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ExxonMobil Receives National Safety Council Award (not a joke)

With Mayflower, Arkansas struggling to deal with the 84,000 gallons of crude that began running through its streets last week, ExxonMobil has been made the recipient of the National Safety Council's Green Cross for Safety medal.

The group praised Exxon and its corporate bosses for "comprehensive commitment to safety excellence." No mention was made of the developing Arkansas disaster.

"It is evident that ExxonMobil is committed to excellence in safety, security, health and environmental performance," council president Janet Froetscher said while presenting the award to ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson. "This organization is a wonderful example of the role corporations can play in preventing injuries and saving lives," she added.

An ExxonMobil press-release described the cleanup operations and the effect on the wildlife of the area.

“Fourteen dead ducks, one dead nutria and two dead turtles have been recovered,” said ExxonMobil, adding that a beaver and a muskrat had also been affected.

more, plus video:

"I live on $710.00 a month, what exactly am I supposed to cut?"

FRI APR 05, 2013 AT 04:54 PM PDT
I live on $710.00 a month, what exactly am I supposed to cut?
by Horace Boothroyd III

My rent is a reasonable $209.00 because I have a HUD Cube. For how long?, who knows?

That leaves me with $501.00

Phone $35.00 a month.

That leaves me with $466.00

Internet is $45.00 dollars a month.

That leaves me with $421.00

My medication is $50.00 a month, counting bare bones OTC care too.

That leaves me with $371.00

Pootie care is another $50.00 a month-not including vet and tag costs.

That leaves me with $321.00

I had to borrow $140.00 last month because the vet bill the previous month left me behind.

That leaves me with $181.00

With that I'm expected to feed myself for a month. But also maintain grooming standards with products for me because of my skin sensitivities and allergies are extremely expensive. I make what I can to avoid allergens and to reduce costs but there are many things I can't make. Toothbrushes, toilet paper, trash bags, many cleaning products. I try to get clothes from the discount store, or thrift stores. Shoes too, I should be getting special ones but I lack the fortitude to break the HMO bureaucratic maze to get them. But shoes are a large recurring expense for me because I do walk so much.

I also have learned to cook everything I eat from scratch. Again because of finances and allergies. But food is not inexpensive. I can drink the generic coffee at $12.00 a can and I can buy bulk size foods at the restaurant supply. But by the end of the first week it is usually doubtful I will have more than one hundred dollars left.

Today after getting all things covered, with the exception of some food stuffs I'm just going to have to go without.

I have a grand total of $18.00.

No worries. I get to start all over again on the first.

But what exactly am I being wasteful with?

And more importantly after thirty years of 'compassionate' conservatism don't you think it is time for some Humanism instead?


Woodward Describes Dinner With Gore As Unpleasant-Cuz-Gore Asked Him WHY He Didn't Go After Bush?

Bob Woodward Describes Dinner With Al Gore As Unpleasant

He also told an unflattering, but amusing story about sitting next to former Vice President Al Gore at a dinner, saying being with him was “taxing,” and added, “To be really honest, it’s unpleasant.”

Woodward said Gore pressed him on why the journalist didn’t go after Bush, who beat Gore in the 2000 presidential election, over the war in Iraq.

Gore was a former reporter before becoming a politician, and “he thinks he invented (reporting) also,” Woodward joked in reference to an often misquoted statement that the ex-vice president claimed he invented the Internet.


Here’s how you “fix” Social Security: Make rich folks pay more Social Security tax. The end.

Five Long Years I Thought You Were My Man
By mistermix April 5th, 2013

Is there some reverse-backflip-flying-fuck-ten-dimensional-super-secret-decoder-ring-holder-only-negotiating-ninja reason that it’s smart to put chained CPI, which normal people will call “a cut in Social Security”, in Obama’s budget? Or is it as stupid as it looks? Because Democrats cutting Social Security is, in my narrow mind, always fucking stupid, not just because it makes old people eat generic instead of Alpo, but also because, come election time, Republicans will be yelling “you cut Social Security” while Democrats will be making wonky mouth noises in the style of an hour-long Powerpoint presentation demonstrating the effect of chained CPI on the fourth and fifth deciles of future recipients in inflation-adjusted outlier years.

