Archive for May, 2010

Game 2: Hawks win 2-1

May 31, 2010

May 31, 2010

2nd: Hossa, Eager

Niemi 33 saves

Hawks out shot 15-4 in the 3rd

Game 3: June 2, Wed @ FLYERS 7:00 Versus

Schedule

Duncan Keith minus 7 teeth

POTUS: Memorial Day/weekly address (text)

May 31, 2010

May 30, 2010

Here you go Jack.

Full text follws

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Why BP kept the video hidden

May 31, 2010

May 31, 2010

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DAY 42

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Why did BP refuse to release video of the leak until forced on May 11?

Because their financial penalty will be based on the number of barrels/day.

Estimated leak per day (1 brl = 42 gal)

BP/NOAA = 5K brls = 210K gals
USGS = 12–19K brls = 504–798K gals

Extrapolating over 35 days

BP/NOAA = 175K brls = 7.35M gals
USGS = 420-665K brls = 17.6-27.9M gals

The BP disaster is already 3 times worse than the Exxon Valdez.

EXXON VALDEZ = 250K brls = 10.8M gals
IXTOC = 3M brls = 126M gals

A day of remembrance

May 31, 2010

May 31, 2010

For all the brave men and women who died protecting our Freedoms.

Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony

Commander in Chief Joe Biden placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns

AP via Examiner

VP Joe Biden, unnamed Veteran

BIDEN: Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines who have served and sacrificed for us are the heart and soul, and I would say, spine of the nation.

(POTUS in Chicago for the weekend. Scheduled speech at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery canceled on account of weather.)

Cartoon: What’s Rand Paul wearing?

May 31, 2010

May 31, 2010

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BP oil spill pix: aerial & surface oil slick, dispersants, marsh

May 31, 2010

May 31, 2010

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Screenshots from various CNN videos. Don’t know the locations of the photographed areas.

(Turtle, dragonfly)

Aerial

At the surface

Boom

Dispersants

Marsh

Stagnant

Day 42 LIVE feed screenshot

Leak will continue in some degree until the relief well is finished…in August.

BP Hayward: “Ultimate solution is the relief well” (video)

May 31, 2010

May 30, 2010

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Conceding defeat in trying to kill the well, BP CEO Tony Hayward talks containment. Says they’ve “done a pretty good job” of containing it off shore.

What they’re trying now.

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Listen for his search for the word “tragic” and the accompanying shrug. This man’s arrogance rivals barry’s.

TONY HAYWARD

The ultimate solution relies now on the relief well…which is in August. So we have to be in the mindset of containment in the subsea, containment on the surface and defending the shore line in a very aggressive way over the next couple of months.

We’ve actually done quite a good job of containment in the off shore. There hasn’t been a black tide….And, you know, there’s been some places were the defenses have been breached and that’s [shrugs] tragic, but we’re gonna clean it up.

Hosing down the morgue doesn’t bring the cadavers back to life.

DADT stats: LGB serving, discharged

May 30, 2010

May 29, 2010

DADT posts

Here’s some numbers from dadtarchive.org. Excellent resource put together by Servicemembers United.


Williams Institute, Jan 2010 report

Women = 14% of active duty personnel = 43% active duty LGB

Estimated that repealing DADT could attract:

Active duty 36.7K
Guard/Reserve 12K

DADT (since 1994) has cost $290-500M

DADT discharge: $22-43K per person to replace

Total DADT discharges (since 1994) = 13,425

As of May 20 = 14,055

Total 2009 = 443

DOD 428
Coast Guard 15

443 discharges that could have been prevented by the commander in chief who says he wants to repeal DADT but has done nothing personally.

POTUS DADT ad

May 30, 2010

May 30, 2010

DADT posts, stats

Here’s one of the WordPress ads to our posts against our will. If you have a WP blog they’re adding ads to your site as well whether you know it or not.

This says everything about barry and his supporters….stand with barry by making someone else do/be responsible the job he promised to do.

POTUS re: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

May 30, 2010

May 28, 2010

DADT posts, stats

He admits that right now gay and lesbian soldiers are not allowed to “serve honestly and with integrity”, that they are being discriminated against and that the Armed Forces are not as strong because of it.

