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  • The day that LSE sold its soul to Libya: BP chief makes oil deal with Gaddafi...

    03/04/2011 11:59:23 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/05/11 | Michael Seamark
    The day that LSE sold its soul to Libya: BP chief makes oil deal with Gaddafi... and drags prestigious university into disrepute By Michael Seamark Last updated at 1:33 AM on 5th March 2011 . •BP boss who signed £545m oil pact was lobbying for university too In a desert tent outside Colonel Gaddafi's home town of Sirte four years ago, Tony Blair shook hands with the Libyan dictator in a controversial 'blood money' deal which laid the foundations for the release of the Lockerbie bomber. Also inside the tent was Peter Sutherland, then chairman of BP, who subsequently announced...
  • BP Co-Owns Gulf Well That Got Deepwater Permit

    03/02/2011 9:42:49 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 2, 2011 | Peter Faherty
    Earlier today I accused Interior Secretary Ken Salazar of a "cynical" approach to issuing deepwater drilling permits for the Gulf of Mexico. I did not realize how right I was. According to Kristen Hays of Reuters: BP Plc, whose Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history last year, co-owns the well that was granted the first deepwater drilling permit since the disaster. BP is Noble Energy Inc's partner in the well, holding a 46.5 percent interest, BP said. Noble operates the Santiago well that received a permit from U.S....
  • Report: Lockerbie bomber 'blackmailed' Gadhafi

    02/27/2011 1:44:39 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 27, 2011
    LONDON (AP) -- The former Libyan justice minister has reportedly said that the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing had blackmailed Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi into securing his release by threatening to expose his role in the attack. The Sunday Times newspaper quoted Mustafa Abdel-Jalil as saying that Abdel Baset al-Megrahi had warned Gadhafi that he would "reveal everything" about the 1988 bombing of an American flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, if he wasn't rescued from a Scottish prison.
  • Three Major Firms Pull Out of Climate Change Alliance [ConocoPhillips, BP America and Caterpillar]

    02/16/2010 1:53:41 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies · 1,341+ views
    Three Major Firms Pull Out of Climate Change Alliance ConocoPhillips, BP America and Caterpillar pulled out of a leading alliance of businesses and environmental groups pushing for climate change legislation on Tuesday, citing complaints that the bills under consideration are unfair to American industry. The sudden pullout of three corporate giants from a leading alliance of businesses and environmental groups could be the death knell for climate change legislation languishing on Capitol Hill. ConocoPhillips, BP America and Caterpillar's announced Tuesday they will pull out of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, citing complaints that the bills now in Congress are unfair...
  • Lockerbie documents: Labour 'did all it could' to secure bomber's release (BP lobbied UK government)

    02/07/2011 8:27:43 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02.07.11 | Simon Johnson
    The former Labour Government did "all it could" to help Libya secure the release of the Lockerbie bomber, Britain's most senior civil servant said today. David Cameron will this afternoon publish a dossier of 150 pages of letters, memos and minutes related to the case after he promised Barack Obama, the US President, to review all the paperwork and see what could be made public. In an accompanying report, Sir Gus O'Donnell, the Cabinet Secretary, concludes: "Policy was ... progressively developed that Her Majesty's Government should do all it could ... to facilitate an appeal by the Libyans to the...
  • White House's Contemptible Drilling Ban

    02/04/2011 5:02:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 4, 2011 | Staff
    Energy Policy: An administration that has no respect for Congress, the courts or the Constitution has been found in contempt for reissuing a drilling moratorium that a U.S. district judge found overly broad. The Obama administration's trouble with the courts has continued with a judge's ruling last week that the Interior Department's reinstating of a drilling moratorium followed by a de facto moratorium via an overly restrictive permitting process constituted contempt. The administration had issued a drilling moratorium in May in waters deeper than 500 feet after the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig off Louisiana that...
  • (AG- Mississippi) Hood presses for review of GCCF claims (BP oil scam)