Here’s how you “fix” Social Security: Make rich folks pay more Social Security tax. The end.

Is that so goddam hard?

Update: Just to be perfectly clear, it is, given the current state of Congress, not just hard, but probably impossible to enact tax hike into law. If you are really the “Party of Social Security” and you want to show it, it should not be hard at all to put a proposed tax hike into your budget, especially if it’s structured to kick in at $300K or $400K or some other big number, leaving a gap between the current limit ($113K or so) and the new “Social Security tax on the rich”.


Clay Bennet Takes LaPierre's To The Cleaners

Hannity Nailed.


Roger Ebert---Class Act: No struggle, no pain, just a quiet, dignified transition.

Film critc Roger Ebert and wife Chaz Ebert attend the 14th Annual Webby Awards at Cipriani, Wall Street on June 14, 2010 in New York City.

CHAZ EBERT: Roger was a beloved husband, stepfather to Sonia and Jay, and grandfather to Raven, Emil, Mark and Joseph. Just yesterday he was saying how his grandchildren were 'the best things in my life.' He was happy and radiating satisfaction over the outpouring of responses to his blog about his 46th year as a film critic. But he was also getting tired of his fight with cancer, and said if this takes him, he has lived a great and full life.

"We were getting ready to go home today for hospice care, when he looked at us, smiled, and passed away. No struggle, no pain, just a quiet, dignified transition.


Keep in mind: this guy's an NRA instructor...

Kenny, a 49-year-old licensed National Rifle Association instructor who leads training classes in pistol and rifle use, delivered his arguments in the front foyer of the two-family Edgewood Avenue house where he rents an upstairs apartment in the Edgewood neighborhood.

Wearing an NRA hooded sweatshirt, he had his left foot in a cast because he accidentally shot a bullet last week while cleaning his Glock handgun.

“I usually always cock it back and it usually ejects a shell that’s in the chamber,” he recalled. “You pull the trigger to release the slide ... This time there was a cartridge in there. And BANG! Hit my ankle.”


Vazquez said his detectives are also still investigating the theft of a safe last November from Kenny’s apartment. It contained around 10 guns—mostly handguns, plus a Saiga 12 rifle. “I took a hit, $8,000 worth of firearms” in that theft, Kenny said.


Gosh, I wonder what the thieves did with them?

"It's Embarrassing" Macon-Area Students Fight: "There's a white prom and there's an integrated prom"


"We're embarrassed, it's embarrassing," exclaimed Stephanie Sinnot, Mareshia Rucker, Quanesha Wallace, and Keela Bloodworth.


"We are all friends," said Stephanie. "That's just kind of not right that we can't go to prom together."

Stephanie and Keela are white and Mareshia and Quanesha are black. They're seniors at Wilcox County High School, a school that has never held an integrated prom during its existence.

"There's a white prom and there's an integrated prom," said Keela.

the rest:

and this is what they are doing about it:

Wilcox County H.S. Students to Host First Integrated Prom


Carville Joins Up With Hillary Clinton Group

Carville Joins Up With Hillary Clinton Group
Luke Johnson | April 4, 2013 8:18 AM ET

James Carville, a longtime adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton and a media commentator, has joined the Ready For Hillary PAC.

The Washington Post first reported the news Thursday, and The Huffington Post confirmed it.

In an email to be blasted out to the group's supporters later Thursday, Carville will say, "I’m not going to waste my time writing you about how great Hillary is or how formidable she’d be – you know it all already," according to the Post. "But it isn’t worth squat to have the fastest car at the racetrack if there ain’t any gas in the tank — and that’s why the work that Ready for Hillary PAC is doing is absolutely critical. We need to convert the hunger that’s out there for Hillary’s candidacy into a real grassroots organization."

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