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Good morning Conflucians!!! TGIF!!!!!

BP Chief Tony Hayward has finally decided that the oil spill his corporation caused is an “environmental catastrophe,” CNN reports. And the “junk shot” has begun:

Also Friday, engineers in the Gulf tried the “junk shot” method in an attempt to stop a massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, BP’s chief executive Tony Hayward said.

The procedure involved shooting debris such as shredded rubber tires, golf balls and similar objects into the blowout preventer in an attempt to clog it and stop the leak. The goal of the junk shot is to force-feed the preventer, the device that failed when the disaster unfolded, until it becomes so plugged that the oil stops flowing or slows to a relative trickle.

The company plans to resume its “top kill” method, pumping heavy mud into the leak, later Friday, he said.

President Obama flew to Chicago last night, as planned; and will drop in on New Orleans for awhile today.

where he will get a briefing on the BP oil spill that on Thursday officially became the worst ever in U.S. waters. Obama will deliver a statement on the spill, following up on Thursday’s press conference at the White House.

As the president listens and speaks, BP and other experts will be continuing their efforts to cap the well with a “top kill” procedure involving mud and, hopefully, cement. If they succeed, the gushing well could be dead, 38 days after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded.

Mary Landrieau told Politico

“The president has not been as visible as he should have been on this, and he’s going to pay a political price for it, unfortunately,” Landrieu told POLITICO. “But he’s going down tomorrow, he’s made some good announcements today, and if he personally steps up his activity, I think that would be very helpful.”

Don’t hold your breath, Mary.

At an oil hearing in the House yesterday, Charlie Melancon (D-LA) broke down crying while talking about the damage to the coastal wetlands. Watch:

From Politics Daily:

Melancon began by citing the string of natural disasters — including Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav and Ike — that have beset his constituents and all Louisianans. With his voice quavering and eyes filling with tears, he said of this latest “slow-motion” catastrophe: “Our culture is threatened, our coastal economy is threatened, and everything that I know and love is at risk. . . .Even though this marsh lies along coastal Louisiana, these are America’s wetlands.”

The three-term congressman, who is running for the Senate seat held by Republican David Vitter, could not go on, and asked that the remainder of his written comments be submitted for the record.

Some veterans are angry with Obama for blowing off a visit to Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day–an event that is traditional for U.S. Presidents.

Instead of speaking at Arlington, as he did last year and as most presidents have done, Obama will appear at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery outside Chicago, the White House said. Vice President Biden will take his place at Arlington, the most prestigious military cemetery in the country and home to Section 60, a large burial ground for soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Paul Rieckhoff, the founder and executive director of the group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, expressed disappointment at the White House move. “Arlington is hallowed ground, and the center of our nation’s attention on Memorial Day,” Rieckhoff said. “Unfortunately, President Obama and his family will not be there with us.”

Fox News is also critical, of course, asking whether Obama is “stressed out or tone deaf.”

Presidents are never really off the clock, even when they go on vacation. But President Obama’s decision to skip the traditional Memorial Day ceremony in Arlington while on his second vacation since the BP oil spill began has some wondering what the schedule says about his priorities.

On “vacation,” Obama still holds staff meetings, occasionally attends local events and often gets his “relaxation” time swallowed up by pressing national and international business — his vacation to Hawaii in December coincided with the attempted Christmas Day airline bombing. The retreat this weekend is marked by a side-trip to Louisiana to inspect the damages from the oil spill.

But some conservatives, still smarting over the criticism George W. Bush fielded for his frequent trips to Crawford, Texas, say Obama’s trip to Chicago over Memorial Day weekend is conspicuously poor in its timing.

Joe Sestak’s brother (and political adviser) has spoken to the WH about Sestak’s claims that he was offered a job if he would drop out of the PA Senate Democratic primary race against Arlen Specter. Sestak won the primary even though the Democratic party machinery and the WH supported long-time Republican Specter.

Richard Sestak, who has served as his brother’s top political adviser and campaign lawyer, spoke with administration officials Wednesday, Joe Sestak said.

