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WI Gov. Scott Walker tells radio host he's bewildered by the way things have gone since Paul Ryan was picked


We already knew Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was bewildered by a number of things, including, say, reality and ethics, but now we find out Willard Romney's running mate is beginning to boggle what's left of his mind.

Via Politico:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told radio host Charlie Sykes on Friday that he is bewildered by the way things have gone since Ryan was picked.

I thought (picking Ryan) was a signal that this guy (Romney) was getting serious, he’s getting bold, it’s not necessarily even a frustration over the way Paul Ryan’s been used but rather in the larger context. I just haven’t seen that kind of passion I know Paul has transferred over to our nominee, and I think it’s a little bit of push-back from the folks in the national campaign. But I think for him to win he’s gotta (do) that.

Walker added, “They not only need to use (Ryan) out on the trail more effectively, they need to have more of him rub off on Mitt because I think Mitt thinks that way but he’s gotta be able to articulate that…I think too many people are restraining him from telling (his vision).”

He not only sounds bewildered, he sounds disappointed, frustrated, and like someone who is now aware he's supporting a losing candidate.

Other conservatives were scratching their heads, too. Follow the link for details:

The conservative frustration with Ryan’s role comes at a critical moment in the campaign, when many in the GOP are openly fretting that Romney is letting the election slip away.

According to every poll I've seen lately, it's slipping, sliding, rolling, slinking, and scurrying away.

If Willard Romney manages his own campaign this poorly, imagine how he'd manage the country. No, on second thought don't. I'd hate to be responsible for your declining mental and physical health.


VIDEO: Tar Sands Pipeline Protests Fail to Move White House


President Obama already has many of us who care deeply about the air we breathe livid about his dismissing a new EPA air quality standard for smog. Background here and here.

One might think that the president would be tuned into the ferocity of opposition from his base to his recent about-face on the environment. Apparently, he sees things differently than Bill McKibben and a lot of us do. This is one time when "looking forward" -- literally the future of this country-- really means something.

And this is one of those times President Obama is ignoring his own words and will fail to "win the future". I don't know if I'm more angry or bitterly disappointed. Via Roll Call:

Note to the pipeline protesters outside the White House: He's not listening. [...] Despite their pleas, the administration signaled that it is ready to greenlight the project after delaying the permit for the $13 billion project by Calgary, Alberta-based TransCanada for more than a year.

Proponents estimate the project will create 20,000 immediate jobs in construction and transportation, followed by more than 200,000 jobs when the pipeline is operational. Those figures helped sway the support of at least one labor union. [...]

The Amalgamated Transit Union and Transport Workers Union issued a joint statement on Aug. 19, saying, "We need jobs, but not ones based on increasing our reliance on tar sands oil."

Opponents of the project say more jobs can be created through alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power. [...]

Henn said environmental activists will continue to pressure the president in the runup to the elections, especially in areas directly affected by the pipeline, which would run from North Dakota to Texas.

Here's the thing, Mr. President: Jobs will seem less significant when working Americans take sick leave after having inhaled, swallowed, and/or absorbed pollutants that Big Oil so casually dismisses. Lives matter more than profits, more than jobs, more than corporate lobbyists, more than elections, more than anything.

Health matters. Quality of life matters. We matter.

And best of luck in 2012, because from what I'm hearing, despite your accomplishments, despite your likability, despite the joy and hope you inspired back in '08, voters are having serious doubts, and that is something you, and we, simply cannot afford. 


Feinberg: Clean-up workers will be compensated, even when they get sick years later


As Hugh Kaufman just said to me an in e-mail, "Hooray for Nadler and Feinberg!"  He rarely says things like that. What could be the reason for such joy? Positive news.

It's so novel to hear good news these days. Why, here's the hooray-worthy story now!

Kenneth Feinberg, in his new role overseeing compensation for oil spill victims, told a congressional committee Wednesday that he believes BP PLC should be made to pay for injuries that occur during clean-up.