POTUS [emphasis added]

I have long advocated that we repeal ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’, and I am pleased that both the House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee took important bipartisan steps toward repeal tonight.  Key to successful repeal will be the ongoing Defense Department review, and as such I am grateful that the amendments offered by Representative Patrick Murphy and Senators Joseph Lieberman and Carl Levin that passed today will ensure that the Department of Defense can complete that comprehensive review that will allow our military and their families the opportunity to inform and shape the implementation process.  Our military is made up of the best and bravest men and women in our nation, and my greatest honor is leading them as Commander-in-Chief. This legislation will help make our Armed Forces even stronger and more inclusive by allowing gay and lesbian soldiers to serve honestly and with integrity.

Joy Behar: Lt Dan Choi (video/text)

May 30, 2010

May 30, 2010

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BP oil spill cartoon: “Los Prez” to the rescue

May 30, 2010

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Mike Lester / The Rome (GA) News-Tribune, Politicalcartoons.com

Hayward: “We’re doing everything we can to stop the damn leak”

May 30, 2010

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BP CEO Tony Hayward vents his frustration.

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I understand perfectly why people are angry and frustrated that this leak has not been stopped. I am angry and frustrated. I want this thing stopped as fast as I can. We want it stopped. And we’re doing everything we can to stop the damn leak. And we’re going to continue to do everything we can to stop the damn leak.

Game 1: Hawks win 6-5 [MJ-Toews statue, Art Institute lion pix]

May 30, 2010

May 29, 2010

Hawks win 6-5


1st: Brouwer, Bolland
2nd: Sharp, Versteeg
3rd: Brouwer, Kopecky

Game 2: May 31, Mon @ Chicago 7:00 NBC

Schedule

Art Institute lions with Hawks helmets

(NBC)

United Center MJ as Jonathon Toews.

screenshots – Chicago Breaking News video

Free “Oil Reporter” application

May 29, 2010

May 28, 2010

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Free application

App: Oil Reporter
http://oilreporter.org
iPhone, Android, others
Upload text, pix, video
Volunteer site info

One wonders why they aren’t running the government operation down there.

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MARIO ARMSTRONG, SMALLBIZGOMOBILE

Crisis Commons (came together for Haiti relief)
Intridea – developed the application
Appcelerator – made app available on multiple phones

USGS official flow rate estimate: 12-19K barrels/day

May 29, 2010

May 28, 2010

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updated

Hello DrPhysics.

Not sure why you’re asking someone with dyslexia about numbers, calculations and flow rates! Seems if you’re name is correct, you could be teaching me a few things. [Make sure you double check the calculations at the *bottom.]

May 27  US Geological Survey press release re: the Flow Rate Technical Group’s estimate.

BP’s only involvement with the FRTG is supplying raw data which Energy Secy Chu is allegedly overseeing.

Methodolgy:

1-Measured the total amount of oil on the water surface:

130 – 270K brls

2-Analyzed the plume video (what Werely used initially)

12 – 25K brls/day

3-Direct measurement of oil collected by the Riser Insertion Tube Tool (8K) + what’s escaping (800) + what’s leaking from the riser (2.2K) = 11K.

Conclusion:

12 – 19K  barrels/day

504 – 798K gallons/day

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35 days:

420 – 665K brls

17,640,000 – 27,930,000 gals

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20-30 million gallons of oil already in the sea.

Exxon Valdez = 250K brls = 10.8M gals
IXTOC = 3M brls = 126M gals

But unlike the Exxon Valdez (one-time spill on the surface) this has been spilling for over a month and oil is suspended throughout the water column and massive amounts of dispersant (surface/subsea) is being used with unknown consequences.

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May 28 POTUS remarks in Lousiana (text)

May 29, 2010

May 29, 2010

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Comments made by POTUS

Friday May 28 POTUS at US Coast Guard Station Grande Isle LA

barry did not talk to any local residents. The workers cleaning up in the background had started working that day and left just hours after barry did. Photo op props?

Local resident:

Oh no, it’s too little, too late. It’s too late, the impact, the destruction.

Grand Isle Tourism Commissioner JOSIE CHERAMIE:

If only it gets stopped, if what they did yesterday works, that’s the beginning of the end. We can clean up what’s already been put out there, but we just really need to get it stopped. That’s the main thing.