    02/04/2011 3:02:36 AM PST · by Islander7 · 8 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | Feb 4, 2011 | By ANITA LEE
    Attorney General Jim Hood wants to hear from whistle-blowers with inside information about how the Gulf Coast Claims Facility is operating. Hood believes GCCF administrator Ken Feinberg “stiff-armed” claimants on emergency and interim claims because they required no release of the right to sue BP and other parties responsible for the April 2010 Gulf oil catastrophe. When claimants grew desperate, Hood believes, GCCF rolled out final payments that do require waiving the right to sue. “They’re not following the law,” Hood said. “They’re just trying to coerce people into signing these releases.” Hood has urged Gulf residents to continue filing...
  • Federal judge: Feinberg not independent of BP (0bama's oil czar)

    02/03/2011 1:09:32 AM PST · by Islander7 · 7 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | Feb 2, 2011 | By HARRY R. WEBER and BRIAN SKOLOFF
    NEW ORLEANS -- The embattled administrator of the $20 billion compensation fund for Gulf oil-spill victims is not independent from BP and must stop telling potential claimants he is, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, just hours after the fund czar released details on how final payments would be determined.
  • Judge Holds Interior Dept. in Contempt Over Ban (Gulf drilling moratorium)

    02/02/2011 6:54:47 PM PST · by coaltrain · 51 replies
    AP / ABC ^ | 2/2/11 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
    The federal judge who struck down the Obama administration's moratorium on deepwater drilling after the Gulf oil spill held the Interior Department in contempt Wednesday, and ordered the federal agency to pay attorneys' fees for several offshore oil companies. "Such dismissive conduct, viewed in tandem with the reimposition of a second blanket and substantively identical moratorium and in light of the national importance of this case, provide this court with clear and convincing evidence of the government's contempt of this court's preliminary injunction order," he wrote.
  • Ongoing Disaster in the Gulf (Obama has turned the oil spill into an ongoing economic calamity)

    01/26/2011 7:14:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/26/2011 | George Scaggs
    While the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the Obama administration's subsequent six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico are common knowledge, the fact that the federal government has turned the tragic accident into an ongoing economic calamity seems to be drawing scant attention. Though the drilling moratorium was officially lifted three months ago, it has been replaced with an ongoing de facto ban.  But the full scope and damaging consequences of the federal government's reactions to the gulf spill go well beyond deep-water drilling. While the moratorium was limited to deep-water rigs, the work stoppage...
  • Lopsided Spill Commission Doesn’t Single Out BP

    01/11/2011 5:32:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 1+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 1/11/11 | Lou Dolinar
    The While House oil-spill commission made it official today: The entire oil industry, not BP, is evil and potentially the source of another Deepwater-sized spill. Thus the entire oil industry, which has already been punished by the administration with its drilling moratorium and slowdown in permitting, should be punished further with massive new regulations and fees. Those conclusions were virtually predetermined when the administration appointed a panel heavily stacked with academics and environmentalists. And those findings are wrong. Why? A simple reality check:
  • Federal study confirms microbes have eaten most of the Gulf Oil Spill

    01/10/2011 9:09:44 PM PST · by brityank · 51 replies · 1+ views ^ | January 10th, 2011 2:30 pm ET | John Ryden
    Federal study confirms microbes have eaten most of the Gulf Oil Spill A study by researchers from Texas A&M and University of California in Santa Barbara have found that all of the methane gas released from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been consumed by tiny microbes. Methane gas amounts 100,000 times higher than normal at the time of their release have completely disappeared after only 120 days. Some scientists had raised concerns that dissolved methane and other oil residue would continue to plague the Gulf for years or even decades. This is turning out not...
  • New Orleans restaurants seem to have recovered after the BP oil spill

    12/27/2010 3:54:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NOLA ^ | 12/26/10 | Brett Anderson
    New Orleans restaurants seem to have recovered after the BP oil spillBy Brett Anderson, The Times-Picayune Published: Sunday, December 26, 2010, 8:45 AM The days of explaining exotic species of Hawaiian finfish to puzzled locals have passed at Grand Isle restaurant. After struggling through months when the oyster bar would sit idle for weeks on end, supplies from Terrebonne Parish and Galveston Bay are now readily available. Grouper may still be more difficult to come by than usual, but at least it's not Chilean. Still, David Pearson, a partner in Grand Isle, a Warehouse District seafood restaurant, is not resting...
  • Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours

