BP = Brazen Powermongers

June 05, 2010 by barbara

Alan Anderson writes

So here we all are, struggling to understand what's happening in the Gulf regarding the huge oil spill. It’s very important to know who the players are and what they represent.

BP (formally British Petroleum and the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company) is the largest company in Britain. Along with the US CIA, BP was involved in the overthrow of a democratically elected government in Iran after they nationalized the oil industry without compensating AIOC.

BP has donated more than $5 million to political campaigns since 1990, giving 72% to Republicans and 28% to Democrats. They spent $16 million dollars on lobbyists in 2009. They have been fined three times for safety violations—one of those related to the 2005 explosion in Texas that killed 15 workers and injured 150 more. They were fined $87 million by OSHA and placed on probation. A review of the company found organizational and safety deficiencies at all levels of the corporation.

Another corporation involved in the Gulf disaster is Houston-based Halliburton, an oil servicing company. Former VP Cheney was their CEO from 1995-2000. Read on.

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

June 01, 2010 by barbara

barbara writes

Had an interesting experience on Memorial Day. We visited Fort Snelling National Cemetery. W wanted to “plant” a flag on his uncle’s grave (the uncle who died in Belgium during WWII). Brother G and I wanted to re-find our parents’ grave in that vast sea of identical, precisely placed white headstones. Something like 180,000 of them, I read somewhere. Our father served in the Navy in Guam and Okinawa during WWII.

There was so much traffic approaching the cemetery that multiple police officers were at every intersection from I-494 north, all along 34th Avenue and up Post Road.

We discovered as we neared the uncle’s grave that a major speaking event was in progress. Heard the loud-speaker intro for MN’s senior Senator, Amy Klobuchar (who said that her previous introduction at an event was as Minnesota’s senior citizen, but I digress). Listened to her speak. Joined in the applause.

Next up was Tim (MIA) Pawlenty, who pretty much only shows up when there’s media attention. Heard his opening comment. W, G and I exchanged wordless looks, and walked away, in search of the parent grave.

Rude? Maybe. But for us, there was something akin to 60-cycle hum about the voice of the man who has utterly betrayed living Minnesotans at every opportunity to do so.

Some would say it is not nice to disrespect the governor. I would say that respect must be earned. It was perversely pleasing to turn my back on the man who has turned his back on Minnesota.

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Short term memory loss

May 31, 2010 by barbara

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Join the conversation

May 12, 2010 by barbara

barbara writes

I'm moving up a couple of comments from an earlier post. It's a conversation that needs to happen. Are you in?

barbara wrote: Four years ago, we had a chance to unseat Minnesota’s execrable Unallotment Governor, but our hack-backed, hot-headed DFL candidate shot himself (and therefore all of us) in the foot/feet.

anon commented: You are correct.

It is about to happen again. Big Marg has about as much chance to be Gov as I do, which would be zilch. Doe-eyed Dayton is on the same level and the Worthington flash is likely to have "issues" prior to November. Good job DFL !

A huge wave is about to come ashore in November. You can then write a lot of posts trying to explain it. But I think you already know that.

barbara responded: You've burrowed to a core issue, I think. Explaining failure after the fact. It's become a hallmark of Dem strategery. Read on.

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And so it begins . . .

May 06, 2010 by barbara

barbara writes

UPDATED May 08; click to read whole post.

This is just the beginning, of course. Now the strong-arm tactics of Maricopa County's legendary bully, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, have been legalized by the State of Arizona. Concerning this arrest, Arpaio essentially said, "Oh, well, this stuff happens." Yeah, well, This. Stuff. Is. Just. Wrong.

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