06 May 2010

Great post from one of my favorite blogs


Annoying the Trolls

Some tiny brained liberal has been posting all sorts of comments about this being a hang out for Tea Party types and how Obama is "the one" who has saved this country from ruin. We know many of our readers don't really give a crap about this sort of thing, but we like to tweak the trolls every so often.

We just want to point out the following:
  • While the BP oil geyser pumps millions of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama and members of Congress may have to answer for the millions in campaign contributions they’ve taken from the oil and gas giant over the years.

    BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years,with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Wait a minute....

Oil is bad. Oil is the source of all evil. Right? Bush and Cheney give passes to the Oil Companies all the time.So who gave BP's Deepwater Horizon rig a pass?
  • The Interior Department exempted BP’s calamitous Gulf of Mexico drilling operation from a detailed environmental impact analysis last year, according to government documents, after three reviews of the area concluded that a massive oil spill was unlikely.
    The decision by the department’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) to give BP’s lease at Deepwater Horizon a “categorical exclusion” from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on April 6, 2009 — and BP’s lobbying efforts just 11 days before the explosion to expand those exemptions — show that neither federal regulators nor the company anticipated an accident of the scale of the one unfolding in the gulf.
Gee, who was president on 06 April 2009? Using the media's sliding scale of blame, that would seem to mean that Obama is not only responsible for the Gulf disaster, he probably swam under the rig himself and jammed the shut off valve on the sea floor.

And this from Obama's biggest supporter, the New York Times:
  • Yet a review of the response suggests it may be too simplistic to place all the blame for the unfolding environmental catastrophe on the oil company. The federal government also had opportunities to move more quickly, but did not do so while it waited for a resolution to the spreading spill from BP.
    [...] Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano acknowledging even as late as Thursday afternoon that she did not know if the Defense Department even had equipment that might be helpful.
For the record, the Defense Department had (and still has) a shitload of equipment available for this type of work.

Helluva job there Jannie.

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