“They got ahold of my brother on his cellphone, and he spoke to the White House . . . about what’s going to occur,” said Sestak, who said he expects the White House will release its information Friday. He declined to elaborate on his discussions with his brother.

Joe Sestak first alleged the White House offer in February, but the matter has caught fire since the upset victory over Specter, Pennsylvania’s senior senator, in last week’s primary. The White House has refused to explain its version of events; press secretary Robert Gibbs has said legal aides have reviewed the situation and have declared that nothing “inappropriate” occurred.

Congress is making some progress on the DADT “compromise.”

After a heated Thursday night floor debate, House members voted 234-to-194 to approve a repeal amendment to the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act sponsored by Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Murphy. [....]

Earlier Thursday evening, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved a companion amendment by a 16-12 vote in a closed-door session.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine was the lone Republican on the committee joining 15 of her Democratic colleagues to approve the measure as an attachment to the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act. Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia was the only Democrat to vote against it.

If signed into law as part of the Defense funding bill, the measure would not immediately repeal the law. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” would continue as the official policy of the military until two events occur: the Pentagon completes an implementation study due in December; and the secretary of Defense, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and President Barack Obama certify that repeal will not weaken military readiness. Once those two requirements are met, a 60-day waiting period will begin before the policy is finally lifted.

That’s all I’ve got for now. What are you reading this morning? Please post your links in the comments. And have a fabulous friday!!!

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  1. Thad Allen is claiming again that the spill has stopped.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37394541/ns/gulf_oil_spill/

    Would someone please inform this moron that he’s already retired? (at least that’s what Wolfie Blitzer said).

    • Allen is starting to look incompetent.

      • The only network reporting his claim with any force is MSNBC. Surprised? LOL.

      • BB,

        BP Chief Tony Hayward has finally decided that the oil spill his corporation caused is an “environmental catastrophe,” CNN reports. And the “junk shot” has begun:

        We were calling it a CATASTROPHE from the onset, without delay when it the magnitude of it was staring straight at us. Jean Michel Cousteau said days ago that EVERYONE (including other countries) needed to help as this was the equivalent thus far (couple of days ago at 35+ days of spillage) of 7 to 8 Exxon Vadez! :shock:

        I am glad that folks like Jean Michel Cousteau are speaking up, because I suspect many scientist here in the States want to, but are afraid to which is most sad as now is the time when we need their voices all the more.

    • Good morning everyone,
      I’m getting really tired of the conflicting reports of progress! No excuses for this constant failing of proper information from the spill HQ. For example, for the past few days I’ve just selected google news for the latest oil spill updates… a listing of many many stories of how the ‘top kill’ is progressing basically contradict each other (oil leak stopped, etc)

      bb, thanks for the post

      • The spill cam doesn’t seem to show much of a difference. As a lay person, it’s impossible to know what is really going on. Meanwhile our Dakinikat is stuck in the midst of what could be some of the most toxic fumes possible.

        • on Nightline they actually came out and said that the top kill cam was on a loop, and that they had stopped the process the night before last, but didn’t bother to tell us until yesterday afternoon. Even the govmt guy in charge didn’t know they weren’t still doing it yesterday day.

          So that proves!!!! that O was totally lying when he said that we’re in charge, and we’re directing BP. BP is still obfuscating and doing whatever it wants.

          I was impressed Nightline reported that, and was pretty clear about it too.

      • You’re welcome!

        • question for candidates:

          do you support offshore drilling, yes or no?

          turning into one-issue voter here :)

  2. An emotion-appropriate response from a Congressional Representative:

    • It’s in the post, lol.

    • I even read your whole post! WTH?? Doh!

      {{{heads back to the kitchen for more coffee }}}

    • Someone should show that clip to Obama, and explain what true feeling and empathy look and sound like. Heartbreaking. There are people who sincerely care.

  3. I watched Congressman Butterfield and it was clear that he truly cares about Louisianna and was sincere in his expressions.
    I also caught that the House yesterday, cut billions of dollars from healthcare. Where? One thing that is being cut is assistance for the unemployed to keep their insurance through COBRA. No more help there. I expect our fiscal-minded politicians will be after medicaid also, you know, those deadbeats sickos laying around at home who use Medicaid don’t have enough money to contribute to political campaigns anyway. Where do these great minds come from?

