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Obama will try to ‘Jawbone’ BP into setting aside $$$….

President Barack Obama, pictured this weekend, will meet BOP execs on Wednesday, one day after deliveringa primetime speech.

Am I surprised?

Nope…..

The President is gonna try to put more pressure on BP to set aside money in an address to the nation ……

This is 20% operational…….80% politcal….

While the Dog agree’s a ‘set-aside’ would be a good idea…..

The fact is Obama’s moves are principally to assuage the media……

Because Obama is slow to anger….

And generally seeks to deal with issues rationally ….

He is under attack from the media….

The media and others are seeking revenge for the accident….

BP like the president has hunkered down and gone about its business…

That simply isn’t good enough, egh?


I watched  the MSNBC special of the Oil Spill today…

What struck me was the laid back way everything was…

The response was principally to save large amounts of bird wildlife….

But the think was not hurried just resigned….

No dramatic music…

Just people out there doing their jobs…..


The media needs to show more of this

And stop beating up the President and BP…


We need to see more of what can be done to deal with the problem….

The political ‘dog and pony’ show will surly come later……

As will the fines…….

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June 13, 2010 Posted by | Animals, Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Obama will try to 'Jawbone' BP into setting aside $$$….

President Barack Obama, pictured this weekend, will meet BOP execs on Wednesday, one day after deliveringa primetime speech.

Am I surprised?

Nope…..

The President is gonna try to put more pressure on BP to set aside money in an address to the nation ……

This is 20% operational…….80% politcal….

While the Dog agree’s a ‘set-aside’ would be a good idea…..

The fact is Obama’s moves are principally to assuage the media……

Because Obama is slow to anger….

And generally seeks to deal with issues rationally ….

He is under attack from the media….

The media and others are seeking revenge for the accident….

BP like the president has hunkered down and gone about its business…

That simply isn’t good enough, egh?


I watched  the MSNBC special of the Oil Spill today…

What struck me was the laid back way everything was…

The response was principally to save large amounts of bird wildlife….

But the think was not hurried just resigned….

No dramatic music…

Just people out there doing their jobs…..


The media needs to show more of this

And stop beating up the President and BP…


We need to see more of what can be done to deal with the problem….

The political ‘dog and pony’ show will surly come later……

As will the fines…….

June 13, 2010 Posted by | Animals, Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

President Obama quote on the Oil Spill…….

From Politcalwire…..
“Even though I’m president of the United States, my power is not limitless. So I can’t dive down there and plug the hole. I can’t suck it up with a straw.”

— President Obama, quoted by the Washington Post, on the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

( Ain’t that the truth!….The Dog)

June 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Ecology, Fiction, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

President Obama with NBC’s The Matt Lauer on the Gulf Oil leak ……He wants to know…..’whose ass to kick’!……

Talk about a great line!

It is all over the media…

Finally……

Barack Obama is mad!

Or is he?

And who is REALLY mad at….

BP?….

The Media?….

Charlie Rangel?…..

The Republicans?……

The fact is the leak was accident….

Another one could happen at anytime….

But the media and GOP are on HIS case!

And as Manila would say….

We will continue to …

Drill….Drill…..Drill…..

President Barack Obama is now marshalling the anger some critics have been demanding that he show in connection with the oil spill–but it’s directed, at least in part, at the same TV pundits who have been pounding him over the issue.

In an exceprt from an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer, Obama made clear that the chattering class is getting under his skin with claims he was too slow to react to the spill.

“I was down there a month ago, before most of these talking heads were even paying attention to the gulf. A month ago, I was meeting with fishermen down there standing in the rain talking about what a potential crisis this would be,” the president said.

Obama also seemed to be bridling at criticism that his management style is too professorial.

“I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar. We talk to these folks because they, potentially, have the best answers so I know whose ass to kick,” Obama told NBC……

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June 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, The Economy, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

President Obama with NBC's The Matt Lauer on the Gulf Oil leak ……He wants to know…..'whose ass to kick'!……

Talk about a great line!

It is all over the media…

Finally……

Barack Obama is mad!

Or is he?

And who is REALLY mad at….

BP?….

The Media?….

Charlie Rangel?…..

The Republicans?……

The fact is the leak was accident….

Another one could happen at anytime….

But the media and GOP are on HIS case!

And as Manila would say….

We will continue to …

Drill….Drill…..Drill…..

President Barack Obama is now marshalling the anger some critics have been demanding that he show in connection with the oil spill–but it’s directed, at least in part, at the same TV pundits who have been pounding him over the issue.

In an exceprt from an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer, Obama made clear that the chattering class is getting under his skin with claims he was too slow to react to the spill.

“I was down there a month ago, before most of these talking heads were even paying attention to the gulf. A month ago, I was meeting with fishermen down there standing in the rain talking about what a potential crisis this would be,” the president said.

