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Not the perch of choice.. 9 June 2010

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

A great blue heron stands on an oil containment boom that is being used to protect the beach in Pensacola, Florida

A great blue heron stands on an oil containment boom that is being used to protect the beach in Pensacola, Florida      [GETTY]

Somewhere or other in that interview with Matt Lauer, Our Leader said that wildlife would be affected for maybe “a season or two”.

Lynne Sweet has her uses, she provides the full transcript from Federal Service:

MR. LAUER: Have you allowed yourself to even imagine what the Gulf region will look like if oil continues to spew until August, what it will smell like, what the economic situation will be like down there?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I have. And here’s what I’ll say. This is going to be a mess. It already is. But I’ve been down there, and the people are resilient, and these ecosystems are more resilient than I think we anticipate right now, if we act swiftly, if we act seriously.

There are going to be marshes, for example, where the oil goes in and the sea life that’s there is decimated for a season, maybe two. But potentially we can preserve those estuaries and those marshes so that three years from now things have come back; things have bounced back.

Ya think? 

Merely “decimated”?  For ”a season, maybe two”.  Third year, things will have “bounced back”?

Did not get the play that his expressed desire to fire someone who writes his paycheck – so-to-speak – did… but he said it.



1. marisacat - 9 June 2010

AP has picked up on the almost 600 page 2009 spill plan that BP had on file iwth the MMS

i guess it was findable at the MMS dot gov site, but a copy was handed to a NO blogger a few days ago, I linked a couple of posts back.

BUT AP has more energy than other people, so they sussed out more than the blogger had at first swipe:

AP IMPACT: BP Spill Response Plans Severely Flawed

BP’s error-prone spill response plans overstate preparedness, understate dangers

Under the heading “sensitive biological resources,” the plan lists marine mammals including walruses, sea otters, sea lions and seals. None lives anywhere near the Gulf.

The names and phone numbers of several Texas A&M University marine life specialists are wrong. So are the numbers for marine mammal stranding network offices in Louisiana and Florida, which are no longer in service.

And like Obby and his trenchant comments (“season or two”) and observations:

— BP’s site plan regarding birds, sea turtles or endangered marine mammals (“no adverse impacts”) also have proved far too optimistic.

While the exact toll on the Gulf’s wildlife may never be known, the effects clearly have been devastating.

More than 400 oiled birds have been treated, while dozens have been found dead and covered in crude, mainly in Louisiana but also in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. On remote islands teeming with birds, a visible patina of oil taints pelicans, gulls, terns and herons, as captured in AP photos that depict one of the more gut-wrenching aspects of the spill’s impact. Such scenes are no longer unusual; the response plans anticipate nothing on this scale.

On and on it goes…

And I doubt anyone is surprised, BP not unlike Obby and his ‘can’t take it but dishes it’ out bullshit… well BP calls this a big ol’ learnin’ experience.

No really they do:

Said BP spokesman Daren Beaudo from Robert, La.: “We expect that a complete review of the regional response plans and planning process will take place as part of the overall incident investigation so that we can determine what worked well and what needs improvement. Thus far we have implemented the largest spill response in history and many, many elements of it have worked well. However, we are greatly disappointed that oil has made landfall and impacted shorelines and marshes.

The situation we are dealing with is clearly complex, unprecedented and will offer us much to learn from.”

Earnest murderers.

Heather-Rose Ryan - 9 June 2010

That reminds me of the old Curate’s Egg cartoon in Punch:

Bishop: “I’m afraid you’ve got a bad egg, Mr Jones”
Curate: “Oh, no, my Lord, I assure you that parts of it are excellent!”

marisacat - 9 June 2010


oh look! there is a live bird… no farther over, here try it with the glasses, maybe you can see the sterile, last bird.

Heather-Rose Ryan - 9 June 2010

AP has been absolutely brilliant in getting to the bottom of this, and has pulled no punches. I like the way the authors of this piece stick it right to BP. And how could this be topped:

But perhaps the most glaring error in BP’s plans involves Lutz, the professor, one of several dozen experts recommended as resources to be contacted in the event of a spill.

