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The least of mine…* 22 May 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, The Battle for New Orleans, WAR!.

A dragonfly tries to clean itself as it is stuck to marsh grass covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill    [Gerald Herbert/AP]

I see Obama is still saying he’ll pursue off shore drilling “only if no spills can be ensured”.

He said that the first week, too.  No new lines, I guess.

Can this fuck up get more transparent?   Or weak.

In the same Reuters report:

Creating a commission helps Obama show leadership in a crisis that has drawn heavy criticism not only of companies’ safety practices but also loose government oversight.

I heard Al Gore (we’ll fight elections to the death! We will, someday!) say a week ago that the whole world looks to America as the natural leader.

I don’t think so. They say it at the point of a gun, not otherwise.


* well… of course not being a Bible devotee I mangled the quote from Matthew:

‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’




1. marisacat - 22 May 2010

hmm from the comments at Sky Truth:


John –

Fla. has over 130 desalination plants , many are deep well brackish water plants, but most draw of the sea.

The Tampa Plant :

ACCIONA Agua uses seawater reverse osmosis membranes desalination technology, which removes salt and other impurities from seawater, making it suitable for human consumption. At the Tampa Bay plant, reverse osmosis desalination technology moves water from Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

The plant uses about 44 million gallons per day (mgd) of seawater from a nearby power plant’s cooling system, which is pretreated with sand filters and a diatomaceous earth filtration system to remove particles. Reverse osmosis filters then separate 25 mgd of freshwater from the seawater.


5 bucks sez Light La. Crude mixed with Corexit 9500 ain’t in the design specs on these filters.

May 22, 2010 3:21 PM



I got a hunch Light La. Crude & Corexit 9500 ain’t very good for power plant cooling water either.

May 22, 2010 3:34 PM


Another commenter says that FOX News is using same over view as ST posted Friday and they ARE saying that the oil has moved into the loop current and IS headed for FL.

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 May 2010

What would happen if a tropical storm hit the oil floating in the Gulf?

It could make things even worse. At least one forecast team puts the chance of a strong hurricane hammering some part of the Gulf Coast this year at 44 percent, and any such storm would threaten to disrupt ongoing containment or environmental protection measures. In an absolute worst-case scenario, powerful hurricane winds might drive the oil slick towards land and push some of it ashore with the ensuing storm surge.

Much depends on the angle at which the storm crosses the slick. In the Northern Hemisphere, hurricanes rotate counterclockwise, with the largest storm surge occurring where the winds blow in the direction the storm as a whole is traveling—that’s in front of the eye and off to the right. (Meteorologists worry over a hurricane’s dangerous “right-front quadrant.”) So if a powerful storm approached the slick from the southwest, say, its most potent winds would push the oil forward, instead of sweeping it off to the side and out of the storm’s path. If the storm then plowed into the Gulf Coast, you’d expect an oily landfall.

The strength, movement, and size of the storm would also make a difference. Fortunately, the height of the Atlantic hurricane season, featuring the strongest storms, doesn’t arrive until August. We might reasonably hope to have cleaned up the oil by that point.

So the storm could move the slick. Could the slick affect the storm? Hurricanes draw their energy from the evaporation of warm seawater—that’s why they occur over the summer and into the fall. Given that fact, you might think that oil on the surface of the ocean would interfere with a hurricane’s access to its power source. Indeed, some have proposed to combat hurricanes by coating the ocean surface with an oily substance (not crude oil, of course) in order to reduce evaporation and quench a storm’s strength.

Alas, this scheme probably wouldn’t work, nor should we expect the oil spill to slow down any hurricanes very much this season. The first problem is that most hurricanes span an enormous area of the ocean. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the typical storm is 300 miles wide, dwarfing even this large spill. Even if a hurricane passed directly over the slick, the oil would cover just a fraction of the relevant sea surface.

What’s more, by the time winds reach hurricane force (greater than 74 mph), they cause so much ocean mixing that any oil slick on the surface would be driven down into the depths and generally broken up. MIT hurricane expert Kerry Emanuel has tested the phenomenon on a small scale using an enclosed tank, half filled with water, with an air rotor at the top capable of generating hurricane force winds. When the rotor turned at high speeds, the surface of the water was torn apart, and the scientists observed no difference in the amount of evaporation that occurred with or without an oily surface film.

It’s even possible that an oil slick could make a powerful hurricane a little stronger. Oil is darker than water, and so it absorbs more sunlight while also blocking evaporation from the sea surface. That means the spill could be trapping heat in one part of the ocean. If a storm passed over and churned up the surface of the water, that potential hurricane energy might then be released.

marisacat - 22 May 2010

If the storm then plowed into the Gulf Coast, you’d expect an oily landfall.

