"When I was
governor, I had to file an amicus brief against Exxon to get them to
finally pay up what they
owed Alaskan victims. And thousands of Alaskans in those 20
years, the fishermen, they died. A whole other
generation now that finally received some compensation. So, how
dare BP put the Gulf victims through such
a thing. We have to make sure that BP will not do this. We will
not do what Exxon did to those Alaskans."
-- Palin, putting on her sane face for a speech at the Texas Oil
I'm going to say something positive about
Sarah Palin - she's going against the vulgar Pigboy and the GOP on this
and I think this signals that she really is going to run against
Obama in 2012.
She's positioning herself as the anti-oil spill
candidate so where does that leave Obama?.
It wasn't the decision
that Judge Martin Feldman made this week lifting the oil drilling
that I find the most offensive. What is even more offensive was that he
was allowed to hear the case in the first place.
The Code of Judicial Conduct prohibits judges from hearing cases for
which the judge has even the appearance
of a financial interest in the outcome. Judge Feldman has tens of
thousands of dollars in oil stock that is directly
affected by the outcome of this decision. Yet he was allowed to hear
this case. That is what is really really outrageous.
By allowing this judge to hear this case the Courts sent a clear
message that they are so deep in the pockets of big oil
that they aren't even going to pretend to follow their Code of Judicial
Conduct. They are flaunting their corruption in
front of the public. They are sending a message that they are above the
law and that they can just get away with it
because the public is powerless to stop them.
Public respect for the judiciary has eroded ever since the Supreme
Court appointed Bush president.
Since then judicial ethics has gone down hill to the point that a judge
no longer even pretends that the appearance
of impropriety has any meaning at all. Now they flaunt their
corruption. To me this is an act of treason to the
Constitution and insults the values that America represents.
made $35 Billion dollars in tax
profits last year, that's why..
BIG OIL is bad for
"Obama trusts people too much. He trusted Wall
Street. He trusted the Republicans
to engage in a meaningful way. He trusted BP. He's 0
-- Eliot Spitzer, who surely must be reading bartcop.com
"I think there is
almost like a reverence that the president has for authority and for
he Wall Street establishment. The military establishment. The BP
establishment. Even his own admiral
in charge of the BP oil spill a few weeks ago said that 'I trust what Tony Hayward is telling me.'
He actually used those words. So that is really very fundamental
problem that is affecting his whole presidency."
-- Arianna Huffington, who would never
admit to reading bartcop.com
Microsoft Expression is a lot like Netscape
4.7, except it sucks.
Things that took one stroke in 1996 take several strokes with M.E. in
It's those damn idiot engineers, who have to change things to justify
What ever happened to WYSIWYG?
Spacing is now a big issue.
When I'm building the page, it looks fine - but not when it's published.
It's crazy for things to look OK until it's posted, then I gotta go
and add or subtract spaces because they distort the view during
Another thing, the new system can't remember
fonts or colors, which ads steps to everything I write.
With Netscape, I could leave a word on the page (like a bold, blue
quote) and I could drop the next
day's quote in it's place, but the idiots/whores at Microsoft disabled
that and it pisses me off.
The net result will surely be a smaller page because they've added so
many new obstacles.
Why can't Microsoft hire at least one code
writer who has an IQ of 64?
Same with PayPal - if a button was on the Left,
round and blue
it's now square and red and it's on the right - that's just
Same for Wikipedia - if a button was a green
triangle above the fold,
it's now a pentagon and chartreuse and below the fold - it's pure
Every time they "fix" things, they get worse
and more difficult and they super-suck.
No wonder America doesn't manufacture shit anymore - we just make
As you can tell, I'm having LOTS of trouble
with this extra-stupid program.
Everything looks OK until it gets on the web.
Then all the spacing and blocking go crazy - what's wrong with
The toons hug the walls and the fonts go
berzerk - fuck Microsoft. Michael Dare
suggested a page-building program, I'll try that.
embarrassing as the election results were in the June 8 Democratic
primary for U.S. Senate,
state Democratic Party leaders did the right thing Thursday night in
rejecting the protest of Vic Rawl.
Had the State Democratic Party Executive Committee agreed with Rawl
that the election results had
somehow been tainted, the party would have started a dangerous process
that could have yielded the
same results while also leaving other Democratic candidates much weaker
in the fall.
Bart, I'm sorry my subscription lapsed. I
don't understand it.
Paypal cancelled all of my liberal news subscriptions without my
and didn't inform me (maybe it's a right wing plot!) You are the first
to let me know. I'll set up autopay next week.
Bart, I did not cancel my subscription. One day I got an email
saying my bartcop account has been cancelled.
I wasn't quite sure what was going on but thought you didn't want or
need my money anymore.
I will subscribe again,
Thanks to Leslie and Ann.