    • That’s Charlie Melancon, actually. Butterfield must have been sitting right next to him.

      • I hope this means he gets a boost in his campaign to get rid of David Vitter. I figure I’ve been sending him checks out of mostly hope at this point. He’s a blue dawg, but my yellow dawg Karma would be an improvement over Vitter.

  4. Interesting article by Peggy Noonan in Wall St J. called
    “He Was Supposed to be Competent”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704269204575270950789108846.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_opinion

    sorry, I am not sure how to link.
    Today’s Journal.
    Just about says it all.

    • LOL! I just posted the same link below and posted simultaneously with SoD on the Melancon video. GMTA. I should just let you guys do all the work.

    • Especially of note is the paragraph about Carville. She opens the door for the possibility of another Dem nominee in 2012.

      He Was Supposed to Be Competent

      I don’t see how the president’s position and popularity can survive the oil spill. This is his third political disaster in his first 18 months in office. And they were all, as they say, unforced errors, meaning they were shaped by the president’s political judgment and instincts.

      Remarkable too is the way both BP and the government, 40 days in, continue to act shocked, shocked that an accident like this could have happened. If you’re drilling for oil in the deep sea, of course something terrible can happen, so you have a plan on what to do when it does.

      How could there not have been a plan? How could it all be so ad hoc, so inadequate, so embarrassing? We’re plugging it now with tires, mud and golf balls?

      What continues to fascinate me is Mr. Obama’s standing with Democrats. They don’t love him. Half the party voted for Hillary Clinton, and her people have never fully reconciled themselves to him. But he is what they have. They are invested in him. In time—after the 2010 elections go badly—they are going to start to peel off. The political operative James Carville, the most vocal and influential of the president’s Gulf critics, signaled to Democrats this week that they can start to peel off. He did it through the passion of his denunciations.

      • Of course Noonan doesn’t acknowledge that Bush granted the same leases to companies with no back up plan…

      • I really don’t think Carville is that influential. All he has is a few friends at CNN who let him go on air. Soon, the White House willl trash him and that will be the end of it.

  5. Thanks BB for the correction. Found a link to the healthcare cuts at FDL, so much for our caring Democrats. They figure the OIL KILL will hide this from the news:

    http://news.firedoglake.com/2010/05/28/money-for-wars-not-for-the-poor/

  6. Peggy Noonan laments: “He was supposed to be competent.” Really? Based on what?

    The original sin in my view is that as soon as the oil rig accident happened the president tried to maintain distance between the gusher and his presidency. He wanted people to associate the disaster with BP and not him. When your most creative thoughts in the middle of a disaster revolve around protecting your position, you are summoning trouble. When you try to dodge ownership of a problem, when you try to hide from responsibility, life will give you ownership and responsibility the hard way. In any case, the strategy was always a little mad. Americans would never think an international petroleum company based in London would worry as much about American shores and wildlife as, say, Americans would. They were never going to blame only BP, or trust it.

    She has a point, even though she expresses it in such flowery language that I feel like barfing.

  7. It’s my understanding that the Prince William Sound area has never fully recovered from the Exxon Valdez, both ecologically and in livelihoods ruined.
    I really don’t expect anything better for the Gulf States because the public’s attention will be turned to the latest missing blond cheerleader story or who won or didn’t win on some reality show.
    We will creak and groan along to the next disaster, natural, man made, or whatever. each one tearing a little more into the fabric of that Shining City on the Hill until it becomes a Third World ghetto.
    Sure, some heads will roll at MMS but as soon as your attention is elsewhere the new crew will continue the same corrupt practices just as all the other federal and state departments charged with managing natural resources.
    Anybody besides me see the irony of the republican party touting the free market philosophy then going behind the scenes making sweetheart deals so their cronies get access to resources at less than fair value?
    That big giant SUV that just blasted past you at 20 mph over the posted speed limit, with a driver nodding his head in agreement with what ever Rush is spewing is subsidized by the rest of us, because the price of a gallon of gas would triple if the oil companies had to pay fair market price on extraction and foot the entire clean up bill for pollution.