Not that I know much about hurricanes, I don’t, but from what I have read, what a hurricane picks up can land anywhere, where it drops down. Not Southern Canada for instance, but where ever in a huge swathe.

3. marisacat - 22 May 2010

THe WH must be watching in dismay… I see candlelight vigils in NO started at the 30 day mark, for the BP “spill”.

Not the prayer circles Obby wants.

marisacat - 22 May 2010

by WWLTV.com
Gulf Oil Spill

JP officials commandeer BP’s hired boats in Grand Isle


Posted on May 22, 2010 at 6:47 PM

GRAND ISLE, La. – Jefferson Parish Emergency managers say they have commandeered all of BP’s hired boats in Grand Isle.

A representative for Jefferson Parish Emergency chief Deano Bonano said they requested immediate action after oil moved into the marsh passes and onto the beaches in Grand Isle.

He said more than 40 boats were sitting idle while he watched the oil rush into the passes.

At around 5:30 p.m., Jefferson Councilman Chris Roberts confirmed the boats have been commandeered by JP emergency managers

full text… there is a snip tot he side that Plaquemines Parish is about to pay for their own protection from the oil.

marisacat - 22 May 2010


Oil slathers Louisiana

It’s here.

No more waiting.

See this map from NOAA.

My story in tomorrow’s paper, scorching off the press:

GRAND ISLE, LA. — It has become an epic contest between water and oil along the Gulf Coast. Government officials have now opened wide the Mississippi River outlets — what they call the diversions — in a desperate attempt to overwhelm the massive oil slick approaching the ragged shoreline of Louisiana. This hydraulic defense employs snowfall from Montana, floodwater from Tennessee. The mighty river drains half the country, and every creek and stream and seep from the Rockies to the Appalachians has been enlisted in the battle.

But still it appears the oil is winning.

A steady wind from the southeast is blowing the oil ashore. The forecast by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration projects a massive landfall Sunday to the west of the Mississippi River. The heaviest patch of oil is taking dead aim at Port Fourchon, which has boomed thanks to the proliferation of deepwater drilling.

catnip - 22 May 2010

Comandeered? Like pirates?

marisacat - 22 May 2010

well I think in an emergent situation they can.

They have to do something…. if the boats aren’t out deployed agasint the oil, however little it does…

catnip - 22 May 2010

Yo ho ho and a bottle of oil then!

BooHooHooMan - 22 May 2010

People , ya see, – Like Oil!
So says the NYT.. And the Landrieus! And Vitter!
I”m sure Obbie is sweet potato pie GRATEFUL for
the Times helpful Front Page Lede:

Despite Leak, Louisiana Is Devoted to Oil

The unfolding oil disaster is not even prompting a reconsideration of the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival. Above, Lee Delaune, the festival’s director.

There in the center of the FP it is. Yep, visible enough, framed appropriately, but not enough to interfere with the other piece, the main header, a truly marvelous piece of fiction, Financial Overhaul Bill Poses Big Test for Lobbyists. Nor does it get in the way of the genuinely Orwellian offer:

Payback Time
Crisis Imperils Liberal Benefits Long Expected by Europeans


The deficit crisis that threatens the euro — along with an aging population and low growth — has undermined the sustainability of Europe’s standard of social welfare.

We Are so BLESSED!™
“Payback Time”. 😆

Out past Pluto, beyond the galactic bounds, venturing forth now to…

marisacat - 22 May 2010

No matter Obby will always have Ishmael Reed….

Well trade unionists in Spain and elsewhere use home made rockets in street fighting… Sarko has flailed badly in his big “reforms”… Greece, we all know they take to the streets.. and so on.

So I wanna see those benefits really go.

catnip - 22 May 2010

“Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival”

Now they can rename it to the Shrimp IN Petroleum Festival.

marisacat - 22 May 2010

Petroleum Vinaigrette…

I am still waiting for Obby to make jokes.

4. marisacat - 22 May 2010

IOZ still on Rand.

mammma mia.

What I see, is what most often surfaces in this pitched battles…. The Democats LIVE to catch racially articulated turbulence, just recently “maccaca” and also Romney’s mispeak (which I think it was, or silly campaign bravado) that his father “marched iwth MLK”.

The Democrats were FRANTIC. Only they can wear the mantle. In fact his father did clear the way for Martin to come into Michigan and while he (Romney sr) did march at the head of a couple of small suburban marches in support of Martin, he did not, that any one could find, ever march WITH Martin.

