Dole comes out of hiding and starts lying right off the bat - media turns a blind eye.

The media has given Elizabeth Dole a pass. She has been hidden from the voters of North Carolina. Her campaign site - still no list of events. Her Senate site - no updated events since July. Why is Elizabeth Dole, who is losing to Kay Hagan, hiding from the voters?

Google searches reveal that Bob Dole has been campaigning all over North Carolina for his wife, but that she has been largely cloistered.

She finally pops out of Dick Cheney's undisclosed location long enough for a small gathering in Wilmington on the 15th, where she blatantly lied to the clueless reporter about Hurricanes and offshore drilling, repeating McCain's lies that Katrina did no damage to rigs. On the contrary:

According to press reports, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita “tore through the Gulf of Mexico’s offshore oil and gas fields, toppling production platforms, setting rigs adrift and rupturing pipelines.” The U.S. Minerals Management Service reported that the hurricanes totally destroyed 113 offshore oil platforms.

The hurricanes cost Transocean, the largest offshore driller, “about $135 million in repairs, downtime and equipment upgrades” alone, and damage to offshore producers accounted for 77 percent of the oil industry’s storm costs. One offshore rig, the Ocean Warwick, drifted 66 nautical miles before running aground.

Recall that when this happened Katrina was a Cat 2/3 Hurricane and not a Category 5 hurricane. Should we build based on the belief that no Category 5 will ever come roaring up the coast? When it does, what will our coast look like?

Can you say goodbye tourism, goodbye fishing, goodbye North Carolina economy.


Dole also popped in at an event in Onslow County and continued to lie about energy.

Other voters at the rally had gas prices on their minds.

"I have to drive 15 miles to work one way," said Jennie Bendis, a Hubert resident who works in Jacksonville. "I saw everyone lining up to buy gas, but I couldn't because won't get paid till next week. I want to know what anyone, Republican or Democrat, can do about that."

Dole told The Daily News that the answer to high gas prices is 50 miles off the coast.

"The technology is changed now," she said, explaining why she switched from a longterm stance against off-shore drilling. "They can go into the ground with a hole the size of a closet and reach out five miles."

Drilling off the coast of North Carolina will not lower gas prices in our near future. Inflating tires would save more money and lower the price of gas more than drilling offshore.


So, I challenge the media to show up and ask Elizabeth Dole four questions:
  1. How soon will drilling off North Carolina's coastline provide relief and what is the basis for her answer? Compare/contrast this to how quickly we could increase CAFE standards to 50mpg and its effect
  2. Did Hurricane Katrina cause damage to the oil platforms? If she answers no, I expect you to confront her with the facts.
  3. Given that Hurricane Katrina caused significant damage to oil platforms when only a Category 2/3 Hurricane, what will happen when a Category 5 Hurricane hits the oil platforms off the coast of North Carolina?
  4. Are you willing to risk North Carolina's tourism income, fishing income, and boating income on almost no gain in oil capacity which will have almost no effect on gas prices?

You are not doing your job.

Comments

Christensen, Binker, Cone, RTB - I challenge you all.

Watch the video from the Wilmington station, see Elizabeth Dole lie about the damage done by Hurricane Katrina, ask the tough questions.

When Palin ran for mayor, she [said it was] "not rocket science." But after a tumultuous start, marked by controversial firings and lawsuits against the city, Palin felt compelled to hire a city manager

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

They won't

Cone's not in with that crowd. But the rest? They won't ask ... because they won't get the chance to ask. Liddy's in her duck and cover mode. Her handlers won't let her anywhere near an objective reporter.

Christensen won't burn his bridges ... he has too much invested in having access. Asking hard questions would make him persona non grata, a fate worse than death for a guy used to having powerful people take his calls.



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Doubts about Dole?

Look at Bob Woodward

He wrote the tough books, took issue with the people in power and they still showed up for his interviews.

"The striking difference between me and my opponent is that I live in North Carolina and my husband can vote for me."
- Sen. Kay Hagan

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I think she only does drive-bys.

So that no one can corner her with real questions. Friendly crowds, no warning.

"The striking difference between me and my opponent is that I live in North Carolina and my husband can vote for me."
- Sen. Kay Hagan

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

The Sierra Club has a great article, "What's At Stake?"

