant and were seated promptly. The early dinner hours are casual and they have big screen tv’s on both ends of the dining room. Both tv’s were on and had Obama on giving his lip service speech. I overheard the patrons at the table next to us talking quietly about how the speech, and Obama himself, was so annoying while eating. They were right. It was so annoying to hear him drone on with his platitudes and empty hopey changey garbage while enjoying a nice meal.

I flagged down a waiter and asked to have the tv turned off, or at least the channel changed. I asked loud enough for the people nearby to hear. They joined in on the request of their own volition. The waiter checked with the other tables, and it was unanimously approved.

Everyone wanted his face and blathering hooey gone while we enjoyed our evening meal. The waiter just turned off the tv and they turned on the music early.

It was a very nice evening out to dinner, and the waiter received a very nice tip.

Dhurka Dhurka on June 16, 2010 at 1:51 AM

I am out of the country and fortunately, BoBo is speaking in the middle of the night here so I am not forced to listen to his drivel…Not having heard it, I can rest assured it is all about giving BoBo more power and money to run our lives…

JIMV on June 16, 2010 at 3:57 AM

From Ace:

115 Audience… another question. Sean wants me to ask you, “If Obama appointed a President Czar, would you be surprised?” Also, “Would having said czar improve Obama’s scores on the links?”

Posted by: Frank Luntz, Pop Culturist at June 15, 2010 11:29 PM (swuwV)

The Wan: “I’m appointing ___ as President Czar because a man’s got to know his limitations … and mine is that damned 44 handicap.”

ya2daup on June 16, 2010 at 4:16 AM

Sorry that I can’t mow through the nine pages of comments but I hope that someone mentioned this:

You can’t compare flow rates today with flow rates 2 or 3 weeks ago.

The flow was restricted by the crimped pipes leading out of the hole. As we’ve cut away the mangled pipe in order to get options in place, the rate has increased.

The last operation to cut off the riser doubled the output of oil.

Finally, you can’t count recovered oil like you did oil leaking at the ocean floor. When we pull up oil via pumps and a pipe, we counteract the pressure of 5000 feet of water and therefore dramatically increase the flow rate.

Jason Coleman on June 16, 2010 at 4:40 AM

The Wan: “I’m appointing ___ as President Czar because a man’s got to know his limitations … and mine is that damned 44 handicap.”

ya2daup on June 16, 2010 at 4:16 AM

He might do it, since the man is clearly losing his grip on himself and on the verge of cracking up. They must get Good Crack at 1600 Penn….

Who is John Galt on June 16, 2010 at 4:40 AM

Even Olby and Tingles?Juliet Foxtrot Charlie!!If the dumba** has lost those two imbeciles ,how much further can he go?Even Tingles realizes that Bambi can’t compel BP to pay for anything,and if he could ,so what?When even a couple of morons like these two can see the end result comes down to “Whatch’a going to do with all that oil?”Bambi is in deep sh*t.
Bambi said that the people want to know who is going to be held responsible for the leak and clean up.He just demonstrates how out of touch he is with reality–no one gives a rat’s a$$ who is responsible,we want the leak stopped,and the damage minimalized.
Thanks one hell of a lot you stupid savages who put that ignorant lowlife into the White House.

DDT on June 16, 2010 at 4:44 AM

The Wan: “I’m appointing ___ as President Czar because a man’s got to know his limitations … and mine is that damned 44 handicap.”

ya2daup on June 16, 2010 at 4:16 AM

I appoint Mr. Thompson as POTUS-Csar….

