Showing posts from January, 2013

OBAMA 2.0: the second inaugural speech and transformative affirmation of the power of we, the people!

“America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention.” – President Obama – 2nd Inaugural Speech

In a nutshell, here is the transformation coming to America courtesy of Obama 2.0. In case you missed it, the 44th President of the United States of America second inaugural address could be summed up in the following points: We, the People…seek: 1) National Unity and Unity of Purpose; 2) Gun Safety Control; 3) Reduction of Health and Medicare Cost; 4) Action on Climate Change; 5) Comprehensive Immigration Reform; 6) Better Budget Process; 7) Security & Dignity of all People; and 9) Total Rejection of notion that we cannot invest in our elders while still building a better future for our children! But by seeking these objectives, the President called for the involvement of everyone, not only the blogger-sphere. – a very laudable …

BP Oil Spill: Transocean reaches Deal with US DOJ without anyone going to the Slammer!

"This resolution of criminal allegations and civil claims against Transocean brings us one significant step closer to justice for the human, environmental and economic devastation wrought by the Deepwater Horizon disaster." - Attorney General Eric Holder

In case you are wondering if Transocean recalcitrance from reaching a deal with British Petroleum on the disaster at Macondo well paid off for the company. Oil and Gas futures and industry analysts will tell you, probably not, if not a resounding, No! The company’s recalcitrance on the extent of its liability, both against U.S. Regulators and Executives at British Petroleum, did more harm to the company’s bottom line and reputation as partner in oil and gas production exploration. The exception probably comes from the numerous agreements initially entered by the company with British Petroleum. What may Oil and Gas industry leaders learn from this long standing acrimony between Transocean and British Petroleum on the one hand;…

A Special Note to the 113th Congress: The Unfinished Business of Spill-related Legislation after the BP Oil Spill?

Keywords or Terms: H.R. 2383; 113th Congress Urgent Agenda; BP Oil Spill; Louisiana Offshore Platform Disaster; Emergency Clean Up; Torts; First Responders; Offshore Oil Spills; and, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

Were the various acrimonious disagreements and schisms in the 112th congress, the bane(s) that delayed spill related legislation(s) since the deepwater horizon disaster? What does recent congressional gridlock or soft footing on the fiscal cliff imply for oil-spill related legislation? Will a fresh start with the 113th congress exacerbate or hinder needed legislation on tort claims from responders' performance in a cleanup after an oil spill? Why haven’t Congress enacted bill(s) to address many of the shortfalls in current laws; or, from incident reports consequent to BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? Will the 113th stand up to address this issue; or will it allow this opportunity to slip?

The answers to these questions lie partially in the hands …

Fiscal Cliff Deal Passed By Congress in a Vote Spread of 257-167!

Happy New Year: Welcome to 2013!

To create a Profile of Congressional Obstructionists in 112th Congress:

1) Click the 'Fiscal Cliff' Button and then click Obstructionists file to display the names of anti-middle class lawmakers in the dialog box;

2) Click 'Tea-baggers or tea-baggers' sympathizers in the template area to display RETROGRESSIVE from the existing dialog box;

3) Locate and select a list of potential 'has been' lawmakers in the 2014 mid-term elections and schedule to print from existing dialog box;

4) Click create Obstructionists and retrogressive file and top on the list is the House Majority Leader Eric Cantor;

For congressional reformers that deserve the nation's thank you for nipping the fiscal cliff crisis, follow steps 1 to 4, and replace the term Congressional Obstructionists with Congressional Progressives and Futurists.

5) Click create progressives and futurists and on top of the list, is Joe Biden, not a congressional member, but the Vice Pr…