I'd like to lay out for you what our battle plan is going forward: what we're doing to clean up the oil, what we're doing to help our neighbors in the Gulf, and what we're doing to make sure that a catastrophe like this never happens again.
It is a faith in the future that sustains us as a people. It is that same faith that sustains our neighbors in the Gulf right now.
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President Barack Obama says from the oil-stricken Gulf of Mexico that seafood from the region is safe to eat and announced a new coordinated effort to make sure it stays that way.
In remarks from Theodore, Ala., on Monday, Obama said that the government will step up its inspections and monitoring to help ensure that the Gulf Coast food industry is getting the kind of protection and certification it needs to sell its products around the country.
Obama said, "We don't want tragedies on top of the tragedy we're already seeing."
My inbox is constantly filled with the desperate pleas of Nigerian princes and Chinese widows that miss my spam folder, where so many fake bank statements and male enhancement offers go to die. I routinely delete these messages, and the message I received from a Robert Philippe Webb de Orleans with the subject line "URGENT" nearly received the same fate. But a quick glance at this message told me this guy is not some spambot, firing phishy missives from somewhere in Africa: he appears to be a real life crazy person, and he wants to be the king of Louisiana.
He advocates seceding from the union, doesn't like President Obama very much, talks about some conspiracy theories, is sore about the Louisiana Purchase, and would totally let Jindal and crew have jobs under his leadership. Here some of the highlights:
"I am writing to formally express my willingness in this turbulent time to lead The People of New Orleans, Louisiana and The Louisiana Purchase Territory as lawfully installed King of Louisiana. There is no clear leadership in these lands which rightfully belong to me and my Family."
"I would be willing to offer each of you a Title and position in a new government which I propose to lawfully put in place with International United Nations Laws and the support of all The Citizens in my Homeland."
"There are many of these violations but in particular I cite The United States Federal Governments creating The HIV and AIDS Virus in 1970 at Ft. Detrick, Marylands Biological Weapons Laboratory."
"It is our legal right to bear arms against a Tyrannical and unwanted oppressive Government. I do however advocate my peaceful installation."
Rand Paul was on ABC's Good Morning America today. Take it away, Rand Paul:
The Kentucky Senate candidate also criticized the Obama administration's treatment of BP in the wake of the ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
What I don't like from the president's administration is this sort of, 'I'll put my boot heel on the throat of BP.' I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business. I've heard nothing from BP about not paying for the spill. And I think it's part of this sort of blame game society in the sense that it's always got to be someone's fault instead of the fact that sometimes accidents happen.
When does "personal responsibility" morph into "the blame game"?
When you or someone you support is being blamed, of course.
Minutes after the health care bill passed 219-212 in the House of Representatives, several Louisiana politicos pressed SEND and sent out their statements. Below the jump, some comments from Sen. Mary Landrieu, Rep. Charlie Melancon (who voted nay) and state Rep. Cedric Richmond, who's running for Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao's Congressional seat in November, and couldn't resist slapping Cao for his nay vote.
Might as well ... jump!
Washington D.C. (and the Republican party) are waiting to see what Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao will do at this weekend's vote on health care reform (he told the Associated Press this afternoon he's "pretty much a definite no"). This is a 180-degree reversal of his November vote in favor of President Barack Obama's HCR plan ... for which he received plenty of flak from his own party.
Now his former director of communications is running for her own Congressional seat, and she seems to be taking a big step back from Cao as well. Princella Smith, who served as Cao's director of communications for 10 months, has announced her own candidacy for the House of Representatives, seeking to fill the Arkansas 1st District seat currently held by retiring Rep. Marion Berry. Smith, an Arkansas native, is the fourth contender to join the field.
Smiths positions are consistently more to the right than those of her former boss, who occasionally crossed the aisle to vote with the Democratic majority, and nowhere is the difference between the two more apparent than on the issue of immigration. Two months after taking office, Cao became a cosponsor of H.R.1751 (The American Dream Act), which would allow undocumented students who graduate from American high schools to obtain green cards and get on a faster track toward permanent residency a bill strongly opposed by many Republicans.
Smiths position on immigration is summed up in its own page on her Web site: Cut off all federal dollars to any entity that provides amnesty to illegal immigrants. No federal money for highways, healthcare, infrastructure or political pork. No money, period. She also distanced herself from Caos November vote for Obamas healthcare plan in an interview with The American Spectator: My job was to communicate why he did what he did. Thats it. He pushed the button himself.
Meanwhile, Caos name is conspicuously absent on Smiths endorsement Web page. Caos new communications director, Clayton Hall, did not return email inquiries as to whether the congressman would be endorsing his former aide, nor did Smith herself.
Should Smith win, she would be the first black Republican woman to serve in the House and, at 27, one of the youngest members of Congress ever. Her star began rising in the GOP in 2004, when she won an MTV-sponsored speech contest called Stand Up and Holla and was invited to be a prime-time speaker at that years Republican National Convention. Since then, she has worked as a spokesperson and campaign director for groups founded by former Rep. Newt Gingrich and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. In another local angle, Smith also counts national GOP political consultant (and New Orleans resident) Mary Matalin among her mentors; Matalin has referred to Smith as her little sister."
Americans loathe Congress, but they still like President Barack Obama according to a recent Associated Press poll. A mere 22 percent support Congress while public approval for Obamas job performance checks in at 53 percent even though Karl Rove casts the president as undisciplined.
The poll also reveals that party affiliation doesnt inspire confidence 50 percent of those surveyed would give a pink slip to their congressperson. As the midterm elections approach, public perception obviously matters and pols, but not polls (therell be plenty more), will struggle to prove their worth.
And it raises the question, what do you think of your own representative? Will you vote for them, choose someone else, or does it matter what you think, change is going to come?
All in on President Obama's public option? Sold that Tyren Scott is a pinko-planted secret agent from some commie-training scout troupe? Today at 4:30 p.m., bring the appropriate sign to Lee Circle, where the Louisiana division of Organizing For America (OFA), an offshoot of the Democratic National Committee, is holding its local "Time to Deliver" health insurance reform rally. Since the beginning of June, the centralized lobby has staged nearly 20,000 such events in all 50 states. Its argument for the proposed health care legislation is based on three stated principles: "It will provide stability and security to those who have insurance, more quality, affordable choices to those who don't, and reign (sp) in the skyrocketing cost of health care for families, businesses and government." (First draft, revised begrudgingly: "Why do people hate universal health care and they're supposed to love universal health care and universal health care is love?")
(Filed by David Winkler-Schmit)
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