We are surviving on fumes, as they say.
Subject: why your stuff keeps breaking
or why your japanese stuff works well
because it's almost 100% chinese!! material substitutions or
process shortcuts are made.
Short term no one notices ( paint, milk, dog food, etc etc ) and long
term everyone thinks its built in obsolence.
products from the 80's & earlier and other stuff made in japan
tends to last as there's a
conscientious commitment and pride in quality. Look at American
produced products ( high end machinery,
aircraft engines, etc ) Nowadays, whatever you buy (
consumer goods ) is strictly viewed a commodity including
Unfortunately the ethic there is NOT what it is here. No
integrity mind you. I am NOT saying that a chinese worker
doesn't work hard, but the companies themselves work hard to cut
corners. The American company doing the
contracting just doesn't know. ( Mcdonalds glasses, anyone) as
there's no oversight, personal responsibility or
even knowledge of processes. That's why chinese shit's so cheap.
If Obama decides to try and hold the chinese
accountable for something ( say the drywall which some courts have
tried to do ) the chinese will pull some other nonsense.
Our reliance on china for
manufacturing ( and India for IT ) skirts the foundation and structure
that created whatever
strong industry here in the US. It's as bad as the foreign oil.
This would never happen with US produced products
and services and we wouldn't come away from a sale or service feeling
hung over after a wild night of whoring.
Subject: why your stuff keeps breaking
or why your japanese stuff works well
We got rid of our old cell
phones--mistake! New ones are junk.
We got rid of our old '89 Acura (294,800 miles) for a 2010 Prius
(thanks to the clunkers program)
and 'someone' shoves Toyota under the bus, but the Prius has been a
great car (got us to Depressionfest
in fine shape on a few (very few) gallons of petrol. She runs
beautifully, thousands of miles later.
My 1970 SS 454 Monte Carlo is bullet proof. I get in it, and it
takes me to the nearest
gas station in a nanosecond. It was the last new car I bought,
before the Prius.
I bought an iPod--I need a nine-year old to make it work.
I never replace ANYTHING that is working with something new.
I have no desire to help China's economy, but who can help it.
See who they raped lately.
See who they paid to keep quiet.
While I was away...
Eldrick managed to lose again.
Could you hear me screaming "Hex on thee"
as he missed those short putts?
A year ago, Eldrick was a lock to win four more
majors and tie Jack Nicklaus - not any more.
I think we've seen the last of the "Great One."
How screwed is soccer?
Soccer is so screwed, a referee can say, "That
goal didn't count" when it clearly did.
In the NFL, if you catch the ball in the end zone,
and they say it's not a
they gotta give a reason: Foot out of bounds,
QB was past the line of scrimmage, etc.
But in soccer, apparently, it's legal to cheat and
you don't have to give a reason - what a dumb sport.
Soccer makes Golf and Basketball look like sports
(not a compliment)
The people and businesses around the Gulf got together and
sued to get more oil spilled.
How are we supposed to feel sorry for them when they
ask for more spills?
Perkel had it right - they need to look for jobs
that aren't Gulf-killers.
If they lost jobs installing asbestos, should they
be able to sue to keep asbestos in schools?
If they lost jobs coloring toys with lead paint,
should they be able to sue to keep those jobs?
I'm surprised that a crooked
oil judge has more power than the President of the
We saw the movie, "Get him to the Greek," thus today's
It was similar to The Hangover, but Hangover was
Interesting, Russell Brand was the same character as
he was in Sarah Marshall,
which is probably why Kristen Bell dropped by - as
It's Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, one of the greatest jazz men ever.
I still choke
up when I hear his version of "What a Wonderful World". Susanne
I have a short, fun Louis
He was playing Berlin in, maybe, 1962 when the Wall was still being
After he got done playing his regular gig in West Berlin, he'd go to
and the East German guards recognized him (go figure) and let him thru
where he'd find an East German club to play in until dawn.
Note: The airport in New
Orleans is Louis Armstrong International Airport.
Shape of his head and nose is all wrong for Armstrong.
In addition, Armstrong always
held a white handkerchief in his left hand. Check out this photo
of Miles - Steven E
I would've bet Armstrong but you
could be right.
Wish these photos came with titles.
I lost your pet
pictures in the great crash of 2010. Could you re-send those? I'll get them right up.
I'm sending you a
donation in the name of my beloved dog, Juno, who died 1 year ago this
Saturday (June 19th).
He got cancer and was gone very quickly.
My wife and I miss him very much and
thought about a memorial in the local newspaper but we'd prefer you to
have the money.
Juno used to sit with me while I would sip Chinaco and listen to your
radio shows. I miss that.
Tony the Razorback
Tony, thanks for that.
For just $10,
can put a picture of your
pet on bartcop.com where dozens
will see him/her
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