First the toxic hydrocarbon waste:

The toxic effects of drilling or of a spill, could threaten marine ecosystems and fish populations off North Carolina’s coast. While much as been written about spills, it is less well-known that the drilling process has an inevitable byproduct: toxic hydrocarbon waste (2). This gas-based waste rapidly penetrates fish and other marine life, impacting ecological and bodily systems necessary for fish survival. Fish have shown signs of hydrocarbon poisoning within 15 to 20 minutes of gas-saturated water exposure, with fish in early life stages being the most vulnerable, suggesting a possible long term decline in population.

Opening our waters even to exploratory drilling would be – effectually – a game of Russian roulette with our coastal fisheries.

Remember the dead zones in the Gulf Of Mexico? What do you suppose creates those?

Next the Largest Deep Sea Reef in the World:

On the Outer Continental Shelf, North Carolina's coast is home to the largest deep sea reef in the world, estimated to be the size of South Carolina. Recently, 120 scientists wrote the President urging him to set aside the deep sea reef a National Monument because of its biodiversity and scientific importance. As a National Monument, the reef would be untouchable.

Possibly millions of years old, the deep sea reef could provide a history of the world’s oceans, which could yield important insights into climate change. Coastal scientists recently discovered one coral nearly 2500 years old, making the individual the oldest animal on the planet. For more on the reef, click here.

Last, no one, especially Dole wants to address the fact that drilling in our waters or even in ANWAR will not be processed and sent to a gas station near you, instead it goes on the world market!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

Liddy's Seclusion

Maybe she's with President Bush, drinking. Am I allowed to make jokes?

Only the most deluded of us could doubt the necessity of this war. - John McCain

Jokes

In these hard times, making jokes is the least we can do.



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Doubts about Dole?

No joke

a friend sent me an article clipped from "The Globe" (is that a British paper?) that says George is drunk all the time and Laura has already left him and plans to live in Dallas next year while George goes to live at the ranch.

Progressive Democrats of North Carolina

true joke

the globe is pure tabloid trash

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Like the National Enquirer?

Just saying.

"The striking difference between me and my opponent is that I live in North Carolina and my husband can vote for me."
- Sen. Kay Hagan

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Is the National Enquirer and Fox the same? Yep!

Like the National Enquirer?* Robert P

They own the Globe end of discussion......In fact, one would be amaze how much the Enquirer owns and where?

It's my understanding, they are coming out with a new breaking story name.." "Spacebabies by George Bush after the election." And another story the following week! " Is OJ and Bush to be husband and wife with their future jail sentences"

Ryan gets a blue star

for posting this piece about the meager amount of oil that offshore drilling the OCS would yield:

In other words, the oil offshore from North Carolina and its neighboring Atlantic Coast states amounts to between 26 and 231 days' worth of U.S. oil consumption.

"Zare iz 'ope for you yet, mon frer." (That's supposed to be a French accent. Whatever.)

Bush Seemed Intoxicated

Hasn't the Enquirer broken some 'real' news stories recently? Like Vickie Eisman? I could be confused on that one. No, maybe that was the tawdry Edwards story. Anyway==at Bush's last appearance before the townsfolk, he appeared intoxicated to me. That, coupled with his history, rumors, and his elusiveness got me wondering. He needs to go to AA like anyone else who needs help.

Only the most deluded of us could doubt the necessity of this war. - John McCain

Katrina oil truth

Go to SkyTruth.org for satellite imagery:

Gulf of Mexico - Damage to Oil and Gas Infrastructure From Hurricane Katrina


(Also go to the SkyTruth Blog for Ike updates)

Official press release from the Minerals Management Service (MMS):
MMS Updates Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Damage
Release: #3486 Date: May 1, 2006

Today’s assessment of damage updates the assessment MMS released on January 19, 2006. Based on additional industry assessments, investigations, and reports, the number of pipelines damaged has risen to 457 from 183. The number of larger diameter pipelines (10 inches or greater) that were damaged has risen to 101 from 64. Thirty-two have returned to service versus the previous number of 22.