Who is John Galt on June 16, 2010 at 4:45 AM

Want some grease to go with that oil? This whole BP thing smells mighty fishy. Sure seems manufactured to me. Follow the money people.

johnnyU on June 16, 2010 at 4:47 AM

The setting of the Oval Office creates an expectation of decisive executive action. It recalls memories of President Dwight Eisenhower dispatching federal troops to Little Rock or President John F. Kennedy announcing the naval “quarantine” of Cuba. This speech will not be confused with those precedents. Obama urges others to take action, kibitzes with corporate executives, shifts some government personnel and signals the start of a review process. A crisis is met with a study. The action verbs in this speech have somehow gone missing. It is all rather limp and weak.

from the always Obama unfriendly…..WaPo nonetheless…

on my first skim through the piece, the words “limp” and “weak” caught my eye and I thought that Obama had been to another baseball game recently….. who knew that his flaccidity was transferrable?

ted c on June 16, 2010 at 5:54 AM

Johnnyu has a big point re follow the money. BP went green to cozy up to the goofs in DC. I bet that BP has paid off more democrats all thru DC. Heck , I was hearing that that well was scheduled to get a safety award a week after in sank. There are probably more money trails than a NASCAR banquet.

JAW on June 16, 2010 at 5:56 AM

oh for cripes sake…morning joe, ‘he had some good points’…ugh, kiss a little bit more butt there joe…

cmsinaz on June 16, 2010 at 6:02 AM

He is so detached from reality as to be unhinged.

We don’t need a panel of scientists to examine the problem… we need a panel of deep water ENGINEERS to examine the problem and, lo!, BP has those.

The amount of ranting I did last night at every misdirection, untruth and outright fraud that Obama presented was historic for me. He would not let those help who wanted to deal with the spill from overseas and refused their help until recently. Appointing an Admiral of the Coast Guard is not the same as getting a large spill management system in place… and deploying that system has been thwarted by government regulations. Gov. Jindal asked to be able to build barrier islands weeks ago… and the President stalled, then stalled out.

What started last night was the long, long fall after the stall. I don’t trust anything the man has to say on any topic and don’t see the grand panacea of more government as a cure but a disease. It would have helped if BP had NO regulations over it to make it responsible for all the fallout of this mess… but Congress unwisely chose otherwise years ago with new ‘regulations’. When government steps in to do that then government is responsible for what happens when systems fail… and since government isn’t designed to handle these things it is the government that fails in being unable to perform in what it says it can do. But try to convince anyone on the Left that regulations are the problem, not a solution and just a security blanket that feels good while doing nothing and they go to that river in Egypt.

Spare us government ‘solutions’ when government is the problem. And if clean and green energy is so damned good, then why, oh why, can no one make a decent profit on it without subsidies? Oh, yeah, lack of understanding about engineering and cost-benefit analyses…. I forgot that stuff is too much to handle for the elite political class in America. So if they can’t figure out engineering, economics, or what makes companies tick, then how on Rock 3 from the star Sol can they make regulations about same?

You cannot regulate your way to utopia.

But to Hades the assured path is a security blanket and denying it is not helping you with the heat as you wrap it tighter around your head.

ajacksonian on June 16, 2010 at 6:25 AM

Monday morning quarterbacks: Øbama’s handlers put him in a dramatic setting without anything serious to say.

His first Oval Office address was a F L O P.

petefrt on June 16, 2010 at 7:14 AM

We don’t need a panel of scientists to examine the problem… we need a panel of deep water ENGINEERS to examine the problem …

ajacksonian on June 16, 2010 at 6:25 AM

Yes, but trouble is, Øbama is such a private sector illiterate that doesn’t know the difference. After he appoints a czar and a commission, he’s over his head for further steps.

petefrt on June 16, 2010 at 7:21 AM

Johnnyu has a big point re follow the money. BP went green to cozy up to the goofs in DC.

JAW on June 16, 2010 at 5:56 AM

I’m waiting for someone to follow the BP money too, J. I’m suspecting that BP is in line at the public trough just behind GE.

petefrt on June 16, 2010 at 7:25 AM

Louisiana leaders say Gulf drilling ban could be worse than oil spill itself
The Daily Caller

The moratorium could cost the state more than 20,000 jobs by the end of the year, according to the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. The Department estimates for every one employee working on a rig, nine employees onshore are working to support that rig.

petefrt on June 16, 2010 at 7:46 AM

The scenario I am working on: BP goes bankrupt on this oil spill then Obama has the US taxpayers bail BP out.

