Thursday, June 10, 2010

I Kid You Not Dept: Jack Coleman of EnergyNorthAmerica tells Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) that the spill is a fair price to pay protecting BP's contractual rights:



What Would We Do Without Her?: The former governor of Alaska, who quit after less than two years on the job to concentrate on lucrative speaking engagements, claims that President Obama's lack of executive experience caused him to commit the grievous error of not telephoning Tony Hayward, BP's lying CEO. According to Palin, who would give Hayward the benefit of the doubt, regular phone calls would be the best way for the president -- who we all know has a Ph. D. in Petroleum Engineering -- to "verify what BP reports." Um, Sarah, there is no "verify:" BP has less credibility than you. As the president says, why would he waste time meeting with someone who would "say all the right things" no matter what the truth of the matter?

Palin went on to brag about a compliance agency created on her watch, an agency that Pamela Miller, arctic program director for the Northern Alaska Environmental Center, says has yet to show "any tangible results in the oil fields" and that claims to the contrary are "hollow." Anyway, Miller added, "She walked. So how is she holding that entity accountable? What kind of executive experience is that?" Of course, Miller is likely an extremist greenie who opposes drilling in the proven and safe ANWR...

John Dickerson isn't my favorite Slate columnist, but he makes some good points here about the contradictory demands and unrealistic expectations put on a president during an emergency. He also gives short shrift to Palin's phone call nonsense...

"I will paint the Macinaw Bridge red with the blood of you and your family members." Joe Kresch, a 73-year Michigander who enjoys the benefits of Social Security and Medicare but who despises socialized medicine, sent this charming missive to Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI). Among other things, Kresch advised Stupak to follow "the footsteps of your son, Bart, Jr.," who committed suicide.  Good man that he is, Kresch doesn't object to the president because "he is half black or half white." Although "not a racist," he opposes President Obama's "...belief of what our country should look like..." and the president's "...hidden black agenda..." As for the teabaggers, Kresch writes confidentially that "I am not a Tea Partier, although that does have some appeal." Indeed...

Arizona's former state attorney general worries that his state may be getting a reputation as intolerant. Gee, I wonder why? Meanwhile state Chamber of Commerce spokesman Garrick Taylor expressed irritation at boycotts of Arizona, opining that "If they were truly invested in the immigration issue, they'd be pressing Washington for comprehensive immigration reform." Apparently, Taylor believes that Sonic Youth should feel more soft-hearted concern Arizona business climate and less moral nausea over the Papers Please law...

Rolling Stone's Tim Dickinson has written an embarrassing article article about the administration's response to the spill that illustrates why a magazine that specializes in puff pieces about rock stars should leave the in-depth political reporting to publications that do in-depth political reporting. The first part of the article would be impressive had it been written before the spill; now, it's hindsight. The entire piece is devoid of political context except for a couple of paragraphs at the end, and even they are narrow in scope. Reading it, one would think that all Obama had to when he took office was straighten out MMS, and that there was no financial crisis, no mortgage crisis, no rapidly rising unemployment, no wars, and no health care legislation. And, naturally, it repeats the bogus assumption that the government could have stopped the spill by taking over, but -- as with everyone else who claims  this -- never says how...

4 comments:

Roy said...

I wonder if we stuck Jack Coleman in the middle of one of those horrific oil slicks - and I mean right down in that oily mess, suspended in it and not able to get out on his own power - if he's change his tune any? "Oh gee, that one well is just an anomaly; all the other ones are safe as houses!" Yeah, right!

As if Palin has anything useful to say about leadership qualities!

Love the Richard Thompson tune. My friend Christel in Denmark named her son Vincent because of that tune - she bought a Vincent bike after hearing it, and then named her son after the bike. The power of good music!

K. said...

Coleman's performance just shows how Olympian and arrogant those guys are. He's like the investment bankers who just couldn't understand why people resented their continuing bonues.

That's a great video, isn't it? It looks like he recorded it in his home. Great story about your friends; you know, Chelsea Clinton is named after "Chelsea Morning."

tnlib said...

Oh, that Palin. As I commented elsewhere, I would love to have seen Obama's reaction when he heard it. The woman is delusional and so stupid she doesn't know she's stupid.

K. said...

What got me about Palin's remark -- and this is what I don't like about Republicanism -- what "CEO-to-CEO" bit. We tried the president-as-CEO thing and it was a catastrophe. The last thing I want in a president is someone who regards the people of the United States as employees. It's supposed to be the other way around.

Can you imagine the state on a business run by Sarah Palin? She'd make Carly Fiorina look like John D. Rockefeller.