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Things That Make You Go 'Hmm'

Does anyone else look at the news today and go: wait, what? That doesn't make any sense. What does that mean? I watch the news and afterwards I don't feel enlightened. I'm left scratching my head, thinking "things that make you go, hmm."

For instance, I was reading the news this morning about BP and the oil spill and I ended up with more questions than answers:

Obama is blocking 10 Republicans from visiting and touring the spill damage. Rep. Steve Scalise wanted to fly 10 people in, but was denied

BP has one of the worst safety records in the business, if not the worst. Over the past five years: 26 people have died and 700 have been injured in BP accidents and BP had 760 safety violations and paid $373 million in fines. In that same time period, Sunoco and ConocoPhillips each had eight safety violations and ExxonMobil had just one

Hmm.

Does anyone remember the big ad campaign BP went on before the spill? They highlighted their commitment to reducing the carbon footprint. Wait, an oil company wanting to reduce carbon? Sounds like something environmentalists would like.

Did you know BP wanted cap-and-trade? And that John Kerry was originally planning to announce his big cap-and-trade push, called the American Power Act, in conjunction with three oil companies, one of them being BP. Of course, the spill derailed the photo op. But it hasn't derailed the emergency need for a new energy bill! And every day that spill continues it increases the chances of getting it passed.

In completely unrelated news: It's been 71 days since oil started shooting into the Gulf of Mexico. The president has had 71 days to think about the foreign assistance offers of help that have poured in since the beginning. Finally, he’s accepted that help. But what took him so long?

Again, completely unrelated: The 'A Whale' skimmer ship — the biggest skimmer in the world — has been itching to go help clean up the oil spill. In 71 days, we've skimmed just over 600,000 barrels of oil. The ship's owner says the ‘A Whale’ can skim 500,000 barrels per day. The ship has been docked in Norfolk, Virginia, while the EPA figures out if it meets their standards.

Hmm.

We showed you how George Soros and the uber-rich progressives stand to profit from an offshore drilling ban, because they get all the new business in Brazil and elsewhere. Oh, by the way, Hugo Chavez will be nationalizing 11 rigs owned by U.S. firm Helmerich & Payne.

Even after Obama's court loss, drillers aren't getting relief. Shallow-water drillers — who weren't supposed to be affected by the ban — say permits haven't been issued since the explosion. This has forced hundreds of layoffs and if this lasts only a few more weeks, many drillers fear they'll go under. An Interior Department spokesperson said the delay is because there were new safety regulations put in place and no one has complied yet. But the department didn't issue those safety regulations until June 8 and the BP explosion was on April 20.

Hmm.

Another story this week that no one is paying attention to: the financial regulation bill. The news today is that Obama did the right thing and took those evil taxes out of the bill. And to make up for the lost money, they'll end TARP a few months early, "saving" the American taxpayer $11 billion.

Do you remember how I told you TARP was going to be a giant slush fund?

(START VIDEO CLIP)

BECK: The $700 billion for TARP that we had to pass right now — it's an emergency or the whole thing is going to collapse. There is still $212 billion that we've never touched, just sitting there — just sitting there. Why did we need $700 billion? That's where they want this money going. They want it in there in a giant slush fund.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

First, Geithner and Obama extended TARP to October 2010. Hmm, what's going on around that time? The midterm elections. Convenient don't you think? But now, TARP is being used to pay for this financial reform bill. We can't get a budget — it's the first time in 30 years the House didn't even produce a budget to consider — but we've got this bill that's supposed to solve all of the problems on Wall Street.

But meanwhile, guess who's being called to Capitol Hill? AIG's products leader, Joe Cassano. He'll be answering questions in front of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. So the commission is still trying to get to the bottom of what happened to cause the meltdown, but we're already saving the day with the financial reform bill! Isn't that kind of like putting the cart before the horse? It's like having a court sentencing before the trial. Why would we pass the bill before we have answers?

Hmm.

There is a pattern here — it's the same thing with the oil spill. Obama has started investigating to find out what caused the explosion. Here's what he said:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The purpose of this commission is to consider both the root causes of the disaster and offer options on what safety and environmental precautions we need to take to prevent a similar disaster from happening again.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

We have no answers yet, but we do have a fix-it bill ready to go. Obama is hard at work getting to the bottom of this. Here's the White House report from his meeting Tuesday: "The president told the senators that he still believes the best way for us to transition to a clean energy economy is with a bill that makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy for America's businesses by putting a price on pollution."

Hmm.

It's almost like the progressive agenda is more important than the issue at hand.

Here's another puzzler: The Russian spies that were caught this week. First of all, where is Eric Holder? Oh that's right, he's in Afghanistan. Why is he there while we're uncovering a flood of spies? Second of all, isn't this a bigger deal than we're making of it? We're shrugging it off.

Vicki Pelaez, an immigrant from Peru, is a Castro sympathizer and a Hugo Chavez supporter who was often critical of the U.S. government. As a longtime columnist for the Spanish-language newspaper in New York City, El Diario/La Prensa, this Russian operative expressed her anti-American, pro-Marxist views. The spy wanted you to know that U.S. prisons were equal to modern-day slavery, that Arizona's "unholy" immigration law is modern-day Nazi legislation and that the United States is a heartless, cruel human rights violator.

Another suspect, 28-year-old Anna Chapman, is described as “striking” and the evidence against her is “devastating.” She was busted in an elaborate sting operation in New York in which she was told she'd be giving a fake passport to another Russian spy. The spies were allegedly trying to integrate socially and eventually infiltrate “policy-making circles.”

We have supposedly been all over these spies for years. Why the need to expose them now? The FBI says it's because they were gearing up to leave the country. Here's Putin complaining about our police acting stupidly:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER VLADIMIR PUTIN: Back at your home, the police went out of control [and] are throwing people in jail.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

And here's how Robert Gibbs reacted:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ROBERT GIBBS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Obviously the president was fully and appropriately informed. This was a law enforcement action and law enforcement acted appropriately. He did not have a personal reaction that I know of.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

So the president didn't have a reaction to 10 spies being arrested who were trying to infiltrate policy-making circles and creating propaganda? No biggie. Nothing to say to Putin? He couldn't meet with Israel, but he could have hamburgers with Russia as Holder jets off to another country? Maybe it's just me, but you don't create an international incident for 10 people if it's no big deal. Something is not right.

Do you know what else is strange? The way the Russian news is reporting it. They're saying this was renegade police work from renegade American cops that are just trying to discredit the president. So the Russians are against the Americans, but for the American president? I don't think I've seen that before.

Hmm.

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