  8. Thank you BB.
    That video from Melancon is quite moving.

  9. Public opinion turning against Obama on oil spill

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/20100526/pl_ynews/ynews_pl2270

  10. ok, here it comes. Guess who is at fault for the Sestak situation?

    WHY OF COURSE! It’s the Clintons! Looks like Bill will take it on the chin for O’s sake again:

    EXCLUSIVE: White House asked Clinton to talk to Sestak about Senate run

    Senior White House advisers asked former President Bill Clinton to talk to Joe Sestak about whether he was serious about running for Senate, and to feel out whether he’d be open to other alternatives, according to sources familiar with the situation.

    But the White House maintains that the Clinton-Sestak discussions were informal, according to the sources. The White House, under pressure to divulge the specifics of its interactions with Sestak, will release a formal statement later today outlining their version of events, including Clinton’s involvement.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/05/exclusive_white_house_asked_cl_1.html

    • you are f-ing kidding me!
      *blood boils**

    • Why would the Obama administration want anything to do with some racist cracker from Arkansas?
      The other question is why would Bill do this?
      Did he think Specter was the better choice?
      Was he protecting Hillary’s job as SOS?
      What?

      • Clinton said early on he would remain neutral in that race. He and Hillary were / are very close to Sestak.

    • Oh brother!!

    • Reporting that Clinton was asked by Rahm Emmanuel to speak “informally” to Sestak.

      Implying offer of job came from Clinton—but you can bet your bottom dollar they’re protecting Rahm.

    • When it becomes clear that they practice politics as usual — surprise! — they decide to blame Bill Clinton.

      This is such a non-story.

      • Exactly why this story has press “legs” . It’s a chance to take down Bill Clinton. That’s all it’s about and this shit is coming from within the WH. Bet on it.

    • W.H. sounds like a bunch of four year olds:

      “It’s Daddy’s fault”

    • Bill caused the oil rig explosion too. BASTARD! He also lost my keys that f-cker.

    • This explains why Sestak was reluctant to disclose details. He’s close to the Clintons.

  11. The nasty truth about oil consumption? The US military is the world’s biggest fuel consumer. According to Forbes Magazine (http://www.forbes.com/2008/06/05/mileage-military-vehicles-tech-logistics08-cz_ph_0605fuel.html), “The U.S. military burns more than 10.6 million gallons of gasoline each and every day.” Almost half of the discretionary US budget, and over half of the non-discretionary budget, is spent on the military. Much as I hate SUVs and vans, until we address the real issues of why our economy is such a disaster–such as ridiculous amounts of money being spent on weapons that have no value, and offshore military bases that are protecting no one–we will continue to see oil companies protected instead of our beaches, marshes and fishing industry. My rant for the day.

    • And it’s a good one, grayslady – thanks for that link.

    • @gl… you are 100% on the mark. plz keep ranting :)

    • Anybody besides me remember how defense contract cost over runs and corrupt practices used to make the nightly news?
      Did those crooks clean up their act after the exposure?
      Nope.
      They just bought the news outlets so you wouldn’t hear about it anymore.

  12. Chris Matthews has finally turned against “The One.”

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2010/05/27/tell-barack-the-music-died/

  13. It doenst matter the white house sent bill clinton or the queen of england to go talk to Sestak, it’s wrong, it’s criminal and they are the responsible party.None of this happened without barak’s knowing about it you know it, we all know it

    • oh please – this type of barganing has always happened

      this a a non-event – except for the msm and their partners in crime

      • It this “has always happened,” maybe we should insist Blago get his job back.

        Why the double standard?

    • Agree. And it doesn’t explain why the Obama White House did the same thing in the Colorado race (Romanoff, I think his name was)—-offered HIM a job to drop out, too.

