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DIY 11 June 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Other than LDFD Dems, The Battle for New Orleans.
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A roseate spoonbill passes below a tern over an island in the Barataria Bay on the Gulf coast of Louisiana. The island is home to thousands of brown pelicans, egrets and roseate spoonbills, many of which are now affected by oil after the Deepwater spill. Officials now say that it may be impossible to clean the hundreds of miles of coastal wetlands and islands      [John Moore/Getty Images – Guardian Wildlife series]

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Madman linked to this Rolling Stone article on the Gulf Oil [spill mess gusher volcano] in the last thread… and I am just getting there.. It is long, several pages…

I had noticed that lambert at corrente also linked to the article, pulling out parts and pieces in the article that fulfil how this matches up against so many other disasters… in the details. From Katrina to Krakatoa.  Even the Titanic!

The Titanic: Full speed ahead into the ice bergs? What could go wrong?

Most troubling of all, the government has allowed BP to continue deep-sea production at its Atlantis rig – one of the world’s largest oil platforms. Capable of drawing 200,000 barrels a day from the seafloor, Atlantis is located only 150 miles off the coast of Louisiana, in waters nearly 2,000 feet deeper than BP drilled at Deepwater Horizon. According to congressional documents, the platform lacks required engineering certification for as much as 90 percent of its subsea components – a flaw that internal BP documents reveal could lead to “catastrophic” errors. In a May 19th letter to Salazar, 26 congressmen called for the rig to be shut down immediately. “We are very concerned,” they wrote, “that the tragedy at Deepwater Horizon could foreshadow an accident at BP Atlantis.”

The administration’s response to the looming threat? According to an e-mail to a congressional aide from a staff member at MMS, the agency has had “zero contact” with Atlantis about its safety risks since the Deepwater rig went down.

And fucking depressing the whole thing is, too. 

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However, little Magnolia Springs in Alabama is not. Depressing, that is.. I just happened on a report on MS, AL on CBS and how they decided some weeks ago, not to wait. It helped that they looked at the plan that was made for them (I would guess a stinking mess devised by BP and Unified Command – don’t make me laugh too hard!) and they did not like it. Plus they were watching Louisiana, and not liking what they saw.

The CBS report I saw, in fact, cheered me up, in all ways… At that point they were laying down multiple lines of boom and just starting with the barges, at that stage they had two. Renting boom, renting barges, so far it was running 6k a day, with a 200k chunk tossed in from the state, part of the BP cash allotment to Alabama.

Everybody was involved, even little pleasure craft that went by helping to lay boom, their rainbow colored sun umbrellas with flirty trim rippling in the breeze:

[F]rom the start, the townspeople were unsatisfied with the unified command’s plan for Weeks Bay — a strand of floating surface barriers known as boom stretched across the bay’s mouth. Because of tidal currents, any oil on top of the water could splash over the boom, then into the bay and up the Fish and Magnolia Rivers into nurseries for area wildlife. A plan to string boom across Mobile Bay failed when water shredded the barrier.

Mr. Hinton’s solution was simple: run a wall of barges across the mouth of Weeks Bay to block the current, then run five layers of boom behind it — two to block the oil, and three strands of absorbent boom to soak up any oil that got through the containment layers.

The town bought the boom right away, before an increase in demand nearly quadrupled the price. Money for the project came from the state, which received $25 million from BP for emergency response efforts.

“We’re not biologists or engineers or scientists,” Mr. Hinton said. “We took common sense and what we knew about the water from living here. I’m pretty proud of our little plan.”

Between rain showers on Sunday, two dozen volunteer firefighters and teenage explorers laid out the layers of boom, while a tugboat and a crane moved nine barges into place, anchored by 40-foot spikes, with a closeable 100-foot gap for boats to pass through.

To seal the bay entirely they would need approval from unified command. But they are resolved to close it at the first sight of nearby oil, with or without approval, said Charles S. Houser, the mayor of Magnolia Springs, who earns a monthly salary of $100.

“We’re not going to wait for BP,” Mr. Houser said. “If we saw oil right there we’d close the bay right now. The lesson we learned from Louisiana is to act, not wait. We’ll ask for forgiveness later.”

The biggest challenge, Mr. Hinton said, has been dealing with BP and the unified command bureaucracy. The 36 fire chiefs in Baldwin County here passed a resolution to censure BP for poor communications with fire crews.

