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Archive for May 30th, 2010

Rush Limbaugh: 10 Questions For Obama 2:38 Video


 

A Few of Limbaugh’s Questions He Would Have Asked Obama At the Press Conference

  • Do you prefer golf or basketball when avoiding the hard work of being President?
  • You say you won’t rest until every American has a job and the Gulf oil spill is capped and the area cleaned up, well why are you vacationing in Chicago over the Memorial Day weekend and returning to Washington for a Paul McCartney concert?”
  • Did you learn to solve big problems by putting your boot on people’s necks from Frank Marshall Davis, Saul Alinsky, Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright or Rahm Emanuel?”
  • When it comes to the Gulf oil spill, would you say that is better late than never is your motto or is it why do today what can be done tomorrow

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Three years ago, Steven Chu headed the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley where he received a $500 million grant from oil giant BP to develop alternative energy sources.

Chu received the grant from BP’s chief scientist Steven E. Koonin, described by Chu as “my twin brother.” Chu is now Brother O’s energy secretary, and Koonin works for Brother O’s Energy Department.  

I.M. Kane


 

BP’s corporate, personal ties to White House emerge

By Helene Cooper and John M. Broder

Three years ago, the national laboratory then headed by Steven Chu received the bulk of a $500 million grant from the British oil giant BP to develop alternative energy sources through a new Energy Biosciences Institute.

Chu received the grant from BP’s chief scientist at the time, Steven E. Koonin, a fellow theoretical physicist whom Chu jocularly described as “my twin brother.” Koonin had selected the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley, over other universities in the United States and Britain, in part because of Chu’s pioneering work in alternative fuels.

Today, Chu is President Barack Obama’s energy secretary, and he spent Tuesday in Houston working with BP officials to try to find a way to stop the flow of oil from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Koonin, who followed Chu to the Energy Department, is recused from all matters relating to the disaster because of his past ties to BP, said Stephanie Mueller, an Energy Department spokeswoman.

The relationships among Chu, Koonin and BP illustrate the complexity of the ties between the company and the government now playing out along the Gulf Coast as they struggle to cope with one of the nation’s worst environmental disasters. Just as the pentagon and military contractors develop symbiotic business, technical and political interdependencies, the government in this case needs BP’s offshore drilling technology and well-control equipment; the company needs the government’s logistical and scientific expertise, including that of Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist.

Some critics say the Obama administration has relied too heavily on BP’s assessment of the blowout and its solutions for addressing it. But government officials say that BP is legally responsible for plugging the well and cleaning up the mess. And they acknowledge that the government lacks the know-how to deal with the problem on its own.

There is no evidence that Chu or Koonin have represented BP’s viewpoints in internal deliberations or sought to influence administration policy in a way that would benefit BP. But John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog said: “From what I’ve seen, the Energy Department’s response has been less than rapid to this oil spill. This whole thing just underscores that corporate interests have created, over time, these relationships that give them unfair access to policymakers.”

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On December 13, 2008, 19-year-old Arsenio Morgan allegedly murdered Salvador Soliz, 18 and Ramiro Sanchez, 16 to gain membership into the 1200 Blocc Crips, a violent street gang.

“He was given instructions that he needed to kill somebody, and if that person happened to be Latino, more the better.”—Rod Pacheco, Riverside County District Attorney

Morgan allegedly fired into a group of kids playing in the yard in front of a house in Riverside, California, killing two Latino teenagers.

“Killing two young men just because they’re Latino is senseless, hateful and shall not be tolerated in the city of Riverside.”—Riverside Police Chief John De La Rosa

The black teen is currently serving six years for armed robbery and will be brought to Riverside to face murder charges within a few weeks.

I.M. Kane


 

Suspect allegedly murders teens for gang entry

By Rob McMillan

A year and a half after the murder of two teenagers in Riverside County, a suspect has been charged with their killing.

He’s accused of committing murder just to gain entrance to a violent street gang. And Thursday, nearly a year and a half after the crime, 19-year-old Arsenio Morgan will finally face justice.

“Unfortunately, he is like too many of our youth here in Riverside County,” said Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco. “This is a guy who’s aimless. He was given instructions that he needed to kill somebody, and if that person happened to be Latino, more the better.

It was December 13, 2008. A group of kids was playing in the front yard of a house, when from out of nowhere, gunfire. The lives of two teenagers ended that night. Salvador Soliz, 18, and Ramiro Sanchez, 16, were killed when Morgan allegedly fired into the crowd.

The families of both victims are still waiting for justice.

“He has no idea how much damage he’s caused this family,” said Maria Pedrasea, one victim’s mother. “My son didn’t have any problems with anybody, he just wanted to go and have a good time.”

As for the defendant, Pacheco says at minimum he’ll be seeking life in prison without parole. He could seek the death penalty.

Riverside Police Chief John De La Rosa hopes Thursday’s announcement will send a message.

“Killing two young men just because they’re Latino is senseless, hateful and shall not be tolerated in the city of Riverside,” said De La Rosa.

The defendant is already serving a six-year prison sentence for armed robbery. He’s scheduled to be brought to Riverside to face murder charges in this case some time within the next couple weeks.

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BP’s oil gusher in the Gulf won’t be stopped until relief wells are completed in August.

“There could be oil coming up till August when the relief wells are dug.”—Carol Browner, Director of Energy and Climate Change Policy.

Browner also admitted that it was Brother O’s Bread and Circuses Administration that stopped BP’s “top kill” effort.

“You cannot continue to put downward pressure on that will [sic]. It will not work.”—Stephen Chu, Energy Secretary

For more on the story see Obama Official: Oil In Gulf May Flow Until August By Frank James

I.M. Kane

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