Jun 252010
 

FreedomsLighthouse | June 25, 2010 | 1:30

A year and a half after George W. Bush left office, here is video of Democrat Barney Frank actually claiming that the low approval rating for his Democrat-led Congress is the fault of George W. Bush and the media. NO Congress has ever had better media coverage, and to blame Bush is preposterous. We’ll see if voters blame Bush this November.

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Jun 252010
 

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OMG! He merits death threats?!

This undated photo provided by the office of U.S. District Judge Martin L. C. Feldman, shows Judge Feldman, Feldman struck down the Obama administration’s six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico as rash and heavy-handed Tuesday, June 22, 2010, saying the government simply assumed that because one rig exploded, the others pose an imminent danger, too. (AP Photo/Office of U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman)

New Orleans–While many Americans undoubtedly agree with the decision of U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman to overturn the Obama administration’s moratorium on deep water drilling, not everyone is happy. In fact, the Judge is now receiving death threats in the aftermath of his bold ruling.

Last night, Feldman served as a celebrity judge at a cooking contest at a school gymnasium in Uptown New Orleans. Due to the threats, Feldman was accompanied by a federal marshal security team.

It is a sad indictment of our society today that a judge with such a sterling record of integrity and service to his country would be subject to such threats. Feldman was appointed to the federal bench by President Reagan in 1983. Today, he is in the eye of a political hurricane unlike anything he has ever experienced.

In issuing his ruling, Feldman said that the moratorium was faulty because there was no “rational connection between the facts found and the choice made.” While there is often debate about the merits of judicial decisions, seldom does the criticism focus on the integrity of the judge. Right after he issued the ruling, Feldman came under attack as a tool of the oil industry. Media outlets reporters noted that the Judge held stock in oil and gas companies and implied that his decision was based on his own personal financial considerations. Such a personal attack is unfair and completely unwarranted, especially for Feldman, a distinguished judge known for his commitment to the law and a jurist who has earned the praise of people throughout the legal community.


Much of the sensational reporting on Feldman’s investments was based on outdated information. The Judge was blasted for owning stock in Transocean, Ltd and Halliburton, two of the major companies involved in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Feldman owned those stocks in 2008; however, he sold those shares long before issuing his ruling this week. In fact, this updated information will be released in the next report on his stock holdings.

If Feldman held financial interests in any of companies involved in the lawsuit or the Deepwater Horizon rig, he would not have been allowed the take the case. The 5th District Court uses a sophisticated computer system to check whether judges have a conflict of interest in any legal proceeding. This system automatically determines whether a judge needs to be recused from a particular case. In this lawsuit, Feldman was allowed to take the case because he did not own any stock related to the parties involved.

The attack was not based on facts, but it was a character assassination as a way to mitigate the influence of the scathing decision. If anyone should be questioned, it is the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar who disregarded the advice of his own scientific experts in declaring the deep water drilling moratorium. In the wake of the Judge’s ruling, Salazar said he would issue a “refined” moratorium, ask for a stay of the ruling and appeal the decision. Some legal experts predicted the preliminary injunction would lead the government to compromise on the moratorium. In fact, Salazar decided to be confrontational instead of working with business interests in Louisiana to find common ground.

JUST Must read it all…

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Jun 252010
 

Texas congressman worried about executive overreach


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Jun 252010
 

By Judson Berger

~A Char find

The Obama administration has been holding behind-the-scenes talks to determine whether the Department of Homeland Security can unilaterally grant legal status on a mass basis to illegal immigrants, a former Bush administration official who spoke with at least three people involved in those talks told FoxNews.com.

The issue was raised publicly by eight Republican senators who wrote to the White House on Monday to complain that they had heard the administration was readying a “Plan B” in case a comprehensive immigration reform bill cannot win enough support to clear Congress.


The White House would not confirm or deny the claim. It’s unclear what section of the illegal immigrant population such a move would target. But the former Bush official said the discussions are real.

“The administration at the very minimum is studying legal ways to legalize people without having to go through any congressional debate about it,” the source said, calling the senators’ claim credible. “Whether somebody pulls the trigger on that, that’s another issue.”

The senators — Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; David Vitter, R-La.; Jim Bunning, R-Ky.; Saxby Chambliss, Ga.; Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.; James Inhofe, R-Okla.; and Thad Cochran, R-Miss. — claimed in their letter that the administration was looking at extending what is known as deferred action or parole to millions of illegal aliens in the United States.