Obama also seemed to be bridling at criticism that his management style is too professorial.

“I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar. We talk to these folks because they, potentially, have the best answers so I know whose ass to kick,” Obama told NBC……

More…..


June 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, The Economy, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

The Oil Spill sucks all the political Air out of Obama’s room….

In a bow to the ongoing Gulf Oil caper …..

The President isn’t getting much time to talk about anything else…

The media has shut down most of the other big stories as it hammers the Administration….

American’s don’t really have much patience these days…

They have to be entertained…..

Texting, while driving….

Kids parked in front of an interactive computer and such…..

I know Obama has to be getting frustrated…..

Until BP gets this taken care off…..

Obama can’t really leave the country…..

And can’t really talk about anything else….

Ain’t it fun being President?

The president’s experience Wednesday drove home the unwelcome point: Appearing in Pittsburgh for a speech at Carnegie Mellon University that was designed to focus on the economy, Obama found himself compelled to turn again to the growing disaster.

“The catastrophe unfolding in the gulf right now may prove to be a result of human error, or corporations taking dangerous shortcuts that compromised safety,” Obama said. “But we have to acknowledge that there are inherent risks to drilling four miles beneath the surface of the Earth, risks that are bound to increase the harder oil extraction becomes.”

In another sign that the oil spill has upended the White House agenda and posed new political risks for both Obama and congressional Democrats, the president may delay or cancel a visit to Indonesia and Australia to keep his focus on the gulf.

Seven days a week, the White House takes part in rounds of conference calls about the spill. Throughout the federal bureaucracy employees are setting aside other projects so they can concentrate on the disaster.

Cabinet secretaries are being deployed to the gulf to help deal with engineering problems. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. was the latest to visit the region, warning Tuesday that criminal charges might be in the offing.

“Presidents are required to deal with situations as they arise,” said Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster. “But this is certainly something that makes it much more difficult for the administration to execute its own game plan in terms of communicating an economic message.”

“His initiatives have been overtaken by current events,” Republican pollster Neil Newhouse said. “He’s no longer driving an agenda, he’s responding to it.  So unless he gets control, he’s going to have a tough time driving up his approval ratings, which is what Democrats across the country are hoping for.”…….

More……..

June 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Weather, Women | , | 3 Comments

The Oil Spill sucks all the political Air out of Obama's room….

In a bow to the ongoing Gulf Oil caper …..

The President isn’t getting much time to talk about anything else…

The media has shut down most of the other big stories as it hammers the Administration….

American’s don’t really have much patience these days…

They have to be entertained…..

Texting, while driving….

Kids parked in front of an interactive computer and such…..

I know Obama has to be getting frustrated…..

Until BP gets this taken care off…..

Obama can’t really leave the country…..

And can’t really talk about anything else….

Ain’t it fun being President?

The president’s experience Wednesday drove home the unwelcome point: Appearing in Pittsburgh for a speech at Carnegie Mellon University that was designed to focus on the economy, Obama found himself compelled to turn again to the growing disaster.

“The catastrophe unfolding in the gulf right now may prove to be a result of human error, or corporations taking dangerous shortcuts that compromised safety,” Obama said. “But we have to acknowledge that there are inherent risks to drilling four miles beneath the surface of the Earth, risks that are bound to increase the harder oil extraction becomes.”

In another sign that the oil spill has upended the White House agenda and posed new political risks for both Obama and congressional Democrats, the president may delay or cancel a visit to Indonesia and Australia to keep his focus on the gulf.

Seven days a week, the White House takes part in rounds of conference calls about the spill. Throughout the federal bureaucracy employees are setting aside other projects so they can concentrate on the disaster.

Cabinet secretaries are being deployed to the gulf to help deal with engineering problems. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. was the latest to visit the region, warning Tuesday that criminal charges might be in the offing.

“Presidents are required to deal with situations as they arise,” said Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster. “But this is certainly something that makes it much more difficult for the administration to execute its own game plan in terms of communicating an economic message.”

“His initiatives have been overtaken by current events,” Republican pollster Neil Newhouse said. “He’s no longer driving an agenda, he’s responding to it.  So unless he gets control, he’s going to have a tough time driving up his approval ratings, which is what Democrats across the country are hoping for.”…….

More……..

June 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Weather, Women | , | 3 Comments

BP begins to bled capital…..Investors grow cautious…….

This piece from Washington Post points to loss of investor confidence…and the myriad of legal challenges faced by the company…..

Federal environmental fines,  A Federal Criminal investigation, OSHA Investigation,  State Investigations, Civil Suits, and investors worried about all of this have joined to drive the company’s stock down……

I’m sure the company has plenty of money….

You know they have other wells all over the planet pumping along…..

But the cuts of  million can put a company out of business…..

And most of the employee’s working for BP in the Gulf live in the Gulf states …..and pay taxes…just like BP does……..

