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Airborne no more.. 3 June 2010

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

Brown pelican is mired in heavy oil – A brown pelican is mired in heavy oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast on Thursday, June 3, 2010.
(AP/Charlie Riedel)

Top New Orleans chefs get unappetizing look at oil spill

by Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News 


Posted on June 3, 2010 at 6:28 PM 

NEW ORLEANS — Some of New Orleans’ most famous chefs and restaurant owners boarded boats at the Myrtle Grove Marina to see for themselves the slow moving disaster on the water. 

They passed miles of oil stained boom, doing little to keep BP’s toxic sludge out of the marsh grass in Barataria Bay. 

“There’s no cleanup,” said Chef Duke LoCicero of Cafe Giovanni. “Where are the cleanup guys? Why are we sitting around letting this happen? I don’t understand it?” 

“I wanted to know from firsthand how bad it was,” said Chef Paul Prudhomme of K-Paul’s. “I’ve seen good stuff and I’ve seen bad stuff. We just got to wait.” 

Oysterman Dave Cvitanovich pulled up some oysters from his lease near Wilkinson’s Bayou. 

“There’s 1150 acres of that stuff right there that are mine,” said Cvitanovich. “Two weeks from now you’re going to come back and you’re going to see nothing but open shell.” 

The oysters in Barataria Bay are healthy and growing, but because of the oil now threatening their leases, oystermen fear this year’s crop could be a total loss. 

Those oyster beds are 15 to 20 miles inland,” said Drago’s owner Tommy Cvitanovich. “For that oil to already be that far inland and we weren’t able to stop it in the outside waters, it’s truly sad.” 

The restaurateurs say the trip to the marsh gave them a greater understanding of the magnitude of the oil leak and its potential effects on the hospitality industry. 

“Being out there today, I want to fight more than I ever have,” said Dickie Brennan, owner of Bourbon House Seafood Restaurant. “I think we can still get out there and salvage a lot of things.” 

Congressman Joseph Cao spoke with the group back at the marina. 

“I believe that if the president would come here tomorrow to actually have a dozen oysters, shrimp from the Gulf, some boiled crabs, it would send a message very loudly that seafood from this area is absolutely safe,” said Rep. Cao, R-Louisiana. 

Safe, but according to the chefs, in short supply because of the spill.

Well… almost 40% of the Gulf, think of it!, is closed to fishing.  The oil is nearly 20 miles inland in the Louisiana marshes, at Alabama and Mississippi, on the doorstep of the Panhandle.

The oil will follow the Gulf Stream waters…

NOAA, today, released a projection that by Labor Day (we are bracketed by the big jingoistic holidays, Memorial Day and Labor Day) the oil may have passed Florida, hugged the Atlantic to the Carolinas and be pooling in the Atlantic.

Wonder what Obby will be shown tomorrow.  What sanitized, cropped, bleached, unreal photo op will the putz engage in.

Can he get blanker?  I fear he can.

How’s that vote working out for you…




1. marisacat - 3 June 2010

He looks cadaverous on with King… what an odd venue to pick. He’s hiding.

2. marisacat - 3 June 2010


Wow do they fail at it, or what?

Joe and Jill are having a ”beach themed” party for reporters at their home this weekend.

3. marisacat - 3 June 2010

Well… the future looks bright.

BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. — Commercial fishermen in the Alabama coastal community of Bayou La Batre have staged a brief blockade to protest that BP is not using enough local fishermen and boats to fight the massive oil spill.

Several boats blocked the entrance to Mississippi Sound at the bayou this morning before being ordered to disperse.

The mayor says one fisherman was briefly detained, but not arrested, after the standoff. He says BP is using speed boats, sail boats and vessels from out of state rather than more sturdy local fishing boats. The mayor says the local fishermen know the Gulf waters and should be hired.

There were also complaints that fishermen hired by BP are having trouble getting paid.

BP officials did not return a call seeking comment.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

There should be more of this.

CSTAR - 3 June 2010

Blockade? Where’s Netanyahu when you need him?

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 June 2010

don’t give him any ideas … he’d probably shoot the pelicans.

marisacat - 3 June 2010

Bibi would rule they need to wear brown and white stripped wing bands, with “P” for Pelican.

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 June 2010

Maddow did some stunning segments tonight, walking the shorelines and little barrier islands with a scientist (I think she said from Tulane), and about how the oil industry never bothered to invest in updating mitigation technology to deal with spills, only working to be able to drill more and deeper.

