Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The "Master Tinker" does so with endorsement of the USA miltiary.

Is there anyone in the USA that actually knows what to do with the USA war machine?  It would seem not. It is against the Geneva Convetions to kill civilians.  I want hearings.

In this Sunday, May 16, 2010 photo, Mushtaq Wahab walks through the Shiite cemetery in Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq. The cemetery is a kind of map to Iraq's history, at least that of its majority Shiites. The country's natural disasters, wars and tragedies are etched across the tomb stones that fill every square foot of its dusty, sun-blasted expanse. (AP Photo/ Alaa al-Marjani)

BP's CEO visited the beach in the USA and he didn't brign the family or his bathing suit.  From the picture he didn't even know from which direction the oil was coming from.  He might be able to find the oil rupture if he opened eyes and looked at OUR reality.  BP needs to remove itself from the circumstances and admit this is the second time they have been involved in destroying the biotic content in the USA while wiping out fisheries and destroying lives.  The Valdez is the first.  We don't need any Bush 'experts' to continue this charade either. 

Transocean is seeking to drain its treasury in order to move to bankruptcy, rename the company and continue it's environmentally unsound practices. 

I have a better idea.  Transocean can stop their PR campaign with it's stockholders and simply remove itself from the international market place.  I am confident their employees will find work elsewhere.  Making them perform to a standard that actually meets regulations to prevent tragedy in citizen's lives might be a real eyeopener for them.

By Tiernan Ray
Shares of Transocean (RIG), the owner of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico April 20, continue their downward slope today after Senator Ron Wyden (Dem., Oregon) this afternoon sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting that he investigate Transocean’s planned special cash dividend.
Wyden, joined by 17 democratic colleagues, including Pat Leahy of Vermont, and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, notes the company’s intent to make a special cash distribution of $1 billion in four quarterly installments, announced a little over a week ago.
“We are concerned,” the letter reads, “that such action to quickly move money out of corporate coffers to individual investors may make it more difficult to pursue liability claims against the company. Families of those who died in the disaster, the fishing industry that has been devastated by the oil spill and the governments that have worked full-time to clean up this spill deserve better.”

The letter also notes that Transocean “expects to make a $270 million profit on its insurance policy for the Deepwater Horizon, since the rig was insured for more than it was worth.”


The Iraq War, for the number of civilians dead, never solved anyone's problems.

This undated photo shows Jesse Bernard Johnston III, 26, wearing a Marine dress uniform with ribbons and medals even though records show he never served in the Marine Corps. An Associated Press investigation has found that, despite not having a military background, Johnston was able to join the Army Reserve in February and was given the rank of sergeant. Records show his only military experience was attending part of a 12-week Marine officer candidate course for college students in 2004. Because he didn't complete the course, he didn't become a Marine. The Army is now investigating the circumstances surrounding his enlistment and whether he was able to gain his rank based on a phony Marine record.

Mike Coffman, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, delivered a letter to Gates' office on Monday asking him to address issues raised by an Associated Press story last Friday detailing the case of Jesse Bernard Johnston III.

The AP reported that Johnston, 26, was given the rank of sergeant when he enlisted in the reserves in February despite no military experience other spending six weeks in a 12-week Marine officer candidate course while he was in college in 2004. Because Johnston didn't complete the course, he never became a Marine.

The Army has refused to comment, citing an ongoing investigation.
 Coffman, a Republican who served with the Marines in Iraq and the first Gulf War, wrote that he wants to know whether the Johnston case is an isolated incident or indicative of "a larger systematic failure" in vetting enlistees.


The troops aren't coming home fast enough.

With a worsening circumstance in the Gulf of Mexico, it is far more prudent to bring the cost of military deployments down. 

Bring the troops home now !

...It's official. The Pentagon says there are now more U.S. troops in Afghanistan (94,000) than in Iraq (92,000), reports CBS News national security correspondent David Martin.

This day has been coming ever since the Obama administration began the strategic shift from Iraq as the primary theater of war to Afghanistan.
For years, operations in Afghanistan were hamstrung by a shortage of troops and equipment. Officially, Afghanistan was called an "economy of force" operation. In reality that meant it got what was left after all the troop and equipment requires...


The joke that was Halliburton only made our troops more unsafe and the Iraqi people never welcomed it.

BAGHDAD, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Two assassinators of a newly- elected member of parliament were captured Monday in northern Iraq shortly after they fled the scene, a local police source said.

Two killers were captured in the northern city of Mosul, the third killer escaped, but was wounded by police, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

A car loaded with explosives which is used in the assassination was also seized by security forces, the source added.

Bashar Al-Ouqeidi, a newly-elected member of parliament from the cross-sectarian bloc Iraqia List, led by former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, was killed by unidentified gunmen in front of his house on Monday evening.

The Iraqia List won the most 91 seats in the March 7 parliamentary elections, only 2 seats more than the State of Law alliance led by incumbent Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, but it is not clear yet whether the loss of one elected member can be replaced by others of Iraqia List.

The results of the March 7 election have not yet been officially certified. No electoral bloc got enough seats to form a government on its own.


US soldier dies in northern Iraq

(AP) – 11 hours ago

BAGHDAD — The U.S. military says an American soldier has died in northern Iraq.

A statement by the military says the Joint Base Balad soldier was killed while conducting operations on Monday.

The incident is under investigation and no details were given.

The name of the deceased soldier is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The death raises to at least 4,400 the number of U.S. military personnel who have died in Iraq since the war began in March 2003. That's according to an Associated Press count.