(I am sure BP is scurrying around behind the scenes investing and buying “green” tech and patents as fast as possible, to prove how important they are to the Obama green plans and bailout.)

albill on June 16, 2010 at 7:47 AM

RASMUSSEN Reports at 9:30AM ET:

Obama Approval Falls to New Low: 42%
Obama Approval Index: -20
Strongly Approve 24%
Strongly Disapprove 44%
Total Approval 42%

Developing…

via drudge….

ted c on June 16, 2010 at 7:57 AM

Ted c: he’s new nickname should be titanic……heh

cmsinaz on June 16, 2010 at 8:00 AM

petefrt on June 16, 2010 at 7:21 AM

The sheer incompetence of the man is stunning. Predictable, yes… still stunning in an Ivory Tower/Utopian/Box of Rocks sort of way.

For someone touted as being so intelligent, he sure ain’t that smart.

ajacksonian on June 16, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Anybody record Fox and Friends this morning? Axelrod had a pretty good fumble in his interview with Carlson at about 7:45.

Went something like this:

GC: Obama spent alot of time pushing Cap and Trade instead of how we’re going to fix the spill. Is this a case of “not letting a crisis go to waste”?

Axelrod: Well, there is alot of impetus for policy change with the spill, blah blah blah …

GC: So, you saying the Administration is indeed exploiting this crisis to get cap and trade passed?

Axelrod: Uh, er, um, ahhhh, that was Rahm’s, uh, formulation…

forest on June 16, 2010 at 8:13 AM

GC: So, you saying the Administration is indeed exploiting this crisis to get cap and trade passed?

Axelrod: Uh, er, um, ahhhh, that was Rahm’s, uh, formulation…

forest on June 16, 2010 at 8:13 A

Saw it. Gretch crucified him for politically exploiting the crisis. Had to thank her via email.

Seems the Bamster’s getting some pretty bad reviews, even from our friends, the Brits. This one’s a killer: British media fall out of love with Obama

The British media have decided that it was all a cruel deception: Obama is just one more ranting populist president who will do anything to divert attention from his own failure to get a grip.

petefrt on June 16, 2010 at 8:30 AM

forest on June 16, 2010 at 8:13 AM

i saw that interview and believe the GC handled axelgrease by the scruff of his neck.

nice work gretchen at FNF

ted c on June 16, 2010 at 8:33 AM

In his naive mind by letting the oil spill destroy the Gulf of Mexico, he is just making “green jobs” for decades to come. There is a correlation between Napoleon’s Waterloo, Custer’s Last Stand and Obuma’s Oil Spill.

volsense on June 16, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Sorry, Mr. President, but you didn’t say anything substantial, you didn’t convince me that the government is doing everything in it’s power to save our precious waters. You didn’t convince me that you are a true leader with the conviction and competence to handle a crisis of this magnitude. You didn’t tell me you’ve called in all the other countries who have offered to help us in this dire situation. Instead, you offered up unicorns and pixie dust, nothing concrete that we could believe in. Epic fail.

scalleywag on June 16, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Everything is political with Obama. He seems unable to change tack even when faced with voter outrage such a with the health care bill. Again(and again and again and…)I’m asking my self if he won’t listen or can’t listen. What kind of insane internal mechanisms make this guy tick?

jeanie on June 16, 2010 at 8:58 AM

The US Coast Guard along with BP reported initially no oil being released while based on today’s updated information and scientific assessments, the new rate is estimated to be between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels per day.

And Obama expects citizens to exercise confidence in his administration, in him as the Chief Executive.

Kyrie eleison
Psalm 37:39-40
Vote out every Democrat.

maverick muse on June 16, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Wow, it sure was nice to get our “9/11″ speech 56 days into the “crisis”. And the left went nuts because Bush finished his two minute visit with school kids.

katablog.com on June 16, 2010 at 9:16 AM

“Ending OUR addiction to oil” as if Obama and Michelle and their kids would participate in this END OF ADDICTION.

