Monday edition - May 17, 2010
AP - 5-17-10
NEW ORLEANS – The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has already spewed plumes over ecologically sensitive reefs, part of a stalled marine sanctuary proposal that would have restrict drilling in a large swath of the northern part of the vital waterway.
HOUSTON - The company whose drilling triggered the Gulf of Mexico oil spill also owns a rig that operated with incomplete and inaccurate engineering documents, which one official warned could "lead to catastrophic operator error," records and interviews show.
LOS ANGELES - The federal agency responsible for ensuring that an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico was operating safely before it exploded last month fell well short of its own policy that inspections be done at least once per month, an Associated Press investigation shows.
of Hawaii passed a new law allowing the state government to ignore requests for
President Obama's birth certificate from the 'Birthers.' From now on, every
future president should be required to be born on camera and in front of a
national landmark.' –Jimmy Kimmel
Hooray! Iraq Saves the World Cup From Blowing Up!
Iraqi security forces have
detained an al-Qaida militant suspected of
planning an attack targeting the World Cup in South Africa next month, an
official said Monday.
have started washing ashore in Louisiana. Meanwhile, the slime balls that
started the whole thing are still in Washington." –Jay Leno
Sarah Palin coming out with a second
book in November, which is pretty impressive. This book was written almost as
fast as the first book she didn’t write.- Jay Leno
John McCain Needs Sarah Palin, Not New Campaign Staff
It almost seems like a political tradition: the great John McCain campaign-staff shake-up. As the Arizona Republic's Dan Nowicki first reported Sunday, the top two staffers in McCain's Senate re-election effort — campaign manager Shiree Verdone and her deputy, Mike Hellon — have decamped.
Republican Values, Texas Style
With the state facing a budget shortfall of at least $11 billion, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent almost $600,000 in public money during the past two years to live in a sprawling rental home in the hills above the capital, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.
At a stop in Buffalo today, a woman
walked up to President Obama and said, “You’re a hottie with a smokin’ little
body.” I’ll tell you, Betty White is out of control.
- Jay Leno
With less than six months until voters go to the polls, almost all of the most vulnerable Senate seats this cycle are in Democratic hands -- creating an unexpected wealth of opportunities for the GOP, which just 12 months ago was headed for additional Senate losses.
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"According to a recent survey, one in eight people say they will not buy gas from BP anymore. Unless, of course, it's cheaper than the station across the street." –Jay Leno
Barring Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky, the iconic left-wing MIT professor and longtime critic of Israeli policy, was barred from entering Israel on Sunday, setting off what the New York Times describes as "a fierce debate" in the Israeli media.
a new prime minister in Great Britain. Name is David Cameron, and he has pledged
to protect the country from terrorism. So today, he met with the nation's top
T-shirt vendors. " –David Letterman
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robot named "I-Fairy" (C) acts as a witness at the wedding ceremony between
Tomohiro Shibata (L) and Satoko Inoue in Tokyo May 16, 2010. The couple decided
to use the robot, which conducted the ceremony with its audio functions, from
Inoue's company to perform the witness' duties as they first met due to common
work interest related to robots.
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