McSame sez Drill, Drill, Drill!

by matttbastard

They laugh alike, they walk alike, sometimes they even talk alike:

MCCAIN PLAN: “There Are Areas Off Our Coasts That Should Be Open To Exploration And Exploitation.” During a media availability in Arlington, Virginia, John McCain said, “I also believe that lifting the moratoria from off-shore drilling or oil and natural gas exploration is something that we should place as a very high priority… I certainly think that there are areas off our coasts that should be open to exploration and exploitation. And I hope we can take the first step by lifting the moratoria in order to do so.” [McCain Media Availability in Arlington via CQ Transcriptions, Virginia, 6/16/08]

BUSH PLAN: Bush Called For Oil Drilling In the Outer Continental Shelf. President Bush said, “This morning, I asked Democratic Congressional leaders to move forward with four steps to expand American oil and gasoline production. First, we should expand American oil production by increasing access to the outer continental shelf or OSC. Experts believe that the OCS could produce about 18 billion barrels of oil. That would be enough to match the current oil production America for almost 10 years. The problem is that congress has restricted access to key parts of the OCS since the early 1980’s. Since then, advances in technology have made it possible to conduct oil exploration in the OCS that is out of sight, protects coral reefs and habitats, and protects against oil spills. With these advances, and a dramatic increase in oil prices, Congressional restrictions on exploration have become outdated and counterproductive. Republicans in congress have proposed several promising bills that would lift the legislative ban on oil exploration in the OCS. I call on the House and Senate to pass good legislation as soon possible.” [President Bush statement, 6/18/08]

That flip-flopping sound you heard was McCain’s carefully crafted faux-credibility rolling over in its grave.

Related: Matt Taibbi:

The reality is that the once independent-thinking McCain has by now completely remade himself into a prototypical, dumbed-down Republican Party stooge — one who plans to rely on the same GOP strategy that has been winning elections ever since Pat Buchanan and Dick Nixon cooked up a plan for cleaving the South back in 1968. Rather than serving up the “straight talk” he promises, McCain is enthusiastically jumping aboard with every low-rent, fearmongering, cock-sucking presidential aspirant who’s ever traveled the Lee Atwater/William Safire highway.

H/t Hilzoy in ObWi comments.

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Placeholder + Stephine Beck Update

by matttbastard

Sure would be nice if blogging, not The Day Job, paid the bills. Alas, my primary source of income has been extra demanding the past little while, hence the minimal/sporadic blogging from yours truly. Hopefully things lessen up soon–and that my wonderful, magnanimous, ever-so-talented cobloggers continue to occasionally remind everyone that, yes, this is actually a group blog.

Anyway, while life continues to get in the way of living for yours truly, please do head over to Womanist Musings for an update on the Stephine Beck case. To summarize: in response to a broad spectrum of outrage, the Crown is filing a motion of appeal with the Ontario Court of Appeal to overturn the 1 day sentence given to Wayne Ryczak after the St Catharines resident was convicted in the death of Beck, a local sex trade worker. Thank fucking reason.

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Cynical Psychic Friends Network

by matttbastard

Shorter Andrew Sullivan:  “Now that Hillary’s no longer a factor, I’m gunna take a break from teh horserace, jump on the ‘Iraq is too werking!!!1′ bandwagon, and then boldly endorse Johnny McMaverick.”

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PSA: Michelle Obama Watch

by matttbastard

From the creators of What About Our Daughters:

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Quote of the Day: On Saying Sorry

by matttbastard

…I had a chance to watch the prime minister’s apology for the residential schools and the subsequent speeeches [sic]. I wish I were in Canada to take part in a moving moment in Canadian history. I hope, as I am sure almost all Canadians do, that as a society we can collectively start to tackle the problems that so many aboriginal communities face.

But, please, let the apology not become an icon, something that we pull out from time to time and admire and then put away again. Let it not be something that makes us feel good about ourselves so that we can avoid thinking about the things that should shame us.

Apologies are a fashion today, and on the whole a good one. This past February, the Australian government finally said sorry for the decades-long practice of seizing its Aboriginal children from their families and giving them to white families to be brought up “white.”

Apologies are good both for those who are admitting their past sins and those who receive them. Accepting the past, as the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission showed, is an important step towards moving into the future. But words are cheap if they are not preceded by serious thought and followed by serious action.

What did it really do when Tony Blair apologized for the Irish potato famine? Or when the descendant of the notorious Elizabethan Sir John Hawkins apologized for slavery? Are such apologies anything more than easy sentimentality? And what do apologies mean when they are not accompanied by any significant acts of restitution? Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said “sorry,” but significantly did not explain what his government was going to do about the lot of present-day Aboriginals.

What is Canada going to do for today’s Aboriginals? I am still waiting to know. I don’t want to think that dwelling on the past a way of avoiding dealing with the present.

Margaret MacMillan

It’s a bit of a mystery…why Stephen Harper is only apologizing today for the residential schools program. The program certainly merits a plea for forgiveness, but it was only part of the program aimed at eliminating Indian culture and completing the European domination of the country.

You could argue that, since Canada didn’t exist as an independent country until it was already too late for the natives, the broader campaign wasn’t really our doing. That would make it the fault of somebody in London or Paris, since they were the ones calling the shots at the time. But stealing an entire country demands more than just a government order; it requires the enthusiastic participation of the general population, which in Canada’s case was willingly given.

So, strictly speaking, the apology given in the House of Commons today should be for the overall willingness of Canada’s founders to participate in the subjugation and humiliation of the First Nations before, during and after 1867, viewing it as a necessary evil towards establishing a new nation in their place. It derives from the same sense of guilt the Catholic church plays on, the need to recognize the roots of the entity you belong too [sic].

I don’t know why the government isn’t doing that. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact the subjugation and humiliation goes on to this day; that the government, and Canadians in general, are embarrassed and frustrated that the poverty of so many native communities continues to resemble third world countries rather than prosperous, pleasant Canada. It may also reflect the continued lack of a clear understanding of what to do about it. Begging forgiveness might highlight too much that the government doesn’t have a solution.

Kelly McParland

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