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Off shore 5 May 2010

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, The Battle for New Orleans.
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Gulf oil spill

Oil blobs and oil sheen are seen in the waters of Chandeleur Sound, La. Cleanup and containment of a massive oil slick resumed as winds eased in the Gulf of Mexico.  (Eric Gay / Associated Press / May 4, 2010)

It’s like an update of a The Blob that Ate (whatever) movie… a version of Shark Attack Summer! headlines.

The Coast That Waits To Die! A variation on decades of bad documentaries on San Franicisco…’ til of course Loma Prieta and, while bad, we were not exactly flattened, nor decimated.

Of course that is what BP and the other various players are hoping for…

Along the lines of:  The media told us there were sharks off shore!  But now, what was it, after all?  Jack Rabbits who left AZ (get out now!) hung a big left and are swimming to FL…

So different!

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1. BooHooHooMan - 5 May 2010

Speaking of waiting around to die…
Re the Special Elec for Murtha’s old seat..


Endorsement not offered or sought in Pa.

By Molly K. Hooper – 05/04/10 08:22 PM ET

Less than two weeks before voters head to the polls, President Barack Obama has not endorsed the Democratic candidate who is looking to succeed the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.).

And Mark Critz, a former aide to Murtha, won’t say whether he wants Obama’s formal backing in a district Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) narrowly won in the 2008 presidential contest.

Asked if the president would officially endorse Critz, campaign spokeswoman Holly Shulman responded in an e-mail that “we’re proud of all the support we’ve received from Democrats and Republicans. This race is about Western Pennsylvania, and fighting for jobs and economic development is Mark’s focus on the campaign and will be his focus in Congress.”

The Critz campaign refused to say whether it asked for Obama’s endorsement or if it intends to do so.

And Mark Critz, a former aide to Murtha, won’t say whether he wants Obama’s formal backing in a district Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) narrowly won in the 2008 presidential contest.

Asked if the president would officially endorse Critz, campaign spokeswoman Holly Shulman responded in an e-mail that “we’re proud of all the support we’ve received from Democrats and Republicans. This race is about Western Pennsylvania, and fighting for jobs and economic development is Mark’s focus on the campaign and will be his focus in Congress.”

The Critz campaign refused to say whether it asked for Obama’s endorsement or if it intends to do so.

{ Campaign Ops with fingers in ears – }

LaLaLaLaLa! We can’t hear you!
We don’t know no Barack Obama!

Fuckin death knell.
Gawd Please go into PA and campaign for the motherfucker.
Joint appearence with Rendell? Please?

Ahh, Eddie made funeral arrangements on this Murtha staffer motherfucker 2 months ago. LOL.
Too funny. None of the cockroaches wanna be seen with each other.

marisacat - 5 May 2010

I wonder if Critz got the Murtha campaign money, I saw headlines that Dems missed out on it… meaning DC3 I would guess.

Carry on!!

2. marisacat - 5 May 2010

Swimming in it (bullsheit that is)

Kozloff at C-Punch

[H]oping to capitalize on public dissatisfaction with Cheney’s energy policy, Obama ran TV ads during campaign ’08 claiming that Republican rival John McCain was “in the pocket” of Big Oil. At the time, Obama commanded some moral authority on the issue of oil development. As a Senator, he had urged the EPA to mount a “comprehensive” review of proposed air and construction permits for a BP refinery in Indiana. In a letter, Obama expressed concern that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management had “set an aggressive timeline to issue a final permit” for the refinery located about 20 miles southeast of Chicago.

As campaign ’08 heated up, Obama made much political hay over the fact that the McCain camp benefited from a flood of contributions from oil executives after the Arizona Senator reversed his position on offshore drilling. Yet, peer beneath the rhetoric and Obama does not emerge as any less oily.

Indeed, just prior to the election the Center for Responsive Politics reported that BP had donated more money to Obama than McCain.

…snip…

3. marisacat - 5 May 2010

I think The Sun is just settling in to have fun, the “containment box” is now 125 tons. How many memos is BP putting out?