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Chuck Todd re WH non-response to Gulf: “It’s either being stupid, arrogant or ignorant”

May 29, 2010

May 26, 2010
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All of the above.

May 26 Morning Joe

Discussing the lack of WH response to the Gulf – including barry flying to Sen Boxer’s fundraiserS and the EPA director going to a Democratic fundraiser. barry thought it would be ok if he announced he was going to the Gulf on Friday before he left for California. Then he added the press conference and then ordered troops to the AZ-MX border, which he had not mentioned in his kumbaya meeting on Tuesday with Senate Republicans, which of course included Sen McCain, who had been asking for help.

Chuck Todd’s comments were directed at the fundraisers.

NRSC

Transcript follows

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NRSC video: “Never Again” Obama and the BP Oil Spill

May 29, 2010

May 29, 2010

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Obama’s lack of response to the BP oil disaster as well as other nonresponses. Put together by the National Republican Senate Committee.

Were the BP cleanup workers just photo op props?

May 28, 2010

5-29 update: Independent contractor who provided the workers said the clean up was planned several days in advance and he knew nothing about POTUS visit.

May 28, 2010

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Grand Isle, LA – site of barry’s press conference

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts thinks the clean up workers were simply photo-op props bused in for barry’s visit. Of course they were. The question is who recruited them…BP or barry people?

Roberts said they have had no workers until today when 300-400 people. One of the workers told someone from the sheriff’s office that were hired yesterday and were ordered not to talk to anyone.

CNN’s David Mattingly was tipped off and he asked BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles about it in the press briefing.

CNN

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MATTINGLY: Hi, David Mattingly of CNN.

We got this from the Jefferson County Parish, an elected official there, who says that, as soon as the president left, all but a dozen workers that were there that BP brought in this morning had left the beach. He says that BP shipped in about 300 to 400 workers this morning about 7:30 a.m., and that, as soon as the president left, all those workers left, except for about a dozen. Could you comment on that? What was BP trying to accomplish, and what was going on there?

SUTTLES: Well, I think that you should first recognize that I think, as the president and Admiral Allen and many have said, we have moved in considerably more people to fight this battle on the locations where the oil is. You should also recognize that these individuals are working out in the heat of the sun. These are long days. They start early in the morning, and they stop in the evening. So, the fact that they were leaving the location late in the afternoon is not unusual. It’s not associated with the president arriving.

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Situation Room – Wolf Blitzer talked with Roberts.

BLITZER: Also, there was also another issue that came up. And I want to discuss it with Councilman Chris Roberts of the Jefferson Parish in Louisiana. He’s joining us on the phone right now. Councilman, I take it you were there at that beach where President Obama visited today, and there were a lot of BP workers who were brought in to clean up. Walk us through what you saw and what happened.

CHRIS ROBERTS, JEFFERSON PARISH, LOUISIANA, COUNCILMAN: Basically, about 7:30 this morning, a number of buses brought in approximately 300 to 400 workers that had been recruited all week. We were told that they were offered $12 an hour to come out and work. They were given gear, T-shirts, hazmat gear, shovels, and rakes, and sent out on the beach. They were there for a couple of hours working. And then, about the time that the president departed, these workers were picked up, which, you know, is a real shame, because I can tell you, Wolf, we have been in Grand Isle daily.

We have not seen that amount of cooperation from BP. We have not seen the amount of relief workers that were there today. And there’s no doubt that this was an orchestrated attempt by BP to make it appear as though that they had placed considerable resources in Grand Isle, which has not been the case.

BLITZER: All right, you heard what he said, Chris Roberts, Councilman; it’s not associated with the president’s arriving there. Go ahead and respond to Mr. Suttles.

ROBERTS: Well, the question I would have for him is that we have had oil washing ashore now in Grand Isle now for approximately two weeks. We have never had 400 workers there.

What I think is unusual is the amount of workers that they had in place and the fact that they have spent most of the week recruiting people to ensure that they were there today. And then on the — about the same hour the president leaves, they pick these workers up.