The former official said it’s unclear what specific avenues the administration is considering, but that one potentially feasible option would be to use either deferred action or parole to legalize at once the millions of immigrants who have overstayed their visas — not necessarily those who crossed the border illegally. The Department of Homeland Security estimated last year that 10.8 million undocumented residents live in the United States — the Pew Hispanic Center, which has a similar count, estimated in 2006 that at least 4 million of them overstayed their visas.

Deferred action and parole would give illegal immigrants the ability to seek a work permit and temporary legal status.

Those two tools are usually used on a case-by-case basis. The former official said any move to broaden that authority and use it on a mass basis would be “woefully inappropriate,” though politically brilliant.


The Republican senators who wrote to President Obama expressed a similar view. They wrote that any unilateral action would “further erode the American public’s confidence in the federal government and its commitment to securing the borders and enforcing the laws already on the books.”

The discussions of blanket legalization come in the middle of several concurrent and heated debates over illegal immigration. The recently signed immigration law in Arizona has divided the country, with some states trying to replicate the state’s tough legislation and other jurisdictions boycotting the state in protest. The Obama administration plans to file a court challenge.

Democrats, meanwhile, have been trying to round up support for an overhaul bill in Congress.

June 24, 2010
Business Leaders Fighting Illegal Immigration

Mayor Bloomberg leads group pushing for illegal immigration reform in order to help business


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Jun 252010
 

~A Blackie SM find

Kurt Nimmo Infowars.com

Earlier this week Reuters reported on a massive amount of methane discovered in the Gulf of Mexico. Texas A&M University oceanography professor John Kessler said methane gas levels in some areas are “astonishingly high.” Kessler recently returned from a 10-day research expedition near the BP oil gusher. Kessler’s team measured both surface and deep water within a 5-mile (8 kilometer) radius of BP’s destroyed wellhead. “There is an incredible amount of methane in there,” Kessler told reporters. He said the level may be as much as one million times the normal level.

In late May BP said methane makes up about 40 percent of the leaking crude by mass. In addition to methane, large mounts of toxic hydrogen sulfide, benzene and methylene chloride are leaking into the Gulf according to the EPA and others.

Lindsay Williams, a former Alaskan pipeline chaplain with high-level oil industry connections, told the Alex Jones Show on June 10 that deadly gases are indeed escaping from the breached wellhead.

Investigative journalist Wayne Madson, writing for Oil Price, states that his sources inside the federal government, FEMA, and the US Army Corps of Engineers are dealing with a prospective “dead zone” created by the escaping methane within a 200 mile radius from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.


In addition, Madsen reports, Corexit 9500, the oil dispersant used by BP, is viewed by FEMA sources as mixing with evaporated water from the Gulf. This deadly mixture is then absorbed by rain clouds and produces toxic precipitation that threatens to continue killing marine and land animals, plant life, and humans within a 200-mile radius of the Deepwater Horizon disaster site in the Gulf.

The “dead zone” created by a combination of methane gas and Corexit toxic rain, Madsen continues, will ultimately result in the evacuation and long-term abandonment of cities and towns within the 200-mile radius of the oil gusher.


“Plans are being put in place for the mandatory evacuation of New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Mandeville, Hammond, Houma, Belle Chase, Chalmette, Slidell, Biloxi, Gulfport, Pensacola, Hattiesburg, Mobile, Bay Minette, Fort Walton Beach, Panama City, Crestview, and Pascagoula,” Madsen writes.

On June 13, SoCal Martial Law Alerts (SCMLA) predicted that Gulf states would be evacuated. “Greg Evensen, a retired Kansas Highway Patrolman, estimates that 30-40 million people would need to be evacuated away from the Gulf’s coastline (i.e. at least 200 miles inland),” SCMLA reported.


In order to accomplish this gargantuan feat, the federal government (through FEMA and other agencies) would most likely seek first to control and manage the transportation system and then operate relocation centers to manage evacuees. Toward this end, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has already declared the airspace over the oil spill site to be a no-fly zone until further notice. Various sources have indicated that local police, highway patrol, National Guard, US military and foreign troops may be involved in an operation to evacuate the Gulf Coast. In fact, the Governor of Louisiana has already requested evacuation assistance (i.e. National Guard) for his state from the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Madsen’s trusted sources now lend credence to the SCMLA report.