A GIGANTIC “Hoover” was being built last night in a bid to plug the oil spill fouling the Gulf of Mexico.

The 40ft tall steel box – weighing 125 tons – is designed to suck up oil from the main leak nearly a mile down on the seabed.

It will pump gushing oil up through a pipe to tankers on the surface, which will ferry the liquid back to land. ….

Read more: The Sun

4. diane - 5 May 2010

U.S. exempted BP’s Gulf of Mexico drilling from environmental impact study

By Juliet Eilperin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 5, 2010; A04

The Interior Department exempted BP’s calamitous Gulf of Mexico drilling operation from a detailed environmental impact analysis last year, according to government documents, after three reviews of the area concluded that a massive oil spill was unlikely.

The decision by the department’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) to give BP’s lease at Deepwater Horizon a “categorical exclusion” from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on April 6, 2009 — and BP’s lobbying efforts just 11 days before the explosion to expand those exemptions — show that neither federal regulators nor the company anticipated an accident of the scale of the one unfolding in the gulf.

snip

Kierán Suckling, executive director of the environmental group Center for Biological Diversity, said the federal waiver “put BP entirely in control” of the way it conducted its drilling.

Agency a ‘rubber stamp’

“The agency’s oversight role has devolved to little more than rubber-stamping British Petroleum’s self-serving drilling plans,” Suckling said.

BP has lobbied the White House Council on Environmental Quality — which provides NEPA guidance for all federal agencies– to provide categorical exemptions more often. In an April 9 letter, BP America’s senior federal affairs director, Margaret D. Laney, wrote to the council that such exemptions should be used in situations where environmental damage is likely to be “minimal or non-existent.” An expansion in these waivers would help “avoid unnecessary paperwork and time delays,” she added.

snip

marisacat - 5 May 2010

Change!!

diane - 5 May 2010

You can beleive in!

BooHooHooMan - 5 May 2010

Oh youz two funsters!

Obama biggest recipient of BP cash
By ERIKA LOVLEY | 5/5/10 2:09 PM

😉

But Wait!
{ Summer Blockbuster trailer voice now}

In a WORLD where…

Harry Reid backs BP liability bill

We’re fuckin DOOMED. 😆

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) joined the White House in backing a bill that would raises the liability cap for oil companies to $10 billion,

— > but Reid conceded it would be “hard to figure out how” to move such a bill through the Senate.

Useless Tits, Meet Bull.

diane - 5 May 2010

Oh BoHooHooMan (sorry, I really couldn’t resist)

you clown!

doomed

5. diane - 5 May 2010

Federal law may limit BP’s liability in oil spill

Associated Press / May 4, 2010
….
A law passed in response to the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska makes BP responsible for cleanup costs. But the law sets a $75 million limit on other kinds of damages.

Economic losses to the Gulf Coast are likely to exceed that.….
Snip

From BAR:

Freedom Rider: Obama’s Oil Slick

Tue, 05/04/2010 – 19:55 — Margaret Kimberley

President Obama cannot avoid political responsibility for the latest disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, or the future catastrophes that will inevitable flow from his acquiescence to Big Oil. “Liberals who ordinarily sneer at Sarah Palin and others who cry ‘Drill baby, drill,’ zipped their lips when Obama supported the same dangerous policy.” And, don’t believe it when Obama vows that BP will pay the full cost of cleanup. “Anyone who sends an invoice to British Petroleum will need divine intervention if they ever expect to collect.”

snip

6. diane - 5 May 2010

Putting Nukes In A Poor Black GA Town: If A Black President Does It, Is It Still Environmental Racism?

Wed, 05/05/2010 – 11:44 — Bruce A. Dixon

In the weeks since President Obama announced $8.3 billion in loan guarantees to build new nuclear reactors next to an existing pair of nukes in mostly black Burke County, GA, the inconvenient questions, unanswered and mostly unasked, continue to pile up.