Lutz is listed as a go-to wildlife specialist at the University of Miami . But Lutz, an eminent sea turtle expert, left Miami almost 20 years ago to chair the marine biology department at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He died four years before the plan was published.

YOUR EXPERT ADVISOR IS DEAD, DUDES. And has been for years. Nice.

marisacat - 9 June 2010

I agree.. they have resuscitated themselves imo. Lots of good reporting… and also from McClatchy, but that is more to be expected…

2. ts - 9 June 2010

Interesting post on Lenin’s Tomb on the deep social services cuts that the new coalition is forced, FORCED mind you, to make. The British are always good for a turn of a phrase, and Lenin has tagged the new government with the funny and appropriate tag, “ConDemNation”.

marisacat - 9 June 2010

oh that is very good! ConDemNation. Excellent…

3. marisacat - 9 June 2010

Blackhawk helicopter shot down. One report [ Google News link ] says with the 4 US dead in this … brings June to 29 dead in Afghanistan.

And untold Afghanis and Pakistanis… as Madman said, AfghaniPakiWho.

4. brinn - 9 June 2010

If ya’ll haven’t seen this yet….from The OnionMassive Flow of Bullshit Continues to Gush from BP Headquarters….

“We must all work together if we’re going to cure our nation of this addiction,” Palmer said. “The sad fact is, the United States has been running on bullshit for decades.”

The folks over at the Onion better be careful…this sounds like serious reporting and we know how “attuned” to satire the AmPeop are!

Hope you all are well…me? Remember those old ads for Maxell tapes? With the guy sitting in the armchair getting blown away and holding on for dear life? Yeah. That’s how I’m doing only it’s not badass music blowing my hair back….

marisacat - 9 June 2010

I do remember those ads!

I jsut feel, really and truly, engulfed. Overwhelmed.

brinn - 9 June 2010

Ah, MCat, I know the feeling….boys and I will be ok for the rest of the month, but again, my unemployment has run out….see, I had to use it all up by May 29th to get the auto-extension, and well, ’cause I’ve been working the past 8 months, mine didn’t run out until June 6….so now…well, we’ll see…some incentive they give us, right?

I cannot complain — boys are healthy and mostly fed and stuff…finally got the AC fixed, though every time I feel cool and comfy (as opposed to itchy and about to pass out, circa last week…), all I can think about is how in the HELL am I going to pay the electric bill?!

Ok, so I complain a little…but at least I am not suffocating in crude and dying a slow death from benzine poisoning….

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 June 2010

always loved those ads

5. catnip - 9 June 2010

I see Obamalama is going for an overnite pajama party by the gulf next week. Next thing you know he’ll be moving down there. Gotta keep that PR machine oiled.

brinn - 9 June 2010

The happy thing is, people aren’t buying it….not in the Gulf region anyway.

catnip - 9 June 2010

Biden should have had his little Beach Blanket Bingo Party down there too. I’s sure that would have been a big hit.

marisacat - 9 June 2010

I still say book a suite of rooms, ocean view, on the beach. Take the wif and kittles and the dog. Gambol, swim… play on the beach.

CBS tonight said day after day, oil on the beaches and no clean up.

So pretzel, flotus pretzel and short pretzels should give it a go. Two full days, sample beaches in all three states pretzel is descending upon.

catnip - 9 June 2010

Maybe they can do tar ball crafts.

marisacat - 9 June 2010

daisy chains of tar balls. tarball sculpture…

6. diane - 9 June 2010

Credit where it is due, apparently Dianne Feinstein was the loudest voice in the Senate …(resulting in allowing cookies and potato chips to the palestinian’s?) about one of the currently: boldfaced, and twitter relevant (until a folk get bored wit it?) , millions of humans being treated like mad “dogs” (need to be shot ( as they are rabid), …………shot now, this very moment, if not YESTERDAY (cueing Paul Britskyootsky, at the “White House”)) … issue……

(yeah…I am fried,…why wouldn’t I be? ….no…it isn’t the perch of choice …)

7. diane - 9 June 2010

way …tooo bad those aren’t actual, life sustaining (filled with potassium ..if a folk wanna go all scientific) bananas …those ancient birds …….have taken a momentary rest upon……………………..

