First off - apologies in advance for a lame blog today. I was extremely busy at work yesterday, and then a ball game last night has left me feeling completely out of touch with the "outside world" this morning. As such, I will do the lazy thing and provide you with a "wacky news Friday"....
First up: I know of you are familiar with this story already, but I still find it amazing. One would think that in the midst of the worst ecological disaster in our lifetimes that elected officials would know that BP is extremely unpopular right now. Suggesting that they not be fined into obscurity would seem to be political suicide. So I don't even know what to make of The Boehner's suggestion that we bail out BP
Congressional Democrats and the White House are toying with different ways to force BP to cover the costs of damages from the Gulf oil spill. But they face stiff opposition from industry...and it seems leading Republicans. In response to a question from TPMDC, House Minority Leader John Boehner said he believes taxpayers should help pick up the tab for the clean up.
The Chamber is extremely influential in Republican politics, so on that level it's not particularly surprising that Boehner has Donohue's back on this one. But the politics of asking the federal government (i.e. taxpayers) to help cover the multi-billion dollar cleanup and rescue efforts are deadly. Look for Democrats to jump all over this one.
well apparently, he got the memo because a few hours later he "qualified" his statement:
Late update: Boehner spokesman Michael Steel emails to say "Boehner made a general statement about who is responsible for the spill, and the federal government oversight was clearly lacking, but he has said repeatedly that BP is responsible for the cost of the cleanup."
What a boner!
Something you rarely see in the news is a story with the headline "Goat stabs Congressman
", but .... well - you just have to read it:
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) was injured by a mohair goat on Thursday during a press conference to highlight subsidies to the mohair industry.
The goat nicked Weiner's right hand with one of its pointy, foot-long horns, hard enough to draw blood.
Using animals as props is always a tricky prospect - this is why.
Moving along... Sen Chuck Grassley has an interesting proposition for the Gulf oil spill: Beer!
(or - more accurately - beer ingredients):
One Republican senator offered his suggestion for cleaning up oil in the Gulf of Mexico: the beer-brewing process.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa) said that some of the ingredients used to make beer could be deployed in the Gulf to contain and consume the oil that has been spreading over the last 51 days.
"I think that there's alternatives to soaking up oil that have not been used yet," Grassley said in a conference call with Iowa reporters. "There's a process for making beer — I don't know if it's the yeast or what it is in making beer. You can put those microscopic things on oil and they die, and all you've got is some methane gas left."
Finally: In the "the jokes just write themselves" dept., this story's headline reads "Scientists use Calvin Klein cologne to lure jaguars
. I mean - I know it works on cougars
thank-you folks, I'll be here all week...