The first and most obvious questions are why nukes, and why Burke County?

snip

A second set of questions are why put nukes on a river that’s already the 4th most toxic waterway in the nation, on a site just across from the contaminated Savannah River nuclear weapons installation?….

snip

A third set of questions are whether anybody is listening to the urgent warnings from nuclear expertsthat the site’s planned next-generation reactors are even less safe than their leaky older cousins?….

snip

A fourth set of questions are why there are no laws requiring, and no funds to pay for, testing the air, soil, water, fish, wildlife, or the people of mostly black Burke County, who are experiencing an unexplained epidemic of cancer? ….

snip

marisacat - 5 May 2010

who are experiencing an unexplained epidemic of cancer? ….

well see.. they already HAVE cancer. So it jsut follows that………….. etc.

diane - 5 May 2010

I mean, but really, isn’t that: cauz they already have cancer argument getting rather dull?

Why not spread the Blessings ….how bouts Tyson’s Corner, VA, or Orange County, CA?

diane - 5 May 2010

They could even pass out I’m proudly doing my part for Change We Can Believe In pins for the highly connected, highly politically vocal residents of Hollowwood, and Da Corner

diane - 5 May 2010

MoveOn.org could whip up a volunteer crew of folks like that patriot of patriots, blackwaterdog, from Dkos, to make the pins.

marisacat - 5 May 2010

They still ahve not figured out how Marin Co. has the highest rate of breast cancer in the nation. Evn discounting for incidence of insurance coverage and high rate of having regular medical care.

ugh I think it is in a lot of places, sad to say.

Surely if everyone just stopped smoking it wouold all go away!!

diane - 5 May 2010

quite a while back there was a noise about females and cancer in sly con valley, CA , which if I remember correctly, was attributed to the local companies dumping. Haven’t heard much about it since, though there’s a lot now about Cali Alzheimer’s cluster areas.

diane - 5 May 2010

sheesh mind burp, meant Autism, not Alzheimer’s, sorry!

7. BooHooHooMan - 5 May 2010

Don’t laugh too hard.

‘Liberal lion’ David Obey to retire

44 | House Appropriations Committee Chairman’s move is a blow to Democratic chances in Wis.

Door, ass, etc.
Yeh,
pick up your “Liberal Lion” Certificate and a lolipop on your way out.

marisacat - 5 May 2010

oh the man who screamed at the mother of a mil man set for a third deploymnet, and she worried he already was PTSD, jsut undiagnosed. HE called HER a liberal and how liberals were such a cross to bear.

Liberal is some insult used against anyone who questions the government. Obby having cornered “socialist” and “commie” we have to make do with what is left!! Then of course, “dirty hippie”…..

Can’t be gone soon enough.

Madman in the Marketplace - 5 May 2010

good riddance

8. catnip - 5 May 2010

Surprise!

President Obama Makes Ad For Blanche Lincoln Against Halter
by TomP

1198 comments

The party operatives must be busy explaining this one away. Imagine – a Blue Dog president supporting a Blue Dog…

marisacat - 5 May 2010

Clinton did too.. thanked her for her vote for NAFTA…

What a scream!!!

BooHooHooMan - 5 May 2010

😆
I thought it read,
“President Obama Makes Ad For Blanche Lincoln Against Hitler.
Which would be, you know, courageous.
Not to mention timely, given this dullard’s response record.

marisacat - 5 May 2010

please blanche.. just go.

catnip - 5 May 2010

“President Obama Makes Ad For Blanche Lincoln Against Hitler.”

😆

ts - 5 May 2010

i thought it was something about Blanche Lincoln wearing a halter…add your own punchline I ain’t gonna touch it (no, no pun intended STOP STOP STOP!)

9. marisacat - 5 May 2010

snicker snax… Couldn’t this be one of our eternal daily “medical” alerts?

So innovative, it would have to do with men, for a change!

From a chronology of oil related events:

Thanks to the chemical phthalate in plastic [hardened oil], male genitals are shrinking worldwide, and sperm counts are way down, though not low enough, unfortunately, to slow down this full-throttle-ahead “love” boat. World population is approaching seven billion, with about 30,000 people starving to death each day.