MMS has also revised the number of platforms destroyed from 115 down to 113 (one well was mistaken for a platform and one platform was damaged not destroyed). ... Of these 113, four replacement platforms have been proposed by the operators and approved by MMS to date. These replacement platforms will take the place of eight destroyed platforms with a pre-hurricane daily production of 16,700 barrels per day.

MMS also is releasing the following tally of hurricane-related oil/condensate/chemical spills in Federal offshore OCS waters as reported to MMS and the National Response Center. Six spills of 1,000 barrels or greater were reported; the largest of these was 3,625 barrels of condensate reported by the Gulf South Pipeline Company in the Eugene Island Block 51 area. A total of 146 spills of 1 barrel or greater have been reported in the Federal OCS waters; 37 of these were 50 barrels or greater.

Elon Poll

I thought it was instructive and gutsy today that the spokesperson for the Elon Poll, which showed two-thirds of NC respondents supporting offshore drilling, appeared to emphasize in his press comments that the poll also showed that their support was based on ignorance of the facts. People are supporting expansion of offshore drilling because they believe it will lower their gas prices in the near term. Few Dem candidates around here are willing to take the perceived political risks of speaking this truth during the current campaign. I can only hope and prepare for a big educational push after the election, and before Congress reconvenes.

Dan Besse

Dan Besse

I just watched Dole lie again,

this time on C-SPAN during the Banking Subcommittee hearing that's trying to hash out what the government's response to the financial sector meltdown should be.

Paraphrasing: "I'm the only one that's been warning people for years about the need for more oversight of the multi-trillion-dollar mortgage swapping industry, blah blah blah"

I almost fell out of my chair, since I had recently stumbled across this piece of (crap) legislation she tried to get passed earlier this year:

Regulatory Relief and Fairness Act (Introduced in Senate)

S 2703 IS

110th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2703

To reduce the reporting and certification burdens for certain financial institutions of sections 302 and 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 5, 2008

Mrs. DOLE introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

A BILL

To reduce the reporting and certification burdens for certain financial institutions of sections 302 and 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Regulatory Relief and Fairness Act'.

SEC. 2. CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY RELATED TO CERTAIN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.

Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (15 U.S.C. 7241) is amended--

(1) in subsection (a), by striking `The Commission' and inserting `Subject to subsection (c), the Commission';

(2) by redesignating subsection (c) as subsection (d); and

(3) by inserting after subsection (b) the following new subsection:

`(c) Exemption for Certain Financial Institutions- The rules of the Commission under subsection (a) shall permit an issuer to elect voluntarily not to provide the certification in subsection (a) if the issuer is--

`(1) an insured depository institution, as such term is defined in section 3(c)(2) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. 1813(c)(2));

`(2) a bank holding company, as such term is defined in section 2(a) of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841(a)); or

`(3) a savings and loan holding company, as such term is defined in section 10(a)(1)(D) of the Home Owners' Loan Act (12 U.S.C. 1467a(a)(1)(D)).'.

SEC. 3. MANAGEMENT ASSESSMENT OF INTERNAL CONTROLS BY CERTAIN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.

Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (15 U.S.C. 7262) is amended--

(1) in subsection (a), by striking `The Commission' and inserting `Subject to subsection (c), the Commission'; and

(2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

`(c) Exemption for Certain Financial Institutions- The rules of the Commission under subsection (a) shall permit an issuer to elect voluntarily not to prepare and provide the internal control report required by subsection (a) if the issuer is--

`(1) an insured depository institution, as such term is defined in section 3(c)(2) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. 1813(c)(2));

`(2) a bank holding company, as such term is defined in section 2(a) of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841(a)); or

`(3) a savings and loan holding company, as such term is defined in section 10(a)(1)(D) of the Home Owners' Loan Act (12 U.S.C. 1467a(a)(1)(D)).'.

What the hell? She's just making shit up as she goes, trying to catch whatever wave comes along.

Last resort.

I think we are seeing Republicans try the last resort Big Lie. Just lie about everything and all of it can't stick. Certainly, I see no stories in the papers calling Dole on her lies.

"The striking difference between me and my opponent is that I live in North Carolina and my husband can vote for me."
- Sen. Kay Hagan

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me