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It’s not “chocolate milk” anymore… 27 June 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Mexico, The Battle for New Orleans.

Oil being “corraled” at the surface with fireproof boom, then ignited. Photo courtesy Dr. Oscar Garcia-Pineda – via SkyTruth.

Dr. Oscar Garcia-Pineda of Florida State University has been out in the Gulf this week on the research vessel Brooks McCall. He’s collecting samples and observations of the BP oil slick, and will compare results with simultaneous acquisitions of aerial remote sensing overflights being conducted by NASA. We at SkyTruth are also collecting near-simultaneous satellite imagery to assist this effort. We hope to get a better understanding of how well aerial and satellite remote sensing are detecting oil at (or near) the surface.

Oscar sent us a stunning series of photographs taken on June 22 near “Ground Zero” in the Gulf, the site of the leaking Macondo well, showing the cluster of response vessels there, and the collection and burning of oil. You can see them all in SkyTruth’s Deepwater Horizon Blowout gallery (look for the photos with “FSU Sampling Cruise” in the title).


Thanks to comments at The Oil Drum, where posters took a timely peek at Gene Taylor, US representative for Bay St Louis, Mississippi.   Yes, that fellow who on May 1 declared the “spill” not so bad, and like “chocolate milk”.  He also said it was “not Armageddon”.  It was some small comfort reading the old article, the thread in the May 1 report hated him with a passion.

Don’t worry, the Democrats have no corner on brain power equal to fried okra… from the same report, a R buddy, representing Tupelo, was even more specific.  

What shits lead us:

Earlier Saturday, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Tupelo, said at a news conference in Fountainbleu that once the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is under control, and wildlife and wetlands are secure, the federal government will be asking BP Plc some tough questions.

 “Clearly, they haven’t gotten the job done, but I don’t want to point fingers,” Wicker said. “I think it’s important that we take this like Mississippians do — analytically and responsibly with resolve, purpose and determination. There are some allegations on a Washington level that the response wasn’t quick enough. I’m not ready to say that. At this point, I want to get the flow of the oil stopped and keep it away from the shorelines. There will be a time for the serious questions.” 

Well, GT, long beloved of the orange pasties at Dkos and also beloved of the old Christian Coalition (do they still coalite?  Or did they dry up and blow away?) took another fly over.

No skimmers in sight as oil floods into Mississippi waters

GULFPORT, Miss. — A morning flight over the Mississippi Sound showed long, wide ribbons of orange-colored oil for as far as the eye could see and acres of both heavy and light sheen moving into the Sound between the barrier islands. What was missing was any sign of skimming operations from Horn Island to Pass Christian.

U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor got off the flight angry.

“It’s criminal what’s going on out there,” Taylor said minutes later. “This doesn’t have to happen.”

A scientist onboard, Mike Carron with the Northern Gulf Institute, said with this scenario, there will be oil on the beaches of the mainland.

“There’s oil in the Sound and there was no skimming,” Carron said. “No coordinated effort.”

So… not spilled chocolate milk anymore? He’s probably fishing for hush money, from BP or whoever… but …

Taylor slipped a note to a fellow passenger.

It said: “I’m having a Katrina flashback. I haven’t seen this much stupidity, wasted effort, money and wasted resources, since then.”

Back on land in Gulfport, Taylor let loose.

“A lot of people are getting paid to say, ‘Look! There’s oil’ and not doing anything about it,” Taylor said. “There shouldn’t be a drop of oil in the Sound. There are enough boats running around.

“Nobody’s in charge,” Taylor said. “Everybody’s in charge, so no one’s in charge.

“If the president can’t find anyone who can do this job,” he said, “let me do it.”

He’s having flashbacks. 

BTW, our local FOX affiliate did a segment from Bay of Campeche Mexico, where Ixtoc I oil washed up 30+ years ago.  Killed the oysters.  There are still oysters, but inedible.  They very surprisingly taste like…. oil.  AND, in that part of coastal Mexico, they are expecting Deep Water Horizon oil to hit them by Fall.

The Go ‘Round is not so Merry. 

And, how’s that war against the oil going?  And all the other wars?  Secret wars too?  CIA wars?  Aerial bombardment wars?  Border wars?

Ob?  Snob?  Knob?  Well, Knob will be on the Gulf coast on Tuesday.  Ready to helpful, no doubt, which will mean running that mouth of his….  What utter shits lead us.




1. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 June 2010

what a worthless, two-faced, opportunistic piece of shit Taylor is.

marisacat - 27 June 2010

yeah… angling for hush money is my guess.

2. marisacat - 27 June 2010

I see Sir Paul (McCartney) says lay off his buddy Barry. He’s doing…………… the best he can. At clean-up. And whingeing

Considering both are beyond a weak showing..