    12/27/2010 12:42:39 AM PST · by brityank · 63 replies · 16+ views
    New York Times ^ | 25 December, 2010 | DAVID BARSTOW, DAVID ROHDE and STEPHANIE SAUL
    <p>The worst of the explosions gutted the Deepwater Horizon stem to stern.</p> <p>Crew members were cut down by shrapnel, hurled across rooms and buried under smoking wreckage. Some were swallowed by fireballs that raced through the oil rig’s shattered interior. Dazed and battered survivors, half-naked and dripping in highly combustible gas, crawled inch by inch in pitch darkness, willing themselves to the lifeboat deck.</p>
  • Lockerbie Bomber Death Said to Be Imminent

    12/08/2010 11:26:07 PM PST · by prisoner6 · 65 replies · 1+ views
    FOX News ^ | December 09, 2010 | NA
    A source close to the family of the Lockerbie bomber Abdul Baset al Megrahi told Sky News Thursday his death is imminent and every day is "expected to be his last." Suffering from prostate cancer, the Libyan's health has rapidly deteriorated -- and his relatives said he has been in a coma and on life support for around a week. Al Megrahi -- who was convicted of killing 270 people by bombing a Pan Am jet in 1988 -- has been unable to walk for a number of weeks and is not expected to recover.
  • Rasmussen survey shows 60% support offshore oil drilling (54% expect gas prices to increase)

    12/06/2010 11:58:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 12/06/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Last week’s reversal on offshore oil drilling by Barack Obama didn’t go over well with likely US voters, according to a new Rasmussen survey. Sixty percent support offshore drilling in principle, and 48% oppose the ban directly, with only 35% supporting Obama’s reversal. A majority expect economic damage and higher fuel prices as a result: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the new seven-year ban will increase gas prices, while just 11% think it will make gas prices go down. Twenty-five percent (25%) expect the ban to have no impact on...
  • WikiLeaks Ready to Release Giant 'Insurance' File if Shut Down

    12/05/2010 9:23:33 AM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 218 replies · 6+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 05, 2010 | Unknown
    Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, has circulated across the internet an encrypted “poison pill” cache of uncensored documents suspected to include files on BP and Guantanamo Bay.
  • Kingman is in clear on permit vote

    12/01/2010 11:07:43 PM PST · by kathsua
    Hutchinson News ^ | 11/25/10 | Mary Clarkin
    None of the three Kingman County Commissioners will be prevented from voting on a special-use permit application for British Petroleum's wind energy project because of potential conflicts of interest. Earlier this month, Kingman County Counselor Frank Meisenheimer requested an opinion from the Kansas Governemtnal Ethics Commission regarding potential conflicts of interest for all three: * Commissioners Earl Reno and John Steffen and/or Steffen's immediate family own real estate in Kingman County, which is leased to BP for wind farm use. Both have previously received lease payments from BP. Also, Reno's land is in the general area expected to be developed...
  • Source: No new drilling in Gulf for seven years (USA-No, China-Yes)

    12/01/2010 8:31:58 AM PST · by markomalley · 140 replies · 3+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/1/2010 | Dan Lothian
    A senior administration official confirms that President Obama will not be allowing new drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico for at least seven years. This is a result of the BP oil spill.
  • Deep-Water Dive Reveals Spilled Oil On Gulf Floor

    11/29/2010 1:00:08 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 23 replies
    NPR ^ | 29 Nov 2010 | Richard Harris
    When the BP oil well blew out earlier this year, the 4 million barrels that flowed into the sea didn't simply vanish. There's growing evidence that a good portion of it sunk to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, where some of it remains. To get to the sea floor a few miles from the blown-out Macondo well, we clamber into a titanium-hulled submarine named Alvin and are gently hoisted off the deck of its mother ship, the Atlantis, into a surprisingly blue and inviting Gulf of Mexico. Mike Skowronski is our pilot. As we descend, the water turns...
  • BP oil spill incident commander dies in small plane crash

