Oct 31, 2010

The Democrats are their own worst enemy - National Political Spin | Examiner.com http://ping.fm/8Vr6R

Oct 30, 2010

2010 elections: Disaster on the horizon if the GOP wins - National Political Spin | Examiner.com http://ping.fm/E5LU6

Oct 28, 2010

Oil spill panel: Halliburton cement failed in BP Deepwater Horizon blowout http://ping.fm/mkLQH

Halliburton cement failed in Deepwater Horizon blowout

The BP Deepwater Horizon blowout may have been caused by an unstable cement mix brewed by Halliburton, the company hired to seal the BP leased Macondo oil well. However, information gathered from testimony at the President’s Oil Spill Commission show that Halliburton may have made false claims about the stability of their cement mixture.

“The cement mix's failure to prevent oil and gas from entering the well has been identified by BP and others as one of the causes of the accident. BP and Halliburton decided to use a foam slurry created by injecting nitrogen into cement to secure the bottom of the well, a decision outside experts have criticized,” according to the Huffington Post.

"The panel says that of four tests conducted in February and April by Halliburton, only one – the last – showed the mix would hold. But the results of that single successful test were not shared with BP, and may not have reached Halliburton, before the cement was pumped, according to a letter sent to commissioners Thursday by chief investigative counsel Fred Bartlit."

"BP had in hand at the time of the blowout the results of only one of the tests – a February analysis sent to BP by Halliburton on March 8 that indicated the cement could fail.

Despite knowledge of the risk of a major blowout, BP chose to move forward with drilling the 5,000 foot deep water well.

Eleven men died when a gas bubble exploded on the deck of the Deepwater Horizon on April 20, 1020. The rig burned for two days before it was thrown into the sea, marking the beginning of the worst oil spill in American history.

During the course of the five month long disaster, 186,480,000 gallons of oil (4.4M barrels) and nearly 2 million gallons of chemical dispersant  were poured into the Gulf of Mexico. The long term affects on the ecosystem and human health are still unknown.

Oct 26, 2010

Neutering a male dog is not an insult to his manhood - Tampa Bay animal welfare | Examiner.com http://ping.fm/opgAv

Oct 25, 2010

Is the Tea Party racist? - National Political Spin | Examiner.com http://ping.fm/xoi4W
What would have happened if the 2010 Gulf oil spill could not have been stopped? http://ping.fm/ZbJEC

Oct 22, 2010

Oil spill testimony: Deepwater Horizon spill was not an accident - National Political Spin | Examiner.com http://ping.fm/pKMjm
Killing Democracy: Can the Tea Party turn America into a Corporate Dominion? - National Political Spin | Examiner.com http://ping.fm/kOd0a

Oct 21, 2010

Poll: Joe Sestak takes lead in Pennsylvania Senate race - National Political Spin | Examiner.com http://ping.fm/T8fWC

Oct 19, 2010

French protestors fill streets of Paris over pension reform plan http://ping.fm/CUAyV

Oct 18, 2010

Tea Party News: Ron Paul suggests repeal of anti-segregation Jim Crow laws - National Political Spin | Examiner.com http://ping.fm/FmeNZ

Oct 17, 2010

Proposition 19: Legal pot smoking takes lead in California polls - National Political Spin | Examiner.com http://ping.fm/A2nmg

Oct 16, 2010

County offers ridiculous $105K salary to new employee - Tampa Bay Hernando County Political Buzz | Examiner.com http://ping.fm/xtsru
The horrors of animal abuse in Hernando County Florida - Tampa Bay animal welfare | Examiner.com http://ping.fm/giPa3

Oct 14, 2010

President Barack Obama related to Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and George W. Bush - National Political Spin | Examiner.com http://ping.fm/PJjuc
Chilean miners finally find freedom http://ping.fm/ciYuC