8. marisacat - 9 June 2010

The fuller ‘splaining from Gibbs on why Obby has not spoken, ever, to Hayward.

I guess it could get more garbled and less logical…. but hard to see how.

Just a single point of the failure of logic here:

[O]bama has met with CEOs from a wide range of companies repeatedly during his year-and-a-half in office. In fact, when the president became angry about banks giving big bonuses to their executives after taking bailout funds, he scolded them in person during a meeting at the White House.

And just last month, it was the West Wing which was bragging that Obama had bluntly chided Exxon Mobile CEO Rex Tillerson at a May 3 dinner, telling him that he expected the entire petroleum industry to dedicate its resources to the spill cleanup.

Heather-Rose Ryan - 9 June 2010

Yeah, that was – and is – a huge mistake. He should have called Hayward on the Oval Office carpet the day after the rig explosion, if only for a faked-up photo opportunity. Sheesh. Can these people who are so powerful (and I mean Obama’s “handlers” as well as Obama himself) really be so incompetent?

marisacat - 9 June 2010

Yeah I think they are.

People miss the point, the campaign was eazy peezy … linear, forward moving, simple public reality, whatever the rubes think. An old man who caved over and over as the opposition… as for the Demcrats, there was a strong internal split running agaisnt reinstalling Hillry and Bill. Geesh why wouldn’t there be… all the Obby white boy handlers had to do was make promises promises to everyone.

NOW, here he is. Nothing more than a minor fixer, no political machine of his own. NONE. No personal power of any kind whatsoever. He is a fancy tedious face on an extension of Clintonism.

We are so fucking fucked.

marisacat - 9 June 2010

hell make that Clintonismwismjism. That would be more accurate.

Heather-Rose Ryan - 9 June 2010

I think he has the ability and the drive to make a difference, but it’s all going to vanity – he’s too busy trying to look good and be “Teflon” so he can get re-elected. He’s too afraid of making a mistake, thus he keeps blundering. If he could remember that his job is to be a statesman, maybe he could grow some courage. But hell, you can’t really blame him – statesmen went out with the passenger pigeon.

marisacat - 9 June 2010

Well my take was always limited ability… and no dues paid. Few lessons ever learned in the small swamp that was SS Chicago… There si a too common type that comes out of the non profit farms. Veyr much like him.

What we have is what we’ve got, on the hoof every day. He should jsut apply the cake batter consistency oil to his skin and go lie in the Gulf sun while he is down there. Skip the bad acting of taking an interest.

Heather-Rose Ryan - 10 June 2010

There does seem to be a sense of entitlement, of anointed status, not unlike that of rich-brat Dubya.

I’m waiting for the bimbo eruption – you know it’s coming.

marisacat - 10 June 2010

yes someone tried to argue with me back in the primaries or … the GE it was I think… that McCain et al are white supremacists (as if I had endorsed them, any of them)… and my counter was and is that Ob and consort are SUPREMACISTS.

Or as Hannah Arendt said, people who choose the ”lesser evil”, forget they are choosing evil.

It gets old.

9. BooHooHooMan - 9 June 2010


Catholic League President: Empire State Building Owners ‘Bigots’
By Dana Rubinstein | June 9, 2010 | 11:00 am

The president of the Catholic League, Bill Donahue,

has called the Empire State Building operators who declined his request to light the building in honor of Mother Teresa “bigots.”

😯 😯

LMAO. What a fuckin loon.
O ya – Nothing is a clearer sign of bigotry than declining to turn the Empire State Building into a 400 billion jillowatt candle celebrating Mother Theresa albeit with the likelihood of incinerating midtown Manhattan and blinding people along the Eastern seaboard to boot.

BooHooHooMan - 9 June 2010

There’s plenty of things TO criticize the Weins /Malkins for,
but that sure as hell isn’t one of them. A nice little bol of popcorn tho.

marisacat - 9 June 2010

In a just world Donohue would have some major arterial blockage and go to Gawdddddd.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 June 2010
marisacat - 9 June 2010

Salazar says deepwater moratorium to be lifted soon. They should just begin to speak in tongues. It would be as meaningful, worthwhile and authentic.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 June 2010

Landreau was all-but demanding it in the Senate today.