The question has come up before, as lawmakers wondered about the long-term health effects of chemical dispersants used in the Gulf of Mexico.

As for Nadler, please check out my earlier posts on his efforts to get answers here (scroll down).

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said that flexibility to allow such claims is important because, as happened after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, it can take years for people to develop health problems after a disaster.

Without accurate and honest air contamination testing by EPA and OSHA for baseline and preventive actions, Feinberg's system to compensate folks for health damages will not work.

Hugh wrote in his e-mail:

As of now the EPA and OSHA air testing, like in the 911 WTC, is part of the cover-up. EPA Head Lisa Jackson admitted this in a tv interview, when she said EPA was testing the air so they could tell the pubic that the air is safe (not to identify the magnitude of the problem):

Most of my Hugh Kaufman-related posts are here, but please, please, watch him in this video. It's a great overview of much of the information I've passed on to you from him.


VIDEO: BP's "massive cover-up"


Relevant segment, with Hugh Kaufman and Dahr Jamail, starts at about 27:48.

With BP having poured nearly two million gallons of the dispersant known as Corexit into the Gulf of Mexico, many lawmakers and advocacy groups say the Obama administration is not being candid about the lethal effects of dispersants. We speak with Hugh Kaufman, a senior policy analyst at the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response and a leading critic of the decision to use Corexit.

Hugh Kaufman is a wonderful source of information about what's going on in the Mad Mad Mad Mad World of BP. Why? Because he keeps me updated constantly, and he has real cred. He's a senior policy analyst with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.

Today he appeared on Democracy Now, hosted by Amy Goodman. I am so glad he did, because now you can finally hear him say, in his own words, what I have been posting about all this time.

As you watch and listen, you'll hear Hugh refer Jerrold Nadler's efforts, Larry Fink, and Blackrock, among other things. Those are links to posts on each so that you can go back and catch up on the back stories. Most of my Hugh Kaufman posts can be found here, including what he talks about at about 35:00, the dangerous Corexit ingredients that EPA knew about, as opposed to "flying blind" as was claimed.

The use of dispersants (at about 36:30) is intended to cover up, to try to hide, the volume of oil that has been released, saving BP a tankerload of money.  Dispersants make it extremely difficult to clean up the gooey mess, making it impossible to skim the oil out of the water and impossible to quantify.

Hugh also compares the respiratory problems at 9/11's Ground Zero with those of the Oil Volcano. He notes EPA's false statements back then are eerily similar to what is happening in the Gulf. The air is NOT safe, nor is the water. Dispersants mixed with oil are not being tested properly, he says, nor is air pollution.

OSHA and others use BP's contractor for doing air testing; that would be the same company that is used by other companies to prove they don't have a problem. It's a "massive cover-up".

This link takes you to the exploding water video referenced by Hugh. Oil waste was in Alabama's water, not noticeable to the human eye, and children were exposed to it while playing at the beach. EPA claims it has tested the water and says it was safe. Then, from, Mobile, the video surfaced. Explosive news, in every sense.

At about 45:00, Dahr Jamail's (a wonderful journalist who worked with me briefly on an unrelated story) segment begins, and in it he said the following:

Kenneth Feinberg ... in charge of this 20 billion dollar compensation fund for being paid by BP to do this job...

Ken Feinberg... a BP salesman.

Can of worms doesn't even begin to describe this horrific, multi-layered situation.

In an e-mail today, Hugh said:

BP has, so far, has paid an average of $3,000/claim. That's very little money, given the magnitude of the damages. BP's incessant TV commercials (Link to a peek at the BP ads here) blaring how good a job they're doing making things right, costs orders of magnitude more than that.

He then linked me to this. And this.
And finally, last night Hugh also linked me to the following video:

iReport —

The National Contingency Plan prohibits the use of sinking agents on oil spills.  Why are we debating them?


If this young lad gets the cover-up, how long til more adults do?