Oct 9, 2010

Secretariat: Equine legend with a message for humans - Tampa Bay animal welfare | Examiner.com http://ping.fm/9Kk8l
Shine the Light Ministries helping victims of Florida foreclosures - Tampa Bay Hernando County Political Buzz | Examiner.com http://ping.fm/0v6Sj
Rescuers reach trapped Chilean miners http://ping.fm/rJuqw

Oct 7, 2010

GOP candidate Meg Whitman bashed for hiring illegal Mexican housekeeper - National Political Spin | Examiner.com http://ping.fm/bTSlM
Panel blasts Obama Administration for hiding BP oil spill data - National Political Spin | Examiner.com http://ping.fm/J12ek
Obama Administration involved in cover up of Gulf oil spill disaster - National Political Spin | Examiner.com http://ping.fm/KEcu7

Oct 6, 2010

Donald Trump considers running for president in 2012 - National Political Spin | Examiner.com http://ping.fm/GfhXv

Oct 5, 2010

Humane Society of West Pasco needs help with dog and cat adoption drive - Tampa Bay animal welfare | Examiner.com http://ping.fm/74DoG
Deepwater Horizon Testimony: BP interfered with efforts to save burning rig http://ping.fm/jNf6N

Oct 4, 2010

Donald Trump for president? - National Political Spin | Examiner.com http://ping.fm/2ClHy

Oct 2, 2010

Lawmakers fight US Fish and Wildlife Service plan to save ANWR from oil drilling - National Political Spin | Examiner.com http://ping.fm/HC6XW

Oct 1, 2010

What happens when lobbyists complete their takeover of America?

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As recent polls suggest, America is indeed heading in the wrong direction. A confused and manipulated electorate is being brainwashed into believing that the United States of America should no longer be ruled by its people for the greater good. Instead the masses are being led to believe that every inch of our nation should be run by, and for, profit.

When votes no longer count toward serving the will of the people, we will see the end of Democracy. Some believe we have already arrived.

The conservative Republican agenda is pro-big business and pro-deregulation. On the other side of the isle, Democrats have traditionally been the party of the middle-class, but even that platform has become clouded with the rise of the Blue Dog Democrats. In reality, party affiliation matters less and less since millionaire lobbyists are influencing more decisions in Washington than constituents. The trend seems to be running away like a loose horse in the marketplace. Whatever gets in the way is trampled and crushed.

What exactly does this mean for average Americans who have to work for a living?
There is no clear-cut answer as to where our corporate-owned US government will ultimately take us, but if we consider the foreclosure epidemic and 2010 Census data showing poverty at its highest level in 100 years, the direction is down for all but the super rich in our fading Democracy.

Back in 1999, “An agreement between the Clinton administration and congressional Republicans, reached during all-night negotiations which concluded in the early hours of October 22, set the stage for passage of the most sweeping banking deregulation bill in American history, lifting virtually all restraints on the operation of the giant monopolies which dominate the financial system.”

The move was orchestrated by lobbyists in “the best-financed campaign of influence-buying ever seen in Washington.” But only until the health care reform debate began.
“In the first quarter of 2009, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America spent $7 million dollars lobbying against the President’s proposal. Pfizer came in second spending more than $6 million.”

There is a pattern here that should terrify most Americans. Things being discussed in today’s political arena that were considered political suicide a decade ago are now getting serious attention. Dismantling Social Security, repealing the 17th Amendment of the US Constitution and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and lowing or eliminating the national minimum wage. All these are targeted at giving more money to millionaires and less to the general public. America’s safety net is the enemy of big business because accommodating it cuts into corporate profits.

Sources and recommended links:

Republican Senate candidate wants to lower minimum wage?
Clinton, Republicans agree to deregulation of US financial system

2010 Census: Poverty and foreclosures rip America

GOP wants to give Social Security to Wall Street gamblers

Republican Pledge to America drafted by lobbyist in bed with AIG, Exxon Mobil, drug makers

Michelle Bachmann fueling republican drive to eliminate Social Security