    11/24/2010 6:23:16 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 24 replies · 1+ views ^ | 24 Nov 2010 | David Hammer
    Jim Black, a BP incident commander for the company's Gulf of Mexico oil spill response team, died in a small plane crash near Destin, Fla., on Tuesday night, the company confirmed. "BP extends its heartfelt sorrow to the family of our friend and colleague, Jim Black, who, along with two other family members, died yesterday in a tragic plane crash," BP America CEO Lamar McKay said in a statement. 27Share 3 Comments "Jim was a devoted member of our Gulf Coast spill response team and served many years with Amoco and BP. He will be missed by all who knew...
  • Obama Administration Surrenders Gulf Oil Leak Estimate E-Mails

    11/24/2010 5:54:57 PM PST · by apoliticalone · 5 replies
    CBS NEWS ^ | 11-24-2010 | CBS
    Obama Administration Turns Over Internal E-mails by Government Scientists Concerning Estimates Now Acknowledged as Too Low (AP) The Obama administration late Wednesday defended the integrity of its estimates - which turned out to be inaccurate - during the summer of how much oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico, turning over thousands of pages of internal e-mails written by government scientists who worked on the project. In the e-mails, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Jane Lubchenco, cautioned a colleague about how to present the government's findings: "I believe we owe it to everyone to provide the...
  • 3 Republicans Say Report on Spill Was Manipulated

    11/13/2010 4:51:57 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 12, 2010 | JOHN M. BRODER
    Three Republican senators demanded Friday that the White House explain last-minute editing changes to an Interior Department report on the BP oil spill that falsely implied that a group of independent experts had endorsed a political decision to temporarily halt all deepwater oil drilling. The senators, members of the Environment and Public Works Committee, called for hearings into the matter, contending that the White House had manipulated science for political ends, a claim Democrats frequently made about the George W. Bush administration. The Interior Department’s inspector general issued a report this week asserting that officials in the office of Carol...
  • No New Oil Leases Could Mean Higher Gas Prices

    11/16/2010 11:07:06 AM PST · by seanhackbarth · 7 replies
    Marathon Pundit ^ | 11/16/2010 | John Ruberry
    Because of the Obama administration's reaction to the BP oil spill there could be no new leases on oil drilling in the Gulf in 2011. That could lead to higher gas prices.
  • Bobby Jindal Hammers Obama in New Book

    11/15/2010 9:23:13 AM PST · by mbarker12474 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 15 Nov 2010 | Politico story on Jindal book
    See the link. Jinda accuses Obama of staging the lecture on the tarmac for media purposes, and says Obama was more concerned about the White House's image than the oil cleanup. Complained to Jindal about Jindal complaining about Obama.
  • Obama's lying energy czar must go

    11/15/2010 3:08:59 AM PST · by Scanian · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 14, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Energy czar Carol Browner needs to go the way of disgraced green-jobs czar Van Jones: under the bus and stripped of her unbridled power to destroy jobs and lives in the name of saving the planet. ASAP. One of the Beltway's most entrenched and unaccountable left-wing radicals, Browner has now been called out twice by President Obama's own federal BP oil-spill commission and Interior Department inspector general. How many strikes should she get? Pushing the question should be a top priority of the new House GOP majority. Not least of all because Washington insiders are still buzzing about possible White...
  • Energy policy will change under GOP House [Dr. Daniel Fine]

    11/11/2010 1:55:21 AM PST · by Sanhedran67 · 19 replies
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | 11/08/10 | Daniel Fine
    advertisement With the Republican Party's newly won control of the House of Representatives, national energy policy could be rolled back to 2005, with all legislative advances under a Democratic Party majority at risk. Republicans could adopt a dual-track strategy that attacks energy regulation through budget reductions of the Environmental Protection Agency that de-fund efforts to impose carbon emissions on industrial infrastructure, at a minimum coal-burning utilities and the gas and oil complex of extraction and refining.
  • BP oil spill commission wants subpoena power

    11/08/2010 4:23:04 PM PST · by ColdOne · 20 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 11/8/10 | DARREN SAMUELSOHN
    Federal investigators say they are hamstrung trying to get to the bottom of the causes of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill because Congress hasn’t granted them subpoena power.
  • Alabama's Gulf Spill Post-Mortem: Up To $3.3 Billion And 49,000 Jobs Were Destroyed

