Category Archive for 'disaster'

A Potentially “Exciting” Weekend in Western Washington

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

And, no, it isn’t that Obama is sticking around a few days longer than expected.
Rather, the weather forecast is showing a possibility of hurricane force wind gusts in the region. A typhoon is approaching. The caveat is that the presence of typhoon Megi adds some serious chaos to [...]

Billions Wasted in Rebuilding Iraq

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

This report might be more worthy of a media frenzy then, say, the fake “Ground Zero Mosque” bullshit:

A $40 million prison sits in the desert north of Baghdad, empty. A $165 million children’s hospital goes unused in the south. A $100 million waste water treatment system in Fallujah has cost three times more than projected, [...]

My Hero, Joe the Plumber

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

It is nice to be able to say that, and mean it. Added bonus: a real Joe who is a real plumber:

His name is Joe Caldart, a married, 40-something blue-collar guy with five kids and three hound dogs living in St. Francis, Kan. Mr. Caldart has 907 Facebook friends. He likes [...]

Independence Day

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Topical videos of 4ths past…

And the 4th today…
BP 4th of July Special.

Wartime President Obama

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Now that Obama has semi-officially declared “war” on the Gulf oil spill, he ought to get all the rights and privileges that a President gets for declaring a war on something you can’t technically go to war with.
Like…he should get to invade a couple of countries—How about the homeland of BP, [...]

Jittery Jindal

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Via Sam Stein at HuffPo:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wrote President Obama a letter on Wednesday criticizing his decision to implement a temporary moratorium of deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
Arguing that his state had already suffered crippling economic consequences, the Louisiana Republican urged Obama to rethink his decision to suspend activity at 33 previously [...]

A Hole Through Guatemala City

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Holy crap! Via Dot Earth:

This astonishingly unnerving photograph was posted today on the Flickr.com feed of the Guatemalan goverment and shows a seemingly bottomless sinkhole that opened up on Sunday in Guatemala City as a swath of Central America was drenched by tropical storm Agatha.

Palin’ Around with Projection

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Clearly, it is some combination classical psychological projection and stupidity that lead the mother of Drill Baby Drill to wonder:

“I don’t know why the question isn’t asked by the mainstream media and by others if there’s any connection with the contributions made to President Obama and his administration and the support by the oil companies [...]

An Inconvenient Statistic

Monday, May 17th, 2010

It isn’t just an inconvenient statistic, it’s a statistic that, inconveniently, has been independently replicated:

The climate center (NCDC) reports that the Earth’s combined land and ocean average surface temperature from January-April was 56 degrees, which is 1.24 degrees above the 20th-century average.
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NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies also reports that 2010, so far, is the [...]

Unmitigated Disaster

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The Gulf oil spill has become an unmitigated disaster. I mean, literally…it’s a calamity with no hope of mitigation for some time:

The criticism escalated on Thursday, a day after the release of a video that showed a huge black plume of oil gushing from the broken well at a seemingly high rate. [...]

Passing Thought

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

So Michael “Heck of a Job” Brownie thinks the oil spill was a political act by Obama and Texas Governor Rick Perry thinks that the oil spill was an act of God.
You know what this means, don’t you? Collectively, Republicans believe Obama is God.

Most Senate Republicans Still Loathe the Unemployed

Monday, April 12th, 2010

The bill to extend unemployment benefits went through in the Senate by a 60 to 34 margin today, thanks to four Republicans who realize that with 15 million unemployed Americans, this is a national emergency.
This obstructionism on the part of the remaining Senate Republicans would appear to be a cynical ploy to [...]

Fred Thompson Surrenders

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Via Ben Smith:

The president does not have the will and determination to do what’s necessary to win it. His heart’s not in it, and never has been. The Taliban knows it. Al Qaeda knows it. Our allies know it. And the American people know it.

I don’t entirely disagree with Thompson’s analysis, but it seems to [...]

Cafferty Gets Idiotic

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Jack Cafferty asks “At what point should President Obama stop blaming the Bush administration?”:

When it comes to Afghanistan, the Obama White House keeps pointing fingers at President Bush. Although the war is in its ninth year – they make it sound like things are back to square one.

What an idiotic statement.
Square one? Not [...]

Collision

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

What a horrible way to go!
Shortly after moving to the Seattle area 10 years ago, a neighbor friend and I rented a plane and went flying around the area. I was at the controls when a twin-engine plane came screaming toward us, seemingly out of nowhere. An evasive maneuver was required [...]

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