But Romney dared to claim a shred of the mantle for some moderate or liberal Rs of another era….

How dare he.


Rand, creepy little punk that he is, has played right into the hands of the Democrats.

Geesh. Good luck.

BooHooHooMan - 22 May 2010

Fuck. C’mon now, IOZ.
He’s, Obviously using THAT piece to gratioutously throw around

lucid - 23 May 2010

There is a comment in the thread which completely sums it up. What most posters [including me] objected to in his original Rand post was the complete ignorance he displayed on the civil rights movement – something he has yet to address in his following two posts… oh well.

5. marisacat - 22 May 2010

Yeah BP is so scared of the what the Feds might do.

Independent on Sunday

[A] BP spokesman told The IoS yesterday that it had not received any information from the EPA with regard to a ban.

But, privately, BP sources say that such a move, if it were to go ahead, would take years to put into effect and would cost millions in legal fees for all parties.

EPA sources say it is unlikely to make any decision until after a full investigation into the Gulf oil spill – which could take at least a year.

However, while the EPA is clearly anxious about BP’s record in the US, it also acknowledges that BP is a big employer there and any ban could have its own unintended consequences.

6. BooHooHooMan - 22 May 2010

Meatier Fillets’: The World of Rand Paul & Pals

Including a free blockquote in the “Back in the Day…” part.

You don’t have to ride Jim Crow!
You don’t have to ride Jim Crow,
On June the Third the high court said
When you ride interstate, Jim Crow is dead,
You don’t have to ride Jim Crow…
Go quiet-like if you face arrest,
NAACP will make a test,
You don’t have to ride Jim Crow!

And here, having just fallen off the turnip truck, I thought Obama originated it.
You know, for the guy fired in New Hampshire , Shaheen’s hubby IIRC. And for whatsernam some Hill staffer. And Rendell in PA. And Bill. And Hill herself. You know, That “world” in a parallel universe that happens to have a black hole into the West Wing. That world.
And Meatier, or rather, Mr. Fillet will recall the Primary states* where Hillary DEMS were unleashing dogs off porches on Obama GOTV, throwing bowling ball sized stones at cars and tossing pigshit and piss inside Obama field offices. (True, btw. All Three of which occurred in Kentucky….Though – smoting hand of God no doubt – after HILLARY did have a fake “Bomber” scare in NH – to be racially , genderly?, and pyromaniacally fair – Hill had HER Fire at an Indiana field office . Alas, the Fake intimidation was left on the GOP side, the ill college aged McCain supporter in PGH right before the the GE, who could forget:
Obama Negro People Jacked My White Girl Ass and The Car!
Shocking of a forlorn fundy GOP functionary…. but indeed, fake.

Welp™. Good Thing, Mr. Meatier Fillet.
Good thing in the REAL world of Racism, we don’t have Democratic Presidents and First Ladies, Cabinet members and Governors alike.. …playing with kerosene at a Klan Rally.

marisacat - 22 May 2010

Goes way back…….. thos would be our tradishuns. You know.

I actually heard some lune say that Jefferson wanted to not have slavery. Gotta LOVE it!!

BooHooHooMan - 22 May 2010

Paul’s course of action
and its obvious when you thing about it 🙄
is to have Charlie Krauthammmer over about the ADA – no no –
– too Republican –
hmm…Gene Whatsisname – Robinson! from the Washington Post over
– no no – too pedestrian –
the younger guy – Jonathan Capehart, Black AND Gay over for a
Beer Summit.

Randy could .. I dunno – maybe break his legs ala Kathy Bates in Misery to get more bases covered before offering the beer. 👿

marisacat - 22 May 2010

Be very entertaining of Paul still wins… which he may do, as GOP works hard to de-nationalise this run.


7. marisacat - 22 May 2010

Dennis Perrin has a post up on Finkelstein apprently there is a documentary on him, Radical Son.

Was exposing and embarrassing Dershowitz worth it? Noam Chomsky says in the film that Finkelstein should’ve ignored the plagiarism and gone after Dershowitz’s political arguments instead. I don’t know if that would’ve made Dershowitz less vindictive, for even on that front, Finkelstein would most likely be merciless. In any case, this episode showed the limits of dissident intellectual engagement with a celebrated, mainstream, well-connected figure like Dershowitz. The privileged and powerful are interested in the facts only to the extent that they may further enrich themselves. But when protecting their privilege, anything goes, truth and facts be damned. Norman Finkelstein has learned this the hard way. Based on his life and career, that seems to be the only way he knows.