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 June 2010

In jail for being in debt

As a sheriff’s deputy dumped the contents of Joy Uhlmeyer’s purse into a sealed bag, she begged to know why she had just been arrested while driving home to Richfield after an Easter visit with her elderly mother.

No one had an answer. Uhlmeyer spent a sleepless night in a frigid Anoka County holding cell, her hands tucked under her armpits for warmth. Then, handcuffed in a squad car, she was taken to downtown Minneapolis for booking. Finally, after 16 hours in limbo, jail officials fingerprinted Uhlmeyer and explained her offense — missing a court hearing over an unpaid debt. “They have no right to do this to me,” said the 57-year-old patient care advocate, her voice as soft as a whisper. “Not for a stupid credit card.”

It’s not a crime to owe money, and debtors’ prisons were abolished in the United States in the 19th century. But people are routinely being thrown in jail for failing to pay debts. In Minnesota, which has some of the most creditor-friendly laws in the country, the use of arrest warrants against debtors has jumped 60 percent over the past four years, with 845 cases in 2009, a Star Tribune analysis of state court data has found.

marisacat - 9 June 2010

Taht is horrifying. Obvioiously the Democrat/ Farm/ Labor party is utterly dead, moribund and gone.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 June 2010

apparently spreading, too.

give them time, they will bring back the debtors prisons and indentured servitude.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 June 2010
13. catnip - 9 June 2010

Ooops…Mystery S.C. nominee has pending felony charge

Alvin Greene has been on the phone all day. That’s to be expected for the guy who just won South Carolina’s Democratic Senate primary and is facing incumbent Republican Jim DeMint in November. But everyone calling Greene has just been trying to find out who the heck he is — and one thing reporters learned Tuesday is that a criminal complaint was sworn out against him last year for allegedly showing obscene photos to a South Carolina college student and suggesting they go to her dorm room.

Greene, a 32-year-old unemployed military veteran who lives with his parents, defeated Vic Rawl on Tuesday for the Democratic Senate nomination despite having run essentially no public campaign — no events, no signs, no debates, no website, no fundraising.

The result has baffled political observers, who had heavily favored Rawl — a former state legislator, attorney and prosecutor who had the edge inasmuch as he actually campaigned and tried to win. Many in South Carolina (which has grandly lived up to its reputation as a political circus this year) suspect that somewhere, a crafty GOP political operative is snickering.

catnip - 9 June 2010

Okay…I know things are nuts in SC but are the voters really this lazy?

Did Greene capitalize on some sort of a movement among either black voters or the unemployed? A subset of the Machinists’ union ran cable ads in South Carolina encouraging the state’s jobless to vote, but the group says it never promoted Greene or mentioned his name. The director of the state’s NAACP chapter says he knew nothing about Greene, who is black, before the win.

It might come down to the simple fact that his name was listed before Rawl’s on the alphabetized ballot, a possibility Fowler said she pondered Tuesday night.

marisacat - 9 June 2010

as some political wag wrote yesterday, Thank God for SC, no matter what happens we will alwyas have SC!

14. catnip - 9 June 2010

We have so much excitement here in the Great White North. The latest terrorism scare turns out to be a “gardening incident”.

15. lucid - 9 June 2010

So I think they can sense when I’m pondering taking them to the vet… After 5 days of Lucy’s left eye tearing and pussing and increasing concern on my part, I come home tonight &… nuthin’… I swear they know when I’m talking about them on the phone.

BTW – nice google background today.

marisacat - 9 June 2010

I jsut saw the google back ground… is tha tof the Gulf… it comes out very dark on my screen .. and I did nto fiddle with it.

Good news on Lucy. She says, see, all better now! Cured myself!

16. marisacat - 9 June 2010

Obama will regret not putting BP USA into temporary receivership… from Business Insider, full text:

The happy talk about from BP (BP) about how it will do everything to “make it right” in the Gulf is quickly dissipating.

The straw that broke the camel’s back: Noise out of Washington that BP ought to pay the salaries of everyone that’s lost their job due to the spill.

An anonymous BP source, presumably someone senior that wants to get a message out, told Reuters: “At some point a line has to be drawn,” in response to the new suggestions.

