BP – Bringing People together

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Obama & BP: Killing you & Killing Me

by Davis Fleetwood

Allison Kilkenny, in her excellent article on True/ Slant yesterday, digs a little deeper into the question many a liberal are asking. Namely: What is Obama supposed to do about BP’s Disaster?

At the time of this writing, BP’s latest experimental bid to plug its seabed oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico (affectionately code named “top kill”) – still hung in the balance. Top executives are still trying to determine how a process that works well on land will or will not work under the extreme pressure of 5,000 feet under the sea.

Officials are scrambling (when do we get to stop calling them “officials and start calling them criminals?), some 37 days into the slow motion destruction of an entire region, because there are no government regulations that required them to have a plan to deal with this eventuality.

Which brings us back to the question: What the hell is Obama supposed to do about it? The truth is, we need oil. Even if we took every Randian Regressive SUV loving American and secretly slipped them fair trade organic coffee and sprinkled some Ed Begley Jr. pixie dust that magically turned everyone in the United States into members of the green party and we elected people like Rev. Billy to office, there is still going to be a significant transition period as we wean ourselves from our suicidal and homicidal addiction to oil.

As a nation, we use nearly 1 out every 4 barrels of oil brought to the world market, yet we only produce 3% of the worlds oil. So, it is hard to criticize Obama for approving additional offshore permits on the one hand while waging his impressive rhetorical finger at BP with the other.

Or is it?

For liberals who have not gotten the memo that it is time to remove the Obama goggle, perhaps. Imagine, my fellow friends on the left, if the same facts were unfolding, with a similar White House response, and John McCain and V.P “Drill Baby Drill” were in the White House.

Again, one has to read below the fold as it were, to dig a little deeper, and we can thank Kilkenny, whose article points the way with an easy to understand little chart illustrating US oil consumption and how little new offshore drilling actually contributes.

So why has the administration has issued seven new permits, and five waivers allowing companies to bypass environmental concerns since the BP oil leak began?

Is it possible that the administration thinks that the rewards we get from the addition of, quite literally, a drop in the bucket, will help outweigh the risks?

And what, exactly are the risks of wind farming? An Air Spill? Or Solar Energy? Sure, at best, solar energy is only a temporary band-aid. Recent calculations indicate that the Sun Will Go Out in a Billion Years.

Or is it more likely that the government, as Kilkenny suggests have “placed the sovereignty of a corporation ahead of the health of the American people?”

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Jamie Farr to Replace Simon Cowell on American Idol

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HOLLYWOOD—According to sources close to the show, actor and longtime game show guest, Jamie Farr, will be replacing Simon Cowell for the next season of American Idol.

“The producers don’t feel as if Ellen is pulling her weight as a comedian,” said an unidentified employee at Fox. “In fact, they think she stinks. Bringing in a great comic force like Jamie Farr will no doubt keep the show fresh, especially for its younger viewers.”

Recently, Cowell announced he will not be returning to American Idol, leaving a spot open for another devilish commentator to take his place.

“Originally, that was the plan. There was talk of Charles Manson, Osama Bin Laden or Dick Cheney, who all would’ve been great for the show. Ultimately, the producers figured that’d be too predictable. They feel Farr, being the big star that he is, will carry the show for at least another five years.”

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What do BP Oil, Andy Dick and LOST have in common?

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by Davis Fleetwood

Allowing BP to handle the Oil Leak disaster makes about as much sense as awarding the building contract to rebuild the Twin Towers to Al Qaeda.

So, we just over a month now into the largest environmental disaster in history, and the criminally negligent corporate structure that earned BP $7.7 Billion in first quarter profits in part because laws on the books that limit their liability for environmental disasters such as this to a paltry $75 Million is still in charge of their own crime scene.

Why?

Because the White House knows that this is a no win situation, kind of like being Andy Dick’s AA sponsor, and if they roll their sleeves up and take charge the news cycle during the 2010 midterm election will be populated with variations of the headline OBAMA’S KATRINA.

So, we are now over a month into the largest environmental disaster in history and we have no idea how to plug the leak. It will continue to gush through August (plus or minus 12 months) and never was there a meeting; not in Obama’s White House, and all of the agencies staffed with Nobel laureates in the worlds most powerful country; not in a BP corporate culture that knew, from their own interior sources, that a catastrophe like this was not an if, but a when; never did any of the kings horses nor any of the kinds men sit down and have a brainstorm session the end result of which produced anything like a contingency plan for this eventuality. And what do we, the American public do?

Listen: Shrugging your shoulders and rolling over to go to sleep, while an understandable response if you had the exhausting task of serving as Andy Dicks AA sponsor, when you get that phone call- again- that Andy is passed out in a hotel room under a pile of empty Meister Brau cans and a gaggle of barely legal employees of rent boy dot com, is not an acceptable response coming from a nation addicted to the that oil that is quite literally killing us when confronted with such a powerful reminder of the destructiveness of said addiction.
So, we are now just over a month into the largest environmental disaster in history as it unfolds in slow motion before our eyes; the geyser spewing anywhere between 5 and 110 millions gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico (depending on what estimates you believe) and we, as only Americans can, care less and less and less as time drips on like a an ancient form of Chinese torture, just another chapter in our Christian Nation’s favorite book: The End of Fucken Days. Because in America if you don’t believe somewhere in your heart of hearts that the Jesus is going to come down on a white horse and whisk you away to a “better place” you can count yourself in a minority, and if you are not a Jesus freak odds are you’ve got a Mayan calendar hanging on your bathroom wall in your trailer home somewhere so who cares about the effects of BP chemical dispersants on sub sea level ecosystems and the long term environmental impacts that might have, or a whole generation of people who make their living in the fishing industry from the area that accounts for 20% of the nations commercial seafood production Cuz the planet earth, like those unsuspecting crash test dummies in those old school Volvo commercials, is on a crash course with the immovable force called the END, so why bother getting in a tizzy about BP when we have our own private Andy Dick-weeds to tend and the metaphysical implications of the series finale of LOST to talk about?

-Davis Fleetwood 

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Sarah Palin: ‘We’re All Arizonans Now’

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Calls for an economic boycott of Arizona continue to heat up, and the latest group to boycott the state is a girl’s high school basketball team from Chicago. They are refusing to attend a girls’ basketball tournament in Arizona because of concerns over the new law.


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The Social Network

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An Aaron Sorkin screenplay depicting him as a sex crazed borderline autistic conniver and now a mob of angry Facebook users threaten to quit Facebook over privacy concerns. Poor Mark Zuckerberg.

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