Jueseppi B.:

Thank you Motley News and Photography, as well as “The Protectors” , “ORCA Killer” and “The Great Oz”.

Originally posted on Motley News:

As expected, any Romney supporter (with heavy financing), was shocked at the final outcome from November 6th, the night President Obama retained his seat. We have all heard the whining, crying, finger-pointing, foul, and so on and so on. But there were a couple of items which stood out more than others.

We all know that Karl Rove flipped out on FOX News when they announced Obama won Ohio. The video is below if you haven’t seen it. Basically, Rove just could NOT understand what was happening, which is what I expected. Although he did have a very shocked “the sun just rose in the west” look on his face, and that is what surprised me. Even more shocking was hearing many top supporters and chiefs cry that Romney was supposed to win with a landslide. That is NOT what the polls had been showing the entire time.

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Shades Of The Past: Oil Rig Explosion and Fire in Gulf Coast. Two Missing

By Jueseppi B.




The US Coast Guard confirms that a rig explosion occurred in West Cote Blanche in the Gulf of Mexico, Nov. 16, 2012.(Pamela Garrie Kibodeaux/KATC)





Nov. 16, 2012

Oil Rig Explosion and Fire in Gulf Coast, Two Missing




An oil and gas rig off the coast of Louisiana was hit by an explosion and fire this morning, leaving crew members missing.


The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed that a Black Elk Energy Co. oil and natural gas platform had some sort of explosion occur in the gulf, sending plumes of black smoke into the sky over the water.


Two people are missing and “probably overboard,” according to Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega.


Four people aboard the platform were airlifted for medical treatment.


The platform was located about 20 nautical miles southeast of Grand Isle, La., when the explosion happened, Vega said. It is not clear whether the platform is still burning.


There has been no report that any oil spilled into the gulf.


The Louisiana governor’s office said that the rig was non-producing, and the explosion occurred during some kind of maintenance work happening aboard the platform.


The explosion and fire comes the day after BP agreed to a $4 billion settlement for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion in the gulf, triggering the worst offshore oil spill in the country’s history.



Occasionally one can learn real news from Faux Spews….if it’s NOT political:


2 missing in Louisiana oil rig explosion that killed 2, injured 4 others


DEVELOPING: Authorities are searching for two missing workers after an oil rig exploded Friday off the coast of Louisiana, killing at least two people and injuring four others.


Three of the four injured workers, who were transported to Jefferson Medical Center, are said to be in critical condition, according to local media reports.


The rig, a production platform owned by Black Elk Energy, is about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La. There was no immediate word if any oil had spilled from the platform.


Coast Guard Capt. Peter Gautier told WWL-TV that 28 people were believed to be aboard the rig.


Gautier said the platform was not actively producing oil and it is not believed there is any chance for a major environmental disaster.


He said initial reports were that maintenance workers were cutting into a pipe and that oil may have escaped, causing the explosion.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally, a spokesman for the Coast Guard, said two helicopters, an airplane and small boats were sent to the area.


The fire caused by the explosion had been put out yet, according to WVUE.


The platform is a production platform, unlike the Deepwater Horizon rig, which was drilling an exploratory well for oil giant BP in mile-deep water well to the east of Friday’s reported explosion.


A spokesman for Black Elk Energy could not immediately be reached for comment.


Black Elk is an independent oil and gas company headquartered in Houston, Texas.


The company’s website says it holds interests in properties in Texas and Louisiana waters, including 854 wells on 155 platforms.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/16/fire-on-oil-rig-in-gulf-mexico-coast-guard-officials-say/#ixzz2CPPfQ6iV



Friday’s Potpourri








Republican Congressman Joe Heck Baffles Soledad O’Brien With Bizarre Quasi-Defense Of Susan Rice


Published on Nov 15, 2012

Unless this turns out to be a very long, very stupid day, this segment from Thursday morning’s Starting Point has to be the WTF Clip Of The Day. Congressman Joe Heck (R-NV), as in “Heck if I know what he’s talking about,” appeared on CNN’s morning show to talk about hearings on the Benghazi attacks of Sept. 11, but jumped the tracks when host Soledad O’Brien asked him to defend the despicable scapegoating of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice. O’Brien asked Heck if he agreed with Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham that any potential Rice nomination should be blocked, and he replied with some sort of reverse Jedi mind trick that ended with a weird pseudo-defense of Ambassador Rice.