BooHooHooMan - 5 May 2010

I knew it wasn’t my fault!

BooHooHooMan - 5 May 2010

Phalanx of Nub Phallus’d Men Align With Greens!

10. brinn - 5 May 2010

Palast on BP

Nicely done, Greg!

marisacat - 5 May 2010

oh that is really good!

diane - 5 May 2010

Love the way he hits on all bases there, thanks for the link!

brinn - 5 May 2010

Glad ya’ll enjoyed it — there’s a reason he’s the best, and, um, largely ignored by the usual suspects in our “news” organizations…..

Can’t get the kiddo’s image out of my head the past coupla days…dancing on the quicksand…novel, book, poem, kickass song….whatever it is, it says so much!

Maybe the Texan?Canjun version could be 2 steppin on the SHEEN…I used to love that word…

Madman in the Marketplace - 5 May 2010

I’d forgotten BP was involved in that!

11. BooHooHooMan - 5 May 2010

Dome shipped to rig site

So basically …
we’re putting either a papal beanie or a freakin yamulke on it. Brilliant!

BooHooHooMan - 5 May 2010

LOL.
…and when the motherfucker blasts off the sea floor and creates a TSUNAMI..

Madman in the Marketplace - 5 May 2010

well, the TX gov did say it was an act of Gawd!

brinn - 6 May 2010

God has left the damned building…hell, maybe even this entire solar system.

Yeah, chalk that one up to a risky experiment gone awry…lessee what we might accomplish over here at Alpha Centuri….

12. catnip - 5 May 2010

MoD asked Red Cross to look into Iraq birth defects

chemical weapons, white phosphorus…meet the new overlords, same as the old one…

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 May 2010
marisacat - 5 May 2010

I think they have some rule to shoot the dog/pets/hamsters/baby mice first. A half Corgi, yeah really something to be afraid of…

Madman in the Marketplace - 5 May 2010

I read somewhere that the pit was locked in a carrier.

marisacat - 5 May 2010

see… they would have shot it if it had been a baby mouse.

I remember when that case happened…

diane - 5 May 2010

wow, pathetic.

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 May 2010
marisacat - 5 May 2010

I see some commenters told off the ones who thought it was in poor taste! Good. I had read reference to it, but not seen the shirt, I am glad they used the dumb BP fake fake propaganda logo.

It’s like Chevron here (which advertises a lot, even on PBS) using phrases in their ads like “People Energy!”

Madman in the Marketplace - 5 May 2010

when people are rendered powerless, mockery is pretty much all that is left. So tired of wimpy liberals who don’t want to “offend” anybody.

marisacat - 5 May 2010

Wapo has a sickening piece of puff and propaganda… that BP used to be (they say) pretty non political.. but less so now… and that is a Good Thing! For all of us! It means mess in the gulf will go better!

Earlier I read that after we invaded Iraq, BP was back in for the first time in 37 years.

So non-political.

What utter shit.

marisacat - 5 May 2010

link

John Browne, the former chief executive of energy giant BP, used to brag about his company’s relative lack of political involvement, saying the London-based conglomerate purposely shied away from spending too much on lobbying and campaign contributions.

But since Tony Hayward took over as CEO in 2007, BP has increased its spending on U.S. politics, a move that may help the firm weather the political storm over its devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The company has mobilized a massive Washington lobbying campaign over the past week in response to the worsening crisis, dispatching senior executives to meet with Obama administration officials and members of Congress, while Hayward and other executives make frequent media appearances to defend BP’s performance.

Farther down in the article it indicates they REALLY revved up in Jan of 2009. Oh I wonder why?

I remember John Browne, former chief of BP… he used to be a fav on Charlie Rose… then suddenly there was a Boy Friend discovered (and i am guessing some bad bad bad PR behind the story) and whumpf! he was GONE. From CEO to not even mentioned…

I had noticed a whiff of more than just light reflective “evening the color out” foundation when he was on with CR…

snicker.

15. marisacat - 6 May 2010

Neue…

LINK

……………………… 8)


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