Recall those excessive “photo op” Air Force One flights authorized by Obama as well as his date nights out of town flights with Michelle for dinner or for a show, and Pelosi‘s demanding request that the Air Force provide her with travel services from a non-stop C-32, a military version of a Boeing 757 that’s usually used by the vice president and the first lady, …also on the lavish side.

maverick muse on June 16, 2010 at 9:21 AM

And the left went nuts because Bush finished his two minute visit with school kids.

katablog.com on June 16, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Bingo!

maverick muse on June 16, 2010 at 9:22 AM

What kind of insane internal mechanisms make this guy tick?

jeanie on June 16, 2010 at 8:58 AM

The latest excuse I saw was that Obama was sexually abused as a child by his Communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis. That’s why he’s such a bad liar. http://joytiz.com/2010/was-obama-sexually-abused-finally-a-shrink-wants-to-know

NaCly dog on June 16, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Well, I know I can sleep easy now secure in the knowledge that a commision AND a Czar have been appointed and it should all be under control shortly.

Koa on June 16, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Well. We elected a speechifying buffoon so stupid people could feel good about themselves. He had no experience doing anything except getting stupid people to elect him to new positions, and we wondered if maybe that would become a problem later on, when he didn’t have anyone left to blame for the various things he had already effed up.

Now here we are, and because he’s the Precedent he gets blamed for stuff he has little or no control over, and he’s flopping around like a red snapper on the dock covered with crude oil and saltwater. He can’t manage an environmental cleanup, or a phone call to a CEO or his military commanders.

Hell, he can’t manage a dinner party without a major security breach. He’s hired all of his sleazy cronies to run things, but they’re all idiots, too.

I think we’re ready for one of those “technocrat” guys who actually knows how to manage something. Anything.

Jaibones on June 16, 2010 at 10:15 AM

zmdavid on June 15, 2010 at 11:34 PM

Chuckle.
I agree.
If this ‘clean’ energy is so great, prat tell why has Caterpiller quit making semi-truck engines (at least here in the US I think)?
Why are the 08-09 Dodge diesels such huge pieces of CRAP?
Why is our mid-2000 Ford diesel such a huge piece of CRAP that we’ve spent almost $12,000 + $ to fix in the last year & is now sitting dead at the shop bcs we don’t have the $$ to pour down the lemon hole anymore?
I will tell you-GOVT REGULATION that is directly tied to all this clean emissions standards garbage!
These ba$tard$ in govt, who have NO engineering/scientific experience at all have tied the hands of industry so badly that you cannot find a decent piece of newer heavy equipment to use.
Not to mention that diesel fuel blends have become so regulated that it’s almost nigh impossible to run a diesel anything these days without huge headaches & buttloads of trouble keeping it going in subzero temps.
Everyone involved in trucking, for instance (at least small operators) are vying for older model trucks that are not equipped with the INSANE emissions claptrap that’s on the new ones.
Our 2000 Pete is one of those.
But I am waiting for the govt to outlaw all older model semis without all this emissions garbage filters etc.
This will force us all to use inferior technology that DOES NOT WORK!
Clean energy is a wonderful idea.
But it does not exist in the form that these govt regulations are trying to force us into using!
For instance, do you know that you cannot let some of the new diesel pick ups idle for more than 5 minutes or so bcs the filter will clog up?
Then you have computer sensors going nuts & you are forced to replace loads of expensive filters all the time.
It’s insanely impractical at best.
The reality is there is no clean energy, as currently described by the Feds that is going to keep our current way of life going.
What they are really calling for is a lifestyle of the Dark Ages.
And so we will go back to the Stone Age to enjoy the extremely short life spans, hard times & major suffering, huge die offs, that our ancestors used to enjoy in the olden days.
Liberals are insane.
And ‘Mother Earth’, Gaia, or whatever the hell you call it will still plug on with or without us being here.
The spill is tragic & we’ve got to get the best minds on how to stop it.
The hallmarks of a true leader are to fix the problem, not to point the finger of blame.

Badger40 on June 16, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Didn’t watch it, refuse to lend any time to this travesty in the White House…

For those like me, here’s a transcript of the 18-minute fiasco.