Things started off relatively normal, as Soledad asked Rep. Heck what the House Intelligence Committee expects to get from embattled General David Petraeus in today’s closed-door session.


“We’re trying to get all the information on the attacks in Benghazi, and a clear time line,” Rep. Heck replied. “There’s still a lot of conflict between what the administration and intelligence community are saying on how this attack evolved. We need to have full accountability of the administration, intelligence community. We need to have answers and transparency for the American people, and certainly for the families of those who were lost.”


So far, so good. With his “information, answers,” and “transparency,” Rep. Heck had demonstrated his ability to recite the dictionary definition of “hearing.” Then, things got tricky.


“We know that John McCain and Lindsey Graham, both Senators, have said they will try to scuttle any nomination if that would happen,” Soledad said. “Would you support that scuttling?”


Heck responded, “You can’t put somebody out as the face of the issue on all the Sunday morning talk shows, and turn around weeks later and say she knew nothing about the incident, had nothing to do with it. That is just plainly wrong. You don’t put somebody out who doesn’t know about the issue and have them go out to feed us the information that the administration wants put out. So we have to get to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi, and certainly the Senate will hold confirmation hearings, if she’s nominated.”


Heck didn’t really answer the question that was asked of him, but an observer could make the reasonable inference that he’s not a Dr. Rice booster.


“Isn’t that exactly analagous of what happened to Condoleezza Rice, who John McCain supported, and who Lindsey Graham supported?” Soledad asked.


Heck then proceeded to explain that they’re not the same, because “Condi Rice was in the position to be able to be the face. The information was wrong,” whereas with Susan Rice, “we had wrong information, and weeks later the administration was coming back saying this person had nothing to do with the situation.”


So, it’s different because what Condoleezza Rice did was worse? That sounds like what he was saying. The difference is that Condoleezza Rice helped lead the U.S. into the Iraq War by disseminating bad intelligence about which she was in a position to know better, whereas Susan Rice had nothing to do with Benghazi, save delivering exactly what intelligence sources were telling the administration at the time. But that can’t be right.


“Let’s walk through that more slowly — let me walk through that more slowly so you don’t lose me,” O’Brien replied. “You’re saying the issue in both cases, weapons of mass destruction and information intelligence coming to the U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, both cases the information was wrong. What you take exception with is what the White House did later?”




Soledad took another run at Heck, before pleading with panelist Charles Blow for help. “Charles Blow, help me. forgive me. I’m not being facetious at all. He is saying nobody said Condoleezza Rice didn’t have anything to do with the situation.”


“What I’m trying to figure out,” Blow said, “is, are you saying that Condoleezza Rice actually should have known, because she had more intimacy with the information and then still said something that she knew was wrong and then, in fact, Susan Rice is a sacrificial lamb because she was put out as the face of the administration but didn’t know anything? Matter of fact, it’s more of a defense of Susan Rice than it is a condemnation of Susan Rice.”


“That’s how it sounds to me.” O’Brien said.


That’s how it sounds to me, too, and anyone else with marginal fluency in English.


O’Brien took one more stab at summarizing Heck’s point. “I feel like you’re saying, from your own comments, that Susan Rice had nothing to do with either of those things. She didn’t have something to do with the intelligence failures, which I believe you just said. And it looks as if she had no knowledge at the time,” Soledad said, asking “Why would you possibly blame her then?


“I’m not blaming Ambassador Rice,” Heck replied, as O’Brien miraculously controlled the urge to smash her own forehead into the desk.






McCain, Fighting For Relevance, Exposed as a Disingenuous Hypocrite on Benghazi










Jobs: Rewriting a Blatant, Malicious FOX News Conspiracy Theory


Republicans have no logic and they have a cognitive problem with making logical connections.











America has never been about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. That’s the principle we were founded on.”



President Barack Obama, November 7, 2012~




“Disagree Intelligently, Use The Facts & Truth™”



The Daily Snapshot From Barack’s House

By Jueseppi B.







Rebuilding New York City


Yesterday, President Obama traveled to Staten Island to promise residents his support as they begin the long process of rebuilding their devastated community just two weeks after Hurricane Sandy tore its path of destruction through the New York City borough.



