BP To Pay $4.5 Billion For Deepwater Horizon

Posted by on Nov 15, 2012 in Government | No Comments

Two and a half years after tens of millions of gallons of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico from BP’s Deepwater Horizon drill platform, the company has pleaded guilty to more than 10 felonies and been fined $4.5 billion (largest in US history). In addition, two company employees will be charged with manslaughter related to […]

“Largest Tax Increase In History”

Posted by on Jul 3, 2012 in Analysis, Government, Politics | No Comments

Before the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act last week, the primary Republican  line of attack against were over-the-top hyperbolic, but at least subjective: government takeover of health care, unconstitutional overreach, etc. But from the moment the SCOTUS determined the law stands as an exercise of Congress’ taxing power, though, Republicans have gone empirical. […]

The Republican Party In Action

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in 2012 Campaign, Government, Politics | No Comments

Ezra Klein at the Washington Post outlines how the GOP managed to take an idea they promoted for at least two decades, the individual mandate, and within two years set the stage for the Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional: The first step was, perhaps, the hardest: The Republican Party had to take an official and unanimous stand […]

Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Government | No Comments

How many times have you heard a Republican interviewed about energy and they say we would have lower gas prices and wouldn’t need to rely on imports from the Middle East if us terrible liberals would just let oil companies have access to more public lands. Maybe dozens or hundreds of times right. Whenever you […]

BREAKING: Congress Passes a Bill

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Government | No Comments

I know it is hard to believe, but it is true. Congress passed a bill: On a broad bipartisan vote of 78 to 20, the Senate voted Tuesday to extend the life of the U.S. Export-Import Bank and expand its authority to make loans to U.S. exporters. In the “Schoolhouse Rock” version of how Capitol Hill […]

Stuff That Isn’t Obviously Torture

Posted by on May 4, 2012 in Government | No Comments

Via a ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a list of “things that government officials could do to an American citizen and still claim later that they didn’t know they were “torturing” that citizen.” Prolonged isolation; Deprivation of light; Exposure to prolonged periods of light and/or darkness; Extreme variations in temperature; Sleep adjustment; Threats […]

FAA’s Double Secret Probation

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Culture, Government | No Comments

Grant Cardone used his iPad to record a mid-flight bird-strike on a Delta flight from LFK to LAX. A crew member ordered him to stop recording. He refused. Well it would seem the FAA is is not so happy about this. In a letter Cardone received: Your failure to comply with flight attendant instructions during a critical phase of flight […]

Obama’s Budget Creates Jobs (Lots of Them)

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in Government | No Comments

The Economic Policy Institute released an analysis today of the programs in President Obama’s newly proposed budget plan which are aimed at boosting job growth. All told, it would yield approximately 1.5 million new jobs in fiscal year 2012, and around 1.3 million in 2013. This would result in a drop in the unemployment rate of 0.5 percent in 2012 and […]

Yes Republicans Are Crazy

Posted by on Jul 15, 2011 in Government | No Comments

Most of us have known that for some time. But it appears others in the media are starting to catch on as well. Via the Paul Krugman: There aren’t many positive aspects to the looming possibility of a U.S. debt default. But there has been, I have to admit, an element of comic relief — […]