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 May 2010

the clip at the bottom is stunning.

marisacat - 23 May 2010

I just checked, they have the doc at Netflix, so I added it to the list… had missed it as I have the title wrong, it really is American Radical.

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 May 2010

let me know how it is!

8. marisacat - 23 May 2010

I don’t know who this guy is, he keeps a blog at SF Gate… but it is nice to read something emphatic, after more than a month of squishy junk about the “spill”

Obama’s 10 failures: An oil spill or man made volcanic vent of crude oil?

Here is a short one of the 10:

4) Failure to ask the Japanese, French, Chinese and Russians for assistance. Only these four nations have deep sea submarine and robotic systems that can work in depth of one mile or greater.

9. marisacat - 23 May 2010

Moving right along for Shell to drill in the Arctic…. Ninth Circuit sits here in SF… and when they ruled did not consider any issues raised in the Gulf.

[E]ven as the administration has begun a review of its offshore leasing program and temporarily halted new offshore drilling projects, Shell says it hopes to begin drilling this summer.

The company was buoyed last week, when a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected claims that Minerals Management’s initial environmental review of the project was flawed.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 May 2010

Via Crooks & Liars: Norfolk principal put on leave over fetus dolls for students

Oakwood Elementary’s principal was placed on administrative leave Friday as school officials investigated why life like, 4-inch-long plastic fetus dolls were given to dozens of third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students.

On Thursday, the school staffer thought to be responsible for handing out the dolls was placed on leave.

Oakwood took another hit this week when the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia blasted its principal for inviting students and teachers to participate in prayer and Bible study. The organization said such acts are coercive and violate the Constitution.

The group asked Superintendent Stephen Jones in a letter sent Friday to immediately instruct Oakwood Principal Sheila Tillett Holas on the constitutional rights of teachers and students, and to stop religious overtures to them, as well as all organized religious activity on school grounds.

marisacat - 23 May 2010

I remember 3rd, 4th and 5th grade quite clearly… I would not know what to do if someone had handed me such a thing. Maybe a pictorial representation shown to all the class with some description and explanation.. but a plastic fetus. No….

Of course I was pretty blank on lots of things til I read Our Bodies Our Selves… 😉

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 May 2010

I think the dolls came with a little card explaining what they were.

I’m not sure what they think they’re accomplishing at that age, but I remember from my youth and my winger relatives’ churches that 3rd, 4th & 5th grade is when Evangelicals LOVE to start really hammering the fear of Gawd into people. I was in 3rd grade when a very frightening pastor in my grandmother’s church started telling me that I was a sinner and would go to hell and would NEVER see my parents again unless I accepted Jeebus Xrist as my personal savior.

CSTAR - 23 May 2010

personal trainer maybe?

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 May 2010

When are we going to leave that island in peace?

Japanese Leader Gives In to U.S. on Okinawa Base

Apologizing for failing to fulfill a prominent campaign promise, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama told outraged residents of Okinawa on Sunday that he has decided to relocate an American air base to the north side of the island as originally agreed upon with the United States.

On his second visit to Okinawa this month, Mr. Hatoyama for first time conceded what Japanese media had been reporting for weeks: that he would accept Washington’s demands and honor a 2006 agreement to move the United States Marine Air Station Futenma to the island’s less populated north.

The decision is a humiliating setback for Mr. Hatoyama on a problem that has consumed his young government and could prove its undoing. Before last year’s historic election victory, he had vowed to move the base off of Okinawa or even out of Japan. But his apparent wavering on the issue helped drive his approval ratings below 25 percent.

In the end, he seemed to decide it was more important to keep good ties with the United States, Japan’s longtime protector, at a time when his nation faces a nuclear-armed North Korea and an increasingly assertive China. Washington had consistently demanded that Tokyo honor the 2006 agreement to move Futenma and its noisy helicopters to a new facility to be built in Camp Schwab, near the northern Okinawan fishing village of Henoko.

But Mr. Hatoyama’s decision was met with anger on Okinawa, where 90,000 residents rallied last month to oppose the base. On Sunday, irate crowds greeted his arrival with bright yellow signs that said, “Anger,” and showered him with jeering cries of “Go Home!”

Mr. Hatoyama explained his decision by saying that since taking office, he had learned to appreciate the role that the Marines play as a deterrent in the region, and that Okinawa was the most strategic location for them.

“We came to the conclusion that we have to ask local residents to accept the base in an area near Henoko,” Mr. Hatoyama said during a meeting with Okinawa’s governor.