    11/06/2010 7:26:09 AM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 11-6-2010 | Gus Lubin
    Alabama's Gulf Spill Post-Mortem: Up To $3.3 Billion And 49,000 Jobs Were Destroyed Gus Lubin Nov. 6, 2010, 8:19 AM A study out from the University of Alabama gives the first real look at economic impact of the BP oil spill. The score card: $1 billion to $3.3 billion for Alabama alone. Perhaps we can quadruple that number to account for Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida, in which case the worst case would be over $13 billion -- pretty close to David Kotok's estimate back in May Here's the data:[snip]
  • Oil Spill Commission Finds Tests Warned of BP's Well Before Blowout

    10/28/2010 12:41:17 PM PDT · by topher · 8 replies ^ | October 28, 2010 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- Tests performed before the deadly blowout of BP's oil well in the Gulf of Mexico should have raised doubts about the cement used to seal the well, but the company and its cementing contractor used it anyway, investigators with the president's oil spill commission said Thursday. It's the first finding from the commission looking into the causes of the April 20 explosion that killed 11 workers and led to the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. And it appears to conflict with statements made by Halliburton Co., which has said tests showed the cement mix was stable....
  • Oil Spill Compensation Czar: 110,000 Claims Have ‘Zero Documentation,’ ‘Nothing’

    10/27/2010 3:46:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 27, 2010 | Fred Lucas
    ( – Nearly two-thirds of the outstanding compensation claims from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have no documentation to backup their loss, according to the administrator in charge of distributing compensation money to the victims. Meanwhile, at least 50 claims are considered "very suspicious" and could be referred to the U.S. Department of Justice.On terms largely dictated by the Obama administration, BP, a British multi-national corporation, agreed to set up a $20 billion escrow fund and have lawyer Kenneth Feinberg independently administer it to compensate victims of the oil spill.The overwhelming number of compensation claims deal with economic loss or...
  • Regulators consider monitoring offshore rigs from afar

    10/25/2010 8:49:48 AM PDT · by epithermal · 2 replies
    fuelfix ^ | October 24, 2010 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Now the nation’s top drilling regulator is taking aim at that vulnerability with a plan to supplement rig inspections by putting government engineers to work studying pressure readings, fluid levels and other real-time data streaming from offshore wells. In the future, “we may rely somewhat less on our inspectors going on rigs, having their clipboards, going through lists and checking whether the rigs meet certain requirements,” said Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. Instead, he said, “there is a need for more instrumentation on these rigs to provide real-time kinds of electronic data...
  • Salazar says his post in Obama's cabinet safe after BP spill

    10/22/2010 12:59:24 PM PDT · by epithermal · 4 replies
    Bloomberg News Service ^ | 10/22/2010 | Jim Efstathiou Jr.
    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, once criticized by President Barack Obama for taking too long to toughen regulation of offshore oil and natural-gas drilling, said he expects to keep his job after the mid-term elections. "I absolutely believe that I will stay on," Salazar said today in a phone interview. "The president and I talk about what I do here at Interior. I think he's pleased with the work I've done. He's told me so." Salazar's performance drew criticism in the months after a BP well blew out in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, setting off the worst U.S....
  • 'Obama's Katrina' Turned Out Not To Be

    10/20/2010 7:04:21 AM PDT · by facedodge · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | 10/20/2010 | Frank James
    NPR's Scott Horsley conjured a striking image of President Obama in his Morning Edition report on whether the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico caused significant and lasting political damage to the president. (Scott's report concludes it probably didn't.) Anyway, heres's how Scott's piece began: There was a time this spring and early summer when President Obama seemed like another helpless shore bird, drenched in oil, unable to fly. USA Today asked if this latest Gulf disaster was becoming "Obama's Katrina." And the New York Times drew ominous parallels to Jimmy Carter, as TV's spill-cam offered a round-the-clock...
  • The Tea Party goes to London

    10/18/2010 4:38:41 PM PDT · by Lopedvega · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Crooks and Liars ^ | 9/10/10 | karoli
    In February of this year, Brendan Steinhauser of FreedomWorks posted his thoughts on the tea party movement's past, present and future. Part of his post concerned the 'mainstreaming' of what was formerly presented as a populist movement. The third rail of his 'vision' for FreedomWorks was this:
  • CARTOON - Chilean Obama