You know, Wolf, this wouldn’t be a problem if we had seen for the last several weeks this level of contingency of people out there working, but it’s just very ironic that on the day that our Gulf Coast governors, along with our U.S. senators and the president is visiting, that they would pull off this type of shenanigans and think that people are going to buy into the reasons that they are giving behind their actions.

And it’s almost a slap in the face. I think that it’s insulting to our Gulf Coast residents and it’s insulting to the president of the United States. And their explanation really doesn’t say much, because it could be legitimized if these people were leaving every day at 2:00 or 3:00. But we have not seen this the entire time in the response. And to happen on the same day the president’s here is not just a coincidence.
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Then Roberts appeared on AC 360. Cooper said that one/some of the workers told CNN photojournalist Chris Turner that they were on a “work release program”. Who goes on “work release” besides criminals? And if that was the case, why would the sheriff’s office not know who they were?

Not sure why the drama. No matter how many people were there they would have added more. What has been left out of the conversation is that every one of those people had to be cleared by the Secret Service. Was it even known to the general public barry that would be in that exact location?

Peterson defense asks for delay; SCOTUS denies Blago’s request

May 28, 2010

May 28, 2010

Justice John Paul Stevens just said no. Blago’s request was based on the “honest services fraud” law that the Court is due to rule on next month. So trial is scheduled to begin June 3.

Drew Peterson’s trial is scheduled to begin June 14 and today his defense team asked for a 2-month delay (Aug 23). Judge Stephen White was not happy. Ruling due next Wednesday.

Peterson posts

Yale commencement video: Pres Clinton ridicules barry’s BC/eligibility issue

May 28, 2010

May 28, 2010

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BP oil spill pix: Dragonfly, sea turtle, jelly fish

May 28, 2010

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Aerial & surface oil slick, dispersants, marsh

Remember that it is nesting time

Dragonfly

(GERALD HERBERT/AP)

Jelly fish and a sea turtle

(NICOLE BENGIVENO/NY TIMES)

May 28 BP press release re: subsea containment procedures

May 28, 2010

May 28, 2010

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Explains what will happen if top kill doesn’t work.

Update on Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill – 28 May

Subsea Source Control and Containment
Subsea efforts continue to focus on progressing steps to stop the flow of oil from the well through interventions via the failed Deepwater Horizon blow out preventer (BOP), and to collect the flow of oil from the leak points. These efforts are being carried out in conjunction with industry experts and governmental authorities.

Operations on the top kill procedure continue. Heavy drilling fluids were pumped under pressure into the BOP starting May 26 at 1300CDT, and top kill operations continue through 2400CDT on May 27. It is estimated that the full top kill procedure could extend for another 24 to 48 hours.

If the well were successfully ‘killed’, it is expected that cementing operations would then follow. The top kill procedure has never before been attempted at these depths and its ultimate success is uncertain.

In parallel with the ongoing top kill operation, preparations have been made for the possible deployment of the lower marine riser package (LMRP) cap containment system.

Deployment would first involve removing the damaged riser from the top of the failed BOP to leave a cleanly-cut pipe at the top of the BOP’s LMRP. The cap, a containment device with a sealing grommet, will be connected to a riser from the Discoverer Enterprise drillship, 5,000 feet above on the surface, and placed over the LMRP with the intention of capturing most of the oil and gas flowing from the well.

The LMRP cap is already deployed alongside the BOP in readiness for potential deployment. If it is decided to deploy this option, this would be expected to take some three to four days.

In addition to these steps, planning is being advanced for deploying, if necessary, a second BOP on top of the original failed BOP.

Drilling of two relief wells began on May 2 and May 16. It is estimated that each of these wells will take three months to complete from the commencement of drilling.

Surface Spill Response and Containment
Work continues to collect and disperse oil that has reached the surface of the sea, to protect the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico, and to collect and clean up any oil that has reached shore.

Almost 1,300 vessels are now involved in the response effort, including skimmers, tugs, barges and recovery vessels. Operations to skim oil from the surface of the water have now recovered, in total, some 274,000 barrels (11.5 million gallons) of oily liquid.

The total length of containment boom deployed as part of efforts to prevent oil reaching the coast is now almost 1.9 million feet, and an additional 1.25 million feet of sorbent boom has also been deployed.