      How curious that Rahm is out of town just at the moment the WH lawyers release a statement…….how curious that Clinton had a private lunch with Obama yesterday before the press conference.

      Lying liars, indeed.

    • This is not a bribe. It’s completely ordinary political talk.

      The Republicans are trying to whip up something out of nothing.

      • Blago claimed that his actions were ordinary political talk, too.

      • Exactly. Totally normal give and take in politics to offer other opportunities.

        I have actually been in the room for these kind of conversations (state level) and remember one time the candidate that was being offered other job possibilities asked for money instead. The talks immediately stopped. That candidate was elected to office and served only one term because he hated the work. He said that he only filed to run so that someone would pay him to get off the ballot. He was very disappointed.

      • they must want to impeach Bill Clinton again

        • Exactly. And It’s a good pressure tool on Hillary too

        • Unless they can prove that the offer of extra work on some unpaid advisory coucil constituted an echange of monetary value for Sestak’s backing off, it’s not bribery. If it’s not bribery, it’s not a crime.

          • Of course it’s not a crime. It’s just embarrassing, because Obama tried to get the real Democrat out of the race in favor of a Republican.

  14. He’s in Louisiana now. I’m sure the smell of old crayons (h/t Dak) has greeted him.

  15. POTUS landed here in LA. We think he’s going down to Grand Isle but there’s some secrecy about his agenda. He just got on a military helicopter with Adm Thad Allen. I hope they let him talk to the fishing community and not just BP PR men.

  16. Obama had lunch with Bill y’day (No Hillary – she was giving that magnificient speech at Brookings). So it was no social lunch and had a sense of urgency to it, meaning it was not strategic but needed to put out some fire or a sage advice. Now it makes sense. They wanted to get their story right when they announce it this afternoon.

    They cannot go back to Sestak and fix the conv between Sestak and Bill. They can try however to fix the conv between Rahm and Bill. The statement that will come out today will say: Rahm (on his own, no OBama connection) just wanted to find from his old boss how Sestak’s campaign was going, etc. Bill expanded the brief on his own to offer Sestak a job.
    (Sestak was a great Hillary supporter; so Bill and Sestak are close.)

    Now what’s in it for Bill to change the story from Rahm and take this on himself and be ridiculed in the press for a week or so? Unless, UNLESS, our lady has a chance to get on the 2012 ticket, either at the top or as VP. Bill take this hit for Hillary’s sake, but I hope he was bargaining for the top slot.

  17. They’re saying the junk shot coupled with the Top Kill are working at the moment.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/29/us/29spill.html

    • Thad Allen is saying that……he said that yesterday too…but at that time, the Top Kill had stopped.

  18. I’m hearing the preznit’s schedule is mostly flying around in the helicopter now and then to Grand Isle beach where they’ve been busing in people to clean up the area all morning. It’s basically turned into a Potemkin village. He’s going to give a speech and then leave.

    • That’s what I figured. He still doesn’t get it at all. I guess maybe he’ll wake up when his approval ratings sink into the low 40s or high 30s.

      • He will not ever wake up. His narcissistic fog is impenetrable. But I am astounded that none of his staff gets what a disaster his behavior/image is around this issue.

    • Carville told him he needed to go somewhere besides Grand Isle, to the marsh areas where he had been.

      But of course President Coverup doesn’t want to do that, wouldn’t be good for his image of SUCCESS!

    • The best thing he could do (for his own image) would be to join the clean-up crew for a few hours. Let the press snap pix of him degreasing a critter.

      If he’s too idiotic to do even that …

      • I can hear Malia now:

        “Are the birds clean yet, Daddy?”

        • you can’t clean fish, crabs, plankton, marsh cane, insects, etc. If the oil doesn’t get them, they’ll starve from lack of food

          • I’m also worried about them ingesting dispersant and that going up the food chain.

          • Exactly. And the animals that depend on the ones you’ve mentioned will also starve. The entire food chain will suffer in ways we don’t yet know. a delicate balance has been destroyed

      • He’s at Port Fouchon, that’s an oil industry made town. Doubt Emily and I can get any where near there.

