All Apologies

Many in the GOP are distancing themselves from Congressman Joe Barton for his apology to BP, but Barton will be the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee if the Republicans take back the house.

About friggin time Mr. President

Obama decries the obvious hypocrisy of the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, and many voices in the GOP:

“Some of the same folks who have been hollering and saying ‘do something’ are the same folks who, just two or three months ago, were suggesting that government needs to stop doing so much,” Obama said. “Some of the same people who are saying the president needs to show leadership and solve this problem are some of the same folks who, just a few months ago, were saying this guy is trying to engineer a takeover of our society through the federal government that is going to restrict our freedoms.”
POLITICO, 6.11.2010

American Idiot

[Obama has been] taking so doggone long to get in there, to dive in there and grasp the complexity and the potential tragedy that we are seeing here in the Gulf of Mexico.
– Sarah Palin, 5/23/2010

Palin criticizing Obama for not grasping the complexity of something is like Lady Gaga bashing Mother Theresa for wearing too much makeup.

Spewing Oil

It’s a pun. On Ewing Oil. From Dallas. Get it?

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Just posting this in case anyone is wondering what’s going on with the oil spill and comes here to find out what’s going on in the world. (Not sure why anyone would, but if I can inform once in a while, I’m happy to provide the service.)

Gulf fisherman are contemplating suicide

The situation in the gulf is getting so dire for some in the seafood industry, they’ve thought about committing suicide. Steps to intervene are underway.
– WGNO ABC26 News, New Orleans

The EPA told BP to stop using Corexit as an oil disperant in favor of something less toxic.

The move is significant, because it suggests federal officials are now concerned that the unprecedented use of chemical dispersants could pose a significant threat to the Gulf of Mexico’s marine life.
– The Washington Post

I’ve read that Corexit has been banned in the U.K. because it’s been “linked with human health problems including respiratory, nervous system, liver, kidney and blood disorders.”

BP is apparently continuing to use the Corexit anyway.

Kentucky-Tea-Party-hero and Supporter-of-Segregated-Woolworths Rand Paul said that President Obama was “un-American” for being critical of BP.

I think the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to have been very, very modest.
– Tony Hayward, BP CEO (5/18/2010)

National Public Radio in the United States last night reported that the well is spewing up to 70,000 barrels of oil a day, or 2.9m US gallons – the equivalent of an Exxon Valdez disaster every four days. Nearly 11m gallons of oil were spilled in Alaska’s Prince William Sound in 1989 when the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground, oiling beaches and poisoning marine life for generations. NPR said scientific analysis of newly released video footage from the ocean floor suggested the gusher was 12 times more powerful than estimates offered so far by the Coast Guard or BP.
The Guardian (UK) (5/13/2010)

And now the oil has arrived in the Louisiana wetlands.

Ok, now that I’ve gone through all of that, it seems like a big waste of time. Oh, well. I need to find out who’s collecting the pet hair that will sent down there to mop up the oil. Really, I heard that someone is doing that. And I’ve got plenty of pet hair to provide.

Republican Hypocrite of the Day

And I’m not going for the easy one, who is Rep. Souder, the pro-abstinence, family-values-spewing congressman who just resigned for having an affair with his aide.

I saw this quote from Rep. John Mica of Florida:

I’m not going to point fingers at BP, the private industry, when it’s government’s responsibility to set the standards.

Suddenly, the Republican wants government to get involved in regulating industry? You’re shi**ing me.

I’m awfully curious to learn what Rep. Mica has previously said about the government getting involved in regulating industry.

Let’s see…He derided the healthcare bill, mostly because government is going to play more of a role in ensuring its availability to more people. He was outraged about the government taking over the processing of student loans. He opposes the Federal Reserve having greater regulatory powers over financial institutions. He complains that too much financial regulation is confusing.

To be fair, I don’t know much of anything about Rep. Mica. Tomorrow, I will not care. My quick late-night analysis is probably faulty. But, wow, does it make me furious when I see this hypocrisy.

Spill baby spill

(Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)

Where’s Half-Gov. Lipstick now? Isn’t she an expert on oil and the environment?

(September 18, 2008)

Didn’t follow that?

Oil (of coal), of course, is a fungible commodity and they don’t flag, ya know, the molecules where, where it’s going to where it’s not but and in the, in the sense of the Congress today they know our very, very hungry domestic markets that need that oil first. So I believe that what Congress is going to do also is not to allow the export bans to such a degree that it’s Americans who get stuck holding the bag without the energy source that is produced here, pumped here, it’s gotta flow into our domestic markets first.