Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Cruising the Web

The administration seeks to get around the rule of law in the Gulf. The WSJ details all the ways that, in their desire to demonize BP, the administration is violating established liability laws. If Obama's idea for a separate escrow account administered by one of his appointees is set up, look for the administrator to approve his legally fragile idea that BP should pay for those hurt by his own moratorium on deep water drilling.

What is it with these parents? First it was the balloon boy's family who wanted to cash in on their hoax to get a reality series and now we find out that sailboat girl's family had the same goal. The real difference is that they allowed to her to really go out and endanger herself. Is this really what the reality show craze has degenerated into: people endangering or lying about their children in order to get on TV? It's a sad, sad development.

John Podhoretz rips apart Obama's false analogy between the BP oil spill and 9/11. It's the difference between deliberate murder as an act of war and a tragic accident.

Byron York makes a serious allegation - that the Obama Energy Department was so focused on wind energy and other green sources of energy that they neglected their responsibilities in overseeing oil drilling.

Anne Applebaum calls the Obama efforts to sound tough in bashing BP "pathetic" and "dangerous."

Howard Kurtz says that Helen Thomas's colleagues did her a disservice by failing to rein her in. He does David Brinkley a disservice by even mentioning him in the same story as Helen Thomas.

Mona Charen had a great alternative
as to what Obama should have said last night. Sadly, he would never recognize the truth in her words.

Some California communities vote against unions. May it be the beginning of a larger trend.


Bachbone said...

California's Child Protective Services should assign a caseworker to have a serious talk with the Sunderland parents, though there's probably nothing that can legally be done even if they let Abby go out to try the same foolhardy stunt again. I wonder if they'd have allowed her to ride a bike from CA to New York City alone. To me, their actions were worse than sad; they were criminal.

Re: voting against union perks - the "solidarity forever" slogan may be sung or chanted in rallies and union halls, but when the union "brothers and sisters" start feeling a pinch in their wallets and purses, "solidarity" goes out the window. I've seen my UAW neighbors and NEA colleagues shopping at Walmarts and non-union supermarkets. Years ago, when hundreds of thousands of UAW members were laid off and their still working "brothers and sisters" were putting in as many as 12- and 16-hours a day, the auto companies offered to bring back some laid off union members if those working the overtime voted to cut their hours back to a 40-hour week. Those working the overtime voted that offer down. My next door neighbor, one of the lucky ones, once showed me his paycheck. He was taking home, after taxes, about $90,000 a year. (This was in the late 1970s and early 1980s.) The rank and file workers don't automatically vote the way their union officers/bosses tell them to vote, especially during tough economic times.

Locomotive Breath said...

She's not any different than any 16 year old Olympic gymnast.

tfhr said...

Locomotive Breath,

Are you saying she's a 12 year old Chinese girl?

Locomotive Breath said...

American gymnast.

Me, personally, I'd take the vagaries of the open ocean over those of a California freeway any day of the week.

tfhr said...

Just clarifying - something the Olympic committee seems to be behind on when it comes to verification of some of the PRC's gymnasts of late.

I'm with you on the sailing - perhaps the girl's parents can find a way to make money off of their daughter by pushing her into Olympic sailing.