      • that’s too boring for O

  19. Quick vote at CNN:

    Hillary Clinton says “the rich are not paying their fair share.” Do you agree?

  20. Bill Clinton is not a paid member of the White House staff, so he has no job to offer (which is where the illegality would come in).

    So, either it goes up the food chain to someone who did have ajob to offer at the White House (Rahm, Obama – forget that) or it goes away, because it’s too complicated to get BC since he did not have a job to offer.

    Fell terrible for Big Dog that he got involved and will probably take the brunt of the blame – the media loves to Clinton hate – but Obama is poison. Lesson learned.

    • According to the latest news, someone named Richard Bauer has released an official two-page WH statement saying that Clinton was indeed asked to act as go-between with Sestak to see if they could offer Sestak a WH advisory position in exchange for his remaining a congressman instead of running for the Senate.

      Sorry, but I don’t have any sympathy for Clinton on this one. I’m tired of the Serious People trying to decide who we should vote for. It started with the Democrat Senate incumbents supporting Lieberman after he’d lost the primary to Ned Lamont. Then it was people like Leahy publicly saying that Hillary should drop out of the race so Obama could have a clear path to the Dem nomination. Most recently, they were furious that Patterson appointed Kirsten Gillibrand instead of Caroline Kennedy. I’m sick of these people trying to decide for me who my “preferred” candidate should be.

      • Richard Bauer is the current White House Counsel.

        Loooooong time active in the DNC, very familiar with campaign & election law.

      • What was Bill Clinton doing at the Peterson Catfood Commission event? (The commission to steal our Social Security and Medicare.)

    • From the NYTimes:

      The office also found other examples of presidents offering positions to political allies to achieve political aims.

      Well, duh.

  21. ecoast, what you just posted is still a felony period

    • Just not true – the bribery statute requires an offer of something of value in exchange for an official act.

      Running or not running for congress is not an official act.

      I don’t like Obama or Rahm either but to push this notion is disingenuous at best.

    • Only in the overheated imaginations of Glenn Beck wingnuts.

  22. if anyone thinks obama didnt know anything was goin down, you are dillusional beyond repair

  23. BP is announcing that the Top Kill is still in doubt.

    Obama is going to Port Fouchon which is basically a port created for and by Oil industry.

    Grand Isle flyover was a view of a Potemkin Village from what I’m hearing.

  24. Source: The Oil Drum

    Here’s the latest “live” thread with insights from the engineers and geos as well as streaming video: http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6520

    Relevant links to top kill procedure (scroll to comments in each, they’re very good.)

    Deepwater Oil Spill – Permissions and Concerns about Top Kill

    http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6513

    Deep Water Spill – Waiting for Top Kill (more updated tech)

    http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6509

    The Gulf Deepwater Oil Spill – the Top Kill Attempt (the technical aspect of what just happened)

    http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6505

    The Gulf Deepwater Oil Spill, barriers, flow rates, and top kill

    http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6501

    Read more: http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6520

    • best comment I’ve seen so far from some guy with the handle Olderthandirt

      Exactly. What we’re watching doesn’t compute with what they’re saying, as far as I can tell.

    • I was so glad to find the Oil Drum a while back. I was pestering family members and friends in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas for help in sorting out the facts. The problem was our knowledge was all land-based and we were several decades removed from actual participation in the drilling particulars.

      Now we are all using The Oil Drum to learn the details of off-shore drilling/production. It has actually been sort of exciting as we all access our dormant data banks and share our new understandings. I have to say – once you have oil/gas in your blood it doesn’t take much to get you going.

      I am headed to Kansas and Oklahoma later this summer and I have been instructed to bring home the game board “Gusher”. I have the only set in the family and we have decided it is time to teach it to the next two generations. It is a game the kids played in the 40s and 50s in the oil producing states while kids in the rest of the country played Monopoly.

      • I was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma and my dad was raised around there. My godfather was an oil engineer for CONOCO. It’s hard to avoid oil people down here. Youngest daughter’s boyfriend is out on a rig as we speak. He’s a petro. engineer-in-training.