Very well done, though horribly depressing.

marisacat - 3 June 2010

Some horrifying gheadlines around… first several reports that a bare fraction of available, already federally funded, NGs are being used.

I mean, WTF?

And this from the NYT… which finally popped up at Google but way down the page… Darrell Issa of all the creeps, got the dox and gave them to the Center for Public Integrity.

Coast Guard officials grasped the potential threat of a catastrophic spill in the first days after the explosion on board the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, estimating that 64,000 to 110,000 barrels a day of crude oil could possibly gush out of the well in the event of a complete blowout, according to Coast Guard logs.

Within 24 hours of the explosion on the rig, an entry in the logs raises a concern that the oil could pour out at the rate of 8,000 barrels a day in the event of a blowout.

That estimate was raised to a potential leak of at least 64,000 barrels on April 23, showing that first responders began to understand the environmental threat to the Gulf of Mexico when Coast Guard officials detected the first signs of oil appearing on the gulf waters.

The official White House timeline first mentions a leak on April 24, four days after the explosion, when undersea robots discovered a plume of oil coming from the riser on the sea floor.

Yet oil had been gushing out of the riser from the explosion through the moment the rig sank, and repeated attempts to stop the flow with the blowout preventer had failed.

The whole report (in the Times) has to be read. I swear they purposefully wrote it as garbled and disconnected as possible.

I feel like I am going to burst. All he ever had to do, the fucker, was FUCKING TRY, for real.

Nobody has ever been cut the slack he has. And all he does is whine and obfuscate.

Another thing, there is going to be CLEARER reporting on the dox, than what the NYT produced. Still diapering him.


diane - 3 June 2010

I swear they purposefully wrote it as garbled and disconnected as possible

thanks for that, thought it was my muddled brain, I linked to the CPI Report below, though haven’t really compared the two yet, I frankly don’t have the fortitude for it at the moment.

marisacat - 3 June 2010

I read it three times in my jumbled state… and they did write it as badly and disconnectedly as they could.

It’s an art, I guess.

diane - 3 June 2010


diane - 3 June 2010

Kind of off topic, yet not, it reminds of the piece I read in the Spring of 2004, in the San Jose Mercury (though it could have been a wire, NYT, or WAPO piece), about the very young man from Pennsylvania, (oddly allowed to sell some kind of telecom device in Iraq, …….with a faint whiff of blackhole “chump” recruitment), who was beheaded, which stunk to High Heaven.

marisacat - 3 June 2010

Yes I remember that story… lots of tentacles.

diane - 3 June 2010

I will never, ever forget that picture of his dad crawling on the ground and weeping ……his parents I believe, filed suit against the US …..

fuckin monsters running things.

marisacat - 3 June 2010

ugh another tidbit in the Center for Public Integrity report that CBS included but i think was allowed to drop from the NYT.

Seems pretty crucial to me.

Officials also learned within the first day of the disaster that the blowout preventer — an oil rig safety device that is supposed to cut off a well in case of an accident — was not functioning and could not be manually repaired by remote underwater robots

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 June 2010

they have no people maintaining the booms, in any of the places Maddow was touring … they basically stake them down, then move on. The wind/waves break the booms loose, and then they don’t do what they’re supposed to.

Meanwhile, reports are that cops are being used (under orders from BP) to keep photographers from taking pics of the dead & dying wildlife.


marisacat - 3 June 2010

the absorbent booms have to be removed regularly and replaced with fresh ones…

But now the incoming oil isthe consistency of cake batter… to say nothing of what is unseen beneath the surface.

Obby is finsihed. As Joe and Jill have a “beach themed” party for te press this weekend. At their DE home, where they use PAC money to maintian the property.

Good going.

marisacat - 3 June 2010

yes I have read they esp don’t want the turtles and dolphins photographed.

Any press with any integrity need to break that blockade.