Speaking to local residents, first responders, and elected officials, the President promised that he would return to the region again and again, until the rebuilding is complete.



Check out a photo gallery of the President’s trip to Staten Island



West Wing Week: 11/16/12 or “That’s Who We Are”


This week, the President invited fourteen middle-class Americans to stand with him as he spoke on next steps for our continued economic recovery, marked Veteran’s Day with service members, veterans, and their families at Arlington National Cemetery, held a news conference in the East Room, and traveled to New York to continue to work on recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.



West Wing Week: 11/16/12 or “That’s Who We Are”





Friday, November 9th:

  • The President spoke to reporters in the East Room, flanked by middle-class Americans and urged House republicans to support a Senate passed bill that would prevent tax increases on middle-class families, and 97% of small businesses from taking effect at the end of the year.



Sunday, November 11th:

  • The President and First Lady were joined by the Vice President and Dr. Biden to honor Veteran’s Day at Arlington National Cemetery, where the President laid a wreath, addressed the gathering  at the Memorial Amphitheater, and traveled to section 60, to visit with families of service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.



Wednesday, November 14th: 

  • The President convened an East Room news conference where he pledged to work with Democrats and Republicans to find a balanced deficit reduction plan.  He also repeated his view that the plan should strengthen the middle class, help create good private sector jobs and ask those who at the top of the income scale to do their fair share to deal with our fiscal challenges.



Thursday, November 15th:

  • The President traveled to Staten Island, New York, to meet with state and local officials about the ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Sandy.  He met with victims still struggling with the effects of the Super Storm that ravaged the region.
  • Back at the White House, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes gave us a preview of the President’s upcoming trip overseas.




President Obama Meets Sandy Survivors in Staten Island


From Ms. Colleen Curtis The White House Blog November 15, 2012 06:26 PM EST


President Obama today promised residents of Staten Island his support as they begin the long process of rebuilding their devastated community just two weeks after Hurricane Sandy tore its path of destruction through the New York City borough.


Speaking to local residents, first responders and elected officials, the President promised that he would return to the region again and again, until the rebuilding is complete. He also said that he had asked Shaun Donovan, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, to continue to work closely with governors, mayors and local officials of New Jersey and New York in identifying redevelopment plans for affected communities. Secretary Donovan is a former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing.


The President began his visit with a helicopter tour over some of the areas that were hardest hit by the wrath of the storm, including Breezy Point, a Queens neighborhood where more than 100 houses burned to the ground. As he addressed the crowd gathered in a disaster recovery center, President Obama praised the first responders, volunteers and sanitation workers who are working tirelessly to help residents get back on their feet, saying they exemplify what America is all about:

During difficult times like this, we’re reminded that we’re bound together and we have to look out for each other. And a lot of the things that seem important, the petty differences melt away, and we focus on what binds us together and that we as Americans are going to stand with each other in their hour of need.



Today was President Obama’s second trip to the devastated region since Hurricane Sandy made landfall.  At the President’s direction, the Administration has continued to bring all available resources to bear to support our state and local partners as they continue to respond and recover from the storm. Prior to the storm making landfall, the President provided Emergency Declarations for states up and down the East Coast, and FEMA pre-deployed teams to support Governors in potentially impacted areas.


Working with the Department of Defense (DOD), FEMA also established staging locations for water, meals, generators, medical supplies and other important resources, so that they could be quickly deployed to impacted areas once the storm had passed.


Since that time, following expedited Major Disaster Declarations for New Jersey and New York provided by the President, FEMA has deployed over 7,000 personnel to the impacted area, established 65 Disaster Recovery Centers to support affected communities, provided millions of bottles of water, hundreds of thousands of meals, and hundreds of generators to affected states, and approved over $600 million in direct assistance to hundreds of thousands of individuals impacted by the storm.


Watch the President’s full remarks here
Find out how you can help survivors of Hurricane Sandy




America has never been about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. That’s the principle we were founded on.”



President Barack Obama, November 7, 2012~



“Disagree Intelligently, Use The Facts & Truth™”



Jueseppi B.:

Great recipe to end the week. Thank you Ms. Cat.

Originally posted on Things My Belly Likes:

warning: you will smell of garlic/basil afterwards

This is going to sound terribly pretentious, but I love the smell of fresh basil.

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