Mr. Hinton said that so far no other communities had contacted him about copying his plan. “A fire chief told me, ‘Jamie, you can slow down in your preparations, the federal government is going to take care of it.’ I said,

Meaning the way they took care of Katrina, Ivan and the Valdez spill?’   …snip…

So much shame to go around.  WHAT was more important than at least trying very hard to block the oil?

What?

A report that Louisiana is now turning to barges to block the oil.

[“W]e’ll have pumps on top of the barges that can actually have hoses attached them to suck oil off as they come against the barges, and the barges will also steer oil towards those openings and have skimmers sitting there to skim off the oil as it tries to go through the opening,” said Deano Bonano, Jefferson Parish’s emergency preparedness director. “It won’t completely stop the oil. It will minimize the oil getting in there.”

16 barges have already arrived with at least 100 more expected by next week. Area leaders hope to sink them along side one another at major passes where Gulf waters flow into coastal Louisiana.

A more permanent plan calls for an interior barrier of rocks to line the barges, sealing entry for the oil. But the permits have yet to be signed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the feasibility of it all remains an issue.

“We’re going to make sure that in those passes there’s nothing that’s going to obstruct it like a gas line that we don’t hit that. So they’re doing the tests, the field tests now, to determine where those are,” said Steve Theriot, interim Jefferson Parish president.   …snip…

The oil is going to roll to land for god knows how long, but with some luck (and a lot of boom), back at Magnolia Springs:

James Hinton looked over a barge jutting into the mouth of a 6,000-acre estuary last weekend and said, “If we can make this work, if the oil don’t get in here, 1,275 miles of bay and river coastline will be protected.”

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Protest… 7 November 2008

Posted by marisacat in Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Other than LDFD Dems, Sex / Reproductive Health, WAR!.
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Police try to break up a confrontation between pro and anti-Proposition 8 sides in front of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that drew hundreds of people. [November 6, 2008 RickLoomis/LAT]

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Jaime Meriwether cries at the fence of the Mormon temple in Westwood. She said she got a bloody nose in a confrontation with Proposition 8 supporters during a rally. [November 6, 2008 Loomis/LAT]

From the SF Gate report on the march… (the LAT report was linked last thread and they did not update):

[T]he temple protest was organized by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. Its chief executive, Lorri Jean, announced a Web-based effort dubbed InvalidateProp8.org to raise money to fight the constitutional amendment and send postcards to the Mormon church president.

Police estimated the protest drew 2,500 people. The event did not have a permit or approved march route.

Demonstrators spilled into the lanes of Santa Monica Boulevard, and then marched around the sprawling temple complex before taking off through the heavily traveled streets of Westwood and, as night fell, toward Beverly Hills.   […]

Caught on the local evening news that there will be a protest in SLC Friday evening, at the big temple.  Main temple… LOL where ever the money changers are.  Maybe Ob could just very very slightly wag his ears as a signal… hey! TO BOTH SIDES!   No need to besmirch himself with a choice.  And we know he has big, really big, stuff to do.  With the big money men…

AP:

[G]ay-marriage proponents filed three court challenges Wednesday against the new ban. The lawsuits raise a rare legal argument: that the ballot measure was actually a dramatic revision of the California Constitution rather than a simple amendment. A constitutional revision must first pass the Legislature before going to the voters.

“Where do you draw the line between ‘revision’ and ‘an amendment’ when those are words in conversation we would use interchangeably?” asked Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Irvine law school. “It’s a highly technical legal question in a highly charged political atmosphere.”

Andrew Pugno, attorney for the coalition of religious and social conservative groups that sponsored the amendment, called the lawsuits “frivolous and regrettable.”

“It is time that the opponents of traditional marriage respect the voters’ decision,” he said.

The high court has not said when it will act. State officials said the ban on gay marriage took effect the morning after the election.

“We don’t consider it a ‘Hail Mary’ at all,” said Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “You simply can’t so something like this — take away a fundamental right at the ballot.”  […]

Other than that all I can think of is:

Hey hey, LDS: How many marriages did you stop today?

And, you know… ditto to the Catholics.

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I just landed on this interesting report in TIME which manages to indicate, several times, that Blacks in both CA and FL helped put the bans in place (which is accurate)… but also manages not to mention the Mormon church intervention in the CA process, and from outside the state… nor that the Mormon Church and the Catholic Church colluded (which they may do, but hey, I can use the word “icky” too!  I find it icky, maybe double icky!  LOL…)

They do manage to mention a poor Mormon couple with 5 children, who dipped into their private savings to give 50K to the Yes on 8.  Yes! they feared for their children and the Gay Agenda!   TIME seemed to think it was a particularly California disease.  Oh Good. Maybe I meant, Oh God… Luv the propaganda!

