April 2010

BP's Claim of Paying Claims Makes the Spill More Crude

BP says they will pay oil claims. Do you believe them? Is it possible to believe them? The exact line coming out of the Reuters article is, “BP Plc will compensate all those affected by an oil spill from one of its wells in the Gulf of Mexico, said its chief executive, who admitted that the disaster could hit plans to open new areas off the U.S. coast to drilling.”

Palin Twitters about Oil Spill, Baby, Spill

Everybody's favorite lipstick wearing pitbull, whatever that is, has opened her mouth about the oil spill in the Gulf. Drawing from her own personal experience, as in, "I'm willing to accept the dangers of drilling" Palin summoned the spirit of Exxon Valdez to pair her Jesus like suffering to her pro-Drill, Baby, Drill attitude.

"Having worked/lived thru Exxon oil spill,my family&I understand Gulf residents' fears.Our prayers r w/u.All industry efforts must b employed" Sarah Palin via Twitter.

Goldman Begging for it to Stop.

Goldman Sachs is in a lot of trouble for using their massive amounts of money to manipulate and change the mortgage market so that some people, including themselves, would make even more massive amounts of money. At their hearings with the SEC this week, they spent a good deal of time basically getting ethically whipped by the committee. It was a good ol’ fashioned Puritan-style flogging, where the government people sat on the higher ground and shouted at the evil demons from Wall Street about how they finagled and shennaniganned the heckfire out of a whole lot of people on Wall Street. How could they, in good conscience, sell products that they themselves didn’t think would work? And then pretend like they were just doing their jobs?

Is Arizona's Law Unconstitutional?

Well, it only took a few days for the first legal challenge of Arizona’s new immigration law to take shape. Earlier this week I talked about how sooner or later someone would sue the state for violating their civil rights by asking for their papers or mistreating them when they were doing it- something would happen that would constitute a lawsuit, possibly even a class action version if a group of lawyers or the ACLU could get a group of people willing to put up with the publicity together.

It turns out that we won’t even have to wait to see if the law gets on anyone’s nerves in actual practice, as the ACLU is teaming up with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the National Immigration Law Center to argue that the law itself is unconstitutional.

Is Arizona's Law Unconstitutional?

Well, it only took a few days for the first legal challenge of Arizona’s new immigration law to take shape. Earlier this week I talked about how sooner or later someone would sue the state for violating their civil rights by asking for their papers or mistreating them when they were doing it- something would happen that would constitute a lawsuit, possibly even a class action version if a group of lawyers or the ACLU could get a group of people willing to put up with the publicity together.

It turns out that we won’t even have to wait to see if the law gets on anyone’s nerves in actual practice, as the ACLU is teaming up with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the National Immigration Law Center to argue that the law itself is unconstitutional.

Crist is Expensive

I just got back from Florida and boy does my wallet hurt. No, I'm not talking about all those twelve-dollar Acai Colada cocktails I drank, though they were pretty damn tasty. I'm talking about buying off Charlie Crist. I'm not gonna lie, we really need to shore up the Senate with Democrats come November. It's really important that we get Florida on our side. That place has been poisoned by the likes of the Bush clan for way too long. Seriously, the Bush family put down roots in Florida just so they could have another vacation spot. Jeb never knew a damn thing about the politics in the region. One day I was talking with him and he let slip that he thought all the Cubans in his state were Mexican. With the Senate race coming up in just a few months, I didn't need two Republicans on the Florida ticket. Especially not with a Dem named "Meek" holding the line.

Florida Senate Race Gets Crazier

Florida Governor Charlie Crist is pulling a Joe Lieberman by deciding to leave the Republican primary race to run as an independent.  This has got to be a big blow to the Republican Party, which lost one of its main names, with the move.  He will now run against Democrat Kendrick Meek and his former rival Republican Marco Rubio. 

