Here We Go Again? — Breaking News: Another Oil Rig Explosion

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Disasters, Energy and Conservation, Environment & Global Warming & EnergyLeave a Comment

Lovely: An oil rig has exploded 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana, with 12 people overboard and one missing, the Coast Guard said Thursday morning. UPDATE:  The rig is owned by Mariner Energy.  And leased to….???  Well, we don't know yet. UPDATE #2:  It bears mentioning that this is NOT a deep-sea oil well, unlike BP's Deepwater Horizon, and reports are … Read More

Discovery Channel Bomb Guy

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UPDATE:  From 2008, someone caught a Youtube video of a protester outside the Discovery building, throwing money.  Yes, the money-thrower is apparently the same dude. UPDATE:  Some posts about Lee and his earlier protests.  View it soon before the site crashes. UPDATE:  From 2008, a blurb about his arrest following an unarmed protest of Discovery. *** It started at 1:00 pm EST.  The … Read More

Ted Stevens Dead?

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Former Senator Ted Stevens, the embattled and clearly corrupt Alaskan politician best known for spearheading the pork-filled "Bridge To Nowhere" and engaging in other self-serving business deals, may have been a victim in a plane crash this morning in Alaska. The plane may have been heading for, ironically, the Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage. UPDATE:  CBS News via Twitter … Read More

Here Come The Guns

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Constitution, Gun Control, Supreme Court2 Comments

Minutes ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion which makes the Second Amendment applicable to states and municipalities.  This is big. A quick background.  The U.S. Constitution applies to the federal government (what it can and can't do).  The rights protected by the Bill of Rights (freedom of speech, etc.) don't necessarily apply to states and municipalities unless and until … Read More

Drilling Ban Lifted By Dead British Googly Eyed Comedian

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Disasters, Energy and Conservation, Environment & Global Warming & EnergyLeave a Comment

Bloomberg: A New Orleans federal judge lifted the six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed by President Barack Obama following the largest oil spill in U.S. history. Obama temporarily halted all drilling in waters deeper than 500 feet on May 27 to give a presidential commission time to study improvements in the safety of offshore operations. Government lawyers told U.S. District … Read More

Abby Spotted

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Going to be a while before they can rescue her, but at least they located her:   Looks like her mast is gone, which means she's virtually powerless.

Ominous Blog Post

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LATEST UPDATE:  She's fine. Abby's Blog — Entry dated Wednesday, June 9, 2010: The wind is beginning to pick up. It is back up to 20 knots and I am expecting that by midnight tonight I could have 35-50 knots with gusts to 60 so I am off to sleep before it really picks up. That's the end of the … Read More

Here We Go Again: Another NYC Bomb?

Ken AshfordBreaking News, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

BREAKING 1:34 pm….. 47th Street in NYC is being evacuated due to suspicious package…. UPDATE 1:36 pm…. CNN says all of Times Square is being evacuated UPDATE 1:55 pm…  It's a suspicious cooler outside the Marriott…. or is it? UPDATE 2:18 pm…  Opening back up.  Must have been, well, a cooler.  Apparently, a robot was deployed…. It was kind of … Read More

Finally, Some Accountability Against Financial Firms

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Economy & Jobs & DeficitLeave a Comment

Breaking News: Washington, D.C., April 16, 2010 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Goldman, Sachs & Co. and one of its vice presidents for defrauding investors by misstating and omitting key facts about a financial product tied to subprime mortgages as the U.S. housing market was beginning to falter. The SEC alleges that Goldman Sachs structured and marketed … Read More

Thoughts On The Austin Texas Plane Guy

Ken AshfordBreaking News1 Comment

After reading his suicide note, conveniently posted online here (until it gets removed) it seems to me that this guy, while somewhat literate, simply isn't very smart. The suicide note (which I've copied and pasted below the fold in case it goes away from the original site) is one long screed — mostly anti-government, and in particular, anti-IRS (which would explain why … Read More

After 37 Minute Deliberation, Jury Finds Roeder Guilty of First Degree Murder

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Breaking news: WICHITA, Kan. – A man who says he killed prominent Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller to protect unborn children has been convicted of murdering the doctor. A jury deliberated for 37 minutes Friday before finding Scott Roeder  guilty of premeditated, first-degree murder. The 51-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man faces a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment with the … Read More