And here’s a video that presents the salient points of this fiasco from yesterday, complete with Obama’s hand jive.

Lourdes on June 16, 2010 at 10:47 AM

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Cheshire Cat on June 15, 2010 at 11:24 PM

Song Lyrics: BARACK ON’TAR

Goin’ down to the Gulf –
you know I’ve been there before
goin’ down to the Gulf
’cause I’m a media wh….

Here’s what I’m sayin’, I wanna’ have drinks.
I’m down in the Gulf, sippin’ whiskey ‘n’ rum,
I’m down in the Gulf, eatin’ crawdads on buns,
Ya’ say ya’ need somethin, you ain’t got no fun,
I love ya’ all, we just need more drinks!

Walk, walk, walkin’ on the white sandy beach,
it’s brown, man, it’s brown, and I dig that reach.
Now’s the time for caps and tradin’,
now’s the time for energy fadin’,
walk, walk, walkin’ on the brown sandy beach,
I love ya’ all, we just need more drinks!

Lourdes on June 16, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Lourdes on June 16, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Thanks for the link.

Here’s an excerpt from that transcripted speech:

At this agency, industry insiders were put in charge of industry oversight. Oil companies showered regulators with gifts and favors and were essentially allowed to conduct their own safety inspections and write their own regulations.

This is how the USDA & FDA treats the food industry giants.
Meat packing plants are left to police themselves etc.
While I agree you can’t put the fox in charge of the henhouse, govt has sure been known to avoid their responsibilities in these areas.
So who can do this?
3rd independent parties paid through some sort of check off fund?
I don’t know.
What I do know is that the govt does have the responsibility to make sure industry follows the rules, but that they are incapable of doing so competently.

Badger40 on June 16, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Maybe Ed forgets that Obama is a President, not a dictator and we have restrictions in place to insure he does not become a dictatro…even of this mess.

The left want Emperor Obama!

allstonian on June 16, 2010 at 12:56 PM

May I suggest an edit to the title?

The Heeling begins. Sit BP, sit!

IanTrouble on June 16, 2010 at 1:44 PM

But what did Rosie O’Donnell think? I would like to hear the appraisal of one of our more serious thinkers.

Dhuka on June 16, 2010 at 2:45 PM

What kind of insane internal mechanisms make this guy tick?

jeanie on June 16, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Iron discipline staying on The Evil Plan. It’s the only thing that makes sense to me!

(I’m so glad tin-foil-hats became fashionable on another thread – it’s my first year or so wearing one, and already I’m “cool”, w00t!)

Who is John Galt on June 16, 2010 at 9:36 PM

And the left went nuts because Bush finished his two minute visit with school kids.

katablog.com on June 16, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Bingo!

maverick muse on June 16, 2010 at 9:22 AM

+100 and I’m sick of it!

Who is John Galt on June 16, 2010 at 9:37 PM

And ‘Mother Earth’, Gaia, or whatever the hell you call it will still plug on with or without us being here.
The spill is tragic & we’ve got to get the best minds on how to stop it.
The hallmarks of a true leader are to fix the problem, not to point the finger of blame.

Badger40 on June 16, 2010 at 10:36 AM

It’s not “save the planet”, hell, the planet has survived gigantic asteroid impacts, climate change every which direction, ice ages, etc.

It’s SAVE THE HUMANS, you NITWITS! Let’s change the focus to: Save the Humans, Keep the Planet Habitable by Homo Sapiens.

There, eco-freaks, FIFY!

Who is John Galt on June 16, 2010 at 9:43 PM

What I do know is that the govt does have the responsibility to make sure industry follows the rules, but that they are incapable of doing so competently.

Badger40 on June 16, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Yeah, actually doing thier job, ya’ know, would seriously cut into the poor government drones porn surfing time. And they’ll whine, “We’re only getting paid 30% more than the proles, er, Citizens!”

Who is John Galt on June 16, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Cuba braces for slicks Let’s see how well the HiveMind handles this crap.

Who is John Galt on June 16, 2010 at 9:54 PM

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