5. diane - 3 June 2010

Coast Guard Logs Reveal Early Spill Estimate of 8,000 Barrels a Day – White House Timeline Missing Early Estimates, Reports of Oil Sheens

(apparently Darrell Issa (R – CA) provided the Coast Guard Logs, and well yeah, I kind of doubt he would’ve provided them if GWB were still in office…though, I’m glad he decided to do the right thing, even if it was only for his own purposes, versus being the right thing to do. Every once in a while, tools perform a good function, even if they are totally oblivious to good versus bad.)

marisacat - 3 June 2010

oh thank you!! for the better link, I just managed to get the NYT version up (I had to reboot twice, gah)…

diane - 3 June 2010

well, you’re welcome hon, though I’m not sure as to whether it’s more clear than the NYT piece, which was so fucking murky as I attempted to slog through it, I can’t concentrate yet, enough to read the CPI piece.

marisacat - 3 June 2010

Well.. NYT would have done a service to include the simple interactive graphic the CfPI provided. CBS included t in their report. It clearly shows the public WH timeline FUDGED, LIED about the early days, the first TWO AND HALF DAYS.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 June 2010

Porn Valley “samurai sword” slasher (and web designer) played Obama in adult film

AdultFYI [NSFW] reports that Stephen Hill […] played President Barack Obama in a hardcore adult movie.

That movie is “Palin: Erection 2008,” and it was produced by Milton “Todd” C. Ault, III, the CEO of Zealous Inc. who was sued by several hedge funds after it was discovered Ault was funneling their moneys into making porn movies and a planned swingers retreat in the Catskills and not an “integrated global community of trading partners,” the New York Daily News reported last year.

marisacat - 3 June 2010

Gee where is Obby’s Midas touch?

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 June 2010


diane - 3 June 2010

heh ….Sly Con Valley sports a Sword Sharpening store in one of it’s malls in a very high income area right off of Interstate 280, like it’s the thing to do ….(no doubt Samurai Ellison, the Vizard of Oracle, has taken his swords there to be sharpened, he’s quite the Samurai, apparently), …..can’t imagine what kind of swat teams would be throwing flash grenades if someone in Oakland CA opened up a Sword Sharpening shop.

7. matie - 3 June 2010


So, Wall Street payers shorted BP the first quarter? What did they know that MMS did not?

And hey, did you hear Lady Gaga might have lupus.

catnip - 3 June 2010

I hadn’t heard that about Lady Gaga. Mind you I know as much about her as I do about the latest baseball star i.e. nothing.

BP chairman resigns this past January, goes to work for Goldman Sachs international, major sell off of BP stock. Not too hard to follow that crumb trail, I’d say.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 June 2010

Taibbi’s latest in Rolling Stone, concluding paragraphs (hat tip to Corrente Wire):

Whatever the final outcome, the War for Finance Reform serves as a sweeping demonstration of how power in the Senate can be easily concentrated in the hands of just a few people. Senators in the majority party – Brown, Kaufman, Merkley, even a committee chairman like Lincoln – took a back seat to Reid and Dodd, who tinkered with amendments on all four fronts of the war just enough to keep many of them from having real teeth. “They’re working to come up with a bill that Wall Street can live with, which by definition makes it a bad bill,” one Democratic aide explained in the final, frantic days of negotiation.

On the plus side, the bill will rein in some forms of predatory lending, and contains a historic decision to audit the Fed. But the larger, more important stuff – breaking up banks that grow Too Big to Fail, requiring financial giants to pay upfront for their own bailouts, forcing the derivatives market into the light of day – probably won’t happen in any meaningful way. The Senate is designed to function as a kind of ongoing negotiation between public sentiment and large financial interests, an endless tug of war in which senators maneuver to strike a delicate mathematical balance between votes and access to campaign cash. The problem is that sometimes, when things get really broken, the very concept of a middle ground between real people and corrupt special interests becomes a grotesque fallacy. In times like this, we need our politicians not to bridge a gap but to choose sides and fight. In this historic battle over finance reform, when we had a once-in-a-generation chance to halt the worst abuses on Wall Street, many senators made the right choice. In the end, however, the ones who mattered most picked wrong – and a war that once looked winnable will continue to drag on for years, creating more havoc and destroying more lives before it is over.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 June 2010

We’re Nuanced Here in the States

Well, it took about an hour and a half, but one of the back benchers in the WH Press Corpse finally asked Gibbs if it mattered to the WH that an American was among one of the flotilla dead. The previous hour and a half was dedicated to questions from the beltway pretty boys dealing with perceptions of whether the President is engaged enough in the oil spill and tough enough on BP, whether or not Gibbs had watched Jon Stewart last night, and the usual important stuff. The response from Gibbs when finally asked was so evasive and noncommittal that I can’t remember anything other than his mentioning that Obama had a good talk with Erdogan two days ago.

