A Fun Fact for Happy Hour Chit-chat…

Juan Cole over at Informed Comment has this Fun Fact about BP:

BP, by the way, is British Petroleum, a descendant of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. The Iranian parliament asked for a better deal from the AIOC in the late 1940s and early 1950s (they wanted a 50/50 cut of the profits, which was what ARAMCO offered Saudi Arabia). The AIOC absolutely refused. In response, the Iranian parliament nationalized the AIOC holdings in 1951. It was in order to restore Western Big Oil to its Iranian holdings that the CIA overthrew the democratically elected government of Iran in 1953, putting the shah back on the throne as a megalomaniacal capitalist dictator and puppet of Washington. The enraged Iranian public overthrew the shah in 1978-79, establishing the Islamic Republic that has been a thorn in Washington’s side ever since. So, BP’s earlier arrogance helped produce our current crisis with Iran, just as it’s current incompetence has produced the massive Delaware-sized oil slick now devouring Louisiana.

As you can see, it is all part of the circle of life.

Cheers

dengre



Kucinich Will Pay

Gawker has posted the guest list for tomorrow’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. I would call the gathering, to use a fine British slang phrase, a dog’s dinner, but then we BJers are all responsible pet owners who feed our dogs a well-balanced diet.

Those sensible progressives who’ve been less than entranced by certain of Dennis Kucinich’s “more emo leftist than thou” political gambits can now enjoy the schadenfreude of the Washington Times table:

Dan Snyder
Donovan McNabb
Mike Shanahan
Bruce Allen
Rick Perry
Ben Nelson
Dennis Kucinich
Thad McCotter
Jack Evans
Robert McDowell
Andrew Breitbart

I’m guessing they invited Donovan McNabb expressly to keep Perry from eating Cleveland’s second most notorious ecological disaster as an hors d’ouevre, or possibly to fish His Elfishness out of the pool of Breitbart’s spittle.

Alas, it is almost certain that Jack Evans is not the professional wrestler



The Most Amusing Spin Ever

Ed Morrisey with an instant classic:

In January, Barack Obama and Democrats insisted that the 5.7% annual growth rate in the fourth quarter of 2009 showed that their stimulus plan had set the American economy back on track for rapid growth and job creation. The administration needed a big number for 2010 to allay fears that unemployment would stagnate at the current high levels for the long term. Unfortunately, they didn’t get it, with the 3.2% annualized GDP rate for the first quarter of 2010 falling below analyst expectations…

Ed’s so full of shit he can spin 3.2% GDP growth as a bad thing without even breaking a sweat.

Simply hacktacular.



For Your Viewing Pleasure

If we let gays in the military, there will be videos of men wearing only their underwear and suspenders and a sign that says “STEAM” over their heads as they dirty dance with other men!

Might be time for the military to institute “Don’t Ask, Don’t You Tube”.

*** Update ***

Had no idea Anne Laurie posted this early morning.








Freakonomics

The National Review sure has some strange views on economics. First of all, they now believe that economic growth equals communism (via Brad DeLong).

And then there’s this, from one of John Derbyshire’s bankster friends:

Go ahead and continue to take us down, but you’re only going to hurt yourselves. What’s going to happen when we can’t find jobs on the Street anymore? Guess what: We’re going to take yours. We get up at 5am & work till 10pm or later. We’re used to not getting up to pee when we have a position. We don’t take an hour or more for a lunch break. We don’t demand a union. We don’t retire at 50 with a pension. We eat what we kill, and when the only thing left to eat is on your dinner plates, we’ll eat that.

For years teachers and other unionized labor have had us fooled. We were too busy working to notice. Do you really think that we are incapable of teaching 3rd graders and doing landscaping? We’re going to take your cushy jobs with tenure and 4 months off a year and whine just like you that we are so-o-o-o underpaid for building the youth of America. Say goodbye to your overtime and double time and a half. I’ll be hitting grounders to the high school baseball team for $5k extra a summer, thank you very much.

So now that we’re going to be making $85k a year without upside, Joe Mainstreet is going to have his revenge, right? Wrong! Guess what: we’re going to stop buying the new 80k car, we aren’t going to leave the 35 percent tip at our business dinners anymore. No more free rides on our backs. We’re going to landscape our own back yards, wash our cars with a garden hose in our driveways. Our money was your money. You spent it. When our money dries up, so does yours.

I have to wonder if this isn’t a joke, but who can tell these days?



Really- This Is All About Border Security

Race and racism has nothing to do with it:

Just a week after signing the country’s toughest immigration bill into law, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer now must decide whether to endorse another bill passed by her state legislature — one that outlaws ethnic-studies programs in public schools.

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Arizona’s superintendent for public instruction, Tom Horne, has said he’s backing the measure because ethnic-studies programs encourage “ethnic chauvinism”; he’s also suggested that such programs could breed secessionist sentiment among Hispanic students.

Since when is secessionist sentiment bad? Also, apparently accents will soon be verboten:

The Arizona Department of Education recently began telling school districts that teachers whose spoken English it deems to be heavily accented or ungrammatical must be removed from classes for students still learning English.

State education officials say the move is intended to ensure that students with limited English have teachers who speak the language flawlessly. But some school principals and administrators say the department is imposing arbitrary fluency standards that could undermine students by thinning the ranks of experienced educators.

Arizona wants to make it clear that the only acceptable accent is a proper German one.



Built to spill

Could this be the same black ops SWAT team that gunned down those grandmas in Illinois earlier today?

Limbaugh laid out his conspiracy theory, “Now lest we forget, ladies and gentlemen, the carbon tax bill, cap and trade, that was scheduled to be announced on Earth Day, I remember that, then it was postponed for a couple of days later, after Earth Day…This bill the cap and trade bill was criticized by hard core environmentalist wackos because it supposedly allowed more offshore drilling and nuclear plants, nuclear plant investment, so since they’re sending swat teams down there folks, since they’re sending swat teams to inspect the other rigs, what better way to head off more oil drilling, nuclear plants than by blowing up a rig? I’m just noting the timing here.”