And it’s gonna take a while to get this job done…..

BP, the world’s fourth-largest company before the April 20 blowout on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, has lost a staggering $74.4 billion, or 40 percent, of its market value in six weeks.

Although investment analysts say the company has pockets deep enough to pay for mounting claims and cleanup costs, the political outcry for making BP pay has added to the uncertainty surrounding its future, especially while oil is still leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.

President Obama vowed a “full and vigorous accounting” of the causes of the oil spill disaster in the gulf, telling the leaders of a new commission that they should pursue the trail of blame without limits.

Calls for punishing BP intensified. Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said: “BP should pay. Not just for the cleanup, but for the lives lost and the natural treasures destroyed.” And on the Web site Talking Points Memo, former labor secretary Robert Reich urged Obama to put BP’s American operations into temporary receivership.

Meanwhile, BP had begun yet another effort to deal with the spill, using a giant lobster-claw-like slicer to cut off the old damaged pipe that has been twisted on the seafloor. A saw then worked on the remaining section of the blowout preventer to make it easier to get a tight fit later this week if BP can successfully lower a new apparatus on top to funnel oil and gas to the surface.

But the national incident commander, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, did little to raise hopes of a quick end to the crisis, saying “We’ve got to keep our heads in the game; we’ve got to keep our shoulders to the wheel.”

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June 1, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Weather | | Leave a comment

The 'Ragin Cajun' Carville…goes after the Obama White House……They push back….

Here’s the video.…..From a few days ago…..

Carville is pissed….He’s from…… and still has a house in Louisiana

The White House pushes back…….

Obama Oil Spill

[ Gibbs……Carville ]

The White House defended itself againstJames Carville’s scathing criticism of the federal response to the BP oil spill Friday.

During an Air Force One flight after the President’s visit to Louisiana, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters that Carville, a Democratic strategist, didn’t have his facts straight. A pool report included a transcript of Gibbs’ remarks:

Reporter: What does the President have to say about the fact that some of his staunchest supporters like James Carville have essentially turned on him, have some strong things to say about the way he’s been handling the oil spill?
Gibbs: Truthfully, I think the President answered this yesterday. I think people — I don’t think James understands all of what we’re doing. I don’t think James understood the facts.

On Thursday, Carville continued to criticize the federal response and told Campbell Brown that he believes President Obama’s advisers aren’t relaying to the President the gravity of the disaster.

“I know I’m not a Harvard law… guy, professor of law at the University of Chicago,” Carville said. “People down here know what they’re seeing. It seems the President is madder at his critics than he is at BP.”

Carville wanted to know why the Minerals Management Service, the agency in charge of doling out offshore leases and regulating the industry, was not better managed before the spill.

Carville: “I really do take real issue here and I’d like to know from the Secretary of the Interior (Ken Salazar) what was going on, because we knew this was a corrupt thing,” said Carville. Referring to an Inspector General’s report suggesting a corrupt relationship between MMS employees and the oil industry, Carville described the findings as “One of the most devastating things ever. Why this place wasn’t fumigated, cleaned out? I don’t know.”

More….

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , , | 15 Comments

The ‘Ragin Cajun’ Carville…goes after the Obama White House……They push back….

Here’s the video.…..From a few days ago…..

Carville is pissed….He’s from…… and still has a house in Louisiana

The White House pushes back…….

Obama Oil Spill

[ Gibbs……Carville ]

The White House defended itself againstJames Carville’s scathing criticism of the federal response to the BP oil spill Friday.

During an Air Force One flight after the President’s visit to Louisiana, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters that Carville, a Democratic strategist, didn’t have his facts straight. A pool report included a transcript of Gibbs’ remarks:

Reporter: What does the President have to say about the fact that some of his staunchest supporters like James Carville have essentially turned on him, have some strong things to say about the way he’s been handling the oil spill?
Gibbs: Truthfully, I think the President answered this yesterday. I think people — I don’t think James understands all of what we’re doing. I don’t think James understood the facts.

On Thursday, Carville continued to criticize the federal response and told Campbell Brown that he believes President Obama’s advisers aren’t relaying to the President the gravity of the disaster.

“I know I’m not a Harvard law… guy, professor of law at the University of Chicago,” Carville said. “People down here know what they’re seeing. It seems the President is madder at his critics than he is at BP.”

Carville wanted to know why the Minerals Management Service, the agency in charge of doling out offshore leases and regulating the industry, was not better managed before the spill.

Carville: “I really do take real issue here and I’d like to know from the Secretary of the Interior (Ken Salazar) what was going on, because we knew this was a corrupt thing,” said Carville. Referring to an Inspector General’s report suggesting a corrupt relationship between MMS employees and the oil industry, Carville described the findings as “One of the most devastating things ever. Why this place wasn’t fumigated, cleaned out? I don’t know.”

More….

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , , | 15 Comments