    10/15/2010 10:07:56 AM PDT · by bobwolfe · 15 replies
    NetRightDaily ^ | October 15, 2010 | william warren
  • U.S. Ends Deep-Water Drilling Ban

    10/12/2010 10:36:00 AM PDT · by epithermal · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | OCTOBER 12, 2010 | Stephen Power
    WASHINGTON—The Obama administration said Tuesday it will end a controversial moratorium on deep-water oil drilling, but it's unclear how quickly idled oil rigs can go back to work in the Gulf of Mexico. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, in a statement, said drilling in waters deeper than 500 feet can resume, so long as rig operators can demonstrate they comply with new safety regulations imposed since the April 20 Deepwater Horizon oil-rig explosion that began the three-month Gulf oil spill.
  • Dept. of Interior's Figures Belie Obama - Another Case of Understatement

    10/11/2010 11:39:15 AM PDT · by epithermal · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Rigzone ^ | October 08, 2010 | Staff
    Only fitting on the day that we get employment data for September (that shows the US still has a long way to go to mend the economic fissures of the most recent recession) that we revisit the impacts that both the actual moratorium on deepwater and the de facto one on shallow-water drilling are having on Gulf-states jobs. The table below summarizes three different studies that provide their assessments of the slowed permitting process for shallow-water operations and the suspension of new drilling along the Outer Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Mexico as well as the Department of Interior's...
  • Taking A Big Fat MSNBC

    10/06/2010 7:23:12 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies · 1+ views
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 10-6-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    The Looking Spoon is a conservative humor/satire/art/commentary blog, visit to see more posts and art
  • Claims to BP Fund Attract Scrutiny

    10/04/2010 12:24:22 AM PDT · by Inappropriate Laughter
    The New York Times ^ | October 2, 2010 | JOHN SCHWARTZ
    R. Feinberg spent part of his summer barnstorming towns near the Gulf of Mexico, urging people who felt they had suffered financial hardship because of the oil spill to apply for a share of the $20 billion BP fund he was overseeing. The point of the fund was to pay claims rather than litigate them in court. (Derick E. Hingle/Bloomberg News) Kenneth R. Feinberg is overseeing the $20 billion BP fund to compensate victims of the oil spill. “It’s my opinion you are crazy if you don’t participate,” Mr. Feinberg told a crowd at one stop in Louisiana. And participate...
  • Yeah, I’m a Christian. I believe in God.

    09/30/2010 7:37:53 PM PDT · by Wading Across · 5 replies
    Wading Across Blog ^ | 8-30-10 | Wading Across
    Let me point out that I do believe and profess both statements; however, the latter does not fully nor accurately define the former. The sad reality is that many, if not most people in the United States (and probably globally – more so in the West) believe that a belief in God simply and wholly defines what and who a Christian is. I believe it is not only a condemnation of those who state this – of their ignorance or laziness – but of the Church as a whole, in our ignorance and laziness. A partial explanation of it is...
  • Pelosi's negatives hit all-time high; as unpopular as BP

    09/29/2010 5:53:27 AM PDT · by mmanager · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/28/2010 | Byron York
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's negative ratings have hit an all-time high in the new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. A full 50 percent of those surveyed have a somewhat or very negative impression of Pelosi, while just 22 percent have a somewhat or very positive impression of her. Pelosi's negative rating is precisely the same as oil giant BP, which has taken a public relations beating in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill. While 50 percent of those surveyed view BP negatively, just 12 percent view the company favorably -- a rating even lower than Pelosi's.
  • Inept Team Obama Underestimated Oil Spill by 6000%, Sabotaged Cleanup Efforts

    09/29/2010 1:53:05 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 7 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | September 29, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    "...Custer underestimating the number of Indians on the other side of the hill and paying a price for that" In a scathing critique of this administration's thoroughly-botched handling of the Gulf oil spill, the two co-chairs of a special White House commission said Team Obama underestimated the oil spill in spectacular fashion... with estimates of the spill that were about 60 times too low, thereby crippling the federal -and BP's own- response: _______________________________________ The Obama administration lost the public trust and may have sabotaged clean-up operations in the Gulf of Mexico by grossly underestimating the amount of oil gushing from...
  • Feds' BP response mocked