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Oil Industry Insider and CFR Member Predicts Gulf Evacuation

Kurt Nimmo Infowars.com June 24, 2010

~ A Char find…

Buried in an article on Gulf of Mexico scenarios and predictions, Joel Achenbach of the Washington Post quotes Matthew Simmons, founder and chairman emeritus of Simmons & Company International.

In response to a tropical storm brewing in the Caribbean, Simmons says: “We’re going to have to evacuate the gulf states. Can you imagine evacuating 20 million people?… This story is 80 times worse than I thought.”

The National Hurricane Center said today that a stormy region in the Caribbean will get organized and strengthen into a tropical storm. It has a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone — in other words, a hurricane — in the next two days, an estimate that was at zero a few days ago. “Upper-level winds are expected to become more conducive for development of this system as it moves westward or west-northwestward around 10 mph over the next couple of days,” the NHC told the Baltimore Sun. “There is a medium chance (40 percent) of this system becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours.”

AccuWeather.com forecaster Joe Bastardi said steering winds could bring the storm into the Gulf of Mexico by early next week. Gulf waters are very warm, so that would not be good news, according to Bastardi. An AccuWeather.com illustration (above) depicts the storm pushing oil onshore.

Oil in the Gulf not only contains a massive amount of methane, but also deadly hydrogen sulfide, benzene and methylene chloride. BP admits methane makes up about 40 percent of the leaking crude by mass.

Matthew Simmons is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and subscribes the Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth propaganda. He is also a proponent of Peak Oil, the scarcity theory exploited by globalists to push for depopulation and a systematic dismantling of modern civilization.

Many scientists now believe oil is abiotic — continually generated deep within the earth — and is not finite and produced from organic material.

As Joel Skousen notes, Peak Oil is arriving “not so much because the supply has really peaked, but because the manipulated supply is peaking. The U.S. is withholding vast Arctic and offshore resources … and that isn’t likely to change in our lifetime. We’re stuck with these powerful controlling forces, and will be — thanks to a dumbed-down electorate — until it’s too late to do anything about it” (see Dr. Stanley Monteith, The Peak Oil Myth).

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Jun 252010
 

Americans’ confidence in Obama at all-time low


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Jun 252010
 

~Considering Farrah’s public brave battle…I chose to feature her here today. Michael Jackson is getting all the news spots…not here…

Actress Alana Stewart remembers her best friend Farrah Fawcett on the one year anniversary of her death.

This video is dedicated to Farrah Fawcett who passed away on June 25,2009 from Cancer. Farrah fought a long, hard, courageous battle with Cancer & sadly she didn’t win but she showed such courage, strength, persistence & perseverence & I admire her alot.

She was very brave to show the world what her battle with Cancer was like & just how tough of a battle it was. She also didn’t care about her infamous hair or how she looked she wanted people to see what Cancer did to her & what it is doing, has done & will continue to do to people until there is a cure. I really hope & pray that there will be a cure soon, it’s long overdue.

In the video I also wanted to acknowledge Ryan for the way he loved & supported Farrah. I wish they could have had more time together.

Also I couldn’t believe that Farrah was omitted from the Memorium at the OSCARS!! She was one of many that was left out that deserved to be in it & I mean the Oscars show is like 10 hrs. long so they have plenty of time to include all the people who deserve that respect. I feel bad for Farrah she was overlooked because she died on the same day as Michael Jackson & then she was ignored at the Oscars, it’s outrageous!!

Rest in Heavenly Eternal Peace Farrah

God Bless!!

~ BadZKarma99
Song: Time In A Bottle By: Jim Croce

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Jun 252010
 

~By ELANA SCHOR of Greenwire NYT

BP PLC has applied 272,000 gallons of dispersants to the surface of the Gulf of Mexico in the four weeks since U.S. EPA directed the company to stop using the chemicals, except “in rare cases” when other approaches to fighting the ongoing oil leak proved unworkable, according to government records.

A dispersant plane passes over an oil skimmer as it cleans oil from a leaking pipeline that resulted from last week’s explosion and collapse of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana Tuesday, April 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The oil giant’s dispersant strategy has come under scrutiny from scientists who warn that adding unprecedented volumes of the chemicals to the Gulf environment could pose unknown risks to human and marine health. But the surface use of dispersants, in some cases spread aerially by planes, stirs a specific worker-protection concern for National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Director John Howard.