It must be really odd to be a foreigner watching the reaction of the American government. You look at Turkey, and they seem to be just furious that Israeli soldiers stormed onto a non-Military vessel on the high seas and shot up some of their citizens, but the United States seems to be wholly indifferent. What people don’t realize is just how nuanced America has become about citizenship.

When we decide if someone is a real American, worthy of all aspects of citizenship and defense by the government, we look at the totality of the situation. We look at what kind of citizen you are, what you believed in, what you were doing at the time you were shot four times in the head at close range by a foreign army as they stormed a ship in international waters, and a variety of other factors.

He quotes some of the usual nonsense from Powerline that Dogan wasn’t a “real” American, then points out:

Not only was he not an American, but we should tinker with the Constitution so this never happens again. Now had his parents emigrated to a more American country when he was two, like, for example, Israel, then this story would be a lot different. But as it was, it is clear that he was not sufficiently American for our government to get upset about his death.

Second, you have to look at what Dogan believed in to establish his American credentials. He was against the Israeli blockade, and as we all know, there is nothing more un-American that opposing Israeli policy. Had he been doing something more real American, like delivering bibles to Iran or proselytizing in Yemen, then we could be outraged over his death. As it was, he had it coming.

marisacat - 3 June 2010

Tht last graph is actual Powerline text?

I should have left years ago. I don’t even like it that, supposedly, schools in Los Angeles are teaching that the AZ law is “Un American”. Teach how fucking bad it is! And leave the other part out.

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 June 2010

no, sorry … I didn’t paste the Powerline text, that last paragraph was basically summing it up.

I’m sick of both ‘sides’ using “un American” in their attacks. A country founded on slavery isn’t incapable of anything.

like you say, just stick to how bad something is.

10. catnip - 3 June 2010

Bidens – a beach-themed party? With oil-soaked birds?

marisacat - 3 June 2010

Louisiana Vinaigrette.

11. diane - 3 June 2010
12. marisacat - 3 June 2010

NPR has a good report.. sounds like ABC is releasing more information, as well as the Center for Public Integrity/Darrell Issa moves

NPR links back to the ABC

Feds Knew Early Spill Was Worse Than They Let On: Reports

11:04 pm

June 3, 2010

By Frank James

Information is emerging that points to the federal government knowing more about the severity of the BP oil spill from the earliest stages of the disaster than it initially let on to the public.

For instance, ABC News reported Thursday evening that the Coast Guard and other federal agencies had access to BP’s videos of oil spewing from the broken well on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. But for some reason federal officials didn’t force BP to make it public. Neither did it communicate the magnitude of the leak to the public, according to the ABC News report.

An excerpt from the ABC News report:

But inside the unified command center, where BP and federal agencies were orchestrating the spill response, video monitors had already displayed hours of footage they did not make public. The images showed a far more dire situation unfolding underwater. The footage filmed by submarines showed three separate leaks, including one that was unleashing a torrent of oil into the Gulf.

BP officials said they made all the video available to federal officials.

“The video has been available to the unified command from the very beginning,” said Mark Proegler, a BP spokesman. “It’s always been here from the beginning. They had it.” […]

Oh I hope they all face off, forked tongues extended, teeth bared and lunge at each other.

marisacat - 3 June 2010

The NPR report is very clear, long enough to detail, excerpt and highlight… they clearly separate and draw attention to the worst of it.

Plus they are integrating information from more than one source…

Works for m!

marisacat - 3 June 2010

Fom the ABC Blotter report they link to:

[C]oast Guard officials said they were focused on the response, and advised the public not to worry about just how much oil was pouring into the water.

“I would caution you not to get fixated on an estimate of how much is out there,” said Adm. Landry.

Two days later, as oil continued to spew, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said much the same thing.

“This fixation on the number of barrels is a little bit misleading,” said Napolitano. snip

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 June 2010

“we don’t do body counts”

next verse, same as the first.

marisacat - 3 June 2010

well….. Obby is giving up Indonesia (and Australia) for Lent.

Maybe he will wrap himself in purple covering til the oil stops gushing.

We are so blessed.

catnip - 3 June 2010

He’s so detached. When he told Larry King he was “furious” about the gusher, there was absolutely no display of emotion on his face.

catnip - 3 June 2010

Here he is looking all “furious”.