Time for the residents of Henoko to hide their daughters.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 May 2010
marisacat - 23 May 2010

I think the commission will think about, mull over… ponder a while… before they investigate…

13. catnip - 23 May 2010

Sestak on Meet the Press: what a weasel. Can you give a straight answer to a fucking question, buddy?

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 May 2010

Mark Twain’s autobiography to be finally published, 100 years after his death

That milestone has now been reached, and in November the University of California, Berkeley, where the manuscript is in a vault, will release the first volume of Mark Twain’s autobiography. The eventual trilogy will run to half a million words, and shed new light on the quintessentially American novelist…

“He had doubts about God, and in the autobiography, he questions the imperial mission of the US in Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. He’s also critical of [Theodore] Roosevelt, and takes the view that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel. Twain also disliked sending Christian missionaries to Africa. He said they had enough business to be getting on with at home: with lynching going on in the South, he thought they should try to convert the heathens down there.”

In other sections of the autobiography, Twain makes cruel observations about his supposed friends, acquaintances and one of his landladies.

marisacat - 23 May 2010

I caught a recent segment of that PBS show, where they go around the cuontry and invite people to bring in antiques and curiosities to be valued… a woman brought in a very charming, single large pearl and diamonds set in gold, fish pin with some accompanying materials… apparently toward the end of his life Twain gathered a coterie of young women about himself… whom he called the Aquarium. Mostly women who wrote verse or poetry, that sort of thing… when someone was invited into the little group he gave them an individual, custom made pin of a fish.

His letters to the woman’s grandmother were signed: Chief Slave of the Aquarium.

I got a big kick out of frankly.

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 May 2010

I’d never heard that before … cool story.

marisacat - 23 May 2010

Yes I thought it was completely charming… and nice. There are stories always of how poor or in reduced circumstances his last years were, but this seemed very pleasant. For everyone…

Heather-Rose Ryan - 23 May 2010

I never heard that story. Good for him.

Heather-Rose Ryan - 23 May 2010

As an English lit major I must say we could have done with a lot less Hemingway and Faulkner and a lot more Twain.

marisacat - 23 May 2010

yeah papa hemingway never worked for me, tho I tried…. I did finally make it thru Old Man and the Sea… and think I got it. More or less. But that was about it…

Lots of charming 6 toe’d cats hanging out in Key West tho………. 😉

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 May 2010

not a big fan other either Hemingway or Falkner. Give me Twain any day.

marisacat - 23 May 2010

I tried to read Faulkner too, as my mother has a lot of it… but ……… totally stymied. Sometimes I read a few lines of Faulkner, out of context in someone’s writings.. and like it. But ……. that’s it.

Heather-Rose Ryan - 23 May 2010

Like Hemingway, Faulkner is better in his short stories. In my opinion, anyway. I don’t hate his stuff but I would never pick it up just for an enjoyable read. There’s something missing.

Oh yes, the 6-toed cats…. love them 🙂

Heather-Rose Ryan - 23 May 2010

A few of his short stories were admirable. Other than that…. With “Old Man and the Sea” there isn’t much to get, sadly. But it’s easy to parody 🙂

At the moment I’m reading The Atlantic’s annual fiction supplement and am astounded by the badness of the writing. Everything is so ponderous and empty. The characters are nothing but ciphers used as props by the author’s self-conscious prose. What’s happened to literature? There IS an essay by JC Oates yet to read – maybe that will salvage the experience. At least she knows how to write.

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 May 2010

they both seem overly mannered and distant from humanity to me.

lucid - 23 May 2010

This thing about Faulkner that I love is that he seems so adept at writing in completely different voices… that and his rather poignant running discourse on race.

Heather-Rose Ryan - 24 May 2010

The Oates essay was excellent. Actually it’s a memoir about being suddenly widowed when her husband Ray Smith died. It’s crisply written and moving without being maudlin.

Madman, do you mean Hem and Faulkner were mannered/distant? If so, I agree. I found a distinct lack of authorial interest in their own characters. Except in some of Hem’s early short stories. Interestingly, Oates mentions one of the good ones in her Atlantic piece: “Indian Camp”

lucid - 23 May 2010

While I’m with you on Hemingway, Faulkner is my favorite American author… And ‘Light in August’ is my favorite novel.

15. lucid - 23 May 2010

Hmm – comment not posting properly – the Light in August is a reply to Heather & the different voices is in response to Madman.

marisacat - 23 May 2010

sorry about that… the thread has probably exhausted itself…. that’s when it starts dropping off comments willy nilly…

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 May 2010

I think I connect more easily with more emotional, visceral writers.

16. marisacat - 23 May 2010



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