Except for the Mormon couple in the Sacramento area, neither Church nor any of the small churches, faith rallies and prayer circles for Yes on 8 are mentioned.

Helloooooooooooo???

At the close of the article they seem to assign Gov. Paterson of NYS the job of bringing Blacks around to being more amenable to gay marriage.

A very odd report.

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Chit chat… 3 April 2008

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Other than LDFD Dems, WAR!.
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Just a photo to hold up a thread………. 

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UPDATE, 5:32 am

Robert Kennedy, 40 years ago in Indianapolis (you can listen to it HERE.):

“Ladies and Gentlemen – I’m only going to talk to you just for a minute or so this evening. Because I have some very sad news for all of you, and I think sad news for all of our fellow citizens, and people who love peace all over the world, and that is that Martin Luther King was shot and was killed tonight in Memphis, Tennessee.

“Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort. In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it’s perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in.

“For those of you who are black – considering the evidence evidently is that there were white people who were responsible – you can be filled with bitterness, and with hatred, and a desire for revenge.

“We can move in that direction as a country, in greater polarization – black people amongst blacks, and white amongst whites, filled with hatred toward one another. Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand, compassion and love.

“For those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man.

“But we have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond these rather difficult times.

“My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He once wrote: ‘Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.’

“What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.

“So I ask you tonight to return home, to say a prayer for the family of Martin Luther King, yeah that’s true, but more importantly to say a prayer for our own country, which all of us love – a prayer for understanding and that compassion of which I spoke. We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times. We’ve had difficult times in the past. And we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; and it’s not the end of disorder.

“But the vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings that abide in our land.

“Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.

“Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people. Thank you very much.”

Just a few weeks later he too was dead.

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Prick in the washing machine wringer cycle 10 March 2008

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Other than LDFD Dems, WAR!.
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    hey it's an easy post when I am under the weather

Yessssssssss there is that lecturing political finger.  They all have it.

Hey, it’s an easy post when I am under the weather, under something.

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Hey! Hey!.. Rocky! 22 March 2007

Posted by marisacat in Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iraq War, Other than LDFD Dems.
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   NYT photo Rocky Anderson

NYT has a piece up on Rocky Anderson, Democratic mayor of SLC:

[M]r. Anderson cheerfully conceded in an interview in his office that he had no hope whatsoever of a statewide political future in Utah because people outside Salt Lake City — who are far more likely to be conservative, Republican and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — are likely to hate him. But in what has been a trademark of his seven years in office, he can seem equally disdainful of those who disdain him.

“There’s a real resistance to change and an almost pathological devotion to leaders simply because they’re leaders,” he said, in describing fellow Utahans who do not share his views and who in large numbers support the president (and gave him 72 percent of their vote in 2004). “There’s a dangerous culture of obedience throughout much of this country that’s worse in Utah than anywhere.”  [snip]

Seems he well understands the Dkos culture… 😉

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UPDATE, 6:25 am…

Ron Paul via Anti-War.com:

Defund the War

by Rep. Ron Paul

The $124 billion supplemental appropriation is a good bill to oppose. I am pleased that many of my colleagues will join me in voting against this measure.

If one is unhappy with our progress in Iraq after four years of war, voting to de-fund the war makes sense. If one is unhappy with the manner in which we went to war, without a constitutional declaration, voting no makes equally good sense.

Voting no also makes the legitimate point that the Constitution does not authorize Congress to direct the management of any military operation – the president clearly enjoys this authority as Commander in Chief. [snip]

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Inconvenient Voice of the Voter… 5 May 2006

Posted by marisacat in 2006 Mid Terms, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Other than LDFD Dems.
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 I see that Americablog has an entry from a couple of days ago

 Some friends on the Hill recently asked me if the liberal blogs could lay off their attacks on Democratic members of Congress until after the election.

It's an interesting question. Is it time to sit back and shut up and hold our tongue?  – John Aravosis.  

 I did run into a couple of responses, both of which I agree with.  Mike the Mad biologist and Jedmunds, who is writing again at Pandagon.

 Any one who knows me, online or offline, knows I won't be shutting up anytime soon. See "about"

So, the short answer is:  Fuck No.

  And this is what I think of the non-existant Democratic "tent":

 it is an overblown golf cart held together with pink bubble gum, pink fluff and ends up looking like a poodle belonging to some Republican wife….

 The so called Democratic Big Tent.  Psst it does not exist.

Basta!