Obumble and the Queen

When Toasts to the Queen Go Bad
Doug Powers | Twitter @ThePowersThatBe | May 25, 2001

It’s been an interesting UK day for President Obama. Earlier he thought it was 2008, and now this.

Jake Tapper has the detailed description of what you have to see and hear to experience the full awkwardness of the moment, but here’s the short version: President Obama was delivering a toast to the Queen and the band misunderstood a pause for the president being finished speaking. The band began playing God Save the Queen — you know, England’s National Anthem — and Obama kept toasting during the song. I’m not completely up to speed on protocol, but judging from the Queen’s behavior I think that’s a total no-no. The order in which things were supposed to happen remains a mystery.

Peak awkwardness starts at about the 25-second mark:

If he gifts the Queen with another pre-loaded iPod, I doubt this particular moment will make the cut.

I’m starting to wish President Obama hadn’t been excluded from the invitation list for William and Kate’s wedding now — who knows what fun we missed out on.

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Pretty Boy: The Final Act

John Edwards: U.S. Green-Lights Prosecution for Alleged Campaign Law Violations Tied to Affair Cover-Up
ABC World News | James Hill | May 24, 2011

A source close to the case said Edwards is aware that the government intends to seek an indictment and that the former senator from North Carolina is now considering his limited options. He could accept a plea bargain with prosecutors or face a potentially costly trial.

Edwards has been the focus of a lengthy federal investigation focusing on hundreds of thousands of dollars allegedly provided by two wealthy supporters. The government will contend those were illegal donations that ultimately went to support and seclude his mistress, Rielle Hunter.

Hunter was a campaign videographer with whom Edwards had a lengthy affair that resulted in a daughter, Frances Quinn Hunter, now three years old.

THAT should go over well in prison.

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Miscarriage of Justice

Of course he’s insane. Try him anyway.

Smiling all the way to the psychiatric unit.

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GOP Loses Seat In NY

The GOP spoilers hand another win to the Democrats. Stupid, stupid, stupid. They deserved to lose.

Democrat Wins G.O.P. Seat; Rebuke Seen to Medicare Plan
New York Times | Raymond Hernandez | May 24, 2011

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Cuba Says “Fore!”

Capitalism trumps principle in the failed communist regime.

Revolutionary Cuba Now Lays Sand Traps for the Bourgeoisie
New York Times | Randal C. Archibold | May 24, 2011

“…Cuba’s deteriorating economy and the rise in the sport’s popularity, particularly among big-spending travelers who expect to bring their clubs wherever they go, have softened the government’s view, investors said. Cuban officials did not respond to requests for comment, but Manuel Marrero, the tourism minister, told a conference in Europe this month that the government anticipates going forward with joint ventures to build 16 golf resorts in the near future.”

Money talks. Communist principles walk.

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Patriot Act Extended

Congress and President Obama agree – the Patriot Act is a good thing and should be extended for another 5 years. Totally predictable.

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W Va Mining Company: Blast from the Past

Serving as a harsh reminder of working conditions of the past, the findings of the 2010 Coal Mining Disaster investigation team read like a history book with examples of turn-of-the-century employee exploitation and abuse. Ultimately, Massey Energy’s blatant disregard for their employees’ safety ended not only in the death of 29 people, but also in the demise of the company itself. A fitting consequence for such abysmal business practices.

Report Faults Mine Owner for Explosion That Killed 29
New York Times | Sabrina Tavernise | May 19, 2011

In the first comprehensive state report on the 2010 coal mine disaster in West Virginia, an independent team of investigators has put the blame squarely on the owner of the mine, Massey Energy, concluding that it had “made life difficult” for miners who tried to address safety and built “a culture in which wrongdoing became acceptable.”

The report, released on Thursday by an independent team appointed by former Gov. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and led by J. Davitt McAteer, a former federal mine safety chief, echoed preliminary findings by federal officials that the blast could have been prevented if Massey had observed minimal safety standards.

But it was more pointed in naming Massey as the culprit, using blunt language to describe what it said was a pattern of negligence that ultimately led to the deaths of 29 miners on April 5, 2010, in the worst American mining disaster in 40 years.

“The story of Upper Big Branch is a cautionary tale of hubris,” the report concluded. “A company that was a towering presence in the Appalachian coal fields operated its mines in a profoundly reckless manner, and 29 coal miners paid with their lives for the corporate risk taking.”

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