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Direckshun
07-23-2008, 08:41 PM
All news on the front suggests that McCain's up to something tomorrow to steal Obama's thunder.

What's it going to be?

Goddard takes a guess:

http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/politicalinsider/2008/07/is-mccain-planning-a-thursday.html

Is McCain Planning a Thursday Surprise?

By Taegan Goddard | July 23, 2008 9:16 PM

Sen. Barack Obama's planned speech in Berlin is expected to lead the political news on Thursday, but there are some indications Sen. John McCain's campaign might be planning a surprise announcement.

First, he cancels his press availability on Wednesday.

Then, he cancels a previously unannounced trip to an off-shore oil rig in Louisiana.

And now he abruptly changes his schedule to appear in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday. The press wasn't told until the campaign plane was on the tarmac.

Will McCain pick former Rep. Rob Portman (R-OH) as his running mate Thursday?

Or perhaps it's former Rep. John Kasich (R-OH)?

HolmeZz
07-23-2008, 08:43 PM
He cancelled the oil rig trip because of the weather.

NCarlsCorner2
07-23-2008, 09:34 PM
Maybe the rumored tape will be leaked out.

HolmeZz
07-23-2008, 09:36 PM
Maybe the rumored tape will be leaked out.

I think there's a better chance stupidity becomes a jailable offense, in which case, you'd be S.O.L.

Direckshun
07-23-2008, 10:30 PM
I just read McCain will be in Ohio w/ Lance Armstrong to do a LIVESTRONG event...
Hey!

That actually sounds damn cool. I don't think it would overshadow Obama's Berlin address, but it should get some attention.

NewChief
07-24-2008, 08:07 AM
He's going to announce the debut of the McCain Political Dictionary, first order of business: "surge."

whatsmynameagain
07-24-2008, 08:29 AM
"What's McCain Doing Thursday?"

prune juice, taking pills, resetting his pill timers, changing a few depends, and then getting down on some skipbo!

Posted via Mobile Device

StcChief
07-24-2008, 10:29 AM
sending in "neo" nazi skin heads to remind the messiah he's still human.

Baby Lee
07-24-2008, 10:32 AM
"What's McCain Doing Thursday?"

prune juice, taking pills, resetting his pill timers, changing a few depends, and then getting down on some skipbo!

Posted via Mobile Device

OK, the skipbo reference made me chuckle.

Is his deck of Uno on the fritz?

Ultra Peanut
07-24-2008, 12:19 PM
Holding a press conference on an oil rig during a hurricane would have been pretty bold.

Instead, I guess he'll just do what he does every night, Pinky: Whine about how much people like his opponent.

sending in "neo" nazi skin heads to remind the messiah he's still human.what

Adept Havelock
07-24-2008, 12:44 PM
Instead, I guess he'll just do what he does every night, Pinky: Whine about how much people like his opponent.


ROFL

VAChief
07-24-2008, 01:13 PM
sending in "neo" nazi skin heads to remind the messiah he's still human.

"The combination of hatred and technology is the greatest danger threatening mankind. "
Simon Wiesenthal

Adept Havelock
07-24-2008, 01:20 PM
"The combination of hatred and technology is the greatest danger threatening mankind. "
Simon Wiesenthal

Great quote. Noted for future reference. Thank you.

VAChief
07-24-2008, 01:34 PM
Great quote. Noted for future reference. Thank you.

You're welcome.

Direckshun
07-24-2008, 01:51 PM
McCain's actual activity on Thursday: talked about health care in Ohio.

Whoopty do.

HolmeZz
07-24-2008, 01:52 PM
McCain's actual activity on Thursday: talked about health care in Ohio.

What'd he say? "Stay the course"?

Direckshun
07-24-2008, 01:57 PM
What'd he say? "Stay the course"?
"We all care about our children."

I'm not even kidding.

I actually did see some of McCain's press conference. I don't know where he was giving it from, but there were windchimes right next to the microphones. It's hard to convince America how dangerous an Obama administration will be when you've literally got windchimes drowning you out.

tiptap
07-24-2008, 02:00 PM
The cancellation of the oil rig visit may be blamed on the weather BUT one could suspect that in going to that RIG in Louisiana they might have to cross the Mississippi where one of the BIGGER OIL SPILLS is presently floating down the river. It might remind people the down side of drilling close to shore.

tiptap
07-24-2008, 02:07 PM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9175553

Direckshun
07-24-2008, 02:07 PM
The cancellation of the oil rig visit may be blamed on the weather BUT one could suspect that in going to that RIG in Louisiana they might have to cross the Mississippi where one of the BIGGER OIL SPILLS is presently floating down the river. It might remind people the down side of drilling close to shore.
I just now read an article saying the exact same thing.

