Washington Meant What He Said – UPDATED

UPDATE: Bender gives us this in the comments; George Washington being told what to do by the "idiotic cerebral meritocracy":This piece by Larry Getlen, at the NY Post is a must-read for the day:Washington’s plan was to conquer the Hessians on Dec. 26 by sending troops across the Delaware in three sections — under cover of darkness — the night before.Colonels John Cadwalader and Daniel Hitchcock would lead 1,800 men to block potential Hessian reinforcements from arriving from Burlington, N … [Read more...]

Transparency Abounding!

I've been noticing how scarce seem the pictures of damage to the coastal wildlife of the Gulf. Now I know why.More at Hot Air; be sure to watch the second video.I wonder how much different all of this would be had the federal government--who is responsible for the protection of these waters--had not talked big about "stepping on necks" awhile doing nothing; if it had accepted the help and expertise of numerous nations, rather than waving them off; if it had started introducing clean-up … [Read more...]

Heading out of weekend round-up

Heehaa! Time to round up those little doggies in my tab bar and send them into the corral afore the weekend gits busy. Here you go, cowpokes!I was in the middle of putting this post together when the Great Big Siege of First Things occurred and left me unable to finish culling together all the links. So, instead of opening your weekend with all these links, you can spend a leisurely Sunday perusing them!Start with this: a priceless and perfect economy of wordsDo you get the sense, as I … [Read more...]

Obama-McChrystal-Petraeus Reactions

On NPR this afternoon, I heard a report that some military folk on the ground at Kandahar believed McChrystal would get off with a tongue-lashing for the Rolling Stone piece, particularly since it was his underlings who made the most controversial comments.I tend to think more along the lines of Victor Davis Hanson:I think conservatives are making a big mistake citing all sorts of legitimate reasons for McChrystal to have expressed frustration. I agree with almost all of them, but they are … [Read more...]

Obama & Hayward; Two sides of a coin

Oh, this is rich, and as tone-deaf and irony-challenged as ever:A White House spokesman had a little fun at the expense of BP CEO Tony Hayward at the daily briefing Monday, tweaking him for taking his yacht out on the water for a race off English shores while the waters of the Gulf become ever more polluted."You know, look, if Tony Hayward wants to put a skimmer on that yacht and bring it down to the Gulf, we'd be happy to have his help," Bill Burton said.A skimmer is a piece of equipment … [Read more...]

Obama's BP Speech Set to Music – UPDATED

It was about at specific as this:Legal Insurrection has Obama's speech in one sentence and questions.Even MSNBC is underwhelmedReasonTV: 3 Reasons why Obama should kick himself.Stephen Green: liveblogged as did Althouse. Note, Obama is going to start a commission!So, he's going to create "green jobs" which last week the WH asked Americans to define for them. He's going to help out all the oilmen he's about to throw out of work with "green jobs." He's going to fix everything.We … [Read more...]

1200 Hours After Rig Explosion – UPDATED

It has been 1200 Hours since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.Dead sea turtle lies on beach in Pass Christian, Mississippi(Source)There have been dozens of dead sea turtles found washing up on the beaches.And dolphins:And young herons:All manner of sea life are dying in the Gulf of Mexico.So are jobs and livelihoodsPondering these heartbreaking pictures, I tried to find out what serious steps the Obama administration has taken to bring every available … [Read more...]

Pie Pellicane, Iesu Domine…

Pelicans back in dangerIn St. Thomas Aquinas' Adoro te Devote, we sing:Pie Pellicane, Iesu Domine, Me immundum munda tuo sanguine. Cuius una stilla salvum facere Totum mundum quit ab omni scelere.Translation: Lord Jesus, good Pelican, wash me clean with your blood, one drop of which can free the entire world of all its sins.Why "Jesus, good Pelican?" The Pelican has come to be a symbol of the Eucharist:The Pelican is a symbol of the atonement and the Redeemer and is often found in … [Read more...]

Obama Knew Spill Scope from Day 1

AP Photo/Charlie RiedelWait, what?Critics have bashed President Obama for being slow to seize the political initiative in combating the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast, now widely believed to be the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. The White House has battled back, releasing a timeline of events showing that Obama was briefed—and deploying the Coast Guard—within 24 hours of the Deepwater Horizon blowout.What has not been previously disclosed: The president was not only briefed o … [Read more...]

Vacuuming up the oil Spill, Part II

Vice-President Joe Biden, last night, talking to Charlie Rose:“BP is not in charge. The federal government, the president of the United States, is in charge.”Now, check out this video of Keith Olbermann talking to former Shell Oil President John Hofmeister:Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economyYesterday I wrote about the notion of engaging supertankers and vacuuming up the oil from the surface of the Gulf.I made it very clear that I had no idea if suc … [Read more...]