        • I have been to Ponca City many times. My Dad is from Muskogee. He moved to Kansas in the 30s to work in the new oil patch in central Kansas. He soon met my Mother because her parent’s farm had the first oilwell in the county. My Grandparents retained a 1/8 interest in that well and Its still pumping today. Not much – its just a stripper. At one time they had 16 producing wells. Many of them were closed down when oil was like $6 – $8 a barrel – a decision they no doubt regret today.

          I always thought it was so ironic that all those wells are/were producing on land that was homesteaded by my family. I used to tease my Mother that it was free land and therefore they should share the wealth. BTW – there seems to be a correlation between the quality of the land and the amount of oil/gas. The worse the dirt the better the well.

          Are you in contact with your godfather? I have mentioned earlier on TC – I really miss my Dad (he died late last year) because he could have immediately answered all my questions. He was the smartest person I have ever known.

          I hope your family is safe and they get a lid on the first emergency soon and they get their shit together for the second emergency (the cleanup) quicker than they have the first emergency.

          • Nope, Uncle Lee passed some time ago. My family on that side was all Kansas and Oklahoma dirt farmers so I can relate big time.

  25. The Republicans are already making hay from this clusterfuck. This is from the NRSC, and as much as it pains me to say it, it’s a GREAT and compelling ad:

    • I’m so sick of the politicians and the media addressing the nations problems in how it will impact parties or politicians politically rather than fully addressing and debating how to fix it for the good of the country. Rather, our legislation is based on the political good of the party or individual politicians. Our government is corrupt and is not acting on behalf of everyday Americans. I’m sick of it.

  26. O is about to go live on CNN, to comment before returning to his me-time

  27. Wow BB! This is some line up.

    I had to chuckle, reading the title of the certifiably insane Peggy Noonan’s column:

    He Was Supposed to Be Competent

    My question to Peggy Noonan would be: “Really Peggy? Based on What? What gave you that idea? (Oh wait Peggy! You were actually among those peddling that idea, before that it was George Bush’s greatness)

    I didn’t read the column though. I still refuse to read ANYTHING written by Peggy Noonan.
    That insane and hateful creature was running from show to show saying that Hillary Clinton is so vile that she is even running a website with the only purpose of viciously trashing Obama: “Hillary Is 44″. She made numerous “appeals” to Hillary tho shut down that “division” of her Presidential campaign.
    After Ben Smith outed the owner of “Hillary Is 44″ and it was clear that he never had anything to do with the Clinton campaign (beside being an ardent supporter), Peggy Noonan never apologized. Worst of all, she went back to the same shows over and over to tell us how evil Hillary Clinton is and no one even bothered to ask her about the previous and debunked accusations she made.

    Just writing this makes me relieve the whole episode and still makes me livid.

    Now back to “News.and Views”.

  28. I cannot believe he is going on vacation. Is he really that oblivious to what’s going on?

    • yeah, I thought he was supposed to be there for the 3am phone call. Guess not! He’s on vacay!

  29. Please help me. I have a problem – not as big as the oil spill or Joe Sestak. I don’t comment around here much, but I lurk, so I hope you won’t hold it against me.

    I am an addict.

    No, not to drugs, alcohol, gambling, video games, porn, or sex.

    I am addicted to Talk Left.

    I started there innocently enough during the 2008 election. Then, when I wouldn’t support Teh One, I was banned (as cmugirl).

    I left for a while.

    But like a siren singing her song, it drew me back.

    And now I feel I am a target for the infamouse squeaky and now MKS is being deliberately stupid.

    I know I shouldn’t respond to idiots, but I can’t help myself.

    There are still many good commenters over there, which is why I like it.

    But I get stalked.

    Please help me break my addicition. I am weak and powerless. This is a cry for help.
    ==========================

    On another note – someone actually brought up to Jeralyn that she is unfair in how she treats commenters and that it has been suggested that part of the reason is because some commenters sent her money to buy an iPad.