    09/28/2010 1:22:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    dispatch politics ^ | 9/28/10 | Seth Borenstein and Dina Cappiello
    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's repeated low estimates of the BP oil spill undermined public confidence in the government's entire cleanup effort, leaders of a White House-appointed commission declared at an investigatory hearing yesterday. One likened the mistakes to Custer's disastrous decisions at Little Big Horn. Federal officials botched the government's response, a local official and government and university scientists contended as the commission focused on the questions of who was in charge and how much oil spewed out of the well. Eventually, U.S. officials said the spill was about 60times bigger than originally estimated. Instead of 42,000 gallons a...
  • Conservatives denounce GOP 'Pledge' as sellout, inside job

    09/26/2010 9:19:11 AM PDT · by GOPavenger33 · 244 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/25/10 | Jon Ward
    House Republicans have been relatively successful this week at presenting a united front around their “Pledge to America,” but only through a strategic outreach campaign to lawmakers, media and outside groups, that has managed to keep deep dissatisfaction over several key issues largely under wraps. Still, interviews with Republican aides reveal that many in the GOP caucus are unhappy that there was no earmark ban and no promise to pass a balanced budget amendment in the proposal, which was unveiled Thursday by House Minority Leader John Boehner. The inclusion of a health insurance provision considered to be mandate angered many...
  • BP's Shock Waves

    09/25/2010 3:36:07 PM PDT · by pingman · 16 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | Sept 16 | Matt Tibbiatti
    It was sickening enough when British oil giant BP set new standards for corporate scumbaggery in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, turning the Gulf of Mexico into its own personal toilet and imperiling entire species of wildlife in an attempt to save a few nickels. But with the Gulf geyser finally capped, there's still a way for BP to cause an even more unthinkable disaster: an AIG-style, derivative-fueled financial shitstorm. If the company decides to declare bankruptcy — a very real possibility with these bastards — it could trigger chaos in our casino system of finance, underscoring the insane levels...
  • New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case: 'Bombshell' for Obama?

    09/25/2010 5:41:21 AM PDT · by libstripper · 58 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 24, 2010 | Patrik Jonsson
    When Department of Justice attorneys traveled to investigate a voter intimidation allegation against a black politician in Mississippi's Noxubee County in 2006, one civil rights staff attorney commented, "Can you believe we're going to Mississippi to protect white voters?" To Christopher Coates, the former head of the Department of Justice's voting rights section, the comment was more than just an attempt at irony – it was evidence that something was going wrong in the department.
  • The Smartest Man In The Room??

    09/24/2010 6:37:53 AM PDT · by edcoil · 31 replies
    Emails | 9-24-10 | edcoil
    At first, it seemed like a miracle that our President was able to convince BP to establish a $20 billion escrow fund to compensate those hurt by the oil plume in the Gulf of Mexico. After all, he had no constitutional power to force them to do so; so had to resort to Chicago-style negotiating. Ever wonder why BP made the concession so quickly? Take a closer look at the effect on BP's finances for the answer: 1. BP will establish a $20 billion fund, but will pay only $7 billion into it during 2010. 2. BP is a British...
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) fights deepwater drilling moratorium with hold on Obama nominee

    09/24/2010 11:50:44 AM PDT · by epithermal · 12 replies ^ | September 24, 2010 | Bruce Albert
    In a move sure to anger the White House and her Democratic colleagues, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu announced Thursday that she will block President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget until the administration eliminates or significantly modifies the moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling.

    09/23/2010 6:28:03 PM PDT · by ranair34 · 40 replies
    The Right News ^ | 9/23/10 | Jim Ownbey
    I got a call from P2S, BP's Oil Spill Clean up company in Florida and Alabama that stated BP mandated ALL clean up activities and work is TERMINATED EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. All workers are terminated effective immediately as well. BP HAS TERMINATED THE CLEAN UP EFFORTS IN FLORIDA. YOU HEARD IT ON GLP FIRST.