He looked a helluva lot more furious when he was heckled by protesters about DADT. That was an “if looks could kill” moment.

13. catnip - 3 June 2010

The Canadian Con gov’t is getting a LOT of heat for not having climate change on the G8 & G20 summits this month. Gotta protect those oil men…

catnip - 3 June 2010

“G8 & G20 summits'” agendas…

14. catnip - 3 June 2010

From the Department of Oh Geez:

(CNN) – A longtime South Carolina state Senator with a reputation for blunt language used the term “raghead” to describe Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley and President Obama during an appearance on a political talk show Thursday.

Haley is of Indian-American descent.

State Sen. Jake Knotts, who backs Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer in the four-way Republican primary battle, made the remark during an interview on “Pub Politics,” a popular online political talk show in Columbia.

“We already got one raghead in the White House, we don’t need a raghead in the governor’s mansion,” Knotts said, according to multiple people present for the broadcast.

They sure have their fair share of nutbars in the Carolinas.

15. catnip - 3 June 2010

Do I detect a hint of jealousy?

(Remember when Bowers and BooBoo were pushing for a “bloggers union” to pay for their health care costs? Yeah – get a fucking job there buckos!)

catnip - 4 June 2010

Oh and this by Nate Silver?

There are two particular reasons why we felt the Times was the best home for FiveThirtyEight. On the one hand, I very much see what we are doing as a type of journalism, in the sense that it consists of doing original research on a timely basis to help inform the public discourse. Thus, the Times’ unflinching commitment to quality journalism makes for a natural fit,


“Judith Miller”

marisacat - 4 June 2010

They just want a Democratic pollster analyser on tap thru the midterms and the 12 FUBAR.

As I see it… but the boychicks of the Blahgnaughteries are all very thrilled iwth his deal with the NYT…

catnip - 4 June 2010

They love being co-opted. And what ever happened to kos’ Newsweek gig?

marisacat - 4 June 2010

yeah but Bowers, at that site, is hired, paid for by Lux who is nothing but a party operative. If they’d been asked to move to the Wapo or the NYT or wherever, they’d have gone in a heartbeat…

Your money gets funneled to you to thru various arms of the party, or thru the filter of a major newspaper…

[shoulder shrug]

16. catnip - 4 June 2010

Raimondo: This Says it All

What is US foreign policy in the Middle East all about – and for whose benefit is it being conducted? In two short paragraphs, this news story says it all:

“The U.S. confirmed that an American citizen, identified as 19-year-old Furkan Dogan, was killed by multiple gunshots during the Israeli raid on a flotilla carrying activists attempting to run a blockade of the Gaza Strip.

“State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley said the U.S. has made no decision on a response to Dogan’s death.”

Apparently official Washington is torn between issuing a mild protest, and thanking them.

“Protecting the welfare of American citizens is a fundamental responsibility of our government,” Hillary Clinton assured the media, “and one that we take very seriously” – but not seriously enough to issue an official protest. “We are in constant contact with the Israeli government attempting to obtain more information about our citizens.” Do they want to know how many holes the IDF put in Furkan Dogan’s head before they make a decision on a response?

In reality, the US already made a response in the form of Vice President Joe “Loose Cannon” Biden, who, when asked about the attack on the flotilla, said: “So what’s the big deal here?”

catnip - 4 June 2010

And the latest ridiculousness? Israel Navy: 3 commandos nearly taken hostage in Gaza flotilla raid

Are you kidding me?

Quite the tale these IDF shills are spinning now.

marisacat - 4 June 2010

Bidn was DISGUSTING on with Rose last night. Beyond disgusting.

17. marisacat - 4 June 2010

hmm Steve Clemons of The Washington Note has some interesting observations on Hatoyama and Obby and Obby and Bibi.

One we worked to vanquish and the other… … well we are adjusting the pink poodle collar we wear – attached to the leash Bibi holds.

18. marisacat - 4 June 2010

It’s not what I think…

Israeli general: “Everybody thinks we’re bananas.”

a line from some Atlantic article on the Big Event at sea…

19. marisacat - 4 June 2010

If anyone needs an early morning laugh….

Also on Friday (gotta schtupp all the voters you can!) Obby is going to a truck showroom… in Kansas I think.

Taking Biden with him. Protection, I guess.

I cannot wait to see the pics!

20. marisacat - 4 June 2010



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