    Here’s her response:
    People said the same about JimakaPPJ who always sent me small donations when I asked readers to contribute. Goes with the territory. Squeaky has been generous, but I call him out and delete his comments that are inappropriate when pointed out to me, and iPad or no IPad, I’ll continue to do so.
    I never hesitate to write him an email when he’s over the top and he always apologizes and ceases — until someone else pushes his buttons too far.

    I tend to agree with the substance of a lot of his comments. But it’s the tone that matters most. If he’s violating comment rules, his comments will be deleted just like everyone elses, including JimakaPPJ, who has probably had more comments deleted for hijacking threads and taking things to a personal level than anyone except Dark Avenger who refused to listen and is gone.

    Except for comments on posts I write about a specific crime topic (and which usually generate very few comments) I rarely read the comments threads on a regular basis. After 8 years, given our generally small but regular group of commenters, I figure everyone knows and follows the rules. If no one points it out to me, and I don’t know about it, I obviously can’t act on it.

    As to what people write on other sites about TL or me, I don’t haven’t seen or care to see those comments either. And I suspect those are sites that always find something to criticize about me or TL. Two years ago, it was probably for backing Obama in the election. Last year it might have been for tolerating JimakaPPJ. A few months ago it might have been about Captain Howdy’s prolific one sentence comments. This month it’s about Squeaky. Next month they will find something else.

    This is a hobby, not a job. Sometimes I have a lot of time to spend on the blog, other times barely any. After 8 years, it ebbs and flows. People come and go.

    I want the tone to remain civil. And I expect the pro-prosecution, pro-victim crowd to not clutter up my posts with predictable, repetitive comments that disrespect the mission of the site. When I see the first comment in every such thread is by the same commenter who always takes an anti-defendant stance, I take that as nothing but an attempt to annoy and harass. (If s/he at least waited until the 5th comment, it wouldn’t be so bad, but this commenter has to be first all the time.)

    Everyone has a choice of where to comment. I appreciate all who take the time to comment here. I also realize that commenters have formed bonds with each other and many continue to comment here not because of what I write, but because they want to interact with each other. That’s fine, and I am proud to have created a place that can be called a community of sorts. At the same time, those who post because of an agenda that is at odds with this site, or simply to annoy, will face limited tolerance. And those that violate the rules, regardless of what they have donated or contributed dollar-wise or merchandise-wise, will be banned or asked to leave when it’s brought to my attention.

    Hope this answers your concerns.

    • I was addicted to dailykos. I was a regular commenter there for close to five years. A day never went by that I wasn’t on there. But when I finally made the break in Jan. ’08, I really didn’t miss it that much. Now I wonder what I ever thought was so great about the place.

      I recommend just quitting cold turkey and staying away for a long time before going back to TL. Find other blogs to read and comment on. FDL is pretty critical of Obama these days and there is lots to read there. You’re also very welcome here, of course.

      • Maybe the other good commenters will follow you if you give them some links to other blogs.

        • Thanks.

          I’ve been trying to branch out.

          Of course, what would really help is to get a permanent job where I’m so busy, I don’t have time to read!

          Any other suggestions for good blogs. I read the same few, but they are boring me too. Even if not political, I need something new.

    • Ah, cmugirl/jbindc, I remember you well. It is tough, but you can do it. There aren’t that many good commenters left over there. In fact, the ones that were worth it declared their departures yesterday. It can’t be the brilliant minds that are keeping you there…jondee? squeaky? Capt Howdy? MileHigh? DonaldinHawaii? MKS? CST? gyrfalcon? Sheesh – better conversation can be found sitting on a park bench talking to the kids in the playground. Watch many of the others dance around agreeing with everyone to avoid being targeted. Every single one of those dominating commenters are bullies more than they are participants. BOYCOTT TalkLeft. :)

  30. Obama refused to plug himself into the work shifts down down. He plays with words for hour, and then
    leaves the mess to go hide in Chicago. None of us were expecting a miracle from the one, and the only thing he did was come and go. He’s not cool, he’s phonie. I looked at his face, and it has vacation written all over it.

    It’s unbearable to hear about Bill Clinton, I really need to think, but all that comes to my mind is how I hate politicians.

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