McCain is just screwing himself sideways.

Adept Havelock
07-24-2008, 02:52 PM
The cancellation of the oil rig visit may be blamed on the weather BUT one could suspect that in going to that RIG in Louisiana they might have to cross the Mississippi where one of the BIGGER OIL SPILLS is presently floating down the river. It might remind people the down side of drilling close to shore.

Yep. At noon it was 89 and sunny in NOLA.

http://blog.nola.com/tpmoney/2008/07/oil_spill_closes_traffic_on_mi.html

Oil spill closes traffic on Mississippi River
Posted by Rebecca Mowbray, The Times-Picayune July 23, 2008 7:21PM

Ship traffic on the lower Mississippi River stopped Wednesday as an oil spill from an early morning accident between a tanker and a barge closed a 47-mile stretch of the nation's major waterway.

The closure is likely to go on for days while remediation teams rush to clean the heavy slick of tar that is drifting southward, shutting access to all of the facilities of the Port of New Orleans.

"They say it's going to be closed for days but not weeks. It looks like a fairly extended closure, but we don't have any specifics yet," said Chris Bonura, a spokesman for the port.

The port loses about $100,000 in revenue each day it is closed, and that does not include the losses to terminal operators, stevedores, tug boat operators and other private businesses.

Three ships finished their work at the docks in New Orleans on Wednesday but were unable to depart, Bonura said. Two vessels that were scheduled to arrive, an 885-foot container ship and a ship that was supposed to pick up chicken from New Orleans Cold Storage, were likewise blocked from coming in.

One ship was scheduled to arrive today and two were expected to arrive on Friday, Bonura said. No ships have notified the port that they are unloading cargo elsewhere because of the closure.

If the closure stretches into the weekend, the regular Saturday arrival of the 2,050-passenger Carnival Fantasy could be affected.

Jennifer de la Cruz, spokeswoman for Carnival Cruise Lines, said the company was in touch with the Port of New Orleans and was making contingency plans in case the ship was unable to dock in the city.

"We're evaluating our options. It would not be unprecedented for us not to be able to return to a home port," she said, adding that Carnival would get in touch with customers about any changes in plans.

Wednesday's accident closed the river from mile 50 at Venice to mile 97 at New Orleans, and its consequences for river traffic will likely reverberate far more than when the Zim Mexico III container ship slammed into a supply boat at the mouth of the Mississippi in February 2004 and closed the river for five days.

That incident took place below the Port of New Orleans, and the port remained open in its immediate aftermath. Only ships that needed to sail to or from the Gulf of Mexico were affected, and some of those vessels were able to reach open water by traveling down the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, or MR-GO.

But this time, Bonura said, the closure extends to the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, a channel that connects the river with the MR-GO. Ships can't get to the gulf outlet, and even if they could, they wouldn't be able to sail through it. Hurricane Katrina dragged silt into the waterway, and its entrance is now only 13 feet deep.

"There's just not a lot of alternatives out there right now," Bonura said.

The river could reopen gradually, as it did after Katrina, Bonura said. The Coast Guard will probably work as fast as it can to push the oil to one side and partially reopen the river, but one lane open may mean travel in one direction at a time.

The impasse at New Orleans also affected other ports in and above the slick. The St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District, which handles about 260 calls a year from ships carrying bulk and break-bulk cargo such as fertilizer, sand, iron ore, plywood, steel, metals, was shut in by the spill.

"There's no traffic moving in or out of our port," said Bobby Scafidel, its executive director.

Upriver from the oozing slick, any ships trying to reach the Port of South Louisiana from the south or travel from the port to the mouth of the river were unable to move. "The ones that need to depart can't get out, and the ones that need to arrive can't get in," said Mitch Smith, director of operations at the port, which serves the river parishes area.

More than 4,000 ships a year call on the Port of South Louisiana, dealing mainly in bulk cargo such as petrochemicals, petroleum, steel, grain and ore.

StcChief
07-24-2008, 03:41 PM
and N.O. was rebuilt why .

Adept Havelock
07-24-2008, 03:53 PM
and N.O. was rebuilt why .

Just to embarrass McCain's photo-op on an oil rig with an oil spill, apparently.

Who knew the LA Democratic Lobby had psychic powers? Must be that Dixie Voodoo...