Patterico's Pontifications


Jon Stewart: Obama and Civil Liberties

Filed under: Obama — DRJ @ 8:25 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

A look at Obama’s civil liberty decisions through Jon Stewart’s eyes:

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BP Goes to the White House (Updated)

Filed under: Obama — DRJ @ 7:23 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

Politico reports six BP executives — including CEO Tony Hayward, Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg and BP America Chairman Lamar McKay — have arrived at the White House. CBS reporter Mark Knoller, the unofficial White House timekeeper, originally reported that President Obama would meet with them for only 20 minutes. However, Knoller recently updated that:

“Now I’m told Pres. Obama will attend two portions of the WH meeting with BP execs – spending more than the 20 mins on his schedule.”

How long can it take to demand BP hand over $20 Billion?


UPDATE: Washington Post business columnist Steven Pearlstein says President Obama erred by making this a showdown with BP’s CEO Tony Hayward. Instead of the “Barack and Tony Showdown,” Pearlstein says Obama should have worked with BP to solve the problem:

“From the moment when it became clear that the blowout preventer had failed and a major spill was inevitable, it should have been clear to both Obama and Hayward that they were in this mess together. Rather than calling for Hayward’s removal, the president’s attitude should have been, “Your guys screwed up, my guys screwed up, so we better both roll up our sleeves and fix this thing before we’re both out of a job.”

My impression is that, unfortunately, this is not how community organizers solve problems.

Note to Windows XP Users

Filed under: General — DRJ @ 7:09 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

If you use Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, take note:

“Last week, a researcher at Google went public with a security issue in the Help Center feature of Windows XP. Unfortunately, he did so shortly after telling Microsoft, which didn’t have time to fix the problem.

As a result, if you’re still using Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, your computer is now at risk.”

Click the link for more details and a short-term fix.

If you have a Windows system but aren’t sure what version it is, click START and type “winver” in the search box.


Incident at Fort Gordon

Filed under: General — DRJ @ 6:20 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

Monday evening there was an incident at Florida’s Fort MacDill AFB in which a man and woman were detained with weapons as they tried to enter the Base.

Tuesday evening a vehicle containing explosives was found at Fort Gordon Army Base in Georgia and a civilian was arrested. He was impersonating a soldier and may have had grenades.

Perhaps incidents like this are common but, in today’s world, it’s something I notice (with help from a friend).


Capitalism and the Oil Spill

Filed under: Economics,Obama — DRJ @ 6:05 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

Jake Tapper recounts how the Obama Administration has changed its position on the BP Oil Spill and solicited assistance from foreign governments:

“Twice since the BP oil spill began in late April the United States has sent notices out from all of its embassies worldwide asking countries if they have certain types of boom, a State Department official tells ABC News. The US also recently began seeking high-speed, high-capacity off-shore skimmers overseas, the official said.”

Tapper clarifies that the U.S. has to pay for most of the products, and only a few of our worldly neighbors are donating their products and assistance. Apparently the world is full of capitalists when it comes to cleaning up the oil spill.


Republicans for Reid

Filed under: 2010 Election,Politics — DRJ @ 6:01 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

USA Today:

“In her home state, Angle has reputation for being a “thorn in the side” of Republicans, Damore said, and some Nevada leaders would prefer having Reid in office compared to a conservative newcomer. A number of Republicans have thrown their support behind Reid, including Reno Mayor Bob Cashell.”

Everybody wants to be on the winner’s side in politics, but it would be interesting to compare what happens if President Obama campaigns for Reid and Sarah Palin campaigns for Angle.


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