Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mike, Nancy and Helen...From Paris

Quote of the day:
"The only thing worse than a torrid affair with sweet, sweet Nancy (Pelosi) would be a torrid affair with Helen Thomas. If those were my only options, I'd probably be FOR same-sex marriage!" --Mike Huckabee in a email to a New Yorker writer.

Yves Klein ...From Paris

The June 21, 2010 Arts section of Time magizene, Richard Lacayo has an interesting review of the Yves Klein Hirshhorn exhibit (my selected photo of Yves with his dog):
"True to his word, Klein wasn't interested in the optical or structural satisfactions that a painting can offer. He wasn't attempting the tightly wound play of line, form and color that gives Ellsworth Kelly's monochrome panels their visual tension and snap. He was so indifferent to the kind of delicate brushwork that imparts a surface flutter to Robert Ryman's all-white paintings that he eventually took to applying his paint with rollers to remove any evidence of the artist's touch....

O caught in another lie.

McCain backs Kyl: Obama told other GOP senators that border security is conditioned on amnesty

“It was made very clear to me.”

Federal Judge says administration lied.

A federal judge in New Orleans halted President Obama's deepwater drilling moratorium on Tuesday, saying the government never justified the ban and appeared to mislead the public in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Judge Martin L.C. Feldman issued an injunction, saying that the moratorium will hurt drilling-rig operators and suppliers and that the government has not proved an outright ban is needed, rather than a more limited moratorium.

He also said the Interior Department also misstated the opinion of the experts it consulted. Those experts from the National Academy of Engineering have said they don't support the blanket ban.

"Much to the government's discomfort and this Court's uneasiness, the summary also states that 'the recommendations contained in this report have been peer-reviewed by seven experts identified by the National Academy of Engineering.' As the plaintiffs, and the experts themselves, pointedly observe, this statement was misleading," Judge Feldman said in his 22-page ruling.

War on the Border, or getting close

Amid crises, Obama declares war -- on Arizona...
Border Control Agent Shot 25 Times In Dispute...
AZ Cops Threatened by Drug Cartel Snipers...
Mexican Gangs Maintain Permanent Lookout Bases in AZ Hills...

Gov moonbeam is back

CA guv candidate's tale of frugality omits $1.8 million home...

How Dems work

Blago Bombshell: 'What Can I Get For Senate Seat?'...
On Obama: 'Do they think I would just appoint Valerie Jarrett for nothing?'...
Obama afraid of 'pushing somebody who is black'...

Kill children? I am “a Muslim soldier”

Yesterday Shahzad entered a guilty plea and explicated the roots of his attempt to blow up Times Square on a beautiful spring Saturday night. The AP reports:

Calling himself a Muslim soldier, a defiant Pakistan-born U.S. citizen pleaded guilty Monday to carrying out the failed Times Square car bombing and left a sinister warning that unless the U.S. leaves Muslim lands alone, "we will be attacking U.S."

Wearing a white skull cap, prison smocks and a dark beard, Faisal Shahzad entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Manhattan just days after a federal grand jury indicted him on 10 terrorism and weapons counts, some of which carried mandatory life prison sentences. He pleaded guilty to them all.

U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum challenged Shahzad repeatedly with questions such as whether he had worried about killing children in Times Square.

"One has to understand where I'm coming from," Shahzad calmly replied. "I consider myself ... a Muslim soldier."

Booze stops Arthritis, or helps a whole lot.

Alcohol Consumption Lowers Risk of Developing Several Arthritic Conditions, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (June 22, 2010) — Alcohol consumption is associated with a significantly reduced risk of developing several arthritic conditions including Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Osteoarthritis (OA), reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and spondylarthropathy, according to results of a new study presented June 16 at EULAR 2010, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism in Rome, Italy

Interestingly, researchers also found that the degree of systemic inflammation in patients was shown to increase as the amount of alcohol consumed decreased (p=0.001) and that there was no dose response relationship (low 0.12 (0.08-0.18), moderate 0.46 (0.36-0.59), high 0.17 (0.12-0.25)) between the amount of alcohol consumed and the risk of arthritis development


THERE’S THAT WORD AGAIN! Existing Home Sales Fall Unexpectedly in May.

SHOCKER: Poll: Most Say Obama Lacks Clear Plans on the Oil Spill, Energy or Jobs.

TAR. FEATHERS. Another Marylander Arrested For Recording The Police.

BYRON YORK: Amid crises, Obama declares war — on Arizona.

A judge stands up for the law

A New Orleans federal judge lifted the six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed by President Barack Obama following the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

Lawyers for the drilling companies told Feldman the moratorium illegally sidesteps a required industry comment period. They also said regulators failed to tell Obama that all active deepwater rigs passed an immediate re-inspection after the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank, with only two rigs reporting minor violations and the rest getting approval to continue operations.

Political Cartoon by Steve Kelley

What? This is their one job.

HOYER: Tax hikes needed to counter debt...

Not really, the French Players went on strike yesterday instead of practicing, the conditioning coach quit. This team is a mess



SHOCK POLL: More Voters Say Hillary Qualified To Be President Than Obama, Romney, Gingrich, Palin...

The obvious question is why would he give Rolling Stones the interview? What audience was he aiming at?

One picture is worth a whole lot of words


Futility: The Frustration of the Gulf Oil Disaster Summed Up in a Picture

There are millions of gallons of oil in the ocean, and we have no idea how to get it all out. And the latest set of photos from The Big Picture show how futile our efforts are

Looks like soliders talking. Hillary comes out well. McCain and Obama not so well

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone Article on Obama

Even though he had voted for Obama, McChrystal and his new commander in chief failed from the outset to connect. The general first encountered Obama a week after he took office, when the president met with a dozen senior military officials in a room at the Pentagon known as the Tank. According to sources familiar with the meeting, McChrystal thought Obama looked “uncomfortable and intimidated” by the roomful of military brass. 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 fucking war, but he didn't seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed.”

Rolling Stone Article on Eikenberry

By far the most crucial – and strained – relationship is between McChrystal and Eikenberry, the U.S. ambassador. According to those close to the two men, Eikenberry – a retired three-star general who served in Afghanistan in 2002 and 2005 – can't stand that his former subordinate is now calling the shots. He's also furious that McChrystal, backed by NATO's allies, refused to put Eikenberry in the pivotal role of viceroy in Afghanistan, which would have made him the diplomatic equivalent of the general.

Rolling Stone Article on Kerry, McCain and Clinton

Politicians like McCain and Kerry, says another aide, “turn up, have a meeting with Karzai, criticize him at the airport press conference, then get back for the Sunday talk shows. Frankly, it's not very helpful.” Only Hillary Clinton receives good reviews from McChrystal's inner circle. “Hillary had Stan's back during the strategic review,” says an adviser. “She said, ‘If Stan wants it, give him what he needs.' ”

Death and taxes

IRS May Tax Payments To Gulf Coast Victims

Out-of-work residents reeling from the oil spill are shocked to find out the IRS may take a chunk of the payments BP is providing to help them stay afloat

A road that looks good but goes nowhere

Road Built With Stimulus Cash Named 'Barack Obama Parkway'...

WH is in a big hurry to fire him, so what did he say?


Will be 'sacked' after outbursts...

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez