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Spike Lee – “BP, Oil Companies, the Government – They All In Cahoots”!

Mr President –

“One time, go off!” director Spike Lee urged on CNN’s “AC 360°.” “If there’s any one time to go off, this is it, because this is a disaster.”

Here’s the deal. This United States ship of state has been reduced to a leaky old scow by years of mismanagement, “Starve the Beast”, the fallacy of smaller government, and disastrous deregulation. At this point in time, to keep it afloat – EVERYBODY needs to be rowing, bailing, or patching the holes.

It isn’t just BP you need to “go off on” Mr President…

It’s those Republicans who keep trying to drill more holes.

Back after Katrina, Republicans argued it wasn’t the Federal Government’s job to help the states. This from Uncle Tommie Sowell after Katrina

“The Federal Government should not give bail out money. People should get private insurance. Because the government causes people to live in dangerous areas. If the market could decide without government intervention, people would be less likely to live in disaster prone areas.

He lives in an earthquake prone area and feels if his house is destroyed, that he does not have a right to have taxpayers in other parts of the country paying to rebuild his house.”

The states in the Gulf region have encouraged oil development with low (or no) taxes, favorable laws, and have turned a blind eye to the risks and environmental damage…

By Uncle Tommie’s logic – the taxpayers in other parts of the country aren’t responsible for the Gulf States foolishness…

That IS after all – what “small government” means.

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2010 in American Greed

 

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Oil Spill? Why Bother…

Courtland Milloy produced a really on time piece yesterday –

Obama can’t seem to catch a break on his oil spill response

Which started out with the very telling paragraph –

So now the rap on President Obama is that his response to the oil spill along the Gulf Coast hasn’t been heartfelt enough. He comes off as emotionally detached, critics say, and, by the way, isn’t it a pity that the white folk from the coastal red states who never wanted a black man in the White House in the first place are complaining that he doesn’t care about them?

Governor Lester Maddux (with gun), and his son chase a black customer away from his segregated restaurant. Maddux would later have a change of heart, and during his term as Governor would appoint more African Americans to office than any Governor before him. He would remain though, a stanch states rights conservative until his death.

Lets take that one step deeper. The states most likely to be impacted by the massive spill, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama are all “red” states. If Obama could wave his hand and make the whole thing dissipate tomorrow – the white folks in those states are still not going to vote for him, or do a damn thing about the massive disparities in their states between white and black poverty, income, education, and incarceration.

Further – the Republican Politicians controlling those states have locked arms on the Courthouse steps, in acts of defiance similar to the infamous Lester Maddox against any proposal or bill promoted by the Obama Administration. They have blocked his nominees, whether for the Courts or appointees to Federal Offices.  They have steadfastly refused to participate in governing the country, and have burned every single olive branch he has held out to them. There quite simply is no reason at this point for President Obama to enter into any agreement with any of these Republican stalwarts – simply because they have proven time and again not to be worthy of that trust.

Not inconsequentially these guys, and their political machinery have been in bed with big oil for decades. Their indignation at President Obama’s plan to hold BP fully accountable is an indication of just how deeply these whores have sold out their constituencies. During the Bushit Administration big oil had a large comfortable chair behind the desk in the Oval Office, fully acquiescent and accountable for the start of an unnecessary war for oil in Iraq, costing over 5,000 American lives and killing tens, if not hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis. “Drill, Baby, Drill” as such, not mysteriously became the war chant of the McCain/Palin campaign.

When Katrina devastated Louisiana, the then Governor a Democrat had the temerity to complain about the Federal response. She was blackmailed by the White House, telling her to sit down and STFU…

Or get even less. All the while, instead of working towards the recovery, Republicans stabbed her in the back (including current Governor “Bobbity Jindal”), touting her “incompetence”. Now the shoe is on the other foot for Bobbity. WTF should President Obama trust him? He (Bobbity”) has already proven himself to be a rat when he rejected the TARP funds. Further, there is substantial evidence that Republicans in these states worked against NOLA’s recovery, based on the fact that eliminating a large portion of the City’s black population changed the political landscape in their favor.

Indeed the only ostensible reason I can see to hurry up and do anything on this deal…

Is to save the wildlife.

F34k the Republicans, whose goal is to make it a no-win situation…

For anyone.

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2010 in Stupid Republican Tricks

 

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Gulf Oil Spill Reaches the Marshes in Louisiana

This is the beginning of a wide scale environmental catastrophe. This is a total kill scenario impacting the area in a number of disastrous ways. Prior to the building of the MRGO Canal (and subsequent filling of it due to it’s role in the post Katrina collapse of the levies) the marshland to the south of New Orleans protected the coast from storms, buffering the waves and flooding. If the oil kills off the marsh, there is noting to impede that water during a storm.

Secondarily, the vast majority of the food supply for the marine environment starts right there in those coastal marshes. Many species of fish spawn there, or spend the early part of their lives protected from predators by the shallow water and reeds. Oysters, which start out as near microscopic “spats” swim in these marshes seeking tidal locations to attach themselves and grow, collecting nutrients in the currents.

The death of the marshland starts a cascade in the ocean food chain that reaches all the way up to the top.

Drill, Baby, Spill!… Indeed.

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Posted by on May 20, 2010 in News, Stupid Republican Tricks

 

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Gulf Oil Spill Much Bigger Than Claimed By BP and Government

Hat Tip to the Destructionist who actually figured this one out and posted it two days ago –

How Bad is it? If Overlayed on the DC-Baltimore Area - This Bad

You can overlay the size of the surface spill on any Geographic area at Google Earth here. To get a feel of the damage so far, here is a great collection of images.

The U.S. government estimates it’s 5,000 barrels a day, but scientists and environmental groups say it could be much larger.

National Public Radio reported late Thursday that scientific analysis of a video of the spill, released Wednesday by British Petroleum, put the estimate closer to 70,000 barrels a day. It says those findings suggest the spill is already much larger than the 1989 Exxon Valdez accident in Alaska.

Rough calculations using satellite imagery suggested the leak could “easily be four or five times” the U.S. government estimate, Ian R. MacDonald, an oceanographer at Florida State University who is an expert in the analysis of oil slicks, told the New York Times.

The 5,000 barrels a day figure was produced quickly by government scientists in Seattle, the Times reports. It appears to have been determined using a method not specifically recommended for major oil spills…

Independent scientists estimate the renegade wellhead at the bottom of the Gulf could be spewing up to 25,000 barrels a day, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

Meanwhile, BP Execs continued to downplay the size of the spill, dis-inviting scientists from Woods Hole Laboratory to come and get accurate measurements – Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2010 in American Greed

 

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Shrimp Oyster Production In Gulf Dead Due to Oil Spill

And they want to do this shit off the East Coast of Virginia? The rig that blew up is one of the new deep water rigs of the type which would be used to drill off of Virginia’s coast. Anybody out there know where I can get a few dozen unused Exocet missiles…

Cheap?

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Oil spill changes everything

The oil disaster plaguing the Gulf of Mexico and our coastal states puts our desperate need for a new clean energy economy in stark relief. We need to move away from dirty, dangerous and deadly energy sources.

We are pleased that the White House is now saying it will suspend any new offshore drilling while the explosion and spill are investigated, but there should be no doubt left that drilling will only harm our coasts and the people who live there.

Taking a temporary break from offshore drilling is an important step, but it’s not enough. We need to stop new offshore drilling for good, now. And then we need an aggressive plan to wean America from dirty fossil fuels in the next two decades.

This BP offshore rig that exploded was supposed to be state-of-the-art. We’ve also been assured again and again that the hundreds of offshore drilling rigs along our beaches are completely safe. Now, we’ve seen workers tragically killed. We’ve seen our ocean lit on fire, and now we’re watching hundreds of thousands of gallons of toxic oil seep toward wetlands and wildlife habitat.

This rig’s well is leaking 210,000 gallons of crude every day, wiping out aquatic life and smothering the coastal wetlands of Louisiana and Mississippi. As the reeking slick spreads over thousands of square miles of ocean, it rapidly approaches the title of worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, even worse than 1989’s Exxon Valdez oil spill. The well is under 5,000 feet of water, and it could take weeks or even months to cap it.

This disaster could unfortunately happen at any one of the hundreds of drilling platforms off our coasts, at any moment. It could happen at the drilling sites that the oil industry has proposed opening along the beaches of the Atlantic Coast.

Indeed, even before this spill, the oil and gas industry had torn apart the coastal wetlands of the Louisiana Bayou over the years. These drilling operations have caused Louisiana to lose 25 square miles of coastal wetlands, which are natural storm barriers, each year…

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Indeed, even before this spill, the oil and gas industry had torn apart the coastal wetlands of the Louisiana Bayou over the years. These drilling operations have caused Louisiana to lose 25 square miles of coastal wetlands, which are natural storm barriers, each year.

 
 

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