This is most likely why BP fell 15% today. The company can pay to cap the well, clean up the oil, and pay a whopping fine. But if the company is expected to provide restitution to the entire $2.2 trillion Gulf economy… yeah, that’s not going to happen.

hmmm and the article links back to this from Reuters:

[E]arlier on Wednesday, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told a Senate hearing he would ask BP to repay the salaries of any workers laid off because of the six-month moratorium on deepwater exploratory drilling imposed by the U.S. government after the spill.

BP has said it will pay for the clean-up and direct damages to those affected by the spill, such as fisherman. But the source said the moratorium was a government decision, and so the costs related to it were a different matter. …snip…

17. BooHooHooMan - 9 June 2010

Barf Bags all around. Via The Georgetown Tattler:

One night, at an intimate dinner, Elena Kagan lavished such praise on Justice Antonin Scalia that he almost teared up. The next afternoon, in front of a crowd of 500, she lauded him some more, nearly choking up herself. Then she smiled, paused and began her interrogation.

By that November of 2006, Kagan was the first female dean of Harvard Law School. Scalia was about to mark his 20th year on the Supreme Court. The two had no more than a passing acquaintance. Yet she took it upon herself to honor him at his alma mater, starting with a dinner of beef tenderloin and fine red wine in the law library’s Caspersen Room, full of heavy oak and priceless rare books. She presented a clever gift: a framed original letter from Joseph Story, the great 19th-century justice, a witty thank-you to someone who had sent him a salmon. By the next day, when Scalia showed up for a question-and-answer session with law students, the two were bantering easily.

“He is the most colorful, the most intellectually playful, the most provocative member of the court, and he is indubitably its greatest writer,” Kagan said, introducing Scalia. “I think he is the justice who has had the most important impact over the years on how we think and talk about the law, and that is whether we agree or disagree with many of his positions.”

He thanked her for the dinner and said that “to be so warmly received by my own school was quite an affecting experience.”

Kagan then confronted the guest of honor with a two-part question. Citing a previous lecturer’s thesis on the “living Constitution,” she said: “You have declared yourself a proponent of the dead Constitution.”

The room rippled with laughter. Scalia looked a trifle peeved.

“So,” Kagan continued, “is there really a choice” in interpreting the Constitution, and, “if it is a choice, why are you” — and here she paused for effect — “a proponent of death?”

“I can package it better than that!” Scalia retorted after the laughter subsided. “I call it the enduring Constitution.”

And then the two new friends grinned at each other, pleased to have discovered such an amiable intellectual adversary in the other.

Get a room.

BooHooHooMan - 9 June 2010

It does however provide an answer to that Ancient Question
vexing Liberals Academics and Pundits for generations:
Who do you have to blow around here?
The answer is obviously Scalia.

BooHooHooMan - 9 June 2010

Hitler? For Dinnerwith the Blitheringtons?? Really?
Oh Adolph’s vegan and loves board games?
Well, then, by all means.

I mean fer fuck’s sake, it’s like a ritual with Scalia, the charmer.

Heather-Rose Ryan - 10 June 2010

Well, of course, it’s a ritual. Every woman who wants to ascend the ranks in a patriarchal institution has to kneel to the patriarch. Some do it in a classier way than others. Kagan looks to be a typical political asskisser – no real personality, eager to please, easily manipulated.

marisacat - 9 June 2010

Miguel Estrada has endorsed her for the SC. End of story.

BooHooHooMan - 9 June 2010

The guy from C.H.I.P.’s? Jeezis. That IS impressive. LOL. 😉

BooHooHooMan - 9 June 2010

LMAO. Sorry, it’s CHiPs for real Eric Estrada fans out there.
And Not to go all Francis L Holland but I think ERIC Estrada is Markos’ uncle mixed up with a whole cast of characters somehow involving the CIA and the California Highway Patrol.

Heather-Rose Ryan - 10 June 2010

Whatever happened to Markos? Is he still around?

marisacat - 10 June 2010

I jsut read that after (I am guessing) Research 2000 led him wrong on the Lincoln Halter face off, he has “fired” R-2000.

So I guess he is around. Somewhere…


18. marisacat - 10 June 2010



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