… says President Obama shouldn’t be blamed for Gulf oil spill cleanup problems.

“I think he’s been great. It’s tough if we Brits whinge that he’s whingeing at us. Tough, then don’t spill oil,” McCartney said.

Whinge fest…

marisacat - 27 June 2010

And i guess this is related… I get the impression People Mag is about to enjoy itself.

On Wednesday, the same day President Barack Obama ousted his humiliated Afghanistan commander, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs walked into the Oval Office with more grim news:

The cap on the gushing oil in the Gulf had been dislodged.

“What?” Obama replied incredulously. “Well, why did it do that?” A remotely operated vehicle had knocked the cap right off, he was told, leaving oil rushing out as furiously as ever.

“Let me get this straight,” Obama later told senior adviser David Axelrod. “A robot knocked off the Top Hat? Come on, guys. Are you kidding me?”

Welcome to what one exhausted adviser calls the “theater of the absurd,” where a White House is whipsawed by wild, almost unimaginable events that threaten to reshape the public perception of the Obama presidency at every turn. snip

I long ago anthropomorphised the little ROVs… the ONLY ones on view working and getting blamed for so much. They need a UNION. 😉

Read more: Link to People Mag… Politico…

The advisers provided a behind-the-scene look at how Obama handled the dramas — and explained how all of this will fit into coming campaign. There is a tendency in Washington, and certainly in journalism, to draw big meaning from big events — and many are already claiming Obama has vindicated the power of his presidency with his latest acts.

But privately, Obama advisers talk of being prisoners to uncontrollable events and deeply uncertain about how all of this will play out. Yes, he showed decisiveness in firing McChrystal. But the White House is as uncertain as ever about whether the war can be won. Yes, he stared down BP and made sure they will pay at least $20 billion to clean up its mess. But the oil still gushes, with no end in sight for whaqt one aide calls a “rolling disaster.” Yes, he will likely soon sign the most sweeping regulation of Wall Street since the Great Depression. But it won’t create jobs or end financial mischief.

Tho… it goes on to say, they believe momentum is on their side…

Times are tough.


marisacat - 27 June 2010

Oh man. They are not going to make it on this sort of ….

“If you take a wide-lens view of the domestic and international accomplishments, he has brought America back,” Emanuel said. “We have righted the ship on the crises we inherited, and laid a new foundation for long-term economic competitiveness.”

The article is a scream.. here is the link to the single page version.

ts - 27 June 2010

I like that its not that they haven’t done anything (or more like they’ve done negative change, if that were possible), but its US fickle voters that, you know, want results (the impossible…for them). We are to blame. I’m still waiting on those new wide angle lenses on back order from Costco.

The cognitive dissonance is so bad I’m surprised people don’t combust. The usual English is (something that is unlikely or impossible), much less (something even more unlikely or impossible). However, Allen first goes to say the war CAN’T be defined…then says “much less POSSIBLY won”.

They will hold out hope for the pretzel until they’ve starved to death…covered in oil.

marisacat - 27 June 2010

The cognitive dissonance is so bad I’m surprised people don’t combust.

yes I agree it is that bad.

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 June 2010

and if anybody knows about phoning it in and not living up to expectations, it’s Sir Paul.

marisacat - 27 June 2010

Isn’t that the truth. What a facade.

3. marisacat - 27 June 2010

And more… is this digging a hole or what?

Nonetheless, West Wing officials are feeling very good about how the BP and McChrystal crises turned out -– and believe that their response may help the president pivot to the offensive. In each case, Obama did little second-guessing and acted decisively, according to participants in presidential meetings.

using the past tense for BP is kinda edgy…

marisacat - 27 June 2010

Star Tribune… gonna be tough on migrating birds… the article is mostly on the loon…

4. marisacat - 27 June 2010

Ok… I think it is fair to ask, is there a plan? A message plan?

June 27, 2010

Panetta: Taliban, in some ways, stronger

CIA Director Leon Panetta said Sunday that the Taliban in Afghanistan is, in some ways, stronger than it was when President Barack Obama took office.

“The Taliban is obviously engaged in greater violence right now,” Panetta said on ABC’s “This Week.” “In some ways they are stronger, but in some ways they are weaker as well. I think the fact that we are disrupting al Queda’s operations in the tribal areas of Pakistan, the fact that we are targeting Taliban leadership. … I think all of that has weakened them the same time.

“So in some areas, with regards to some of the directed violence, they seem to be stronger, but the fact is, we are undermining their leadership and that is going in a right direction,” Panetta said.

Posted by Carrie Budoff Brown 09:48 AM

Up is down… but it can be sideways. Too. If needed, it can be in reverse. And of course we are going forward.

5. catnip - 27 June 2010

Syncrude guilty in 1,600 duck deaths in toxic pond [in Alberta]

But the penalties are a joke.

