Monday edition - June 20, 2009
A tea party favorite running for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky says President Barack Obama is using the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to advance an energy tax.
The decision by BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward to spend a day with his family in England Saturday was perhaps defensible. ..
The man President Barack Obama picked to run the $20 billion Gulf oil spill damage fund said Monday many people are in "desperate financial straits" and need immediate relief.
Let me get this straight...the Tea Party is supporting a foreign owned company that is fouling our waters against the President of the United States.
this point, it's not even an 'oil spill' anymore. Spill is a little accident
that can easily be cleaned up. Calling this a 'spill' is like calling World War
II a 'tiff.'" –Craig Ferguson
Poisoning Our Marines
The U.S. Department of the Navy says that more research is needed to connect ailments suffered by Marines such as Devereaux who served at Camp Lejeune and their families who lived there to decades of water contamination at the 156,000-acre base in eastern North Carolina . Meanwhile, however, the Department of Veterans Affairs has quietly begun awarding benefits to a few Marines who were based at Lejeune.
here's an amazing story. A 52-year-old construction worker — a guy from right
here in California — was arrested in Pakistan, armed with a pistol and a 40-inch
sword. He said he was on a mission to capture Osama bin Laden. Hey, at least
somebody's looking for the guy. Give him credit." –Jay Leno
he was in Mississippi yesterday, President Obama ate mini crab cakes, fried
shrimp and shrimp salad sandwiches to show Americans that seafood from the Gulf
Coast is safe to eat. And if you don't believe Obama ate all that stuff, just
ask our new president, Joe Biden. He'll tell you." –Jimmy Fallon
The Twit Tweets
is taking aim at White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, characterizing the top
Obama aide as an irresponsible liar.
"Rahm, u lie," Palin wrote on Twitter Sunday after Emanuel said on ABC's This Week that Republican Rep. Joe Barton's controversial apology to BP last week exposed the political philosophy of the Republican Party.
President Obama finally met with BP's CEO, Tony Hayward, but the meeting was only scheduled 20 minutes. Call me crazy, but I think it should take more time to discuss an oil spill than it does to get your oil checked." –Jimmy Fallon
Josh Fox's artful and disturbing documentary "Gasland," airing Monday night on HBO. It's about the natural gas industry, which might be on the verge of insidiously ruining America's water supply.
Good News? Leaked Oil Wouldn't Fill 1/7 of the Superdome
Overwhelmed and saddened
by the gargantuan size of the Gulf oil spill?
A little mathematical context to the spill size can put the environmental catastrophe in perspective. Viewing it through some lenses, it isn't that huge. The Mississippi River pours as much water into the Gulf of Mexico in 38 seconds as the BP oil leak has done in two months.More not-so-dreadful context: The amount of oil spilled so far could only fill the cavernous New Orleans Superdome about one-seventh of the way up. On the other hand, it could fill 15 Washington Monuments. If the oil were poured on a football field — complete with endzones — it would measure nearly 100 yards high.
"There's some good economic news here. Employers plan to hire 5 percent more college graduates this year than in 2009. Unfortunately, almost all these jobs involve rubber gloves, paper towels, and a one-way ticket to the Gulf of Mexico." –Jimmy Fallon
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Canada thinks it can
teach the world a thing or two about dodging financial meltdowns.
The 20 world leaders at an economic summit in Toronto next weekend will find themselves in a country that has avoided a banking crisis where others have floundered, and whose economy grew at a 6.1 percent annual rate in the first three months of this year. The housing market is hot and three-quarters of the 400,000 jobs lost during the recession have been recovered.
World leaders have noticed:
FAA now looking into the possibility of pilotless commercial flights. I guess
that they figure if they take away the leg room, the pillows, the blankets, the
food, they might as well take away the pilots, too." –Jay Leno
The Return of BorkMan!
Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork is joining anti-abortion activists to publicly
oppose confirming Elena Kagan as a justice.
Bork plans to detail his criticisms of Kagan during a Wednesday news conference organized by Americans United for Life. The group calls itself the country's first national pro-life organization, and brands Kagan a pro-abortion activist.
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In this photo released by the office of Ecuador's Presidency on Friday June 18, 2010, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa talks with actress and United NationsHigh Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie in Shushufindi, Ecuador, Friday, June 18, 2010. Angelina Jolie is visiting this area in Ecuador where many refugees that have fled from the conflict in Colombia now live. Photo/Ecuador's Presidency