Saturday, July 31, 2010


As usual, we begin with the latest from the Gulf of Mexico.
*It has been over 100 days since the start of the oil spill crisis. Not an anniversary I wanted to celebrate.
*Current British Petroleum Executive Tony Hayward is scheduled to resign soon, but don't worry about his future. He is getting a nice severance package.
*Meanwhile Bob Dudley, the man overseeing BP's involvement with clean up efforts in the Gulf, will be taking over from Hayward. Dudley's first action is (allegedly) contemplating scaling back clean up efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.
*About 70% of Louisiana's coast is open to commercial shipping again, although Mississippi and Alabama's coasts remain closed.
*Environmentalists are still uncertain about the long term damages and effects on sea life and the Gulf itself because of the oil spill.
*British Petroleum is also reporting its first quarter of loss in over 18 months.

*The economy is actually up 2.4% from last month! It may not seem like much, but at least it went in the RIGHT direction!
*A federal judge ruled parts of Arizona's controversial immigration law illegal the day before it was to go into effect. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (Republican) is promising to appeal the decision. Meanwhile the new immigration law has gone into affect, although some local authorities are vowing to enforce the full measure despite the federal court ruling.

Milestones recently celebrated include:
*Washington, DC (District of Columbia) is 220 years old this month.
*Both Bugs Bunny and Kentucky Fried Chicken celebrate their 70th anniversaries month, although it should be noted that the wascally wabbit's is based upon his first appearance by name in A Wild Hare from 1940 and not his first true appearance in Porky's Hare Hunt from 1938.
*The comedy classic Caddyshack with Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, and Chuck Rodent (the gopher's offical name) is 30 years old this week, and the comic strip Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson celebrates its 25th anniversary this week.

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