Subject: Telling it like it is!!!!
Subject: In High Dudgeon
If it wasn't for the very real, disastrous effects that can be expected from the vast and still spreading oil slick in the Gulf, the handling of this debacle by the Administration would make for high comedy. It's like, you don't have to be an idiot to work for this crowd, but it helps. You could think of it as a sort of a job enhancement quality.
Frantic locals, like Gov. Bobby Jindal, asking for permission from the EPA to build berms, or artificial barrier islands, to prevent the oil from reaching the environmentally sensitive shores of Louisiana have been stonewalled. After stalling for weeks, they OK'd just six, not the 24 or so that were requested. That's like using a condom with multiple holes in it-what's the point?
No, the geniuses at EPA have to do a study-you believe this?-yeah, they want to make sure that their plans are environmentally sound. Unlike the gigantic oil spill that's almost there. I mean, these people must be friggin' morons. Does anyone there understand what an emergency is?
And speaking of morons, after acknowledging that BP is the only entity that actually has any expertise (or appropriate equipment) in this situation, just how smart is it to announce that the Attorney General is going to launch a criminal investigation, while the crisis is still ongoing and while BP is still needed to stop the gushing leak? Great psychology.
This is a guy who somehow dismissed the actual voter intimidation by two Black Panthers, that everyone saw on TV, yet wants to investigate the new Arizona law enforcing the law on illegal immigration (before he actually read the statute, by his own admission) for possible civil rights violations.
This is a guy who can't find his ass with both hands and a map!
And no one is pointing out the obvious - none of this would be happening if the oil rig was not 40 plus miles offshore and over a mile deep, under crushing pressures that preclude the use of divers and most submersibles. If it had been on dry land, this ruptured pipe would have been shut down in about two hours. Not even mentioned in a news story, except maybe on page 43.
And why aren't there dozens of ships surrounding the giant oil slick, sucking it up with vacuums for processing and storage, while eliminating the oil from the water?
And wasn't this BP the same outfit that the regulators in Washington, D.C. Just presented with a safety award?
Is there a brain, or one marginally competent person in this entire Administration?
Obviously, a self evident and rhetorical question.
And these are the same assholes that want to be (and now ARE) in charge of our health care. I don't know about you, but that thought scares the living Hell out of me.
Sorry to be in high dudgeon, but every so often, the idiocy levels rise to the boiling point and (you should pardon the expression) spill over. At that point, I have to vent, or blow up.
Look, this is not an ideological dispute; it's not a Democratic, Republican, left or right, liberal or conservative issue. Neither is it the usual example of environmental wretched excess. This is a real, honest-to-God disaster.
And we need some competent people to do the right thing, decisively, without worrying about which way the political winds are blowing. Accidents happen. That's a fact of life. But, it's how we deal with accidents that defines who we are.