They seem to think they’re G*d:

Syncrude, a joint venture of several global oil companies, said it was disappointed with the verdict. It had argued that it could not be faulted for an act of God, which prevented it from keeping the ducks from its tailings pond.

catnip - 27 June 2010

No one could have foreseen the breach of the pond by ducks!

marisacat - 27 June 2010

It was an unexpected unknown.

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 June 2010

wow … that’s amazingly shameless even for them.

6. catnip - 27 June 2010

More Popeyness outrage:

On Saturday Vatican officials compared the raids and investigation into allegations of child sex abuse with the treatment of the Church under communist rule.

catnip - 27 June 2010

Guilt trips and shaming…now what does that remind me of? Oh yeah! The Catholic church.

marisacat - 27 June 2010

I have heard them use that analogy before… that now they are falsely accused and it has happened to them before, that the Mean Evil Godless Commies did it to them. LIED about Holy Priests.

HOWEVER, anyone who believes they are the innocents in these horrors is a fucking fool. And sad to say there are plenty of Catholics who STILL believe the priests are innocent.

God knows why.

catnip - 27 June 2010

Whatever happened to vows of silence? They’re damn good at that when it comes to hiding abuse. Can’t say the same for their continual, ridiculous attempts at defending themselves.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 June 2010
8. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 June 2010


Then, after Vietnam, an ethos of exposure swept the culture. The assumption among many journalists was that the establishment may seem upstanding, but there is a secret corruption deep down. It became the task of journalism to expose the underbelly of public life, to hunt for impurity, assuming that the dark hidden lives of public officials were more important than the official performances.

This is a load of crap. It’s bad even by Brooks standards.

Yeah, we have a press corps that goes after “impurities” these days, but you know what kind of impurities they’re after? They’re after Monica Lewinsky’s dress, they’re after gay blowjobs in train stations, they’re after governors who like high-priced escorts and televangelists who like to do meth with male escorts. And yes, they go after that stuff with an Inquisition-like intensity nowadays, but that has nothing to do with Watergate and Vietnam and everything to do with the media business turning into a nihilistic for-profit industry every bit as amoral and bloodless as oil or banking or big tobacco.

When a Bill Clinton or a Larry Craig steps into the Rupert Murdoch bear trap by getting blown by someone he shouldn’t, ratings go through the roof; and since most editors no longer have the discretion to sit on these things because corporate bean-counters will drop the ax if those sorts of profit opportunities are passed up, we get tons and tons of that sort of reporting.

What we get very little of is reporting that asks difficult questions about complicated issues and makes a sincere effort to explain to the public who’s really running this country and how they go about doing it. Brooks would have us believe that we’ve been overrun by Pentagon Papers-esque stories and Watergate-style investigative reporting, but the reality is that most of the major news organizations have gutted their editorial departments to the bone, to the point where long-form investigative journalism doesn’t really exist apart from a few scattered outlets here and there.

We’ve got plenty of that “gotcha” stuff where a hundred reporters chase after politicians with cameras and boom mics to ask him if it it’s really true that he stuck his pee-pee in an intern, but when was the last time you saw a major network do a feature on Pentagon contracting? On campaign fundraising corruption? Or where were all those gotcha journalists during the internet bubble that ended up costing America $5 trillion? Answer: hounding Bill Clinton about the Lewinsky business.

Where were they during the mortgage bubble? Why was it left to Jeremy Scahill and a few guys like Seymour Hersh to go after the insanity of the Iraq war? Answer: because it’s much easier to make money selling a war using fancy graphics and daily boosterish capsule reports (using wire footage shot by embedded journos, usually) than it is busting one open by sponsoring expensive, cranky investigative journalists who may not produce more than once story every few months or so.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 June 2010
10. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 June 2010

Boing Boing link fest about the G20. There is a pretty horrible video at the bottom:

Below, a riot policeman shoots a woman at near point-blank range with a canister of tear gas. She appears to be a photographer/journalist, and is carrying an SLR around her neck. I hope she is okay.

When the smoke clears she’s curled up in a ball several feet back from where she was standing when he fired.

marisacat - 27 June 2010

Our news ran film of someone, I gather Toronto police chief, uniform medals peaked visored headdress… just barking out the realities. At a podium, with a backdrop of “Canada 2010”.

The god damned thing uspposedly has cost close to a BILLION dollars. They should all fucking stay home and bof the nearest fire hydrant. Or pee on it, or whatever these jerks do in RL.

Sarko promises his turn is next, I guess, on the French Riviera and will cost a tenth. I still say, stay home and hump the fire hydrant. Should be quite the photo op at 1600 Penn Ave. And elsewhere.

11. marisacat - 27 June 2010



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