So far 26,000 claims have been filed and 11,650 payments have already been made. BP has received over 96,000 calls into its help lines to date.

Additional information
The cost of the response to date amounts to about $930 million, including the cost of the spill response, containment, relief well drilling, grants to the Gulf states, claims paid and federal costs. It is too early to quantify other potential costs and liabilities associated with the incident.

WH (Bob Bauer) statement re: Rep Sestak job offer

May 28, 2010

May 28, 2010

Seems President Clinton was enlisted by Rahm Emanuel to talk with Rep Joe Sestak and offer him an uncompensated “Presidential or other Senior Executive Branch Advisory Board position”. Key being “incompensated”.

If it was as straightforward as the memo reads – why did it take so long?

So it could be released on the Friday of a holiday weekend when Rahm Emanuel happens to be out of the country?

POTUS: “I can assure the public that nothing improper took place”

Official Memo from WH Chief Counsel Robert Bauer follows

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BP oil spill: aerial view

May 28, 2010

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BP Tony Hayward: “This is clearly an environmental catastrophe”

May 28, 2010

May 28, 2010

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CNN’s American Morning – John Roberts spoke with Tony Hayward

Hayward admitted it is an environmental catastrophe and that his initial comments (very very modest environmental impact) were based on the fact that no oil had yet reached shore.

BP was able to force the mud in until the flow of oil/gas out stopped. However too much mud was leaking out so they introduced unknown solids (aka bridging/junk shot) into the blowout preventer to clog the holes. They will continue with the mud in the hope of eventually cementing the well off permanently. The relief well won’t be completed until August.

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POTUS: BP oil spill press conference (text)

May 28, 2010

May 27, 2010

Hey James.

Here’s the official WH transcript of barry’s press conference. Q & A included. Didn’t post the video because I’ve included various snippets in other posts. Here’s the link to all the BP posts.

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POTUS: “You never heard me say ‘Drill Baby Drill'”

May 27, 2010

May 27, 2010

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Today’s press conference.

What the meaning of is is.

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Relevant transcript follows.

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Did barry’s anecdote sound real to you?

May 27, 2010

May 27, 2010

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It looked like he was about to pass out and someone zapped his brain and he remembered his go-to save. Bring up the daughters. Whether it happened or not matters not. It’s the fact that he couldn’t even show emotion when he brought up his own daughter’s concern.

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THE PRESIDENT: This spill. The Gulf is going to be affected in a bad way. And so my job right now is just to make sure that everybody in the Gulf understands this is what I wake up to in the morning and this is what I go to bed at night thinking about.

Q The spill?

THE PRESIDENT: The spill. And it’s not just me, by the way. When I woke this morning and I’m shaving and Malia knocks on my bathroom door and she peeks in her head and she says, “Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?” Because I think everybody understands that when we are fouling the Earth like this, it has concrete implications not just for this generation, but for future generations.

Here’s the rest of his comments to end the press conference.

I grew up in Hawaii where the ocean is sacred. And when you see birds flying around with oil all over their feathers and turtles dying, that doesn’t just speak to the immediate economic consequences of this; this speaks to how are we caring for this incredible bounty that we have.

And so sometimes when I hear folks down in Louisiana expressing frustrations, I may not always think that they’re comments are fair; on the other hand, I probably think to myself, these are folks who grew up fishing in these wetlands and seeing this as an integral part of who they are — and to see that messed up in this fashion would be infuriating.

So the thing that the American people need to understand is that not a day goes by where the federal government is not constantly thinking about how do we make sure that we minimize the damage on this, we close this thing down, we review what happened to make sure that it does not happen again. And in that sense, there are analogies to what’s been happening in terms of in the financial markets and some of these other areas where big crises happen — it forces us to do some soul searching. And I think that’s important for all of us to do.

Try job searching.

And only in the last paragraph does he say it’s his responsibility.

In the meantime, my job is to get this fixed. And in case anybody wonders — in any of your reporting, in case you were wondering who’s responsible, I take responsibility. It is my job to make sure that everything is done to shut this down. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. It doesn’t mean it’s going to happen right away or the way I’d like it to happen. It doesn’t mean that we’re not going to make mistakes. But there shouldn’t be any confusion here: The federal government is fully engaged, and I’m fully engaged.