“From a health and safety perspective, I’m not a fan of dispersants” sprayed from the air, Howard told Greenwire. “Unless you make sure you don’t have workers underneath the spray. That would be great.”


Controversy over BP’s compliance with the May 26 directive (pdf) issued by EPA and the Coast Guard on dispersant use flared anew this week when Richard Denison, a senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, released calculations that showed the oil giant had cut its average daily dispersant use by 68 percent relative to the previous daily maximum levels. EPA had set a 75 percent reduction as the “overall goal” for the company.

PDF: Dispersant Monitoring and Assessment Directive

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Video: Some concerned over raining oil from use of chemical dispersants on Gulf oil spill

In the video below a person claiming to be in River Ridge, Louisiana along the Gulf Coast records what appears to be oil flowing in the streets after a rainstorm. The man behind the camera claims that the oil actually came from the skies above. The presumption is that the storm picked up the oil from the Gulf of Mexico and dumped it back on the coast. If true, the video would certainly be a source of concern for Gulf Coast residents as it could pose a serious risk to public health, among other things.

Many who saw the video immediately reacted with skepticism. It would have been possible for the man behind the video to put oil in the street to set up some kind of hoax. Oil generally does not evaporate and it would therefore theoretically be impossible for a rainstorm to pick up the oil from the Gulf. Even the Environmental Protection Agency chimed in saying there was “no data, information or scientific basis that suggests that oil mixed with dispersant could possibly evaporate from the Gulf into the water cycle.”

However, others are saying that conclusion is bit premature. The blog Jalopnik cites a 2003 study entitled “Oil in the Sea III: Inputs, Fates, and Effects” which was released by the Ocean Studies Board, Marine Board, and Transportation Research Board for to question the EPA conclusion. The study shows that oil in open water begins to lose some of its volume. This process may be accelerated by the use of chemical dispersants which can change the chemical makeup of the oil on the surface. At that point, the study shows, oil can, in fact, evaporate.

The video and story emerging from reveal part of the tragedy of the Gulf oil spill. The entire disaster has been described as one giant science project. The EPA may be correct in saying no evidence exists that chemical dispersants allow oil to evaporate. However, that evidence may be lacking simply because we have never used chemical dispersants at this rate on this large of a spill before. Scientific experiments often lead to surprising conclusions. Unfortunately, in this case the people of the Gulf Coast appear to be the guinea pigs. We may never find out whether the chemical dispersant did in fact cause oil to rain on the Gulf Coast, and that lack of certainty should be very disconcerting.

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NOW in Florida–Oil Storm in Florida?




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Update 5/25: We’ve updated this post to emphasize that the effects of the dispersants aren’t clear.

In a conference call with journalists on Monday, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said the federal government is asking BP to “significantly scale back” its use of dispersants on the Gulf oil spill. Jackson said the agency was “not satisfied” with the company’s response, in which BP argued that despite an EPA order to select and switch to a less toxic dispersant, Corexit was the best option available. (Using dispersants is always a tradeoff, and Corexit has long been on the list of products previously approved for use on oil spills.)

BP has continued to apply Corexit to the Gulf [1], according to The New York Times. The forms of Corexit used by BP, as we’ve reported, are banned for use on oil spills in the U.K. [2] and have been linked to a slew of human health problems following their use on the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

~ Read the blog…

http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/category/keeping-them-honest/

May 24, 2010 BP pledges $500 million for research into impact of spill

Where are the oil, the dispersed oil, and the dispersant going under the action of ocean currents?
How do oil, the dispersed oil and the dispersant behave on the seabed, in the water column, on the surface, and on the shoreline?
What are the impacts of the oil, the dispersed oil, and the dispersant on the biota of the seabed, the water column, the surface, and the shoreline?
How do accidental releases of oil compare to natural seepage from the seabed?
What is the impact of dispersant on the oil? Does it help or hinder biodegradation?
How will the oil, the dispersed oil, and the dispersant interact with tropical storms, and will this interaction impact the seabed, the water column and the shoreline?
What can be done to improve technology:
To detect oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the seabed, in the water column, and on the surface?
For remediating the impact of oil accidently released to the ocean?

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