The intriguing part is the current Republican Governor of the state of Florida is now running for the Senate as an independent.  It also will be very interesting to see how the race plays out.  Will Crist and Rubio split voters, giving Meek an advantage, or will more independents flock to Crist?  It remains to be seen, but it'll be crazy senatorial race to follow.

GOP: The Anti-Hispanic immigration party?

NAFTA, which is a creation for the benefit of big business, has as its goal, to make the borders of North America disappear, and to allow cheap labor to flow freely for the benefit of business. The strongest supporters of NAFTA have been the Repubs; the strongest critics are found in the Dems party. Repubs like the Bushes (father and son), Repubs like John McCain and Mexican-US border states Repub leaders, looking out for their agribusiness, were big supporters of making it easier to keep the cheap labor flowing.

The Comedy of Goldman's Drama

Yesterday the show went on as scheduled. "Cable networks like CNBC and C-Span provided live beginning-to-end coverage of the Senate hearing, held by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. But those testifying stuck close to their scripts, and speakers on both sides seemed to talk past one another, making for low drama."

Who expected more? The executives of the Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs are well-trained, well-schooled, and quite able to work both sides of the table. For years Goldmans execs have done that: In the government to look after the firm -- On the street to look after themselves. The defense of their conduct boils down to...

Goldman Sacked?

The Goldman Sachs suit by the SEC is infinitely fascinating to me, as it challenges one of my core assumptions: Politics is Money. I don’t think the assumption is necessarily false, but I do feel like I have to reinvestigate how I apply the anchoring maxim to the way I view Washington. And now, especially Washington and Wall Street.

"Party of No" Strikes Again

The Republicans in the Senate never cease to amaze me.  First, they gambled, beyond belief, and got embarrassed in their "Party of No" attempt to watch the Health Care bill fail, and we all know how that played out.  Now, the "Party of No" has voted down the attempt to get the debate going on Wall Street reform.  Does anyone else see this as disheartening?  First they side with the health insurance companies, and now they side with Wall Street.  Again, a complete disregard for the American people.  It sure is getting old.  If an issue doesn't have something helpful for corporations, insurance companies or anyone that backs their campaigns, then they'll do anything they can to stop it.

Border Politics Get Tense

You may have noticed that Arizona is deep in the throes of a political debate about the enforcement of immigration laws. Essentially, they have given the right, no, asked that police officers go out and question people as to their citizenship status if there is “reasonable suspicion” that they are undocumented. Media coverage of the reaction to this move has been largely of the racial profiling and negative backlash from leaders across the country.

Unjust Arizona Immigration Law

The bill that was signed into law last Friday by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is taking heat from many groups, and today Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (the ex-Governor of Arizona) took aim at the bill telling ABC News, "it is not a good law for a number of reasons.  That one is a misguided law.  It's not a good low, good enforcement law.  But beyond that, what it illustrates is that other states now will feel compelled to do things."

A Memorial for Miners

President Obama spoke today, Sunday, April 25, 2010, at the memorial service in Beckley, West Virginia, for twenty nine Americans who died needlessly in a mine explosion on the 5th of April. Those men are dead because the mine owner, the Massey Energy Company, put profit over safe working conditions, and the workers felt that they had no choice but to work in a mine that many knew was unsafe, and because government, on the state and federal level, failed them. Everyone is saying that this was the worst mining disaster in a generation, and everyone will pull together to prevent others.

Democrats Push for Campaign Finance Reform

President Obama and the Democrats are pushing for a range of campaign reform initiatives that would change the way money influences a campaign, with particular emphasis on controlling how corporations get money into the game.

Here are a few of the biggest concepts in the campaign finance reform bill, directly quoted from the Reuters Fact Box:

* Make the leaders of corporations, unions and other groups take responsibility for their campaign ads. They would have to say they approved the ad, just as candidates have to do now.

* Require contributors to disclose within 24 hours to the Federal Election Commission their campaign-related activity as well as transfers to other groups of any money that could be used in an election.

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